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SME Honors Member with 2011 Award of Merit.

February 21, 2011

SME will recognize Robert V. Petrach Jr., CMfgE, with 2011 Award of Merit for his experience and interest in plastics, composites, and coatings as well as contributions made to his local chapter, affiliated chapters, and Society overall. According to John Agapiou, PhD, FSME, chapter chair and staff research engineer for General Motors, "Bob does an excellent job of cultivating membership in the chapter as well as encouraging new members to become more active." Read More

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NREL to help validate methanol fuel cell technology.

February 21, 2011

NREL is collaborating with Oorja Protonics of Fremont, CA on 2-year project to deploy and demonstrate methanol fuel cells for power pallet jacks in 4 commercial wholesale distribution centers. NREL will contribute $900,000 to fund the project and Oorja will provide $1.2 million. NREL will collect and analyze data from deployment project and provide third-party assessment of performance of these emerging methanol fuel cell technologies in material handling applications. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute updates air-operated pumps standard.

February 18, 2011

Hydraulic Institute updated 2004 edition of ANSI/HI standard on air-operated pumps and published Air-Operated Pumps ANSI/HI 10.1-10.5-2010, which includes positive displacement reciprocating pumps used for general liquid transfer. Standard covers types, configurations, and nomenclature; definitions; design and application; and installation, operation, and maintenance. HI also updated 2004 edition of standard on air-operated pump tests and published Air Operated Pump Tests ANSI/HI 10.6-2010. Read More

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ASHRAE works to expand thermal guidelines for data centers.

February 18, 2011

The original version of Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments created first global, vendor-neutral environmental specification for data centers. Available now, third edition enables compressorless cooling (all cooling through economizers) in multiple applications. Content includes creation of multiple server classes to afford freedom of choice in diverse applications. Read More

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Conferences to explore micro and nanomanufacturing.

February 18, 2011

On April 5-6, 2011, SME will present co-located MicroManufacturing and NanoManufacturing Conference and Exhibitions. Presentations will discuss how micromanufacturing can improve part quality and lower production costs, sharing real examples that illustrate how to use the technologies and what not to do. NanoManufacturing Conference will highlight current, near-term, and future applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming the way products are manufactured. Read More

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RIA Automate 2011 Conference to take place March 21-24 in Chicago.

February 18, 2011

Automate 2011 will feature 160 companies that will demonstrate new automation technologies and systems. Event will feature Tom Ridge, first Secretary of Homeland Security, as keynote speaker, who will address security and its business, political, and economic benefits. Keynote address featuring General Motors and NASA will cover space robotics while presentation by Drew Greenblatt will discuss automation and job growth. Event will also include IFR CEO Round Table and networking dinner. Read More

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NIST appraises use of role-based access control.

February 18, 2011

Fostered and championed by NIST in the 1990s, Role-Based Access Control establishes standard levels of access to various computing resources and networks of organization that are tailored to specific employee roles or job functions. In study prepared for NIST, researchers at RTI International estimate that RBAC technology itself has generated $6.1 billion in net economic benefits to industry, of which $1.1 billion is attributable to NIST's work. Read More

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GAMP Good Practice Guide Revision updates terminology, concepts.

February 18, 2011

GAMPĀ® Good Practice Guide: A Risk-Based Approach to GxP Process Control Systems (Second Edition) provides guidance on how to achieve process control systems fit for intended use and that meet current regulatory requirements. Aligned with recent regulatory and industry developments, guide recognizes that Good Engineering Practice meets most applicable compliance requirements. It also promotes leveraging of supplier documentation and activities to avoid duplication and waste. Read More

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Papers invited for viscosity and rheology symposium.

February 18, 2011

Scheduled for June 27, 2012, "Viscosity and Rheology of In-Service Fluids as They Pertain to Condition Monitoring" symposium will provide presentations and discussions related to current research and practices relating to viscosity/rheology of in-service fluids, and impact of ASTM standards on condition monitoring and associated businesses. Papers are sought on high and low temperature, in-line sensors, dynamic viscosity, grease measurements, grease compatibility, oxidation, and rheology. Read More

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NEMA publishes revisions of two C18 series battery standards.

