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ASTM/AASHTO Agreement aids road construction, transportation.

November 9, 2012

Solidifying their coordination, Agreement on Standards has been signed by ASTM International and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). In comment, ASTM International President James A. Thomas expressed hope that this agreement "will foster better coordination in mutual areas of interest, reduce unnecessary duplication of effort, and be responsive to industry needs in an efficient and collaborative manner.” Read More

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Laser Safety Officer Training Course meets new standards.

November 8, 2012

On the heels of the release of a new standard to ensure proper use of lasers in the research and development environment, LIA has announced new course for safety officers based on that guideline. Taught by Ken Barat, chairman of the committee that put together the ANSI Z136.8, Safe Use of lasers in Research, Development, or Testing Environment standard, new course will prepare LSOs to oversee safe use of laser systems in oftentimes ad hoc situations. Read More

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IPC and SMTA announce agenda for Conformal Coating workshop.

November 8, 2012

Scheduled for Nov 13, 2012, during IPC/SMTA Higher Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference, Conformal Coating technical workshop will teach basics of conformal coating and coating processes. Course will introduce fundamentals and assumes no prior knowledge of coatings. Topics include popular myths and misconceptions as well as commons causes of coating problems. Second half of course will teach the use and application of conformal coating in manufacturing environments. Read More

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Industry Growth Forum brings together energy innovators.

November 8, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy's NREL 25th Industry Growth Forum attracted nearly 400 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and policymakers to Denver. Two-day forum highlighted clean energy industry technology and business developments. In addition to hearing business case presentations from 30 clean energy companies, including 8 Colorado companies, attendees participated in comprehensive agenda of in-depth panel discussions and networking opportunities. Read More

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SME Receives DOE Grant to focus on energy conservation.

November 8, 2012

SME was granted $292,000 from U.S. Department of Energy to partner SME Student Chapters with 24 Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) at U.S. universities, providing hands-on industry experience. IAC assessments focus on industrial energy conservation techniques through energy audits and assessments of manufacturers, and grant broadens program to assess manufacturing processes for energy savings. Starting 2012, SME will partner with 6 universities and expand incrementally over 3.5 years. Read More

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NEMA to Hold U.S. TAG Secretariat for IEC TC120 EES Systems.

November 8, 2012

NEMA has been selected to hold Secretariat of U.S. Technical Advisory Committee (TAG) to IEC TC120 Electrical Energy Storage (EES) Systems, which was created to accelerate integration of renewable energy as well as enable more reliable and efficient supply of electrical energy. This TAG will present consensus U.S. opinions in development of international energy storage standards and coordinate work of U.S. experts who will serve at international level. Read More

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ASTM develops roadmap for updating nuclear power standards.

November 8, 2012

ASTM developed Roadmap in Support of Commercial Nuclear Power to provide practical set of plans for updating ASTM nuclear energy standards in conjunction with Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative. Ultimate goal of roadmap is to ensure safe and economical source of electricity now and in the future. Priorities for commercial nuclear energy include encompassing objectives of NESCC Task Group on Standards Prioritization and building on results of ASTM survey and June 2011 workshop. Read More

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NAM President says it's time for Americans to come together.

November 8, 2012

In his statement regarding 2012 election results, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said "manufacturers continue to stand ready to work with President Obama" and noted how he talked about manufacturing throughout his campaign as he had during his first term. Areas requiring collaboration, as noted by Timmons, included exports, strengthening workforce, preparing Americans for jobs in modern manufacturing, pro-growth energy and tax policies, and "common-sense regulation." Read More