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EPA identifies case studies for hydraulic fracturing study.

June 24, 2011

U.S. EPA has identified 7 case studies to help inform the assessment of potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. Two of the 7 sites were selected as prospective case studies where EPA will monitor key aspects of hydraulic fracturing process throughout lifecycle of well. Information gathered from case studies will be part of an approach which includes literature review, collection of data and information, laboratory work, and computer modeling. Read More

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NTSB's Most Wanted List points out critical safety areas.

June 24, 2011

NTSB's Most Wanted List highlights 10 critical safety issues that impact transportation nationwide and must be addressed to improve safety and save lives. Highlighting NTSB priorities, modernized and streamlined list features areas targeted for advocacy during next year, pertinent information, videos, and recommendations. Highlighted areas include general aviation, motorcycle, runway, and bus occupant safety as well as safety management systems and data recorders. Read More

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ASTM Steel Standard covers sampling of castings.

June 24, 2011

ASTM A1062, Specification for Steel Castings Sampling, covers inspection requirements agreed upon by purchaser and producer of steel castings for sample castings prior to production of order. According to Albert Melilli, independent consulting metallurgical engineer and member of Committee A01.18, standard is notable for simplicity in facilitating purchaser and user agreement on sampling plan. Guidance for inspection processes will be helpful to both experienced and new users of steel castings. Read More

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Three R&D 100 Awards were earned by NREL for solar research.

June 24, 2011

Technique to turn silicon into ink, faster solar cell assessment method, and more efficient furnace for heating solar cells, all developed by U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), were named among this year's most significant innovations by R&D Magazine. NREL Director Dan Arvizu noted that these awards "demonstrate how NREL research produces market relevant results" and how investments create jobs while advancing clean energy goals. Read More

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Proposed Tetrad Testing Standard addresses sensory analysis.

June 24, 2011

ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation is developing ASTM WK32980, Test Methods for Sensory Analysis - Tetrad Test, which would allow companies to make more informed decisions about potential product changes. This proposed standard specifically addresses problems that occur when resources are not available for proper size test needed to reliably detect differences. Currently, ASTM WK32980 is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E18.04 on Fundamentals of Sensory. Read More

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Bearing Specialists Assoc. plans 2011 Fall Meeting in Chicago.

June 24, 2011

Scheduled for September 26-27, BSA 2011 Fall Meeting will offer association's committees the opportunity to pursue their agendas without distractions of broader programming at the BSA Annual Convention. Attendees leverage unparalleled networking in casual setting with bearing industry leaders. BSA encourages members and participating manufacturers who are not currently committee members to attend the Fall Meeting and try out committees that interest them. Read More

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ANSI Standards cover deposit tickets and fire protection systems.

June 23, 2011

A revised standard from Accredited Standards Committee X9, X9.100-120-2010, Bank Deposit Tickets, helps financial institutions accurately process deposits by providing specifications for personal and commercial deposit ticket design. Subject to renewal every 3 years, NFPA 25-2011 establishes minimum requirements for periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems, including land-based and marine applications. Read More

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AIA congratulates Panetta on confirmation.

June 23, 2011

AIA congratulates CIA Director Leon Panetta on his confirmation as Defense Secretary. According to AIA president and CEO Marion C. Blakey, Director Panetta's leadership, extensive experience in government, and knowledge of budgeting process makes him an excellent choice to take on difficult national security challenges. AIA looks forward to discussing shared priorities, such as achieving acquisition efficiencies, bolstering defense industrial base, and continuing export control modernization. Read More

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NIST publishes Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security.

June 23, 2011

NIST has issued final version of its Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security, which is intended to help pipeline operators, power producers, manufacturers, air traffic control centers, and other managers of critical infrastructure to secure their systems while addressing performance, reliability, and safety requirements. Publication provides specific guidance on how to reduce vulnerability of this infrastructure to malicious attacks, equipment failures, and other threats. Read More

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Regional Conferences share Baldrige Award winning best practices.

June 23, 2011

To be held September 13 in Missouri and September 27 in Alabama, 2011 Baldrige Regional Conferences will host senior leaders from 7 organizations selected for 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award as well as previous recipients who will share their best practices and results. Participants can network and gather tips on organizational improvement, innovation, and performance management. Each conference will feature in-depth plenary session and 18 interactive breakout sessions. Read More

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EPA Proposes Standards for 2012/2013 renewable fuels.

