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Revised Cable Standard reflects changes to codes and descriptions.

March 11, 2011

NEMA has published RV 2-2011 Application and Installation Guidelines for Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable and Underground Feeder and Branch Circuit Cable. It provides guidance on proper application of nonmetallic-sheathed cable listed according to UL 719 and underground feeder and branch circuit cable listed according to UL 493. Revision reflects changes to National Electrical Code that took effect January 1, 2011 and updated description of category PWVX as it appears in 2010 UL White Book. Read More

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TRFA Webinars to address thermal and rheology analysis.

March 11, 2011

During first 3 TRFA webinars, beginning April 1 and continuing on April 8 and April 20, the theory and application of thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry will be covered. Fourth and fifth webinars on May 6 and May 20 will cover rheology basics, including fundamental terms used in rheology and tests that are performed on dynamic mechanical analysis instruments. On June 3, final webinar will review practical application of all methods on thermoset systems. Read More

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ASTM Protective Coatings Subcommittee publishes new test method.

March 11, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee D01.46 on Industrial Protective Coatings, ASTM D7682 standard fulfills need within concrete surface preparation field for means of measuring and permanently replicating profile of concrete-coated building surface. Technique uses replica putty to make impressions of concrete surfaces for either visual comparison or for quantifying surface roughness. Standard will be useful to coating inspectors, contractors, coating manufacturers, and engineers. Read More

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Manufacturers commend House vote to remove costly burden.

March 10, 2011

Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement following House of Representatives' vote approving H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act. According to Newhouse, "The 1099 reporting requirements included in the health care bill were costly and unreasonable, and we are pleased the House lifted this burden on job creators." Read More

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NTSB releases reports on Philadelphia barge/tour boat accident.

March 10, 2011

On Monday, March 7, 2011, NTSB opened its public docket on investigation of July 7, 2010 collision between sludge barge and small passenger vessel near Philadelphia, PA. Collision occurred between 250-ft empty barge The Resource, which was under tow, and anchored amphibious small passenger vehicle DUKW 34 on which two passengers died. Factual reports include interview transcripts and photographs, and will be available on organization's website under Accident Dockets. Read More

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Product Application Workshop to offer hands-on training.

March 10, 2011

As a members-only benefit to address need for skilled employees, PTDA is offering its Product Application Workshop on April 19-20, 2011. Conducted in classroom/hands-on lab environment with actual products, 2-day workshop will give attendees an understanding of power transmission products utilized in industrial applications and processes so they can better assess and solve customers' problems. Workshop is designed for employees with less than 3 years of experience in PT/MC industry. Read More

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Paper Compilation about Pesticides focuses on formulations and delivery.

March 10, 2011

Thirtieth volume of compilation STP 1527, Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems: Regulations and Innovation, is currently available and features 10 peer-reviewed papers that cover latest research on various topics. Specifically, papers focus on progress of JITF and concept of chemical substance clustering; herbicidal efficacy and research; biological efficacy for biopesticides, spray solution pH, and glyphosate activity; as well as drift reduction testing, detection, and modeling. Read More

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Acid Rock Drainage Prediction Standards are offered on CD-ROM.

March 10, 2011

ASTM Standards for Acid Rock Drainage Prediction offers latest technology on acid rock drainage prediction on one CD-ROM. Specifically, it features 17 ASTM standard test methods for environmentally sound management of metal mining and processing related solids and associated waters. Such standards cover static test methods, short-term leaching tests, humidity cell tests (HCTs), as well as solution characterization methods. Read More

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AASHTO Makes Statement on Surface Transportation Act extension.

March 10, 2011

AASHTO executive director John Horsley expressed approval of President Barack Obama's signing of HR 662, Surface Transportation Act of 2011. This 7 month extension of federal highway and transit programs, according to Horsley, will allow "thousands of construction projects state departments of transportation have planned or under construction to move forward, uninterrupted." Horsley went on to call for trying to get multiyear reauthorization in place later in 2011. Read More

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BIO Commends Virginians for job-creating program commitment.

March 10, 2011

BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood commended Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, and Virginia's House and Senate budget leaders for their efforts in passage of job-creating programs during 2011 Virginia General Assembly. Specifically, Greenwood noted Virginia Refundable Research and Development Tax Credit as well as plan to match level of federal funding provided to companies who have been awarded Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research grants by NIH. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute Names Member of the Year. .

