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USPTO seeks nominations for technology and innovation medal.

January 27, 2012

United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking nominations for 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, which is presented each year by U.S. President and is country's highest award for technological achievement. Medal is awarded annually to individuals, teams with up to 4 individuals, companies, or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to America's economic, environmental, and social well-being. Read More

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March Workshop to support trusted IDs in cyberspace.

January 27, 2012

On March 13 and 14, National Strategy for a Trusted Identities in Cyberspace National Program Office will host the 2012 NIST/NSTIC IDtrust Workshop "Technologies and Standards Enabling the Identity Ecosystem." Featuring plenary presentations and panel discussions, workshop will cover topics such as privacy management, trust models, usability, viable business models for identity ecosystem, and results of Internet Society's mapping exercise, "The Global Identity Ecosystem." Read More

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January 2012 MCI-EFI shows improvement in confidence.

January 27, 2012

According to January 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), confidence in the equipment finance market is 59.0 (up from December's 57.2). This indicates improved optimism about business activity amid continuing concerns about global economy. Additional statistics were related to business conditions over next 4 months, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, employee hiring expectations, spending, and more. Read More

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SME elects LaRoux Gillespie as 2012 president.

January 27, 2012

A member of SME since 1963, LaRoux K. Gillespie became a leader in Kansas City No. 57 chapter, SME Robotics International chapter, and eventually 67 leadership positions within SME. His career path gives him broad view of manufacturing, from process engineer with Bendix in 1966, to quality assurance manager of Honeywell's Federal Manufacturing & Technologies division. Today, he is an independent consultant and researcher who writes for Cutting Tool Engineering and MICROmanufacturing magazines. Read More

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Andrew Vogl of Kollmorgen is named as 2012-2013 MCA Chairman.

January 27, 2012

As revealed during annual MCA Business Conference, Andrew Vogl - Vice President, Sales Americas for Kollmorgen - will serve as Chairman of MCA Board of Directors. Focus, according to Vogl, will be put on promoting motion control technology to existing market areas as well as introducing motion control to market segments who do not currently use or understand benefits of such technology. Vogl also noted determination to continue to build statistics program. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides/Devices Committee to hold 50 meetings in 3 days.

January 27, 2012

ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices will be holding ~50 separate standards development meetings from February 16-18, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Open to members and non-members of ASTM, each meeting will focus on one specific safety element of amusement industry. Roughly 150-200 safety experts from global community are expected to attend, and several sessions will again be held to assist global representatives with adoption of ASTM F24 standards. Read More

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ASTM Plastic Pipe and Fittings compilation includes 26 papers.

January 27, 2012

STP 1528, Plastic Pipe and Fittings: Past, Present and Future, includes 26 peer-reviewed papers that cover latest information, as well as historical perspectives, on plastic piping products worldwide. Various topics include service life analysis of corrugated high density polyethylene piping for drainage applications; designing AASHTO specification storm water chambers; stress cracking test method; discussions on Polyamide 11 and Polyamide 12; and plastic pipes for trenchless applications. Read More

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ASTM Training Class addresses corrosion testing.

January 26, 2012

Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic and Gas Tests, will explain proper application of ASTM B117, Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray Apparatus, and will furnish information regarding corrosion testing in general. Participants will learn how to properly operate salt fog apparatus as well as "whys" and "hows" of salt fog testing. Demonstrations will be given on mixing solutions, cleaning coupons and samples, and evaluation of results and samples. Read More

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Screening for Vapor Encroachment is subject of ASTM training class.

January 26, 2012

To be held 6 times in first half of 2012, Screening for Vapor Encroachment into Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions is technical and professional training course. It will review rationale behind development of ASTM E2600-10, Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions, as well as discuss tiered methodology used and implications for environmental professionals involved in conducting property environmental due diligence. Read More

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ANSI 17024 Accreditation performed for first time outside USA.

January 26, 2012

ANSI senior program manager Dr. Vijay Krishna, along with ANSI assessors Dr. Lynn Webb and Mickie Rops, traveled to Malaysia for on-site assessment of EC-Council (the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants), which is committed to cybersecurity and currently seeking ANSI accreditation of its Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH v8) certification program. This marks first time U.S.-based accreditation body has performed assessment of personnel certification body outside North America. Read More

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Memorandum addresses federal engagement in standards activities.

