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IP Awareness Assessment is available from USPTO online tool.

April 6, 2012

NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office teamed up to create IP Awareness Assessment tool to help small companies and entrepreneurs evaluate their awareness of IP and learn how to protect it. Full assessment comprises questions on 5 IP protection categories: utility patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and design patents. Tool also covers IP best practices, using technology of others, licensing technology to others, and international IP rights. Read More

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Leasing of Solar Equipment opens technology to new markets.

April 6, 2012

Analysts with U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found solar lease business is surging in southern California, with homeowners in less affluent neighborhoods discovering they can afford solar energy by leasing rather than buying panels for their roofs. If what's true in southern CA proves true for USA, it means rooftop solar power could attract additional 13 million Americans and help push solar energy into mainstream. Read More

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Air Curtain Units are subject of AMCA publication.

April 6, 2012

Intended to increase reader familiarization, AMCA Publication 222-08 (R2012) - Application Manual for Air Curtains, has been reaffirmed by Air Movement Division of AMCA. Topics include air curtain unit theory; components; testing, certification, and ratings; construction; applications; benefits; selection; purchase; installation; and maintenance. Manual is available at no cost at www.amca.org. Read More

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Jet Tunnel Fan Testing Standard approved by ANSI.

April 6, 2012

ANSI's Board of Standards Review has approved revision ANSI/AMCA 250-2012, Laboratory Methods of Testing Jet Tunnel Fans for Performance. Standard deals with determination of those technical characteristics needed to describe all aspects of performance of jet tunnel fans. It does not cover fans designed for ducted applications nor those designed solely for air circulation. Procedures relate to laboratory conditions; measurement of performance under in-situ conditions is not included. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps determine enamel holdout.

April 6, 2012

Manufacturers and developers of architectural coatings will be primary users of ASTM D7786, Test Method for Determining Enamel Holdout. Standard was developed by Subcommittee D01.42 on Architectural Coatings, part of ASTM Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications. According to Keith Alderfer, associate scientist, The Dow Chemical Co., and member of D01.42, enamel holdout characteristic of primer can have significant impact on appearance of finished painted system. Read More

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IEEE makes enhancements to IEEE Xplore® digital library.

April 6, 2012

IEEE launched technology upgrade that includes enhancements to IEEE Xplore® digital library. Upgrade features suite of intuitive capabilities, including improved user account functions, redesigned membership join/renew experience, and integration of best-in-class e-commerce capabilities. Some new features of IEEE Xplore include browse by topic and faceted browsing, more prominent institutional branding, enhanced article abstract pages, and visual presentation of forward/backward citations. Read More

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SME to Honor RAPID 2012 Exhibitors with two awards.

April 6, 2012

SME will honor RAPID 2012 exhibitors with "Exhibitor Innovation" and "Best in Show" awards this May in Atlanta, GA. In celebration of 20th anniversary of this manufacturing event, "Exhibitor Innovation" award will be presented to RAPID 2012 exhibitor who introduces product or service with significant technology innovation for industry that improves business operations and manufacturing. Also, "Best in Show" award will recognize most interactive, visually appealing, and engaging exhibit. Read More

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New ASTM Subcommittee to deal with US gov't contract property.

April 6, 2012

ASTM International subcommittee (E53.20) will develop standards for management of property connected by contract with entities of the U.S. federal government. Brandon Kriner, manager of Asset Management, Harris Corp.'s Government Communications Systems Division, expressed hope in getting contractor and government entities involved in development of standards in order to "create some common ground." Read More