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NTSB Spreads Safety Message among AirVenture 2011 attendees.

July 29, 2011

NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman and Member Earl Weener are attending Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) annual convention, AirVenture 2011, in Oshkosh, WI. While there, Hersman and Weener will meet with industry officials and exhibitors, discuss general aviation safety and meet with those who visit NTSB exhibit booth. Also, NTSB investigators will conduct presentations on accident investigations, and safety recommendations and will be featured on EAA Radio daily. Read More

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Shop Rat Summer Camp introduces kids to skilled trades.

July 29, 2011

Funded by SME Education Foundation, Shop Rat Foundation 2011 Summer Camp introduced 29 kids, ranging from 6th to 10th grade, to world of manufacturing. Kids learned engineering basics and how to use variety of tools to make things. In addition to basics of hydraulics, aerodynamics, and power tools, they learned to read blueprints, use a mill and lathe, and build and race robotic vehicles. These experiences will encourage students to seek out further education in Skilled Trades industry. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves continuing obligations standard.

July 29, 2011

Approved by ASTM International Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, ASTM E2790 provides framework that can be used when designing and performing continuing obligations, thus bringing uniformity to process without recipe-like or prescriptive approach. Continuing obligations are management procedures for property on which future use moves forward even though residual contamination may remain in soil or groundwater. Read More

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ISPE Good Practice Guide is available for process gases.

July 29, 2011

ISPE Good Practice Guide: Process Gases defines current best practices within pharmaceutical manufacturing applications regarding gases that come into direct contact with biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical process steams. Specifically, guide focuses on defining cost-effective engineering approaches and practices used to deliver process gas system that meets its intended purpose in timely manner. Information also details how to avoid increasing facility installation and operation costs. Read More

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NEMA leads EV supply equipment harmonization efforts.

July 29, 2011

Representatives from NEMA led meeting to discuss standards harmonization requirements for electric vehicle supply equipment systems in North America. During meeting, representatives from UL, CSA, ANCE, and various stakeholders decided to organize 3 ad-hoc work groups of technical experts to review and harmonize requirements of UL and CSA documents by end of August 2011. SDOs will expedite approval of drafts so by end of 2011, harmonized documents will be available for certification purposes. Read More

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Economic Slowdown continues to affect electrical manufacturing.

July 29, 2011

According to NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Survey, 44% of respondents reported that the economic environment facing the industry in North America deteriorated in most recent month, up from 36% in June. Only 8% reported conditions were better than a month ago in July, down from 27% in June. Electroindustry Business Confidence Index thus dropped to 32 from 45.5 a month ago, remaining below the growth threshold of 50 points for second straight month. Read More

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NAM Says Keystone XL Pipeline Critical for reliable energy, jobs.

July 29, 2011

Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement in support of H.R. 1938, North American-Made Energy Security Act. According to Newhouse, "Completion of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada will provide manufacturers with a stable North American energy source...and create an estimated 130,000 new jobs." Newhouse went on to say how "Reliable, accessible, and affordable energy is critical for manufacturers to compete in today's global marketplace." Read More

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MHEDA Journal Online examines effects of changing SBA standards.

July 28, 2011

"What Is Small," featured in The MHEDA Journal Online's "On the Edge" section examines what constitutes a small business. In examination of size standards, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is revising North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes that ascribe maximum limit, by number of employees or average annual receipts, for qualifying small businesses. Recent proposed adjustments, doubled or more from previous standard, would increase competition for limited accounts. Read More

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Research Application Story concerns new contact voltage sensor.

July 28, 2011

In collaboration with Con Edison of New York and National Grid, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) developed electric field sensor to help electric utilities detect and repair contact voltage. Directional E-Field sensor accelerates process of safely finding inadvertently energized objects and surfaces. While antenna identifies charge from any electric field, LED indicators light up when approaching its source. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses methane hazard mitigation.

July 28, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK32621, Practice for Evaluating Potential Hazard Due to Methane in the Vadose Zone, will enable users to determine whether or not real estate site has methane hazard that needs to be mitigated. Once approved, standard will be used by regulators, developers, sellers, buyers, occupants, management companies, lenders, consultants, contractors, and manufacturers. All interested parties are invited to participate in the development of ASTM WK32621. Read More

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ELFA releases June's survey of economic activity.

