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GM Retiree Dave Reed named as Lifetime Achievement winner.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
July 6, 2011 Automotive Division of SPEŽ has named David B. Reed P.E. as eleventh recipient of Lifetime Achievement award, which recognizes technical achievements of automotive executives whose work has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on vehicles. Reed was selected for his leading role on many of GM's composite-bodied vehicles as well as numerous plastics innovations. He will be honored at 41st annual SPE Automotive Innovations Awards Gala on November 9 in Livonia, MI.
SmartWay Drayage Program aims to clean up air around port cities.
Environmental Defense Fund    New York, NY 10010
July 6, 2011 Coalition for Responsible Transportation, Environmental Defense Fund, and U.S. EPA launched EPA SmartWay Drayage Program, a goods movement initiative to clean up the air in and around ports. Through program, port trucking companies and independent owner-operators sign partnership agreement and commit to track diesel emissions, replace older dirtier trucks with newer cleaner ones, and achieve at least 50% reduction in particulate matter and 25% reduction in NOx.
Optical Tools produce ultra-low-noise microwave signals.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 6, 2011 By combining laser technologies, NIST physicists generated microwave signals more pure and stable than those from conventional electronic sources. Apparatus consists of new application of optical frequency combs, tools based on ultrafast lasers for precisely measuring optical frequencies (colors) of light, and could improve signal stability and resolution in radar, communications and navigation systems, as well as atomic clocks.
Registration is Open for MESA 2011 North American Conference.
MESA International    Chandler, AZ 85226
July 6, 2011 Registration is open for MESA International 2011 North American Conference, which will take place in Orlando, FL from September 19-21 and feature "Cloudy with a Chance for Profits" theme. This meeting of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders, and solution providers provides attendees with forum to network and discuss real-world experiences and challenges in achieving real-time operational excellence. Author and consultant Michael McMillan is scheduled to be keynote speaker.
SABIC General Manager to deliver sustainability plenary address.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
July 6, 2011 Scheduled for Nov 14-15, SPE EUROTEC(TM) 2011 conference will include plenary address by Frank Kuijpers, GM of global technology for SABIC. Titled "Future Polymer Developments Driven by Global Sustainability Solutions," presentation will focus on importance of polymer producers taking responsibility for driving sustainability solutions in resin development. This requires improving footprint of current polymers and focusing on potential for society to utilize polymers in sustainable solutions.
Electric Vehicles Standards Panel begins work on strategic roadmap.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 5, 2011 ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) gathered in Detroit on June 20 and 21 to lay groundwork for strategic roadmap aimed at defining standards and conformance programs needed to enable widespread acceptance and deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in U.S. At June meeting, EVSP participants took steps to organize 8 working groups that have been formed to carry out identification of key standardization issues of concern.
ASTM Search and Rescue Committee developing rope rescue standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 5, 2011 Providing training at intermediate level of rope rescue, ASTM WK33839, once approved, will give rescue teams skills needed to support rope rescue operation in terrain with high exposure and hazard potential, including high angle environments. Those trained to ASTM WK33840 standard, once it's approved, will have skills to support rope rescue operations in difficult terrain, and will also have adequate field skills and knowledge to make critical decisions and to direct the operation.
ASTM Paint Committee Develops standard for water beading.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 5, 2011 Currently in development, ASTM WK32143, Test Method for Visual Assessment of Water Beading on Horizontal Coatings, will provide formulators with practical means for evaluating water beading capability of coatings. Repeating test described in ASTM WK32143 after coated specimens have been put through intervals of aging or weathering will demonstrate persistence of coating's ability to bead water. Coating formulators will be primary users this standard.
Business Marketing Association honors IMTS with Tower Award.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
July 5, 2011 International Manufacturing Technology Show received BMA Gold Tower Award for its IMTS 2010 trade show marketing program. Award recognizes excellence in strategy, creativity, and results for B2B marketing programs. As cornerstone of program, IMTS marketing team showed real IMTS attendees talking about how they use IMTS to make their businesses more successful. Success stories were deployed through print and electronic advertising, IMTS website, public relations, and exhibit halls.
Longest Serving State DOT Chief discusses agency's future.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
July 5, 2011 Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Dan Flowers, who began his career with AHTD in 1968 and helped set his state's transportation priorities for over 40 years, announced his retirement in June. In new Two-Minute State DOT Update video, Flowers discusses AHTD's critical infrastructure needs as well as important role the public must play to keep Interstate Highway System in a good state of repair.
