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Obama hosts event with Manufacturing Institute and NAM.

June 9, 2011

At Northern Virginia Community College, President Obama announced key steps towards building the educated and skilled workforce U.S. manufacturers need to successfully compete in the 21st century economy. Responding to Obama's call to action to employers and community colleges to work together to connect students with jobs, Manufacturing Institute and NAM announced the goal of credentialing 500,000 community college students with skills certifications aligned to manufacturers' hiring needs. Read More

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USDA Food Group Icon will help consumers visualize healthy food choices.

June 9, 2011

U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled MyPlate, which replaces food pyramid and focuses on fruit, vegetable, grains, protein, and dairy food groups. Food group icon encourages consumers to make half their plate fruits and vegetables. In addition, ANSI member NSF International is developing BSR/NSF 3-A 14159-5 standard which details hygiene requirements for equipment used in produce processing, while ISO has developed standards on proper harvesting and storage of various fruits and vegetables. Read More

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SME Tech Group honors award winners.

June 9, 2011

SME's Composites Manufacturing Tech Group presented the 2011 J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award at SME's Composites Manufacturing 2011 Conference and Exhibits event. Award went to John D. Russell, D.Sc., program manager, defense-wide manufacturing science and technology, AFRL/RXMT, Wright Patterson Air Force Base. This year's Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards went to Callaway Golf of Carlsbad, CA and Royal Engineered Composites of Minden, NE. Read More

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President's Leadership Award honors Dr. T. Russell Gentry.

June 9, 2011

Dr. T. Russell Gentry received 2011 President's Leadership Award for contributions to development of standard test methods for composite materials used in civil infrastructure applications as well as coordination of these and other ASTM committee activities with American Concrete Institute. Established in 2007, President's Leadership Award recognizes individuals, early in their ASTM career, who have advanced the Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision. Read More

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NCWM Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 17-21.

June 9, 2011

With theme of "Educating Today for Tomorrow," annual meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures will focus on preventing fraud at oil-change services and enabling consumers to make value comparisons when shopping for printer ink. Meeting will highlight the new certification program offered by NCMW and will promote training to help weights and measures professionals keep pace with innovations in technology and marketing practices. Read More

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2011 Baldrige Award currently has 69 applicants.

June 9, 2011

Recognizing organizational performance excellence through innovation and improvement, 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award has 69 applicants: 2 manufacturers, 3 service companies, 2 small businesses, 8 educational organizations, 40 health care organizations, and 14 nonprofits/governmental organizations. All will be evaluated in leadership; strategic planning; operations focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. Read More

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Dr. T. Russell Gentry receives President's Leadership Award.

June 8, 2011

T. Russell Gentry, Ph.D., associate professor in the school of architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, received President's Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals early in their ASTM career who have advanced Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision. A member of ASTM since 2005, Gentry serves on Committees D20 on Plastics and D30 on Composite Materials, and is vice chairman of Subcommittee D30.05 on Structural Test Methods. Read More

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ANSI seeks nominations for 2012 Board of Directors.

June 8, 2011

ANSI would like to remind all members that nominations for qualified candidates for 2012 ANSI Board of Directors are due by June 10, 2011. ANSI strives to ensure balance and diversity within its membership and is seeking Board members who enhance member relationships and networks. To facilitate nomination process, ANSI has compiled set of guidelines that outline sectors that are currently under represented. Guidelines and additional info are available in ANSI Online Library. Read More

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AASHTO 2011 Photo Contest to use Facebook as voting platform.

June 8, 2011

AASHTO is using Facebook to let general public vote for their favorite photograph in annual Faces of Transportation competition. With voting to run through June 21, photo with most likes will be recognized as 2011 People's Choice favorite, to be announced along with Grand Prize on June 27. Fourteen state DOTs submitted 87 photographs, which will be judged in 3 categories: At Work, At Play, and On the Move; and depict positive effects of transportation on individuals and communities. Read More

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Clean Air Awards recognize public and private achievements.

June 8, 2011

EPA honored 12 programs from across US for innovation in achieving cleaner air to protect health of Americans. These 11th annual Clean Air Excellence Award recipients represent achievements in 4 categories: clean air technology, community action, education/outreach, and regulatory policy innovations. In addition to creating green infrastructure and jobs in US, organizations were also recognized for planning and education efforts that foster more informed environmental decisions. Read More

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Family, Director Scholarships invest in manufacturing's future.

