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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

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ASTM Workshop addresses LNAPL transmissivity estimating.

December 6, 2013

Scheduled for Jan 30, 2014, workshop on Estimating LNAPL Transmissivity will provide basic understanding of how LNAPL transmissivity can be estimated and how to use estimated values in understanding practical limits for hydraulic recovery of petroleum. This information may then be used in making effective decisions with regards to LNAPL assessment, management, and remediation. Attendees should have basic understanding of hydrogeologic processes and non-aqueous phase liquid fundamentals. Read More

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MTConnect Challenge 2 gains 4 industry supporters.

December 6, 2013

NCDMM and AMT announce that DMG MORI SEIKI USA, ITAMCO, Mazak Corporation, and Okuma America Corporation will support MTConnect Challenge 2 by providing access to data generated by their equipment for development and testing of manufacturing intelligence applications. Second MTConnect Challenge: Creating Manufacturing Intelligence is seeking development of software applications that harness innovation and manufacturing intelligence breakthroughs utilizing data acquired via MTConnect standard. Read More

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North American PCB Sales and Order Growth are strengthening.

December 6, 2013

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, total North American PCB shipments increased 3.6% in October 2013 from October 2012. Year-to-date shipment growth is still negative compared to same period in 2012, but is improving and reached -2.9 in October. PCB bookings increased 7.0% year over year, an improvement that brought year-to-date growth into positive territory at 0.1%. Compared to September 2013, PCB shipments in October were down 6.6% and bookings were down 4.0%. Read More

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MTConnect Institute announces Call for Speakers.

December 6, 2013

MTConnect Institute announces Call for Speakers for third [MC² 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference - Advancing Data-Driven Manufacturing, to be held April 8-10 in Orlando, FL. Institute is looking for dynamic presentations that celebrate successes, challenge thinking, and push digital manufacturing field forward, all with MTConnect as underlying fabric. Call for Speakers will run through January 15, 2014. Read More

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NEMA anticipates favorable DOE ruling for electric motors.

December 6, 2013

Department of Energy proposed new rule to increase energy efficiency for electric motors. According to DOE, rule could save consumers up to $23 billion and cut emissions of carbon dioxide from electric motors by 400 million metric tons over 30-year span. Efficiency standards proposed in notice of proposed rulemaking balance tradeoff of maximum feasible efficiency requirements against challenges of manufacturing high-performance motors across numerous product classes and hundreds of design types. Read More

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NREL Test helps improve moisture barriers.

December 6, 2013

Developed by Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL Electric Calcium Test (e-Ca) uses unique design elements to measure corrosion from water. Resulting ability to detect infinitesimally small amounts of moisture promotes assurance that barrier films will last. Optimized for sensitivity, e-Ca method specifically uses test cards with calcium metal traces for detection of down to 10-7 g of water per square meter per day. Read More

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EPA Appoints Dr. Grifo as new scientific integrity official.

December 6, 2013

As EPA's scientific integrity official, Dr. Francesca Grifo will be responsible for coordinating and carrying out EPA's scientific integrity policy and chairing standing EPA scientific integrity committee. EPA's Gina McCarthy praised Grifo's breath of experience and knowledge as complementary to implementing EPA's scientific integrity policy. Devoted to strengthening scientific integrity in government, Grifo has many years of experience in scientific research, academia, and science policy. Read More

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NEMA publishes dimming ballast energy performance standard.

December 6, 2013

NEMA has published NEMA BL 3-2013 Dimming Ballast Energy Performance. This standard provides methodology for applying existing test methods for program start ballasts to fluorescent dimming ballasts. It also provides method to calculate ballast luminous efficiency for fluorescent dimming ballasts. In addition, BL 3 combines new 2014 DOE standard for programmed start ballasts with lamp compatibility aspects of NEMA LL 9-2011 Dimming of T8 Fluorescent Lighting Systems document. Read More

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Metal Powder Group elects officers.