AIA calls for continued aerospace investment.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
July 5, 2011 Former FAA Administrator and current AIA President and CEO, Marion C. Blakey, called for accelerated implementation of FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System and increased U.S. investment in research and development to avoid losing leadership in aerospace and defense. AIA is launching federal budget education campaign called "Second to None" to ensure that Congress and other officials understand that the industry is a perishable national asset.
AAMA Cycling Specification addresses side-hinged exterior doors.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173
July 5, 2011 Revised and re-published, AAMA 920-11 establishes a standard test method and set of performance criteria for side-hinged exterior door systems and their associated hardware under accelerated operating conditions. Specification will provide an indication of the effects that cycling will have on the door and hardware connections, as well as minimum performance criteria for door systems in order to achieve specified performance class and grade.
John Cahn Receives Kyoto Prize for work in materials science.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 1, 2011 John Cahn, emeritus senior fellow and materials scientist at U.S. Commerce Department's NIST, was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology. His contributions to materials science include developing fundamental theory that describes behavior of mixtures of different materials and how they tend to separate at microscale. This theory established entire branch of materials research and is particularly important to rational design of new alloys.
NIST to play role in Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
July 1, 2011 NIST will play important role in Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), which was announced by President Obama. AMP aims to bring together industry, universities, and federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create manufacturing jobs and enhance global competitiveness. NIST programs span all "innovation ecosystem" stages, including research, measurements, technologies, standards, and services that enable development and implementation of advanced technologies.
NAM supports legislation to protect intellectual property and jobs.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 1, 2011 Dorothy Coleman, NAM Vice President for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued statement in support of H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. This legislation ensures a well-funded and properly staffed U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that can process applications in timely manner, allowing manufacturers in U.S. to bring their cutting-edge technological breakthroughs to marketplace first. According to Coleman, the protection of intellectual property is of paramount importance to manufacturers.
State DOTs respond to lean times with technology.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
July 1, 2011 According to AASHTO's John Horsley, many state DOTs are turning to technology and environmentally sensitive solutions to cut fuel consumption, improve efficiency, and save money. For example, Indiana DOT is converting 527 work trucks to run on cleaner-burning domestic propane, while Arizona DOT is testing new solar-powered system to eliminate need to keep vehicles idling while parked near traffic. Kansas and Michigan DOTs are encouraging employees to slow down, avoid idling, and reduce load.
FAA proposes civil penalty against AirTran Airways.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
July 1, 2011 FAA is proposing a $250,000 civil penalty against AirTran Airways for allegedly operating a Boeing 737 on 4 passenger flights when it was not in compliance with FAA regulations. According to FAA, AirTran did not properly repair or test an angle-of-attack sensor on the aircraft after it was struck by lightning during flight on March 20, 2009. FAA also alleges airline misused Minimum Equipment List when it decided to defer repair and continued to operate aircraft.
NREL's Research Support Facility certified LEED Platinum.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
July 1, 2011 NREL's Research Support Facility has been certified LEEDŽ Platinum for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. At 222,000 sq-ft, RSF is a model for sustainable, high performance building design that leverages the best in energy efficiency and environmental performance in a large-scale commercial office building. It has achieved all 59 targeted LEED points, including those for site selection, energy, materials and resources, and innovation.
Business Conditions lose steam in June but outlook is solid.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 1, 2011 NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions slipped to 45.5 in June, dropping below the 50-point growth threshold for the first time since Oct 2010. The index had climbed as high as 69.6 as recently as February 2011, prior to sharp run-up in oil prices and Japan's earthquake and tsunami. EBCI for future North American conditions topped 50-point mark for 28th consecutive month in June, measuring 63.6 for the month, down from 81.8 in May.
ASTM Standard aids testing of corrosion-resistant fasteners.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 1, 2011 Developed by Subcommittee G01.14 on Corrosion of Metals in Construction Materials, ASTM G198 will provide method of testing corrosion-resistant fasteners and their performance in contact with treated wood. According to Thomas Langill, chairman of G01.14, test method will give a relatively quick comparison of corrosion protection systems on driven fasteners in the microenvironment of treated wood and the potential corrosive chemicals that are used to protect wood materials.

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