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ASTM Standard characterizes hydrogels in regenerative medicine.

June 2, 2011

ASTM F2900, Guide for Characterization of Hydrogels Used in Regenerative Medicine, is intended for use by those working in development and application of hydrogels in regenerative medicine who need to characterize their materials. Contributing to study and use of hydrogels, standard provides critical overview of techniques used to characterize hydrogels and presents information so it can be understood by multidisciplinary practitioners. Read More

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ANSI Welcomes 7 New Members in May 2011.

June 2, 2011

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed Aerojet, Forensic Services Laboratory, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Minnesota Housing, Native American Technology Corporation, North Carolina Department of Labor, and PACCAR as new members. Brian Meincke of ANSI explained that membership brings access to information and business intelligence not available elsewhere as well as opportunities to build influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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Non-Halogenated FR LFT-PP Products exhibit optimal mechanicals.

June 2, 2011

Consortium of Dutch companies - thermoplastics compounder, colorant house, molder, and OEM - joined together to develop colored and flame-retarded (FR) long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT)-polypropylene (PP) compounds and masterbatches, properties of which exceed those of non-FR base resin. Summing up work over last 2 years, TULiPPS' Paul Stassen said this project exemplified what can happen when companies "join forces" to share knowledge, pool resources, and work as integrated supply chain. Read More

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ASHRAE Building Maintenance Guideline open for public comment.

June 2, 2011

Proposed ASHRAE Guideline 32P, Sustainable, High Performance Operation and Maintenance, will help improve performance of all buildings by providing guidance on optimizing operation and maintenance of buildings to achieve lowest economic and environmental life cycle cost without sacrificing safety or functionality. Guideline will apply to ongoing operational practices for buildings and systems with respect to energy efficiency, occupant comfort, indoor air quality, health and safety. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on field of ISO activity on biomimetics.

June 2, 2011

Deutsches Institut fur Normung, the German national standards body, has submitted proposal to ISO for a new field of technical activity on biomimetics. Proposed ISO activity would address biomimetic methods and approaches, with 3 working groups covering concept and strategy, structures and materials, and bionic optimization and information processing. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on proposal by Friday, July 15, 2011. Read More

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April 2011 PCB Industry Results show both declines and growth.

June 2, 2011

Findings of IPC's North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program for April show industry shipments for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits, combined, increased 3.0% from April 2010 but orders booked decreased 5.6%. Year to date, combined industry shipments were up 5.9%, and bookings were down 6.7%. Compared to previous month, combined industry shipments and bookings decreased, respectively, 13.9% and 11.5%. Combined rigid and flex industry book-to-bill ratio rose to 0.96. Read More

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IEEE Standards on environmentally preferable imaging equipment/TVs go to ballot.

June 2, 2011

Two IEEE standards on setting criteria for environmentally preferable electronic equipment will soon be balloted. Although standards apply only to imaging equipment and televisions, their impact on electronics industry will be much broader. Both contain criteria to remove all halogens, and expand RoHS and REACH requirements through elimination of exemptions and removal of SVHCs from products. To be certified under EPEAT at basic level, products must meet all 115 required criteria in standards. Read More

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CODiE Awards Winners honored for software excellence.

June 2, 2011

Recognized for industry excellence, 31 CODiE(TM) Awards winners were announced during luncheon held in conjunction with All About the Cloud conference in San Francisco, CA. Peer-reviewed rewards program recognizes excellence in business software, digital content, and education technology industries. By way of congratulations, SIIA President Ken Wasch said that "These products provide the business solutions that fuel our economy and solidify America's place in the global marketplace." Read More

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Vitrinite Reflectance Standard should aid hydrocarbon discovery.

June 1, 2011

ASTM D7708, Test Method for Microscopical Determination of the Reflectance of Vitrinite Dispersed in Sedimentary Rocks, will help improve predictions of location, quantity, and quality of undiscovered hydrocarbon resources. Specifically, this standard will provide framework and reference to understand most common measurement used to determine whether source rock is immature, mature, or overmature with respect to hydrocarbon generation. Read More

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AEM/OSHA Alliance Crane Decal now available.

June 1, 2011

Developed by AEM and approved by OSHA, "Designated/Certified Operators ONLY" decal signifies that machine should be operated by personnel who have received employer certification of training and evaluation according to relevant OSHA standards. Equipment manufacturers working through AEM's Crane Technical Committee reviewed the decal and provided guidance. Decal is the latest project resulting from AEM/OSHA alliance promoting jobsite safety. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today Article focuses on teamwork.

