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Organizations Collaborate to create standards for green building.

March 15, 2010

ASHRAE, ICC, USGBC, and IES have come together to establish green building code designed to accelerate green building practice across US. The culmination of such work, International Green Construction Code (IGCC), represents merger of 2 national efforts to develop adoptable and enforceable green building codes. IGCC provides building industry with language that broadens and strengthens building codes as to hasten construction of high-performance green buildings. Read More

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SME adds 4 new events to 2010 schedule.

March 15, 2010

Designed to address industry in transition, SME's new events are targeted regionally and by technology, providing value to highly qualified audiences and greater exhibitor ROI. Events include Manufacturing Innovations - Medical US from May 4-6, Atlantic Manufacturing Technology Show from Sept 21-23, Manufacturing Innovations - Aerospace/Defense from Oct 20-21, and Manufacturing Innovations - Medical Canada, scheduled for Nov 3-4. Read More

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Papers invited for 2011 symposium on pavement performance.

March 15, 2010

Scheduled for Dec. 5, 2011, International Symposium on Pavement Performance: Trends, Advances, and Challenges will cover issues such as condition survey, friction measurement, pavement-tire noise, ground penetrating radar, and structural adequacy testing. Presenters/authors are asked to address topics that would allow attendees to gain insight into needs, methodologies, and trends in pavement testing, performance monitoring, data collection/interpretation, and instrumentation. Read More

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American Trucking Assoc. IT & Logistics Council to hold annual meeting.

March 15, 2010

The Information Technology and Logistics Council of American Trucking Associations will hold its 2010 Annual Meeting - along with the Trucking Industry's IT Exhibition - in conjunction with ATA's National Accounting and Finance Council on May 3-5. Meeting will include sessions designed to provide insight into IT strategies and financial management practices that are shaping trucking industry's rapidly changing technology and business environment. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 26% over last January.

March 12, 2010

According to AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors' Association) and AMT, January US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $130.96 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in USMTC program, was down 40.3% from December but up 26.2% from total reported for January 2009. US manufacturing technology consumption is also reported on regional basis for 5 geographic breakdowns of the United States: Northeast, Southern, Midwest, Central, and Western. Read More

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Fluid Power Industry Conference exceeds expectations.

March 12, 2010

Over 100 industry leaders from NFPA member companies converged on Laguna Beach, CA from February 24-27 for 2010 NFPA Annual Conference, which provided executives critical information about leading their organizations forward. As Means to connect, conference provided educational and networking opportunities. Updates on NFPA initiatives were also provided, including Technology Roadmap for Fluid Power Industry and Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. Read More

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Fatigue endangers transportation workers and passengers.

March 11, 2010

Speaking before annual conference of the National Sleep Foundation, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman encouraged sleep research and healthcare community to continue their efforts to educate transportation policy makers of dangers of fatigue in all modes of transportation. Board has made safety recommendations that range from deploying fatigue detection systems to installing electronic on-board recorders that collect and maintain hours of service data on vehicle operators. Read More

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Forklift Emissions Regulations are topic of MHEDA Edge article.

March 11, 2010

MHEDA Journal's First Quarter 2010 issue addresses growing concern about exhaust emissions issues facing material handling industry, forklift distributors in particular, that stem from California Air Resources Board rules, passed in 2006, that limit emissions produced by Large Spark-Ignition (LSI) engines of more than 25 hp. Four distributors - 3 from CA and one from WI - are interviewed and provide commentary on adjusting to new rules and their effects. Read More

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GAWDA Member helps U.S. Bobsled Team win Gold.

March 11, 2010

Focusing on gases and welding in recently concluded Winter Olympic Games, February issue of GAWDA Edge features article entitled "Cooler Runnings," which details GAWDA member Lincoln Electric Company's partnership with U.S. Bobsled team. Lincoln Electric supplied welding equipment that was used on U.S. sleds. It was part of an alliance formed between NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine and stock car manufacturer Chassis Dynamics, called it Bo-Dyn, to build a better sled. Read More

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ISO confirms international standard on social responsibility.

March 11, 2010

ISO has announced that ISO 26000, Guidance on Social Responsibility, has been confirmed and registered as Final Draft International Standard. This is the final stage in development of ISO standard before it is published as ISO International Standard. ISO 26000 is intended to assist in ushering companies, government agencies, and other organizations toward more sustainable global economy by establishing common guidance on social responsibility concepts, definitions, and methods of evaluation. Read More

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ANSI Announces Schedule for week of co-located April meetings.

