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BSA 2012 Convention Program lauds technology in business.

January 17, 2012

Leveraging "Technology Drives Productivity" theme, BSA's 2012 Annual Convention taking place April 29 through May 1 in Bonita Springs, FL will introduce dynamic business program. Four technology leaders will show attendees how authorized distributors and their supply chain partners can differentiate themselves in marketplace. Presentations will focus on defining technology trends for future; IT, prioritization, and challenges in wholesale distribution; social media; and strategic vision. Read More

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Workshop on Nonmetallic Inclusion Rating invites presentations.

January 17, 2012

Presentations are invited for Nonmetallic Inclusion Rating workshop, which will be held November 14, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. Title/abstract submissions are due no later than May 15, and topics may include, but are not limited to, current status of ASTM E04 standards; use of related standards; new developments in inclusion rating; use of inclusion rating as QC/analysis tool for ferrous and non-ferrous materials; use in fatigue life prediction of steel parts; and inclusion rating's future. Read More

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NASA Cold Weather Airborne Campaign to measure falling snow.

January 17, 2012

NASA will fly its DC-8 airborne science laboratory above Canadian snowstorms to tackle difficult challenge facing upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement satellite mission - measuring snowfall from space. Working with Environment Canada, NASA's GPM Cold-season Precipitation Experiment (GCPEx) will measure light rain and snow in Ontario from Jan 17 to Feb 29, helping scientists match measurements of snow in the air and on the ground with satellite's measurements. Read More

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Kenneth F. Yarosh named 2012 ASTM International board chairman.

January 17, 2012

Kenneth F. Yarosh of Dow Corning Corp in Midland, MI, has been named 2012 chairman of ASTM International's board of directors, of which he has been a member since 2006. Yarosh has served in various positions on many committees and subcommittees and has also been a member of several institutes, associations, and councils. In addition to inter-laboratory studies, Yarosh has been involved with work on standards and technical papers and has also received ASTM Award of Merit. Read More

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Nominations open for 2012 Fluid Power Innovation Award.

January 17, 2012

NFPA is accepting nominations for 2012 Fluid Power Innovation Award, which will provide cash awards and recognition for individuals using fluid power technology in innovative ways. Engineers and technicians who have used fluid power to increase energy efficiency, reduce system size while maintaining or increasing power output, reduce environmental impact, and improve energy storage, recovery, and redeployment capabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Read More

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BIO Urges Congress to reauthorize PDUFA.

January 17, 2012

In his statement on transmission of Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) V recommendations by Secretary of Health and Human Services to Congress, BIO's Jim Greenwood cited contributions towards approval of new medicines and review time reduction. Greenwood said PDUFA V recommendations "will enhance the drug development and review process through increased transparency and scientific dialogue, advance regulatory science, and strengthen post-market surveillance." Read More

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NIST Technologies contribute to top science stories of 2011.

January 16, 2012

Physics World's cited top breakthrough as experiment that tracked paths of singular photons passing through 2 closely spaced openings. Science News and Physics Today highlighted experiments at Atacama Cosmology Telescope in Chile that measured gravitational lensing of cosmic microwave background and verified existence of dark energy. Also, several groups - New Scientist, Discover magazine, and NPR - cited February 2011 victory of IBM supercomputer Watson on TV game show Jeopardy. Read More

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Four NIST Researchers have been elected to be AAAS Fellows.

January 16, 2012

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected 4 researchers at NIST to this year's class of AAAS Fellows as based on their meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Fellows from NIST are Jeffrey Voas of NIST Information Technology Laboratory, Jeffrey Nico from NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory, Vijay Srinivasan from NIST Engineering Laboratory, and Cedric Powell from NIST Material Measurement Laboratory. Read More

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Basics of Robot End Effectors is subject of webinar. .

January 16, 2012

On February 16, 2012 from 12 to 1:00 pm, Basics of Robot End Effectors will describe robot end effectors such as parallel jaw, vacuum, and magnet based solutions via video, narration, and coverage by experienced veteran. Solution approaches, such as 2- or 3-position grasps and servo-based designs, will give viewers options to consider, and force and torque sensing techniques will also be described. Furthermore, webinar will cover grip compliance, collision avoidance, and breakaway options. Read More

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Center to Help Haiti construct more resilient buildings.

January 16, 2012

U.S. construction community, Haitian diaspora, and U.S. and Haitian higher education community are working to establish Haiti Center for Sustainable Reconstruction and Development. As educational and technical resource for entire Haitian building and construction industry, Center will provide know-how with which to establish necessary governmental infrastructure and proper training for building trades to avoid level of destruction that resulted from January 12, 2010 earthquake. Read More

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Full Tuition Scholarships to help close manufacturing skills gap.

