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HART Communication Protocol includes 5 enhancements.

September 21, 2012

HART® Communication Foundation announced 5 enhancements to HART Communication Protocol standard: Condensed Device Status Indicators; KPIs for wireless networks; HART Communication over IP standardization; discrete on/off functionality for devices; and IR device communication option. When implemented in HART-enabled products, enhancements will give users simplified device status notification and facilitate access to WirelessHART® network performance. Read More

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Call For Papers has been issued by ITA for Titanium Europe 2013.

September 21, 2012

International Titanium Association (ITA) seeks market-oriented and technical papers for TITANIUM EUROPE 2013 Conference, which will run March 5–7 in Hamburg, Germany. Presentation abstracts specifically focused on European titanium issues are encouraged. Abstracts should be 500 words or less, and deadline for submission is December 28, 2012. Interested presenters should indicate panels in which they would like to participate. Read More

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EPA and State Capitals partner to further green design.

September 21, 2012

Capital cities of KY, IA, LA, MT, and IN will be awarded design assistance to create healthy, prosperous communities through green development. Specifically, EPA's Greening America’s Capitals (GAC) program will help stimulate capital cities' economic development, provide housing and transportation choices, as well as reduce infrastructure and energy costs. EPA will provide design assistance from private-sector experts to help cities demonstrate sustainable designs. Read More

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Study Shows Heavy-Duty Hybrid Trucks deliver on fuel economy.

September 21, 2012

Conducted by U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), performance evaluation of Class 8 hybrid electric tractor trailers compared with similar conventional vehicles shows significant improvements in fuel economy. NREL Senior Project Leader Michael Lammert said, "hybrid tractors demonstrated 13.7% higher fuel economy than the conventional tractors, resulting in a 12 percent reduction in fuel costs for the hybrids." Read More

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EPA awards grants to advance chemical safety research.

September 21, 2012

U.S. EPA announced nearly $11 million in grants to 8 universities through STAR Science to Achieve Results program. Grants will help universities develop fast and effective methods to test chemicals’ toxicity to people and the environment. These innovative testing methods will be used to predict chemical’s potential to interact with biological processes that could lead to reproductive and developmental problems, and disruption of endocrine system. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for Sept 2012.

September 21, 2012

According to PMA's September 2012 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect a slight uptick in business during next 3 months. Report shows that 24% of participants anticipate that economic activity will improve, up from 23% in August, and 32% anticipate increase in orders, compared to 29% in August. In addition 22% of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, up from 17% in August. Read More

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Laser-Powered Needle holds promise of pain-free injections.

September 21, 2012

Published in Optics Letters, "Er:YAG laser pulse for small-dose splashback-free microjet transdermal drug delivery" describes laser-based system which blasts microscopic jets of drugs into skin. Jack Yoh, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Seoul National University in South Korea, said impacting jet pressure, higher than skin tensile strength, results in smooth penetration into targeted depth underneath skin without any drug splashback, pain, or damage to tissue. Read More

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Abstracts Sought for A&WMA's 2013 conference/exhibition.

September 21, 2012

A&WMA seeks abstracts for 106th Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will be held June 25–28, 2012 in Chicago, IL. Papers related to "Towards Sustainability" theme or "Motor Vehicle Refrigerants, the Ozone Hole, and Climate: A Science and Policy Success" Critical Review topic are encouraged, but original work on all environmental issues is welcome. Principal areas of interest include air, environmental management, and resource conservation and waste management. Read More

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NIST Guidance addresses computer security risk assessment.

September 21, 2012

Released by NIST, Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments (SP 800-30, Revision 1) can provide senior leaders and executives with information needed to understand and make decisions about information security risks and IT infrastructures. Guidance covers 4 elements: threats, vulnerabilities, impact to missions and business operations, and likelihood of threat exploitation of vulnerabilities in information systems and their physical environment to cause harm or adverse consequences. Read More

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NIST Workshop to consider ICT supply chain risk management.

September 21, 2012

On October 15-16, NIST will host workshop to discuss ways NIST can focus its work to help federal departments and agencies manage risks associated with information and communication technology supply chains. Increased understanding of, and visibility and traceability throughout the supply chain, will help government users better manage risks of compromise enabled by counterfeit materials, malicious software, or untrustworthy products. Read More

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ASABE revises agricultural front loader standard.

