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BIO Applauds House, Senate for SBIR Reauthorization deal.

December 15, 2011

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood praised House and Senate for reaching deal on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Reauthorization as amendment to National Defense Authorization Act (HR 1540). In his statement, Greenwood noted how "SBIR provides much needed funding for the development of innovative medical therapies" and specifically applauded House and Senate leadership for efforts in advancing this measure. Read More

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ASABE Revises Test Procedure for agricultural braking systems.

December 14, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) standard ANSI/ASAE S365.9, Braking System Test Procedures and Braking Performance Criteria for Agricultural Field Equipment, has been updated to reflect current technology as well as anticipate future incorporation of towed machinery systems. Copy of this document is available for order, and electronic copy can also be viewed by ASABE members as well as those with site-license privileges to ASABE online Technical Library. Read More

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BSA opens registration for 2012 Annual Convention.

December 14, 2011

BSA is encouraging industry leaders to register for association's 2012 Annual Convention planned for April 29 to May 1 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL. Early registrants save on registration by leveraging Early Bird rates for distributor members and participating manufacturers. To facilitate early registration, BSA has launched 2012 Annual Convention website, featuring detailed look at business program and networking opportunities. Read More

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Cold Climate Conference extends call for papers to Jan 6.

December 14, 2011

Hosted by ASHRAE, Cold Climate HVAC 2012 will provide key elements of strategy by which scientists, designers, engineers, and manufacturers in cold climate regions can achieve good indoor environmental quality, with minimum use of resources and energy. Scientific Committee seeks papers featuring innovations in cold climate HVAC design, such as new technologies and applications, improved methodologies, improvements to computational models, and novel avenues of research. Read More

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Study Finds Failure Points in firefighter protective equipment.

December 14, 2011

In fire experiments conducted in Chicago-area townhouses, NIST researchers uncovered temperature and heat-flow conditions that can damage facepiece lenses on firefighter breathing equipment. Findings are detailed in "Fire Exposures of Fire Fighter Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Facepiece Lenses," which was sponsored by U.S. Fire Administration and Department of Homeland Security and is an important step toward improving vulnerable component of firefighter's protective gear. Read More

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NIST publishes revised biometric standard.

December 14, 2011

Referenced as ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011, Data Format for Interchange of Fingerprint, Facial and Other Biometric Information expands type and amount of information that forensic scientists can share across international networks. New types of biometric data, such as DNA and plantars/footprints were added as well as updates to existing record types. Extended Feature Set allows for marking and exchanging latent ridge print information, ensuring analysts use same terminology, references, and procedures. Read More

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Paint and Coating Testing Manual is offered in updated version.

December 14, 2011

Paint and Coating Testing Manual: 15th Edition of the Gardner-Sward Handbook is available from ASTM International. Total of 79 chapters, written by experts in their fields, feature new and updated technologies within paint and coating industry, covering 16 years since the last edition was published. Briefly and critically, manual describes most ASTM test methods that are significant in paint technology. Read More

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Institute announces 2012 Executive Team and new Board members.

December 14, 2011

RK Stewart, chosen as Chair, is an associate principal in the San Francisco office of architecture firm Perkins+Will. James "Tim" Ryan, CBO, is the code administrator for city of Overland Park, KS and was chosen as Vice Chair. John P. Kelly, chosen as Secretary, recently retired as executive VP of Ryan Companies US, Inc. Edd Soenke, picked for Treasurer, is principal of The Design Partnership. New members to the Board include Wally Bailey, Cheryl English, and Thomas Mitchell. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 80.5% from 2010.

December 14, 2011

According to AMT and AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors' Association), October 2011 U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $463.32 million. This total, reported by USMTO program participants, was down 22.4% from September but up 20.3% compared with $385.21 million total reported for October 2010. With year-to-date total of $4,529.11 million, 2011 is up 80.5% compared with 2010. Numbers and data are based on totals of data reported by companies participating in USMTO program. Read More

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Manufacturers Say Border Agreement will boost exports.

December 14, 2011

Responding to border security and competitiveness agreement announced by President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper, NAM's Jay Timmons said that growing barriers and delays experienced by U.S. manufacturers when shipping across northern border limits export growth and hurts job creation. Timmons' statement, made on behalf of manufacturers, urged President Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline "as soon as possible" in order to "help meet the goal of doubling exports by 2014." Read More

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Winter Meeting Attendees to hear inventory sharing presentation.

