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Workshop Report addresses construction industry improvements.

November 25, 2009

Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry: A Workshop Report, from NRC has been created based on workshop commissioned by NIST. It identifies 5 activities that could lead to breakthrough improvement in quality, timeliness, and sustainability of construction projects. Report also recommends NIST work with industry leaders to establish technology readiness index, as well as with government/industry groups to develop ways to track productivity. Read More

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NIST Researcher develops reusable microfluidic connector.

November 25, 2009

NIST researcher Javier Atencia has developed connector that utilizes ring magnet with o-ring gasket on bottom and tube in center set directly atop inlet or outlet port of microfluidic channel embedded in glass chip. Described in paper titled Magnetic Connectors for Microfluidic Applications, it can be positioned anywhere on chip and eliminates any possibility of broken bonds that leak. NIST researchers state that magnetic connector is suitable for most microfluidic applications. Read More

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ZigBee and ATA collaborate to advance telehealth solutions.

November 24, 2009

As part of liaison agreement, ZigBee® Alliance and American Telemedicine Association will educate health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies. Groups will focus on capabilities of ZigBee Health Care, an open standard for secure monitoring and management of noncritical, low-acuity health care and wellness services. ZigBee Health Care offers telehealth solution featuring interference-free and secure wireless connectivity. Read More

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Manufacturing Industry Viability shown via FABTECH success.

November 24, 2009

Comments from exhibitors and attendees as well as business and booth traffic at 2009 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show indicated that the manufacturing industry is alive, well, and optimistic about its future. Approximately 25,000 visitors from 90+ countries visited to discover, evaluate, and purchase manufacturing technologies and solutions. Filling nearly 400,000 ft² of booth space, 4-day show included 1,083 exhibitors and 500+ new products. Read More

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NAMUR confirms WirelessHART for process applications.

November 24, 2009

HART® Communication Foundation welcomes recent report and confirmation by NAMUR that WirelessHART(TM) technology meets requirements for wireless sensor networks in process applications. After conducting extensive multi-vendor field test, NAMUR reports that WirelessHART Communication provides flexibility, security, performance, coexistence with other radio technologies, and device interoperability within WirelessHART network that its members should expect. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses inspection of gypsum board.

November 24, 2009

First draft of proposed new standard ASTM WK26072, Practice for Evaluation of Buildings to Identify Corrosive Gypsum Board, was reviewed and edited at task group meeting on November 10 in Atlanta, GA. Participants of task group meeting included consultants, home inspectors, representatives of gypsum industry, and government entities, and all interested parties are invited to participate in ongoing development of WK26072. Read More

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ASTM International offers training class on corrosion testing.

November 24, 2009

Titled Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic and Gas Tests, 2-day hands-on training course will provide clear understanding of proper application of ASTM B117, Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray Apparatus. It will furnish information regarding corrosion testing in general so that attendees will understand significance of salt fog test. Participants will learn how to properly operate salt fog apparatus as well as the whys and hows of salt fog testing. Read More

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ASTM Training Course will focus on rubber testing.

November 24, 2009

"Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods" focuses on common rubber test methods currently used in rubber industry. As technical and professional training course, it discusses nature of tests, why they are performed, interpretation of results, and how this information can be used to improve rubber fabrication. This 2-day course, offered on March 10-11 and October 5-6 in Akron, OH, can also be tailored to specific company needs. Read More

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AIA Leadership signs Global Principles of Business Ethics.

November 23, 2009

Member companies of the Executive Committee of AIA's Board of Governors have signed on to Global Principles of Business Ethics for the Aerospace and Defense Industry, setting stage for other companies across industry to join. Endorsed by AIA and Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe, Global Principles address business conduct as it relates to zero tolerance of corruption, use of advisors, management of conflicts of interest, and respect for proprietary information. Read More

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AWWA announces final webcast in fall operator series.

November 23, 2009

On December 16, AWWA will host Hot Topics in Water - What Do They Mean to Me as an Operator webcast, which will offer informative and situational based exercise for operators who are trying to address new information, research, and news as it relates to their role in water industry. Attendees will learn how to identify sources of information and list contact links, communicate when faced with media encounter, and formulate sequence for effective emergency response plan. Read More

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SPie Meeting to show how specifying can benefit businesses.

