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PMMI launches Mechanical Components Certificate test.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
December 10, 2010 Developed in cooperation with Mid-Atlantic Advisory Council, partner schools, and industry professionals, Introduction to Mechanical Components Certificate test is based on an industry recognized skill standard for packaging-related industrial maintenance and mechatronics. With it, the industry and its educational outlets can measure student and personnel knowledge against nationally recognized standard. Schools can use skills standards to develop curriculum that meets needs of industry.
Blue Ribbon at PAC Green Den goes to plastic processing.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
December 10, 2010 PAC Green Den - Fast Track to Sustainable Innovation competition was conducted by The Packaging Association (PAC) November 2 at PACK EXPO International 2010. Top prize winners were MicroGreen Polymers' InCycle method for reducing cost of recycled plastics by adding gas that expands length and width of solid polymer sheets, and EcoLogic's EcoPure plastic additive that accelerates decomposition. Competition included solutions from 10 PACK EXPO exhibitors, including 5 PMMI members.
CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2011 sees strong exhibit space sales.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
December 10, 2010 CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2011, to be held May 31 through June 4 in Moscow, is experiencing exhibit space sales which exceed those of last year's show. Indoor space sales have doubled, while outdoor space has surpassed 2010 show to the point of near capacity. While available, exhibit applications are being accepted on first come, first served basis. CONEXPO Russia provides effective exhibit space for companies via areas open only to manufacturers and manufacturers' exclusive dealers.
ASTM Crude Oils Manual addresses sampling, QA, and evaluation.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 10, 2010 Manual 68, Crude Oils: Their Sampling, Analysis and Evaluation, covers combination of subject materials related to crude oil sampling, quality determination, and evaluation. In addition to quality-impacting issues encountered during transportation, storage, and refining, chapter topics include obtaining representative samples, understanding complex chemistry of crude oils, and selecting test methods best suited to obtain physical and chemical data. Hard copy and E-book versions are available.
ASTM Manual covers intensive quenching systems.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 10, 2010 Manual 64, Intensive Quenching Systems: Engineering and Design, focuses on highly-forced heat transfer - the intensive quenching processes, with particular attention to replacement of alloyed steels with less expensive carbon steels. Thirteen chapters cover topics such as thermal and metallurgical design basics of high-strength steels; transient nucleate boiling and self-regulated thermal processes; stress state of steel parts during IQ; and steel super-strengthening phenomenon.
T5/T8/T12 Lamp Q3 Shipment Report shows general increase.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 9, 2010 NEMA shipment indexes for linear fluorescent T5, T8, and T12 lamps increased during 2010 Q3. While T5 lamps showed largest rate of growth at 6.6%, T8s and T12s registered respective gains of 0.6% and 0.1. Growing 48.7% from 1 year ago, T5 index has reached 163.4. Also, year-over-year increase in T8 shipments of 6.8% nudged index to 102.7, while 70.1 index value for T12 lamps represented decline of 8.8%. Despite annual decline, share of T12 lamps increased over 4 percentage points during Q3.
Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act passes Congress.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 9, 2010 U.S. House of Representatives has passed S 3250 Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010, which includes provisions backed by NEMA. S 3250 instructs General Services Administration to develop core competencies for federal building managers to ensure that buildings are safely maintained and operated at maximum performance levels. Act will help increase energy efficiency of federal government, as mandated through executive order by President Obama on Oct 5, 2009.
Metal Halide Lamp Shipments remain solid during 2010 Q3.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 9, 2010 Shipments of metal halide high intensity discharge (HID) lamps grew 4.6% to 87.1 during 2010 Q3, and index showed year-over-year growth of 5.7%. Conversely, sodium vapor HID lamp shipments fell 10.4% during quarter to 82.1. Mercury vapor lamps carved out 5.4% share of HID lamp market, showing 1.3% increase over previous quarter. Market shares for metal halide lamps rose to 63.3% of total shipments while that of sodium vapor lamps contracted to 31.3%.
Voluntary Standards cover clothing chemical/impact performance.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 9, 2010 ANSI member and accredited standards developer International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) released ANSI/ISEA 103-2010, which addresses protective apparel for workers who come into contact with chemicals. Specifically, it establishes performance, labeling, and certification requirements. New from ASTM International, ASTM F1952-10 addresses impact protection as well as performance criteria for chin bars on full-face requirements for downhill mountain bike helmets.
CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 to include Green Roads Summit.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
December 9, 2010 Scheduled for March 22-26, CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 will include Green Roads Summit, which will offer attendees green construction techniques and latest environmental information affecting jobsites, including green roads programs. Steven Van Beek of ENO Foundation for Transportation, will kick off event talking on "Climate Change, Sustainable Transportation and Economic Competitiveness." Additional topics will include sustainability, recycling and reuse, stormwater management, and climate/air issues.
