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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

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New Oil Savings Standards target heavy-duty trucks, buses.

August 10, 2011

President Obama will meet with industry officials to discuss fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas pollution standards for work trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles and thank them for leadership in finalizing national program for these vehicles. U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. EPA developed standards in close coordination with companies that met with President Obama, as well as other stakeholders, following requests from companies to develop this program. Read More

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Wi-Fi Smart Energy Forum demonstrates interoperable Wi-Fi SEP 2.

August 10, 2011

Wi-Fi Alliance hosted inaugural Wi-FiĀ® Smart Energy Forum in Chicago, IL. Opening day featured large-scale interoperable demonstration of Wi-Fi SEP 2 implementations. Also, Dr. George Arnold, national coordinator for smart grid interoperability at U.S. NIST, delivered keynote address Tuesday morning. Over 100 people from 65 companies and organizations were in attendance, and guest speakers reflected range of categories: utilities, automotive, and consumer appliances. Read More

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ASHRAE announces Cold Climate Conference and call for papers.

August 10, 2011

ASHRAE, along with global colleagues, will host HVAC Cold Climate 2012 from November 12-14 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Event will provide key elements of strategy by which decision makers in cold climate regions can achieve good indoor environmental quality with minimum use of resources and energy. Planning committee seeks papers featuring innovations in cold climate HVAC design; abstracts of no longer than 350 words are due by December 1, 2011. Read More

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Euro PM2011 Exhibition's attendence exceeds expectations.

August 10, 2011

Euro PM Congress and Exhibition (Euro PM2011), with less than 3 months until to go before annual event, has sold out. With 100+ companies coming from around globe, this year's event promises to be one of the largest dedicated PM exhibitions. Euro PM Exhibition Manager Andrew Almond said this indicates "confidence is starting to come back into the PM industry supply sector." Exhibition provides delegates and visitors chance to update contacts, network, and see new developments in industry. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers wear on curved piston ring segments.

August 10, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee G02.40 on Non-Abrasive Wear, ASTM G206 provides method to accurately measure small amounts of wear on curved piston ring segments and their counterfaces after lubricated bench-scale testing. Primary users of standard will include diesel and automotive internal combustion engine designers and builders, developers of lubricants and additives, and researchers interested in surface engineering for improved friction and wear performance. Read More

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Bleed Stability Standard promotes concrete construction safety.

August 10, 2011

Adopted from American Concrete Institute test method, ASTM C1741, Test Method for Bleed Stability of Cementitious Post-Tensioning Tendon Grout, will help ensure safety of construction projects. Fred Goodwin, fellow scientist, BASF Construction Chemicals, LLC, and ASTM member, notes that being able to predict bleeding in grout before injecting into tendon will maximize grout performance for bleeding resistance, promoting safer and more reliable construction practices. Read More

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Packaging Hall of Fame inducts 5 industry leaders.

August 10, 2011

PMMI congratulates 5 industry leaders on their induction into the Packaging Hall of Fame. They include Victor Del Rosso of Hi-Speed Checkweigher, Lawrence C. Dull of Packaging Knowledge Group, Arthur Gustafson of Algus Packaging, Thomas L. Schneider of Industrial and Shippers Supply, and M.H. "Pete" Wallace of SWF Machinery. The Class of 2011 will be honored in a reception at the Las Vegas Hilton on Sept 26, in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas. Read More

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AIA Announces New Director of vision standards development.

August 10, 2011

Bringing 25+ years of experience, Robert McCurrach has joined Automated Imaging Association (AIA) as Standards Development Director. According to AIA President Jeff Burnstein, "Bob's engineering, product, and process management skills make him a natural fit for the role." McCurrach's focus has been primarily directed towards nuclear, defense, and automotive industries. He holds BS in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology. Read More