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ASTM Testing Programs compare laboratory performance.

December 14, 2010

Sponsored by ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, Proficiency Testing Programs provide laboratories with statistical quality assurance tool, enabling them to compare their performance in use of ASTM methods against other laboratories. Users receive samples for each test cycle, data report forms, and test instructions. Lab then performs tests within their facility using specified ASTM methods cited in program, submits test data to ASTM, and receives final summary reports. Read More

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NASA selects small business research and tech projects.

December 14, 2010

NASA is negotiating contracts with 350 small businesses that had best proposals to address critical research and technology needs for agency programs and projects. Proposals are part of NASA's Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer program. Research areas among selected proposals include methodologies for predicting effects of aeroelasticity; advanced photovoltaic systems; and measurements of atmospheric parameters and surface topography of planets. Read More

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NIST-ARRA Fellowships announce January 15, 2010 deadline.

December 13, 2010

National Institute of Standards and Technology's American Recovery and Reinvestment (NIST-ARRA) Act Measurement Science and Engineering Fellowship Program announced its third round of applications for undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and senior research positions. Opportunities range from part-time and summer fellowships for undergraduates to full-time opportunities for graduate students and positions for postdoctoral fellows or practicing scientists and engineers. Read More

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Diverse Range of Achievements honored by NIST in 2010.

December 13, 2010

At its 38th annual awards ceremony, NIST recently honored 139 scientific, technical, and administrative employees. Deserving accomplishments ranged from determining causes of failures in ballistic-resistant body armor to innovations in technology transfer strategies to organization-wide improvements in safety. Range of recognized achievements attests to diversity and usefulness of NIST research and service programs as well as their underpinning in-house activities. Read More

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MESA's European Conference has been deemed a success.

December 13, 2010

MESA International's European Plant-to-Enterprise conference, which took place in Düsseldorf, Germany from November 9-10, explored theme of Unlocking your Operations Potential and attracted 120 attendees from 17 countries. This event saw elections for 2010 MESA EMEA Board of Directors as well as MESA Awards announcements. Of those participating, approximately 40% were manufacturers/producers. Event was also attended by industry analysts, educational institutions, and media. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to address standards for electric drive vehicles.

December 13, 2010

Scheduled for April 5-6, 2011, ANSI Workshop: Standards and Codes for Electric Drive Vehicles will consider current and future U.S. standards, codes, and conformity assessment activities needed to facilitate introduction, acceptance, and deployment of grid-connected electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and support services. Neutral environment will allow discussions to help identify gaps in applicable codes and standards, and explore opportunities for collaboration and coordination. Read More

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RoHS2 Compliance Webinar to be presented ENVIRON and IPC.

December 10, 2010

ENVIRON and IPC will present essential information on new compliance requirements for manufacturers, importers, and distributors concerning new RoHS Directive text as agreed upon by European Parliament. To be held December 16 from 10:00 to 11:00 am US Central time, RoHS Directive Recast Webinar will explain impacts upon implementation timelines, substances for priority assessment, and open scope as well as exemptions policy, compliance responsibilities, and marking requirements. Read More

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Food Manufacturers want intelligent, multi-functional equipment.

December 10, 2010

According to study from PMMI titled "Trends and Advances in Food Packaging 2010," 50% of food manufacturers expect to make packaging machinery purchases in coming 12 months. Research is based on interviews with 50 food manufacturers and 15 packaging experts who represent 20 of the top 75 food packaging companies. Study shows that food packagers want automated, energy-efficient equipment that is intelligent, user-friendly, adaptable, and uncomplicated to maintain. Read More

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ASTM Manual covers intensive quenching systems.

December 10, 2010

Manual 64, Intensive Quenching Systems: Engineering and Design, focuses on highly-forced heat transfer - the intensive quenching processes, with particular attention to replacement of alloyed steels with less expensive carbon steels. Thirteen chapters cover topics such as thermal and metallurgical design basics of high-strength steels; transient nucleate boiling and self-regulated thermal processes; stress state of steel parts during IQ; and steel super-strengthening phenomenon. Read More

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Export Control Changes are praised by manufacturers.

December 10, 2010

Responding to Obama Administration's announcement on export controls, NAM President and CEO John Engler said manufacturers are pleased with observed forward progress. Engler added that "The President's announcement embraces key NAM recommendations that are outlined in our Blueprint for a 21st Century Export Control Regime" and that proposed changes will serve to strengthen national security as well as improve U.S. competitiveness and increase manufacturer export opportunities. Read More

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PMMI launches Mechanical Components Certificate test.

