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HI announces date for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar.

December 15, 2014

Hydraulic Institute has collaborated with NPSH committee members in developing technical webinar that focuses on NPSH and its relationship to cavitation and other pump operation. Titled Rotodynamic Pumps: Guidelines for NPSH Margin, webinar instructs participants on how to calculate available NPSH, understand how insufficient NPSHA will affect pump operation and what NPSH margin is needed to ensure performance longevity. Webinar will be conducted January 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm ET. Read More

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EPA Committee issues report on ecological restoration.

December 15, 2014

Good Neighbor Environmental Board issued 16th annual report to the president, which examines environmental degradation in US–Mexico border region and recommends actions to protect and restore border environment. Some recommendations include: incorporating low-impact infrastructure design and supporting conservation efforts to avoid resource damage; actively engaging local, state, Tribal, and Mexican government partners; and addressing irrigation, wastewater, and other flow management issues. Read More

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BIO applauds House passage of Ebola treatments bill.

December 15, 2014

BIO applauds unanimous House passage of the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act and urges swift action by President Obama to sign into law. Act would add Ebola to FDA's voucher program, under which developers of vaccine or treatment for qualifying tropical disease receive voucher for FDA priority review for another product of choice. Act would also allow vouchers to be sold and transferred multiple times by manufacturers, increasing their value. Read More

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ASTM Standards address fiber-reinforced polymer inspection.

December 15, 2014

ASTM WK46050, Guide for the Inspection of Bond Critical FRP Applications for Concrete Structures in Power Generation Facilities, and ASTM WK46051, Guide for the Inspection of Bond Critical FRP Applications for Steel Structures in Power Generation Facilities, have been proposed to provide approach to QC inspection and reporting for fiber-reinforced polymers in all industries. Both standards provide guidance during inspection, testing, and reporting of installation of structural FRP system. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard helps foster sustainable manufacturing.

December 15, 2014

ASTM WK35702, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes, describes methods with which to enhance resource efficiency at manufacturing process level while considering environmental impacts. According to ASTM's Paul Witherell, this standard "will help identify opportunities in operations planning, provide guidelines for collecting data and give insight into how to calculate metrics on which informed decisions can be made." Read More

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Blue Ribbon Study Panel will provide crucial guidance.

December 12, 2014

Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense will identify and recommend changes to U.S. policy and law to strengthen national biodefense and preparedness while optimizing resource investments with goal of issuing a report in the spring of 2015. Study will be directed by Dr. Robert Kadlec, former special assistant to the President for homeland security and senior director for biological defense policy in the White House Homeland Security Council. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO Keynotes will inspire, enlighten, and entertain.

December 12, 2014

On February 24, during IPC APEX EXPO 2015, Robbie Bach, former president of entertainment and devices at Microsoft, Xbox visionary, and civic activist, will present opening keynote titled, "The Xbox Story: Lessons in Strategy, Team Management and Entrepreneurship." On February 25, Stanton Friedman, nuclear physicist, lecturer, and UFO researcher, will challenge attendees on their knowledge of UFOs as he draws on more than 40 years of UFO research. Read More

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AEM Releases Crane Safety Video and updated crane safety manual.

December 12, 2014

AEM's live-action Crane Safety Video and revised Crane Safety Manual provide machine operators with comprehensive look at current industry best practices, including U.S. OSHA 1926:1400 crane standard requirements. Both new releases reflect changes in crane industry and OSHA crane standards over decade since AEM produced its original crane safety manual and animated video. Manual features illustrations with latest AEM pictorials and offers learning/reference program. Read More

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EPRI releases prospectus of emerging research and development.

December 12, 2014

EPRI's Technology Innovation Prospectus features more than 40 emerging electricity industry technologies being developed through the program, which looks at promising concepts for early-stage research and development and applied innovation on behalf of global electricity enterprise. Potentially breakthrough technologies are then fast-tracked toward commercialization through accelerated R&D in collaboration with EPRI’s members and other stakeholders. Read More

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BIO applauds Senate passage of Ebola treatments bill.

