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EPA proposes safeguards for hazardous waste recycling.

July 7, 2011

Open for public comment, U.S. EPA's proposal modifies 2008 Definition of Solid Waste rule, which revised hazardous waste regulations to encourage recycling of hazardous materials. It will improve accountability and oversight of hazardous material recycling, while allowing for important flexibilities that will promote its economic and environmental benefits. Proposed rule will also create level playing field by requiring all forms of hazardous waste recycling to meet requirements. Read More

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ASABE to revise rear-mounted PTO standard.

July 7, 2011

ASABE has initiated a project to revise one of its standards for rear-mounted power take-off on agricultural tractors. ANSI/ASABE AD500-1:2004 W/Cor. 1 DEC2010 is an adoption, with deviations, of international standard ISO 500-1:2004, and was approved as ASABE standard in Dec 2010. An error was found in the Forward section, in which deviations from ISO document are listed. PTO output speed of 1000r/min shaft was incorrectly stated as 100r/min shaft. Read More

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USMTC Report changes its name to USMTO.

July 7, 2011

To more accurately reflect its content, U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption report is being renamed the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report. It will continue to be compiled from the same data, though change was made to clarify what report tracks - manufacturing technology orders rather than manufacturing technology shipments. USMTO provides the most current insight into business conditions and accurately reflects actual activity of manufacturers and distributors. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for May 2011.

July 7, 2011

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were flat at 0% growth and bookings decreased 13.4% in May 2011 from May 2010. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 0.3% and rigid bookings decreased 0.6%. Flexible circuit shipments in May 2011 were up 14.0% and bookings decreased 5.1% compared to May 2010. When compared to April, flexible circuit shipments decreased 6.9% and flex bookings jumped 22.0%. Combined book-to-bill ratio climbed to 0.99. Read More

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Hand Soldering Competition will determine "Best in the Midwest..".

July 7, 2011

Pitting competitors against each other to build functional electronics assembly within 30 min time limit, first annual IPC Midwest Hand Soldering Competition will be held September 21-22, 2011 in Schaumburg, IL. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-J-STD-001, speed at which resulting assembly is produced, and overall electrical functionality of assembly itself. Cash prizes will be provided for winner and two runners up. Read More

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PTDA 2011 Membership Directory provides key contact information.

July 6, 2011

PTDA 2011 Membership Directory includes nearly 500 C-suite level industry contacts for power transmission/motion control distributors with complete company contact information of top executive contacts, number and location of branches, and manufacturers' lines represented by firm. Manufacturer's section includes company contact information, top-level management contacts, and product categories manufactured. Quick-reference index of manufacturers by product category is also included. Read More

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ANSI Report summarizes "Standards Wars" workshop.

July 6, 2011

ANSI has released a report summarizing the range of perspectives voiced at the May 12 ANSI workshop, Standards Wars: Myth or Reality?, which brought together more than 200 attendees and over 70 more via teleconference to examine implications of conflict and duplication in the standards world. Report affirms that while conflict and duplication are deserving of continual review, U.S. voluntary consensus standardization system remains strong, effective, and responsive to nation's needs. Read More

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ANSI Offers Course on standard development process.

July 6, 2011

ANSI announced addition of Course 287, The American Way: The American National Standard (ANS) Development Process, to its 2011 education and training course offerings. To be held October 18, 2011 in NYC, this offering will take in-depth look at U.S. voluntary consensus standardization and ANS development process. Additionally, attendees will gain greater understanding of where flexibility exists in standards development process. Read More

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ASTM Package Test Standard addresses hazardous materials.

July 6, 2011

Interested parties are invited to participate in development of proposed standard ASTM WK32937, Guide for Determining Acceptable Nonhazardous Filling Substances for Packagings Subjected to the United Nations Performances Tests. Developed for purposes of design qualification and periodic testing of UN specification packaging, standard will facilitate consistent test methods and more reproducible results in hazardous materials package testing. Read More

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ASTM Standards cover insulating concrete forms and floor flatness.

July 6, 2011

Once approved, proposed standard ASTM WK32076 will provide Insulating Concrete Form contractors with basic requirements to ensure that products are installed properly so that the end result is a structurally sound concrete wall assembly. For measuring floor flatness and pavement smoothness, proposed standard ASTM WK32398 will combine traditional manual straightedge approach with more recent data collection techniques such as F-numbers and the Waviness Index. Read More

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GM Retiree Dave Reed named as Lifetime Achievement winner.

