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ASTM Symposium to address surface and dermal sampling.

July 15, 2010

Since role of surface and dermal sampling to assess contamination levels and to detect harmful agents is growing, agreement is needed on sampling protocols. Scheduled for Oct 14-15, 2010, Symposium on Surface and Dermal Sampling will include presentations on sampling protocols; samplers and sample collection media; target analytes; application of surface and dermal monitoring techniques to real-world problems; and quality assurance and method performance. Read More

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ANSI Courses address key issues of standards and accreditation.

July 15, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 5, Course 287 will prepare those who are considering becoming an ANSI-accredited standards developer. Course No. 208, scheduled for Oct 6, will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ISO. On Oct 7, Course No. 205 will help stakeholders obtain insight and advice on every aspect of successful ISO committee management. Additionally, two 2-day workshops will cover certification and accreditation issues. Read More

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FDIS on Social Responsibility is now available for vote.

July 15, 2010

Slated for publication by year's end, Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) of ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility, is available for 2-month period and vote by member countries of International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is intended to assist organizations toward more sustainable global economy by establishing common guidance on social responsibility concepts, definitions, and methods of evaluation. Read More

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IPC to collaborate on Midwest exhibition/technical conference.

July 15, 2010

IPC and Canon Communications have joined forces to produce Electronics Midwest, to take place September 28-30, 2010, at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL. Event will feature working assembly line on show floor, with equipment to demonstrate SMT assembly and through hole technology. IPC will host technical conference on electronics sustainability, professional development workshops focused on changes to key industry standards, and more than 70 standards development meetings. Read More

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SPE Seeks Nominations for Vehicle Engineering Team Award.

July 14, 2010

SPEĀ®'s Automotive Division called for nominations for its Vehicle Engineering Team Award, which recognizes technical achievements of teams whose work has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on notable vehicle. Any automaker can nominate its vehicles for their innovative plastics content, but submission deadline is September 1, 2010. Accepted nominations will be presented during first round of judging at 40th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Read More

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AASHTO names winners of America's Transportation Awards.

July 14, 2010

During America's Transportation Awards western regional competition, 16 transportation projects from 10 western states were judged in 4 categories: Best Recovery Act, On Time, Under Budget, and Innovative Management. Five winning projects from South Dakota, Washington State, Nevada, and New Mexico are now in the running for the America's Transportation Awards Grand Prize and People's Choice Award, which will be presented in the fall. Read More

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ASTM Workshop addresses medical device cleanliness.

July 14, 2010

Medical Device Cleanliness: How Clean is Clean Enough? will be held on November 16, 2010 in San Antonio, TX. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, workshop will address how reusable devices should be cleaned and validated as well as acceptable residue limits for implants and other medical devices. Presentations are invited on cleaning, testing, and limit values; interested participants must submit 300-500 word abstract before August 31. Read More

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Market Outlook Report shows stabilizing PT/MC sales in U.S.

July 14, 2010

May 2010 sales data released in PTDA's Market Outlook Report showed sales of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products by U.S. manufacturers rose 2.0% while those by Canadian manufacturers dropped 13.1%. For each country, comparing May 2010 to May 2009, sales were respectively up 13.2% and 5.5% and market confidence held neutral positions of 5.0 and 4.9. Full report includes data for sales and order trends for specific product types. Read More

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AIA President urged Supplemental Appropriations Bill passage.

July 14, 2010

Marion C. Blakey, AIA President and CEO, said it was important that Congress complete passage of 2010 Supplemental Appropriations Bill to avoid disruptions to ongoing military operations and impacts in private sector. If bill wasn't passed, Defense Department would need to take dramatic action to fund obligations to ongoing operations. Resulting disruptions to industrial supply lines will cause delays in critical equipment delivery, increased costs, and lost jobs. Read More

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IPC and ESDA release ESD training video for electronics assembly.

July 14, 2010

ESD training video, DVD-74C, ESD Control for Electronics Assembly, helps operators deal with effects of shrinking geometries, increased performance requirements, and lower operating voltages. It features overview of ESD physics, including static electricity generation and triboelectric charging, and ESD failure models as well as techniques to control ESD in accordance with ESDA standard ANSI/ESD S20.20. It is also available in online video format, OVT-74C, that is offered in two versions. Read More

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EPA proposes 2011 renewable fuel standards.

