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Proposed ASTM Air Quality Standard helps prevent HF overexposure.

December 30, 2014

Proposed ASTM standard WK38734, Test Method for the Determination of Particulate Fluorides and Hydrofluoric Acid Using Filter Sampling and Suppressed Ion Chromatography, will help prevent overexposure to hydrofluoric acid/hydrogen fluoride by workers. Targeting analytical laboratories and field industrial hygienists, standard can be used to measure airborne concentration of gaseous HF and particulate fluorides at levels "well above and below" applicable occupational exposure limits. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers color and appearance of vinyl siding.

December 30, 2014

ASTM D7856, Specification for Color and Appearance Retention of Solid and Variegated Color Plastic Siding Products Using CIELab Color Space, will enable manufacturers of color plastic vinyl siding to enhance color and appearance retention of their products. Standard will be used by siding manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of color systems and outdoor weathering laboratories. In addition, standard will be referenced by third-party color retention certificate programs. Read More

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EPA aims to protect public from harmful lead exposure.

December 29, 2014

EPA announced 62 enforcement actions that require renovation contractors and training providers to protect people from harmful exposure to lead dust and debris, as required by EPA's Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting standards. Enforcement actions include 55 settlements and 6 complaints for renovations performed on pre-1978 homes and child-care facilities. All require that alleged violators certify compliance with RRP standards and, in most cases, pay civil penalties. Read More

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SPE issues call for nominations for global parts competition.

December 29, 2014

SPE announced its second annual "Plastics for Life™" global parts competition and issued call for part nominations. Competition is open to parts that have previously won category award or competition during the past year in an SPE TOPCON or Minicon. Winners will be chosen in 4 categories: Protecting Life, Quality of Life, Improving Life, and Sustaining Life. In addition, there will be a grand award and a people’s choice award. Winners will be announced during ANTEC® Orlando 2015. Read More

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PTDA Welcomes Distributor as its newest member.

December 29, 2014

Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) recently welcomed IaMotion, LLC (Murrysville, PA) as new distributor member. Jeffrey Ianno, president of said solutions-based distributor, relayed such reasons for affiliating with PTDA as enhancing business relationships, acquiring tools needed to make more informed decisions, and ability to socialize with other members and family companies comprising industry. Read More

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NEMA publishes standard for motors and generators.

December 29, 2014

NEMA MG 1-2014 Motors and Generators standard contains practical information concerning performance, safety, testing, construction, and manufacture of ac and dc motors and generators, assisting users in proper selection and application. Changes in this edition include encompassing small motor premium efficiency values for capacitor-start/induction-run single-phase, capacitor-start/capacitor-run single-phase, and three-phase induction machines; as well as KW equivalent efficiency ratings. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers nozzles, atomizers used for pesticides.

December 29, 2014

ASTM E2872, Guide for Determining Cross-Section Averaged Characteristics of a Spray Using Laser-Diffraction Instruments in a Wind Tunnel Apparatus, will help characterize nozzles and atomizers using laser diffraction instruments. Applicable to aerial agricultural spraying, aerial forest sprays, and airblast spraying, standard describes tests relating to use of laser diffraction instrumentation to estimate droplet size distribution for liquid sprays released into moving air streams. Read More

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Revised Standard paves way for use of SIP fuel in airliners.

December 29, 2014

Renewable Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic fuel has now been included in ASTM International standard D7566, Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons. Standard has been revised to incorporate international material specifications for SIP, or low carbon aviation fuel, ensuring fuel quality equal or superior to petroleum-derived aviation turbine fuels. Primary users include fuel producers/distributors, aircraft, and fuel system/turbine engine manufacturers. Read More

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HOUSTEX 2015 to showcase advanced manufacturing growth.

December 26, 2014

Scheduled for Feb 24–26, HOUSTEX 2015 is expected to be one of the largest Southwest events for showcasing latest technologies for use in the oil and gas, motorized vehicle, and aerospace and defense industries. Lynne D. Taschner, energy advisor for ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Planning Research laboratory, will deliver presentation on Outlook for Energy. Presentations by Todd Grimm, president of T.A. Grimm & Associates, will cover additive manufacturing trends, innovation, and practices. Read More

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EPA announces 2014 annual environmental enforcement results.

December 26, 2014

EPA released its annual enforcement and compliance results reflecting a focus on large cases driving industry compliance and that have a high impact on protecting public health and the environment. In fiscal year 2014, EPA enforcement actions required companies to invest more than $9.7 billion to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites. EPA’s cases resulted in $163 million in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties, and criminal fines. Read More

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ASC Video highlights adhesives in automotive sector.