July 6, 2011

Automotive Division of SPEĀ® has named David B. Reed P.E. as eleventh recipient of Lifetime Achievement award, which recognizes technical achievements of automotive executives whose work has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on vehicles. Reed was selected for his leading role on many of GM's composite-bodied vehicles as well as numerous plastics innovations. He will be honored at 41st annual SPE Automotive Innovations Awards Gala on November 9 in Livonia, MI. Read More

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SmartWay Drayage Program aims to clean up air around port cities.

July 6, 2011

Coalition for Responsible Transportation, Environmental Defense Fund, and U.S. EPA launched EPA SmartWay Drayage Program, a goods movement initiative to clean up the air in and around ports. Through program, port trucking companies and independent owner-operators sign partnership agreement and commit to track diesel emissions, replace older dirtier trucks with newer cleaner ones, and achieve at least 50% reduction in particulate matter and 25% reduction in NOx. Read More

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SABIC General Manager to deliver sustainability plenary address.

July 6, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 14-15, SPE EUROTEC(TM) 2011 conference will include plenary address by Frank Kuijpers, GM of global technology for SABIC. Titled "Future Polymer Developments Driven by Global Sustainability Solutions," presentation will focus on importance of polymer producers taking responsibility for driving sustainability solutions in resin development. This requires improving footprint of current polymers and focusing on potential for society to utilize polymers in sustainable solutions. Read More

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Optical Tools produce ultra-low-noise microwave signals.

July 6, 2011

By combining laser technologies, NIST physicists generated microwave signals more pure and stable than those from conventional electronic sources. Apparatus consists of new application of optical frequency combs, tools based on ultrafast lasers for precisely measuring optical frequencies (colors) of light, and could improve signal stability and resolution in radar, communications and navigation systems, as well as atomic clocks. Read More

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Registration is Open for MESA 2011 North American Conference.

July 6, 2011

Registration is open for MESA International 2011 North American Conference, which will take place in Orlando, FL from September 19-21 and feature "Cloudy with a Chance for Profits" theme. This meeting of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders, and solution providers provides attendees with forum to network and discuss real-world experiences and challenges in achieving real-time operational excellence. Author and consultant Michael McMillan is scheduled to be keynote speaker. Read More

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AIA calls for continued aerospace investment.

July 5, 2011

Former FAA Administrator and current AIA President and CEO, Marion C. Blakey, called for accelerated implementation of FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System and increased U.S. investment in research and development to avoid losing leadership in aerospace and defense. AIA is launching federal budget education campaign called "Second to None" to ensure that Congress and other officials understand that the industry is a perishable national asset. Read More

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AAMA Cycling Specification addresses side-hinged exterior doors.

July 5, 2011

Revised and re-published, AAMA 920-11 establishes a standard test method and set of performance criteria for side-hinged exterior door systems and their associated hardware under accelerated operating conditions. Specification will provide an indication of the effects that cycling will have on the door and hardware connections, as well as minimum performance criteria for door systems in order to achieve specified performance class and grade. Read More

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Longest Serving State DOT Chief discusses agency's future.

July 5, 2011

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Dan Flowers, who began his career with AHTD in 1968 and helped set his state's transportation priorities for over 40 years, announced his retirement in June. In new Two-Minute State DOT Update video, Flowers discusses AHTD's critical infrastructure needs as well as important role the public must play to keep Interstate Highway System in a good state of repair. Read More

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Business Marketing Association honors IMTS with Tower Award.

July 5, 2011

International Manufacturing Technology Show received BMA Gold Tower Award for its IMTS 2010 trade show marketing program. Award recognizes excellence in strategy, creativity, and results for B2B marketing programs. As cornerstone of program, IMTS marketing team showed real IMTS attendees talking about how they use IMTS to make their businesses more successful. Success stories were deployed through print and electronic advertising, IMTS website, public relations, and exhibit halls. Read More

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ASTM Paint Committee Develops standard for water beading.

July 5, 2011

Currently in development, ASTM WK32143, Test Method for Visual Assessment of Water Beading on Horizontal Coatings, will provide formulators with practical means for evaluating water beading capability of coatings. Repeating test described in ASTM WK32143 after coated specimens have been put through intervals of aging or weathering will demonstrate persistence of coating's ability to bead water. Coating formulators will be primary users this standard. Read More