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NTSB Chairman discusses future of transportation safety.

January 28, 2011

NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said accident investigations show need for new perspectives on safety culture, record keeping, and aging infrastructure. When she spoke to audience at Transportation Research Board conference, she discussed four investigations, highlighted several accidents, and encouraged attendees to learn from them to prevent future accidents. In conclusion, Hersman commended work of former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey and former House Committee Chairman James Oberstar. Read More

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NTSB Investigative Courses provide incident handling insight.

January 28, 2011

Offered February 23-24, Cognitive Interviewing for Accident Investigators will offer investigators and industry professionals foundational knowledge and skills needed to conduct interviews of participants and witnesses in transportation incidents/accidents. Survival Factors in Aviation Accidents, offered March 28-31, will cover aircraft occupant survivability issues, including case studies highlighting key components of accident survivability, cabin safety, and emergency equipment. Read More

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International Free Trade Agreements applauded by manufacturers.

January 28, 2011

AEM President Dennis Slater called hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee regarding pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea "a positive step toward recognizing the urgent need to help America's farmers and manufacturers create more jobs in the U.S. by exporting their products to new markets around the world." He also pointed out how existing trade barriers have made competition difficult in countries that want American-made products. Read More

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Index shows growth in December.

January 28, 2011

Up 27% compared to same period in 2009 and 100% above November's volume, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for December shows new business volume at $9.0 billion. Year-end new business volume for 2010 is up 9.2% compared to 2009, and credit quality also improved. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 2.7% from 3.2% in November and 37% compared to 2009. Losses remained at 1.4% compared to prior month. Credit approvals increased to 75%, up 3% from prior month. Read More

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AMCA International seeks volunteers to review standards.

January 28, 2011

AMCA International is seeking AMCA Standard Review Committee volunteers to review standards guiding balance quality and vibration levels of fans, air curtain testing, laboratory testing of positive pressure ventilators, and performance testing of jet tunnel fans. Scheduled for revision in 2011, standards for testing fan aerodynamic performance, induced flow fans, sound pressure levels in ducts, as well as performance of airflow measurement stations are also up for review. Read More

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AASHTO Tells Senate states count on transportion investment.

January 28, 2011

At hearing before Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, AASHTO president Susan Martinovich testified to need for federal transportation funding. She detailed four main points, which included how transportation is vital to economy, its impact on sustaining export-led recovery, current transportation infrastructure deficit, and how transportation investment creates jobs. She concluded by stressing critical need for long-term surface transportation authorization bill this year. Read More

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ASHRAE Offers Duct Fitting Database as dynamic, mobile app.

January 27, 2011

Developed for Apple's iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, ASHRAE Duct Fitting Database (DFDB) app lets users perform pressure loss calculations for 200+ HVAC duct fittings in both I-P and SI units. Dynamic illustrations are provided for each design, and inputs can be adjusted by touch. Users can create individual projects, each with unique input values and results, and each fitting has its own custom set of input parameters and results. Reports can be displayed and emailed. Read More

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JILA develops efficient source of terahertz radiation.

January 27, 2011

JILA researchers have developed laser-based source of terahertz radiation that is efficient and less prone to damage than similar systems. Terahertz radiation, which falls between radio and optical bands of electromagnetic spectrum, penetrates materials such as clothing and plastic but can be used to detect substances that have unique absorption characteristics at these wavelengths. Technology may be useful in applications such as detecting trace gases or imaging weapons in security screening. Read More

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Standard covers IP protection in printed board manufacturing.

January 27, 2011

IPC has released IPC-1071, Best Industry Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in Printed Board Manufacturing, to assist printed board manufacturers in the development of requirements for the protection of IP for their customers in commercial, industrial, military, and other high reliability markets. Standard addresses issues such as physical and information security, employee data access, computer networks, and destruction of scrap material. Read More

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NIST Physicist Joseph Stroscio named among 2010 AAAS Fellows.

January 26, 2011

Joseph Stroscio has been named a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was elected as AAAS fellow as part of Physics Section for his contributions to surface and condensed matter physics fields, notably for development and application of scanning tunneling microscopy. New Fellows will be presented with official certificate and rosette pin on February 19, 2011 at AAAS Fellows Forum, which is held during 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Read More

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FAA dedicates traffic control tower at LaGuardia Airport.

