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AMT releases 2009-2010 Economic Handbook.

October 13, 2009

Compiled from numerous domestic and foreign sources, "2009-2010 Economic Handbook of the Manufacturing Technology Industry" encompasses product and country specific manufacturing technology data, as well as information on capital equipment purchases by several major consuming industries. Domestic data covers such areas as employment, machine tool shipments, and financial condition of the industry, while international data covers production, trade by machine type, and trade by partner country. Read More

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Data shows U.S. manufacturing economy faces risks.

October 13, 2009

According to The Facts About Modern Manufacturing handbook, manufacturing continues to play critical role in U.S. economy but is challenged by increasing costs including corporate taxes, health care and pensions, regulations, energy, and tort litigation. Book points out that U.S. does not keep pace with falling corporate tax rates, high health care costs hamstring competitiveness, regulatory compliance costs are large and growing, and energy is critical to industrial sector. Read More

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NIST releases draft report on Cowboys facility collapse.

October 13, 2009

According to report released for public comment by NIST, fabric-covered, steel frame practice facility owned by NFL's Dallas Cowboys collapsed under wind loads significantly less than those it should have resisted under applicable design standards. Report provides analysis of facility's collapse, including most likely sequence of events, and recommends that other fabric-covered steel frame structures be evaluated to ensure adequate performance under wind loads. Read More

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Market Study covers food processing and packaging in India.

October 13, 2009

Ascertaining extent of market opportunities in food processing and packaging in India, RIA's study examines deployment of automation technologies, such as machine vision, motion control, and robotics. Study also surveys automation technology applications in food processing and packaging, identifies likely customer targets for automation companies, and examines obstacles to adoption of automation technologies in Indian food processing and packaging. Read More

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ILMA Media Kit is available exclusively online.

October 12, 2009

Only available online, 2010 ILMA Media Kit helps users get started planning their advertising in ILMA's 3 publications: Compoundings, ILMA's flagship monthly magazine; the 2010 Membership Directory; and FLASHPoint, the weekly e-newsletter. Solution is suited for those selling into the lubricants industry, regardless of their marketing strategy. ILMA can be contacted to help develop a plan to best help individual advertising needs. Read More

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Gaseous Fuels Committee seeks new participants.

October 12, 2009

Interested parties are invited to participate in standards developing activities of ASTM International Committee D03 on Gaseous Fuels. Standards currently in development include ASTM WK24874, Test Method for the Determination of Moisture Vapor Concentration in Natural Gas and by Tunable Diode Laser Spectroscopy (TDLAS), and ASTM WK24875, Practice for On-Line Determination of Siloxanes in Biogas and Other Gaseous Fuels by FTIR. Read More

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ASHRAE Certification to highlight building energy use.

October 12, 2009

Building Energy Modeling Professional certification will demonstrate worker's ability to evaluate, choose, use, calibrate, and interpret results of energy modeling software. It will also confirm their competence to model new and existing buildings and systems and demonstrate ability to lead energy efficiency projects. First exam will be administered January 27, 2010 in Orlando, FL. Certification will be available at testing centers worldwide in March, 2010. Read More

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Scripps Director joins NIST advisory group.

October 12, 2009

Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, was appointed to NIST's Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. In addition to serving several positions at Scripps and UC San Diego, Haymet is co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego, a business organization devoted to advancing clean technology economy. He has published more than 165 peer-reviewed articles and has specialized in strategic research planning, partnerships, and safety issues. Read More

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NIST Method enables calibration of entire waveforms.

October 12, 2009

NIST's calibration method defines waveforms completely, providing both signal reading and measurement uncertainty at regular intervals along entire wave, and for first time, makes waveform calibrations traceable to fundamental physics. Mathematics-intensive method improves accuracy in calibrations of oscilloscopes and potentially could boost performance and save money in other fields such as medical testing, structural analysis, and remote sensing. Read More

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Computer Security Guide helps safeguard small businesses.

October 12, 2009

Authored by Richard Kissel, "Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals," provides 10 necessary steps to secure information, which includes installing firewalls, patching operating systems and applications, and backing up business data, as well as controlling physical access to network components and training employees in basic security principles. Kissel also provides 10 potential security trouble spots to be aware of such as e-mail, social media, online banking, and Web surfing. Read More

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Publication offers security tips for WiMAX networks.

