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Composite Materials Standard will aid delamination prediction.

January 17, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK30580, Guide for Development of Benchmark Solutions for Composite Delamination Growth Analysis, is being developed by Subcommittee D30.02 on Research and Mechanics. National Institute of Aerospace associate research fellow Ronald Krueger said proposed guide will include benchmark solutions for delamination onset and growth in representative composite coupons. Standard will also describe approach that users can follow to develop their own benchmark solutions. Read More

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EPA to defer GHG permitting for industries that use biomass.

January 14, 2011

U.S. EPA is announcing its plan to defer, for 3 years, greenhouse gas permitting requirements for carbon dioxide emissions from biomass-fired and other biogenic sources. Agency intends to use this time to seek further independent scientific analysis of this issue and then to develop a rulemaking on how these emissions should be treated in determining whether Clean Air Act permit is required. EPA will also further consider comments it received from its July 2010 Call for Information. Read More

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Machine Vision Market continues solid growth in North America.

January 14, 2011

According to AIA's Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report, sales of machine vision components rose substantially in third quarter 2010. Overall, year-over-year growth hit 68%, up from 60% in second quarter 2010 and 34% in first quarter. Report also disclosed that 68% of companies submitting data for report expect sales to improve in next 6 reported months. Of remaining companies, 28% anticipate sales at or near level reached in third quarter, and 4% believe sales will decrease. Read More

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ISO releases Strategic Plan for 2011-2015.

January 14, 2011

ISO Strategic Plan 2011-2015 - Solutions to Global Challenges outlines organization's strategic direction for the next 5 years. At the heart of ISO's strategy is the continuing contribution of ISO standards in tackling growing diversity of interrelated and complex challenges of today's world. From social responsibility to health and food safety, ISO's portfolio spans more than 18,500 voluntary, consensus-based International Standards impacting virtually all sectors of activity. Read More

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Industrial Robotics Standards drive English learning in Korea.

January 14, 2011

Engkey robotic elementary school English teachers in Daegu, Korea are supported by various industrial standards. ASTM E2566 addresses video systems used for teleoperation, and ANSI/RIA R15.06, Industrial Robots and Robot Systems - Safety Requirements, guides safe design, manufacture, and maintenance. Also applicable, ANSI/RIA/ISO 10218-1, Robots for Industrial Environment - Safety Requirements - Part 1 - Robot, describes basic associated hazards as well as risk-eliminating requirements. Read More

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Dr. Mary C. McKiel elected Vice Chairman of Board of Directors.

January 14, 2011

Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., standards executive with the U.S. EPA in Washington, D.C., has been elected vice chairman of the ASTM International Board of Directors for 2011-2012. McKiel has worked on various ASTM committees for more than 20 years and currently serves on Committees E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action and E60 on Sustainability. At EPA, McKiel directs agency's implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act and OMB Circular A-119. Read More

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ASTM International Board of Directors welcomes Dr. Ralph Paroli.

January 14, 2011

Ralph M. Paroli, Ph.D. has been elected to 3-year term on ASTM International's board of directors. He currently serves as chairman of ASTM Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing and works on Committees D11 on Rubber and E60 on Sustainability. A member of ASTM International since 1994, Paroli has received various awards for his service and also serves as director of building envelope and structure for Institute for Research in Construction at National Research Council of Canada. Read More

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NEMA launches Smart Grid educational videos.

January 13, 2011

NEMA has launched "Vids for Grids: New Media for the New Energy Workforce" (V4G) program with the first 2 videos of 12-video series that demonstrates best practice in integrating new media into engineering core curricula. "Switchgear" explains how high voltage and large currents can be controlled efficiently in large industrial facility as well as university campus, while "Surge Arresters" shows how distribution arresters and ground lead disconnectors improve grid reliability. Read More

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OPC Foundation announces OPC Test and Certification Program.

January 13, 2011

OPC Foundation introduced the OPC Unified Architecture Test and Certification Program for products from OPC Foundation Corporate Members. Certification of an OPC UA product establishes credibility, ensures that product is fully compliant with OPC UA Specifications, and provides assurance that tested products can successfully interoperate with other OPC Foundation member products. Number of OPC UA products tested will be in accordance with individual company's type of membership. Read More

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NTSB Study addresses airbags in general aviation accidents.

January 13, 2011

Adopted by NTSB, study concluded that general aviation airplanes equipped with airbags provide additional protection to occupants in accidents involving survivable forward impacts. The study, which examined 88 accidents involving airbag-equipped airplanes, found no instances where airbag caused harm in properly restrained occupants. Within group of 10 survivable accidents, 12 occupants experienced airbag deployments, and study found that airbag likely mitigated injuries for 2 of the occupants. Read More

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Professional Development Courses address next-gen electronics.

