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Using Web-Based Search helps salespeople land new business.

July 1, 2010

Appearing in MHEDA Edge's June issue, "Find What You're Looking For" focuses on strategies for using online search to better know customers. Article insists distributor salespeople "must be confident that when they walk into a customer location...armed with all the information that they could possibly need." Using Web search tools such as Google can help distributors truly know their customers and prospects before making that first sales call and increase chance of new business. Read More

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EPA releases toxicity testing data for 8 oil dispersants.

July 1, 2010

U.S. EPA released peer reviewed results from first round of its own independent toxicity testing on 8 oil dispersants. Results indicated that none of the dispersants tested, including product used in Gulf of Mexico, displayed biologically significant endocrine disrupting activity. While dispersant products alone, not mixed with oil, have roughly the same impact on aquatic life, JD-2000 and Corexit 9500 were less toxic to small fish and JD-2000 and SAF-RON GOLD were least toxic to mysid shrimp. Read More

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FAA awards final set of major NextGen engineering contracts.

July 1, 2010

FAA announced that Metron Aviation, Inc. and Booz Hamilton Inc. received contracts to perform engineering work that will help transform and modernize nation's airspace into Next Generation Air Transportation System. Contracts are last of 6 awarded under umbrella portfolio called System Engineering 2020, which was designed to encourage small business participation. The $1.15 billion contract awarded to Metron Aviation for 10 years is one of the largest ever awarded by FAA to a small business. Read More

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EPRI Volt/Var Workshop marks start of industry-wide project.

July 1, 2010

Hosted by EPRI, Volt/Var workshop marked beginning of industry-wide project to define load models that can be used to understand benefits and predict savings impacts of new voltage control strategies. During forum, 10 different utilities described their voltage control strategies, and discussions focused on issues that need to be solved in the industry. Over 60 people participated in workshop, which followed EPRI Power Quality and Smart Distribution conference. Read More

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GAWDA Journal discusses cylinder fill plant design planning.

July 1, 2010

Welding & Gases Today features article, Building a New Cylinder Fill Plant, by Weldcoa Sales Manager Don Renner, that sorts out best practices and regulations that help make fill plant building process go smoothly. Fill plant should be first priority when planning building, and space needed for fill process and kind of layout needed for business should be determined before construction. Article also provides case examples and details regulations to know to prevent costly mistakes. Read More

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IEEE Xplore® Mobile launches new features.

July 1, 2010

With IEEE Xplore® Mobile, users can perform searches of over 2 million technical documents with any mobile device connected to Internet. Users can conduct basic search from IEEE Xplore Mobile home page, then refine it by searching within results or by using subject filters. Predictive type-ahead feature that suggests searches as you type is available for mobile devices that are JavaScript-enabled. All results for abstracts and citations are displayed 10 at a time by relevancy. Read More

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Inventory Control impacts material handling distributors.

July 1, 2010

Appearing in Second Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal, "The Cost Of Goods Not Sold" discusses how effective inventory management can impact bottom-line results - particularly in times of recession. Article outlines support for premise that incremental sales, selling more to current customers, has minimal positive impact on profitability. Author also points fallacy behind assuming that adding new customers does not increase costs. Read More

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Packaging Conference will host The Brand Zone.

July 1, 2010

To help brands develop unique identities and preference with consumers, The Brand Zone will appear at PACK EXPO International 2010. Covering 60,000+ ft², The Brand Zone will highlight innovative containers and materials that respond to consumer demands for convenience, portion control, portability, and sustainability. Exhibits will include advances in glass, plastic, metal, and paperboard as well as showcase various decorating and labeling techniques and reclosable packaging options. Read More

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AISI Business Unit named finalist for Steel Excellence Awards.

July 1, 2010

In recognition of its research initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel economy, Automotive Applications Council of AISI's Steel Market Development Institute has been named finalist for American Metal Market's 2010 Awards for Steel Excellence in environmental responsibility/stewardship category. Council was selected for UltraLight Steel Automotive initiatives, which consist of 4 research projects designed to revolutionize steel-intensive vehicle designs. Read More

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TIA Environmental Symposium to feature Bridgestone presenter.

July 1, 2010

Bob Handlos, VP, Product Development for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, will be session presenter at TIA Environmental Symposium, to be held September 30-October 2, 2010, at Ocean City Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. During One Team, One Planet: Thinking Green for a Better Tomorrow session on October 2, Handlos will discuss how Bridgestone is taking leadership role in environmental outreach and programs under its One Team, One Planet global initiative. Read More

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AIA Announces Support for national space policy.

