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HART Protocol is Global Leader according to independent study.

July 28, 2011

Released by ARC Advisory Group, market study shows 46% of all field devices installed worldwide at year-end 2010 (32 million devices) communicate using HART® Communication Protocol. This marks largest market share of any field communications protocol, larger than all other fieldbus devices, proprietary protocols, and 4-20mA combined. Also, ARC study estimates number of installed HART devices will grow to 35 million in 2011 and projects growth to continue to 37.3 million in 2012. Read More

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NIST Seeks Comments on structure for proposed AMTech program.

July 28, 2011

As published in Federal Register, NIST requests opinions from public about best ways to structure proposed new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program. Request for Information (RFI) asks interested parties to answer 26 questions about eligibility for consortia membership, selection criteria for research funds, best practices for maximizing small business participation or disseminating results, and other topics. Comments will be accepted through September 20, 2011. Read More

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Biotechnology Workshop will be held October 25-26 in Geneva.

July 28, 2011

ISO-hosted international workshop on biotechnology will promote dialog among organizations actively involved in biotechnology standardization, enhance coordination among key players, and identify recommendations and priority action items for consideration by existing ISO technical and governance bodies. One goal will be to provide framework for analyzing and proposing mechanisms for improved coordination and harmonization of and cooperation on standardization activities in biotechnology. Read More

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MAVEN Mission completes major milestone.

July 28, 2011

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission reached milestone when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review (CDR). Scheduled for launch in late 2013, MAVEN will be first mission devoted to understanding Martian upper atmosphere. Its goal is to determine history of loss of atmospheric gases to space through time, providing answers about Mars climate evolution. From July 11-15, 2011, MAVEN Critical Design Review was held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Read More

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NREL and Verizon to explore energy-saving technologies.

July 28, 2011

NREL and Verizon signed memorandum of understanding that could lead to development of new ways to reduce energy use in the information and communications technology industry. Under MOU, NREL and Verizon will share expertise and resources in areas such as energy efficiency and energy management at Verizon's buildings, facilities, and data centers, as well as advancement of Smart Grid technologies and best practices, including energy and communication technologies in homes and buildings. Read More

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Proposed Standard covers temperature/viscosity relationship.

July 28, 2011

ASTM WK33642, Test Method for Measurement of Viscosity of Paints, Inks or Related Liquid Materials as a Function of Temperature, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.24 on Physical Properties of Liquid Paints and Paint Materials. Proposed standard will give instruction on how to prepare viscosity-temperature table or curve, and will be useful when ambient conditions do not allow measurement at exact temperature stated in specification or regulation. Read More

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BIO Applauds USDA Announcement of biomass projects areas.

July 28, 2011

BIO applauded Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's announcement of 4 new Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in 6 states that are expected to generate as many as 3,400 jobs in rural areas. According to Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, rules for Farm Bill Energy Title programs, such as BCAP, "have only recently been finalized, and we greatly appreciate Secretary Vilsack's efforts to speedily implement them." Read More

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BPA Toxicity Testing, Environmental Sampling considered by EPA.

July 28, 2011

Following BPA Action Plan announced in March 2010, US EPA is requesting public comment on possible toxicity testing and environmental sampling in order to study BPA's potential environmental impacts. This action is part of effort to strengthen EPA chemical management program and ensure safety of chemicals encountered daily by Americans. When research concludes, EPA will determine if additional actions may be needed to address human health concerns from non-food use exposures. Read More

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IPC releases guideline update for cleaning PCBs and assemblies.

July 27, 2011

IPC-CH-65, Guidelines for Cleaning of Printed Boards and Assemblies, Revision B addresses all facets of cleaning, including material and equipment selection, process considerations, and environmental impact. The 200-page document not only brings cleaning requirements up to date, it also combines multiple documents into single, comprehensive guideline. IPC-CH-65 explains interactions between materials and processes and outlines sources and types of contamination found on circuit card assemblies. Read More

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NEMA Makes Statement on FERC transmission, cost allocation rule.

July 27, 2011

According to NEMA, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Final Rule on Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation by Transmission Owning and Operating Public Utilities (Docket RM10-23-000) offers significant step forward. Rule increases autonomy of regional stakeholder organizations to determine future of interstate transmission facilities and helps states meet renewable energy requirements. It also removes various barriers to new transmission infrastructure. Read More

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Draft Standard to bolster global financial services industry.

July 27, 2011

Targeted for publication in Jan 2012, ISO 17442, Financial services -- Legal Entity Identifier, enables unique identification of global entities involved in financial transactions, including banks, finance companies, and entities that trade stock or debt, partnerships, and pension funds. By defining universal method of identifying parties to financial transaction, ISO 17422 is intended to ensure data consistency and facilitate aggregation of positions and risk monitoring. Read More

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Revenue-Neutral Transportation Proposal moves beyond gas tax.

July 27, 2011

On July 27 at 2:00 pm EST, Jack Schenendorf and AEM will introduce and discuss their proposal for a transportation funding solution to fill the gap left by current gas tax, without adding to the federal debt or deficit. They will be joined by AEM board members and manufacturing business executives from CNH Construction Equipment Inc. and Terex Corporation who will discuss their support of the proposal and the need for infrastructure investment. Read More

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National Robot Safety Conference will cover Standard R15.06.

July 27, 2011

At RIA's 23rd annual National Robot Safety Conference, attendees can preview advanced copy of R15.06 (2011 Edition) Robot Safety Standard. This 3-day event in Knoxville, TN includes presentations and workshops on robot safety, machine and robot standards, successful robot applications, and latest developments. Also featured, tabletop trade fair of exhibits will provide opportunity for attendees to meet industry-leading vendors and view latest safety-related equipment and robots. Read More

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FABTECH 2011 Attendance is expected to be largest ever.

July 27, 2011

In Chicago, IL from November 14-17, FABTECH 2011 is projected to host 32,000 attendees with unlimited opportunities for them to network, learn, and see latest metal fabrication products and technologies. FABTECH show manager John Catalano stated that "Registration is up and we are on track to fill nearly a half million net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,200 exhibitors." In addition to exhibits, FABTECH 2011 will also present more than 100 educational sessions. Read More

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Presentations invited for ASTM software validation workshop.

July 27, 2011

Scheduled for May 9, 2012, workshop on Verification and Validation of Solid Mechanic and Life Prediction Software is sponsored by ASTM International Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture and Subcommittee E08.04 on Structural Applications. Presentations are invited on topics such as currently used V/V practices for life prediction codes, experience with application of formalized V/V procedures, and experience with typical V/V techniques, such as uncertainty quantification and bayesian statistics. Read More

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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