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Workshop to address/showcase NextGen aviation technologies.

August 31, 2009

Taking place in Arlington, VA on September 16 and 17, the 2009 FAA/Flight Standards Service New Technologies Workshop IV, "Future Flight Technologies - The Wings of NextGen," will highlight innovations designed to enable critical transitions necessary for Next Generation Air Transportation System. It will also provide updates on NextGen building blocks, including key elements of existing programs, technology, and new systems under development. Read More

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Frequency Converter enables high-sensitivity IR spectrometry.

August 31, 2009

Possibly affecting scientists in fields from forensics to quantum communications, researchers at NIST have developed a highly sensitive, low-cost technique for measuring light in near-infrared (NIR) range. It can measure spectrum of specific wavelengths of NIR light used in telecommunications as well as the very weak IR light at single-photon levels given off by fragile biomaterials and nanomaterials. Current methods are too static-laden, inefficient, and slow. Read More

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Reference Material targets infant/adult formula analysis.

August 28, 2009

Chemists at NIST have issued a certified reference material for determining concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in infant/adult nutritional formula as well as similar products. Standard Reference Material (SRM 1849) for Infant/Adult Nutritional Formula improves upon discontinued SRM 1846, Infant Formula, by containing certified values for 43 nutrients - including vitamins, minerals, and elements - as well as 43 reference values for amino acids and nucleotides. Read More

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Annual Meeting shows how to accel in recession climate.

August 28, 2009

Taking place from November 30 through December 4, 2009 at Marriott Marco Island in Florida, NACD's Annual Meeting (Lean and Green Don't Just Survive - Thrive!) aims to make sure attendees get information needed to endure and accel in this climate of economic recession. Keynote speakers and educational sessions will shed light on critical chemical issues, sustainability as a strategy for success, as well as how the political landscape can and will affect business. Read More

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Registration now open for Robotics Industry Forum.

August 28, 2009

RIA members can now register for 17th Annual Robotic Industry Forum set for January 20-22, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Event will feature wide range of dynamic speakers offering insights into topics such as outlook for global economy, future technology trends impacting mankind, and robotics market statistics. Forum will also address key developments in international robot safety standards and new opportunities for automation in renewable and alternative energy industries. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for July 2009.

August 28, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments declined 26.2% and bookings were down 22.3% in July 2009 from July 2008, and book-to-bill ratio pulled back slightly to 1.09. Flexible circuit shipments in July 2009 went down 14.9% and bookings declined 32.9% compared to July 2008. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio fell back to 0.94. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments decreased 25.3% from July 2008 and orders booked decreased 23.1%. Read More

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Showcase to focus on available bio-imaging technologies.

August 28, 2009

On October 6, 2009, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) will sponsor a technology transfer and commercialization showcase for bio-imaging technologies developed by NIST and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This showcase will be held at NIST's campus in Gaithersburg, MD and feature 50+ government-developed technologies available for licensing or use. Showcase also boasts two dozen speakers and information on laboratory facilities at NIH and NIST. Read More

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SME and Purdue unveil new green certificate program.

August 28, 2009

SME is collaborating with Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to develop the Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate. TAP curriculum focuses on sustainable manufacturing, energy efficiency, water conservation, reuse/recycling, designing for environment, and environmental effects of different pollutants. Partnership includes SME developing an accompanying exam or outcome-based assessment, which will be tested by TAP green work force training program participants. Read More

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Eann Patterson to deliver keynote speech at SPE ACCE.

August 28, 2009

On Sept 15, Eann Patterson, director of Composite Vehicle Research Center at MSU, will discuss university's new automotive composites research center with talk entitled "An Innovative Process for Composite Structures from the Nano- and Macro-Scale: A Vision for a New Center." Center's thrust areas include damage survivability, composite joining, multi-functional composites, self-diagnostics composites, structural integrity of composites, biomimetics, and design and manufacture. Read More

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Research Uncovers safer, denser acetylene storage material.

August 28, 2009

A team of scientists working at NIST, has figured out why a recently discovered material can safely store, at low pressure, up to 100X as much acetylene as can be done with conventional methods. The team probed the atomic-level workings of metal-organic framework (MOF) that soaks up acetylene like a sponge. Using tools at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, these scientists have shown that exposed copper atoms within the lattice give the MOF its capability for storing acetylene. Read More

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SOUTH-TEC to present post-recession opportunities.

