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Welding and Gases Today tackles mobile bar code trend.

September 27, 2011

Appearing in Fall 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, article titled "Why 2-D Is The Next Big Thing," focuses on the use of QR codes and Microsoft Tags in the gases and welding industry. QR codes and their Microsoft counterpart are becoming a part of the sales process. If a customer wants to know the weight or duty cycle of a machine, the salesperson can use a smartphone to scan tag and access information. Mobile bar codes can also assist in post-sale service and support. Read More

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AIA welcomes Carter confirmation.

September 27, 2011

According to statement made by Marion C. Blakey, AIA President and CEO, AIA welcomes the confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter as deputy secretary of defense. Dr. Carter brings strong experience and commitment to a critical position for national security. At a time when defense is going through a significant transition, his strong leadership is welcomed by the industry. Read More

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IPC Workshop to address ITAR/EAR compliance.

September 27, 2011

To help PCB manufacturers ensure compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Export Administration Regulations, IPC will hold workshop, ITAR/EAR Compliance for PCB Manufacturers - Complying with U.S. Export Controls, December 6-7, 2011. Speakers will address changes as well as requirements that govern sales activities in foreign jurisdictions and use of foreign workers within U.S. Each day, 1 session will be devoted to pending legislation that is likely to alter each regulation. Read More

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ASTM Pesticides Committee Task Group focuses on biorationals.

September 27, 2011

ASTM International Committee E35 on Pesticides, Antimicrobials, and Alternative Control Methods invites interested parties to join biorationals task group, which has primary purpose of defining products being marketed as biorationals. Definitions are needed to eliminate confusing terminology and, in some cases, overlap of terminology applied to same material. To accomplish its initial goal, task group has begun work on its first proposed standard: ASTM WK32362, Terminology for Biorationals. Read More

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Robotics Competition is seeking registrants.

September 27, 2011

NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seek teams of contestants for Sample Return Robot Challenge, offering potential $1.5 million prize. Competing teams will demonstrate a robot that can autonomously locate and retrieve geologic samples from varied terrain. Objective of this competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Resulting innovations may improve space exploration as well as technology used in industries on Earth. Read More

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PMA to host inaugural Women in Manufacturing Symposium.

September 26, 2011

On Oct 25-26, 2011, more than 150 women executives, managers, and supervisors will gather for the first annual Women in Manufacturing Symposium, which will provide opportunity for participants to share perspectives and network with others. Moira Forbes, VP and publisher of ForbesWoman, will deliver keynote presentation on "Management Best Practices." Symposium will also feature panel discussions on "Manufacturing Best Practices" and "The Importance of Sponsoring and Mentoring." Read More

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NIST-Hosted Cryptography Workshop focuses on new technologies.

September 26, 2011

Workshop on Cryptography for Emerging Technologies and Applications is scheduled for November 7-8 in Gaithersburg, MD. Attendees will have opportunity to learn about challenges in creating security for these new situations as well as NIST's current cryptographic programs and standards development. Subjects will include sensor and building networks, mobile devices, smart objects/Internet of things, and cyber physical systems. NIST is also calling for abstracts that address said topic areas. Read More

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Google's Milo Medin to keynote OFC/NFOEC 2012 plenary session.

September 26, 2011

Milo Medin, Google's VP of access networks, is set to give a keynote presentation at the plenary session of Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optics Engineers Conference, taking place March 4-8, 2012. Medin will speak on the topic "Bandwidth, Optics and the Age of Abundance." Stuart Elby, Verizon's VP of network architecture and technology, and chief technologist of VDMS, will keynote Service Provider Summit and will speak on "Cloud Computing as a Service." Read More

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2011 AeroTech Congress heads overseas for first time.

September 26, 2011

SAE International's 2011 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition will take place October 18-21 in Toulouse, France at Centre de Congres Pierre Baudis and Toulouse Expo. Deadline to pre-register is September 30, and theme for this conference is "Eco-efficient Innovation Leading the Future of Aviation." Industry-driven technical program will cover top aerospace industry technologies, and seminar topics will range from materials and structures to propulsion to safety. Read More

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Asbestos Abatement Contractor sentenced to 6 years in prison.

September 26, 2011

U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa sentenced Keith Gordon-Smith of Rochester, NY, to 6 years in prison for knowingly violating Clean Air Act and making false statements to a federal inspector. Gordon-Smith hired workers who had no training in asbestos removal and who did not know they were being exposed to asbestos while removing copper pipes. Workers were not provided with any protective clothing or respirators and wore asbestos-contaminated clothing back to their homes and families. Read More

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Alternative to ASHRAE Standard 62.1 proposed.

