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William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award given to Dr. Emanuel Horowitz.

May 5, 2011

Emanuel Horowitz, Ph.D., retired professor of materials science and engineering of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, was honored with 2011 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award for his leadership in promoting national and international standards for medical and surgical implants and materials. Horowitz has contributed to voluntary standards development for close to 60 years in committees in ASTM International and ISO. Read More

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Robot Orders surge 31% in first quarter of 2011.

May 5, 2011

According to statistics released by RIA, North American robotics companies enjoyed their best opening quarter since 2007. A total of 4,021 robots valued at $263.5 million were ordered by North American manufacturing companies through March, an increase of 31% in units and 27% in dollars. Unit growth in automotive industry jumped 64%, while non-automotive orders increased just 3% percent overall. Metals sector jumped 73% and life sciences/pharmaceutical/biomedical gained 61%. Read More

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ASTM requests papers for Geopolymer Binder Systems symposium.

May 5, 2011

ASTM International is inviting paper submissions for symposium on Geopolymer Binder Systems, to be held June 26, 2012 in San Diego, CA. Requested topics include manufacturing of geopolymers and related binders as well as use of geopolymers in construction and concrete. Sustainability and quality assurance, as well as alkali activation of fly ash and other waste materials, are also topics that will be considered. Interested participants must submit 250-300 word abstract by June 27, 2011. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to EASA.

May 5, 2011

According to NTSB, European Aviation Safety Agency should require Eurocopter to revise its aircraft maintenance manual for all helicopters equipped with part number 355A11-0020 and/or 355A11-0030 main rotor blades to include, as part of the daily flight-related check, specific visual inspections of trailing edge of blades, upper and lower skin surfaces for cracks and surface deterioration/disfiguration. Read More

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Standards Library expands features and subscription options.

May 5, 2011

To increase value to content and search results, IEEE Xplore® digital library features Cited-by links that appear in all journal article abstracts, including articles from other publishers, as well as references for IEEE conference papers. IEEE Standards Dictionary Online provides centralized source of 39,000 IEEE standards, terms, and definitions presented in HTML format, and thesaurus includes index terms that map to individual documents. Read More

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ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel seeks participants.

May 4, 2011

To facilitate large scale introduction of electric vehicles into market while ensuring that technologies and infrastructure are safe and effective, ANSI has formed a cross-sector Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP). EVSP is seeking participants with relevant expertise and interest to begin critical work of developing a standardization roadmap to enable safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in the United States. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to cover small business disaster preparedness.

May 4, 2011

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel will host "Achieving Preparedness through Standards Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Businesses" workshop on May 25. Workshop will identify ways to accommodate needs of small businesses with regard to preparedness standards and conformity assessment. It provides opportunity for homeland security, emergency preparedness, business continuity communities, and other stakeholders to discuss current challenges, recent successes, and future outlooks. Read More

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Design and Assembly Guidelines released by IPC.

May 3, 2011

Standard IPC-7093, Design and Assembly Process Implementation for Bottom Termination components, describes critical design, assembly, inspection, repair, and reliability issues concerning bottom termination components whose external connections are metallized terminals that are part of component body. Techniques are detailed for component placement and solder application as well as processing issues. Reflow solder printing and reflow profile recommendations are also provided. Read More

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Building Competition aims to reduce energy use, GHG emissions.

May 3, 2011

US EPA's Energy Star® program launched 2011 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings, in which teams from 245 buildings around country will go head-to-head to improve energy efficiency and determine who can reduce their energy use most. Competition includes 26 types of commercial buildings, some of which are 100+ years old. Competitors will be able to exchange ideas and strategies through various social media applications. Read More

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IPC issues call for 2012 IPC APEX EXPO participation.

May 3, 2011

IPC invites researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for the 2012 IPC APEX EXPO(TM) at the San Diego Convention Center. Expert presentations are being sought on all relevant design, PCB fabrication, and electronics manufacturing topics. Submissions dealing with lead-free processing, repair and reliability, high-speed PCB laminates and new research in growing areas such as green technology and photovoltaics are especially encouraged. Read More

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NREL earns federal technology transfer accolades.

