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IPC APEX EXPO 2014 to highlight swarm robotics technology.

December 12, 2013

Roboticist and inventor James McLurkin will share his research and insights into future of multi-robot systems or "swarm robotics" during his keynote session at IPC APEX EXPO® 2014. In his presentation, McLurkin will explore how multi-robot systems can serve humanity by handling dangerous, dirty and dull jobs for which humans are inherently ill-suited. McLurkin’s work focuses on developing software and programming techniques for teams of autonomous robots with populations from 10 to 10,000. Read More

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MHEDA Announces New Board Members for 2014.

December 12, 2013

Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) announced that Scott Larsen, President of R. H. Brown Company, and Mike Wall, President of Container Systems Inc., have been elected to serve on Board of Directors. Brett Wood, President/CEO of Toyota Material Handling, USA Inc. has been elected to serve on Manufacturers Board of Advisors. Read More

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RFS Proposal will undercut development of advanced biofuels.

December 12, 2013

Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to decrease use of advanced biofuels in transportation in 2014, reversing growth path intended in RFS. BIO recently testified at EPA's Public Hearing for the 2014 Standard for the Renewable Fuel Standard Program, telling agency that commercial development of advanced and cellulosic biofuels, as well as other biotechnology applications, could come to a halt if the recently released proposal becomes policy. Read More

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CAS-PerkinElmer Collaboration enhance researchers' efficiencies.

December 12, 2013

Collaboration announced by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and PerkinElmer, Inc. intends to combine power of 2 leading chemistry solutions: SciFinder® and ChemBioDraw®. Functionality is being developed to enable ChemBioDraw user to directly initiate search in SciFinder, providing access to content available in CAS databases. Chris McCue of CAS said "CAS is pleased to collaborate with PerkinElmer to address the latest research challenges facing chemists, biologists and other scientists." Read More

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BSA opens registration for 2014 Annual Convention.

December 12, 2013

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2014 Annual Convention's "Legacy of Excellence...Shaping the Future" business program will examine convergence of industry trends, sustainable growth, and how innovation can be used to grow mature market. Series of program components will include: Industry Trends and Growth; Our Evolving Industry: Analysis and Insight; Disruptive Innovation: Empowering Growth; and Shaping the Future: Creating growth in Mature Markets. Read More

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North American Machine Vision Sales soar in third quarter.

December 12, 2013

According to AIA statistics, total machine vision sales in North America climbed 23% compared to third quarter of 2012. Machine vision systems category, which includes application specific machine vision systems and smart cameras, continued driving overall growth with 25% increase over third quarter 2012, while sales of machine vision components grew 10% over third quarter of last year. Cameras, lighting, and imaging boards all increased, while optics and software decreased mildly. Read More

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TRFA Issues Call for Papers for 2014 Annual Meeting.

December 12, 2013

Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) invites submission of Technical Papers for presentation at 2014 Annual Meeting, which will take place September 14–16 in Henderson, NV. While all timely subject matter and topics relevant to thermoset industry will be considered from several market perspectives, academic papers and papers on non-epoxy applications or green technology are of particular interest. Abstract submissions are due no later than February 28. Read More

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Ohio Decides to improve renewables interconnection procedures.

December 12, 2013

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio adopted improved interconnection procedures that help facilitate connection of small renewable energy systems to distribution grid. IREC participated in Ohio and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rulemaking processes for several months in 2012, and Ohio commission's order adopted several of IREC's key recommendations and improved upon existing rules. Ohio is first state to update its rules since FERC's approval of SGIP modifications. Read More

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Donivan Porterfield.

December 12, 2013

ASTM International Committee D19 on Water has recognized Donivan Porterfield, an analytical chemistry and radiochemical measurements scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, with the Award of Merit. Porterfield is membership secretary of both D19 and Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle, where he also chairs Subcommittee C26.01 on Editorial and Terminology. A member of ASTM International since 1996, Porterfield has also received C26 Harlan J. Anderson Award and D19 Max Hecht Award. Read More

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ASTM Standards help determine impurities in PTA.

December 11, 2013

Purified terephthalic acid, commonly known as PTA, is a major raw material for polymer and plastic manufacture used in making polyester fiber, resin, and film. Four new ASTM International standards will be used to determine the presence of the impurities 4-Caraboxybenzaldehyde and p-Toluic Acid in PTA. These newly approved standards will be used to set specifications and as internal quality control tools for both users and manufacturers. Read More

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ISPE Marks 10-Year Anniversary of its FOYA program.

