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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-Fi® 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

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Organizations form Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability.

August 9, 2011

HomePlug® Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance®, HomeGrid Forum®, and ZigBee® Alliance have agreed to create a Consortium for SEP 2 Interoperability, which will enable organizations whose technologies support communications over Internet Protocol to certify SEP 2 according to consistent test plan. Joint certification and test program will be used to certify wireless and wired devices that support IP-based smart energy applications and end-user devices such as thermostats, appliances, and gateways. Read More

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Bernard Rzepka to speak at SPE Eurotec(TM) 2011.

August 9, 2011

Bernard Rzepke, COO and General Manager of A. Schulman EMEA, will be plenary speaker at EUROTEC(TM) 2011, which will be held in conjunction with Equiplast exposition in Barcelona. The presentation, titled Compounding 2021, or, How to Grow in a Decade of Uncertainty, will discuss changes the world has seen in the past 10 years. It will provide an outlook on what may happen by 2021, and how, despite uncertainties, a company can still build a sustainable compounding business. Read More

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Legal E-Books can be read on Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.

August 9, 2011

American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section and Apple partnered to make ebooks on legal subjects available via Apple iBookstore. Debut title, iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, can be read on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Specifically, book teaches readers to set up iPad UI, multitask with apps, sync files, as well as manage legal documents. Listing of best apps for lawyers is also included, along with keyboard and browser tips and shortcuts. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute's Fall Meeting is open for registration.

August 9, 2011

Hydraulic Institute's (HI) Fall Meeting will take place October 4-8, 2011 in Dallas, TX. Registration is open to the following: HI Members, Associate Members, Standards Partners, and Utilities, Energy Efficiency NGOs sponsors of Pump Systems Matter. Also, eligible prospective members are welcome to attend with advance approval. This meeting will focus on performance management, crucial conversations, supply chain strategies, pump knowledge updates, and standards development. Read More

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DOE awards first L Prize for LED lighting technology.

August 9, 2011

Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, announced that the first L Prize for LED development and manufacturing goes to Philips Lighting Electronics North America. In addition to $10 million award, winning entry is expected to benefit from promotions by many utility companies and the federal government as a replacement for the 60 W incandescent bulb. NEMA looks forward to further accelerated development and deployment of efficient lighting in the U.S. driven by the L Prize. Read More

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AIP creates app for authors and reviewers.

August 9, 2011

AIP Publishing, a division of AIP, announces release of iPeerReview app, which allows authors and reviewers to use iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices to access broad range of information on papers submitted to any of AIP's journals in Peer X-Press, AIP's manuscript submission and review system. Once logged in, users can access list of all active and completed papers, view status history of paper, view and save paper in PDF format, and email paper. Read More

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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