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ASTM's Smart Manufacturing Journal is accepting submissions.

January 21, 2016

ASTM International is accepting papers for its newest journal, Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems, which will launch January 2017. SSMS Editor-in-Chief Dr. Sudarsan Rachuri has recruited more than 50 top global experts from academia and industry to serve as editors and advisors for the new journal. Group welcomes research papers, industry case studies, industry application papers, survey papers, and technical notes. Read More

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AMCA Certified Ratings Program now includes sand louvers.

January 21, 2016

Addition of sand louvers to AMCA Certified Ratings Program enables comparison of manufacturers' ratings for sand rejection based on test data in accordance with ANSI/AMCA Standard 510-L (Rev. 2015) Laboratory Methods of Testing Louvers for Rating. Tests for sand rejection are being conducted by Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants in Dubai. Certification of test data must be performed in compliance with AMCA Publication 511-10 (Rev. 2015), Product Rating Manual for Air Control Devices. Read More

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NAM to launch 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour.

January 21, 2016

On January 28, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons will kick off 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour in Manchester, NH, along with Neil Levesque, executive director of New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library, and Jim Roche, president of Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire. Timmons will showcase modern manufacturing, highlight importance of manufacturing to America, and lay out solutions that will create more jobs, seize global leadership, and expand opportunity. Read More

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Use of Plastics grows in building and construction sector.

January 21, 2016

According to report by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, building and construction sector will increasingly use plastics and plastics derivatives given their wide functionality and distinct advantage over traditional building materials in terms of flexibility, cost, energy and weathering efficiency, and durability. "Plastics Market Watch: Building and Construction" is the fourth in a series published by SPI analyzing key factors impacting plastic industry’s key end markets. Read More

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Test Method determines temperature rise in plastic siding.

January 20, 2016

D7990, Test Method for Using Reflectance Spectra to Produce an Index of Temperature Rise in Polymeric Siding will help evaluate potential for elevated temperature in plastic siding based on color. Standard produces index of relative degree of heat absorption of color system, which is a non-dimensional intensity factor. Specifically, test method uses reflectance spectra from UV, visible, and near-IR rays to create index of temperature rise that occurs due to siding absorbing sun’s energy. Read More

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ASTM Fatigue and Fracture Committee honors Dr. Craig McClung.

January 20, 2016

ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture honored R. Craig McClung, PhD, with Coffin-Manson Fatigue Achievement Award. ASTM member since 1990, McClung serves as member-at-large on E08 executive subcommittee. McClung's career has focused on research and program management in fatigue and fracture, including both detailed scientific studies of basic phenomena and development of robust engineering models and software for structural life prediction. Read More

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USA Named Official Partner Country for Hannover Messe 2016.

January 20, 2016

President Obama will be at Hannover Messe's opening ceremony on April 24 and tour fair with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. His visit and U.S. participation, according to the White House, underscores political and economic ties between Americans and Germans while further highlighting U.S. commitment to trade and investment as drivers of job creation and economic growth. Obama’s visit will also showcase American innovation and ingenuity and highlight U.S. as prime investment destination. Read More

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NIST Simulates New Method for fast, accurate DNA sequencing.

January 20, 2016

By pulling DNA molecule through tiny, chemically activated hole in graphene and detecting changes in electrical current, researchers at NIST simulated new concept for rapid, accurate gene sequencing. NIST study, "Nucleobase-functionalized graphene nanoribbons for accurate high-speed DNA sequencing," suggests this method could identify ~66 billion bases/sec with 90% accuracy and 0 false positives. This might prove faster and cheaper than conventional DNA sequencing. Read More

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ANSI Cities Network to focus on smart cities study group.

January 20, 2016

On February 4, from 2–3 pm EST, the monthly webinar on ANSI Network on Smart and Sustainable Cities will feature a report on the ISO and IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, Information technology, study group on smart cities. George Percivall, CTO and chief engineer of the Open Geospatial Consortium, who served as a contributing expert and editor to the study group's recent report to JTC 1, will be the featured speaker. Read More

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Heidi Brock Begins One-Year Term as chair of NAM's CMA.

January 20, 2016

As announced by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, was elected to serve as chair of NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) for one year. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, citing Brock's "ability to transcend Washington rhetoric and advocate on behalf of her members," said “No executive is better equipped than Heidi to lead manufacturing association executives in this critical time in history." Read More

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NAM's Jay Timmons joins tour to tout manufacturing's importance.

