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Process Expo 2011 achieves key sales milestone.

May 20, 2011

FPSA announced that it has reached a milestone of 190,000 square feet for the 2011 PROCESS EXPO trade show, which will be held November 1-4 at McCormick Place in Chicago. At this pace, show is projected to be the largest edition of PROCESS EXPO to date, featuring numerous bellwether suppliers across all sectors of the food and beverage industry. Individuals interested in attending PROCESS EXPO 2011 can register on-line at www.myprocessexpo.com. Read More

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MPIF announces winners of powder metallurgy design competition.

May 20, 2011

MPIF announced winners of its 2011 Design Excellence awards, which included grand prizes in automotive transmission category, for carrier and one-way rocker clutch assembly, as well as automotive chassis category to GKN Sinter Metals, LLC. Grand prizes were also awarded to Capstan California for porous bronze filter, Parmatech Corporation for 420 stainless steel hunting arrowhead, and FloMet LLC in medical/dental category. Several awards of distinction were also presented at PowderMet2011. Read More

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Metal Powder Society names Fellows.

May 20, 2011

During PowderMet2011, APMI International named 2 individuals to 2011 Class of Fellows. William R. Gasbarre, marketing/sales director, Gasbarre Products, Inc., has devoted 38 years to PM industry and was instrumental in development of APMI Fellow Award and Train-the-Trainer program. Graham B. Schaffer, executive dean, University of Queensland, Faculty of Engineering, Brisbane, Australia is an international authority on particulate materials processing, primarily focused on light metals. Read More

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Manufacturing Economist says China to lose edge over US by 2016.

May 20, 2011

Based on recent analyses and reports, leading manufacturing sector economist Dr. Chris Kuehl asserts that the Chinese will lose significant market share in coming years and not have cost advantage over US manufacturing by year 2016. "There are no guarantees," said Kuehl, "and these reports make it clear that idiotic policies can still ruin the trend." Kuehl points out that in 1990 the Chinese share of world manufacturing output was 3%. Today, its share is 19.8%, and US is 19.4%. Read More

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SME announces industry-focused manufacturing event.

May 20, 2011

To meet the changing needs of East Coast manufacturers, SME announced Mfg4 - a new conference-driven event to be held May 8-10, 2012, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The name, Mfg4, references the 4 industries that event will focus on: aerospace, defense (including arms), medical, and energy. Keynotes, workshops, and conference sessions will provide high-level technical content with an industry focus. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation announces certified FOUNDATION(TM) trainers.

May 20, 2011

Fieldbus Foundation has certified several new fieldbus technology trainers under its FOUNDATION Certified Training Program. This program establishes uniform standards for fieldbus educational curriculum and instructors around the world, and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology. New instructors include Dr. Bindert Douma of STC Brielle, Ed Williamson and Mark Tarrant of SAIT Polytechnic, and Yoshiharu Amano and Yoshitsugu Morioka of Waseda University. Read More

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ASHRAE, IES Seek Public Input on residential energy standard.

May 20, 2011

Last year, ASHRAE and IES collaborated to increase efficiency of requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America) Standard 90.2, Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Now, both organizations are seeking input into draft of said standard. It is open for advisory public review May 13 until June 12, 2011. The goal of ASHRAE and IES is to publish standard that is 30% more energy efficient than 2004 version of 90.1. Read More

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Dr. Claudia Kropas-Hughes honored with ASTM Award of Merit.

May 20, 2011

Claudia Kropas-Hughes, Ph.D., deputy division chief, Air Force Material Command, Technology Transition Division, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, received ASTM International Award of Merit. This honor recognizes her technical and administrative leadership as well as contributions to Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. ASTM International member since 1991, Kropas-Hughes currently serves as vice chairman of Committee E07 and chairs subcommittees on Long Range Planning and Awards. Read More

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Worker Safety Excellence Awards were presented by AIA.

May 20, 2011

GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Honeywell Aerospace were presented with 2011 Worker Safety Excellence Awards at AIA's Environment, Safety, and Health Committee's Spring Conference. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, "These awards are an annual tribute to the commitment of industry to our workers' health and safety." Each award recognizes a company that demonstrated key elements of corporate safety program and achieved lowest injury/illness rates. Read More

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NIST Seeks Public Comment on draft guide to cloud computing.

May 19, 2011

To clarify definitions of cloud computing, NIST Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations (Special Publication 800-146) reviews NIST-established definition of cloud computing and describes its current benefits and issues. It also provides recommendations on how organizations should consider opportunities and risks of cloud computing and identifies areas for future analysis. NIST is accepting public comments on draft through June 13, 2011. Read More

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EASTEC 2011 expects more than 11,000 manufacturers.

