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Steve Sandstrum to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 9, 2014

Steve D. Sandstrum, director of technical services for ISCO Industries in Louisville, KY, has been elected to 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. A member of ASTM International and Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems since 1986, Sandstrum currently serves as F17’s Division 2 chairman and as chairman of Subcommittee F17.26 on Olefin Based Pipe. He received ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from F17 in 2009 for his service and leadership. Read More

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NREL Expert honored for energy systems innovations.

January 9, 2014

Dr. Ben Kroposki, director of Energy Systems Integration at NREL, has been named an IEEE Fellow, recognized for his leadership in renewable and distributed energy systems integration in the electric power sector. Kroposki conducted original research that led to several IEEE standards in photovoltaic performance and reliability. He also led several efforts with IEEE interconnection standards and chaired IEEE 1547.4, which was the first international standard on microgrids. Read More

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Grundfos USA and HI sign mutual Training Partner Agreement.

January 9, 2014

Through mutual Training Partner Agreement, Hydraulic Institute and Grundfos USA, a leading pump manufacturer, can leverage high quality, co-branded educational and training programs designed for pump end-users, distributors, and engineering consulting firms. Both companies will sponsor technical webinars and e-learning courses focused on variety of pump topics, and host the growing Pump Systems Optimization course to pump end-user marketplace. Read More

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AeroDef Manufacturing 2014 to include AM Resource Center.

January 9, 2014

Scheduled for February 25–27, 2014, AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 will feature an Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center, where attendees can explore the growing number of applications made possible by the technology, according to event producer SME. Resource Center (Booth 339) will display parts produced by major technologies, including stereolithography, laser sintering, and fused deposition modeling. Read More

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ASTM Standard measures particle size of metal powders.

January 8, 2014

Recent changes in technology are covered in ASTM B330, Test Methods for Estimating Average Particle Size of Metal Powders and Related Compounds Using Air Permeability. Metal powders tested by ASTM B330 are used in large and small precision parts in the automotive industry, as well as in various types of machinery and lighting products. New instrument referred to in standard is more precise, using sensitive pressure transducers instead of eyeball-estimated water column height to measure pressure. Read More

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Shanghai, China to host ASTM Declarable Substances meeting.

January 8, 2014

ASTM Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials will hold its next business meetings in People’s Republic of China from March 10–13, 2014. Along with 20–25 international technical committee experts representing global manufacturers of products that incorporate identified hazardous materials restricted by legislation, participants will include representatives from 15 nations taking part in Committee F40, with Chinese membership leading the number of international participants. Read More

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Thomas Schwartz elected chairman of 2014 ASTM Board of Directors.

January 7, 2014

Thomas A. Schwartz, P.E., senior principal and president at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., has been named chairman of 2014 ASTM International board of directors. ASTM International member since 1982, Schwartz currently serves on Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings as well as C14 on Glass and Glass Products and E58 on Forensic Engineering. His work outside ASTM includes positions as construction industry arbitrator for American Arbitration Association and technical editor for Glass Digest. Read More

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NREL Finds Cellulose Digestion Mechanism by fast-eating enzyme.

January 7, 2014

NREL researchers discovered enzyme from microorganism can digest cellulose at almost twice rate of currently available component cellulase enzyme. Paper reporting this finding, "Revealing Nature's Cellulase Diversity: The Digestion Mechanism of Caldicellulosiruptor bescii CelA," appears in Science. Enzyme could help drive down price of making lignocellulosic fuels, from ethanol to other biofuels, that can be dropped into existing infrastructure. Read More