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ANSI Survey poles priorities in India and other regions.

July 27, 2011

ANSI members and constituents are invited to participate in survey on ANSI member priorities in India and other regions. Feedback will help identify future program areas for India as well as prioritize standards-related activities in other countries and regions worldwide. Responses to 22-question survey, which seeks to gauge ANSI member interest in standardization activities over next 3-5 years and identify ways to add value to ANSI member objectives, are requested by August 15, 2011. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers methane hazard mitigation.

July 27, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee E50.02 on Real Estate Assessment and Management, ASTM WK32621 will enable users to determine whether or not a real estate site has a methane hazard that needs to be mitigated. According to John Sepich, president of Brownfield Subslab and chairman of task group developing ASTM WK32621, proposed standard should allow cost savings where no mitigation is necessary and should address extraordinary mitigation measures where the hazard is severe. Read More

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Updated Constants of Nature Values have been posted by NIST.

July 27, 2011

Posted by NIST, latest internationally recommended values of fundamental constants of nature show strengthening electromagnetic force, weakening gravity, and more clearly defined sizing for smallest quantum of energy. CODATA task group is preparing full report on 2010 adjustments which will include recommendations for future measurements. Plan to adopt fully constant-based System of Units (SI) is being voted upon this October by General Conference on Weights and Measures. Read More

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ASHRAE Seeks to Clearly Define energy use intensity.

July 27, 2011

ASHRAE is working to define one clear, logical metric to move building industry towards producing net zero energy buildings by 2030. Forum seeking input on energy target initiative was held at ASHRAE's 2011 Annual Conference in Montreal. Also, ASHRAE developed public policy brief asking Congress to foster collaboration among U.S. Department of Energy, NIST, U.S. EPA, and ASHRAE to establish single objective definition of energy use intensity (EUI) for design of commercial buildings. Read More

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Plant Operators talk acetylene with Welding and Gases Today.

July 26, 2011

When the supply of calcium carbide unexpectedly came under strain this spring, gases and welding distributors' emergency planning was put to the test. To handle the challenge of supply and avoid an acetylene shortage, many distributors looked to import calcium carbide from overseas. Ten acetylene plant operators share their stories in the article titled "What to do When the Sky is Falling," which appears in the Summer 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses corrosion test panel preparation.

July 26, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee D01.53 on Coil Coated Metal, ASTM WK30920 will address test panel preparation and rating specifically for corrosion testing of building projects. Standardization of test panel configurations and ratings would allow benchmark comparisons across broad range of products that includes substrates, pretreatments, and coatings. Once approved, producers can use standard to develop new products, and users can employ it to verify and compare product performance. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses calibration of rotational rheometers.

July 26, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee E37.08 on Rheology, proposed ASTM WK33687 will help standardize calibration of rotational rheometers to obtain accurate normal force measurements, and will be used by both producers and end users of rotational rheometers. Normal force measurements provide an indication of the normal stresses generated in a material undergoing deformation and can be used to characterize material viscoelasticity as well as for quality control. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Online addresses changing SBA standards.

July 26, 2011

In examination of size standards, Small Business Administration is revising North American Industry Classification System codes, which ascribe maximum limit, either by number of employees or average annual receipts, for qualifying small businesses. Part of the MHEDA Journal Online, "On the Edge" feature examines what constitutes a small business and what it will mean for material handling distributors that are bidding on government contracts if the size requirement changes. Read More

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Best Midwest Transportation Projects recognized by AASHTO.

July 26, 2011

At annual meeting of Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials, America's Transportation Awards recognized winning projects that are giving commuters more travel options to reduce congestion, improve commercial trade, and shorten construction times. AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce co-sponsor annual awards competition to recognize best transportation projects in America using 3 main categories: On Time, Under Budget, and Innovative Management. Read More

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ASHRAE and DOE further working relationship.

July 26, 2011

ASHRAE and U.S. Department of Energy signed updated memorandum of understanding, committing to further improve efficient use of energy, improve visible and widespread use of renewable energy sources, and minimize impact of energy use on environment. Together, they will support and promote Standard 90.1, Energy Efficient Design of New Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings, and collaborate on accelerated development and distribution of advanced energy design guidance publications. Read More

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EV Safety Standards Summit to take place in September.

