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ASTM Committee honors Kevin VonScio's leadership skills.

April 8, 2013

Kevin VonScio of Perryman Co. received Lundell-Bright Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials. This award honors VonScio's leadership skills as chairman of Subcommittee E01.22 on Laboratory Quality as well as chairman of task group that developed ASTM E2857, Standard Guide for Validating Analytical Methods. ASTM International member since 2008, VonScio also serves as secretary of Subcommittee E01.06. Read More

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MITA Standard helps manage radiation doses of CT equipment.

April 8, 2013

NEMA's Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance has published XR 29 Standard Attributes on Computed Tomography Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management. XR 29, also known as MITA Smart Dose, includes 4 key features of CT equipment that enable optimization or management of radiation dose delivery while also providing high quality medical images. They include: DICOM Radiation Dose Structured Report, CT Dose Check, Automatic Exposure Controls, and pediatric and adult reference protocols. Read More

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Vessel General Permit has been finialized by U.S. EPA.

April 8, 2013

EPA issued final vessel general permit, regulating discharges (including ballast water) from commercial vessels, in order to help protect nation's waters from ship-borne pollutants and reduce invasive species in U.S. waters. Final vessel general permit covers commercial vessels greater than 79 ft in length, excluding military and recreational vessels; regulates 27 specific discharge categories; improves permit process efficiency; and clarifies discharge requirements. Read More

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SPE Antec 2013 will feature 3 New Technology Forums.

April 8, 2013

ANTEC® 2013 plastics technical conference will take place April 22–24, 2013 in Cincinnati, OH and feature one New Technology Forum each day. In chronological order, New Technology Forums include Managing Innovation, with 4 presentations; Smart Polymers, with 5 presentations; and Polymer Applications in Health, with 6 presentations. ANTEC conference consists of original, peer-reviewed presentations on various topics relevant to global plastics industry. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending up 0.7% in February.

April 8, 2013

According to April 1 construction spending report by U.S. Commerce Department, nation’s nonresidential construction spending rose 0.7% in February. Total nonresidential construction spending stands at $575.6 billion, and is up 2.6% from 1 year ago. In February, private nonresidential construction spending rose 0.4% on monthly basis and 6.1% on year-over-year basis, while public nonresidential construction spending expanded 1.1% on monthly basis, but was still 1.2% lower from same time last year. Read More

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Machine Vision Technology Webinar looks at inspection, metrology.

April 5, 2013

David Dechow of Aptura Machine Vision Solutions will present Machine Vision Technology in High Precision Online Inspection and Metrology webinar from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT on April 17, 2013. Attendees will learn about technology and techniques used to successfully implement machine vision for high-precision measurement and inspection in online industrial applications. In addition to identifying critical imaging, lighting, and optical components, webinar will address integration issues. Read More

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Mercury, Air Toxics Standards are updated for new power plants.

April 5, 2013

Based on information and analysis that became available after rule was finalized, U.S. EPA issued updates to pollution limits for new power plants under mercury and air toxics standards. Updates are largely technical and will have no impact on sensible and cost-effective standards already set for existing power plants. Also, public health benefits and costs of rule remain unchanged. Updates ensure emissions limits are achievable and pollution levels can be measured continuously. Read More

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Experts propose research for making concrete Greener.

April 5, 2013

According to NIST report, potential engineering performance, energy efficiency, and environmental benefits make Greener concrete a challenge worth tackling. Some consensus high-priority research topics identified by experts include: developing tools and metrics for quantifying advantages/disadvantages of using different materials in concrete; developing computer models that can predict performance of green concrete mixtures; and improving test methods for characterizing portland cement substitutes. Read More