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NIST Patent could give 'lab on a chip' long shelf life.

January 16, 2013

Having blood drawn and analyzed to diagnose disease is a process that can take a few days, but what if doctors could perform this analysis in minutes? That’s the promise of "lab on a chip" technology, and researchers are working on variety of fronts to remove technical roadblocks. A new idea patented by NIST and the Naval Research Laboratory addresses the issue of sensor shelf life, showing how some such chips might be made to last for months or more until needed. Read More

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Lt. Comdr. Scott Colburn to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 16, 2013

Elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors, Lt. Cmdr. Scott A. Colburn, RN, is director of the standards program at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, part of the U.S. FDA. In this position, Colburn manages center’s participation in developing test methods and performance standards for medical devices, and he oversees CDRH staff. While working at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Colburn attended Marquette University and earned his B.S. in nursing in 1999. Read More

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Jeffrey S. Goldfinger to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 16, 2013

Jeffrey S. Goldfinger, director of business development at L-3 Interstate Electronics, has been elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM board of directors. An ASTM International fellow and 2012 Award of Merit winner, Goldfinger was honored by Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems for his leadership in standards work that supports global UAS community and heightens industry’s safety and access to national airspaces. Goldfinger also served as naval flight officer for 20 years in the U.S. Navy. Read More

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ELFA Announces Top 10 equipment acquisition trends for 2013.

January 15, 2013

Yearly spending and financing by U.S. businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies create trends that impact significant portion of U.S. economy, and ELFA has revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2013 to help businesses with their strategic equipment acquisition plans. According to ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, "Equipment acquisition plays a critical role in driving the supply chains across all U.S. manufacturing and service sectors." Read More

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Fiber Optic Communications may soon get much easier.

January 15, 2013

Researchers from NIST and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute have potentially found a way to overcome a longstanding barrier to cleaner signals. Their findings, which demonstrate for the first time an error rate far below the "standard quantum limit" for a wide range of light levels, could increase efficiency of fiber-optic systems by reducing both the power needed to send a signal and the number of errors the receiver makes. Read More

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NIST Scientists aid in quantum spin liquid discovery.

January 15, 2013

Research team, including scientists from NIST, confirmed suspicions that electrons in crystalline structure called a kagome lattice can form a "spin liquid," quantum state of matter in which electrons' magnetic orientation remains in constant state of change. Research shows that spin liquid state exists in Herbertsmithite, new findings, as revealed by neutron scattering, show evidence for fundamental prediction of spin liquid physics. Read More

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Dr. Mary C. McKiel named 2013 ASTM International board chairman.

January 15, 2013

Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., standards executive with U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C., has been elected as 2013 ASTM International board of directors chairman. She has been instrumental in assisting EPA offices in using ASTM and other voluntary consensus standards, both in rule-making actions as well as in voluntary programs. McKiel has worked on various ASTM committees for 20+ years, has served served on ASTM International board of directors, and has also been vice chairman of board of ANSI. Read More

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Dr. Robin E. Graves elected to ASTM International Board.

January 15, 2013

Elected for 3-year term to ASTM International Board, Robin E. Graves, Ph.D., corporate manager of technical services at Vulcan Materials Co. in Birmingham, AL, has been an ASTM International member since 1992. His roles have included vice chairman of ASTM International Committee C09 and C09.95 as well as chair of several subcommittees within C09 and C07. He is also a member of Committees C12, D04, and D18 and has received Awards of Appreciation for his contributions. Read More

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AAMA Standard addresses performance testing of handle sets.

January 14, 2013

AAMA 903-12, Voluntary Standard for Performance Testing of Handle Sets used with Multipoint Hardware on Side-Hinged Doors, establishes test procedures and performance criteria for evaluating lever handle sets as a standalone hardware item. Standard references AAMA 907-12, Voluntary Specification for Corrosion Resistant Coating on Carbon Steel Components, which covers requirements for coatings on carbon steels used for hardware components in window, door, and skylight applications. Read More

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PMA to host 20th annual conference for automotive suppliers.

January 14, 2013

On April 30-May 1, 2013, PMA will celebrate its 20th annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Council meeting. Highlights include an automotive forecast panel, moderated by Dave Andrea of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association; a presentation on capacity constraints, by Laurie Harbour of Harbour Results; a supply chain panel, moderated by Advanced Purchasing Dynamics; a special luncheon for women in the automotive industry; and a networking reception and luncheon. Read More

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FAA to review Boeing 787 design and production.

