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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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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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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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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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PTDA Market Outlook Report notes slight boost in sales.

November 11, 2009

According to Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers posted increased sales in September 2009. Confidence in U.S. market, measured on 1-10 scale, held at at 4.7 for third consecutive month. Canadian confidence rose by 0.1 from last month to 4.2. Respectively, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers' sales rose 5.3% and 14.0% in September 2009 but were down 29.6% and 29.1% compared to 2008. In the 9 overall product categories, 7 (U.S.) and 8 (Canadian) posted sales gains. 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

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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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Scientists build first optical frequency comb.

November 11, 2009

Scientists at University of Konstanz in Germany and NIST in U.S. have built first optical frequency comb, a tool for precisely measuring different frequencies of visible light. Teeth of frequency comb are separated enough that when viewed with a grating and microscope, the human eye can see each of approximately 50,000 teeth spanning visible color spectrum from red to blue. Comb can be used to measure light emitted by lasers, atoms, stars, or other objects. Read More

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NIST solves timing problem in molecular modeling.

November 11, 2009

Vinod Tewary, a theoretical physicist at NIST, has developed method for calculating motions and forces of thousands of atoms simultaneously over wider range of time scales than previously possible. Mathematical technique is expected to enable modeling of many processes that occur at time scales of nano- to microseconds, such as formation and growth of defects as well as conduction of heat, diffusion, and radiation damage in materials. Read More

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NIST Test analyzes iris recognition algorithms in biometrics.

November 11, 2009

NIST report, IREX I: Performance of Iris Recognition Algorithms on Standard Images, demonstrates that iris recognition algorithms can maintain accuracy and interoperability with compact images. It found that JPEG2000 and PNG formats, defined by ISO-IEC 19794-6 standard, compressed images small enough for storage and transmission. Test also analyzed various technical factors affecting users and showed that in forensic applications, slower and more powerful algorithms were beneficial. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee covers glass for solar applications.

November 11, 2009

During virtual meeting, a new ASTM International standards developing activity, Subcommittee E44.20 on Glass for Solar Applications, was formed. Scope of subcommittee is development and maintenance of standards for glass and glass coatings for solar applications that include, but are not limited to, photovoltaic, solar thermal, and concentrating applications. Standards will address characteristics that affect performance, durability, and reliability. Read More

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ATA expects decline in air travel over Thanksgiving.

November 11, 2009

ATA said it expects 4% year-over-year decrease in number of passengers traveling during 2009 Thanksgiving holiday season, from Friday, November 20 through Tuesday, December 1. Flights are expected to be full, driven by decrease in available seats and deep discounting. ATA also says carriers have cut back schedules in response to economic pressures, with capacity reductions deepest since 1942. Organization also expects government to open up Special Activity Airspace to help ease congestion. Read More

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Three States are Honored for highway safety leadership.

November 11, 2009

On October 25 of this year, 2009 AASHTO Safety Leadership Awards were presented to states of Colorado, Nebraska, and New Mexico at AASHTO Annual Meeting in Palm Desert, CA. While each state selected employed differing programs and approaches, all demonstrated strong leadership, support of behavioral approaches to improving highway safety through flexing Highway Safety Improvement Program funds, and success in reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries. Read More

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Network and Service Optimization are key to IPTV growth.

November 11, 2009

According to Forum Marketing Director, Laurie Gonzalez, improving multiplay content delivery by optimizing IPTV networks, provisioning, and remote management are crucial strategic objective work areas for Broadband Forum. On Nov 12, Ms. Gonzalez will address TelcoTV conference and show how IPTV has continued steady growth despite economic downturn, with North America now home to nearly 20% of all subscribers. She will also outline Broadband Forum strategic objectives beyond IPTV. Read More

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AASHTO Member wins prestigious national award.

November 11, 2009

Governing magazine named Pete Rahn, 2008 AASHTO president and current director of Missouri DoT, as one of its 2009 Public Officials of the Year. Noting the success of Missouri's I-64 project in St. Louis, Governing magazine specifically praised Rahn's ability to "partner with the private sector in unique ways to build large-scale transportation projects quickly and affordably." It also took into account Rahn's willingness to take risks and his desire to make a difference. Read More

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Airline Costs Decline for second consecutive quarter.

November 11, 2009

Airline Cost Index, incorporating data through second quarter of 2009, showed composite cost index fell 29% in second quarter of 2009 versus same period of 2008. Largest components of index, which includes all operating expenses and interest expense, were labor, fuel, and transport-related expense. While average price paid for fuel fell 36%, other categories seeing year-over-year declines in input costs included aircraft rent/ownership and maintenance material. Read More

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Agricultural Biotech Industry supports Insect Resistance Management Plan.

November 10, 2009

Report by Center for Science in Public Interest states that farmer compliance Insect Resistance Management (IRM) Plan has been in decline. Guidelines of IRM program require growers of certain biotech corn to plant refuge of nonbiotech corn to prevent emergence of resistant insect populations. Nick Storer of Dow AgroSciences says company is partnering with other stakeholder groups to deliver education campaign to corn farmers. Read More

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Dr. Patrick Gallagher confirmed by Senate as NIST Director.

November 10, 2009

Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher was confirmed, by unanimous consent, as 14th director of NIST. Gallagher has worked at NIST since 1993 as scientist and laboratory director and has worked as deputy director since September 2008. Commerce Secretary Gary Locked stated "We expect him to continue his capable stewardship of NIST as we tackle complex problems like cyber security, developing an interoperable 'smart' energy grid, standardizing electronic health records and advancing the manufacturing sector." Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for September 2009.

November 10, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments declined 15.9% and bookings were down 7.8% in Sept 2009 from Sept 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments grew by 21.7% and rigid bookings increased 29.7%. Flexible circuit shipments in Sept 2009 went up 7.9% and bookings increased 12.1% compared to September 2008. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments went up 22.0% and flex bookings increased 48.1%. Read More