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ASTM Committee Name Change reflects focus on antimicrobials.

March 14, 2011

With its new title, E35 Committee on Pesticides, Antimicrobials, and Alternative Control Methods aims to provide industry with better understanding of committee's scope and focus. This includes promoting visibility pertaining to its work on antimicrobial agents as well as potentially reducing duplication in standards development when other groups within and outside ASTM search for antimicrobial standards. Read More

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CPSC recognizes ASTM for protecting consumer safety.

March 14, 2011

Successful promulgation of ASTM standards F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards, as mandatory rules was among key initiatives pursued by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission last year. In addition to crib standards, it was noted that 2 other ASTM standards called for in Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act were approved by the Commission. Read More

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Construction FutureTech 2011 to offer discounted NIBS rate.

March 14, 2011

Hosted by McGraw-Hill Corporation's Engineering News-Record, Construction FutureTech 2011 will bring together business IT leaders in architecture, engineering, and construction to examine business and design issues driving advanced systems. Event's "FutureTech for Analysis and Simulation" panel will address how emerging technologies are enabling users to comparatively analyze alternative design solutions, construction sequencing scenarios, and energy consumption profiles with speed and accuracy. Read More

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FAA Celebrates Airport Improvements made with Recovery Act funds.

March 14, 2011

FAA celebrated completion of NC Asheville Regional Airport's terminal improvements, which were paid for with $7.8 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Specifically, grant paid for Terminal A improvements concerning departure gates, security checkpoint, and replacement of 2 passenger boarding bridges. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that these improvements "will result in business and employment opportunities" as well as strengthen American competitiveness. Read More

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Competition seeks best transportation projects of 2010.

March 14, 2011

AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the fourth annual America's Transportation Awards competition. State departments of transportation are being encouraged to enter their best transportation projects in 4 categories: On Time, Under Budget, Innovative Management, and Best Recovery Act Project. After regional competitions, 10 projects scoring highest points will move on to vie for Grand Prize and People's Choice Award, both of which offer $10,000 prize. Read More

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BIO hails Senate passage of America Invents Act.

March 14, 2011

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, released statement commending the Senate for its overwhelming passage of the America Invents Act by vote of 95-5. Once enacted into law, it will strengthen and improve nation's patent system, spurring innovation and job creation. The improvements made by America Invents Act would benefit all sectors of the U.S. economy by enhancing patent quality and the efficiency, objectivity, predictability, and transparency of the patent system. Read More

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Manufacturing Expo/Conference explores digital thread concept.

March 14, 2011

AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference, held in Anaheim, CA from April 5-7, will focus on digital thread concept, where supply chain partners with different skill sets, systems, and processes work together with OEMs to optimize aerospace/defense manufacturing integration. Sessions and panels will cover digital data capture/transfer, digital systems for advanced manufacturing, advanced tooling and modeling concepts, advanced composite manufacturing, and composite machining. Read More

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Machine Vision Standards important in adoption of technology.

March 14, 2011

According to John Merva, Chair of AIA standards committee, global standards make it easier for users to incorporate machine vision into their automated solutions. Current camera interface and interoperability standards activities, such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, the Camera Link HS(TM), CoaXPress, and GenICam have been developed either by AIA or other trade associations. To educate users on various standards, a special exhibit will be featured at Automate 2011 running March 21-24. Read More

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Volunteer Pilot Safety Seminar will be hosted by NTSB.

March 14, 2011

NTSB, Angel Flight, and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will hold volunteer pilot safety stand down seminar at NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA on March 25, 2011. Agenda will include keynote address by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman as well as 3 sessions by NTSB, 2 by FAA, and 3 by AOPA. In addition to accident briefs, sessions will address weather issues, TWA800 (lecture and reconstruction), FAA perspectives, safety systems, and volunteer pilots. Read More

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EPA's Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to save water.

March 14, 2011

Across the country, household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water/year and can increase homeowners' water bills by 12%. To help consumers find and repair easy-to-fix leaks, U.S. EPA is promoting the third annual Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20. EPA suggests checking for leaks such as silent toilet water leaks, twisting and tightening pipe connections, and replacing fixtures if necessary. To save even more water, consumers can use WaterSense-labeled faucet aerator or showerhead. Read More

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Machine Vision Technology featured at Automate 2011.

March 14, 2011

During Automate 2011, leading machine vision companies will showcase their newest products and system integrators will demonstrate how these products are incorporated into complete automation solutions. In addition to inspection, part tracking, robot guidance, and process control applications, machine vision technology has expanded into warehousing and distribution plus non-manufacturing industries such as security, lab automation, medical imaging, defense, and entertainment. Read More

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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