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NIST, USC Researchers discover nanotube growing process.

November 16, 2012

University of Southern California (USC) and NIST researchers demonstrated technique for growing virtually pure samples of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) with identical structures. If it can be scaled up, approach could solve problem in nanoelectronics of producing carbon nanotubes of specific structure to order. Technique developed by NIST researchers for extracting nanotubes of specific twist from solution involves using DNA molecules that bind to one particular nanotube chirality. Read More

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ICUEE 2013 sells 1M ft² of exhibit space in record time.

November 16, 2012

While scheduled to take place in Louisville, KY from October 1–3, International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2013 has already sold over 1 million net square feet of exhibit space. Biannual event was ranked number 3 among all trade shows in North America for 2011 in annual Gold 100 ranking of exhibit space size by Trade Show Executive magazine. Hands-on demonstrations let attendees test-drive underground, at-ground, and aerial equipment in job-like conditions. Read More

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Software Engineering Exam Study Guide is available from IEEE.

November 16, 2012

Study guide for those planning to take Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Software Engineering exam – PE Software exam – includes 40 representative questions and solutions, a suggested reference list, and test specifications. After calling this study guide "an essential tool in preparing for the exam," IEEE Fellow Dr. Phillip Laplante said reviewing guide will help identify weaknesses in knowledge before taking exam. Read More

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Session 5 Agenda Announced for cleaning and coating conference.

November 16, 2012

IPC and SMTA jointly announced agenda for Session 5 of High-Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference, which will take place November 13–15, 2012.  Chaired by Dave Hillman of Rockwell Collins, this session will reach outside of assembly residue failures and address failures due to ionic contamination and tin whiskers, creep corrosion, conformal coating over residues, soldering material combinations used to build assemblies, and residues trapped under bottom termination components. Read More

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ISPE Updates Standards for laboratory computerized systems.

November 16, 2012

Revised to ensure conformance with GAMP® 5 concepts and terminology as well as recent regulatory and industry developments, ISPE GAMP® Good Practice Guide: A Risk-Based Approach to GxP Compliant Laboratory Computerized Systems (Second Edition) contains steps that those involved in managing laboratory computerized system acquisition, implementation, and operations can use to verify that those systems are fit for their intended use. Read More

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EPA approves additional fuel waivers for NJ, PA, and NY.

November 16, 2012

U.S. EPA has exercised its authority under Clean Air Act to temporarily waive federal clean diesel fuel requirements in NJ, PA, and in and around New York City to allow use of home heating oil in highway vehicles, nonroad vehicles, and nonroad equipment designated by states for emergency response. Lisa P. Jackson determined that, as a result of Hurricane Sandy, extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist, which may result in temporary shortage of diesel fuel compliant with federal regulations. Read More

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IPC and WHMA revise cable and wire harness standard.

November 16, 2012

A joint effort of IPC and the Wire Harness Manufacturer's Association, B revision of IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies addresses more than 500 documented comments and recommendations from users throughout the industry, with 125 new or changed illustrations. Document offers expanded molding and potting section for increased coverage of Class 2 and 3 requirements, new criteria for wires as small as 32 AWG, and section on requirements flow down. Read More

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Construction Unemployment dips to 11.4% in October.

November 16, 2012

According to U.S. Labor Department, nation's construction industry saw slight increase in number of jobs last month as unemployment rate fell to 11.4%, down from 11.9% in September and 13.7% from 1 year ago. Industry added 17,000 jobs in October, resulting in 5 consecutive months of job increases. Construction job growth emerged from nonresidential building construction sector, which added 4,600 jobs for the month, but lost 100 jobs from October 2011. Read More

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ASABE to develop grain bin entry standard.

November 16, 2012

ASABE has initiated project to develop standard that will direct grain bin manufactures to include interior anchorage points to which safety equipment can be attached. Proper use of such equipment would reduce risk of user falling through crusted grain or being pulled into flowing grain if other safety instructions are not followed. Other items to be addressed include specifications for access doors, work platforms, extrication devices, operational procedures, and safety signs. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.

November 16, 2012

According to NTSB, the FAA should require aircraft owners, during each triennial re-registration with FAA's aircraft registry, to identify presence and type of safety devices (ejection seats, ballistic recovery systems, or inflatable restraints) that contain explosive components on aircraft. FAA should make information about these safety devices readily available to first responders and accident investigators by displaying it on FAA online aircraft registry. Read More

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FABTECH 2012 Panel to cover end of manufacturing tax credits.

