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Jean Simon appointed Executive Committee Chairman.

November 23, 2011

Thomas Brackman, Chairman of Aluminum Association's Board of Directors, announced appointment of Jean Simon, President of Primary Metal for Rio Tinto Alcan to Chairmanship of Aluminum Association's Executive Committee. Jean Simon has been part of Rio Tinto Alcan team since 1979 holding various senior management roles. From 1994-1997, he served as Chemicals manager at Vaudreuil Works and was appointed to Central Bargaining Committee for Operational Stability in 1998. Read More

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2012 Capital Spending Forecast predicts growth in wide reange of categories.

November 23, 2011

Available from FMA, 2012 Capital Spending Forecast provides insight into next year's purchasing intentions of fabricating and forming companies, based on survey of 1,212 executives. Report predicts strong growth in 2012 purchases and pinpoints planned spending in categories that include equipment type, plant size, and geographic regions. According to FMA economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl, survey shows "every level of manufacturing...plans to make equipment purchases in the near future." Read More

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EtherNet/IP Protocol shows continued growth.

November 23, 2011

According to ODVA estimates, EtherNet/IP, the number one industrial Ethernet protocol in the world in terms of nodes shipped, will exceed 4.5 million shipped nodes by the end of the year. EtherNet/IP had its market position confirmed by ARC Advisory Group's latest Industry Ethernet-based Devices Worldwide Outlook report. Innovations that will further accelerate growth of EtherNet/IP include high-availability ring topology offered by DLR, new energy objects, and emerging commercial technologies. Read More

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Federal Agencies unite to help rural communities.

November 22, 2011

Developed by U.S. HUD, U.S. DOT, and EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities in cooperation with USDA, Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities report is Obama Administration's latest effort to better coordinate federal programs for rural communities. Report presents sample funding mechanisms, technical assistance opportunities, and performance measures rural communities can use, and includes case studies showcasing rural accomplishments. Read More

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CO-LABS Research Awards recognized NREL contributions.

November 22, 2011

At CO-LABS' annual Governor's Awards for High-Impact Research, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper honored scientists and researchers for work in renewable energy, sustainability, disease prevention, and atmospheric science. Hickenlooper presented NREL's Jerry Olson with Foundational Technology award, for work on gallium-arsenide tandem cells. Also, DOE's NREL was recognized for "Large-volume Battery Calorimeter (LVBC)," which was led by Principal Investigator Matthew A. Keyser. Read More

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EPA Seeks Nominations for Science Advisory Board committee.

November 22, 2011

Public nominations of scientific experts are being sought for appointment to Science Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee, primary purpose of which is to review chemical assessments. Exact number for new committee members has not yet been determined, and EPA will also consult with committee on questions regarding Integrated Risk Information System Program. EPA's Paul Anastas says agency will request advice from Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee on various issues. Read More

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Welding & Gases Today reports on effects of CSA scores.

November 22, 2011

Article titled "CSA Scores May Affect Special Permits," which appears in Welding and Gases Today, details new policies implemented by U.S. DOT that may affect ability of motor carriers to obtain new/renewed special permits for transportation of hazardous materials. Written by GAWDA's Richard P. Schweitzer, article cites procedures first set out in November 2009 by PHMSA that now requires coordination with relevant modal agency within DOT to determine fitness of applicant for special permit. Read More

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ASTM International Magazine launches new website.

November 22, 2011

Standardization News (SN), ASTM international's flagship magazine, has been redesigned and is available for free to all visitors at www.astm.org/standardization-news. Website offers frequently updated ASTM news organized into 10 industry sector gateways, which serve as Web portals to information about ASTM standards development activities, meeting and training course dates, publications, and more. Homepage also features access to digital edition of current issue of bimonthly magazine. Read More

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ASTM-Sponsored Workshop explores smart textile applications.

November 22, 2011

ASTM International will sponsor Smart Textile Applications workshop, scheduled for February 1, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. As area of smart textiles is rapidly evolving, workshop will explore what is being done using smart textiles in various applications with goal of identifying areas where standards can support this emerging technology. Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks prior to workshop and closes January 25, 2012. There is no fee to attend. Read More

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Underwater Training Facility to be shared by NASA, NBL.

November 22, 2011

Raytheon Technical Services Co., NASA's contractor for operations at Sonny Carter Training Facility Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), signed agreement to partner with Petrofac Training Services. Petrofac will use NBL to provide survival training for offshore oil and gas workers, and NASA will continue training International Space Station crews there for space walks. Oil field worker survival training is expected to begin in December. Read More

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NFPA recognizes recipients of NFPA Innovation Award.

