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NREL to test multi-megawatt wind turbine drivetrain.

March 24, 2011

NREL has released first call for proposals from wind industry companies interested in forming a partnership with NREL to test a multi-megawatt wind turbine drivetrain. Primary objective of Cooperative Research and Development Agreement is to commission NREL's new test facility by conducting an integrated system test on the partner's test article. Test will begin in July 2012, will last 2-4 months, and will be followed by customer-specified testing of article for additional 1-4 months. Read More

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ASTM Board Chairman receives Margaret Dana Award.

March 24, 2011

Catherine H. Pilarz, senior director of Mattel/Fisher-Price product safety in East Aurora, NY, and 2011 chairman of ASTM board of directors, received ASTM Margaret Dana Award from Committee F15 on Consumer Products. Pilarz received award in recognition of her efforts in support of Committee F15 and for her commitment to safety through development of global safety standards. She was also honored with the 2006 ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for her contributions to F15. Read More

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Equipment Finance Economic Survey shows new business growth.

March 24, 2011

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for February up 28% compared to same period in 2010 and down "a tick" compared to prior month. Receivables over 30 days increased to 3.1% from 2.8% in Jan but declined 47% compared to 2010. Also, charge-offs increased from 0.9% in Jan to 1.0% in Feb. Compared to prior year, new application approvals increased to 76%, and 61% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during Feb. Read More

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AAMA Fact Sheet introduces basics of top- and side-lighting.

March 24, 2011

AAMA fact sheet, "Daylighting Basics: Daylighting and Energy Savings," details how top-lighting and side-lighting contribute to a building design that integrates natural light and can help decrease energy costs. Fact sheet also details factors which impact efficient application of side-lighting and/or top-lighting, including building's purpose, features, and orientation, as well as typical climactic and daylight conditions, interior climate control system, and fenestration design. Read More

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AIA Membership experiences 44% growth.

March 24, 2011

AIA enrollment of 10 new full members, along with 11 associate members, in first quarter of 2011 resulted in highest total membership in Association's history. In 15 months since January 2010, AIA has grown 44% and not lost one full member during that period. New full members include Crown, Inc.; Hi-Shear Technology Corporation; NobleTek; Qwaltec; PTC; Sanmina-SCI Corporation; Satair; SCB Training Center, Inc.; SI Organization, Inc.; and SIFCO Industries, Inc. Read More

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NEMA elects new board members and treasurer.

March 23, 2011

Board of Governors of NEMA elected Christopher Curtis, President and CEO of Schneider Electric North America, as treasurer of association at spring meeting. Curtis was also named to executive committee of NEMA Board of Governors. In addition, organization elected Zia Eftekhar, CEO, Philips Lighting, and Michael W. Pessina, President, Office of Product Development, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. to board of governors. Read More

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NEMA publishes updates to ANSI C37 series for switchgear.

March 23, 2011

NEMA has published 1 amendment, errata, and 7 reaffirmations to ANSI C37 series for switchgear, which provides conformance test procedures for circuit breakers and switchgear used in electrical distribution systems. Amendment was developed to coordinate selected conformance tests and procedures with ANSI/IEEE C37.20.1-2002 and to recognize that standard's amendment, ANSI/IEEE C37.20.1a-2005. Errata were published to ANSI C37.51 to correct typographical error in clause 5.8.2, Cycles of Operation. Read More

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Homeland Security Conference seeks technical papers.

March 23, 2011

Organizers of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 11) are seeking technical papers, posters, and tutorials in areas of cyber security; border and maritime security; attack and disaster preparation, recovery, and response; and biometrics, forensics, and physical security. Accepted papers will be published by IEEE and presented at HST 11 at the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, MA, November 15-17, 2011. Read More

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Dodson Receives Federal 100 Award for Cybersecurity Work.

March 23, 2011

Presented by Federal Computer Week, Federal 100 Award honors top professionals in the federal information technology community. NIST's Donna Dodson was named for her outstanding contributions to numerous interagency initiatives. In addition to leading NIST Computer Security Division, Dodson is also Deputy Chief Cybersecurity Advisor at NIST where she coordinates with federal agencies, industry, academia, and other stakeholders to help set NIST priorities in computer security research. Read More

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Manufacturers convene for Manufacturing for Growth meeting.

March 23, 2011

On March 3-6, more than 650 manufacturing executives attended inaugural Manufacturing for Growth Meeting, which was organized by AMT, AMTDA, NTMA, and PMA. Associations comprise more than 4,000 small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors that provide products for aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, and medical industries. By sharing resources, meeting enabled attendees to exchange best practices as industry seeks to reassert and expand its U.S. economic footprint. Read More

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NIST Device induces environmental stresses on sealants.

