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ASTM Committee approves total facet prostheses practice.

September 15, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee F04.25 on Spinal Devices, ASTM F2790, Practice for Static and Dynamic Characterization of Motion Preserving Lumbar Total Facet Prostheses could be applied to all motion-preserving devices for posterior of spine, not just total facet prostheses. Additionally, standard may serve to provide alternate method of evaluating fusion devices under more physiologic conditions and allowing comparison to motion-preserving devices. Read More

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Test Chamber Standard covers paint drying speed testing.

September 15, 2010

ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications approved ASTM D7539, Practice for Using a Test Chamber for Humidity Conditioning of Test Panels of Pavement Marking Paints. Under jurisdiction of Subcommittee D01.44 on Traffic Coatings, this standard covers test chamber used by transportation departments and similar agencies to specify and test dry speed of waterborne pavement marking paints at elevated relative humidity. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 58.9% in 2010.

September 14, 2010

According to the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT, July U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $266.08 million. This total was up 10.1% from June and up 72.6% from total of $154.13 million reported for July 2009. With year-to-date total of $1,473.79 million, 2010 is up 58.9% compared with 2009. These numbers and all data in this report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in USMTC program. Read More

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Gases/Welding Article explores sightseeing contributions.

September 14, 2010

Appearing in third quarter issue of Welding and Gases Today, "The Great Welding And Gases Road Trip" looks at 3 desirable destinations in USA and examines how they rely on industry. Destinations include Grand Canyon Skywalk, Yankee Stadium, and Cedar Point theme park. Each spot uses welding to ensure safety of visitors, whether the application is to gain unique view of a gorge, cheer on a ball team, or get the adrenaline rush from loopy thrill rides. Read More

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Partnership drives Welding Rodeo.

September 14, 2010

August issue of GAWDA Edge features article entitled "Welding Rodeo Round-Up," which explains how one distributor shaped nation's original Welding Rodeo. Don Anderson, welding instructor at Bellingham Technical College, came up with idea for 2-day welding sculpture competition featuring 80 professional and amateur welders. Since college program lacked resources to make event happen, Marshall Judy of Central Welding Supply got his company involved to provide equipment, prizes, time, and effort. Read More

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Distributor/Supplier Teams can increase material handling sales.

September 14, 2010

Appearing in Third Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal, Skip Eastman's article explains importance of teamwork between material handling distributors and their suppliers. He suggests distributors and suppliers of material handling equipment team up and work together to proactively garner sales that neither would be able to achieve individually. According to Eastman, "communication, positive attitude and collaboration can help both parties achieve a mutually beneficial goal." Read More

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FAA announces additional Recovery Act airport grants.

September 13, 2010

FAA announced that 5 additional airport projects have been selected for funding, paid for with $9 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, earlier ARRA projects came in under budget and these savings can now be applied to other projects. Projects will take place at Yeager Airport, MBS International Airport, Killeen Skylark Field, Burlington International Airport, and Avi Suquilla Airport. Read More

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EPA Requests Information on natural gas extraction chemicals.

September 13, 2010

Data requested of 9 natural gas service companies is integral to scientific study, underway by EPA, that aims to determine whether hydraulic fracturing has any impact on drinking water and public health of Americans living in vicinity of hydraulic fracturing wells. Specifically, EPA seeks information on chemical composition of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing process, data on impacts of chemicals on human health and environment, standard operating procedures, and locations of sites. Read More

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South Dakota Governor to speak at Livestock Biotech Summit.

September 13, 2010

South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds will participate in BIO's Livestock Biotech Summit, Sept 28-30, 2010. Event will provide cross-cutting discussions among industry, academic, and government leaders on care and use of animals in research and the possibilities of GE animal research, regulation, and funding within biotech industry. Rounds stresses global importance of biotechnology and recognizes dedication of South Dakota to growing biosciences, including research in animal biotechnology field. Read More

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Printed Board Standard covers handling, packaging, storage.

September 13, 2010

As sole standard on handling, packaging, and storage of printed boards, IPC-1601 provides guidance on how to protect printed boards from contamination, physical damage, solderability degradation, ESD, and moisture uptake. Document covers all phases of production in addition to directions on proper handling, packaging material types and methods, production environment, and transport. It also covers impact of baking on printed board solderability. Read More

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Proposed TSCA IUR Rule calls out electronics industry.

