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ASTM Committee is developing standard for hot rolled rod coil.

August 28, 2012

Being developed by Subcommittee B02.07 on Refined Nickel and Cobalt and Their Alloys, proposed standard ASTM WK37796, Specification for General Requirements for Hot Rolled Rod Coil, will aid in covering level of defects that exist in hot rolled rod coil. One purpose of ASTM WK37796, according to B02.07 member Larry Paul, is to define what "defect" means in practical terms. Producing mills, wire re-drawers, and re-rolling mills will be primary users of this standard once approved. Read More

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Standard covers dirt pick-up resistance of architectural paints.

August 28, 2012

Proposed standard, ASTM WK38233, Test Method for Dirt Pick-Up Resistance for the Films of Architectural Paints and Stains, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.42 on Architectural Coatings. According to Amanda Andrews, chemist, Wacker Chemical Corp., and D01.42 member, proposed standard will focus on standardizing dirt composition; how to apply dirt; removal of dirt; and rating technique for exterior coated substrate compared to many years of outdoor exposure. Read More

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IPC Advocacy helps shape SEC conflict minerals regulation.

August 27, 2012

Conflict minerals rule approved by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) includes all key provisions for which IPC and its members have been lobbying. Specifically, regulation includes 2 year phase-in period during which conflict minerals may be identified as "conflict undeterminable" and permits companies to designate recycled or scrap minerals as "DRC conflict free" after conducting reasonable inquiry. Read More

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NIST Seeks Comments on guidelines for securing BIOS for servers.

August 27, 2012

NIST requests comments on draft of BIOS Protection Guidelines for Servers, which provides procedures for securing BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) systems for server computers. Publication specifically addresses BIOS security in varied architectures specific to servers, as opposed to BIOS Protection Guidelines (NIST SP 800-147) that NIST published in 2011 which provided instructions for protecting BIOS in desktops and laptops. Read More

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NACD Event Provides Critical Training for chemical distribution.

August 27, 2012

Over 300 conference attendees, members, and affiliates of NACD joined together in Indianapolis, IN for 24th Annual OPSEM Conference. Additional workshop concentrated on Responsible Distribution, enhancing ability to implement and continuously improve implementation techniques. Session highlights included focuses on regulatory compliance and strategy, customer service and strategic sourcing, logistics and warehouse operations, as well as process improvement and business performance. Read More

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NASA Administrator announces commercial crew, cargo milestones.

August 27, 2012

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced that Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will launch first of its 12 contracted cargo flights to International Space Station (ISS) from Cape Canaveral in October under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Program. Also announced by Bolden, NASA partner Sierra Nevada Corp conducted its first program implementation plan review. This marks important first step in efforts to develop crew transportation system with Dream Chaser spacecraft. Read More

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AAMA launches FenestrationMasters course website.

August 27, 2012

Available at aamanet.org/FenestrationMasters, online education format allows professionals to complete coursework at their own pace through access to any computer or device with Internet connection. Courses cover wide range of subject matters, including performance standards, product and material types, and code requirements. Group 1 courses are currently available and address fenestration product types, selection criteria, performance requirements, testing and labeling, and glazing options. Read More

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Baldrige Program celebrates 25 years of performance excellence.

August 27, 2012

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, Baldrige Award and Baldrige Program have guided organizations on their journeys toward continuous improvement and enhanced performance through 7 Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence-leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results. To celebrate its silver anniversary, Baldrige Program has created Web page, "Honoring Our Past...Building an Even Better Future". Read More

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NEMA's Mike Leibowitz is honored with IEC 1906 Award.

August 27, 2012

Veteran program manager Mike Leibowitz received IEC 1906 Award, which honors International Electrotechnical Commission's (IEC) experts for exceptional and recent achievement related to activities of IEC. According to IEC, Leibowitz was recognized for "extraordinary technical and organizational support to TC 113." This included taking minutes and drafting plenary resolutions as well as acting as link to US TAG. Leibowitz was also commended on his "serious and tireless work ethic." Read More

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ASTM to hold third symposium on fatigue and fracture.

August 27, 2012

Scheduled for Nov 14, third symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Metallic Medical Materials and Devices will be held in Atlanta, GA. Conference will provide updated set of presentations on fatigue and fracture mechanics principles as applied to fatigue, fracture, and life predictive methodologies involved in metallic medical materials, such as Nitinol, 304, 316L, MP35N, and other commonly used stainless steels as well as Ti-6-4, Co-Cr, etc. and devices such as peripheral stents and prosthetics. Read More

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MacDermid and Northrop Grumman reach 50-year anniversary.

