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Welding Distributor Article explores need for expert assessment.

March 30, 2011

Appearing in Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, Alloy Welding Applications article by John Beyer explains why welding distributors and manufacturers are being called upon to provide technical know-how and must work together to keep end-users productive and competitive. Lack of needed in-house technical assistance for end-users requires welding distributor salespeople and distributors themselves to step-up in terms of information gathering and problem identification. Read More

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Niche Marketing Article aids material handling distributors.

March 30, 2011

Distributor Niche Marketing, included in First Quarter 2011 issue The MHEDA Journal, examines ways material handling distributors can focus on growing markets to survive in slow economy. In his article, Kevin Risch outlines 6-step niche marketing plan and advises that "Even in the bad times, there were still sectors of end-users who were spending money. The trick is to find those end-users and develop a sales and marketing plan by niche market." Read More

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Proposed New ASTM Standard will promote crane safety.

March 30, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK31972, Test Method for Mechanical and Electrical Testing of Insulating Links for Lifting Equipment, incorporates design proof test to verify that insulating link between hook and load line on cranes meets minimum specifications for which manufacturer has designed it. Additionally included, periodically performed test (by user or designated agent) ensures component continues to meet safety requirements once in use. Read More

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A. Ivan Johnson Award earned by ASTM Soil and Rock Committee member.

March 30, 2011

Amy V. Germaine received ASTM International A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award for her contributions to work of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. In addition to being active member of Committee D18, Germaine also chairs Subcommittee D18.05 on Strength and Compressibility of Soils and is secretary of Subcommittees D18.07 on Identification and Classification of Soils, D18.91 on Standards Development and Review, and D18.93 on Terminology for Soil, Rock and Contained Fluids. Read More

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FAA installs 150th Alaska weather camera.

March 30, 2011

In an ongoing effort to improve aviation safety in Alaska, FAA has turned on its 150th weather camera in Talkeetna, a historic village whose airport is the hub for mountain climbing and sightseeing flights to Mt. McKinley. Positioned to view sky conditions around airports, air routes, and mountain passes, cameras provide pilots with critical weather information to help them decide whether it is safe to fly. FAA plans to install weather cameras at an additional 24 sites in Alaska this year. Read More

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NASA invites media to open source software summit.

March 30, 2011

Journalists are invited to attend NASA's first open source software development summit, March 29-30, at agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Running from 9-5 PDT on both days, event will bring together engineers, policy makers, and members of the open source community who will discuss challenges within the existing open source policy framework and propose modifications to enhance NASA's development, release, and use of software. Read More

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Full Defense Appropriations Bill deemed necessary by AIA.

March 30, 2011

Citing possible program delays increases, costs increases, and workforce downsizing, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey brought up growing industry concerns about lack of completed fiscal year 2011 budget as well as reliance on continuing resolutions. "A fiscal year budget must be completed as soon as Congress returns," said Blakey, so that programs can be effectively managed at DOD and other federal agencies (NASA, FAA) and companies can manage their responsibilities as contractors. Read More

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Workshop highlights HVAC design for high performing buildings.

March 30, 2011

ASHRAE Learning Institute presents a 3-day workshop focusing on fundamental and technical aspects of HVAC design in commercial buildings, providing practical strategies for HVAC designers and others involved in delivery of HVAC services. HVAC Design Essentials: Tools for High Performance Building Designers addresses skill set that will be required by designers of the future; techniques to interact effectively with all design partners in design team; and economics of sustainable buildings. Read More

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Proposed Standards to Protect Aquatic Ecosystems are open for public comment.

March 30, 2011

As required by Clean Water Act and pursuant to settlement agreement, U.S. EPA is proposing standards to protect fish and other aquatic organisms drawn each year into cooling water systems at power plants and factories. Safeguards against impingement will be required for all facilities above minimum size; closed-cycle cooling systems may also be required on case by case basis when, based on site-specific analysis by permitting authorities, such requirements are determined to be appropriate. Read More

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ISPE European Regulatory Affairs Advisor will be Bryan Wright.

March 30, 2011

Effective April 1 of 2011, Bryan Wright will join ISPE as European Regulatory Affairs Advisor. He will act as liaison between ISPE and European regulatory authorities, helping expand relationships between regulatory bodies and ISPE, shaping ISPE educational offerings, and keeping ISPE Members informed of relevant regulatory developments originating from European regulatory authorities. ISPE President and CEO Bob Best called Bryan's years of regulatory experience, "invaluable." Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses radial light truck tire testing.

