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AIA Vows to Fight Sequestration and urges action.

March 5, 2013

"Despite our extreme disappointment that sequestration was not averted," said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, "we are by no means giving up the fight." Continuing Resolution for funding federal agencies through current fiscal year expires March 27, and Blakey identified that as next opportunity for Congress and President Obama to "halt the crisis that our industry has highlighted for nearly two years." Blakey said this period should be used to stop damage done to USA by sequestration. Read More

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NAM urges approval of Keystone XL pipeline.

March 5, 2013

Chip Yost, NAM Assistant VP of Energy and Resources Policy, released statement urging approval of Keystone XL pipeline after State Department issued draft Environment Impact Statement. According to Yost, release of draft EIS is a step in the right direction toward final approval of this important project. Pipeline will provide country with energy security as well as create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and an additional 118,000 spin-off jobs. Read More

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Annual Manufacturing Innovations List has been unveiled by SME.

March 5, 2013

Highlighting new technologies and advancements in manufacturing, SME announced its 2013 Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture. New and emerging technologies, as selected by SME's Innovation Watch Committee for this list, have already shown successful implementation and are currently contributing to manufacturing. SME Innovation Watch Committee, according to its manager, Lauralyn McDaniel, discusses what makes new gadgets possible. Read More

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IR Digital Holography lets firefighters see through flames.

March 5, 2013

A team of Italian researchers has developed an imaging technique that uses infrared digital holography to peer through chaotic conflagrations and capture potentially lifesaving and otherwise hidden details. By employing specialized lens-free technique, researchers created system that can cope with flood of radiation from environments filled with flames as well as smoke. Team describes its breakthrough results and their applications in paper published in OSA's open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard to evaluate wet road skid resistance.

March 5, 2013

Proposed standard ASTM WK40015, Test Method for Determining the Skid Resistance of a Pavement Surface by Measuring the Sideway Force Coefficient (SFCS) Using SCRIM, is based on test used by highway authorities in United Kingdom and other parts of the world since 1970s. Test described in said standard will be used primarily by highway authorities to evaluate wet road skidding resistance as means of reducing automobile accidents. Read More

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Proposed Standard to cover advances for asphalt adhesives.

March 5, 2013

ASTM WK40056, Specification for Adhesive Used with Modified Bituminous Sheet Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D08.20 on Roofing Membrane Systems, part of ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing. Proposed standard will provide means of describing changes that have been made in formulation and performance of asphalt adhesives currently available. It will also provide a tool for purchasing latest asphalt adhesives for use with modified bitumen roof membranes. Read More

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Developing Textile Wear Test Standard is open to contributions.

March 4, 2013

Interested parties are invited to join ongoing development of ASTM International standard ASTM D3181, which provides data that helps predict expected wear performance of various textiles in end-use conditions. Content includes statistical methods for test design and analysis of data as well as standard procedures for evaluation of textiles. Uses include determining comparative performance; determining suitability in different end uses, and wear effect evaluation and comparison. Read More

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MHEDA plans 2013 Annual Convention in Palm Desert, CA.

March 4, 2013

During MHEDA's 58th Annual Convention, May 4-8, participants will spend 4 days learning, networking, and discovering resources for their company. Convention's theme is "Get Your Game On" and will include 16 education sessions, 3-hr Exhibitors' Showcase, roundtable discussion, and organized tours. Presentations will address issues impacting material handling community, including: recruiting next generation, energizing leadership, understanding changing customer expectations, and social media. Read More