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NIST Announces Winning Apps from Reference Data Challenge.

November 30, 2015

NIST announced Reference Data Challenge winners. As NIST's first app development competition, its goal was to spur development of new ways to use NIST Standard Reference Data (SRD) with mobile devices. First place went to Kris Reyes from Meru Apps in Princeton, NJ for Meru Lab Reference. Second place was claimed by Zachary Ratliff and Daniel Graham for Lab Pal. Team from MetroStar Systems took third place for ChemBook. There were also 2 apps that garnered honorable mentions. Read More

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ANSI Hosts ICT Industry Roundtable with ITU-TSB's Chaesub Lee.

November 27, 2015

On November 13, 2015, ANSI hosted Dr. Chaesub Lee, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB) director, for roundtable on telecommunications, information and communications technologies (ICT), and related industries. Dr. Lee's presentation detailing his strategic vision for ITUT was followed by roundtable moderator Phil Wennblom leading 30-person audience of industry representatives in interactive Q&A session. Read More

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NIST Process expands catalyst options for fuel cells.

November 27, 2015

Scientists at NIST have developed a way to build "engines" of future hydrogen-powered cars more effectively. New method could yield better and more economical options for creating hydrogen fuel. In 2012, team members found a way to deposit one-atom-thick layers of platinum onto gold base. Team now has shown their technique can rapidly electroplate ultrathin layers of several metals in the periodic table—known as the platinum group—onto gold and more affordable base metals, such as nickel. Read More

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ASTM Honors Dr. John A. Mitchell for antimicrobial standards work.

November 27, 2015

ASTM International Committee E35 on Pesticides, Antimicrobials, and Alternative Control Agents presented John A. Mitchell, Ph.D., principal consultant, Wordsmith Scientific & Regulatory LLC with Chip Collins Award in recognition for his commitment to developing international test methods. Committee also noted his leadership skills as mentor to new ASTM members. ASTM member since 1997, Mitchell also works on Committees D11 on Rubber and D22 on Air Quality. Read More

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NIST and Maryland TEDCO partner to encourage entrepreneurship.

November 27, 2015

NIST will let Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) administer NIST Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program, which will offer anticipated 10 grants of up to $112,000 for specific project that can be completed within 12 months. Organizations will contribute resources, aid creation of start-up companies to license and commercialize NIST inventions, and host roundtables and workshops to increase awareness of entrepreneurship and technology commercialization opportunities. Read More

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ASABE Standard helps determine landscape plant water demand.

November 27, 2015

ANSI/ASABE S623, Determining Landscape Plant Water Demands, contains information for calculating the amount of water required to sustain landscape plants for minimum acceptable appearance. Created in response to a request from the Irrigation Association, standard will prove useful for designers of landscapes and irrigation systems, landscape maintenance companies, and water purveyors. Read More

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NEMA publishes NEMA TC 14-2015 Series of standards.

November 27, 2015

NEMA has published NEMA TC 14-2015 series of standards: NEMA TC 14.AG-2015 Aboveground Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit (RTRC) and Fittings, NEMA TC 14.BG-2015 Belowground Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit and Fittings, and NEMA TC 14.XW-2015 Extra Heavy Wall Aboveground Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit and Fittings. Standards are adoptions of UL 2515, UL 2420, and UL 2515A respectively. They separate requirements for RTRC and fittings to align with these UL standards. Read More

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BIO Issues Statement in reaction to HHS Forum.

November 25, 2015

Statement by BIO addresses U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Forum on Pharmaceutical Innovation, Access, Affordability, and Better Health. BIO lauded HHS for providing venue for discussion and said it was looking forward to continue to work to come up with "meaningful patient-centered solutions to the challenges of access and affordability." BIO also noted those "engage[d in obfuscation, rather than...a constructive dialogue" and the need to get past "this type of rhetoric." Read More

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IPC Arranges Congressman's Tour of Creation Technologies.

November 25, 2015

As coordinated by IPC, U.S. Congressman Bob Dold (R-IL-10) met with executives and employees of IPC-member company Creation Technologies at its manufacturing facility in Chicago, IL. Dold thanked Creation Technologies and IPC for this opportunity to see contributions electronics manufacturing industry makes to U.S. economy. "As the fourth largest manufacturing district in the country," remarked Dold, "our workforce relies heavily on companies like Creation." Read More

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Building Performance Modeling Conference calls for presenters.

