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SPE Executive Director will steps down at end of 2011.

August 15, 2011

Susan Oderwald, who joined SPE as Deputy Executive Director in 2001 and became Executive Director in 2004, will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of 2011. Oderwald called her time with SPE "very rewarding" but stated that it was time for her to "move on to new professional challenges." Russell Broome, SPE's 2011-12 President said SPE Executive Committee is grateful for Oderwald's leadership and expertise over last 11 years. Read More

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NTSB-Sponsored Championships to determine top U.S. truck drivers.

August 15, 2011

Professional truck drivers from across U.S. will head to Orlando, FL for 2011 National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC) and National Step Van Driving Championships (NSVDC). Held August 9-13, 2011, NTDC and NSVDC challenge contestants' driving skills and knowledge of safety, equipment, and industry. Competition course recreates real world obstacles: alley dock, rear/front line stop, scales stop, right/left turn, parallel parking, and straight line driving through diminishing clearance. Read More

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Statistical QA Programs assess metals testing proficiency.

August 15, 2011

ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP) on Metals enable laboratories to assess their performance in conducting test methods, within their own laboratories, when their data is compared against other laboratories that participate worldwide in same program. Specific programs include Chemical Analysis of Aluminum, Chemical Analysis of Plain Carbon and Low-Alloy Steel, Chemical Analysis of Stainless Steel, Determination of Gold Bullion by Cupellation, and Mechanical Testing of Metals. Read More

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Wilfried Vancraen accepts RTAM Industry Achievement Award.

August 15, 2011

Wilfried "Fried" Vancrean, managing director at Materialise in Belgium, accepted RTAM Industry Achievement Award, which recognizes manufacturing professionals who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in any industry through application of additive manufacturing technologies. In 1990, Vancrean founded Materialise NV, one of the first rapid prototyping service bureaus in Europe, and in 2010, he launched i.materialise website, making 3D printing accessible to everyone. Read More

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RIA Online Career Center helps users find jobs in robotics.

August 15, 2011

Jobs that pay well in the robotics industry can be found on the new and improved Career Center from RIA. Members of the Association asked RIA to expand the reach of its Career Center to help them find candidates. Demand for robots is up markedly this year which spurs job openings, and recent changes to the Career Center make it one of the top ranked sources of visitors for Robotics Online. Read More

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Fluid Power Industry Leaders set to gather for IEOC.

August 12, 2011

From Aug 15-17, a record-breaking number of NFPA member companies, invited guests, and other fluid power-related industry professionals will converge for 2011 NFPA Industry and Economic Outlook Conference. During event, industry experts will share analyses and hard data needed to stay focused on economic environment. Conference content will delve into industry's market forecasts, supply chain advantages, and technology breakthroughs likely to impact fluid power supply chain for years to come. Read More

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Ralph H. Nielsen receives H.R. "Russ" Ogden Award.

August 12, 2011

Ralph H. Nielsen, a primary expert in chemistry of zirconium extraction and purification, received 2011 H.R. "Russ" Ogden Award, which honors outstanding accomplishments in science and technology of reactive and refractory metals and alloys. A graduate of Oregon State University, Nielsen began his career at the U.S. Bureau of Mines, where he worked with Dr. W.J. Kroll on original reactive metal reduction process and developed process to produce zirconium oxide using sulfate precipitation. Read More

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ASHRAE Courses cover energy efficiency standards.

August 12, 2011

Three new courses related to data center efficiency and ASHRAE standards on energy efficiency and high-performance building design are part of 12 online professional development courses being offered this fall by ASHRAE Learning Institute. All courses provide professional development through in-depth information that is timely, practical, and advanced beyond fundamental level. Participants can log in from anywhere via Internet, and earn continuing education credits for each seminar completed. Read More

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Spectroscopic Analysis Book describes theory and applicability.

August 12, 2011

Monograph 9, Spectroscopic Analysis of Petroleum Products and Lubricants, examines 12 spectroscopic techniques used in oil industry laboratories. Available from ASTM International, book features 24 chapters that discuss in detail fundamentals of techniques followed by their applications in oil analysis field. Chapters are divided into 3 sections - analytical basics, analytical technology, and analytical applications - and include illustrations of applications of techniques in field. Read More

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IPC Midwest Opening Session addresses field failure.

August 12, 2011

Jim Springer, VP of quality at Phoenix International, will deliver free opening session at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition. His presentation, "Clearly Understanding Field Failures Leads to Interesting New Knowledge (CUFFLINK) - A Case Study," will take place Sept 21. Springer will share firsthand account of field issue that perplexed the staff at Phoenix International and details of the extensive investigation undertaken by team of engineers and six-sigma black belts to identify root cause. Read More

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FSMA Session added to PROCESS EXPO educational program.