March 23, 2011

Described in Review of Scientific Instruments, NIST-developed device induces temperature-caused strains on sealant specimens while monitoring loads and displacements. It consists of segments of PVC pipe, affixed to rigid base, that are exposed to changes in outdoor weather conditions, which cause sealants to be stretched, compressed, and pulled. Testing device design, incorporated in new ASTM draft standard, can measure strength of different materials. Read More

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World Accreditation Day Paper Competition closes April 29.

March 23, 2011

Submissions for 2011 U.S. Celebration of World Accreditation Day paper competition are due by April 29. This year's theme is "Accreditation - Supporting the Needs of Regulators," and authors are encouraged to cite concrete examples that demonstrate how globally accepted conformity assessment solutions support national and international priorities, enable trade, and open new markets. Papers highlighting value of accreditation must not exceed 2,000 words. Read More

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BIO Breakout Sessions highlight investment potential.

March 23, 2011

BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing will feature 6 breakout sessions over 3 days. Industry presentations will cover Advanced Biofuels Technology; Algae and Feedstock Crops; Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering; Renewable Chemical Platforms and Biobased Materials; Public Policy, Infrastructure, and Business Development; as well as Specialty Chemicals, Pharma Intermediates, and Food Ingredients. Read More

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ANSI announces new format for ANSI Roundtable in China.

March 23, 2011

Members of ANSI interested in getting involved in standards and conformance initiatives in China are invited to participate in ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China. Roundtable will include 3-4 workshops per year on topics of interest, as well as ad hoc meetings throughout year to discuss additional topics of interest. Under umbrella of Roundtable, ANSI will help members gain access to Chinese government meetings so that they may participate in discussions affecting trade with China. Read More

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Journal on Building Resilience aids disaster impact mitigation.

March 23, 2011

Available from National Institute of Building Sciences, Journal of Hazard Mitigation and Risk Assessment's inaugural issue addresses subject of building to mitigate risk. It focuses on decreasing nation's losses from disasters while promoting community preparedness, sustainability, and resilience. According to Institute President Henry L. Green, those at the Institute are committed to promoting resiliency by providing guidance on mitigating losses from natural and manmade disasters. Read More

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Agricultural Machinery Management Data Standard revised by ASABE.

March 22, 2011

Revised standard, ASAE D497.7, Agricultural Machinery Management Data, simplifies fuel consumption equations. This standard is used in conjunction with ASAE EP496.3, Agricultural Machinery Management; to report typical tractor values for tractor performance, power requirements, repair and maintenance costs, depreciation, fuel and oil use, reliability for field operation, probable working days, and timeliness coefficients as measured by experiment, modeling, or survey. Read More

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Jesse Beitel Receives Award for fire safety contributions.

March 22, 2011

Jesse Beitel, principal and senior scientist at Hughes Associates Inc., received Walter C. Voss Award for fire safety contributions in building construction and code development as well as shipboard applications. ASTM International member since 1977, Beitel currently serves as second vice chair of ASTM Committee E05 on Fire Standards and member of Committee D20 on Plastics. His work focuses on experimental programs, fire tests development, technical studies, and code representation. Read More

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Reinhart Award recognizes corrosion terminology standard work.

March 22, 2011

Dr. Harvey Hack, senior advisory engineer at Northrop Grumman Corp, received Frank W. Reinhart Award from ASTM International committee for efforts in producing joint ASTM/NACE terminology standard. Active ASTM member since 1978, Hack currently chairs Joint ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion and its subcommittees on laboratory immersion tests and terminology. Award specifically recognized his work on NACE/ASTM G193, Terminology and Acronyms Relating to Corrosion, published in 2009. Read More

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NASA extends crew flight contract with Russian Space Agency.

March 22, 2011

NASA has signed $753 million modification to International Space Station contract with Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation and related services from 2014 through June 2016. Firm-fixed price modification covers Soyuz support, including training and preparation for launch, flight operations, landing, and crew rescue of long-duration missions for 12 space station crew members. Ending June 30, 2016, extended contract also includes cargo transport and trash disposal. Read More

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ASABE Revises Two Standards for lawn and garden tractors.

March 22, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised ANSI/ASAE S370.5, 2000-RPM Power Take-Off (PTO) for Lawn and Garden Ride-On Tractors, and ASAE S431.2, 2000-RPM Front and Mid PTO for Lawn and Garden Ride-On Tractors, following regular 5-year periodic review. Main focus of said revision was removal of common outdated reference: ANSI B92.1-1970 (R1993), Involute Splines and Inspection, Inch Version. Read More