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NEMA Publication covers PTFE insulated high-temp hook-up wire.

February 11, 2013

Published by NEMA, ANSI/NEMA HP 3-2012 Electrical and Electronic Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Insulated High-Temperature Hook-Up Wire, Types ET (250 V), E (600 V) and EE (1,000 V) covers specific requirements for PTFE insulated solid and stranded wire designed for internal wiring of high reliability electrical and electronic equipment. It permits continuous conductor temperature ratings of -65 to +200°C with silver-coated conductors and -65 to +260°C with nickel-coated conductors. Read More

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Jim Greenwood restates call to arms for renewable fuels.

February 11, 2013

Contrary to the assertions of oil refiners, advanced biofuels are now a reality, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said in remarks on Renewable Fuel Standard, and participated at ACORE’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum, held on Capitol Hill. He also participated in panel session on Legacy of Bipartisan Support for Renewable Energy. According to Greenwood, RFS has accomplished what Congress intended – reduced need for foreign oil, spurred investment, increased production, and created jobs. Read More

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Nominations Are Open for BIO George Washington Carver Award.

February 11, 2013

BIO is accepting nominations for annual George Washington Carver Award, which recognizes significant contributions by individual in field of industrial biotechnology. Written nominations should highlight contributions nominee has made in using biotechnology for sustainable production of biobased products, materials, and energy and include examples of nominee's pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit. Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2013. Read More

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North American Robotics Market sets several records in 2012.

February 11, 2013

With 2012, North American robotics market recorded its strongest year. Statistics from RIA show total of 22,598 robots, valued at $1.48 billion, were sold to companies in North America. Including sales by to companies outside North America, totals are 25,557 robots valued at $1.66 billion. Compared to 2011, North American orders were up 17% in units and 27% in dollars. Fourth quarter of 2012 was strongest quarter ever recorded by RIA, with 6,235 robots sold to North American companies. Read More

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NIST Symposium focuses on future of voting systems.

February 11, 2013

On February 26-28, 2013, Election Assistance Commission and NIST are sponsoring symposium to explore emerging trends in voting systems technology. Discussion topics will cover: trends in voting systems; web-based voting technologies; how election officials, manufacturers, and academics view future of voting system technologies; alternative standard development processes for voting systems; and alternative methods for voting system testing and certification at federal and state level. Read More

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EPA Updates GHG Emissions Data from large facilities.

February 11, 2013

EPA posted second year of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data on its website, which provides public access to emissions data by sector, GHG, and geographic region. EPA's Gina McCarthy commented that this second data release will let people track and compare facilities' GHG emissions and identify opportunities to cut pollution, minimize wasted energy, and save money. Collected in 2011, data includes information from facilities in 41 source categories and 12 additional source categories. Read More

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CPS Reports define strategic vision, propose R/D priorities.

February 11, 2013

Reports prepared for NIST distill perspectives of executives and technical experts pertaining to emerging intelligent systems-of-systems technologies. Developed with input from ~80 experts in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and related technologies, reports provide strategic vision and business drivers motivating public-private efforts to achieve capabilities of next-gen CPS within next 2 decades. Reports also provide multilayered view of R/D challenges that must be solved. Read More

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SPE Antec Speakers focus on polymer advances, plastic benefits.

February 11, 2013

At SPE ANTEC® 2013, plenary speeches by 4 industry leaders will address technical and business developments with potential for benefiting plastics. Featured speeches are Fractal Structuring in Polymer Processing by Dr. Han Meijer, New Polymer Materials Developed in SINOPEC by Dr. Jinliang Qiao, . Abundant U.S. Shale Gas Supplies Are Revitalizing the Plastics Industry by Dwight N. Tozer, and Driving Innovation in the Wire and Cable Industry by Gregory J. Lampert. Read More

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Standard Being Developed for NIST Tissue Engineering Scaffolds.

February 8, 2013

Proposed ASTM standard, ASTM WK39698, Test Method: Using NIST Tissue Engineering Reference Scaffolds for Cell Culture Tests, will provide users with specific protocol for measuring cell adhesion and proliferation in scaffold using NIST reference scaffolds as controls. Once approved, this proposed standard will be used in combination with RM8394 NIST Reference Material scaffolds for cell culture as stable, reproducible 3D scaffold substrate for controls in scaffold development. Read More

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EESCC Plenary Meeting advances discussion on energy efficiency.

February 8, 2013

Ninety technical experts took part in first plenary meeting of ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) to lay groundwork for its standardization roadmap addressing energy efficiency in built environment. Structured to maximize open dialogue, plenary brought all 5 EESCC working groups (WGs) together to refine their respective scopes and structures as well as present overviews of their progress-to-date to full collaborative. Read More

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Numbers for 2013 TARC break records and show diversity.

