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NTSB Forum to review progress of truck and bus safety.

March 25, 2011

As part of its continued focus on large truck and bus safety, NTSB will convene public forum May 10-11, 2011, to review progress that has been made since NTSB held a series of public hearings on the matter in 1999-2000. Forum will be chaired by NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt and will focus on such issues as government oversight, carrier operations, driver training and licensing, driver safety and health, and enhanced vehicle safety technologies. Read More

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SME joins automation group to expand manufacturing education.

March 25, 2011

SME Education Foundation has signed memorandum of membership with The Automation Federation (AF) to help promote advanced manufacturing careers to young people. Organization joined AF as part of initiative to change public perception of manufacturing. Joint resources of both groups will help AF promote careers in automation, as well as support SME Education Foundation's interest in expanding Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) centers in U.S. high schools. Read More

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STEM Education promotes careers in advanced manufacturing.

March 25, 2011

SME Education Foundation and its partner, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) are working to change public perception of manufacturing and have been successful in encouraging young people in challenging themselves to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing. According to SME Education Foundation COO Bart A. Aslin, "Incremental and strategic funding has been critical to our creation of a STEM grid." Aslin also relayed respect for PLTW regarding its organizational discipline and curriculum. Read More

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ASTM Training Course to focus on aviation fuels specifications.

March 25, 2011

Sponsored by ASTM, Aviation Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods focuses on how specifications are used to control aviation fuel quality and why they affect product performance/availability. Technical and professional training course, to be held March 29-31 in Tampa, FL; July 26-28 in Minneapolis, MN; and September 27-29 in New Orleans, LA, emphasizes practical applications as well as ASTM's role in developing specifications and methods while highlighting past and current problems. Read More

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Coal Chemistry Training Course addresses 40 ASTM standards.

March 25, 2011

Spurred on by new regulations for power plant emissions and the resulting increased demand for testing of fossil fuels and plant emissions, Coal Chemistry Technician Training focuses on 40 ASTM coal characterization standards. Technical and professional training course, offered on May 18-19 in Anaheim, CA and Nov. 2-3 in Tampa, FL, is suited for laboratory technicians and chemists, professionals new to testing, and anyone working in fossil fuel testing laboratories. Read More

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Officers and Board Members announced for 2011.

March 25, 2011

At its 66th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo, Restoration Industry Association announced its 2011 officers and board members. Frank Headen, Wade Miller, and Samuel Bergman will respectively serve as RIA president, vice president, and vice president of association. Secretary will be Leo Volkert, and treasurer remains Michael Popowski. Also, 2 new advisory councils were formed and representatives from those councils, as well as existing ones, were appointed to Board of Directors. Read More

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Updated Web Tool relays Clean Water violations, responses.

March 25, 2011

Updated data and mapping tool from US EPA helps public compare water quality trends over last 2 years. State Dashboards, offered via Web-based and interactive map, provide detailed data for each state, including information on facilities violating Clean Water Act and actions taken by states. Commenting on its release, Cynthia Giles of EPA said this tool "helps improve public awareness of the important work that remains in protecting our nation's waters." Read More

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NEMA's Busway Publication covers handling, installation, operation.

March 25, 2011

NEMA publication BU 1.1-2010 covers proper handling, installation, operation, and maintenance of busway and associated fittings rated 600 V or less. Last published in 2005, this guide is maintained by NEMA's Busway Section and provides additional information regarding environmental considerations as well as updated references. Read More

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ANSI Roundtable explores China RoHS policy.

March 24, 2011

On February 23, ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China and U.S.-China Business Council hosted a roundtable in Beijing to discuss proposed revisions to China's RoHS policy. Noteworthy revisions to the draft policy, Administrative Measures on Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic and Information Technology Products, include altering definitions of affected substances and products, as well as changes to disclosure requirements. Read More

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ANSI Supports Certification, Credentialing in Berkeley report.

March 24, 2011

Report from University of California, Berkeley - California Workforce Education and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Distributed Generation - offers comprehensive analysis of job impacts from state energy efficiency policies and workforce preparation in affected occupations. ANSI is actively engaged in accreditation activities that enhance credentialing of personnel in range of disciplines and can support initiatives recommended in Berkeley report. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report shows anticipated stability.

