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Machine Uptime/Communications Study identifies 4 key challenges.

June 30, 2011

Machinery Communications - Trends & Challenges says that computer, mobile, and wireless technologies are affecting modern industry, including packaging machinery. Packaging professionals participating in study identified 4 primary challenges to advancing machinery communications: adopting standard programming language, collecting more data about operational efficiency, educating engineers, and ensuring security of external communications. Read More

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SAE International announces 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit.

June 30, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 14-15 in Shanghai, 2011 Vehicle Battery Summit will bring together engineers, scientists, and corporate representatives to discuss the latest progress and plans for lithium based battery technologies and research. More than 20 presentations will be organized across 4 sessions: Electrified Vehicle Market Development, Innovations in Cell Chemistry for Energy Storage, Battery Design for Safety and Extended Life, and Battery Pack Integration and Charging Challenges and Solutions. Read More

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Nanowire-Based Sensors offer improved VOC detection.

June 29, 2011

Researchers from NIST, George Mason University, and University of Maryland made nano-sized sensors that can detect VOCs. They offer low-power, room-temperature operation and can detect one or several compounds over wide concentration range. Paper titled "Highly selective GaN-nanowire/TiO2-nanocluster hybrid sensors for detection of benzene and related environment pollutants" provides proof of concept for gas sensor made of single nanowire and metal oxide nanoclusters. Read More

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Internet Policy Task Force seeks comments on cybersecurity report.

June 29, 2011

Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force requests comments on "Cybersecurity, Innovations and the Internet Economy," which proposes voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen cybersecurity of companies that increasingly rely on Internet to do business but are not part of critical infrastructure sector. Report poses several specific recommendations for reducing I3S vulnerabilities, and comments must be received by August 1, 2011. Read More

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AIM Expo joins PACK EXPO in Las Vegas.

June 29, 2011

PMMI has signed an agreement with Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility to co-locate AIM Expo 2011 with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, Sept 26-28. AIM Expo will include tracks on government, healthcare, manufacturing, mobile workforce, and retail. Two new sessions, "Auto ID in Packaging" and "Internet of Things," will identify state-of-the-art applications and solutions to improve operations, streamline production, reduce costs, and enhance overall business processes. Read More

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EPA and Coast Guard to enforce air pollution requirements.

June 29, 2011

U.S. EPA and the U.S. Coast Guard announced agreement to jointly enforce U.S. and international air pollution requirements for vessels operating in U.S. waters. Requirements establish limits on NOx emissions and require use of fuel with lower sulfur content, protecting people's health and environment by reducing ozone-producing pollution, which can cause smog and aggravate asthma. Most stringent requirements apply to ships operating within 200 nautical miles of the coast of North America. Read More

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Federal Agencies' MOU supports energy development, air quality.

June 29, 2011

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between U.S. EPA, Department of the Interior, and Department of Agriculture addresses air quality issues associated with onshore oil and gas development on federally managed public lands. It establishes common process to follow in analyzing potential air quality impacts and outlines steps necessary to ensure federal laws protecting air quality, human health, and environment are balanced with national energy needs. Read More

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NIST/NCL Research Paper poses testbed for gold nanoparticles.

June 28, 2011

Authored by researchers from NIST and National Cancer Institute's Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL), "Newkome-type dendron-stabilized gold nanoparticles: synthesis, reactivity, and stability" proposes testbed with which to explore how gold nanoparticle behave in biological systems. Paper also propoposes paradigm for how to characterize nanoparticle formulations and provides beginnings of catalog of analysis techniques for getting detailed understanding of nanoparticles. Read More

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Outstanding Achievements Recognized at ASHRAE annual meeting.

June 28, 2011

Held June 25-29, ASHRAE's 2011 Annual Conference saw 59 people recognized for their contributions to the Society and building industry. Specific awards covered areas such as preeminence in engineering or research work, continued service and effort, as well as, published papers and articles. Additional awards recognize such efforts towards membership expansion, meeting CTTC goals, and research promotion. Still other awards looked at historical compilations and government activities. Read More

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Air Toxics Standards Timeline set for boilers, incinerators.

