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Composite Materials Standard covers fatigue properties.

July 18, 2011

ASTM D7615/D7615M, Practice for Open-Hole Fatigue Response of Polymer Matrix Composite Laminates, provides guidance for development of open-hole fatigue data for material specifications, R/D, material design allowables, and quality assurance. Standard is useful for developing design factors from relatively small standard coupons to account for effects of environmental conditions and data scatter that can then be applied to test programs involving larger scale test articles. Read More

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CFL Index Continues Retreat at beginning of 2011.

July 18, 2011

In Q1 of 2011, NEMA compact fluorescent (CFL) lamps index declined for fourth consecutive quarter. Registered reading of 180.8 marks decline of 16.8% on year-over-year basis. Incandescent lamp shipments showed increase of 6.4% over previous quarter, and first quarter reading of 57.0 remained unchanged from same period of previous year. Incandescent lamps remained dominant, while CFLs gave back market share gained over last 3 years by decreasing to 21.0%. Read More

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Study of E-AB Aircraft Safety seeks pilot, builder input.

July 18, 2011

NTSB study of accidents involving Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft will evaluate safety of this growing segment of general aviation. In support of this project, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will host Web-based survey for E-AB aircraft owners. Study will examine areas such as builder assistance programs; transition training; flight test and certification requirements; maintenance; as well as performance and failures of systems, structures, and power plants. Read More

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PMI welcomes Member Services Committee co-chair.

July 18, 2011

PMI President Jack Krecek has selected Tim Doyle of Amerikam, Inc. as co-chair of PMI's Member Service Committee to serve alongside existing co-chair Rick Reles. As quality assurance manager and ISO management representative for Amerikam, Doyle oversees development, implementation, and maintenance of the quality management system. His responsibilities include development and maintenance of processes and control plans to ensure product meets or exceeds customer and regulatory requirements. Read More

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AAMA reiterates call for legislative review of LRRP rules.

July 18, 2011

U.S. House of Representatives approved Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill, which included approved amendment to defund EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting activities until accurate test kit has been developed. AAMA continues urging legislative leaders to review $1.5 billion LRRP and amendment rules, and to contemplate impact of rules on nation's employment rate, energy conservation, and economic recovery, as well as safety and health of vulnerable residents. Read More

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Photo Contest Results reveal one winner for 2 commendations.

July 18, 2011

AASHTO announced one photograph won Grand Prize and People's Choice Award in 2011 Faces of Transportation contest. Taken by Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) photographer Julie Duewel, Balancing Act captures NDOT Bridge Inspector Aleksander Nelson performing safety inspection at Mike O'Callaghan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Lloyd Brown, AASHTO director of communications, noted that "These photographs offer a reminder of the important role transportation plays in American life." Read More

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ASABE adopts international standard on safety signs.

July 18, 2011

ASABE has adopted with deviations international standard ISO 11684. ASABE document, ANSI/ASABE AD11684:1995 (APR2011), Tractors, machinery for agricultural and forestry, powered lawn and garden equipment - Safety signs and hazard pictorials - General principles, replaces ASAE S441.3, Safety Signs, which was used as basis for ISO 11684. Adoption further harmonizes national and international standardization, while deviation recognizes areas in which US practice differs from those described by ISO. Read More

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AIA President Makes Statement on entitlements, debt burdens.

July 18, 2011

Regarding USA's fiscal crisis, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey noted America's business leaders' patience and understanding as political leaders have sought to find solution. She spoke of various difficulties at hand, "from growing entitlement costs to outsized debt burdens," and called on political leaders to end delays on making such tough choices. She also stressed opportunity to tackle challenges "in a smart way that preserves our national security and economic strength." Read More

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AIA concerned by NASA and NOAA cuts.

July 15, 2011

AIA is concerned about substantial cuts being made to budgets of NASA and NOAA in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science markup of fiscal year 2012 appropriations bill. Markup cuts NASA's space programs by 10% from President's request and nearly 13% from NASA authorization passed last October. In addition, NOAA would get $1 billion less than President's request - an 18% cut in a year when storms have taken hundreds of lives and shown need for accurate forecasts. Read More

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Risk and Resiliency Tools previewed in Arlington County, VA.

July 15, 2011

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and National Institute of Building Sciences gave Arlington County, VA preview of tools to help prepare buildings and critical infrastructure against potential disasters. Integrated Rapid Visual Screening (IRVS) tools help obtain preliminary risk assessment rating for buildings and infrastructure. Arlington also asked DHS to include it in development of Washington, DC Urban Blast Tool (UBT). Read More

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PMA Hosts Conference for marketing and sales professionals.

