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BIO announces companies to present at national conference.

March 11, 2009

BIO has announced the first 37 of 50 companies to present at 2nd annual Bio® National Venture Conference, which were screened from initial pool of 450. Additional companies were nominated by expert Advisory Committee comprised of members of VC investment community. Cohosted by National Venture Capital Association, conference will allow investors and executives to participate in One-on-One meetings using BIO Partnering System and will also include 4 separate panels. Read More

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ASTM Standards cover bicycle class usage and trailer cycles.

March 11, 2009

ASTM F2043, Classification for Bicycle Usage, has been revised for use as educational tool for bicycle industry and consumers purchasing bikes. It outlines 5 different intended bicycle uses in 0-4 naming scheme. Also, Subcommittee F08.10 is working on ASTM WK22294, Specification for Child Riding Trailer Cycles, the first section which covers general items such as protrusions, sharp edges, and reflectors. Its 2 other parts cover tests that simulate riding situations. Read More

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ANSI releases revised standard for toy safety.

March 11, 2009

Revised ASTM F963-2008 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety provides guidelines and test methods to protect children from range of potential hazards, including lead exposure, choking, and sharp edges. Revisions address incidents of swallowing small magnets in toys, acoustics, potential strangulation hazards associated with yo-yo elastic tether toys, impact hazards for children up to 48 months, and flammability testing to federal standards. Read More

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ASTM to sponsor 2010 Michael E. Beard Asbestos Conference.

March 10, 2009

To be held Jan 28-29, 2010, ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality will sponsor ASTM 2010 Michael E. Beard Asbestos Conference: Laboratory Issues in San Antonio, TX. Divided into 4 sessions, conference will feature various asbestos topics of interest to laboratory personnel, those who use laboratory data, and those who need to understand how to interpret asbestos results. In addition, conference co-chairs are soliciting presentations to fill out program. Read More

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Papers needed for Symposium on Zirconium in Nuclear Industry.

March 10, 2009

Scheduled for May 9-13, 2010, 16th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry will provide forum for exchanging new information on fabrication, testing, development, and characterization of zirconium-base materials in nuclear industry, including material behavior during normal, transient, as well as accident conditions and material behavior during intermediate and long-term storage conditions. Of special interest is application of new alloys. Read More

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ASHRAE Document outlines commitment to natural refrigerants.

March 10, 2009

In position document, ASHRAE outlines its support for research, assessment, and strategic growth in use of natural refrigerants in refrigeration systems and technologies. ASHRAE demonstrates commitment to application of natural refrigerants; development of strategic relationships to advance natural refrigerants; consideration of natural refrigerants in existing and new guidelines, codes, and standards; and provision of guidance and education to policy makers and public. Read More

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IPC urges Call to Action regarding TBBPA.

March 10, 2009

Companies are urged to lobby the European Union (EU) Council and Parliament with regards to the new revision for the RoHS Directive that calls for the restriction of Tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA), the flame retardant used in more than 80 percent of printed circuits. The Oko Institut, private consultants hired by the EU Commission, identified TBBPA for possible restriction under RoHS even though it has been determined to be safe for the environment and human health. Read More

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Two Top Award Programs open for 2009 nominations.

March 10, 2009

Robotic Industries Association and Automated Imaging Association are seeking nominations for 2009 awards, which honor end-user companies that have successfully implemented robotics and/or machine-vision systems resulting in improvements and savings. Recognition award program has two segments with one award being presented to companies/plants with fewer than 200 employees and another to those with more than 200 employees. Read More

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White Paper examines embedded passive technology.

March 10, 2009

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released a white paper, "Embedded Passives: An Overview of Implementation, Benefits and Costs," that summarizes the technology and addresses physical considerations, quality, and reliability considerations. This 20-page paper also conveys performance gains, cost concerns, and design impacts for circuit boards with embedded components. There are 24 figures and tables to help illustrate and clarify key information. Read More

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Proposed Standard covers analysis of gases in titanium.

March 10, 2009

Advancing gas analysis technology is leading to development of proposed ASTM International standard, WK22331, Test Method for Simultaneous Determination of Oxygen, Nitrogen, and Hydrogen in Titanium and Titanium Alloys by the Inert Gas Fusion Technique. ASTM is looking for laboratories to participate in interlaboratory study to help develop proposed standard. Read More

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Harry Mason speaks on 6 Gb/s SAS at FOSE.

