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Broadband Forum delivers fiber solution set.

October 3, 2011

Launched at Forum's quarterly meeting, BroadbandSuite(TM) v5.0 provides architecture, management, and testing tools needed to ensure interoperability in PON deployments. Release brings together range of fiber-related work that Broadband Forum has been carrying out in its Fiber Access Networks working group, working closely with the Full Service Access Network. It will allow operators and service providers to build their fiber networks with confidence in product conformance and interoperability. Read More

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Shipments of T5 and T8 Lamps increase during first half of 2011.

October 3, 2011

NEMA shipment indexes for T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamps increased 30.2% and 12.5%, respectively, during first half of 2011 compared to same period last year. While Q2 2011 index values for T5 and T8 lamps were at record highs, first half shipments of T12 lamps declined 11.1% on year-over-year basis. During Q2 2011, T5 and T8 lamps increased their respective shares of combined market by 0.2 and 0.1 percentage points. T12 lamps gave back 0.3 percentage points, decreasing to 30%. Read More

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NEMA publishes guidelines for electric fire pump controllers.

October 3, 2011

NEMA has published NEMA ICS 14-2010 for Application Guide for Electric Fire Pump Controllers and NEMA ICS 15-2011 for Instructions for the Handling, Installation, Operation, and Maintenance for Electric Fire Pump Controllers Rated Not More than 600V. NEMA ICS 14 stresses those considerations specific to fire pump installations, while NEMA ICS 15 helps avoid personal injury and equipment damage during various processes. Read More

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I Make America Campaign thanks supporters, stages virtual march.

September 30, 2011

AEM and I Make America, announcing campaign's first anniversary, thanked supporters and entire equipment manufacturing industry for their support and advocacy. To mark the occasion, I Make America is holding Virtual March on Washington this week. Supporters are urged to send letters, sign petition, and call their elected officials in Congress to demand they pass comprehensive, well-funded highway bill. So far, campaign has enlisted support of 13,000+ people nationwide. Read More

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EPA releases final health assessment for TCE.

September 30, 2011

Released to Integrated Risk Information System database, EPA's final assessment characterizes trichloroethylene as carcinogenic to humans and as a human non-cancer health hazard. Assessment will allow for a better understanding of the risks posed to communities from exposure to TCE in soil, water, and air, and will provide policy makers with the latest scientific information to make decisions about cleanup and other actions to protect people's health. Read More

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Beef Food Safety Seminar will be presented at Process EXPO 2011.

September 30, 2011

North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) will conduct beef food safety seminar at PROCESS EXPO, which takes place November 1-4, 2011 in Chicago, IL. Non-O157 STEC's will be primary focus, and topics will include background and known information; challenges in controlling pathogens in beef products; and USDA's declaration that the "Big 6" will be considered adulterants in beef products. Presenters will include Dr. Jim Marsden and Mohammad Koohmaraie. Read More

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CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012 is ready for exhibit space sales.

September 30, 2011

Sales for indoor/outdoor exhibit space are open for CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012, which will be held May 29 through June 2 in Moscow, Russia. Central, highly visible area will provide manufacturers and their exclusive dealers with ability to control customer branding and marketing messages. For all exhibitors, AEM acts as show liaison by assisting with logistics such as travel planning, hotels, visa processing, and interpreter support. Read More

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NA Electroindustry Business Conditions stabilize in September.

September 30, 2011

NEMA Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) indicated conditions facing North American electroindustry, after signaling deterioration in each of 3 months prior, stabilized in September. While 20% of survey panelists reported conditions improved, 20% reported they worsened, and 60% reported no change. September EBCI for future North American conditions rebounded as well, with 37% of panelists expecting conditions to improve by March 2012 versus 20% anticipating they will worsen. Read More

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ASTM to sponsor symposium on Pervious Concrete.

September 30, 2011

Scheduled for Dec 4, 2011, Pervious Concrete symposium will discuss importance of testing standards for pervious concrete. Forum will present data collected on pervious projects relating to fresh concrete properties, hardened properties, durability, permeability, and mix design alternatives. Some topics will include use and intention of C1701 standard for field permeability, density and voids of freshly delivered material, and use of admixtures to improve pervious attributes. Read More

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NEMA publishes Distribution Equipment Switch Application Guide.

September 30, 2011

NEMA KS 2-2011 Distribution Equipment Switch Application Guide, A User's Reference, provides application information for the proper selection, installation, and operation of distribution equipment switches up to 600 V. Switch selection and application for UL 98, UL 977, and UL 1429 have been updated in this edition. A new standard to the series, KS 3 will contain maintenance requirements previously included in KS 2. Read More

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ASTM Standard simulates shearing by cement paste in concrete.

