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Peter Lane wins Award of Merit for oil spill response work.

July 12, 2012

Peter Lane received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response. ASTM International member since 1979, Lane is serving his third term as chairman of Committee F20 and acts as secretary of Subcommittee F20.11 on Control and Chair of F20.94 on Long Range Planning and Coordination. Lane played key role in development of several F20 standards related to oil spill containment booms. Read More

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Smart Grid Products can curb electrical grid reliability issues.

July 12, 2012

In light of the most recent grid reliability failures from the June 29 storm in the Washington, D.C. region, it is important that local and national governments address this issue. Products are currently available to increase grid reliability and expedite power restoration. These Smart Grid products can and should be put into play now. On Thursday, July 12, electrical equipment manufacturing industry CEOs will be available for interview at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. Read More

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FDNY Live Fire Tests help improve fire department tactics.

July 12, 2012

In the name of science, but with aim of saving lives, preventing injuries, and reducing property losses, members of New York City Fire Department spent much of the first 2 weeks in July setting fire to 20 abandoned townhouses on Governors Island. In series of live burn experiments, conducted in collaboration with NIST and UL, firefighters challenged conventional wisdom on, and tested new tactics for, controlling fires and rescuing occupants inside burning homes. Read More

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NIST Issues Guidance to improve pediatric EHR design, usability.

July 12, 2012

A Human Factors Guide to Enhance EHR Usability of Critical User Interactions when Supporting Pediatric Patient Care (NISTIR 7865) was developed with help from experts in pediatrics, human factor engineering, usability, and informatics. Recommendations included therein include adopting user-centered - doctors, nurses, and other clinicians - design approach informed by scientific knowledge of how people think, act, and coordinate to accomplish their goals. Read More

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BIO Responds to Criticism of Navy's biofuels demonstration.

July 12, 2012

BIO's Brent Erickson issued statement supporting Navy's demonstration of advanced biofuels during Rim of the Pacific international naval maneuvers. Calling oil refinery industry's criticisms of said demonstration meritless, Erickson cited dangers of depending on foreign oil as well as associated costs. According to Erickson, BIO supports U.S. Navy's "strategically important" decision to support "viable, cost-competitive alternatives to foreign oil." Read More

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Registration is Open for Automate 2013.

July 12, 2012

With emphasis on small and medium sized companies, Automate 2013 Show and Conference will take place January 21-24, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Exhibits and conference sessions offer attendees opportunity to see how automation - robots, vision and imaging, assembly, and motion control technologies - can be successfully applied to meet challenges of any industry. Over 150 companies are expected to exhibit, and in-depth conference sessions will also be offered. Read More

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ASTM honors John R. Mario with Award of Merit.

July 12, 2012

John R. Mario, forensic scientist IV, drug chemistry section, at Suffolk County Crime Laboratory in Hauppauge, NY, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences. Mario is chairman of Subcommittee E30.92 on Terminology and has been ASTM Committee E30 representative to Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs since 1998. A member of ASTM since 1996, he received Committee E30 Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Read More

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Halogen A-Line Lamp Index shows accelerated growth.

July 12, 2012

NEMA's shipment index for halogen A-line lamps shows acceleration in growth during Q1 2012, improving 110% on year over year (y/y) basis. This increase was preceded by gains of 90% and 98% during Q3 and Q4 2011, respectively. Conversely, respective Q1 2012 declines for incandescent lamps and CFLs were measured at 0.3% and 1% y/y. Halogen A-line lamps garnered 2.8% share, double same period from last year, while incandescent lamps and CFLs respectively registered shares of 76.3% and 20.9%. Read More

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May Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 12.1%.

July 12, 2012

According to AMT, May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $473.92 million. This total, reported by companies participating in USMTO program, was up 14.5% from April and 19.0% when compared to $398.10 million reported for May 2011. With year-to-date total of $2,235.37 million, 2012 is up 12.1% compared with 2011. "While the latest PMI saw a slight dip, overall indications are that manufacturing will continue to lead the way in the general economy," stated AMT President Douglas K. Woods. Read More

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Rare Earth Minerals Standards Meeting to be held Aug 15, 2012.

July 11, 2012

ASTM International will host organizational meeting, on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm EST, for establishment of standards activity on rare earth minerals. At planning meeting held May 16, potential standards topics including REM characterization, efficiency of manufacture, and safety (chemical, physical, and shipping and handling) were outlined. Society will accommodate initiative with forum including private and public sectors in standards development process. Read More

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ANSI announces details for World Standards Week 2012.

