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SME issues its annual call for award nominations.

March 31, 2010

While International Honor Awards recognize those at the zenith of their engineering and industrial careers who have made outstanding contributions in their field, Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award honors engineers age 35 and under for accomplishments in technical publication, patents, or technical professional society leadership. Award of Merit recognizes SME members who have made contributions to Society's professional activities and growth. Deadline to submit nominations is Aug 1. Read More

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January 2010 Market Outlook Report depicts sales increase.

March 31, 2010

According to sales data released by PTDA's Market Outlook Report, US and Canadian manufacturers' sales increased in January by 0.1% and 10.4% respectively. For US manufacturers, sales comparisons between January 2010 and January 2009 still reflect sales declines, and year-to-date sales are down 12.8% compared to sales at same time last year. However, Canadian manufacturers' year-to-year sales are up 2.9%. Also, manufacturer confidence rose to 5.0 (US) and 4.5 (Canada). Read More

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Roger Beachy to speak at climate change Leadership Summit.

March 31, 2010

Roger Beachy, Chief Scientist for US Department of Agriculture and Director of National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will provide keynote address, entitled "Climate Change, Biotechnology and Agriculture: The Big Picture," which will examine biotechnology's role in addressing climate change. During summit, participants will share information about developments in industrial and agricultural biotechnology that will help reduce climate change emissions and contribute to carbon sequestration. Read More

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ASTM approves polymer reinforced materials standard.

March 31, 2010

Subcommittee D30.05 on Structural Test Methods has completed development of ASTM D7565/D7565M, Test Method for Determining Tensile Properties of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites Used for Strengthening of Civil Structures. Standard provides instructions on fabricating specimens and calculating test results as these materials are applied and cure in field. Primary users will be material suppliers, contractors who are applying composite materials, and quality control laboratories. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee to address alkali aggregate reactions.

March 31, 2010

Members of ASTM Committees C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and C01 on Cement, as well as other interested parties, are invited to join Subcommittee C09.50 on Risk Management for Alkali Aggregate Reactions, which will develop standards on mitigation of deleterious alkali-aggregate reactions in concrete. To initiate launch of C09.50, workshop will be held June 6, which will cover effectiveness of current alkali-silica reaction specifications and how they might be improved. Read More

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Two Government Reports recognize vital role of PCB industry.

March 31, 2010

DoD publication, "Report on Trusted Defense Systems in Response to National Defense Authorization Act, Section 254," recognizes critical role of domestic manufacturing of electronic interconnect hardware and technology as well as need to focus on their security. In January, U.S. Commerce Department released "Defense Industrial Base Assessment: Counterfeit Electronics," which marked increasing infiltration of counterfeit/defective electronics and their effect on weapon system reliability. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to focus on International Green Construction Code.

March 30, 2010

Scheduled for April 19, workshop on International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and Beyond will provide overview of IgCC development process and content. It will review specific IgCC language and possible application in the field, as well as address critical role of standards in IgCC. Sponsored by ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability, workshop will be held in conjunction with the April 20-22 standards development meetings of the committee. Read More

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Approval Granted for ASTM creep-fatigue testing standard.

March 30, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee E08.05 on Cyclic Deformation and Fatigue Crack Formation, ASTM E2714, Test Method for Creep-Fatigue Testing, will aid in life assessments for aging power plants. Test results from this standard can - according to Ashok Saxena, Ph.D. - be used to assess suitability of materials for demanding applications in which safety is of primary concern. Primary users will include manufacturers and operators of equipment that runs at high temperatures. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.

March 30, 2010

According to NTSB, FAA should revise airman knowledge tests to include questions regarding electronic flight and navigation displays, and require all manufacturers of certified electronic primary flight displays to include information in aircraft flight manuals regarding abnormal equipment operation or malfunction. FAA should also incorporate training elements regarding electronic primary flight displays into training materials and aeronautical knowledge requirements for all pilots. Read More

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BIO supports extension of Cellulosic Biofuel tax credit.

March 30, 2010

BIO thanked Reps. Earl Pomeroy and John Shimkus for introducing bill to extend Cellulosic Ethanol Production Tax Credit by 3 years. BIO also called for extending tax code parity to algae-based biofuels and full range of innovative biobased technologies. Brent Erickson, executive VP for BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, stated that rapidly increasing U.S. production of advanced biofuels is a sound way to reduce U.S. carbon emissions and reliance on imported petroleum. Read More

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Masonry Symposium will be held in St. Louis, MO on June 8.

