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ASTM Training Course focuses on diesel fuels.

November 13, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM, Diesel Fuels technical and professional training course covers specifications, test methods, sampling and quality control, distribution, and alternate fuels like biodiesel. Participants will learn significance of these requirements, how to interpret product inspections, and impacts of product quality on diesel engine applications. There is also extensive discussion of diesel fuel lubricity, low temperature operability, and sulfur content. Read More

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Crude Oil Course examines sampling, testing, and evaluation.

November 13, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International, "Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation" will benefit laboratory technicians and chemists responsible for crude oil analysis as well as field personnel responsible for collecting samples. Focuses include obtaining samples using automatic/manual methods; tests available for obtaining data for determining quantity for custody transfer and quality conformance; as well as accelerated evaluation to assess handling and processing characteristics. Read More

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U.S.-India SCCP receives endorsement from Rep. Jim McDermott.

November 13, 2009

In letter, Rep. Jim McDermott detailed work of U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program and expressed support of Program's initiatives. SCCP aims to improve market access and increase trade between U.S. and India by boosting cooperation on standards and conformance issues. Program uses interactive workshop format, where small groups of experts from industry sectors participate in technical discussions about regulations, standards, and conformity assessment activities. Read More

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Annual Award to recognize excellence in polymer research.

November 13, 2009

Beginning in 2010, TRFA will present one Excellence in Polymer Research Award to one student researcher to encourage and recognize advances in science and engineering of thermoset polymer industry as well as endow him/her with industry visibility. All entries will be in form of research papers submitted in traditional scientific journal format. Research topics should be related to Thermoset Polymer Science and Technology. Award-winning papers will be posted on TRFA's website. Read More

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ASABE adopts standard for 80 mm ball-type coupling device.

November 13, 2009

ASABE has adopted international standard ISO 24347, Agricultural vehicles - Mechanical connections between towed and towing vehicles - Dimensions of ball-type coupling device (80 mm). Standard gives dimension and location of ball-type coupling device of 80 mm nominal diameter, whose male part is fitted to agricultural towing vehicle and whose female part is fitted to towed vehicle. It applies to balanced and non-balanced vehicles on which static, downward vertical load does not exceed 9000 lb. Read More

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Manufacturers struggle to hire high-skilled workers.

November 13, 2009

As manufacturing companies eliminate repetitive, assembly type jobs, they still have unfilled job openings for high-skilled workers. According to survey conducted by Deloitte, The Manufacturing Institute and Oracle, almost 1/3 of responding companies report some level of shortages today. Shortages are particularly acute within the most profitable companies, aerospace and defense, and life science sectors and include skilled production workers, scientists, and engineers. Read More

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Reported Robot Orders were down 30% through September.

November 13, 2009

According to figures from RIA, North American robotics companies saw orders for new robots decline 30% in units and 43% in dollars for the first 9 months of 2009. Steep declines were evident in sales to automotive OEMs and their suppliers, with units off 29% and dollars 44%. Orders by non-automotive customers were also down: 32% in units and 41% in dollars. Conversely, orders from life sciences customers are up 14%, and orders from food and consumer goods customers are up 12%. Read More

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Training Course focuses on site assessment, transaction screen.

November 13, 2009

To be held 10 times during 2010, 2-day ASTM International training course will focus on phase I site assessment and transaction screen process. Site assessment standards, developed by ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, include ASTM E1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, and ASTM E1528, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Transaction Screen Process. Read More

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Standard provides foundation for Green building codes.

November 13, 2009

Proposed high-performance building standard and stronger version of Standard 90.1 together will provide total green resource for local and state governments looking to set building code requirements to reduce energy use. Slated to be first code-intended commercial green building standard in U.S., Proposed Standard 189.1 covers site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and building's impact on atmosphere, materials, and resources. Read More

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ASTM International Training Course focuses on aviation fuels.

November 12, 2009

Titled Aviation Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods, technical and professional training course focuses on how specifications are used to control quality of aviation fuels and why they affect product performance and availability. Course emphasizes practical applications and ASTM International's role in developing specifications and methods, while highlighting past and current problems. It also features tour of either airport fueling facility or fuel farm. Read More

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ASTM Training Course focuses on coal chemistry.

