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EPRI Research Summary relays solar storm activity results.

February 7, 2012

SUNBURST monitoring system recorded minor levels of geo-magnetically induced currents (GIC) beginning at ~10:04 am EST on January 24, 2012 as a result of a solar flare that erupted early on January 23. During said event, only one SUNBURST site in the EPRI measurement system exceeded 10 A of DC current on neutral and did so for less than 1 min. Most GIC activity occurred between 10:04 am and 1:00 pm EST on January 24th, 2012. Activity continued through January 25th, but at much lower levels. Read More

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World of Asphalt and AGG1 show strong advance registration.

February 7, 2012

Scheduled for March 13-15, co-located AGG1 Aggregates Forum and Expo and World of Asphalt Show and Conference have set record-breaking exhibit space numbers. Advance registration numbers are tracking ahead of last 2 shows and education tickets purchased are trending upward. Shows will include more than 90 industry-developed learning sessions. Major topic of discussion is expected to be political climate in a presidential election year and need for job creation and infrastructure investment. Read More

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Pole Vault Box Collar Standard will promote overall safety.

February 7, 2012

ASTM WK35729, Specification for Pole Vault Box Collar, is being developed by ASTM Subcommittee F08.67 on Pole Vault. Commenting on reasons behind its development, F08.67 chairman Peter McGinnis said that "exposed hard surfaces between the pole vault box and the pole vault landing pad may be padded with a pole vault box collar, however, no standard exists that specifies the performance requirements of the box collar." Development will provide guidance regarding minimum impact attenuation. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides Committee to hold meetings Feb 16-18.

February 7, 2012

From Feb 16-18, ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices will hold standards development meetings. Approximately 50 separate meetings will be held, each one focusing on specific safety element of amusement industry. In addition to ride design, operations, and maintenance, some areas that will be covered include nontraditional areas of growth, such as participatory attractions like zip lines, rock wall climbing, inflatables, globe riders, and trampoline parks. Read More

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U.S. and Manufacturing Employment jumps higher in January.

February 6, 2012

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. employment numbers jumped significantly higher in January, with unemployment rate dropping to 8.3%. Nonfarm payrolls grew by 243,000, and manufacturers added 50,000 net new workers. These numbers continue to affirm the rebound and importance of manufacturing to economic recovery. Looking specifically at January 2012 figures, the bulk of new jobs in manufacturing came from durable goods sector, which was up 44,000 for the month. Read More

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ASTM Particle Characterization Committee elects new Chairman.

February 6, 2012

ASTM International Committee E29 on Particle and Spray Characterization has elected Charles G. Hubbard, quality manager and engineer at Electro Abrasives LLC in Buffalo, NY, as chairman. A member of ASTM International since 1997, Hubbard also chairs E29 subcommittees on Sieves, Sieving Methods, and Screening Media and Long-Range Planning. Hubbard previously worked as quality control manager at Stean Industries Hiross Corp. in Niagara Falls, NY, and at Applied Design in North Tonawanda, NY. Read More

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Slip Resistance of Footwear is the subject of new ASTM standard.

February 6, 2012

ASTM F2913, Test Method for Measuring the Coefficient of Friction for Evaluation of Slip Performance of Footwear and Test Surfaces/Flooring Using a Whole Shoe Tester, will aid in measurement of slip resistance for footwear in various flooring situations. F13 vice chairman Bill Ells noted that this test method offers "practical comparative set of footwear, flooring, and contaminant combinations, allowing for prescreening of product prior to recommended human subject wear trails." Read More

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2012 Schedule of Events announced for AAMA Annual Conference.

February 6, 2012

In Naples, FL from February 26-29, American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host its 75th Annual Conference for fenestration industry leaders and decision makers. This year's event marks AAMA's 75th anniversary and will feature Eric Greitens delivering his "The Heart and the Fist: Inspired Leadership Through Challenging Times" keynote as well as AAMA Green and Sustainability Specification Development Task Group. Read More

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FMA's 2012 Annual Conference keynote covers role of manufacturing.

February 6, 2012

Scheduled for Feb 29 through March 2, FABRICATOR®'S Leadership Summit: 7th Annual Metal Matters, will feature keynote addresses covering vital role of manufacturing in the economy, new technology, and tactics to identify and target new markets and customers. Speakers will include Donald McNeeley, president and CEO of Chicago Tube and Iron Co.; Jim Hawkins, Director of Machine Design Center at Caterpillar Inc.; and Sarah Miller Caldicott, innovation author and great-grandniece of Thomas Edison. Read More

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North American Robotics Industry breaks records in 2011.

