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Automotive Composites Conference dates and theme are announced.

February 10, 2010

Taking place in Troy, MI from September 15-16, Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) will feature theme of Composites: Shaping New Vehicles. It provides environment dedicated to discussing and networking concerning advances in automotive composites industry. Those interested in speaking at this event should submit abstracts by March 26, and full papers or presentations are due May 28. ACCE typically draws 400+ speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees. Read More

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BACnet adds language options for computers and humans.

February 10, 2010

At ASHRAE's 2010 Winter Conference, BACnet committee celebrated approval for final publication of 8 addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135, A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. Addenda include specification for standard way of representing data in XML that will give BACnet new capabilities for communications between wide range of applications. BACnet also supports UTF-8 encoding as well as Value objects to represent different data types in uniform way. Read More

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SME Annual Conference to focus on innovation/leadership.

February 10, 2010

SME's Annual Conference: Bridging the Gaps, will be held in Nashville June 6-8, 2010. It will feature leadership track with sessions on fostering innovative culture, as well as innovation track that will highlight 'Innovations that Could Change the Way You Manufacture,' which showcases new/emerging technologies. Hosted by SME Nashville Chapter 43, conference will include tour of Gibson USA Custom, Art, and Historic Division as well as Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read More

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PMA/CUMA open registration for annual meeting and seminar.

February 10, 2010

Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (PMA)/CUMA will hold 2010 Annual Meeting and processing techniques seminars at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV from May 9-11, 2010. Sessions will include technical paper presentations, panel of PMA and CUMA members on cost saving measures and plant efficiencies, information from OSHA and PMA Regulatory Affairs Division, annual meetings of both organizations, and two keynote presenters. Read More

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Co-Located Shows show strong advance registration numbers.

February 10, 2010

Scheduled for Feb 15-18, co-located AGG1 Aggregates Forum and Expo and World of Asphalt Show and Conference will be the gathering place for aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety professionals. Advance registration is tracking ahead of 2009 events and exhibit space tops last year's final total. On show floor, attendees will have more new products and technologies to check out, with 340-plus exhibitors taking nearly 87,000 net ft² of exhibit space. Read More

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Robot Orders fall 25% in 2009 but show positive signs.

February 10, 2010

According to statistics from RIA, total of 9,451 robots valued at $569.2 million were ordered by North American manufacturing companies in 2009. Unit figures were down 25% and dollars declined 36% when compared to 2008 results. In fourth quarter, decline came to near stop as units were flat with same period in 2008 and dollars were down just 5%. Despite overall declines, life sciences/pharmaceutical/biomedical orders rose 43% in units while food and consumer goods orders rose 7%. Read More

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National Safety Council announces 2010 CEOs who "Get It".

February 10, 2010

National Safety Council announced its 2010 CEOs Who "Get It," the council's annual recognition of business leaders who demonstrate world-class safety at all levels of their organizations. Through active involvement to enhance well-being of their employees, these CEOs extend safety from workplaces into their employees' homes and communities. Those chosen include Roger Jinks, Robert E. McGough, Jim McNerney, Daniel Nobbe, Keith Nosbusch, William H. Swanson, Ron Vetter, and Thomas Zarges. Read More

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Aerial Work Platform Document promotes safe use of equipment.

February 10, 2010

ARA, AEM, AED, IPAF, and SIA have joined forces to develop educational document that clarifies what is required for general training and model-specific familiarization of aerial work platform equipment. Document will educate industry on industry-recognized-and-supported standards, present best practices and minimum general training guidelines for AWP operators, emphasize differences between general training and familiarization, and clarify minimum qualifications of trainer. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers sustainable use of recycled asphalt pavement.

February 10, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee D18.14 on Geotechnics of Sustainable Construction, proposed standard ASTM WK26824 is an important step in guiding federal, state, and local highway agencies, contractors, material suppliers, and consultants on sustainable use of recycled asphalt pavement. According to Haifang Wen, Ph.D., use of recycled materials reduces need for virgin materials and disposal of existing materials and can protect the environment, reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

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Broadband Forum launches first ever certification program.

February 10, 2010

To advance goal of faster and more cost-effective service rollouts, Broadband Forum is launching Broadband Forum Certification Program, designed to verify adherence to critical IP/MPLS, broadband, and digital home/business specifications. Program provides assurance that different vendor products conform to Broadband Forum's globally recognized and adopted technology standards, offers single industry-approved test and certification process, and expedites multi-vendor interoperability. Read More

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Tire Rim Slip Performance Test Standard approved by ASTM.