January 14, 2013

In light of a series of recent events, FAA will conduct a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including design, manufacture, and assembly. Purpose of review is to validate work conducted during certification process and further ensure that aircraft meets FAA’s high level of safety. Team of FAA and Boeing engineers and inspectors will conduct joint review, with emphasis on aircraft’s electrical power and distribution system. Read More

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AMT names Amber Thomas Vice President-Advocacy.

January 14, 2013

AMT’s Advocacy department promotes public policy to strengthen America’s manufacturing technology industry. The goals are aligned with AMT’s Manufacturing Mandate priorities of boosting R&D and innovation; enhancing global competitiveness; and building "smartforce" prepared to take on challenges of today’s manufacturing workplace. Amber Thomas brings more than 20 years of experience with AMT and specifically in Advocacy (formerly known as Government Relations) to her new position. Read More

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AEM names Charlie O'Brien as senior vice president.

January 14, 2013

AEM has named Charlie O'Brien as senior vice president in recognition of his expanded leadership responsibilities for the association, including activities under AEM's new strategic plan to better serve all members' current and future business-development needs. O’Brien has taken a leadership role with responsibilities in development of strategic initiatives to achieve the plan’s Key Result Area goals and objectives, and was instrumental in development of AG CONNECT Expo and Summit. Read More

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JILA Physicists achieve evaporative cooling of molecules.

January 14, 2013

Physicists from JILA, joint institute of NIST and University of Colorado (CU) Boulder, have chilled gas of molecules to very low temperatures by adapting familiar process by which hot cup of coffee cools. Specifically, researchers developed magnetic trap and technique to achieve evaporative cooling of hydroxyl molecules. This demonstration, reported in December 20, 2012 issue of Nature, marks first time evaporative cooling has been achieved with molecules. Read More

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ASTM elects Daniel S. Janikowski to board of directors.

January 14, 2013

Daniel S. Janikowski, technical manager at Plymouth Tube Co., has been elected to serve 3-year term on ASTM International board of directors. An ASTM fellow and Award of Merit recipient, Janikowski, who joined ASTM International in 1989, currently serves as chairman of Subcommittee A01.10 on Stainless and Alloy Steel Tubular Products. At Plymouth Tube Co., Janikowski assists customers with materials selection, specifications, testing, and analysis for power plant heat transfer applications. Read More

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Papers Invited for Symposium on biodiesel blended fuels.

January 14, 2013

Papers are invited for symposium on Thermal and Oxidative Stability of Biodiesel Blended D975 and D7467 Compliant Fuels: Excluding S5000 Grade Fuels. In addition to fuel quality/stability issues after refinery and pipeline distribution, topics include test methods for qualitatively and quantitatively defining biodiesel blended fuels instability; impact of fuel additives on instability of biodiesel blended fuel products; and stakeholder evidence of fuel instability and associated problems. Read More

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Organizations Can Apply for 2013 Baldrige Quality Award.

January 14, 2013

Launch of 2013 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) application process enables U.S. organizations in 3 business sectors – manufacturing, small business, and service – to join those in health care, education, and nonprofit in applying for 2013 Baldrige Award. Applicants receive evaluation of entire organization and performance management system, resulting in report outlining strengths and opportunities for improvement. Submission deadline for Step 1 materials is February 19. Read More

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IPC Conflict Minerals Seminar Proceedings now available.

January 11, 2013

To help professionals navigate conflict minerals compliance, IPC is offering proceedings from its fall seminars, featuring multimedia presentations about the U.S. SEC regulation and its impact on electronics manufacturing supply chain industry. DVD provides information on understanding regulatory requirements, customer requirements, and emerging industry practices. Audio and slide presentations cover topics ranging from traceability to conflict-free smelter programs to SEC auditing requirements. Read More

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Registration Is Open for SPE plastics technical conference.

January 11, 2013

Registration is open for SPE ANTEC® 2013, which will take place in Cincinnati, OH from April 22–24. Plastics technical conference, consisting entirely of original, peer-reviewed presentations on topics relevant to current global plastics industry, will feature 500+ papers in 40 plastics technical areas as well as 3 New Technology forums, 3 plenary speeches, tutorials, panel discussions, and technical seminars. Activities will also be provided for students and young industry personnel. Read More

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BIO urges increased renewable fuel production.

January 11, 2013

Brent Erickson of BIO released statement in response to speech by American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard. Experts are projecting an American energy renaissance and achievement of energy self-reliance within a few decades. Renewable fuels and energy efficiency will make substantial contributions if there is a long-term, stable policy in place. Still, API contrarily calls for long-term continuation of oil and gas subsidies and does not address state of all U.S. energy resources. Read More