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Hazard Warning Issued regarding 1 W portable blue laser.

September 1, 2010

LIA laser safety experts expressed concerned for public safety over 445 nm direct blue diode portable laser with output powers of up to 1 W sold via Internet retailer. Worries stem from Class 4 lasers emitting enough energy to be hazardous to eye or skin from direct beam or indirectly reflected laser light. Even exposure to reflections scattered off of matte surface may cause eye injury, and levels of light produced can cause visual interference at large distances away from source. Read More

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Motors Index surges in second quarter of 2010.

September 1, 2010

NEMA's Motors Shipment Index jumped 7.8% during second quarter of 2010. On year-over-year basis, index registered 16.1% rate of growth, but still remains approximately 16% below its peak. Of index's two underlying categories, inflation- and seasonally-adjusted shipments of fractional horsepower motors accounted for entirety of quarter's growth while demand for integral horsepower motors remained lackluster, given solid growth occurring in broader manufacturing sector. Read More

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Compact Fluorescent Lamp Index declines in second quarter 2010.

September 1, 2010

NEMA CFL index of 210.1 during second quarter of 2010 negated 3.1% year-over-year gain during previous quarter. CFL shipments decreased 4.2% on quarterly basis following increases of 14.0% and 1.8% for previous 2 quarters. Meanwhile, shipments of incandescent lamps decreased 2.8% on year-over-year basis, as index slipped to 57.0. This indicates shipments are less than 60% of 2006 levels. However, CFLs continue to gain market share at expense of incandescent lamps. Read More

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Initiative Introduces Students to motorsports manufacturing.

September 1, 2010

Patrick Dessert, PhD, CMfgT, assistant professor at Oakland University and SME membership consultant, developed curriculum for educating students in hands-on environment through Illinois Motorsports Institute (IMI). According to Dessert, "This is a great opportunity to get students involved in manufacturing in an exciting way." IMI's work, aimed at racing, vehicle restoration, and modification, is receiving support from SME Chicago Chapter No. 5. Read More

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AIA supports latest White House export control initiatives.

September 1, 2010

AIA believes White House initiatives on export control modernization constitute an important step in reshaping export control system to better serve national security. Clarification and consolidation of Munitions and Commerce Control lists will have a dramatic impact on small- and medium-sized companies who rarely have resources to ensure compliance with current export control regime. President's initiatives also include consolidating licensing policies, export enforcement, and IT systems. Read More

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Rural Highway Capacity Report offers case for increased funding.

September 1, 2010

To ensure connectivity of rural and urban America, AASHTO's Connecting Rural and Urban America report offers 3-point plan concerning reauthorization of federal transportation legislation. It specifies continuing to fund rural portions of Interstate Highway System, doubling federal investment in rural transit systems to meet rising demand, upgrading rural routes to Interstate standards, and connecting newly urbanized areas to Interstate system. Read More

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Iowa Town Has Highest electric charging station concentration.

September 1, 2010

There are 4 public electric car charging stations in Elk Horn, Iowa, and there are plans to build 4 more in coming months. As 57 year old businessman who fostered Elk Horn's electric car interest, Mike Howard told Transportation TV that, when electric cars come, his town offers locations where people can charge their vehicles, enjoy the town, and continue on their journey. Also in Transportation TV report, Howard describes advantages and challenges that come with electric cars. Read More

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Budapest Conference addresses quality, reliability concerns.

September 1, 2010

Free for qualified professionals, IPC Electronics Assembly Quality and Reliability Conference will be held in Budapest, Hungary on October 6-7, 2010. Topics will include status of Hungarian electronics industry, use of IPC standards in assembly and PCB manufacturing processes, as well as moisture levels in laminates during Pb-free processing. Other topics will address IPC Land Pattern Standard, tin whisker causes and solutions, and minimizing defects in assembly process. Read More

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ASTM Fellow Receives Award for work on roofing standards.

August 31, 2010

Justin Henshell of Henshell and Buccellato Consulting Architects in NJ has been presented with William C. Cullen Award for his contributions to international standards for roofing and waterproofing. Henshell, who joined the organization in 1976, remains active member of both Committee D08 and Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units. He specializes in moisture-related issues in building enclosures, including roofing, waterproofing, and masonry walls. Read More

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LSO Workshop offers solutions to real-world safety issues.

