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Metal Industry Rebounds from 5 years of decline.

May 23, 2011

Michael E. Lutheran, president of Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), said that North American powder metallurgy (PM) industry regained its growth momentum in 2010 after 5 years of declining demand. Explaining further, Lutheran explained rebound can be largely pinned on light-vehicle sales increases but that other end markets also gained. Based on first quarter of 2011, Lutheran reported that PM industry executives remain optimistic about business outlook. Read More

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PMA Report forecasts decline in business over 3-month period.

May 23, 2011

May 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report indicates that 55% of participants predict business activity will remain unchanged, and 22% believe it will decline over next 3 months. Overall drop in incoming orders is expected by 27% of companies, while 25% of participants also reported drop in average daily shipping levels in May. Percentage of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff increased to 14%, from 11% in April. Read More

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Gregory S. Barger.

May 23, 2011

Gregory S. Barger, technical center director at Ash Grove Cement Co., received Award of Merit from ASTM International Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. Award was presented for exceptional leadership and technical contributions related to standards on compositional analysis, use, and testing of hydraulic cements and hydraulic cement concretes. A member of ASTM since 1988, Barger was recognized as ASTM Honorary Member of Committees C01 and C09 in 2009. Read More

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EPRI to hold Smart Grid media briefing.

May 23, 2011

Scheduled for May 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., EPRI's media briefing will address the cost and benefits to modernize the U.S. electricity system and deploy a smart grid. Briefing participants will discover the challenges of integrating renewable energy resources into the grid, why standards development is important in developing solutions for smart grid applications, and the cyber security implications of a smart grid. Read More

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Award of Merit honors contributions to protective standards.

May 23, 2011

Dr. J. Douglas Dale, professor emeritus in the department of mechanical engineering at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was honored with ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow. Dale received this award in recognition of exceptional leadership and significant contributions in development of standards for ASTM Committee F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment. ASTM member since 1993, he currently serves as member at large on Committee F23. Read More

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ANSI Signs MoU to spur greater US-Russian cooperation,.

May 23, 2011

In support of US-Russian standardization activities cooperation, ANSI and Russian Federation's Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (GOST-R) came together last week to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It seeks to establish future areas of cooperation between organizations regarding collaborative programs, training, and bilateral visits. Under MoU, ANSI and GOST-R will work to develop mutually supportive positions related to standards and conformity assessment. Read More

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NIST Summary addresses federal involvement in standardization.

May 23, 2011

NIST has released a summary of responses to its December 8 request for information on the effectiveness of federal agency participation in standardization in select technology sectors. In its role as coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI submitted a response on behalf of the standardization community. Response was informed by comments solicited and received from broad cross-section of ANSI's membership. Read More

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ASHRAE commends Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-Ohio).

May 23, 2011

ASHRAE commends Senators Shaheen and Portman for introducing the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011, which would help make buildings more energy efficient by reducing barriers in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors to make use of new technologies. Legislation would also encourage U.S. DOE to work with code and standard development organizations to develop definitions of energy use intensity for use in model codes or in evaluating efficiency impacts of codes. Read More

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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