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NEMA Research shows need for lighting systems awareness.

June 11, 2009

According to NEMA market research, conducted in conjunction with Today's Facility Manager magazine, information on energy/cost savings through modern lighting systems is needed. Findings show 41% of building owners plan to upgrade lighting within 1 yr, while 82% did not know commercial building tax deduction was extended. According to Ron Runkles, lighting industry director for NEMA, "We're providing a service by letting people know there is a quick payback by investing in lighting renovation." Read More

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NIH Grants Lauded for being given to small R/D companies.

June 11, 2009

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced 2 grants programs, supported by funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, for the small business research community. In a statement, BIO Executive VP for Emerging Companies and Business Development Alan Eisenberg said that "These new programs will help to provide needed resources to biotech companies...at the cusp of many new medical breakthroughs and advancements for many of our most dread diseases." Read More

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ASTM Standards in Building Codes is now available.

June 11, 2009

Available in print, DVD, and online, 46th Edition of ASTM Standards in Building Codes contain more than 1,300 ASTM construction standards to give users tools needed to design and construct buildings that satisfy international code requirements established by ICC®. Other references include National Research Council Canada, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, MASTERSPEC®, BSD SpecLink®, NFPA5000(TM), and SPECTEXT® Master Guide Specifications. Read More

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ASHRAE encourages building industry to reach out to Congress.

June 11, 2009

High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) is hosting 1st annual Virtual Congressional Visits Days from June 15-19. Members of participating organizations are urged to contact their member of Congress and encourage them to join High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus and focus on high-performance building issues. Cochairs of caucus, Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Judy Biggert (R-IL), introduced H.Res.492 supporting goals and ideals of week-long event. Read More

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ASHRAE Handbook includes guidance on sustainability.

June 11, 2009

Featuring 1,000 pages and 39 chapters, 2009 ASHRAE Handbook - Fundamentals covers basic principles and provides essential data for HVAC&R design. Sustainability chapter defines concept along with its principles, design considerations, and detailed evaluations needed in designing sustainable HVAC&R systems. Published in 2 editions, book includes CD with climate data for 5,564 stations, with subset of data for selected stations in printed chapter: Climatic Design Information. Read More

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Fifty Projects vie for America's top Transportation Awards.

June 11, 2009

Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Transportation Awards go to transportation projects which have been delivered on time, on budget, or with innovative management. Judging is underway in first of 4 regional competitions to determine which projects will compete for National Grand Prize and People's Choice Award. Example projects include Sept 11 Memorial Bridge Project in Brielle, NJ and Legacy Parkway Project in Davis Co. Utah. Read More

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Small Business Reauthorization drives aerospace innovation.

June 11, 2009

SBIR and SSTR programs allow engineers who are self-employed or employed by small firms to develop next-generation technologies. Recommendations by Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, concerning SBIR and SSTR reauthorization include allowing limited venture capital participation; development of programs to bridge promising technologies, potential commercialization, and use in the agency acquisition process; and increased contract award sizes and overall funding allocation percentage. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is off 70.7% in 2009.

June 11, 2009

According to the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), April US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $97.04 million. This total, reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 41.5% from March and down 77.7% from the total of $435.34 million reported for April 2008. With a year-to-date total of $497.40 million, 2009 is down 70.7% compared with 2008. Read More

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Congressional Briefing addresses hydrogen and fuel cells.

June 10, 2009

Taking place from 1-3 pm on June 12, 2009 in room 128 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, association members as well as members of Congress will be making remarking on the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in transportation. Replacing oil and taking the auto out of the environmental equation is a complex and lengthy undertaking, and a balanced portfolio is critical if government's leadership role in research, development, and demonstration is to achieve real value. Read More

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Transportation Industry Website airs news, insight, analyses.

June 10, 2009

Designed with features to enhance interactivity and user friendliness, Transportation TV has 5 channels dedicated to news, insights, and analysis from transportation specialists. Videos are also available from state DOTs about programs being implemented on the frontlines. According to Transportation TV manager Tony Dorsey, "the website is meant to be a place where transportation users, decision makers, and the reporters who cover them can find something worth their time and attention." Read More

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SAE International updates technical paper collections.