December 26, 2014

ASC launched its second in a series of videos designed to promote and highlight innovative ways adhesives and sealants are being actively used in the marketplace or being considered for a new application. Next video in ASC’s Innovation Video series is entitled, Adhesives Drive Value for Automakers, and highlights many practical ways adhesives are used to lightweight cars, supporting automotive companies’ efforts to meet Federal miles per gallon mandates and lowering emissions. Read More

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Proposed Standard to cover issues in hedonic product testing.

December 26, 2014

Proposed standard, ASTM WK22268, Guide for Two-Sample Acceptance and Preference Testing with Consumers, will be the first standard guide to cover issues considered in hedonic product testing. Standard will cover how to establish product’s hedonic status based on sensory attributes alone, rather than brand, positioning, imagery, or other non-sensory aspects. It will be used by people who conduct product testing on food as well as other consumer packaged products. Read More

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ASTM Roofing Standard helps verify waterproofing membranes.

December 26, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK27666, Practice for Electrical Conductance Methods for Locating Leaks in Exposed or Covered Waterproof Membranes, will be used to ensure that waterproofing of buildings is performing as intended. Standard is applicable for membranes made of materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride, and bituminous materials. Once approved, practice will be useful to architects, specifiers, manufacturers, roofing contractors, warranty providers, and building owners. Read More

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EPA prevents harmful chemicals from entering marketplace.

December 24, 2014

Through Significant New Use Rules, EPA is taking action to protect the public from certain chemicals that can cause health effects ranging from cancer to reproductive and developmental harm to people and aquatic organisms. Final action enables EPA to restrict or limit any new uses of these chemicals, including imported goods with these chemicals. Action addresses most uses of certain benzidine-based dyes; DnPP, a phthalate; and Alkanes C 12-13, chloro, a short-chain chlorinated paraffin. Read More

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ASME to host Hydraulic Fracturing Conference 2015.

December 24, 2014

According to speakers at ASME Hydraulic Fracturing Conference 2015, new hydraulic drilling and pumping technologies are making it possible for energy companies to step up activities in natural gas fracturing. Conference will also address critical topic of water management and will be held March 17–19, 2015. Designed for engineers, government officials, and energy company managers, event will provide insights into technological, economic, and regulatory trends impacting shale production. Read More

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ASTM Committee plans proposed standards for visitation booths.

December 24, 2014

ASTM International Committee F33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities seeks interested parties to join development of proposed standards for visitation booths in correctional facilities. Standard to be developed by said committee will answer 2 main challenges: creating area capable of allowing meaningful interaction, and making this area secure enough to withstand potential vandalism and other abuse that could result from stressful communications. Read More

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ASTM Standard focuses on vehicle fleet management.

December 24, 2014

ASTM E2962, Guide for Fleet Management, will be useful for newer asset managers or entities just beginning to consider how to manage mobile assets. This standard guide on fleet management emerged due to need for education, training, and certification programs addressing fleet assets. According to ASTM's Robert Holcombe, "ASTM E2962 seeks to provide a broad structure of practices and concepts that a fleet management program should consider." Read More

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CES 2015 Mobile Keynote Panel will feature top executives.

December 23, 2014

Executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips, and Qualcomm will take part in "How Mobile is Fundamentally Changing Our World" at 2015 International CES®, which will take place January 6–9 in Las Vegas, NV. Scheduled for January 6, this panel discussion will be moderated by CNBC's Jon Fortt and explore how mobile will change definitions of such categories as smart home, wearables, automotive, and healthcare. Panel will also examine how innovators are at forefront of these changes. Read More

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NREL Seeks Participants for Energy Execs 2015.

December 23, 2014

NREL is accepting applications for its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership Academy, also known as Energy Execs, which enables decision-makers throughout USA to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing. Leaders in private sector, communities, non-profits, and government are eligible to participate. Specifically, opportunities are available for Leadership Program and Leadership Institute. Application deadline is January 16, 2015. Read More

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Agencies Voice Support for VA water quality improvement approach.

December 23, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy joined others in recognizing market-based nutrient trading program, run by Virginia, aimed at improving water quality of Chesapeake Bay. Encouraging economic investment while reducing phosphorus pollution to local waterways, program saved Commonwealth >$1 million and demonstrated innovative means of meeting Clean Water Act stormwater requirements and Virginia water quality goals. Similar programs are expected to be established around USA. Read More