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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

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Three Scientists from NIST receive PECASE honors.

September 29, 2011

Three researchers at NIST will receive 2010 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), highest honor U.S. government can bestow upon scientists and engineers beginning their independent research careers. Winners included chemical engineer Jeffrey Fagan as well as physicists Kartik Srinivasan and Jacob Taylor. They will each receive up to 5-year research grant to further their study in support of critical government missions. Read More

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NEMA publishes ANSI Z535 for Safety Alerting Standards.

September 29, 2011

NEMA has published ANSI Z535.1 through .6 and Color Chart for Safety Alerting Standards. Z535 series is valuable for those needing comprehensive source of standards relating to design, application, and use of safety signs, colors, and symbols. It is used by manufacturers of ink, pigments, and dyes for the safety sign industry, including sign, label, and tag makers; designers of safety signs, labels, tags, and tapes; and symbol comprehension testing programs. Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Index increases during second quarter.

September 29, 2011

NEMA's shipment index for incandescent lamps increased for second consecutive quarter in Q2 2011, showing improvement of 5.6% over same period last year. Conversely, index for compact fluorescent lamps declined for fifth consecutive quarter. Rate of decline accelerated to 18.5% on year-over-year basis versus 16.8% y/y and 8.7% y/y during Q1 2011 and Q4 2010, respectively. Incandescent lamp share of 80% for combined incandescent-CFL market is the highest reading since Q4 2007. Read More

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EPA Scientists receive Presidential Honor.

September 29, 2011

Dr. Gayle Hagler and Dr. David Reif were named recipients of the 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dr. Hagler was nominated for leading research in development and use of new technologies to measure and map air pollutant emissions near roadside locations. In addition to studying subsets of childhood asthma, Dr. Reif was nominated for developing tools for prioritizing and profiling chemicals for potential toxicity to human health and environment. Read More

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ANSI to host meetings on transatlantic partnerships.

September 29, 2011

As a special highlight of World Standards Week 2011, ANSI will host a free U.S.-European open conference on transatlantic partnerships on Wednesday, October 12. Organized in conjunction with the European Standards Organizations, ANSI-ESO Conference will foster networking and an open dialogue on standards and compliance programs in such critical and emerging areas as e-mobility/electric vehicles, energy, and security. Read More

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PMT Packaging Line of the Year Award goes to Florida produce grower.

September 28, 2011

PMT magazine congratulates produce picker and shipper Florida Specialties, LLC, for receiving 7th annual PMT Packaging Line of the Year Award for the packaging line installed at its Immokalee, FL, facility. Florida Specialties enlisted expertise of Heat and Control to develop packaging solution that produces retail bags of green, yellow, and wax beans. Line enables collection, triple-washing, bean-trimming, weighing, bag-making, and filling within 24 hr. Read More

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Papers invited for Energy Efficient Hydraulic Fluids workshop.

September 28, 2011

Papers are solicited to address the development of energy efficient hydraulic fluids and measurement of the resulting benefits. Potential paper topics include but are not limited to pump efficiency test methodology, hydraulic fluid performance, field trials, theory and modeling, and hydraulic fluid chemistry, as well as hydraulic fluid impact on wear and efficiency, efficiency benefits, sustainability, pump types, and motor types. Read More

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ASTM Committee presents Award of Merit to Thomas J. Slavin.

September 28, 2011

Thomas J. Slavin, global safety and health director at Navistar Inc., has received Award of Merit from Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety. A member of ASTM since 1979, Slavin was cited for his exceptional leadership and technical contributions to development of occupational health and safety standards. Slavin began his career as an industrial hygienist at Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and served as coordinator of industrial hygiene at MVMA before joining Navistar in 1979. Read More

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ASHRAE Whitepaper addresses liquid cooled datacenters.

September 28, 2011

Increasing heat densities combined with interest in energy and waste heat recovery created need for liquid cooling guidelines to help bridge gap between IT equipment design and data center facility design. Available for free download, whitepaper titled "2011 Thermal Guidelines for Liquid Cooled Data Processing Environments," creates data center classes for liquid cooling, and provides insight into condensation, operation, water flow rates, pressure, velocity, and quality. Read More

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Green Power Community Challenge Winners announced by EPA.

September 28, 2011

Washington, D.C. and Brookeville, MD communities won Green Power Community Challenge for most amount of green power used annually and highest green power percentage of total electricity use, respectively. Year-long challenge encouraged communities to voluntarily increase use of green power generated from renewable resources. According to EPA's Gina McCarthy, this challenge proved any community, by harnessing power of its businesses and residents, can achieve real environmental results. Read More

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World Standards Week 2011 scheduled for Oct 11-14.

September 28, 2011

World Standards Week brings together members of standards and conformity assessment community and leaders from all industry sectors to celebrate standardization and the critical role it plays in all aspects of commerce and everyday life. Event will include ANSI-ESO Conference on Transatlantic Partnerships, 2011 ANSI Service and Leadership Awards, Member Meetings and Legal Issues Forum, and U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day and Exhibition. Read More

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APEC Conference addressed global energy management challenge.

September 28, 2011

On September 13-14, Implementation of Energy Management Systems (EnMS) Standardization conference examined how APEC member economies can harness ISO 50001 to meet the global energy challenge. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia, in his welcome remarks, said "An organization's commitment to more effective energy management makes positive contributions toward reducing depletion of energy resources." He also noted that "smart energy use can also free up budget dollars for other initiatives." Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to PHMSA.

September 28, 2011

According to the NTSB, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration should require operators of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines to provide system-specific information about pipeline systems to emergency response agencies of communities and jurisdictions in which pipelines are located. All operators should be required to equip SCADA systems with tools to assist in recognizing and pinpointing location of leaks, including line breaks. Read More

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Equipment Leasing Index shows overall growth in new business.

September 28, 2011

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for August shows overall new business volume as $5.7 billion, which is up 33% from volume of same period in 2010. Volume is unchanged from previous month, and year-to-date cumulative new business volume is up 25%. All credit quality metrics showed improvement, with receivables over 30 days decreasing to 2.5% and charge-offs down as well. Credit standards relaxed, as number of lease applications approved increased to 77.6%. Read More

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International Benchmarking Report looks at SME support programs.

September 28, 2011

International Benchmarking of Countries SME Support Programs and Policies builds on Information Technology and Innovation Foundation's (ITIF) recent report by identifying and analyzing manufacturing support programs and practices for SMEs that have been implemented in 10 countries in addition to those of USA. Emphasis is given to countries that have created formal agencies, institutions, or programs to provide manufacturing extension services to SME manufacturers. Read More

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New Chinese 2D Bar Code has been announced by AIM Inc.

September 28, 2011

Han Xin Code 2D matrix symbology, made up of square modules arranged in overall square pattern, features finder patterns that assist in location of position, size, and inclination. In addition to capability to encode double-byte Chinese characters (GB18030), symbology can efficiently encode numeric and ASCII characters as well as octet bytes such as graphic/audio information. Also, user-selectable levels of Reed-Solomon error correction ensure correct decoding even with damaged symbols. Read More