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Career Certifications bolster networking, security workforce.

January 24, 2013

ANSI announced accreditation of several Cisco Career Certifications under Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. Accreditation was granted to Cisco for following certifications: Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) for Routing and Switching, Cisco CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) for Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, and CCNP Security. Decision was based on review of documentation as well as onsite verification. Read More

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ASTM Nuclear Fuel Cycle Committee to offer workshops in France.

January 23, 2013

ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle will sponsor several workshops and short courses from June 16–21, 2013 in Avignon, France. Offerings will include Short Courses on Nuclear Fuel Cycle, ASTM C26 Subcommittee Meetings, tours, and workshops: Remote Equipment Design, Analytical Development and Reference Materials in Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Long Term Glass Performance, and Used Fuels/Spent Fuel/Storage/Transportation and Disposal. Online registration closes May 1. Read More

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Standard covers polymeric raw materials for surgical implants.

January 23, 2013

ASTM F2820, Specification for PEKK Polymers for Surgical Implant Applications, specifies allowable ranges for composition, mechanical, and physical properties, as well as acceptable quality control practices, for PEKK polymers used in medical devices. Each factor covered by standard is important in assuring that materials used will perform as expected. In addition, using materials that meet requirements of ASTM F2820 can reduce or eliminate need for animal testing for these materials. Read More

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MDA Fair at Hannover Messe to take place March 8-12.

January 22, 2013

With over 1,100 exhibitors, MDA Fair at HANNOVER MESSE will showcase latest products and innovations from top suppliers of electric and mechanical power transmission systems and pneumatic and hydraulic technologies. MDA Forum will cover wide range of Green themes, including Drive Technology for Wind Turbines, Sealing Technology, and Condition Monitoring for Components, Systems, and Hydraulic Fluids. Exhibitors will also benefit from their proximity to international Wind fair and MobiliTec show. Read More

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NREL teams up on three ARPA-E projects.

January 22, 2013

NREL has joined DOE and research partners in launching Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices program. Over next 3 years, NREL engineers will work with Utah State University, Washington University, and Eaton Corporation to optimize utilization, life, and cost of Li-ion batteries for electric-drive vehicles through improved battery management and controls. Projects are funded under AMPED program with more than $7.4 million from DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Read More

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IREC supports FERC's proposed modifications.

January 22, 2013

Proposed modifications announced by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to agency's Small Generator Interconnection Procedures lay the groundwork for facilitating a more efficient interconnection process for small renewable generators, while maintaining safety and reliability. If finalized, changes would reflect all modifications recommended by IREC in response to a petition from the Solar Energy Industries Association to initiate a rulemaking. Read More

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Titanium Industry Experts will examine global demand and supply.

January 22, 2013

Selected by International Titanium Association (ITA), dozen top international titanium industry leaders will offer their candid insights on consumption trends for said metal during panel discussions at TITANIUM EUROPE 2013. Conference will be held March 5–7 in Hamburg, Germany. Moderated by TITANIUM EUROPE's Conference Chair Markus Holz, Demand and Supply forum will feature participants analyzing application, material, and market segments to provide inside business knowledge. Read More

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Online CO2 Laser Safety Course targets those in medical field.

January 22, 2013

Offered by LIA, CO2 Medical Laser Safety Training course helps make CO2 lasers easier to use. Internet-based course allows learning anytime and anywhere while also allowing registered nurses to earn 2 contact hours upon completion. Geared towards medical personnel, online course covers biophysics for CO2 laser, applicable standards, and requisite operational skills for different delivery systems. Participants will also learn about challenges encountered in using such systems. Read More

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Collaboration to organize eMobility Standards Symposium.

January 22, 2013

IEEE Standards Association is collaborating with DIN – the German Institute for Standardization, and SAE International in organizing new event to explore how standards are driving innovation in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure globally, lessons learned from field of electromobility standards implementation, and gaps where standards are needed to propel EV market to next stage of growth. International eMobility Standards Symposium is scheduled to take place February 18, 2013. Read More

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SME Announces 2013 Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

January 22, 2013

As its 2013 president, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced election of industry leader Dennis Bray, PhD, FSME. Bray and others comprising 2013 SME Executive Committee and Board of Directors were sworn in at SME's Awards and Installation Banquet on November 10, 2012, in Las Vegas, NV. Those elected to serve on 2013 SME Executive Committee also included Michael F. Molnar (President-Elect), Wayne F. Frost (VP), Dean L. Bartles (Secretary/Treasurer), and Sandra L. Bouckley. Read More

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EPA Launches Voluntary Program to reduce soot pollution.