January 26, 2011

Measuring 233 ft high with 850 square foot tower cab, LaGuardia's new airport traffic control tower will be equipped with latest aviation technology, including Airport Surface Detection System, which allows controllers to track surface movement of aircraft and vehicles. Tower will also feature Integrated Control and Monitoring System, which consolidates information, including navigational aid displays, into one screen. Read More

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IPC Government Relations Committee gets boost from new members.

January 26, 2011

IPC announces the additions of Bhawnesh Mathur, CEO, EPIC Technologies, and Ray Sharpe, CEO, Isola Group SARL, to the IPC Government Relations Steering Committee. According to GR Committee Chairman Mike Williams, Mathur's and Sharpe's knowledge, broad experience, and leadership roles in the industry will be extremely helpful as IPC continues to advocate for the industry on legislative and regulatory issues around the world. Read More

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EPA, DOT, and CA align timeframe for clean car standards.

January 26, 2011

U.S. DOT, EPA, and state of California announced single timeframe of Sept 1, 2011 for proposing fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017-2025 cars and light-duty trucks. Collaboration could lead to extension of National Clean Car Program, providing automakers certainty as they work to build next generation of clean, fuel efficient cars. Improving fuel efficiency will save consumers money at the pump, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and cut emissions of harmful pollutants. Read More

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Winter 2012 Conference seeks papers on HVAC/R topics.

January 26, 2011

Papers addressing advances in high performance buildings, integrated design, energy modeling, and high-intensity HVAC applications are being sought for ASHRAE 2012 Winter Conference, which will take place January 21-25 in Chicago, IL. In addition, papers are sought for tracks on Operations and Maintenance, HVAC Systems, HVAC Fundamentals and Applications, Professional Skills, and Refrigeration. Conference paper abstracts or full-length technical papers are due by April 18, 2011. Read More

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National Program Office to foster secure online transactions.

January 26, 2011

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced plans to create a National Program Office to help foster an environment in which sensitive online transactions can be carried out with greater levels of trust. To be established within Department of Commerce, with support from NIST and NTIA, National Program Office would coordinate federal activities needed to implement the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard aims to aid antimicrobial development.

January 26, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK30842, Test Method for Serial Passage Resistance Induction to Assess the Potential for Bacteria to Develop Resistance to an Antimicrobial Compound, is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents. If approved, it could be used by pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as antiseptic and sanitizer manufacturers during development of new topical formulations to provide reproducible way of evaluating potential for antimicrobial compounds. Read More

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Conference highlights steps of electronic product manufacturing.

January 26, 2011

Design, assembly, soldering, repair, rework, inspection, and material choices are all variables to be juggled as electronics manufacturers work with new component types, high speed signals, and lead-free technology. To assist manufacturers in making the best choices for producing reliable electronics, IPC is holding the IPC Conference on Quality, Reliability, and Acceptability for Electronics Manufacturing in Budapest, Hungary, on Feb 22-24, 2011. Read More

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API and PIOGA Collaboration promotes educational efforts in PA.

January 26, 2011

American Petroleum Institute (API) and Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) have allied to foster understanding of issues related to safe development of PA's domestic energy resources. Specifically, partnership will serve as forum for factual information about energy resources found in PA. Campaign focuses on benefits realized through development of natural gas reserves in Marcellus Shale, new jobs for workers, state economic growth, and national energy security. Read More

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Gases and Welding Suppliers expect revenue growth.

January 25, 2011

Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today features the gases and welding supplier business forecast. The article entitled, "Suppliers See A Slow, Upward Climb," highlights suppliers' outlooks and strategies for growth in 2011. In poll of industry suppliers, Welding and Gases Today found that respondents are expecting an overall increase of 8.9% in 2011. In order to grow sales, suppliers are concentrating on growth markets and introducing new products. Read More

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Americans Urged to Tell Congress about transportation needs.

January 25, 2011

As Congress begins work on new transportation bill, AASHTO seeks to generate public opinion about priorities. Everyone is invited to share their transportation comments and concerns via AASHTO's Facebook and YouTube pages. As Congress will set transportation policy and funding levels for years to come, AASHTO executive director John Horsley said this social media campaign aims "to help Congress understand the priorities of the American people." Read More