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SPE Sets Conference Dates and issues call for papers.

August 18, 2010

As announced by South Texas Section of SPE, 23rd International Polyolefins Conference® will take place in Houston, TX from February 27 to March 2, 2011. South Texas Section also issued call for papers for conference, which will revolve around theme of "Evolving Technology for the Global Economy." Abstracts are welcome on any topic involving polyolefins or flexible packaging and should be submitted by November 1. Papers or presentations are due by December 15. Read More

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Machining Technology Scholarships are funded by Gene Haas Foundation.

August 18, 2010

Gene Haas Foundation has provided $150,000 grant to SME Education Foundation to help qualified students interested in machine operation and maintenance coursework take advantage of Haas Machining Technology Scholarship. Peter Zierhut, Director of Public Relations for Haas Automation, Inc. considers this scholarship to be smart investment in future of manufacturing by making sure students have access to funds that let them take advantage of quality training programs. Read More

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FMA Communications Inc. announces partnership with NOMMA.

August 18, 2010

Under partnership with National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association, FMAC will serve as exclusive sale representative for Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metal Fabricator magazine, adding to their current portfolio of publications serving the metal forming and fabricating industry. Read More

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ANSI recognized by OSHA as approved crane operator accrediting body.

August 18, 2010

ANSI has been recognized as approved accreditor of crane operator certification programs by OSHA. Under new OSHA rule to address safety of cranes and derricks used in construction, all crane operator certification bodies must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting entity. OSHA has concluded that accredited third-party certification provides only reliable demonstration that crane operator has knowledge and skills needed for safe operation. Read More

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ANSI accredits KEMA Registered Quality. .

August 18, 2010

ANSI announced that KEMA Registered Quality is the first certification body to be accredited under the Institute's pilot program for Superior Energy Performance (SEP), which aims to provide industrial plants with road map for achieving continual improvement in energy efficiency while maintaining competitiveness. Under terms of SEP Program, a third-party certification body assesses conformance of a manufacturing facility to SEP requirements for energy intensity improvement. Read More

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ANSI partners with ACR for greenhouse gas accreditation program.

August 18, 2010

As part of its continuing commitment to enhance the accreditation program for greenhouse gas validation and/or verification bodies (V/VBs), ANSI has signed Memorandum of Understanding with American Carbon Registry (ACR). Through MoU, ACR and ANSI pledge to cooperate in ANSI accreditation program that evaluates conformance of V/VBs against ISO 14065, Greenhouse gases - Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition. Read More

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ASTM Bicycle Standard covers frames for children's bikes.

August 17, 2010

ASTM F2843 - Specification for Condition 0 Bicycle Frames, developed by Subcommittee F08.10 on Bicycles, can be used to set strength requirements for condition 0 bicycle frames. Strength, endurance, and impact requirements for frames of these sidewalk bikes, or bikes designed for young children riding under adult supervision, will prove useful for manufacturers and designers. Adoption is expected to also provide working balance for safety, cost, and performance. Read More

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ACCE Graduate Scholarship Winners were announced by SPE.

August 17, 2010

Benjamin Hang's work focuses on development and use of tape-laying machine for automated production of tailored layups of unidirectional, thermoplastic tape for use in compression or injection molding processes and other forming methods. Francesco Deleo's work deals with developing numerical guidelines for explicit FEA of composite structures undergoing crash events to improve material models used in codes. He also works on developing better material models for fabric-reinforced composites. Read More

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FAA announces $9.2 million in Recovery Act projects for Atlanta.

August 17, 2010

With funding by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, flights at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport will be safer and more efficient. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt marked beginning of a $5 million ARRA project to install new approach lighting system for Runway 27L. Also, more than $1.5 million went to install new engine generator system for FAA's airport traffic control tower, and $2.6 million went to power distribution system for National Network Control Center in Hampton, GA. Read More

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Airline Code-Sharing Symposium explores aviation safety issues.

August 17, 2010

Airline Code-Sharing Arrangements and Their Role in Aviation Safety, held in Washington, DC from October 26-27, will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. It will be organized to elicit information on 3 main issue areas: structures, practices, and oversight of domestic/international code-sharing arrangements; best practices; and what role major airline would have in family disaster assistance response for accident involving code-sharing partner. Read More

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Gases and Welding Magazine discusses need for light alloys.