December 11, 2013

ISPE announced that it has made significant enhancements to its annual Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) program, which focuses on recognizing innovation and creativity in manufacturing facilities serving regulated healthcare industry. Specifically, enhancements are designed to celebrate tenth anniversary of this global awards program and include gala to recognize Category Winners at annual ISPE-FDA CGMP Conference as well as expanded presence for Category Winners at ISPE Annual Meeting. Read More

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Patrick Plues to head BIO's state government relations.

December 11, 2013

BIO announced that Patrick Plues has been hired to serve as Senior Director of State Government Relations. Plues will lead BIO’s engagement in and support of state-level health legislative and regulatory issues while promoting responsible development of bioscience industry and understanding of policy issues critical to members. Plues previously led Cephalon's federal government affairs efforts and prior to that position, directed state and federal advocacy initiatives for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. Read More

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BSA Convention Program will host new learning-based program.

December 11, 2013

BSA is adopting learning-based program at its 2014 Annual Convention, which will take place May 3–6 in Scottsdale, AZ. "Legacy of Excellence…Shaping the Future" will examine convergence of industry trends, sustainable growth, and how innovation can be leveraged to grow mature market. Presentations will include Industry Trends and Growth, Our Evolving Industry: Analysis and Insight, Disruptive Innovation: Empowering Growth, and Shaping the Future: Creating Growth in Mature Markets. Read More

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ASTM Committee presents Thompson Award to Frank Liebmann.

December 11, 2013

Frank Liebmann, radiation thermometry engineer at Fluke Calibration in American Fork, UT, has received the R.D. Thompson Award for his work on ASTM International Committee E20 on Temperature Measurement. A member of ASTM International since 2008, Liebmann was cited for his dedication to the development of temperature measurement standards and his ongoing contributions to the committee, which include his service as chairman of Subcommittee E20.02 on Radiation Thermometry. Read More

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Revised LIMS Standard has been approved by ASTM committee.

December 10, 2013

In response to pace of change over past 6 years regarding laboratory informatics, scope of ASTM E1578, Guide for Laboratory Informatics, has been broadened to include primary tools in today's laboratory informatics area. Additional terms related to laboratory informatics are defined, and new sections, including one on lean concepts and lab informatics, have been added. Previous title of this document was Guide for Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). Read More

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ASTM Committee is developing proposed REE standard.

December 10, 2013

Proposed standard ASTM WK44003, Test Method for Identification and Quantification of Rare Earth Elements (REEs) in Rare Earth Materials (REMs) by X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, is under development by Subcommittee F40.04 on REMs. According to F40 chairman Taco van der Maten, testing to this proposed standard will allow for quality statement for REEs and REMs so users know what they are buying. Standard will also provide for sustainable long-term supply of stable quality REEs. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses fire conditions due to eaves.

December 9, 2013

ASTM WK37414, Test Method for Flammability and Resistance of Eaves and Horizontal Projections to Fire Penetration, is being developed by Subcommittee E05.14 on External Fire Exposures. Standard will cover measurement of relative fire characteristics of exposed underside of both open and closed projections, such as horizontal soffits and extended open roof eaves, floor projections, and exposed under-floor areas to direct flame impingement from simulated fire originating outside building. Read More

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Road and Paving Standard addresses asphalt recovery.

December 9, 2013

ASTM WK40799, Practice for Recovery of Asphalt from Solution Using Toluene and the Rotary Evaporator, will be used for testing asphalt used in common pavements. Proposed standard will provide laboratories with instructions to extract liquid asphalt bitumen from asphalt-aggregate mixture using toluene and rotary evaporator. After liquid asphalt has been recovered, its properties can be measured to understand the performance of in-place pavement. Read More

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NEMA publishes American National Standards for insulators.

December 9, 2013

ANSI/NEMA C29.2A covers distribution suspension-type insulators 4.25–8 in. in diameter, made of wet-process porcelain or of toughened glass, and used in the distribution of electrical energy. ANSI/NEMA C29.2B covers transmission suspension-type insulators 9 in. in diameter and larger, made of wet-process porcelain or of toughened glass, and used in the transmission of electrical energy. Contents and scope of each standard may be viewed on NEMA website. Read More

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ASTM Issues Papers Invite for gypsum technologies symposium.

December 6, 2013

Papers are invited for symposium on Advances in Gypsum Technologies and Building Systems, which will be held May 21, 2015 in Anaheim, CA to review innovations over past 25 years for gypsum products, systems, testing, and related building applications. Symposium will also highlight future opportunities and challenges. To participate, 250- to 300-word preliminary abstract must be submitted by March 3, 2014. Presentation and manuscript must not be of commercial nature or previously published. Read More