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Huntsville Engineering Office opens for DoD, NASA projects.

August 23, 2010

While based in Birmingham, AL, Southern Research Institute will open new office at 4910 Corporate Drive in Huntsville, AL to support Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA programs. This not-for-profit scientific research organization's new accommodations will serve as center for business development activities in Huntsville market. Registered to ISO 9001, Engineering Division has supported both NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center and US Army at Redstone for 40+ years. Read More

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Approved Procedures aid testing of EHR-compatible IT systems.

August 23, 2010

To foster effective, meaningful transition to digital age for health care industry, NIST published set of approved procedures for testing information technology systems that work with electronic health records (EHRs). Testing organizations authorized by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator can use these tools to evaluate EHR software and systems that vendors would like to sell to doctors' offices, hospitals, and other health care providers. Read More

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FMA Foundation awards manufacturing scholarships to 9 students.

August 23, 2010

Nine students seeking careers in manufacturing earned $1,500 toward their college or trade school education from Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs®, The Foundation of FMA. Winners included John Bennett, Thomas Brown, Guy Chan, Christopher Ditalia, Joe Dobie, Earley Cody Hill, Ryan Melville, Christopher Norman, and Lance Poeppelman. Half of this year's winners are over 40 and are going back to school to acquire skills that will help them be more competitive in manufacturing market. Read More

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Additional Presentation at BSA Meeting to highlight CommerceHub.

August 23, 2010

Members of BSA Information Technology and Supply Chain Committee will hear from Joe Remes, VP of Industrial Distribution at CommerceHub, at 2010 Fall Meeting, which will be held September 26-28. As third party integrator, CommerceHub helps companies electronically connect their suppliers. This enables distributors to send/receive various electronic documents, and resulting efficiencies lead to cost savings, increases in customer satisfaction and communications, and increased sales. Read More

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Export Assistance Programs provide manufacturing support.

August 23, 2010

NIST's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), along with U.S. Commercial Service and local MEP and export assistance centers, works with U.S. manufacturers to increase their exports. MEP has completed 28 ExporTech projects in 18 states and has begun to offer other versions of their training program. New incarnations include condensed as well as industry- and market-specific models. Also, MEP has begun to sponsor ExporTechs in target countries so attendees have access to local resources. Read More

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Textiles Conference to be held January 2011 in Mumbai, India.

August 23, 2010

Together with Atlas Material Testing Solutions and DyStar, ASTM International will hold one-day conference, Textiles - Light and Weatherfastness, on January 21 in Mumbai, India. Topics were chosen because based on growing need for technical and high performance textiles. In addition to hearing from diverse conference speakers, attendees will learn about various aspects of cutting edge issues as well as benefit from information exchange. Read More

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ASTM Manual addresses statistical and quality control methods.

August 23, 2010

The 8th edition of the ASTM International Manual on Presentation of Data and Control Chart Analysis includes latest information on statistical and quality control methods, as well as recommendations for their application in various types of engineering work. Manual covers 3 general objectives in gathering engineering data, which include physical constants and frequency distributions, relationship between 2 or more variables, and causes of observed phenomena. Read More

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NIST Technology called upon to clean up Chernobyl disaster site.

August 23, 2010

A modified version of RoboCrane®, a floating platform developed by manufacturing research engineers at NIST, will be helping cleanup operations fly into action over destroyed reactor number 4 at the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. PaR Systems, a company that owns a license to use the computer-controlled roving tool platform, modified NIST's Modular Suspended Manipulator to enable maneuverability throughout a large space while accommodating variety of tools. Read More

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McLaren Automotive Keynote to discuss CFRP-intensive MonoCell.

August 20, 2010

Claudio Santoni of McLaren Automotive Ltd. will give luncheon keynote entitled "The McLaren MP4-12C Carbon Fiber MonoCell at 10th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition. McLaren, renowned for its motor racing successes in Formula 1, IndyCar, Can-Am, and Le Mans, is gearing up for 2011 launch of its streetlegal, 2-passenger, mid-engine MP4-12C supercar, which will feature single-piece, 176 lb carbon fiber-reinforced-plastic moncoque/safety cell. Read More

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Advance Registration Open for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011.

August 20, 2010

Attendees can pre-register for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011 expositions; one fee allows access to exhibits of both shows at discounted rate. Registrants can also sign up in advance for shows' educational opportunities as well as obtain housing accommodations. Advance registration ends February 21 in 2011, and co-located shows run March 22-26 in Las Vegas, NV. They will focus on construction, construction materials, and fluid power/power transmission/motion control. Read More

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David Clark to deliver keynote at Blow Molding Conference.