January 22, 2013

PM Advance, voluntary clean air program, helps communities continue to meet soot pollution standards, improve air quality, and protect public health. Focusing on working with communities to develop strategies for reducing harmful fine particle emissions, PM Advance requires participants to commit to taking such specific steps as putting school bus retrofit program or air quality action day program in place; EPA supplies technical advice, outreach information, and other support. Read More

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Webinar Series focuses on variable speed drives.

January 22, 2013

Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter have announced the kick-off of Variable Speed Drives 4-part webinar series beginning on February 14, 2013. Sessions will include: Intro 101; Application and Installation Considerations; Protection for VFD and Proper Output; and Troubleshooting Problems with VFDs. Series will also include free webinar titled "Variable Speed Drives Make Cents," which will take place prior to series on January 31, 2013. Read More

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ASTM Standard focuses on digital thermometers.

January 22, 2013

ASTM E2877, Guide for Digital Contact Thermometers, provides variety of recommendations for the manufacture and selection of digital thermometers. Standard includes set of accuracy classes which pertain to temperature interval from -200 through 500°C, an interval important for many thermometry applications. In addition, ASTM E2877 describes 3 types of sensors used in digital thermometers: platinum resistance sensors, thermistors, and thermocouples. Read More

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ASTM Standard reflects revisions in engine coolant technology.

January 22, 2013

ASTM D3321, Test Method for Use of the Refractometer for Field Test Determination of the Freezing Point of Aqueous Engine Coolants, has been revised to reflect advances in engine coolant technology used in modern engines. Standard is used to provide freeze point determination of ethylene glycol and propylene glycol based engine coolants based on correlation of refractive index and EG or PG concentration in water. Test helps prevent engine/cooling system damage under low ambient temperatures. Read More

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RIA transfers Certified Fabric Specialist program to ARCS.

January 21, 2013

The Board of Directors of RIA has voted to transfer ownership and administration of its Certified Fabric Specialist certification program to the Association of Rug Care Specialists, effective January 21, 2013. CFS is the nation’s only certification program that focuses on the advanced technical study of fabrics and upholstery, with an emphasis on the history of various cleaning and repair techniques, and potential cleaning problems based on fabric’s origin and construction. Read More

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NAM Names Chair of its Council of Manufacturing Associations.

January 21, 2013

American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman has taken over as chair of NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) to serve one-year term. According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, Harman "will provide outstanding leadership to the CMA's efforts to advance pro-growth policies." Timmons cited her career highlights, such as successful and skillfull navigation of complex policy issues in Washington as well as her record of effective issue advocacy. Read More

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ANSI/HI Standard addresses rotodynamic pump intake design.

January 21, 2013

ANSI/HI 9.8–2012 Rotodynamic Pumps for Pump Intake Design enables designers, owners, and users to configure functional pumping facility designs and provides remedial measures for problem intakes. Flowchart serves as guide to use of standard and can be used to locate appropriate sections. In addition to rectangular, formed suction, unconfined, and trench-type intakes, standard covers circular pump stations, pump suction tanks, and circular plan wet pit for solids-bearing liquids. Read More

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Pro Mach raises profile at EXPO PACK Guadalajara.

January 21, 2013

Pro Mach family of companies has structured a custom partnership package with PMMI at EXPO PACK Guadalajara, debuting Feb. 27–March 1 at EXPO Guadalajara. Pro Mach’s sponsorship package includes the following: co-branded EXPO PACK Guadalajara/Pro Mach e-mail promotions to encourage prospects to register, attend, and visit Pro Mach’s booth at EXPO PACK Guadalajara; full-page ad in the Show Directory; and adding Pro Mach logo to several brand marketing opportunities. Read More

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AAMA and WDMA release updated industry review and forecast.

January 21, 2013

AAMA and WDMA jointly released December 2012 update to 2011/2012 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast, which delivers timely information on window, door, and skylight market trends. New residential construction for 2012 is expected to show 23.9% improvement compared to 2011, and for nonresidential construction, total volume is expected to end at 4.5% increase for entry doors, and 5.2% increase for interior doors. Growth rate for residential skylights is expected to be 6.5% over 2011. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers polyester composition floor tile.

January 21, 2013

ASTM F2982, Specification for Polyester Composition Floor Tile, covers a new type of resilient flooring tile product that is based on a polyester binder. Among requirements detailed in ASTM F2982 are materials and manufacture information, mechanical properties, and dimensions/permissible variations. Performance Requirements section covers deflection; dimensional stability; resistance to chemicals, heat, and light stability; and static load limit. Read More