September 26, 2011

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. Some users of Standard 62.1 believe that ventilation rate procedure is too complicated, and 62.1 committee agrees that application of multiple-zone recirculating system equations can be complex. Public comment is being sought on proposed allowance of additional default value to ventilation rate procedure. Read More

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Food Safety Symposium to be offered at PROCESS EXPO.

September 26, 2011

At PROCESS EXPO (November 1-4 at Chicago's McCormick Place) U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and the National Chicken Council will bring together panel of industry professionals in Food Safety Symposium. Some topics include industry's heightened focus on ready-to-cook poultry products, and labeling and packaging innovations designed to better educate consumers with respect to preparation of these products. Also addressed will be products that appear to be ready to eat, but are not. Read More

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Equipment Finance Industry Confidence declines in September.

September 26, 2011

According to September 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry, overall confidence is 47.6, down from August index of 50.0, indicating continuing concern with global economic conditions. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 4.9% of respondents believe business conditions will improve, down from 13.2% in August, and 34.1% of executives believe business conditions will worsen, an increase from 21.1% in August. Read More

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Proposed Standard facilitates compliance with GHG regulations.

September 26, 2011

Targeting the measurement of gaseous hydrocarbons and other components of gaseous streams, ASTM WK33788, Test Method for Determination of Hydrocarbons and Nonhydrocarbon Gases in Gaseous Mixtures by Gas Chromatography will help users comply with U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas regulation. Methodology described in proposed standard enables separation of low molecular weight hydrocarbons and inert gases for detailed analysis of the composition of gaseous streams. Read More

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ASTM to develop proposed lightweight aggregates standard.

September 26, 2011

ASTM International C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates is developing proposed standard, ASTM WK34078, Specification for Lightweight Aggregate for Internal Curing of Concrete. Standard will be useful in variety of civil engineering projects, including roads, driveways, bridges, parking lots, and water/sewage treatment tanks. Users will include U.S. Federal Highway Administration, state DOTs, architects, and environmental, structural and civil engineers. Read More

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Comments Sought to build public safety communications network.

September 23, 2011

NIST seeks advice on possible key features of new broadband communications network for USA's emergency services agencies. Comments, suggestions, and other input should help realize characteristics critical to success of future network: resiliency, reliability, availability, security, affordability, and compatibility with commercial systems. Among other things, NIST seeks to understand extent to which features and requirements can be satisfied with existing or near-future technology. Read More

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AEM Names New Director from Deere and Company.

September 23, 2011

Michael J. Mack, Jr., President Worldwide Construction and Forestry Division for Deere and Company, Moline, IL, was named to AEM Board of Directors. Mack held his current position since June 2009 and began his career at John Deere Des Moines Works as summer intern engineer. He has held positions in Treasury while living in Europe and had assignments elsewhere in dealer systems, business development, engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, and marketing. Read More

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Joe Stout joins FPSA team as Food Safety Consultant.

September 23, 2011

David Seckman, President of FPSA, announced that Joe Stout, former Global Director of Product Protection, Sanitation and Hygienic Design at Kraft, will serve as Food Safety Consultant to the Food Safety Task Force of the Association. Stout gained industry-wide recognition and honors for his work leading the Equipment Design Task Force at GMA and AMI. He has raised the awareness of the need for sanitary design of equipment and food safety in all areas of the food industry. Read More

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ANSI mourns loss of Keith W. Tantlinger.

September 23, 2011

Keith W. Tantlinger, the father of modern containerization, passed away on August 27 at age 92. Mr. Tantlinger invented first commercially viable shipping container nearly 6 decades ago. His modification to shipping containers - a corner lock - allowed them to be linked together, stacked high, and carried more easily. Corner casting and twist-lock design also enabled containers to be on- and off-loaded from ships and fitted onto trucks and trains without having to open and change containers. Read More

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Multivac to Present Seminar on high pressure pasteurization.

September 23, 2011

PROCESS EXPO 2011, taking place in Chicago, IL from November 1-4, will feature Multivac's "The Promise and Challenges of Applying High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP) for RTE Food Products" seminar. Multivac, Inc. President Jan Erik Kuhlmann says this seminar is directed to food processors and retailers concerned with food safety and want to learn about application of HPP. It will also unveil development of automated process for loading/unloading of HPP pressure vessels. Read More