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FMA elects new members and officers.

November 3, 2011

At group's annual meeting, FMA elected George Bogan of Main Steel Polishing, Rob Clark of Clark Metal Products, Vivek Gupta of Texas Profab Corp., and Dan McLeod of Brenco Industries Ltd. to board of directors. All will serve 3-year terms. In addition, associate directors Lyle Menke of Peddinghaus Corp. and Jerry Ward of Metcam Inc. were appointed to 1 year terms. Also, current board member Dave Barber of The Wilmington Grill Co. was elected chairman. Read More

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Golf Tournament Raises $45,000 for packaging training/education.

November 2, 2011

As announced by PMMI, 2011 Education and Training Golf Tournament, held in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 at Paiute Golf Resort on September 25, raised $45,000 to support packaging and processing industry education through student scholarships and continuing education efforts that support PMMI member companies. PMMI president and CEO Charles D. Yuska said this year's event brings money raised by biennial tournament to over $400,000. Read More

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Microchip demonstrates concept of MRAM for biomolecules.

November 2, 2011

Researchers from NIST and University of Colorado Boulder have developed a low-power microchip that uses combination of microfluidics and magnetic switches to trap and transport magnetic beads. Featuring 2 adjacent lines of 12 thin-film magnet switches called spin valves, chip offers the possibility for random access two-dimensional control and a memory that lasts even with the power off. It may have applications in biotechnology and medical diagnostics. Read More

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Agile ALM Connect Conference scheduled for March 26-29.

November 2, 2011

Agile ALM Connect conference will focus on connecting latest software development tools, Agile methods, and people across application lifecycle. It will explore interaction between development and DevOps; foundations and methodologies for continuous delivery and continuous integration; mobile development lifecycle; and integration between Test Management, Quality Management, Release Management, and Build Management. Call for papers is open and deadline for submissions is Nov 11. Read More

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Board of Directors endorses IPC's long-term strategy.

November 2, 2011

During final meeting in 2011, David Bergman, IPC Vice President of International Relations, reported on status of IPC's international activities. IPC has offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Suzhou China and plans to increase its presence in additional cities in 2012. According to IPC Board Vice Chairman Steve Pudles, expansion into areas with significant electronics manufacturing is critical to IPC's effectiveness in the future. Read More

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One Day Course to focus on pump systems optimization.

November 2, 2011

Scheduled for December 6, 2011, Pump Systems Optimization: Energy Efficiency and Bottom-Line Savings course will teach participants to identify energy savings opportunities, determine where to focus efforts in their organization, and improve pump systems efficiency and operating costs. Participants will also learn how to create an Energy Conservation Initiative Action Plan and will earn 7 PDH credits. Read More

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ANSI and SAS to hold globalization and standardization seminar.

November 2, 2011

To encourage more active industry participation in international standardization and address common issues related to globalization and standardization, ANSI has partnered with Shanghai Association of Standardization to organize international seminar on Nov 16. Presentations will focus on influence of WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement on global trade and China's efforts to implement agreement, and case studies on role of standardization in facilitating innovation and economic development. Read More

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ASTM and ISO to cooperate on additive manufacturing standards.

November 2, 2011

ISO and ASTM International have signed an agreement to increase cooperation in developing international standards for additive manufacturing. Partner Standards Development Organization agreement provides new opportunities for the 2 organizations to adopt and jointly develop standards that serve the global marketplace. It aims to optimize stakeholder resources in development of additive manufacturing standards where both ISO and ASTM have expertise, and to shorten time to market. Read More

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EPA Grants Clean Air Act Petition to improve NJ air quality.

November 2, 2011

U.S. EPA granted petition submitted by N.J. Department of Environmental Protection to limit SO2 emissions from PA power plant adversely impacting air quality in Warren, Sussex, Morris, and Hunterdon counties. To abide by this first single-source petition granted by EPA, Portland Generating Station in Northampton County, PA will have to significantly cut its SO2 emissions within 3 years. Final rule provides plant with flexibility to choose most cost-effective strategy for meeting limits. Read More

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Reference Standard for Commercial Buildings was updated by DOE.

November 2, 2011

After preliminary analysis that ASHRAE/IES 2010 energy efficiency standard contains significant energy savings over 2007 standard, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued ruling establishing 2010 standard as commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. States are required to certify, by October 18, 2013, that they have updated provisions of their commercial building code regarding energy efficiency to meet or exceed 90.1-2010. Read More

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IPC announces fall webinar schedule.

