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Proposed ASTM Standard to focus on selection of assessors.

January 18, 2011

Proposed new standard, ASTM WK30847, Guide for Selection of Assessors for Sensory Training, will help users determine appropriate assessors, give general guidelines for ways to select and recruit respondents, and list benefit and drawbacks in selecting certain assessors. Proposed standard will be divided into three major areas: selection of assessors for consumer and affective testing, descriptive testing, and difference testing. Read More

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Registration open for Automate 2011 Conference.

January 18, 2011

Scheduled for March 21-24, Automate 2011 Conference will include hundreds of exhibitors demonstrating how latest robots, machine vision, motion control, and automation solutions can help companies succeed. Event will feature robotics-related training sessions as well as presentation of Engelberger Robotics Awards. Integrated into conference, ISR 2011 will allow ISR participants to learn about latest in robotics, as well as newest developments in other technologies covered at Automate. Read More

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Energy Visionary offers roadmap to clean energy future.

January 18, 2011

Jeremy Rifkin, famed author and hydrogen proponent, will be opening the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy 2011 Conference and Exposition on Feb 14, 2011. Rifkin will lay out vision of emerging energy age, where convergence of alternative energy sources, enabled by hydrogen, and latest developments in communications create pivotal changes in the world economy. His address will show how hydrogen and fuel cells will transform today's energy infrastructure into smart, efficient, clean energy network. Read More

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ASTM Antimicrobial Agents Subcommittee approves 2 new standards.

January 18, 2011

Part of Committee E35 on Pesticides and Alternative Control Agents, ASTM Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents has approved 2 standards that will be used by manufacturers of hand soaps and contract testing laboratories. They include ASTM E2783, Test Method for Assessment of Antimicrobial Activity for Water Miscible Compounds Using Time-Kill Procedure and ASTM E2784, Test Method for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Handwash Formulations Using Paper Towel Method of Hand Contamination. Read More

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NASA Telescopes help identify most distant galaxy cluster.

January 17, 2011

Astronomers have uncovered a burgeoning galactic metropolis, the most distant known in the early universe. The developing proto-cluster, named COSMOS-AzTEC3, was discovered and characterized by multi-wavelength telescopes, including NASA's Spitzer, Chandra, and Hubble space telescopes, and ground-based W.M. Keck Observatory and Japan's Subaru Telescope. Roughly 12.6 billion light-years away from Earth, COSMOS-AzTEC3 has extreme bursts of star formation and one enormous feeding black hole. Read More

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NASA reveals early findings of Planck mission.

January 17, 2011

Planck, launched in May 2009 by European Space Agency with contributions from NASA, has released data catalog of approximately 10,000 star-forming cold cores in universe. Data include cold cores with temperatures as low as 7° above absolute zero, and most massive clusters of galaxies ever seen, using detectors chilled to 0.1°K. Observing sky at 9 wavelengths of light, mission seeks to detect light from just few hundred thousand years after Big Bang to help understand universe. Read More

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IPC Conference to feature speaker Robert Tarzwell.

January 17, 2011

Printed electronics expert Robert Tarzwell will speak at IPC Conference on Printed Electronics: What Does It Mean for the Printed Circuit Board Industry? Working in the PCB industry since 1964, Tarzwell now works as consultant and writes books on PCBs. He began research and development company after graduating college, and has invented high technology printed circuits for Delphi, Rockwell Collins, Boeing, NASA, and Allied Signal. Event will be held January 18 and 19 at Irvine, CA. Read More

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ASTM recognizes Benedict R. Bonazza with Award of Merit.

January 17, 2011

Benedict R. Bonazza, Ph.D., retired chemist from TI Automotive, LLC, has received 2010 ASTM International Award of Merit for contributions to ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. Bonazza works on several D02 subcommittees and served as chairman of Subcommittee D02.A0 on Gasoline and Oygenated Fuels. Member of ASTM International and Committee D02 since 1994, he also served as first vice chairman of D02 from 2006-2008 and as director on ASM board from 2008-2010. Read More

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Composite Materials Standard will aid delamination prediction.

January 17, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK30580, Guide for Development of Benchmark Solutions for Composite Delamination Growth Analysis, is being developed by Subcommittee D30.02 on Research and Mechanics. National Institute of Aerospace associate research fellow Ronald Krueger said proposed guide will include benchmark solutions for delamination onset and growth in representative composite coupons. Standard will also describe approach that users can follow to develop their own benchmark solutions. Read More

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EPA to defer GHG permitting for industries that use biomass.

