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NIST Tests help ensure wireless alarm beacon reliability.

August 18, 2011

Tests at NIST are helping to ensure alarm beacons for firefighters and other emergency responders operate reliably in presence of other wireless devices. Latest NIST study, focused on interference between Personal Alert Safety Systems (PASS) with wireless alarm capability and RFID systems, developed methods for testing interference in wireless devices such as radios, hands-free cell phone headsets, LANs, and urban search and rescue robots. Read More

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SME announces 2011 Design for Digital Manufacturing winners.

August 18, 2011

For 2011 Design for Digital Manufacturing Competition contestants had to design a product intended to be, or be part of, a system that utilizes direct digital manufacturing. First place winners were U.Mass-Lowell students Adam McLaughlin, Jordan Tye, Lisabet Sizer, and Mark Damplo for their "Custom Forearm Crutch Handgrip with Integrated iPod Controller and Flashlight." Students from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville came in 2nd place for their design of an adjustable blade ceiling fan. Read More

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OSA provides research highlights from Biomedical Optics Express.

August 18, 2011

Biomedical Optics Express provides rapid, open-access, peer-reviewed papers related to optics, photonics, and imaging in the life sciences. Highlights of key research published in August issue include: near-infrared imaging system shows promise as future pancreatic cancer diagnostic tool; research team achieves first 2-color STED microscopy of living cells; and cellular laser microsurgery illuminates research in vertebrate biology. Read More

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National Reference Standard applies to federal, commercial buildings.

August 18, 2011

Under recent rulings issued by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), commercial and high-rise residential buildings, including federal buildings, must meet requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007. States are required to certify by July 20, 2013 that they have reviewed and updated provisions of their commercial building code regarding energy efficiency. DOE also requires new federal buildings, with construction beginning on/after October 11, 2012, to meet requirements of 90.1-2007. Read More

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BIO supports advanced biofuels initiative.

August 18, 2011

Advanced biofuels represent the best option for meeting the needs of the military and civilian markets. BIO thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and applauded Obama administration's announced initiative to invest up to $510 million to construct or retrofit facilities to produce drop-in advanced biofuels. These biofuels can be an important 'force multiplier' by increasing military's ability to operate where needed. Read More

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Business Index Indicates Expansion but at slower rate.

August 17, 2011

PTDA Business Index indicated 2Q2011 was fifth consecutive quarter for business growth among PTDA members. With reading of 70.2, recently released second quarter results indicate power transmission/motion control industry is expanding but at lowest rate since index's inception one year ago. Participating PTDA members have lowered their full year outlook for 2011. On average, members are forecasting 12% growth, which is down from 1Q outlook calling for 14% growth. Read More

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ANSI 2011 Leadership and Service Award recipients are announced.

August 17, 2011

Fourteen individuals will be honored at 2011 ANSI Leadership and Service Awards, which will be held October 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. Recipients have been recognized for their significant contributions to national and international standardization activities as well as their ongoing commitment to their industry, their nation, and enhancement of global voluntary consensus standards system. Read More

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Cybersecurity Program seeks ANSI-accredited standards developers.

August 17, 2011

As a key part of the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Training and Professional Development Standards Development Initiative, the NICE team is looking to engage ANSI-accredited standards developers to define suite of standards supporting national cybersecurity workforce training and professional development. Selected standards developers would be tasked to develop - or identify appropriate existing - American National Standards addressing 31 priority areas. Read More

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EPA affirms national air quality standards for carbon monoxide.

August 16, 2011

After careful review of the science, U.S. EPA is affirming current national air quality standards for CO. Science shows that current standards protect public health, including that of those who are most susceptible, and also protect the environment. To protect against unhealthy concentrations of CO, EPA is also revising air monitoring requirements. Changes will require more focused monitoring network with CO monitors placed near roads in 52 urban areas with populations of 1 million or more. Read More

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Heavy Dampers Guide has been updated and clarified.

August 16, 2011

Reaffirmed as major update, Publication 850-02 (R2011), Industrial Process / Power Generation Heavy Dampers for Isolation and Control, has been optimized for readability and clarity. Its provides basic, pertinent information to simplify communications between damper manufacturers, designers, specifiers, and users. Scope of products in this application guide includes dampers used to control flow of gas or to isolate one section of duct section from another section of that system. Read More

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Denny McGuirk resigns as president of IPC.

