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LIA Points out Dangers of handheld laser devices.

August 8, 2011

As public sector does not have level of regulation seen in research, industrial, and medical applications, free bulletin on LIA's website offers precautions on safe use of laser pointers emitting 50-1,000 mW of power. LIA believes FDA-required labels and hazard classifications often exceed public comprehension, so this bulletin will help public take note of existing dangers and urges that such high-power, handheld devices be kept away from children and untrained users. Read More

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Idaho DOT Director Ness supports lean, customer-based DOTs.

August 8, 2011

In Two-Minute State DOT Update video, Brian Ness, director of Idaho DOT, says that after taking office, he initiated a plan to improve customer service, efficiency, and accountability and save $3.5 million in personnel costs. Realignment reduced layers of management between Ness and department's front line supervisors and eliminated 62 supervisory positions where 1 manager supervised 1 employee. Savings of $5.7 million will be invested into highway construction, maintenance, and equipment. Read More

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NTSB Makes Recommendations to European Aviation Safety Agency.

August 8, 2011

NTSB made several recommendations, A-11-75 through A-11-78, to European Aviation Safety Agency. Among these, 2 address certification requirement amendments for aircraft requiring fuel additives: that limitations be highlighted by warning in airplane flight manual. Further suggestions deal with amending aircraft certification fuel placarding requirements so that aircraft requiring fuel additives have fuel filler placard noting limitation and referring to airplane flight manual. Read More

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HART Plant of the Year still open for nominees.

August 8, 2011

HART Communication Foundation has extended the deadline to receive nominations for 2011 HART Plant of the Year Award to August 15. End users and manufacturers are encouraged to enter their plant or customer's plant for recognition. HART is seeking a plant that has taken capabilities of HART instruments beyond configuration and calibration or is using real-time diagnostics and process variables in HART-enabled devices integrated with control, information, asset management, or safety systems. Read More

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NTSB Recommendations to FAA address aircraft fuel additives.

August 8, 2011

According to NTSB, FAA should amend certification requirements for aircraft requiring fuel additives, including fuel system icing inhibitors, so that those limitations are highlighted by warning in limitations section of airplane flight manual. FAA should also issue guidance on fuel system icing prevention that includes pilot precautions and procedures to avoid fuel system icing problems aboard turbine engine-powered aircraft, and describes possible consequences of failing to use icing inhibitor. Read More

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APICS updates operations management framework.

August 8, 2011

Third edition of APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework defines scope of field of operations and supply chain management while also providing dynamic resource for understanding APICS body of knowledge. Highlighting emerging areas of corporate social responsibility, closed-loop manufacturing, and disruption risks, this edition introduces 2 new sections on sustainability and risk management. Read More

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Reviewers Sought for updated version NPSH guideline.

August 8, 2011

Hydraulic Institute (HI), under approval of ANSI, seeks qualified individuals in North America to participate in reviewing draft of updated version for ANSI/HI 9.6.1, - Rotodynamic Pumps - Guideline for NPSH (net positive suction head). Purpose of this guideline is to establish margins over NPSH3 that will lead to acceptable pump performance and service life. Individuals and organizations directly and materially affected by this document are asked to contact HI. Read More

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TRFA announces Thermoset Polymer Research Award winner.

August 8, 2011

TRFA announced that Rongpeng Wang, a doctoral student in chemistry at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, is the winner of the 2nd Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award. His paper, "Epoxidized Glycidyl Ester of Soybean Oil as Reactive Diluent for Epoxy Resin," will be presented at the TRFA 2011 Annual Meeting in September. Honorable Mention goes to Fazel Yavari for his paper on "Dramatic Increase in Fatigue Life in Hierarchical Graphene Composites." Read More

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Federal Agencies sign environmental justice MOU.

August 8, 2011

Building on its commitment to ensuring strong protection from environmental and health hazards for all Americans, Obama Administration announced Federal agencies have agreed to develop environmental justice strategies to protect health of people living in communities overburdened by pollution - particularly minority, low income, and tribal communities. Agencies will also provide public with annual progress reports on their efforts. Read More

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NREL Director Dan Arvizu appointed to National Science Board.

August 8, 2011

Dan Arvizu, NREL director since 2005, will serve 6-year term on National Science Board, which advises president and Congress on science and engineering issues, and is the policy-setting and budget-approving body for National Science Foundation. Before NREL, Arvizu served as CTO with CH2M HILL, and worked more than 20 years with Sandia National Laboratories. He holds a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from NMSU and a master's and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Read More

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SPE® Announces Winner of 2011-2012 ACCE graduate scholarship.

