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ASTM seeks presentations for Disputed Issues in Sensory Evaluation.

December 20, 2010

Scheduled for April 14, 2011, Myth Busting: Disputed Issued in Sensory Evaluation seminar will be held in conjunction with April 10-15 standards development meetings. Seminar will focus on variety of myths, including: sip tests are not predictive of larger consumption tests; older consumers cannot discriminate differences; flavor and texture are independent; discrimination testing should be conducted with naive consumers; and replications in analytical sensory tests are unimportant. Read More

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A&WMA Workshops to address Clean Air Act compliance.

December 20, 2010

AWMA will hold series of workshops throughout 2011 to provide environmental professionals with updated information on writing and submitting air quality permits, based on new and revised Clean Air Act regulations. Titled "Understanding Today's Clean Air Act Permit Programs," first workshop will offer discussion and hands-on training on permitting under National Ambient Air Quality Standards, New Source Review, PM2.5, 8-hour Ozone Standard, and Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule. Read More

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ISO Standards Projects are underway to develop safety symbols.

December 20, 2010

ASABE announces ISO approval of 2 projects to develop international standards for cautionary signs used on slow-moving vehicles (SMV). SMV standard would establish emblem as international symbol for slow-moving vehicles operated on public roads. Although used primarily on agricultural field equipment, it would also be applied to other machines/vehicles that travel at up to 65 kph. Speed identification symbol, used in combination with SMV emblem, would indicate max safe ground speed of equipment. Read More

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Broadband Forum notes milestones at Q4 2010 meeting.

December 20, 2010

Broadband Forum's Q4 2010 meeting celebrated industry milestone of 500 million broadband subscribers and included publishing of 11 technical reports. New specifications ranged from IPv6 to TR-069 Software Module Management to DSL Quality Management, while white papers on Unified MPLS and hybrid fiber-copper solutions for 4th Generation Broadband (4GBB) were introduced. Also, delegates from over 200 companies elected Christophe Alter of France Telecom Orange as Chair of Technical Committee. Read More

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Papers Invite Issued for ASTM oxygen-enriched atmosphere symposium.

December 20, 2010

Papers are being sought for Thirteenth International Symposium on Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres, which will be held September 19-21, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Providing forum for exchange of ideas, symposium asks for papers with focus on improving safety for manufacturing, safe use and current research conducted related to oxygen, oxygen-enriched atmospheres, and non-oxygen oxidizer systems. Read More

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ASTM to sponsor workshop on total hip replacement devices.

December 17, 2010

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, workshop on Metal-On-Metal Total Hip Replacement Devices will be held May 17, 2011, in Anaheim, CA. Workshop will focus on unmet standardization needs and help establish test practices for characterization of adverse local tissue reactions, wear/corrosion, analysis of retrieved implants, and in-vitro testing of implants under adverse conditions. Online registration for workshop closes May 11. Read More

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GEMI Announced Union Pacific to be its newest member.

December 17, 2010

GEMI announced Union Pacific Railroad as its newest member company. Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific Vice President of Safety, Security, and Environment, expressed eagerness towards collaborating with GEMI members "to improve our role as an environmentally responsible freight transportation leader." On behalf of GEMI, Membership Chair Lindell Sneed welcomed Union Pacific Railroad and said it will be an excellent addition whose participation "will enrich the organization as a whole." Read More

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ASTM Member's Petroleum Manual wins Dudley Award.

December 17, 2010

Salvatore J. Rand, Ph.D., a petroleum industry consultant, has received the 2010 Charles B. Dudley Award for Manual 1, Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products: 7th Edition. Award commemorates society's first president and recognizes meritorious contributions to ASTM literature. An ASTM International fellow and member since 1983, Rand has been active in ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants for years and is the developer of 2 ASTM Technical and Professional Training courses. Read More

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NIST announces funding for 9 research projects.

December 17, 2010

NIST announced total of more than $22 million in funding for 9 research projects targeting innovative manufacturing technologies in fields ranging from biopharmaceuticals and electronics to renewable energy sources and energy storage. Funded by NIST's Technology Innovation Program, awards will be matched by other funding sources and are expected to result in an estimated $46 million in new advanced manufacturing research over next 3 years. Read More

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DOT's Aviation Child Safety Points are not adequate to NTSB.