March 10, 2009

During FOSE 2009, STA will be located in booth 1524 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. On March 10 at 12:20 pm, Harry Mason, President of STA and Director of Industry Marketing at LSI, will give presentation titled: "SAS and SATA Change the Face of Enterprise Storage." Functioning as storage solution backbone, SAS allows large numbers of SAS and/or SATA hard disk drives to be deployed in variety of storage application environments, extending SAS into new storage realms. Read More

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NTSB keeps commitment to ridding fatigue in transportation.

March 10, 2009

In recognition of National Sleep Awareness Week, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reiterates its commitment to eliminating human fatigue in the transportation industry. NTSB continues to advocate setting work hour limits based on fatigue research, circadian rhythms, and sleep rest requirements that will reduce unnecessary risk to the traveling public. The commitment is backed by several previous recommendations made to enhance operator and public safety. Read More

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ATA unveils image trailer donated by GE.

March 10, 2009

On free loan lease to ATA by GE's Trailer Fleet Services, 53 ft custom drop show trailer offers highly visible tool for ATA's image and outreach programs. Trailer is wrapped in American flag-themed graphic and displays ATA emblem. Interior features mobile conference room with 7 projection screens, educational displays, and room for interactive trucking demonstrations. Read More

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ASTM honors Dr. Robert H. White with Award of Merit.

March 10, 2009

Robert H. White, Ph.D., research wood scientist at Forest Products Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. White was recognized for outstanding contributions he has made through leadership positions in ASTM Committees D07 on Wood and E05 on Fire Standards and for making significant technical contributions to development of ASTM International standards on fire and wood technology. Read More

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ASTM International Award of Merit honors Howard Freese.

March 6, 2009

ASTM International has presented Howard Freese, manager of business development - biomedical at ATI Allvac in Monroe, N.C., with ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. A member of ASTM International since 1989, Freese was cited "for dynamic and outstanding leadership in fostering development and promulgation of surgical implant standards in ASTM Committee F04 for Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices." Read More

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Thomas Langill receives ASTM Award of Merit.

March 6, 2009

Thomas Langill, Ph.D., technical director at American Galvanizers Association in Centennial, CO, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Langill, who joined ASTM International in 1994, was cited "for major contributions to development of corrosion test methods for metals in atmosphere and construction materials as well as coated steel hardware standards in Committees G01 on Corrosion of Metals and A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products." Read More

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New Safety Measures sought for mobile acetylene trailers.

March 6, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that the U.S. Department of Transportation modify federal regulations addressing adequacy of mobile acetylene trailer design for protection during transport as well as effectiveness and safety of current unloading procedures. Also, NTSB asked Compressed Gas Association to review its standard for fire suppression systems at loading/unloading facilities. Read More

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Ken Barat will receive 2009 R. James Rockwell, Jr. Award.

March 6, 2009

Ken Barat, Certified Laser Safety Officer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will be awarded the 2009 R. James Rockwell, Jr. Educational Achievement Award for exceptional accomplishments in laser safety education. The award will recognize his more than 2 decades of dedication to promoting laser safety. A member of numerous organizations dedicated to this topic, Barat is also a published author of textbooks and numerous articles in professional journals. Read More

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NAM partners to launch skills certification system.

March 5, 2009

Manufacturing Skills Certification System, launched by NAM and The Manufacturing Institute as new approach to manufacturing worker certification and credentials, will initially focus on core, basic skills required for entry-level workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Deployed through community colleges, it will map to careers across manufacturing economy and to pathways in postsecondary education. Partnering organizations include ACT, Inc., MSSC, NIMS, AWS, and SME. Read More

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ANSI details standards on sterilization/environmental sound.

March 5, 2009

In effort to communicate role of standards in daily life, ANSI is highlighting ANSI/AAMI ST79:2006/A1:2008, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities, which identifies 4 phases of producing/maintaining sterile products as well as related factors. Also, ANSI/ASA S12.9-2008/Part 6, developed from behavioral studies in homes near airports, railroads, roads, and highways, offers method to predict sleep disturbance at certain noise levels. Read More