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NFPA Educational Classroom Kits demonstrate fluid power.

December 7, 2010

NFPA Education and Technology Foundation is offering fluid power classroom exercise kits, designed as introduction to NFPA Fluid Power Challenge for 8th graders to solve engineering problem using hydraulics and pneumatics. Kits include lifter, which shows linear and rotary motion; rotational arm that demonstrates rotation; and clamp that shows linear movement. They require scissors and wood glue for assembly and provide activity for fluid power chapters in two Project Lead the Way curriculums. Read More

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EPA issues next step for greenhouse gas permitting programs.

December 7, 2010

EPA is moving forward with plan to call on certain states to update their Clean Air Act implementation plans to cover greenhouse gas emissions. These changes will ensure that, beginning in January 2011, the largest industrial GHG emissions sources can receive permits. EPA has identified 13 states that need to make changes to their plans, allowing them to issue permits that include GHG emissions. They include: AZ, AR, CA, CT, FL, ID, KS, KY, NE, NV, OR, TX, and WY. Read More

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FPSA, Messe Düsseldorf Partner to promote PROCESS EXPO.

December 7, 2010

FPSA-announced alliance with Messe Düsseldorf GmbH will increase international reach of PROCESS EXPO. As stated by FPSA Chairman Scott Scriven, "With seven international subsidiaries and 68 foreign representatives worldwide supporting Messe Düsseldorf in 127 countries, PROCESS EXPO will have unprecedented access to new markets," he added. Messe Düsseldorf will contribute to booth space sales as well as promote attendance to global food processors. Read More

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IPC Conference to address manufacturing quality and reliability.

December 7, 2010

Cosponsored by Hungarian Electronics Association, IPC Conference on Quality, Reliability and Acceptability for Electronics Manufacturing will be held in Budapest, Hungary on Feb 22-24, 2011. Some conference topics will include Importance of IPC Standards in Quality and Reliability; State of the Hungarian Electronics Industry; Environmental Regulations Impacting PCBs and Electronics Assembly; Common Solder Joint Problems; and Minimizing Defects in the Assembly Process. Read More

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NACD presents 2010 Distributor and Achievement awards.

December 7, 2010

Bruce Whetter, President of Americhem Sales Corporation, was named 2010 Distributor of the Year. Whetter was commended for his commitment to the mission and goals of Association and consistently promoting benefits of NACD and Responsible Distribution(TM). Lifetime Achievement Award went to Don and Betsey Witteman of Dorsett and Jackson, Inc. Active in Association for over 30 years, Don served on many NACD Committees, and together with Betsy, helped organize Western Region Meeting since the 1980s. Read More

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Badges, RFID Technologies increase conference efficiency.

December 6, 2010

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011, attendees and exhibitors will be able to exchange business information through lead-retrieval system. Barcodes on badges replace previously used, separate swipe card, while RFID booth traffic analysis will communicate attendee needs and interests to show management and exhibitors. AEM notes that this change of technology promotes show management efficiency concerning badge process and also enhances green initiatives by reducing waste. Read More

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Protective Coatings Conference to focus on green technologies.

December 6, 2010

Addressing environmentally responsible protective coatings solutions, SSPC 2011 featuring GreenCOAT will take place January 31 through February 3 in Las Vegas, NV. Trade show and technical conference goals include providing guidance regarding eco-conscious coating technology and green regulation compliance. Special exhibit hall, technical program, and networking events will highlight currently available, environmentally responsible protective coatings solutions. Read More

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AASHTO Praises proposal for infrastructure improvement, jobs impact.

December 3, 2010

John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director, praised National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform on releasing its final proposal that includes recommendation to increase per gallon gas tax by 15 cents between 2013 and 2015 to support essential transportation infrastructure improvements. Citing highway and transit system safety as well as job creation, Horsley was also pleased that this report emphasized "vital link between transportation and balancing the federal deficit." Read More

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NAM Official comments on fiscal commission report.

December 3, 2010

Commenting on National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's final report, NAM's John Engler said, "The commission's report provides a good starting point for developing policies that will strengthen our economy and overall competitiveness." Engler also stressed need to address fundamental tax and entitlement reform without undermining U.S. competitiveness and economic growth. He also said manufacturers are ready to work with policymakers to enforce America's global competitiveness. Read More

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Symposium to address sustainable geotechnical construction.

December 3, 2010

Scheduled for Feb 2-4, 2011, International Symposium on Testing and Specification of Recycled Materials for Sustainable Geotechnical Construction will provide forum for exchange of ideas on current research nationally and internationally on use of industrial byproducts and other recycled materials in geotechnical construction. Both geoenvironmental and geomechanical issues will be covered as well as life cycle assessment, impacts on greenhouse gas emissions, and energy consumption. Read More

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FAA Raises Mexico's Safety Rating from Category 2 to 1.