August 28, 2009

Taking place October 6-8, 2009 at the Charlotte Convention Center, SOUTH-TEC Advanced Productivity Exposition will help southern US manufacturers move out of survival mode and into post-recession mode. Attendees can explore 200+ exhibits and evaluate what is new in manufacturing and productivity on the show floor. The exposition will be focused around 3 themes: Lean Tools for Success, Motorsports in Manufacturing, and New Products and Innovations. Read More

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Business Conditions Report is optimistic for next 3 months.

August 28, 2009

According to the August 2009 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies predict a spike in business conditions over the next 3 months. This report shows metalformers feel more optimistic about general economic activity than they have since February 2004. Other results pointed to 62% of metalforming companies forecasting increases in incoming orders and 39% reporting increased average daily shipping levels. Also, portions of workforce on short time or layoff have declined. Read More

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NIST publishes guidelines for mobile ID devices.

August 27, 2009

Released by NIST, Special Publication 500-280 recommends best practices for next generation of portable biometric acquisition devices. It offers guidelines to help ensure that, if followed, mobile and stationary systems will work together. Publication was developed by NIST researchers working with first responders, criminal justice agencies, the military, industry, and academia. Read More

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NIST Researchers simplify design of molecular electronics.

August 27, 2009

NIST research team, along with collaborators from University of Maryland, found a way to sandwich organic molecules between silicon and metal. Known as flip-chip lamination, it involves attaching molecules to gold and flipping assembly onto silicon base, with organic molecules sandwiched inside and avoiding problem of heat vaporizing molecules. Process could lead additonal applications such as biosensors, according to Mariona Coll Bau, materials scientist at NIST. Read More

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NIST Airframe Tests ensure shielding for flight instruments.

August 27, 2009

Recent tests by researchers at NIST will provide independent data on how electromagnetic radiation penetrates aircraft, helping to ensure continued air travel safety. NIST performed High Intensity Radiated Field tests on 3 representative aircraft to give FAA officials frame of reference for procedures and data reduction techniques used for typical low-level airframe HIRF attenuation/shielded tests. Information will help FAA ensure commercial aircraft are meeting minimum shielding requirements. Read More

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ANSI invites stakeholders to join roundtable in China.

August 27, 2009

ANSI encourages all full company members that manufacture physical products made or sold in China to join Institute's Manufacturer Member Roundtable. Attendees have opportunity to discuss challenges and strategies, share information across industry sectors, and provide perspectives on issues related to manufacture and distribution in China. Recent discussions have included China Compulsory Certification regulations, dealing with China's RoHS, and China's energy efficiency requirements. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover spacecraft to food equipment.

August 27, 2009

ANSI will publish snapshots of diverse standards initiatives undertaken in global and national standards. Concerning spacecraft, aerospace systems standard SAE AIR 1168/11-2008, Spacecraft Boost and Entry Heat Transfer, presents theoretical methods for computing and optimizing heat transfer to ensure efficient and safe launches. To protect consumers from food-related illnesses, NSF/ANSI 170-2008, Glossary of Food Equipment Terminology, defines terminology related to food equipment. Read More

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TRFA will feature keynote by wind energy expert.

August 27, 2009

Scheduled for Sept 13-15, TRFA 2009 Annual Meeting will include keynote by John R. Dunlop, Senior Technical Outreach Engineer for American Wind Energy Association. Event will also include meetings of Market Focused Committees, Regulatory Affairs Report, 2009 Tabletop Showcase, and General Business Session, as well as opportunities for informal networking with industry peers. Three of 17 Technical Paper Presentations will focus on relationship between thermoset resins and wind energy. Read More

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Experts to Show how to turn the tables on field failures.

August 27, 2009

On September 24, 2009, industry experts will provide insight into failure analysis via a series of free forums on acceptability, reliability, and failure analysis held in conjunction with IPC Midwest in Schaumburg, IL. Attendees will learn intricacies of ensuring reliability throughout the lifecycle of electronic products and systems as failure analysts present technical case studies and provide how-to guidance on show floor. Read More

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Hogentogler Award given to Vincenzo Fioravante, Ph.D.

August 27, 2009

Dr. Vincenzo Fioravante received the C.A. Hogentogler Award from ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock for his paper, "Physical Modeling of Landslide Stabilization Methods in an Overconsolidated Clay," which had formally appeared in the 2008 ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal. This annual award is given to the author or authors of a paper of outstanding merit on soil and/or rock for engineering purposes that is published by the Society. Read More