December 14, 2011

When attendees at Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) Winter Meeting break for lunch on January 16th in Tampa, FL, they will hear presentation by Mark Tomalonis of WarehouseTWO LLC on its inventory-sharing service for excess or surplus inventory created exclusively for durable goods manufacturers and their authorized distributors. WarehouseTWO verifies member's authorized access to each product line or marketing group prior to activating corresponding community on member's account. Read More

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NFPA Webcasts show how standards can improve system design.

December 14, 2011

NFPA will present 6 educational webcasts that focus on key issues facing fluid power industry today. Participants will learn how to use standards to design and build better fluid power systems that increase energy efficiency, improve reliability, reduce environmental impact, and ensure system safety. Each 60-minute presentation will include at least 15 minutes of questions and answers. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2012 to focus on design innovation, best practices.

December 14, 2011

Innovations and best practices will be featured in IPC Designers Forum and design-focused courses at IPC APEX EXPO 2012, which takes place February 26 through March 1 in San Diego, CA. Industry experts and leaders will share insights into taking command of technologies and processes for next generation electronics. On February 27, half-day program of education and technical exchange will cover critical design issues. Read More

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ASTM Publication details soil compaction quality control standards.

December 14, 2011

Manual 70, Quality Control of Soil Compaction Using ASTM Standards, provides information on proper application of ASTM standards for soil compaction for various earthworks. Specifically, it combines established soil mechanics engineering fundamentals and discussions on using ASTM standards related to those fundamentals. ASTM Soil Compaction Standards-A Companion CD to Manual 70 includes 34 ASTM standards that address test methods used for analyzing or controlling compaction of soil. Read More

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NIST Enables Analysis of ultrafine indoor air contaminants.

December 13, 2011

NIST researchers spent 75 days in 1,500 ft² test house tracking and analyzing release, distribution, and fate of particles from 2.5-100 nm emitted by gas and electric stoves, hair dryers, power tools, and candles. Collected data was used to develop model for predicting changes in size and distribution of ultrafine particles discharged by tools, appliances, and other sources. Monitoring particles of such size was made possible by NIST advances in measurement capabilities. Read More

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NIST Detectors enhance Hawaiian telescope's sensitivity.

December 13, 2011

Submillimeter, 4.5 ton SCUBA-2 camera, mounted on James Clerk Maxwell Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, is based on NIST superconducting technology. Inclusion of 10,000+ NIST superconducting sensors promotes optimized sensitivity and accelerated sky mapping with extended field of view for astronomers. Specifically, camera is sensitive to objects associated with very cold gas and dust clouds which absorb visible light but emit submillimeter radiation between microwave and IR bands. Read More

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ATA welcomes TravelCenters of America LLC.

December 13, 2011

ATA's newest allied member, TravelCenters of America provides fleets and drivers with facilities and services that help drive efficiency. Pace-setting programs such as StayFit health and fitness initiative, StaySafe parking lot program, and TruckSmart smart phone application demonstrate TravelCenters' ability and desire to provide the trucking industry with effective solutions for efficiency, comfort, and well being of its drivers as well as optimization of their business processes. Read More

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Mechanical Fastener, Processes Standards are offered on CD-ROM.

December 13, 2011

ASTM Standards for Mechanical Fasteners and Related Processes, 3rd Edition, compiles 15+ Annual Book of ASTM Standards volumes. It provides all standards developed by ASTM International Committee F16 on Fasteners as well as most commonly referenced documents. In total, 159 ASTM International standards cover topics such as raw materials, inspection, testing procedures, plating, and QA for threaded, non-threaded, driven, and other fasteners and fastener components. Read More

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Injection Molding Conference will be held in March 2012.

December 13, 2011

Registration is open for MIM2012, international conference on injection molding of metals, ceramics, and carbides, which will be held March 19-21, 2012 in San Diego, CA. With focus on "designing MIM parts and materials for performance and value," conference targets all who have vested interest in application of powder injection molding. There will be 20+ presentations, tabletop exhibition, and networking reception as well as optional one-day tutorial on powder injection molding. Read More

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Proposed Standard will determine flood damage resistance.

December 13, 2011

ASTM WK35237, Practice for Determining the Flood Damage Resistance Rating of Materials and Assemblies, seeks to provide way to evaluate building materials and assemblies for use in below-base flood elevation construction. Specifically, standard will establish methods for determining ratings, acceptable or unacceptable, of materials and assemblies for use below lowest floor of new and substantially damaged structures in accordance with National Flood Insurance Program requirements. Read More