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Automotive Technologies drive innovation at 2015 CES.

November 17, 2014

CEA® announced launch of the Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace at the 2015 International CES®, which will run Jan 6–9, 2015. Vehicle Intelligence Marketplace will feature autonomous driving, collision avoidance, and vehicle communication technologies. Exhibitors in this area will have the opportunity to conduct track demonstrations within the parking lot as well as on-the-road demos. Automotive exhibits will cover more than 165,000 net ft² of exhibit space, up 17% over the 2014 show. Read More

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AIA CEO Says COMSAT Export Control Reform will boost industry.

November 17, 2014

In her statement on implementation of reforms to export control restrictions on commercial satellites and related components, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey welcomed change of export control treatment. She said this legislative and regulatory reform will ensure U.S. space industrial base can compete in global markets and grow U.S. economy. Satellite exports were cited as essential to ensuring robust industry able to support U.S. defense needs and offset impacts of DOD spending cuts. Read More

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MTConnect Institute Releases MTConnect standard v1.3.0.

November 17, 2014

As open-source communication standard for interoperability of manufacturing equipment and devices, MTConnect standard v1.3.0 provides such features as inter-device connectivity to enable machine-to-machine communication, data items for equipment and devices, as well as optimized document readability. MTConnect® Institute also launched MTConnect User Portal, which provides community site for implementation best practices and shared experiences about implementation of standard. Read More

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IPC/SMTA Conference will present material compatibility findings.

November 17, 2014

Jointly announced by IPC and SMTA, High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference will take place November 18–20, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL. Focuses will be on best practices and innovative technologies for meeting current manufacturing challenges and producing reliable hardware. Presenters will include Dave Adams and Eddie Hofer of Rockwell Collins, Don Dupriest of Lockheed Martin, Dr. Carlyn Smith of Harris, and Amanda Rickman of Raytheon. Read More

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BIO announces winner of Inaugural Rosalind Franklin Award.

November 17, 2014

BIO has named Dr. Debbie Yaver, Director of Expression Technology, Genomics and Bioinformatics at Novozymes, as the recipient of the first annual Rosalind Franklin Award, which honors an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing. Dr. Yaver’s vision and leadership in genetic engineering of industrial filamentous fungi has positioned Novozymes as the world leader in enzymes for advanced biofuels. Read More

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NASA tests shape changing aircraft flap.

November 17, 2014

NASA's green aviation project is one step closer to developing technology that could make future airliners quieter and more fuel-efficient with successful flight test of wing surface that can change shape in flight. Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge project is a joint effort between NASA and US Air Force Research Laboratory, using flaps designed and built by FlexSys, Inc. FlexFoil variable geometry airfoil system can be retrofitted to existing airplane wings or integrated into new airframes. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses drying behavior of concrete mixtures.

November 14, 2014

With ASTM C1792 standard, ready-mix concrete producers and engineers will be able to characterize how hardened concrete mixtures dry. Test will provide information on mass loss versus time (drying) behavior of initially saturated concrete specimen exposed to one-dimensional drying in controlled temperature and relative humidity environment. In addition to ready-mix producers, testing laboratories and concrete consultants will find ASTM C1792 helpful. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps identify multiple outliers in data set.

November 14, 2014

ASTM D7915, Practice for Application of Generalized Extreme Studentized Deviate (GESD) Technique to Simultaneously Identify Multiple Outliers in a Data Set, features methodology requiring only approximation of total number of outliers to detect. According to ASTM member Alex Lau, practical applications of this standard include “prescreening of interlaboratory study data, where there is a large volume of raw data to be screened for outliers.” Read More

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Ajay Bajaj and Cliff Bannon to lead PTDA in 2015.

November 14, 2014

PTDA elected its 2015 Board of Directors and Manufacturer Council at PTDA Industry Summit. Ajay Bajaj, president of Rotator Products Limited, will become PTDA’s president. He has been active in PTDA since 2002, serving as a member of several task forces and 4 committees. Cliff Bannon, Eastern sales manager of Isostatic Industries Inc, will assume duties of PTDA Manufacturer Council chair in 2015. Bannon has served on Council since 2008 and has been an active PTDA member for more than 16 years. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard helps evaluate concrete floor systems.

November 13, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK47030 will cover evaluation of concrete slab system that is intended to be covered with resilient flooring. It features review of concrete floor slab design and construction documents to ensure compatibility with specified floor covering and adhesive manufacturers' requirements. Depending on when review required by ASTM WK47030 is conducted, results could affect design criteria before construction, eliminating conflicts that would cause problems later. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard on cellular therapy delivery devices.

