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ASTM awards William F. Edelen for work on Committed D18.

May 13, 2011

ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock has presented ASTM International A. Ivan Johnson Award to William F. Edelen, VP of Engineering at Froehling & Robertson, Inc., for his significant contributions to work on committee. Member of ASTM since 1986, Edelen is D18 Vice Chairman and member at large on executive subcommittee. Committee honored Edelen with Special Service Award in 2007 and he also received Richard S. Ladd Standards Development Award in 2005 and 2009. Read More

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Stinchcomb Award honors composite materials contributions.

May 13, 2011

Barry Davidson, Ph.D. and professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, received Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials. Davidson's research focuses on design, analysis, and testing of composite materials, with emphasis in delamination growth in advanced polymeric composites. His research has been supported by several associations and foundations. Read More

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FAA revises proposal to enhance air carrier training programs.

May 13, 2011

FAA has proposed a substantial and wide-ranging overhaul of air carrier crew training. Under proposal, flight crews would have to demonstrate, not just learn, critical skills in "real-world" training scenarios. Pilots would be required to train as a complete flight crew, coordinate their actions through Crew Resource Management, and fly scenarios based on actual events. Dispatchers would have enhanced training and would be required to apply that knowledge in complex operating environment. Read More

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Statement by NAM VP says offshore drilling helps create jobs.

May 12, 2011

Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement as House of Representatives began to consider H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act. "Manufacturers have suffered from this moratorium," said Newhouse, "because they make and supply the equipment, services, engines, boats and materials...used by offshore drilling rigs." Newhouse also said getting rigs back up and running will restore jobs and promote nation's economic recovery. Read More

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NIST Publication assists manufacturers writing BIOS code.

May 12, 2011

NIST Special Publication 800-147 provides guidelines for building features into BIOS that help protect it from being modified or corrupted by attackers. Manufacturers routinely update system firmware to fix bugs, patch vulnerabilities, and support new hardware. SP 800-147 calls for using cryptographic "digital signatures" to authenticate BIOS updates before installation. Publication also suggests management best practices that are tightly coupled with security guidelines for manufacturers. Read More

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NIST Report updates statistics on federal tech transfer efforts.

May 12, 2011

Report released by NIST summarizes technology transfer activities and achievements of scientific research agencies across federal government. Statistical data provided indicates that, from 2005 to 2009, collaborations at federal labs using Cooperative Research and Development Agreements show slightly upward trend, along with new patent applications and issued patents. Federal laboratories also transfer many technologies through other mechanisms not listed in this report. Read More

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ICCF is celebrating 31st annual Building Safety Month.

May 12, 2011

Throughout month of May, International Code Council Foundation will celebrate Building Safety Month with public awareness campaign that seeks to create community-wide recognition and understanding of building safety and sustainability, and the critical role of codes and code officials in protecting people and communities. Each week of May will focus on 4 core themes: Energy and Green Building, Disaster Safety and Mitigation, Fire Safety and Awareness, and Backyard Safety. Read More

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China RoHS Policy Event Report is available from ANSI.

May 12, 2011

Released by ANSI, report on proposed revisions to China's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) outlines discussions held at February 23 event in Beijing that was hosted by ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China and U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC). Aforementioned event, which provided venue for open, cross-sector discussion of revisions, featured representatives of Chinese government agencies and groups involved with RoHS implementation. Read More

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NFPA 2011 Outlook Conference is open for registration.

May 12, 2011

Industry and Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC), to be held in Schaumberg, IL from August 15-17, will offer data and analysis on future economic environment, augmented with opportunity to interact with engineering students. Offering networking opportunities as well as insight into economics, market forecasts, and workforce development, conference will host multiple speakers from various companies and organizations. Read More

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NEMA Webinar to focus on lighting management.

May 12, 2011

On June 1 from 2-3 p.m. EDT, NEMA's enLIGHTen America campaign will present a webinar, hosted by Today's Facility Manager, focusing on the latest lighting management strategies and systems that enable building managers to reduce energy costs, improve energy efficiency, meet code mandates, and enhance occupant productivity. Webinar will address technologies such as digital lighting controls, wireless systems, advanced daylighting and window shade controls, and occupancy sensors. Read More

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AIM elects Chuck Evanhoe as Board of Directors Chairman.

