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Norbitech and Cormetech win MESA's Metrics Makeover Contest.

November 29, 2010

Winners of Metrics Makeover Contest, Norbitech of Norway and Cormetech of USA, provided information on their toughest problem in a particular facility. Both will receive consult from MESA Solution Provider members in order to solve those problems. Throughout the next year on MESA's website and blog, winners will be reporting on what they learn and benefits they receive from this consulting project. They will report at 2011 European and North American MESA Conferences. Read More

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Standards Workshop identifies international priorities.

November 29, 2010

Organized by World Standards Cooperation (WSC), workshop identified priority areas where International Standards could help engender greater accessibility for all people affected by physical, sensory, or developmental impairment. Held November 3-5 in Switzerland, Accessibility and the Contribution of International Standards explored how International Standards could enhance accessibility of consumer products, IT, services, built environments, and facilities. Read More

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Bankruptcy Settlement Reached with chemical manufacturer.

November 29, 2010

U.S. EPA, Justice Department, and Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Tronox Incorporated agreed to resolve its environmental liabilities for $270 million and 88% of its interest in pending litigation. Bankruptcy settlement will reimburse EPA for past cleanup costs as well as fund future cleanups at contaminated sites. Cash and non-cash assets will be placed in environmental response trusts for cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances or waste. Read More

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NIST develops quartz crystal microbalance for microscale analysis.

November 29, 2010

NIST has developed chemical analysis technique that uses shifting ultrasonic pitch of small quartz crystal to test purity of few micrograms of material. Based on thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), technique involves measuring changes in mass due to temperature increases, and measures reaction energy needed to decompose, oxidize, dehydrate, or otherwise chemically change sample with heat. Technique is suited for characterizing complex biofuel mixtures, nanoparticles, and thin films. Read More

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AIA Election Results name 2011 officers, Board of Governors.

November 29, 2010

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Board of Governors elected James F. Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, as its Chairman for 2011. Also, Pratt and Whitney President David P. Hess was elected as AIA Vice Chairman. Board also re-elected Marion C. Blakey as AIA President/CEO and AIA CFO Ginette C. Colot as Secretary-Treasurer. There are also 70 additional members named to 2011 AIA Board of Governors Executive Committee. Read More

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ANSI-Accredited U.S. ISO TAGs must submit reports by January 31.

November 26, 2010

ANSI's Procedures and Standards Administration department reminds administrators of ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to ISO that 2010 TAG Annual Reports are due no later than January 31, 2011. Annual reports prepared by each U.S. TAG administrator shall describe, in summary narrative form, U.S. TAG activity during past year. Meeting minutes and other appropriate reports and documents may be incorporated or appended. Read More

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Report addresses emergency preparedness for disabled persons.

November 26, 2010

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel has released final workshop report outlining recommendations for timely development of standards to support effective emergency preparedness for all. Report consolidates panel's findings from 2010 workshops that examined various aspects of standards and codes needed for reducing barriers to accessibility in emergencies. Aim of report is to educate key stakeholders on challenges and standardization gaps relating to emergency preparedness. Read More

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Agricultural Standard Revisions are material, lighting focused.

November 26, 2010

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) completed 2 engineering standards revisions: ANSI/ASAE S276.7, Slow Moving Vehicle Identification Emblem (SMV Emblem), and ANSI/ASAE S279.15, Lighting and Marking of Agricultural Equipment on Highways. While SMV Emblem standard was revised to update testing requirements for backing materials, changes to lighting/marking standard include incorporation of rotary beacons or strobe lights and LEDs on agricultural equipment. Read More

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Equipment and Leasing and Finance Survey shows positive yearly increases.

November 26, 2010

Reporting economic activity in equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for October to be $4.9 billion. This is up 14% compared to same period in 2009 and down 15.5% from September. Year-to-date, new business volume is up 6.0% at $46.1 billion. Credit quality also improved, as receivables over 30 days decreased to 3.0% from 3.4% in September, and losses decreased to 1.2% from prior month. Credit approvals also improved. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for October 2010.

November 26, 2010

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 13.6% while bookings decreased 2.7% in Oct 2010 from Oct 2009. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were up 19.5% and bookings have grown 25.4%. Flexible circuit shipments in Oct 2010 were up 14.7% and bookings grew 25.2% compared to October 2009. Year to date, flexible circuit shipments increased 11.0% and bookings were up 19.4%. Combined book-to-bill ratio in October 2010 slipped just under parity at 0.99. Read More

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NREL supports Wind for Schools project.