January 16, 2012

To develop next generation of educated, competitive manufacturing workers, The Manufacturing Institute (TMI) announced it will offer 20 full tuition scholarships for undergraduate or graduate degree at University of Phoenix. According to TMI president Emily DeRocco, manufacturing-relevant degree programs and other educational pathways can help align education and training to meet requirements of employers and job-seekers. Read More

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Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop is open for registration.

January 16, 2012

Taking place February 29 through March 1 in 2012, 4th Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop (LAM) will bring together industry specialists, executives, users, and researchers to show how cladding and rapid manufacturing can be applied effectively and affordably to manufacturing challenges. Registration includes 2 full days admission to technical sessions, networking luncheons, and exhibitor reception. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are also still available. Read More

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Executive Management Meetings to focus on business strategies.

January 16, 2012

Taking place Feb 27, IPC EMS Management Council Meeting and IPC PCB Executive Management Meeting will focus on strategic business issues unique to senior-level decision makers in EMS and PCB industries. EMS meeting will cover EMS industry trends, managing increased expectations in budget-constrained environment, cloud computing, conflict minerals, and RoHS. PCB meeting will address political and environmental issues, future of market, and bringing manufacturing back to North America. Read More

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ASABE Works on Standard to determine available irrigation water.

January 16, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) initiated project to develop S623, Standardized Procedure for Determining Available Water for Landscapes and Estimating Landscape Water Use. Those with interest and expertise in related subject matter are invited to participate. Document will standardize ways in which both available water resources and irrigation requirements are quantified for landscape purposes. Read More

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Presentations Invited for particulate measurement workshop.

January 16, 2012

Presentations are invited for workshop on Elimination of Effects of Water on Measurement of Particulates in Fuels by Automatic Particle Counters, which will be held December 4, 2012 in Norfolk, VA. Workshop will focus on research and practices relating to eliminating effects of water droplets being counted by automatic particle counters when testing diesel, biodiesel blends, and aviation turbine fuels. Presentations should include number of different procedures. Read More

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Zip Line, Aerial Course Standard addresses commercialization.

January 16, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK34049, Practice for Special Requirements for Aerial Adventure Courses, addresses trend toward commercialization of zip lines and other aerial adventure courses. Specifically, standard will establish criteria for design, manufacture, installation, testing performance, operation, maintenance, inspection, and auditing of zip lines, ropes courses, and challenge courses specifically intended for concession, commercial recreation, or amusement purposes. Read More

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Slurry Pump Webinars to cover basics, testing, and applications.

January 13, 2012

Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter have announced beginning of upcoming 3-part webinar series: Understanding the Slurry Standard, which will be led by slurry pump expert Graeme Addie of GIW Industries. Set to start on February 28, 2012, series will cover slurry pump basics in Session 1, slurry pump design and testing during Session 2 on March 13, and slurry pump wear and application in Session 3 on March 27. Participants may earn up to 3 PDH credits. Read More

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AASHTO TV Video outlines national innovative solutions.

January 13, 2012

Titled "Innovation in Motion, Utah DOT's I-15 CORE Project," AASHTO video showcases Utah DOT's cutting-edge solutions to deliver 24-mile, $1.725 billion interstate improvement faster, safer, and cheaper. Video highlights 4 key innovative solutions being used by UDOT including, Fixed-Price, Best-Design, Procurement, and method of conducting competitive bid process for highway construction project based on fixed price and other requirements. Read More

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IPC Comments on Proposed export control changes.

January 13, 2012

On December 22, 2011, IPC filed comments with U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) urging protection of U.S. defense equipment security by ensuring export control protection of design information for PCBs for defense equipment. One recommendation is that DDTC make clear that International Traffic in Arms Regulations apply to any PCB designs for defense items on U.S. Munitions List. Several examples of critical importance of PCB design were given. Read More

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Court Ruling on Boiler MACT Stay will cost jobs.

January 13, 2012

Chip Yost, NAM VP for Energy and Resources Policy, issued statement on decision by U.S. District Court in case of Sierra Club against EPA to repeal stay of Boiler MACT and Incinerator rules. According to Yost, court's ruling will severely harm manufacturers' competitiveness, add to uncertainty, and cost vital jobs. It is already 20% more expensive to manufacture in the U.S. compared to trade partners, and regulations such as Boiler MACT continue to set manufacturers back. Read More