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Collection of IAQ Standards is available on CD-ROM.

October 10, 2011

ASTM Standards on Indoor Air Quality, 4th Edition, offers latest data for establishing consistent and reliable methods for sampling and analysis of indoor air quality (IAQ). In all, there are 63 standards from ASTM Committees D22 on Air Quality; E06 on Performance of Buildings; E30 on Forensic Sciences; E35 on Pesticides, Antimicrobials, and Alternative Control Agents; and E47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate that collectively provide foundation for interpreting measurements. Read More

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Proposed Standard offers guidance on live-line tools.

October 10, 2011

A proposed new standard being developed by ASTM International Committee F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers will provide guidance to assist in the required testing of live-line tools. ASTM WK33590, Guide for In-Service Inspection, Maintenance and Electrical Testing of Insulating Tools will also contain failure requirements for testing live-line tools, which is key to any testing process. Primary users of proposed standard will be utility and electrical testing companies. Read More

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PROCESS EXPO 2011 Seminar shows how customers drive innovation.

October 10, 2011

To be presented at PROCESS EXPO 2011, Innovation Driven by Customer Needs is designed for food processors who would like to partner with equipment vendors to produce unique products or improve current processes. John McIssac, Vice-President at Reiser, Inc., will reveal company's "no one size fits all" philosophy and promises to deliver interactive seminar showing videos that underscore theme of this meeting. PROCESS EXPO 2011 will be held in Chicago, IL from November 1-4. Read More

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SAE and ASM agree to strategic publishing partnership.

October 7, 2011

SAE International and American Welding Society have agreed to partnership that will enable SAE to sell both print and electronic versions of selected AWS books in their entirety and as individual chapters. Agreement is part of SAE International's Content Partnership Program, which seeks to expand its publishing program by partnering with book publishers, industry experts, multimedia producers, and variety of other technical knowledge providers. Read More

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IPC's Hand Soldering Competition names winner.

October 7, 2011

During IPC hand soldering competition, 22 participants were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within a half hour. Each was awarded points based on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies Class 3 criteria, the speed at which assembly was produced, and overall functionality. Earning 97 out of 100 points, Nichole DeVries took home a $500 grand prize from IPC and an MX-5010 workstation, compliments of OK International/Metcal. Read More

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Lasers for Manufacturing Event highlighted industrial laser safety.

October 7, 2011

Auto-industry labor agreement stipulating increased laser-safety training for employees underscored timeliness of LIA's safety program at inaugural Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME). LIA Education Director Gus Anibarro taught 100+ LME attendees about hazards of certain lasers and proper methods for avoiding worker injuries. Such training is becoming increasingly important as major industries are increasingly incorporating lasers in manufacturing applications. Read More

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TRFA Meeting welcomes record number of attendees.

October 7, 2011

When TRFA met Sept 11-13, it welcomed 144 attendees to its annual meeting, along with 19 Table Top Showcase exhibitors and 14 technical paper presentations. TRFA also presented its Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award to Rongpeng Wang, a doctoral student in chemistry, for his paper, "Epoxidized Glycidyl Ester of Soybean Oil as Reactive Diluent for Epoxy Resin." Event participants also enjoyed networking opportunities throughout the schedule. Read More

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Lasers for Manufacturing Event draws nearly 70 exhibitors.

October 7, 2011

Held Sept 27-28, Lasers for Manufacturing Event educated representatives from various industries about how to improve efficiency and profitability with laser welding, cladding, drilling, and cutting technologies. The "Technology showcase theater" allowed 40+ industry players to present information to attendees in 10-20 min segments, while four 1-hour sessions detailed types of lasers, how to assemble them into manufacturing systems, processes for maximizing ROI, and how to use lasers safely. Read More

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Corey L. Haeder receives ASTM Merlin IB Spangler Award.

October 7, 2011

Corey L. Haeder, chief engineer at Cretex Concrete Products West Inc., has received the Merlin G. "IB" Spangler Award from ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe for his outstanding technical contributions to the committee. Haeder joined Cretex Concrete Products West Inc. in 1997 as an office engineer and assumed his current role in 2003. A graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Haeder specializes in buried precast concrete drainage structures and bridges. Read More

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EPA recognizes WaterSense Partners of the Year.

October 7, 2011

EPA has recognized 5 organizations and 1 individual as the 2011 WaterSense Partners of the Year. More than 2,200 partners make WaterSense labeled products and new homes more affordable and easy to find, and the 6 Partners of the Year have shown outstanding contributions to water efficiency. They include Cobb County Water System, Delta Faucet Company, The Home Depot, KB Home, and Energy Inspectors Corporation as well as Christopher Curry, who practices water-efficient irrigation design. Read More

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Papers invited for ASTM lubricant symposium.

