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Fiber Optic Communications may soon get much easier.

January 15, 2013

Researchers from NIST and the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute have potentially found a way to overcome a longstanding barrier to cleaner signals. Their findings, which demonstrate for the first time an error rate far below the "standard quantum limit" for a wide range of light levels, could increase efficiency of fiber-optic systems by reducing both the power needed to send a signal and the number of errors the receiver makes. Read More

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NIST Scientists aid in quantum spin liquid discovery.

January 15, 2013

Research team, including scientists from NIST, confirmed suspicions that electrons in crystalline structure called a kagome lattice can form a "spin liquid," quantum state of matter in which electrons' magnetic orientation remains in constant state of change. Research shows that spin liquid state exists in Herbertsmithite, new findings, as revealed by neutron scattering, show evidence for fundamental prediction of spin liquid physics. Read More

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Dr. Mary C. McKiel named 2013 ASTM International board chairman.

January 15, 2013

Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., standards executive with U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C., has been elected as 2013 ASTM International board of directors chairman. She has been instrumental in assisting EPA offices in using ASTM and other voluntary consensus standards, both in rule-making actions as well as in voluntary programs. McKiel has worked on various ASTM committees for 20+ years, has served served on ASTM International board of directors, and has also been vice chairman of board of ANSI. Read More

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Dr. Robin E. Graves elected to ASTM International Board.

January 15, 2013

Elected for 3-year term to ASTM International Board, Robin E. Graves, Ph.D., corporate manager of technical services at Vulcan Materials Co. in Birmingham, AL, has been an ASTM International member since 1992. His roles have included vice chairman of ASTM International Committee C09 and C09.95 as well as chair of several subcommittees within C09 and C07. He is also a member of Committees C12, D04, and D18 and has received Awards of Appreciation for his contributions. Read More

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AAMA Standard addresses performance testing of handle sets.

January 14, 2013

AAMA 903-12, Voluntary Standard for Performance Testing of Handle Sets used with Multipoint Hardware on Side-Hinged Doors, establishes test procedures and performance criteria for evaluating lever handle sets as a standalone hardware item. Standard references AAMA 907-12, Voluntary Specification for Corrosion Resistant Coating on Carbon Steel Components, which covers requirements for coatings on carbon steels used for hardware components in window, door, and skylight applications. Read More

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PMA to host 20th annual conference for automotive suppliers.

January 14, 2013

On April 30-May 1, 2013, PMA will celebrate its 20th annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Council meeting. Highlights include an automotive forecast panel, moderated by Dave Andrea of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association; a presentation on capacity constraints, by Laurie Harbour of Harbour Results; a supply chain panel, moderated by Advanced Purchasing Dynamics; a special luncheon for women in the automotive industry; and a networking reception and luncheon. Read More

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FAA to review Boeing 787 design and production.

January 14, 2013

In light of a series of recent events, FAA will conduct a comprehensive review of the Boeing 787 critical systems, including design, manufacture, and assembly. Purpose of review is to validate work conducted during certification process and further ensure that aircraft meets FAA’s high level of safety. Team of FAA and Boeing engineers and inspectors will conduct joint review, with emphasis on aircraft’s electrical power and distribution system. Read More

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AMT names Amber Thomas Vice President-Advocacy.

January 14, 2013

AMT’s Advocacy department promotes public policy to strengthen America’s manufacturing technology industry. The goals are aligned with AMT’s Manufacturing Mandate priorities of boosting R&D and innovation; enhancing global competitiveness; and building "smartforce" prepared to take on challenges of today’s manufacturing workplace. Amber Thomas brings more than 20 years of experience with AMT and specifically in Advocacy (formerly known as Government Relations) to her new position. Read More