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Hot Isostatic Pressing Standard is approved by ASTM committee.

July 31, 2012

ASTM A1080, Practice for Hot Isostatic Pressing of Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloy Castings, was developed by Subcommittee A01.18 on Castings in response to general need in steel industry for standard defining basic quality control requirements for hot isostatic pressing. John Schleicher, A01.18 member, said this standard "is intended to demonstrate the minimum amount of process control/monitoring required to control the HIP process." Read More

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AAMA Installation Standard covers doors in wood frame structures.

July 31, 2012

FMA/AAMA/WDMA 300-12, Standard Practice for the Installation of Exterior Doors in Wood Frame Construction for Extreme Wind/Water Exposure, has been published. Standard includes procedures for installing exterior doors into residential and light commercial buildings of 3 stories or less. It addresses integration of doors with mounting flanges, doors with exterior casing/brick molding, and non-flanged box frame units. Similar standard covering window installations has also been published. Read More

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EPA Awarded Highest Honor at GIS conference.

July 31, 2012

U.S. EPA was awarded Esri President's Award at annual Esri International User Conference in San Diego, CA. Honor identifies EPA as model for others to follow regarding successful implementation of geographic information systems (GIS) as well as making positive impact on environment and society. Specifically, EPA was recognized for pioneering use of GIS in protecting the nation's environment, efficiently organizing their GIS assets, and bringing geospatial thinking to public. Read More

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EPA Fines Violators for failure to report chemical data.

July 31, 2012

U.S. EPA is seeking total of $362,113 in civil penalties from Chemtura Corporation, Bethlehem Apparatus Company, and Haldor Topsoe, Inc. for alleged violations of reporting and recordkeeping requirements under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Alleged violations involve failure to comply with TSCA section 8 Inventory Update Reporting (IUR) regulations, which require companies to submit accurate data about production and use of chemical substances manufactured/imported during year. Read More

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ASABE completes terminology standard for air quality.

July 31, 2012

ASABE announces completion of ANSI/ASABE S588, Uniform Terminology for Air Quality. Use of terminology related to rural air quality has grown with increased focus by U.S. EPA and others on confined animal feedlot operations. Standard establishes uniformity in terms used in the field of rural air quality and serves as resource of useful new terms and definitions. It supplements existing ASTM standards and provides consensus definitions for more than 180 terms. Read More

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Biotech Leader provides testimony at Sarbanes-Oxley hearing.

July 30, 2012

House Subcommittee on Capital Markets held a hearing entitled "The 10th Anniversary of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act." On behalf of BIO, Jeff Hatfield, President and CEO of Vitae Pharmaceuticals, testified about the cost burden associated with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404(b) compliance. He spoke in support of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick's (R-PA) Fostering Innovation Act, which would amend filing status definitions to provide regulatory relief to small companies with low public float or little product revenue. Read More

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North American Robotics Industry posts best quarter ever.

July 30, 2012

According to statistics released by RIA, North American robotics companies sold more industrial robots in second quarter of 2012 than any previous quarter in history. Total of 5,556 robots valued at $403.1 million were sold to North American companies, a jump to 14% in units and 28% in dollars over same quarter in 2011. Orders in first half of 2012 totaled 10,652 robots valued at $747 million, increases of 20% in units and 29% in dollars over same period last year. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for June 2012.

July 30, 2012

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 7.3% in June 2012 from June 2011, and bookings decreased 2.0% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments were up 11.6%. Book-to-bill ratio remained above parity at 1.01. Flexible circuit shipments in June 2012 were up 2.1%, and bookings were down 8.4% compared to June 2011. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments increased 29.7%. Book-to-bill ratio remained high at 1.16. Read More

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Registration for Strictly Contents Conference ends July 31.

July 30, 2012

Early bird deadline for RIA's Strictly Contents: Building Your Contents Engine, ends on July 31. Scheduled for Oct 18-19, event includes tours of two 9/11 restoration projects by Maxons Restorations, Inc., Trinity Church, and St. Paul's Chapel. Conference is a 400-level learning experience that will encompass lectures on 6 pillars for building successful contents restoration business, state-of-the art technology demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes tours of couture restorer, Madame Paulette. Read More

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ASTM Launches 2 Journals seeking technical/review papers, notes.

July 30, 2012

Advances in Civil Engineering Materials (ACEM) publishes articles on properties and performance of materials for use in pavements, bridges and buildings, and other related applications. Materials Performance and Characterization (MPC) offers articles about theoretical and practical aspects of structure, processing, properties, and performance of materials used in mechanical, transportation, aerospace, energy systems, and medical devices. Read More

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EPA Reviews Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for new plants.