January 26, 2012

Memorandum clarifying principles for federal engagement in standards activities to address national priorities has been released by OSTP, OMB, and USTR. Memorandum points out that most standards are created with little or no government involvement; all standards should involve private sector; and once national priority has been identified, it is important for government to engage private-sector stakeholders early in process of identifying technology, regulatory, and/or procurement objectives. Read More

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BIO hires Fritz Bittenbender to handle regulatory issues.

January 26, 2012

BIO has hired Fritz Bittenbender to serve as Vice President, Alliance Development and State Government Relations. Bittenbender will spearhead BIO's engagement in and support of state-level legislative and regulatory issues while promoting responsible development of bioscience industry and better understanding of policy issues critical to the industry. He will also lead BIO's engagement with stakeholder organizations, including patient and disease advocacy groups. Read More

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AEM Statement addresses rejection of Keystone pipeline.

January 26, 2012

AEM has expressed disappointment in Obama administration's announcement that it will not approve Keystone XL pipeline. AEM joined other construction and business groups in an industry call to action letter that urged administration to approve pipeline, citing opportunity to create more than 120,000 jobs in construction and manufacturing industries and ability for completed pipeline to help provide stable supply of energy to North American consumers. Read More

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Use of Lasers in Health Care standard has been revised. .

January 26, 2012

Revised "ANSI Z136.3 Safe Use of Lasers in Health Care" publication defines parameters of safe laser use in clinical, hospital, dentistry, and veterinary facilities. Revision includes new guidelines and information on wavelengths employed in medical environments, duties of laser safety officers involved with rented or borrowed laser equipment, audit requirements and procedures, and clinically relevant terminology. Read More

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ASTM International Training Course focuses on rubber testing.

January 25, 2012

Sponsored by ASTM International, Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing, and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods will focus on common rubber test methods currently used in rubber industry. This technical and professional training course discusses nature of tests, why they are performed, interpretation of results, and they can be used to improve rubber fabrication. Course will take place March 14-15 and October 3-4, 2012 in Akron, OH. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers fiber-reinforced concrete test results. .

January 25, 2012

ASTM WK35250, Practice for Fiber-Reinforced Concrete for Making and Curing Test Specimens in the Laboratory and Field, will provide proper direction and ensure adequate documentation to aid in interpretation, understanding, and reduction of variance in test results for fiber-reinforced concrete. Proposed standard describes testing done by means of external vibration and will be used by testing agencies and those who specify testing of fiber concrete. Read More

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ANSI February Caucus will feature DoD's Greg Saunders.

January 25, 2012

ANSI Caucus Luncheon on February 3 in Washington, DC will feature Greg Saunders, director of Defense Standardization Program (DSPO) at U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), who will discuss highlights of DSPO in relation to standards. In his current role, Saunders is responsible for policies and procedures governing development and use of many specifications, standards, lists, and descriptions. He also oversees GIDEP and DoD activities to mitigate impact of diminishing manufacturing sources. Read More

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NTSB Completes Data Collection for E-AB aircraft safety study.

January 25, 2012

Throughout 2011, NTSB conducted study of Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft. In addition to using information gathered during its accident investigations, NTSB has been working with FAA, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and individual owners/builders. NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P Hersman expressed hopes that this study, scheduled to be completed in spring of 2012, will "result in a real and immediate safety payoff" for those who fly E-AB aircraft. Read More

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Southwest Chapter Meeting will take place February 3 in Texas.

January 25, 2012

To be held from 10:00-13:00 on February 3, 2012 in The Woodlands, TX and hosted by Huntsman Corp, Southwest Chapter Meeting will feature 2 presentations. Carlos Frey, P.E., Hydrocarbon Treating Team, Huntsman Corporation, will deliver Introduction to Amine Technology. Later, John Hadjioannou, P.E., Director of EPI Materials Testing Group, LLC, will deliver his X-Ray Analysis of Solid Samples presentation. Lunch and networking are scheduled to follow. Read More

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Satellite Export Reform critical to U.S. national security.

January 25, 2012

According to report released by AIA, U.S. space industry is losing its competitive edge and risks falling short of future national security requirements unless government reforms export control system and promotes international competitiveness of U.S. industry. The report, Competing for Space: Satellite Export Policy and U.S. National Security, found more than 70% of respondents incurred lost sales due to current export control system. Read More