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ASME Voluntary Standards cover cranes and sound pressure.

May 27, 2010

ASME B30.4-2010 assures safe construction and operation of portal and pedestal cranes employed in transport industry for loading and unloading of freight, in construction industry for movement of materials, and in manufacturing industry for assembly of heavy equipment. Specifying requirements and procedures for measurement of sound pressure levels in air, ANSI/ASA S1.13-2005 (R2010) applies primarily to measurements performed under normal, relatively calm meteorological conditions. Read More

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LAM 2010 draws 50% more attendees than 2009.

May 27, 2010

Held in Houston, TX, Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop 2010 gathered 137 attendees from 11 countries, as well as 22 vendors, to hear presentations about cutting-edge techniques for aerospace, automotive, and oil and gas industries. LAM 2011 will once again bring industry specialists, executives, users, and researchers from around the world to show how cladding and rapid manufacturing can be applied effectively and affordably to today's manufacturing challenges. Read More

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ANSI Seeks Nominations for group developing sustainability guide.

May 27, 2010

ANSI informs all stakeholders that ISO's Technical Management Board (TMB) has passed resolution to establish Sustainability Guide Drafting Group (SGDG), which will be responsible for developing guide on incorporating sustainability aspects into standardization. ANSI is soliciting candidates for consideration as US experts to serve on SGDG, which is expected to work by electronic means as much as possible and complete its work by second quarter of 2011. Read More

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AMCA announces approval of AMCA Publication 611-10.

May 27, 2010

Approved by AMCA International membership, AMCA Publication 611-10 prescribes and establishes procedures to be used in development and publication of certified performance ratings for airflow measurement stations. Certified ratings provide assurance to buyer, user, and specifier that manufacturer's published performance ratings for airflow measurement stations are repeatable, as well as information on how product was tested and what appurtenances were accounted for in ratings. Read More

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PTDA Membership Directory provides valuable industry contacts.

May 27, 2010

An essential resource for companies seeking distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control products, PTDA 2010 Membership Directory provides names and information for nearly 500 contacts. Distributor listing includes company contact information, top executive contacts, number and location of branches, and manufacturers' lines represented by firm. Manufacturer section includes company contact information, top-level management contacts, and product categories manufactured. Read More

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PTDA Members expand into mechatronics and motion control.

May 27, 2010

According to PTDA survey, PTDA distributors view motion control industry as natural extension of their business. Nineteen percent of respondents indicate they are fully engaged in motion control business, while 43% currently sell motion control products and plan to further expand their efforts in months ahead. Sixty percent of respondents indicate they use a specialist in some part of their business, and 82% of these specialists have an engineering degree or 3+ years of technical experience. Read More

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AASHTO Officials want more Federat focus on transportation.

May 26, 2010

According to AASHTO President Larry L. Brown, revenue may be lost unless transportation system gets tune-up. He cited inseparable aspects of transportation and economy and stressed need for investment. Brown is hosting transportation officials from across country this week in Natchez for AASHTO Spring Meeting. Primary goals of this 5-day conference are to focus on next multiyear highway and transit authorization bill, climate change, and approaches to working in tough budget times. Read More

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BIO Comments on self-replicating, synthetic bacterial cell.

May 26, 2010

BIO made statement regarding announcement by J. Craig Venter Institute pertaining to successful completion of project to design, chemically synthesize, and transplant complete genome into bacterial cell. According to BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood, this achievement "can provide insights into working of microbial genomes that could lead to advances in health, agriculture, and industrial biotechnology." Read More

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Air Passenger and Cargo Traffic see double-digit increases.

May 26, 2010

ATA reported passenger revenue, based on sample group of carriers, rose 12.5% in April 2010 versus same month in 2009. This marked fourth consecutive month of revenue growth and reflected industry still in recovery. While ~0.5% more passengers traveled on US airlines in April, average price to fly one mile rose nearly 14%. International passenger revenue rose 15 percent, led by 37% gain in transpacific markets. Also, US airlines saw cargo traffic rise 22% year over year in March 2010. Read More

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Dispersants Update Conference addressed Gulf of Mexico issues.

May 26, 2010

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry held press conference call to discuss BP's use of dispersants in Gulf of Mexico. Effective and efficient use of dispersants was recommended to reduce volume of application in order to prevent unknown environmental effects. Also, BP's scientific analysis of alternative dispersants is considered insufficient. EPA and other government scientists will independently verify data presented by BP. Read More

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Officers for 2010-2011 Term announced at annual meeting.

