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Registration, Housing Available for BIO International Convention.

October 24, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from April 22–25, 2013 BIO International Convention will feature educational sessions, interactive panel discussions, and informal room set to foster audience engagement. Programming on Monday will include International Spotlights and Policies Track, focused on BRIC countries, as well as BioTech Primer, Translational Research Forum, Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp, Breakout Sessions, and International Market Briefings. Read More

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ASTM Plastics Committee approves insulated vinyl siding standard.

October 23, 2012

ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics, recognizing emergence of vinyl siding with integrated foam plastic insulation as separate product category, has developed ASTM D7793, Specification for Insulated Vinyl Siding. According to D20 member Dave Johnston, standard provides "uniform basis for producing the siding according to recognized levels of quality and performance, especially with respect to claims for thermal insulation." Standard will also serve as basis for product certification program. Read More

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ASTM Standard provides guide to interlaboratory studies.

October 23, 2012

Developed by D02.94, Coordinating Subcommittee on Quality Assurance and Statistics, part of Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, ASTM D7778 provides overview of steps needed in an interlaboratory study to obtain precision and bias statements, particularly as they relate to standards for petroleum products. Standard was developed as companion document to ASTM D6300, Practice for Determination of Precision and Bias Data for Use in Test Methods for Petroleum Products and Lubricants. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report forecasts slight decline.

October 23, 2012

Of 134 metal forming companies from USA and Canada in October 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, 15% anticipate economic activity improvement, 55% predict unchanged conditions, and 30% foresee decline over next 3 months. Participants also expect decrease in incoming orders during same time period, with 24% for increase, 41% for no change, and 35% for decrease. Average daily shipping levels remained fairly steady, and participants with workforce on short time or layoff increased to 16%. Read More

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IPC and SMTA to host conformal coating conference.

October 23, 2012

IPC, in partnership with Surface Mount Technology Association, will host High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference, Nov 13-15, 2012. Event will provide focus on electronics assembly reliability and influence of cleaning and coating on production of reliable hardware. Prior to conference, half-day technical workshop will cover fundamentals of conformal coating and coating processes, popular myths and misconceptions as well as common causes of coating problems. Read More

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NREL Growth Forum to feature 30 clean energy companies.

October 22, 2012

On October 23-24, 30 clean energy companies, including 8 Colorado companies, will gather in Denver to present their clean energy business cases to panel of national venture capitalists at NREL 25th Industry Growth Forum. In addition to business case presentations, comprehensive agenda of speakers and in-depth panels will address most important topics in the industry today. At conclusion of Forum, NREL will present recognition for Best Venture Award and Outstanding Venture Awards. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standards address aerosol products, artist pastels.

October 22, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK37409, Test Method for Measuring Aspiration Potential of Aerosol Products, is being developed to support evaluation of such products to determine whether they require special child-resistant packaging. Also, proposed standard ASTM WK37916, Specification for Artists Pastels, will provide benchmark standard to allow those in pastel industry to test colors so that pastels can withstand exposure to light without fading. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves machining brasses standard.

October 22, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee B05.02 on Rod, Bar, Wire, Shapes and Forgings, part of ASTM International Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, ASTM B981/B981M, Specification for Low Leaded Brass Rod, Bar and Shapes focuses on mechanical properties of machining brasses. Statistical analysis was performed on production properties for alloys C36300, C36500, C37000, C37100, and C37700 to develop minimum tensile strength, yield strength, and elongation as a function of diameter. Read More