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SAE and ASTM Partnership allows electronic content distribution.

November 11, 2010

SAE International can now sell electronic versions of select ASTM International books, in their entirety and as individual chapters, due to newly formed strategic partnership. SAE International Editorial Director Kevin Jost and ASTM International VP of Publications and Marketing John Pace indicated this partnership will benefit customers of both associations. While agreement currently covers 5 titles, more content will be added in the future. Read More

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NIST's TIP seeks comments on potential funding areas. .

November 11, 2010

In two Federal Register notices, Technology Innovation Program of NIST asks for public comments on 6 NIST-prepared white papers outlining potential areas for research grants and, separately, requests detailed suggestions of critical national needs and associated technical needs for future TIP funding competitions. Draft white papers cover topics in 5 areas of critical national need, including water, manufacturing, energy, civil infrastructure, and healthcare. Read More

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EPA and Border Patrol to enforce Clean Air Act regarding imports.

November 11, 2010

U.S. EPA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are collaborating to ensure all imported vehicles and engines comply with Clean Air Act requirements. As primary federal agency responsible for monitoring imports to U.S., CBP has officers identify shipments, with particular focus on companies that have previously violated the Clean Air Act, and put them on hold for inspection. Working closely with special team of CBP officers, EPA investigators inspect vehicles and engines. Read More

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Standards support Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

November 11, 2010

In recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, ANSI takes a look at standards that support lung health. ISO/TR 22305 establishes tolerance for checks of the carbon monoxide yields declared by cigarette manufacturers, while BSR/ASTM D5075-200x standard covers sampling and analysis of nicotine and 3-ethenylpyridine in indoor air for determining secondhand smoke exposure. Additionally, IEC 60601-2-44 Ed. 3.0 b defines basic safety and essential performance of CT scanners. Read More

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NIST Researchers/Collaborators awarded 7 patents in past year.

November 11, 2010

Patents awarded to NIST researchers/collaborators within past year include portable LED-illuminated radiance source; method for reducing hysteresis losses in gadolinium alloys in room-temperature magnetic refrigeration processes; and covalently immobilized fluorinated carboxylic acid stationary phase for LC. Other patents apply to microfluidic flow manipulation device, magneto-optical trap ion source, microfluidics for portable applications, and portable optical neutron detector. Read More

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PMMI, American Meat Institute engage in packaging survey.

November 10, 2010

To identify ways to increase packaging recovery rate, PMMI and American Meat Institute (AMI) announced they will conduct a survey about packaging in meat industry. Results will be compiled and form basis for strategic document to be released in 2011. Through this effort, packaging issues will be prioritized based on practicality as well as potential for positive environmental impact. This initiative marks first major undertaking by AMI and PMMI since their announced partnership. Read More

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Hormel accepts 2010 PMT Packaging Line of the Year award.

November 10, 2010

PMT Magazine presented its 2010 Packaging Line of the Year award to Hormel Foods' Progressive Processing, LLC facility in Dubuque, Iowa, for its HormelĀ® CompleatsĀ® line. Facility uses non-irrigated landscaping; controlled lighting, heating, and cooling; heat- and water-recovery processes; and more than 36% recycled construction materials. Multipond scaling system replaces hand-filling ingredients, while Raque line tracks containers throughout system and can seal 240 microwave meals/min. Read More

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TRIB announces new slate of Board Officers.

November 10, 2010

Dedicated to recycling of tires through retreading and repairing, TRIB has announced election of new Board Officers. Bob Majewski, President and COO of Sumerel Tire Service was elected President, while Eddie Burleson, General Manager of Central Marketing was elected Vice President. Additionally, Philip Boarts, Director of Marketing of Oliver Rubber Company was chosen for Secretary. TRIB also announced the hiring of David Stevens as new Managing Director. Read More

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ANSI Opens New Headquarters in Washington, DC.

November 10, 2010

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced its new Washington, DC headquarters opened its doors at 1899 L Street, NW. Expanded conference room facilities and technological upgrades enable ANSI to increase its meeting capabilities as well as its educational programming. This headquarters houses office of the president and CEO; international policy, regional policy, government affairs and public policy programs; as well as conformity assessment programs. Read More

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ANSI highlights current alternative energy initiatives.

November 10, 2010

Scientists at Helios project are working to mimic photosynthesis, with goal of harnessing sun's energy to replace fossil fuels, and turn CO2 into ethanol or another alcohol for use in cars. It is joint initiative between University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, part of ANSI member U.S. DoE. ANSI is also convening standards-needs assessment workshop in 2011 to address electric vehicles, while IEC General Meeting in October covered various energy issues. Read More

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EPA sets requirements for greenhouse gas reporting.

