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Google's Milo Medin to keynote OFC/NFOEC 2012 plenary session.

September 26, 2011

Milo Medin, Google's VP of access networks, is set to give a keynote presentation at the plenary session of Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optics Engineers Conference, taking place March 4-8, 2012. Medin will speak on the topic "Bandwidth, Optics and the Age of Abundance." Stuart Elby, Verizon's VP of network architecture and technology, and chief technologist of VDMS, will keynote Service Provider Summit and will speak on "Cloud Computing as a Service." Read More

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2011 AeroTech Congress heads overseas for first time.

September 26, 2011

SAE International's 2011 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition will take place October 18-21 in Toulouse, France at Centre de Congres Pierre Baudis and Toulouse Expo. Deadline to pre-register is September 30, and theme for this conference is "Eco-efficient Innovation Leading the Future of Aviation." Industry-driven technical program will cover top aerospace industry technologies, and seminar topics will range from materials and structures to propulsion to safety. Read More

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Asbestos Abatement Contractor sentenced to 6 years in prison.

September 26, 2011

U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa sentenced Keith Gordon-Smith of Rochester, NY, to 6 years in prison for knowingly violating Clean Air Act and making false statements to a federal inspector. Gordon-Smith hired workers who had no training in asbestos removal and who did not know they were being exposed to asbestos while removing copper pipes. Workers were not provided with any protective clothing or respirators and wore asbestos-contaminated clothing back to their homes and families. Read More

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Alternative to ASHRAE Standard 62.1 proposed.

September 26, 2011

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. Some users of Standard 62.1 believe that ventilation rate procedure is too complicated, and 62.1 committee agrees that application of multiple-zone recirculating system equations can be complex. Public comment is being sought on proposed allowance of additional default value to ventilation rate procedure. Read More

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Food Safety Symposium to be offered at PROCESS EXPO.

September 26, 2011

At PROCESS EXPO (November 1-4 at Chicago's McCormick Place) U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and the National Chicken Council will bring together panel of industry professionals in Food Safety Symposium. Some topics include industry's heightened focus on ready-to-cook poultry products, and labeling and packaging innovations designed to better educate consumers with respect to preparation of these products. Also addressed will be products that appear to be ready to eat, but are not. Read More

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Equipment Finance Industry Confidence declines in September.

September 26, 2011

According to September 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry, overall confidence is 47.6, down from August index of 50.0, indicating continuing concern with global economic conditions. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 4.9% of respondents believe business conditions will improve, down from 13.2% in August, and 34.1% of executives believe business conditions will worsen, an increase from 21.1% in August. Read More

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Proposed Standard facilitates compliance with GHG regulations.

September 26, 2011

Targeting the measurement of gaseous hydrocarbons and other components of gaseous streams, ASTM WK33788, Test Method for Determination of Hydrocarbons and Nonhydrocarbon Gases in Gaseous Mixtures by Gas Chromatography will help users comply with U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas regulation. Methodology described in proposed standard enables separation of low molecular weight hydrocarbons and inert gases for detailed analysis of the composition of gaseous streams. Read More

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ASTM to develop proposed lightweight aggregates standard.

September 26, 2011

ASTM International C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates is developing proposed standard, ASTM WK34078, Specification for Lightweight Aggregate for Internal Curing of Concrete. Standard will be useful in variety of civil engineering projects, including roads, driveways, bridges, parking lots, and water/sewage treatment tanks. Users will include U.S. Federal Highway Administration, state DOTs, architects, and environmental, structural and civil engineers. Read More

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Comments Sought to build public safety communications network.

September 23, 2011

NIST seeks advice on possible key features of new broadband communications network for USA's emergency services agencies. Comments, suggestions, and other input should help realize characteristics critical to success of future network: resiliency, reliability, availability, security, affordability, and compatibility with commercial systems. Among other things, NIST seeks to understand extent to which features and requirements can be satisfied with existing or near-future technology. Read More

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AEM Names New Director from Deere and Company.

September 23, 2011

Michael J. Mack, Jr., President Worldwide Construction and Forestry Division for Deere and Company, Moline, IL, was named to AEM Board of Directors. Mack held his current position since June 2009 and began his career at John Deere Des Moines Works as summer intern engineer. He has held positions in Treasury while living in Europe and had assignments elsewhere in dealer systems, business development, engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, and marketing. Read More

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Joe Stout joins FPSA team as Food Safety Consultant.