February 8, 2013

Middle and high school students in 725 teams across 44 states, District of Columbia, and Virgin Islands, are preparing for 2013 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). Participating teams represent diverse group of students from urban and rural America. In light of Title IX's 40th anniversary, contest has also witnessed steady uptick in female participation; more than 20 all-girls teams will be competing this year. Top 100 teams will advance to National Finals on May 11 in The Plains, VA. Read More

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Pharmaceutical Execs to gain manufacturing insights.

February 7, 2013

During Executive Forum In Philadelphia, April 2-3, 2013, ISPE will bring together top executives from aerospace, automotive, and other non-pharmaceutical industries to share manufacturing and quality innovations. Attendees will have opportunity to convene with world-class leaders to gain industry-advancing insight related to lifecycle development and management, best manufacturing practices, supplier development, quality management systems, and leadership. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending increases 0.3% in December.

February 7, 2013

According to Feb 1 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending increased 0.3% in December, with outlays increasing to seasonally adjusted annual rate of $570.4 billion. Year over year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 1.2%. Increase was driven by private nonresidential construction, which rose 1.8% for month and was 7.6% higher than same time last year. Public nonresidential construction spending fell 1.4% in December and is 5.3% lower than same time last year. Read More

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EPA proposes changes to enhance confidence in RIN trading.

February 7, 2013

To help make Renewable Fuel Standard program more effective, EPA is proposing structured process for buyers of Renewable Identification Numbers to verify validity. Under proposal, RINs would be verified through voluntary quality assurance program that also includes alternative compliance options which leverage existing industry practices and market forces. QAPs would provide means for independent third parties to audit production of renewable fuel and verify that RINs have been validly generated. Read More

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Nation's Construction Industry adds 28,000 jobs in January.

February 7, 2013

According to Feb 1 employment report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction industry unemployment rate shot up to 16.1% in January, despite addition of 28,000 jobs. Rate marks increase from 13.5% in December 2012, but decrease from 17.7% same time last year. Year over year, construction employment has risen by 102,000 jobs, or 1.8%. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, winter months are notoriously seasonal and subject to construction employment fluctuation based on weather patterns. Read More

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EPA proposes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards.

February 7, 2013

EPA is proposing 2013 percentage standards for 4 fuel categories that are part of Renewable Fuel Standard program. EISA of 2007 established RFS2 program and annual renewable fuel volume targets, which steadily increase to overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. Proposed 2013 overall volumes and standards are: 1.28 billion gal, 1.2% biomass-based diesel; 2.75 billion gal, 1.60% advanced biofuels; 14 million gal, 0.008% cellulosic biofuels; and 16.55 billion gal, 9.63% total renewable fuels. Read More

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ASTM NDT Standard describes testing for phased array probes.

February 7, 2013

Developed by Subcommittee E07.06 on Ultrasonic Method, ASTM E2904, Practice for Characterization and Verification of Phased Array Probes, describes testing that can be done on various arrays to ensure all inspectors are using similar testing equipment. Measurement data will be helpful in specifying, describing, or providing performance criteria for procurement and QA or service evaluation of operation characteristics of linear phased-array ultrasonic probes. Read More

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Upcoming Workshop to focus on tissue engineering scaffolds.

February 7, 2013

Standards and Measurements for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds: What Do We Have; What Do We Need? will take place in Indianapolis, IN, on May 21 to identify highest priority items for future standards work for scaffolds for TEMPs. Bringing together government, academia, and industry, workshop will include discussions on how standards for tissue engineering scaffolds are currently being used by community and what opportunities exist for developing new scaffold standards. Read More

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Collaboration produces Women in Engineering video.

February 7, 2013

Produced by SME Education Foundation, AMT, Gardner Business Media, and Modern Machine Shop magazine, "Women in Engineering" showcases critical importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Video features Quality Control Engineer, Rebecca Miller at GE Aviation, describing work of manufacturing engineering and reasons why she finds her field rewarding. SME-EF is sending video to about 4,800 Project Lead The Way schools and high schools for viewing during National Engineers Week. Read More

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Report Identifies Women as untapped manufacturing talent sourse.

February 7, 2013

According to report by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, 80% of respondents believe manufacturers can improve their efforts to recruit women. and 51% cite main driver of women's underrepresentation in manufacturing as perception of male-favored culture. As many as 600,000 manufacturing jobs remain unfilled and 70% of manufacturing companies report experiencing moderate to severe talent shortage. Addressing this crisis means taking steps to recruit, retain, and promote women. Read More