June 8, 2011

SME Education Foundation awarded $111,000 in Family and Directors Scholarships to 6 future manufacturing engineers. Spanning 30 years, Foundation's efforts center on identifying competency gaps, developing and funding enhanced curriculum, and providing funding via awards and scholarships, in-kind gifts, and grant funding. Scholarship Winner's Circle for 2011 includes 171 students who were awarded $498,450 in scholarships, ranging from $1,000-$70,000, with some receiving multiple awards. Read More

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Compilation addresses condensation in exterior building walls.

June 8, 2011

ASTM compilation, STP 1498, includes 16 peer-reviewed papers that cover latest research on condensation in exterior building wall systems. Insulation Draws Water overview proposes framework for reviewing link between moisture control prescriptive requirements and performance outcomes. In addition to case studies on controlling condensation and fenestration condensation resistance, publication includes criteria for moisture control design analysis and laboratory tests of window-wall interface. Read More

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Judges pick best transportation projects in northeast region.

June 8, 2011

Projects that reduced congestion, stimulated economic development, improved multimodal connections, reconnected communities, and made commuting safer were recognized as winners of America's Transportation Awards. New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey DOTs earned awards in the On Time category, while Maryland DOT earned Under Budget award. In the Innovative Management category, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island DOTs took home honors. Read More

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EPA Takes Actions to reduce risks from mouse/rat poisons.

June 8, 2011

To better protect children, pets, and wildlife, U.S. EPA announced it is moving to ban sales to residential consumers of most toxic rat and mouse poisons as well as most loose bait and pellet products. Newly registered rat and mouse poisons marketed to residential consumers are also being required to be enclosed in bait stations that render pesticide inaccessible to children and pets. Furthermore, wildlife that consume bait or poisoned rodents will also be protected by EPA's actions. Read More

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Electric Vehicles Standards Panel hosts first plenary meeting.

June 8, 2011

First plenary meeting of ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) will take place June 20-21, 2011 in Detroit, MI. It will initiate work on strategic roadmap identifying standards and conformity assessment programs needed to enable widespread acceptance and deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in U.S. Participation is open to all affected parties, including representatives of industry, trade and standards associations, government agencies, and academia. Read More

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Green Manufacturing Practices help profits and planet.

June 8, 2011

According to Gerald Shankel, President and CEO of FMA, two strong forces are converging in U.S. manufacturing sector. First, industrial executives are recognizing importance of preserving and enhancing use of precious natural resources through green energy practices in vast array of manufacturing applications. Second, it is now apparent to most manufacturers that this altruistic perspective, unlike many, can positively impact bottom lines and deliver short- and long-term cost-saving benefits. Read More

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Taiwan Semiconductor Industry set to become world's largest.

June 8, 2011

According to data from Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International, Taiwan is poised to overtake Japan in 2011 as world's largest semiconductor materials market. Taiwan's market grew from US$6.87 billion in 2009 to estimated US$9.11 billion in 2010, representing 36.2% growth. Taiwan's government is taking steps to improve competitiveness of domestic chip industry, and Taiwan's National Science Council is making ties to develop new technologies to further technological edge. Read More

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AEM President responds to disappointing May jobs report.

June 7, 2011

According to statement made by Dennis Slater, until Congress and the Administration agree to make America's farmers and manufacturers a national priority by passing free trade agreements and investing in critical national infrastructure, unemployment will remain unacceptably high and our economy will continue to stagnate. If Congress wants to turn this situation around, they will move immediately to pass all 3 pending FTAs and fully funded, long-term surface transportation bill. Read More

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ASTM Workshop addresses foam insulation emissions testing.

June 7, 2011

Scheduled for Oct 31, 2011, Workshop on Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation Emissions Testing aims to develop standard for small chamber testing method of VOC emissions from SPF. Panel will also present new results on topics such as application of heated micro-scale chambers for testing of SPF insulation; air sampling and sensitive analytical techniques for capturing and measuring MDI; and amine catalysts, flame retardants, and other potential constituents of SPF insulation. Read More

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IPC Summer Webinars foster technical education for companies.

June 7, 2011

Summer Webinars for June, July, and August 2011 will focus on critical, practical, and social issues facing electronics manufacturing industry. Based on technical papers from IPC APEX EXPO 2011, 1 hr sessions will run from 10:00 to 11:00 am Central Time and focus on PCB design, assembly, and processes, Design for Manufacturing, measuring conformal coating adhesion, and ITAR compliance. Webinars can be held in conference room equipped with speakerphone and projector. Read More