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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

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HART Foundation seeks stories of unique protocol applications.

October 22, 2012

HART® Communication Foundation, via online questionnaire, seeks end-user applications that demonstrate use of HART Communication Protocol beyond device configuration and routine diagnostics. If submitted application uses HART Communication for full-time access to device and process information, users will be eligible to receive Leatherman® Kick multi-tool. "If a plant is using HART technology to meet that challenge, we want to know about it,” said Foundation executive director Ron Helson. Read More

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NREL Sponsors Solar Program adopted by Jeffco Public Schools.

October 22, 2012

Working with Golden Power Partners, NREL is helping students gain knowledge about solar energy. User-friendly DAQ system lets teachers and students get live solar system data while in classroom. To ensure students received best solar energy knowledge, NREL also used $30,000 awarded to winning proposal to organize spring and summer Energy Institute for Teachers workshops attended by most interested math and science teacher from each of 30 solar-powered schools. Read More

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BSA Industry Briefs focus on water/wastewater treatment.

October 19, 2012

When BSA met Sept 24-25, it approved publication of two new Industry Briefs: Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment. Both briefs were initiated and drafted by association’s Educational Services Committee and join mounting body of free, downloadable, educational materials designed to meet needs of bearing distributors and end users by defining specific end-use bearing applications, critical design factors in those installations, and preferred bearing choices. Read More

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LIA Presents Workshop on laser welding and joining.

October 19, 2012

Laser Institute of America (LIA) added 2-day workshop to its second-annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME™), which will run October 23–24 in Schaumburg, IL. Chaired by Professor Eckhard Beyer of Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology, IWS in Dresden, Laser Welding Joining Workshop will spotlight uses of lasers in key industries. Along with workshop, attendees can participate in 2 hr laser welding and joining tutorial. Read More

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IPC Conference targets Eastern European market.

October 19, 2012

To support rapidly growing electronics assembly market in Eastern Europe, IPC Conference on Solderability and Reliability for Electronics Assemblies will be held Feb 6-7 2013, in Budapest, Hungary. Event will include technical conference, workshops, tabletop exhibition, and networking opportunities. Technical conference will cover topics such as solder paste selection in lead-free processes, measuring printed solder paste volume, and placement and reflow in solder joints. Read More

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Foundation updates FOUNDATION(TM) for SIF specifications.

October 19, 2012

Fieldbus Foundation announced release of updated version of FOUNDATION™ for Safety Instrumented Functions technical specifications, which now include support for FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 (31.25 bit/s) dual-mode devices employing field diagnostics capabilities, which simplifies process of developing field instrumentation employing SIF protocol. Release provides updates to System Architecture, Application Model, Protocol, Function Block, and Device ITK Profile specifications. Read More

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NREL Nanotechnology Solar Cell achieves 18.2% efficiency.

October 19, 2012

Scientists at NREL have produced solar cells with 18.2% efficiency using nanotechnology techniques, which should eliminate need for anti-reflection layer and be a major step toward helping lower cost of solar energy. The paper, "An 18.2%-efficient black-silicon solar cell achieved through control of carrier recombination in nanostructures" by NREL's Jihun Oh, Hao-Chih Yuan, and Howard Branz, currently appears on Nature Nanotechnology's website. Read More

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ASC Brings Up Issues with CA DTSC consumer products proposal.

October 19, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has raised continued concerns with California Department of Toxic Substance Control's (DTSC) proposed "Safer Consumer Products" regulation. In written comments to DTSC, Council questioned detailed trade secret information that said proposal could demand and charged agency with positioning itself to judge worth of innovative approaches. ASC also questioned establishment of initial list of 1,200 "Chemicals of Concern" without proven justification. Read More

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Plumbing Consortium focus on new lead-free standards education.

October 19, 2012

Plumbing manufacturers and industry trade associations met in Chicago on August 30, 2012 to develop strategies to alert and prepare industry constituents for changes in allowable Pb level in plumbing products as required by federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which takes effect January 4, 2014. Law was spearheaded by PMI, and consortium's mission was to provide education about manufacture, distribution, and installation of Pb-free plumbing products. Read More

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Multisorb Sponsors Twitter Boards at PACK EXPO.

October 19, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from October 28–31, PACK EXPO International 2012 will feature Twitter Boards. Monitors will be placed throughout McCormick Place so attendees and exhibitors can see all PACKEXPO is offering, sponsored by Multisorb Technologies. Kay E. Krause, Marketing Communications Group Coordinator of Multisorb Technologies, commented, "PACK EXPO's customer-centric approach fits Multisorb for several reasons" and that "This is a fun, effective way to reach our customers." Read More

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NASA and United Launch Alliance complete space act agreement.

October 19, 2012

NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with agency's Commercial Crew Program. The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA's Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent. With completion of CCDev2 milestones, ULA establishes technical foundation for potentially certifying its Atlas V rocket for crewed missions. Read More

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U.S. Standards Community celebrates World Standards Day 2012.

October 18, 2012

Held in Washington, DC and co-chaired by ANSI and NIST, U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2012, which included exhibition, reception, and dinner, was focused on Standards Increase Efficiency theme and attended by nearly 300 members of standards and conformity assessment community. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia said he was "proud to be a part of a standards community that is diverse, dedicated, and motivated to find solutions and create a better tomorrow." Read More

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ANSI Board Member calls for postsecondary training system.

October 18, 2012

Dr. Keith W. Bird, ANSI board member and senior policy fellow for workforce and postsecondary education at the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, urges creation of competency-based skills credentials. In April 2011, Dr. Bird collaborated with Evelyn Ganzglass and Heath Prince of CLASP on a report that found creation of postsecondary credentialing system had the potential to improve civic participation and nationwide family well-being, and trigger local and national economic growth. Read More

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NTSB Seeks Comments on final rules for appeals procedures.

October 18, 2012

NTSB issued set of rules addressing review of aviation enforcement cases. Included in new final rule and interim final rule, changes allow appeals to federal district court, apply federal rules of evidence and civil procedure to NTSB proceedings, and allow parties to move to dismiss complaint if FAA fails to disclose its enforcement investigative report. Although interim final rule is effective immediately, NTSB requests public comment concerning changes by December 17. Read More

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Researchers say spider's silk can be used to manipulate light.

October 18, 2012

Research shows that natural silk could be an eco-friendly alternative to traditional ways of manipulating light. During OSA Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2012, biomedical engineer Fiorenzo Omenetto of Tufts University will discuss use of silk's optical properties for implantable sensors and other biology-technology interfaces. Physicist Nolwenn Huby at CNRS Institut de Physiques de Rennes in France will talk about use of natural spider silk to guide light through photonic chips. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard for developing steel sheets.

October 18, 2012

In quest for lighter, more crash-resistant and fuel-efficient vehicles, automobile and steel industries are developing steel sheets that have higher alloy content, and thus more complex hardening mechanisms, than sheets currently being used. Sheets are covered by new ASTM International standard, ASTM A1079, Specification for Steel Sheet, Complex Phase, Dual Phase, and Transformation-Induced Plasticity, Zinc-Coated or Zinc-Iron Alloy-Coated by the Hot-Dip Process. Read More

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EPA awards $30 million for clean diesel projects.

October 18, 2012

U.S. EPA is awarding $30 million for clean diesel projects as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce harmful diesel exhaust that can lead to asthma attacks and premature deaths. Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA, is designed to replace, retrofit, or repower 11 million older diesel-powered engines that continue to emit high levels of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, including those found in marine vessels, locomotives, trucks, and buses. Read More