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NIST develops validation tool for cell phone forensics.

December 3, 2009

Researchers at NIST have developed technique aimed at improving validation of crime lab's cell phone forensics tools. Early experiments show promise for easier, faster, and more rigorous assessments than with existing methods. Experimental application, called SIMfill, can be used to automatically upload cell phone data such as phone numbers and text messages to populate test SIMS that can then be recovered by forensic cell phone tools. Read More

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ASHRAE teams up to clarify stimulus act funding.

December 2, 2009

National building energy organizations, working with U.S. DOE, have developed explanatory statement for state and local governments to clarify intent of Section 410 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It offers assistance as states and localities adopt, provide training on, and enforce advanced building energy efficiency codes. Statement addresses government grants and work that groups are doing to attain building code-related funding from Congress. Read More

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Five New Members are welcomed by ANSI in November 2009.

December 2, 2009

Spring Manufacturers Institute, Cactus Commerce, Wolf Robotics LLC, Nu Flow, and APP DO Brasil Isoladores E Ferragens Ltda were welcomed as members by ANSI in November 2009. Participation in ANSI enables them to access information and business intelligence not available elsewhere. Also, membership fosters building of relationships that provide voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions directly affecting their businesses. Read More

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ASTM Clothing Standard covers flame-resistant rainwear.

December 2, 2009

ASTM F2733, Specification for Flame Resistant Rainwear for Protection Against Flame Hazards, provides minimum requirements for flame-resistant rainwear used by workers exposed to flash fire and other flame hazards. Under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F23.80, it is intended for safety and purchasing personnel and other employees in petrochemical industry. Most rainwear that meets requirements will also protect against hot liquid splash hazards, according to Thomas Neal. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover audio systems and resistance welding.

December 2, 2009

Intended for AV presentation systems containing audio within enclosed environment, ANSI/InfoComm 1M-2009 outlines procedure to measure uniformity of audio coverage across audible frequency spectrum, and provides criteria for use in designing and commissioning audio systems. ANSI/AWS C1.4M/C1.4-2009 establishes welding equipment requirements and welding procedures for coated and uncoated carbon and low-alloy steels, including mild steels and high strength low-alloy steels. Read More

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ISO Standard addresses emergency response time for road accidents.

December 2, 2009

Designed to guide automatic safety-related messages sent from vehicles to emergency services, ISO 24978:2009 Standard will help emergency centers to quickly dispatch life-saving staff and equipment to scene of car crash. Standard provides framework in which to operate database of safety-related messages and data concepts, along with standardized set of protocols, parameters, and method of management for updateable data registry. Read More

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Article Presents material handling distributor anniversaries.

December 2, 2009

The MHEDA Journal, Fourth Quarter 2009 issue, recognizes 10 material handling equipment distributors who reached a milestone anniversary in 2009 in its "Anniversary Scrapbook" article. Profiled companies range in age from 10-75 years old, with variety of primary lines in lift trucks, engineered systems, storage and handling products, and more. They are commemorating their anniversaries with various events, and each provided current and historical photos to showcase their history. Read More

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National Associations say hydrogen can reduce climate change.

December 2, 2009

Coalition of 16 associations issued joint statement to underscore how hydrogen technologies can help curb global greenhouse gas emissions. Addressed to Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework on Climate Change, statement points out benefits to environment and other areas such as elimination of 80% of emissions from light-duty vehicles. PATH is also participating in Bridge to Hydrogen event, which showcases hydrogen vehicles next to battery electric cars and biofuel vehicles. Read More

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Industry Support enhances World of Asphalt Show experience.

December 1, 2009

Leading U.S. and worldwide industry organizations, including U.S. government agencies, are lending their support to 2010 World of Asphalt Show and Conference. Industry events have also chosen to co-locate with show, offering additional networking and education opportunities. During event, leading industry manufacturers and suppliers will unveil and discuss latest technologies and product innovations on show floor, complemented by industry-focused education programs. Read More

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FAA bans takeoffs with polished frost.

December 1, 2009

To increasing safety of winter flying, FAA is prohibiting takeoffs with "polished frost" - frost buffed to make it smooth - on wings, stabilizers, and control surfaces of several classes of aircraft. As alternative to removing frost, operators may consider using wing covers to prevent frost accumulation on wings, wait for frost to melt, store aircraft in heated hangar, or deice wing surface. New rules are effective on January 30, 2010. Read More

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AWWA opens registration for 2010 CS/IMTech.

