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WESTEC Returns to CA with new look and content.

November 28, 2011

With renewed commitment to area industry, WESTEC 2012 will take place in Los Angeles, CA from March 27-29. Biennial manufacturing event, as think tank for leaders from diverse industries, fosters sharing of new ideas, technologies, products, and processes. New Product Presentation Center and Learning Lounges are among the new features and will compliment other show aspects, which include networking events, conference sessions, and Emerging Technology Showcase. Read More

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Monthly Leasing and Finance Index shows increase in Oct.

November 28, 2011

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for October 2011 up 22% from same period in 2010, down 16% from previous month, and up 25% year-to-date. Receivables over 30 days dropped to 2.2%, and charge-offs declined to 0.7%. While number of lease applications approved decreased to 76.3%, 59% of participating organizations reported submitting more transactions for approval. Read More

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ANSI White Paper examines global standardization.

November 28, 2011

ANSI International Policy Committee published white paper titled Key Issues Impacting Global Standardization and Conformance: Today and Tomorrow. According to paper, expansion of global trade is increasingly important to growth of U.S. economy and to continued revitalization of American workforce. Standards play critical role in removing barriers to trade, enforcing free trade agreements, and expanding foreign markets for U.S. products, services, and personnel. Read More

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ANSI Accreditation Committee names new members.

November 28, 2011

ANSI announced appointment of 4 new members - Thomas L. Adams, Benjamin Goldstein, Lisa Lutz, and Jennifer McNelly, - to Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC). In welcoming these "outstanding leaders," ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia noted that "such experienced and strong expert participation...underscores our commitment to offering the most comprehensive personnel certification accreditation process in the United States." Read More

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Proposed ASTM Plastics Standard covers polyurethane gel tests.

November 28, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK34781, Practice for Gel Tests for Polyurethane Non-Foam Formulations, will provide polyurethane raw material suppliers, customers, and developers with practice for setting up gel tests to determine material reactivity. As noted by David Mullen, a member of subcommittee responsible for this standard, "having some idea of the time it takes adhesives to bond and coatings to set helps to determine their suitability for different applications." Read More

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BIO announces presenting companies for 2012 conference.

November 28, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 13-14, BIO CEO and Investor Conference focuses solely on publicly-traded biotechnology companies and provides platform for companies to present their story to investors, analysts, and potential corporate partners. Presenting companies consist of mid- to large-cap established companies, which typically have a clinical stage program centered on therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, or platform technology, as well as an upcoming clinical, regulatory, or corporate catalyst. Read More

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Power Take-Off Standard Revision corrects output speed error.

November 25, 2011

ASABE revised one of its 5 recently completed ISO adoptions pertaining to power take-offs on agricultural tractors. "ANSI/ASABE AD500-1:2004 W/Cor. 1 OCT2011, Agricultural tractor - Rear-mounted power take-off types 1, 2 and 3 - Part 1: General specifications, safety requirements, dimensions for master shield and clearance zone" corrects error found in Forward section, in which deviations from ISO document are listed concerning PTO output speed. Read More

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PTDA Announces 2012 Trustees at summit in Washington, DC.

November 25, 2011

PTDA Foundation 2012 Board of Trustees will include Barbara J. Ross, (Timken Drives LLC) as president, Terry Knight (SKF USA, Inc.) as vice president, and Keith Nowak (MPT Drives, Inc.) as treasurer. Those joining 2012 PTDA Foundation's Board of Trustees in 2012 also include Michael Kelly (Kaman Industrial Technologies), Milton Schott (P.T. International Corp.), Jim Neill (Motion Industries Inc.), and Mitch Bouchard (General Bearing Service Inc.). Read More

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PTDA Foundation Surpasses fund drive goal for 2011.

November 25, 2011

Support for PTDA Foundation's fundraising efforts during 2011, including annual golf outing, came to nearly $240,000, which marks 6% increase from 2010 levels. Of note, 16 early contributors jump started 2011 campaign with contributions totalling $58,650 in late 2010. Contributors included 212 companies from within power transmission/motion control industry, of which 83 gave for 4 consecutive years, 38 who increased contributions over 2010 their levels, and 29 new contributors. Read More

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PMA announces Excellence in Metalforming award winners.

November 25, 2011

During PMA Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting, PMA announced winners of its 2011 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. Winners were honored with special plaque, commemorative flag, and cash prize. Presented annually, awards recognize high standards of achievement set by the metalforming industry in areas of design, safety, training and education, process control, quality, productivity, and product development. Read More

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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