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Airline Code-Sharing Symposium explores aviation safety issues.

August 17, 2010

Airline Code-Sharing Arrangements and Their Role in Aviation Safety, held in Washington, DC from October 26-27, will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. It will be organized to elicit information on 3 main issue areas: structures, practices, and oversight of domestic/international code-sharing arrangements; best practices; and what role major airline would have in family disaster assistance response for accident involving code-sharing partner. Read More

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Gases and Welding Magazine discusses need for light alloys.

August 16, 2010

Welding & Gases Today, Q3 2010 issue, features article from Grahame Savage called Light Alloys. Savage explains that research and development efforts must remain top priorities, and addresses how challenges that will arise from increased demand for better fuel efficiencies and environmental clean-up will increase need for lighter construction materials such as aluminum. He also says there will be higher demand for better joining methods that incorporate welding products and consumables. Read More

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EPA to hold public hearings on proposed transport rule.

August 16, 2010

U.S. EPA will hold 3 public hearings on its proposed transport rule, which would reduce interstate transport of ozone and fine particle pollution from power plants that drifts across borders of 31 eastern states and District of Columbia. Proposed rule, along with local and state air pollution controls, is designed to help areas in eastern U.S. meet existing national air quality health standards. Each hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. local time, or later if necessary. Read More

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Proposed Analysis Test identifies strontium in gypsum.

August 16, 2010

Proposed ASTM standard - ASTM WK28941, Test Method for Determination of Strontium Concentration in Gypsum by Field Portable X-Ray Fluorescence - focuses on testing for strontium in wallboard. Being developed by Subcommittee C11.01 on Specifications and Test Methods for Gypsum Products, standard enables inspectors to reliably, quickly, and nondestructively determine strontium concentration as part of home inspection performed to identify problem drywall. Read More

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ASTM Textiles Standard provides guide to fibers.

August 16, 2010

Standard ASTM D7641, Guide for Textile Fibers, provides guide to variety of fibers used to manufacture diverse textile products. According to ASTM International Committee D13 member Vincent Diaz, this standard will help designers, buyers, test laboratories, educators, students, and regulators improve their understanding about relationships between commercial names, fiber identification, as well as geographical regions of fiber origins. Read More

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ASHRAE, NEMA to create facility Smart Grid model.

August 16, 2010

ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P will provide common basis with which electrical energy consumers can describe, manage, and communicate regarding electrical energy consumptions and forecasts. Defined object-oriented information model would enable appliances and control systems to manage electrical loads and generation sources in response to communication with smart electrical grid as well as communicate information about those electrical loads to utilities and electrical service providers. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers electron backscatter diffraction.

August 16, 2010

ASTM E2627, Practice for Determining Average Grain Size Using Electron Backscatter Diffraction in Fully Recrystallized Polycrystalline Materials, will be useful to metals users and producers. Electron backscatter diffraction can provide precise determinations as well as give information on grain size distribution and statistics. Because EBSD is a direct measurement of grain size, ASTM E2627 can be used to referee disputed measurements made through other techniques. Read More

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NIST Translation Device Evaluations aid U.S. military.

August 13, 2010

With help of standards, NIST scientists are helping speech recognition and translation systems to become more adept at facilitating communication across language barriers. Scientists have specifically been conducting performance evaluations of speech translation systems for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Standards used in these evaluations cover equipment for speech audiometry, sensitive microphones, and speech intelligibility calculation. Read More

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Manufacturers' Sales on the rise in U.S. and Canada.

August 13, 2010

According to PTDA's June 2010 Market Outlook Report, sales of power transmission/motion control products by U.S. manufacturers rose 2.4% compared to previous months and Canadian manufacturers' sales rose 25.4%. In U.S., year-to-date sales rose 4.9% compared to same period in 2009, while Canadian sales rose 9.7%. All tracked categories in the U.S. showed month-to-month gains, with the exception of standard industrial motors. Read More

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2010 Livestock Biotech Summit. program finalized.

August 13, 2010

BIO announced additional speakers and sessions for its Livestock Biotech Summit, which is first national industry conference on genetically engineered (GE) animal technologies. Scheduled for September 28-30 in Sioux Falls, SD, it will provide participants with cross-cutting discussions among industry, academic, and government leaders. Sessions will cover such topics as care and use of animals in research, R/D funding, and livestock research bioethics. Read More

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Safety Recommendations target Washington Transit Authority.