December 3, 2010

Based on November review of Mexico's civil aviation authority, US Department of Transportation's FAA has deemed Mexico compliant with international safety standards set by International Civil Aviation Organization. Under leadership of Secretary Juan Molinar and Director General Hector Gonzalez Weeks, Mexico made significant progress and has been upgraded to Category 1. FAA will continue to provide technical assistance to support and maintain changes made to civil aviation authority. Read More

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Modified Bitumen Membrane Standard targets roof coatings.

December 3, 2010

ASTM International standard ASTM D7120, Guide for Evaluation and Preparation of Roof Membranes for Coating Application, provides how-to information to consultants and contractors for assessing condition of roof to be coated as well as recommendations on preparing roof for coating. As chair of several task groups within subcommittee responsible for ASTM D7120, Carter Slusher noted that its use will promote energy savings, environmental preservation, and sustainability. Read More

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NACD Annual Meeting to focus on core values for businesses.

December 3, 2010

NACD members will meet in La Quinta, CA, for association's 39th Annual Meeting, which focuses on NACD's strategic plan of: Advocacy, Responsible Distribution, and Member Value. Event will include review of mid-term elections by political experts Pat Buchanan and Mark Shields, and address of economy and markets by Alan Beaulieu. Dr. Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeny will give presentation, The Psychology of the Sports Champion, while Jay Rifenbary will talk about no excuse leadership. Read More

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AIM Board of Directors elects Chuck Evanhoe as Vice Chairman.

December 3, 2010

Board of Directors of AIM has announced the election of Chuck Evanhoe, President of Evanhoe & Associates, Inc., as Vice Chairman. Evanhoe has served on AIM Board as North America representative and is active member of AIM's ADC1 TAG and REG standards committees. He also served as chairman for 2010 AIM Expo. "Mr. Evanhoe is a proven leader within AIM and the perfect candidate to continue the revitalization of the AIM movement," said Dr. Hohberger, AIM board chairman. Read More

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IPC Conference addresses growth in printed electronics market.

December 3, 2010

To be held in Irvine, CA from January 18-19, 2011, IPC Conference on Printed Electronics: What Does It Mean for the Printed Circuit Board Industry? will provide board manufacturers and their suppliers with information on current opportunities and how to take advantage of impending changes. Attendees will also be able to participate in development of first printed electronics standard for PCB industry. Keynote address and multiple presentations will address diverse industry concerns. Read More

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ASTM Traffic Monitoring Standard covers truth-in-data.

December 2, 2010

Traffic monitoring is a means of counting and classifying vehicles and measuring vehicle flow characteristics, such as vehicle speed, lane occupancy, and other items typically used to portray traffic movement. In order for traffic monitoring data to be assessed properly, information on how data were collected, edited, summarized, and reported must be provided. This obligation for documenting data is covered by ASTM E2759, Practice for Highway Traffic Monitoring Truth-in-Data. Read More

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Paint Waste Disposal Standard helps artists, educators.

December 2, 2010

ASTM International standard ASTM D7355, Guide for Artists' Paint Waste Disposal in Smaller Commercial or Educational Settings, was developed in response to needs for better environmental practices for art studios. Through ASTM D7355, commercial artists and art teachers in small school systems would have way to deal with waste from artist paints in environmentally friendly manner. All interested parties are invited to participate in further standard's development. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers caulk and sealant burning characteristics.

December 2, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee E05.22 on Surface Burning, ASTM E2690, Practice for Specimen Preparation and Mounting of Caulks and Sealants to Assess Surface Burning Characteristics will primarily be used by fire test laboratories, caulk and sealant manufacturers, and code officials. ASTM E2690 resulted from ongoing effort to address materials that are not easily assessed using ASTM E84, Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials. Read More

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PTDA selects Ann Arnott for Executive Vice President.

December 2, 2010

PTDA Board of Directors unanimously selected Ann Arnott, currently PTDA's VP of programs and services, to succeed Mary Sue Lyon as next Executive Vice President of PTDA, effective Jan 1, 2011. Arnott is integral in managing development and execution of PTDA's strategic plan through association's volunteer committees, task forces, and work groups. She also provides oversight for association's events, including the Industry Summit, Canadian Conference, and Leadership Development Conference. Read More

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EPA Administrator and NAS President announce NRC study.

December 2, 2010

At event recognizing EPA's 40th anniversary, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone announced that EPA has commissioned National Research Council study that will help agency build upon its expertise in protecting human health and the environment. Agency has asked NRC to develop the Green Book, a groundbreaking effort to incorporate sustainability into the way the agency approaches environmental protection. Read More