July 26, 2011

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International will co-sponsor 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit, which will take place September 27-28, 2011 in Detroit, MI. Event will continue dialogue that began at last year's Summit, initiated in order to support rapid implementation of electric and hybrid electric vehicles in North America. Summit provides forum for contributing to development of action plans regarding necessary codes and standards. Read More

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President Obama Nominates Ryan to NIBS Board of Directors.

July 26, 2011

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate James "Tim" Ryan, CBO, to a key Administration post as one member of National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Board of Directors. According to Obama, "These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my Administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America." Ryan, a certified building official, currently serves as secretary of NIBS Board of Directors. Read More

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NIST Test measures key properties of polymer thin films.

July 26, 2011

Researchers at NIST have demonstrated a measurement technique that determines 3 fundamental mechanical properties of near-nanoscale films. The technique, which highlights the challenge of making mechanical measurements on an object with at least one dimension comparable to the size of a virus, should enable better design and engineering for a variety of thin-film technologies, particularly reverse-osmosis membranes for water purification. Read More

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Basel is confirmed as venue for Euro PM2012.

July 26, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 16-19, Euro PM2012 International Conference and Exhibition will be held in Basel, Switzerland at the Congress Centre Basel. Event's program will include over 200 oral and poster papers covering PM applications and new processes, hard materials, powder injection molding, and hot isostatic pressing. In addition to main program, a number of workshops and meetings will be held on key topics of relevance to the industry. Read More

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New ZigBee Smart Energy Version facilitates use and deployment.

July 26, 2011

ZigBee Smart Energy(TM) v1.1, Advanced Metering Infrastructure standard, is available for product development and public download. Intended to help create greener homes by giving consumers necessary information and automation needed to reduce energy consumption, it offers features such as dynamic pricing enhancements, tunneling of other protocols, prepayment features, OTA updates, and backwards compatibility with certified ZigBee Smart Energy products v1.0. Read More

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Long Nanotube Arrays may help measure terahertz laser power.

July 26, 2011

NIST researchers have found dense arrays of extra-long carbon nanotubes absorb nearly all light of long wavelengths, making them promising coatings for prototype detectors for measuring terahertz laser power. Called VANTA (vertically aligned carbon nanotube array), coating exhibits several desirable properties: it's easy to handle, is dark and reflects almost no light, and absorbs and releases heat quickly compared to other black coatings. Read More

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Performance Metrics Survey launched by MESA and IndustryWeek.

July 26, 2011

MESA and IndustryWeek launched metrics survey about performance measurement and improvement. Open for participation through August 2, survey is intended to gather responses from production and manufacturing industries and takes 5-10 minutes to complete. It asks 10 questions related to performance measures in addition to a few demographic questions. Results will be published at MESA North American Conference September 19-21 in Orlando, FL as well as in IndustryWeek. See full release for survey URL. Read More

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Senate-Passed Energy Bill contains NEMA-backed provisions.

July 26, 2011

According to NEMA, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee's bipartisan approval of S. 1000, Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act of 2011, is a major step forward for energy efficiency and job creation. NEMA has been engaged with this bill's sponsors for months and active in gaining additional support. As stated by NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, legislation will save money, decrease reliance on foreign energy sources, and improve U.S. manufacturer competitiveness. Read More

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Funding for 2012 Strategic Initiatives approved by NEMA board.

July 26, 2011

Held in Washington, D.C. on July 14, NEMA's Board of Governors (BOG) quarterly meeting demonstrated industry leadership in approving nearly one million dollars to further NEMA's strategic direction. Initatives address Public Policy Portal for NEMA members, Smart Grid, high performance buildings, carbon impacts of products in the electrical industry, and the Low Voltage DC (LVDC) Power and Energy Storage program. Read More

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Equipment Finance Industry Confidence improves in July.

July 25, 2011

Overall, July 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry is 56.2, up 6.8% from June index of 52.6. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 14% of executives responding said they believe conditions will improve, an increase from 5.0% in June, while 81.4% of respondents believe they will remain the same, an increase from 79.5%. In addition, only 4.7% believe conditions will worsen, a decrease from 15.4% in June. Read More