ASTM Establishes Presence on social media networks.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 9, 2010 By establishing presence on social media sites, ASTM International provides another outlet for users and stakeholders to receive news about standards activities. Official ASTM International Facebook page provides latest news about standards development within ASTM's 142 technical committees as well as information about publications and meetings. Tweets include ASTM headline news and events, with links to main wesbite, and YouTube channel features informational videos.
NAM Official comments on proposed tax relief compromise.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 9, 2010 Agreement between President Obama and Congressional Republicans on tax relief includes provisions such as tax relief for small businesses, 100% expensing, estate tax reform, preferential tax rates for investment income, and R&D tax credit. In response, NAM's John Engler said R&D credit and other business extenders are key to manufacturers' competitiveness and ability to create jobs. Engler also said 100% expensing provision will encourage investment and create demand for machinery and equipment.
ASTM Subcommittee ponders steam cleaning product test methods.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 9, 2010 ASTM subcommittee F11.40 on Steam Products, part of ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners, will be developing test methods to measure performance and durability of hard surface cleaning products that employ steam. As F11.40 Chairman, Kenneth M. Lee expressed desire to "draw manufacturers and general interest groups together under the ASTM consensus forum to develop fair and unbiased standards for evaluating steam cleaning products."
AASHTO Touts Obama Speech for transportation investment.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
December 9, 2010 In his statement concerning President Barack Obama's continued attention towards transportation investment, AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley noted that such investment called for is "best achieved through a robust, multiyear highway and transit reauthorization bill." Such a milestone, he added, will not come easy, and the objective will now be to "turn his words into bipartisan Congressional action that will lead to a highway and transit bill that works for America."
AMCA International releases System Effects DVD.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
December 9, 2010 Providing educational tool for HVAC/R industry, update of Fan System Effect Video attests and reaffirms that in order for HVAC systems to operate efficiently, system must be well designed and properly installed. System Effects are described as fan performance loss due to adverse flow conditions at inlet and outlet of fan. In addition to adversely affecting fan performance, System Effects may increase noise/vibration and cause premature impeller or bearing failure.
Security Engineering Standard revised to include new symbols.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 9, 2010 ASTM International Committee F12 on Security Systems and Equipment invites interested parties to participate in revising ASTM F967, Practice for Security Engineering Symbols. According to F12 committee chairman Ed Conrath, ASTM F967 is being revised to incorporate latest security symbols used in engineering and security industry. Interested parties are invited to send new symbols or revised existing symbols for possible incorporation into standard.
NIST Research Team builds scanning probe microscope.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 9, 2010 Research team from NIST, University of Maryland, Janis Research Company, Inc., and Seoul National University has designed and built the ULTSPM, an ultra-low temperature scanning probe microscope. Detailed in recent paper, unit can resolve energy levels separated by 1 millionth of an electron volt. To achieve ULTSPM's ultra low operating temperature of 10 millikelvins, team designed low-noise dilution refrigerator to supplement device's 3 m deep, 250 L liquid helium bath.
NVLAP recognized by ENERGY STARŽ as accrediting body.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 9, 2010 ENERGY STARŽ, a program of EPA and Department of Energy to promote energy efficiency, has recognized NIST's National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program as an accrediting body. This recognition enables NVLAP to accredit independent labs as having the technical capability necessary to test products to determine whether they meet ENERGY STAR requirements. NVLAP accreditation will be a necessary first step for a laboratory's test data to be accepted under enhanced ENERGY STAR program.
AHR Expo Sessions address air leakage, energy standards.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
December 8, 2010 ASHRAE will provide guidance on industry hot topics via 2 free sessions at AHR ExpoŽ in Las Vegas, NV. A Practical Guide for Reducing Air Leakage in HVAC Air Systems takes place January 31, and Standard 90.1 - 2010 Update: How It Affects You takes place February 1. Each offers 1.5 PDHs. First session focuses on knowledge of excessive air leakage in HVAC systems as significant source of energy waste, and later session provides review of and 100+ addenda to previous standard.
ANSI Board names volunteer leaders for 2011.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 8, 2010 ANSI Board of Directors has announced new members and officers for term beginning January 1, 2011. Arthur E. Cote, P.E., supported by NFPA, was re-appointed for third and final one-year term as ANSI's chairman of the Board. Sharon K. Stanford of American Dental Association will serve her first term as vice chair. Belinda Collins, Ph.D. was re-elected for second and final 2-year term, and Laura E. Hitchcock and James A. Thomas will continue in their respective positions.

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