December 10, 2010

Developed in cooperation with Mid-Atlantic Advisory Council, partner schools, and industry professionals, Introduction to Mechanical Components Certificate test is based on an industry recognized skill standard for packaging-related industrial maintenance and mechatronics. With it, the industry and its educational outlets can measure student and personnel knowledge against nationally recognized standard. Schools can use skills standards to develop curriculum that meets needs of industry. Read More

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Blue Ribbon at PAC Green Den goes to plastic processing.

December 10, 2010

PAC Green Den - Fast Track to Sustainable Innovation competition was conducted by The Packaging Association (PAC) November 2 at PACK EXPO International 2010. Top prize winners were MicroGreen Polymers' InCycle method for reducing cost of recycled plastics by adding gas that expands length and width of solid polymer sheets, and EcoLogic's EcoPure plastic additive that accelerates decomposition. Competition included solutions from 10 PACK EXPO exhibitors, including 5 PMMI members. Read More

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CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2011 sees strong exhibit space sales.

December 10, 2010

CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2011, to be held May 31 through June 4 in Moscow, is experiencing exhibit space sales which exceed those of last year's show. Indoor space sales have doubled, while outdoor space has surpassed 2010 show to the point of near capacity. While available, exhibit applications are being accepted on first come, first served basis. CONEXPO Russia provides effective exhibit space for companies via areas open only to manufacturers and manufacturers' exclusive dealers. Read More

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Dave Camp appointed Chairman of Ways and Means Committee.

December 10, 2010

According to NAM President and CEO John Engler, Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) has demonstrated his keen understanding of critical tax issues manufacturers face during his tenure at Ways and Means. Camp has long worked to promote employment in Michigan and across the nation. There are over 81,000 manufacturing employees in the Congressman's district - including small and large companies - and Rep. Camp has been instrumental in setting policies that help them compete in the global marketplace. Read More

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Financial Services Sector signs cybersecurity research agreement.

December 10, 2010

Through memorandum of understanding signed on Dec. 6, 2010, NIST, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, and the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council agreed to work together to speed the application of research into practice for better cybersecurity for the critically important financial services sector. Outputs of this collaborative research are also expected to be applicable to health care and Smart Grid cybersecurity needs. Read More

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NIBS Summit focuses on resilient buildings and infrastructure.

December 10, 2010

Sponsored by U.S. DHS Science and Technology Directorate and organized by NIBS, Designing for a Resilient America summit brought together professionals from public and private sectors to focus on promoting and enhancing the resilience of buildings and infrastructure. Participants found that there is a great need to improve the performance of nation's built environment and that federal government should enhance partnerships with private sector to achieve goals. Read More

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Web-Based Assessment Tool analyzes laser safety hazard.

December 10, 2010

Evaluator from LIA utilizes delivery system that optimizes user experience for laser safety officers of all skill levels. Available through Advanced, Intermediate, and Basic subscription packages, Web-based Laser Safety Hazard Analysis System fosters accessibility, navigation, and result accuracy. System is based on ANSI Z136.1 and lets users double-check laser safety calculations. Specifically, it performs repeated calculations of MPE, OD, NOHD, NHZ, and laser hazard classification. Read More

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ASTM Crude Oils Manual addresses sampling, QA, and evaluation.

December 10, 2010

Manual 68, Crude Oils: Their Sampling, Analysis and Evaluation, covers combination of subject materials related to crude oil sampling, quality determination, and evaluation. In addition to quality-impacting issues encountered during transportation, storage, and refining, chapter topics include obtaining representative samples, understanding complex chemistry of crude oils, and selecting test methods best suited to obtain physical and chemical data. Hard copy and E-book versions are available. Read More

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NIST Publications Offer Guidance pertaining to EHR usability.

December 10, 2010

NIST Guide to the Processes Approach for Improving the Usability of Electronic Health Records (NISTIR 7741) offers guidance on employing user-centered-design processes throughout EHR product life cycle. Customized Common Industry Format Template for Electronic Health Record Usability Testing (NISTIR 7742) provides standard reporting format adopted and customized for testing EHR systems. Both target developers of software and computer systems for doctors' offices, clinics, and hospitals. Read More

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Manufacturers Congratulate Fred Upton on chairman appointment.

December 10, 2010

In his statement regarding Representative Fred Upton's (R-MI) appointment as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, NAM President and CEO John Engler recognized Upton as a "key ally for manufacturers." "We believe he will be an outstanding chairman," Engler continued and added that "Manufacturers in his district and across the nation look forward to working with him on important issues facing our sector, the economy and our global competitiveness." Read More