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NACD Moderated Panel on multi-agency harmonization.

July 3, 2009

On June 30 of this year, NACD VP of Government Affairs Jennifer Gibson moderated a panel discussion on Multi-Agency Harmonization on Chemical and Hazardous Materials Security Regulations with key officials from several Department of Homeland Security and Department of Transportation agencies. The discussion - a highlight of the 2009 Chemical Sector Security Summit - addressed major security programs agencies administer and how they work with each other to coordinate efforts. Read More

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IPC Testifies on EPA request for guidance on reopening DSW Rule.

July 3, 2009

Supporting the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2008 Definition of Solid Waste Rule (DSW), IPC director of environmental policy and government relations Fern Abrams testified as to its environmental benefits. Her testimony focused on how the DSW rule removes regulatory barriers that inhibit the recycling of manufacturing wastes while simultaneously providing an environmental benefit by reducing waste. Based on such points, Abrams urged the EPA to deny Sierra Club's petition. Read More

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FABTECH 2009 to focus on economic recovery.

July 3, 2009

Scheduled for November 15-18 in Chicago, FABTECH® International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, is expected to draw 35,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors. John Catalano, FABTECH show manager, believes expected attendance indicates manufacturing will thrive when economy picks up. Co-sponsored by AWS, FMA, SME, and PMA, event will include keynote panel discussions, solutions showcase seminars, education/technical sessions, and professional welding competition with grand prize of $2,500. Read More

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NIST extends deadline for technology innovation proposals.

July 3, 2009

Because of technical difficulties at website accepting electronic submissions, NIST announced it is extending deadline for submitting proposals to its Technology Innovation Program competition from June 23 to Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at 3 pm ET. NIST will now accept only paper submissions. Competition, originally announced on March 26, 2009, offers multiyear, cost-shared research funding in civil infrastructure and advanced materials in manufacturing. Read More

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First Quarter 2009 Laser Orders down 38% from 2008.

July 3, 2009

According to AMT, orders of industrial laser equipment and systems in first quarter 2009 are reported at $58.8 million - a decrease of 38.2% from fourth quarter 2008. Orders within North America totaled $45.9 million, while exports amounted to approximately $12.9 million. By dollar value, laser systems consisting of a source and workstation made up 87.9% of orders. Measured by units, systems accounted for 61.1% of units. Read More

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Baldrige Recipients share strategies at regional conferences.

July 2, 2009

Senior leaders from the 3 organizations selected for the 2008 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, as well as representatives from past Award recipients, will share their best practices and results at one-day regional conferences on September 15, 2009 in Milwaukee, WI and October 2, 2009 in Cambridge, MA. The 2008 Baldrige Award recipients are Cargill Corn Milling North America (manufacturing), Poudre Valley Health System (health care), and Iredell-Statesville Schools (education). Read More

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Physicist, Chemist receive federal public sarvice award.

July 2, 2009

Physicist Sae Woo Nam and chemist Stephan Stranick of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are among 12 federal employees who received the Arthur S. Flemming Award in ceremonies held June 1, 2009. Nam was recognized for contributions and leadership in the field of single photonics, while Stranick received his award for his work in chemical imaging microscopy techniques below the diffraction limit of light. Read More

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Charles W. Briggs Award was given to Edward Ginzel.

July 2, 2009

A member of ASTM International since 1996, consultant Edward Ginzel was honored with the Charles W. Briggs Award for his outstanding contributions to the work of ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. He has been active in promoting advanced ultrasonic methods and continues to work with agencies developing personnel certification programs for the advanced methods. Ginzel is also a member of the Canadian General Standards Board Committee on NDT Personnel Certification. Read More

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Gary A. Hayden was honored with Award of Merit.

July 2, 2009

Gary A. Hayden, chief metallurgist and QA director at CP Industries, was presented with an ASTM International Award of Merit for his service to ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys. He joined ASTM International in 1993 and currently serves as secretary of Committee A01 and its Subcommittee A01.06 on Steel Forgings and Billets. He also chairs the editorial subcommittee, leads several A01 task groups, and works on Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing. Read More

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NIST Summer School exposes students to neutron research.