October 12, 2009

Special Publication 800-127, Guide to Security for WiMAX Technologies, discusses WiMAX technology's topologies, components, certifications, security features, and related security concerns. It covers IEEE 802.16 standard for WiMAX and its evolution up to the 2009 version. SP 800-127 recommends taking advantage of built-in security features to protect data confidentiality on the network, as well as developing WiMAX security policy and using WiMAX technology that supports EAP methods. Read More

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Cousin of Elusive Magnetic Monopoles found at NIST.

October 12, 2009

By creating compound that under certain conditions forms large, molecule-sized monopoles that behave exactly as predicted particles should, research team at NIST's Center for Neutron Research, led by Hiroaki Kadowaki of Tokyo Metropolitan University, has found a way to explore magnetic monopoles in the laboratory. They are not the monopole particles predicted by Paul Dirac in 1931, but their properties will allow researchers to test how theoretical monopole particles should behave and interact. Read More

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Gas Hydrates Database aids energy and climate research.

October 12, 2009

NIST has developed free, online collection of data on properties of gas hydrates, naturally occurring crystalline materials that are a potential energy resource and may affect Earth's climate. Database contains 12,000 individual data points for about 150 compounds spanning 400 different chemical systems. Data include phase equilibria (proportions of solid, liquid, and gas phases in material at given temperature and pressure) and thermophysical property information such as thermal conductivity. Read More

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NIST recommends keeping power generators farther from house.

October 12, 2009

According to research by NIST, to prevent potentially dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, users may need to keep gasoline-powered generators 25 ft from house. NIST building researchers simulated multiple scenarios of a portable generator operating outside of a 1-story house, using both test structure and 2 different computer models. For house modeled in study, researchers found a generator position 15 ft away from open windows was not far enough to prevent carbon monoxide entry. Read More

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NIST offers standards development plan for Smart Grid.

October 12, 2009

On Sept 24, Commerce Secretary, Gary Locke announced an accelerated plan for developing standards to transform U.S. power distribution system into Smart Grid that would be more secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly, and create clean-energy jobs. Produced by NIST, document identifies about 80 initial standards that will enable vast number of interconnected devices and systems that will make up nationwide Smart Grid to communicate and work with each other. Read More

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ASTM proposes PV module standard for durability/service life.

October 12, 2009

ASTM WK25362, Practice for Photovoltaic Module Reliability Assessment, recommends procedures for conducting accelerated life testing of PV modules. Being worked on by Subcommittee E44.09 on Photovoltaic Electric Power Conversion, it will describe results of test protocols to help identify and quantify failure mechanisms that can limit service life of PV modules. Standard will also educate users on various PV property-performance-cost relationships. Read More

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FABTECH to address opportunities in energy sector.

October 9, 2009

Scheduled for Nov 15-18, FABTECH® International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, will include keynote presentation titled "Energy - The Outlook is Bright, But Where Will It Lead Us," which will connect experts from wind and solar energy sectors to discuss trends, forecasts, and government issues. Presentation on wind energy market will discuss opportunities for investment and growth, including utility-scale and small wind turbine component manufacturing and tower fabrication. Read More

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Proposed Standard covers active area, multi-purpose flooring.

October 9, 2009

Developed by ASTM International Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings, proposed standard WK24836 will validate baseline performance standard for flooring designed to reduce chance of injury from falls by participants of indoor activities, including children in schools and elderly people in long-term care facilities. Flooring in facilities covered by standard must not only be shock absorbent, but must also be firm enough to accommodate heavy items that might damage softer surfaces. Read More

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IPC opposes Canadian proposal to ban rosin.

October 9, 2009

IPC submitted comments on proposal to ban 5 rosin-containing substances from products manufactured/sold in Canada, and encourages members/industry to contact Canadian Department of Environment by October 20 to join efforts to oppose ban. Proposed ban would require manufacturers to engineer products specifically for Canadian market, raising costs, and may lead to outsourcing of operations, causing job losses in Canada. Recent EPA study showed substances do not threaten environment/human health. Read More

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RIA to cover new standards at robot safety conference.

October 9, 2009

At 21st National Robot Safety Conference, from October 26-28, introduction of new safety standards and updated R15.06 guidelines will be addressed. Updating Safety Standards presentation will be led by Roberta Nelson Shea, and will cover ISO 10218 and its 2 parts. Other workshops on functional safety, Cost Justification for Robotics and Automation, and selecting safeguards will be held. Tabletop trade fair will feature demonstrations by PIAB Vacuum Products, Ross Controls, and others. Read More