May 3, 2011

A technology from NREL for depositing crystalline silicon onto inexpensive substrate materials has been recognized with 2011 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from Federal Laboratory Consortium. "Flexible Thin-Film Crystalline-Silicon Photovoltaics on RABiTS" project was developed in conjunction with DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Devised at ORNL, Rolling Assisted Biaxially Textured Substrate provides flexible metal foil platform for high-temperature superconducting materials. Read More

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Air Toxics Emissions Standards apply to secondary lead smelters.

May 3, 2011

U.S. EPA is proposing stronger air toxics standards for secondary lead smelters in order to improve air quality and protect people's health. Proposed standards would cut lead and arsenic emissions and would also require facilities to control emissions of dioxins. Results from implementation of this new proposal estimate a 63% reduction in lead and arsenic emissions. Also, these reductions will help areas meet new, more protective air quality standards for lead that agency issued in 2008. Read More

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ASABE revises agricultural-implement jacks standard.

May 3, 2011

ASABE has revised ASAE S485.3, Implement Mounted Screw-Type Jacks, to correct values for rated static side torque and to add requirement that vertical and side load ratings be printed on jack label. It also includes changes anticipated in ISO 12140:1998, Agricultural machinery - Agricultural Trailers and Trailed Equipment - Drawbar Jacks, which are expected to be completed by 2013. Following this release, ASABE will consider adopting it as American National Standard to replace S485. Read More

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EPRI Paper details energy storage applications for U.S.

May 3, 2011

ERPI paper, Electricity Energy Storage Technology Options - A White Paper Primer on Applications, Costs, and Benefits, analyzes 10 energy storage applications that EPRI considers would serve bulk of energy storage market. Benefits of energy storage are identified in paper, including power quality and reliability, retail time-of-use energy charges, and retail demand charges. Study also provides updated capital cost and performance information for storage systems available within 1-3 yr. Read More

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MTConnect Conference to focus on technical, business issues.

May 3, 2011

Bringing together business and technical tracks of MTConnect, [MC2 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference will take place November 8-10, 2011 in Cincinnati, OH. It aims to promote benefits and implementation of MTConnect as well as showcase commercially available products that utilize this standard. Tracks will focus on hands-on implementation and use of MTConnect as well as emphasize possible productivity and ROI increases. Read More

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Aerospace Industry Report to deliver business and market review.

May 3, 2011

Produced by AIA and the Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide, Aerospace Industry Report 2011 provides business and market review of U.S. aerospace industry as well as global economy. Reference resource, to be published May 2011, will contain analysis and statistics on key sectors of industry as well as insights on emerging issues such as rare earth minerals and strategic metals and counterfeit parts. Read More

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I Make America launches Picture a Better America photo contest.

May 3, 2011

AEM and the I Make America campaign launched the Picture a Better America Photo Contest to demonstrate the urgent need to invest in America's crumbling infrastructure. Contest aims to amplify voices of I Make America's grassroots supporters and others committed to demonstrating the real cost of Congressional inaction on infrastructure investment and who are pushing for passage of fully funded 6-year highway bill by September 30th of this year. Read More

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NIST analyzes methods of recovering biohazard samples.

May 3, 2011

NIST researchers analyzed different methods for collecting, extracting, and quantifying microbial spores from indoor surfaces, to find ways to evaluate cleanup efforts after contamination or bioterrorist attack. Findings indicate use of polyester-rayon wipes for collection, use of surfactant to clean wipes and keep bacteria from sticking to container, and rapid spinning to clean containers were most efficient. Study results will be used to develop ASTM protocol for bacterial surface sampling. Read More

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NAM supports Treasury proposal on derivatives market.

May 3, 2011

According to Dorothy Coleman, NAM VP for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, the use of foreign exchange swaps is critical for manufacturers of all sizes to guard against fluctuations in foreign currencies that could significantly increase costs. Manufacturers are pleased with Treasury's announced proposal to exempt foreign exchange swaps and forwards from the definition of a "swap" under Commodity Exchange Act, as amended by Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Read More

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NIST's Fire Research Laboratory expands testing facility.

May 3, 2011

NIST's National Fire Research Laboratory is adding 21,400 sq ft of space to Large Fire Laboratory, which will accommodate structural systems and components up to 26 ft high for simulating fires. Accommodating fires up to 20 MW heat release rate, facility will include test area with 60 x 90 ft floor as well as 45 x 50 ft hood to remove smoke and hot gases and collect data. Added capabilities may lead to standards for fire-resistant structural designs and innovations in building construction. Read More