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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for July.

August 25, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, which reports economic activity for the $521 billion equipment finance sector, overall new business volume for July was $5.7 billion, up 2% from $5.6 billion during same period in 2010. Compared with June volume of $7.3 billion, July volume decreased by 22%. Year to date, new business volume is up 24% over last year. However, percentage of responding companies that experienced drop in volume from the year earlier period rose to 36%. Read More

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ASTM Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies to be held in the fall.

August 25, 2011

Ninth International Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies: Advances in Rolling Contact Fatigue Strength Testing and Related Substitute Technologies, will be held November 17-18 in Tampa, FL. Papers to be presented will cover such topics as advances in understanding of rolling contact fatigue process and related test methods; accelerated rolling contact fatigue testing; substitute test methods; and development in understanding of statistics. Read More

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Light Sport Aircraft Standard to help create audit programs.

August 25, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee F37.70 on Cross Cutting, ASTM F2839, Practice for Compliance Audits to ASTM Standards on Light Sport Aircraft sets minimum requirements for audit program, how it is structured, how to ensure confidentiality of information, qualifications of auditors, and communication among all parties involved in audit. ASTM F2839 sets the stage for self-regulating light sport aircraft industry to monitor itself, which will increase confidence of regulators and users. Read More

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AEM 2011 Annual Conference focuses on the art of decision making.

August 25, 2011

With underlying theme that choices of today determine companies of tomorrow, AEM 2011 Annual Conference will offer variety of perspectives to help attendees master the art of decisions to run their companies profitably despite challenging conditions. Event will include lead-off session that examines political decision making and consequences for industry; Decisions of the Day panel of industry CEOs discussing complex issues facing manufacturers; and Economy of Our Industries breakout sessions. Read More

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ANSI Leaders Honored by Society for Standards Professionals.

August 25, 2011

At 60th Annual SES Conference, several members of ANSI federation were honored by SES - The Society for Standards Professionals. Gary Kushnier, ANSI VP of international policy, was awarded Leo B. Moore Award. James T. Pauley, senior VP of external affairs and government relations at Schneider Electric USA, was designated as SES Fellow. Dr. Richard J. Forselius, program leader at United Technologies Corporation/Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, received SES/CSA Lorne K. Wagner Memorial Award. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover visual acuity, multimedia distribution.

August 25, 2011

Recently published ANSI Z80.21-2010, Ophthalmics - Instruments - General-Purpose Clinical Visual Acuity Charts, helps ensure vision tests utilizing visual acuity charts are accurate. Also recently released, ANSI/SCTE 168-6 2010, Recommended Practice for Monitoring Multimedia Distribution Quality, provides background and discussion on Multimedia Management (MMM) system requirements. Read More

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SPE Group on LinkedIn® is largest for plastics professionals.

August 25, 2011

Membership in LinkedIn® group of Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) exceeds 10,000, making it the largest group for plastics professionals on that social media platform. According to SPE Director of Event Management Lesley Kyle, "Upwards of 150 new members are admitted to the Group each week." In addition to exponential growth in membership, member discussions, and job postings since its formation in September 2008, group sees new posts and jobs appear daily on discussion boards. Read More

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Alberi EcoTech and PTC lead Supplier Declaration Committee.

August 25, 2011

Krista Crotty, Alberi EcoTech founder, and Jørgen Vos, PTC product management director, accepted co-leadership roles of IPC's 2-18 Supplier Declaration Subcommittee. Charged with development and oversight of 175x family of data exchange standards, subcommittee helps global electronics industry better manage reporting requirements of evolving environmental regulations as well as corporate social responsibility requirements, such as conflict minerals reporting. Read More

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Photon Loops may be key to computer and physics advances.

August 25, 2011

Transmitting information-rich photons thousands of miles through fiber-optic cable is easier than reliably sending them a few nanometers through computer circuit. Because of research performed at NIST, University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute, and Harvard University, it may soon be possible to steer particles of light accurately through microchips. Scientists say work may lead to more efficient information processors on desktops and offer way to explore the quantum Hall effect. Read More

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Industry Leaders' Education Commitment honored in reception.

August 25, 2011

PMMI will honor 5 industry leaders - Victor Del Rosso, Hi-Speed Checkweigher (retired); Lawrence C. Dull, MS, CPP, Packaging Knowledge Group; Arthur Gustafson, Algus Packaging; Thomas L. Schneider, CPP, Industrial and Shippers Supply; and M.H. "Pete" Wallace, SWF Machinery (retired) - via reception and induction ceremony on September 26, 2011 at Las Vegas Hilton. According to PMMI's Maria Ferrante, all are known for giving their time to promote packaging industry and education. Read More

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National Aerospace Week scheduled for Sept 11-17.

