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Fieldbus Foundation announces FOUNDATION(TM) technology blog.

May 26, 2011

Located at http://foundationfieldbus.blogspot.com, FOUNDATION(TM) blog will address issues affecting the world of FOUNDATION fieldbus. A sample of recent posts includes certification of FOUNDATION fieldbus trainers; introduction of FOUNDATION-compliant products; successful FOUNDATION technology installation in municipal water industry; and fieldbus host interoperability testing under Foundation's new "61b" Host Profile Registration process. Blog also includes Twitter feed with additional updates. Read More

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Next Gen Fuel Economy Labels increase consumer awareness.

May 26, 2011

U.S. DoT and U.S. EPA unveiled new fuel economy labels designed to help consumers take advantage of increased efficiency standards. These labels will provide comprehensive fuel efficiency information, including estimated annual fuel costs and savings as well as information on each vehicle's environmental impact. Starting with model year 2013, improved fuel economy labels will be required to be affixed to all new passenger cars and trucks. Read More

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Building Institute Council addresses finance, insurance, and real estate.

May 26, 2011

National Institute of Building Sciences has created Council on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate to promote cooperative process and open dialogue among banks, insurance companies, and real estate firms. This will promote collaboration and buy-in across these sectors involved in developing high-performance buildings. Architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and insurance representatives, as well as investment, appraisal, and testing and validation representatives will participate. Read More

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EPA Funds Small Businesses developing environmental technologies.

May 25, 2011

To support development of new technologies for protecting environment and public health, U.S. EPA is awarding nearly $2.25 million to 10 small companies in CA, CO, FL, MA, MI, and NM. Projects include reducing toxic chemicals from landfills, producing environmentally friendly adhesive, reducing methane emissions by converting dilute methane waste gas streams into useful fuel, and designing real-time environmental water monitoring sensor. Read More

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Automate 2011/42nd ISR Conference Proceedings now available.

May 25, 2011

Available on CD, proceedings from Automate 2011/42nd International Symposium on Robotics Conference include 19 in-depth and 20 multi-speaker session presentations. Highlights include new insights on vision guided robotics, case studies on successful robotics and machine vision applications, advances in motion control, and cutting-edge robotics research. Another important element is material on "New Developments in Robot Safety" by Jeff Fryman, RIA's Director of Standards Development. Read More

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2011 COPANT General Assembly sees strong show of U.S. leadership.

May 25, 2011

Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) held its annual General Assembly from May 12-13, 2011 in Santiago, Chile. Joining 17 other COPANT members in attendance, ANSI vice president Gary W. Kushnier led 21-member U.S. delegation representing public and private sector standardization organizations. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia was elected to his second 2-year term as COPANT VP, and ANSI was elected to COPANT Board of Directors. Read More

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Research Project reuses air to save energy in low-income houses.

May 25, 2011

Through ASHRAE's Grants-In-Aids Award Program, Simge Andolsun, a student at Texas A&M University, plans to model a new HVAC/R energy saving strategy with partial conditioning or reuse of air. Partial conditioning is based on using remaining energy of air returning from occupied zones in unoccupied zones before it returns to system or is exhausted from system. Strategy is expected to provide reduction in overall HVAC/R energy consumption for low-income households in hot and humid climates. Read More

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NIST exhibits at Green Chemistry Engineering Conference.

May 25, 2011

Scheduled for June 21-23, 15th Annual Green Chemistry Engineering Conference 2011 will be held at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. Event will bring together world's brightest scientific researchers as well as government and industry leaders to catalyze green chemistry as the solution to global challenges. Conference will include more than 20 technical sessions and full day of programming devoted to students. Read More

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Fraunhofer to develop Clean Energy Center.

May 25, 2011

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy will partner with federal, state, and city agencies on $19.5 million Clean Energy Center that will serve as high-tech demonstration showcase, supporting established and start-up companies that are developing and demonstrating energy efficiency technologies. The 50,000 ft² facility will also house Fraunhofer's technical R/D labs and TechBridge start-up accelerator group to support clean energy businesses in Boston's Innovation District. Read More

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Packaging Hall of Fame Nominations are being sought by PMMI.

May 25, 2011

Nominations are open for Packaging Hall of Fame(TM) Class of 2011. Annual honor, to be presented at reception during PACK EXPO Las Vegas, NV on September 26, recognizes efforts of packaging's innovators. Due no later than June 1, submissions should clearly describe how candidate has personally advanced the science, technology, and practice of packaging; expanded packaging knowledge/understanding; and exhibited traits as remarkable volunteer leader in packaging community. Read More

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ANSI hosts Standards Wars workshop.