March 11, 2010

ANSI posted its schedule and additional information for coordinated week of meetings, to be held April 12-16, in Washington, DC, metro area. Co-located thusly to provide convenient access for members interested in attending multiple events, lineup includes several ANSI Member Forums as well as meetings of IPC, IPRPC, RSC-AP, and U.S. TAG. Week's largest event, Joint Member Forum, will be held April 14 as Workshop on Anti-Counterfeiting Standards and Conformance Measures. Read More

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ANSI submits comments on Chinese draft standard.

March 11, 2010

ANSI has submitted comments on draft document concerning standards and intellectual property that was issued by China National Institute of Standardization. In general, ANSI supports China's efforts to address inclusion of technology covered by patent claims in Chinese National Standards. But some portions of CNIS Guide raised questions and concerns for U.S. stakeholders, including articles addressing patent-related disclosures from non-participants and language relating to "essential patents." Read More

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Comments Sought on ISO Standard for education management.

March 11, 2010

ANSI and Latvian Standard (LVS), the national standards body of Latvia, are considering joint submission of proposal to ISO for standard on management system requirements for all education organizations. Its aim is to enhance satisfaction through effective application of system as well as to enable organization to know degree to which it fulfills its requirements, controls its resources, and stabilizes its processes. Interested stakeholders are asked to submit comments by April 16. Read More

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ANSI announces new members of PCAC.

March 11, 2010

ANSI has announced appointment of 4 new members to its Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee, which is responsible for operational aspects of ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. New members include Dale R. Cyr, CEO of ARDMS; John Hamilton, COO of TABB at National Energy Management Institute; Robert A. Mahlman, Director of Center on Education and Training for Employment at Ohio State University; and Patrick E. Winters, President of IICRC. Read More

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Water Resource Strategies Webcast addresses climate change.

March 11, 2010

On March 31, AWWA will host Water Resource Strategies for Climate Change and Shortages. This webcast will describe impacts of climate change on groundwater supply, predicted shortages for surface water reservoir, and how sustainability principles can be incorporated into water planning. Attendees will learn to compare water supply options using triple-bottom-line methods, examine broad-based water resource opportunities, and interpret climate change-based groundwater water supply impacts. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Francis Hewitt with Award of Excellence.

March 11, 2010

ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics has presented 2009 Award of Excellence to Francis (Bud) Hewitt, a retired senior chemist from Evonik Cyro LLC in Wallingford, CT. Award recognizes outstanding personal performance in field of plastics, and is presented to committee member who has contributed most toward development and use of consensus standards or who has fostered competency and proficiency in plastics field. Hewitt has been an active member of ASTM and Committee D20 since 1986. Read More

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SME unveils game-changing innovations.

March 11, 2010

Outlined in SME's annual "Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture list," game-changing innovations can enhance production on the factory floor. Some technologies include printed RFID tags, nanoporous silicon electrodes that double range of electric vehicles, silicon carbide electronics for harsh environments, nanotube inks that turn plain copier paper into high-energy electrodes, and polymers that heal their own scratches. Read More

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ILMA President testifies at the U.S. Department of Labor.

March 11, 2010

On March 4, ILMA President Cathy Novak delivered testimony to panel of OSHA representatives at Department of Labor. Her testimony, on behalf of ILMA, concerned OSHA's proposed rulemaking to update Hazard Communication Standard consistent with Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. She educated OSHA panel on true scope of chemicals used by lubrication industry and complete processes involved to show the affects a change like this would have on the industry. Read More

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Reinhold Strnat named chairman of ASTM International committee.

March 11, 2010

Reinhold Strnat, president and technical manager of Magnet-Physics Inc., was named chairman of ASTM International Committee A06 on Magnetic Properties, which has close to 50 members who develop standards dealing with magnetic materials and test methods for determining magnetic properties. Having joined ASTM in 1992, Strnat also chairs Subcommittee A06.01 on Test Methods and A06.92 on Terminology and Definitions and has also served as secretary and vice chairman of main A06 committee. Read More

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Material Handling E-Zine tackles e-mail efficiency.

March 11, 2010

In March issue of MHEDA Edge, article titled "How To: Reclaim Your Productivity," by Marsha Egan, gives readers hints on successfully streamlining e-mail. Article features 10 suggestions and each one is explained in detail within article's text. Some suggestions include: be very clear, make subject line detailed, use only one subject per e-mail, place main point in first two lines, have detailed signature line, and avoid controversial or argumentative e-mailing. Read More