November 22, 2011

NFPA recognized design engineers Erling Skaar and Odd Arild Olsen as the recipients of the first-ever NFPA Innovation Award, given to individuals for using fluid power technology in innovative ways. Skaar and Olsen received award for their design of an energy efficient controller that also reduces carbon footprint of marine vessels. Add-on hydraulic technology reduces emissions dramatically by offering power-generation system that eliminates need for second diesel engine. Read More

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PTDA Announces 2012 Board of Directors, Manufacturer Council.

November 22, 2011

Mitch Bouchard will become PTDA president in January 2012, and those joining him on 2012 PTDA Board of Directors will include First Vice President Christopher Bursack, Second Vice President Ken Miko, Treasurer Keith Nowak, and Immediate Past President David Mayer. George Rizza, president of Rossi Gearmotor Division for Habasit America, assumes duties of PTDA Manufacturer Council chair in 2012 and will be joined by Vice Chair Cliff Bannon and Immediate Past Chair Pamela Kan. Read More

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PMI elects board slate and appoints new committee members.

November 22, 2011

PMI elected Stewart Yang, VP of engineering and faucet design for Kohler Co., Board President for the year 2012. Also elected to serve on 2012 PMI Executive Committee are Jeff Baldwin, engineering manager for T&S Brass and Bronze Works as First Vice President; Tim Kilbane, national sales manager for Symmons Industries as Second Vice President; and Fernando Fernandez, director of codes and standards for TOTO USA as Treasurer. Read More

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Vehicle Fuel Economy Guide is releases by EPA/DOE.

November 21, 2011

U.S. EPA and Department of Energy are releasing 2012 Fuel Economy Guide, providing information that can help consumers choose more efficient new vehicles that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Fuel efficient vehicles come in various fuel types, classes, and sizes, and many new advanced technology vehicles debut on this year's list of top fuel economy performers. Fuel economy leaders within each vehicle category include products such as conventional gasoline models and clean diesels. Read More

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ODVA Networks increase acceptance as international standards.

November 21, 2011

ODVA announced the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International organization has renewed EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet as standards in its sensor bus network communications activities. SEMI is accountable for all global standards used by semiconductor equipment manufacturers. EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet are designated by SEMI as an E54 standard, which recognizes networks that enable communication between intelligent devices in a semiconductor manufacturing tool. Read More

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PTDA welcomes new members.

November 21, 2011

In the third quarter of 2011, PTDA welcomed 3 new members. Industrial Power Transmission LLC of Elkridge, MD is a full-line power transmission distributor with divisions for engineering and conveyor design/build. Two companies joined association as manufacturer members, including Andantex USA Inc. of Wanamassa, NJ, the manufacturer of the original AnglGear®, and MBL Corporation of Ottawa IL, which delivers V-belts, V-ribbed belts, and timing belts. Read More

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AEM announces winners of Pillar of the Industry Awards.

November 21, 2011

AEM and the "I Make America" campaign announced that the recipients of the first annual Pillar of the Industry Awards are Angus-Palm, Caterpillar, Inc., International Construction Equipment, and Stone Construction Equipment. The 4 companies were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the people and communities of the equipment manufacturing industry through their extensive "I Make America" campaign activities. Read More

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TRFA Webinar to address EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule.

November 21, 2011

Webinar titled "What to Expect in the New EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule" will be presented by Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, Senior Consultant, Product Safety and Compliance, Cardno ENTRIX. Scheduled for Dec 15, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon EST, webinar will review new reporting obligations with some discussion of the changes, reporting timeframes, reporting methods through e-CDR software, and general advice on preparing for the reporting now and for 2016. Read More

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NIST Physicists chip away at mystery of antimatter imbalance.

November 21, 2011

Team of researchers working at NIST has concluded 10-year study of the fate of neutrons in attempt to understand why there is an imbalance between matter and antimatter in the universe. Pieter Mumm, a physicist at NIST's Physical Measurements Lab and his collaborators used detector to explore neutron decay with greater sensitivity than was ever possible. Although analysis turned up no imbalance between decay paths, improved sensitivity of approach enables numerous theories to be limited. Read More

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Transportation Funding Support hailed as significant step.

November 21, 2011

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works took significant step toward passing bipartisan multi-year surface transportation reauthorization legislation - Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP 21), which will help manufacturers and farmers move their products to overseas markets and create thousands of American jobs. AEM President Dennis Slater stated, "Bipartisan support in Congress...is vital to U.S. manufacturers and farmers." Read More