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Nokia's Dr. Kai Syrjälä to speak at SPE EUROTEC(TM) 2011.

May 18, 2011

SPE has announced that Kai Syrjälä, PhD of Finland-based Nokia will be a plenary speaker at the first SPE EUROTEC(TM) plastics technical conference. His presentation, titled "Plastics Injection Molding and Tool Making: Challenges in China and Future Visions," will be delivered on Nov 14, 2011. It will illustrate current working models and practices in tool and mold manufacturing in China, focusing on how to succeed, maintain progress, and manage quality. Read More

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Bernard L. Potts receives ASTM Award of Merit.

May 18, 2011

ASTM Committee B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys presented ASTM Award of Merit to Bernard L. Potts, president and owner of Village Castings Inc. Committee sited Potts for his expert technical contributions to international standards on zinc and its alloys and his leadership in developing and revising standards for Subcommittee B02.04 on Zinc and Cadmium. A member of B02 and ASTM since 1992, Potts serves as B02 recording secretary and is chairman of Subcommittee B02.94 on Long Range Planning. Read More

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SME reports rise in attendance at ANTEC® 2011 over 2010.

May 18, 2011

SME ANTEC® 2011 from May 1-5 had total attendance of 2,023, which was 31% higher than 2010. Participants from 42 countries attended. The annual technical conference included 108 topical sessions with more than 700 presentations as well as trade show with 84 exhibitors. "The overall success of ANTEC 2011 reflected the gathering strength of the economy worldwide and continuing demand for the quality technical information that ANTEC provides," said Lesley Kyle of SPE. Read More

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NIST Cloud Computing Guide is open for public comment.

May 18, 2011

NIST Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations, SP 800-146, open for public comment until June 13, 2011, reviews NIST definition of cloud computing, and also details each kind of cloud environment. Section on Open Issues covers computing performance, reliability, economics, compliance, and data and applications security. Guide also includes general recommendations section, as well as appendices covering costs of cloud computing, roles and responsibilities, acronyms, and terminology. Read More

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NIST Gas Sensor uses terahertz frequencies to detect trace gases.

May 18, 2011

NIST sensor emits waves at terahertz frequencies that make gas molecules rotate at rates unique to each type of gas. Waves can be used to identify specific gases and measure how much gas is present. Plugging into power outlet, portable unit also has mathematical analysis tools for determining gas type. "This new sensor can simultaneously detect many different trace gases at very fast rates and with high sensitivity," says NIST chemist Kevin Douglass. Read More

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ANSI Report addresses fight against global counterfeiting.

May 18, 2011

In an effort to identify and communicate cross-sector solutions to this global challenge, ANSI has published a free report, "Best Practices in the Fight against Global Counterfeiting: An Action Guide to Strengthen Cooperation and Collaboration across Industry Sectors and among Global Supply Chains." Recommendations range from standardization of supply chain procedures and strengthening compliance, to support for law enforcement, increased education, and greater public-private collaboration. Read More

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SME announces winners of Professional Development Award.

May 18, 2011

Student Relations Committee of SME has awarded its inaugural Faculty Advisor Professional Development Award to educators committed to next generation of manufacturing professionals. Award recognizes service of faculty advisors to SME, and their student chapters, in advancing manufacturing knowledge, education, and Society's strategic plan. Christopher Gallagher and Bahram Asiabanpour, PhD, CMfgE, received $1,000 recognition, while Ross Monroe and Daniel Kandray, PE received $2,000 recognition. Read More

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Building Energy Savings Guide was published by industry leaders.

May 18, 2011

"Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net-Zero-Energy Building" provides guidance for getting at least halfway to achieving net-zero-energy design. Specifically, publication includes performance path that offers guidance for early stage energy modeling and also details 8 essentials deemed necessary for achieving advanced energy savings. Read More

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ISO and ITU form joint task force.

May 18, 2011

International Organization for Standardization and International Telecommunication Union have announced a new joint standards initiative on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to hasten the deployment of ITS products and services. Under partnership, ISO and ITU will form a Joint Task Force for ITS Communications to pool resources within ITU and ISO, link existing work and avoid duplication, and foster better collaboration between overlapping industry sectors. Read More

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Marine Lab Research tracks pollutants in marine mammals.

