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ASTM Wood Committee presents Markwardt Award to Philip Line.

June 28, 2013

Philip Line received L.J. Markwardt Award from ASTM International Committee D07 on Wood in recognition of his extensive contributions to standards activities within Committee D07, particularly those related to development of standards for engineering use of wood and wood-based materials in building construction. ASTM member since 1995, Line works on multiple D07 subcommittees and chairs section on reliability-based design. He is also member of Committees D20, E06, E60, and G01. Read More

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Biotechnology Recognized for contribution to renewable energy.

June 28, 2013

BIO applauded President Barack Obama's recognition of contributions made by biotechnology to design of new biofuels and to agricultural productivity in the President's Climate Action Plan. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood specifically thanked President Obama for recognizing biotechnology's positive role in addressing environmental concerns and said that BIO is encouraged by plan to use advanced biofuels to help reduce CO2 emissions in transportation sector.
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Standards Initiative tackles rare earth material challenges.

June 28, 2013

ASTM Subcommittee F40.04 has established standards development agenda to support efficient and safe production, utilization, and recycling of rare earths. Activities will help address needs through creation of standards that assist product manufacturing and support the safe procurement of resources. According to ASTM Committee F40 chairman, speed and collaboration of pragmatic process foster swift and effective offering of relevant, high-quality solutions to real-time issues. Read More

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NIST Radio Station WWVB logs 50 years of innovation.

June 28, 2013

Today, NIST's WWVB radio station is best known for broadcasting time to estimated 50 million radio-controlled clock radios, wall clocks, wristwatches, and other timekeeping devices across U.S. mainland. But back in 1963, station had a different audience, broadcasting standard frequencies at high accuracy needed by satellite and missile programs. Time signal, added 2 years later, then became means of synchronizing power plants to prevent brownouts, and coordinating analog telephone networks. Read More

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Summer Webinar Series addresses variable speed drives.

June 28, 2013

Scheduled for July 18, July 23, July 30, and Aug 13, Variable Speed Drives 4-part webinar series will teach participants how to improve pump systems reliability when using VSDs. Series will explain how VSDs may be used to accommodate duty cycles with variable flow and head as well as applications to avoid. Energy optimization, life cycle reduction, single-phase to 3-phase power conversion, and inrush current reduction will also be discussed. Read More

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CSPA Aerosol Product Industry Survey reveals record high.

June 28, 2013

Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) released results of its 2012 Aerosol Pressurized Products Survey, which serves as annual indicator of business strength of aerosol products industry. Setting new record high with 3.8+ billion total units filled, U.S. aerosol product production increased for third consecutive year. Addition of 33 million more units filled, 0.9% increase over previous year, contributed to setting new high mark for aerosol production in USA. Read More

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Thermoforming Conference to address consolidation, economics.

June 28, 2013

As announced by SPE's Thermoforming Division, keynote speakers for 22nd annual SPE Thermoforming Conference® will focus on impact of global consolidation and new economic forces on thermoforming industry. Theme of this conference, which is taking place September 9–12, 2013 in Atlanta, GA, will be Forming Tomorrow’s Innovation. Keynotes will be delivered by Thomas Blaige of Blaige & Company, LLC and Dr. Peter Mooney, who holds Ph.D. in economics from University of NC at Chapel Hill. Read More

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Temporal Methods Standard covers product perceptions over time.

June 27, 2013

Proposed standard ASTM WK41798, Guide for Temporal Methods, is being developed by Subcommittee E18.04 on Fundamentals of Sensory. Based on workshop findings, standard will address principles concerned with time-related sensory perceptions. These include data collection under range of conditions and temporal rates, elaborating on single-attribute measurements to address multiple attributes and multiple events or exposures, and exploring analysis of data obtained through these methods. Read More

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ASC welcomes 7 new members in second quarter of 2013.

June 27, 2013

During second 3 months of 2013, ASC welcomed 7 new members to its ranks representing different aspects of the adhesive and sealant supply chain, including raw materials suppliers, manufacturers, and global affiliates. New members include Cardolite Corporation; Beardow and Adams Adhesives, Ltd; Pace Analytical; Nan Pao Resins Chemical Company; Paramelt USA; Lord Corporation; and Oynurden Kimyasan. Read More

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ASTM Wood Committee Bestows Award of Merit upon Borjen Yeh.

