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AWWA-Hosted Webcast addresses distribution system water quality.

December 23, 2009

On January 13 of 2010, Optimizing Distribution System Water Quality Webcast will review opportunities to optimize distribution system operation and maintenance procedures. Attendees will learn to identify operational procedures that can be used to improve water quality, strategies to reduce water age in distribution systems, and practical sanitary procedures that can be used to avoid contamination during emergency pipeline repairs. Read More

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Paper Explores Concerns that will face manufacturers in 2010.

December 22, 2009

"What's that Down the Road? A Head?" by Dr. Chris Kuehl, Economic Analyst of Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International, addresses questions posed by manufacturers concerning 2010. It points out 4 main factors that will affect decision making in 2010: credit and its availability, the emergence of an inflationary spiral that affects commodities such as steel and oil, the timely recovery of demand factors, and impacts of various governmental programs/efforts. Read More

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Call for Papers Issued for AWWA's 2010 water quality conference.

December 22, 2009

AWWA is accepting abstracts for 2010 Water Quality Technology Conference and Exposition (WQTC) until February 16, 2010. Water professionals from around the world are encouraged to submit abstracts for this event, which will take place November 14-18 in Savannah, GA. In addition to biological treatment, climate change, corrosion control, and contaminants, suggested topics include health effects, water treatment in developing countries, disinfection, and energy optimization/sustainability. Read More

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AASHTO commends House approval of jobs bill.

December 22, 2009

House of Representatives approved Jobs for Main Street Act of 2010, which redirects $75 billion from Wall Street to Main Street. This includes $37 billion for transportation projects, $27.5 billion for highway infrastructure projects, and $8.4 billion for public transportation. John Horsley, AASHTO executive director, said passing bill that funds infrastructure projects will continue momentum created by recovery act. Bill is awaiting Senate approval. Read More

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USDA Report addresses biotechnology and climate change.

December 22, 2009

The Effects of Climate Change on U.S. Ecosystems, released at climate talks in Denmark, shows climate change is affecting U.S. agriculture and land/water resources. It is hurting crop production, distribution, and yields directly through changes in temperature and precipitation, and indirectly by increasing pest and weed outbreaks. Sharon Bomer Lauritsen of BIO says biotechnology allows for more seed yield/acre and insect-/disease-resistant plants despite environmental changes. Read More

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ASHRAE announces call for papers for IAQ 2010 conference.

December 22, 2009

Coorganized by CIBSE and ISIAQ, IAQ 2010: Airborne Infection Control - Ventilation, IAQ, & Energy, will take place on November 10-12, 2010, in Malaysia. It will cover role of HVA&R in airborne infectious disease transmission, design and control strategies and technology, pandemic preparedness, and airborne infection control. Peer-reviewed technical papers, workshops, and tutorials will also be featured. Deadline for abstracts is January 15, 2010. Read More

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Kenneth Yarosh elected vice chairman of ASTM board of directors.

December 22, 2009

Kenneth F. Yarosh, global service line manager of Dow Corning Corp in Midland, MI, was elected vice chairman of ASTM International's board of directors for 2010-2011. While tasked with helping to shape policy direction, Yarosh has already provided key industry expertise to construction industry via his 24 years with Dow Corning Corp. He is also serves on various other ASTM committees, participates in studies, and acts as global liaison between sealants industry and Committee C24. Read More

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ASTM is developing 3 flat conductor standards.

December 22, 2009

ASTM is developing WK25222, Specification for Silver-Coated Braid and Ribbon Flat Copper Wire Intended for Use in Electronic Application, and WK25223, Specification for Nickel-Coated Braid and Ribbon Flat Copper Wire Intended for Use in Electronic Application. It is also working on WK25601, Specification for Tin-Coated Braid and Ribbon Flat Copper Wire Intended for Use in Electronic Application. All will address bare conductor requirements and quality test/inspection criteria for each element. Read More

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Theme Announced for 2010 Hydrogen Student Design Contest.

December 22, 2009

Announced by Hydrogen Education Foundation, fifth annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest will center around Designing a Hydrogen Community. Multi-disciplinary teams of university-level students will be challenged to develop and design hydrogen applications for real-world use. Showcasing talents in engineering, architecture, marketing, and entrepreneurship, participants are challenged to plan and design basic elements - production and use - of hydrogen community in Southern CA. Read More

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November PPI Report reflects rise in material prices.

December 22, 2009

Producer price index (PPI) report by U.S. Labor Department shows that price of construction materials/supplies rose 0.6% in November, though it is 2.3% below levels from one year ago. According to Anirban Basu, PPI for construction industries has come to reflect growing economic recovery. Stakeholders hoped materials prices would continue to decline, and rising prices could delay non-residential construction segment's recovery, Basu added. Read More

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AIIM Report finds 51% of scanned documents are already digital.

