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2011 World Water Monitoring Challenge winners announced.

April 9, 2012

Water Environment Federation (WEF) and International Water Association (IWA) announced winners of third annual World Water Monitoring Challenge(TM) (WWMC) Water Champion Awards. Recognized for their superior levels of relevance, educational effort, support, and innovation in promotion of water quality through WWMC program, 2011 winners included groups and individuals from Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America. Read More

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Airflow Measurement Station Test Method Standard approved by ANS.

April 9, 2012

AMCA Standard 610-06 (R2012) - Laboratory Methods of Testing Airflow Measurement Stations for Performance Rating, was approved without significant change from 2006 version. It was reaffirmed by membership on June 24, 2011 and approved by ANS on February 3, 2012. Covering field-installed airflow measurement stations for HVAC applications, standard establishes uniform test methods for determining performance and accuracy of airflow measurement stations under varied airflow rates/conditions. Read More

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EPA proposes carbon pollution standard for new power plants.

April 9, 2012

Following 2007 Supreme Court ruling, U.S. EPA proposed first Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new power plants. Proposed standard reflects ongoing trend in power sector to build cleaner plants that take advantage of American-made technologies, including new, clean-burning, efficient natural gas generation. Rule also creates path forward for new technologies to be deployed at future facilities that will allow companies to burn coal while emitting less carbon pollution. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps determine enamel holdout.

April 6, 2012

Manufacturers and developers of architectural coatings will be primary users of ASTM D7786, Test Method for Determining Enamel Holdout. Standard was developed by Subcommittee D01.42 on Architectural Coatings, part of ASTM Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications. According to Keith Alderfer, associate scientist, The Dow Chemical Co., and member of D01.42, enamel holdout characteristic of primer can have significant impact on appearance of finished painted system. Read More

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New ASTM Subcommittee to deal with US gov't contract property.

April 6, 2012

ASTM International subcommittee (E53.20) will develop standards for management of property connected by contract with entities of the U.S. federal government. Brandon Kriner, manager of Asset Management, Harris Corp.'s Government Communications Systems Division, expressed hope in getting contractor and government entities involved in development of standards in order to "create some common ground." Read More

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Jet Tunnel Fan Testing Standard approved by ANSI.

April 6, 2012

ANSI's Board of Standards Review has approved revision ANSI/AMCA 250-2012, Laboratory Methods of Testing Jet Tunnel Fans for Performance. Standard deals with determination of those technical characteristics needed to describe all aspects of performance of jet tunnel fans. It does not cover fans designed for ducted applications nor those designed solely for air circulation. Procedures relate to laboratory conditions; measurement of performance under in-situ conditions is not included. Read More

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Leasing of Solar Equipment opens technology to new markets.

April 6, 2012

Analysts with U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found solar lease business is surging in southern California, with homeowners in less affluent neighborhoods discovering they can afford solar energy by leasing rather than buying panels for their roofs. If what's true in southern CA proves true for USA, it means rooftop solar power could attract additional 13 million Americans and help push solar energy into mainstream. Read More

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SME to honor RAPID 2012 exhibitors.

April 6, 2012

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of RAPID 2012 manufacturing event, "Exhibitor Innovation" award will be presented to the exhibitor who introduces a product or service with significant technology innovation that improves business operations and manufacturing. Also, "Best in Show" award will be determined by popular vote of RAPID attendees and is intended to recognize the most interactive, visually appealing, and engaging exhibit. Read More

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Air Curtain Units are subject of AMCA publication.

April 6, 2012

Intended to increase reader familiarization, AMCA Publication 222-08 (R2012) - Application Manual for Air Curtains, has been reaffirmed by Air Movement Division of AMCA. Topics include air curtain unit theory; components; testing, certification, and ratings; construction; applications; benefits; selection; purchase; installation; and maintenance. Manual is available at no cost at www.amca.org. Read More

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Crane and Hoist Controller Application Guide is issued by NEMA.

April 6, 2012

Available for download or in hard copy, NEMA ICS 8 Application Guide Industrial Control and Systems Crane and Hoist Controllers provides information useful to architects, electrical engineers, electrical contractors, maintenance engineers, and those responsible for installation of such equipment. Guide is not intended to replace manufacturer instructions and does not alter meaning in all possible circumstances arising from application, handling, storage, and installation. Read More

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Budapest IPC Conference sees double-digit growth.

