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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

SPEĀ® 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

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NAM Official speaks on plans for Texas Caterpillar plant.

August 19, 2010

Responding to Caterpillar's announcement that it will open a hydraulic excavator manufacturing facility in Victoria, TX, which will create hundreds of jobs, NAM's John Engler said, "Manufacturers continue to lead our economic recovery, and Caterpillar's announcement reinforces that." Producing 21% of global manufacturing wealth, U.S. is world's largest manufacturing economy and, added Engler, "Caterpillar's decision will only help preserve and build on our manufacturing footprint in the world." Read More

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SPE Conference to feature keynote by McLaren Automotive manager.

August 19, 2010

Claudio Santoni, of McLaren Automotive, Ltd., will give luncheon keynote titled "The McLaren MP4-12C Carbon Fibre MonoCell," on September 15, 2010 at 10th annual ACCE. Presentation will cover McLaren's 176 lb carbon fiber-reinforced-plastic safety cell, or MonoCell, to be included in its MP4-12C supercar. MonoCell holds and protects passengers and responds to loads from front and rear aluminum subassemblies, which act as crash structures that can be unbolted and replaced in event of collision damage. Read More

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ASHRAE encourages states to meet current building energy codes.

August 19, 2010

U.S. Department of Energy is seeking proposals to support activities related to adoption and implementation of most current building energy codes. Proposals must address activities to adopt target codes, which include ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, training activities, or activities that advance state's level of compliance with state building codes. A total of $5 million is available to be awarded for up to 20 states. Read More

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EPA Plan Addresses Chemicals in dyes, flame retardants, detergents.

August 19, 2010

US EPA released action plans today to address potential health risks of benzidine dyes, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), and nonylphenol (NP)/nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). Covered under Toxic Substances Control Act, plans identify actions that include adding HBCD and NP/NPE to Chemicals of Concern list; issuing new use rules; and, specifically for HBCD and benzidine dyes, imposing new reporting requirements on EPA's Toxic Release Inventory and potentially banning/limiting manufacture or use. Read More

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ANSI September Caucus to feature speaker Hilary Cain.

August 19, 2010

Next session of ANSI Caucus Luncheon will take place September 10 and feature guest speaker Hilary Cain, staff director of US House of Representatives Science and Technology Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation. Before becoming staff director, Cain served as counsel to Full Committee. There she handled parliamentary, procedural, and jurisdictional matters and participated in development and implementation of legislative strategy. Read More

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Fourth U.S.-India Workshop focused on biometrics.

August 19, 2010

Held under U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program, fourth in series of workshops focused on biometrics technology and relevant international standards as well as their application in support of national priorities in U.S. and India. Roughly 90 representatives of U.S. and Indian organizations participated in discussions on topics such as biometrics technology and standardization, application case studies, testing landscape, and opportunities in Indo-U.S. trade. Read More

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NASA selects contractor for Wallops Island Protection Project.

August 18, 2010

NASA has selected U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in Norfolk, VA for the Launch Facilities Protection Project at agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA. The USACE will extend a seawall approximately 1,300 ft to the south of the existing seawall located on Wallops Island, and place approximately 3.2 million cubic yards of dredged sand along shoreline. Project is scheduled to begin in fall 2010 and total contract value is not to exceed 49.5 million. Read More

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World Clean Air Congress to examine air quality challenges.

August 18, 2010

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations, in partnership with Air and Waste Management Association, will gather experts for 2010 World Clean Air Congress, Sept. 12-16. The 2010 technical program will address the theme, "Achieving Environmental Sustainability in a Resource Hungry World," as related to science, policy, industry, and sustainability. Congress will also include presentations from variety of distinguished speakers. Read More

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SPE Sets Conference Dates and issues call for papers.

August 18, 2010

As announced by South Texas Section of SPE, 23rd International Polyolefins ConferenceĀ® will take place in Houston, TX from February 27 to March 2, 2011. South Texas Section also issued call for papers for conference, which will revolve around theme of "Evolving Technology for the Global Economy." Abstracts are welcome on any topic involving polyolefins or flexible packaging and should be submitted by November 1. Papers or presentations are due by December 15. Read More

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Machining Technology Scholarships are funded by Gene Haas Foundation.

August 18, 2010

Gene Haas Foundation has provided $150,000 grant to SME Education Foundation to help qualified students interested in machine operation and maintenance coursework take advantage of Haas Machining Technology Scholarship. Peter Zierhut, Director of Public Relations for Haas Automation, Inc. considers this scholarship to be smart investment in future of manufacturing by making sure students have access to funds that let them take advantage of quality training programs. Read More

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FMA Communications Inc. announces partnership with NOMMA.

August 18, 2010

Under partnership with National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association, FMAC will serve as exclusive sale representative for Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metal Fabricator magazine, adding to their current portfolio of publications serving the metal forming and fabricating industry. Read More

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ANSI recognized by OSHA as approved crane operator accrediting body.

August 18, 2010

ANSI has been recognized as approved accreditor of crane operator certification programs by OSHA. Under new OSHA rule to address safety of cranes and derricks used in construction, all crane operator certification bodies must be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting entity. OSHA has concluded that accredited third-party certification provides only reliable demonstration that crane operator has knowledge and skills needed for safe operation. Read More