November 26, 2010

NREL's Wind for School project has installed 42 Southwest Windpower SkyStream 3.7 turbines so far, with goal of 5 new turbines each year for the 11 states already part of program. Eventually, 35 states are expected to participate. In addition to providing energy to help power schools, turbines help inspire next-generation scientists and engineers. Department of Energy envisions U.S. getting as much as 20% of its electricity from wind power by 2030, which would provide 500,000 wind-related jobs. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute updates seal-less pump standards.

November 24, 2010

Hydraulic Institute published ANSI/HI 5.1-5.6-2010 Sealless Rotodynamic Pumps standard, which includes part names and definitions, magnetic temperature limits and motor insulation temperature limits, magnetic drive pumps mounting specifications, monitoring device information, and testing. HI also updated ANSI/HI 4.1-4.6-2010 Seal-less, Magnetically Driven Rotary Pumps standard, which covers types and nomenclature, definitions, design and applications, installation, operation, and maintenance. Read More

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SAE International to host Powertrain Electric Motors Symposium.

November 24, 2010

On Dec. 1, SAE International will host 2010 Powertrain Electric Motor Symposium for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. Since OEMs are starting to design, develop, and manufacture their own traction motors, panel will discuss how they will need to start new supplier relationships for products they have not purchased before. Event will also cover technical issues, market growth projections, and requirements and cost structures for permanent magnet motors, induction motors, and switch reluctance motors. Read More

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AAMA Voluntary Specifications address organic coating requirements.

November 24, 2010

AAMA published three revised voluntary specifications: AAMA 623-10, 624-10, and 625-10, which respectively address performance requirements and test procedures for nominal-, high-, and superior-performance organic coatings on fiber reinforced thermoset profiles. Applicable to coatings used for windows, doors and similar products, standards ensure level of performance in terms of film integrity, exterior durability, and general appearance over extended periods of time. Read More

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ISPE Members recognized for contributions to pharmaceutical industry.

November 24, 2010

ISPE President and CEO Robert P. Best, during ISPE's November 7-10 Annual Meeting in 2010, presented 18 awards to those recognized for their contributions to pharmaceutical industry and the Society. According to Best, "ISPE is fortunate to have such dedicated members who aspire to bring out the best in themselves, their colleagues, and the industry they serve." Best continued on, expressing gratitude for the many roles active members serve as well as their contributions. Read More

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Whitepaper describes scheduling solution for a steel plant.

November 24, 2010

In industrial batch/continuous production environments, production scheduling is concerned with allocating resources such as tanks, reactors, and other processing equipment to production tasks. To provide all necessary information for making logic decisions, it can be necessary to implement data transfers not supported by ISA-95 standard for enterprise to plant integration. Thus MESA White Paper No. 33 describes integration of scheduling solution for steel plant using ISA-95 standard. Read More

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NASA tests liquid-fuel engine for commercial space vehicle.

November 24, 2010

NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center test fired liquid-fuel AJ26 engine that will power first stage of Taurus II space launch vehicle. Conducted by Orbital, Aerojet, and Stennis engineers, 10 sec test served as short-duration readiness firing to verify engine start and shutdown sequences, E-1 test stand operations, and ground-test engine controls. Doug Cooke of NASA said, "This brings us one step closer to realizing NASA's goals for accessing low Earth orbit via commercial spacecraft." Read More

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ASABE revises standard on mechanically laminated columns.

November 24, 2010

ANSI/ASAE EP559.1, Design Requirements and Bending Properties for Mechanically Laminated Wood Assemblies, includes updates to reflect current practices used for wood preservation, fastener substrates and coatings, laminate strength and stiffness; both allowable stress design, and load and resistance factor design formats; and lateral torsional blocking. Revision also covers updates to terminology as well as symbol consistency with other ASABE standards. Read More

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FAA dedicates Recovery Act-funded fire station at LAX.

November 24, 2010

FAA dedicated state-of-the-art fire station at Los Angeles International Airport funded by nearly $11 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. At 27,500 sq-ft, station is twice as big as the old facility, and better accommodates size, volume, and nature of today's emergency response equipment. Station has 7 bays to house and maintain fire rescue vehicles and also provides living, training, and administration areas for 14 firefighters. Read More

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AMCA approves revisions for Certified Ratings Program.

November 24, 2010

AMCA approved 2010 revisions for AMCA Publication 511 titled Certified Ratings Program - Product Rating Manual for Air Control Devices, which dictates proper presentation of data and other required technical procedures for certification of air control devices. Manual should be used in conjunction with current edition of AMCA Publication 11. Products within scope of program include air control devices used in general ventilation and air conditioning systems. Read More