August 31, 2010

Held July 27-29, 2010 and hosted by Ken Barat, 6th Annual LSO Workshop provided presentations on topics not found in standard laser safety training and solutions to real-world safety issues. Event included opening presentation by Professor Charles Townes; panel discussions, which allowed attendees to raise questions and examine best practices; mini-workshop sessions on laser hazard software; and opportunities for networking, including tour of the Advanced Light Source. Read More

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EPA and DOT propose new fuel economy labels.

August 31, 2010

U.S. DOT and U.S. EPA are jointly proposing changes to fuel economy labels consumers see on window of new vehicles in dealer showrooms. One label features letter grade to communicate vehicle's overall fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission performance. Second proposed label retains current label's focus on MPG and annual fuel costs, while adding comparison information on fuel economy and emissions. Both include information on fuel consumption, tailpipe CO2 emissions, and smog-related emissions. Read More

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FAA celebrates completion of SFO Recovery Act projects.

August 31, 2010

FAA marked completion of $14.5 million in runway projects funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that will ensure continued safety for flights at San Francisco International Airport. In addition to leveling out 2 runways that tend to settle over time because of ground conditions, work included paving both runways with asphalt concrete, reconstructing sections of runways, upgrading lighting systems with energy-efficient LED lighting, and re-painting runway markings. Read More

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John R. Logar receives Peter D. Hedgecock Award.

August 31, 2010

ASTM International Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications has presented John R. Logar with Peter D. Hedgecock Award for his outstanding contributions to development of radiation processing standards. Logar is manager of Sterilization, Science and Technology at Ethicon Inc., a Johnson and Johnson company, in Somerville, N.J. Logar's professional work focuses on sterilization of medical devices, which includes radiation processing and dosimetry. Read More

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Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop scheduled for Feb 16-17.

August 31, 2010

During third annual Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop 2011, industry specialists from around the world will apply cladding and rapid manufacturing to today's manufacturing challenges. Topics will include laser cladding for aerospace, automotive, DOD heavy equipment, oil and gas, and power generation, as well as cladding techniques for component repair and general manufacturing. Event will also cover research, development, and international applications of additive manufacturing. Read More

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Medical Laser Safety Package promotes regulatory compliance.

August 31, 2010

Medical Laser Safety Package provides one resource for all necessary information and references pertinent to any laser safety officer working in medical field. In addition to program intended to help medical laser safety officers train their staff, package includes ANSI Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care Facilities standard document and Class 4 laser safety sign. Together, materials contribute to making laser safety programs satisfactorily compliant. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for July 2010.

August 31, 2010

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 23.9% while bookings increased 34.4% in July 2010 from July 2009. Flexible circuit shipments in July 2010 were up 38.2%, and bookings were up 28.8% compared to July 2009. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in July 2010 increased 25.2% from July 2009, as orders booked increased 33.9% from July 2009. Combined industry book-to-bill ratio in July 2010 was 1.11. Read More

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Presentations Sought for mechanical testing history workshop.

August 30, 2010

Presentations are sought for ASTM International Workshop on History of Mechanical Testing, which will be held November 16, 2011 in Tampa, FL. Workshop scope covers development of mechanical testing procedures and standards, and papers in 4 different areas are requested: historical framework, history of various mechanical test methods, significant individuals, and significant failures/case studies. Interested parties must submit 300-500 word preliminary abstract by October 30, 2010. Read More

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Workshop Presentation Sought on determining wax content, WAT.

August 30, 2010

Presentations are being sought for workshop on determination of wax content and wax appearance temperature of crude oils, which will be held June 21, 2011 in Baltimore, MD. General objective of said workshop is to provide technical forum for presentations and discussions pertaining to current research and practices relating to determination of wax content and wax appearance temperature (WAT) of crude oil. Forum will also provide future direction and suggest new standards. Read More

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Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants. are subject of ASTM Symposium.

August 30, 2010

Sponsored by ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, symposium on Testing and Use of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants will be held Dec 6, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. General objective of symposium is to provide details on current research efforts to advance use of bio-based and other environmentally acceptable lubricants, and to develop new and improved environment test methods. Read More

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ASA Members continue with small growth in July.

August 30, 2010

For third consecutive month, ASA members reported 3.3% improvement in per-workday revenues during month of July in 2010 compared to July 2009. Year-to-date values for plumbing, heating and pipe, valve, and fitting distributors are still behind last year by 0.2% and 17.4% compared to 2008. As there was one less workday in July and year-to-date 2010 than in 2009, raw monthly revenues for industry members were down 1.5% for month, 1.0% year-to-date, and 17.4% compared to 2 years ago. Read More