November 10, 2010

EPA has finalized greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting requirements for petroleum and natural gas industries as part of Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. Data collected will help identify cost effective ways to minimize loss of methane, which is potent GHG and component of natural gas. Beginning in 2011, petroleum and natural gas facilities that emit more than 25,000 metric tons of CO2/yr must monitor and report emissions to EPA. First annual reports are due to EPA on March 31, 2012. Read More

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ASABE withdraws tractor auxiliary PTO driveline standard.

November 10, 2010

ASABE has withdrawn standard ASAE S333.2, Agricultural Tractor Auxiliary Power Take-Off Drives since it is no longer applicable to modern agricultural and compact utility tractors and machinery, which operate at 2,000 rpm. Used in its place is ASAE S431.1, 2000-RPM Front and Mid PTO for Lawn and Garden Ride-on Tractors. Copies of withdrawn S333.2 standard are still available through ASABE for historical reference. Read More

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SAE reports on 2010 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress.

November 9, 2010

SAE International's 2010 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress, led by Oshkosh Corporation, was held October 5-6 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. It featured interactive panel discussions and technical sessions, as well as National Research Council Report: Assessment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicles, presented by Dr. Andrew Brown, Jr. of Delphi Corp. Career fair and panel addressing military business needs were also held at event. Read More

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PMI meets with Congressional staff on 2 key issues.

November 9, 2010

During its 2nd-annual Legislative Advocacy Day, PMI met with key staff on Capitol Hill from 15 states to discuss importance of plumbing manufacturing industry and urge bipartisan support of passage of The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act and Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010, which includes HomeStar/WaterSense consumer rebate provisions. Based on EPA estimates, WaterSense-labeled products in every household would save U.S. 3 trillion gal of water/yr. Read More

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New ASME EA-2-2009 Standard is subject of free webinar.

November 9, 2010

Pump Systems Matter is offering free 1-hour webinar covering ASME EA-2-2009 standard "Energy Assessment for Pumping Systems," which sets requirements for conducting and reporting results of pumping system assessments. Entire pumping system, from energy inputs to work performed as the result of these inputs, is considered. Series of webinars is planned on multiple dates, including November 9, 2010, December 16, 2010, and February 2, 2011 at 2:00 Eastern. Read More

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FAQ Report Published about Tier 4 diesel emissions standards.

November 9, 2010

In collaboration with Diesel Technology Forum (DTF), 5 off-road equipment industry associations have published frequently asked questions (FAQ) report concerning Tier 4 technology. Tier 4 FAQ report is intended, according to DTF executive director Allen Schaeffer, to facilitate transition for those involved in off-road industry as new rules take effect. In addition to emissions tables, report includes technical graphics and other resources. Read More

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ASHRAE Winter Conference to address net-zero energy design.

November 9, 2010

ASHRAE's 2011 Winter Conference will include technical program addressing real cost of net-zero energy design, efficient use of energy, greening of industrial base, and other topics related to design, standards, codes, and professional skills. Several sessions examine how countries around the world have approached net zero, such as Cutting-Edge Japanese Technologies for Zero-Energy Buildings, Zero Energy Buildings around the World, and European Net-Zero Energy Activities and Buildings. Read More

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September Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 66.1%.

November 9, 2010

According to AMTDA, September U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $399.76 million, which was up 66.1% from August and up 156.8% when compared with total of $155.69 million report for September 2009. With year-to-date total of $2,090.27 million, 2010 is up 74.1% compared with 2009. These numbers and all data in report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program. Read More

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RIA seeks projects for its Phoenix Awards.

November 8, 2010

RIA is still seeking entries for 2011 Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction. Competition is open to RIA member firms as well as non-member firms who are active service providers in restoration and remediation industry. To be considered for eligibility, project must be at least 90% complete by December 2010. Projects must also involve personal or building property and residential or commercial buildings in areas of restoration and reconstruction. Read More

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ASTM Committee C07 on Lime invites papers for 2012 symposium.

November 8, 2010

Papers are invited for ASTM International symposium on Lime: Building on the 100-Year Legacy of ASTM Committee C07, which will be held June 28, 2012. Symposium will not only reflect on 100 years of dedicated work, but will also invite discussion on need for new work and possible revisions of old. Some topics will include physical and chemical characterization, sustainability, flue gas treatment technology uses, water treatment applications, mine reclamation, and soil stabilization. Read More