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HART Exhibit lets users see and hear HART Communication.

June 8, 2012

HART® Communication Foundation unveiled trade show exhibit that gives users opportunity to see and hear HART Communication at work with actual sight and sound. Get Connected display demonstrates HART technology and shows what HART information is available including diagnostics and troubleshooting. WirelessHART display, featuring WirelessHART adapter and WirelessHART gateway, demonstrates how set-up of WirelessHART device is basically identical to that of wired HART device. Read More

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HART Foundation seeks nominees for Plant of the Year Award.

June 8, 2012

Qualified nominees are being sought for 11th annual HART Plant of the Year Award; end users and manufacturers from global community are encouraged to enter their plant or customer's plant for recognition. Presented to end user companies in process automation industry, international award recognizes exceptional application of HART Communication technology. Nominations will be accepted through July 15, 2012, and nomination forms are available online. Read More

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NAM's Executive Board meets with House Budget Chairman.

June 7, 2012

NAM Board Chair Mary Andringa and NAM Board Vice Chair Doug Oberhelman issued statement after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan addressed NAM's Executive Committee on issues important to manufacturers. According to statement, poor job numbers this month reflect that economy continues to struggle and it is critical that policies are implemented that lead to job growth. It is also essential that Washington prevents massive tax increases looming over manufacturers at the end of this year. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers calculation of resource depletion potential.

June 7, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee E60.80 on General Sustainability Standards, proposed ASTM WK31671 describes method for calculating length of time that non-fuel mineral commodity can be extracted from reserves and resources, for purposes of environmental product declarations and life cycle analyses. Anyone preparing EPD or LCA will be able to use standard to examine total amount of reserves and resources, amount extracted annually, amount annually recycled, and amount annually displaced by substitutes. Read More

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ASTM Committee to develop proposed bias equivalency standard.

June 7, 2012

In many testing laboratories, it can be necessary to qualify new test method, instrument, or lab itself with respect to one or more performance characteristics. ASTM WK37659, Guide for Testing for Bias Equivalency in the Laboratory, will provide guidance on proper design of equivalence studies, including proper numbers of tests required, assistance in deciding what constitutes sufficient agreement, and selection of proper statistical test for evaluating data. Read More

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Radiant Barrier Insulation is approved for space applications.

June 7, 2012

On flight to international space station, SOLEC LO/MIT-I Radiant Barrier Coating is trusted by SpaceX on its recently launched Dragon Capsule and approved by NASA for space applications. Product can also reduce solar heat gain in roofs and attics in homes and buildings. Available in water- and solvent-borne formulations, Energy Star®-rated, low e paint can be used as spray-applied insulation in building, roofing, and manufacturing jobs as well as radiant barrier reflective roof coating. Read More

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ZigBee Certified Product Availability surpasses 500.

June 7, 2012

ZigBee® Alliance announced that there are more than 500 ZigBee Certified products available to the market, a 60% surge since August 2011. Sparked by early market success with ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee standards play role in products developed by more than 350 global manufacturers. A report issued by ABI Research shows ZigBee is the most widely-used IEEE 802.15.4 technology, accounting for 40% of total shipments in 2012 and growing to over 50% by 2015. Read More

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Medical Gas Training helps prevent medical gas mix-ups.

June 6, 2012

In his "Medical Gas Training For Drivers" article for Welding and Gases Today, GAWDA's FDA and Medical Gases Consultant Thomas L. Badstubner details appropriate driver training for medical gases. Recommendations include that drivers delivering medical gases be trained on FDA's Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Also, FDA recommends cGMP training to be presented in multiple, manageable sessions held throughout year (at minimum once/year). Read More

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Voluntary Standards address MOHUVs and magnet wire.

June 6, 2012

Recently published, ANSI/OPEI B71.9-2012, American National Standard for Multipurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles, defines standards for utility vehicles that reach speeds of 25-50 mph and specifically addresses MOHUVs capable of use in diverse scenarios. NEMA recently released ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2011, Magnet Wire, reflecting magnet wire (winding wire) end user requirements and manufacturing technologies. This revision helps vendors meet requirements, specifications, and test procedures. Read More

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New Standard Approved for detection analysis for hit/miss data.