October 7, 2011

Scheduled for Dec 9, 2013, Environmentally Considerate Lubricants symposium will provide technical forum for discussions related to current trends and details on current research efforts to advance use of bio-based and other environmentally acceptable lubricants. Papers are invited on fundamentals of bio-based lubricants, test method developments, applications, environment policies and testing problems, novel testing alternatives, and additive technology for bio-based/biodegradable lubricants. Read More

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FABTECH 2011 Panel will examine industry outlook.

October 6, 2011

At FABTECH 2011, Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, will lead panel of industry CEOs in discussing current state of manufacturing, its role in economic recovery, and future-shaping trends. Featured speakers from Schuler, TRUMPF, Lincoln Electric, and DuPont Powder Coatings America will examine market expansion, new technology, and threats from international competition. Industry outlook panel speakers will also address shortage of personnel with key manufacturing skills. Read More

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Updated System Smoke Detector Guide promotes proper use.

October 6, 2011

NEMA SB 11-2011 Guide for Proper Use of System Smoke Detectors, developed by Signaling Protection and Communication Section, has been published with the B 11 designation and provides technical information on basic fire alarm systems, with focus on early-warning smoke detection devices. Covering smoke detectors connected to control panel, guide has been updated to include technology advancements spanning past 10 years. Read More

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Gulf Coast Task Force releases ecosystem restoration strategy.

October 6, 2011

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, chaired by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, released for public review its preliminary strategy for long term ecosystem restoration. Strategy, which will be presented to President Obama at end of review period, recommends stopping loss of wetlands, reducing flow of nutrients into Gulf, and enhancing resiliency among coastal communities. Task Force will also review existing policies, programs, and regulations that are slowing down restoration progress. Read More

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Photos prove triple rainbows exist.

October 6, 2011

Tertiary rainbows, caused by 3 reflections of each light ray within a raindrop, have finally been confirmed, thanks to photographic perseverance and a new meteorological model that provides the scientific underpinnings to find them. In addition to confirmed photo of a tertiary rainbow, optical hunt revealed a shimmering trace of a fourth rainbow. The work is described in a series of papers in a special issue published in the Optical Society's journal, Applied Optics. Read More

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Brambert named group publisher for FMA Communications, Inc.

October 6, 2011

As group publisher, David Brambert will be responsible for the strategic direction of FMA's industrial publications, which include The FABRICATOR, TPJ-the Tube and Pipe Journal, STAMPING Journal, Practical Welding Today, and Green Manufacturer as well as association's e-newsletter, vendor directories, and websites. Brambert has more than 27 years of experience in the publishing industry, 12 of them as either publisher or group publisher. Read More

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Three Facilities earn Energy Star CHP award.

October 6, 2011

U.S. EPA recognized 3 facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power award for demonstrating leadership and commitment to protecting peoples' health and the environment. By using CHP technology, award winners achieved estimated annual energy savings of more than $4 million and avoided carbon pollution equivalent to that from nearly 20,000 cars on the road. Winners include Dominion Transmission-Crayne Station of Waynesburg, PA; KPMG LLP of Minneapolis, MN; and University of Cincinnati. Read More

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ASTM Search and Rescue Committee is working on various standards.

October 6, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK33934, Guide for Mountain Search and Rescue Member Level I, will fill existing gap in criteria for National Emergency Responder Credentialing System currently being developed by FEMA. Proposed standard ASTM WK34207, Guide for Helicopter Land Operations Search and Rescue Technician, suits those who have SAR training and want to use their skills in helicopter environment as well as helicopter crewmembers who want to expand SAR skills to support missions from air. Read More

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ASTM Silica Symposium. invites paper submittals.

October 6, 2011

Scheduled for Oct 25-26, 2012, symposium on Silica and Associated Respirable Mineral Particles builds on work presented at first silica symposium held in 2004. It will provide update on sampling and analytical progress towards accurately assessing respirable crystalline silica exposures for compliance with current limit values for worker protection. Papers are requested on any aspects of sampling and analysis of airborne respirable dust generally, or respirable crystalline silica specifically. Read More

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Researchers Transform iPhone into medical imaging device.

October 5, 2011

Researchers from University of California, Davis have transformed iPhones into medical-quality imaging and chemical detection devices. With materials that cost about as much as a typical app, enhanced smartphones capabilities can be used to perform detailed microscopy and spectroscopy. Team responsible will present their findings at Optical Society's (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2011, which will take place in San Jose, CA from October 16-20. Read More