November 25, 2015

ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference, taking place in Salt Lake City from August 10–12, is looking for presenters. Overall theme for this conference is "Using Simulation to Improve Building Performance from Planning and Design to Construction, Operations and Retrofit." Presentations should address practices of building modeling using existing tools. Abstracts of 400 words or less and 100-word promotional abstract are due February 3, 2016. Read More

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PT/MC Industry shows slower growth in 3Q2015.

November 25, 2015

PTDA Business Index for 3Q2015 indicates continued slowing compared to previous quarter with a reading of 37.7, down from 46.6 in 2Q2015. PTDA Business Index reading fell behind the October 2015 PMI® Index of 50.1 for the second time this year. Featuring distributor and manufacturer breakout data in addition to historical data, index tracks change in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices, and backlog in the PT/MC industry. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps test new kinds of erosion-control mulch.

November 25, 2015

D7986, Practice for Preparing Specimens of Hydraulic Erosion Control Products for Index Property Testing, is the first step toward quantifying physical properties of hydraulic erosion control products in a laboratory. Sprayed on the ground as mulch, HECPs are a newer type of product that both protect against erosion and help establish vegetation. Standard will help determine the critical properties of HECPs that can be used to ensure that construction sites are using quality products. Read More

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BIO Applauds FDA Approval of genetically engineered salmon.

November 25, 2015

After regulatory review, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Salmon for commercial marketing. In response, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commended the FDA "for taking this very important step in the right direction for the advancement of animal biotechnology innovation." AquAdvantage Salmon, developed by BIO member AquaBounty Technologies, is genetically engineered to reach market weight earlier while using 25% less food. Read More

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New SPI Board includes range of industry professionals.

November 25, 2015

Representing nation’s third largest manufacturing sector, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, released a slate of newly elected board members to include Chairman-elect James Murphy, president and CEO of Davis-Standard LLC, located in Pawcatuck, CT. Murphy, who served as chairman of NPE2015, has held leadership roles in sales and engineering management during his 25-year career at Davis-Standard. His term as SPI Board chairman runs through December 2017. Read More

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Public-Private Partnerships will advance space capabilities.

November 25, 2015

NASA has secured partnerships with 22 U.S. companies through two solicitations to advance agency's goals for robotic and human exploration of the solar system. Through the "Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies" solicitation, NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate selected 9 companies to mature technologies beyond their "tipping point" with the goal of enabling private industry to develop and qualify them for market. Read More

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NIST Draft Framework helps Cyber-Physical Systems developers.

November 25, 2015

Unmanned vehicles, intelligent buildings, cell phones, and fitness bracelets are cyber-physical systems. NIST has released a draft CPS Framework document intended to help manufacturers create new cyber-physical systems that can work seamlessly with other such smart systems that bridge physical and computational worlds. It outlines common attributes that its subparts share with other CPS devices, and indicates what it must do to interact successfully with broader CPS environment. Read More

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Global City Teams Challenge aims to create smart cities.

November 25, 2015

NIST and several partners are launching the Global City Teams Challenge, which will bring communities and innovators together to encourage collaboration on a range of issues from disaster response to energy management to mass transit improvement. Goal is to help communities and businesses connect to improve resource management and quality of life by using effective networking of computer systems and physical devices, often called the Internet of Things or cyber-physical systems. Read More

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IPC Announces Winners of Hand Soldering Competition.

November 25, 2015

Although 47 European competitors took part in IPC's Hand Soldering Competition at productronica 2015 (November 10–13 in Munich), Jacek Majchrzak of PartnerTech Poland took first place with 501 points out of 506 total possible points. This marks Majchrzak's second consecutive win, as he also took first place at productronica 2013. With his score of 496, second place went to Michal Raus of RealTime Technologies. Third went to Christian Vodermaier of Avantest Europe GmbH with his score of 492. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors consultant Dr. Norma D. Searle.

November 25, 2015

ASTM International Committee G03 on Weathering and Durability has presented the Warren D. Ketola Award to Norma D. Searle, Ph.D., a consultant in photochemistry and weathering of polymeric and other nonmetallic materials. Committee specifically noted Searle’s numerous contributions to the development of standards to help the industry better understand weathering effects. Searle is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York and has been a member of ASTM and G03 since 1984. Read More

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ANSI's American Way Course will explain ANS process.

November 25, 2015

On December 8, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in New York City, ANSI will host "The American Way: The American National Standard (ANS) Development Process." This one-day seminar will provide in-depth look at ANSI Essential Requirements within context of ANS process. Structured for staff from standards developing organizations who administer ANS process, this session will serve as introductory course for those considering becoming ANSI-accredited standards developers. Read More