April 6, 2012

IPC's second annual Conference on Electronics Assembly: Soldering, Assembly and Inspection, held in Budapest, Hungary saw an increase of 21% in attendees and 44% increase in exhibitors over its inaugural event last year. Event included half-day workshops conducted by EMS experts Bob Willis, and Lars Wallin, IPC's European representative. In addition, 2-day conference featured technical presentations on latest research from all aspects of electronics manufacturing supply chain. Read More

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SME to Honor RAPID 2012 Exhibitors with two awards.

April 6, 2012

SME will honor RAPID 2012 exhibitors with "Exhibitor Innovation" and "Best in Show" awards this May in Atlanta, GA. In celebration of 20th anniversary of this manufacturing event, "Exhibitor Innovation" award will be presented to RAPID 2012 exhibitor who introduces product or service with significant technology innovation for industry that improves business operations and manufacturing. Also, "Best in Show" award will recognize most interactive, visually appealing, and engaging exhibit. Read More

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NEMA Publication covers pertinent magnet wire information.

April 6, 2012

ANSI/NEMA MW 1000 Magnet Wire, published by NEMA, is standards publication for general requirements, product specifications, and test procedures for manufacture and packaging of magnet wire. Providing information for round, rectangular, and square film insulated and/or fibrous covered copper and aluminum magnet wire, publication presents definitions, type designations, dimensions, constructions, performance, and test methods in concise manner. Read More

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Dell Joins EEMBC to collaborate on benchmark development.

April 6, 2012

Dell Inc. has joined Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium's (EEMBC) Consumer Subcommittee, which includes working groups focusing on developing mobile device benchmarks. According to Brian Zucker, Dell's Director of Performance Engineering, Dell will utilize EEMBC benchmark standards to help select most effective processing solutions for next generation of tablets and mobile devices as well as contribute to EEMBC BrowsingBench, AndEBench, and other relevant benchmark suites. Read More

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IEEE makes enhancements to IEEE Xplore® digital library.

April 6, 2012

IEEE launched technology upgrade that includes enhancements to IEEE Xplore® digital library. Upgrade features suite of intuitive capabilities, including improved user account functions, redesigned membership join/renew experience, and integration of best-in-class e-commerce capabilities. Some new features of IEEE Xplore include browse by topic and faceted browsing, more prominent institutional branding, enhanced article abstract pages, and visual presentation of forward/backward citations. Read More

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IP Awareness Assessment is available from USPTO online tool.

April 6, 2012

NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office teamed up to create IP Awareness Assessment tool to help small companies and entrepreneurs evaluate their awareness of IP and learn how to protect it. Full assessment comprises questions on 5 IP protection categories: utility patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and design patents. Tool also covers IP best practices, using technology of others, licensing technology to others, and international IP rights. Read More

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Transportation Dept and FAA launch NextGen initiative in Houston.

April 5, 2012

Top U.S. Transportation Department and FAA officials met with aviation partners in Houston as part of collaborative effort to make air traffic control more efficient, help airlines improve on-time performance, and reduce emissions generated by aircraft flying into and out of Houston's airports. FAA estimates that as a result of the Houston Metroplex airspace initiative, airplanes will fly 648,000 fewer nautical miles annually, and up to 3 million gallons of fuel will be saved each year. Read More

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ASTM Workshop addresses properties of unsaturated soils.

April 5, 2012

ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal: Innovations in Characterizing the Mechanical and Hydrological Properties of Unsaturated Soils, will be held June 25. Workshop will discuss papers that were published in GTJ, which focused on soil-water retention curve and hydraulic conductivity, thermal properties, coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical properties, instrumentation and sensors as well as shear strength, volume change behavior, and dynamic properties of unsaturated soils. Read More

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April Workshop offers opportunity to help design NNMI.

April 5, 2012

Organized by Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO), Designing for Impact I: Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation will be held April 25, 2012 in Troy, NY. Workshop participants will learn about principles and concepts behind National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as well as participate in interactive sessions designed to solicit ideas on how to best structure network and Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMIs). Read More

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Papers Invited for extended service engine coolants symposium.

April 5, 2012

Papers are invited for symposium on Global Testing of Extended Service Engine Coolants and Related Fluids, which will be held May 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN. Papers should address engine coolant test methods used to predict service capabilities of extended life coolant technologies; developments in aqueous/anhydrous engine coolant fluid technologies; engine coolant test method development; and updates and modifications to ISO 22241 Specifications for Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Read More