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TRFA Meeting welcomes record number of attendees.
Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA)    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
October 7, 2011 When TRFA met Sept 11-13, it welcomed 144 attendees to its annual meeting, along with 19 Table Top Showcase exhibitors and 14 technical paper presentations. TRFA also presented its Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award to Rongpeng Wang, a doctoral student in chemistry, for his paper, "Epoxidized Glycidyl Ester of Soybean Oil as Reactive Diluent for Epoxy Resin." Event participants also enjoyed networking opportunities throughout the schedule.
Lasers for Manufacturing Event highlighted industrial laser safety.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
October 7, 2011 Auto-industry labor agreement stipulating increased laser-safety training for employees underscored timeliness of LIA's safety program at inaugural Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME). LIA Education Director Gus Anibarro taught 100+ LME attendees about hazards of certain lasers and proper methods for avoiding worker injuries. Such training is becoming increasingly important as major industries are increasingly incorporating lasers in manufacturing applications.
SAE and ASM agree to strategic publishing partnership.
Society Of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE)    Warrendale, PA 15096
October 7, 2011 SAE International and American Welding Society have agreed to partnership that will enable SAE to sell both print and electronic versions of selected AWS books in their entirety and as individual chapters. Agreement is part of SAE International's Content Partnership Program, which seeks to expand its publishing program by partnering with book publishers, industry experts, multimedia producers, and variety of other technical knowledge providers.
IPC's Hand Soldering Competition names winner.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
October 7, 2011 During IPC hand soldering competition, 22 participants were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within a half hour. Each was awarded points based on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies Class 3 criteria, the speed at which assembly was produced, and overall functionality. Earning 97 out of 100 points, Nichole DeVries took home a $500 grand prize from IPC and an MX-5010 workstation, compliments of OK International/Metcal.
Corey L. Haeder receives ASTM Merlin IB Spangler Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 7, 2011 Corey L. Haeder, chief engineer at Cretex Concrete Products West Inc., has received the Merlin G. "IB" Spangler Award from ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe for his outstanding technical contributions to the committee. Haeder joined Cretex Concrete Products West Inc. in 1997 as an office engineer and assumed his current role in 2003. A graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Haeder specializes in buried precast concrete drainage structures and bridges.
Papers invited for ASTM lubricant symposium.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 7, 2011 Scheduled for Dec 9, 2013, Environmentally Considerate Lubricants symposium will provide technical forum for discussions related to current trends and details on current research efforts to advance use of bio-based and other environmentally acceptable lubricants. Papers are invited on fundamentals of bio-based lubricants, test method developments, applications, environment policies and testing problems, novel testing alternatives, and additive technology for bio-based/biodegradable lubricants.
EPA recognizes WaterSense Partners of the Year.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 7, 2011 EPA has recognized 5 organizations and 1 individual as the 2011 WaterSense Partners of the Year. More than 2,200 partners make WaterSense labeled products and new homes more affordable and easy to find, and the 6 Partners of the Year have shown outstanding contributions to water efficiency. They include Cobb County Water System, Delta Faucet Company, The Home Depot, KB Home, and Energy Inspectors Corporation as well as Christopher Curry, who practices water-efficient irrigation design.
Brambert named group publisher for FMA Communications, Inc.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
October 6, 2011 As group publisher, David Brambert will be responsible for the strategic direction of FMA's industrial publications, which include The FABRICATOR, TPJ-the Tube and Pipe Journal, STAMPING Journal, Practical Welding Today, and Green Manufacturer as well as association's e-newsletter, vendor directories, and websites. Brambert has more than 27 years of experience in the publishing industry, 12 of them as either publisher or group publisher.
ASTM Search and Rescue Committee is working on various standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 6, 2011 Proposed standard ASTM WK33934, Guide for Mountain Search and Rescue Member Level I, will fill existing gap in criteria for National Emergency Responder Credentialing System currently being developed by FEMA. Proposed standard ASTM WK34207, Guide for Helicopter Land Operations Search and Rescue Technician, suits those who have SAR training and want to use their skills in helicopter environment as well as helicopter crewmembers who want to expand SAR skills to support missions from air.
ASTM Silica Symposium. invites paper submittals.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 6, 2011 Scheduled for Oct 25-26, 2012, symposium on Silica and Associated Respirable Mineral Particles builds on work presented at first silica symposium held in 2004. It will provide update on sampling and analytical progress towards accurately assessing respirable crystalline silica exposures for compliance with current limit values for worker protection. Papers are requested on any aspects of sampling and analysis of airborne respirable dust generally, or respirable crystalline silica specifically.
