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Amy A. Costello joins ASTM Board of Directors.

December 27, 2011

Amy A. Costello, P.E., senior environmental scientist at Armstrong World Industries Inc., has been elected to 2012 ASTM International board of directors for 3-year term. An ASTM member since 2007, who currently serves on Committee E60 on Sustainability, Costello is a LEED accredited and life cycle assessment certified professional. In her current role at Armstrong World Industries, she has responsibility for technical aspects of Building Product Division's sustainability program. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers continuous friction measurement equipment.

December 26, 2011

Interested parties are invited to participate in development of ASTM WK34937, Guide for Evaluation, Calibration and Correlation of Continuous Friction Measurement Equipment. CFMEs are used primarily in airports but are also seeing use on highways. Tests are used to gather necessary calibrated friction information for determining skid resistance of both runways and highways. Once approved, standard will be used by test tracks, airport personnel, and friction measuring equipment manufacturers. Read More

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Dale F. Bohn to Serve on ASTM International board of directors.

December 26, 2011

Elected to ASTM International board of directors for 3-year term, Dale F. Bohn has been involved with Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials since he joined ASTM International in 1996. He serves on several D04 technical subcommittees and has been chairman of Subcommittee D04.41 as well as Subcommittee D04.42. Bohn also serves on Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, and is current chairman of Committee on Technical Committee Operations. Read More

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Winter 2012 Webinars foster large-scale staff development.

December 26, 2011

IPC has released its January, February, and March 2012 schedules for Winter Webinar Series. Each 1 hr webinar will focus on critical issues, such as flex repair, rework, soldering and assembly defects, and wedge bonding. Excluding free soldering and assembly defects webinar, registration fee is $75 per login for IPC members or $100 industry standard rate per login. Each covers as many employees as can fit in company's conference/training room. Read More

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Eureka Park TechZone triples since launch.

December 26, 2011

During 2012 International CES®, 94 companies will exhibit in Eureka Park TechZone, a dedicated area in partnership with the National Science Foundation, Startup America Partnership, CNET, and UKTI. Located in The Venetian, Eureka Park TechZone benefits budding entrepreneurs, fledgling start-ups, home grown innovation, and small companies looking to gain footing in consumer electronics industry. The Venetian will also feature CES keynotes and Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase. Read More

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Manufacturers Say Utility MACT will be extremely costly.

December 26, 2011

In response to Utility MACT rule released by EPA, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement in which he said "EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has finalized one of the most costly regulations that will do more damage to our economy and job growth." Timmons claimed that in 2015 Utility MACT will cost $11.4 billion. He also pointed out that utility companies will be forced to shut down power generation plants throughout country, threatening reliability of power grid. Read More

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NTSB Hearing to address air show and air race safety.

December 26, 2011

NTSB announced preliminary agenda for 1-day hearing, which will be held Jan 10, 2012. Entitled "Air Race and Air Show Safety", meeting will bring public attention to safety issues involved in aviation event operations and provide NTSB Members and investigative staff with deeper understanding of regulations, protocols, and practices used in planning and operations of air shows and races. Information gathered in hearing will assist NTSB staff in investigation of incidents and accidents. Read More

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AIA elects officers and Board of Governors for 2012.

December 26, 2011

AIA Board of Governors has elected David P. Hess, President of Pratt and Whitney, United Technologies Corporation, as its Chairman for 2012. Wes Bush, Chairman, CEO, and President of Northrop Grumman Corporation, was elected AIA's Vice Chairman. In addition, board re-elected Marion C. Blakey as AIA's President and CEO as well as AIA's Chief Financial Officer, Ginette C. Colot, as Secretary-Treasurer. Read More

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AIA honors best paper award winners from industry, academia.

December 26, 2011

Four winners were honored for excellence in technical writing during opening ceremonies at 2011 SPE® Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition. Dr. Hannes Fuchs, senior engineer at Multimatic Engineering received highest score, while Xian Jiang, doctoral candidate at Michigan State University received second highest score. Dr. W.H. Katie Zhong, a professor at WSU and Francesco Deleo, a doctoral candidate at University of Washington tied for third place. Read More

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Linear Fluorescent Lamp Shipments increase in Q3 2011.

December 26, 2011

During Q3 2011, NEMA's indexes for linear fluorescent lamp shipments increased compared to previous quarter. T8 lamp shipments led the way with 6.1% gain, while shipments of T5 and T12 lamps followed posting increases of 5.7 and 0.9%, respectively. Year-over-year performance showed double digit growth of 18.8% for T5s and 20.8% for T8s, while index for T12 lamps slipped nearly 10% compared to 1 year ago. Read More

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Student Poster Competition Winners were announced at 2011 ACCE.