July 15, 2011

Second annual Marketing and Sales Conference will take place August 24-25, 2011 in Chicago, IL. Educational sessions will be delivered by speakers offering examples for reaching new customers, maintaining current customers, and establishing strong company brands. As keynote speaker, Tom Snyder will discuss tactics, techniques, and excitement that research on leading by insight reveals. Also, program features 2 concurrent educational tracks for management and sales-level executives. Read More

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First Chief Manufacturing Officer was selected by NIST.

July 15, 2011

As announced by NIST, manufacturing industry executive Michael F. Molnar will serve as agency's Chief Manufacturing Officer. As Chief Manufacturing Officer, Molnar will be responsible for planning and coordination of NIST's manufacturing research and services programs. He will also serve as NIST's central point of contact with White House, Department of Commerce, and other agencies on technical and policy issues related to manufacturing. Read More

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Metallurgy Standards Contribution Award goes to Craig W. Hudson.

July 15, 2011

In recognition of his expertise in powder metallurgy technology and contributions to development of powder metallurgy standards, ASTM International Committee B09 on Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products presented ASTM Award of Merit to Craig W. Hudson of Emporium, PA. Hudson's career has focused on powder metallurgy, processing, failure analysis, and laboratory management. His most recent professional position was that of manager of research and development at Atlas Pressed Metals. Read More

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Dr. Lyle Zardiackas receives ASTM Award of Merit.

July 15, 2011

Lyle Zardiackas, Ph.D., professor emeritus, University of Mississippi Medical Center, has received ASTM International Award of Merit for his outstanding leadership and high productivity in fostering the development of surgical implant standards in ASTM Committee F04 for Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. A member of ASTM and Committee F04 since 1988, Zardiackas is the author of 5 books, more than 120 research abstracts, and more than 50 refereed scientific articles. Read More

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NAM VP Comments on trade data and trends for May 2011.

July 15, 2011

Commenting on May international trade data, NAM VP for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo stated that this one-month change in exports and imports is in line with basic trends visible since start of 2009. June data, he said, will be important in determining whether shift has occurred. With manufactured goods imports outpacing export growth all year and deficit tending to increase, manufactured goods exports need to accelerate or deficit could slip into record territory by next year. Read More

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NIST, Researcher recognized for forensic science citations.

July 14, 2011

According to ScienceWatch.com's survey of legal medicine and forensic science journal papers published/cited from 2001-2011, NIST was cited 1,123 times. This put NIST seventh worldwide and second in US. In terms of average annual number of citations in high-impact journals, NIST was top among US institutions and third globally with ranking of 17.83. Also, NIST chemist and DNA forensics expert John Butler ranked number one as high-impact author in legal medicine and forensic science. Read More

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NIST creates tunable superconducting circuit on a chip.

July 14, 2011

Created by researchers at NIST, "optics table on a chip" is a superconducting circuit on a square sapphire chip about 6 mm wide. Scientists use the chip to place a single microwave photon in 2 frequencies, or colors, at the same time. Combining single photon source, cavity that naturally resonates or vibrates at particular frequencies, and coupling device called a SQUID, circuit can be used to create and manipulate different quantum states. Read More

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ASTM International offers Proficiency Testing Programs.

July 14, 2011

ASTM's Proficiency Testing Programs on Petroleum Products and Lubricants provide participating laboratories with a statistical quality assurance tool, enabling them to compare their performance in the use of ASTM test methods with other laboratories worldwide. Laboratories receive different samples for each test cycle, and upon completing tests, submit test data electronically to ASTM for use in generating statistical summary reports. Read More

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Proposed Standards will focus on chemical vapor detectors.

July 14, 2011

Supporting US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate, August 10 meeting will establish task group within ASTM Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications to complete drafting 2 performance standards for chemical vapor detectors. Work items for 2 proposed new standards are ASTM WK33681, Specification for Standard for Handheld Chemical Vapor Point Detectors, and ASTM WK33684, Specification for Standard for Stationary Monitoring Chemical Vapor Point Detector. Read More

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EPA Proposes Review of uses for chemicals classified as glymes.

July 13, 2011

Based in part on concerns that uses of glymes could lead to harmful reproductive and developmental health effects, U.S. EPA is proposing to protect consumers by requiring companies to report new uses of 14 specific chemicals in consumer products. Proposed regulatory procedure would ensure that, prior to manufacture, import, or processing of these chemicals for significant new use, EPA will have 90 days to evaluate potential risks and prohibit or limit activity if warranted. Read More