August 24, 2011

National Aerospace Week will focus on the debate over choices government will make in coming months. Tagline for celebration is Second to None, which captures unquestioned leadership of the industry and people who work in it. Week will include series of activities in Washington, D.C. as well as events hosted by businesses and communities that will showcase industry's role in the future high-tech workforce of America and in creating and sustaining high-paying jobs across the country. Read More

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Judges select best transportation projects in southeast.

August 24, 2011

Winners of America's Transportation Awards were announced at the meeting of the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Florida DOT and Kentucky Transportation cabinet won in the On Time category, while Kentucky, West Virginia, and South Carolina received awards in the Innovative Management category. South Carolina also picked up an award in the Under Budget category. These winners will compete with others for national Grand Prize and People's Choice Award. Read More

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BIO Companies Congratulated for loan program participation.

August 24, 2011

BIO congratulated Abengoa Bioenergy, INEOS New Planet Energy, and POET on receiving commitments for loan guarantees from Department of Energy and USDA for construction of pioneering commercial-scale biorefineries. Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, noted how federal policies play "a vital role" in helping companies deploy unique technologies by mitigating portion of perceived risk for institutional investors. Read More

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ASHRAE Student Competition focuses on HVAC/R and building design.

August 24, 2011

ASHRAE's 2011 Student Design Competition drilled students on their knowledge of HVAC/R system selection and design as well as integrated building design. This year's competition featured mock design of the Drake Well Museum located in Titusville, PA, the site where Edwin L. Drake drilled the world's first oil well in 1859 and launched the modern petroleum industry. Among 20-plus entries from around the world, 3 were awarded first place in 3 categories. Read More

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ASTM sponsors workshop on the history of mechanical testing.

August 24, 2011

Scheduled for November 13, History of Mechanical Testing workshop will cover various aspects in the development of mechanical testing procedures and standards. Papers in 4 different areas are expected, including historical framework; history of various test methods, such as strength, toughness, and hardness; significant individuals, such as structural designers, standards committee leaders, and equipment manufacturers; and significant failures/case studies. Read More

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FAA Ice Detection Equipment Rule will enhance aviation safety.

August 24, 2011

New rule of FAA will enhance aviation safety by requiring scheduled airlines to install ice detection equipment in their existing fleets or update their flight manuals to make sure crews know when they should activate their ice protection systems. According to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, "This rule incorporates the latest research on aircraft icing" and "will help eliminate accidents that can occur if pilots fail to turn on the ice protection soon enough." Read More

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AMT and AMTDA explore product and service integration.

August 24, 2011

AMT and American Machine Tool Distributors' Association have announced the formation of a committee to explore ways to integrate their products and services to better serve members of both associations. This committee, which will be made up of staff and board members from both organizations, will meet and discuss strategic partnerships and a joint approach to important manufacturing issues, as well as consolidated services. Read More

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ASTM Fire Resistive Metallic HVAC Dust Systems Standard is approved.

August 24, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee E05.11 on Fire Resistance, ASTM E2816 will provide U.S. building codes with test method designed to test heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) duct system or its materials for fire resistance and other durability requirements. According to E05 member John Nicholas, "This test method will increase life safety as there is no test method currently cited in the model building or fire codes for HVAC duct systems." Read More

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EPA is Accepting GHG Reporting Data via online tool.

August 24, 2011

U.S. EPA has launched tool which lets 28 industrial sectors submit their 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution data electronically. Optimized for clarity and user-friendliness, electronic GHG Reporting Tool (e-GGRT) is intended to serve public as well as industries and businesses. EPA expects to receive 2010 GHG data from approximately 7,000 large industrial GHG emitters and suppliers, including power plants, petroleum refineries, and landfills. Read More

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ANSI releases report on need for electric vehicle standards.

August 24, 2011

ANSI has submitted a report to U.S. DOE outlining priority areas where standards and conformance activities are need to facilitate safe, effective, and large-scale deployment of electric drive vehicles in the U.S. According to report, which details findings from April 5-6 ANSI Workshop, issues of safety and consumer confidence - and conformance and training programs needed to support them - are key priorities for widespread acceptance of EDVs and continued growth of the market. Read More