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Manufacturing Conference to feature 5 top manufacturing minds.

January 21, 2011

Responsible for driving productivity in enterprise, 5 speakers representing aerospace, defense, and space manufacturing technology will keynote AeroDef Manufacturing 2011 technical conference and exposition. Speakers include Mike Vander Wel of Boeing; Tom Burbage of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; Steve Linder from Department of Defense Research and Engineering's Office of Technology Transition; James K. Sutter, PhD of NASA Glenn Research Center; and Douglas Comstock of NASA Headquarters. Read More

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<i>Green Tips for Data Centers</i> released by ASHRAE.

January 21, 2011

AHSRAE book, titled Green Tips for Data Centers, identifies techniques for optimizing energy efficiency in existing datacom facilities. Many of the techniques can be implemented through simple operational changes, upgrades, or modifications that require relatively low investment and that cause little disruption to existing operations. Some tips include: optimize supply air temperature, install monitoring equipment, improve lighting efficiency, and optimize data storage. Read More

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ANSI-HSSP Plenary Report addresses homeland security.

January 20, 2011

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) released its final report from its ninth plenary in November. Bringing together 130+ experts from U.S. and abroad, meeting set path for U.S.-European collaboration on global security issues. Discussions centered around standards and conformance-based solutions to support aviation, border, and maritime security, crisis management, and global supply chain security. Plenary report outlines key findings of each and sets path for collaboration. Read More

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Energy Projects transform trash to green power.

January 20, 2011

U.S. EPA recognized 6 landfill methane capture projects and partners for their innovation in generating renewable energy and protecting climate and people's health by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This year's winning projects will avoid emissions of 165,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. This reduction is equivalent to annual GHG emissions from more than 31,600 passenger vehicles or the carbon dioxide emissions from 385,200 barrels of oil consumed. Read More

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MESA Global Education Program addresses manufacturing operations mgmt.

January 20, 2011

To help organizations with optimization of plant and supply chain as well as global operations, MESA Global Education Program delivers independent competency training in MES/MOM (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions/Manufacturing Operations Management) arena. Certificate of Competency and Certificate of Awareness programs, offered on different subjects and audiences, initially include 4-day MES/MOM Methodologies and 2-day Business Awareness courses. Read More

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EPRI and TVA to show electric vehicle solar charging station.

January 20, 2011

On January 25, EPRI and Tennessee Valley Authority will demonstrate prototype 6-bay integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station at EPRI laboratory in Knoxville, TN. Several electric vehicles will also be available to media for inspection, charging, and driving demonstrations. Station will produce data to assist with integrating wind and solar power onto smart grid, assess impact on reliability of distributed resource generation, and analyze electric vehicle supply equipment. Read More

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IPC and Northrop Grumman sponsor HDI conference.

January 20, 2011

Scheduled for March 1-2, 2011, IPC Conference on HDI: Strategies for the 21st Century will include technical workshops on March 1 and full-day technical conference on March 2, which will look at a High Performance Technology Roadmap presented by Northrop Grumman. Conference will also provide perspective from military and medical sectors, and cover assembly-related issues and HDI board reliability concerns, as well as considerations to make in design, materials, and processes. Read More

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Public Roundtable addresses government involvement in standards.

January 20, 2011

On January 25, NIST and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke will host public roundtable on federal government engagement in standardization. Questions will be asked regarding appropriate role for federal government in convening industry stakeholders and catalyzing standards development/use as well as ways which federal government should engage in sectors where there is compelling national interest. Event will also feature moderated panel discussion with industry and academia leaders. Read More

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Cement Sustainability Workshop looks at ASTM E60 implications.

January 20, 2011

Sponsored by ASTM Committee C01 on Cement, Implications of ASTM E60 Standards on Sustainability for Cement and Concrete will be held on June 14 at in Anaheim, CA. This workshop will introduce concepts and terminology used in E60 standards to the cement and concrete standards development communities as well as facilitate collaborative efforts to provide E60 with technical expertise of these communities regarding manufacture of cement and concrete-based building products. Read More

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ASTM Composite Materials Group proposes standard for sandwich constructions.

January 20, 2011

ASTM WK30231, Practice for Damage Resistance Testing of Sandwich Constructions, is being developed by ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials. Standard will provide instructions for modifying test methods in ASTM D6264/D6264M and ASTM D7136/D7136M to determine damage resistance properties of sandwich constructions. Under jurisdiction of Subcommittee D30.09 on Sandwich Construction, it also accounts for differences in damage modes and inspection methods. Read More

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Technology Policy Expert joins NAM.

