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Key Asia-Pacific Officials, Experts, discuss standards education.

March 9, 2011

During joint meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Subcommittee's Project Advisory Group on Education and ANSI's Committee on Education, leaders discussed strategies for more effective standards education in Asia-Pacific region. Panel discussions addressed mechanics of developing university-level standards education program, opportunities and challenges in standards education, and importance of standards education to industry, government, and academia. Read More

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AEM urges Congress to pass 6-year highway bill.

March 8, 2011

AEM President Dennis Slater issued statement in response to Congress passing an extension of Nation's highway and transit program through September 30, 2011. According to Slater, America's urgent need to rebuild roads, highways, and bridges requires a long-term strategy. Congress needs to show serious bipartisan leadership and action to address this critical national priority, so that a 6-year bill can be enacted within this extension period. Read More

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AMT elects new Board of Directors and officers.

March 8, 2011

At 2011 Annual Meeting, AMT's Board of Directors elected Eugene R. Haffely Jr., General Manager, Dayton Facility at ATW Automation, as Chairman. Timothy B. Dining, President and CEO, Greenerd Press and Machine Company, Inc., will serve as First Vice Chairman, while R. Stephen Flynn, President, Optical Gaging Products, Inc. will serve as Second Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Kim W. Beck, President and CEO, Automatic Feed Co., will continue to serve as Secretary. Read More

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PMI's New Name reflects global vision.

March 8, 2011

PMI has changed its name to Plumbing Manufacturers International, reflecting its worldwide involvement and outreach. Members will celebrate new name and identity at PMI 2011 Spring Conference, March 27-30. In addition to high-profile speakers and full-group sessions, conference will include marketing and technical meetings, which will help determine ongoing fulfillment of association's mission in North America and expertise it can share with other countries' plumbing industry leaders. Read More

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Green Building Product Database is available online.

March 8, 2011

As Web-based application, BEES Online provides scientific tool for selecting cost-effective and environmentally preferable building products. It is based on consensus standards and designed to be practical, flexible, and transparent. Users can access building products database as well as add to it as information becomes available. Science-based, technical data on building products is translated into decision-enabling results that can be understood and applied by building community. Read More

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NIST Object-Oriented FEA Software analyzes stress on materials.

March 8, 2011

NIST has released Object-Oriented Finite element analysis (OOF) v2.1 which, when provided with microscopic image of composite material, analyzes effects of stress and other factors on alloys and ceramics or other materials with complex internal structure. Researchers can identify different substances that make up material and compute its response to stress or other effects. Software also includes templates for programmers to plug in details and formulas describing particular substance. Read More

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Manufacturers support Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011.

March 7, 2011

According to Aric Newhouse, NAM senior VP for policy and government regulations, NAM applauds Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 and believes it can stop misguided regulations that have been putting manufacturers out of work. U.S. manufacturers welcome sensible legislation that will provide direction necessary to make decisions about expansion and job creation. Additionally, consumers will reap the benefit of protection against high energy costs. Read More

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Business Outlook Keynote to focus on economic recovery.

March 7, 2011

IPC Director of Market Research Sharon Starr will co-present with industry analyst Walt Custer at Global Business Outlook Keynote at 2011 IPC APEX EXPO(TM) in Las Vegas, NV. Starr will cover data from reports that show signs of uneven economic recovery in electronics manufacturing industry, with pronounced geographic and sector differences. Custer and Starr will also provide market forecasts and trends as well as discuss how seasonal and cyclical trends affect industry and supply chain. Read More

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Biomass Terminology Standard Revision offers new definitions.

March 7, 2011

Standard ANSI/ASABE S593.1, Terminology and Definitions for Biomass Production, Harvesting and Collection, Storage, Processing, Conversion and Utilization, has been revised based on user feedback, government interest, and mandates regarding production of bioenergy, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass. Revised edition improves upon the original, which developed 5 years ago, by including additional terms and definitions. Read More

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Agriculture Ventilation Fan Efficiency Standard faces revision.

March 7, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) plans to revise its standard involving selection of energy efficient agricultural ventilation fans. Specifically, airflow-ratio section of ASAE EP566.1, Guidelines for Selection of Energy Efficient Agricultural Ventilation Fans, will be rewritten to reflect recent research as well as continued experience with such fans. Read More

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NFPA to host 52nd National Conference on Fluid Power.