May 17, 2011

Scientists at Hollings Marine Laboratory found that bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters near urbanized areas. Papers published in online journal, Environmental Science and Technology, looked at persistent organic pollutant levels in male dolphins along U.S. East and Gulf of Mexico coasts and Bermuda as well as perfluorinated compound (PFC) levels in beluga whales at 2 Alaskan locations. Read More

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Research finds evidence of natural synthesis of silver nanoparticles.

May 17, 2011

Researchers from Florida Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Buffalo, and NIST report that, given source of silver ions, naturally occurring humic acid will synthesize stable silver nanoparticles. During experiments, team found acids from river water or sediments would form detectable silver nanoparticles at room temperature in 2-4 days. Also, humic acid stabilized nanoparticles by coating them and prevented their clumping into larger mass of silver. Read More

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Sydney D. Andrews Award was earned by Dr. Fred W. Girshick.

May 17, 2011

Sydney D. Andrews Award of Achievement was presented to Fred W. Girshick, Ph.D. to honor his work in field of petroleum products and lubricants. In his 30+ years of working with engine oils, Girshick has formulated products for diverse engine types. He has also conducted basic and applied research on rheology and engine oil performance, provided direct customer support as well as technical support to base stock refineries, and conducted field tests. Read More

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SPE® issues call for scholarship applications.

May 17, 2011

The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition announced that it will again bestow two $2,000 USD scholarships for graduate-level research in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation. Winning students will be required to report on the results of their findings during the 12th annual SPE ACCE, which takes place September 11-13, 2012. Scholarship application forms are due July 1, 2011. Read More

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2011 AEM Hall of Fame will open for online nominations in June.

May 17, 2011

AEM Hall of Fame seeks to broaden public understanding and appreciation of industry's historic and future roles in global economic and social prosperity. Over 35 industry leaders have been inducted into Hall of Fame, which was created in 1993 to honor pioneering individuals who invented, managed, built, and led off-road equipment industry. Candidates will be evaluated on innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Read More

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Online Journal Article explains when to say no to customers.

May 17, 2011

"When It's OK To Say No To A Customer," by Warren Cornil, president of Narrow Aisle Inc. and CEO of Sunbelt Industrial Trucks, appears in MHEDA Journal Online's 2nd Quarter issue. Article lists several scenarios when saying no is considered prudent: when there is no product match, when customer has credit problems, or when customer is consistently unreasonable. Article also offers tips and advice for when to dismiss bad experiences as customers having bad day. Read More

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EPA announces next step on air toxics standards.

May 17, 2011

U.S. EPA is seeking additional public feedback and gathering more information on the final standards that were issued in February 2011 for boilers and certain solid waste incinerators. As part of reconsideration process, EPA will issue a stay postponing effective date of standards for major source boilers and commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators to allow agency to continue to seek additional public comment before updated rule is proposed. Read More

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Texas Students Take First in annual rocketry challenge.

May 17, 2011

Beating out 99 teams from across USA, one team from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, TX took first place at ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge finals. Each 3- to 10-person team was challenged to design and build one rocket that lifted off to exactly 750 ft during 40-45 sec flight. Its raw egg payload had to return, undamaged, to ground via parachute. Contest encourages students to prepare for careers in aerospace industry. Read More

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Large-Volume Calorimeter aids electric vehicle assessment.

May 17, 2011

Vehicle Technologies Program at Department of Energy (DoE) supported NREL's development and fabrication of Large-Volume Battery Calorimeter (LVBC) for advancing battery technologies of electric vehicles. LVBC measures heat generated by batteries for electric-drive vehicles, analyzes temperature's effects on systems, and helps pinpoint ways to manage battery temperatures for optimal performance and maximum life. System is large enough to test entire battery systems. Read More

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High Performance Buildings Conference is seeking presenters.

May 17, 2011

High Performance Buildings Conference: A Focus on Deep Energy Savings, to be held March 12-13, 2012 in Mission Valley, CA, will guide building design professionals, building owner/managers, building operating staff, and government officials concerning what works and doesn't when tackling major improvements in energy efficiency, renewable applications, and operating practices. Presenters are being sought and are invited to send 300-500 word abstracts for consideration by July 15, 2011. Read More

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Gases and Welding Today addresses gas cylinder requalification.

May 17, 2011

When it comes to requalification or repurposing of gas cylinders, manual and automated options are available. Britton Harper, cylinder product manager at LS Industries, compares the available methods in "Cleaning And Requalifying Cylinders" article, which appears in Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. According to Harper, abrasive blasting is the most efficient process of preparing cylinders for testing, inspecting, recoating, and new service. Read More