February 3, 2012

According to statistics from RIA, North American robotics companies sold more robots in 2011 than ever before. Total of 19,337 robots, which were valued at $1.17 billion and sold to companies in North America in 2011, beat previous record of 18,228 robots in 2005. When sales by North American robot suppliers to companies outside North America are included, total is 22,126 robots valued at $1.35 billion. Compared to 2010, North American orders were up 47% in units and 38% in dollars. Read More

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BIO testifies on importance PDUFA V recommendations.

February 3, 2012

Richard Pops, Chairman and CEO of Alkermes plc, testified on behalf of BIO before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health during hearing entitled, "Reauthorization of PDUFA: What It Means for Jobs, Innovation and Patients." Pops stressed need for reauthorization of Prescription Drug User Fee Act and enactment of enhancements recommended in PDUFA V agreement, which will improve drug development and review process. Modifications can also provide earlier access to breakthrough therapies. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to feature dedicated printed electronics area.

February 3, 2012

Scheduled for Feb 28 through March 1, 2012, IPC APEX EXPO® will include printed electronics track in the technical conference, and historic standards development meetings where industry requirements for manufacture and assembly of printed electronics will be discussed and developed. In exhibit hall, companies from around the world will represent all segments of printed electronics supply chain, from raw materials to equipment manufacturers and manufacturers of functional printed products. Read More

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Symposium on Contaminated Sediments to be sponsored by ASTM.

February 3, 2012

Fifth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments will take place May 23-25, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec City, Canada. In addition to identifying sources, types, and behavior of contaminants, objectives include discussing/sharing sustainable options for management of contaminated sediments in marine/freshwater environments for restoration of surface water, debating future directions/visions; and promoting multilevel involvement and participation of stakeholders in restoration strategies. Read More

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Temperature Measurement Committee elects Thomas J. Wiandt.

February 3, 2012

Thomas J. Wiandt, director of metrology in the Temperature Division of Fluke Calibration in American Fork, UT, has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee E20 on Temperature Measurement. Wiandt specializes in temperature and electrical metrology, DC/low frequency metrology, and statistics. A member of ASTM since 1997, Wiandt works on several E20 subcommittees, and serves as chairman of E20.07 on Fundamentals in Thermometry and as secretary of E20.09 on Digital Contact Thermometers. Read More

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Manufacturing Growth Industries seek common solutions at Mfg4.

February 3, 2012

During Mfg4 - Manufacturing for the Future, professionals from aerospace, defense, medical, and energy industries will share solutions to common manufacturing challenges. At the heart of Mfg4 event floor is Insight Intersection - an area where small groups of professionals can meet to exchange information. Technical conference features daily keynote and breakout sessions with topics such as renewable energy manufacturing, arms, medical devices, and use of composite materials in aircraft. Read More

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Industry Leaders to speak at SAE 2012 World Congress.

February 3, 2012

SAE International has announced keynote speakers for SAE 2012 World Congress and Exhibition, which will take place April 24-26 in Detroit, MI. Toshiyuki Shiga, COO for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., will address SAE World Congress Annual Banquet; Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, GE, will serve as keynote speaker; Anthony Levandowski, Business Lead for Google's Self-Driving Car project, will appear April 25; and David Strickland, Administrator, NHTSA, will deliver his address on April 26. Read More

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MichBio launches medical devices committee.

February 3, 2012

MichBio has formed Medical Devices, Technology and Manufacturing Committee to enhance its representation and resource capacity for this important biosciences industry sector. Committee's mission is to foster competitive business environment in Michigan that supports lasting sustainability of medical device companies from initial concept and commercialization to manufacturing and market, while providing means for those companies to network, build community, and access resources to grow. Read More

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Papers Are Invited for building wall assemblies symposium.

February 2, 2012

Papers are invited for Building Walls Subject to Water Intrusion and Accumulation: Lessons from the Past and Recommendations for the Future. Contributions should address topics related to understanding scope and nature of problems as well as improving performance of building wall assemblies. Preliminary abstract is due by April 16, 2012 and must include definition of objective and approach of work discussed that points out new material and presents sufficient details regarding results. Read More

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Pedestrian Safety Committee names John Brault as Chairman.

February 2, 2012

John Brault, a biomechanics consultant at Semper Scientific in Mission Viejo, CA, has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear. Brault specializes in forensic biomechanics related to injuries from collisions or falls and research associated with tribometer validation, walkway safety, and footwear. In addition to his consultant work, he is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Southern California. Read More

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Nanomanufacturing Conference to explore current, future impacts.

February 2, 2012

Taking place in Boston, MA from March 27-28, SME NanoManufacturing Conference and Exhibits will highlight applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming manufacturing. In addition to discussions on mid- to long-term applications of this technology, there will be information on how already observable industry impact as evidenced in these 5 ways: Materials, Coatings, Energy Collection and Storage, Lighting, and Manufacturing Processes. Read More