November 12, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International, Coal Chemistry Technician Training Course focuses on 40 ASTM coal characterization standards that are used every day worldwide. Course is important due to implementation of new regulations for power plant emissions and resulting increased demand for testing of fossil fuels and plant emissions. It is suited for laboratory technicians and chemists, professionals new to testing, and anyone working in fossil fuel testing laboratories. Read More

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Standards Help Save Lives during American Diabetes Month.

November 12, 2009

Providing specific requirements and test methods for syringes used to inject insulin, ISO 8537:2007, Sterile single-use syringes, with or without needle, for insulin, covers syringes for use with 40 and 100 units of insulin/ml. Another standard, ISO 15197:2003, In vitro diagnostic test systems - Requirements for blood-glucose monitoring systems for self-testing in managing diabetes mellitus, outlines performance requirements for self-testing blood-glucose monitoring systems. Read More

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AWWA and WEF encourage water careers.

November 12, 2009

In conjunction with U.S. Department of Labor, AWWA and Water Environment Federation released Water Sector Competency Model, which defines necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities for prospective water professionals and encourages careers in water sector. AWWA and WEF are committed to supporting competency-based training and certification to ensure experienced and certified water sector professionals are available to support public water systems and waste water treatment plants in the future. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to cover personnel certification accreditation.

November 12, 2009

Part of ANSI's continuing effort to promote education in standards and conformity assessment community, Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop: Understanding the Requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 will be held December 3-4. Attendees will review requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, identify what content may be helpful in demonstrating compliance, define terminology, and identify documents, best practices, and other resources that can help build understanding of standard. Read More

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Randy Dougherty of ANAB named chair of IAF.

November 12, 2009

ANSI congratulates Randy A. Dougherty, VP of ANSI-American Society for Quality National Accreditation Board, on his appointment as chair of International Accreditation Forum. Prior to being named chair of IAF, he served 2 terms as chair of IAF Technical Committee, and he is a member of IAF Executive Committee. Mr. Dougherty has a wealth of experience in the accreditation community, with 25 years of work in third-party conformity assessment. Read More

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IPC comments on California's green chemistry proposal.

November 12, 2009

IPC's Environment, Health, and Safety Steering Committee submitted comments to California's Department of Toxic Substances Control on their proposal for a green chemistry regulation. Proposal includes list of hundreds of chemicals of concern that cannot be in any products sold in California. IPC comments caution DTSC that having enormous list of banned substances without conducting thorough alternatives assessment for each chemical will inevitably lead to inadvertent negative results. Read More

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PCB Roadmap for DoD fosters identification, communications.

November 12, 2009

Created by IPC PCB Executive Agent Task Force, IPC Printed Board Defense Roadmap was developed to assist DoD PCB Executive Agent in identifying printed board technologies, designs, and materials that will be required to meet future DoD and OEM needs. It is also believed to be able to facilitate communication between printed board industry, OEMs designing and manufacturing military hardware, DoD, and military electronics supply chain. Read More

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2010 IPC APEX EXPO is open for registration.

November 11, 2009

Taking place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010 will cover reliability, cleaning and contamination, and emerging technologies such as embedded devices and solar panel assembly. Event will include technical conference, standards development meetings, professional development courses, and exhibition. More than 300 suppliers with newest products and technologies will be featured, allowing attendees to shop and compare equipment and processes. Read More

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Brass Ingot receives NSF/ANSI certification.

November 11, 2009

California Metal-X (CMX) is the first brass ingot manufacturer to receive certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (NSF 61) - Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects by NSF International. Certification to this American National Standard for public water supply products, required by California Waterworks Standards, also includes Annex G, which meets requirements of California Health and Safety Code 116875 requirements for lead content (AB 1953). Read More

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Five State DOTs receive award for life saving programs.

November 11, 2009

State transportation departments in Arkansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington were among honorees recognized by the Roadway Safety Foundation and Federal Highway Administration for innovation in operations, planning, and roadway design to reduce fatalities and injuries on our nation's highways. National Roadway Safety awards were presented by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood who said we can never stop looking for new ways to make driving safer. Read More