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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

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NIST Contributes to top science stories of 2012.

January 11, 2013

Physicsworld's top 10 breakthroughs of the year include first detection of large-scale motion of galaxy clusters based on kinetic Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect. Discover magazine's 100 top stories of the year includes discovery of El Gordo, largest galaxy cluster ever found. Both discoveries were based on microwave data taken with Atacama Cosmology Telescope in Chile, which has camera made of superconducting sensors based on NIST design and superconducting amplifiers/electronics made at NIST. Read More

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NIST awarded 9 patents during 2012.

January 11, 2013

NIST scientists and engineers have been recognized as inventors in variety of research areas, including biosciences, building/fire research, materials science, and manufacturing. During 2012, patents were awarded for technologies such as: Harvesting of Processed Carbon Nanotubes; Fabrication Method of Topographically Modulated Microstructures Using Pattern Homogenization with UV Light; Recirculating Temperature Wave Focusing Chromatography; and Dielectric Resonator Thermometers. Read More

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ASTM Manual addresses job productivity measurement.

January 11, 2013

Available from ASTM International, Manual 65, Application of ASTM E2691, Standard Practice for Job Productivity Measurement includes individual efficiencies of labor and other resources, general contractor vs. subcontractor models, scheduling, planning, jobsite flow, on-site correction to reduce waste, and case studies. Topics cover system productivity, construction financial models, labor productivity, common cause variation, and billing based on JPM. Read More

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ASTM Handbook addresses automotive lubricants and testing.

January 11, 2013

Featuring 30 chapters, Manual 62, ASTM Handbook of Automotive Lubricants and Testing, provides overview of various lubrication aspects of typical powertrain system including engine, transmission, driveline, chassis, and other components. Topics include advanced lubrication and tribochemistry of powertrain system, specialized automotive lubricant testing development, filtration testing of automotive lubricants, lubrication of constant velocity joints, and biodegradable automotive lubricants. Read More

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NIST Workshop seeks ideas on multipurpose robot usage.

January 10, 2013

At January 24, 2013 workshop in Chicago, IL, NIST researchers and their industry partners will ask manufacturers to identify where, in assembly and other production-related operations, dexterous robots would provide largest boost to operational capabilities and process efficiency. NIST Workshop on Dexterous Manipulation for Manufacturing Applications, sponsored by RIA, will feature presentations on dexterous grasping, robot arm technology, and flexible manufacturing.
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Boeing Company Executive joins NIST Advisory Committee.

January 10, 2013

John J. Tracy, CTO of The Boeing Company and Senior VP of Engineering, Operations and Technology, has joined NIST's Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher selected Tracy to serve 3-year term on agency's primary private-sector policy advisory group. In addition to serving on Boeing's Executive Council, Tracy oversees development and implementation of its enterprise technology investment strategy. Read More

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Standards help keep winter camping safe and warm.

January 10, 2013

Standards play an important role in bolstering winter camping by setting down guidelines that make those activities safe and comfortable. ISO has developed ISO 5912:2011, Camping tents, which sets down safety and performance requirements for these outdoor abodes. ASTM D4522-04(2012), Standard Performance Specification for Feather and Down Fillings for Textile Products, establishes performance specifications for natural or synthetic fillings used in sleeping bags, pillows, and winter apparel. Read More

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Scientists mimic fireflies to make brighter LEDs.

January 10, 2013

Researchers from Belgium, France, and Canada studied internal structure of firefly lanterns and identified unexpected pattern of jagged scales that enhanced the lanterns’ glow. They applied that knowledge to LED design to create an LED overlayer that mimicked the natural structure. This overlayer, which increased LED light extraction by up to 55%, could be tailored to existing diode designs. The work is published in a pair of papers in Optical Society’s open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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Standards boost safety during National Blood Donor Month.

January 9, 2013

During National Blood Donor Month, voluntary consensus standards play important role in safe and effective collection, storage, and transfusion of donated blood. ANSI/AAMI/ISO 81060-1:2007, Non-invasive sphygmomanometers - Part 1: Requirements and test methods for non-automated measurement type, lays out specifications for use of inflatable blood pressure measurement cuffs, while ANSI/AAMI BF64:2002 (R2011), Leukocyte Reduction Filters, provides guidelines for process to treat blood during transfusion. Read More