December 17, 2010

NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said federal advisory panel recommendations dealing with child safety in aviation are a step in the right direction but do not go far enough. "We appreciate the FAAC acknowledging the dangers associated with children flying on their parents' laps," Hersman stated, "but we would have preferred to see the FAA be mandated to require that every person including our youngest children be restrained appropriately for their age and size." Read More

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NASA partners with Colorado in technology initiative.

December 16, 2010

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. participated in Space Act Agreement signing ceremony at Colorado State Capitol Building to promote commercialization of technology developed for space program. NASA's agreement with CAMT created a Technology Acceleration Program and Regional Innovation Cluster for Aerospace and Clean Energy. Manufacturing park focused on rapid new product development and production will be developed to assist growing Colorado businesses. Read More

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Aviation Industry recognized for climate change contributions.

December 16, 2010

At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th Conference of the Parties, international aviation industry was recognized for its commitment to address climate change. Aviation industry has committed to 1.5% per year fuel efficiency gains annually, carbon neutral growth from 2020, and halving aviation's net CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005. While succession agreement to Kyoto protocol was not signed, states made progress needed to finish UNFCCC's work next year. Read More

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Senate Bill provides much-needed incentives to grow economy.

December 16, 2010

NAM EVP Jay Timmons issued statement on Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. According to Timmons, manufacturers strongly support extending this critical tax relief to all Americans and encourage Senate to move forward with legislation. Congressional Budget Office estimates that fully extending all 2001/2003 individual tax rates would add between 600,000 and 1.4 million jobs in 2011 and between 900,000 and 2.7 million jobs in 2012. Read More

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ANSI meets with CNCA to address conformity assessment.

December 16, 2010

A delegation from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China, led by CNCA deputy chief engineer Liu Weijun, met with members and staff of ANSI for an exchange on conformity assessment developments in the U.S. and China. Meeting participants discussed progress made under the ANSI/CNCA MOU and potential future areas of cooperation. A chief topic of discussion was the addition of new conformity assessment information on StandardsPortal located at www.standardsportal.org. Read More

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NESCC Meeting Explores nuclear commercialization standards.

December 16, 2010

Meeting of Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC) on November 22, 2010 focused on standards required to jumpstart widespread commercialization of U.S. nuclear industry. NESCC seeks to identify standards needed for design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants as well as other nuclear technologies. Meeting drew 46 individuals across industry, government, and standards developing organizations. Read More

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Cooperative Agreement Reached between IEC, ILAC, and IAF.

December 16, 2010

Signed in China, tripartite MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between IEC, ILAC, and IAF will help reduce cost, time, and complexity for reassessment of certification bodies and testing laboratories accredited by IAF and ILAC Member Accreditation Bodies. Singular reassessment, as opposed to 3, will now suffice and be accepted by all bodies. Successful pilot program has already been put into place to test this approach, along with dedicated website to implement tripartite Agreement. Read More

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Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act applauded by ASHRAE.

December 16, 2010

President Obama, on December 14, signed Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act, which was supported by over 33 leading organizations involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings. This legislation will help provide federal workers with necessary training to construct and maintain environmentally sound buildings. ASHRAE president Lynn G. Bellenger applauded the accomplishment represented by this signing. Read More

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Admiral Thad Allen to headline AWMA conference/exhibition.

December 16, 2010

Admiral Thad Allen, United States Coast Guard (Retired) and National Incident Commander of the Unified Command response to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, will offer keynote presentation at 104th Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will take place in Orlando, FL from June 21-24, 2011. AWMA Executive Director Mike Kelly said Allen's experiences and comments will enrich understanding of other presentations in Technical Program related to lessons of spill. Read More

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NAM Urges House to boost economic recovery, job growth.

December 16, 2010

Regarding Senate passage of Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons said "Manufacturers commend the Senate for its strong bipartisan vote." He also described incentives, including R/D credit extension and 100% expensing, as much-needed and claimed they will "boost the prospects for economic recovery and job growth in 2011." Timmons went on to urge House to quickly pass this bill without any amendments. Read More

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High Speed Ethernet-Remote I/O specification is ready for review.

December 15, 2010

FOUNDATION(TM) High Speed Ethernet Remote I/O (HSE-RIO) preliminary specification is available to members for review. Specifically, it defines interoperable gateway (smart RTU) to bring control I/O - analog and discrete - back to plant automation systems over international standard, high-speed network. Dave Glanzer, Fieldbus Foundation Director of Technology Development, noted that "End users will realize CAPEX and OPEX benefits from suppliers incorporating remote I/O technology." Read More