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ASTM Protective Coatings Standard to address dry fall properties.

August 23, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK34014, Practice for Determining the Dry Fall (Fog) Properties of Protective Coatings, will be used to evaluate dry fall properties of coatings prior to large scale use as well as to determine whether coatings possess same dry fall properties when fallout collects on surfaces with elevated temperature. Potential users of the standard, including coating manufacturers, architects, engineers, and facility owners, are encouraged to participate in its development. Read More

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Equipment Finance Industry Confidence declines in August.

August 23, 2011

According to August 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is at 50.0, down from July index of 56.2, indicating industry reaction to U.S. economic conditions and federal government fiscal management and policies. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 13.2% of executives said they believe conditions will improve, while 65.8% believe conditions will remain the same and 21.1% believe conditions will worsen, a sharp increase from 4.7% in July. Read More

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FAA Restricts Re-hemployment of aviation safety inspectors.

August 23, 2011

Final rule by FAA prohibits air carriers and other certificate holders, under certain conditions, from employing or making contractual arrangement with certain individuals who have worked for FAA in previous 2 years to act as an agent or representative in any matter before FAA. According to FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, "This rule establishes clear restrictions that will improve our safety culture here at the FAA and throughout the aviation industry." Read More

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NASA Research leads to complete map of Antarctic ice flow.

August 23, 2011

NASA-funded researchers, including Eric Rignot of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and UC Irvine scientists Jeremie Mouginot and Bernd Scheuchl, have created first complete map of speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica. The map, which shows glaciers flowing thousands of miles from continent's deep interior to its coast, will be critical for tracking sea-level increases from climate change. Team created map using integrated radar observations from consortium of international satellites. Read More

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The MHEDA Journal examines mentoring in material handling.

August 23, 2011

The 3rd Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal Online features articles about recruiting, retaining, engaging, and training young talent. Common theme that emerged was distributors using mentoring relationships and job shadowing programs to train employees and prepare them for advancement in the company. For series of mentoring success stories, The MHEDA Journal spoke with material handling distributors across North America about how they use mentoring programs at their companies. Read More

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ANSI and IREC to pursue joint accreditation program.

August 23, 2011

ANSI has announced a partnership with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council designed to help bolster American workforce readiness for the growing number of clean energy jobs of the future. Under memorandum of understanding, ANSI and IREC will pursue an independent, joint accreditation program for credit or non-credit energy efficiency and renewable energy-related certificate programs offered in formal educational institutions and other legal entities. Read More

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Motor Shipments on the upswing in first half of 2011.

August 23, 2011

Demand for motors grew for fourth straight quarter during April to June 2011 period as NEMA's Motors Shipments Index increased 16.4% from previous quarter. Since bottoming out in second quarter of 2009, index has climbed a cumulative 55% - and now exceeds its pre-recession high. Notwithstanding recent strong gains, most incoming data indicates that manufacturing growth is cooling amidst persistent weakness in U.S. economy and slowing of global economy in general. Read More

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NIST exhibits at 2011 SACNAS Conference.

August 23, 2011

Scheduled for Oct 27-30, 2011, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference will showcase cutting-edge science by nation's leading minority scientists. It will consist of professional and leadership development sessions, student and postdoc presentations, scientific symposia sessions, nationally recognized keynote speakers, and over 300 exhibits sharing training, research, grad school, and job opportunities. Read More

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NTSB Applauds Survey Response from E-AB aircraft community.

August 23, 2011

Over 5,000 Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) owners, operators, and builders responded to invitation by NTSB and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) to complete survey on how E-AB aircraft are built and operated as to better understand related safety issues. Encouraged by number of responses to EAA survey, Deborah A.P. Hersman said, "The more information that is provided...the better we'll be able to understand the safety issues." Survey will remain open through August 31, 2011. Read More

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Carbon Nanotube Reliability is questioned by NIST research.

August 22, 2011

While carbon nanotubes can theoretically carry 1,000 times more electric current than metal conductor of same size, recent tests at NIST suggest device reliability as a major issue. Specifically, results show nanotubes can sustain extremely high current densities for several hours but slowly degrade under constant current and fail when currents rise above certain threshold. Failures were also identified in carbon nanotube networks, where electrons physically hop from tube to tube. Read More

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will feature Candy Bar Lounge.

