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ASHRAE Certification to highlight building energy use.

October 12, 2009

Building Energy Modeling Professional certification will demonstrate worker's ability to evaluate, choose, use, calibrate, and interpret results of energy modeling software. It will also confirm their competence to model new and existing buildings and systems and demonstrate ability to lead energy efficiency projects. First exam will be administered January 27, 2010 in Orlando, FL. Certification will be available at testing centers worldwide in March, 2010. Read More

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NIST recommends keeping power generators farther from house.

October 12, 2009

According to research by NIST, to prevent potentially dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, users may need to keep gasoline-powered generators 25 ft from house. NIST building researchers simulated multiple scenarios of a portable generator operating outside of a 1-story house, using both test structure and 2 different computer models. For house modeled in study, researchers found a generator position 15 ft away from open windows was not far enough to prevent carbon monoxide entry. Read More

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NIST offers standards development plan for Smart Grid.

October 12, 2009

On Sept 24, Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke announced an accelerated plan for developing standards to transform U.S. power distribution system into Smart Grid that would be more secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly, and create clean-energy jobs. Produced by NIST, document identifies about 80 initial standards that will enable vast number of interconnected devices and systems that will make up nationwide Smart Grid to communicate and work with each other. Read More

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Computer Security Guide helps safeguard small businesses.

October 12, 2009

Authored by Richard Kissel, "Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals," provides 10 necessary steps to secure information, which includes installing firewalls, patching operating systems and applications, and backing up business data, as well as controlling physical access to network components and training employees in basic security principles. Kissel also provides 10 potential security trouble spots to be aware of such as e-mail, social media, online banking, and Web surfing. Read More

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Scripps Director joins NIST advisory group.

October 12, 2009

Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, was appointed to NIST's Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. In addition to serving several positions at Scripps and UC San Diego, Haymet is co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego, a business organization devoted to advancing clean technology economy. He has published more than 165 peer-reviewed articles and has specialized in strategic research planning, partnerships, and safety issues. Read More

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NIST Method enables calibration of entire waveforms.

October 12, 2009

NIST's calibration method defines waveforms completely, providing both signal reading and measurement uncertainty at regular intervals along entire wave, and for first time, makes waveform calibrations traceable to fundamental physics. Mathematics-intensive method improves accuracy in calibrations of oscilloscopes and potentially could boost performance and save money in other fields such as medical testing, structural analysis, and remote sensing. Read More

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Gas Hydrates Database aids energy and climate research.

October 12, 2009

NIST has developed free, online collection of data on properties of gas hydrates, naturally occurring crystalline materials that are a potential energy resource and may affect Earth's climate. Database contains 12,000 individual data points for about 150 compounds spanning 400 different chemical systems. Data include phase equilibria (proportions of solid, liquid, and gas phases in material at given temperature and pressure) and thermophysical property information such as thermal conductivity. Read More

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ASTM proposes PV module standard for durability/service life.

October 12, 2009

ASTM WK25362, Practice for Photovoltaic Module Reliability Assessment, recommends procedures for conducting accelerated life testing of PV modules. Being worked on by Subcommittee E44.09 on Photovoltaic Electric Power Conversion, it will describe results of test protocols to help identify and quantify failure mechanisms that can limit service life of PV modules. Standard will also educate users on various PV property-performance-cost relationships. Read More

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FABTECH to address opportunities in energy sector.

October 9, 2009

Scheduled for Nov 15-18, FABTECH® International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, will include keynote presentation titled "Energy - The Outlook is Bright, But Where Will It Lead Us," which will connect experts from wind and solar energy sectors to discuss trends, forecasts, and government issues. Presentation on wind energy market will discuss opportunities for investment and growth, including utility-scale and small wind turbine component manufacturing and tower fabrication. Read More

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Proposed Standard covers active area, multi-purpose flooring.

October 9, 2009

Developed by ASTM International Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings, proposed standard WK24836 will validate baseline performance standard for flooring designed to reduce chance of injury from falls by participants of indoor activities, including children in schools and elderly people in long-term care facilities. Flooring in facilities covered by standard must not only be shock absorbent, but must also be firm enough to accommodate heavy items that might damage softer surfaces. Read More

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IPC opposes Canadian proposal to ban rosin.