June 6, 2012

ASTM E2862, Practice for Probability of Detection Analysis for Hit/Miss Data, provides necessary background and describes step-by-step process for analyzing nondestructive testing hit/miss data resulting from probability of detection (POD) examination, including minimum requirements for validating the resulting POD curve. Information will benefit those responsible for performing POD analysis as well as those who are recipients of, and base decisions on, POD analysis results. Read More

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ANSI submits comments to NARA on Federal Register notice.

June 6, 2012

On February 27, 2012, Office of the Federal Register announced public comment period on petition filed by group of academics to amend National Archives and Records Administration's regulations governing approval of agency requests to incorporate materials by reference into Code of Federal Regulations. In its role as coordinator of U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI developed and submitted its response on behalf of the standardization community. Read More

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Political Analyst Jim VandeHei to present at NEMA's 2012 IEOC.

June 6, 2012

NFPA Industry and Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC), which will be taking place August 20-22, 2012 in Oak Brook, IL, will host Jim VandeHei, co-founder of POLITICO. He will present "Economics Political Impact on the Economic Climate" and later be joined by IEOC economists Alan Beaulieu and John Walker for Macro-Economic Speakers Forum. Along with presentations and other market forecasts/overviews, conference will also feature presentations on economics by Beaulieu and Walker. Read More

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Test Standard focuses on stormwater treatment products.

June 6, 2012

ASTM WK36628, Test Method for Measuring Effectiveness of Filtration Products for Stormwater Treatment, will provide assessment method for stormwater treatment products that use filtration as primary process. With goal of enabling accurate comparison between commercially available stormwater treatment product performance, proposed standard will consider how to determine hydraulic characteristics of filtration system by experimentally determining hydraulic conductivity of filter within unit. Read More

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NASA and Houston School partner to engage future explorers.

June 6, 2012

NASA's Johnson Space Center has partnered with Houston Independent School District's Booker T. Washington High School to enable students in school's engineering magnet program to work on NASA projects associated with Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate through HUNCH program. Students will learn about and study realistic problems related to NASA's spaceflight and research programs, and create hardware prototypes and simulated space hardware for NASA's review and use. Read More

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Trailer Towing Standard has revised descriptions, procedures.

June 6, 2012

Updated SAE International trailer towing standards determine trailer weight rating of all tow-vehicles and maintain fair competition among manufacturers. Requiring vehicles to be tested under consistent conditions and parameters, SAE standard J2807, Performance Requirements for Determining Tow-Vehicle Gross Combination Weight Rating and Trailer Weight Rating, defines performance requirements for measuring vehicle's gross combination weight rating (GCWR) and trailer weight rating (TWR). Read More

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Revised Standard offers guidance on high speeds, fine lines.

June 5, 2012

To help designers and manufacturers face challenges associated with rising chip speeds and decreasing system sizes, IPC has released A revision of IPC-4204, Flexible Metal-Clad Dielectrics for Use in Fabrication of Flexible Printed Circuitry. Updated standard, which details materials that let designers and manufacturers move to higher frequencies, addresses basic aspects of flexible circuit board design and also includes focused information. Read More

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John Horsley addresses surface transportation bill inaction.

June 5, 2012

AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley issued statement regarding inability of House and Senate Conference Committee to reach agreement on surface transportation bill. According to Horsley, thousands of jobs will be lost unless House and Senate can put politics aside and move forward on a highway and transit bill. Without bill, America's surface transportation programs will shut down July 1 and next year, drastic cutbacks will need to be made because of revenue shortfall in Highway Trust Fund. Read More

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University of Maryland wins 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest.

June 5, 2012

Panel of 16 judges from industry, government, and national laboratories declared University of Maryland's team, with 91% of available points, as Grand Prize winner of won 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest. Winning design - tri-generation system that produces electricity, heat, and hydrogen - would reduce equivalent of taking 2,300 cars off the road and utilizes organic and municipal solid waste via gasification and anaerobic digestion technology. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 20 New Members in May 2012.

June 5, 2012

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed 20 new members in May 2012. These organizations join federation representing 125,000+ companies and 3.5+ million professionals. Under ANSI's umbrella, constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace as well as improve quality of life for citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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NASA releases NASA App 2.0 for iPhone and iPod Touch.

June 5, 2012

Completely rebuilt by team at NASA's Ames Research Center, NASA App 2.0 has fast intuitive interface that improves the way people can explore and experience NASA content on their mobile devices. App offers weather forecasts in spacecraft sighting opportunities section; maps, information, and links to all NASA visitor centers; section about NASA's programs; and ability to print, save, and access favorite items and bookmark images. Read More