November 23, 2009

Specifiers Properties information exchange, sponsored by National Institute of Building Sciences, will showcase how common data standard can help designers and specifiers to manage their requirements and select and specify products. Product manufacturers, including GE Lighting, Eaton, BASF, US Gypsum, Wheatland, and others, will show how their products can be distributed using buildingSMART Industry Foundation Classes through software such as Revit and e-SPECS. Read More

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Dr. Nicholas J. Carino receives Walter C. Voss Award.

November 23, 2009

ASTM International's Walter C. Voss Award has been given to Nicholas J. Carino, Ph.D., a concrete technology consultant from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Award is presented annually to engineer or scientist who has made notable contributions in field of building technology. Carino was honored for his outstanding contributions that have advanced state of knowledge and applications for nondestructive test methods and test methods in general for evaluating performance of concrete. Read More

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ATA reports decline in October passenger demand.

November 23, 2009

ATA reported that passenger revenue, based on sample group of carriers, fell 15% in October 2009 versus same month in 2008. This marks 12th consecutive month in which passenger revenue has declined from prior year, fueled primarily by 11th consecutive month of ticket price declines. Three percent fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines in October, while average price to fly one mile fell 13.5%. U.S. airlines also saw cargo revenue ton miles decline 3% year over year in Sept 2009. Read More

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AIA leader's House testimony calls for stable space funding.

November 23, 2009

During testimony before House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, J.P. Stevens, AIA's Vice President of Space Systems, stated that our nation's space programs need stable and robust funding to maintain U.S. leadership. Stevens also raised concerns about U.S. export control policies that are counter-productive for the space industry, negatively impacting America's security interests. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to AASHTO.

November 23, 2009

According to NTSB, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials should work with FHA to establish performance and selection guidelines for bridge owners to use to develop objective warrants for high-performance Test Level Four, Five, and Six bridge railings applicable to new construction and rehabilitation projects where railing replacement is determined to be appropriate. Guidelines should be included in LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices decline in October.

November 23, 2009

Producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department shows that prices for construction materials and supplies fell 0.2% in October, and overall prices are 5.8% lower on year-over-year basis. While ready mixed concrete, cement, and softwood lumber prices are down, prices for prepared asphalt, tar roofing, and siding as well as steel mill and structural metal products rose. Anirban Basu said slight rise is sign that declines in construction materials prices may have come to end. Read More

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IPC Study forecasts growth in EMS industry through 2013.

November 23, 2009

According to IPC, 2008-2009 Analysis and Forecast for EMS Industry predicts global EMS market will grow at annual average rate of 8.1% until 2013 as world economies recover. Report provides general business metrics on sample of participating companies from North America, Europe, and Asia. It details trends in sources of revenue, revenue per employee, services offered, markets served, manufacturing technology, capital investment, spending on equipment and materials, and market size. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to NHTSA.

November 23, 2009

According to NTSB, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should require all new motor vehicles weighing over 10,000 lb to be equipped with direct tire pressure monitoring systems. NHTSA should develop performance standards for newly manufactured motorcoaches to require that overhead luggage racks remain anchored during accident. Standards should also be developed for newly manufactured motorcoaches that prevent head and neck injuries from overhead luggage racks. Read More

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ASTM invites involvement in catalysts standards development.

November 23, 2009

During virtual meeting, Committee D32 held open house for potential new members, which featured introduction to ASTM, explanation of Committee's mission, and highlights of committee's active task groups. Primary focus of D32 has been on heterogeneous catalysts, including refining and petrochemical applications, raw catalytic materials, and finished catalyst systems. Committee hopes to expand to include emission control catalysts, homogeneous catalysts, and enzymatic catalysts. Read More

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ASTM International gains certification capabilities.

November 23, 2009

At its October 27-28, 2009 meeting, ASTM's board of directors authorized ASTM's management to develop the capability to offer certification services. ASTM International Certification Programs, the new initiative, offers opportunity for certification of products - materials, products, services, systems - as well as personnel. Potential benefits include increased confidence, reliable product comparisons, equitable testing and rating, and facilitating regulatory compliance. Read More