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ASABE revises standard for loads in agricultural buildings.

August 24, 2010

ASAE EP378.4, Floor and Suspended Loads on Agricultural Structures Due to Use, includes recommended design loads resulting from livestock, suspended cage poultry, vehicles, and manure stored on floor. Revised document incorporates proper use of SI units, updates references, has adjustments for vehicle loads, and is aligned with other load standards. Read More

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AAMA to offer FenestrationMasters(TM) training demonstrations.

August 24, 2010

During GlassBuild America show, AAMA will demonstrate FenestrationMasters(TM) program, which is designed for professionals in window, door, skylight, curtain wall, storefront, and sloped glazing industries. To gain AAMA FenestrationMasters professional certification, coursework is accessed through MyWindowClass.com, which is owned by National Glass Association. Online education format covers performance standards, product and material types, and code requirements. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices inch lower in July.

August 24, 2010

Although prices for construction materials and supplies were 4.5% higher in July 2010 than July 2009, prices inched 0.2% lower on a monthly basis, according to August 17 producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department. While economy-wide deflation remains unlikely, elements of U.S. economy will experience lack of pricing power, which will translate into falling prices. Items associated with residential construction have been impacted the strongest due to expiring tax credits. Read More

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BIO Praises Public Health Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Review.

August 24, 2010

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood released statement on Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise Review released yesterday by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. In his statement, Greenwood expressed pleasure "that the Administration is highlighting this critical component of national security." He went on to say that it "is an important first step in focusing on the key issue of the development and procurement of medical countermeasures." Read More

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Arizona DOT Director supports rest area commercialization.

August 24, 2010

In a Two Minute State DOT Update video, Arizona Department of Transportation Director John Halikowski explains why he is among a growing number of state officials seeking to amend a 1956 federal law that bans the commercialization of public rest areas. He says law does not give states flexibility needed to adequately fund rest areas. In 2009, Arizona closed 13 rest areas due to budget cuts and substantial costs associated with emergency snow removal following harsh winter storms. Read More

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FAA IASA Program gives Nigeria Category 1 safety rating.

August 24, 2010

U.S. DoT's FAA announces Nigeria's Category 1 rating under FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. This rating, based on results of July FAA review of Nigeria's civil aviation authority, means Nigerian air carriers may now apply to operate to U.S. with their own aircraft. Civil aviation authority meets international standards for technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping, and inspection procedures. Read More

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FAA creates Center of Excellence for space transportation.

August 24, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, announced that FAA has selected New Mexico State University to lead Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. Research and development efforts will include 4 major areas: space launch operations and traffic management; launch vehicle systems, payloads, technologies, and operations; commercial human space flight; and space commerce, including space law, space insurance, space policy, and space regulation. Read More

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Blind Driver Challenge receives achievement award.

August 23, 2010

NFB's Blind Driver Challenge, an innovative effort to create a non-visual interface that empowers blind person to operate an automobile, received 2010 Application of the Year Award at National Instruments Graphical System Design Achievement Awards ceremony. Students and researchers at Virginia Tech, using NI technology, developed semi-autonomous vehicle that allows blind driver to navigate, control speed, and avoid collision while traversing closed driving course. Read More

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Huntsville Engineering Office opens for DoD, NASA projects.

August 23, 2010

While based in Birmingham, AL, Southern Research Institute will open new office at 4910 Corporate Drive in Huntsville, AL to support Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA programs. This not-for-profit scientific research organization's new accommodations will serve as center for business development activities in Huntsville market. Registered to ISO 9001, Engineering Division has supported both NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center and US Army at Redstone for 40+ years. Read More

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Approved Procedures aid testing of EHR-compatible IT systems.

August 23, 2010

To foster effective, meaningful transition to digital age for health care industry, NIST published set of approved procedures for testing information technology systems that work with electronic health records (EHRs). Testing organizations authorized by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator can use these tools to evaluate EHR software and systems that vendors would like to sell to doctors' offices, hospitals, and other health care providers. Read More

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FMA Foundation awards manufacturing scholarships to 9 students.

August 23, 2010

Nine students seeking careers in manufacturing earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs®, The Foundation of FMA. Winners included John Bennett, Thomas Brown, Guy Chan, Christopher Ditalia, Joe Dobie, Earley Cody Hill, Ryan Melville, Christopher Norman, and Lance Poeppelman. Half of this year's winners are over 40 and are going back to school to acquire skills that will help them be more competitive in manufacturing market. Read More

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Additional Presentation at BSA Meeting to highlight CommerceHub.