June 10, 2009

Available on CD-ROM, 2009 Accident Reconstruction Technology Collection includes 1,600 technical papers from 1959-2009 and 70 new papers from SAE 2009 World Congress. Some topics include biomechanics and injuries, failure analysis, and occupant dynamics and kinematics. With 1,800 technical papers from 1989-2009 and 80 new papers, 2009 Occupant Protection and Crashworthiness Collection covers crash research, frontal and side airbags, injury patterns, impact tests, and restraint systems. Read More

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ASTM honors Deanne Emory with merit award for standards work.

June 9, 2009

Deanne Emory, President and CEO of Miller and Weber, Inc., has received Award of Merit, and title of fellow, from ASTM International Committee E20 on Temperature Measurement. Currently serving 3-yr term on ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO), Emory is recognized for effective leadership in work of Committee E20, for service as chair of Subcommittee E20.05 on Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers, and as secretary of E20.04 on Thermocouples. Read More

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ASTM Committee presents merit award to Ronald Battema.

June 9, 2009

ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners has honored Ronald Battema, President of Compliance Consulting, Inc., in Bristol, TN, with ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Recognized for leadership and contributions in developing industry standards, Battema currently serves as recording secretary of Committee F11 and has served on multiple subcommittees and leading groups on carpet wear, cleaning ability, and energy usage and performance. Read More

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Chicago Expo to showcase robots that assist humans.

June 9, 2009

International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Show, to be held June 9-11, 2009, in Chicago, will demonstrate advances in machine vision technology, artificial intelligence, and robot safety. Several examples of robotics will be shown, including ReadyBot 2-armed mobile service robot, Toyota's Partner Robot that plays trumpet, and self-learning robots. Exhibitors and conference speakers will also emphasize how robots help reduce scrap materials, control waste, and conserve energy. Read More

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ASTM approves traffic intersection movement data standard.

June 9, 2009

ASTM International Committee E17 on Vehicle-Pavement Systems has approved E2667, Practice for Acquiring Intersection Turning Movement Traffic Data, which standardizes how to compile and interpret data regarding traffic turning through intersections. Developed by Subcommittee E17.52 on Traffic Monitoring, this standard could impact future environmental and safety decisions regarding intersection geometry and traffic control. Read More

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Proposal efficiently standardizes PVC pressure fittings.

June 9, 2009

ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems is developing a means to standardize fabricated PVC pressure fittings, used in various piping applications. WK23931, Specification for Fabricated PVC Pressure Fittings, will enable all parties in a supply chain to use the same terminology when it comes to calling out fittings required for the job at hand. Potential users of WK23931 may include consulting and municipal engineers, contractors, distributors, and plumbers. Read More

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ASTM Standards offer specialized Charpy tests.

June 9, 2009

Approved by ASTM Intl. Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing, E2248, Test Method for Impact Testing of Miniaturized Charpy V-Notch Specimens, and E2298, Test Method for Instrumented Impact Testing of Metallic Materials will be used by engineers and researchers with specialized Charpy testing needs. E2298 focuses on instrumenting machine striker to measure and record force on notched sample during impact, while E2248 will be helpful for users who need to reduce size of Charpy specimens. Read More

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Rock Abrasivity Test is under development.

June 9, 2009

Designed to aid mechanical excavation projects, ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock is developing a new standard for measuring rock abrasivity. ASTM WK22313, Test Method for Laboratory Determination of Abrasivity of Rock Using the CERCHAR Method, will be useful in allowing for a better assessment of a rock formation's suitability for mechanical excavation as well as better performance prediction of selected mechanical excavation machines. Read More

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ASTM Standard outlines procedures for density testing.

June 9, 2009

Subcommittee D18.03 on Texture, Plasticity, and Density Characteristics of Soils has developed ASTM D7263, Test Methods for Laboratory Determination of Density of Soil Specimens. Wet and dry density of soils are important values for geotechnical engineers in determining over-burden stresses, void ratios, maximum compaction, and percent compaction of soils. Density value can also aid in evaluation of soil strength and sensitivity. Read More

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NHA Webinar addresses hydrogen developments in CA.

June 9, 2009

On June 18th, from 12:45 to 2:45 pm EDT, NHA will host live broadcast of panel from all-day event organized by California Hydrogen Business Council. Presentations will cover why California remains a model of effectiveness of funding hydrogen technologies and successful messages used by industry to communicate immediate and long-term benefits of emerging hydrogen economy. Read More