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AASHTO Executive hails approval of 6,000th highway project.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
August 7, 2009 Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declared a major milestone that 6,000 highway construction projects, at $17.3 billion, have been approved under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley said it is milestone that cannot be ignored as nation tries to overcome worst economic downturn since Great Depression. After 6 months since President Obama signed ARRA into law, state DOTs have obligated 65% of $27 billion targeted for highways and bridges.
ASTM Standard will cover alternative for banned solvent.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 7, 2009 ASTM D7553, Test Method for Solubility of Asphalt Materials in n-Propyl Bromide, will provide alternative for ASTM D2042 Method for Solubility of Asphalt Materials in Trichloroethylene. Trichloroethylene has been banned as ozone depleter by Kyoto Protocol, and n-propyl bromide has been approved by USEPA under Significant New Alternatives Policy as alternative to CFCs. Standards that specify D2042 for solubility will be revised once statement is completed and D7553 has been revised accordingly.
ASTM Standard covers test method for nickel alloy analysis.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 7, 2009 ASTM E2594, Test Method for Analysis of Nickel Alloys by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry, will help users prepare sample/calibration solutions and validate analytical parameter selections made for equipment. Developed by Subcommittee E01.08, it covers testing for aluminum, boron, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, tantalum, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, and zirconium. Committee E01 will use method as template for future ICP analytical standards.
BSA releases first in series of educational publications.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
August 7, 2009 BSA Industry Brief: Poultry Process details use of bearings in poultry processing and is available to download as PowerPoint presentation and PDF from BSA members-only website, and as PDF from public site. Document maps poultry process and identifies requirements for bearings in applications such as receiving process as well as slaughter, scalding, and chilling. It is based on same initiative as In-House Training Guide and 23 single-topic Bearing Briefs.
American Businesses endorse Clean Energy Manufacturing bill.
Apollo Alliance    San Francisco, CA 94107
August 7, 2009 Apollo Alliance announced over 150 businesses have endorsed Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology (IMPACT) Act. Act will provide resources for small/medium-sized manufacturers through 2-yr, $30 billion manufacturing revolving loan fund. It also allocates $1.5 billion in federal funds over 5 yr to Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership to help manufacturers access clean energy markets. IMPACT act is based on Green Manufacturing Action Plan, released in April.
ATA applauds ASTM approval of synthetic fuels specification.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
August 7, 2009 ASTM International Committee on Petroleum Products and Lubricants passed specification that will enable use of synthetic fuels in aviation. This brings airline industry closer to aim of widespread production of cleaner, alternative fuels to meet environmental goals and ensure security of energy supply, according to ATA President and CEO James C. May. An advocate for alternative aviation fuels, ATA is founding member of Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative.
ASTM Committee developing energy use information standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 7, 2009 ASTM International Committee E50 is developing proposed standard for collection and disclosure of energy use information associated with buildings involved in real estate transactions. Some areas that would be covered in screening process to be described in ASTM WK24707 include property and building characteristics; electrical consumption and cost; oil, natural gas, and steam consumption and cost; water consumption and cost; and Green building certification/rating.
Committee converts legacy military acceptance standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 7, 2009 ASTM International Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics continues the conversion of popular military acceptance standards based on Military Standard 105E, Sampling Procedures and Tables for Inspection by Attributes. ASTM E2696, Practice for Life and Reliability Testing Based on the Exponential Distribution, the latest approval, is an adaptation of the Quality Control and Reliability Handbook H-108, Sampling Procedures and Tables for Life and Reliability Testing.
ASTM offers testing program on thermal analyses of plastics.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 7, 2009 ASTM International Proficiency Testing Center is offering 2010 Proficiency Testing Program on Thermal Analyses of Plastics to laboratories who need statistical quality assurance tool that will enable them to improve and maintain high level of performance in conducting ASTM Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Oxidative-Induction Time by Differential Scanning Calorimetry, and Thermogravametric Analyses of plastic resins. Resins to be evaluated in program include LLDPE, PP, PBT, PPS, and PFA.
Industrial Controls Demand weakened during second quarter.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
August 7, 2009 Shipments of industrial control equipment contracted again during second quarter of 2009, as NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index fell 6.5% versus first 3 months of this year. Although this represents much slower rate of decline than first quarter's 23% drop, shipments have declined nearly 40% from cyclical peak and are at lowest level in 18 years. On year-over-year basis, index posted second consecutive record drop as it shed 35.4% versus second quarter of 2008.