March 30, 2010

ASTM International Symposium on Masonry gathers and disseminates information on all aspects of masonry, including innovations in materials, design, specification, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. It will emphasize application of ASTM standards as well as their coordination with building codes, project specifications, and international standards. This will be of value to designers, specifiers, builders, material suppliers, researchers, and forensic engineers alike. Read More

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FMA Conference provides solutions for best safety practices.

March 30, 2010

Scheduled for April 13-14, FMA Safety Conference 2010 will focus on safety issues affecting the 3 P's - People, Profit, and Planet. Collaborative event will include safety presentations by Jeff Jeffery, president and CEO of IRMCO; Terri Roessler, CEO of United Alloy, Inc.; and Paul Seidlitz, registered professional nurse who served as occupational safety consultant for OSHA. Conference will also feature panel discussions, roundtables, and tour of Amada Solution Center. Read More

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Iowa DOT Director testifies on Recovery Act successes.

March 30, 2010

When addressing House panel, Iowa DoT director said states have achieved great success putting to work economic recovery funds and will proceed with additional infrastructure investment if Congress provides money in job creation bill this year. Nancy Richardson, chairwoman of AASHTO's Standing Committee on Finance and Administration, appeared before the House and noted "every state obligated every highway dollar they were eligible to receive" under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read More

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RIA recognizes two firms with Phoenix Awards.

March 30, 2010

Phoenix Award for Innovation in Restoration went to Spotless Carpet Cleaners and Janitorial Services for its work on 26,000 sq ft private residence that suffered a fire from a lightning strike and subsequent water damage when flames were extinguished. Competition also recognized its first international winner when Johns Lyng, based in Melbourne, Australia won Phoenix Award for Innovation in Reconstruction for its work on the Moama Bowling Club, which was also damaged by a fire. Read More

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Airlines Applaud trans-Atlantic liberalization agreement.

March 29, 2010

Air Transport Association of America (ATA) responded to US and European Union signing of Memorandum of Consultation, which will advance further liberalization in trans-Atlantic aviation market. Calling it "a win-win on both sides of the Atlantic," ATA President and CEO James C. May commented that this agreement will produce consumer benefits resulting from commercial and operational freedoms it provides, which drive increased competition and service improvements. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry report for February 2010.

March 29, 2010

Rigid PCB shipments and bookings were up in February 2010 compared to February 2009, year-to-date, and to January 2010. For flexible circuits, shipments and bookings were down compared to February 2009 and year-to-date, but shipments were up and bookings down compared to previous month. Shipments and orders overall increased for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, with book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, which is positive indicator for sales growth over next 2-3 months. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers measurement of construction productivity.

March 29, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee E06.81 on Building Economics, ASTM E2691, Practice for Job Productivity Measurement, can be used to measure construction productivity at task, project, and industry levels. Technique described in ASTM E2691 measures work performed compared to construction put-in-place. Job productivity measurement allows users to determine quality of construction outcome by measuring observed completion of project as accepted by customer. Read More

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John Fletcher named chair of ASTM Paint and Coatings Committee.

March 29, 2010

John Fletcher, technical support manager at Elcometer Ltd. in Manchester, England, has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications. Outside ASTM, Fletcher is a member of Society for Protective Coatings and a fellow of Institute of Corrosion. He holds a higher national certificate degree in electronics from Stockport Technical College and professional diploma/certificate in management from Manchester Polytechnic. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses leakage testing using pressurized gas.

March 29, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee F17.40 on Test Methods, ASTM F2786 provides procedure for safely conducting leakage tests of polyethylene pressure piping systems with compressed gaseous testing media. Scope restricts use of practice ASTM F2786 to PE pressure piping systems that cannot be filled with liquid or cannot tolerate traces of liquids, and excludes use with certain gas piping where specific testing specifications exist in codes or regulations. Read More

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2010 BIO Convention to feature international programming.

March 29, 2010

BIO announced that May 5th has been named International Day and will include programming track on Global Biotechnology Issues. International Case Studies will be presented throughout the week on topics such as breakthroughs in molecular diagnostics, biomarkers, dementia and Alzheimer's, and translational R/D. Presentations and breakout sessions will focus on research and development, partnership opportunities, and new business models required to meet global health challenges. Read More