July 1, 2010

AIA believes National Space Policy takes steps needed to maintain global leadership in space and ensure continued competitiveness and innovation. In addition to praising emphasis on retaining space professionals and improving their development, AIA also commended policy's desire to improve acquisition through cost estimating enhancements. Other favored aspects included preservation of space environment, increased space situational awareness, and enhanced space protection. Read More

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ASTM Unmanned Air Vehicle Committee to collaborate with FAA.

July 1, 2010

As part of its ongoing work supporting FAA to develop Special Federal Aviation Regulation for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems is currently working on proposed registration and marking standard. Proposed standard ASTM WK27055 sets up proper paperwork necessary to assure FAA that sUAS has all documentation necessary and submitted to allow FAA to give the operator a permit. Read More

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ANSI Portal to track emerging priorities in standardization.

July 1, 2010

ANSI has created a Top Issues tracking system that will aid ANSI members as they identify and track emerging issues affecting standardization and conformance community, their constituents, and other stakeholders. Portal is organized into 6 main issues, including energy, global supply chain, horizontal considerations, sustainability, technology, and workforce. Each main issue is further broken down into set of sub-issues, and each sub-issue explores specific activities that are related to it. Read More

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WaterSense Program helps save water, electricity, and money.

July 1, 2010

WaterSense partnership program, sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect future of our nation's water supply by promoting efficacious water use via efficient products, homes, and services. Addition of showerheads enables consumers to renovate bathrooms with WaterSense-labeled products. Bathrooms remodeled to include WaterSense-labeled toilet, faucet, and showerhead will conserve water as well as electricity. Read More

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U.S. Stakeholders invited to participate in key ISO activities.

July 1, 2010

Since decreasing supply of fresh water is leading to competition for water resources, an ISO Project Committee has been established to address treated wastewater re-use for irrigation. Another ISO committee has been formed to increase safety while eliminating economic barriers to trade in development of amusement park facilities. Third committee will focus on biogas, the combustible mixture of gases produced by microorganisms when manure and other biological wastes ferment in absence of air. Read More

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Standards cover commingled crops and sustainable floor covering.

July 1, 2010

Voluntary standard ANSI/ASABE S598 JAN 2010 establishes method to determine percentage in load of harvested grains that is likely to be residue from crop previously harvested by same machine. NSF International, an ANSI accredited standards developer, has published NSF/ANSI 332-2010, which establishes consistent approach to evaluation and determination of environmentally preferable and sustainable resilient floor coverings with information that is clear, verifiable, and accurate. Read More

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Proposed Standard covers moisture testing of trona.

July 1, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK26298 will present repeatable, precise, and accurate test method for analyzing moisture levels in trona, a fine mineral powder that has proven to be effective at removing acid gases from air emissions. Such analysis is key to diagnosing problems and to preventing incorrect analysis. ASTM WK26298, Test Method for Determination of Free Water in Trona, is being developed by Subcommittee E01.02 on Ores, Concentrates and Related Metallurgical Materials. Read More

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PP Sanitary Sewer Pipe Standards address 2- and 3-wall designs.

July 1, 2010

ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems has completed development of 2 standards for polypropylene (PP) sanitary sewer pipe that address dual- and triple-wall profile designs. Taken together, ASTM F2736 and ASTM F2764 provide specifiers with opportunity to design entire systems with polypropylene pipe. Because standards collectively cover pipe from 6-60 in., they cover majority of pipe sizes utilized for sanitary sewer connections and trunk lines. Read More

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AEC, Aluminum Association Team Up for Aluminum Week in Chicago.

June 30, 2010

The Aluminum Association and the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) unveiled details for Aluminum Week, which will feature educational and networking programs for aluminum industry professionals. Scheduled for September 20-23, Aluminum Week will feature collocated events such as Aluminum Association Annual Meeting and AEC Extrusion Symposium. Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) will also be unveiling their Anodizing Quality Workshop. Read More

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Abstract Submissions being accepted for LabAutomation2011.

June 30, 2010

ALA invites research scientists, engineers, and business leaders to accelerate breakthroughs in laboratory automation strategies and technologies by submitting abstracts for podium and poster presentations for LabAutomation2011 Conference and Exhibition, Jan 29 to Feb 2. Abstract focus areas include detection and separation, micro- and nanotechnologies, high-throughput technologies, informatics, and evolving applications of laboratory automation. Read More