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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

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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 Standard Developed for computer forensics degree programs.

September 29, 2009

ASTM E2678, Guide for Education and Training in Computer Forensics, provides road map for post-secondary institutions to develop computer forensics degree programs. It covers topics such as alternative paths by which students may arrive at and move through professional training; formal educational programs of increasing length from associate degrees through graduate work; and framework for academic certificate programs offered by educational institutions. Read More

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NFB to honor Apple, GE, and Newegg.com.

September 28, 2009

On Sept 22, National Federation of the Blind will hold its first-ever Web Accessibility Day. Teaming up with the Maryland Technology Assistance Program, NFB will host day-long, in-depth panel on how to create accessible Web content that complies with federal and state regulations. Apple will be recognized for making its iPhone accessible to blind users, while GE and Newegg.com will be recognized for continued commitment to ensuring equal access to their Websites for blind consumers. Read More

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AMCA International Members convene for 54th Annual Meeting.

September 28, 2009

Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. (AMCA) members convened for their Annual Meeting in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada from September 10-12. AMCA President, Denis Labelle, and President of Mechanovent Corporation Chairman of the Board, Gary Benson hosted meetings. The in-person business and networking event enabled members and staff to discuss ideas such as CRP certifying process modernization and increasing acceptance of CRP on key products internationally. Read More

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IPC Standard helps determine PCB current-carrying capacity.

September 28, 2009

IPC-2152, Standard for Determining Current-Carrying Capacity in Printed Board Design sets industry standard for determining appropriate sizes of internal and external conductors as a function of current-carrying capacity required and acceptable conductor temperature rise. It provides guidance on how thermal conductivity, vias, power dissipation, printed board material and thickness, and presence of copper planes factor into relationship between current, conductor size, and temperature. Read More

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AWWA issues Call for Papers for April conference.

September 28, 2009

AWWA announced that 2010 Sustainable Water Management Conference and Exposition Call for Papers is now open. Scheduled for April 11-14, 2010, conference is co-sponsored by Water Research Foundation, WateReuse Association, International Desalination Association, and Sandia National Laboratories. It will feature combination of interactive learning tracks, including workshops, panel discussions, and oral presentations focusing on demand management and meeting water supply needs. Read More