July 28, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, economic activity showed overall new business volume for June was $7.3 billion, up 33% from $5.5 billion in 2010. Compared with May volume, June volume increased by 30%. Receivables over 30 days decreased 14% to 2.5% in June from 2.9% in May, and declined by 24% compared to same period in 2010. Charge-offs increased 38% in June from previous month, and decreased by 35% from same period in 2010. Read More

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HART Protocol is Global Leader according to independent study.

July 28, 2011

Released by ARC Advisory Group, market study shows 46% of all field devices installed worldwide at year-end 2010 (32 million devices) communicate using HART® Communication Protocol. This marks largest market share of any field communications protocol, larger than all other fieldbus devices, proprietary protocols, and 4-20mA combined. Also, ARC study estimates number of installed HART devices will grow to 35 million in 2011 and projects growth to continue to 37.3 million in 2012. Read More

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NIST Seeks Comments on structure for proposed AMTech program.

July 28, 2011

As published in Federal Register, NIST requests opinions from public about best ways to structure proposed new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program. Request for Information (RFI) asks interested parties to answer 26 questions about eligibility for consortia membership, selection criteria for research funds, best practices for maximizing small business participation or disseminating results, and other topics. Comments will be accepted through September 20, 2011. Read More

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Biotechnology Workshop will be held October 25-26 in Geneva.

July 28, 2011

ISO-hosted international workshop on biotechnology will promote dialog among organizations actively involved in biotechnology standardization, enhance coordination among key players, and identify recommendations and priority action items for consideration by existing ISO technical and governance bodies. One goal will be to provide framework for analyzing and proposing mechanisms for improved coordination and harmonization of and cooperation on standardization activities in biotechnology. Read More

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MAVEN Mission completes major milestone.

July 28, 2011

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission reached milestone when it successfully completed its Mission Critical Design Review (CDR). Scheduled for launch in late 2013, MAVEN will be first mission devoted to understanding Martian upper atmosphere. Its goal is to determine history of loss of atmospheric gases to space through time, providing answers about Mars climate evolution. From July 11-15, 2011, MAVEN Critical Design Review was held at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Read More

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NREL and Verizon to explore energy-saving technologies.

July 28, 2011

NREL and Verizon signed memorandum of understanding that could lead to development of new ways to reduce energy use in the information and communications technology industry. Under MOU, NREL and Verizon will share expertise and resources in areas such as energy efficiency and energy management at Verizon's buildings, facilities, and data centers, as well as advancement of Smart Grid technologies and best practices, including energy and communication technologies in homes and buildings. Read More

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Proposed Standard covers temperature/viscosity relationship.

July 28, 2011

ASTM WK33642, Test Method for Measurement of Viscosity of Paints, Inks or Related Liquid Materials as a Function of Temperature, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.24 on Physical Properties of Liquid Paints and Paint Materials. Proposed standard will give instruction on how to prepare viscosity-temperature table or curve, and will be useful when ambient conditions do not allow measurement at exact temperature stated in specification or regulation. Read More

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BIO Applauds USDA Announcement of biomass projects areas.

July 28, 2011

BIO applauded Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's announcement of 4 new Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas in 6 states that are expected to generate as many as 3,400 jobs in rural areas. According to Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, rules for Farm Bill Energy Title programs, such as BCAP, "have only recently been finalized, and we greatly appreciate Secretary Vilsack's efforts to speedily implement them." Read More

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BPA Toxicity Testing, Environmental Sampling considered by EPA.

July 28, 2011

Following BPA Action Plan announced in March 2010, US EPA is requesting public comment on possible toxicity testing and environmental sampling in order to study BPA's potential environmental impacts. This action is part of effort to strengthen EPA chemical management program and ensure safety of chemicals encountered daily by Americans. When research concludes, EPA will determine if additional actions may be needed to address human health concerns from non-food use exposures. Read More

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IPC releases guideline update for cleaning PCBs and assemblies.

July 27, 2011

IPC-CH-65, Guidelines for Cleaning of Printed Boards and Assemblies, Revision B addresses all facets of cleaning, including material and equipment selection, process considerations, and environmental impact. The 200-page document not only brings cleaning requirements up to date, it also combines multiple documents into single, comprehensive guideline. IPC-CH-65 explains interactions between materials and processes and outlines sources and types of contamination found on circuit card assemblies. Read More