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ASC announces fall education lineup.

September 30, 2009

ASC is providing various training opportunities through December 2009. Online and face-to-face courses are being offered, enabling participants to choose format that fits their schedules and budgets. Courses include Dynamic Mechanical Analysis, Waterborne Adhesives Technical Short Course, and Window Wall Interface. Others cover additives, shear property testing of adhesives, adhesive bonding, and use of thermoset resins in alternative energy industry. Read More

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LIA to hold manufacturing workshop in Houston, TX.

September 30, 2009

LIA Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop will bring together various industry specialists to discuss how to apply cladding and rapid manufacturing processes to modern manufacturing. Topics will include laser cladding for various industries; cladding techniques for component repair and general manufacturing; and research, development, and international applications of additive manufacturing. Paul Denny will serve as Conference Chair and Bill Shiner will be Sponsor Committee Chair. Read More

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Abstracts on Thermal Treatment are sought for conference.

September 30, 2009

Air and Waste Management Association is seeking abstracts for the International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors, which will take place May 17-20, 2010 in San Francisco, CA. Specifically, abstracts are being sought for presentations containing new information about the thermal treatment of radioactive, hazardous chemical, mixed, munitions, medical/pharmaceutical, municipal, and industrial wastes. Deadline is November 2, 2009. Read More

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ASTM International Manual promotes total quality management.

September 30, 2009

Manual 22, Business Performance Excellence Through Total Quality Management, second edition is available in electronic or hard copy. Nine chapters, focused on roles, planning, reporting, partnerships, control, and compliance, provide practical guidelines to ensure optimal business performance through total quality management. Specifically, guidelines cover leadership commitment; team management; customer, workforce, and market focus; process management; and measurement analysis. Read More

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Standard covers alternatives to conventional aviation fuel.

September 30, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee D02.J0.06 on Emerging Turbine Fuels, ASTM D7566 provides criteria for production, distribution, and use of aviation turbine engine fuel produced from coal, natural gas, or biomass using Fischer-Tropsch process. It addresses requirements for blends of conventional aviation turbine fuel with synthesized hydrocarbon blend components, and defines types of aviation turbine fuel that may contain synthesized hydrocarbons for civil use in operation and certification of aircraft. Read More

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New ASTM Standards address occupational health and safety.

September 30, 2009

Concerning aspects of water-miscible metalworking fluids, ASTM E2657, Test Method for Determination of Endotoxin Concentrations in Water-Miscible Metalworking Fluids, and ASTM E2694, Test Method for Measurement of Adenosine Triphosphate in Water-Miscible Metalworking Fluids, measure biological contamination and produce test results that can be used to monitor condition of metalworking fluids. Also, ASTM E2693 concerns prevention of dermatitis in wet metal removal fluid environments. Read More

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Crosscheck Test Programs will obtain worldwide lab data.

September 30, 2009

Interlaboratory Crosscheck Programs provide participants with statistical quality assurance tool, enabling laboratories to compare performance in use of ASTM methods against other laboratories worldwide. Each program recipient receives different samples, representative of the product line, for each test cycle; data report forms; and test instructions. Single determinations by each laboratory are required, as program does not allow reporting of averages of replicate determinations. Read More

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Technical Publication covers fatigue and fracture mechanics.

September 30, 2009

Available from ASTM, 36th volume of STP 1508, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, features 42 peer reviewed papers that present latest research in residual stress effects on fatigue and fracture, multi-scale and physics-based approaches, reactor components and materials, and fatigue crack growth. Papers also address predicting effects of elevated temperatures and environment, and fatigue and fracture of specific components, joining methods, surface treatments, and coatings. Read More

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Publication focuses on pesticide formulation, delivery.

September 30, 2009

Publication STP 1507 - Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems, 28th Volume: Global Trends and Regulatory Drivers in the Crop Protection Industry - is available in electronic or hardy copy. It includes 11 peer-reviewed papers that address challenges to agrochemical formulations industry regarding global trends and regulatory drivers. Specific topics cover formulations, regulatory initiatives, and delivery applications as well as research of soil, seed, and test methods. Read More

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NIST releases nanoruler with femtometer accuracy.

September 30, 2009

NIST has issued a ruler which is calibration standard for x-ray diffraction that measures angles with accuracy better than 1/3,600°. Unit is 25 mm² multilayer silicon chip that provides crystallographers with crystal sample for calibrating precision instruments. Spacing, tilt, and orientation crystal lattice values are traceable to SI units, so material provides absolute reference for high-precision calibrations. Read More

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ASTM issues Call for Papers for 2011 symposium.