August 22, 2011

The Candy Bar lounge at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, which takes place September 26-28, will give confectionery professionals opportunity for targeted networking as well as access to resources within their market niche. Endorsed by National Confectioners Association (NCA), The Candy Bar will feature "Ask the Expert" resource center and Innovation Stage program. Latter will provide series of live, 30 min seminars focusing on confectionery packaging and processing technologies. Read More

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Award of Merit recognizes amusement industry standards efforts.

August 22, 2011

Michael R. Withers, VP of ride engineering at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) in Glendale, CA, received ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow from ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. This award was given in recognition of Withers' leadership in development of ASTM safety standards for global amusement industry as well as efforts in promoting worldwide use and adoption of Committee F24 standards. Read More

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August Metalforming Business Conditions Report forecasts slight decline.

August 22, 2011

Sampling 130 metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada, August 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report indicates participants foresee slight dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Metalforming companies also expect slight decrease in incoming orders over same timeframe, and average daily shipping levels also dipped slightly in August. Percentage of metalforming companies with portion of their workforce on short time or layoff improved to 12%, which is down from 18% in July. Read More

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IPC Midwest Conference to address defect-free electronics.

August 22, 2011

Technical conference at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will feature 5 sessions offering latest research, methodologies, and insights from industry experts to address challenges of manufacturing defect-free electronics. Sessions will include Test and Measurement Solutions, Minimizing Defects in Assembly Processing, Bottom Termination and Embedded Component Challenges, Lead-Free Solder Alloys and Thermal Cycling Performance, and Assembly Materials and Component Reliability Testing. Read More

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ISPE to present conference focused on GAMP® principles.

August 22, 2011

Themed "Improve Productivity with Risk-Based Systems Validation," Good Automated Manufacturing Practices (GAMPĀ®) conference will feature 3 educational tracks that address systems validation from manufacturing, laboratory, and IT infrastructure standpoints. Tracks will be book-ended by opening plenary session on validation productivity led by GAMP expert David Selby and closing plenary session on data integrity led by FDA Compliance Officer George Smith and computer systems expert Sion Wyn. Read More

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NIST demonstrates quantum entanglement of ions using microwaves.

August 22, 2011

Physicists at NIST have, for the first time, linked quantum properties of 2 separated ions by manipulating them with microwaves instead of laser beams. The feat raises the possibility of replacing complex, room-sized quantum computing "laser parks" with miniaturized, commercial microwave technology similar to that used in smart phones. Use of microwaves reduces errors introduced by instabilities in laser beam pointing and power as well as laser-induced spontaneous emissions by ions. Read More

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Caterpillar Inc. to Receive Award for construction innovation.

August 22, 2011

On September 14, 2011, National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. will award Caterpillar Inc. 2011 Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology. Clyde Tatum, Henry C. Turner Prize jury member, stated that "Caterpillar has consistently excelled in developing innovative products." Turner added that Caterpillar's "recent examples of increasing the sustainability and productivity of their products provide further evidence of their leadership." Read More

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NIST seeks comments on cybersecurity draft strategic plan.

August 19, 2011

NIST issued for public comment a draft strategic plan for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education program. The plan, "Building a Digital Nation," outlines NICE's mission, vision, goals, and objectives. NIST coordinates the interagency NICE program, which is a national campaign focused on enhancing cybersecurity in the U.S. by accelerating availability of educational and training resources designed to improve cyber behavior, skills, and knowledge of every segment of population. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard addresses epifluorescence microscopy.

August 19, 2011

WK33434, Guide for Performing Quantitative Fluorescence Intensity Measurements in Cell-Based Assays with Epifluorescence Microscopy, will provide guidance on how to set up an experiment that uses an epifluorescence microscope to ensure that the imaging measurements are quantitative. Standard will also provide guidance on how to use benchmarks to allow comparisons of measurements that are taken on different days with the same or similar microscopes. Read More

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ASTM Proposed Test Method helps determine Fluorine/Chlorine content.

August 19, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK33343, Test Method for Total Fluorine and Chlorine in Coal, Coke and their Residues by Oxidative Pyrohydrolytic Combustion Followed by Ion Chromatography Detection (Combustion Ion Chromatography-CIC), is in development. Standard will be of use to those working with power plant boilers as well as those in government and industry trying to model release of anions into environment. Participation from interested parties is welcome. Read More