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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

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Cybersecurity Workforce Framework is open for public comment.

November 21, 2011

National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has published draft document that classifies typical duties and skill requirements of cybersecurity workers. NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework provides working taxonomy designed to fit into any organization's existing occupational structures. It organizes cybersecurity work into high-level categories ranging from design, operation, and maintenance of cybersecurity systems to incident response, information gathering, and analysis. Read More

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ASHRAE announces Energy Modeling Conference.

November 18, 2011

Slated for October 1-3, 2012 in Atlanta, ASHRAE's Energy Modeling Conference - Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings will guide building design professionals about what does and does not work when using currently available modeling tools to design and analyze buildings and their energy using systems. With focus on case studies and real world examples, conference will allow exchange of ideas among design professionals and software developers. Read More

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EPA Guidelines ensure healthy indoor air during upgrades.

November 18, 2011

With Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades, home energy industry will be able to identify, manage, and reduce health risks during home energy upgrades, retrofits, or remodeling. EPA's protocols describe step-by-step process for conducting assessments to evaluate indoor air conditions and potential for risks that may arise during upgrades. They include recommended minimum specifications and best practices to maintain or improve IAQ. Read More

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Dr. R. Craig McClung receives ASTM Award of Merit.

November 18, 2011

Dr. R. Craig McClung, program director at Southwest Research Institute, was honored for contributions to Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture and the development of standard test methods. A member of ASTM International since 1990, McClung is a specialist in fatigue crack growth and began his career at SwRI in 1988 as a senior research engineer. His major technical contribution included development of DARWIN, the probabilistic, fracture mechanics-based, reliability assessment tool. Read More

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Cloud Computing Roadmap Draft is open for public comment.

November 18, 2011

Released for public comment, U.S. Government Cloud Computing Roadmap draft is designed to foster federal agencies' adoption of cloud computing, support private sector, improve information available to decision makers, and facilitate development of cloud computing model. Draft defines necessary high-priority requirements for standards, official guidance, and technology developments that need to be met. Comments on first 2 volumes are due by 5 pm EST December 2, 2011. Read More

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Researchers Demonstrate electron beam can manipulate objects.

November 18, 2011

"Are electron tweezers possible," by researchers from NIST and University of Virginia V.P. Oleshko and J.M. Howe, demonstrates that beams produced by electron microscopes can be used to look at nanoscale objects as well as move them around, position them, and theoretically assemble them. According to Oleshko, electron tweezers could potentially be "a versatile and valuable tool" for very fine manipulation in materials science. Read More

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AIM announces participation at MODEX 2012.

November 18, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 6-9, MHIA's MODEX 2012 is industry's newest expo for manufacturing, distribution, and supply chain industries. In addition to extensive exhibit hall, event will include 3 keynotes, 70 show-floor educational seminars, and several collocated education partner events. AIM Pavilion will feature barcode, RFID, and mobile computing solutions. During AIM's half-day conference, speakers will touch on many voices of supply chain, from manufacturing to food to pharmaceutical. Read More

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BIO strongly supports PAHPA reauthorization.

November 17, 2011

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued statement in strong support of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011, S. 1855. According to Greenwood, reauthorization of PAHPA is an opportunity to streamline, strengthen, and improve current system and reaffirm government's commitment to this national security priority. Along with PAHPA, BIO supports simultaneous reauthorization of BioShield Special Reserve Fund, as that funding is vital for private companies. Read More