January 20, 2016

As part of 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons will stop in key presidential primary states and major manufacturing cities across USA. Timmons will showcase modern manufacturing, highlight its importance to USA, and pose solutions for creating more jobs, seizing global leadership, and expanding opportunity. Also, Timmons will release NAM's new policy platform to guide manufacturing voters and candidates during upcoming elections. Read More

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ATA welcomes Sentry Insurance as Featured Product provider.

January 20, 2016

ATA welcomed Sentry Insurance, a mutual insurance provider specializing in transportation insurance, as its latest Featured Product provider. Sentry Insurance has been a valued ATA allied member for over a decade. As a leader in the trucking insurance industry, Sentry has the expertise to design individualized protection all trucking operations need, providing customized coverage for fleet's auto liability, auto physical damage, motor truck cargo, and workers' compensation. Read More

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ASHRAE/IES Guidance for 90.1-2016 offers third compliance path.

January 20, 2016

Offering increased flexibility for industry, Standard 90.1-2013 Appendix G: Performance Rating Method – excerpt from ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 (I-P), Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings – gives users of their energy efficiency standard immediate access to selected addenda slated to be published in 2016 standard. Majority of this document is comprised of addendum bm, which allows Appendix G to be used as compliance path within the standard.

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PTDA welcomes six new member companies.

January 19, 2016

PTDA recently welcomed new distributor member MJ May Material Specialists Inc. of South Holland, IL as well as 5 new manufacturer members. Manufacturers include Auburn Bearing & Manufacturing of Macedon, NY; Helical Products Company - A Location of MW Industries, Inc. of Rosemont, IL; iwis Drive Systems, LLC of Indianapolis, IN; Rosta USA Corporation of South Haven, MI; and Wittenstein, Inc. of Bartlett, IL. Read More

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Construction Material Prices continue free fall in December.

January 19, 2016

According to analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index released by ABC, construction material prices fell for sixth consecutive month in December, losing 1.2% on monthly basis and 4% on yearly basis. Construction input prices have fallen 7.2% since peaking in August 2014, and have fallen in 11 of the previous 16 months. Non-residential construction input prices exhibited similar declines, falling 1.1% for the month and 4% for the year. Read More

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DOE announces projects to modernize America's electric grid.

January 19, 2016

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced up to $220 million in new funding for consortium of DOE national laboratories and partners to support critical research and development over next 3 years to help modernize nation's electrical power grid. Secretary also announced release of DOE's comprehensive new Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan, a blueprint for Department's research, development, and demonstration agenda to enable a modernized grid. Read More

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Voluntary Safety Committees reduce accidents, injuries, fines.

January 19, 2016

While safety committees are not required by OSHA, several states do mandate them. Safety committees, when designed and implemented properly, help companies reduce accidents, injuries, and fines. Specific benefits of well-run safety committees include peer-driven reviews of safe work habits as well as additional insight into illness and accident investigations. By knowing more, employees become fully invested in minimizing risk of citations, fines, and workers' comp awards. Read More

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API Launches Certification Program for quality systems auditors.

January 19, 2016

American Petroleum Institute's Global Industry Services department (API Global) established new Auditor Certification Program, which is designed for and by oil and natural gas quality management professionals. Company personnel and self-employed individuals can register to be trained, tested, and certified to audit various quality management programs according to API's globally-recognized standards. First exams will be offered March 1–15, 2016, and registration deadline is February 5.
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IPC applauds President Obama for recognizing manufacturing.

January 19, 2016

IPC commends President Obama for highlighting the critical and continuing contribution of the manufacturing sector to the U.S. economy, in his final State of the Union address. "Manufacturing has created nearly 900,000 new jobs in the past six years," said President Obama during his remarks on the strengthening economy. He went on to praise the newly created National Network for Manufacturing Innovation as an engine for entrepreneurship and further job growth. Read More

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Standard to address fire resistance of wooden utility poles.

January 19, 2016

ASTM International’s Fire Committee (E05) is developing WK52535, Test Method for Fire Resistance of Wood Utility Poles. Utility companies and coating and treatment manufacturers will use the standard to test new products that could protect the poles. Subcommittee developing the standard is seeking data on how much deterioration is possible and acceptable before a utility pole is deemed unusable. Committee encourages all interested parties to join in developing the standard. Read More