December 22, 2009

Based on 850 responses, Document Scanning and Capture: local, central, outsource - what's working best?, average of 51% of paper documents scanned by user organizations have been output directly from a computer application with no further additions. It also found that 25% of scanned documents are photocopied, and that only 31% are destroyed, after scanning. Report indicates move back to centralized scanning operations along with greater investment in data and document capture/recognition software. Read More

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Administrative Report will help strenghten manufacturing sector.

December 22, 2009

AMT recognized Obama Administration's "Manufacturing Framework for Revitalizing American Manufacturing" as important step in strengthening US manufacturing sector. Douglas K. Woods, AMT President, also said it is important to recognize challenges faced by manufacturers trying to effectively compete in global marketplace. AMT also supports proposals to expand advanced energy manufacturing tax credit, reform outdated export control policy, and add to ranks of manufacturing work force. Read More

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ASTM publishes steel/welded wire reinforcement standard.

December 22, 2009

Standard A1064/A1064M, Specification for Steel Wire and Welded Wire Reinforcement, Plain and Deformed, for Concrete, has been published by ASTM Committee A01. Under jurisdiction of Subcommittee A01.05, it is intended for applications from reinforcement for concrete pipe and various other concrete drainage products to slabs on ground, bridges, walls, and high-rise buildings. Standard combines information previously part of standards A82/A82M, A185/A185M, A497/A497M, and A496/A496M. Read More

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ASTM proposes standard for recirculating hood systems.

December 22, 2009

Proposed standard WK25126, Specification for Recirculating Hood System for Cooking Appliances, is being developed by ASTM Subcommittee F26.07 on Commercial Kitchen Ventilation. Users will include U.S. Department of Defense, architects, mechanical engineers, and food service consultants who design commercial kitchens. It was inspired by Department of Defense representatives' requests for standard for consistent design/performance of ventilation equipment in military commissaries. Read More

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IMTS to open with Industry Inspiration Day.

December 22, 2009

On September 13, 2010, IMTS management will host Industry Inspiration Day for kick-off of IMTS Industry & Technology Conference in Chicago. Opening day will include keynote luncheon program, with speakers from key industrial markets, as well as round-table panel discussion. To take place from September 14-17, 2010, conference program will feature materials engineering, machining technology/trends, alternative manufacturing processes, metrology, plant processes, and rapid prototyping tracks. Read More

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AFS to hold 23rd Annual Technical Conference.

December 21, 2009

Scheduled for March 22-25, 2010, 23rd Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition will be co-located with 2010 AIChE Spring National Meeting in San Antonio. Vision of conference is to discuss challenges and opportunities in liquid and gas separations, to address energy and environmental issues, and to prepare for growth in the area of biotechnology. Event will also cover topics such as filter media, product evaluation and monitoring, requirements for applications, and safety and health aspects. Read More

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White Paper reviews facts of photoluminescent exit signs.

December 21, 2009

Produced by NEMA's Emergency Lighting Section, LSD 46-2009 Photoluminescent Exit Signage-Factual Review describes concerns regarding marketing and application recommendations common to photoluminescent exit signage in US/Canada. It seeks to edify potential users about drawbacks and realities of installing, retrofitting with, and relying upon this type of emergency equipment. Specifically, paper reviews potentially erroneous claims for signage, safety/test methods, and energy consumption. Read More

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PMA and Tennessee Schools to offer educational webinar.

December 21, 2009

PMA and SME will coordinate with schools in Tennessee to host free 75 min webinar on forming high-strength steels on January 19, 2010, at 12:00 pm EST, and January 21, 2010, at 6:00 pm EST. Peter Ulintz will be the speaker, with topics such as metallurgical properties of high-strength steels, applications for high-strength steels, and tooling/machining requirements to be covered. Participants can log in from remote locations or attend in person at a host location. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO(TM) recognized by U.S. Department of Commerce.

December 21, 2009

Chosen by vote of U.S. embassies, consulates, and commercial centers worldwide, IPC APEX EXPO is one of few U.S. trade shows that will participate in U.S. Department of Commerce's International Buyer Program (IBP) for 2010. Country and industry experts from U.S. Commercial Service will be on-site at event. Also, as part of IBP, there will be increased global promotion of trade show, and Export Interest Guide will be provided to all international attendees. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption falls 65.9% in 2009.

December 21, 2009

According to October USMTC report, compiled by AMT and AMTDA, manufacturing technology consumption is down 65.9% in 2009, down 2.8% from September, and down 49.0% from October 2008. October's slight decrease from September's booking is typical of past years and favorably off less than in previous years, according to Douglas K. Woods. Major indicators are still pointing to turnaround in business. Consumption is also reported on regional basis for 5 geographic areas in U.S. Read More