August 13, 2010

According to NTSB, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority should establish inspection and maintenance procedures to examine audio frequency track circuit modules within Metrorail system to identify and remove modules that exhibit pulse-type parasitic oscillation. They should also conduct safety analysis of Metrorail automatic train control system, implement cable insulation resistance testing, and replace 1000-series railcars with cars that have crashworthiness collision protection. Read More

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ASTM Standard to help quantify rock abrasiveness.

August 13, 2010

ASTM D7625, Test Method for Laboratory Determination of Abrasiveness of Rock Using the CERCHAR Method, will assist civil and mining industries in quantifying rock abrasiveness properly and uniformly. Interested parties are invited to participate in an interlaboratory study and to investigate the relationship between rock abrasiveness and other physical properties of rock for future revisions to the standard. Read More

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Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Signing is praised by manufacturers.

August 13, 2010

NAM President and CEO John Engler's statement, made after President Obama signed U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010, noted that this bill "will provide a needed boost to both large and small companies." Engler went on to say that this "legislation will also cut the costs of doing business in the United States and boost American manufacturing exports." He also said that additional work was needed, by Congress and Administration, to help lower trade barriers to increase exports. Read More

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Safety Recommendations target Federal Transit Administration.

August 13, 2010

According to NTSB, Federal Transit Administration should facilitate development of non-punitive safety reporting programs at all transit agencies to collect reports from employees in all divisions within their agencies. They should also seek authority similar to Federal Railroad Administration regulations to require that transit agencies obtain toxicological specimens from covered transit employees and contractors who are fatally injured as a result of an on-duty accident. Read More

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TIA 2010 Symposium to show green side of asphalt rubber.

August 12, 2010

Taking place in Ocean City, MD from September 30 through October 2, TIA-hosted 2010 Environmental Symposium will feature Greening Highways Means Saving Money and the Environment session. Attendees can hear industry experts share new construction techniques, innovative products, and successful programs that are beneficially impacting roads nationwide. Additionally, attendees will learn about rubberized asphalt projects in eastern U.S. Read More

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BIO India Conference presenters are announced.

August 12, 2010

BIO announced initial companies selected through competitive screening process to present at inaugural BIO India International Partnering Conference, which will be held Sept 21-22 in Hyderabad, India. Companies include Aurigene Discovery Technologies; Cellworks; Connexios Life Sciences; CureVac GmbH; Incozen Therapeutics Pvt, Ltd; Indus Biotech Pvt, Ltd; Jubilant BioSys Ltd; KemWell Pharma; Mitra Biotech Pvt, Ltd; Novalead Pharma Pvt, Ltd; Novo Nordisk A/S; and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides Chairman speaks at 2010 Asian Attraction Expo.

August 12, 2010

Jim Seay, chairman of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, delivered opening educational session at 2010 International Association of Amusement Parks' Asian Attraction Expo. Seay's presentation focused on new F24 standards issued over past year, success of new F24 Global Harmonization Subcommittee that passed a Canada-specific standard, and continued achievement of getting F24 adopted globally to enhance safety in the amusement attractions business. Read More

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U.S. Participation sought for TAG on energy efficiency.

August 12, 2010

ANSI would like to invite all constituents interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy resources to join U.S. Technical Advisory Group to Joint Project Committee 2. Administered by IEC and ISO, JPC 2 aims to establish terms and definitions that will serve as basis for common language for regulations, standards, technologies, research, training, and trade in field of energy efficiency and renewables. Read More

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Ford Blue Oval Scholarships awarded at Future Founders Academy.

August 12, 2010

Twenty-five students from 8 Chicago Public High Schools were immersed in entrepreneurship at 2010 Future Founders Academy as they competed in weeklong interactive summer business camp hosted by Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. The 3rd Annual Future Founders Academy culminated in award of $30,000 in Ford Blue Oval Scholarships, and provided backstage pass for aspiring entrepreneurs to meet with wide array of some of Chicago's top entrepreneurial businesses. Read More

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U.S. EPA Regulations lead to ASTM carbon black standard.

August 12, 2010

U.S. EPA has set forth regulations that mandate greenhouse gas reporting in U.S. carbon black industry. These regulations were the impetus for development of ASTM International standard, ASTM D7633, Test Method for Carbon Black Carbon Content. Standard may be adopted into U.S. and Canadian greenhouse gas regulations, and may also eventually be adopted by other national environmental agencies, including those of EU countries that already have greenhouse gas reporting requirements. Read More