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NFPA Makes Move to Harmonize hydrogen separation distances.

June 17, 2009

At the June 2009 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Session, NFPA 52 was amended by the acceptance of comment 52-34, which would replace Table 9.3.1.3 with the appropriate table extracted from NFPA 55. This action is supported by the Hydrogen Industry Panel on Codes (HIPOC), which met prior to the NFPA Technical Session and then proceeded to speak in favor of the amendment. The technical committee responsible for NFPA 52 must now be balloted on this meeting action. Read More

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IAg Plating Standard establishes max deposit thickness.

June 17, 2009

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® released IPC-4553A, Specification for Immersion Silver Plating for Printed Boards, which sets requirements for the use of immersion silver (IAg) as a surface finish for printed boards. It adds max deposit thickness based on performance criteria, whereas min thickness requirement was provided in the original release (IPC-4553). Revision A also establishes a single thickness range to avert confusion between thin and thick. Read More

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ASTM International honors Jeffrey Goldfinger with award.

June 16, 2009

Jeffrey Goldfinger, director of unmanned systems applications in the Sensors and Simulation Group at L-3 Communications Corp., is one of 2 recipients of the 2009 ASTM International President's Leadership Award. It recognizes individuals early in their ASTM careers who have significantly advanced the Society's mission through accomplishment, example, and vision. A member of ASTM International since 2003, Goldfinger is vice chair of Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Read More

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AIA President makes statement on NRO leadership appointment.

June 16, 2009

Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, called the appointment of General Bruce Carlson (USAF-Ret.) as director of the National Reconnaissance Office "an important step in establishing the leadership our nation needs to continue our preeminence in space." Blakey went on to say that Carlson "brings a wealth of experience to the position, including considerable expertise in defense acquisition." An eagerness towards working together to address industry challenges was also expressed. Read More

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Front-of-Package Program standardizes nutritional labeling.

June 16, 2009

NSF International and the American Society for Nutrition announced their joint roles in administering a nutritional front-of-package labeling program, the Smart Choices Program(TM). Providing manufacturers and retailers with front-of-pack icon plus calorie information, this program aims to bring consistency and clarity to the US marketplace. It will help consumers quickly identify products and select smarter food and beverage choices within specific product categories. Read More

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Award of Merit given for protective clothing/equipment work.

June 16, 2009

Consultant Dr. Thomas E. Neal, of Neal Associates Ltd., has been honored with the ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for his work on standards for protective clothing and equipment. A member of ASTM International since 1994, Neal is an active member of Committees D13 on Textiles, E54 on Homeland Security Applications, F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers, and F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment. Read More

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ZigBee Alliance certifies Golden Units for ZigBee RF4CE.

June 16, 2009

The ZigBee® Alliance announced the availability of Golden Unit platforms that implement the ZigBee RF4CE specification, which was designed to replace IR remote controls with RF to offer non-line-of-sight operation as well as extend range and battery life for consumer electronics. Golden Unit status lets OEMs create ZigBee RF4CE certified products that allow for advanced interoperable communications between components and remote controls while providing interoperability between OEMs. Read More

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Seminar to address job quoting in current economy.

June 16, 2009

Scheduled for July 16, 2009, PMA's seminar, titled "Pricing Jobs for Today's Economy," will teach standardized methods for costing and quoting jobs for metalforming companies. Topics will include cost standards, price standards, accounting considerations, activity-based costing, quality control, capital budgeting overview, and how to price jobs in global market. Speaker for event is Allen Berger, partner at Blackman Kallick Bartelstein LLP in Chicago, IL. Read More

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Tap Water Taste Test is to take place on a new date.

June 16, 2009

The "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test has been moved to Tuesday, June 16 at the American Water Works Association's (AWWA) Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE09) at the San Diego Convention Center. Twenty competing North American utilities represent the most recent winners of AWWA section competitions. Participants include the 2008 "Best of the Best" Winner, Louisville Water Company, Toronto Water, and New York City's Department of Environmental Protection. Read More

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FMA Members contribute total of $100,000 to summer camps.

June 16, 2009

Gene Haas Foundation donated $50,000 to support 10 summer camps for 1 yr, while Amada America contributed $40,000 to support 3 camps for 3 consecutive years and CNA Insurance provided $10,000 to fund 2 camps for 1 yr. Funds go toward supporting winners of NBT 2009 manufacturing grant awards. Camps target youth at critical level of secondary education, exposing them to math, science, and engineering principles to learn skills needed by industry workforce. Read More

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User Feedback contributes to proposed E2600 revisions.

