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AAAS Meeting to host panel on 3D laser scanning applications.

February 12, 2016

Panel of experts will discuss transformative impact of laser scanning within various fields at annual meeting of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on February 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Volvo's Jan-Eric Sundgren will talk about resource usage in manufacturing, Microsoft's Katsushi Ikeuchi will discuss preservation work at Cambodia's Angkor Wat, and University of South Florida's Lori Collins will explain archeological data sharing and interpretation. Read More

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LIA to host Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop in March. .

February 12, 2016

Scheduled for March 2–3 in Orlando, FL, Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop will focus on 'why lasers?' in the flourishing field of additive manufacturing. Two-day event will include keynotes, sessions, exhibits, and networking opportunities, as well as line-up of notable speakers and industry experts. LIA’s 2016 LAM workshop is a must-attend event for professionals involved in manufacturing of complex, lightweight, metal and other structural materials. Read More

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HI Webinar Series covers effective pump intake design.

February 12, 2016

Starting March 3, Hydraulic Institute will be offering 4-part webinar series on Effective Pump Intake Design and Troubleshooting Problem Intakes. Series is based on ANSI/HI 9.8-2012 Intake Design for Rotodynamic Pumps standard. In addition to overview of design objectives, webinar will cover required inlet bell design diameter, submergence requirements, and using the standard for proper instructions on intake structures for clear liquids and solids-handling pumps. Read More

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JDA signs on as WERC Conference Champion Sponsor.

February 12, 2016

JDA, a leading provider of end-to-end, integrated retail and supply chain planning and execution software, has committed to Champion Sponsor level of WERC's 39th Annual Conference for Logistics Professionals. During WERC Conference sessions, subject matter experts share industry-specific ideas for actionable strategies to improve processes and operations in variety of topic areas, including metrics, outsourcing, people, transportation, reverse logistics, and real estate. Read More

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Michael Huerta issues statement on CO2 emissions agreement.

February 12, 2016

In statement, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said he is pleased that ICAO reached an international consensus on a meaningful standard to foster reduction in CO2 emissions from aircraft. "We are encouraged by this success and believe it puts us on a promising path to secure a robust market-based measure later this year. This is another example of the administration's deep commitment to working with the international community on policies that will reduce harmful carbon pollution worldwide." Read More

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OSA Honors Dr. John Holdren for optics, photonics leadership.

February 11, 2016

Optical Society (OSA) presented 2016 OSA Advocate of Optics recognition to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) director Dr. John Holdren for his leadership in optics and photonics. Especially noted was his work on Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative and his help creating Integrated Photonics Innovation Manufacturing Institute (IP-IMI) – currently known as AIM Photonics. Read More

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OSA Journal details new liquid crystals for vehicle displays.

February 11, 2016

"High performance liquid crystals for vehicle displays," published in Optical Materials Express, reports results of Shin-Tson Wu and colleagues, who developed 3 new liquid crystal mixtures that overcome upper and lower operation temperature limitations. According to Wu, liquid crystals should have clearing point higher than 100°C (212°F) and melting point below -40°C (-40°F). Accomplishment was brought about by mixing one dozen 3- and 4-ring compounds together with LMW compounds. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves new body armor standards.

February 11, 2016

ASTM International's Committee on Homeland Security Applications (E54) approved 3 new standards for body armor for military and criminal justice personnel: Practice for Body Armor Wearer Measurement and Fitting of Armor (E3003), Specification for Preparation and Verification of Clay Blocks Used in Ballistic-Resistance Testing of Torso Body Armor (E3004), and Terminology for Body Armor standard (E3005). One ASTM member said stakeholders are working to harmonize body armor standards. Read More

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ANSI Gains Accreditation Body Qualifications under EU directives.

February 11, 2016

After successfully demonstrating compliance with all accreditation body qualifications under EU EMC Directive and Radio Equipment Directive (RED), ANSI will offer notified body (NB) accreditation under conformity assessment standard ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity Assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying product, process and services. ANSI's latest recognition falls under guidelines of NIST-National Voluntary Conformity Assessment System Evaluation (NVCASE) program. Read More

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ANSI Members/Standards support National Heart Month.

February 11, 2016

February, National Heart Month, provides opportunity to raise awareness about prevention of heart disease. Through various standards related to heart disease prevention and treatment tools (from blood pressure monitors to implants), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) members and accredited standards developers also support heart health. Organizations contributing such standards include ISO, IEEE, IEC, and ASTM International. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers geosynthetic cementitious composite mat.

