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Concrete Standard provides septic system installation test.

November 10, 2011

ASTM C1719, Test Method for Installed Precast Concrete Tanks and Accessories by the Negative Air Pressure Test Prior to Backfill, was developed by Subcommittee C27.30 on Water and Wastewater Containers, part of ASTM International Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products. According to Michael R. Miller, quality manager, Press-Seal Gasket Corp., and C27 member, ASTM C1719 will be used primarily by regulators, specifiers, progressive installers, and purchasers. Read More

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Automate and ProMat to collocate in 2013.

November 10, 2011

Automation Technologies Council and MHIA announced that the Automate Show and Conference will collocate with ProMat, January 21-24, 2013. Automate 2013 is the premier event for robots, vision, motion control, and related automation solutions in North America, while ProMat is the premier material handling and logistics show held in North America. During collocated event, over 825 exhibitors are expected to showcase their solutions to some 30,000 professionals from over 100 countries. Read More

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NIST to Help Speed Technology Transfer from federal labs.

November 10, 2011

As part of October 28, 2011 Presidential Memorandum, NIST will help accelerate transfer of federal research and development from laboratory to marketplace to help U.S. businesses create jobs and strengthen competitiveness in global economy. NIST will help lead agencies with federal laboratories to develop plans that establish performance goals to increase number and pace of effective technology transfer and commercialization activities in partnership with nonfederal organizations. Read More

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NASA signs agreement to reuse Kennedy Space Center facilities.

November 10, 2011

In agreement that will create jobs, NASA announced partnership with Space Florida to exclusively occupy, use, and modify Kennedy Space Center's Orbiter Processing Facility-3, the Space Shuttle Main Engine Processing Facility and Processing Control Center. Space Florida is leasing Orbiter Processing Facility-3 to the Boeing Company to manufacture and test the company's Crew Space Transportation spacecraft, creating up to 550 jobs along the Space Coast. Read More

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NIST signs agreement to enhance cybersecurity education.

November 10, 2011

NIST has agreed to work with Department of Education and National Cybersecurity Education Council to develop strategic public-private partnership to promote formal cybersecurity education for K-12, higher education, and vocational programs. The plan, outlined in Memorandum of Understanding, is designed to help National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education meet one of its top priorities, which is to broaden the pool of skilled workers capable of supporting a cyber-secure nation. Read More

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NTSB announces preliminary agenda for Public Aircraft Forum.

November 10, 2011

Scheduled for November 30 through December 1, Public Aircraft Oversight Forum: Ensuring Safety for Critical Missions will address importance of effective oversight in ensuring safety of public aircraft operations. Event will identify where responsibility lies for oversight of aircraft operations, and facilitate sharing of best practices and lessons learned across parties involved in oversight. Forum is open to all and free to attend. Read More

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Home Builders Commit to new 2012 Energy Star guidelines.

November 10, 2011

More than 400 builders, including 6 of country's largest (Ashton Woods Homes, Beazer Homes, KB Home, Meritage Homes, M/I Homes, and NVR, Inc), have agreed to develop Energy Star-qualified homes in 2012. All have made corporate commitments to meeting new requirements that mandate Energy Star homes be at least 15% more efficient than homes built to 2009 IECC and feature additional measures that deliver total energy efficiency improvement of up to 30% compared to typical new homes. Read More

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Quantum Computers are studied by NIST scientists.

November 9, 2011

Physicists working at NIST have shown how different types of parts needed for quantum computers might communicate. Specifically, team demonstrated it is possible to take photons from 2 disparate sources and render them partially indistinguishable. That photons can be made to coalesce and become indistinguishable without losing their essential quantum properties suggests, in principle, they can connect various types of hardware devices into one quantum information network. Read More

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Manufacturing Training Program helps participants return to work.

November 9, 2011

The Manufacturing Institute will officially launch a fast-track education and training program built on NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System. Program is designed to accelerate unemployed and transitioning workers' return to work and meet high demand for workers in precision machining jobs in manufacturing. With Right Skills Now, individuals can earn college credit and national industry certifications in 16 weeks, preparing them for immediate employment in manufacturing jobs. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today incldues FISH! Philosophy article.