June 23, 2011

US EPA proposed 2012 percentage standards for 4 fuel categories that are part of Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2). Overall volumes and standards include biomass-based diesel at 1.0 billion gal and 0.91%; advanced biofuels at 2.0 billion gal and 1.21%; cellulosic biofuels at 3.45-12.9 million gal and 0.002%-0.010%; and total renewable fuels at 15.2 billion gal and 9.21%. Also, EPA is proposing volume requirement of 1.28 billion gal for biomass-based diesel for 2013. Read More

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Aerospace CEOs Discussion focused on key global issues.

June 23, 2011

During annual meeting at 2011 Paris Airshow, industry leaders from Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) and Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA) reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on various issues. Specific topics included reducing civil aviation CO2 emissions, biofuels in aviation, air traffic management (ATM) interoperability and modernization, and procedures for aircraft operations during volcanic activity. Read More

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Scholarships Help Students prepare for manufacturing careers.

June 22, 2011

In 2011, FMA awarded $1,500 toward college or trade school education for each of 20 students seeking careers in manufacturing. FMA president and CEO Gerald Shankel congratulated those students selected as 2011 scholarship award winners and said that they "recognize that working a skilled manufacturing job can be rewarding financially and fulfilling personally, and will help them be more competitive in the 21st century manufacturing job market." Read More

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IPC Midwest 2011 to focus on solutions to industry challenges.

June 22, 2011

IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will be held in Schaumburg, IL on September 21-22 and bring targeted, relevant information for electronics manufacturing and printed boards industries. Industry's top suppliers will showcase new products and processes as well as emerging technologies in all major categories. Event also provides access to industry expertise via technical conference, professional development courses, and standards development meetings. Read More

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ASHRAE Handbook Volume tackles tall buildings.

June 22, 2011

In addition to new chapter that focuses on design issues that tall building present, 2011 ASHRAE Handbook - HVAC Applications contains 60 chapters on broad range of applications, written to help HVAC/R design engineers and others use fundamentals, equipment, and systems described in other ASHRAE Handbook volumes. Topics range from residential, commercial, educational, and health care facilities to agriculture, aircraft, fire/smoke management, solar energy, seismic- and wind-resistant design. Read More

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Moisture Conditioning Standard looks at compacted asphalt.

June 22, 2011

ASTM International Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials is working on ASTM WK32764, Practice for Moisture Conditioning Compacted Asphalt Mixture Samples by Using Hydrostatic Pore Pressure. This proposed moisture conditioning method for compacted asphalt samples is time-efficient and allows for simulation of field conditions. Testing device described in ASTM WK32764 emulates action of vehicle tire on wet pavement via generated pore pressure inside compacted asphalt sample. Read More

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Jerry Olson wins Cherry Award from IEEE.

June 22, 2011

Jerry Olson, a physicist from NREL who was a pioneer in multi-junction solar cells for use in outer space and on Earth has received the prestigious Cherry Award, which is named in honor of William R. Cherry, a founder of the photovoltaic community. Olson opened the door for multi-junction solar cells by showing that a top cell of GaInP and a bottom cell of GaAs can capture and convert photons more efficiently into electricity than previous attempts at using other materials. Read More

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ANSI Chosen as Accreditor for Health Information Technology Certifications.

June 22, 2011

Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) selected ANSI as ONC-Approved Accreditor for Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology. Program seeks to enhance certification of health information technology in U.S. by increasing comprehensiveness, transparency, reliability, and efficiency of current processes used for certification of EHR technology. ANSI will accredit all certification bodies seeking to participate in this program. Read More

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HHS Seeks Information for biovigilance venture.

June 22, 2011

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requests information as it considers potential development of public-private partnership on biovigilance that would aim to ensure safety of U.S. supply of blood and blood components, tissues, cells, and organs. As coordinator of U.S. standards and conformance system, ANSI encourages members and all affected stakeholders to provide relevant input on this key area of activity for public health and safety. Read More

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Bentley Workspace includes National CAD Standard® guidelines.

June 22, 2011

Designers will automatically be able to adhere to U.S. National CAD Standard® guidelines with new workspace for civil engineering applications. Featuring data resource files, interface customization, and configuration variables, Bentley workspaces help users customize software for corporate, discipline, project, client, or individual needs. Bentley NCS Workspace for Civil incorporates NCS guidelines for layers, symbols, drawings, and plotting into default files for GEOPAK and InRoads software. Read More