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Entries for 2011 WSD Paper Competition due August 12.

July 20, 2011

U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee is reminding interested stakeholders to enter the 2011 WSD Paper Competition, which is sponsored by The Society for Standards Professionals. Theme of competition is "Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide." Issues of safety and sustainability are important causes for stakeholders around the world, from alternative energies and environmental protection to the safety of products, services, homes, and workplaces. Read More

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Energy Star Requirements updated for dishwashers and furnaces.

July 20, 2011

Effective Jan 20, 2012, residential dishwashers meeting new Energy Star requirements will be 10-30% more energy efficient than conventional models and about 8% more efficient than dishwashers that met previous Energy Star requirement. Furnaces that meet new requirements for southern half of U.S. will be up to 12% more energy efficient than baseline units, while qualified furnaces in northern half of U.S. including Canada will be up to 16% more energy efficient than baseline models. Read More

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Best Western Region Transportation Projects selected by judges.

July 20, 2011

Winners of America's Transportation Awards, held at annual meeting of Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, included projects that reduced congestion, shortened project delivery times, improved access to rural communities, and increased commuting safety. Of 12 transportation projects from 10 Western state DOTs that were entered into this year's competition, 5 states received regional awards. Read More

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AIA applauds common sense export control reforms.

July 20, 2011

AIA welcomes administration's proposed rule to relieve low-risk technology exports of burdensome and unnecessary restrictions. Rule proposes that after appropriate interagency review and consensus, technologies with low or no military or intelligence sensitivity will be moved off of U.S. Munitions List to Commerce Control List. Exports of these technologies to key military allies and partners may be eligible for more flexible Commerce license exemptions. Read More

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WirlessHART Seminar provides firsthand experience for users.

July 19, 2011

An educational seminar on WirelessHART technology is proving its value to users who want to learn more about industry's first international wireless communication standard. Vendor-neutral seminar, "Using WirelessHART Technology in Process Industries," includes presentations by industry experts and live demonstrations of WirelessHART technology. Topics include understanding and using WirelessHART technology in the plant environment and planning and implementing a WirelessHART project. Read More

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Award of Merit recognizes stucco, gypsum standards contributions.

July 19, 2011

Gary J. Maylon, president of Metal Lath and Stucco Consulting Co. Inc. in Talladega, AL, received ASTM Award of Merit and title of fellow from ASTM International Committee C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems. Member of ASTM and presenting committee since 1990, Maylon was cited for his contributions towards development of standards related to stucco products and their installation. Maylon also serves on Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. Read More

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Distributors/Suppliers talk about how MHED helps business.

July 19, 2011

At 56th annual MHEDA Convention in Phoenix, AZ, The MHEDA Journal spoke to 17 material handling distributors and suppliers about how MHEDA aids in their business. Resulting series of videos present members discuss value of attending MHEDA Convention, networking, MHEDA Education, and MHEDA membership. Those interviewed specifically talked about structure, ability to meet manufacturers, vendor-friendliness, as well as educational programs. Read More

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Stanford P. Seto.

July 18, 2011

Standford P. Seto of Belcan Engineering Corp. has been honored with ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow for his outstanding contributions to Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and for his work as chairman of Subcommittee D02.J0 on Aviation Fuels. He has been a major contributor to important D02 standards for aviation turbine fuels and fuel additives, including revision to ASTM D7566, Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons. Read More

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Composite Materials Standard covers fatigue properties.

July 18, 2011

ASTM D7615/D7615M, Practice for Open-Hole Fatigue Response of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates, provides guidance for development of open-hole fatigue data for material specifications, R/D, material design allowables, and quality assurance. Standard is useful for developing design factors from relatively small standard coupons to account for effects of environmental conditions and data scatter that can then be applied to test programs involving larger scale test articles. Read More

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CFL Index Continues Retreat at beginning of 2011.

July 18, 2011

In Q1 of 2011, NEMA compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps index declined for fourth consecutive quarter. Registered reading of 180.8 marks decline of 16.8% on year-over-year basis. Incandescent lamp shipments showed increase of 6.4% over previous quarter, and first quarter reading of 57.0 remained unchanged from same period of previous year. Incandescent lamps remained dominant, while CFLs gave back market share gained over last 3 years by decreasing to 21.0%. Read More

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Study of E-AB Aircraft Safety seeks pilot, builder input.