August 19, 2010

Scheduled for October 5-6, 2010, 26th annual SPE Blow Molding Conference will include keynote address, by Amcor Rigid Plastics David Clark, that will focus on misconceptions and opportunities of sustainability. Other planned sessions will include PET/Polyolefins Outlook, Industrial Processing Equipment, Sustainability and Light-weighting, New Packaging Materials and Applications, Blow Molding Optimization, and Packaging Machinery Advancements. Read More

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New Pavilion adds finishing component to FABTECH 2010.

August 19, 2010

Debuting at FABTECH 2010, Nov 2-4 in Atlanta, new Finishing Technologies Pavilion and Conference will allow manufacturing executives to review finishing equipment, processes, and services, and gain valuable technical insight. Sponsored by Chemical Coaters Association International, pavilion will feature exhibitors displaying variety of finishing technologies, including liquid finishing, powder coating, electrocoating, pretreatment, curing, and plating. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses baseball stiffness and elasticity.

August 19, 2010

Measuring stiffness and elasticity of baseballs and softballs relative to cylindrical collisions, ASTM F2845 closely simulates deformation rate and magnitude of play conditions. Dynamic stiffness is a measure of ball's hardness, which helps determine distance impacted ball will travel, while cylindrical coefficient of restitution, or bounciness, measures rebound of ball following impact with bat. Primary users of standard will be test labs that certify balls and bats for regulating associations. Read More

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NHA Conference/Expo is seeking speakers and exhibitors.

August 19, 2010

National Hydrogen Association is accepting abstracts and seeking presenters for 2011 NHA Hydrogen Conference and Expo, which will be held February 13-16 in Washington, DC. Deadline to submit abstract is September 17, 2010. Participation is expected from more than 1,500 key players in government, industry, media, and communities from more than 20 nations. Shown by 2010 and past events, this is where partnerships are formed and new hydrogen technologies are introduced. Read More

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Concrete and Concrete Aggregates Standard addresses bleed stability.

August 19, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK28156, Test Method for Bleed Stability of Cementitious Grout Under Static Pressure, is under jurisdiction of ASTM International Subcommittee C09.41 on Hydraulic Cement Grouts. According to Fred Goodwin, fellow scientist, BASF Construction Chemicals, and incoming chair of C09.41, this standard "uses less material, produces quantitative comparative results, is much faster than existing methods and is usable in both laboratory and field conditions." Read More

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EPA International Priorities announced by agency administrator.

August 19, 2010

EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced international priorities at meeting of Commission for Environmental Cooperation in Guanajuato, Mexico. Generally speaking, international priorities aim to promote citizen engagement, improve public health, and increase government accountability on environmental enforcement. Along with 7 EPA priorities issued earlier this year, there are 6 international priorities designed to guide future work. Read More

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ASTM Invites Papers for symposium on contaminated sediments.

August 19, 2010

Papers are invited for Fifth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments: Restoration of the Aquatic Environment, which will be held May 23-25, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec City, Canada. To submit presentation, presenters/authors must submit 200-300 word preliminary abstract by December 15, 2010. It should include clear definition of objective and approach of work discussed, pointing out new material as well as sufficient details regarding results. Read More

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ANSI announces Standards for Accessibility exhibition.

August 19, 2010

Part of 2010 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, the Standards for Accessibility Hill outreach event is being held in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Capitol Hill event will take place on Sept 24 and will feature exhibits from a number of standards developing organizations highlighting the role that standards play in achieving universal access for all populations. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation releases updated technical specification.

August 19, 2010

FOUNDATON fieldbus Specification v2010.1 includes guidance supporting development of fieldbus devices and host systems that employ advanced field diagnostics per NAMUR NE107 recommendation. It includes updates to CFF Specification and Function Block Specification to reflect changes implemented in Interoperability Test Kit, which standardizes how all fieldbus devices communicate their diagnostic data to process control and asset management systems. Read More

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Twelfth SPE® Automotive TPO Conference to feature 4 keynotes.

August 19, 2010

SPE® Automotive TPO Global Conference will feature 4 keynote speakers who will highlight trends reshaping global automotive plastics market. Running from October 3-6, event offers attendees environment in which to network and explore developments in materials, processing, and applications for polymer family of thermoplastic olefins (TPOs). Keynote speakers are Deborah Mielewski, Ph.D.; Robert Nadin; Dietmar Ostermann; and Bryan W. Milton. Read More