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Joint Comments address Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines.

December 8, 2014

In joint comments, AF&PA and AWC express concern that US EPA's proposal on Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units exceeds agency's authority and has potentially harmful implications for business and consumers alike. Organizations feel EPA proposal may unnecessarily increase energy costs by forcing fuel choices on utilities and impose new requirements on renewable energy providers and users such as paper and wood products manufacturers. Read More

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CEA announces new awards and events for 2015 CES.

December 8, 2014

During 2015 International CES®, APPNATION IV event will focus exclusively on the business of apps and the broader consumer app economy. Wearable Tech Awards will showcase 10 most promising wearable tech products. Hardware Battlefield will feature 16 startups revealing brand-new product to panel of experts and investors. During Extreme Tech Challenge, attendees can watch 10 of the most innovative startups in the world compete on stage to pitch Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island. Read More

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Sunburst Electronics is recognized as IPC Trusted Source.

December 8, 2014

IPC’s Validation Services Program awarded Qualified Manufacturers Listing to Sunburst Electronics, an electronics manufacturing services firm in Erie, PA. Facility successfully completed intensive audit based on IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. Company met or exceeded Class 3 requirements, and is now listed as IPC-trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard for intumescent coatings.

December 8, 2014

Intumescent coatings produce an insulating char when activated by heat or flame. Such coatings are designed to safeguard structural integrity of steel under fire conditions and to maintain safe temperatures for specified period of time. ASTM E2924, Practice for Intumescent Coatings, will cover specifying, manufacturing, testing, labeling, transportation, delivery and storage, installation, and inspection of intumescent fire-resistant materials to structural steel. Read More

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Revised Aerial Adventure Course Standard clarifies details.

December 8, 2014

Originally approved in 2012, ASTM F2959, Practice for Special Requirements for Aerial Adventure Courses, provides criteria and references for use in design, manufacture, construction, installation, integration, operation, maintenance, auditing, and major modification of aerial adventure courses. Revisions to this standard have been implemented in order to clarify detailed sections dealing with owner/operator requirements and design requirements. Read More

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ASTM Standard describes reference images for magnesium castings.

December 5, 2014

Set of 14 digital reference images described in ASTM E2869, Digital Reference Images for Magnesium Castings, are available as ASTM adjunct RRE2869, Digital Reference Images for Magnesium Castings. Said images, illustrating 8 grades of severity, feature step wedge and 2 duplex wire gauges that can be used to identify and evaluate discontinuities which may be present in castings. Consequently, foundries and end-users can use these images in making accept-reject decisions on castings. Read More

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ASTM Seminar will address microwave inspection of composites.

December 5, 2014

During its January meetings, ASTM International Subcommittee E07.10 on Specialized NDT Methods will host a New Methods Seminar on Microwave Inspection of Plastics and Composites. Seminar will be presented by ASTM member Robert Stakenborghs, General Manager, Evisive Inc. Method he will be describing was devised when Evisive was looking for a way to inspect rubber expansion joints in nuclear power plants, and is one that can be used to inspect many new composite materials. Read More

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OSHA makes changes to reporting requirements.

December 4, 2014

As of January 1, 2015, all employers must report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all inpatient hospitalizations, all amputations, and all losses of an eye within 24 hours. There are two classes of employers that are partially exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records. They include employers with 10 or fewer employees at all times during previous calendar year, and establishments in certain low-hazard industries. Read More

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IEEE CV Conference/Expo carries momentum to China in 2015.

December 4, 2014

Organizers were pleased with IEEE International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo, which took place over 5 days in Vienna, Austria. According to IEEE's Lee Stogner, "Our enthusiastic audience confirmed that connected vehicle [CV technology will be a part of almost every transport type going forward." ICCVE 2015 will be held in Shenzhen, China from October 26–30 to afford opportunities for exploring and establishing collaborations with CV business/industry leaders in Chinese market. Read More

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EPA Smog Standards aim to safeguard citizens from air pollution.

December 4, 2014

Based on scientific evidence about harmful effects of ground-level ozone (smog), EPA proposes strengthening air quality standards to within 65–70 ppb range. This will better protect U.S. citizens' health as well as environment. EPA will also take comments on level as low as 60 ppb. As required by Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA is required to review standards every 5 years; last update to these standards was in 2008 and set them at 75 ppb. EPA will issue final ozone standards by October 1, 2015. Read More

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Robotics Exhibits grow by 25% at 2015 International CES.

