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SIIA announces finalists for 2010 CODiE Awards.

February 26, 2010

SIIA announces finalists for CODiE Awards in software products and services categories. One hundred products from 82 companies were selected as finalists from more than 458 nominations submitted by 250 companies. Nominated products underwent intensive review by subject matter experts, analysts, and journalists. Now, finalists will be reviewed by members of SIIA, who will vote on winners for 31 categories. Salesforce.com has 6 nominations reaching final stage, the most for one company this year. Read More

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RAPID 2010 Event to focus on rapid prototyping, 3D scanning.

February 26, 2010

Organized by SME, RAPID 2010 will bring manufacturing professionals, designers, and artists together in Anaheim, CA from May 18-20 to view, explore, and discuss innovations in 3D scanning and rapid prototyping technology. Exhibits, keynotes, and presentations will illustrate applications in various industries. Interactive session, Design Considerations for Additive Manufacturing, will cover real-world applications in additive manufacturing reviewed and discussed by panel of experts. Read More

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ATA reports rises in passenger revenue/cargo traffic.

February 26, 2010

ATA reports passenger revenue rose 1.4% in January, 2010, compared to January, 2009, while about 0.4% fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines and average price to fly 1 mile rose 0.6%. On trans-Atlantic routes, passenger revenue rose 3.4%. Cargo traffic rose 17% year-over-year in December 2009, driven by international trade, while during all of 2009, it declined 11%. Rises in passenger revenue and cargo volumes could be signs of recovery, said ATA's James C. May. Read More

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IPC reports 1 out of 3 EMS companies plan expansion in 2010.

February 26, 2010

Companies participating in EMS Statistical Program Report for December 2009 say they will very likely or definitely add assembly capacity in 2010. Also, 35% of respondents anticipate need to buy new inspection equipment, while 20% are likely to buy pick-and-place equipment or ovens. Data on purchase expectations for equipment categories are broken down by EMS company size and sub-region in North America. Findings were also published in Assembly Equipment Statistical Program Report for Q4 2009. Read More

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Nominations Sought for biotechnology innovation award.

February 26, 2010

BIO announced it is accepting nominations for 2010 George Washington Carver Award, which will be presented at 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing held June 27-30, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Nominees must be living individuals who have demonstrated significant and innovative accomplishments employing industrial biotechnology to advance a biobased economy and industrial sustainability. Nominations are being accepted online, and deadline is April 12, 2010. Read More

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Biotech Crops are top choice for world's farmers.

February 26, 2010

According to report released by International Service for Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, growers worldwide continue to choose genetically engineered crops because of their contribution to agricultural productivity and sustainable farming. Titled "The Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2009," report says 14 million farmers in 25 countries are using agricultural biotechnology today, 90% of which are resource-poor farmers in developing countries. Read More

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Jerry Thrift of Ryder System named as TMC general chairman.

February 25, 2010

Jerry Thrift was named Technology and Maintenance Council's 2010-2011 general chairman and treasurer during TMC's 2010 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. Thrift served in several other TMC leadership positions and has been moderator and presenter for various TMC technical sessions. He intends to focus on strength of TMC's Recommended Practices by increasing awareness of industry best practices and through selecting practices that can be grouped into collections. Read More

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Senate Jobs Bill doesn't go far enough to create jobs.

February 24, 2010

NAM president's statement, made after cloture vote on Majority Leader Harry Reid's jobs bill, noted that manufacturers "believe any legislation with a goal of creating jobs must have long-term incentives that encourage businesses to invest and create jobs." He went on to say manufacturers "support efforts to extend the current Surface Transportation Authorization for one year if this leads to a permanent six-year bill." Support was also expressed for extending Build American Bonds program. Read More

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Senate Briefing to focus on fuel cell electric vehicles.

February 24, 2010

Scheduled for March 5, Congressional Briefing will explore relative costs and technical challenges facing energy supplies for light-duty zero emission vehicles, and look towards their extensive deployment as cost-effective solutions evolve. Topics will include Benefits, Costs, and Infrastructure - Solving the Challenges; Synchronizing Rollout of Vehicles and Infrastructure - the German Agreements; Transforming the U.S. Transportation Sector; and Progress in Hydrogen Fueling. Read More

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Accessibility Standards Papers sought for competition.

February 24, 2010

Papers addressing theme of Standards for Accessibility are due by July 23 for 2010 World Standards Day Paper Competition. Members of standardization community are invited to submit papers that use specific examples to show ways in which standards and conformity assessment programs are used to promote accessibility in any form for persons with special needs. Winners will be announced and given their awards during a banquet at celebration held on September 23 in Washington, D.C. Read More

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ANSI announces standardization course schedule for 2010.

