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ASTM Committee to develop standards for driverless AGVs.

January 7, 2015

Technical committee F45 on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles will develop standardized nomenclature and definitions of terms, recommended practices, guides, test methods, specifications, and performance standards for AGVs. In addition, F45 will encourage research by sponsoring symposia, workshops, and publications related to AGVs. Some topics for potential standards development include terminology; specifications for navigation technologies; and test methods for battery life. Read More

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International CES® to feature indoor BLE navigation system.

January 6, 2015

International CES® and Radius Networks announced that the 2015 CES will feature a new navigation system for attendees, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy beacons. Accessible through CES app, system will provide attendees with directions to exhibit locations within CES Tech West and Tech East. In total, system covers estimated 4 million square feet of space. Radius Networks will also be hosting beacon technology meet-up and demonstrating additional innovative uses for BLE beacons. Read More

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ASTM Nonmetallic Lath Standards apply to use with stucco.

January 6, 2015

ASTM International Committee C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems approved 2 nonmetallic plaster base standards. While ASTM C1787 provides minimum performance requirements when nonmetallic plaster base (lath) is used with stucco, ASTM C1788 lists minimum installation requirements for nonmetallic lath with stucco. Also available, ASTM C1764 offers test methods for evaluating performance of vertical wall applications of lath under various test exposures. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers penetration testing of surgical needles.

January 6, 2015

Strength and penetration are key attributes needed for surgical needles. ASTM International standard, ASTM F3014, Test Method for Penetration Testing of Needles Used in Surgical Sutures, focuses on penetration testing of such needles. Having low and consistent penetration force provides users with control for accurate placement of surgical needle during procedure, especially when there is limited space in which to maneuver needle, and when thick or hard tissue is encountered. Read More

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NEMA Business Conditions Gauges decline in December.

January 5, 2015

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America declined to 50.0 in December. While one quarter of panelists reported conditions improved during said month, same share reported they declined. December's EBCI for future North American conditions remained above 50-point break even mark but declined to 65. Half of panelists expect business environment to improve over next 6 months versus 20% who expect it to decline. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard will cover bath mat production aspects.

January 5, 2015

Proposed standard ASTM WK41157, Specification for Bath Mats, will provide means to evaluate specific performance characteristics of bath mats intended for use in residential and institutional environments. According to ASTM member Kathleen Huddy, this standard will cover all practical aspects of bath mat production, from tuft bind to rug back staining, to help manufacturers create quality consumer products. Information will also cover warning label on proper bath mat use. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Antimicrobial Activity Guide focuses on textiles.

January 5, 2015

Proposed standard ASTM WK31901, Test Methods and Practices for Evaluating Antibacterial Activity on Textiles, will help test laboratories, manufacturers, and retailers understand which standards for antimicrobial treated textiles is best for specific situations. Standard provides index of procedures in form of test methods, practices, and related documents used in textile industry for determining antibacterial properties of antimicrobial-treated textile articles. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers roller-compacted concrete.

January 2, 2015

ASTM WK42461, Test Method for Density (Unit Weight) and Air Content (Pressure Method) of Freshly Mixed Roller-Compacted Concrete will address roller-compacted concrete used in construction of dams and spillways as well as for highway road base material and wearing surfaces on some roads and parking lots. Once approved, standard will be used by testing laboratories, government agencies, and construction contractors working in water resources and pavement industries. Read More