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NIST Test helps improve firefighter breathing equipment.

June 27, 2013

As of September 1, 2013, standard firefighter breathing equipment cannot be certified to NFPA standards unless facepiece lenses pass test developed by NIST. Said test is designed to reduce degradation and possible failure of facepiece lens in SCBA under high-heat firefighting conditions. Incorporated within 2013 update of its standard for SCBA units, new Elevated Temperature Heat and Flame Resistance Test exposes SCBA to 500°F for 5 min in oven followed by 10 sec of direct flame contact. Read More

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NIST Microscopy Technique could aid 3D component development.

June 27, 2013

Through-Focus Scanning Optical Microscopy (TSOM) technique, developed at NIST for improving optical microscopes, has been applied to monitoring next generation of computer chip circuit components. Sensitive to features as small as 10 nm across, TSOM has been shown to detect tiny differences in 3D shapes of circuit components. This addresses industry measurement challenges for manufacturing process control and maintaining viability of optical microscopy in electronics manufacturing. Read More

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USAID/ANSI Alliance to aid countries with TBT compliance.

June 27, 2013

ANSI and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have agreed to collaborate on multiyear public-private partnership intended to assist developing countries in implementing their commitments under World Trade Organization's Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) agreement. ANSI and USAID will oversee the selection process, with input from U.S. government and private-sector experts. Expressions of interest from developing country partners are now being accepted. Read More

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ASTM Honors Eric Boes for copper standardization contributions.

June 26, 2013

Eric Boes received Copper Club Award from ASTM International Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys for his leadership of main committee as well as subcommittees and task groups and his contributions to development of new standards and revisions of existing standards. Member since 1991, Boes is ASTM fellow who received Award of Merit in 2003. Outside ASTM, Boes is member of American Foundry Society, American Society for Quality, American Welding Society, and ASM International. Read More

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ASTM Awards Peter Collette for plastic piping standards work.

June 26, 2013

In recognition of his contributions to development of standards for ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems, Peter Collette, retiree of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) in Newark, NJ, received Frank W. Reinhart and Henry W. (Butch) Kuhlmann Award. Collette has been ASTM International member since 1979 and, as ASTM fellow, was honored with Award of Merit from Committee F17 in 2000 for his dedicated work. Read More

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AAMA Contest commemorates 50th anniversary of certification label.

June 26, 2013

AAMA announced search contest for oldest in-service window, door, or skylight bearing AAMA air-water-structural certification label. Contest marks 50th anniversary of Certification Gold Label. Photo of label, product, and building, with entry form, are needed for eligibility. Contest runs from June 15 to September 15; winners will be announced at AAMA Fall Conference, October 27–30, and prizes include $300 for first place, $150 for second place, and $50 for third place. Read More

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MESA White Paper helps define operating systems architecture.

June 26, 2013

MESA White Paper #44: Defining an Operations Systems Architecture presents techniques for describing systems and engaging stakeholders in projects based on product-independent architectures with examples. Publication presents series of state-of-the-art enterprise and solution architecture concepts, which can be used to start development and guide any enterprise project. It was produced as part of MESA/ISA-95 Best Practices Working Group through international peer review process. Read More

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NREL Fills Leadership Role for Energy Systems Integration.

June 26, 2013

On June 24, Bryan J. Hannegan will join Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory as associate laboratory director for Energy Systems Integration. NREL Director Dan Arvizu cited Hannegan's "unique background as a scientist, engineer, and manager," claiming his experience "will provide NREL with leadership in this important field of energy integration." Hannegan will lead NREL's energy integration research programs, which address issues across entire energy system. Read More