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PACK EXPO adds resources for pharmaceutical attendees.

April 7, 2011

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, taking place September 26-28, will offer Pharmaceutical Pavilion, focused exhibit area, and other resources targeting pharmaceutical attendees. Education sessions will likewise focus on topics of critical importance, such as safety and security, product protection, and anti-counterfeiting, while Pharmaceutical Lounge will provide dedicated location on show floor where device manufacturers can network with peers and engage in further dialogue with suppliers. Read More

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Neutral Atoms Made to Act as electrically charged particles.

April 7, 2011

Joint Quantum Institute scientists made atoms act as charged particles accelerated by electric fields. Synthetic electric fields make each atom in gas act, individually, as if it were charged particle while collectively remaining neutral, uncharged particles. Combination of characteristics will help simulate and study fundamental electrical phenomena and may deepen understanding of phenomena such as superconductivity, flow of electricity without resistance, or quantum Hall effect. Read More

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Cell Membrane Magnification shows cholesterol maintains order.

April 7, 2011

Scientists working at NIST and University of California, Irvine, developed way to magnify cell membranes, and their work has helped illuminate order-maintaining role of cholesterol. By using neutron diffraction, team observed membrane closely and in motion and also gained insight into phenomenon of membrane growing thicker and stiffer in presence of cholesterol. Specifically, when cholesterol is present, tails line up in tight formation and produce order in membranes. Read More

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Assembly Reliability Conference is seeking presentations.

April 7, 2011

Abstracts are being sought for IPC Conference on Reliability: Assembly Process for a Reliable Product, which will take place November 1-2, 2011 in Irvine, CA. With focus on reliability issues arising at assembly level, conference will highlight developments in materials, processes, and testing. Presentations should emphasize new technologies, discuss trends, provide insight to best practices, or describe significant results from tests/experiments. Read More

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IMTS named No. 2 trade show in the United States.

April 6, 2011

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which spanned 1,137,375 net sq-ft at Chicago's McCormick Place in September 2010, has been named the No. 2 trade show in the U.S. Total registration for the 6-day event was 82,411, with 1,728 companies exhibiting in 1,180 booths. The No. 3 show, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, was the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's biennial Pack Expo International/Process Expo/CPP Expo, with 1,054,505 net square feet. Read More

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FAA to mandate inspections for early models of 737 aircraft.

April 6, 2011

FAA will issue emergency directive that will require initial and repetitive electromagnetic inspections for fatigue damage in specific early Boeing 737 models that have accumulated more than 30,000 flight cycles. This action, designed to detect cracking in specific part of aircraft that cannot be spotted with visual inspection, will initially apply to total of approximately 175 aircraft worldwide, 80 of which are U.S.-registered aircraft. Read More

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Workshop Tackles Preparedness Challenges for small businesses.

April 6, 2011

On May 25 of 2011, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) will host Achieving Preparedness through Standards Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Businesses. Workshop will focus on needs of small businesses in preparing for unforeseen challenges. Specifically, small-business owners and their representatives will be able to speak directly with parties shaping private-sector preparedness initiatives and voice concerns and perspectives about preparedness. Read More

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ASTM International offers training course on gasoline.

April 6, 2011

Scheduled for May 17-19, Sept 20-22, and Nov 15-17, technical and professional training course titled Gasoline: Specifications, Testing and Technology, focuses on properties and specs of gasoline and how they affect gasoline performance in a spark ignition engine. Topics include octane measurements and enhancers, volatility, additives, oxygenates, reformulated gasoline, and impact of the Clean Air Act. In addition, course will feature tour of fuel test laboratory or fuel distribution terminal. Read More

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Engine Coolants Committee announces 3 subcommittees.

April 6, 2011

ASTM International Committee D15 on Engine Coolants has formed 3 new subcommittees. Subcommittee D15.22 on Non-Aqueous Coolants will address lack of current ASTM standards in this area, while D15.25 on Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) aims to provide laboratory and field determinations for proper blends in DEF. Also, D15.30 on Industrial Heat Transfer Fluids will propose standards for industrial heat transfer fluids that will comprise chemical composition standards and performance tests. Read More

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Agenda Released for April 20 Joint Member Forum.

April 6, 2011

Meeting agenda for Joint Member Forum (JMF) includes Deborah Wince-Smith's keynote presentation, "21st Century Manufacturing for an Innovation Economy." Additional JMF agenda items include coordinated ANSI response to NIST request for comment on federal involvement in standardization; discussion of UL's Environment Program and development of environmentally preferable product standards; and overview of ANSI Committee on Education's activities for 2011-2012. Read More

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NIST Researchers create circuit of ultracold gas atoms.

