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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

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ASTM Awards Peter Collette for plastic piping standards work.

June 26, 2013

In recognition of his contributions to development of standards for ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems, Peter Collette, retiree of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) in Newark, NJ, received Frank W. Reinhart and Henry W. (Butch) Kuhlmann Award. Collette has been ASTM International member since 1979 and, as ASTM fellow, was honored with Award of Merit from Committee F17 in 2000 for his dedicated work. Read More

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ASTM Honors Eric Boes for copper standardization contributions.

June 26, 2013

Eric Boes received Copper Club Award from ASTM International Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys for his leadership of main committee as well as subcommittees and task groups and his contributions to development of new standards and revisions of existing standards. Member since 1991, Boes is ASTM fellow who received Award of Merit in 2003. Outside ASTM, Boes is member of American Foundry Society, American Society for Quality, American Welding Society, and ASM International. Read More

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NREL Fills Leadership Role for Energy Systems Integration.

June 26, 2013

On June 24, Bryan J. Hannegan will join Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as associate laboratory director for Energy Systems Integration. NREL Director Dan Arvizu cited Hannegan's "unique background as a scientist, engineer, and manager," claiming his experience "will provide NREL with leadership in this important field of energy integration." Hannegan will lead NREL's energy integration research programs, which address issues across entire energy system. Read More

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AAMA Contest commemorates 50th anniversary of certification label.

June 26, 2013

AAMA announced search contest for oldest in-service window, door, or skylight bearing AAMA air-water-structural certification label. Contest marks 50th anniversary of Certification Gold Label. Photo of label, product, and building, with entry form, are needed for eligibility. Contest runs from June 15 to September 15; winners will be announced at AAMA Fall Conference, October 27–30, and prizes include $300 for first place, $150 for second place, and $50 for third place. Read More

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NREL launches open-source system for data collection/analysis.

June 26, 2013

Used on its own campus, NREL's open-source system stores, integrates, and aligns energy-related time-series data. Energy DataBus can collect data from control systems using BACNet protocol, from electrical meters via ModBus protocol, and from weather sensors via web requests to on-site weather station. Suitable for single buildings as well as large campuses, software can store large amounts of data collected at high frequencies, and integrate data into single database. Read More

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EPA awards students for sustainable environmental solutions.

June 26, 2013

EPA announced that 7 university and college teams received P3 Award for their innovative solutions to public health and environmental challenges. EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet award competition was held at the 9th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo and featured approximately 300 student innovators showcasing their sustainable project. Each award winning team qualifies to receive grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their design and potentially bring it to marketplace. Read More

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NIST Develops New Methodology for standards analysis.

June 26, 2013

Released by NIST, FACTS: A Framework for Analysis, Comparison, and Testing of Standards outlines problem-solving methodology for facilitating design and implementation of voluntary consensus standards. Methodology uses matrix format to aid process of analyzing proposed or existing standard in light of relevant characteristics. Potential uses include clarifying goals during development of standard and providing insight into issues and concerns related to implementing separate standards. Read More

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ISO Prize honors individuals contributing to standardization.

June 26, 2013

ISO Prize, an award created on the recommendation of Dr. Boris Aleshin, ISO's immediate past-president, is intended to honor an individual outside the ISO community who has made significant contributions to the wider understanding and use of ISO voluntary consensus standards. International Organization for Standardization will present the award and prize of 20,000 Swiss francs to the winner at the 2013 ISO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Read More