During keynote speech at RETECH 2012, BIO President Jim Greenwood told attendees that now is the time for a call to arms for the renewable industry standard to support and protect America's Renewable Fuel Standard. Regarding current requests that EPA waive the RFS for one year, Greenwood said, "The impact of an RFS waiver on advanced biofuels would be devastating. In fact, it could extend by several years the drought that has endured in investment capital for new advanced biofuels technology." Read More
ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials has formed subcommittee F40.04 on Rare Earth Materials, which will promote knowledge, stimulate research, and implement technology via development of standards for rare earth materials. This subcommittee, which will hold its first meeting during F40 meetings (November 14–15), welcomes participation from all interested parties, particularly industry material researchers and innovators using rare earth materials. Read More
President's Transportation Awards, earned by 14 state departments of transportation (DOTs), will be presented on November 18 during AASHTO Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Also, AASHTO announced 2012 recipients of Alfred E. Johnson, Thomas H. McDonald, Francis B. Francois, and George S. Bartlett awards. AASHTO President Kirk Steudle, in comment, said "These honorees represent just a small fraction of the many talented and dedicated individuals, projects, and programs...across America."
Proposed standard ASTM WK37298, Test Method for Determining Storage Life of Coated Fabric Products, will provide nondestructive test for stored equipment to be evaluated for continued suitability over time. F20 chairman Peter Lane said subcommittee responsible for said standard, F20.11 on Control, welcomes producers of coated fabric products to join ongoing development of ASTM WK37298, citing potential and significant impact on expected useful lifetime of such products. Read More
With winter approaching, EPA is highlighting 10 tips for Americans to protect their health, save money, and lower energy, such as maintaining heating equipment to lower utility bills, lowering temperature in homes to increase savings up to 12%, and checking for water leaks and installing WaterSense products to save approximately $170 per year. To protect health, people should test home for radon gas and download EPA's free AIRNow app to get current particle pollution and ozone levels. Read More
Biometric Conformance Test Software for Data Interchange Formats (BioCTS2012), developed by NIST, is used to assess implementations of biometrics data standard ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011, which defines method for digitally encoding and storing biometric data so it can be shared by ID systems used by law enforcement, military, and homeland security agencies. Solution expands types and amounts of information forensic scientists can share and is being adopted worldwide to identify people. Read More
To help manufacturers adhere to new regulations intended to reduce risk of lead poisoning in children, researchers at NIST have developed standard test samples of lead paint films that are sometimes found on children's products as well as a guide to their use. Manufacturers can use "reference" materials to demonstrate that test methods yield accurate results when used to show compliance of products with CSPIA of 2008, which requires that paints contain no more than 90 mg of lead per kg of paint. Read More
IPC Symposium on Lean for the Assembly Industry: Putting Theory Into Practice will take place December 4–5, 2012 in Costa Mesa, CA and focus on implementation of lean concepts in electronics manufacturing. Presented by IPC, event will bring participants in contact with electronics industry experts who have successfully executed lean practices within their own organizations. Goings-on include technical conference, workshops, tabletop exhibition, and networking opportunities. Read More