October 9, 2009

IPC submitted comments on proposal to ban 5 rosin-containing substances from products manufactured/sold in Canada, and encourages members/industry to contact Canadian Department of Environment by October 20 to join efforts to oppose ban. Proposed ban would require manufacturers to engineer products specifically for Canadian market, raising costs, and may lead to outsourcing of operations, causing job losses in Canada. Recent EPA study showed substances do not threaten environment/human health. Read More

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Nominations are Being Sought for MCA Board of Directors.

October 9, 2009

Transitioning from an interim to permanent Board, Motion Control Association (MCA) Board of Directors is seeking nominations for 2-year terms that will begin in January 2010. This will be the first general election, and all nominations are due by October 12, 2009. People interested in running should contact Jeff Burnstein, MCA President, for details on responsibilities of being an MCA Board Member. Read More

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Fire Standard addresses protection of exterior wall assemblies.

October 9, 2009

Recommendations from the California Office of the State Fire Marshall and International Wildland-Urban Interface Code have led to development and approval of ASTM International standard regarding enhancement of exterior fire protection of structures in wildland fire. ASTM E2707, Test Method for Determining Fire Penetration of Exterior Wall Assemblies Using a Direct Flame Impingement Exposure was designed to closely follow test procedure of California SFM Method 12-7a-1. Read More

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ASTM proposes standard on viscotesters for road materials.

October 9, 2009

ASTM has proposed WK25108, Test Method for Measurement of Apparent Viscosity of Asphalt-Rubber or Other High Viscosity Binders by Using a Rotational Viscotester (Field Method). Being developed by Subcommittee D04.44 on Rheological Tests, it will guide use of instruments for measuring viscosity of asphalt-rubber, which must be manufactured to proper consistency at project site. Committee member George Way notes participation in task group developing WK25108 has been strong. Read More

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RIA to cover new standards at robot safety conference.

October 9, 2009

At 21st National Robot Safety Conference, from October 26-28, introduction of new safety standards and updated R15.06 guidelines will be addressed. Updating Safety Standards presentation will be led by Roberta Nelson Shea, and will cover ISO 10218 and its 2 parts. Other workshops on functional safety, Cost Justification for Robotics and Automation, and selecting safeguards will be held. Tabletop trade fair will feature demonstrations by PIAB Vacuum Products, Ross Controls, and others. Read More

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Poster Abstracts wanted for IPC APEX EXPO 2010.

October 9, 2009

IPC invites researchers, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for poster presentations at IPC APEX EXPO(TM), scheduled for April 6-8, 2010. Poster presentations are being sought on all relevant electronics' topics, including design, materials, assembly, processes, and equipment. Submissions in areas of printed electronics, package on package assembly, solar cell assembly, and advanced substrates are especially encouraged. Read More

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CSC issues objectives for export control modernization.

October 8, 2009

Coalition for Security and Competitiveness sent key Administration officials set of principles and implementation objectives to guide modernization of U.S. export control system. Coalition recommended that modernization prevent proliferation of, and access to, sensitive critical technologies by current and potential adversaries; promote defense cooperation, foreign sales, and interoperability with U.S. partners and allies; and strengthen U.S. competitiveness in global technology markets. Read More

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BIO Contributes to FFA in support of youth science education.

October 8, 2009

To support innovative science projects for high school students, BIO presented the National FFA Organization with a $15,000 contribution. The money will help support a new pilot contest within FFA (Future Farmers of America), through which students will produce videos explaining benefits and sustainability of modern agricultural methods. Importance is placed on providing students with resources needed to further science-based understanding of how to feed a growing global population. Read More

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ASTM proposes vehicle-pavement standard.

October 8, 2009

ASTM International Committee E17 has proposed WK25280, Practice for Highway Traffic Monitoring Truth-in-Data, which describes how truth-in-data should be applied to data collection, summarization, and reporting. It will help ensure traffic monitoring data are understood and can be compared within and among agencies now and over time, according to David Albright. Users will include traffic monitoring system developers, traffic data collectors/users, and technology-based companies. Read More

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NTSB issues safety recommendations to FAA.

October 8, 2009

NTSB recommendations include A-09-108, requiring operators of PT6A-34, -35, and -36 engines to incorporate reliability standards, noted in current service bulletin, into maintenance programs. Others include A-09-109 for evaluating Portland Flight Standards District Office's surveillance of such programs, and A-09-110, for resolving differences between AC 120-17A and AC 120-16E. Following this, NTSB recommends review of existing on-condition programs. NTSB letter is available on Web/PDF. Read More