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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

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers roller-compacted concrete.

January 2, 2015

ASTM WK42461, Test Method for Density (Unit Weight) and Air Content (Pressure Method) of Freshly Mixed Roller-Compacted Concrete will address roller-compacted concrete used in construction of dams and spillways as well as for highway road base material and wearing surfaces on some roads and parking lots. Once approved, standard will be used by testing laboratories, government agencies, and construction contractors working in water resources and pavement industries. Read More

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ASTM Air Quality Standard covers selection of sampler types.

January 2, 2015

Proposed standard ASTM WK45755, Guide for Selection of Quantitative Passive Samplers for Volatile Organic Compounds in Air, will help users decide which air sampler type best suits application requirements. Aspects will include sampler geometry, sorbent choice, sampling time, target species concentration, and sampling environment. According to ASTM member Nicola Watson, no guide is currently available that goes through points to consider when choosing such devices. Read More

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NEMA publishes electrical equipment enclosure standard.

December 31, 2014

NEMA 250-2014 Enclosures for Electrical Equipment (1,000 V Max) covers requirements to provide protection to enclosed equipment against specific environmental conditions, and supplements requirements that are contained in individual product standards. NEMA 250 does not cover requirements for protection of enclosed equipment against condensation, icing, corrosion, or contamination, which may occur within enclosure or which may enter via conduit or unsealed openings. Read More

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XTO to Restore Areas damaged by natural gas extraction.

December 31, 2014

XTO Energy, Inc (XTO) will spend estimated $3 million to restore 8 sites damaged by unauthorized discharges of fill material into streams and wetlands in connection with hydraulic fracturing operations. Additionally, XTO will implement plan to comply with federal and state water protection laws at West Virginia oil and gas extraction facilities that use horizontal drilling methods. Company will also pay civil penalty of $2.3 million for violations of Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers HDPE compounds in plastic piping.

December 31, 2014

ASTM WK39447, Specification for Metric Outside Diameter Polyethylene (PE) Plastic Pressure Pipe (DRPN), will cover premier high-density polyethylene compounds used in plastic piping systems worldwide. Standard establishes material and product requirements, and tests for verification of compliance. It will be limited to PE4710 that is hydrostatic design basis- and hydrostatic design stress-rated using ASTM procedures; and PE100 that is minimum required strength-rated using ISO procedures. Read More

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Particle Size Standard will help measure metal powders.

December 31, 2014

Proposed ASTM standard, ASTM WK45240, Test Methods for the Particle Size Distribution Measurement of Powdered Materials by Wet and Dry Laser Diffraction, will set out general approach to measuring powders, suspensions, or slurries using appropriate wet or dry methodology. Standard will provide practical guidance on sampling, dispersion, verification, and correct use of optical constants. Applications include fuel injection, emulsions, perfumery, paints, coatings, and ceramic plates. Read More

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HI releases 4 updated ANSI/HI pump standards.

December 30, 2014

Available from HI's redesigned eStore, updated publications include: ANSI/HI 1.1-1.2-2014 Rotodynamic Centrifugal Pumps for Nomenclature and Definitions; ANSI/HI 2.1-2.2-2014 Rotodynamic Vertical Pumps of Radial, Mixed, and Axial Flow Types for Nomenclature and Definitions; ANSI/HI 1.4-2014 Rotodynamic Centrifugal Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and Maintenance; and ANSI/HI 2.4-2014 Rotodynamic Vertical Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and maintenance. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for November 2014.

December 30, 2014

According to November findings from its monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, strong year-on-year order growth kept PCB book-to-bill ratio high, while sales remained slightly below last year. Total PCB shipments decreased 3.4% in November 2014 from November 2013, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.2%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were down 5.0%. PCB bookings increased by 12.4% compared to November 2013, improving year-to-date order growth rate to -0.1%. Read More

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Web Video explains carbon neutrality.

December 30, 2014

AF&PA and American Wood Council have launched web video explaining what "carbon neutral" means — from a biomass users' perspective — in 90 seconds. Paper and wood products manufacturing facilities use all parts of raw material to not only manufacture products, but also create more than two-thirds of the energy needed to do so. Most often, this involves using manufacturing residuals and combined heat and power technology to maximize efficiency and provide greenhouse gas reduction benefits. Read More

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Texas Companies, Chinese Manufacturers found in violation of CAA.

December 30, 2014

Texas-based companies Jonway Motorcycle (USA) Co, Ltd and Shenke USA, Inc, as well as 4 manufacturers in China, violated Clean Air Act (CAA) by importing and selling 11,000+ motorcycles and ATVs that did not conform to specifications previously certified to EPA or lacked EPA certification. Resulting civil penalty was $1,258,582, and EPA also denied select applications for certificates of conformity for select model year 2015 highway motorcycles and RVs. Read More

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Registration is Open for 2015 HI PSM annual meeting.

December 30, 2014

Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter will host 2015 Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, FL from February 12–17, 2015. Offering exclusive educational and networking opportunities for executives, engineers, and marketing professionals associated with pump and supplier companies, event will feature several guest speakers and general sessions as well as bi-annual CEO Roundtable, Board Meetings, Market Intelligence Committee, Standards Leadership Workshop, and 30+ HI Technical Committees. Read More

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NIMS Welcomes Announcement of apprenticeships expansion.

December 30, 2014

National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) applauded Administration efforts regarding expansion of apprenticeships via $100 million competitive grant program to launch apprenticeship models in high-growth fields, align apprenticeships to career pathways, and scale effective apprenticeship models. NIMS developed 12+ competency-based apprenticeship models in machining and metalworking industry that monitor progress based on performance as opposed to hours. Read More

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National Regulations safeguard disposal of coal ash.

December 30, 2014

EPA announced first national regulations to provide for safe disposal of coal combustion residuals from coal-fired powered plants. Final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures, like the Kingston, TN spill in 2008, and establishes safeguards to prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions from coal ash disposal. In addition, final rule supports responsible recycling of coal ash by distinguishing safe, beneficial use from disposal. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Air Quality Standard helps prevent HF overexposure.

December 30, 2014

Proposed ASTM standard WK38734, Test Method for the Determination of Particulate Fluorides and Hydrofluoric Acid Using Filter Sampling and Suppressed Ion Chromatography, will help prevent overexposure to hydrofluoric acid/hydrogen fluoride by workers. Targeting analytical laboratories and field industrial hygienists, standard can be used to measure airborne concentration of gaseous HF and particulate fluorides at levels "well above and below" applicable occupational exposure limits. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers color and appearance of vinyl siding.

December 30, 2014

ASTM D7856, Specification for Color and Appearance Retention of Solid and Variegated Color Plastic Siding Products Using CIELab Color Space, will enable manufacturers of color plastic vinyl siding to enhance color and appearance retention of their products. Standard will be used by siding manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of color systems and outdoor weathering laboratories. In addition, standard will be referenced by third-party color retention certificate programs. Read More

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EPA aims to protect public from harmful lead exposure.

December 29, 2014

EPA announced 62 enforcement actions that require renovation contractors and training providers to protect people from harmful exposure to lead dust and debris, as required by EPA's Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting standards. Enforcement actions include 55 settlements and 6 complaints for renovations performed on pre-1978 homes and child-care facilities. All require that alleged violators certify compliance with RRP standards and, in most cases, pay civil penalties. Read More