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NIST Researchers measure tungsten ion spectrum.

September 10, 2009

John Gillaspy and colleagues from NIST have provided first measurement of both D spectrum lines in sodium-like tungsten, confirming theoretical predictions of their energies and intensities. They used an EUV spectrometer and discovered they could push it to detect radiation as low as about 2 nm, where tungsten's lower-wavelength D line resides. With this experimental knowledge of tungsten's lines, researchers may now have robust new ingredient for measuring fusion reactor conditions. Read More

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Proposed Standard aims to control mercury emissions.

September 10, 2009

"Guide for Determination of Hg Adsorption Capacity of Powdered Activated Carbons Used for Removal of Hg from Flue Gas" will help regulate mercury emissions from flue gases in coal-fired power plants. This standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D28.04 on Gas Phase Evaluation Tests, whose chair, Larry Brey, indicates manufacturers of activated carbons and companies that sell/install mercury emissions control systems to power utilities would be its primary users. Read More

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ANSI announces 2009 legal forum agenda.

September 10, 2009

ANSI's annual Legal Issues Forum, to be held on Oct 6, will focus on standards for safety and sustainability. The first panel, Examining the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, will start with introduction by Scott Cooper of ANSI and include panelists Jameson B. Carroll, Nancy A. Nord, and Donald L. Mays. Eco-labeling: Helping to Shape the Sustainable Marketplace, with Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., as introductory speaker, will feature Robert S. Kaye, Jill Wasserman, and Urvashi Rangan. Read More

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ANSI/ISA to hold meeting on financial impact of cyber risk.

September 10, 2009

ANSI and ISA are inviting stakeholders to participate in meeting to discuss Phase II of The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask, on Sept 29, in NYC. Phase II is focused on developing implementation strategy that addresses questions from Phase I and will include guidance on making decisions related to cyber risk from economic standpoint. Participation is open to stakeholders of standards developing organizations, consortia, industry, government, and consumers. Read More

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IPC Report addresses IP protection in PCBs.

September 10, 2009

Developed in cooperation with IPC Executive Agent Task Force and submitted to U.S. Department of Defense for review, Best North American Industry Practices to Protect IP report provides detailed list of best IP protection practices being used by commercial and military PCB manufacturers. In recognition of importance of printed boards to national security, Congress directed DoD to develop trusted-source program for PCBs and IPC hopes that report will help guide DoD. Read More

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TPO Conference to offer molder training sessions.

September 10, 2009

Organized by Detroit Section of SPE® International, 11th annual SPE® Automotive TPO Global Conference will include 40 technical presentations, 4 keynote speakers, executive management panel, and 2 networking receptions. Two standalone seminars/training programs will focus on teaching molders how to be more productive while working with injection-moldable polymers, and how to use advanced process controls and aluminum tooling. Read More

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Webcast will highlight best presentations of MTC 2009.

September 10, 2009

Hosted by AWWA on September 23 of 2009, the Membrane - Best of Conference Webcast will feature 3 of the best presentations given at 2009's Membrane Technology Conference (MTC). Topics include operations, issues, innovations, and lessons learned at membrane treatment facilities as described directly by plant staff. Specifically, topics will cover contract to production lifecycle, membrane plant optimization, as well as challenges and experiences of running 70 mgd membrane facility. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending declines in July.

September 9, 2009

Total nonresidential construction spending, both private and public, fell to $703.8 billion, according to September 1 report by U.S. Census Bureau. Water supply, religious-related, and manufacturing subsectors increased on monthly basis, while commercial and power construction had largest losses. According to Anirban Basu, this means while stimulus package is having impact on residential construction sector, segments indirectly supported by it will still struggle. Read More

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SPE Panelists to discuss composites in auto industry.

September 9, 2009

Annual SPE ACCE will include executive panel discussion, The Role of Composites in the New Automotive Landscape, on September 15. Event gathers government and industry leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges for composites in ground-transportation and provides audience members with opportunity to ask panelists their own questions. Panel will be moderated by Dale Brosius, CEO Americas and Europe, Quickstep Technologies. Read More

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Introductory Guide stresses importance of BIM applications.

September 9, 2009

An Introduction to Building Information Modeling, authored by BIM Steering Committee member Dave Conover, is a resource for professionals considering BIM tools and applications for their businesses. In addition to BIM advantages and tips for getting started with the application, the guide also lists helpful software so that engineers can choose programs that best suit their company. Guide also provides insight into how BIM will affect building industry in general. Read More

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Top 10 Transportation Projects vie for two awards.

