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ASTM Committee supports radiation processing industry.

July 3, 2012

ASTM Subcommittee E10.01 on Radiation Processing: Dosimetry and Applications has been reorganized as ASTM Committee E61 on Radiation Processing. New main committee will revise and maintain existing Subcommittee E10.01 standards as well as develop new standards that cover entire irradiation process, from dosimetry selection to analysis of routine processing results. Committee E61 will continue to sponsor Workshops on Dosimetry for Radiation Processing. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes federal transportation funding compromise.

July 3, 2012

NEMA welcomed bipartisan approval by House and Senate of legislation to consolidate and reauthorize federal highway and transit programs. Package includes support for developing and deploying technology solutions to increase efficiency of U.S. roadways and make them safer and less congested. NEMA worked to include beneficial provisions in this new law, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which sets funding levels and requirements through September 2014. Read More

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ASTM approves seamless nickel alloy pipe and tube standard.

July 3, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee B02.07 on Refined Nickel and Cobalt and Their Alloys, ASTM B983, Specification for Precipitation Hardened or Cold Worked, Seamless Nickel Alloy Pipe and Tube will be used to define strength and corrosion resistance of covered alloys. ASTM B983 outlines chemical composition ranges and heat treatment parameters that users will need to obtain minimum mechanical properties listed in standard. Three primary alloys covered include UNS N07022, UNS N07725, and UNS N07740. Read More

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Eighteen U.S. Teachers receive Presidential Innovation Award.

July 2, 2012

White House Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with U.S. EPA, has announced winners of 2011-2012 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. Eighteen teachers are being recognized for exceptional work as leaders in field of environmental education in formal school settings. Award recipients and their local education agencies will receive monetary awards and commemorative plaques to help support and encourage use of environmental education in classrooms and schools. Read More

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Cell Phone Policy can protect Gases and Welding Distributors.

July 2, 2012

In light of final rule from U.S. DOT prohibiting drivers of commercial motor vehicles from using handheld cell phones while operating their vehicles, gases and welding distributorships should review their cell phone use policies for all employees and vehicles. GAWDA's Government Affairs and Human Resources Legal Consultant Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq., breaks down latest ruling in "Review Your Cell Phone Policy," which appears in Welding and Gases Today. Read More

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Powder Metal Technology gaining interest in titanium industry.

July 2, 2012

Several companies are exploring how powdered metal techniques might be used as lower-cost alternative to produce titanium, and if such pilot programs are demonstrated to be commercially viable, they could open up wider spectrum of commercial/industrial applications for titanium. Responding to this interest, TITANIUM 2012 conference and exhibition will feature general session speaker panels on titanium powder production and manufacturing parts from titanium powder. Read More

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Jack Touseull Earns Award of Merit for soil/rock efforts.

July 2, 2012

ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock presented Award of Merit to Jack Touseull, geological engineer at U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. ASTM member since 1988, Touseull works on multiple D18 subcommittees and serves as member-at-large on executive subcommittee (D18.90) and as chairman of Subcommittee D18.91 on Standards Development and Review. In addition to other ASTM committees, Touseull is member of various associations, societies, and organizations. Read More

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Petroleum Standard identifies mid-level ethanol fuel protocols.

July 2, 2012

ASTM D7794, Practice for Blending Mid-Level Ethanol Fuel Blends for Flexible-Fuel Vehicles with Automotive Spark-Ignition Engines, is first to identify protocols necessary to blend mid-level ethanol fuels at terminal and retail level that equal fuel quality and performance expected from fuels meeting other ASTM fuel specifications. Topics covered include selecting proper fuel components, formula use for various concentrations, QA program development, and handling information. Read More