August 8, 2011

David Inglefield, Ph.D. candidate pursuing dual degree in Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is 2011-2012 winner of SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) graduate-level scholarship in transportation composites research. This achievement is based on his research project involving synthesis of functionalized carbon nanotubes for optimized properties in polymer composites. Read More

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Online Career Center aids robotics job/employee search.

August 8, 2011

RIA's Robotics Online Career Center helps connect employers and job seekers. Once posted, jobs are propagated to some of same sites preferred by Monster and other career agents. RIA President Jeff Burnstein, noted "strong demand for operators, maintenance personnel and engineers for a wide variety of applications." New arrangements with its Career Center allow RIA to push job listings from Robotics Online to Indeed and SimplyHired, 2 major search engines for jobs. Read More

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Standards Boost Business Campaign gives U.S. competitive edge.

August 5, 2011

ANSI and 25 partners across standardization community have launched Standards Boost Business, an outreach initiative to help corporate America harness power of standards and conformance to boost business performance and gain foothold over global competition. Active participation in standards development enables company to exert influence on technical content and align products and services with changing market demand, and provides early access to information on emerging issues. Read More

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NIST co-sponsors Biometrics Consortium Conference.

August 5, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 27-29, 2011 and co-sponsored by NIST and National Security Agency, Biometric Consortium Conference will focus on biometric technologies and applications-techniques like fingerprint or iris recognition that can be used to identify humans based on intrinsic physical or behavioral characteristics. In addition to presentations on government agency activities in biometrics, there will be sessions on biometrics as a service, Rapid DNA, and panel discussion on international biometrics. Read More

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Bearing Brief of the Month focuses on spindle metrology use.

August 5, 2011

Axis of Rotation Metrology is second educational publication in its series of Bearing Briefs of the Month. Summarizing established groundwork for using spindle metrology to deterministically improve manufacturing processes, article includes information on how testing is accomplished, standards which most specifically refer to quality of precision spindles, and synchronous/asynchronous error motions. Article also warns that error analysis data encompasses all spindle errors. Read More

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Symposium on Tribo-Corrosion is seeking paper submittals.

August 5, 2011

Papers are invited for Third International Symposium on Tribo-Corrosion, which will be held April 19-20, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. Researchers are being sought whose studies are advancing fundamental understanding, developing new experimental techniques, and solving diverse tribo-corrosion challenges. Presenters/authors must submit 150- to 300-word preliminary abstract no later than October 1, 2011. Abstracts for poster contributions are also invited and must be submitted by January 31, 2012. Read More

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NICE Workshop to engage Americans in cyberspace safety.

August 5, 2011

From Sept 20-22, 2011, NIST will host the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Workshop with theme of "Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity Education - Engaging Americans in Securing Cyberspace." Workshop will include 2½ days of interactive discussions focusing on goals of NICE initiative: raising awareness among American public; broadening pool of skilled workers capable of supporting cyber-secure nation; and developing and maintaining globally competitive cybersecurity workforce. Read More

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EPA supports carbon capture and sequestration technologies.

August 5, 2011

U.S. EPA is proposing a rule to advance the use of CCS technologies, which allow carbon dioxide to be captured at stationary sources and injected underground for long-term storage in process called geologic sequestration. Proposal is consistent with recommendations made by President Obama's interagency task force on CO2 sequestration and helps create national framework to ensure safe and effective deployment of technologies that will help position U.S. as a leader in global clean energy race. Read More

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Global Environmental Management Initiative. welcomes Halliburton as member.

August 5, 2011

GEMI announced addition of its newest member company, Halliburton, one of world's largest providers of products and services to the energy industry. According to GEMI's Chair, Keith Miller, Halliburton will be an active and engaged participant in the development of GEMI's Local Water Tool(TM), a local strategic water tool being created by both GEMI members and project participant companies, including more than 15 global companies that are leaders in the energy industry. Read More

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BSA Brief addresses Axis of Rotation Metrology.

August 5, 2011

The "Axis of Rotation Metrology" article summarizes groundwork already established for using spindle metrology to deterministically improve manufacturing processes. Article includes information on how testing is accomplished, standards which most specifically refer to quality of precision spindles, and synchronous/asynchronous error motions. It warns bearing sellers that error analysis data encompasses all spindle errors, including structural errors both thermal and from external vibrations. Read More