December 4, 2014

Robotics exhibits at 2015 CES are expected to cover 8,250 net square feet of exhibit space, an increase of more than 25% over robotics exhibit space at 2014 CES. Robotics Marketplace, presented by Robotics Trends, will feature more than 18 innovative companies showcasing full range of intelligent, autonomous machines that are connected to cloud, controllable by mobile device, and capable of seeing, hearing, feeling, and reacting to environment in ways once thought impossible. Read More

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EPA awards grants to reduce indoor pollutant exposure.

December 4, 2014

EPA awarded funding to 8 organizations throughout the U.S. to protect public health by reducing exposure to indoor pollutants, such as radon, and environmental asthma triggers commonly found in homes, schools, offices, and other large buildings. Through competitive grant process, EPA is providing $4.5 million in funds to ensure Americans, especially in low-income, minority, and tribal communities, are able to reduce their exposure to indoor pollutants and safeguard their families’ health. Read More

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Biotech Scientist Dr. Debbie Yaver to receive BIO award.

December 4, 2014

During 2014 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy, Dr. Debbie Yaver, Director of Expression Technology, Genomics, and Bioinformatics at Novozymes, will deliver remarks and will be presented inaugural Rosalind Franklin Award by BIO and The Rosalind Franklin Society. Award will be presented annually to honor an outstanding woman in the field of industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing. Yaver's vision and leadership in genetic engineering has impacted field of advanced biofuels. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers metal access hatches.

December 4, 2014

ASTM WK43586, Specification for the Design, Testing, Manufacture, Selection and Installation of Fabricated Metal Access Hatches for Utility, Water and Wastewater Structures, will help minimize maintenance expense and improve public safety by providing definitive standard for fabricated metal access hatches. Standard will offer guidelines regarding selection of access hatch load levels based on actual conditions of hatch’s placement location to avoid failure due to overloading. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard fosters sustainable roofing practices.

December 4, 2014

According to ASTM's Joseph Schwetz, ASTM WK46625, Guide for Establishing a Recycle Program for Roof Covers, "will suggest methods and procedures for the recycling of waterproofing materials." Options are said to include recycled materials being made into new waterproofing covers, into other roofing/waterproofing products and accessories, or for other end uses. Companies can use this standard to develop recycling programs and reduce amount of roofing materials destined for landfills. Read More

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Strong PCB Order Growth drives up book-to-bill ratio.

December 3, 2014

According to October findings from its North American PCB Statistical Program, total shipments increased 0.8% in October 2014 from October 2013, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.0%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were down 5.2%. PCB bookings increased by 28.8% compared to October 2013, improving year-to-date order growth rate to -1.1%. Order growth jumped 15.5% in October compared to previous month. Read More

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DHS Official to Discuss Goals at IEEE homeland security symposium.

December 3, 2014

During opening keynote at 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST '15), Dr. Reginald Brothers of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will offer overview of long-term goals for Science and Technology Directorate. HST '15, taking place in Boston, MA from April 14–16, 2015, will bring together those working on technologies to deter and prevent homeland attacks, protect critical infrastructures/people, mitigate damage, and expedite recovery. Read More

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ASTM Standard promotes consistent fiber-reinforced concrete tests.

December 3, 2014

Laboratories that conduct beam tests on fiber-reinforced concrete are encouraged to join in development of ASTM WK42757, Practice for Design of Supporting Rollers to Be Used in Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beam Tests. Aiming to ensure laboratories use consistent design of supporting rollers and thereby reduce variations, standard addresses concerns over possible distortions in magnitude of performance data obtained in beam tests on fiber-reinforced concrete. Read More

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ASTM Groundwater Sampling Standard enhances remediation efficacy.

December 3, 2014

ASTM D7929, Guide for Selection of Passive Techniques for Sampling Groundwater Monitoring Wells, will aid groundwater samplers by examining advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of 3 types of passive samplers: passive-grab samplers, diffusion samplers, and accumulation samplers. According to ASTM member Louise Parker, rapid development of this technology necessitated allowance for application of new methods and devices as they are developed. Read More

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AASHTO Board approves 6-year strategic plan.

December 3, 2014

AASHTO Board of Director's 2014–2019 Strategic Plan aims to advance transportation solutions that create economic prosperity, enhance quality of life, and improve transportation safety and mobility in America. Plan focuses on 4 key goals: providing value to members; providing innovative technical and professional services and products; being a leader in national transportation policy development; and communicating value of transportation. Read More