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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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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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Nominations are Being Sought for MCA Board of Directors.

October 9, 2009

Transitioning from an interim to permanent Board, Motion Control Association (MCA) Board of Directors is seeking nominations for 2-year terms that will begin in January 2010. This will be the first general election, and all nominations are due by October 12, 2009. People interested in running should contact Jeff Burnstein, MCA President, for details on responsibilities of being an MCA Board Member. Read More

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Fire Standard addresses protection of exterior wall assemblies.

October 9, 2009

Recommendations from the California Office of the State Fire Marshall and International Wildland-Urban Interface Code have led to development and approval of ASTM International standard regarding enhancement of exterior fire protection of structures in wildland fire. ASTM E2707, Test Method for Determining Fire Penetration of Exterior Wall Assemblies Using a Direct Flame Impingement Exposure was designed to closely follow test procedure of California SFM Method 12-7a-1. Read More

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ASTM proposes standard on viscotesters for road materials.

October 9, 2009

ASTM has proposed WK25108, Test Method for Measurement of Apparent Viscosity of Asphalt-Rubber or Other High Viscosity Binders by Using a Rotational Viscotester (Field Method). Being developed by Subcommittee D04.44 on Rheological Tests, it will guide use of instruments for measuring viscosity of asphalt-rubber, which must be manufactured to proper consistency at project site. Committee member George Way notes participation in task group developing WK25108 has been strong. 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

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Poster Abstracts wanted for IPC APEX EXPO 2010.

October 9, 2009

IPC invites researchers, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for poster presentations at IPC APEX EXPO(TM), scheduled for April 6-8, 2010. Poster presentations are being sought on all relevant electronics' topics, including design, materials, assembly, processes, and equipment. Submissions in areas of printed electronics, package on package assembly, solar cell assembly, and advanced substrates are especially encouraged. Read More

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CSC issues objectives for export control modernization.

October 8, 2009

Coalition for Security and Competitiveness sent key Administration officials set of principles and implementation objectives to guide modernization of U.S. export control system. Coalition recommended that modernization prevent proliferation of, and access to, sensitive critical technologies by current and potential adversaries; promote defense cooperation, foreign sales, and interoperability with U.S. partners and allies; and strengthen U.S. competitiveness in global technology markets. Read More

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BIO Contributes to FFA in support of youth science education.

October 8, 2009

To support innovative science projects for high school students, BIO presented the National FFA Organization with a $15,000 contribution. The money will help support a new pilot contest within FFA (Future Farmers of America), through which students will produce videos explaining benefits and sustainability of modern agricultural methods. Importance is placed on providing students with resources needed to further science-based understanding of how to feed a growing global population. Read More

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ASTM proposes vehicle-pavement standard.

October 8, 2009

ASTM International Committee E17 has proposed WK25280, Practice for Highway Traffic Monitoring Truth-in-Data, which describes how truth-in-data should be applied to data collection, summarization, and reporting. It will help ensure traffic monitoring data are understood and can be compared within and among agencies now and over time, according to David Albright. Users will include traffic monitoring system developers, traffic data collectors/users, and technology-based companies. Read More

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NTSB issues safety recommendations to FAA.

October 8, 2009

NTSB recommendations include A-09-108, requiring operators of PT6A-34, -35, and -36 engines to incorporate reliability standards, noted in current service bulletin, into maintenance programs. Others include A-09-109 for evaluating Portland Flight Standards District Office's surveillance of such programs, and A-09-110, for resolving differences between AC 120-17A and AC 120-16E. Following this, NTSB recommends review of existing on-condition programs. NTSB letter is available on Web/PDF. Read More

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AWWA announces webcast on water operator exam.

October 8, 2009

AWWA's third webcast in Fall Operator Series, Things That Tripped Me Up on the Water Operator Exam, will provide operators with basic knowledge, tips, and suggestions for taking water operator certification exam. Learning objectives will include key areas of exam causing difficulty, resources available for study guides, and specific regulations that are included on exam. Suzanne De la Cruz, Dave Rexing, and Mike Smith will be presenters. Read More

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ASHRAE Seminar to address energy management.

October 8, 2009

Offered as part of ASHRAE Learning Institute at 2010 Winter Conference, full-day Professional Development Seminar, Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings: A Sustainable Activity, will combine principles of ASHRAE Handbook, ENERGY STAR® guidelines, and practical experience of successful energy managers. Hands-on approach allows attendees to gain skills in analyzing state of energy management at their own organizations and plan steps to enhance it. Read More

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Award Recognizes Morton Jones as industry contributor.

October 8, 2009

Morton Jones, director of research and development - caulks and adhesives - at Gardner-Gibson, received the Lou Toporcer Hall of Fame Award from ASTM International Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants. The award recognizes distinguished service in the area of building seals and sealants, contributions to the stimulation of research and promotion of knowledge, as well as service to the industry and committee. Jones has been a member of ASTM International since 1996. Read More

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NAM Economist equates jobs report to fragile recovery.

October 8, 2009

David Huether, NAM Chief Economist, issued a statement in response to the Department of Labor's recent report on unemployment, which noted the loss of 263,000 jobs in September and a rise in unemployment rate to 9.8%. Huether said this "should be seen as a 'yellow flag' for economic recovery" and that the economy remains fragile and would be in danger if Congress and the Administration enact policies that discourage investment, hamper flexibility, and raise costs of doing business. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members.

October 8, 2009

In September 2009, ANSI welcomed The Pennsylvania State University, College of Engineering; Collaborative Fusion, Inc.; Flexible Lifeline Systems; Building Performance Institute, Inc.; Solar Junction; Dolby Laboratories, Inc.; Grass Valley, Inc., and Kindsight, Inc. Under Institute's umbrella, diverse constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace and to improve quality of life for all citizens. Read More

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Standards promote oral health during Dental Hygiene Month.

October 8, 2009

American Dental Association, a member and accredited standards developer of ANSI, recommends that all children and adults brush their teeth twice a day. International Standards are in place to address requirements for effective toothbrushes. IEC 60335-2-52 Ed. 3.1 b:2008 deals with the safety of electric oral hygiene appliances used in the home, while ISO 20126:2005 provides guidance for manual toothbrushes. Several American National Standards address gloves worn by dentists and hygienists. Read More