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Spent Foundry Sand Reuse Assessment shows environmental benefits.

January 12, 2015

Released by U.S. EPA, risk assessment concludes silica-based spent foundry sands from iron, steel, and aluminum foundries, when used in certain soil-related applications, are protective of human health and environment and yield environmental benefits. EPA's Mathy Stanislaus noted "environmentally sound, beneficial use of industrial materials...provides substantial opportunities for addressing climate change and air quality," which promotes partnerships, costs reduction, and sustainable future. Read More

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ATA Welcomes ASA Electronics as Featured Product program member.

January 12, 2015

American Trucking Associations (ATA) added ASA Electronics to ATA Featured Products program list. Offerings from ASA, international manufacturer of premium audio and video mobile electronics, focus on reducing in-cab distractions for truck drivers. Citing safety as being of "utmost importance" as well as commitment to reducing distracted driving, ATA President and CEO Bill Graves welcomed ASA as "a company that shares that value." Read More

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ASTM Donations sponsor nature club and field trip.

January 12, 2015

Since 1995, ASTM International has funded nature programs and field trips for local elementary schools in conjunction with Riverbend Environmental Education Center. In after-school nature club at Conshohocken Elementary, students learned about water cycle and got to see live demonstration with water-based animals. During field trip to Riverbend, first grade students from Bridgeport Elementary experienced pond and stream lesson with live animals as well as stream and pond exploration. Read More

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FAA Final Rule requires safety management system for airlines.

January 9, 2015

Building on programs many airlines already use to identify and reduce aviation risk, final rule by FAA requires most U.S. commercial airlines to have Safety Management Systems (SMS) in place by 2018. This top-down, organization-wide approach gives airlines business processes and management tools to examine data gathered from everyday operations, isolate trends that could lead to incidents/accidents, take steps to mitigate risk, and verify program effectiveness. Read More

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EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment shows risk to workers.

January 9, 2015

EPA is releasing assessment for public comment on the potential for human health risk of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Assessment shows some risks to workers who mix, load, and apply chlorpyrifos pesticide products. When used in large amounts, chlorpyrifos has potential to pose risks in limited geographic areas when drinking water from small watersheds. There were no additional risks from pesticide exposures in food or exposures to bystanders and workers from airborne chlorpyrifos. Read More

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Fort Smith, AR to Upgrade Sewer System to resolve CWA violations.

January 9, 2015

U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Justice, and state of Arkansas announced that Fort Smith, AR will upgrade its sewer collection and treatment system over 12 years to reduce discharges of raw sewage and other pollutants into local waterways. Expected expenses, in addition to routine operation/maintenance, are estimated at $255 million. Also under settlement, Fort Smith will pay $300,000 civil penalty and spend $400,000 to help low-income areas repair and replace privately owned sewer network portions. Read More

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Two New ASTM Publications focus on fossil fuels analysis.

January 9, 2015

R.A. Kishore Nadkarni authored 2 compilations concerning fossil fuels analysis. Monograph 10, Elemental Analysis of Fossil Fuels and Related Materials, has 16 chapters on importance of elemental analysis of fossil fuels, analytical techniques, basic analytical protocols, and proficiency testing programs for elemental analysis. Monograph 11, Sulfur: Chemistry and Analysis of Fossil Fuel Products, covers analytical techniques for sulfur determination and addresses proficiency testing for sulfur. Read More

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Guide to ASTM C94/C94M expounds upon ready-mixed concrete aspects.

January 9, 2015

Updated edition of Manual 49, User’s Guide to ASTM Specification C94/C94M on Ready-Mixed Concrete, 2nd Edition, is available in print and online. Its 22 chapters explain every aspect of ASTM C94: ordering, production, and delivery of ready-mixed concrete. Manual 49 provides tips and advice and has numerical examples, photos, and figures to illustrate proper procedures and implications when C94 is cited in project specifications. Read More

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ASTM Fence Materials/Products Standards is offered in new edition.

January 8, 2015

Targeting fencing manufacturers, contractors, and suppliers as well as architects, project designers, and engineers, 13th edition of ASTM Standards for Fence Materials and Products provides fencing and fencing-related standards used in the manufacture of fence materials and products. Compilation is available in print or online and features ~50 ASTM International standards covering diverse topics. There are also 3 new standards: ASTM F2919, F2957, and ASTM F3000. Read More

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ASTM Technical Paper Compilation looks at sports concussions.