January 14, 2011

U.S. EPA is announcing its plan to defer, for 3 years, greenhouse gas permitting requirements for carbon dioxide emissions from biomass-fired and other biogenic sources. Agency intends to use this time to seek further independent scientific analysis of this issue and then to develop a rulemaking on how these emissions should be treated in determining whether Clean Air Act permit is required. EPA will also further consider comments it received from its July 2010 Call for Information. Read More

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Machine Vision Market continues solid growth in North America.

January 14, 2011

According to AIA's Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report, sales of machine vision components rose substantially in third quarter 2010. Overall, year-over-year growth hit 68%, up from 60% in second quarter 2010 and 34% in first quarter. Report also disclosed that 68% of companies submitting data for report expect sales to improve in next 6 reported months. Of remaining companies, 28% anticipate sales at or near level reached in third quarter, and 4% believe sales will decrease. Read More

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ISO releases Strategic Plan for 2011-2015.

January 14, 2011

ISO Strategic Plan 2011-2015 - Solutions to Global Challenges outlines organization's strategic direction for the next 5 years. At the heart of ISO's strategy is the continuing contribution of ISO standards in tackling growing diversity of interrelated and complex challenges of today's world. From social responsibility to health and food safety, ISO's portfolio spans more than 18,500 voluntary, consensus-based International Standards impacting virtually all sectors of activity. Read More

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Industrial Robotics Standards drive English learning in Korea.

January 14, 2011

Engkey robotic elementary school English teachers in Daegu, Korea are supported by various industrial standards. ASTM E2566 addresses video systems used for teleoperation, and ANSI/RIA R15.06, Industrial Robots and Robot Systems - Safety Requirements, guides safe design, manufacture, and maintenance. Also applicable, ANSI/RIA/ISO 10218-1, Robots for Industrial Environment - Safety Requirements - Part 1 - Robot, describes basic associated hazards as well as risk-eliminating requirements. Read More

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Dr. Mary C. McKiel elected Vice Chairman of Board of Directors.

January 14, 2011

Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., standards executive with the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C., has been elected vice chairman of the ASTM International Board of Directors for 2011-2012. McKiel has worked on various ASTM committees for more than 20 years and currently serves on Committees E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action and E60 on Sustainability. At EPA, McKiel directs agency's implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act and OMB Circular A-119. Read More

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ASTM International Board of Directors welcomes Dr. Ralph Paroli.

January 14, 2011

Ralph M. Paroli, Ph.D. has been elected to 3-year term on ASTM International's board of directors. He currently serves as chairman of ASTM Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing and works on Committees D11 on Rubber and E60 on Sustainability. A member of ASTM International since 1994, Paroli has received various awards for his service and also serves as director of building envelope and structure for Institute for Research in Construction at National Research Council of Canada. Read More

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NEMA launches Smart Grid educational videos.

January 13, 2011

NEMA has launched "Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce" (V4G) program with the first 2 videos of 12-video series that demonstrates best practice in integrating new media into engineering core curricula. "Switchgear" explains how high voltage and large currents can be controlled efficiently in large industrial facility as well as university campus, while "Surge Arresters" shows how distribution arresters and ground lead disconnectors improve grid reliability. Read More

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OPC Foundation announces OPC Test and Certification Program.

January 13, 2011

OPC Foundation introduced the OPC Unified Architecture Test and Certification Program for products from OPC Foundation Corporate Members. Certification of an OPC UA product establishes credibility, ensures that product is fully compliant with OPC UA Specifications, and provides assurance that tested products can successfully interoperate with other OPC Foundation member products. Number of OPC UA products tested will be in accordance with individual company's type of membership. Read More

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NTSB Study addresses airbags in general aviation accidents.

January 13, 2011

Adopted by NTSB, study concluded that general aviation airplanes equipped with airbags provide additional protection to occupants in accidents involving survivable forward impacts. The study, which examined 88 accidents involving airbag-equipped airplanes, found no instances where airbag caused harm in properly restrained occupants. Within group of 10 survivable accidents, 12 occupants experienced airbag deployments, and study found that airbag likely mitigated injuries for 2 of the occupants. Read More

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Professional Development Courses address next-gen electronics.

January 13, 2011

Taking place in Las Vegas, NV from April 10-14, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) aims to meet needs of electronic product engineers, PCB designers, and manufacturers. Global industry experts will lead 50 half-day professional development courses covering critical topics in design, PCB manufacturing, electronics assembly, and testing. With focus on education, meeting will offer professional development curriculum. Each course will run 3 hr and include workshop handbook. Read More

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Electric Vehicle Summit Report details infrastructure plans.

January 13, 2011

Summary report concerning US National Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit was released by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International. Summit was intended to develop basis for action plan regarding implementation of electric vehicles. To help address issues explored at summit, summary report details action plans for charging infrastructure, battery hazards identification/protection, and training for emergency responders and enforcement officials. Read More