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Longest Serving State DOT Chief discusses agency's future.

July 5, 2011

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Director Dan Flowers, who began his career with AHTD in 1968 and helped set his state's transportation priorities for over 40 years, announced his retirement in June. In new Two-Minute State DOT Update video, Flowers discusses AHTD's critical infrastructure needs as well as important role the public must play to keep Interstate Highway System in a good state of repair. Read More

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Business Marketing Association honors IMTS with Tower Award.

July 5, 2011

International Manufacturing Technology Show received BMA Gold Tower Award for its IMTS 2010 trade show marketing program. Award recognizes excellence in strategy, creativity, and results for B2B marketing programs. As cornerstone of program, IMTS marketing team showed real IMTS attendees talking about how they use IMTS to make their businesses more successful. Success stories were deployed through print and electronic advertising, IMTS website, public relations, and exhibit halls. Read More

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ASTM Paint Committee Develops standard for water beading.

July 5, 2011

Currently in development, ASTM WK32143, Test Method for Visual Assessment of Water Beading on Horizontal Coatings, will provide formulators with practical means for evaluating water beading capability of coatings. Repeating test described in ASTM WK32143 after coated specimens have been put through intervals of aging or weathering will demonstrate persistence of coating's ability to bead water. Coating formulators will be primary users this standard. Read More

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ASTM Search and Rescue Committee developing rope rescue standards.

July 5, 2011

Providing training at intermediate level of rope rescue, ASTM WK33839, once approved, will give rescue teams skills needed to support rope rescue operation in terrain with high exposure and hazard potential, including high angle environments. Those trained to ASTM WK33840 standard, once it's approved, will have skills to support rope rescue operations in difficult terrain, and will also have adequate field skills and knowledge to make critical decisions and to direct the operation. Read More

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Electric Vehicles Standards Panel begins work on strategic roadmap.

July 5, 2011

ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) gathered in Detroit on June 20 and 21 to lay groundwork for strategic roadmap aimed at defining standards and conformance programs needed to enable widespread acceptance and deployment of electric vehicles and associated infrastructure in U.S. At June meeting, EVSP participants took steps to organize 8 working groups that have been formed to carry out identification of key standardization issues of concern. Read More

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ASTM Standard aids testing of corrosion-resistant fasteners.

July 1, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee G01.14 on Corrosion of Metals in Construction Materials, ASTM G198 will provide method of testing corrosion-resistant fasteners and their performance in contact with treated wood. According to Thomas Langill, chairman of G01.14, test method will give a relatively quick comparison of corrosion protection systems on driven fasteners in the microenvironment of treated wood and the potential corrosive chemicals that are used to protect wood materials. Read More

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NAM supports legislation to protect intellectual property and jobs.

July 1, 2011

Dorothy Coleman, NAM Vice President for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy, issued statement in support of H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. This legislation ensures a well-funded and properly staffed U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that can process applications in timely manner, allowing manufacturers in U.S. to bring their cutting-edge technological breakthroughs to marketplace first. According to Coleman, the protection of intellectual property is of paramount importance to manufacturers. Read More

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DoC Seeks Public Comment on cybersecurity report.

July 1, 2011

U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) Internet Policy Task Force issued Federal Register notice seeking public comment on its cybersecurity report - Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy - that was released June 8. Report recommends new framework for addressing Internet security issues for companies that increasingly rely on Web to do business but are outside of critical infrastructure sector. Comments should be sent before midnight on August 1. Read More

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State DOTs respond to lean times with technology.

July 1, 2011

According to AASHTO's John Horsley, many state DOTs are turning to technology and environmentally sensitive solutions to cut fuel consumption, improve efficiency, and save money. For example, Indiana DOT is converting 527 work trucks to run on cleaner-burning domestic propane, while Arizona DOT is testing new solar-powered system to eliminate need to keep vehicles idling while parked near traffic. Kansas and Michigan DOTs are encouraging employees to slow down, avoid idling, and reduce load. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against AirTran Airways.

July 1, 2011

FAA is proposing a $250,000 civil penalty against AirTran Airways for allegedly operating a Boeing 737 on 4 passenger flights when it was not in compliance with FAA regulations. According to FAA, AirTran did not properly repair or test an angle-of-attack sensor on the aircraft after it was struck by lightning during flight on March 20, 2009. FAA also alleges airline misused Minimum Equipment List when it decided to defer repair and continued to operate aircraft. Read More

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NREL's Research Support Facility certified LEED Platinum.