August 27, 2012

Celebrating 50-year membership anniversaries with IPC, MacDermid, Inc. and Northrop Grumman were feted at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition. To help pass on the spirit of innovation to industry's next generation, each company designated college or scholarship program to which IPC will make a $1,500 donation in their honor. Northrop Grumman chose TIME Center at Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, MD and MacDermid selected Harold Leever Scholarship fund. Read More

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Testimonial Videos Added to Standards Boost Business gallery.

August 27, 2012

Two videos have been added to Standards Boost Business (SBB) website's video gallery page, which showcases corporate and industry leaders speaking about financial and strategic benefits their companies and organizations have reaped by participating in standardization. New testimonials are available from GP Russ Chaney, CEO, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and Thomas Loughlin, executive director, ASME. Read More

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IPC honors volunteers for electronics industry contributions.

August 24, 2012

During IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, August 21-22, 2012, IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® presented more than 80 awards to volunteers in categories of Special Recognition, Distinguished Committee Leadership, and Committee Service. Read More

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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for July.

August 24, 2012

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for July was $6.6 billion, up 15.8% from $5.7 billion during same period in 2011. Volume was down 17.5% from previous month, and year-to-date cumulative new business volume increased 14.7%. Receivables over 30 days were 2.2%, down from 2.4% in June, while charge-offs decreased to 0.4% in July, down from 0.6% in June, and credit approvals decreased to 77.5% in July from 78.7% in June. Read More

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Dr. Margaret Thomson receives Walter C. Voss Award.

August 24, 2012

Margaret Thomson, Ph.D., new business development technical director at Lhoist North America in Fort Worth, TX, has received Walter C. Voss Award, which is presented annually to an engineer or scientist who has made notable contributions in field of building technology. Thomson was honored by ASTM for her numerous contributions to development of standards and specifications for use of lime in construction applications, especially in area of repair and maintenance of historic mortars. Read More

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CWA Violation Penalty addresses wastewater, stormwater discharge.

August 24, 2012

To resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) violations at its Suffolk Downs racetrack facility in Revere and East Boston, MA, Sterling Suffolk Racecourse LLC will pay civil penalty of $1.25 million. Company is also spending over $3 million to prevent polluted water from entering nearby waterways and will perform 3 environmental projects worth ~$742,000 that will provide water quality monitoring and protection efforts for 123+ square miles of watershed. Read More

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Settlement with INEOS rectifies TSCA import violations.

August 24, 2012

To resolve Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) violations, INEOS Chlor Americas, Inc. has ended importation of short-chained chlorinated paraffins into USA and will pay $175,000 civil penalty. INEOS has also agreed to provide notices required by TSCA Section 5 to EPA for any medium- or long-chain chlorinated paraffin it wishes to import after date of lodging of decree. Allegedly, INEOS imported various chain-length chlorinated paraffins into USA without providing required notice to EPA. Read More

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Sports Concussion Mechanics Symposium will be held in November.

August 24, 2012

Online registration closes November 7 for Mechanism of Concussion in Sports, which will take place in Atlanta, GA on November 13. Symposium will review mechanism of concussion in sports, with possibility of developing methods/techniques for decreasing risk for or possibly prevention of concussions in sports. Papers will be presented on mechanical forces, techniques to decrease concussive forces, coaching and training techniques, as well as effects of hydration, diet, and mouth guards. Read More

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IPC invites poster abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO 2013.

August 24, 2012

IPC invites researchers, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for poster presentations on all relevant electronics topics, including design, materials, assembly, processes, and equipment. Submissions in areas of printed electronics, packaging and components, surface finishes, reliability, and lead-free assembly are especially encouraged. Poster presentations will offer profile-raising exposure to key engineers, managers, and executives attending the show. Read More

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NIST Co-Sponsors 2012 Biometrics Consortium Conference.

August 24, 2012

NIST will co-sponsor 2012 Biometric Consortium Conference (BCC 2012), which will take place September 18-21 in Tampa, FL. Produced in cooperation with NSA and AFCEA, event focuses on advances in biometric technologies for identity management, electronic commerce, defense, homeland security, and border crossing. In addition to conference tracks, including AFCEA Identity Management Focus Session, BCC 2012 will feature history-based keynote, speakers from India and Indonesia, and workshops. Read More