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Magazine Lists IFPE 2011 as one of 25 fastest growing events.

February 16, 2012

IFPE 2011 has been named as one of top 25 quickly growing shows by EXPO Magazine, which also cited this exhibition for its increasing use of technology. Focused on new equipment and product innovations for fluid power, motion control, and power transmission industry sectors, 2011 IFPE hosted 400+ exhibitors that covered 140,000+ ft² of exhibit space. IFPE and co-located CONEXPO-CON/AGG attracted nearly 120,000 registrants, including 24% international. Read More

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Seats Still Available for certification accreditation workshop.

February 16, 2012

There is still time to register for Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop, which will be hosted by ANSI on March 27-28 in Washington, DC. Interested stakeholders will be introduced to international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons, and discussions will focus on building understanding of said standard's requirements, benefits, and reason it has become benchmark for personnel certification. Read More

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Charles S. Konigsberg announced as NEMA strategy/policy chief.

February 16, 2012

Charles S. Konigsberg, JD, will join NEMA/MITA team as Chief, Strategy and Policy. As 30-year budget and policy veteran who has served in senior level positions in U.S. Senate and White House OMB, Konigsberg's bipartisan experience is expected to bolster NEMA leadership team with public policy focus. He will enhance NEMA's efforts with Congress, agencies, and regulators to promote partnerships that further energy efficiency, Smart Grid, high performance buildings, and medical imaging. Read More

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ASTM Occupational Health and Safety Committee names new chairman.

February 16, 2012

ASTM International Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety named Thomas J. Slavin, global safety and health director at Navistar Inc., as chairman. Winner of 2 awards from Committee E34, Slavin is also chairman of Subcommittee E34.20 on Foundry Safety and Health and vice chairman of Subcommittee E34.55 on Occupational Safety and Health Performance Improvement. He also works on several other ASTM committees and participates in various societies/associations outside ASTM as well. Read More

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NEMA Announces Gail Rodriguez as MITA executive director/VP.

February 16, 2012

NEMA named Gail Rodriguez, Ph.D., as executive director/VP of its Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA). Bringing 20 years of experience in diagnostic medical imaging, Rodriguez will assume this new position immediately. Previously, as Director of Policy at MITA, she oversaw association's X-ray Imaging Products Section and directed MITA Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Group. Prior to MITA, Rodriguez directed policy and business development for Institute for Molecular Technologies. Read More

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SME Announces Lineup for RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition.

February 16, 2012

SME announced speaker line-up for RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, which will be held in Atlanta, GA from May 22-25 and feature conference sessions, technical briefings, workshops, tours, 3D printing art gallery, and 3D printing fashion show. While keynote speaker Paul Doe will offer overview of Prodrive's development of MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car, keynote speaker Terry Wohlers will address additive manufacturing during his State of the Industry report. Read More

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Proposed Standard to cover sustainable laundry best practices.

February 15, 2012

Interested parties are invited to join development of proposed standard ASTM WK35985, Practice for Sustainable Laundry Best Management Practices, which will identify and define sustainable best management practices in commercial laundry facilities to reduce their environmental impact. Standard will cover 15 areas relevant to stakeholder groups, such as users of reusable textiles in restaurant, hospitality, and healthcare industries; government agencies; and environmental organizations. Read More

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Quality and Statistics Committee elects Dean Neubauer.

February 15, 2012

Dean Neubauer, engineering fellow at Corning Inc., has been elected chairman of Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics, which promotes appropriate use of principles and methods of statistics and quality control in development, application, and improvement of standards. An ASTM fellow, Neubauer has been an active member of Committee E11 since 1993, and is also chairman of Subcommittee E11.91 on Planning. He has a B.S. in statistics and M.S. in applied and mathematical statistics. Read More

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Process Automation Suppliers support WirelessHART standard.

February 15, 2012

Process automation manufacturers joined HART® Communication Foundation at CIA2011 exhibition in Singapore (November 22-25, 2011) to display interoperable WirelessHART® products, demonstrating united manufacturer support for HART Communication Protocol and IEC 62591 WirelessHART standard. HART booth at CIA2011 displayed WirelessHART solutions from diverse range of companies, and live demonstrations showed interoperability between disparate devices made possible by WirelessHART standard. Read More

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American National Standard to improve energy efficiency.

February 15, 2012

ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011 provides green building foundation for those who strive to design, build, and operate high performance buildings. Standard covers site sustainability, water use and energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials and resources use, as well as building's impact on site and community. The 2011 version incorporates updated connections to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings I-P Edition. Read More

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John Horsley responds to Obama's FY 2013 budget proposal.

