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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

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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