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HI enlists participants to review Rotodynamic Pump draft.

June 12, 2012

Under ANSI approval, Hydraulic Institute is seeking qualified individuals to participate in review process of newly completed standard for Rotodynamic Vertical Pumps. Standard provides design/application information, including principle features of pump type and necessary precautions for proper use. Document includes information applicable to vertical diffuser and submersible motor deep well and short-set pumps that are driven by vertical electric motors or horizontal engines with right angle gears. Read More

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Fluid Power Workforce Summit combines with CCEFP Annual Meeting.

June 12, 2012

Registration is open for National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) Workforce Summit and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) Annual Meeting. Collaboratively connecting students and industry, NFPA and CCEFP will present one event dedicated to education, research, and connections. Speed meetings, resume exchange, customized presentations, industry networking kiosks, poster sessions, and elevator pitches will take place September 24-26, 2012 in Urbana-Champaign, IL. Read More

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Martha C. Anderson to discuss Mapping Water Use from Space.

June 12, 2012

On Thursday, June 14, public is invited to free lecture titled "Mapping Water Use from Space," which will be presented at the Library of Congress. Martha C. Anderson, a research physical scientist at USDA's Agricultural Research Service, will discuss mapping techniques and uses for satellite-derived evapotranspiration, providing examples in western U.S. water management, drought monitoring, and international applications in food and water security. Read More

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Stencil Design Guidelines have been updated with new materials.

June 12, 2012

To help designers and board assemblers address challenges of working with new materials and smaller, finer-pitch components, IPC-7525B provides guidelines for design and fabrication of stencils for solder paste and SMT adhesive with discussion on through-hole and mixed technology. This updated standard includes differences for tin-lead and lead-free solder paste, overprint, 2-print, and step stencil designs. Example order form and inspection checklist are also included. Read More

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Standard to Assist Disabled during disaster or emergency.

June 12, 2012

Proposed new standard, ASTM WK37628, Guide for Preparing for the Impact of Disasters/Emergencies on Local Residents/Visitors That Have Disabilities, will provide planning guidance for helping those with disabilities in disaster or emergency situation. According to E54.02 vice chairman Russell Salter, contents of this standard will help first responders and communities become more aware of concerns and issues of people with disabilities in planning for and surviving a disaster. Read More

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NEMA Responds to Homeland Security Appropriations bill passage.

June 12, 2012

NEMA responded to House of Representatives' passage of H.R. 5855, fiscal year 2013 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Citing NEMA-member technologies as critical to air travel security, NEMA VP of Government Relations Kyle Pitsor praised areas of investments in Homeland Security appropriations bill. He also expressed pleasure regarding "continued support for efforts at the border to protect intellectual property rights by Customs and Border Protection." Read More

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EPA recognizes environmental innovation at science competition.

June 12, 2012

Thabit Pulak, a sophomore at Richardson High School in Richardson, TX, was named recipient of EPA's Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability award for demonstrating commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship. Pulak's project, a Home-Based Arsenic Bio-Sand Water Filter, uses nano particles made with kitchen materials easily found in Southeast Asia to enhance bio-sand water filter, so that it removes arsenic from water. Pulak will participate in National Sustainable Design Expo in 2013. Read More

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EPA awards $2 million to small businesses.

June 12, 2012

U.S. EPA's Small Business Innovation Research program awarded $2 million to 25 companies in support of technology development toward sustainable solutions for the environment. Technological concepts submitted to this year's competition include drinking water monitoring and treatment, sustainable infrastructures, green building, innovation in manufacturing, greenhouse gas reduction, air pollution monitoring, and control and waste monitoring and management. Read More

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ASTM honors John Hubbling with Award of Merit.

June 11, 2012

John R. Hubbling, manager of Laboratory Services at Metropolitan Council Environmental Services in St. Paul, MN, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from Committee D19 on Water. A member of ASTM International and Committee D19 since 1975, Hubbling serves as chairman of Subcommittee D19.02 on Quality Systems, Specifications and Statistics. Committee recognized his contributions with the Max Hecht Award in 2003 and D19 Certificate of Appreciation in 2007. Read More

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ASTM approves standard on detection analysis for hit/miss data.

June 11, 2012

ASTM E2862, Practice for Probability of Detection Analysis for Hit/Miss Data, has been developed by Subcommittee E07.10 on Specialized NDT Methods, part of ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. Standard provides necessary background and describes step-by-step process for analyzing nondestructive testing hit/miss data resulting from probability of detection examination, including minimum requirements for validating resulting POD curve. Read More

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NEMA Guide looks at molded case circuit breakers, applications.

