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Aluminum Association Responds to Maryland deposit legislation.

January 16, 2013

To conserve resources, Aluminum Association believes all options should be part of conversation to increase recycling and prevent aluminum cans from going to landfills. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, and one used can may be transformed into new one within 60 days. Industry wishes to reach 75% recycling rate for aluminum cans by 2015, whereas can recycling rate was 65.1% in 2011. Association claimed that states with strong deposit laws have higher rates of recycling than those without. Read More

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VendorSelect Directory drives www.adhesives.org web traffic.

January 16, 2013

End user visitors coming to www.adhesives.org to find adhesive and sealant solutions are leveraging VendorSelect Tool and connecting with Adhesive and Sealant Council member companies. VendorSelect is a free member service that includes a listing of all member companies with basic contact information, including company name, description, address, telephone, and web address. Tool is also available on ASC’s newly redesigned www.ascouncil.org website. Read More

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NREL and Stanford team up on peel-and-stick solar cells.

January 16, 2013

It may soon be possible to charge cell phones, change tint on windows, or power small toys with peel-and-stick versions of solar cells. Stanford University and NREL showed that thin-film solar cells less than 1-micron thick can be removed from silicon substrate by dipping in water at room temperature. After exposure to 90°C, they can attach to almost any surface. "Peel and Stick: Fabricating Thin Film Solar Cells on Universal Substrates," paper appears in online version of Scientific Reports. Read More

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Models at 2013 NAIAS demonstrate growth of aluminum usage.

January 16, 2013

Vehicles on display at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) have in common an increased use of advanced aluminum alloys. This increase echoes findings from latest survey of automakers by Ducker Worldwide, which indicated that aluminum is leading material in engine and wheel markets and is seeing fast-gaining market share in hoods, trunks, and doors as well. Automakers have said they plan to increase aluminum use from 327 lb in 2009 to 550 lb in 2025. Read More

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Market Research Subscription available for electronics industry.

January 16, 2013

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has introduced market research subscription service for electronics manufacturers and their suppliers. In all, 4 series of reports are available to electronics OEMs, PCB and EMS companies, suppliers, financial analysts, and others. Regularly published reports combine current data with descriptive charts and expert commentary. Aggregate data is provided from companies worldwide along with carefully vetted secondary research. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation Releases updated H1 test kit.

January 16, 2013

Fieldbus Foundation released H1 Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) 6.1.0, which assesses functionality of H1 (31.25 Kbps) fieldbus device and its conformity with FOUNDATION™ function block and transducer block specifications. Comprised of test engine, communication stack, and function block interface card, version includes features to enhance device intelligence, improve consistency in instrument configuration, and simplify replacement of field devices from different automation suppliers. Read More

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EESCC announces agenda for first plenary meeting.

January 16, 2013

Scheduled for Jan 22-23, ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) plenary meeting marks the first in-person occasion where all EESCC members and stakeholders have opportunity to discuss Phase One of EESCC standardization roadmap. The roadmap will focus on building energy and water assessment standards; systems integration and communications; building energy modeling, rating, and labeling; evaluation, measurement, and verification; and workforce credentialing. Read More

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Chemical Network Teleconference is scheduled for January 17.

January 16, 2013

Co-moderated by Dr. Richard J. Forselius and Michael Kirschner, ANSI Chemical Network Teleconference will take place at 10:30 am on January 17, 2013. Information exchange will involve 350+ representatives from industry, academia, and government agencies as well as other stakeholders. Lisa Goldberg will also take part as guest speaker on AIA's REACH Working Group. While focused on chemical regulations, discussions will extend to topics relevant to chemicals and general supply chain issues. Read More

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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