Motors Index declines again over second quarter of 2009.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
August 7, 2009 Contracting 10.5% compared to the first 3 months of this year and nearly 25% versus the second quarter of 2008, NEMA's Motors Shipments Index declined for the third quarter in a row during the second quarter of 2009. The index has plunged 28% in the past 9 months and is at its lowest level since the beginning of 2005. Demand for fractional and integral horsepower motors weakened, with both categories having registered large year-over-year declines in shipments.
NFPA Team completes fluid power technology roadmap.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222
August 7, 2009 Representatives from 19 member companies worked with NFPA and National Center for Manufacturing Sciences to complete Technology Roadmap for the Fluid Power Industry. Key R/D challenges include increasing energy efficiency, improving reliability, and reducing size of fluid power components and systems; building smart fluid power components and systems; reducing environmental impact; and improving energy storage, recovery, and redeployment capabilities of fluid power components and systems.
Guidelines Revised for molded case circuit breakers.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
August 7, 2009 NEMA AB 4-2009 Guidelines for Inspection and Preventive Maintenance of Molded Case Circuit Breakers Used in Commercial and Industrial Applications presents procedures for identifying molded case circuit breakers requiring maintenance or replacement. It contains instructions for non-destructive tests for verifying specific operating characteristics and discusses safety procedures as well as operation of accessory devices. Updates reflect changes in technology and definitions.
Standard concerns substation electric power connections.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
August 7, 2009 Last revised in 2005, ANSI/NEMA CC 1-2009 Electric Power Connection for Substations covers uninsulated connectors and bus supports made of metal and intended for use with conductors or bus made of copper or aluminum alloy and found in substations. This revision offers performance requirements, test methods, and design requirements reformatted with the intention of making it more user-friendly and emulating formatting used by IEC.
Online Solution helps seekers find trade/professional jobs.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
August 7, 2009 Designed to help people seeking jobs with trade and professional associations, online Jobs Connection hosts nearly 1,000 jobs specific to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). Mark C. Tomlinson, executive director and general manager of SME, said that "There are available opportunities throughout the country...for anyone with diverse manufacturing engineering, lean, and operations experience."
PMA Indicators suggest growth for METALFORM tradeshows.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
August 7, 2009 More than 10 weeks since registration opened, and 18 weeks before opening ceremony, pre-registration for Fabtech International and AWS Welding Show including METALFORM is at 4,185 attendees. This is 27% higher than at same time in 2007. For METALFORM Mexico tradeshow, co-located with AWS Weldmex, Fabtech Mexico, and COATech shows, more than 7,000 attendees and combined square footage of 55,000 is expected in 2010, representing 34.5% growth in size and 17% growth in attendance since 2004.
Institute's Annual Meeting to take place in December.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
August 6, 2009 Held in conjunction with Ecobuild® America, Annual Meeting will cover latest in sustainable practices, building information modeling, and high-performance building design. In addition to taking part in council, committee, and board meetings, participants can attend variety of educational programs, including buildingSMART alliance International Conference, FEDCon® 2009: The Market Outlook Conference on Federal Construction, and Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council Symposium.
ASTM developing standard for annealed steel conductors.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 6, 2009 ASTM International Committee B01 on Electrical Conductors is developing proposed standard WK24210, which addresses concentric-lay-stranded copper-clad steel conductors. Having standard to reference will increase visibility and viability of CCS and ease evaluation of this alternative to solid copper while ensuring all manufacturers are provided necessary product criteria to meet requirements for grounding applications.
ASTM Gypsum Committee developing 3 proposed lath standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 6, 2009 Developed by task group within Subcommittee C11.02, proposed lath standards will help assure that non-metallic lath products perform adequately, provide means for design professionals to generically specify products, and guide contractors in installation. ASTM WK24554, ASTM WK24555, and ASTM WK24556 standards address test methods, installation, and performance requirements of Non-metallic Plaster Bases (lathe) used with Portland Cement Based Plaster, respectively.
ASTM offers professional training course for glass testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 6, 2009 "Measuring Residual Stresses in Glass Products," sponsored by ASTM International, focuses on nondestructive photoelastic methods of stress analysis. Course covers principles of stress measurement in glass products; heat-treated glass applications; container and specialty glass applications; and verification, maintenance, and calibration of equipment. Offered on September 29, 2009, in West Conshohocken, Pa, it includes course notes, 8 referenced ASTM standards, and completion certificate.

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