January 20, 2011

Brian Raymond, a technology policy expert with more than 15 years of experience in government and the private sector, has joined the NAM as director, technology and domestic economic policy. Raymond will work with NAM members, the Administration, and Congress to shape and advance pro-manufacturing positions on technology policy issues ranging from patent reform, privacy issues, and cyber/data security to net neutrality, R/D funding, and intellectual property protection. Read More

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Manufacturers Say Excessive Regulation has harmed economic growth.

January 19, 2011

NAM Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Aric Newhouse said manufacturers were appreciative of President Obama's executive order to review federal regulations harming economic growth. In addition to pointing out that manufacturers have been saying "for some time" that over-regulation harms job creation and stifles economic growth, Newhouse said manufacturers stand ready to help President reduce unnecessary burdens "so they can get back to creating jobs." Read More

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Academic Outreach Campaign promotes awareness of standards.

January 19, 2011

ASTM International has launched its 2011 academic outreach campaign titled "Jumpstart Your Career" which will provide opportunities for students to increase their knowledge of standards and develop critical technical skills prior to entering workforce. Initiative will include ASTM International Student Video Contest; project grants to help fund graduate or senior student design projects that contain ASTM standards component; and summer internship opportunity through 2011 WISE program. Read More

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Chemical Test Methods Workshop sponsored by ASTM committee.

January 19, 2011

Workshop on Chemical Test Methods for B05 Documents, sponsored by ASTM Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, will be held in Anaheim, CA on April 11. As many of Committee B05's chemical test methods have become obsolete, new ones need to be developed. Attendees will trace reasons for withdrawing current methods and look at what is currently being done in B05 documents. Possible options will be discussed for developing new procedures and test methods as well as necessary protocols. Read More

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AAMA Official responds to House oversight committee request.

January 19, 2011

House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asked AAMA for assistance in identifying existing and proposed regulations that have negatively affected job growth in fenestration industry. In response, implementation of EPA's LRRP regulations, which excluded opt-out provision contained within original RRP regulations, was discussed. AAMA's Rich Walker notes encouragement that Chairman Issa is willing to review rules which have been enforced without benefit of industry input. Read More

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Gases/Welding Distributors take proactive stance to improve sales.

January 19, 2011

Operation 2011: Resuscitating Sales article in Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today shows distributors in every region across US as cautiously optimistic regarding their hopes for economic recovery. Over 75% of respondents predict sales increase; 21% expect sales to remain level; and 2% believe sales will continue to decrease. Facing aggregate growth rate of 4.9% (lowest in country), 55% of distributors in South plan to upgrade current facilities or build new ones. Read More

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SIAA CoDiE Award Finalists announced in digital content categories.

January 19, 2011

SIAA has announced finalists for 2011 CODiE Awards in categories relating to digital content aggregation, distribution, management, and publishing. Twenty-nine products from 16 companies were selected as finalists from among over 100 nominations submitted by 40 companies, with LexisNexis representing 6 products across 4 categories. Winners will be announced at CODiE Awards Dinner on January 25, to be held in conjunction with 2011 Information Industry Summit in New York City. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for January 2011.

January 19, 2011

According to January 2011 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies are optimistic about business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 47% of participants forecast improvement in economic activity, up from 40% in December, while 43% predict activity will remain unchanged, and only 10% report that activity will decline. Additionally, 52% of participants predict increase in incoming orders for next 3 months, and 26% report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago. Read More

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EPA's Permit Suspension creates widespread uncertainty.

January 19, 2011

NAM Executive Vice President and incoming President Jay Timmons issued comment about EPA's action to halt a Section 404 permit issued under the Clean Water Act for disposal of mining waste from Mingo Logan's Spruce No. 1 surface mine in West Virginia. According to Timmons, EPA's action to suspend a properly issued, valid permit will create uncertainty for all Section 404 permit holders and will have negative impact on manufacturing and job creation. Read More

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Energy Economy Boom negatively impacts North Dakota roads.

January 18, 2011

North Dakota is experiencing an economic boom due to US Geological Survey estimate from April 2008, which proclaimed presence of millions of barrels of recoverable crude oil. Two Minute State DOT Update featured North Dakota DoT Director Francis Ziegler, who commented that this is good news. He also noted that roads which "were in great shape" had 2 or 3 in. ruts in them 2 months later due to travel of oil crews. More investment will be needed, Ziegler said, for upkeep of roads and bridges. Read More