May 25, 2011

On May 12, nearly 200 representatives of industry, standards and conformance organizations, government, and consumer groups gathered for the ANSI workshop, Standards Wars: Myth or Reality?, which was organized as interactive panel-based discussions and Q/A sessions. The general view was that while conflict and duplication in standards development are deserving of continual vigilance, the U.S. voluntary consensus standardization system is strong, effective, and responsive to country's needs. Read More

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Solar/Hydrogen Model Car Races showcase students' innovations.

May 24, 2011

Hosted by U.S. Department of Energy's NREL, Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions featured 65 teams from 24 Colorado schools as participants. Students raced solar or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles they designed and built themselves. Trophies were given out for fastest solar-powered model cars; fastest hydrogen fuel cell-powered model cars; as well as solar and hydrogen fuel cell designs based on technology, craftsmanship and innovation. Read More

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NIST Workshop to address soft material manufacturing research.

May 24, 2011

Scheduled for June 2-3, NIST workshop will assess interest in forming a government-industry consortium dedicated to developing neutron-based measurement tools for soft materials tailored to manufacturers. Event will combine discussions of research opportunities in soft materials that could best be addressed by neutron techniques, with presentations on capabilities of NCNR neutron beam lines. Work potentially could aid a broad range of industries from plastics to pharmaceuticals. Read More

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DOC Seeks Input on US-EU trade cooperation.

May 24, 2011

ANSI is informing all stakeholders that US Department of Commerce (DOC), on behalf of the Obama Administration, is seeking assistance in identifying opportunities for cooperation in trade between US and European Union (EU). Goals include reducing or eliminating unnecessary divergences in regulatory measures that may impede trade in goods in transatlantic marketplace as well as identification of existing or emerging sectors that may benefit from transatlantic regulatory cooperation. Read More

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NIST Study explores nanowire-based memory.

May 24, 2011

In study titled "Fabrication, Characterization, and Simulation of High Performance Si Nanowire-Based Non-Volatile Memory Cells," NIST and George Mason University researchers explored how to optimize nanowire-based charge-trapping memory devices. Team used software modeling and electrical device characterization to examine structures for dielectrics that surround memory and store electrical charges. Based on 20 nm dia silicone wires, nanowires form memory that holds contents even if power is off. Read More

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NIST Workshop seeks to advance EHR usability.

May 23, 2011

"A Community-Building Workshop: Measuring, Evaluating and Improving the Usability of Electronic Health Records" will bring together industry, government, academia, and healthcare providers to identify models and methods for collaborating to improve usability of EHR systems. NIST computer scientist Matt Quinn, also one of the workshop's organizers, expressed hope in catalyzing collaboration among stakeholders, receiving constructive feedback, and identifying priority areas for future work. Read More

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Metal Industry Rebounds from 5 years of decline.

May 23, 2011

Michael E. Lutheran, president of Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), said that North American powder metallurgy (PM) industry regained its growth momentum in 2010 after 5 years of declining demand. Explaining further, Lutheran explained rebound can be largely pinned on light-vehicle sales increases but that other end markets also gained. Based on first quarter of 2011, Lutheran reported that PM industry executives remain optimistic about business outlook. Read More

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PMA Report forecasts decline in business over 3-month period.

May 23, 2011

May 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report indicates that 55% of participants predict business activity will remain unchanged, and 22% believe it will decline over next 3 months. Overall drop in incoming orders is expected by 27% of companies, while 25% of participants also reported drop in average daily shipping levels in May. Percentage of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff increased to 14%, from 11% in April. Read More

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to Gregory S. Barger.

May 23, 2011

Gregory S. Barger, technical center director at Ash Grove Cement Co., received Award of Merit from ASTM International Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. Award was presented for exceptional leadership and technical contributions related to standards on compositional analysis, use, and testing of hydraulic cements and hydraulic cement concretes. A member of ASTM since 1988, Barger was recognized as ASTM Honorary Member of Committees C01 and C09 in 2009. Read More

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EPRI to hold Smart Grid media briefing.

May 23, 2011

Scheduled for May 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., EPRI's media briefing will address the cost and benefits to modernize the U.S. electricity system and deploy a smart grid. Briefing participants will discover the challenges of integrating renewable energy resources into the grid, why standards development is important in developing solutions for smart grid applications, and the cyber security implications of a smart grid. Read More