September 30, 2009

Scheduled for Feb 2-4, 2011, symposium on Testing and Specification of Recycled Materials for Sustainable Geotechnical Construction will provide forum for exchange of ideas on current research nationally and internationally on use of industrial byproducts and other recycled materials in geotechnical construction. A key objective is to identify new opportunities for standards and specifications that will facilitate widespread use of industrial byproducts and other recycled materials. Read More

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NIST to cohost IT Security Automation Conference.

September 30, 2009

To be held October 26-29, 5th annual IT Security Automation Conference will focus on emerging technologies designed to support security automation needs of multiple sectors. It will feature tracks on use of security automation in support of HIPAA, use of security automation tools/technologies to simplify policy compliance; and how evolving cloud computing sector can integrate security automation. Also including various workshops, it will be cohosted by NIST, DHS, NSA, and DISA. Read More

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IPC Quarterly Report hints at signs of economic recovery.

September 30, 2009

Summer 2009 edition of Supply Chain Tracker shows that key industry segments in Q2 reflected slowing decline. North American Electronics Industry Performance Index of -29 shows flattening trend that may indicate industry has hit bottom. Dry film sales, registering at -23.9%, are slowly increasing, while sales in EMS industry have yet to see signs of recovery. Leading indicators improved, such as book-to-bill ratio for rigid PCBs, which at 1.08, means demand exceeds current supply. Read More

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AMCA Publication focuses on HVAC damper selection and use.

September 30, 2009

AMCA International released Publication 502-06 (R2009) - Damper Application Manual for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning - which provides general information and important points to be considered when designing or specifying HVAC installations requiring dampers in specific temperatures and pressures. It serves as a guide to understanding various types of available dampers as well as items to be considered for their proper use. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses lead content in turf fibers.

September 30, 2009

ASTM F2765, Specification for Total Lead Content in Synthetic Turf Fibers, was developed to provide field owners/turf suppliers with procedure for measuring lead content in fibers. "Standard can be used to verify that fibers in synthetic turf do not contain intentionally added lead," said Phil Stricklen of Sportexe. Stricklen, also member of Committee F08, said potential users also include test laboratories that analyze synthetic turf fibers for total lead content. Read More

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Construction Backlog Indicator is up 8.9%.

September 29, 2009

July's Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI), which gauges the amount of construction work to be completed, measured in time, currently under contract, rose to 6.1 months from June's 5.6 months. Anirban Basu, ABC Chief Economist, noted that while this monthly increase was significant and impressive, June was the lowest point for the CBI since November 2008. At that time, according to Basu, the CBI stood at 7.1 months - 14 percent above its current level of 6.1 months. Read More

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Nanochemistry Technique encases molecules in microdroplets.

September 29, 2009

Scientists at NIST have employed microfluidics to make microdroplets that contain single molecules of interest. By combining this microfluidic droplet-on-demand method with optical tweezers that could merge multiple droplets and cause their molecular contents to react, research may ultimately lead to compact, integrated setup for obtaining single-molecule information on structure and function of important organic materials, such as proteins, enzymes, and DNA. Read More

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NIST sends campus master plan to Capital Planning Commission.

September 29, 2009

Updated Master Plan for Gaithersburg, MD, campus of NIST lists planned and possible future additions/improvements to campus. It describes new construction projects totaling 100,000 sq ft, including NIST child care, robotics research and development, and consolidated fire/police emergency services facilities; National Structural Fire Research Laboratory; and Net-Zero Energy Residential Building. NCPC commission will review and consider finalized version of plan at December 3 meeting. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers bicycle front wheel retention systems.

September 29, 2009

Adoption of quick-release devices on bicycles has led to heightened potential for injuries due to front wheel separations. ASTM F2680 Standard defines performance of primary and secondary retention systems, with focus on preventing unintended wheel separation. David Montague, president, CLIX Systems Inc., and member of F08.10 task group that developed ASTM F2680, notes that complete bicycle assemblers as well as hub and fork makers will find standard beneficial. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for August 2009.

September 29, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments declined 27.4% and bookings were down 13.0% in Aug 2009 from Aug 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments grew by 4.8% and rigid bookings increased 12.2%. Flexible circuit shipments in Aug 2009 went down 13.7% and bookings increased 7.5% compared to Aug 2008. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments went up 2.1% and bookings increased 26.5%. Read More