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NIST Ethanol Research warns against pipeline degradation.

August 9, 2011

NIST researchers caution that ethanol, especially bacteria sometimes found in it, can dramatically degrade pipelines. Experimental evidence shows bacteria that feed on ethanol and produce acid boost fatigue crack growth rates by at least 25X levels occurring in air alone. According to NIST postdoctoral researcher Jeffrey Sowards, "These are important data for pipeline engineers who want to safely and reliably transport ethanol fuel in repurposed oil and gas pipelines." Read More

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Coatings show promise as flame retardants in polyurethane foam .

August 9, 2011

Gram for gram, carbon nanofiber-filled coatings devised by researchers from NIST and Texas A&M University outperformed flame retardants used in the polyurethane foam of upholstered furniture and mattresses by at least 160% and perhaps by as much as 1,130%. Test results, reported in the journal Polymer, suggest that significant fire-safety advantages can be gained by coating polyurethane foam with a club-sandwich-like arrangement of thin layers containing carbon nanofibers and polymers. Read More

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TITANIUM 2011 gathers momentum.

August 9, 2011

Scheduled for Oct 2-5, TITANIUM 2011 is expected to attract more than 800 attendees from 30 countries. Conference will provide platform for business leaders to share insights on key developments and trends likely to shape market conditions. It will include keynote speaker David Houle, a futurist and business advisor, offering thoughts on "The Shift Age" and "Transformation Decade." John Byrne, VP of aircraft, materials and structures for Boeing will be the "distinguished guest speaker." Read More

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Renewable Energy Questionaire seeks to reveal financing trends.

August 9, 2011

To help expose finance trends and provide critical marketplace feedback on importance or effectiveness of various policies and incentives, U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) seeks input from energy developers and financiers. Renewable Energy Finance Tracking Initiative (REFTI) questionnaire, pertaining to projects financed during first half of 2011, is available online through August 18 and takes ~15 min to complete. Read More

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EPA and USDA partner to improve drinking water systems.

August 9, 2011

EPA and USDA announced national partnership to protect Americans' health by improving rural drinking water and wastewater systems. Nationwide, small water and sewage treatment facilities with limited funding and resources face challenges due to rising costs and aging equipment and pipes. Agreement will send federal resources to support communities that need assistance and promote job training to help put people to work while addressing growing workforce shortage in the water industry. Read More

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Robotics Webinar focuses on food industry applications.

August 9, 2011

September 29, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM EDT, Food Robotics webinar will present robots available to food industry, devices that are used with them, and basic safety considerations. Seminar will also explore integration methodologies, how to approach and work with systems integrators, and application markets. In addition to pre-wrap, post-wrap, pre-box, and post-box solutions, webinar will explain technical enablers for post-wrap, pre-box packaging. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today focuses on candid customer feedback.

August 9, 2011

Distribution industry veteran Gary Moore explains how to benefit from customer complaints in "Turn A Negative Into A Positive," an article in Welding and Gases Today. According to Moore, complaints let you know about issues within your company that may be routinely causing problems. Repeated complaints about out-of-stock items may indicate need for new ordering algorithms, while repetitive complaints about service response time may indicate need for better dispatching or more service vans. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Article details forklift power options.

August 9, 2011

Third Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal features articles about forklift power options: which are available as options for forklifts, pros and cons of each, and what said information means to distributors. Three experts spoke about each power option and forklift trends, and most expect proportion of electric trucks to rise. None of interviewed experts, however, expect market to ever go completely electric, citing shipyard/lumberyard application demands. Read More

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SPE Panel Discussion evaluates trends reshaping global auto market.

August 9, 2011

Scheduled for Oct 2-5, SPEĀ® Automotive TPO Global Conference will include executive-management panel discussion titled "On the Road Again Toward 2016," which will explore trends reshaping the global automotive industry as it begins to recover from 2008-2009 crash. Panelists will share their views on how automotive industry will change, grow, and build cars that must achieve huge strides in fuel economy and sustainability, while also responding to global supply-chain issues and demand shifts. Read More

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Manufacturers Agree new fuel standards are positive step.

August 8, 2011

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons commented on White House plan to nearly double U.S. fuel economy standards by 2025. Specifically, Timmons called agreement on new fuel standards between White House and auto industry "a positive development." Timmons went on to say that "This is an example of government and job creators working together in partnership to achieve mutually shared goals" and that this type of consensus building should serve as future rulemaking model. Read More

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North American Robot Orders jump 41% in first half of 2011.