August 11, 2011

Tom Chestnut, Vice President for Supply Chain Food Safety and Quality at NSF International, will address importance of the Food Safety Modernization Act at a seminar for food processors attending PROCESS EXPO 2011 in Chicago, November 1-4. Chestnut will outline ways in which processors can implement immediate changes, which is essential as the FDA enters rule-making phase of FSMA. Read More

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Training to Cover aircraft incident response management.

August 11, 2011

In Ashburn, VA from October 13-14, NTSB will offer guidance to aviation public affairs professionals on effective management of emergency communications following major aircraft accident or incident. Those offering advice will include representatives from NTSB Office of Public Affairs, members of national news media, as well as airport and airline communications professionals. One-day version of this course is also available outside of Washington for groups of 10 or more. Read More

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Green Manufacturer Magazine wins award for best new publication.

August 11, 2011

Green Manufacturer magazine, published by FMA Communications Inc. (FMAC), received national 2011 Azbee Award of Excellence - Gold Award in New Publication category for best new magazine of 2010 from American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). FMAC also received national Azbee award in Technical Article category and 5 Midwest region awards. ASBPE annual Awards of Excellence competition recognizes best in editorial, design, and online achievement in B2B arena. Read More

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Webinar to address fundamentals of industrial robotics.

August 11, 2011

Scheduled for 12:00-1:00 pm on Oct 6, Fundamentals of Industrial Robotics: Factory Solutions covers core technologies, building blocks of technology, applications, guidelines for implementation, and tips and recommendations for success. Led by industry veteran Adil Shafi, President, Advenovation LLC, webinar offers basic guidelines to follow when considering robotics, including what types of robots there are, when to use a robot versus fixed automation, and how to calculate return on investment. Read More

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ASTM Particle/Spray Guide covers woven wire filter cloth.

August 11, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee E29.01 on Sieves, Sieving Methods, and Screening Media, ASTM E2814, Guide for Industrial Woven Wire Filter Cloth, covers special grade of industrial woven wire cloth for general filtration. Guide introduces terms and definitions and also lists technical considerations. Additionally, guide presents mathematical model for predicting micron retention or separation particle size of any filter cloth specification that user and producer wish to develop. Read More

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Standard and Poor's Downgrade ushers in greater uncertainty.

August 11, 2011

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement regarding Standard and Poor's decision to strip the U.S. of its AAA rating. According to Timmons, this downgrade by just 1 of 3 agencies is troubling news for manufacturers because higher interest rates are on the horizon. Higher borrowing costs will have ripple effect throughout entire economy. Most notably, they will hinder recovery in the housing market, which has a direct impact on manufacturing. Read More

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Global Sourcing Engineering Program promotes best practices.

August 11, 2011

AIAG is partnering with SAE International to launch joint global sourcing engineering certificate program. Consisting of nearly 100 hr of class time, program is comprised of 9 courses taught at facilities in Southfield, MI and Troy, MI. Courses cover topics such as project management, quality planning, patent litigation, implementing statistical process control program, identifying linkages between measurement systems, and using techniques of measurement system analysis. Read More

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Robotics Career Center connects employers and job seekers.

August 11, 2011

Jobs posted to Robotics Online Career Center are propagated to some of the same sites preferred by Monster and other career agents. According to Google Analytics, RIA's Career Center is one of the top 10 sources of traffic to Robotics Online, and reports show that visitors go to more pages and stay on site longer than visitors from any other source in top 10. New arrangements allow RIA to push job listings from Robotics Online to Indeed and SimplyHired - 2 major search engines for jobs. Read More

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AIA encouraged by FAA extension.

August 11, 2011

AIA is encouraged by passage of FAA reauthorization extension. Expiration of previous extension resulted in furloughs to 4,000 FAA employees, stop work orders to approximately 70,000 construction workers, and lost revenues exceeding $380 million. AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey urges Congress to take advantage of this spirit of compromise to pass full reauthorization bill when it returns in September. Read More

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Unmanned Maritime Vehicle Committee to meet in Washington DC.

August 11, 2011

ASTM International Committee F41 on Unmanned Maritime Vehicle Systems will meet on Aug. 17, 2011, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Meeting will take place in conjunction with the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North American 2011 Conference. Committee F41 is focused on development of standards and guidance materials for unmanned undersea vehicle systems and unmanned surface vehicle systems to facilitate interoperable, modular, and multifunctional family of platforms. Read More