November 13, 2014

ASTM WK46706, Guide for Medical Device Compatibility with Delivered Cellular Therapies, will outline parameters to consider when designing benchtop tests to assess potential impact of delivery device on dispensed cellular product. To help eliminate confusion and provide guidance on how to measure effects of devices on delivered cells, proposed standard will be divided into 3 sections: acceptable representative cell type or reporter cell system, cell physiology parameters, and testing. Read More

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DOE recognizes Cummins for deep energy retrofit.

November 13, 2014

As part of Administration’s effort to increase energy efficiency nationwide through Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, DOE recognized Cummins Inc., for demonstrating leadership in reducing energy use and costs at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, NY. Plant has been undergoing its largest infrastructure upgrade in more than 40 years. Company proceeded with phased, whole-building energy and infrastructure improvement project—setting aside $5.1 million for energy efficiency projects. Read More

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EPA and DOE release 2015 Fuel Economy Guide for car buyers.

November 13, 2014

With 2015 Fuel Economy Guide, consumers can choose the most fuel-efficient and low greenhouse gas emitting vehicles that meet their needs. Guide provides best-in-class lists, which include multiple market segments, from 2-seaters to large pickup trucks. Consumers will find broad range of information that can be helpful while shopping for a new vehicle — including an estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle. Guide also includes greenhouse gas rating (from 1–10) for each model. Read More

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PTDA 2014 Industry Summit themed "Imagine".

November 13, 2014

Nearly 600 power transmission and motion control representatives from over 250 PTDA member companies attended PTDA 2014 Industry Summit, which included keynote by Mike Ditka, titled "ACE—Attitude, Character and Enthusiasm." In this year's The Beaulieu Report, Alan Beaulieu predicted a growing economy, peaking in 2016, but noted a recession is probable for 2019. Philippa Gamse’s workshop, "Bricks to Clicks," advocated talking to customers, reviewing analytics, and defining measurable outcomes. Read More

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ATA Sells Truck Fleet Management to Bobit Business Media.

November 13, 2014

American Trucking Associations (ATA) announced its sale of Truck Fleet Management (TFM) to allied member Bobit Business Media. Terms of this sale were not disclosed. Citing efforts to focus on core businesses as reason behind said sale, ATA Executive VP Jeff Mason said Bobit appears to be a perfect fit for TFM's audiences. Mason also said this move "allows Transport Topics staff to focus on providing industry-leading coverage of the freight transportation industry." Read More

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PTDA Presents Inaugural Award honoring Wendy B. McDonald.

November 13, 2014

Established by PTDA Foundation, Wendy B. McDonald Award acknowledges one woman who has established herself as critical contributor to her company's success and affected positive change within power transmission/motion control industry. First recipient of this award is Pat Wheeler of Motion Industries (Canada). In her acceptance speech, Wheeler said award's namesake was her idol and mentor for paving the way to feel confident enough to accomplish all she has within her 34 year career. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute Launches eStore and standards sale.

November 13, 2014

In mid-October, Hydraulic Institute (HI) launched its redesigned, mobile-ready, online store at eStore.Pumps.org. Navigation system facilitates location of pump standards, guidebooks, and educational products, while keyword searches and category filtering offer additional means to find content. Within store, each publication is described in detail with sample content and table of contents. Visitors can also read product reviews and offer reviews of their own. Read More

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SME to feature key manufacturing technologies at FABTECH.

November 12, 2014

During FABTECH 2014, SME will showcase key manufacturing technologies, host industry experts, and allow companies to test their workforce readiness at its booth, B4947. SME will have 4 technology stations featuring 3D printing, lasers, robotics, and workforce development. Each station will have either a live demonstration or an interactive component. Industry experts will speak about hot manufacturing topics, such as additive manufacturing and lasers. Read More

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ASTM publishes Product Category Rules for cement industry.

November 12, 2014

ASTM has partnered with Slag Cement Association to develop new Product Category Rules for slag cement. PCR establishes criteria for developing Environmental Product Declaration for slag cement used in concrete, mortar, and other construction applications. Demonstrating company’s commitment to sustainability, quality, and responsibility, EPDs show businesses the real environmental impact of product over course of its lifetime and help differentiate product in the marketplace. Read More

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ASTM Graduate Scholarships were awarded to 3 university students.

November 12, 2014

ASTM International awarded 3 graduate scholarships this year as part of its efforts is to enhance students' knowledge, understanding and application of ASTM International and its standards. Recipients of this $10,000 scholarship were Mahendran Balasubramanian (Oklahoma State University), Jenny Hill (University of Toronto), and Mohsen Seifi (Case Western Reserve University), all of whom demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM standards. Read More