August 16, 2010

Welding & Gases Today, Q3 2010 issue, features article from Grahame Savage called Light Alloys. Savage explains that research and development efforts must remain top priorities, and addresses how challenges that will arise from increased demand for better fuel efficiencies and environmental clean-up will increase need for lighter construction materials such as aluminum. He also says there will be higher demand for better joining methods that incorporate welding products and consumables. Read More

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EPA to hold public hearings on proposed transport rule.

August 16, 2010

U.S. EPA will hold 3 public hearings on its proposed transport rule, which would reduce interstate transport of ozone and fine particle pollution from power plants that drifts across borders of 31 eastern states and District of Columbia. Proposed rule, along with local and state air pollution controls, is designed to help areas in eastern U.S. meet existing national air quality health standards. Each hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. local time, or later if necessary. Read More

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Proposed Analysis Test identifies strontium in gypsum.

August 16, 2010

Proposed ASTM standard - ASTM WK28941, Test Method for Determination of Strontium Concentration in Gypsum by Field Portable X-Ray Fluorescence - focuses on testing for strontium in wallboard. Being developed by Subcommittee C11.01 on Specifications and Test Methods for Gypsum Products, standard enables inspectors to reliably, quickly, and nondestructively determine strontium concentration as part of home inspection performed to identify problem drywall. Read More

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ASTM Textiles Standard provides guide to fibers.

August 16, 2010

Standard ASTM D7641, Guide for Textile Fibers, provides guide to variety of fibers used to manufacture diverse textile products. According to ASTM International Committee D13 member Vincent Diaz, this standard will help designers, buyers, test laboratories, educators, students, and regulators improve their understanding about relationships between commercial names, fiber identification, as well as geographical regions of fiber origins. Read More

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ASHRAE, NEMA to create facility Smart Grid model.

August 16, 2010

ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P will provide common basis with which electrical energy consumers can describe, manage, and communicate regarding electrical energy consumptions and forecasts. Defined object-oriented information model would enable appliances and control systems to manage electrical loads and generation sources in response to communication with smart electrical grid as well as communicate information about those electrical loads to utilities and electrical service providers. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers electron backscatter diffraction.

August 16, 2010

ASTM E2627, Practice for Determining Average Grain Size Using Electron Backscatter Diffraction in Fully Recrystallized Polycrystalline Materials, will be useful to metals users and producers. Electron backscatter diffraction can provide precise determinations as well as give information on grain size distribution and statistics. Because EBSD is a direct measurement of grain size, ASTM E2627 can be used to referee disputed measurements made through other techniques. Read More

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NIST Translation Device Evaluations aid U.S. military.

August 13, 2010

With help of standards, NIST scientists are helping speech recognition and translation systems to become more adept at facilitating communication across language barriers. Scientists have specifically been conducting performance evaluations of speech translation systems for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Standards used in these evaluations cover equipment for speech audiometry, sensitive microphones, and speech intelligibility calculation. Read More

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Manufacturers' Sales on the rise in U.S. and Canada.

August 13, 2010

According to PTDA's June 2010 Market Outlook Report, sales of power transmission/motion control products by U.S. manufacturers rose 2.4% compared to previous months and Canadian manufacturers' sales rose 25.4%. In U.S., year-to-date sales rose 4.9% compared to same period in 2009, while Canadian sales rose 9.7%. All tracked categories in the U.S. showed month-to-month gains, with the exception of standard industrial motors. Read More

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2010 Livestock Biotech Summit. program finalized.

August 13, 2010

BIO announced additional speakers and sessions for its Livestock Biotech Summit, which is first national industry conference on genetically engineered (GE) animal technologies. Scheduled for September 28-30 in Sioux Falls, SD, it will provide participants with cross-cutting discussions among industry, academic, and government leaders. Sessions will cover such topics as care and use of animals in research, R/D funding, and livestock research bioethics. Read More

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Safety Recommendations target Washington Transit Authority.

August 13, 2010

According to NTSB, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority should establish inspection and maintenance procedures to examine audio frequency track circuit modules within Metrorail system to identify and remove modules that exhibit pulse-type parasitic oscillation. They should also conduct safety analysis of Metrorail automatic train control system, implement cable insulation resistance testing, and replace 1000-series railcars with cars that have crashworthiness collision protection. Read More