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BIO President urges protection of Renewable Fuel Standard.

October 25, 2012

During keynote speech at RETECH 2012, BIO President Jim Greenwood told attendees that now is the time for a call to arms for the renewable industry standard to support and protect America's Renewable Fuel Standard. Regarding current requests that EPA waive the RFS for one year, Greenwood said, "The impact of an RFS waiver on advanced biofuels would be devastating. In fact, it could extend by several years the drought that has endured in investment capital for new advanced biofuels technology." Read More

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NASA's John Vickers joins AeroDef Executive Committee.

October 25, 2012

John Vickers, assistant manager of Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, has joined the Executive Committee of AeroDef Manufacturing 2013 exposition and technical conference. Mr. Vickers is responsible for materials and manufacturing engineering, R/D, strategic planning, and partnerships with government, industry, and academia. He has more than 30 years of experience in materials, manufacturing, and operations of propulsion, spacecraft, and scientific systems. Read More

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Reference Materials to help get lead out of paints.

October 24, 2012

To help manufacturers adhere to new regulations intended to reduce risk of lead poisoning in children, researchers at NIST have developed standard test samples of lead paint films that are sometimes found on children's products as well as a guide to their use. Manufacturers can use "reference" materials to demonstrate that test methods yield accurate results when used to show compliance of products with CSPIA of 2008, which requires that paints contain no more than 90 mg of lead per kg of paint. Read More

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NIST Software checks performance of biometrics applications.

October 24, 2012

Biometric Conformance Test Software for Data Interchange Formats (BioCTS2012), developed by NIST, is used to assess implementations of biometrics data standard ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011, which defines method for digitally encoding and storing biometric data so it can be shared by ID systems used by law enforcement, military, and homeland security agencies.  Solution expands types and amounts of information forensic scientists can share and is being adopted worldwide to identify people. Read More

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EPA offers tips to protect health and save money/energy.

October 24, 2012

With winter approaching, EPA is highlighting 10 tips for Americans to protect their health, save money, and lower energy, such as maintaining heating equipment to lower utility bills, lowering temperature in homes to increase savings up to 12%, and checking for water leaks and installing WaterSense products to save approximately $170 per year. To protect health, people should test home for radon gas and download EPA's free AIRNow app to get current particle pollution and ozone levels. Read More

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ASTM Approves Standard for coated fabric products storage life.

October 24, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK37298, Test Method for Determining Storage Life of Coated Fabric Products, will provide nondestructive test for stored equipment to be evaluated for continued suitability over time. F20 chairman Peter Lane said subcommittee responsible for said standard, F20.11 on Control, welcomes producers of coated fabric products to join ongoing development of ASTM WK37298, citing potential and significant impact on expected useful lifetime of such products. Read More

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National Awards recognize State DOT leadership, innovation.

October 24, 2012

President's Transportation Awards, earned by 14 state departments of transportation (DOTs), will be presented on November 18 during AASHTO Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Also, AASHTO announced 2012 recipients of Alfred E. Johnson, Thomas H. McDonald, Francis B. Francois, and George S. Bartlett awards. AASHTO President Kirk Steudle, in comment, said "These honorees represent just a small fraction of the many talented and dedicated individuals, projects, and programs...across America."
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Registration, Housing Available for BIO International Convention.

October 24, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from April 22–25, 2013 BIO International Convention will feature educational sessions, interactive panel discussions, and informal room set to foster audience engagement. Programming on Monday will include International Spotlights and Policies Track, focused on BRIC countries, as well as BioTech Primer, Translational Research Forum, Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, Breakout Sessions, and International Market Briefings. Read More

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ASTM Committee forms rare earth materials subcommittee.

October 24, 2012

ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials has formed subcommittee F40.04 on Rare Earth Materials, which will promote knowledge, stimulate research, and implement technology via development of standards for rare earth materials. This subcommittee, which will hold its first meeting during F40 meetings (November 14–15), welcomes participation from all interested parties, particularly industry material researchers and innovators using rare earth materials. Read More

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IPC Symposium examines cost, quality, productivity issues.

October 24, 2012

IPC Symposium on Lean for the Assembly Industry: Putting Theory Into Practice will take place December 4–5, 2012 in Costa Mesa, CA and focus on implementation of lean concepts in electronics manufacturing. Presented by IPC, event will bring participants in contact with electronics industry experts who have successfully executed lean practices within their own organizations. Goings-on include technical conference, workshops, tabletop exhibition, and networking opportunities. Read More

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ASTM Plastics Committee approves insulated vinyl siding standard.