December 12, 2014

BIO applauds unanimous Senate passage of the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act. Bill would add Ebola to FDA's priority review voucher program, under which developers of vaccine or treatment for a qualifying tropical disease receive voucher for FDA priority review for another product of choice, or sold to another developer. If passed into law, act would provide companies with extremely valuable regulatory incentive to develop Ebola vaccines and treatments. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard for thermal transport properties testing.

December 12, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK46204, Test Method for Determination of Thermal Conductivity and Thermal Diffusivity of Solids and Fluids Using the Transient Plane Source or Hot Disc Method, is being developed by Subcommittee E37.05 on Thermophysical Properties. Described test can be designed to match different specimen sizes and allow for measurements to be made in gaseous and vacuum environments at range of temperatures and pressures. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard applies to metal powder bed fusion quality.

December 12, 2014

Requirements of ASTM WK46188, Practice for Metal Powder Bed Fusion to Meet Rigid Quality Requirements, will apply to production components and mechanical test specimens using powder bed fusion with both laser and electron beams. To enhance safety of additively manufactured parts, this standard will illustrate what critical parameters for successful powder bed fusion are, how to determine upper/lower limits of process, as well as how to ensure all components are exactly the same. Read More

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SME's Manufacturing Competition seeks submissions.

December 11, 2014

SME’s annual Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition is calling for high school and college student designers to submit custom designs featuring additive manufacturing. Aligning with this year’s theme, Structures Rule, competition’s focus is on structurally optimized objects or devices made from additive manufacturing. Competition will consist of 3 categories: mobility device for air and space or for land and sea; healthcare device; and architectural mockup. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard targets ballistic-resistant head gear.

December 11, 2014

Once approved, proposed standard ASTM WK46152, Specification for Ballistic-Resistant Head Protection for Law Enforcement Applications, will provide agencies with means to establish minimum performance requirements of protective helmets. Defined characteristics will include ballistic protection, blunt impact resistance, chin strap retention, stability, as well as other performance criteria related to life-safety, quality, durability, and function. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers incidental asbestos exposure assessments.

December 11, 2014

ASTM D7886, Practice for Asbestos Exposure Assessments for Repetitive Maintenance and Installation Tasks, is intended to aid those testing asbestos exposures by quantifying levels of such exposure. According to ASTM member Andrew Oberta, ASTM D7886 overcomes limitations of personal air sampling by describing method for conducting exposure assessment tests under controlled conditions. Standard focuses on maintenance and installation tasks requiring incidental disturbance of materials. Read More

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Organizations support Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

December 10, 2014

Broad coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations including The Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund has pledged to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership as it works to restore waterways and revitalize communities across the country. Organizations will align resources, funding, and expertise with federal efforts to restore urban waters and parks, increase outdoor recreation, and engage residents and youth. Read More

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Initiative helps communities develop local food projects.

December 10, 2014

On behalf of White House Rural Council, 6 federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains. Read More

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NTSB Recommends Improvements for certifying Li-ion batteries.

December 10, 2014

As determined by NTSB in its final report, shortcomings in design and certification led to fire in GS Yuasa Corporation lithium-ion battery installed on one Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jetliner. Short circuit in one of battery's 8 cells led to thermal runaway and propagated to remaining cells. NTSB recommends FAA improve guidance and training provided to industry and FAA certification engineers on safety assessments and methods of compliance for designs involving such new technology. Read More

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ASTM Committee on Corrosion of Metals honors Dr. David Silverman.

December 10, 2014

For contributions in application of engineering fundamentals to corrosion issues, ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals honored David Silverman, Ph.D. with Francis LaQue Memorial Award. Silverman joined ASTM in 1981 and was active G01 member until retiring in 2013. Silverman worked on several G01 groups, chaired select subcommittees, and served on joint ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion as well as Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers testing interlaminar fracture toughness.

December 10, 2014

ASTM D7905/D7905M, Test Method for Determination of the Mode II Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Unidirectional Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites Using the EndNotched Flexure (ENF) Test, was developed by Subcommittee D30.06 on Interlaminar Properties. Mode II test described within will be used by industry and government for qualitatively comparing composite materials as well as determining values to be used in design, analysis, and acceptance/rejection criteria. Read More