November 16, 2012

FABTECH 2012 panel discussion, Post Election Analysis: How the Results Impact U.S. Manufacturing, will cover tax credits, set to expire at end of 2012, used for equipment purchases, research and development, and keeping jobs in U.S. Panelists will also discuss whether Congress can avoid $5.4 trillion in tax increases and $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts. In addition, exposition will include education program with technical, operational, economic, and managerial sessions. Read More

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AASHTO Transportation TV covers passenger rail in Vermont.

November 15, 2012

On AASHTO Transportation TV's Two Minute State DOT Update, Brian Searles, Secretary of Vermont Agency of Transportation, said his department is investing more than $60 million to make improvements to keep up with growing demand for passenger rail service. Searles says ridership has climbed steadily every year since 2008 recession. Update also talks about study to find sources of funding for transportation and assessment of permanent fixes following Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Read More

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AASHTOWare features new look and new website.

November 15, 2012

AASHTO announces rebranding of the software product line under its AASHTOWare technical service program. AASHTOWare is an industry leader in development of software products for designing and managing transportation infrastructure projects. New website, www.AASHTOWare.org, replaces jargon with copy written in common terms. New and existing products have been combined in cohesive, color-coded design to facilitate navigation. Read More

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NTSB releases its 2013 Most Wanted List.

November 15, 2012

NTSB has released its 2013 Most Wanted List, with 6 of 10 challenges focusing on highway travel where most transportation fatalities take place and includes the number one killer: substance-impaired driving. Covering all transportation modes, list features 6 new issue areas: distraction, fire safety, infrastructure integrity, pipeline safety, positive train control, and motor vehicle collision avoidance technologies. Read More

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AIA Welcomes Pause concerning EU enforcement of ETS.

November 15, 2012

In her statement on European Union (EU) decision to suspend enforcement of Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said AIA is "especially pleased that the EU has taken last week’s draft ICAO Council decision as the positive impetus it needed to pause its controversial trading scheme." Blakey added that it is important to note said proposal pauses and does not repeal ETS law, passage of which AIA continues to support. Read More

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RIA seeks project entries for 2013 innovation awards.

November 15, 2012

Registration for RIA's 2013 Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction will run until December 17, 2012, while entries will be accepted until January 4, 2013. Competition is open to RIA member and non-member firms and up to 2 projects can be submitted in each category. To be eligible, residential or commercial building project must be at least 90% complete by December 2012. Winners will be announced at 68th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo on April 23-25. Read More

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Esperanza High School secures PRIME funding, exemplary ranking.

November 15, 2012

SME Education Foundation selected Esperanza High School (Anaheim, CA) as one of 9 exemplary schools to participate in PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program. PRIME designation comes with 3-year commitment by SME Education Foundation to provide assistance in creating and fostering partnerships with local manufacturing base to provide job shadows, mentoring, and internships. Also PRIME schools receive $35,000 in funds for same period. Read More

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ASTM Standards are crucial to natural disaster preparation.

November 15, 2012

While technical standards cannot prevent natural disasters, they help ensure greater safety and security before disasters occur and provide needed assistance in wake of events. ASTM standards cover performance of windows and other exterior areas during hurricanes; fire penetration of walls; and potential economic loss due to earthquakes. In addition, crucial topics such as hospital preparedness, search and rescue operations, and emergency medical systems are also addressed by ASTM standards. Read More

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Yokogawa joins Foundation's Board of Directors.

November 15, 2012

A member of HART® Communication Foundation since its inception in 1993, Yokogawa Electric Corporation actively participates and makes contributions on Foundation's executive committee, marketing committee, and technology working groups. Yokogawa is one of industry’s leading suppliers of HART-enabled devices and joins ABB, Emerson Process Measurement, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, and Siemens as a board member. Yokogawa will be represented on board by Kimikazu Takahashi, Yokogawa Corporate Fellow. Read More

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EPA approves emergency fuel waiver for New Jersey.

November 15, 2012

EPA has exercised its authority under Clean Air Act to temporarily waive federal clean diesel fuel requirements in New Jersey to allow use of home heating oil in most generators and pumps in emergency service in New Jersey. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson determined that, as a result of effects of Hurricane Sandy, extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist, which may result in a temporary shortage of diesel fuel compliant with federal regulations. Read More