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AAMA elects Steve Fronek as Chairman of the Board.

March 14, 2011

AAMA has elected Steve Fronek, P.E., LEED® Green Associate of Wausau Window and Wall Systems as chairman of the Board of Directors. Fronek is also chairman of AAMA's Americans with Disabilities Act Test Methods Task Group and has served on over 15 AAMA committees and task groups. He received 2008 Distinguished Service Award from AAMA Architectural Products Group, and also represents Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's High-performance Building Façade Solutions' Public Advisory Committee. Read More

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ASHRAE funds research to improve building maintenance.

March 11, 2011

Guidance on how engineers and designers can use building data to improve building operations, energy efficiency, comfort, and sustainability will be developed through research from ASHRAE. Research Project 1633, Data and Interfaces for Advanced Building Maintenance and Operation, is one of 3 projects totaling $430,000 approved by ASHRAE and will result in development of a set of standard data-driven metrics, interfaces, and dashboards for advanced building operation and management. Read More

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SME unveils its annual innovations list.

March 11, 2011

Honoring both innovation and manufacturing, SME announced 2011 list of Innovations That Could Change The Way You Manufacture. Among this year's innovations is graphene, which is lightweight, electrically conductive, and the strongest material ever developed. Some other innovations include programmable magnets for self assembling, microstructured molding tools, remote-presence robot controlled via web-based application, and Super Velco, which is 10x stickier than Velcro®. Read More

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Robotic System to test 10,000 chemicals for toxicity.

March 11, 2011

Marking the beginning of new phase of ongoing collaboration (Tox21), several federal agencies have unveiled high-speed robot screening system intended to test 10,000 different chemicals for potential toxicity. Robot system, located at National Institutes of Health Chemical Genomics Center, will allow National Toxicology Program to "advance its mission of testing chemicals smarter, better, and faster," according to Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., NIEHS and NTP director. Read More

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EPA announces new Energy Star requirements.

March 11, 2011

EPA has completed updates to Energy Star requirements for TVs and cable/satellite boxes. Effective Sept 2011, these products must be 40% more efficient than conventional models to qualify for Energy Star label. For example, under new requirements, 60 in. TV must use less than 108 W, compared to average 282 W used by standard model. Energy Star requirements for cable and satellite boxes specify that they enter deep sleep mode while not in use, dropping energy consumption from 16 W to 2 W or less. Read More

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Supply Chain and Operations Hiring expected to be up in 2011.

March 11, 2011

According to fourth quarter 2010 installment of the Operations Management Employment Outlook report, 64% of survey respondents with hiring responsibility anticipate new employees within the next 12 months, up from 48% in 2009. This high level of expected hiring, when combined with 50% decrease in expected layoffs, indicates highest level of net job growth in the operations and supply chain management professions since global recession began. Read More

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Motive Industries President to give keynote at 2011 SPE ACCE.

March 11, 2011

Return of the Small Automaker, to be delivered by Nathan Armstrong at 2011 SPE® Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE), will explain how small automakers have same tools as their larger counterparts but more freedom and flexibility to demonstrate applications in technology. Specific advances include CAD software; rapid prototyping machines capable of printing useable parts; CNC mills with up to 6 axes; room temperature-moldable plastics; and high-strength composites. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses fretting fatigue testing.

March 11, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee E08.05 on Cyclic Deformation and Fatigue Crack Formation, ASTM E2789 provides insight on what conditions promote fretting fatigue and offers approaches to design an experiment to assess the fretting fatigue response of 2 materials in contact. Examples of fretting fatigue include dovetail connection between blade and disc of gas turbine, components in contact in riveted and bolted joints, and components that are press-fit or clamped to another component. Read More

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Free ASHRAE Webcast highlights ground source heat pumps.

March 11, 2011

Ground Source Heat Pump Systems - Putting the Earth to Work for You, scheduled for April 21, 2011 from 1-4 pm EDT, will focus on using underground temperature to create system to simultaneously conserve energy and money. Topics will range from understanding ground characteristics to avoiding pitfalls of design and installation, accommodating owners and designers alike. Three Professional Development Hours or 3 AIA Learning Units may be awarded to viewers who complete participant reaction. Read More

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Revised Cable Standard reflects changes to codes and descriptions.

March 11, 2011

NEMA has published RV 2-2011 Application and Installation Guidelines for Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable and Underground Feeder and Branch Circuit Cable. It provides guidance on proper application of nonmetallic-sheathed cable listed according to UL 719 and underground feeder and branch circuit cable listed according to UL 493. Revision reflects changes to National Electrical Code that took effect January 1, 2011 and updated description of category PWVX as it appears in 2010 UL White Book. Read More

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TRFA Webinars to address thermal and rheology analysis.