May 12, 2011

As successor to Dr. Clive Hohberger, Chuck Evanhoe, President, Evanhoe & Associates, has been elected as Chairman of AIM, Inc. Board of Directors. Evanhoe currently serves as chairman for AIM Expo and is charter member of UID Suppliers Alliance, past chairman for AIM North America, and contributing member of AIM's RFID Experts Group and Technical Symbology Committee. AIM board Chairman serves 1-yr term, and is then succeeded by Vice Chairman following year. Read More

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AMCA International Inc. releases revision to AMCA 211-05.

May 12, 2011

AMCA revised its publication 211-05, Certified Ratings Program - Product Rating Manual for Fan Air Performance to AMCA 211-05 (Rev.3/11). Revisions add requirements for certifying Fan Efficiency Grades, update check test tolerance for Power, and clarify how check test tolerance is calculated in the absence of catalogued free delivery airflow rate. New Fan Efficiency Grade program will support initiatives within many codes and standards that will encourage or require greater energy savings. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today focuses on automation with PLCs.

May 11, 2011

The world of the industrial gas distributor involves significant investment in capital equipment and manpower to fill high-pressure and portable liquid cylinders. Programmable Logic Controllers help distributors increase industrial gas production in several ways. The use of PLC technology to automate cylinder filling is the focus of "The Basics of PLC Technology," an article in the Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, written by Bill Jones, national sales manager at CTR Inc. Read More

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MHEDA Journal helps professionals manage online reputation.

May 11, 2011

The 2nd Quarter issue of the MHEDA Journal Online features articles focusing on customer service, branding, social media, and managing your online reputation. Article titled "What You Say Online IS Your Reputation," written by Sam Richter, lays out the potential dangers that lurk beneath Web 2.0 and demonstrates how reputations can be ruined. Richter offers advice to live by before posting anything online or sending an email or text. Read More

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White Paper covers thermal guidelines for data centers.

May 11, 2011

Titled "2011 Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments - Expanded Data Center Classes and Usage Guidance," whitepaper provides roadmap to facilitate significant increase in operational hours during which economizer systems can be used. It also aims to increase opportunity for datacenters to become chillerless, eliminating mechanical cooling systems entirely to improve Power Usage Effectiveness. Major change that is introduced in whitepaper is the addition of 2 new datacenter classes. Read More

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Robot Safety Awareness Webinar to address changes in standard.

May 11, 2011

Through its Robot Safety Awareness webinar, which is sponsored by industry leaders such as IPR Robotics, LLC and ABB Inc., RIA will preview new National Robot Safety Standard as well as basic compliance issues. OSHA has referred to ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard mor more than 10 years, but times and technology change and so has the standard. Webinar will provide chance to hear about specific changes before they go into effect. Read More

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Manufacturers say trade agreements will create jobs.

May 11, 2011

Frank Vargo, NAM Vice President for International Economic Affairs, released statement regarding Obama Administration's letter to Congress on the Colombia free trade agreement. According to Vargo, manufacturing continues to drive nation's recovery, and exports are playing a key role in this economic growth. Pending FTAs with Korea, Panama, and Colombia are critical to reaching President's goal of doubling exports by 2014 and creating manufacturing jobs. Read More

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Construction Unemployment decreased to 17.8% in April.

May 11, 2011

According to May 6 employment report by Labor Department, construction industry added 5,000 jobs in April. Overall numbers indicate that the nation added 244,000 jobs in April, as private sector gained 268,000 jobs and government lost 24,000 jobs. Year-over-year, nation added 1,313,000 jobs. Possible reasons for the "ongoing underperformance," according to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, include "disciplined lending standards, high vacancy rates, and skittishness among investors." Read More

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Blackbody Energy Calculations enable ultimate clock accuracy.

May 11, 2011

By studying effect of blackbody radiation, team of physicists from U.S. and Russia have developed means for computing, with unprecedented accuracy, a tiny, temperature-dependent source of error in atomic clocks. Although small, correction could represent a major step towards atomic timekeepers' longstanding goal of a clock with a precision equivalent to 1 second of error every 32 billion years. Read More

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March Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 57.6%.

May 11, 2011

According to AMTDA and AMT, March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $511.15 million, up 57.6% from February and up 99.0% when compared with total of $256.88 million reported for March 2010. With a year-to-date total of $1,203.57 million, 2011 is up 118.6% compared with 2010. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program. Read More