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FABTECH Show will feature 3 fully functioning stamping lines.

September 30, 2010

Co-sponsored in part by SME, 2010 FABTECH tradeshow in Atlanta, GA (November 2-4) will feature 3 fully functional stamping lines in action in METALFORM Technology Area. AIDA line (booth 1509) will display 110 ton gap-frame servo press; SEYI (booth 1604) will host 16-station progressive die with ball-bearing insertion, run on low-deflection, single-point straightside press; and Stamtec (booth 1633) will feature stamping press/transfer system production line. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for August 2010.

September 30, 2010

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 24.3% while bookings increased 22.1% from August 2009. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were up 20.4% and bookings have grown 33.2%. Book-to-bill ratio for rigid PCB industry remained positive, but fell off slightly to 1.08. Flexible circuit shipments in August 2010 were up 35.7%, and bookings were up 61.8% compared to August 2009. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio also remained positive, but fell to 1.01. Read More

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Panel considers impact of higher CAFE standards.

September 30, 2010

This year's executive-management panel discussion at 12th annual SPE® Automotive TPO Global Conference will explore impact of 42% increase in U.S. mandated corporate-average fuel-economy standards on an industry still reeling from recession. Panel will debate how automakers can move forward to meet these standards by 2014 with a greatly diminished workforce. Panel, whose topic is The New Normal: Challenges and Opportunities, will be held from 12:45-2:00 p.m. on October 5, 2010. Read More

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Report covers health of national security space industrial base.

September 30, 2010

According to AIA report, national security space industrial base faces tipping point beyond which irreparable harm to nation's defense and economy could occur. "Tipping Point: Maintaining the Health of the National Security Space Industrial Base" lays out challenges faced by national security space industrial base, including overly restrictive export control policies; shrinking, aging workforce; and budget instability. AIA makes several policy recommendations to address these challenges. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers hot compression properties of gasket materials.

September 30, 2010

ASTM F2837 provides gasket manufacturers with test for measuring creep and compression that can be used for R/D and material comparisons, and as QA tool. Standard covers 3 steps in testing process: creep of material under room temperature is measured while increasing load; while under constant load, temperature is increased at given rate over given time period, with thickness over this period being measured; and compression set of material is measured at end of test at room temperature. Read More

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International CES named North America's Greenest Show.

September 30, 2010

CEA® announced that the 2009 International CES® was named North America's Greenest Show by Trade Show Executive Magazine. CEA was awarded "Leader in Green Initiatives" Gold Grand Award for outstanding green presence in producing world's largest consumer technology tradeshow. The 2011 CES will again feature Sustainable Planet TechZone, sponsored by Earth 911, which will showcase world-changing technologies that benefit environment, utilize new forms of sustainable energy, and renew resources. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses thermoplastic elastomer testing.

September 29, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee D11.12 on Processability Tests, ASTM D7605 will provide effective way to test production lots of thermoplastic elastomers to quantify and predict how well they process and what ultimate physical properties will be imparted to final molded or extruded products. According to John Dick, a D11 member, standard relates to subtle variations in molecular changes such as rubber-to-plastic resin ratios, curative concentration for dynamic vulcanization, and DV temperature. Read More

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ASTM Paint Committee approves zirconium treatment standard.

September 29, 2010

ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications developed ASTM D7639, Test Method for Determination of Zirconium Treatment Weight or Thickness on Metal Substrates by X-Ray Fluorescence, to aid production of fit-for-purpose and cost-effective parts. Applicable along process line or in QC lab, standard will be used to measure zirconium treatment weight or thickness applied to metal substrates. Read More

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ASTM recognizes Ronald E. Holsinger with achievement award.

September 29, 2010

Ronald E. Holsinger, proficiency sample program supervisor at AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory, has received A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award for significant contributions to Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. Holsinger is secretary of Committee D18 and works on several D18 subcommittees. A graduate of University of Pittsburgh, Holsinger spent 17 years as a high school math and science teacher before beginning his career in construction materials testing at AASHTO in 1990. Read More

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ASTM Sensory Evaluation Standard will cover instrument test methods.

September 29, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK29225, Guide for Design and Execution of Sensory-Instrumental Correlation Studies, will help consumer goods developers and manufacturers evaluate their products to ensure quality, consumer satisfaction, and marketing success. Specifically, this standard will assist in creation of instrument test methods likely to provide meaningful results and that can be correlated with valid sensory evaluation results. Read More

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ANSI October Caucus to feature Deputy Commissioner for Foods.

