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Manufacturers Sales Drop in US and Canadian markets.

September 30, 2010

According to July 2010 sales data released by PTDA in its Market Outlook Report, sales of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products by US manufacturers dropped in first month of third quarter by 1.3% compared to previous month, and Canadian manufacturers' sales dropped by 12.3%. Sales year-to-date, however, are still ahead of same period in 2009, with US sales increasing 7.6% and Canadian sales up 10.3%. US and Canadian market confidence ratings were 5.0 and 4.9, respectively. Read More

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NAM and PMA promote statewide manufacturing initiative.

September 30, 2010

In partnership with Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (PMA), NAM announced formation of statewide manufacturing group that will educate and inform candidates and members of Congress on key issues impacting manufacturing. NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons commented, "Through our joint efforts, we will mobilize Pennsylvania's manufacturers to ensure Congress and those seeking federal office take a comprehensive view of what policies are needed." Read More

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TIA Member eNewsletter will share pertinent news and advice,.

September 30, 2010

Tire Industry Association (TIA) announced the launch of TIA Member eNews, a monthly electronic newsletter that will be emailed to all TIA members. Replacing previous Business Owner e-newsletter, every issue will feature content such as news and information on TIA training, special events, government relations activities, and member benefits. Newsletter will also feature practical, relevant business advice from experts. Read More

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AAMA, IGMA and GANA launch glass documents website.

September 30, 2010

American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Glass Association of North America, and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance have joined forces to create one-stop resource for all glass-related documents for fenestration. Documents featured on website encompass variety of categories, including Codes and Standards, Design and Fabrication, Voluntary Test Methods, Post Fabrication and Installation, Thermal Performance, and Care and Maintenance. Read More

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NTSB Official recognizes PHMSA progress and urges improvements.

September 30, 2010

NTSB's Christopher Hart credited Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) with implementing regulations for integrity management programs for gas and hazardous liquid pipelines and natural gas distribution pipeline systems. Hart cited 3 pipeline accidents in which PHMSA and operator oversight of risk-based assessment programs was lacking. He concluded by summarizing recent pipeline accident investigations in Cleburne, TX.; Marshall, MI; Romeoville, IL; and San Bruno, CA. Read More

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PTDA is sponsoring IFPE 2011 pavillion.

September 30, 2010

PTDA is sponsoring pavilion at International Exposition for Power Transmission (IFPE) in 2011. To be held in Las Vegas, NV from March 22-26, IFPE is devoted to power transmission/motion control through hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, and mechanical technologies. PTDA Pavilion will help member companies build their brands and business with key customer audiences at IFPE by offering secured, prominent space. Discounts of 15% are available for PTDA members. Read More

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Airport Rehabilitation Projects receive over $2.5 million.

September 30, 2010

FAA announced 3 additional airport projects have been selected for funding, paid for with more than $2.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars. According to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, "These projects will improve airport operations and help our airspace system to run more efficiently." Aforementioned projects apply to Lawrence, MA Municipal Airport; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; and Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. Read More

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ASTM Standards focus on determination of mercury in crude oils.

September 30, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee D02.03 on Elemental Analysis, 2 ASTM International standards provide means to quantitatively determine trace amounts of mercury in crude oils: ASTM D7622, Test Method for Total Mercury in Crude Oil Using Combustion and Direct Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Method with Zeeman Background Correction, and ASTM D7623, Test Method for Total Mercury in Crude Oil Using Combustion-Gold Amalgamation and Cold Vapor Atomic Absorption Method. Read More

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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