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Additives Course benefits technical, business professionals.

October 14, 2009

Additives Short Course, presented by ASC, enables business and technical professionals to come together for education that benefits everyone from scientists to sales people. Offered every other year, this course will be held at the Columbus Airport Marriott in Columbus, OH on November 4 and 5 of 2009 and highlights leading additives in use today as well as advances in these unique formulation tools. Interested parties are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Read More

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New NDT Standards focus on aerospace composites.

October 14, 2009

Guide for Nondestructive Testing of Polymer Matrix Composites Used in Aerospace Applications (ASTM E2533) helps engineers select appropriate nondestructive testing methods to examine and characterize aerospace composites. Also available, Practice for Radiologic Examination of Flat Panel Composites and Sandwich Core Materials Used in Aerospace Applications (ASTM E2662) provides process control requirements for film and digital radiography of aerospace composite panels. Read More

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ASHRAE offers datacenter information in CD form.

October 14, 2009

Compiled into one searchable CD, "Data Center Design and Operation - ASHRAE Datacom Series" provides guidance on ways to plan, build, and monitor datacenters in ways that are energy efficient and cost effective. It addresses datacenter cooling, structural and vibration guidelines, and equipment power trends. Users can search across all previous published books in Datacom Series simultaneously, as well as print information directly from CD or copy or paste into another document. Read More

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FAA announces serious runway incursions down by 50%.

October 14, 2009

According to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, serious runway incursions were down 50% for most recent 12-month period compared to previous year. There were 12 serious incursions in fiscal year 2009 which ended Sept 30, with 2 involving commercial carriers, compared to 25 events in fiscal year 2008, with 9 involving commercial carriers. A serious incursion is one in which collision was narrowly avoided, or there was significant potential for collision that required quick corrective action. Read More

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Medical Glove Allergen Standard developed by ASTM committee.

October 13, 2009

Standard D7558, Test Method for Colorimetric/Spectrophotometric Procedure to Quantify Extractable Chemical Dialkyldithiocarbamate, Thiuram, and Mercaptobenzothiazole Accelerators in Natural Rubber Latex and Nitrile Gloves, was developed by Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products. It will allow rubber glove manufacturers to monitor level of residual chemicals in their end products and potentially make manufacturing changes to reduce allergen levels. Read More

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AMT releases 2009-2010 Economic Handbook.

October 13, 2009

Compiled from numerous domestic and foreign sources, "2009-2010 Economic Handbook of the Manufacturing Technology Industry" encompasses product and country specific manufacturing technology data, as well as information on capital equipment purchases by several major consuming industries. Domestic data covers such areas as employment, machine tool shipments, and financial condition of the industry, while international data covers production, trade by machine type, and trade by partner country. Read More

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Data shows U.S. manufacturing economy faces risks.

October 13, 2009

According to The Facts About Modern Manufacturing handbook, manufacturing continues to play critical role in U.S. economy but is challenged by increasing costs including corporate taxes, health care and pensions, regulations, energy, and tort litigation. Book points out that U.S. does not keep pace with falling corporate tax rates, high health care costs hamstring competitiveness, regulatory compliance costs are large and growing, and energy is critical to industrial sector. Read More

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NIST releases draft report on Cowboys facility collapse.

October 13, 2009

According to report released for public comment by NIST, fabric-covered, steel frame practice facility owned by NFL's Dallas Cowboys collapsed under wind loads significantly less than those it should have resisted under applicable design standards. Report provides analysis of facility's collapse, including most likely sequence of events, and recommends that other fabric-covered steel frame structures be evaluated to ensure adequate performance under wind loads. Read More

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Market Study covers food processing and packaging in India.

October 13, 2009

Ascertaining extent of market opportunities in food processing and packaging in India, RIA's study examines deployment of automation technologies, such as machine vision, motion control, and robotics. Study also surveys automation technology applications in food processing and packaging, identifies likely customer targets for automation companies, and examines obstacles to adoption of automation technologies in Indian food processing and packaging. Read More

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ILMA Media Kit is available exclusively online.

October 12, 2009

Only available online, 2010 ILMA Media Kit helps users get started planning their advertising in ILMA's 3 publications: Compoundings, ILMA's flagship monthly magazine; the 2010 Membership Directory; and FLASHPoint, the weekly e-newsletter. Solution is suited for those selling into the lubricants industry, regardless of their marketing strategy. ILMA can be contacted to help develop a plan to best help individual advertising needs. Read More

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Gaseous Fuels Committee seeks new participants.

October 12, 2009

Interested parties are invited to participate in standards developing activities of ASTM International Committee D03 on Gaseous Fuels. Standards currently in development include ASTM WK24874, Test Method for the Determination of Moisture Vapor Concentration in Natural Gas and by Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy (TDLAS), and ASTM WK24875, Practice for On-Line Determination of Siloxanes in Biogas and Other Gaseous Fuels by FTIR. Read More

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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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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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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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Publication offers security tips for WiMAX networks.

October 12, 2009

Special Publication 800-127, Guide to Security for WiMAX Technologies, discusses WiMAX technology's topologies, components, certifications, security features, and related security concerns. It covers IEEE 802.16 standard for WiMAX and its evolution up to the 2009 version. SP 800-127 recommends taking advantage of built-in security features to protect data confidentiality on the network, as well as developing WiMAX security policy and using WiMAX technology that supports EAP methods. Read More

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Cousin of Elusive Magnetic Monopoles found at NIST.

October 12, 2009

By creating compound that under certain conditions forms large, molecule-sized monopoles that behave exactly as predicted particles should, research team at NIST's Center for Neutron Research, led by Hiroaki Kadowaki of Tokyo Metropolitan University, has found a way to explore magnetic monopoles in the laboratory. They are not the monopole particles predicted by Paul Dirac in 1931, but their properties will allow researchers to test how theoretical monopole particles should behave and interact. 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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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