November 2, 2011

Providing convenient way to train employees, IPC Webinars are 1 hour long and focused on technical, practical, and management issues facing electronics industry. Sessions are based on technical papers from IPC APEX EXPO® 2011 and include Electronics Failure Analysis: Common Mechanisms and Techniques; Is Cleaning Critical to PoP Assemblies?; LED Testing and Reliability; Practical Steps to Effective Defluxing; Business Outlook for 2012; and Techniques in the Rework of High Thermal Mass Boards. Read More

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NIST measures key property of potential spintronic material.

November 2, 2011

An advanced material that could help bring about next-generation "spintronic" computers has revealed one of its fundamental secrets to scientists from Argonne National Laboratory and NIST. Custom-made material, constructed of lanthanum and strontium, might one day allow computers to use magnetic spin of electrons, in addition to their charge, for computation. A host of innovations could result, including fast memory devices that use considerably less power than conventional systems. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard addresses deep foundation elements.

November 2, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK34326, Test Method for Integrity Testing of Concrete Deep Foundations by Thermal Profiling, will cover procedures for assessing integrity of concrete in cast-in-place deep foundation elements such as bored piles, drilled shafts, and auger cast piles. According to involved committee member Garland Likins, ASTM WK34326 "will enable the evaluation of a total concrete cross section, including the concrete outside the reinforcing cage." Read More

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Light Sport Aircraft Standards cited in Federal Register.

November 2, 2011

In Federal Register, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration announced availability of ASTM International standard F2746-09, Specification for Pilot's Operating Handbook (POH) for Light Sport Airplane, and ASTM F2245-10c, Specification for Design and Performance of a Light Sport Airplane. Adam Morrison, involved with committees responsible for these standards, remarked that changes help by "reducing the time for safety enhancements to reach consumers on new production aircraft." Read More

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Proposed Standards support hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

November 1, 2011

ASTM Subcommittee D03.14 on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells is developing standards designed to support quality standards for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being developed by SAE International and ISO. They include ASTM WK34574, Test Method for Determination of Trace Hydrogen Bromide, Hydrogen Chloride, Chlorine and Organic Halides in Hydrogen Fuel by GC with ELCDC and MS; and ASTM WK23815, Test Method for Determination of Total Halocarbons Contained in Hydrogen and Other Gaseous Fuels. Read More

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EPA Planning Approach to improve water quality in U.S. cities.

November 1, 2011

Via integrated planning process, U.S. EPA will help local governments dealing with difficult financial conditions identify opportunities to achieve clean water by controlling and managing releases of wastewater and stormwater runoff. Process is outlined in guidance memo to EPA regional offices from EPA Office of Water and Office of Enforcement and Compliance. It will help prioritize infrastructure investments and promote flexible use of stormwater and wastewater management solutions. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today Online covers e-commerce debate.

November 1, 2011

In his article titled "Making the Case for E-Commerce," appearing in Welding and Gases Today Online, nexAir eCommerce manager Patrick Galphin describes benefits his company has gained from its adoption of e-commerce; nexAir first looked into e-commerce 4 years ago to adapt to technological advances. Along with giving customers access to orders and invoices at all hours, one of the unexpected benefits of e-commerce has been an increase in route efficiencies for cylinder delivery trucks. Read More

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Material Handling Lead Times are examined in MHEDA Journal.

November 1, 2011

In 4th Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal Online, suppliers representing 4 material handling categories - industrial trucks, general lines, storage and handling, and engineered systems - describe how they are dealing with lead-time challenges and what their companies are doing to help distributors get product in timely manner. While lead-times vary by product type, all 4 suppliers stressed that frequent communication with distributors is vital. Read More

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DoD Maintenance Symposium will take place November 14-17.

November 1, 2011

To be administered by SAE International in Fort Worth, TX, 2011 Department of Defense (DoD) Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition is based around "Achieving Readiness through Efficiency and Effectiveness in Maintenance Operations" theme. Agenda is structured to frame policy, resourcing, process, and technology issues. There will also be discussions/sessions, which will focus topics such as effects of overseas contingency operations and reset on maintenance. Read More

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HART Communication Foundation opens office in Japan.

November 1, 2011

To meet growing needs of industry users worldwide, HART® Communication Foundation has opened an office in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Kaoru (Carl) Sonoda will serve as General Manager, HCF Japan Operations. Tokyo office will provide users and Foundation member companies with application assistance, information, and technical support on HART Communication Protocol that includes understanding of Japanese process industry requirements. Read More