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Road/Paving Materials Standard addresses safe sample gathering.

July 6, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK26774, Practice for Sampling Bituminous Paving Material from a Truck by Means of a Mechanical Sampling Device, addresses safety concerns and need to obtain representative samples. It will enable user to collect more useful sample from almost any location within truck bed and deposit it in sample collection device sitting on ground. Primary users of ASTM WK26774, once it has been approved, will be asphalt producers wishing to obtain better samples in safer way. Read More

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Manufacturers support creation of export control entity.

July 6, 2010

According to Frank Vargo, NAM VP for International Economic Affairs, NAM is pleased with announcement to create single entity to administer export controls and believes that this will better equip U.S. to protect national security, strengthen defense industrial base, and double exports over next 5 years. Manufacturers are also encouraged that Administration is moving forward on phases one and two, which include creation of new control criteria, licensing processes, and control lists. Read More

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Canadian Manufacturing Expo expects strong attendance.

July 6, 2010

According to organizers, increased manufacturing sales and projected upward trend translate into strong interest in Canadian Manufacturing Week (CMW)/Weld Expo 2010. Event will take place October 5-7 and feature central theme of New Industry Realities and Solutions. In addition to education program, keynote presentations, and interactive Town Hall meetings, activities will include technical programs, one-on-one matchmaking opportunities, and Canada's Best Welder Competition. Read More

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NTSB releases 2009 Annual Report to Congress.

July 6, 2010

NTSB's 2009 Annual Report provides comprehensive accounting of ongoing and completed investigations, as well as other agency activities. New to report are features that illustrate scope and complexity of NTSB's work, including maps of regional office locations in addition to investigation launch-site maps; additional information describing how non-investigative units support NTSB mission; and key industry facts showing impact and breadth of completed agency work. Read More

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Darrin Drollinger named executive director of ASABE.

July 6, 2010

Elected to new position by ASABE Board of Trustees at Society's 2010 Annual International Meeting, Darrin Drollinger will serve as ASABE's executive officer as well as secretary to Society and to ASABE Foundation. Drollinger is a 21-year member of ASABE with more than 20 years of experience in association management. He graduated from Ohio State University with degree in agricultural engineering and also holds an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. Read More

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Improving Electroindustry Business Conditions are broad but modestly paced.

July 6, 2010

NEMA Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions climbed 1.6 points from May to June to reach 70.4. Average degree of change in business conditions cited in survey was unchanged in June, holding at +0.7 for third straight month. Although EBCI for future North American conditions dropped 6.7 points to 70.4, it remains above 50 point threshold indicative of broad-based expansion. Read More

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U.S. Farmer Biotech Crops Adoption continues to rise.

July 6, 2010

USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) report, Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S., was released July 1, 2010. Key findings show that adoption of GE soybeans, GE cotton, and all biotech corn respectively reached 93%, 93%, and 86%. In response, BIO's Sharon Bomer Lauritsen said this data "provides more evidence that U.S. farmers continue to value biotech varieties...for the economic and environmental benefits they provide." Read More

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Merit and Kessler Awards were given to Michael D. Lewis.

July 6, 2010

ASTM International Committee C18 on Dimension Stone honored Michael D. Lewis, President of Facade Forensics Inc., with 2010 Award of Merit and Daniel W. Kessler Award for contributions to dimension stone industry standards development. Member of ASTM since 1989, Lewis served as C18 secretary and vice chairman. He currently chairs Subcommittee C18.06 on Attachment Components and Systems and also works on Committees C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units and E06 on Performance of Buildings. Read More

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AIA makes statement on WTO subsidies decision.

July 2, 2010

AIA welcomes final ruling of World Trade Organization 316 Panel, which affirmed U.S. claims that subsidies provided to Airbus, particularly in form of launch aid, have harmed U.S. industry, that EU governments must withdraw those subsidies and provide redress to U.S., and that this practice of systematic subsidization must be abandoned going forward. Ruling is a vital development for future of commercial aviation industry and underscores importance of rules-based trading system. Read More

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Geosynthetics Standards aid material property quantification.

July 2, 2010

Developed by ASTM International D35 on Geosynthetics, 2 new standards will aid national movement to develop mechanistic-empirical design guide for pavements. Both ASTM D7499, Test Method for Measuring Geosynthetic-Soil Resilient Interface Shear Stiffness, and ASTM D7556, Test Methods for Determining Small-Strain Tensile Properties of Geogrids and Geotextiles by In-Air Cyclic Tension Tests, cover quantification of fundamental material properties for pavement components. Read More

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ASTM Padlock Specification revised by Security Systems Committee.