July 1, 2011

NREL's Research Support Facility has been certified LEED® Platinum for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. At 222,000 sq-ft, RSF is a model for sustainable, high performance building design that leverages the best in energy efficiency and environmental performance in a large-scale commercial office building. It has achieved all 59 targeted LEED points, including those for site selection, energy, materials and resources, and innovation. Read More

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Business Conditions lose steam in June but outlook is solid.

July 1, 2011

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions slipped to 45.5 in June, dropping below the 50-point growth threshold for the first time since Oct 2010. The index had climbed as high as 69.6 as recently as February 2011, prior to sharp run-up in oil prices and Japan's earthquake and tsunami. EBCI for future North American conditions topped 50-point mark for 28th consecutive month in June, measuring 63.6 for the month, down from 81.8 in May. Read More

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ANSI issues call for nominations for policy committees.

July 1, 2011

ANSI invites all members of ANSI Federation to recommend qualified candidates for membership on Institute's policy and other committees. Three year term runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014. Committees seeking new members include Conformity Assessment Policy Committee, National Policy Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, International Policy Committee, and ANSI ISO Council. Read More

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ANSI and SES Announce reciprocal membership affiliations.

July 1, 2011

ANSI, coordinator of U.S. voluntary standardization system, announced agreement with SES - the Society for Standards Professionals granting complimentary, reciprocal affiliations between organizations. Under this agreement, current and new SES members are automatically eligible to enroll in ANSI's affiliate membership program for one year. Conversely, technical contact of all current and new ANSI full members is automatically eligible to enroll as individual member of SES for one year. Read More

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John Cahn Receives Kyoto Prize for work in materials science.

July 1, 2011

John Cahn, emeritus senior fellow and materials scientist at U.S. Commerce Department's NIST, was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology. His contributions to materials science include developing fundamental theory that describes behavior of mixtures of different materials and how they tend to separate at microscale. This theory established entire branch of materials research and is particularly important to rational design of new alloys. Read More

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NIST to play role in Advanced Manufacturing Partnership.

July 1, 2011

NIST will play important role in Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), which was announced by President Obama. AMP aims to bring together industry, universities, and federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create manufacturing jobs and enhance global competitiveness. NIST programs span all "innovation ecosystem" stages, including research, measurements, technologies, standards, and services that enable development and implementation of advanced technologies. Read More

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Researchers Share Lessons from evaluating emerging technologies.

June 30, 2011

Authored by NIST researchers, "A detailed discussion of lessons learned in evaluating emerging and advanced military technologies" can help negotiate promises and pitfalls encountered when pushing technological limits to enable new capabilities. Researchers also describe evaluative framework - SCORE (System, Component, and Operationally Relevant Evaluations) - devised for judging performance of system and its components as well as utility of technology for intended user. Read More

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High-Temperature Superconducting Cable wins R/D 100 Award.

June 30, 2011

A method developed by researchers at NIST and University of Colorado at Boulder for making thin, flexible, high-temperature superconducting cables has won 2011 R/D 100 Award from R/D Magazine, which salutes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Constructed by winding multiple superconducting tapes around multi-strand copper core, cable operates at -353°F, has diameter of less than 1 cm, and carries 2,800 A of current. Read More

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IPC urges phase-in of conflict minerals regulations.

June 30, 2011

IPC submitted comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding the legal basis for a phase-in of conflict minerals regulatory requirements. The 4-page brief, "The Commission's Statutory Authority to Phase-In its Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rules," highlights IPC's proposal for 3-year phase-in of rules. IPC's recommendations are based on anticipated dates at which on-the-ground tracking systems will be in place and supplying verifiable conflict-free minerals. Read More

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Manufacturers Comment on FTAs to emphasize jobs and growth.

June 30, 2011

In his statement which followed Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus' (D-MT) announcement on markup of pending Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said "Manufacturers are pleased...because these agreements will bring job growth and economic expansion." Timmons also commented that "Moving the FTAs forward in an expedited fashion is critical" and urged White House and Congress "to move ahead with the Colombia, Panama, and South Korea agreements." Read More