September 30, 2011

ASTM C1738, Practice for High-Shear Mixing of Hydraulic Cement Pastes, provides standard for preparing mixture of cement paste that will simulate shearing experience by cement paste in concrete. Proper mixing of cement paste, as described in ASTM C1738, is essential for various proposed test methods currently under development by Subcommittee C01.22 on Workability. Primary users will be operators conducting measurement using fresh cement paste. Read More

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Risk Assessment Guide addresses federal information systems.

September 30, 2011

As update to original 2002 publication, Guide for Conducting Risk Assessments (NIST Special Publication 800-30, Revision 1) provides authoritative source of comprehensive risk assessment guidance for federal information systems. Overall guidance on risk management for information systems is covered in Managing Information Security Risk: Organization, Mission, and Information System View (NIST SP 800-39), issued last March. Updated SP 800-30 focuses exclusively on risk assessments. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute provides ANSI/HI Pump Standards on CD.

September 30, 2011

Hydraulic Institute has introduced CD-ROM v3.0, which contains full set of all 30 current standards along with searchable PDF files, hypertext links from indexes to each standard/section/page, bookmarks, and annotations. Also included in the set are 12 recent standard updates covering rotodynamic, sealless, and air-operated pumps and their nomenclature, definitions, applications, and operation. Read More

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PMMI's Partner Associations add value at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

September 30, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 26-28, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will collaborate with several industry associations to add value to the most comprehensive processing and packaging event in North America. Some activities taking place during event include Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility Expo, International Bottled Water Association's Annual Business Conference, Converting and Package Printing EXPO, Reusable Packaging Pavilion, and Food Safety Summit Resource Center. Read More

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NIST Achieves Record-Low Error Rate for quantum data processing.

September 30, 2011

Due to advances in experimental design, NIST physicists achieved record-low probability of error in quantum information processing with single quantum bit (qubit). This is the first published error rate small enough to meet theoretical requirements for building viable quantum computers. NIST experiment with single beryllium ion qubit is described in forthcoming paper, Single-qubit gate error below 10-4 in a trapped ion. However, working quantum computer also will require 2-qubit logic operations with comparably low error rates. Read More

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PMMI Study shows food safety as important decision driver.

September 29, 2011

According to PMMI's market study, Food Processing Machinery Market Assessment, food safety - food contamination and its subsequent long-term effects - ranks as food processors' leading consideration when evaluating machinery. Economic environment also imposes pressure to reduce costs and leads to experimenting with their product offerings and trying overseas suppliers. Additional points in this report included rise of flexible packaging to accommodate consumer demands. Read More

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Magnetic Properties Committee will hold November meetings in FL.

September 29, 2011

ASTM International Committee A06 on Magnetic Properties welcomes participation of stakeholders interested in development of international standards for magnetic materials and magnetic properties. Biannual meeting will be held November 14-16, 2011 in Tampa, FL. Formed in 1903, ASTM Committee A06 oversees ~50 standards dealing with magnetic materials and magnetic properties. Through its 5 subcommittees, A06 develops variety of test methods and materials specifications. Read More

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Presentations are Invited on cementitious properties prediction.

September 29, 2011

Presentations are being sought for Thermal Methods for Prediction of Properties of Cementitious Systems workshop, which will take place December 2, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. Interested participants must submit 250-300 word abstract via email to workshop co-chairmen. Sponsors include ASTM International Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, as well as joint Subcommittee C01.48/C09.48 on Performance of Cementitious Materials and Admixture Combinations. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover speakerphones and ventilation.

September 29, 2011

To help ensure that speakerphone conversations can be heard loud and clear, IEEE has released IEEE 1329-2010, which provides techniques for measuring electroacoustic and voice-switching characteristics of speakerphones that connect directly or indirectly to analog or digital telephone network. ANSI/AIHA Z9.9-2010, Portable Ventilation Systems, describes fundamental good practices related to design, manufacture, maintenance, use, and testing of portable ventilation systems. Read More

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Baldrige Book helps organizations gain 20/20 foresight.

September 29, 2011

Baldrige 20/20: An Executive's Guide to the Criteria for Performance Excellence showcases strategies, results, and experiences from past winners of the Baldrige National Quality Award who have used the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Book describes how the criteria have been used to foster organizational alignment and operational efficiency, achieve better financial results, satisfy and engage customers and workforce, and innovate and improve products and services. Read More