June 1, 2011

Michael A. Tarala, sales and marketing manager for RegO Cryo-Flow Products, explores the distributor-supplier dynamic through a basketball lens in his article, "Manufacturer-Distributor Playbook," which appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. Teamwork between gases and welding distributors and manufacturers is vital to the success of all players in a market, and, as with any team, focus on communication is the first step toward victory. Read More

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Chemical Permeation Test Standard approved by ASTM committee.

June 1, 2011

ASTM F2815, Practice for Chemical Permeation Through Protective Clothing Materials: Testing Data Analysis by Use of a Computer Program, describes how to use permeation calculator to analyze data following permeation test to determine when chemicals have gotten inside clothing. The computer program performs calculations in seconds, and results are presented with relevant information and permeation curve in report file. Read More

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NFPA and SAE International to hold 2nd electric vehicle summit.

June 1, 2011

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International will co-sponsor 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit from September 27-28, 2011 in Detroit, MI. Representatives of vehicle and equipment manufacturers, fire protection specialists, electrical safety organizations, emergency responders, and governmental agencies can help develop action plans regarding codes and standards needed to address safety of electrified vehicles and their infrastructure. Read More

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HDI launches 14th annual IT technical support survey.

June 1, 2011

HDI has issued call for participation for 2011 HDI Support Center Practices & Salary Survey, with deadline for participation of July 8, 2011. Survey researches IT support operations and gauges industry movement in areas such as incident management, framework adoption, outsourcing trends, staff training, performance metrics, customer satisfaction ratings, and salaries. Performance metrics collected by survey facilitate industry benchmarking for both phone and e-mail processes. Read More

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Social Networking Sites boost distributors' bottom lines.

June 1, 2011

Social Media Drives Sales, include in 2nd Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal Online, examines how social networking sites contribute to material handling distributors' bottom lines. While companies across all industries spend money in hopes of convincing customers to buy their product, distributors in this article utilize social networking sites as free sources of advertising and marketing. They specifically discuss sales made through sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Read More

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Extrusion, Drawing, and Tube Reducing Roundtable is open for registration.

June 1, 2011

The Tube and Pipe Association's Extrusion, Drawing, and Tube Reducing Council will host 2011 roundtable event titled "Linking Safety to Productivity with Pipe and Tube" on Sept 18-20. Three roundtables will focus on casting and extrusion, cold drawing, and pilger mill/tube reducing, respectively. Attendees may also tour Global Nuclear Fuel's FCO in Wilmington, and participate in various group discussions, such as Safety and Your Process, Product Defect Solutions, and Tooling Control. Read More

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National Tribal Toxics Committee addresses region-specific risks.

June 1, 2011

US EPA has established National Tribal Toxics Committee (NTTC), which gives Native American Indian Tribes greater input on issues related to chemical safety, toxic chemicals, and pollution prevention. Due to hold its first meeting June 1-2, NTTC will help EPA tailor and address issues such as preventing poisoning from lead-based paint, expanding pollution prevention and safer chemical initiatives, and evaluating chemical exposures that may be unique to tribes. Read More

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Golf Tournament gets support from PGA veteran Curtis Strange.

May 31, 2011

PGA Champions Tour golfer Curtis Strange, sponsored by Kodak, will take part in 2011 PMMI Education and Training Foundation Golf Tournament, which will be held in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas. This year's tournament will provide backing for student scholarships and continuing education for PMMI member company employees. Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PACK EXPO, expressed gratitude towards Kodak for its contribution and said Curtis Strange "will definitely be a draw." Read More

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Critical Minerals Policy and Research Bill welcomed by NEMA.

May 31, 2011

Introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011 aims to jump-start federal policy and research related to availability of specific raw materials - 17 rare earth elements, yttrium, scandium, cobalt, lithium, thorium, and helium - critical to U.S. manufacturing, economic competitiveness, and security. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said that this bipartisan bill "brings greater urgency and coordination at federal level." Read More

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AEM Urges Congress to responsibly rebuild infrastructure.

May 31, 2011

In meeting with Senators at US Capitol, AEM President Dennis Slater called on Congress to rebuild America's infrastructure and actively pursue innovative approaches to finance such critical investment without increasing deficit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Mark Begich organized this meeting to let Senators and leaders from business, labor, and state government strategize about how to work together to advance infrastructure investment legislation in Congress this year. Read More