December 1, 2009

AWWA has announced that registration is open for 2010 Customer Service and Information Management and Technology Conferences and Exposition (CS/IMTech). To take place in Portland, OR, March 21-24, 2010, event will focus on GIS and SCADA technologies, CIS, social media, mobile resource management, rate setting, and distribution systems network modeling. Water/wastewater utility managers, IT specialists, engineers, computer programmers, and customer service managers are encouraged to attend. Read More

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MHEDA Edge Article promotes leadership within organizations.

December 1, 2009

"Check Six: Mutual support and communication" focuses on former fighter pilot and keynote speaker Waldo Waldman's message of leadership. Main points included asking others for one-on-one feedback, rewarding employees who demonstrate mutual support, and setting expectations during daily/weekly briefing. According to the article, leaders should also be willing to say "I don't know" or "I messed up" and be willing to give extra support to those experiencing a challenging situation. Read More

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PCB Industry Results show decreases in October 2009.

December 1, 2009

IPC's announced October findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments decreased 12.8% from 2008 levels, and orders booked decreased 2.1%. Year to date combined industry shipments were also down 24.4%, along with bookings, which were down 21.5%. Compared to September 2009, combined industry shipments decreased 8.3% and bookings went down 17.4%. Combined industry book-to-bill ratio reached 1.09. Read More

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NIST Researchers develop simple way to analyze complex samples.

November 30, 2009

NIST researchers Elizabeth Strychalski and David Ross, in collaboration with Alyssa Henry of Applied Research Associates, Inc., have developed way to analyze complex mixtures. In New Miniaturized Device for Lab-on-a-Chip Separations, they describe gradient elution moving boundary electrophoresis (GEMBE) technique which, in all test cases, was able to reproducibly separate and quantify specific components from solutions, including potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, lithium and melamine. Read More

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ASA Education Foundation reviews 2009 and plans for 2010.

November 30, 2009

Meeting in Chicago from November 10-11, 2009, ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees reviewed 2009 achievements and created plans for 2010 and beyond. For 2010, it plans to develop colleges under ASA University umbrella, develop curricula to fill industry needs, establish educational career pathways for every position, and make clear how its programs/services fit into member's goals and objectives. Plans create model to communicate value of training to ASA members on large-scale basis. Read More

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IUAPPA Seeks Abstracts for 2010 World Clean Air Congress.

November 30, 2009

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA) is seeking abstracts for World Clean Air Congress, which will be held September 12-16 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Abstracts of 250 words or less should relate to the "Achieving Environmental Sustainability in a Resource Hungry World," theme, which recognizes need for holistic management approaches to effectively mitigate potential water, food, energy, and environmental challenges. Read More

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SPE Conference to feature forums focusing on sustainability.

November 30, 2009

SPE ANTECĀ® 2010, to take place May 16-20 in Orlando, FL, will explore topics important for improving environmental sustainability of plastics. In addition to technical presentations, event will feature New Technology Forums with experts discussing current topics and their implications for industry professionals. Forum topics include Polymer Applications for a Clean Environment, Successful Case Studies in Bioplastics, and Latest Developments in Non-Halogenated Flame Retardants. Read More

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Gretchen Zierick elected as PMA's 2010 Chair.

November 30, 2009

President of Zierick Manufacturing Corp., Gretchen Zierick, has been named PMA 2010 chair of the board of directors. She started by urging all who work in the metalforming industry to support her theme, The Morality of Manufacturing. During her one year term as PMA chair and beyond, Zierick expects PMA's advocacy efforts to help ensure government actions do not put manufacturers at competitive disadvantage. She also encourages members to become involved with networking opportunities. Read More

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ANSI and NIST release agenda for NESCC meeting.

November 30, 2009

ANSI and NIST have released agenda for 2nd meeting of Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC), to be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2009. Topics include: final discussion and approval of NESCC charter; NRC's use of consensus standards; update of NRC Regulatory Guide 1.69 "Concrete Radiation Shields and Generic Shield Testing for Nuclear Power Plants;" and EPRI Advanced Nuclear Technology Program "Achieving New Nuclear Virtual Power Plant Configuration Management;" among others. Read More

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NTSB Marine Safety Course still has openings.

November 30, 2009

Scheduled for Dec 7-11, 2009, Marine Accident Investigation course still has openings for senior-level marine industry professionals. Weeklong course covers Safety Board's processes and procedures during major marine accident; reviews human factors, medical factors, and electronic data elements in marine investigation; offers best practices for comprehensive and thorough interviewing techniques; and shares report preparation guidelines. Read More