July 30, 2012

Based on new information provided by industry stakeholders, U.S. EPA is reviewing technical information focused on pollution limits for new power plants under Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. EPA will specifically review monitoring issues related to mercury standards for new power plants as well as address other technical issues on acid gas and particle pollution standards for such plants. This reconsideration will not impact sensible, achievable, and cost-effective standards already set. Read More

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Three NIST Staff Members are among those to be honored by ANSI.

July 30, 2012

There are 3 NIST staff members among 17 recipients of 2012 Leadership and Service Awards, presented by American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Patrick Gallagher will receive Chairman's Award; Gordon Gillerman will receive Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal; and Elham Tabassi will receive Next Generation Award. ANSI will honor recipients during October 10 ceremony in Washington, D.C., held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2012. Read More

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NREL Helped Convert Alcatraz from diesel to electric power.

July 30, 2012

NREL helped National Park Service and DOE Federal Emergency Management Program transform Alcatraz Island's electricity source from diesel fuel to photovoltaic (PV) panels on rooftop of Cellhouse building. The former prison is now host to 1,300 solar panels, responsible for powering lights and appliances. PV array (307 kW) on main Cellhouse building roof is attached to two 2,000 amp-hour battery strings and inverter plant. It produces close to 400,000 kW-hr of electricity per year. Read More

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EPA Scientists receive Presidential honor.

July 30, 2012

Two EPA scientists were named recipients of 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dr. Hazari was nominated for demonstrating how inhalation of low levels of air pollutants like particulate matter and ozone could increase susceptibility to cardiac events. Mr. Eisele developed and used automated air sampling instrumentation in project that was first to identify and characterize local sources of air pollution in high altitude areas. Read More

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NIST's Guide rates software vulnerabilities from misuse.

July 30, 2012

NIST's Common Misuse Scoring System describes scoring system that computer security managers can use to assess severity of security risks arising from software features that, while beneficial to accomplishing task, are at least partially designed under assumption that users are operating these features as intended. CMSS specification allows risk assessment manager to determine vulnerability's potential impact on network and then take remediation steps to secure system. Read More

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Hal Miller Receives Award of Merit for standards contributions.

July 30, 2012

ASTM International Committee F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging honored Hal Miller, president of PACE Solutions LLC in Cape May, NJ, with Award of Merit and title of fellow for contributions to global standards for flexible packaging industry. ASTM International Member since 1994, Miller served as chairman of Committee F02 from 2006-2011. He led reorganization effort for F02 as well as helped expand its international presence. Miller is also member of Committee D10 on Packaging. Read More

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ISO Technical Committee to hold meeting on HR in Australia.

July 27, 2012

ISO Technical Committee, working on international human resource (HR) standards, will hold its second plenary meeting on September 24-25 in Melbourne, Australia. With focus on adopting uniform standards in such areas as terminology, measurement, and governance, ISO TC 260 will explore worldwide HR practices. ANSI serves as Secretariat for ISO TC 260, and meeting will be hosted by Standards Australia (SA). As many as 50 representatives from array of countries are expected to attend. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee seeks participation in standards review.

July 27, 2012

ASTM International Subcommittee E06.77 on High-Rise Building External Evacuation Devices seeks interested parties to join upcoming review of ASTM E2513, Specification for Multi-Story Building External Evacuation Platform Rescue Systems. Mechanical, electrical, and fire safety engineers as well as emergency responder personnel are encouraged to join E06.77 in its upcoming work on E2513, which is intended to be reapproved this year, and other standards developing activities. Read More

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Business Conditions Deteriorate but improvement expected.

July 27, 2012

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions dropped to 38.6 in July from 52.4 in June. While this index has been sliding since its 2012 high of 72.5 in February, July's reading is first below 50 since August 2011. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions also declining, falling to -0.4 from neutral 0.0 in June. EBCI for future North American conditions, however, climbed to 61.4 from June's 57.1. Read More

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FAQ Document helps clarify RoHS 2.

July 27, 2012

European Commission released document detailing Frequently Asked Questions concerning EU's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances Directive 2001/65/EU. RoHS 2 is intended to simplify directive while providing legal clarity and improving enforceability of directive's restrictions on hazardous materials. FAQ document will assist governments, businesses, and other organizations in their analysis of provisions of RoHS 2 to ensure full compliance with new requirements. Read More