July 18, 2011

NTSB study of accidents involving Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft will evaluate safety of this growing segment of general aviation. In support of this project, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will host Web-based survey for E-AB aircraft owners. Study will examine areas such as builder assistance programs; transition training; flight test and certification requirements; maintenance; as well as performance and failures of systems, structures, and power plants. Read More

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PMI welcomes Member Services Committee co-chair.

July 18, 2011

PMI President Jack Krecek has selected Tim Doyle of Amerikam, Inc. as co-chair of PMI's Member Service Committee to serve alongside existing co-chair Rick Reles. As quality assurance manager and ISO management representative for Amerikam, Doyle oversees development, implementation, and maintenance of the quality management system. His responsibilities include development and maintenance of processes and control plans to ensure product meets or exceeds customer and regulatory requirements. Read More

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AAMA reiterates call for legislative review of LRRP rules.

July 18, 2011

U.S. House of Representatives approved Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, which included approved amendment to defund EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting activities until accurate test kit has been developed. AAMA continues urging legislative leaders to review $1.5 billion LRRP and amendment rules, and to contemplate impact of rules on nation's employment rate, energy conservation, and economic recovery, as well as safety and health of vulnerable residents. Read More

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Photo Contest Results reveal one winner for 2 commendations.

July 18, 2011

AASHTO announced one photograph won Grand Prize and People's Choice Award in 2011 Faces of Transportation contest. Taken by Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) photographer Julie Duewel, Balancing Act captures NDOT Bridge Inspector Aleksander Nelson performing safety inspection at Mike O'Callaghan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Lloyd Brown, AASHTO director of communications, noted that "These photographs offer a reminder of the important role transportation plays in American life." Read More

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ASABE adopts international standard on safety signs.

July 18, 2011

ASABE has adopted with deviations international standard ISO 11684. ASABE document, ANSI/ASABE AD11684:1995 (APR2011), Tractors, machinery for agricultural and forestry, powered lawn and garden equipment - Safety signs and hazard pictorials - General principles, replaces ASAE S441.3, Safety Signs, which was used as basis for ISO 11684. Adoption further harmonizes national and international standardization, while deviation recognizes areas in which US practice differs from those described by ISO. Read More

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AIA President Makes Statement on entitlements, debt burdens.

July 18, 2011

Regarding USA's fiscal crisis, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey noted America's business leaders' patience and understanding as political leaders have sought to find solution. She spoke of various difficulties at hand, "from growing entitlement costs to outsized debt burdens," and called on political leaders to end delays on making such tough choices. She also stressed opportunity to tackle challenges "in a smart way that preserves our national security and economic strength." Read More

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AIA concerned by NASA and NOAA cuts.

July 15, 2011

AIA is concerned about substantial cuts being made to budgets of NASA and NOAA in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science markup of fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill. Markup cuts NASA's space programs by 10% from President's request and nearly 13% from NASA authorization passed last October. In addition, NOAA would get $1 billion less than President's request - an 18% cut in a year when storms have taken hundreds of lives and shown need for accurate forecasts. Read More

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Risk and Resiliency Tools previewed in Arlington County, VA.

July 15, 2011

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and National Institute of Building Sciences gave Arlington County, VA preview of tools to help prepare buildings and critical infrastructure against potential disasters. Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) tools help obtain preliminary risk assessment rating for buildings and infrastructure. Arlington also asked DHS to include it in development of Washington, DC Urban Blast Tool (UBT). Read More

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PMA Hosts Conference for marketing and sales professionals.

July 15, 2011

Second annual Marketing and Sales Conference will take place August 24-25, 2011 in Chicago, IL. Educational sessions will be delivered by speakers offering examples for reaching new customers, maintaining current customers, and establishing strong company brands. As keynote speaker, Tom Snyder will discuss tactics, techniques, and excitement that research on leading by insight reveals. Also, program features 2 concurrent educational tracks for management and sales-level executives. Read More

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First Chief Manufacturing Officer was selected by NIST.

July 15, 2011

As announced by NIST, manufacturing industry executive Michael F. Molnar will serve as agency's Chief Manufacturing Officer. As Chief Manufacturing Officer, Molnar will be responsible for planning and coordination of NIST's manufacturing research and services programs. He will also serve as NIST's central point of contact with White House, Department of Commerce, and other agencies on technical and policy issues related to manufacturing. Read More