March 24, 2011

Sampling 111 metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada, March 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report indicates anticipation of steady business conditions during next 3 months, including economic activity, average daily shipping levels, and incoming orders. Significantly lower than 42% reported one year ago, percentage of companies with portion of their workforce on short time or layoff decreased to 12% in March from 13% in February. Read More

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NASPI February Meeting featureed multi-vendor demonstrations.

March 24, 2011

Demonstrations at NASPI meeting featured multiple vendors, including CISCO, GE Digital Energy, OSIsoft, InStep, SISCO, Space Time Insight, Verizon, and Electric Power Research Institute. Demonstrations included interoperable IEC 61850 90-5 based phasor data exchange over WAN, IP Multicast routing of phasor data across WAN, common API support for C37.118 and IEC 61850-90-5, as well as CIM-based phasor measurement unit registry data exchange using secure web services over wide area. Read More

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EASTEC 2011 Presentations explore means to manufacturing success.

March 24, 2011

EASTEC 2011, taking place at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA from May 17-19, will offer 21 Resource Center presentations, including "Social Media for Manufacturers - Getting Started." Running throughout this annual precision manufacturing event, other presentations focus on proven strategies such as lean manufacturing, performance management, and increasing competitiveness through reduced costs. Interactive Emerging Technology Showcase will also be featured. Read More

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West Coast Radiation Levels pose no health risks.

March 24, 2011

During analysis of CA and WA RadNet air monitor filters, U.S. EPA identified trace amounts of radioactive iodine, cesium, and tellurium consistent with Japanese nuclear incident. Radiation levels detected on filters from all monitors are hundreds of thousands to millions of times below levels of concern. Additionally, preliminary monitor results in Hawaii detected minuscule levels of isotope also consistent with Japanese nuclear incident but far below any level of concern for human health. Read More

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HART Foundation hosts Field Communications Lounge.

March 24, 2011

Sponsored by HART® Communication Foundation, FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, and PI, Field Communications Lounge at Hannover Messe 2011 provides single location for visitors to learn about field communication technologies for industrial automation, view educational presentations, and visit exhibition areas of sponsoring organizations. Representatives from organizations will present latest field communication solutions and applications to improve asset management, lower cost, and reduce downtime. Read More

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ASHRAE studies role of fashion in thermal comfort.

March 24, 2011

Comprehensive data exists on western clothing insulation values but little research exists on non-western. Information on attire such as saris could influence design of ventilation and air-conditioning systems to provide the best thermal comfort for occupants. ASHRAE's project will also look at how different fabrics and body postures and movements impact insulation of cloth. Results would be of importance to ASHRAE and ISO standards, building system designers, and vehicle designers worldwide. Read More

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PACK EXPO will feature processing equipment on show floor.

March 24, 2011

Taking place September 26-28, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will feature technologies and concepts from processing and packaging suppliers committed to helping customers find ways to address consumer demands as well as improve efficiency and productivity from processing to packaging to warehousing. In addition to processing equipment on show floor solutions will span from robotics and automation to food safety, filling, and palletizing. Read More

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NREL to test multi-megawatt wind turbine drivetrain.

March 24, 2011

NREL has released first call for proposals from wind industry companies interested in forming a partnership with NREL to test a multi-megawatt wind turbine drivetrain. Primary objective of Cooperative Research and Development Agreement is to commission NREL's new test facility by conducting an integrated system test on the partner's test article. Test will begin in July 2012, will last 2-4 months, and will be followed by customer-specified testing of article for additional 1-4 months. Read More

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ASTM Board Chairman receives Margaret Dana Award.

March 24, 2011

Catherine H. Pilarz, senior director of Mattel/Fisher-Price product safety in East Aurora, NY, and 2011 chairman of ASTM board of directors, received ASTM Margaret Dana Award from Committee F15 on Consumer Products. Pilarz received award in recognition of her efforts in support of Committee F15 and for her commitment to safety through development of global safety standards. She was also honored with the 2006 ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for her contributions to F15. Read More

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Equipment Finance Economic Survey shows new business growth.

March 24, 2011

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for February up 28% compared to same period in 2010 and down "a tick" compared to prior month. Receivables over 30 days increased to 3.1% from 2.8% in Jan but declined 47% compared to 2010. Also, charge-offs increased from 0.9% in Jan to 1.0% in Feb. Compared to prior year, new application approvals increased to 76%, and 61% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during Feb. Read More