February 18, 2011

NEMA has published revisions to ANSI C18.1M, Part 2-2011 ANS for Portable Primary Cells and Batteries with Aqueous Electrolyte-Safety Standard. It has also revised ANSI C18.3M, Part 2-2011 ANS for Portable Lithium Primary Cells and Batteries-Safety Standard that includes annex with guidance for electrical device designers. Produced by Accredited Standards Committee C18 on Portable Cells and Batteries, revisions include updated safety tests and content to keep current with best practices. Read More

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Kansas DoT Secretary suggests how to cut project costs, time.

February 17, 2011

Testifying on behalf of AASHTO, Deb Miller told House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit that state and local governments are overburdened with process and paperwork needed to advance "even the least-controversial projects with no environmental impacts." She called for efforts to expedite project delivery via refinements to existing federal programs, including expansion of pilot program that empowers federal agencies to experiment with innovation. Read More

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NIST Workshop to focus on preserving digital health records.

February 17, 2011

On April 5-6, 2011, information technology experts, insurers, policy makers, and healthcare representatives will convene to survey current approaches to preserving electronic health records and to chart steps toward ensuring digital information is managed over long term. Breakout sessions will focus on infrastructure for acquiring, storing, exchanging, and retrieving health information; methods for preserving and reusing EHRs for research; and institutional policies for sharing archived EHRs. Read More

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Brent Erickson of BIO appointed to SynBERC advisory board.

February 17, 2011

Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, has been named to Scientific Advisory Board of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC). "I am pleased to be joining this organization, Erickson said, "because of its major focus on technology transfer through its Industry Affiliates Program." Brent believes this program will help guide SynBERC research as well as accelerate commercial use of SynBERC's private sector developments. Read More

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Air Travel is Predicted to double in two decades.

February 17, 2011

FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2011-2031 predicts air travel will more than double within next 20 years, underscoring need to keep Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on track. Annual forecast predicts U.S. airlines will reach one billion passengers-per-year mark by 2021. Air travel in terms of both miles and passenger numbers is forecast to increase, while total landings/takeoffs at FAA-towered airports will decrease slightly and then grow. Read More

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ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard to be published 3Q 2011.

February 17, 2011

Scheduled for publication in third quarter of 2011, ISO 50001 will help organizations to improve energy performance, increase energy efficiency, and reduce climate change impacts. Standard will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, or entire organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, it is estimated that standard could influence up to 60% of world's energy use. Read More

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IT Security Trainers' Conference looks at cybersecurity trends.

February 17, 2011

Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) 24th annual conference will take place March 15-17, 2011 in Gaithersburg, MD. Meeting affords information systems security professionals with opportunity to promote understanding of current cybersecurity projects. These include National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE); emerging trends and initiatives; awareness and training ideas; resources and contacts; and techniques for developing/conducting training. Read More

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U.S. National Committee to IEC seeks workshop participants.

February 17, 2011

Nominations for 3 U.S. participants are being sought by U.S. National Committee to IEC, for Young Professionals 2011 Workshop, to be held in conjunction with 75th IEC General Meeting in Melbourne, Australia, on October 24-28, 2011. In its 2nd year, workshop will enable professionals to learn more about IEC, attend technical meetings, and observe meeting of IEC Standardization Management Board. Nominations must be submitted electronically by April 29 and winners will be notified in July. Read More

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AEM President Comments on Obama's transportation budget.

February 17, 2011

AEM President Dennis Slater called President Obama's transportation budget proposal "a good start," citing recognition of infrastructure rebuilding and modernization efforts as necessary jobs creation make the U.S. internationally competitive. However, Slater also said that "the proposal falls short by not addressing the crucial issue of how this essential infrastructure investment will be funded." Slater concluded by saying AEM is ready and willing to help. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers fire extinguishing agent Halon 1211.

February 17, 2011

Halon 1211, which is used in hand-held fire extinguishers on civilian aircraft, will be tested by ASTM standard to ensure that product will provide required level of fire protection and is free of harmful impurities that could affect its safety in use. ASTM D7673, Specification for Halon 1211, Bromochlorodifluoromethane, includes detailed gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectra test methodology that ensures detection and identification of impurities. Read More

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South Korean Standards Experts attend ASTM training program.

February 17, 2011

ASTM hosted delegation of 8 standards experts from South Korea as part of training program focused on standardization for civil nuclear power. In addition to learning about U.S. standardization system and ASTM standards development process, group participated in virtual meetings with ASTM members to gain insight into technical work. Delegation completed training by attending standards development meetings of ASTM Committees C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle and E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications. Read More