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VETA Award honors automotive-focused plastics integration.

July 6, 2009

Offered in the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Program, the Vehicle Engineering Team Award (VETA) honors an automakers significant use of innovative plastics content on a new production vehicle. VETA recognizes the technical achievements of entire teams - automotive designers and engineers, tier integrators, materials suppliers, toolmakers, and others - whose work in research, design, engineering, and/or manufacturing has led to significant integration of polymeric materials. Read More

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AEM Safety Pictorial Database is available in Chinese.

July 6, 2009

AEM has developed Chinese-language version of AEM Safety Pictorial Database to optimize global communication of safety messages. It provides recognized pictorial illustrations for voluntary use in equipment safety signs, manuals, and other training materials. Introduced in 2006, database offers 130 pictorials searchable by category and keyword, covering many industries/product lines, and stressing hazard identification and avoidance. Graphics are downloadable in EPS and DXF formats. Read More

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AFS and NADCA combine government affairs efforts.

July 3, 2009

Effective July 1, the federal government affairs services of American Foundry Society (AFS) will be combined with the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). The result of this collective effort, which will entail a coordinated, joint federal advocacy effort while maintaining each group's status as separate organizations, is to be called the Metalcasters Alliance for Government Affairs and will be represented by Waterman and Associates. Read More

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NIST requests public comment on draft report.

July 3, 2009

NIST is requesting public comment on draft report, formerly announced in Federal Register notice published on June 30, that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing interoperability standards for smart electric power grid. Prepared under contract by EPRI, report will be used in drafting NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Framework. Comments should reference Federal Register notice and must be received on or before July 30, 2009. Read More

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Annual Report details transportation issues.

July 3, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board's annual report, which provides a summary of accident investigations and safety recommendations in the past calendar year, was released to Congress. Along with investigations into 19 major accidents, 221 regional accidents, and 18 international aviation accidents, 2008 highlights include 34 major reports and accident briefs adopted, 129 safety recommendations issued, and 67 safety recommendations closed. Read More

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USDA Report indicates wide adoption of biotech crops.

July 3, 2009

According to USDA's Economic Research Service report, released July 1, 2009, adoption of genetically engineered soybeans was 91% in 2009, cotton reached 88%, and corn climbed to 85%. Report features 3 tables, devoted to each, that cover 2000-09 by U.S. state. It also summarizes extent of adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant crops since 1996. Sharon Bomer Lauritsen noted that in 2007, use of biotech crops equaled removal of 14.2 billion kg of CO2 from atmosphere. Read More

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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