July 14, 2010

Under Renewable Fuel Standard program, EPA proposed percentage standards for 4 fuel categories. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established annual renewable fuel volume targets, and to achieve these volumes, EPA calculates percentage-based standard for following year. Proposed 2011 volumes include 0.80 billion gal, 0.68% biomass-based diesel; 1.35 billion gal, 0.77% advanced biofuels; 5-17.1 million gal, 0.004-0.015% cellulosic biofuels; and 13.95 billion gal, 7.95% total renewable fuels. Read More

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IPC and IPCA Comment on India's proposed E-waste Rules 2010.

July 14, 2010

Addressing proposed substance restrictions, IPC and Indian Printed Circuits Association (IPCA) submitted comments in response to Indian Government's Ministry of Environment and Forests draft notification of E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2010. Proposed Chapter V simultaneously restricts 20 substances that will not contribute to environmentally sound disposal of electronic products. Also, list of substances for restriction should be harmonized with RoHS Directives in EU and China. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to address static and dynamic spinal implants.

July 14, 2010

Scheduled for November 16, 2010, ASTM International's symposium titled "Static and Dynamic Spinal Implants: Are We Evaluating Them Appropriately?" will provide scientific forum to evaluate existing standard test methods for spinal implants. Participants will learn how current standards are succeeding in predicting clinical failure modes, where current standards are lacking and how they should be changed, and what new test methods are needed. Read More

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Fracture Mechanics Symposium is currently seeking papers.

July 14, 2010

Papers are invited for ASTM International Symposium on Fracture Mechanics Applied to Metallic Medical Materials and Devices, which will be held in Tampa, FL on November 16, 2011. Objective is to provide updated set of presentations on fracture mechanics principles as applied to fatigue, fracture, and life predictive methodologies involved in metallic medical materials and devices. Interested presenters/authors must submit 250-300 word abstract by December 16, 2010. Read More

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TIA Sessions enhance understanding at 2010 Global Tire Expo.

July 14, 2010

"Truck Tires at 10" educational sessions for 2010 Global Tire Expo are part of 2010 SEMA Show, which will take place November 1-5 in Las Vegas, NV. November 3rd seminar, Bead Lubricants and Chamber Fires, will address risks of using flammable bead lubricants as well as introduce research on new petroleum-free and non-flammable bead lubricant and release agent. November 4th seminar will outline TMC Radial Tire and Disc Wheel Service Manual and demonstrate its use as field reference. Read More

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Conference to focus on wind energy opportunities for suppliers.

July 13, 2010

Scheduled for Aug 31 to Sept 1, two-day Wind Energy Conference is designed to help manufacturers identify and capitalize on wind energy supply chain. Sponsored by Green Manufacturer magazine, FMA, and Perfection Machinery Sales, Inc., conference will include overview of wind industry and procurement procedures, technical presentations on fabricating and machining wind turbine components, and tour of wind turbine generator assembly plant. Read More

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ASTM Cavanaugh Award honors Gregory E. Saunders.

July 13, 2010

Gregory E. Saunders, director of the Defense Standardization Program Office for the U.S. Department of Defense, has been named recipient of 2010 W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Long an advocate for use of standards and their development through public-private partnerships, Saunders led DOD contributions to U.S. National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act. He also worked on recommendations in favor of a federal government policy to encourage use of voluntary standards. Read More

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Safety Recommendations address new 10,000+ lb vehicles.

July 13, 2010

NTSB recommendations H-10-01 through H-10-007, made to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cover development of stability control system performance standards; requiring vehicle stability and lane departure warning systems on new vehicles with gross weight above 10,000 lb; as well as development and promotion of regulatory definitions and classifications for different bus body types. Furthermore, requirements addressed overhead luggage racks and on-board recording systems. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 52.9% in 2010.

July 13, 2010

Based on data from participating companies, AMT and AMTDA United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption report shows that $178.34 million total manufacturing technology consumption in May 2010 was down 22.9% from April but up 58.6% from May 2009. Compared to 2009, year-to-date total of $966.63 million for 2010 is up 52.9%. "Industry forecasts for the year have been revised slightly upward by many sources," said Peter Borden, President of AMTDA. Read More

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Metal Powder Industry releases PM sustainability report.

July 13, 2010

Available from MPIF, Powder Metallurgy-Intrinsically Sustainable details measures that quantify contributions powder metallurgy (PM) makes to sustainable manufacturing. Examples include use of recycled steel and copper scrap as starting raw materials for metal powders, minimal process steps and energy use, as well as elimination of waste associated with machining. Environmental benefits include fact that most PM plants only emit cooling water to public water/septic systems. Read More