August 8, 2011

According to statistics released by RIA, a total of 8,879 robots valued at $577.8 million were ordered by North American companies in the first 6 months of the year. When orders from outside North America are added, totals jump to 10,476 robots valued at $667.9 million. The second quarter was particularly strong, posting gains of 50% in units and 55% in dollars over same period in 2010. Non-automotive orders increased 23% through June, led by gains in metalworking. Read More

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LIA Points out Dangers of handheld laser devices.

August 8, 2011

As public sector does not have level of regulation seen in research, industrial, and medical applications, free bulletin on LIA's website offers precautions on safe use of laser pointers emitting 50-1,000 mW of power. LIA believes FDA-required labels and hazard classifications often exceed public comprehension, so this bulletin will help public take note of existing dangers and urges that such high-power, handheld devices be kept away from children and untrained users. Read More

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Idaho DOT Director Ness supports lean, customer-based DOTs.

August 8, 2011

In Two-Minute State DOT Update video, Brian Ness, director of Idaho DOT, says that after taking office, he initiated a plan to improve customer service, efficiency, and accountability and save $3.5 million in personnel costs. Realignment reduced layers of management between Ness and department's front line supervisors and eliminated 62 supervisory positions where 1 manager supervised 1 employee. Savings of $5.7 million will be invested into highway construction, maintenance, and equipment. Read More

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NTSB Makes Recommendations to European Aviation Safety Agency.

August 8, 2011

NTSB made several recommendations, A-11-75 through A-11-78, to European Aviation Safety Agency. Among these, 2 address certification requirement amendments for aircraft requiring fuel additives: that limitations be highlighted by warning in airplane flight manual. Further suggestions deal with amending aircraft certification fuel placarding requirements so that aircraft requiring fuel additives have fuel filler placard noting limitation and referring to airplane flight manual. Read More

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HART Plant of the Year still open for nominees.

August 8, 2011

HART Communication Foundation has extended the deadline to receive nominations for 2011 HART Plant of the Year Award to August 15. End users and manufacturers are encouraged to enter their plant or customer's plant for recognition. HART is seeking a plant that has taken capabilities of HART instruments beyond configuration and calibration or is using real-time diagnostics and process variables in HART-enabled devices integrated with control, information, asset management, or safety systems. Read More

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NTSB Recommendations to FAA address aircraft fuel additives.

August 8, 2011

According to NTSB, FAA should amend certification requirements for aircraft requiring fuel additives, including fuel system icing inhibitors, so that those limitations are highlighted by warning in limitations section of airplane flight manual. FAA should also issue guidance on fuel system icing prevention that includes pilot precautions and procedures to avoid fuel system icing problems aboard turbine engine-powered aircraft, and describes possible consequences of failing to use icing inhibitor. Read More

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APICS updates operations management framework.

August 8, 2011

Third edition of APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework defines scope of field of operations and supply chain management while also providing dynamic resource for understanding APICS body of knowledge. Highlighting emerging areas of corporate social responsibility, closed-loop manufacturing, and disruption risks, this edition introduces 2 new sections on sustainability and risk management. Read More

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Reviewers Sought for updated version NPSH guideline.

August 8, 2011

Hydraulic Institute (HI), under approval of ANSI, seeks qualified individuals in North America to participate in reviewing draft of updated version for ANSI/HI 9.6.1, - Rotodynamic Pumps - Guideline for NPSH (net positive suction head). Purpose of this guideline is to establish margins over NPSH3 that will lead to acceptable pump performance and service life. Individuals and organizations directly and materially affected by this document are asked to contact HI. Read More

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TRFA announces Thermoset Polymer Research Award winner.

August 8, 2011

TRFA announced that Rongpeng Wang, a doctoral student in chemistry at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, is the winner of the 2nd Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award. His paper, "Epoxidized Glycidyl Ester of Soybean Oil as Reactive Diluent for Epoxy Resin," will be presented at the TRFA 2011 Annual Meeting in September. Honorable Mention goes to Fazel Yavari for his paper on "Dramatic Increase in Fatigue Life in Hierarchical Graphene Composites." Read More

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Federal Agencies sign environmental justice MOU.

August 8, 2011

Building on its commitment to ensuring strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all Americans, Obama Administration announced Federal agencies have agreed to develop environmental justice strategies to protect health of people living in communities overburdened by pollution - particularly minority, low income, and tribal communities. Agencies will also provide public with annual progress reports on their efforts. Read More