Updated System Smoke Detector Guide promotes proper use.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
October 6, 2011 NEMA SB 11-2011 Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors, developed by Signaling Protection and Communication Section, has been published with the B 11 designation and provides technical information on basic fire alarm systems, with focus on early-warning smoke detection devices. Covering smoke detectors connected to control panel, guide has been updated to include technology advancements spanning past 10 years.
Gulf Coast Task Force releases ecosystem restoration strategy.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 6, 2011 Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, chaired by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, released for public review its preliminary strategy for long term ecosystem restoration. Strategy, which will be presented to President Obama at end of review period, recommends stopping loss of wetlands, reducing flow of nutrients into Gulf, and enhancing resiliency among coastal communities. Task Force will also review existing policies, programs, and regulations that are slowing down restoration progress.
Photos prove triple rainbows exist.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
October 6, 2011 Tertiary rainbows, caused by 3 reflections of each light ray within a raindrop, have finally been confirmed, thanks to photographic perseverance and a new meteorological model that provides the scientific underpinnings to find them. In addition to confirmed photo of a tertiary rainbow, optical hunt revealed a shimmering trace of a fourth rainbow. The work is described in a series of papers in a special issue published in the Optical Society's journal, Applied Optics.
FABTECH 2011 Panel will examine industry outlook.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
October 6, 2011 At FABTECH 2011, Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, will lead panel of industry CEOs in discussing current state of manufacturing, its role in economic recovery, and future-shaping trends. Featured speakers from Schuler, TRUMPF, Lincoln Electric, and DuPont Powder Coatings America will examine market expansion, new technology, and threats from international competition. Industry outlook panel speakers will also address shortage of personnel with key manufacturing skills.
Three Facilities earn Energy Star CHP award.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 6, 2011 U.S. EPA recognized 3 facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power award for demonstrating leadership and commitment to protecting peoples' health and the environment. By using CHP technology, award winners achieved estimated annual energy savings of more than $4 million and avoided carbon pollution equivalent to that from nearly 20,000 cars on the road. Winners include Dominion Transmission-Crayne Station of Waynesburg, PA; KPMG LLP of Minneapolis, MN; and University of Cincinnati.
Obama Administration announces $12 million i6 Green investment.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 5, 2011 Obama Administration announced 6 winners of the i6 Green Challenge, an initiative to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in support of a green innovation economy, increased U.S. competitiveness, and new jobs. Projects in Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, New England, and Washington will receive up to $1 million from U.S. Commerce Department's EDA and up to $6 million in additional funding from Departments of Agriculture and Energy, EPA, NSF, NIST, and USPTO.
Researchers Transform iPhone into medical imaging device.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
October 5, 2011 Researchers from University of California, Davis have transformed iPhones into medical-quality imaging and chemical detection devices. With materials that cost about as much as a typical app, enhanced smartphones capabilities can be used to perform detailed microscopy and spectroscopy. Team responsible will present their findings at Optical Society's (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2011, which will take place in San Jose, CA from October 16-20.
Demand Response Workshop offers energy management strategies.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
October 5, 2011 Scheduled for October 27 at Harper College in Palatine, IL, Green Manufacturer Network's "Demand Response Workshop" will teach industry executives how to make company operations more sustainable and profitable. Key discussion topics will include basics of DR, getting started in a DR program, understanding DR contracts, economics of DR and how to apply this knowledge to your facility, and equipment requirements.
AAMA Virtual Library offers electronic technical documents.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173
October 5, 2011 AAMA Virtual Library (AVL), announced on September 26 during AMMA's National Fall Conference, enables members to purchase annual licenses in order to offer electronic versions of AAMA publications to employees. Initially being offered to AAMA Category 1 corporate members, technical consultant, and professional members, agreements are on one-year basis that requires annual renewal. All electronic document licenses will be available online through AAMA's website.
EPA Commits to Support Smart Growth in 125 communities.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 5, 2011 U.S. EPA plans to help estimated 125 local, state, and tribal governments create more housing choices, increase transportation efficiency and reliability, as well as support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses. EPA's commitment, totaling more than $1.5 million, will come through 2 separate programs: Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program (SGIA) and Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.

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