May 19, 2011

Taking place in West Springfield, MA from May 17-19, EASTEC 2011 is centered on 5 exhibit categories and offers various opportunities to learn, exchange ideas, and network. As many as 500 exhibitors are expected, debuting 150 new products. In addition to keynotes on jet engine manufacturing trends and micro-manufacturing technology for medical devices, event features include Emerging Technology Showcase and Management Roundtable Solutions as well as 21 Resource Center presentations. Read More

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RIA Event to focus on contents restoration.

May 19, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 15-16, "Strictly Contents" interactive event will focus on contents restoration for individuals who manage a business focusing on this specialty, have a division that handles contents restoration, or are looking to expand into this area. Peter Crosa, creator of "Soft Selling Hardened Claims Adjusters" books and workshops, will deliver keynote presentation entitled: Understanding the Mind of the Adjuster: Contents Restoration and the Insurance Claims Industry. Read More

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High-Performance Building Week scheduled for May 23-29.

May 19, 2011

High-Performance Building Week recognizes human, environmental, economic, and total societal impact of high performance buildings. HPBCCC, established by ASHRAE, will highlight importance of high-performance buildings to federal, state, and local policymakers and general public. Events will kick off with Congressional press event on May 24 and luncheon titled "Introduction to High-Performance Buildings: How Buildings Keep Americans Safe, Grow the Economy, and Protect the Environment." Read More

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MPIF presents Distinguished Service awards.

May 19, 2011

During the 2011 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials, MPIF presented Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Awards. Recipients included Animesh Bose, David R. Connelly, John J. DiCicco, Ian Donaldson, Chaman Lall, Louis W. Lherbier, Timothy J. McCabe, Patrick J. McGeehan, Bernard North, Michael L. Rector, Candido Ruas, and David L. Schaefer. Read More

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NREL announces leaders for Executive Energy program.

May 19, 2011

NREL has selected 20 national leaders to participate in 2011 Executive Energy Leadership program, which focuses on delivering clean energy solutions. Five-month program gives executive decision-makers an in-depth look at renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Briefings by NREL technology experts, research laboratory tours, and visits to field applications are part of classroom experience. At conclusion, participants present viable project on clean energy application. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation updates H1 physical layer specifications.

May 19, 2011

Fieldbus Foundation has released FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 Physical Layer Test Specification Version 2.0. This optimizes device interoperability and integration and includes updates to FOUNDATION fieldbus Cable Specification. Test procedure for isolated couplers is included with FOUNDATION fieldbus Coupler Test Specification, and update also adds receive jitter test case and device-coupler interoperability test to H1 Physical Layer Conformance Test Specification. Read More

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Nokia's Dr. Kai Syrjälä to speak at SPE EUROTEC(TM) 2011.

May 18, 2011

SPE has announced that Kai Syrjälä, PhD of Finland-based Nokia will be a plenary speaker at the first SPE EUROTEC(TM) plastics technical conference. His presentation, titled "Plastics Injection Molding and Tool Making: Challenges in China and Future Visions," will be delivered on Nov 14, 2011. It will illustrate current working models and practices in tool and mold manufacturing in China, focusing on how to succeed, maintain progress, and manage quality. Read More

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Bernard L. Potts receives ASTM Award of Merit.

May 18, 2011

ASTM Committee B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys presented ASTM Award of Merit to Bernard L. Potts, president and owner of Village Castings Inc. Committee sited Potts for his expert technical contributions to international standards on zinc and its alloys and his leadership in developing and revising standards for Subcommittee B02.04 on Zinc and Cadmium. A member of B02 and ASTM since 1992, Potts serves as B02 recording secretary and is chairman of Subcommittee B02.94 on Long Range Planning. Read More

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SME reports rise in attendance at ANTEC® 2011 over 2010.

May 18, 2011

SME ANTEC® 2011 from May 1-5 had total attendance of 2,023, which was 31% higher than 2010. Participants from 42 countries attended. The annual technical conference included 108 topical sessions with more than 700 presentations as well as trade show with 84 exhibitors. "The overall success of ANTEC 2011 reflected the gathering strength of the economy worldwide and continuing demand for the quality technical information that ANTEC provides," said Lesley Kyle of SPE. Read More

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NIST Cloud Computing Guide is open for public comment.

May 18, 2011

NIST Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations, SP 800-146, open for public comment until June 13, 2011, reviews NIST definition of cloud computing, and also details each kind of cloud environment. Section on Open Issues covers computing performance, reliability, economics, compliance, and data and applications security. Guide also includes general recommendations section, as well as appendices covering costs of cloud computing, roles and responsibilities, acronyms, and terminology. Read More