September 20, 2012

Revised standard, ASAE S301.5, Agricultural equipment – Front loaders – Dimensional and operating ratings, was previously titled Front-End Agricultural Loader Ratings. Other changes include an update of a key reference and clarification of bucket installation requirements. ASABE members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access full-text via electronic download on the ASABE online Technical Library at elibrary.asabe.org/. Read More

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ASABE Standard addresses protective cover materials.

September 20, 2012

ASABE announced completion of standard ASABE S615, Cotton Module Cover Material Performance, which sets minimum performance levels for materials used in manufacture of seed cotton protective covers and includes testing protocols for verification. Previously there was no basis for consumer comparison of performance characteristics of various commercially available products. Read More

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IREC Annual Meeting highlights renewable energy projects.

September 20, 2012

During its 2012 Annual Meeting, IREC announced 4 Innovation Awards and 6 Special Recognition Awards. Selected through competitive process, Innovation Awardees include: Seattle City Light for Seattle Community Solar - Making Solar Shine in the Rainy City; Solar Energy International for its Colorado Renewable Energy Professionals Academy; Austin Energy for its Residential Solar Rate Structure; and Lighthouse Solar for its Solar Atheneum Outdoor Learning Centers. Read More

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NASA and DLR sign civil aviation agreements.

September 20, 2012

NASA and German Aerospace Center (DLR) signed 2 cooperative agreements to advance air traffic management benefiting airline passengers and citizens of both nations. While one agreement sets terms and conditions on activities related to coordinated aircraft arrival, departure, and surface operations research, other outlines cooperation on efficient airspace operations under constrained conditions while minimizing environmental impact. Read More

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SME releases manufacturing education strategy.

September 20, 2012

At the 2012 International Manufacturing Technology Show, SME put forth national action plan titled "Workforce Imperative: A Manufacturing Education Strategy." Report calls on stakeholders to work together to reverse skills gap crisis by attracting more students into manufacturing, articulating standard core of manufacturing knowledge, improving consistency and quality of manufacturing education, and integrating manufacturing topics into STEM education. Read More

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AWMA to hold vapor intrusion conference.

September 20, 2012

Scheduled for October 3-4, 2012, Vapor Intrusion Conference will bring together internationally recognized scientists, engineers, regulators, communications experts, and attorneys with first-hand experience in the evaluation and remediation of vapor intrusion. It will cover latest information in regulatory policy, sampling, analysis, and vapor intrusion pathway control as well as complete technical, legal, and public relations challenges posed by vapor intrusion. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation updates HSE Interoperability Test Kit.

September 20, 2012

Fieldbus Foundation announced updates to its High Speed Ethernet Interoperability Test Kit, including addition of transducer block test profiles for both wired and WirelessHART® devices. Transducer blocks are a key element of FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management technology. Updated to Version 6.1, kit will verify functionality of device and its conformity to FOUNDATION fieldbus function block specifications, before it is submitted for official registration and testing. Read More

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One Month Remains until World Standards Day celebration.

September 20, 2012

To be held October 11, 2012 in Washington, DC, U.S. celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) will feature Standards Increase Efficiency theme and celebrate role standards play in creating safer, sustainable, more productive world. Event will begin with reception and exhibition and is to also include presentation of 2012 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Event is co-chaired by ANSI and NIST; International Code Council (ICC) serves as administrating organization. Read More

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ANSI to offer training and accreditation workshops.

September 20, 2012

Between October and December, ANSI is offering a number of classes and workshops on key standards and conformance topics such as the American National Standard process, international standardization procedures, and accreditation for workforce credentials. Open to both ANSI members and non-members, 7 upcoming classes include four 2-day workshops, 2 free webinars, and an ANSI education course. Read More

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IPC Seminars foster conflict minerals regulatory compliance.

September 19, 2012

To be offered in 2012 on October 24 in Boston, MA; November 1 in San Francisco Bay Area, CA; and November 14 in Chicago, IL, single-day Conflict Minerals Critical Issues seminars will help electronics manufacturing industry comply with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) final conflict minerals regulation. Each seminar will provide attendees with necessary information on regulatory requirements, customer requirements, and developing industry practices. Read More