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RIA announces partnership for collaborative safety.

September 14, 2009

Partnership for Collaborative Safety between RIA and safety partners such as PIAB Vacuum Products seeks to advance robot and machine safety through participation in National Robot Safety Conference XXI, Oct 26-28. Conference focuses on Moving Forward with Safety and examines latest in standards, technology, and products. Members of partnership help disseminate RIA's message of safety and training and their various publics benefit from registration discount. Read More

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IPC Midwest to feature electronics manufacturing innovations.

September 14, 2009

IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will take place on September 23-24, 2009, at Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL. Products and services representing categories such as equipment or materials for electronics assembly, manufacturing, and test; chemicals and materials or equipment for PCB manufacturing; and more will be on display. Event will include live assembly line on show floor, IPC International Technology Roadmap forum, and networking opportunities. Read More

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President Obama announces intent to nominate NIST director.

September 14, 2009

President Barack Obama has announced intent to nominate physicist Patrick Gallagher to be 14th director of NIST. Gallagher's leadership will be critical to agency that is central to nation's ability to innovate and compete in global markets, according to U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. Awaiting confirmation by Senate, Gallagher began working at NIST Center for Neutron Research in 1993 and was appointed deputy director of NIST in September 2008. Read More

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Plasan's Lownsdale to discuss automotive carbon composites.

September 11, 2009

Gary Lownsdale, Engineering and R/D manager at Plasan Carbon Composites, will give closing keynote address at the 2009 SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition. Automotive Carbon Composites: Historic Obstacles, Current Solutions, and Future Trends will run from 4:00-4:30 pm on September 16 and cover historical evolutionary hindrances of carbon fiber in automotive industry, how such obstacles are being overcome, and likely trends for these materials through 2018. Read More

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Announced Partnership will encourage collaborative safety.

September 11, 2009

The partnership for collaborative safety between the Robotic Industries Association and safety partners such as PIAB Vacuum Products seeks to advance robot and machine safety through participation in this year's National Robot Safety Conference XXI. Being held October 26-28 in Dearborn (Detroit), MI, the conference will focuses on a Moving Forward with Safety theme and examines latest in standards, technology, and products. Registration discounts are available to those from PIAB. Read More

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MHEDA presents Rental and Used Equipment Business Conference.

September 11, 2009

Scheduled for Sept 17-18, Rental and Used Equipment Business Conference will give attendees tools to maximize profits and effectively manage Rental and Used business during tough economic times. Conference will be led and presented by 7 different MHEDA dealership owners and managers who will share their insight and experiences. Roundtable discussions and a panel discussion are also incorporated. Read More

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AWWA announces second edition of AWWA Fall Operator Series.

September 11, 2009

On September 30, AWWA will host Key Elements to Maintaining Distribution System Integrity Webcast. Presenters will discuss advantages and disadvantages of different hydrant types, troubleshooting common hydrant problems, and minimizing adverse effects of distribution systems on water quality. This edition will be followed with two more in the series, Things That Tripped Me Up on the Water Certification Exam and Hot Topics in Water - What do They Mean to Me as an Operator. Read More

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ACCE Conference to feature discussion on hybrid vehicle.

September 11, 2009

On Wednesday, September 16 at ACCE conference, Hadrian Rori of Bright Automotive will provide keynote entitled "Development of the 100 MPG Bright Automotive Plugin Hybrid Vehicle." Bright Automotive has announced plans for 2012 launch of IDEA hybrid-electric delivery van, capable of 100 miles/gal for 50 mile commute, prototype of which will be on display at show. Conference typically draws over 400 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees from 14 countries. Read More

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MHEDA Booth Reservations begin Sept 15 for 2010 convention.

September 11, 2009

On Sept 15 at 10:00 am CT, MHEDA will begin taking booth reservations for Exhibitors' Showcase at the 2010 Convention. Due to popular demand, MHEDA will bring "Speed Networking" back to Showcase for second year in a row. For first portion of showcase, distributors will be matched with suppliers for quick introduction and relationship building exercise to encourage distributors and suppliers to make connections that could turn into valuable business opportunities. Read More

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Calculations may improve microfluidics temperature measures,

September 11, 2009

NIST has proposed a mathematical solution that enables researchers to calibrate the thermometer for microfluidic systems so that all temperatures are covered. Mathematical methods can correct for shift experienced when reference temperature changes, allowing researchers to create generalized calibration equations that can be applied to any reference temperature. Read More

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Augustine Committee Summary raises critical issues

September 11, 2009

Chaired by Norm Augustine, The Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee issued summary which indicates that current path of U.S. human spaceflight program is unsustainable, with allocated resources falling short of requirements. According to AIA President and CEO, Marion Blakey, the kinds of technologies developed by human spaceflight program drive economic growth and inspire next generation of workers to pursue careers in science, mathematics, and engineering. Read More

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Trace Explosives Standard slated for homeland security duty.