June 27, 2013

Borjen (B.J.) Yeh, Ph.D., received Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for his contributions to development of international standards for ASTM International Committee D07 on Wood. ASTM International members since 1990, Yeh works on multiple D07 subcommittees and is chairman of D07.02 on Lumber and Engineered Wood Products. He is also member of several other ASTM committees and, outside ASTM, is member of several other organizations/associations. Read More

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Proposals Requested to help GA transition to unleaded fuels.

June 27, 2013

FAA has asked world's fuel producers to submit proposals for fuel options that would help general aviation (GA) industry make transition to unleaded fuel. FAA will assess viability of candidate fuels in terms of their impact on existing fleet, their production and distribution infrastructure, their impact on environment and toxicology, and economic considerations. Fuel producers are asked to submit data packages for candidate replacement unleaded fuel formulations by July 1, 2014. Read More

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Energy Department and NREL announce new research center.

June 27, 2013

Energy Department and NREL announced 182,500 ft² Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, CO as latest Energy Department user facility, and only one in USA, focused on utility-scale clean energy grid integration. Facility's first industry partner, Colorado-based Advanced Energy Industries, has already signed on to start work at ESIF in developing lower cost, better performing solar power inverters. ESIF will house 15+ experimental laboratories and several outdoor test beds. Read More

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EPA Seeks Input on clean air standards for solid waste landfills.

June 27, 2013

U.S. EPA invites small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel, which will focus on agency's review of its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for municipal solid waste landfills. Panel members ask select SERs to provide advice and recommendations to provide information about potential impacts of proposed rule on small entities. Read More

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IEEE Honors NREL's Keith Emery with William R. Cherry Award.

June 27, 2013

Keith Emery, a principal scientist at NREL, received William R. Cherry Award at 39th IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in Tampa Bay. Over his career, Emery worked to bring certainty to claims made by solar companies about efficiency of their PV cells and modules. He also wrote 320 scientific publications. Emery gives much due credit to colleagues who work in his lab and have, on average, ~16 years at NREL. Read More

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Ash Grove Cement Corporation to pay $2.5 million penalty.

June 27, 2013

EPA and Department of Justice announced that Ash Grove Cement Company has agreed to pay $2.5 million penalty and invest approximately $30 million in pollution control technology at its 9 Portland cement manufacturing plants to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. Agreement will reduce more than 17,000 tons of harmful NOx and SO2 pollution each year across plants. In addition, Ash Grove has agreed to spend $750,000 to mitigate effects of past excess emissions from several facilities. Read More

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PTDA 2013 Industry Summit offers support through networking.

June 27, 2013

More than 550 power transmission/motion control executives are expected to convene at PTDA's Industry Summit, themed "Working Without a Net?" Emphasis on current events and economic trends will provide attendees with the net they need to be more secure in their plans for business moving into 2014 and beyond. Scheduled for Oct 3-5, summit will also include Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange, which offers networking opportunity for distributor and manufacturer executives. Read More

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USAID/ANSI Alliance to aid countries with TBT compliance.

June 27, 2013

ANSI and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have agreed to collaborate on multiyear public-private partnership intended to assist developing countries in implementing their commitments under World Trade Organization's Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement. ANSI and USAID will oversee the selection process, with input from U.S. government and private-sector experts. Expressions of interest from developing country partners are now being accepted. Read More

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NIST Test helps improve firefighter breathing equipment.

June 27, 2013

As of September 1, 2013, standard firefighter breathing equipment cannot be certified to NFPA standards unless facepiece lenses pass test developed by NIST. Said test is designed to reduce degradation and possible failure of facepiece lens in SCBA under high-heat firefighting conditions. Incorporated within 2013 update of its standard for SCBA units, new Elevated Temperature Heat and Flame Resistance Test exposes SCBA to 500°F for 5 min in oven followed by 10 sec of direct flame contact. Read More

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NIST Microscopy Technique could aid 3D component development.

June 27, 2013

Through-Focus Scanning Optical Microscopy (TSOM) technique, developed at NIST for improving optical microscopes, has been applied to monitoring next generation of computer chip circuit components. Sensitive to features as small as 10 nm across, TSOM has been shown to detect tiny differences in 3D shapes of circuit components. This addresses industry measurement challenges for manufacturing process control and maintaining viability of optical microscopy in electronics manufacturing. Read More

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MESA White Paper helps define operating systems architecture.

June 26, 2013

MESA White Paper #44: Defining an Operations Systems Architecture presents techniques for describing systems and engaging stakeholders in projects based on product-independent architectures with examples. Publication presents series of state-of-the-art enterprise and solution architecture concepts, which can be used to start development and guide any enterprise project. It was produced as part of MESA/ISA-95 Best Practices Working Group through international peer review process. Read More