July 2, 2009

NIST's Center for Neutron Research Summer School, in its 15th year, featured 36 students who were introduced to inelastic scattering tools that reveal how very small objects move. Each received hands-on instruction on 3 instruments best suited for their research needs. Program provides undergraduate/graduate students from U.S. and abroad with hands-on experiences with sensing equipment that harnesses cold or slow neutrons to illuminate inner workings of objects a few nanometers across. Read More

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NIST issues reference materials for milk/blood contaminants.

July 2, 2009

NIST has released 4 Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) in response to scientists' need to measure organic contaminants in human body fluids. They will be used as controls in experiments and reflect increase in levels of brominated flame retardants and chemicals found in carpeting/upholstery since 2000. All were packaged half unfortified and half fortified with 172 contaminants at levels 5-10x median concentrations in U.S. population. Milk SRMs contain similar contaminants as serum materials. Read More

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CA Auto Emissions Waiver may create regulatory uncertainty.

July 2, 2009

According to NAM's Vice President for Energy and Resources Policy, Keith McCoy, the EPA's decision to grant California's waiver to move forward with more stringent tailpipe emissions "could lead to a patchwork of regulations that would burden an already beleaguered manufacturing sector." He went on to express hope that this action would not undermine efforts to create one uniform, federal standard for fuel economy that will promote regulatory certainty. Read More

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ASTM Web Portals offer access to standards collections.

July 2, 2009

ASTM Web portals, powered by Citation®, are interactive sites that provide access to relevant standards, government regulations, and referenced documents. Available for biodiesel, environmental due diligence, and transportation, portals allow multiple users to link between standards that are referenced, add notes or attachments for others to view, and make side-by-side comparisons. They are also available as custom collections tailored to specific companies or organizations. Read More

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NIST develops ion trap that senses force and light.

July 2, 2009

Built by NIST and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg physicists, stylus trap holds promise in sensing very small forces or as interface for transferring individual light particles for quantum communications. By scanning trap near surface or moving sample near trap, user could map near-surface electric/magnetic fields. Using standard techniques to cool ions with laser light and trap them with electromagnetic fields, trap could also be used for quantum key cryptography or in quantum computing. Read More

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Broadband Forum CEO states broadband is a necessity.

July 1, 2009

During keynote address at CommunicAsia conference and exhibition, Broadband Forum CEO, Robin Mersh, noted that despite economic downturn, people still depend on broadband. Mr. Mersh backed his view by highlighting latest statistics for broadband and IPTV. He pointed out that 20 countries had grown their broadband by 10% or more, with India and China particularly showing potential. IPTV's growth to 24 million lines is also helping broadband reach next level. Read More

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NIST announces report detailing smart grid development.

July 1, 2009

NIST today released for public review a report that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing technical standards and an architecture for a U.S. Smart Grid. As part of 1st phase of 3-phase plan, 300-pg report is open for public comment for 30 days after publication of upcoming notice in Federal Register. Report, prepared by EPRI, will be used to draft NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework document to be released by September. Read More

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Announcement calls for policy and committee nominations.

July 1, 2009

ANSI invites all members of the ANSI Federation to recommend qualified candidates for membership on the Institute's policy and other committees. The three-year terms begin January 1, 2010, and conclude December 31, 2012. Nomination forms, one per ANSI member, must be submitted by July 20, 2009. Policy committees seeking new members (voting and non-voting) include: CAPC, NPC, IPRPC, IPC, and AIC. Read More

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ASTM International Committee F38 to meet in July.

July 1, 2009

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will meet on Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23. It will open with briefing on small UAS landscape from FAA and F38 and discussion on standards needed to support regulatory efforts, based on FAA sUAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee recommendations. Topics will include determination of takeoff and landing areas, visibility and identification markings, design/construction/safety monitoring, and maintenance manuals. Read More

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Award Nomination Submissions are open for one more month.

July 1, 2009

Nominations for the ANSI 2009 Leadership and Service Awards, presented annually to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs, are due by July 17, 2009. All representatives of industry, government, academia, consumer organizations, and the U.S. voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment community, except current officers of the Institute's Board of Directors, are eligible. Read More

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NTSB Official addresses passenger ship safety.

July 1, 2009

In address to Crescent River Pilots' Association, NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker applauded audience on efforts to reduce risks of moving passenger vessels in and out of ports and waterways in restricted visibility. Rosenker provided background of Board's Office of Marine Safety and highlighted some of its ongoing investigations, pointing to previously learned lessons. Also noted were NTSBs 2,300 marine safety recommendations since 1967. Read More