March 30, 2011

ASTM F2869 provides scientifically based procedure to identify equivalent test severity conditions between 1.707 m diameter laboratory roadwheel surface and flat or highway surface for radial pneumatic light truck tires. Standard also uses special interactive electronic software, which can be used to determine laboratory test conditions that provide equivalent tire internal temperatures for belt edge region for both curved laboratory roadwheel and flat highway test surfaces. Read More

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SME Hails Young Engineers as next generation of industry leaders.

March 30, 2011

SME honored 12 individuals with Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer awards, which recognize young manufacturing practitioners who have made exemplary contributions to and achievements in manufacturing industry. This year's recipients include Shorya Awtar, Emmanuel Brousseau, David M. Dietrich, Dalong Gao, Sayata Ghose, Sandip P. Harimkar, Martin B. G. Jun, Mohammed Omar, Binil Starly, Kevin T. Turner, Chengying Xu, Yihong Yang. Read More

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NEMA publishes ANSI standard for electric connectors.

March 30, 2011

NEMA has published ANSI C119.1-2011 American National Standard for Electric Connectors-Sealed Insulated Underground Connector Systems Rated 600 Volts. Last revised in 2006, standard covers connector systems for utility applications and establishes electrical, mechanical, and sealing requirements. Revision features additional tests for impact, reusability, and resealability. Also included are sealed multiport set screw connectors used by utilities in underground distribution systems. Read More

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NEMA commends FERC on demand response compensation ruling.

March 30, 2011

NEMA commends Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a decision that will improve the reliability and efficiency of the electric grid. In its final rule, FERC has allowed locational marginal prices (LMP) to be paid to demand response (DR) resources in organized wholesale energy markets. This means that electricity customers can enter into a voluntary agreement to be compensated to reduce usage when utility transmits a DR signal. Read More

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Registration now open for HI 2011 Technical Meeting.

March 30, 2011

Scheduled for June 22-25, HI 2011 Technical Meeting will offer venue for interested members to volunteer their expertise and join technical committees which create ANSI/HI Standards, technical guidelines, and reports for pumps and pumping systems. Agenda features range of informational sessions and workshops, including Pump Knowledge Workshop on Minimizing Shaft Current; Pump Knowledge Workshop, Heat Soak Calculations for Mechanical Seals; and Pumping Systems Optimization Course. Read More

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TransAtlantic Business Dialogue Director to speak at electric vehicles event.

March 29, 2011

Kathryn Hauser, U.S. Executive Director of TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD), will speak at ANSI Workshop Standards and Codes for Electric Drive Vehicles, which will explore standards, codes, conformance programs, and education initiatives needed to aid deployment of electric vehicles in marketplace. Presentations and interactive panel discussions will explore domestic and international activities currently underway as well as identify gaps where additional work may be needed. Read More

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ANSI Member Activities in China to be highlighted in webinar.

March 29, 2011

Offered free of charge, ANSI's webinar series will highlight diverse range of programs and services available through ANSI membership. Briefing program is intended to promote active participation and help members get the most value out of their membership. Series will open on April 13, 2011, with webinar highlighting ANSI activities in China, including work of ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China and the ANSI Regional Standing Committee - Asia Pacific. Read More

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Sustainability Workshop focuses on road and paving materials.

March 29, 2011

Sustainability of Road and Paving Materials, to be held in Tampa, FL on December 6, will consider sustainability as it relates to design, construction, rehabilitation, and testing of road and paving materials. Presentations will describe activities of ASTM Committee D04 relative to sustainability; sustainable uses of asphalt pavements; recycling existing asphalt pavements; sustainable aggregates for use in asphalt pavements; and the EPA perspective on sustainable paving materials. Read More

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Training Course on Diesel Fuels is offered by ASTM International.

March 29, 2011

Sponsored by ASTM International, Diesel Fuels training course covers wide range of diesel fuel topics including specifications, test methods, sampling and quality control, distribution, current issues, and alternate fuels like biodiesel. Participants will learn significance of requirements, how to interpret product inspections, and impacts of product quality on diesel engine applications. There will also be discussions on diesel fuel lubricity, low temperature operability, and sulfur content. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation holds 2011 General Assembly in India.

March 29, 2011

The Fieldbus Foundation announced that nearly 500 attendees, including many of the world's leading suppliers and end users of FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus, took part in its 2011 General Assembly, held March 9-10 in Mumbai, India. Based on the theme "Achieving Operational Excellence with FOUNDATION Technology," General Assembly highlighted advantages of FOUNDATION fieldbus as a solution for improving plant asset management, reliability, and economic performance. Read More