February 15, 2012

AASHTO Executive Director, John Horsley, issued statement upon release of President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2013 budget. AASHTO is encouraged to see continued support for multiyear, fully funded surface transportation bill. With Senate and House of Representatives also moving ahead on surface transportation bills, real progress is being made on reauthorization that will provide states with certainty they need to plan the right projects for their communities. Read More

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American National Standard sets course for campus security plan.

February 15, 2012

Approved as American National Standard, ASME-ITI Risk Analysis 2010 lays out risk management process to identify, analyze, and communicate risks on college and university campuses. Standard addresses threats to human life and well-being, as well as risks to facilities and infrastructure, and also encompasses potential operational hazards. Among its recommendations, standard describes how campus threat assessment teams can be put in place to help identify potential persons of concern. Read More

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Smart Manufacturing bolstered by CIM funding to high schools.

February 15, 2012

In 2012, SME Education Foundation continued funding $400,000 to 167 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) high schools across USA for equipment and classroom material upgrades for Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) programs that include VEX® Robotics Design System. To meet industry projections pertaining to growth of total U.S. STEM occupations, PLTW curriculum stays up-to-date and relevant with input from industry partners and educational instructors. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 66.4% in 2011.

February 15, 2012

According to AMT and AMTDA, December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $519.98 million. This total, attained via companies participating in United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) program, is up 12.2% from November and 12.7% compared with December 2010. With year-to-date total of $5,508.81 million, 2011 was up 66.4% compared with 2010. In response, AMT President Douglas K. Woods said "USMTO finished its strongest year in more than a decade." Read More

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ASHRAE announces rebranding at Winter Conference.

February 14, 2012

Held Jan 21-25 in Chicago, 2012 ASHRAE Winter Conference attracted some 2,800 people and took place in conjunction with Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, which attracted nearly 58,000 registered attendees, including record 39,000+ visitors. Biggest buzz at conference was announcement of ASHRAE's rebranding, which includes new logo and tagline. Other highlights included technical program with nearly 300 presentations, technical plenary, and 6 professional development seminars. Read More

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EPA releases final health assessment for Tetrachloroethylene.

February 14, 2012

EPA posted final health assessment of tetrachloroethylene - also known as perchloroethylene, or perc - to EPA's Integrated Risk Information System. Used in dry cleaning and for cleaning of metal machinery, chemical solvent is considered a likely human carcinogen. Assessment provides estimates for cancer and non-cancer effects associated with exposure to perc over a lifetime. EPA has clean air standards for dry cleaners that use perc and has set limits for amount of perc allowed in drinking water. Read More

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SPE and RAPRA sponsor Pitch Your Science video contest.

February 14, 2012

Registration is open for RAPid Impact "Pitch Your Science" student video competition, which is designed to help students in post-secondary plastics programs develop skills needed to accelerate commercialization of products by effectively communicating novel technical concepts to scientifically untrained audience. Entrants may range from undergraduates to post-doctoral scholars at accredited schools in the U.S. and will be mentored by plastics professionals. Deadline for registration is May 31. Read More

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Voluntary Effort Makes Progress in reducing LCPFCs, PFOA.

February 14, 2012

U.S. EPA released interim results of voluntary effort by 8 chemical manufacturers to reduce emissions and use of long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (LCPFCs), including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Daikin, DuPont, 3M/Dyneon, and Solvay Solexis have met intermediate goal of 95% reduction in global emissions and product content by 2010. Also, 150+ replacement chemicals have been developed. All 8 participating companies informed EPA that they are on track to phase out LCPFCs by 2015's end. Read More

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Manufacturers Claim Nuclear Energy is key to competitiveness.

February 14, 2012

In his statement on Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) approval of new Vogtle nuclear power plant, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons calls such a decision "a welcome step" towards affordable energy production and job creation in USA. Timmons continued, calling for continued development of nuclear energy while also urging NRC to "move forward with the streamlined licensing and permitting process to allow for the construction of additional plants throughout the country." Read More

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IPC testifies before U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

February 14, 2012

Mikel Williams, president and CEO of DDi Corp and chairman of IPC Government Relations Committee, testified before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs to underscore importance of clear and appropriate U.S. export controls on PCB designs for sensitive military technologies. Committee on Foreign Affairs held hearing to consider industry perspectives on export control reform, including proposals being contemplated by U.S. Departments of State and Commerce. Read More