Papers are invited for symposium on Developing Consensus Standards for Measuring Chemical Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation, to be held April 30–May 1, 2015. Standardized methods are needed to assess potential impacts of SPF insulation products on indoor air quality and to establish re-entry/re-occupancy times after product installation in building and post-occupancy ventilation needs. Symposium will provide forum for exchange of ideas to aid in development of these standards. Read More
Claudia V. Kropas-Hughes, Ph.D., a technical adviser in the Program Development and Integration Directorate, part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, has been elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. A 2011 ASTM Award of Merit recipient and ASTM fellow, Kropas-Hughes also received 2004 Charles W. Briggs Award from Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing for her continuous and outstanding contributions. Read More
After identifying need to differentiate between certification and certificate programs as well as describe best practices and requirements that form foundation for accrediting clean energy certificate programs, IREC is undertaking standards activities to develop IREC Standard 14732:201X General Requirements for the Accreditation of Clean Energy Certificate Programs. Impacted or interested parties are encouraged to participate in development of said standard. Read More
Effective January 13, 2014, Major General Marke "Hoot" Gibson, USAF (Retired) will serve as NextGen Institute's Executive Director. Dr. Karlin Toner, Director of Joint Planning and Development Office and Senior Advisor to Secretary of Transportation for NextGen Coordination, cited Marke's career-established ability to bring diverse stakeholders, comprising government, industry, and local constituencies, to achieve outcomes important to aerospace and national security. Read More
Fieldbus Foundation has released final specification for integration of ISA100.11a wireless field devices into its FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management technology. This development allows automation end users to employ multiple wired and wireless protocols for greater flexibility and expandability. Specification includes parameters for ISA100.11a transducer blocks, providing block application objects into which ISA100.11a variables may be mapped for access by other fieldbus devices. Read More
EPA announced assistance to help 3 capital cities develop designs for greener, healthier neighborhoods. With assistance, Lansing, MI will develop options for transforming 14-acre parking lot into public park that showcases green infrastructure and renewable energy technologies. Madison, WI will explore ways to make pedestrian and bicycle improvements and add green infrastructure to streets in the Triangle Neighborhood, and Olympia, WA will reincorporate green infrastructure along Capitol Way. Read More
Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) visited Isola's manufacturing and R&D facilities in Chandler, AZ on January 3 to learn about issues that concern the developer and manufacturer of materials used to fabricate advanced PCBs. In addition to providing tour of facilities, Isola CEO Ray Sharpe provided Sinema with executive briefing on high-priority issues such as export controls, R&D tax credits, and intellectual property protection.
Snowboards that feature a single channel mounting system with removable inserts allow users to easily adjust stance position of bindings on their snowboards. ASTM F3030, Test Method for Snowboards with a Channel-Mounting System and Removable Inserts, has been developed to evaluate insert retention strength and will be helpful to snowboard manufacturers when comparing durability of different types of materials used in snowboard composite construction or new designs. Read More