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ASTM Developing 3 Standards for 3 roller-compacted concrete.

October 28, 2013

ASTM Subcommittee C09.45 is working on 3 proposed standards for roller-compacted concrete: ASTM WK33682, Test Method for Preparation, Compaction and Density Determination of Roller-Compacted Concrete Specimens by Means of the Gyratory Compactor; ASTM WK41101, Practice for Molding Roller-Compacted Concrete in Beam Molds Using a Vibrating Hammer; and ASTM WK42461, Test Method for Density (Unit Weight) and Air Content (Pressure Method) of Freshly Mixed Roller-Compacted Concrete. Read More

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BIO announces U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke as keynote speaker.

October 28, 2013

BIO announced that Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to China, will provide keynote address on Nov 12 at the BIO Convention in China. Throughout his public service career, Ambassador Locke has worked to strengthen economic ties between U.S. and China. According to Joseph Damond, Senior VP, International Affairs at BIO, Locke's experience in both countries has been particularly valuable in helping create policies that support development of partnerships between Eastern and Western biotech companies. Read More

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Distinguished Transportation Professionals join AASHTO management.

October 28, 2013

AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright announced addition of 2 transportation leaders to AASHTO's management team. Jim Tymon, Senior Capitol Hill staffer involved in drafting/implementing last 3 transportation bills, was named Director of Program Finance and Management. King Gee, nationally recognized leader in development and deployment of transportation technology and innovations and management of transportation engineering issues, was named Director of Engineering and Technical Services. Read More

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AIA Suppliers on Hill send message to budget conference.

October 28, 2013

Aerospace and defense industry suppliers Joe Murphy, chairman of the board of the Ferco Aerospace Group and Gregory Bloom, president of Seal Science, Inc. visited Congress to deliver letter and send clear message to leaders of budget conference that sequestration budget cuts are harming national security and defense industrial base. Murphy and Bloom also requested meetings with leaders to discuss impact of sequestration on industrial base supply chain. Read More

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NIST Grants will improve access to services and reduce fraud.

October 28, 2013

NIST has awarded more than $2 million in grants to Pennsylvania and Michigan to test new online identity technologies to improve access to government services and the delivery of federal assistance programs, and to reduce fraud. Pilot projects support administration's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, which envisions an "Identity Ecosystem" that allows people to choose from array of private and public credentials to prove they are who they say they are online. Read More

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Wes Bush stresses importance of technological innovation.

October 28, 2013

AIA chairman and Northrop Grumman Corporation chairman, CEO, and president Wes Bush delivered keynote address for National Aerospace Week at Air Force Association's annual conference and trade show. He stressed significance of Air Force-industry partnership, saying it has "kept our nation free, our economy vibrant and our way of life intact and validated." Also, Bush issued plea for continued national investment in technological innovation and those who make it possible. Read More

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ASTM approves standard for lean duplex stainless steels.

October 25, 2013

ASTM A1084, Test Method for Detecting Detrimental Phases in Lean Duplex Austenitic/Ferritic Stainless Steels, provides tool to check if product made out of lean duplex alloy contains deleterious phases originating from improper heat treatment. Standard will give added information outside existing standard specifications that material is free from deleterious amounts of unwanted phases that, if present in significant amounts, may deteriorate corrosion resistance and toughness properties. Read More

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NIST Co-Hosts Conference that highlights women in physics.

October 25, 2013

NIST is partnering with University of Maryland to co-host 2014 Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), which will take place January 17–24, 2014. Event's goal is to encourage undergraduate women to continue in physics by providing them with opportunity to experience professional conference, acquire information about graduate school and professions in physics, as well as interact with other women in physics of all ages in order to share experiences, advice, and ideas. Read More

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International Code Council adopts specification for sunrooms.

October 25, 2013

At its Public Comment Hearings, International Code Council voted to adopt AAMA/NPEA/NSA 2100-12, Specification for Sunrooms, into 2015 International Residential Code. Adoption of reference standard means IRC will now have 5 distinct categories of sunrooms for purpose of uniformly applying code's requirements to patio covers, sun porches, sunrooms, solariums, and conservatories that have been popular for homeowners who want to add recreational space by enclosing porch, deck, or patio area. Read More

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PTDA Summit provides support net for channel partners.

October 25, 2013

Held Oct 3–5, PTDA 2013 Industry Summit was themed "Working Without a Net?" and was attended by over 5,300 power transmission and motion control industry representatives from nearly 230 PTDA member companies. Event included keynotes, workshops, and forums, as well as Motion Control Showcase featuring 15 suppliers presenting their latest hardware, and Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange, which brought together existing and potential channel partners to strategically plan for upcoming year. Read More

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PROFINET has Wall of Fame in North America.