September 11, 2009

To aid in search for explosive materials and persons who have been in contact with them, NIST, with support from Department of Homeland Security, has developed Standard Reference Material 2905, Trace Particulate Explosives. SRM 2905 consists of 4 different test substances designed to simulate trace residues of C-4 plastic explosives and TNT, and will be helpful in calibrating, testing, and developing standard best operating procedures for trace explosives detectors. Read More

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NIST issues call for white papers on critical national needs.

September 11, 2009

NIST has published request for white papers that outline or help define potential new funding competitions under agency's Technology Innovation Program. TIP is particularly soliciting information related to several potential top areas currently under consideration. These include civil infrastructure, complex networks and systems, energy, ensuring future water supply, healthcare, manufacturing, nanomaterials/nanotechnology, and sustainability. Read More

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Award Recipients will be honored for their contributions.

September 11, 2009

There are 15 recipients of ANSI's 2009 Leadership and Service Awards, which recognize contributions to national and international standardization activities as well as an ongoing commitment to their industry, nation, and enhancement of the global voluntary consensus standards system. Recipients are to be honored during an October 6 ceremony, which is held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2009, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. Read More

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SPE issues call for papers for Eurotec conference.

September 10, 2009

SPE is recruiting speakers to present papers at Society's first EUROTEC(TM) plastics technical conference, designed as European counterpart to SPE's ANTECĀ® in North America. SPE is soliciting original papers in the following areas: Automotive and Transportation; Engineering Properties and Structure; Extrusion for Flexible and Rigid Packaging; Failure Analysis; Medical Plastics; Mould Design and Rapid Tooling; and Plastics and the Environment. Read More

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PDMA to debut new technology showcase.

September 10, 2009

During 33rd Annual International Conference, PDMA will be creating on-site marketplace of new ideas and pre-commercialized emerging technologies that are experiential. Showcase will be incorporated into conference program so attendees can learn from and interact with innovations. Some technologies featured will include Microsoft's Surface multi-touch device, CKbot modular robot, Eco-neighbuzz apartment buzzer/intercom, and MicroHound(TM) trace explosive detector. Read More

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Publications describe authentication system standards.

September 10, 2009

Two publications describe new capabilities for authentication systems using smart cards or other personal security devices within and outside federal government applications. While one report describes NIST-led international standard ISO/IEC 24727, which defines a general-purpose identity API, the other is a draft publication on refinements to the Personal Identity Verification (PIV) specification. Latter specifies PIV data model, card edge interface, and API. Read More

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NEMA Whitepaper covers solid-state lighting for luminaries.

September 10, 2009

NEMA has published LSD 45-2009, Recommendations for Solid-State Lighting Sub-Assembly Interfaces for Luminaires. Whitepaper covers design and construction of interconnects for solid-state lighting applications; compiles latest industry information on mechanical, electrical, and thermal connections; and documents existing best practices. Industry segment is gaining momentum and requires standardization, says Kevin Dowling, PhD, chair of the Solid State Lighting Section. Read More

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NHA announces webinar on niche market fuel cells.

September 10, 2009

NHA announces Beyond Cars and Buses: The Market for Fuel Cells in Niche Transportation webinar, in which Fuel Cell Today will present highlights from August 2009 analysis of niche transportation market for fuel cells. To be held on September 15, 2009, it will detail 3 breakout markets for niche transport, growth and trends from 2005-2009, and predictions for 2010 and beyond. Speakers will include Dr. Kerry-Ann Adamson and Lisa Callaghan Jerram of Fuel Cell Today. Read More

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NIST develops prototype method to detect/measure hazards.

September 10, 2009

NIST researcher Tom Bruno modified headspace analysis technique to be sensitive enough to measure target materials constituting as little as 0.0000002% of sample. Method measures traces of chemical compounds released into surrounding atmosphere from solids or liquids. Described in paper, "Simple, quantitative headspace analysis by cryoadsorption on a short alumina PLOT column," it can detect TNT and C-4 as well as spoilage in food or pesticides distributed in soil by wind and rain. Read More