March 11, 2011

During first 3 TRFA webinars, beginning April 1 and continuing on April 8 and April 20, the theory and application of thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry will be covered. Fourth and fifth webinars on May 6 and May 20 will cover rheology basics, including fundamental terms used in rheology and tests that are performed on dynamic mechanical analysis instruments. On June 3, final webinar will review practical application of all methods on thermoset systems. Read More

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ASTM Protective Coatings Subcommittee publishes new test method.

March 11, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee D01.46 on Industrial Protective Coatings, ASTM D7682 standard fulfills need within concrete surface preparation field for means of measuring and permanently replicating profile of concrete-coated building surface. Technique uses replica putty to make impressions of concrete surfaces for either visual comparison or for quantifying surface roughness. Standard will be useful to coating inspectors, contractors, coating manufacturers, and engineers. Read More

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Manufacturers commend House vote to remove costly burden.

March 10, 2011

Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement following House of Representatives' vote approving H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act. According to Newhouse, "The 1099 reporting requirements included in the health care bill were costly and unreasonable, and we are pleased the House lifted this burden on job creators." Read More

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NTSB releases reports on Philadelphia barge/tour boat accident.

March 10, 2011

On Monday, March 7, 2011, NTSB opened its public docket on investigation of July 7, 2010 collision between sludge barge and small passenger vessel near Philadelphia, PA. Collision occurred between 250-ft empty barge The Resource, which was under tow, and anchored amphibious small passenger vehicle DUKW 34 on which two passengers died. Factual reports include interview transcripts and photographs, and will be available on organization's website under Accident Dockets. Read More

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Product Application Workshop to offer hands-on training.

March 10, 2011

As a members-only benefit to address need for skilled employees, PTDA is offering its Product Application Workshop on April 19-20, 2011. Conducted in classroom/hands-on lab environment with actual products, 2-day workshop will give attendees an understanding of power transmission products utilized in industrial applications and processes so they can better assess and solve customers' problems. Workshop is designed for employees with less than 3 years of experience in PT/MC industry. Read More

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Paper Compilation about Pesticides focuses on formulations and delivery.

March 10, 2011

Thirtieth volume of compilation STP 1527, Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems: Regulations and Innovation, is currently available and features 10 peer-reviewed papers that cover latest research on various topics. Specifically, papers focus on progress of JITF and concept of chemical substance clustering; herbicidal efficacy and research; biological efficacy for biopesticides, spray solution pH, and glyphosate activity; as well as drift reduction testing, detection, and modeling. Read More

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Acid Rock Drainage Prediction Standards are offered on CD-ROM.

March 10, 2011

ASTM Standards for Acid Rock Drainage Prediction offers latest technology on acid rock drainage prediction on one CD-ROM. Specifically, it features 17 ASTM standard test methods for environmentally sound management of metal mining and processing related solids and associated waters. Such standards cover static test methods, short-term leaching tests, humidity cell tests (HCTs), as well as solution characterization methods. Read More

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AASHTO Makes Statement on Surface Transportation Act extension.

March 10, 2011

AASHTO executive director John Horsley expressed approval of President Barack Obama's signing of HR 662, Surface Transportation Act of 2011. This 7 month extension of federal highway and transit programs, according to Horsley, will allow "thousands of construction projects state departments of transportation have planned or under construction to move forward, uninterrupted." Horsley went on to call for trying to get multiyear reauthorization in place later in 2011. Read More

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BIO Commends Virginians for job-creating program commitment.

March 10, 2011

BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood commended Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, and Virginia's House and Senate budget leaders for their efforts in passage of job-creating programs during 2011 Virginia General Assembly. Specifically, Greenwood noted Virginia Refundable Research and Development Tax Credit as well as plan to match level of federal funding provided to companies who have been awarded Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grants by NIH. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute Names Member of the Year. .

March 10, 2011

At 94th Annual Meeting gala, Hydraulic Institute (HI) named Trygve Dahl - Vice President, Technology, Intelliquip - as its 2010 Member of the Year. HI Board of Directors selected Dahl for his distinguished level and intensity of involvement in advancing technical work of HI and pump industry, particularly in transformative arena of electronic data exchange. Dahl has been active in HI for 10 years and has supported various HI and Pump Systems Matter committees. Read More