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ASTM Committee is developing proposed PTA test standard.

August 2, 2012

There are 2 proposed ASTM standards being developed that will be used to find major impurities in purified terephthalic acid (PTA) product. Said standards are ASTM WK36121 and K36122, Test Method for Determination of p-Toluic Acid and 4-Carboxybenzaldehyde in Purified Terephthalic Acid by High Performance Liquid Chromatography; and High Performance Capillary Electrophoresis, respectively. Both are being developed by Subcommittee D16.02 on Oxygenated Aromatics. Read More

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Pump Testing Webinar scheduled for August 28, 2012.

August 1, 2012

Pump Systems Matter has announced that the second Pump Testing for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar will take place at 1:00 pm EDT on Aug 28 and will be led by Jim Swetye of Pentair Water. It will cover scope of Rotodynamic Pumps for Hydraulic Performance Acceptance Tests Standard, as well as terms and definitions, guarantee point and duty points for pump acceptance tests, permissible amplitude of fluctuation of measurement uncertainty, and performance test acceptance grades and tolerances. Read More

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TITANIUM 2012 Session to address trends in medical industry.

August 1, 2012

During TITANIUM 2012, Dynamet Inc. will sponsor session focusing on current challenges and future trends in international medical industry. Speakers will offer insights on how companies in titanium global supply chain are positioning themselves for success in medical sector. According to Thomas U. Zuccarini, Dynamet manager of medical and consumer markets and sales administration, trends toward more active lifestyles and pressure to control healthcare costs will favor continued use of titanium. Read More

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ASABE Completely Revises agricultural equipment manual standard.

August 1, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised its standard for agricultural equipment manuals: ANSI/ASAE EP363.2, Tractors, machinery for agriculture and forestry, powered lawn and garden equipment - Operator's manual - Content and format. This complete rewrite incorporates list of changes. As next step, ASABE will propose EP363.2 be used as basis for revision of corresponding, identically titled international standard ISO 3600:1996. Read More

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EPA kicks off Energy Star National Building Competition.

August 1, 2012

EPA's Energy Star program launched 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings with record 3,200 buildings across the country going head to head to improve energy efficiency, lower utility costs, and protect health and the environment. More than 30 different types of commercial buildings are facing off this year, representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and District of Columbia. Throughout year-long competition, public can keep track of progress on the web. Read More

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NREL Study shows renewable energy potential in every state.

August 1, 2012

Produced by NREL, U.S. RE Technical Potential looks at available renewable resources in each state and establishes upper-boundary estimate of development potential. Report compares estimates across 6 renewable energy technologies and shows achievable energy generation of particular technology given resource availability. Study includes state-level maps and tables containing available land area, installed capacity, and electric generation for each technology. Read More

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ASABE Completes Revision to ISO standard for front-mounted PTO.

August 1, 2012

Completed revision, ANSI/ASABE AD8759-1:1998 JUN2012, Agricultural wheel tractors - Front-mounted equipment - Part 1: Power take-off and three-point linkage, adopts over speed requirements identical to rear PTO over speed requirements described in ASABE ISO adoption ANSI/ASABE AD500-1:2004 W/Cor.1 OCT2011, Agricultural tractors - Rear-mounted power take-off types 1, 2, and 3 - Part 1: General specifications, safety requirements, dimensions for master shield and clearance zone. Read More

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ASTM Develops Standard for low-speed vehicle barriers.

August 1, 2012

ASTM WK13074, Test Method for Low Speed Barriers for Errant Vehicles, aims to minimize damage caused by automobile crashes at storefront or other pedestrian areas. Standard will specifically cover bollards, barriers, gates, planters, and other products, used in instances not already covered by high-security K-rated bollards, designed to provide simple security, pedestrian protection, or denial of access to vehicles less than 4,500 lb at traffic speeds of 30 mph and under. Read More

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PE Pipe and Fitting Standard addresses mine heap leach aeration.

August 1, 2012

ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems is developing ASTM WK37233, Specification for Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings for Mine Heap Leach Aeration Applications. Specifically, this standard covers requirements and test methods for materials, workmanship, dimensions, perforations, pipe stiffness, elongation, joint separation resistance, quality of extruded polyethylene, brittleness, testing and marking. Read More

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ISO/IEC Standard addresses global personnel certification.

August 1, 2012

ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, aims to harmonize various procedures used worldwide for certifying competence of personnel in different occupations or professions. This global benchmark for personnel certification programs ensures they operate in consistent, comparable, and reliable manner worldwide, allowing individuals to have skills that translate internationally. Read More

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GAWDA Magazine covers Tech Air employee training program.

August 1, 2012

Summer 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today includes description of Train the Trainer program at Tech Air, in Danbury, CT. In program, company's Director of Safety and Compliance, Marilyn Dempsey, works with designated employees to prepare them to become trainers for their departments. When selecting employee to become trainer, Dempsey believes, in addition to experience, important qualities are being energetic, connecting with co-workers, and having interest and passion for job. Read More

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U.S.-China Energy Standardization Workshop covers electric vehicles.

August 1, 2012

Held on July 23, 2012 in Beijing, workshop organized by China Association for Standardization (CAS) and ANSI offered insight on electric vehicle standardization in both China and U.S. Speakers included Joe Bhatia of ANSI, Craig Allen of U.S. DOC, and Ma Lincong, Secretary General of CAS. Event also featured presentation, Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles Version 1.0, by Jim McCabe of ANSI, and overview of Chinese roadmap for electric vehicle standardization, by Zhou Rong (CAS). Read More

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Manufacturers Join Alliance to support Pacific Northwest trade.

July 31, 2012

To support increased trade and development of export infrastructure, NAM joined Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said that policies must be implemented that support investment and job growth in order to keep U.S. manufacturers competitive on global scale. Specifically, Timmons noted that "Strengthening trade in the Pacific Northwest will increase exports and create jobs that support the local economies and help drive manufacturing growth." Read More

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Environmental Site Assessment Workshop to take place in October.

July 31, 2012

"What You Need to Know as a Phase I EP That is Not in the ASTM E1527 Standard," will be held October 23 in Atlanta, GA. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee E50, workshop will provide forum for discussion of topics which are relevant to conducting Phase I environmental site assessments but not prescriptively dealt with in ASTM E 1527-05, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process. Online registration and closes October 17. Read More

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Measurement System could speed innovation in solar devices.

July 31, 2012

Devised by researchers at NIST, measurement system accurately and quickly measures electric power output of solar energy devices, which is useful to researchers working to develop next-generation solar energy cells. As reported in Applied Optics journal, NIST team combined 32 LEDs-each generating light from different segments of solar spectrum-and other off-the-shelf equipment to build system that measures wavelength-dependent quantum efficiency of solar devices over relatively large area. Read More

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SAE Book takes readers inside Grand Prix motorcycle engines.

July 31, 2012

"Engine Design Concepts for World Championship Grand Prix Motorcycles" focuses on design of 4-stroke engines for MotoGP class. Book opens with general background on MotoGP governing bodies and history of event's classes since competition began in 1949. It then presents key engines that have been developed and used through the years, discusses technologies that are used today, and covers future developments of MotoGP engines, including use of biofuels and recovery of thermal and braking energy. Read More

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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