September 9, 2009

The US Chamber of Commerce, AAA, and AASHTO announced the top 10 finalists in the 2009 America's Transportation Awards competition. A panel of judges evaluated 50 highway projects from 33 states in 3 categories: On Time, On Budget, and Innovative Management. As the competition beings anew, America's Transportation Awards' Grand Prize will be determined by independent judging and presented at AASHTO's annual meeting. The top 10 projects will also compete for the People's Choice Award. Read More

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AIA Official speaks on WTO subsidies decision.

September 9, 2009

AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey said AIA welcomes World Trade Organization ruling that European government's launch aid to Airbus is not consistent with its rules. Preliminary ruling provides guidance to WTO members involved in or considering entering into civil aircraft production. Blakey also said ruling is important step toward achieving level and fair playing field for U.S. aerospace industry to compete in international marketplace. Read More

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Database centralizes data for medical device professionals.

September 9, 2009

ASTM International has jointly developed, alongside AAMI, ANSI, and DIN, the Medical Device Standards Portal, which provides access to medical device standards and related information. Access to 1,300+ standards as well as critical documents from AAMI, ASTM, DIN, U.S. FDA, IEC, ISO, and various European regulations is available from one database. Upon initial launch, documents will be fully indexed and in PDF format. By year-end, they are also anticipated to be available in HTML format. Read More

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AWWA announces webcast on drinking water compliance.

September 9, 2009

AWWA will host Simultaneous Regulatory Compliance webcast on September 16, which will help utilities understand how to assess and implement treatment processes and operational practices to simultaneously comply with all Safe Drinking Water Act regulations. Presenters will include Alan Roberson of AWWA; Zaid K. Chowdhury, Ph.D., of Malcolm Pirnie, Inc.; Alicia C. Diehl, Ph.D., of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; and Michael L. Hotaling, PE, of Newport News Waterworks. Read More

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Workshop shows how to develop precision and bias statement.

September 8, 2009

Scheduled for December 8, 2009, "How to Develop a Precision and Bias Statement" workshop will be held in conjunction with standards development meetings. It will cover process for initial drafting of test method and first ruggedness tests through test procedure revisions, follow-up testing to confirm adequacy of revisions, pilot testing of single material, and inter-laboratory study to prepare precision and bias statement. Read More

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NAM Chief Economist comments on jobs report.

September 8, 2009

According to statement made by NAM chief economist, David Huether, on July employment report, economy shed 216,000 last month and unemployment rate increased to 9.7% from 9.4% in July. Numbers were in line with expectations of continued job losses, but at slower pace than earlier months. ISM numbers released offer reason for cautious optimism about the future trend of manufacturing employment, but there are significant risk factors. Read More

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ATA releases 2009 economic report on airline industry.

September 7, 2009

Despite one of the most difficult financial periods in commercial aviation history, ATA 2009 Economic Report demonstrates that U.S. airlines have made measurable progress. Contraction in seating capacity and rising fuel prices marked difficulties, while need for improvements such as modern air traffic management system are more pressing than ever. Investment in NowGen would improve safety, create jobs, and benefit environmental performance. Report also outlines plans to improve fuel efficiency. Read More

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Pack Expo 2009 draws large number of providers, attendees.

September 7, 2009

Taking place October 5-7, PACK EXPO Las Vegas provides attendees with access to whole packaging and processing supply chain while focusing on sustainability, performance, and economics themes. In the past 6 weeks, 130 packaging solutions providers have contracted space, and PMMI now expects close to 1,200 exhibiting companies at this year's event. There are also several other industry events coinciding and co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas, including pavilions and annual meetings. Read More

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Manufacturer Survey reveals recession survival strategies.

September 4, 2009

Manufacturers detail recession survival strategies in a survey conducted in late July by sponsors of the FABTECH® International and AWS Welding Show. Of 1,046 past/prospective registrants, 69% of manufacturers indicated they reduced their workforce, 66% delayed capital expenditures, 48% negotiated with suppliers for better deals, and 37% cut promotional activities to survive the economic downturn. With the economy improving, however, those surveyed plan to reverse downsizing. Read More

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ASTM Standard measures powder flow rate with Carney funnel.

September 4, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee B09.02 on Base Metal Powders, B964, Test Methods for Flow Rate of Metal Powders Using the Carney Funnel, determines flow necessary for precise quantity of powder to be introduced into die. It is useful in measuring flow characteristics of relatively fine tungsten powders, said Frank Venskytis, and will serve as complement to B213, Test Method for Flow Rate of Metal Powders. Standard will benefit those working with refractory metal powders and fine ferrous materials. Read More