May 26, 2010

Officers for 2010-2011 term were announced at ASQ's Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with World Conference on Quality and Improvement on May 24-25 in St. Louis, MO. Current ASQ President Peter L. Andres will assume chairman's duties July 1, 2010, and E. David Spong will move into president position. Respectively, positions of president-elect and treasurer will be held by Jim Rooney and William B. McBee. Board members include J. Michael Adams and Alexis Goncalves. Read More

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RIA Educator Sponsorships assist in pursuit of robotics careers.

May 26, 2010

Spearheaded by Robotic Industries Association (RIA) Membership Committee, Educator Sponsorship program assists robotics faculty and students pursuing careers in robotics. It allows any RIA member to sponsor teaching and training institution for Educator Membership in RIA. Eligible institutions include vocational and technical institutes as well as 2- and 4-year colleges offering curriculum and path leading to high-tech jobs involving robotics and automation technologies. Read More

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ASHRAE Pilot Program addresses Building Energy Quotient.

May 26, 2010

To encourage building industry to cut energy use and costs, ASHRAE's Building Energy Quotient program, which is known as Building EQ, provides both As Designed and In Operation ratings for all building types except residential. Assessment includes detailed certificate with data on actual energy use, energy demand profiles, indoor air quality, and other information that will enable building owners to evaluate and reduce their building's energy use. Read More

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SME Annual Conference to feature speaker Nicole Lamb-Hale.

May 26, 2010

SME's Annual Conference: Bridging the Gaps will be held in Nashville on June 6-8, 2010. Nicole Lamb-Hale of U.S. Department of Commerce will talk with manufacturers, meet with SME Board of Directors and award recipients, interact with attendees, and be featured speaker at SME's International Awards Gala on Monday, June 7. "I use the Three Cs - convene, collaborate, and connect - as guiding principles to ensure our organization is focused on the needs of U.S. manufacturers," said Lamb-Hale. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit is presented to Dr. Noral Stewart.

May 26, 2010

ASTM International Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics has recognized Consultant Noral D. Stewart, Ph.D., with Award of Merit and title of fellow. Committee cited Stewart for leadership skills and dedication in developing ASTM acoustical field and community noise standards. Member of ASTM since 1985, Stewart is consultant in acoustics and noise control with emphasis on architectural acoustics and community/workplace noise. Read More

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ANSI Webinar on NSTC Subcommittee covered related agenda/goals.

May 26, 2010

ANSI webinar, held on May 19, 2010, discussed agenda and goals of newly formed National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Standards. Event included more than 30 in-person and 85 webinar participants, and was moderated by Mary McKiel. Attendees discussed need for more effective agency engagement with private sector, and topics such as intellectual property rights and more were covered. Agency is accepting related comments before Friday, June 4, 2010. Read More

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NTSB offers safety recommendations to EASA.

May 26, 2010

NTSB recommendations include A-10-88 which requires small/medium flocking bird certification test be conducted using lowest expected fan speed, for minimum climb rate. Recommendation A-10-90 covers checklist/procedure for dual-engine failure of turbine-powered aircraft at low altitude, while A-10-89 addresses need for changes in large flocking bird certification test standards. Pilots ability to ditch aircraft is covered in A-10-91. Other recommendations include A-10-92 through -95. Read More

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Financial Reform Bill Passage commended by ATA.

May 26, 2010

ATA applauded U.S. Senate and leadership of Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln for passing "Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010," legislation which will stop speculation on Wall Street. James C. May, ATA President and CEO, called the passage "an enormous step forward in stopping Wall Street's manipulation of energy prices." If provisions are retained in conference, legislation will help lower fuel costs for all Americans and let supply and demand dictate energy prices. Read More

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ASQ presents inaugural social responsibility medal.

May 26, 2010

ASQ presented first Spencer Hutchens Jr. Medal for Social Responsibility to Joanne Adrienne Vincenten during its annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Vincenten works for European Child Safety Alliance and is being awarded the medal for her understanding of social responsibility; her success in community development, human rights, and consumer issues; and her passion for work that results in social and environmental improvement. Read More

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Event Schedule released for World Standards Week 2010.

May 26, 2010

ANSI published full schedule of events for World Standards Week (WSW) 2010, which will be held September 20-24 in Arlington, VA. Annual event enables members of standards and conformity assessment community to come together in spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Notably, events include several presentations and discussions as well as receptions, banquet ceremony, luncheons, and forums. All events will be held at Crowne Plaza National Airport Hotel. Read More