March 7, 2011

During IFPE 2011, NFPA will host 52nd National Conference on Fluid Power where experts from around the world will discuss newest technologies and methods related to analysis, design, manufacture, and performance of fluid power components and systems for mobile and industrial markets. Charles Gray, Jr. will deliver keynote address on hydraulic hybrids on March 23 and Dr. Monika Ivantysynova will discuss modeling and optimization of piston pumps and motors in keynote address on March 24. Read More

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Electric Vehicles Workshop to address European electro-mobility.

March 4, 2011

Scheduled for April 5-6, 2011, ANSI Workshop: Standards and Codes for Electric Drive Vehicles will address standards Europe will employ to facilitate roll out of electric vehicles. Europe will look to standards developed by ISO and IEC, who recently updated MOU to emphasize cooperation in area of electrically propelled vehicles. Workshop will feature report from John Ketchell covering work of CEN/CENELEC Joint Focus Group, which assesses European needs and ensures that standards meet these needs. Read More

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Funding Lets High School CIM Centers add robotics design system.

March 4, 2011

Project Lead The Way has received $400,000 in grant funding from SME Education Foundation for implementation of VEX Robotics Design System at high school Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) centers across country. This will give students access to hands-on robotics curriculum in classroom in vein similar to that for math and science. Additional $75,000 will provide VEX kits for PLTW master teachers responsible for training of Project Lead The Way instructors. Read More

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ASTM invites presentations for solar glass workshop.

March 4, 2011

ASTM is inviting presentations for solar glass workshop, to be held June 23, 2011, in Baltimore, MD. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee E44 on Solar, Geothermal, and Other Alternative Energy Sources, and GANA, workshop will be held in conjunction with June standards development meetings of Committee E44. Event will showcase presentations from glass and glazing industry as well as solar industry. Researchers, scientists, and professionals can submit abstract by March 31, 2011. Read More

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BIO International Convention to focus on state of industry.

March 4, 2011

Taking place June 27-30 in Washington, DC, 2011 BIO International Convention will feature 6 high-level Super Sessions focused on state of industry, global biotech advancements, and outlook on future of industry. According to BIO CEO and President Jim Greenwood, "high-level speakers" at these Super Sessions will share their long-term outlook and suggested strategies for rebounding from financial challenges as well as advancing innovation. Read More

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NIST Weights and Measures Webinar addresses net weights in retail.

March 4, 2011

NIST's Weights and Measures Division co-hosted webinar with Food Marketing Institute titled, "Tare Verification - Ensuring Accurate Net Weights in Retail Stores." Webinar provided overview to senior level retail management on requirements for selling on basis of net weight as outlined in the weights and measures compendium, NIST Handbook 133, Checking the Net Contents of Packaged Goods. More than 100 attendees representing over 80 different retail companies participated. Read More

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Dynamic Testing of Soil and Rock Symposium. shceduled by ASTM.

March 4, 2011

Scheduled for June 28-29, 2012, Dynamic Testing of Soil and Rock: Field and Laboratory symposium will assess state-of-the-art knowledge of methods of determining shear modulus, damping, and shear wave velocity for purposes of improving ASTM standards. Some topics of interest include comparison of in situ and laboratory testing; preparation of soft and very stiff samples; in situ high-level strain measurements; dynamic properties of unsaturated soils; and testing of calcareous materials. Read More

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Motor Shipments edge higher to close out 2010.

March 4, 2011

Demand for motors edged higher during fourth quarter of 2010 as NEMA's Motors Shipments Index increased 1.4% from the previous quarter. Shipments remain appreciably lower than levels observed during 2006-2008 time period, but demand has trended higher over past 6 quarters, climbing nearly 14% since mid-2009. On year-over-year basis, shipments registered gain of 3.9% versus fourth quarter of 2009. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to address solar panel assembly.

March 3, 2011

Scheduled for April 12-14, IPC APEX EXPO will include Solar Assembly and Solar Living Pavilion, which will feature multimedia displays on panel assembly, lamination, tabbing, stringing, and cell manufacturing from industry contributors. Celestica will provide multimedia display of solar panel assembly, while solar cell stringing will be demonstrated with Komax Solar's Xcell interconnection platform. In addition, Bürkle will display its Multi-Opening Lamination Lines called Ypsator®. Read More

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IFPE 2011 to offer college level courses.

March 3, 2011

During IFPE 2011, taking place March 21-22, 2011, NFPA will partner with Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power to host half-day college level technical courses for practicing engineers. Courses will offer hands-on technical knowledge on fluid power and hydraulics with focus on hydraulic fluids and their applications; design, modeling, and control of hybrid vehicles; noise in hydraulic fluid power systems; and basic lubrication. Read More