August 16, 2011

After 12 years as president and CEO of IPC, Dennis P. McGuirk has resigned to accept a new position as president and CEO of SEMI, a global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display, and photovoltaic industries. When McGuirk joined IPC in 2000, the organization had 2,500 members with less than 25% located outside of the U.S. Today, IPC has more than 3,000 members of which 38% are located outside the U.S. Read More

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FAB 40 List makes its online debut.

August 16, 2011

Available via its website, FMA Communications Inc. announces online debut of 2011 FAB 40 company list. It ranks most successful U.S. metal fabricating companies as profiled in June 2011 issue of The FABRICATOR®. Jim Gorzek, associate publisher of FMA Communications Inc., called the list "an important resource for fabricators looking for solutions in today's manufacturing environment." He also noted list benefits the companies listed as well as readers. Read More

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AMCA revises Certified Ratings Program Operating Manual.

August 16, 2011

AMCA has revised its publication 11-03 (R2008) (Rev. 1/11), to Certified Ratings Program Operating Manual- AMCA 11-03 (R2008) (Rev. 5/11). CRP provides the buyer, user, and specifier assurance that the manufacturer's published performance ratings of air system components are reliable and accurate. Revision includes definition for "public" in section 5.1. When used with the availability of a product line catalog, public shall mean users and specifiers only. Read More

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PROCESS EXPO Educational Sessions see unprecedented registration.

August 16, 2011

According to David Seckman, President of FPSA, the seminar program has been listed online for just several weeks, but early registration has been remarkable. PROCESS EXPO 2011 is offering more than 30 hours of educational programming including full day of seminars in Spanish on the Monday before show opens. Sessions address food safety, as well as sustainability, newly emerging technologies, energy and water management, doing more with less, and finding and keeping good employees. Read More

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ASHRAE Assists Students via tuition scholarships.

August 16, 2011

ASHRAE is awarding over $74,000 in scholarship money for 2011-2012 school year in order to help support future generations of engineers. William Murphy, PhD, PE, and Chair of Scholarship Trustees, said "We hope that this early exposure to the industry will lead to employment opportunities in the field during and after college. Also, ASHRAE created 2 new undergraduate scholarships to begin awarding for 2012-13 Society year: Boggarm S. Setty and David C.J. Peters Scholarships. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today outlines special permits final rules.

August 16, 2011

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued 2 recent final rules that may affect gases and welding distributor operations. GAWDA Consultant for Government Affairs, Human Resources, and General Counsel, Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq., outlines the impact of forthcoming regulations in an article titled "Special Permits, Enforcement Top DOT Agenda," which appears in the Summer 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. Read More

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Material Handling Distributors discuss Generation Y workers.

August 16, 2011

In its 3rd Quarter issue, The MHEDA Journal Online features articles about recruiting, retaining, engaging, and training young talent. Nine material handling distributors across North America tell how they go beyond product training to integrate Millennials (Generation Y workers) into their companies. Article specifically focuses on what talents and challenges Millennials present, how companies can incorporate these individuals' strengths, and how to improve their weaknesses. Read More

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Jan T. Sehrt accepts Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award.

August 16, 2011

Jan T. Sehrt, Dr.-Ing., of the University of Duisburg-Essen accepted the 2011 RTAM/SME Dick Aubin Distinguished Paper Award, which recognizes innovative applications of rapid prototyping processes and techniques and honors the author for his contribution of ideas and information to the rapid technology and additive manufacturing industry. Sehrt was this year's recipient for his paper titled "Direct Integration of Radio Frequency Identification Tags Into Beam Melted Parts." Read More

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EPA Seeks Input on drinking water perchlorate regulation.

August 16, 2011

U.S. EPA invites small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as small entity representatives (SERs) for small business advocacy review (SBAR) Panel, which will focus on developing rule to regulate amount of perchlorate, a potentially harmful chemical, in drinking water. EPA seeks self-nominations directly from small organizations that may be subject to rule requirements. Submissions must be received by August, 26 2011. Read More

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NTSB Makes Safety Recommendations to FAA.

August 16, 2011

NTSB Safety Recommendations address lengthening of oxygen mask hoses in cockpits of airplanes used in 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 operations (A-11-79). Also, recommendation A-11-80 suggests amending of Advisory Circular 120-80, "In-Flight Fires," to provide clear guidance to flight crews concerning type of breathing equipment to wear when combating cockpit fire, taking into consideration limitations of portable protective breathing equipment in both passenger and cargo operations. Read More