February 11, 2016

Standard WK49719, Test Method for Determining the Flexural Strength of a Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat (GCCM) Using the Three-Point Bending Test, is being created by ASTM International committee. Said standard supports emergence of geosynthetic material increasingly used in soil erosion protection and other construction projects. According to ASTM member John Paulson, "Existing standards do not directly address these multiple phases of the material." Read More

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NIST's NCCoE gets new laboratory to tackle cybersecurity issues.

February 11, 2016

Willie E. May, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director, spoke during the dedication of new national laboratory facility created to support USA's digital economy through advanced cybersecurity. As public-private partnership launched by NIST in 2013, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence's (NCCoE) new facility in Rockville, MD provides 5X laboratory space previously available for collaborative advanced information technology projects. Read More

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NREL Explains Cellulolytic Activity of vital microorganism.

February 11, 2016

While investigating Clostridium thermocellum performance, researchers at NREL and BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) discovered that said microorganism utilizes common cellulase degradation mechanisms – free enzymes and scaffolded enzyme attached to cell – and new category of scaffolded enzymes not attached to cell. Paper reporting this discovery's potential, "Dramatic performance of Clostridium Thermocellum explained by its wide range of cellulase modalities," appears in Science Advances. Read More

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NREL Helps Establish New PV Quality Standards for manufacturers.

February 11, 2016

Working with global partners, researchers at NREL completed 5 years of work toward establishing international quality standard for manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) modules. Supplementing existing ISO-9001 and jointly developed by IEC and International PV Quality Assurance Task Force (PVQAT), new standard appears in "Terrestrial Photovoltaic (PV) Modules - Guidelines for increased confidence in PV module design qualification and type approval." Read More

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FAA Issues Safety Alert, Guidance regarding lithium battery risks.

February 11, 2016

Safety alert issued by FAA to commercial passenger and cargo airlines urges them to conduct safety risk assessment to manage risks regarding transportation of lithium batteries as cargo. Also, guidance issued by FAA to its own inspectors helps them determine whether airlines have adequately assessed risk of handling and carrying lithium batteries as cargo. Safety risk assessment process further helps airlines that don't carry lithium batteries from inadvertently accepting them for transport. Read More

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New NAM Campaign celebrates small/medium sized manufacturers.

February 11, 2016

"Power of Small" campaign, launched by NAM, highlights critical role of small and medium-sized manufacturers in fueling the sector as well as their importance to U.S. economy. "America was made great by small manufacturers with big dreams," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, who went on to say continued success depends on said companies as well as "our ability to speak out, together, as a united voice for the priorities and policies that allow us to thrive and create jobs." Read More

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NAM President/CEO concludes manufacturing tour in Baltimore, MD.

February 11, 2016

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons concluded 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour at Marlin Steel Wire Products (Baltimore, MD). Tour, which encompassed travel to 7 states, highlighted vital role industry plays in U.S. economy as well as changing perceptions of manufacturing. While in Maryland, Timmons also launched NAM's "Power of Small" campaign, which focuses on highlighting importance of small manufacturers to U.S. economy. Read More

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FAA Administrator lauds aircraft emissions reduction concensus.

February 11, 2016

"I am pleased," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, "that ICAO reached an international consensus on a meaningful standard to foster reduction in CO2 emissions from aircraft." Referring to Global Carbon Emissions Standards Agreement, Huerta was "encouraged by this success" and noted it as "another example of the administration's deep commitment to working with the international community on policies that will reduce harmful carbon pollution worldwide." Read More

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NREL puts claims for solar cell efficiency to the test.

February 10, 2016

To test how effective a photovoltaic device is, NREL uses solar simulators that can produce from 1-sun—which equals 1,000 W/m²—to about 2,000 suns. Solar Cell Efficiency Tables list records set by 23 different technologies. NREL validated 6 records, including one for mechanically stacked solar cell made of gallium indium phosphide and crystalline silicon that was developed jointly by NREL and Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology. Efficiency of dual-junction cell was measured at 29.8%. Read More

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HR Strategies promote employee health and safety.

February 10, 2016

While tasked with helping to ensure employee health and safety, human resource (HR) departments do not solely facilitate all components of employee wellbeing. Managers should, therefore, further encourage and sustain employee health and safety in the workplace. To accomplish this, 4 practices are recommended: establishing open communication, implementation of strict safety policies, coordination with facility management, and providing health and safety training. Read More