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Ajay Bajaj and Cliff Bannon to lead PTDA in 2015.

November 14, 2014

PTDA elected its 2015 Board of Directors and Manufacturer Council at PTDA Industry Summit. Ajay Bajaj, president of Rotator Products Limited, will become PTDA’s president. He has been active in PTDA since 2002, serving as a member of several task forces and 4 committees. Cliff Bannon, Eastern sales manager of Isostatic Industries Inc, will assume duties of PTDA Manufacturer Council chair in 2015. Bannon has served on Council since 2008 and has been an active PTDA member for more than 16 years. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard helps evaluate concrete floor systems.

November 13, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK47030 will cover evaluation of concrete slab system that is intended to be covered with resilient flooring. It features review of concrete floor slab design and construction documents to ensure compatibility with specified floor covering and adhesive manufacturers' requirements. Depending on when review required by ASTM WK47030 is conducted, results could affect design criteria before construction, eliminating conflicts that would cause problems later. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard on cellular therapy delivery devices.

November 13, 2014

ASTM WK46706, Guide for Medical Device Compatibility with Delivered Cellular Therapies, will outline parameters to consider when designing benchtop tests to assess potential impact of delivery device on dispensed cellular product. To help eliminate confusion and provide guidance on how to measure effects of devices on delivered cells, proposed standard will be divided into 3 sections: acceptable representative cell type or reporter cell system, cell physiology parameters, and testing. Read More

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DOE recognizes Cummins for deep energy retrofit.

November 13, 2014

As part of Administration’s effort to increase energy efficiency nationwide through Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, DOE recognized Cummins Inc., for demonstrating leadership in reducing energy use and costs at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, NY. Plant has been undergoing its largest infrastructure upgrade in more than 40 years. Company proceeded with phased, whole-building energy and infrastructure improvement project—setting aside $5.1 million for energy efficiency projects. Read More

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EPA and DOE release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide for car buyers.

November 13, 2014

With 2015 Fuel Economy Guide, consumers can choose the most fuel-efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. Guide provides best-in-class lists, which include multiple market segments, from 2-seaters to large pickup trucks. Consumers will find broad range of information that can be helpful while shopping for a new vehicle — including an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle. Guide also includes greenhouse gas rating (from 1–10) for each model. Read More

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PTDA 2014 Industry Summit themed "Imagine".

November 13, 2014

Nearly 600 power transmission and motion control representatives from over 250 PTDA member companies attended PTDA 2014 Industry Summit, which included keynote by Mike Ditka, titled "ACE—Attitude, Character and Enthusiasm." In this year's The Beaulieu Report, Alan Beaulieu predicted a growing economy, peaking in 2016, but noted a recession is probable for 2019. Philippa Gamse’s workshop, "Bricks to Clicks," advocated talking to customers, reviewing analytics, and defining measurable outcomes. Read More

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ATA Sells Truck Fleet Management to Bobit Business Media.

November 13, 2014

American Trucking Associations (ATA) announced its sale of Truck Fleet Management (TFM) to allied member Bobit Business Media. Terms of this sale were not disclosed. Citing efforts to focus on core businesses as reason behind said sale, ATA Executive VP Jeff Mason said Bobit appears to be a perfect fit for TFM's audiences. Mason also said this move "allows Transport Topics staff to focus on providing industry-leading coverage of the freight transportation industry." Read More

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PTDA Presents Inaugural Award honoring Wendy B. McDonald.

November 13, 2014

Established by PTDA Foundation, Wendy B. McDonald Award acknowledges one woman who has established herself as critical contributor to her company's success and affected positive change within power transmission/motion control industry. First recipient of this award is Pat Wheeler of Motion Industries (Canada). In her acceptance speech, Wheeler said award's namesake was her idol and mentor for paving the way to feel confident enough to accomplish all she has within her 34 year career. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute Launches eStore and standards sale.

November 13, 2014

In mid-October, Hydraulic Institute (HI) launched its redesigned, mobile-ready, online store at eStore.Pumps.org. Navigation system facilitates location of pump standards, guidebooks, and educational products, while keyword searches and category filtering offer additional means to find content. Within store, each publication is described in detail with sample content and table of contents. Visitors can also read product reviews and offer reviews of their own. Read More

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SME to feature key manufacturing technologies at FABTECH.

November 12, 2014

During FABTECH 2014, SME will showcase key manufacturing technologies, host industry experts, and allow companies to test their workforce readiness at its booth, B4947. SME will have 4 technology stations featuring 3D printing, lasers, robotics, and workforce development. Each station will have either a live demonstration or an interactive component. Industry experts will speak about hot manufacturing topics, such as additive manufacturing and lasers. Read More

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ASTM publishes Product Category Rules for cement industry.

