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Automate 2011 Show to honor first industrial robot.

March 15, 2011

The 50th anniversary of the installation of the first industrial robot at a General Motors plant in Trenton, NJ in 1961 will be honored with a special pavilion at the Automate 2011 Show, March 21-24. Titled "50 Years: A Tribute to Industrial Robots," pavilion features timeline showing technical progress of robotics from 1961 forward, as well as selection of vintage robots and review of imagined robots from ancient times through 20th Century science fiction. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses building energy performance assessment.

March 15, 2011

According to Anthony Buonicore of Buonicore Partners LLC and E50 member, ASTM E2797 standard is expected to be the foundation for accurate building energy use data collection, compilation, and analysis in the public and commercial property industry. Developed by Subcommittee E50.02 on Real Estate Assessment and Management, standard will complement existing building rating and certification systems and facilitate improved benchmarking and building labeling. Read More

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Needle Puncture Resistance Standard applies to protective clothes.

March 15, 2011

ASTM F2878, Test Method for Protective Clothing Material Resistance to Hypodermic Needle Puncture, was developed by Subcommittee F23.20 on Physical, which is part of ASTM International Committee F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment. F23 member John Cronin notes that ASTM F2878 "addresses a critical gap" by enabling users of needle-resistant personal protective equipment to "make an apples-to-apples performance comparison when evaluating various forms of protection." Read More

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ASTM/ESIS Symposium to address fatigue and fracture mechanics.

March 15, 2011

Scheduled for May 18-20, 11th International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics will provide forum to promote discourse and disseminate state-of-the-art advances in analysis methodologies and testing techniques in the areas of fatigue and fracture mechanics. Event will cover fatigue crack growth behaviors as well as applications of emerging analytical tools and novel experimental techniques to assess durability of engineering structures, components, and devices. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 188.3% from Jan 2010.

March 15, 2011

According to AMTDA and AMT, January U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $371.41 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program, was down 16.3% from December but up 188.3% when compared with total of $128.82 million reported for January 2010. USMTC report provides regional and national U.S. consumption data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Read More

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Electronics Market Data Update shows signs of full recovery.

March 15, 2011

Markets are returning to normal after 2008-2009 recession, and data on these trends in specific industry segments and regions is covered in winter 2011 edition of IPC's quarterly business report: Electronics Industries Market Data Update. Most segments of electronic interconnect supply chain worldwide posted double-digit year-on-year growth in 4Q 2010, and sales in most industry segments have returned to pre-recession levels. Read More

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AIA believes proposed DOT rule is invasion of privacy.

March 15, 2011

ATA says DOT rule proposed in Docket No. FAA-2011-0183 would make available personal and business itineraries of law-abiding citizens at anyone's request. "The Block Aircraft Registration Request program functions much like a 'Do Not Call' list for private aircraft owners," said AIA's Marion C. Blakey, who said rule would take away that right to privacy. Under proposed rule, business competitors would also be able to track movements of private aircraft owners. Read More

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SAE 2011 Congress to focuse on automotive propulsion technology.

March 15, 2011

Convening in Detroit, MI from April 12-14, SAE 2011 World Congress will be based on Charging Forward Together theme said to elicit community-based enthusiasm and willingness to expand industry knowledge as team. Host company is General Motors, and theme will highlight importance of continuing evolution of automotive propulsion technology and energy efficiency. Event will also offer technical sessions, technology-focused lounges, small discussion groups, and peer-to-peer networking. Read More

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NACD Strategic Partnerships help members with regulatory compliance.

March 15, 2011

Available to its member companies, NACD service aids navigation through regulatory compliance demands. Association has entered 4 strategic partnerships in areas from product labeling and plant security to transportation. Firms were selected based on their knowledge of Associations' member companies' needs as well as each firm's technical expertise. Specifically, strategic partner companies will advise, counsel, and assist NACD member companies with EPA, OSHA, DHS, and DOT compliance. Read More

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Coalition Members Rally to Save GPS from hasty FCC action.

March 14, 2011

Coalition to Save Our GPS, formed by Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) as well as various industries and companies, aims to resolve threat to GPS stemming from FCC's decision to allow expansion of terrestrial use of satellite spectrum immediately neighboring that of GPS. In March 10 statement, coalition said resulting 40,000 additional ground stations could result in as many dead spots, each miles in diameter. Coalition also outlined necessary safeguards. Read More

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Executive Energy Leadership Program calls for applications.

March 14, 2011

Applications are being accepted for NREL's Executive Energy Leadership Program, which educates public- and private-sector decision-makers about clean energy options for their organization through non-technical approach. Participants are offered in-depth look at renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and applications. Briefings by NREL technology experts, research laboratory tours, and visits to field applications are also part of classroom experience. Read More

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EPA issues update to national air toxics data.

March 14, 2011

EPA has released 4th update of National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA) computer tool, which helps federal, state, and local governments better understand potential health risks from exposure to air toxics. Based on assessment, air toxic emissions fell by 42%, between 1990 and 2005, from industrial and mobile sources. NATA is used to identify geographic areas, pollutants, and types of emission sources that need analysis to characterize potential risks and determine how to protect public health. Read More

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Phoenix Awards Recognize 2 Firms for reconstruction efforts.

March 14, 2011

RIA presented its Phoenix Awards, highest honors for innovation in restoration and reconstruction, to member firms. Mellon Certified Restoration of Yeadon, PA won for its work on 234,000 ft² school that suffered a fire from 30 ft artificial Christmas tree located in the building's rotunda. Alliance Disaster Kleenup of Northbrook, IL won for its work at The Off the Streets Club in Chicago. Both awards were presented at 66th Annual RIA Convention and Exhibition in Colorado Springs, CO. Read More

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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