September 23, 2011

David Seckman, President of FPSA, announced that Joe Stout, former Global Director of Product Protection, Sanitation and Hygienic Design at Kraft, will serve as Food Safety Consultant to the Food Safety Task Force of the Association. Stout gained industry-wide recognition and honors for his work leading the Equipment Design Task Force at GMA and AMI. He has raised the awareness of the need for sanitary design of equipment and food safety in all areas of the food industry. Read More

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ANSI mourns loss of Keith W. Tantlinger.

September 23, 2011

Keith W. Tantlinger, the father of modern containerization, passed away on August 27 at age 92. Mr. Tantlinger invented first commercially viable shipping container nearly 6 decades ago. His modification to shipping containers - a corner lock - allowed them to be linked together, stacked high, and carried more easily. Corner casting and twist-lock design also enabled containers to be on- and off-loaded from ships and fitted onto trucks and trains without having to open and change containers. Read More

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Multivac to Present Seminar on high pressure pasteurization.

September 23, 2011

PROCESS EXPO 2011, taking place in Chicago, IL from November 1-4, will feature Multivac's "The Promise and Challenges of Applying High Pressure Pasteurization (HPP) for RTE Food Products" seminar. Multivac, Inc. President Jan Erik Kuhlmann says this seminar is directed to food processors and retailers concerned with food safety and want to learn about application of HPP. It will also unveil development of automated process for loading/unloading of HPP pressure vessels. Read More

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NIST Discusses Standards/Policy Issues at September ANSI Caucus.

September 23, 2011

On September 9, ANSI's September Caucus welcomed NIST's Mary Saunders as guest speaker. Saunders highlighted standards policy coordination at NIST as well as recent efforts within agency to improve federal engagement in standards activities, particularly regarding areas of national priority. She provided overview of recent meeting of NSTC's Subcommittee on Standards and discussed role of ICSP in developing and disseminating best practices related to standardization. Read More

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IMTS 2012 to show car being built live.

September 23, 2011

Emerging Technology Center at IMTS, taking place Sept 10-15, 2012, will feature a Local Motors car built live on show floor, as part of Collaborative Manufacturing section. Designs for Local Motors cars come from open source design community, and company plans to build its distribution through micro factory retailing. Additional features in ETC will include Additive Technology, and MTConnect®, the open-source communications and interconnectivity standard for manufacturing equipment and devices. Read More

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Chinese-American Cabinet Secretary to give keynote at BIO China.

September 23, 2011

BIO announced Elaine L. Chao, 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor, will provide keynote address at BIO China International Conference, which will be held October 12-13 in Shanghai. Featuring key opinion leaders discussing policy and business issues, event aims to bring together biotechnology and pharmaceutical leaders to explore business opportunities with life science companies in China. Chao is first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a President's Cabinet in U.S. history. Read More

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Papers invited for geosynthetic clay liner symposium.

September 23, 2011

Scheduled for June 29, 2012, Third Symposium on Current and Future Practices for the Testing of Multi-Component Geosynthetic Clay Liners will cover mechanical testing, peel and shear behavior, hydraulic testing, durability of multi-components, field performance, and research studies. It is the task of D35's Subcommittee D35.04 on Geosynthetic Clay Liners to identify proper tests for these newer multi-component GCLs, either by adopting/modifying existing test methods or developing new procedures. Read More

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Weathering/Durability Standard covers radiometer calibration.

September 23, 2011

Standard ASTM G207, Test Method for Indoor Transfer of Calibration from Reference to Field Pyranometers, facilitates calibration of solar sensors used in accelerated testing under simulated sunlight and outdoor weathering tests as well as performance monitoring of solar energy conversion systems. Developed by Subcommittee G03.09 on Radiometry, standard targets manufacturers of solar radiometers and testing laboratories for solar energy, materials, and durability testing as primary users. Read More

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NASA Begins Commercial Partnership with Alliant Techsystems.

September 22, 2011

NASA and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) of Salt Lake City, UT have agreed to collaborate on development of Liberty Launch System as part of Commercial Crew Development Round 2 activities. Unfunded Space Act Agreement, through Commercial Crew Program, outlines milestones and also allows NASA and ATK to review and discuss Liberty system requirements; safety/certification plans; computational models of rocket stage performance; and avionics architecture designs. Read More

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AASHTO Applauds Senate Support of transportation investment.

September 22, 2011

AASHTO commended Senate transportation appropriations subcommittee for approving draft fiscal 2012 appropriations bill that would maintain current funding levels for highways and transit. As AASHTO's executive director, John Horsley called this "another critical step in the right direction." He also encouraged full Senate Appropriations Committee to approve this legislation and also urged Senate to pass bill "as soon as possible." Read More