November 9, 2011

Appearing in Welding & Gases Today, business book co-author and GAWDA speaker Harry Paul's "Thriving No Matter What" shares how his FISH! method, which drives employees to wake up every day and say, "I get to go to work, I don't have to," helps organizations of all sizes gain competitive edge. Article details 4 FISH! Philosophy points, including winning aspects of maintaining a positive attitude as well as creating good customer experiences. Read More

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Aginzo Consulting Group joins Aluminum Association.

November 9, 2011

Joining Aluminum Association as Associate member, Aginzo Consulting Group provides consulting and information technology services to aluminum and other metals' industries through team of highly specialized consultants. All consultants possess 15+ years of experience in aluminum and other metal industries and interact directly with clients for special projects and improvements. Read More

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Manufacturers fight online sale of counterfeit goods.

November 9, 2011

Brian Raymond, NAM Director of Technology Policy, issued statement on introduction of the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House. According to Raymond, sale of counterfeit and pirated goods on rogue websites costs thousands of manufacturing jobs across America each year. House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) has introduced legislation to deal with rogue sites by enhancing government's ability to defend against theft of intellectual property and to punish those who commit such crimes. Read More

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EPA Reinstates TRI Reporting Requirements for hydrogen sulfide.

November 9, 2011

EPA is reinstating Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide. Part of EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's ongoing efforts to provide Americans with helpful information on chemicals they may encounter daily, TRI consists of publicly available database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries and federal facilities. This action will be effective for 2012 TRI reporting year. Read More

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EPA updates Energy Star Tool to support hospitals.

November 9, 2011

EPA released update to Energy Star's national energy performance scale methodology that will help hospitals better assess energy performance and make more informed financial and investment decisions to cut costs and improve energy efficiency. Energy Star's Portfolio Manager, an online energy measurement and tracking tool, will now include updated hospital methodology. Update reflects new survey data provided by American Society for Healthcare Engineering. Read More

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Papers Invited for ASTM Symposium on zirconium in nuclear industry.

November 9, 2011

Papers are invited for 17th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry, which will be held February 3-7, 2013 in Hyderabad, India. Symposium will provide forum for exchanging new information on fabrication, testing, development, and characterization of traditional as well as new zirconium-based materials in nuclear industry. Of particular interest are studies that focus on identifying and understanding mechanism of zirconium-based materials behavior. Read More

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ASTM Sealant Standard tests new products for weather exposure.

November 9, 2011

ASTM C1735, Test Method for Measuring the Time Dependent Modulus of Sealants Using Stress Relaxation, will help sealant manufacturers to evaluate new products and changes to said products due to weather exposure. According to NIST research chemist and C24 member Christopher White Ph.D., this standard quantifies properties of interest that can be used to follow changes in sealant and may result in early detection and correction of problems." Read More

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NIST Requests Comments on 2 wireless security guides.

November 8, 2011

NIST has issued, for public review and comment, 2 draft guides to securing wireless Bluetooth communication networks and WLANs. NIST SP 800-121 Rev 1 describes security capabilities of technologies based on Bluetooth and gives recommendations to organizations on securing their devices effectively. Guidelines for Securing WLANs (SP 800-153) provides organizations with recommendations for improving security configuration and monitoring of WLANs and connected devices. Read More

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NIST releases update to Smart Grid framework.

November 8, 2011

Released for public comment, NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Release 2.0 includes new cybersecurity guidance and product testing proposals. Release 2.0 also adds 22 standards, specifications, and guidelines to the 75 NIST recommended as immediately applicable to Smart Grid in first roadmap. Also new to 2.0 version is a chapter on roles of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel and framework for testing conformity of devices to be connected to Smart Grid. Read More

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First Products Achieve Broadband Forum G-PON ONU Certification.

November 8, 2011

First certified G-PON products from 7 vendors were announced at ITU Telecom World in Geneva, marking milestone in expanding deployment of high-speed fiber broadband to ensure support of multi-play, bandwidth-hungry services/devices. Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh called this compliance certification program "the bedrock on which to expedite interoperability and fiber market penetration" and claimed it will "ensure strong future network development for superfast broadband." Read More

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EMS Industry Study forecasts growth and reveals trends.

November 8, 2011

According to 2010-2011 Analysis and Forecast for the EMS Industry, electronics manufacturing services market is projected to grow 14.8% globally and 10.2% in North America this year. Study reveals reduction in spending on automated assembly equipment this year compared to 2010, but increase in capital equipment spending overall in North America. Study also examines trends in market size, sources of revenue, revenue per employee, services offered, markets served, and customer relationship metrics. Read More