November 12, 2014

ASTM has partnered with Slag Cement Association to develop new Product Category Rules for slag cement. PCR establishes criteria for developing Environmental Product Declaration for slag cement used in concrete, mortar, and other construction applications. Demonstrating company’s commitment to sustainability, quality, and responsibility, EPDs show businesses the real environmental impact of product over course of its lifetime and help differentiate product in the marketplace. Read More

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ASTM Graduate Scholarships were awarded to 3 university students.

November 12, 2014

ASTM International awarded 3 graduate scholarships this year as part of its efforts is to enhance students' knowledge, understanding and application of ASTM International and its standards. Recipients of this $10,000 scholarship were Mahendran Balasubramanian (Oklahoma State University), Jenny Hill (University of Toronto), and Mohsen Seifi (Case Western Reserve University), all of whom demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM standards. Read More

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RCI to hold 2015 Building Envelope symposium in November.

November 12, 2014

Scheduled for Nov 9–10, 2015, in Nashville, TN, Symposium on Building Envelope Technology is intended for building exterior designers and repair professionals. Symposium will feature 12 unique educational sessions presented by leading building envelope design consultants. Speakers will offer experience-based insights for specification of sound, durable exterior envelopes. Most programs focus on repair and sustainable design methods for strengthening and improving existing structures. Read More

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Strategic Partnership will develop life-changing medical devices.

November 12, 2014

Southern Research Institute and University of Alabama at Birmingham have partnered to develop new medical devices to improve healthcare in USA and around globe. This strategic partnership, Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology (AIMTech), will take patient-centric approach to medical technology development in areas of cardiology, orthopedics, ophthalmology, rehabilitation engineering, and trauma. Goal is for first group of AIMTech-created devices to hit market by 2020. Read More

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AAMA releases specification for blast hazard mitigation.

November 12, 2014

AAMA 510-14, Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Vertical Fenestration Systems, provides guide for specifying these types of systems and services to meet requirements of blast hazard mitigation. Blast mitigation products are intended for reduction of injuries and fatalities of occupants under defined blast criteria. Method of installing these products is as important as the product itself, and must be evaluated during testing and/or structural analysis. Read More

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EPA awards education grants to recipients in 18 states.

November 12, 2014

U.S. EPA announced completion of awards for the 2013 Environmental Education Model Grants Program. Projects include community energy education, summer programs for low-income teenagers, integration of multimedia learning tools into watershed education, environmental health education on impact of climate change and asthma, and hands-on K-12 environmental education programs. From applications received in 2013, EPA has funded 20 grants, ranging from $75,000–$200,000 for total of $2.8 million. Read More

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ASTM sponsors West Conshohocken Summer Program.

November 11, 2014

ASTM International has been a longtime supporter of the annual West Conshohocken Summer Program held at the borough’s Keith MacKenzie Park. Program, which runs June 16 through August 22, is open to children and grandchildren of West Conshohocken residents free of charge. In addition to annual art contest, ASTM sponsored field trips to Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Art Museum. Read More

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ASTM and Kuwait Society of Engineers solidify cooperation.

November 11, 2014

Supported by ASTM’s local partner in Kuwait, the National Consulting Bureau Co., cooperation agreement strengthens link between engineering community in Kuwait and technical resources available through ASTM. Cooperative promotion, training, and upcoming meetings and events are highlighted in agreement. In addition, KSE member organizations may receive preferential online access to latest versions of ASTM standards. ASTM will also provide editorial content for inclusion in AlMohandesoon magazine. Read More

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ASTM and Critical Materials Institute enter into MOU.

November 10, 2014

Under Memorandum of Understanding and member agreement, ASTM will participate in the CMI Affiliates Program as an observing member. This will provide ASTM with an opportunity to interact with key stakeholders for critical materials and to educate them about ASTM and the value of standardization. CMI has agreed to join and participate in the ASTM process and to provide technical data and expertise to ASTM technical committees that develop critical materials standards. Read More

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Washington Fire Company of Conshohocken thanks ASTM.

November 10, 2014

ASTM International has made a $7,000 donation to the Washington Fire Company No. 1 of Conshohocken to help replace and upgrade important lifesaving equipment. New items include FoxFury NOMAD 360 portable scene light, battery operated RHYNO windshield cutter®, and battery operated Hurst Jaws of Life® – eDRAULIC™ 2.0 cutter tool. This state-of the-art equipment will make it easier to extract victims in case of an accident, and transport them to hospital in fastest time possible. Read More