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NEMA Revises Protocol Specification for interfacing to networks.

July 20, 2015

NEMA published ANSI C12.22-2012, Protocol Specification for Interfacing to Data Communication Networks, which proves useful for smart meter and smart grid communications by allowing transport of table data over any reliable networking communications system. Last published in 2008 as ANSI C12.22-2008, this standard has been revised to extend concepts of ANSI C12.18/MC12.18/IEEE 1701; ANSI C12.21/MC12.18/IEEE 1702; and ANSI C12.19/MC12.19/IEEE 1377. Read More

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HI Collaborates with EMPLI on data collection effort for labels.

July 20, 2015

As part of Extended Motor Product Label Initiative (EMPLI) consortium, Hydraulic Institute (HI) is collaborating on "Designing a Program for Future Incentives for Energy Efficient Pumps and Pumping Systems." Data will support new voluntary labeling initiative for pumps and extended pump products to reflect energy savings potential of equipment as installed in motor and control system applications. Label and data will help form basis for prescriptive rebate programs with deemed savings values. Read More

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Dr. Kent Lowry receives President's Leadership Award.

July 17, 2015

Kent Jason Lowry, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Northland Orthopedic Associates in Rhinelander, WI, is a recipient of the 2015 ASTM International President’s Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals early in their ASTM career who have significantly advanced Society’s mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example, and vision. His many contributions include chairing the task group that developed important new standard for labeling of orthopedic implants used in joint arthroplasty. Read More

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Call for Papers Issued for 2016 rolling bearing steels symposium.

July 17, 2015

Papers are invited for 11th International Symposium on Rolling Bearing Steels — Progress in Bearing Steel Technologies and Bearing Steel Quality Assurance. To participate, presenters/authors must submit online Abstract Submittal Form and attach 250–300 word preliminary abstract no later than October 26, 2015. Papers from steelmakers, semi-finished and finished bearing steel component producers, rolling bearing producers, development institutes and academics are encouraged. Read More

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NTSB Announces Participation in EAA fly-in aviation convention.

July 16, 2015

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Christopher A. Hart, Member Earl F. Weener, and NTSB aviation safety investigators will participate in EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. This annual fly-in convention by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will take place July 20–26 in Oshkosh, WI. In addition to specific topics tackled by Hart and Weener, NTSB investigators will make 15 presentations on various safety issues throughout week and meet participants at NTSB exhibit. Read More

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Dr. Jennifer Holmgren to receive BIO award.

July 16, 2015

During 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of carbon recycling company LanzaTech, will deliver remarks and will be presented with inaugural Rosalind Franklin Award. Award honors an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing. Under Dr. Holmgren’s guidance, LanzaTech is developing world’s first alternative jet fuel from industrial waste gases using intermediates derived through industrial biotechnology. Read More

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LanzaTech and Renmatix receive BIO awards.

July 16, 2015

LanzaTech and Renmatix received awards in the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge for industrial biotechnology applications that produce carbon negative renewable chemicals and fuels. LanzaTech is being recognized for developing process that uses waste gas to produce fuels and chemicals, while Renmatix is being recognized for developing a process using supercritical water to more cost effectively break down plant material into sugars used as building blocks for renewable chemicals and fuels. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard on PVC fittings use with conduit, tubing.

July 16, 2015

National Electrical Manufacturers Association published NEMA Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Fittings for Use with Rigid PVC Conduit and Tubing, which includes requirements for materials, workmanship, dimensions, physical properties, couplings, female adaptors, male terminals, junction box adapters, reducers, elbows, caps, and end-bells. This standard also provides methods for marking and inspection as well as practices for indicating compliance with these standards. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard will support, enhance zip line safety.

July 15, 2015

ASTM task group reorganized content and made technical updates to ASTM F2959, Practice for Special Requirements for Aerial Adventure Courses, in order to help ensure safety in zip line attractions. By being more comprehensive and tailored to zip line attraction industry with fewer references to other ASTM standards, standard would promote consistency in interpretation by zip line businesses. Proposed revisions relate to both engineering and operations. Read More

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NEMA publishes electrical nonmetallic tubing standard.

July 15, 2015

Developed by NEMA Polymer Raceway Products Technical Committee, NEMA TC 13-2014 Electrical Nonmetallic Tubing standard serves as a tool for ENT manufacturers to check that their products are compliant with UL 1653 prior to submittal to UL for product listing. Standard covers materials, dimensions, and physical properties for ENT. Performance requirements for new trade size 2½ ENT have also been incorporated into this version. Read More

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BIO praises House passage of 21st Century Cures legislation.