January 13, 2011

Taking place in Las Vegas, NV from April 10-14, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) aims to meet needs of electronic product engineers, PCB designers, and manufacturers. Global industry experts will lead 50 half-day professional development courses covering critical topics in design, PCB manufacturing, electronics assembly, and testing. With focus on education, meeting will offer professional development curriculum. Each course will run 3 hr and include workshop handbook. Read More

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Electric Vehicle Summit Report details infrastructure plans.

January 13, 2011

Summary report concerning US National Electric Vehicle Safety Standards Summit was released by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and SAE International. Summit was intended to develop basis for action plan regarding implementation of electric vehicles. To help address issues explored at summit, summary report details action plans for charging infrastructure, battery hazards identification/protection, and training for emergency responders and enforcement officials. Read More

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U.S. Manufacturing Sector continues growth.

January 13, 2011

According to December 2010 manufacturing report from the Institute for Supply Management, U.S. manufacturing sector expanded at the fastest pace since May 2010, reinforcing signs that an upward turn in the economy is building momentum. Standards are an important part of the engine driving the manufacturing industry, increasing operational efficiency, reducing regulatory compliance and procurement costs, and avoiding duplication of effort. Read More

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Catherine H. Pilarz named ASTM Chairman of the Board.

January 13, 2011

Catherine (Kitty) H. Pilarz, senior director of Mattel/Fisher-Price product safety in East Aurora, NY, has served on ASTM board of directors since 2006. She is vice chairman of new projects for ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products and co-chairman of Subcommittee F15.18 on Cribs, Toddler Beds, Play Yards, Bassinets, Cradles, and Changing Tables. Pilarz was honored with 2006 ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for her contributions to Committee F15. Read More

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ASTM International Board of Directors welcomes Dennis D. Rounds.

January 13, 2011

Dennis D. Rounds has been elected to ASTM International's board of directors for one 3-year term. Currently executive director of 2 South Dakota agencies - Office of Risk Management and Petroleum Release Compensation Fund, Rounds also serves as first vice chairman of Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action and is a member of Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. Throughout his career, Rounds has garnered various service awards. Read More

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ASHRAE Press Breakfast to cover update on top standards.

January 12, 2011

Scheduled for January 31, ASHRAE Press Breakfast will examine most recent version of ASHRAE's energy standard, Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. It will also provide update to Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings and outline how the standard has impacted building industry. Speakers will include Lynn G. Bellenger, P.E.; Mick Schwedler; and Kent Peterson, P.E. Read More

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William Daley Called Strong Choice for White House chief of staff.

January 12, 2011

NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons issued a statement concerning President Obama's announcement about William Daley's appointment as White House chief of staff. Calling Daley "a very accomplished and strong business leader," Timmons noted the strength of NAM's prior relationship with Daley during his days as Secretary of Commerce and said NAM looks forward to working with him again on policies that affect job creation, economic growth, and global competitiveness. Read More

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NTSB Meeting considers airbags in general aviation aircraft.

January 12, 2011

NTSB held public Board meeting to consider safety study on airbags in general aviation aircraft. NTSB initiated study to examine effectiveness of airbags in mitigating occupant injury in survivable GA accident, to identify any unintended consequences of airbag deployments, and to develop procedures to assist investigators in documenting airbag systems in future investigations. Webcast of proceedings will be available at http://www.ntsb.gov/Events/Boardmeeting.htm. Read More

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D. Thomas Marsh elected to ASTM Board of Directors.

January 12, 2011

An ASTM member since 1990, D. Thomas Marsh, president of Centrotrade Minerals and Metals Inc., currently serves as vice chairman of Committee D11 on Rubber, chairman of Subcommittee D11.22 on Natural Rubber, and as secretary of Subcommittee D11.23 on Synthetic Rubbers. In his role at Centrotrade, Marsh directs day-to-day operations; provides technical, regulatory, and standards organization oversight to sister groups in Europe and Asia; and administers material specifications and contracts. Read More

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Reduction in Lead Bill signed into law by President Obama.

January 12, 2011

PMI is pleased to announce that the national Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was passed on December 17, 2010 during the lame duck session and was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. This bill lowers national standard for lead in faucets, pipes, and pipefittings from 8.0% to 0.25%. There is widespread support within the industry for this legislation, including members of PMI, which make up 95% of small, medium, and large plumbing manufacturers. Read More