February 10, 2010

ASTM F2803, Test Method for Evaluating Rim Slip Performance of Tires and Wheels, was developed by Subcommittee F09.20 on Vehicular Testing. Useful to tire and wheel manufacturers, this standard will aid in determining what effect different tire designs, wheel designs, or inflation pressures have on amount of rim slip experienced. Standard is based on rim slip performance test for tires that had been done at Nevada Automotive Test Center for over 20 years. Read More

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SME Honors Loyal Members with 2010 Award of Merit.

February 9, 2010

SME's 2010 Award of Merit honored 5 members who made valuable contributions to SME's professional activities and growth. Recipients included Raju Dandu, PhD of Kansas State University; Corning Inc.'s engineering project portfolio manager Vincent Wyatt Howell, Sr.; and Mark Michalski, Director of Operations for MKS Instruments. Mechanical engineer Randall T. Raikes in Waukesha, WI and Phillip S. Waldrop, PhD, professor at Georgia Southern University, were also honored. Read More

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AIA Representative testifies before House on STEM education.

February 9, 2010

Testifying on behalf of AIA, Rick Stephens, Senior VP of Human Resources and Administration at The Boeing Company, outlined proposals for Congress to strengthen education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. Among these are expanding retention programs for undergrads, addressing shortage of qualified primary and secondary teachers in STEM disciplines, and motivating pursuit of STEM careers through support of programs that provide hands-on experience. Read More

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ASTM proposes plastic piping traceability standard.

February 9, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK23107, Specification for Tracking and Traceability Requirements for Gas Distribution Systems, will help gas utility companies identify underground assets such as different types of pipe, fittings, and components. Standard will provide guideline for use of 14-digit identifier that can be placed on product via printing, bar code, or RFID as means to identify location of respective assets and provide knowledge of their pedigree. Read More

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BIO supports government commitment to develop biofuels.

February 9, 2010

Government biofuels initiative will help companies secure investment for biofuel production facilities and rapidly implement final Renewable Fuel Standard rules to boost biofuel market. Recent BIO report showed that biofuels industry advancement could produce hundreds of thousands of jobs and contribute to over $140 billion in economic growth by 2030. Biofuel production will help mitigate reliance on imported petroleum and reduce carbon emissions associated with climate change. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers use of preblended dry mortar.

February 9, 2010

ASTM C1714/C1714M, Specification for Preblended Dry Mortar Mix for Unit Masonry, is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee C12.03 on Specifications for Mortars. Standard's components address traceability of mortar mix ingredients, ingredient blending consistency, testing frequency, allowance of additives based on performance, and dryness of ingredients. It also provides guidance on use of admixtures specific to preblended dry mortar and not included in ASTM C270 or ASTM C1384. Read More

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BSA 2010 Annual Convention to focus on recovery.

February 9, 2010

Scheduled for May 1-4, BSA 2010 Annual Convention has adopted theme "A Look Back to Step Ahead" to recognize and build on BSA's 44 years of industry leadership as it looks ahead to new opportunities in recovering economy. Event will include panel of industry veterans that will share their expertise based on past challenges and their answers to questions developed by BSA leaders. Audience will be encouraged to respond to these questions via individual electronic devices which allow anonymity. Read More

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AASHTO urges Senate to act on highway, transit extension.

February 9, 2010

As Senate negotiates on passage of jobs bill, AASHTO Executive Director, John Horsley joined with 4 other organizations to urge lawmakers to move forward on immediate and long-term extension of highway and transit authorization, as well as additional recovery funding to maintain momentum achieved in job creation through recovery act. Letter says extension will maximize job creation by allowing certainty for state DOTs, contractors, and their workers to plan for full season of work. Read More

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Forum and Committee Leadership for 2010 announced by ANSI.

February 9, 2010

Leadership for ANSI member forums, policy committees, and program oversight committees have been announced for 2010. Policy-setting committees and councils provide strategic direction for defined program areas, while each ANSI Program Oversight or Standing Committee is responsible for operational aspects of particular ANSI program/service and reports to one of Institute Policy Committees. Supplementing committees, ANSI Member Forums represent voice of respective membership segments. Read More

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FAA seeks public comment on pilot certification.

February 9, 2010

As part of FAA's Call to Action to enhance airline safety following last year's Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, NY, FAA asked for recommendations to improve pilot qualification and training requirements. FAA is pursuing both rule changes and voluntary safety enhancements. One proposed rule, which will enhance airline pilot training programs, received more than 3,000 pages of public comments. Public will have 60 days to comment on basic pilot certification in 4 key areas. Read More