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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ELFA Index shows decline in new business volume in August.

September 29, 2009

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index shows overall new business volume for August declined by 35.1%, compared to August 2008, and fell 22.9% from July. Reflecting volume of commercial equipment financed in U.S., it also indicates 2.5% increase in charge-offs from prior month, which rose by 115.5% compared to August 2008. Monthly Confidence Index for September dropped slightly to 53.8, but majority of participants believe business conditions will stabilize over next 4 months. Read More

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ASTM Paint and Coatings Committee approves 2 new standards.

September 29, 2009

ASTM D7489, Practice for Evaluating Touch-Up Properties of Architectural Coatings Under Various Environmental Conditions, covers variations in color, gloss, and sheen that impact touch-up capacity of paint. To assess capability of architectural coatings for blocking ink stains from bleeding through to topcoat, paint companies and raw material suppliers will be able to use ASTM D7514, Test Method for Evaluating Ink Stainblocking of Architectural Paints Systems by Visual Assessment. Read More

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BIO applauds appointment of new director of NIFA.

September 29, 2009

Effective October 5, 2009, Dr. Roger N. Beachy will be 1st Director of National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Sharon Bomer Lauritsen of BIO says that Beachy's scientific knowledge and experience will help guide nation into new era of agriculture and food production that will rely on new technologies. Lauritsen also said that Beachy's work is meaningful at time when global population is growing and demand for food and energy sources is increasing. 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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BIO Summit to highlight applications for bioenergy.

September 29, 2009

To be held November 8-11, 2009, Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will highlight companies pursuing new sources of bioenergy/green products. Plenary sessions will include Asia-Pacific Advances in Industrial Biotechnology, Advanced Biofuels: Status of Commercialization Efforts, and Novel Applications in the Industrial Biotechnology Space. The Business of Engineering Life and Algae Production Systems: Opportunities and Challenges, will further discuss progress. Read More

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NACD appoints new staff members.

September 29, 2009

Appointed Director of Member Advancement and Strategic Communications, Matthew T. Glaser will oversee all aspects of NACD's member retention and engagement activities. Larry Bafundo, Manager, Member Advancement and Communications, will serve as primary membership recruiter and assist in implementation of new strategies to engage membership. As Manager, Government Affairs, Chris Parinello will run Responsible Distribution PAC and grassroots programs and advocate for sound government policies. Read More

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ASTM to hold symposium on static and dynamic spinal implants.

September 29, 2009

Papers are invited for symposium on "Static and Dynamic Spinal Implants: Are We Evaluating Them Appropriately?" Scheduled for Nov 16, 2010, event will provide forum to evaluate existing test methods for spinal implants in light of clinical experience and failure modes, and to discuss what new directions and standards are needed to address clinical failures through pre-clinical testing. Sessions will include static devices, dynamic devices, in vitro test methods, and suggested test methods. Read More

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Gary Locke unveils plan for Smart Grid interoperability.

September 29, 2009

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke unveiled accelerated plan for developing standards to transform U.S. power distribution system into secure, more efficient, and environmentally friendly Smart Grid and create clean-energy jobs. Produced by Commerce Department's NIST, 90-page document identifies about 80 initial standards that will enable vast number of interconnected devices and systems that will make up the nationwide Smart Grid to communicate and work with each other. 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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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 Researchers collaborate on beryllium reference material.

September 29, 2009

Researchers at NIST, in collaboration with private industry and government agencies, produced Standard Reference Material SRM 1877, Beryllium Oxide Powder. It consists of high-fired crystalline beryllium oxide with particles about 200 nm in diameter, which have been separated into aggregated clusters that will pass through 20 mesh screen. Material closely mimics form of beryllium to which workers would be exposed. Development was sponsored by U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Read More