March 10, 2011

At 94th Annual Meeting gala, Hydraulic Institute (HI) named Trygve Dahl - Vice President, Technology, Intelliquip - as its 2010 Member of the Year. HI Board of Directors selected Dahl for his distinguished level and intensity of involvement in advancing technical work of HI and pump industry, particularly in transformative arena of electronic data exchange. Dahl has been active in HI for 10 years and has supported various HI and Pump Systems Matter committees. Read More

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Mexican Trucking Deal will boost exports, create jobs.

March 10, 2011

According to NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, manufacturers are pleased with announcement on Mexican trucking by President Obama and President Calderon. Aforementioned agreement, said Newhouse, resolves disputes by bringing U.S. back into compliance with NAFTA commitments and lifting previously imposed retaliatory tariffs. Combined, these actions will result in job creation and increased exports. Read More

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APEC Conference emphasizes cooperation on standards.

March 9, 2011

Minimizing barriers to trade for green building products, materials, and services in the Asia Pacific Region though cooperation on standards and conformity assessment took significant steps forward at the Green Buildings and Green Growth, which focused on the enabling role of standards and trade. Key topics of conference included discussion of APEC survey of its members' policies on green buildings and both voluntary and mandatory requirements for market entry. Read More

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ASTM releases compilation on lead-free solders.

March 9, 2011

Featuring 11 peer-reviewed papers that address environmental and health concerns related to exposure to lead during soldering, STP 1530 offers valuable resource for students, researchers, and material scientists in the electronic industry. Some topics of publication include factors affecting wetting behavior of solders and evolution of interfacial microstructure; microstructural aspects of the ductile-to-brittle transition; and fatigue life of SnBi finished TSOP parts under thermal cycling. Read More

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JQI Physicists demonstrate spin-orbit coupling.

March 9, 2011

Physicists at the Joint Quantum Institute, a collaboration of NIST and the University of Maryland-College Park, have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit an important quantum phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling. Their technique opens new possibilities for studying and better understanding fundamental physics and has potential applications to quantum computing, next-generation "spintronics" devices, and even "atomtronic" devices built from ultracold atoms. Read More

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Tuning Forks demonstrate direct coupling of vibrating ions.

March 9, 2011

For first time, physicists at NIST have coaxed 2 atoms in separate locations to take turns jiggling back and forth while swapping smallest measureable units of energy. Technique could simplify logic operations and help correct processing errors, facilitating information processing in quantum computers. Technique is also a feature of proposals for quantum simulations, which may help explain mechanisms of complex quantum systems such as high-temperature superconductors. Read More

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Builders Association notes construction job growth in February 2011.

March 9, 2011

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) said March 4 employment report by U.S. Labor Department indicates 33,000 jobs were created in February. Construction unemployment rate stands at 21.8%, down from 22.5% in January and down from 27.1% same time last year. Nonresidential building construction sector lost jobs, while heavy and civil engineering construction gained employment. Overall, employment may pick up gradually through 2011, according to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. Read More

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Key Asia-Pacific Officials, Experts, discuss standards education.

March 9, 2011

During joint meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Subcommittee's Project Advisory Group on Education and ANSI's Committee on Education, leaders discussed strategies for more effective standards education in Asia-Pacific region. Panel discussions addressed mechanics of developing university-level standards education program, opportunities and challenges in standards education, and importance of standards education to industry, government, and academia. Read More

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AEM urges Congress to pass 6-year highway bill.

March 8, 2011

AEM President Dennis Slater issued statement in response to Congress passing an extension of Nation's highway and transit program through September 30, 2011. According to Slater, America's urgent need to rebuild roads, highways, and bridges requires a long-term strategy. Congress needs to show serious bipartisan leadership and action to address this critical national priority, so that a 6-year bill can be enacted within this extension period. Read More

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AMT elects new Board of Directors and officers.

March 8, 2011

At 2011 Annual Meeting, AMT's Board of Directors elected Eugene R. Haffely Jr., General Manager, Dayton Facility at ATW Automation, as Chairman. Timothy B. Dining, President and CEO, Greenerd Press and Machine Company, Inc., will serve as First Vice Chairman, while R. Stephen Flynn, President, Optical Gaging Products, Inc. will serve as Second Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Kim W. Beck, President and CEO, Automatic Feed Co., will continue to serve as Secretary. Read More