June 11, 2012

Updated with PV circuit breakers, NEC references, and diagrams, NEMA AB 3 Molded Case Circuit Breakers and Their Application is available for download and in hard copy. Guide covers molded case circuit breakers and molded case switches - single- and multi-pole, fused and unfused - as well as their accessories. These circuit breakers and switches have rated voltages up to and including 1,000 V, 50/60 Hz in either AC or AC/DC and rated interrupting current ratings of 5,000 A or more. Read More

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NIBS Guideline helps owners ensure buildings work correctly.

June 11, 2012

NIBS Guideline 3-2012: Building Enclosure Commissioning Process describes process that allows owner to incorporate building enclosure commissioning into project. BECx process is used throughout lifecycle of building - from project inception through operations and maintenance - to validate that performance of building's materials, components, assemblies, systems, and design is meeting owner's objectives and requirements as outlined in contract documents. Read More

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Manufacturers take message of job creation to Capitol Hill.

June 11, 2012

With manufacturing at forefront of national economic discussions, nearly 400 members of NAM went to Washington DC to push members of Congress to implement pro-growth, pro-jobs policies that will help manufacturers continue to lead economic recovery. As part of NAM's Manufacturing Summit, manufacturers joined House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for discussion on job creation and ways to increase competitiveness in global marketplace. Read More

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NREL Director Arvizu named as National Science Board Chair.

June 11, 2012

Dan Arvizu, director of U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been elected for 2-year term as Chairman of the National Science Board. This 25-member body advises the president and Congress on science and engineering issues and acts as official policy setting and budget approving body for National Science Foundation. Arvizu has served as director of NREL since 2005 and was nominated to seat on board last year and confirmed by U.S. Senate. Read More

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Hardfacing Selection is Outlined in GAWDA magazine.

June 11, 2012

In Spring 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today, Dave Kiilunen, metallurgist and VP at Cor-Met, Inc., offers guidance on selecting hardfacing materials for shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and flux-cored arc welding (FCAW) processes via his "Determining The Correct Hardfacing Product" article. Of note, gases and welding salespeople must consider factors such as application, wear resistance, and cost in order to make recommendations to customers. Read More

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Microscope uses light to image flow of individual blood cells.

June 11, 2012

Developed by team of researchers in Israel, optical microscope can reveal same information as traditional blood test in real-time by shining light through the skin, without fluorescent dyes. Portable device relies on spectrally encoded confocal microscopy, which creates images by splitting light beam into its constituent colors. By eliminating long wait-time for blood test results, microscope might help spotlight warning signs before patient develops severe medical problems. Read More

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NREL to engineer smart homes.

June 11, 2012

Research engineers at NREL are working on a "smart" home that will communicate with electricity grid to know when power is cheap, tell appliances when to turn on or off, and even know when renewable energy resources are available to offset peak demand. NREL is leveraging 2 laboratories to make the smart home a reality - the soon-to-be-built Smart Power Laboratory, which is part of the Energy Systems Integration Facility, and the Automated Home Energy Management Laboratory. Read More

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NAM Lauds Senate Vote reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank.

June 11, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement following Senate passage of H.R. 2072, which reauthorizes Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank. In this statement, Timmons commends Senate standing up for jobs "by taking quick action on legislation reauthorizing the Bank and increasing its lending authority." Timmons also thanks House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer for moving this agreement, which supports 290,000 jobs, to Senate. Read More

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BP CAA Penalty includes fees and pollution control mandate.

June 11, 2012

BP North America Inc. agreed to pay $8 million penalty and invest over $400 million to install pollution controls and cut emissions from petroleum refinery in Whiting, IN. This addresses complaint that alleges violations of Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements in connection with construction and expansion of Whiting Refinery as well as violations of 2001 consent decree with company that covered all of BP's refineries and was entered into as part of EPA's Petroleum Refinery Initiative. Read More

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Researchers Improve IR Detectors using SWCNs.

June 11, 2012

Team of researchers from Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Duke University is harnessing properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) to create highly sensitive, uncooled PV IR detectors. "Carbon Nanotube Arrays Based High-Performance Infrared Photodetector" paper, published in Optical Materials Express, describes this new type of detector, which may prove useful for industrial, military, manufacturing, optical communications, and scientific applications. Read More