June 28, 2011

As part of filing with U.S. Court of Appeals for DC Circuit, U.S. EPA set schedule for issuing updated air toxics standards for boilers and specific solid waste incinerators. Agency will propose standards to be reconsidered by end of October 2011 to ensure they are based on best available data and public has ample opportunity to provide additional input and information. Final standards will be issued by end of April 2012. Read More

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Federal Partnerships will revitalize USA's urban waterways.

June 28, 2011

Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP) seeks to stimulate regional and local economies, create local jobs, improve quality of life, and protect Americans' health by revitalizing urban waterways in under-served communities. As federal union comprised of 11 agencies, UWFP will focus initial efforts on 7 pilot locations. Each already has restoration effort underway, spearheaded by local governments and community organizations. Effort supports America's Great Outdoors Initiative. Read More

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Legionellosis Prevention Standard is open for public comment.

June 28, 2011

ASHRAE Standard 188P, Prevention of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems, specifies requirements to prevent legionellosis associated with building water systems. Open for public review until July 25, this proposed standard practice helps facility managers and owners understand how to apply available information on Legionella effectively in order to prevent cases of legionellosis associated with building water systems. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps detect chemical weapon agent breakdown.

June 27, 2011

ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications developed single-laboratory validated standard ASTM E2787, Test Method for Determination of Thiodiglycol in Soil Using Pressurized Fluid Extraction Followed by Single Reaction Monitoring Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). In wake of chemical weapon attack, ASTM E2787 could be used to detect chemical weapon agent breakdown product to identify agent and ensure proper cleanup of involved area. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard addresses PVC gasketed sewer basins.

June 27, 2011

ASTM WK32336 plastic piping standard provides minimum requirements for PVC gasketed sanitary and storm drainage sewer basins and fittings. For specific application, users need to have confidence that the product they are purchasing meets minimum requirements for watertightness and structural integrity. Products must also maintain sufficient manufacturing tolerances to enable proper and easy connection of these fabricated units to pipelines. Read More

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LIA to host Lasers for Manufacturing Event.

June 27, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 27-28, Lasers for Manufacturing Event will focus exclusively on laser-based production application and their potential for significant return on investment. Event will include 2 theater areas where more than 20 exhibitors will present slides and videos of their equipment. Educational program will feature four 30-min presentations on impact of laser technology in laser-additive manufacturing and aerospace, automotive, and medical device industries. Read More

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Laser Safety Courses improve awareness and competence.

June 27, 2011

Committed to keeping workplace safe from hazards associated with lasers, LIA offers safety training courses, based on ANSI Z136 series of laser safety standards, for personnel in research, industrial, and medical laser facilities. Onsite and online options bring laser safety training to workplace, addressing instances where attendance is inconvenient due to scheduling or travel constraints. Regional classroom-based courses are also available. Read More

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Intel Foundation funds STEM infused Gateway Academy.

June 27, 2011

SME Education Foundation has provided funding to LEED (Linking Education and Economic Development) for 5 Gateway Academy summer camps being held in the Sacramento Region thanks to $20,000 gift from Intel Foundation. Gateway Academy summer camp introduces 6th-8th grade students to drafting and graphic design, and allows them to use real lab equipment in team environment, build robotic vehicles and gliders, and learn about eco-design, manufacturing, and alternative energy. Read More

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Proposed change to ASHRAE Standard encourages efficient fan design.

June 24, 2011

Open for advisory public review until July 10, 2011, proposed addendum u to ASNI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, would add reference to Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International's Standard 205-10, Energy Efficiency Classification for Fans. This would require fan efficiency requirements to be classified based on fan efficiency grades. Read More

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EPA's Jackson to Chair Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

June 24, 2011

Annual council session in Montreal, Canada ended with U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson assuming leadership of Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). This partnership with Canada and Mexico fosters conservation, protection, and enhancement of North American environment. Specifically, it works to increase economic, trade, and social links among the 3 countries to build healthy communities, economies, and ecosystems as well as projects that help protect people's health. Read More

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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