September 13, 2010

Electronics manufacturers who send byproducts and waste for recycling are included among targets of proposed rule from EPA, which expands reporting requirements under Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory Update Reporting rule that requires manufacturers of chemical substances to report on manufacturing, importation, processing, and use of those chemical substances. IPC urges members to oppose EPA's regulation of byproducts and waste under TSCA as well as proposed changes to reporting requirements. Read More

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Open Meeting for Corporate Sponsors seeks input, comments.

September 13, 2010

Corporate Sponsors Open Reception and Meeting will take place October 5 at 5:00 pm in Waverly room at Turf Valley Hotel in Ellicott City, MD. In addition to renewing friendships and introduction of AFS Corporate Sponsors, 8-member AFS Corporate Sponsors Committee will present its work on developing educational Webinars, progress on industry market research studies, AFS website redesign, as well as metric feedback for Corporate Sponsors, distributor training, and other activities. Read More

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ASTM Sports Equipment Standards focus on elliptical equipment.

September 13, 2010

Standards F2810, Specification for Elliptical Trainers, and ASTM F2811, Test Methods for Evaluating Design and Performance Characteristics of Elliptical Trainers, have been approved under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F08.30 on Fitness Products. Test methods in ASTM F2811 allow designers, manufacturers, and test houses to access fitness product design. Subcommittee is also working on proposed standards for plate loaded fitness equipment and inclusive fitness products. Read More

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Call Issued for Abstracts on thermal treatment technologies.

September 10, 2010

Abstracts are needed for 2011 International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3/HWC), which takes place May 10-13, 2011 in Jacksonville, FL. Due by October 29, submissions should focus on approaches to safely managing waste streams amenable to thermal treatment processes; practical applications of thermal treatment technologies; or waste to energy applications and impact of thermal treatment technologies on GHG inventories and climate change. Read More

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U.S. Stakeholders Participation Sought for key ISO activities.

September 10, 2010

Following updates address active ISO Project Committees and Technical Committees that may interest U.S. stakeholders. Interested participants for U.S. TAGs to these committees are encouraged to contact ANSI for more information. While ISO PC 253 addresses use of treated wastewater to irrigate crops, ISO PC 252 was established to develop standards pertaining to natural gas fueling stations. Other opportunities range from amusement park facilities, biogas, and coloring materials. Read More

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ASTM Crib Safety Standard Revisions approved by CPSC.

September 10, 2010

Updates of ASTM F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and ASTM F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards, have been approved by U.S. CPSC. Standards will be part of regulatory requirements of section 104 of Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Guidelines were developed following CPSC chairman's request to ASTM to enlist industry's help with its initiative to have new regulation, covering both crib types, in place by end of 2010. Read More

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SME Presents Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference.

September 10, 2010

To help practitioners better understand how green efforts can create growth and improve competitiveness, SME is presenting a Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference October 26-29, 2010. Conference will feature presentations, workshops, and case studies of successful methods attendees can implement to reduce environmental concerns. Some session topics will include Creating a Sustainable Facility through Energy Efficiency Design, and Best Practices in Being Green, Productive, and Profitable. Read More

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Demand for Lighting stagnates during second quarter of 2010.

September 10, 2010

During second quarter of 2010, NEMA's Lighting Systems Index dipped 0.3% on quarter-to-quarter basis. On year-over-year basis, index registered 5.3% gain versus 2Q 2009. However, since that quarter marked lowest reading ever recorded for LSI, rate of year-over-year growth indicates that lighting equipment demand remains at a very low level. Miniature lamps, large lamps, and fluorescent ballasts expanded on year-over-year basis while fixtures and emergency lighting systems posted sizable declines. Read More

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Fluid Power Challenge introduces students to engineering.

September 10, 2010

Any middle school, university, or fluid power company, using online instructions, can run NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, which tasks eighth grade students with solving engineering problem using hydraulics and pneumatics. Student teams of 4 have to design and build fluid power mechanism and then compete against other teams. Online instructions include budget, timetable, and sample emails as well as detailed information for Challenge coordinators, facilitators, and judges. Read More

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Committee Members Needed for louver testing standard review.

September 10, 2010

Volunteers are being sought to serve on AMCA 500 L Review Committee. Members would be expected to participate in drafting, review, and resolution of any and all comments on Standard 500-L, which establishes uniform laboratory test methods for louvers, until revised standard is approved by ANSI as American National Standard. Once technical committee is formed and approved by AMCA International Board of Directors, it is anticipated that work could be completed within 6 months. Read More