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ASTM revises home playground equipment standard.

August 18, 2009

Designed to reduce likelihood of life-threatening or debilitating injuries, ASTM standard F1148, Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Home Playground Equipment, no longer allows home playground sets with swings that attach to upper body component. Change will eliminate potentially hazardous situations such as conflicts in circulation patterns and children falling from upper body component onto underlying or adjacent swinging component. Read More

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IPC Conference/Exposition to feature live assembly line.

August 18, 2009

From September 23-24, 2009, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will include IPC A-Line on show floor, with experts from 11 top suppliers available to demonstrate advanced electronics assembly. Surface mount as well as through-hole component mounting equipment will be demonstrated. Soldering, laser marking, and PCB production equipment will also be demonstrated as well as screen printer, pick and place system, stencils for solder paste deposition, and conveyors. Read More

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Export Control System Review is welcomed by NAM.

August 18, 2009

As NAM VP for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo made a statement in response to the President's decision to launch a broad-based review of the US export control system. He insisted that "An efficient export control system that carefully focuses on truly sensitive and unique technologies without hampering other exports is essential." Vargo also cited the current system as restricting too many technologies, being costly, and creating delays/uncertainties for foreign customers. Read More

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Robot Orders are down sharply in first half of 2009.

August 18, 2009

According to RIA, North American-based robotics companies saw orders for new robots decline 36% in units and 47% in dollars through the first half of 2009. The second quarter, which saw declines of 43% in units and 51% in dollars over the same period in 2008, was also down 29% in units and 26% in dollars from the first quarter of 2009. RIA President, Jeff Burnstein, attributed weakness in orders received from automotive industry OEMs and suppliers as the major factor. Read More

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Warehouse Operations Certificate awarded to first recipient.

August 17, 2009

William Myers of APR Supply Company in Lebanon, PA has been awarded the first Essentials of Profitable Warehouse Operations© certificate of completion by ASA Education Foundation. Myers, who works in counter sales at one of their branch locations, is the first student to pass the final exam and earn his certificate. In learning how to do their job effectively, the course emphasizes team-based approach with focus on orderly flow of materials as well as safety and security. Read More

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Nicholas J. Carino is honored as concrete technology expert.

August 17, 2009

ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates honored Dr. Nicholas J. Carino with the 2009 Katharine and Bryant Mather Award. Based in Chagrin Falls, OH as a concrete technology consultant, Carino was recognized as an expert in the field of concrete technology and nondestructive testing. A member of ASTM International for 30+ years, his contributions in performing administrative and managerial duties enhanced the status of concrete technology as a discipline. Read More

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SPE announces scholarship winners for graduate research.

August 17, 2009

Two graduate students will each receive $2,000 USD scholarship check at SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition to help underwrite research in composites for ground transportation. Gregorio Manuel Velez-Garcia will use scholarship for development work on new method for predicting fiber orientation in fiber-reinforced, injection-molded thermoplastics, while Zeba Farheen Abdul Samad will use scholarship to continue work on aromatic thermosetting copolyester/carbon fiber composites. Read More

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Standards Development Efforts radiate into solar industry.

August 14, 2009

IPC has announced that an IPC Solar Standards Committee has been formed and has begun work on standards for poly-silicon photovoltaic industry, specifically the assembly of solar panels. Some areas of standardization that will be addressed include acceptability guidelines for solar panel lamination, specification for materials used in tabbing and stringing, in-process test methods for solar panels, and guidelines for final test with emphasis on flash test. Read More

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AEC 2009-2010 Buyers' Guide goes digital.

August 14, 2009

Available as online flipbook, 2009-2010 Buyers' Guide includes links to AEC member company websites, facilitates direct inquiries through e-mail links, and offers full directory entries for all Extruder, Supplier, and Producer Members, along with Capabilities Charts for AEC member extrusion plants. Guide also provides interesting facts about aluminum and aluminum extrusions, and articles highlighting some of the best and latest applications for aluminum extrusions. Read More

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NIST Demonstrates sustained quantum computation processing.

August 14, 2009

NIST Physicists have demonstrated sustained, reliable information processing operations on electrically charged atoms (ions). This work, described in the August 6, 2009 issue of Science Express, overcomes hurdles in scaling up ion-trapping technology from small demonstrations to larger quantum processors. Scientists demonstrated repeated rounds of a sequence of logic operations on the ions and found that operational error rates did not increase as they progressed through the series. Read More

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Scientists Evaluate Atomic Clock based on ytterbium atoms.