April 6, 2011

NIST and University of Maryland researchers have created donut-shaped loop of ultracold gas atoms circulating in current. This atom circuit includes adjustable barrier that controls flow of atom current to specific allowed values. Representing implementation of complete atom circuit, containing superfluid ring of current and tunable weak link barrier, research is described in Superflow in a Toroidal Bose-Einstein Condensate: an Atom Circuit with a Tunable Weak Link. Read More

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Noise Thermometry System measures Boltzmann constant.

April 6, 2011

Researchers at NIST have for the first time used an apparatus that relies on the "noise" of jiggling electrons to make highly accurate measurements of the Boltzmann constant, which relates energy to temperature for individual particles such as atoms. Johnson noise thermometry technique is simpler and more compact than other methods for measuring the constant and could advance international efforts to revamp the world's scientific measurement system. Read More

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ODVA announces Machinery Initiative.

April 6, 2011

ODVA has launched a Machinery Initiative designed to improve integration of machinery with industrial manufacturing ecosystem. Through initiative, ODVA will develop comprehensive and open interoperability framework that will help machine builders drive innovation and productivity improvements for end users. ODVA's open approach will include alliances with other vendor-neutral standards development organizations, starting with SERCOS International and OPC Foundation, to foster cross-collaboration. Read More

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Manufacturers Support Bill to empower workforce, create jobs.

April 5, 2011

NAM applauds bipartisan AMERICA Works Act, introduced in House of Representatives, as measure that will help close skills gap and prepare individuals to succeed in workplace. Jay Timmons, NAM President and CEO, said that "As we put our economy back on track, it is critical that we help transitioning workers and students prepare for the modern workforce." The bill was also called "a smart approach to education and training that will benefit employers, employees, and the overall economy." Read More

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AIA encouraged by House passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill.

April 5, 2011

AIA supports the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 approved by U.S. House on April 1. The air traffic management system known as NextGen will mean more safety and efficiency, lower noise and emissions, and billions of dollars in economic and environmental benefits. AIA also commends House's acknowledgement of the benefits of bilateral aviation safety agreements, which increase FAA's efficiency, enhance FAA's international safety oversight, and help protect U.S. jobs. Read More

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Compliance Course covers children's sleepwear flammability.

April 5, 2011

Scheduled for April 28 in NYC and October 26 in Chicago, IL, Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear will provide understanding of 16 CFR 1615, Standard for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear, Sizes 0 through 6x, as well as 16 CFR 1616, Standard for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear, Sizes 7 through 14. Topics will include regulatory changes, conducting necessary tests, and assessing results for compliance with regulations. Read More

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EPA chooses 32 locations for sustainable communities planning.

April 5, 2011

U.S. EPA named 32 communities in 26 states as initial participants in the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program. During day-long session with EPA-funded, private-sector experts, participants will focus on a specific sustainability tool such as zoning code reviews, walkability assessments, or economic and fiscal health assessments. They will also learn about additional environmentally responsible, economically healthy development techniques and general sustainable community strategies. Read More

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NREL to compare high-efficiency solar cells from 3 nations.

April 5, 2011

NREL is partnering with major international industrial technology and solar research organizations to test how solar cells from 3 different manufacturers in the United States, Japan, and Germany perform under different average lighting conditions characteristic of study's test sites in Aurora, Colo., and Yokohama, Japan. Concentrator Photovoltaic systems made by Daido Steel are installed at both sites and will compare solar cells made by Spectrolab, Sharp, and Azur Space. Read More

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 report resounding success.

April 5, 2011

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 expositions, held March 22-26, attracted nearly 120,000 registered attendees, of which 24% were international representatives from 150+ countries. Altogether on show floor, 2,400+ exhibitors took up more than 2.34 million net square feet of exhibit space - largest for IFPE and second largest for CONEXPO-CON/AGG. Together, expositions offered 860+ co-located events, educational programs, pre-planned meetings, training, and certification programs. Read More

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Stantec receives Engineering Excellence Grand Award.

April 5, 2011

Stantec's engineering design and sustainability consulting for one of the country's largest highly efficient buildings - NREL's Research Support Facility - was recognized with a national Engineering Excellence Grand Award from ACEC. The $64 million, 222,000 sq. ft office building was recognized as a showcase for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and was designed so that its occupants consume only the amount of energy generated by renewable power on and near building. Read More