September 29, 2010

Next monthly ANSI Caucus Luncheon, to be held October 8, 2010, will feature guest speaker Michael R. Taylor, J.D., Deputy Commissioner for Foods for FDA. Caucus will be held from 11:45am to 1:30pm at National Press Club in Washington, DC. Named to position on January 13, 2010, Taylor is first individual to hold position, which was created along with new Office of Foods in August 2009. He is nationally recognized food safety expert and has served in high-level positions at FDA and USDA. Read More

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U.S. Standards Community celebrates World Standards Day 2010.

September 29, 2010

More than 260 members of standards and conformity assessment community gathered in Washington DC for U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2010, which focused on the theme Standards for Accessibility. During event, Marsha K. Mazz of United States Access Board received 2010 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award, while Roger Vernon Bostelman of NIST and Joseph Bocchiaro III of InfoComm International won first and second place prizes for World Standards Day Paper Competition. Read More

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ANSI Annual Report details 2009-2010 activities.

September 29, 2010

Solutions through Collaboration, ANSI's 2009-2010 Annual Report, informs stakeholders of ANSI's key initiatives, accomplishments, and financial activities over past year. According to S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, ANSI has worked "in close cooperation with our members, stakeholders, and partners to meet top national and global priorities." He also noted enthusiasm for further collaboration during coming year pertaining to various issues. Read More

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PMMI offers interactive learning experience at PACK EXPO.

September 29, 2010

At PACK EXPO International, PMMI will launch The Amazing Packaging Race, sponsored by Nordson Corporation, to provide packaging students with opportunity to fully explore show floor and interact with exhibitors and attendees, all while learning and interacting with new technologies. Premise of race is for packaging students to visit participating exhibit booths and complete tasks of varying difficulty to earn points. Each member of winning team will receive an iPad®. Read More

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Accelerated Laboratory Aging approved by ASTM tire committee.

September 29, 2010

Responding to Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation Act, ASTM Committee F09 on Tires has developed ASTM F2838, Practice for Accelerated Laboratory Aging of Radial Passenger Car and Light Truck Tire Through Load Range E for the Laboratory Generation of Belt Separation. Primary prospective users of this standard will be tire and vehicle manufacturers, testing organizations, and tire regulatory organizations. Read More

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Accreditation Board offers guidance for PS-Prep program.

September 29, 2010

Having previously issued requirements, ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board invites certification bodies to submit applications for accreditation for Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Certification (PS-Prep) program. Independent ANAB accreditation, available for certification bodies that conform with ISO/IEC 17021, includes review of documented processes and procedures, on-site assessment, and witnessing conducted audit of organization seeking certification. Read More

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Protective Coatings Compilation covers application, inspection.

September 29, 2010

Available in print and E-book versions, ASTM Standards for Protective Coating Application and Inspection features research on protective coating application and inspection for nuclear power industry - specifically power plant, field, and shop applications. Compilation includes 67 ASTM standards total, covering topics such as physical properties of applied paint films, physical properties of liquid paints and paint materials, and industrial protective coatings. Read More

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GAWDA's Online Magazine spotlights training issues.

September 29, 2010

Intended to teach distributors how to optimize employee effort, Welding and Gases Today's Fourth Quarter issue features cover story that focuses on training. Included articles examine how to build salespeople from ground up, how to make e-learning effective for traditionally hands-on audiences, and tips for engaging top performers. Training Success Stories feature and several other pieces on issues affecting family businesses are also included. Read More

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AMT applauds enactment of Small Business Jobs Bill.

September 29, 2010

AMT supports President Obama's signing of the Small Business Jobs Act, and according to Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT, this single piece of legislation includes numerous provisions that will build on momentum created at IMTS to spur manufacturers to make investments necessary to improve competitiveness. Temporary tax incentives included in this law will help release pent-up demand for new products and export promotion support will enable more companies to explore new markets. Read More

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IPC Opens Office, Manufacturing Training Facility in India.

September 29, 2010

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® opened its first office in South Bangalore, effectively extending its training and knowledge-based resources and services to Indian electronics manufacturing facilities on local level. IPC India, wholly-owned subsidiary of IPC, will be under leadership of Managing Director Mr. Akshinthala Vijayendra, whose initial focus will be on bringing additional training, conferences, and services to India. Read More