February 24, 2010

Scheduled for March 31 and Oct 5, Course 287 will cover practical application of American National Standard development process and procedures, and the value of ANSI accreditation. Course 205, scheduled for June 3 and Oct 7, will help stakeholders obtain insights and advice on every aspect of successful ISO committee management. Course 208, to be held June 4 and Oct 6, will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. technical advisory groups to ISO. Read More

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Manufacturing Sector challenges EPA on Endangerment Finding.

February 24, 2010

NAM and other business groups filed petition in federal appeals court challenging U.S. EPA's decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions on stationary sources through the Clean Air Act. According to EPA, "Endangerment Finding" and subsequent regulations will trigger new permitting requirements on more than 6 million stationary sources. If EPA begins regulating stationary sources, it will open the door for them to regulate everything from industrial facilities to farms. Read More

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Reinforcing Bar Standard has higher yield strength added.

February 24, 2010

ASTM International Subcommittee A01.05 on Steel Reinforcement revised ASTM A706/A706M, Specification for Low-Alloy Steel Deformed and Plain Bars for Concrete Reinforcement, by adding higher yield strength level: Grade 80 [550. As grade relates to minimum yield strength in units of kps/in.² (megapascals), Grade 80 [550 implies min yield strength of 80 ksi (80,000 psi) or 550 MPa. Use of higher strength reinforcing bars reduce reinforcement congestion in earthquake-resistant structures. Read More

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SME promotes manufacturing education in high schools.

February 24, 2010

SME Education Foundation introduced Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) courses at 400 Manufacturing Education Centers in U.S., including schools in Lee's Summit, MO, and Charlotte, N.C. Course, upgraded by Project Lead The Way, enhances computer modeling skills by applying principles of robotics/automation to creation of 3D design models. Bart A. Aslin launched initiative at Summit Technology Academy reception, on February 16, which included tour of new lab and preview of curriculum. Read More

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Daniel J. Gaspar named chairman surface analysis committee.

February 24, 2010

A member of ASTM International since 2001, Daniel J. Gaspar, Ph.D. works on several E42 subcommittees, including U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 201 on Surface Chemical Analysis. He joined the staff at PNNL as a senior research scientist in 2000 and assumed his current role of technical group manager in 2006. His career has focused on materials development and characterization, especially nano-scaled materials, with a focus on applications in energy and the environment. Read More

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ASTM Awards Dr. Alan Riga with Charles B. Dudley Medal.

February 24, 2010

ASTM International presented 2009 Charles B. Dudley Medal Award to Alan Riga, Ph.D., president and CEO of TechCon Inc. Award honors research that leads to standardization and extends knowledge in field of interest to the Society. It also recognizes contributions to Society publications, and Riga was recognized for his achievements as editor of STP 1326, "Oxidative Behavior of Materials by Thermal Analytical Techniques, 1997" and as co-author of 2 papers published in the book. Read More

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NAM announces new branding and website.

February 24, 2010

Designed to reflect modern manufacturing in America, NAM's new brand and website focus on manufacturing's vital leadership in innovation, job opportunity, technological progress, and economic security. Intuitive website features policy issues, information on how to take action, and quick facts on manufacturing in America, as well as interactive capabilities for sharing and receiving information in real-time. Read More

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PTDA Canadian Conference delivers immediate take-home value.

February 24, 2010

Scheduled for June 3-5, 2010, PTDA Canadian Conference has been retooled to help attendees make more connections, work together efficiently to serve end users, and continue innovating in new economy. Product Showcase will feature table-top exhibits of new products and provide opportunity for channel partners to meet in informal format. Lead by former PTDA President, Don Latham, panel of top executives will discuss opportunities for improving distributor/manufacturer-supplier relationship. Read More

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TIGER Recovery Funds will be used to create more jobs.

February 24, 2010

State transportation agencies received $777 million from US DOT to help fund 22 state-sponsored projects. Agencies from 23 states were awarded 52% of $1.5 billion made available by Congress via American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for TIGER grant program. AASHTO President Larry Brown expressed appreciation that 9 TIGER grants were awarded to states for freight and intermodal improvements. States also received grants for 7 highway, 3 bridge, and 3 transit projects. Read More

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Dr. Mark Robin named chairman of ASTM Committee D26.

February 24, 2010

ASTM International Committee D26 on Halogenated Organic Solvents and Fire Extinguishing Agents has elected Mark L. Robin, Ph.D., senior technical services consultant at DuPont Fluorochemicals, as its new chairman. A member of ASTM International since 1996, Robin has more than 20 years experience in the fire suppression industry and more than 25 years experience in fluorine chemistry, including research of refrigerants, foam blowing agents, and fire suppression agents. Read More