October 25, 2013

PROFI Interface Center has completed a PROFINET ‘wall of fame’ in its Test Lab that features PROFINET devices they have tested and certified. Devices incorporated onto wall include remote I/O, drives, vision systems, and HMIs as well as wireless, embedded diagnostics, infrastructure, and security devices. According to Torsten Paulsen, Manager of PIC, the broad variety of device types and vendors underlines the openness and multi-vendor support of PROFINET. Read More

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NIST MEP launches manufacturing website.

October 25, 2013

Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnerhip at NIST offers website where users can find collection of reports and studies on manufacturing policy and practice. Site is intended to serve as resource for manufacturing community and to fuel discussion and debate about future of manufacturing in the U.S. Some topic areas include: Innovation, R&D, and IP; Global Competitiveness; Federal/Industrial Collaboration; Education and Workforce; Best Practices; Productivity; Sustainability; and Supply Chain. Read More

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U.S. and Germany meet to advance transatlantic trade objectives.

October 25, 2013

With continued focus on standards-related aspects of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, ANSI and German Institute for Standardization conducted U.S.-German Standards Panel in Washington, DC, on October 15. Workshop topics included added value of harmonized standards where possible, importance of resolving unnecessary barriers to world's largest trade relationship, industry perspectives on standards and conformance, and role of third-party conformity assessment in enabling free trade. Read More

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House Members Commended on Congressional Algae Caucus re-launch.

October 25, 2013

While specifically recognizing co-chairs Scott Peters and Matt Salmon for their leadership, BIO applauded key House of Representatives Members for holding first meeting of revived Congressional Algae Caucus. BIO President and CEO Jim C. Greenwood said "BIO supports the goals and efforts of the caucus in bringing awareness to the evolving role of algae in production of sustainable, renewable fuels, chemicals, and products" and welcomed this platform for discussing supportive federal policy. Read More

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ASTM to develop carpet sanitizer standard.

October 24, 2013

ASTM WK39597, Test Method for Assessment of Carpet Sanitizers, will be used to quantitatively evaluate antibacterial activity of carpet sanitizers. Standardized evaluation and regulatory approval of carpet sanitizers could be used by the public and professional service providers to elevate carpet cleaning from aesthetic appearance to documented efficacy against accumulated soils/biocontaminants. Users would include carpet maintenance chemical producers, contract testing laboratories, and EPA. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2014 will explore NASCAR Physics via keynote.

October 24, 2013

Those attending IPC APEX EXPO® 2014 will be privy to inside look at science of NASCAR racing during keynote presentation by physicist, researcher, and author Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, PhD, on March 27 in Las Vegas, NV. Based on her book of same title, Leslie-Pelecky's "The Physics of NASCAR" presentation will explore science and engineering behind NASCAR. She will trace lifecycle of racecar from development at shop to competition on track. Read More

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CSA Group acquires UK-Based mi Technology Group.

October 24, 2013

CSA Group announces acquisition of mi Technology Group, a privately owned company located in Leyland, Lancashire, UK that provides analysis, R&D, testing, and consultancy services. Acquisition is key to CSA Group's global growth strategy in the transportation and commercial vehicle testing sector. mi Technology provides vehicle testing in areas of environmental impact, engine performance and emissions, powertrain, structural integrity, durability, and noise, vibration, and harshness. Read More

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Standards Simulation Workshop to be held November 19 in NYC.

October 24, 2013

ANSI's workshop will simulate experience of taking part in process of creating voluntary consensus standards. Participants will be divided into teams and given agenda and lists of interests which will simulate perspectives of different stakeholders in standardization process for a new hypothetical technology. Team members will examine negotiation and leadership strategies used in standardization process, as well as system’s underlying mechanisms, before taking part in 3-phase evaluation. Read More

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SME Education Foundation welcomes 4 new Board members.

October 24, 2013

SME Education Foundation (SME-EF) announced election of 4 new members to its Board of Directors: Gwen Malone, Jennifer McNelly, Karla Middlebrooks, and Roy Sweatman. CEO Bart A. Aslin said these new Board members bring "expertise in workforce development and leadership training, both in business and government." Aslin went on to say that "Their experience will be critical as we increase our efforts to attract women and minorities to pursue careers in the high-tech manufacturing sector." Read More

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Biotechnology Industry Advocate supports biosimilars legislation.

October 24, 2013

Testifying before Indiana Health Finance Commission, BIO's Fritz Bittenbender supported proposed legislation that preserves patient and physician access to accurate prescription information while promoting competitive market for complex biologic medicines. He highlighted 4 key points pertaining to substitution of biological products and noted that "complexities of biologic medications" mandate that existing state laws governing generic substitution should not be applied to biosimilars. Read More