December 26, 2011

SPE® announced winners of third-annual Student Poster Competition, which was held during SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) on September 13-15, 2011 in Troy, MI. Contest, which showcased emerging technologies in automotive and ground-transportation composites, featured separate undergraduate as well as graduate classifications. Students from Tuskegee University, Michigan State University, and University of Alabama-Birmingham won top 3 prizes. Read More

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PTDA Canadian Conference scheduled for June 7-9, 2012.

December 23, 2011

Eleventh annual PTDA Canadian Conference will be held at the Fairmont Empress hotel, located in Victoria, British Columbia. Event will provide intimate business networking opportunities, business educational information, and The Industry Showcase for those marketing product in Canada. Planning committee is optimistic about 2012, as latest PTDA Market Forecast indicates Canadian market will be steadily increasing in strength and growth throughout the year. Read More

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Sodium Vapor HID Lamp Index shows quarterly, yearly increases.

December 23, 2011

NEMA Q3 2011 shipment index for sodium vapor high intensity discharge (HID) lamps shows increases of 7.1% and 2.0%, respectively, for quarterly and year-over-year results. Metal halide lamps, however, decreased 5.3% from previous quarter, and mercury vapor lamps decreased 0.6%. Moreover, mercury vapor index posted 19.4% decline on year-over-year basis. Market share variations saw sodium vapor lamp increase of 2.7% to 34.4% and metal halide lamp decrease to 60.9%. Read More

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California Vapor Intrusion Guidance cites ASTM standards.

December 23, 2011

ASTM International standards are prominently featured in the Final Guidance for the Evaluation and Mitigation of Subsurface Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air, a document released by California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control. Document details how developers and site cleanup contractors should address and mitigate volatile organic compound emissions that enter buildings from contaminated soil. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standards concern amusement railway rides.

December 23, 2011

ASTM WK31185, Practice for Amusement Ride Steam Locomotives, will provide owners and operators of amusement-related steam locomotives with reference for helping maintain, operate, and inspect equipment to promote guest and employee safety. ASTM WK35400, Practice for Amusement Railway Ride Tracks, Devices and Facilities, will apply to design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, and inspection of permanently installed tracks as well as their associated devices and facilities. Read More

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NREL Licenses Technology to increase solar cell efficiency.

December 23, 2011

NREL announced that Natcore Technology Inc. has been granted patent license agreement to develop black silicon products. Also, Natcore and NREL also will enter Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to develop commercial prototypes based on NREL's black silicon inventions and patents. NREL's William Farris called this "one more step" towards making solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by decade's end. Read More

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IEEE Digital Library hosts IBM R/D Journal on cloud computing.

December 23, 2011

Appearing exclusively in IEEE Xplore® digital library, November/December issue of IBM Journal of Research and Development has been published. It focuses on cloud computing and emphasizes new technologies that form foundational building blocks for scalable and secure computing. Specifically, issue presents challenges as well as opportunities throughout range of areas spanning systems, software, and services related to cloud computing. Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Shipment Index shows sales remain robust.

December 23, 2011

Although showing a decrease of 1.2% from previous quarter, NEMA incandescent lamps shipment index for Q3 2011 increased 21.5% compared to same period last year. Latter represents largest swing, in either direction, since 2008. Also, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) shipments registered gain of 0.9% over Q2 2011 but declined for fourth consecutive y/y comparison by 15.4%. Shares of the two lamp types were essentially unchanged compared to the previous quarter. Read More

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NTSB Chairman addresses FAA flight and duty time rule.

December 23, 2011

According to statement made by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, fatigue has been on NTSB's Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements since 1990. Countless accidents trace pilot fatigue as a contributing factor. NTSB is pleased that FAA issued science-based rule for flight and duty time. While rule is not perfect, it is an improvement over status quo for large passenger-carrying operations. NTSB is disappointed, however, that new rule is limited to Part 121 carriers. Read More

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Industrial Training Course benefits laser safety officers.

December 23, 2011

Offering opportunity to connect with field experts, LIA 2-day on-site Industrial Laser Safety Officer (ILSO) course provides resource for learning hazard prevention. Attendees get overview of safety regulations, bioeffects of lasers, proper control measures, and effective program administration. In addition to CD with LSO forms, registration includes LIA Laser Safety Guide, relevant ANSI Z136 Standard, and LIA Guide to Selection of Laser Eyewear. Read More