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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

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SME Video demonstrates high school engineering initiative.

February 24, 2010

SME Education Foundation celebrated National Engineers Week, February 15-21, by distributing video titled "Innovate: All Systems Go." Presented in MTV-style format, video features students from high school in New Britain, CT, who build solar car and visit Johnson Space Center where NASA team answers their questions and explains why they love what they do. Solar car is on display near high school football field and students can answer questions and serve as mentors to peers and community members. Read More

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Olympic Luger's Story will inspire material handlers.

February 24, 2010

MHEDA Edge's February issue, dubbed "The Olympic Issue," features Olympic-themed articles geared towards young professionals in material handling industry. Motivational speaker and Olympic luger Ruben Gonzalez contributes "There's No Such Thing As Luck," an article that recounts his rise to become the first athlete to participate in Olympic Games in 4 different decades. At the age of 47, Gonzalez is proof that, with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. Read More

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ASTM to hold workshop on predicting fatigue cracks.

February 24, 2010

ASTM International's Workshop on Fracture Mechanics-Based Life Prediction for Fatigue Cracks will be held May 19, 2010, in St. Louis, MO. It will provide forum for advancing understanding of fracture mechanics-based life predictions for fatigue cracks under load. Emphasis will be on developing ASTM guideline for software validation of analyses of surface cracks in monotonic or cyclic loading. Online registration opens 8 weeks before workshop and closes May 12, 2010. Read More

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John Horsley urges action on highway and transit program extension.

February 24, 2010

John Horsley urged Congress to extend federal highway and transit programs, which otherwise expire February 28, in order to save hundreds of thousands of jobs and maintain funding for transportation projects. House bill, Jobs for Main Street, and pending Senate jobs bill would extend federal funding while Congress works on multi-year authorization, provide $19.5 billion to ensure adequate funding to continue programs, and repair baseline to at least maintain last year's funding levels. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standards address efficacy testing of surface materials.

February 24, 2010

Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents is working on 3 proposed new standards that will allow companies and products to be evaluated for potential registration with EPA as antimicrobial products. They include WK25874 Test Method for Efficacy of Treated Surfaces as Sanitizers; WK25875 Test Method for Determination of the Residual Self-Sanitizing Activity of Treated Surfaces; and WK25876 Test Method for Determination of the Continuous Reduction of Microbials Contamination by Treated Surfaces. Read More

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Event for Congressional Staff focuses on Next-Gen batteries.

February 24, 2010

ANSI announces it has teamed with National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to co-host an upcoming event for Congressional staff on innovations, standards, and conformity assessment activities that support next-generation battery technology. To be held March 1, event will feature expert speakers from Johnson Controls, Nissan, NASA, and Argonne National Laboratory. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and SAE International are also serving as event co-sponsors. Read More

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AASHTO Joins US Sen Boxer in support of new Jobs Bill.

February 24, 2010

Senate bill to extend funding for existing highway and transit programs through December 31 drew support from John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO. This bill, Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE), would also transfer $20 billion from General Fund to Highway Trust Fund to keep both Highway and Transit Accounts solvent. Horsley said it "would restore the baseline for the transportation program from $30 billion to $42 billion and restore certainty to states." Read More

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Gases and Welding Wiki supplies daily welding industry news.

February 24, 2010

Located online at www.gawdawiki.org, GAWDAwiki headlines offer daily news resource for people in gases and welding industry. They complement wiki, which provides terms and concepts relating to gases and welding. Industry-specific words used in each news story link back to definitions on wiki itself, and comments section lets readers offer their opinions regarding each new development in industry. Each day, 3 gases and welding-related news items are posted on the site. Read More