January 8, 2015

STP 1552, The Mechanism of Concussion in Sports, includes 17 peer-reviewed papers that examine science inherent in mechanism of concussion that occurs in sports, including ice hockey, football, and speed skating. Available from ASTM International, this compilation of technical papers includes research that covers such topics as understanding concussive forces, techniques to decrease concussive forces, injury field data, and coaching/training techniques. Read More

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Lighting Equipment Standard addresses harmonic emission, power.

January 7, 2015

NEMA published ANSI C82.77-10-2014 American National Standard for Lighting Equipment — Harmonic Emission Limits — Related Power Quality Requirements, which specifies harmonic limits, their methods of measurement, and power factor for lighting equipment. Development of one standard that specifies limits of total harmonic distortion helps ensure that manufacturer's equipment meets industry guidelines and protects overall power system quality. Standard comes in electronic or hardcopy formats. Read More

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NEMA publishes Premium® Efficiency Electric Motors spec.

January 7, 2015

NEMA has published NEMA Premium® 2014 General Specification for Consultants, Industrial and Municipal: NEMA Premium® Efficiency Electric Motors. Specification outlines minimum requirements for 3-phase AC induction motors applied to municipal and industrial applications for operation on voltages 5,000 V or less, rated 2,500 hp or less, operating more than 2,000 hours per year at >75% of full-load. Latest edition includes revised and updated efficiency tables appearing in NEMA MG 1-2014. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses forged bases for power transmission poles.

January 7, 2015

ASTM A1090/A1090M, Specification for Forged Rings and Hollows Produced from Steels with Atmospheric Corrosion Resistance, provides guidance for production of steel bases of power transmission poles using forging methods. Giving users and producers of bases choice of production methods, standard will also be of use to companies supplying power through transmission poles as well as local/state/federal regulatory agencies involved in approving/monitoring electrical infrastructure projects. Read More

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ASTM Committee to develop standards for driverless AGVs.

January 7, 2015

Technical committee F45 on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles will develop standardized nomenclature and definitions of terms, recommended practices, guides, test methods, specifications, and performance standards for AGVs. In addition, F45 will encourage research by sponsoring symposia, workshops, and publications related to AGVs. Some topics for potential standards development include terminology; specifications for navigation technologies; and test methods for battery life. Read More

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International CES® to feature indoor BLE navigation system.

January 6, 2015

International CES® and Radius Networks announced that the 2015 CES will feature a new navigation system for attendees, powered by Bluetooth Low Energy beacons. Accessible through CES app, system will provide attendees with directions to exhibit locations within CES Tech West and Tech East. In total, system covers estimated 4 million square feet of space. Radius Networks will also be hosting beacon technology meet-up and demonstrating additional innovative uses for BLE beacons. Read More

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ASTM Nonmetallic Lath Standards apply to use with stucco.

January 6, 2015

ASTM International Committee C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems approved 2 nonmetallic plaster base standards. While ASTM C1787 provides minimum performance requirements when nonmetallic plaster base (lath) is used with stucco, ASTM C1788 lists minimum installation requirements for nonmetallic lath with stucco. Also available, ASTM C1764 offers test methods for evaluating performance of vertical wall applications of lath under various test exposures. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers penetration testing of surgical needles.

January 6, 2015

Strength and penetration are key attributes needed for surgical needles. ASTM International standard, ASTM F3014, Test Method for Penetration Testing of Needles Used in Surgical Sutures, focuses on penetration testing of such needles. Having low and consistent penetration force provides users with control for accurate placement of surgical needle during procedure, especially when there is limited space in which to maneuver needle, and when thick or hard tissue is encountered. Read More

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NEMA Business Conditions Gauges decline in December.

January 5, 2015

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America declined to 50.0 in December. While one quarter of panelists reported conditions improved during said month, same share reported they declined. December's EBCI for future North American conditions remained above 50-point break even mark but declined to 65. Half of panelists expect business environment to improve over next 6 months versus 20% who expect it to decline. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard will cover bath mat production aspects.

January 5, 2015

Proposed standard ASTM WK41157, Specification for Bath Mats, will provide means to evaluate specific performance characteristics of bath mats intended for use in residential and institutional environments. According to ASTM member Kathleen Huddy, this standard will cover all practical aspects of bath mat production, from tuft bind to rug back staining, to help manufacturers create quality consumer products. Information will also cover warning label on proper bath mat use. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Antimicrobial Activity Guide focuses on textiles.

January 5, 2015

Proposed standard ASTM WK31901, Test Methods and Practices for Evaluating Antibacterial Activity on Textiles, will help test laboratories, manufacturers, and retailers understand which standards for antimicrobial treated textiles is best for specific situations. Standard provides index of procedures in form of test methods, practices, and related documents used in textile industry for determining antibacterial properties of antimicrobial-treated textile articles. Read More