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Foundation updates FOUNDATION(TM) for SIF specifications.

October 19, 2012

Fieldbus Foundation announced release of updated version of FOUNDATION™ for Safety Instrumented Functions technical specifications, which now include support for FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 (31.25 bit/s) dual-mode devices employing field diagnostics capabilities, which simplifies process of developing field instrumentation employing SIF protocol. Release provides updates to System Architecture, Application Model, Protocol, Function Block, and Device ITK Profile specifications. Read More

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NREL Nanotechnology Solar Cell achieves 18.2% efficiency.

October 19, 2012

Scientists at NREL have produced solar cells with 18.2% efficiency using nanotechnology techniques, which should eliminate need for anti-reflection layer and be a major step toward helping lower cost of solar energy. The paper, "An 18.2%-efficient black-silicon solar cell achieved through control of carrier recombination in nanostructures" by NREL's Jihun Oh, Hao-Chih Yuan, and Howard Branz, currently appears on Nature Nanotechnology's website. Read More

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ASC Brings Up Issues with CA DTSC consumer products proposal.

October 19, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) has raised continued concerns with California Department of Toxic Substance Control's (DTSC) proposed "Safer Consumer Products" regulation. In written comments to DTSC, Council questioned detailed trade secret information that said proposal could demand and charged agency with positioning itself to judge worth of innovative approaches. ASC also questioned establishment of initial list of 1,200 "Chemicals of Concern" without proven justification. Read More

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Plumbing Consortium focus on new lead-free standards education.

October 19, 2012

Plumbing manufacturers and industry trade associations met in Chicago on August 30, 2012 to develop strategies to alert and prepare industry constituents for changes in allowable Pb level in plumbing products as required by federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which takes effect January 4, 2014. Law was spearheaded by PMI, and consortium's mission was to provide education about manufacture, distribution, and installation of Pb-free plumbing products. Read More

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Multisorb Sponsors Twitter Boards at PACK EXPO.

October 19, 2012

Taking place in Chicago, IL from October 28–31, PACK EXPO International 2012 will feature Twitter Boards. Monitors will be placed throughout McCormick Place so attendees and exhibitors can see all PACKEXPO is offering, sponsored by Multisorb Technologies. Kay E. Krause, Marketing Communications Group Coordinator of Multisorb Technologies, commented, "PACK EXPO's customer-centric approach fits Multisorb for several reasons" and that "This is a fun, effective way to reach our customers." Read More

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NASA and United Launch Alliance complete space act agreement.

October 19, 2012

NASA partner United Launch Alliance has completed fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with agency's Commercial Crew Program. The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA's Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent. With completion of CCDev2 milestones, ULA establishes technical foundation for potentially certifying its Atlas V rocket for crewed missions. Read More

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U.S. Standards Community celebrates World Standards Day 2012.

October 18, 2012

Held in Washington, DC and co-chaired by ANSI and NIST, U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2012, which included exhibition, reception, and dinner, was focused on Standards Increase Efficiency theme and attended by nearly 300 members of standards and conformity assessment community. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia said he was "proud to be a part of a standards community that is diverse, dedicated, and motivated to find solutions and create a better tomorrow." Read More

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ANSI Board Member calls for postsecondary training system.

October 18, 2012

Dr. Keith W. Bird, ANSI board member and senior policy fellow for workforce and postsecondary education at the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, urges creation of competency-based skills credentials. In April 2011, Dr. Bird collaborated with Evelyn Ganzglass and Heath Prince of CLASP on a report that found creation of postsecondary credentialing system had the potential to improve civic participation and nationwide family well-being, and trigger local and national economic growth. Read More