August 23, 2010

Members of BSA Information Technology and Supply Chain Committee will hear from Joe Remes, VP of Industrial Distribution at CommerceHub, at 2010 Fall Meeting, which will be held September 26-28. As third party integrator, CommerceHub helps companies electronically connect their suppliers. This enables distributors to send/receive various electronic documents, and resulting efficiencies lead to cost savings, increases in customer satisfaction and communications, and increased sales. Read More

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Export Assistance Programs provide manufacturing support.

August 23, 2010

NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), along with U.S. Commercial Service and local MEP and export assistance centers, works with U.S. manufacturers to increase their exports. MEP has completed 28 ExporTech projects in 18 states and has begun to offer other versions of their training program. New incarnations include condensed as well as industry- and market-specific models. Also, MEP has begun to sponsor ExporTechs in target countries so attendees have access to local resources. Read More

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Textiles Conference to be held January 2011 in Mumbai, India.

August 23, 2010

Together with Atlas Material Testing Solutions and DyStar, ASTM International will hold one-day conference, Textiles - Light and Weatherfastness, on January 21 in Mumbai, India. Topics were chosen because based on growing need for technical and high performance textiles. In addition to hearing from diverse conference speakers, attendees will learn about various aspects of cutting edge issues as well as benefit from information exchange. Read More

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ASTM Manual addresses statistical and quality control methods.

August 23, 2010

The 8th edition of the ASTM International Manual on Presentation of Data and Control Chart Analysis includes latest information on statistical and quality control methods, as well as recommendations for their application in various types of engineering work. Manual covers 3 general objectives in gathering engineering data, which include physical constants and frequency distributions, relationship between 2 or more variables, and causes of observed phenomena. Read More

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NIST Technology called upon to clean up Chernobyl disaster site.

August 23, 2010

A modified version of RoboCrane®, a floating platform developed by manufacturing research engineers at NIST, will be helping cleanup operations fly into action over destroyed reactor number 4 at the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. PaR Systems, a company that owns a license to use the computer-controlled roving tool platform, modified NIST's Modular Suspended Manipulator to enable maneuverability throughout a large space while accommodating variety of tools. Read More

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McLaren Automotive Keynote to discuss CFRP-intensive MonoCell.

August 20, 2010

Claudio Santoni of McLaren Automotive Ltd. will give luncheon keynote entitled "The McLaren MP4-12C Carbon Fiber MonoCell at 10th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition. McLaren, renowned for its motor racing successes in Formula 1, IndyCar, Can-Am, and Le Mans, is gearing up for 2011 launch of its streetlegal, 2-passenger, mid-engine MP4-12C supercar, which will feature single-piece, 176 lb carbon fiber-reinforced-plastic moncoque/safety cell. Read More

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Advance Registration Open for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011.

August 20, 2010

Attendees can pre-register for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 expositions; one fee allows access to exhibits of both shows at discounted rate. Registrants can also sign up in advance for shows' educational opportunities as well as obtain housing accommodations. Advance registration ends February 21 in 2011, and co-located shows run March 22-26 in Las Vegas, NV. They will focus on construction, construction materials, and fluid power/power transmission/motion control. Read More

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David Clark to deliver keynote at Blow Molding Conference.

August 19, 2010

Scheduled for October 5-6, 2010, 26th annual SPE Blow Molding Conference will include keynote address, by Amcor Rigid Plastics David Clark, that will focus on misconceptions and opportunities of sustainability. Other planned sessions will include PET/Polyolefins Outlook, Industrial Processing Equipment, Sustainability and Light-weighting, New Packaging Materials and Applications, Blow Molding Optimization, and Packaging Machinery Advancements. Read More

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New Pavilion adds finishing component to FABTECH 2010.

August 19, 2010

Debuting at FABTECH 2010, Nov 2-4 in Atlanta, new Finishing Technologies Pavilion and Conference will allow manufacturing executives to review finishing equipment, processes, and services, and gain valuable technical insight. Sponsored by Chemical Coaters Association International, pavilion will feature exhibitors displaying variety of finishing technologies, including liquid finishing, powder coating, electrocoating, pretreatment, curing, and plating. Read More