December 6, 2013

Richard Pfingstler, CEO of Atlas Pressed Metals in DuBois, PA, was elected president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation, succeeding Matthew Bulger of NetShape Technologies. Three of the federation’s 6 associations also installed new presidents during the annual meeting. They include John F. Sweet of Powder Metallurgy Parts Association, Patrick J. McGeehan of Metal Powder Producers Association, and David V. Bowles of Isostatic Pressing Association. Read More

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Cork Floor Tile Requirements Standard is available from ASTM.

December 5, 2013

ASTM F3008, Specification for Cork Floor Tile, specifies requirements for cork floor coverings that are made from agglomerated composition cork supplied in tile form and designed to for use with factory finish, in-situ finish, or both. Developed by Subcommittee F06.80 on Specifications, standard establishes minimum requirements and characteristics that said material has to meet. This new standard will be used by manufacturers as well as architects, end users, and testing laboratories. Read More

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ASTM invites papers for international roofing symposium.

December 5, 2013

Papers are invited for Eighth Symposium on Research Roofing and Standards Development, which will be held Dec 6, 2015. Symposium is intended to address topics describing research and standards development for low-sloped and steep roofing systems, including polymer-modified and conventional built-up bituminous roofing; liquid-applied membrane roofing; and spray polyurethane foam roofing systems. It will also cover roof edge systems, wind/fire resistance, roof coatings, and energy-efficient roofing. Read More

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CEA announces new awards and events for 2014 International CES.

December 5, 2013

Scheduled for Jan 7–10 in Las Vegas, 2014 International CES® will feature more than 3,200 exhibitors unveiling latest consumer technology products and services across 15 product categories. Event will offer more than 20 specialty awards programs and events, such as the CEA MoDev Hackathon, Mobile Apps Showdown, and Last Gadget Standing. New highlights will include Variety’s 2014 Breakthrough of the Year Awards, Engadget Best of CES Awards, and UP Global LIVE Stage. Read More

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Greener Cleanup Standard has been approved by ASTM committee.

December 4, 2013

On September 15, ASTM International Subcommittee E50.04 on Corrective Action approved new standard on applying greener best management practices to site assessment and cleanup projects: ASTM E2893, Guide for Greener Cleanups. This standard, according to E50 member John Simon, will "enable environmental professionals to assess greener best management practices in a systematic fashion and then prioritize and select the BMPs to apply during a project." Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard addresses explanted hip implants.

December 4, 2013

To addresses collection and analysis of explanted hip implants, Subcommittee F04.22 on Arthroplasty has developed ASTM WK43442, Guide for the Characterization of Material Loss from Conical Taper Junction Between Femoral Head and Stem in Retrieved Modular Hip Prostheses. Once approved, proposed standard will give user series of options and increase awareness of information and approaches to researchers and companies that need to measure material loss from taper joints in orthopedic devices. Read More

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ISO Technical Report from NFPA benefits users and manufacturers.

December 4, 2013

ISO/TR 17209:2013, Hydraulic fluid power – Two-, three- and four-port screw-in cartridge valves – Cavities with ISO 725 (UN and UNF) threads, is available from National Fluid Power Association (NFPA). This ISO Technical Report specifies dimensions and provides other data relating to cavities with ISO 725 UN and UNF threads in which 2-, 3-, and 4-port screw-in cartridge valves are mounted to ensure dimensional interchangeability. Read More

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MTConnect and OPC announce UA companion specification.

December 4, 2013

MTConnect Institute and OPC Foundation announce availability of MTConnect-OPC UA (Unified Architecture) Companion specification release candidate.  It has been developed to ensure a uniform information model that can be utilized via MTConnect standard and OPC UA standard. In the interest of wide and rapid adoption by vendors of equipment and software, specification is designed with the following goals in mind: incremental adoption, evolution, customizability, and non-proprietary in nature. Read More

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Webinar Series explains how to improve pump systems reliability.

December 4, 2013

Opening session for Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) 4-part webinar series will be held January 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm EST. Series will explain how VSDs may be used to accommodate duty cycles with variable flow and head as well as applications to avoid. Sessions include Intro 101 (January 9), Application and Installation Considerations (January 16), Protection for VFD and Proper Output (January 23), and Troubleshooting Problems with VFDs (January 30). Read More