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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

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ASABE completes terminology standard for air quality.

July 31, 2012

ASABE announces completion of ANSI/ASABE S588, Uniform Terminology for Air Quality. Use of terminology related to rural air quality has grown with increased focus by U.S. EPA and others on confined animal feedlot operations. Standard establishes uniformity in terms used in the field of rural air quality and serves as resource of useful new terms and definitions. It supplements existing ASTM standards and provides consensus definitions for more than 180 terms. Read More

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Biotech Leader provides testimony at Sarbanes-Oxley hearing.

July 30, 2012

House Subcommittee on Capital Markets held a hearing entitled "The 10th Anniversary of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act." On behalf of BIO, Jeff Hatfield, President and CEO of Vitae Pharmaceuticals, testified about the cost burden associated with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404(b) compliance. He spoke in support of Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick's (R-PA) Fostering Innovation Act, which would amend filing status definitions to provide regulatory relief to small companies with low public float or little product revenue. Read More

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North American Robotics Industry posts best quarter ever.

July 30, 2012

According to statistics released by RIA, North American robotics companies sold more industrial robots in second quarter of 2012 than any previous quarter in history. Total of 5,556 robots valued at $403.1 million were sold to North American companies, a jump to 14% in units and 28% in dollars over same quarter in 2011. Orders in first half of 2012 totaled 10,652 robots valued at $747 million, increases of 20% in units and 29% in dollars over same period last year. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for June 2012.

July 30, 2012

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 7.3% in June 2012 from June 2011, and bookings decreased 2.0% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments were up 11.6%. Book-to-bill ratio remained above parity at 1.01. Flexible circuit shipments in June 2012 were up 2.1%, and bookings were down 8.4% compared to June 2011. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments increased 29.7%. Book-to-bill ratio remained high at 1.16. Read More

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Registration for Strictly Contents Conference ends July 31.

July 30, 2012

Early bird deadline for RIA's Strictly Contents: Building Your Contents Engine, ends on July 31. Scheduled for Oct 18-19, event includes tours of two 9/11 restoration projects by Maxons Restorations, Inc., Trinity Church, and St. Paul's Chapel. Conference is a 400-level learning experience that will encompass lectures on 6 pillars for building successful contents restoration business, state-of-the art technology demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes tours of couture restorer, Madame Paulette. Read More

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ASTM Launches 2 Journals seeking technical/review papers, notes.

July 30, 2012

Advances in Civil Engineering Materials (ACEM) publishes articles on properties and performance of materials for use in pavements, bridges and buildings, and other related applications. Materials Performance and Characterization (MPC) offers articles about theoretical and practical aspects of structure, processing, properties, and performance of materials used in mechanical, transportation, aerospace, energy systems, and medical devices. Read More

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EPA Reviews Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for new plants.

July 30, 2012

Based on new information provided by industry stakeholders, U.S. EPA is reviewing technical information focused on pollution limits for new power plants under Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. EPA will specifically review monitoring issues related to mercury standards for new power plants as well as address other technical issues on acid gas and particle pollution standards for such plants. This reconsideration will not impact sensible, achievable, and cost-effective standards already set. Read More