July 2, 2010

To help prevent rise in bumping-related incidents, Subcommittee F12.50 on Locking Devices has recently revised ASTM F883, Performance Specification for Padlocks, to include method of measuring resistance of particular locking technology to bump attack. Addition of bump test allows users to be aware of where their locks qualify for bump resistance or if they have any bump resistant technology in them at all. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers for updated pump standard.

July 2, 2010

Hydraulic Institute, under approval of ANSI, is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in review process for draft of updated standard ANSI/HI 11.6 - Submersible Pump Tests. This revision requires that submersible pumps be guaranteed and tested as complete units. Standard does not identify individual sources of losses within boundary of submersible pump unit. It includes details that state how acceptance testing shall be performed and defines pump acceptance criteria. Read More

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Helios Annual Release Train available for download.

July 2, 2010

With 39 different project teams, over 33 million lines of code, and work of 490 committers, Helios 2010 Release Train is designed to make it easier for users of Eclipse technology to adopt new versions of Eclipse projects. Some highlights include Linux IDE package; Eclipse Marketplace Client that provides app-store experience; support for Git; support for JavaScript Development Tools project; and new features in Eclipse Xtext 1.0, a framework for creating domain specific languages. Read More

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Laser Safety Package completes libraries with updated materials.

July 2, 2010

Industrial Laser Safety Package provides all information and references necessary for any person responsible for putting together Laser Safety Program for their facility within industrial field. Specifically, package includes ANSI Z136.1 - Safe Use of Lasers standard and CLSOs' Best Practices in Laser Safety. LIA's Laser Safety Guide and Guide for the Selection of Laser Eye Protection are also included. Read More

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TIA Educational Sessions to take place at 2010 Global Tire Expo.

July 2, 2010

Tire Industry Association (TIA) announced educational sessions for 2010 Global Tire Expo taking place November 1-5 in Las Vegas, NV. Specifically, there will be 4 educational session tracks: TPMS at 10, Truck Tires at 10, Tires at 2, and Management at 4. TIA Executive VP Roy Littlefield boasted that no one is better equipped to deliver this kind of relevant, informative educational sessions than TIA. He also said sessions will leave time for attendees to do business on Expo floor. Read More

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BIO Announces Livestock Biotech Summit preliminary program.

July 2, 2010

As announced by BIO, preliminary program for 2010 Livestock Biotech Summit will provide participants 3 days of cross-cutting discussions among industry, academic, and government leaders. Summit is scheduled for September 28-30 in Sioux Falls, SD and will host diverse line-up of speakers comprised of acclaimed experts in fields of animal science, agriculture, and genetic engineering. Events will also include workshops and interactive presentations. Read More

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2010 George Washington Carver Award is presented to MIT professor.

July 2, 2010

During 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, BIO presented George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology to Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Award recognizes Stephanopoulos' pioneering work in field of industrial biotechnology and in particular metabolic engineering and its practical application to industrial processes. Read More

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SME Medical Manufacturing Event hopes to support Toronto's economy.

July 2, 2010

Manufacturing Innovations-Medical Canada, taking place from November 3-4 in Toronto, Ontario, will highlight Canada's growing medical device manufacturing industry. Organized by SME, event will connect medical and dental device manufacturers with companies that supply technology and equipment needed to improve quality and innovation. Show was also created to meet specific needs of manufacturers looking for suppliers who can help them meet Health Canada/FDA requirements. Read More

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BIO Commends Supreme Court on expansive view of patentability.

July 2, 2010

BIO made a statement regarding Supreme Court's decision regarding lower court's ruling in Bilski v. Kappos. Decision fell in line with previously submitted BIO amicus brief, which urged Supreme Court to overturn lower court's rigid new test for determining whether method or process is eligible for patenting. BIO was pleased that the Court was "clearly conscious of the potential negative and unforeseeable consequences of a broad and sweeping decision." Read More

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Hazard Potential of Chemicals Committee is developing kinetic parameters standard.

July 2, 2010

Proposed standard being developed by ASTM International Committee E27 on Hazard Potential of Chemicals will provide reference materials for instruments, applications, and software used for evaluation of kinetic data used for hazard evaluation. Standard ASTM WK27880, Practice for Evaluation of Methods for Determination of Kinetic Parameters by Thermal Analysis, will most likely be used by process hazard evaluators and safety compliance personnel. Read More