August 14, 2009

As reported in Physical Review Letters, an experimental atomic clock based on ytterbium atoms is now about four times more accurate than it was several years ago. Its precision compares to that of NIST-F1 cesium fountain clock, the nation's civilian time standard, which keeps time to within 1 second in about 100 million years. Also, the ytterbium clock provides time standards community more options in ongoing development and comparisons of next-generation clocks. Read More

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FAA and NATCA reach landmark labor agreement.

August 14, 2009

At conclusion of mediation process, FAA and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association produced landmark labor agreement, which provides employees with greater flexibility in work schedules, childcare support, and new grievance review process. At the same time, agreement affords FAA flexibility to more effectively redeploy labor to congested airports using Controller Incentive Pay, and restores more equitable pay standard to benefit both new hires and veterans nearing retirement. Read More

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Nicole Overman receives scholarship award from ASTM.

August 14, 2009

Nicole Overman, a graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Washington State University, received the Mary R. Norton Memorial Scholarship from ASTM International Committee E04 on Metallography. Overman was recognized for her pursuit of education in line with the award's focus on the study of physical metallurgy or materials science, with an emphasis on the relationship between microstructure and properties. Read More

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Report Details Meeting of nuclear energy standards group.

August 14, 2009

NIST and ANSI published a report on the inaugural meeting of the Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC), a new ANSI Standards Panel formed to address current/future standards needs of the nuclear energy industry. In addition to explaining the rationale for the collaboration, the report offers a review of the draft group charter; a discussion of NESCC's organizational structure, and identification/discussion of potential standards topics for technical task groups. Read More

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Investor Perception Study predicts biotech rebound.

August 14, 2009

According to investor perception study released by BIO and Thomson Reuters, investors accurately forecasted rebound of biotechnology industry, but underestimated degree to which positive clinical trial data would drive sector higher. Although study participants indicated "an increase in positive clinical news" as second likely catalyst for rebound, they softened that view with assertion that overall research and development productivity in 2009-2011 would be the same as 2006-2008. Read More

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Membership Category caters specifically to distributors.

August 14, 2009

A specific membership category is offered to distributors who derive at least 1/3 of their revenues from sales of motors, drives, and motion control products. Those who qualify will receive a detailed Motion Control Online listing with features designed to produce leads, one free registration to annual MCA Business Conference, key contact information at other MCA member companies, as well as access to key executives at companies supplying robotics and machine vision. Read More

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Puerto Rico Bill promotes agricultural biotechnology.

August 14, 2009

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Executive VP, Food and Agriculture for BIO, issued a statement concerning the signing of "Law for the Promotion and Development of Agricultural Biotechnological Businesses in Puerto Rico" by Luis Fortuno, govenor of Puerto Rico. Speaking for BIO, Lauritsen commended Puerto Rico's legislative assembly and governor for enacting and signing into law a bill that promotes agricultural biotechnology research and development. Read More

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Meeting to address financial impact of cyber risk.

August 13, 2009

ANSI and Internet Security Alliance invite all interested stakeholders to participate in second meeting to discuss Phase II of Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask. Scheduled for August 18, Phase II will focus on developing implementation strategy that addresses questions provided in Phase I. It will also expand that framework to include guidance on making more informed decisions related to cyber risk from economic standpoint. Read More

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NIST releases cybersecurity recommendations for government.

August 13, 2009

NIST has released NIST Special Publication 800-53, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. According to Ron Ross of NIST's computer security division, final publication represents solidification of partnership between Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and NIST and their efforts to bring common security solutions to federal government and its support contractors. Read More

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ATA says FAA crew training proposal is unworkable.

August 13, 2009

ATA has filed comments expressing serious concerns about FAA proposed regulation that would rewrite pilot, flight attendant, flight engineer, and dispatcher training requirements. ATA believes that proposal could adversely impact current best practice training programs. Instead of proceeding directly to final rule, ATA recommends that FAA suspend rulemaking and immediately convene Aviation Rulemaking Committee to address conflicts and inconsistencies identified in ATA comments. Read More