July 15, 2015

In statement, Jim Greenwood, BIO's President and CEO praised the House of Representatives for vote to pass 21st Century Cures legislation that recognizes critical link between research, development, and reimbursement to expedite delivery of breakthrough treatments and cures to patients suffering from life-threatening and debilitating diseases. According to Greenwood, bill represents forward-looking public policies that sustain scientific discovery and promote biomedical advancement. Read More

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American National Standard addresses portable primary cells.

July 15, 2015

NEMA published ANSI C18.1M, Part 1 American National Standard for Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with Aqueous Electrolyte—General and Specifications. Revision was developed to ensure electrical and physical interchangeability for most primary batteries—carbon zinc, alkaline manganese dioxide, silver oxide, zinc air, and nickel oxyhydroxide. Test schemes for 13 D, 14 C, 15 AA, and 24 AA batteries have been modified along with application test updates for 7000 series of hearing-aid batteries. Read More

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IEEE Conference to address wireless communication in space.

July 15, 2015

Scheduled for December 14–16, IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments is designed to help attendees understand and solve emerging problems facing wireless sensing and communication during spaceflight and in extreme environments such as planetary surfaces, space vehicles, and space habitats. Co-located workshops will include: Space Solar Power, Passive Wireless Sensor Technology, Space-Terrestrial Internetworking, and Wireless Sensor Systems. Read More

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EPA honors Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge winners.

July 15, 2015

EPA is recognizing green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development. These innovations reduce use of energy, hazardous chemicals, and water, while cutting manufacturing costs. Winners include Algenol, Hybrid Coating Technologies/Nanotech Industries, LanzaTech, SOLTEX, Renmatix, and Professor Eugene Chen of Colorado State University. Read More

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Retiring Plastics Leader has been honored by PCE and SPE.

July 15, 2015

Plastics leader and activist Dennis L. Hayford received 2 honors at retirement event which marked his achievements during 45 years in industry. During this celebratory luncheon, representatives of Polymers Center of Excellence (PCE) announced renaming of its conference center in honor of Mr. Hayford. Russell C. Broome, managing director of SPE, announced committee of past presidents of SPE has awarded Mr. Hayford the title of Distinguished Member. Read More

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AIA brings aboard 3 division leaders.

July 15, 2015

John Luddy, named Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy, comes to AIA with extensive experience as president of his own consulting practice, Vector Solutions. William ‘Doc’ Syers joins AIA as Vice President for Legislative Affairs. He has served as Vice President for Congressional Relations at ITT/Exelis for 13 years. Paul Paolozzi, chosen as Vice President of Communications, currently serves as Initiatives Group Chief for the Under Secretary of the Army. Read More

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ASTM Workshop addresses retrieval analysis of implants.

July 13, 2015

Scheduled for Nov 17, 2015, workshop on Retrieval Analysis of Implants, Tissues and Fluids will help attendees understand current and future needs for medical device surveillance and what standards are needed to allow analysis of devices to be performed in standard manner. Event will also provide forum for exchange of ideas pertaining to necessary surveillance measures needed to determine efficacy and safety of medical devices, as well as identify new opportunities for standards development. Read More

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ASTM standardizes headgear for women's lacrosse.

July 13, 2015

Experts from the lacrosse community, medical field, biomechanics industry, and product testing laboratories collaborated on standard F3137, Specification for Headgear Used in Women’s Lacrosse. Standard was developed to allow for optional use and to ensure that players opting not to wear headgear would not be injured by players who choose to wear protective headgear. Optional status may be re-evaluated once women’s lacrosse community begins to see F3137-compliant headgear in action. Read More

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BIO opposes Brat amendment regarding NIH funding.

July 13, 2015

BIO issued statement regarding an amendment to the 21st Century Cures Initiative legislation filed by Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) that would convert mandatory funding for the National Institutes of Health to discretionary spending. According to Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, BIO supports provisions in 21st Century Cures to provide mandatory funding for nation’s biomedical research enterprise by supporting consistent and dependable growth in NIH funding. Read More

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BIO announces BIO World Congress workshop schedule.

July 13, 2015

Taking place July 19–22, 2015 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will include workshops designed for focused discussions on newest trends in business strategies, investment opportunities, and technology development. Topic examples include: Bioproduct Supply Chains in Action; Practical Magic: Genomics, Phenomics and the Next Generation of Advanced Materials; Value of Biobased in a Period of Low Oil Prices; and Protecting Valuable IP in the Face of New Challenges to Patent Eligibility. Read More