July 11, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 9-12, 2012, World Standards Week brings together members of standards and conformity assessment community in spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Updated information is available for this year's Open Forum, Legal Issues Forum, and Networking Breakfast and Student Workshop. In addition, New Member Orientation has been added to lineup on Wednesday, October 10. Pre-registration is required for all events and is available on World Standards Week website. Read More

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 set record pace.

July 11, 2012

Exhibit space sales for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 are more than 30% ahead of the 2011 expositions at same time in show cycle. Co-located shows will take place March 4-8, 2014, with CONEXPO-CON/AGG focusing on construction industries and IFPE focusing on fluid power/power transmission/motion control. New for 2014 is a virtual priority space selection: all exhibitors submitting space application and deposit by August 15 deadline can take part in selecting their exhibit space. Read More

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Passage of Surface Transportation Bill is positive step forward.

July 11, 2012

AEM President and CEO Rusty Fowler issued statement following votes in U.S. House and Senate to pass surface transportation bill. According to Fowler, this long overdue legislation is critical to market certainty and economic growth. He stated, "The comprehensive infrastructure investment our country needs requires a long-term strategic vision and a well-structured, sustainable funding mechanism in order to be effective." Read More

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NASA, U.S. Forest Service to highlight wildfires and science.

July 11, 2012

NASA and U.S. Forest Service signed Space Act Agreement to raise awareness about importance of fire prevention and fire safety. Specifically, partnership will highlight areas of common interest in wildfires, forest and plant growth research, and materials science. Views of smoke plumes and fire damage to communities from 240 miles above bring perspectives of effects of wildfire and value of careful forestry resource management to people worldwide. Read More

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ANSI Breakfast and Workshop fosters networking and mentoring.

July 11, 2012

To foster networking and mentoring amongst ANSI members and next generation of standards and conformity assessment professionals, ANSI is hosting breakfast and workshop on Oct 12, 2012, as part of World Standards Week. ANSI Networking Breakfast and Student Workshop: Educating the Next Generation of Standards Professionals, will offer morning meet-and-greet for all WSW attendees, as well as interactive exercise on standards development and negotiation for students, new professionals, and faculty. Read More

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U.S. announces Clean Air Act settlement with Wisconsin utility.

July 11, 2012

U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice announced Clean Air Act settlement with Dairyland Power Cooperative that will cover utility's 3 power plants in Alma and Genoa, WI. DPC has agreed to invest approximately $150 million in pollution control technology that will protect public health and resolve violations of CAA. Settlement will also require that DPC spend $5 million on environmental mitigation projects and pay civil penalty of $950,000. Read More

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Standard to specify process for manufacturing viral kill step.

July 11, 2012

Proposed standard, ASTM WK36552, Practice for Inactivation of Retrovirus by pH, is being developed by Subcommittee E55.04 on General Biopharmaceutical Standards, part of ASTM International Committee E55 on Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products. Standard will provide important process step to be used in manufacture of protein-based drugs, such as antibodies and fusion proteins, made to inactive retroviruses. Read More

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BSA and ABMA Fall Meetings to take place September 24-25, 2012.

July 11, 2012

BSA's 2012 Fall Meeting will be co-located with American Bearing Manufacturers Association Fall Meeting in Chicago, IL. While each association will be pursuing its own business agenda, joint reception and dinner will facilitate industry networking. Event will include BSA's Information Technology and Supply Chain Committee Meeting, and presentation by Susan Streich on data synchronization solutions for business. Visitors can also attend various ABMA committee meetings and general session. Read More

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US, EU CEOs unite behind ICAO global environmental framework.

July 11, 2012

Industry leaders from Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and AIA exchanged views on various topics, ranging from CO2 certification and biofuels to EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). While acknowledging industry challenges "both home and abroad," Chairman of the Board of Governors of AIA David Hess called this meeting "productive and necessary. He continued, saying "A global problem requires a global solution for a global industry." Read More

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North Carolina Leaders call for action on budget sequestration.

July 11, 2012

Leaders of North Carolina's aerospace and defense community wrote to North Carolina's congressional delegation, urging quick action on legislation to repeal $500 billion in program cuts, which could cost N.C. 11,000 jobs. Governor Bev Perdue stated that sequestration cuts are a threat to the nation and the state. According to AIA president and CEO Marion Blakey, budget decisions need to be based on strategy and priorities, not one-size-ruins-all approach of sequestration. Read More