October 23, 2012

ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics, recognizing emergence of vinyl siding with integrated foam plastic insulation as separate product category, has developed ASTM D7793, Specification for Insulated Vinyl Siding. According to D20 member Dave Johnston, standard provides "uniform basis for producing the siding according to recognized levels of quality and performance, especially with respect to claims for thermal insulation." Standard will also serve as basis for product certification program. Read More

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ASTM Standard provides guide to interlaboratory studies.

October 23, 2012

Developed by D02.94, Coordinating Subcommittee on Quality Assurance and Statistics, part of Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, ASTM D7778 provides overview of steps needed in an interlaboratory study to obtain precision and bias statements, particularly as they relate to standards for petroleum products. Standard was developed as companion document to ASTM D6300, Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias Data for Use in Test Methods for Petroleum Products and Lubricants. Read More

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IPC and SMTA to host conformal coating conference.

October 23, 2012

IPC, in partnership with Surface Mount Technology Association, will host High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference, Nov 13-15, 2012. Event will provide focus on electronics assembly reliability and influence of cleaning and coating on production of reliable hardware. Prior to conference, half-day technical workshop will cover fundamentals of conformal coating and coating processes, popular myths and misconceptions as well as common causes of coating problems. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report forecasts slight decline.

October 23, 2012

Of 134 metal forming companies from USA and Canada in October 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, 15% anticipate economic activity improvement, 55% predict unchanged conditions, and 30% foresee decline over next 3 months. Participants also expect decrease in incoming orders during same time period, with 24% for increase, 41% for no change, and 35% for decrease. Average daily shipping levels remained fairly steady, and participants with workforce on short time or layoff increased to 16%. Read More

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NREL Growth Forum to feature 30 clean energy companies.

October 22, 2012

On October 23-24, 30 clean energy companies, including 8 Colorado companies, will gather in Denver to present their clean energy business cases to panel of national venture capitalists at NREL 25th Industry Growth Forum. In addition to business case presentations, comprehensive agenda of speakers and in-depth panels will address most important topics in the industry today. At conclusion of Forum, NREL will present recognition for Best Venture Award and Outstanding Venture Awards. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves machining brasses standard.

October 22, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee B05.02 on Rod, Bar, Wire, Shapes and Forgings, part of ASTM International Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, ASTM B981/B981M, Specification for Low Leaded Brass Rod, Bar and Shapes focuses on mechanical properties of machining brasses. Statistical analysis was performed on production properties for alloys C36300, C36500, C37000, C37100, and C37700 to develop minimum tensile strength, yield strength, and elongation as a function of diameter. Read More

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AAMA Announces Technical Staff during fall conference.

October 22, 2012

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced staff appointments during AAMA Fall Conference (October 14–17). Ken Brenden, Dean Lewis, and Rich Rinka will respectively serve as Technical Director, Educational and Technical Information Manager, and Certification Manager. Appointments were made as part of strategic objective to add value to AMMA's membership by expanding its educational platform and accelerating development of standards based on gap analysis. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices are up 0.9% in September.

October 22, 2012

According to October 12 producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department, U.S. construction materials prices were up 0.9% in September, 1.1% from previous quarter, and 1.7% year over year. Nonresidential construction materials prices were up 1.2%, 1.3%, and 1.6%, respectively. Most metallic construction materials prices rose in September, while nonferrous wire and cable prices fell 1.3%. Prices for nonmetallic construction materials also trended higher, along with crude energy materials. Read More

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EPA to offer environmental justice small grants.

October 22, 2012

EPA is seeking applicants for total of $1.5 million in environmental justice small grants to be awarded in 2013. Environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Available for up to $30,000 each, grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standards address aerosol products, artist pastels.

October 22, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK37409, Test Method for Measuring Aspiration Potential of Aerosol Products, is being developed to support evaluation of such products to determine whether they require special child-resistant packaging. Also, proposed standard ASTM WK37916, Specification for Artists Pastels, will provide benchmark standard to allow those in pastel industry to test colors so that pastels can withstand exposure to light without fading. Read More