June 16, 2009

Six months after the Spring 2008 publication of ASTM standard E2600, Practice for Assessment of Vapor Intrusion into Structures on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions, the task group that developed it surveyed users to receive feedback on the new standard. Survey results have led to several proposed revisions to E2600 which are being balloted and will be discussed at the task group's October meeting. Revisions addressed clarification as well as technical and legal concerns. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee is working on new standards.

June 16, 2009

Subcommittee E05.11 on Fire Resistance, part of ASTM International Committee E05 on Fire Standards, is developing proposed standards for test methods on vented construction systems, furnace exposure on test samples, and tunnel fire resistance. All parties interested in working on fire resistance standards are encouraged to join in the activities of E05.11 in developing these and other proposed standards. ASTM welcomes and encourages participation in its standards development. Read More

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ASC unveils CAD symbol for specifying adhesives.

June 15, 2009

ASC, in collaboration with ASTM, has released ASTM International Standard D7447-08 and accompanying electronic symbol to enable engineers, architects, designers, and other end-users to represent adhesives on CAD drawings. Users can complete fields with information such as adhesive chemistry type and physical form, surface preparation, and curing information. Individuals can download executable plug-in of symbol from www.adhesives.org and use it in AutoCAD® as well as TurborCAD®. Read More

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A&WMA and DEC to gather during Environmental Week in Detroit.

June 15, 2009

Mayor David Bing has proclaimed the week of June 15, 2009 "Environmental Week" in the City of Detroit. A&WMA's Annual Conference and Exhibition, sponsored by GM, will be held June 16-19, with technical program featuring over 500 speakers covering wide range of environmental topics. Also, Detroit Economic Club will hold National Summit from June 15-17, focusing on competitive future of American economy and featuring discussion on technology, energy, environment, and manufacturing. Read More

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ASHRAE Ventilation Guidance is recognized by CDC and HUD.

June 15, 2009

In CDC's and HUD's supporting guidance for builders and homeowners, ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings was recommended as effective way to minimize indoor air pollution through ventilation. Citation of standard by Surgeon General, said Andy Persily, highlights its relevance to national need for safe and healthy housing. Standard applies to spaces intended for human occupancy and structures 3 stories or less. Read More

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AASHTO Financial Center launches website for state DOTs.

June 15, 2009

AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance has launched website to help state DOTs, metropolitan planning organizations, and others find potential sources of revenue. Website is designed to identify set of funding and financing mechanisms that can be used to generate investment for transportation projects. Established in 2005, Center for Excellence provides transportation funding and financing tools, research services, technical assistance, and professional education programs. Read More

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TRFA announces 2009 Annual Meeting Chair.

June 15, 2009

TRFA has announced that Dr. Jay A. Johnston, Senior Associate Scientist in Coatings, Adhesives, and Specialties group of Bayer MaterialScience, will serve as Chair of its 2009 Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sept 13-15. Event will include meetings of Market Focused Committees, Tabletop Showcase, General Business Session, and 14 Technical Paper presentations as well as opportunities for informal networking with industry peers. Read More

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BIO reports flaws in FTC report on biosimilars.

June 15, 2009

Jeff Joseph of BIO said that FTC's report offers summary conclusions that are based upon fundamentally flawed or highly selective assumptions. Joseph also stated report minimizes impact on innovation that would occur if biosimilar competitors could take advantage of investment made by initial innovators. With 1.3 million Americans employed in biosciences in 2006, additional 6.2 million jobs were created. BIO urges Congress to take more balanced approach to biosimilars policy, Joseph added. Read More

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BIO Statement calls AARP biologics study flawed.

June 15, 2009

Regarding a study on biosimilars presented to Congressional staff by the AARP, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) issued a statement calling it "simplistic, misleading and extremely flawed." The statement goes on to say the study "is based on fuzzy math and even fuzzier assumptions" and that it "cherry picks the best selling biologic products to draw erroneous conclusions, ignoring the bulk of the biologics market." Read More

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Toy Industry Association appoints Oversight Council.

June 12, 2009

Toy Industry Association has announced appointment of Oversight Council for Toy Safety Certification Program, an initiative organized by TIA in partnership with ANSI. Council will be responsible for monitoring overall development, implementation, and effectiveness of TSCP; proposing changes to program to increase value to stakeholders; and reviewing and adopting reasonable recommendations related to technical considerations and changes in marketplace. Read More