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EPRI releases prospectus of emerging research and development.

December 12, 2014

EPRI's Technology Innovation Prospectus features more than 40 emerging electricity industry technologies being developed through the program, which looks at promising concepts for early-stage research and development and applied innovation on behalf of global electricity enterprise. Potentially breakthrough technologies are then fast-tracked toward commercialization through accelerated R&D in collaboration with EPRI’s members and other stakeholders. Read More

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BIO applauds Senate passage of Ebola treatments bill.

December 12, 2014

BIO applauds unanimous Senate passage of the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act. Bill would add Ebola to FDA's priority review voucher program, under which developers of vaccine or treatment for a qualifying tropical disease receive voucher for FDA priority review for another product of choice, or sold to another developer. If passed into law, act would provide companies with extremely valuable regulatory incentive to develop Ebola vaccines and treatments. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard for thermal transport properties testing.

December 12, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK46204, Test Method for Determination of Thermal Conductivity and Thermal Diffusivity of Solids and Fluids Using the Transient Plane Source or Hot Disc Method, is being developed by Subcommittee E37.05 on Thermophysical Properties. Described test can be designed to match different specimen sizes and allow for measurements to be made in gaseous and vacuum environments at range of temperatures and pressures. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard applies to metal powder bed fusion quality.

December 12, 2014

Requirements of ASTM WK46188, Practice for Metal Powder Bed Fusion to Meet Rigid Quality Requirements, will apply to production components and mechanical test specimens using powder bed fusion with both laser and electron beams. To enhance safety of additively manufactured parts, this standard will illustrate what critical parameters for successful powder bed fusion are, how to determine upper/lower limits of process, as well as how to ensure all components are exactly the same. Read More

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SME's Manufacturing Competition seeks submissions.

December 11, 2014

SME’s annual Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition is calling for high school and college student designers to submit custom designs featuring additive manufacturing. Aligning with this year’s theme, Structures Rule, competition’s focus is on structurally optimized objects or devices made from additive manufacturing. Competition will consist of 3 categories: mobility device for air and space or for land and sea; healthcare device; and architectural mockup. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard targets ballistic-resistant head gear.

December 11, 2014

Once approved, proposed standard ASTM WK46152, Specification for Ballistic-Resistant Head Protection for Law Enforcement Applications, will provide agencies with means to establish minimum performance requirements of protective helmets. Defined characteristics will include ballistic protection, blunt impact resistance, chin strap retention, stability, as well as other performance criteria related to life-safety, quality, durability, and function. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers incidental asbestos exposure assessments.

December 11, 2014

ASTM D7886, Practice for Asbestos Exposure Assessments for Repetitive Maintenance and Installation Tasks, is intended to aid those testing asbestos exposures by quantifying levels of such exposure. According to ASTM member Andrew Oberta, ASTM D7886 overcomes limitations of personal air sampling by describing method for conducting exposure assessment tests under controlled conditions. Standard focuses on maintenance and installation tasks requiring incidental disturbance of materials. Read More

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Organizations support Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

December 10, 2014

Broad coalition of 27 non-governmental organizations including The Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund has pledged to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership as it works to restore waterways and revitalize communities across the country. Organizations will align resources, funding, and expertise with federal efforts to restore urban waters and parks, increase outdoor recreation, and engage residents and youth. Read More

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Initiative helps communities develop local food projects.

December 10, 2014

On behalf of White House Rural Council, 6 federal agencies joined to announce 26 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative providing technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic action plans. Project proposals include repurposing vacant land into local food production, developing year-round retail markets for local food products, and establishing food hubs to increase local food supply chains. Read More

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NTSB Recommends Improvements for certifying Li-ion batteries.

December 10, 2014

As determined by NTSB in its final report, shortcomings in design and certification led to fire in GS Yuasa Corporation lithium-ion battery installed on one Japan Airlines Boeing 787 jetliner. Short circuit in one of battery's 8 cells led to thermal runaway and propagated to remaining cells. NTSB recommends FAA improve guidance and training provided to industry and FAA certification engineers on safety assessments and methods of compliance for designs involving such new technology. Read More

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ASTM Committee on Corrosion of Metals honors Dr. David Silverman.

December 10, 2014

For contributions in application of engineering fundamentals to corrosion issues, ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals honored David Silverman, Ph.D. with Francis LaQue Memorial Award. Silverman joined ASTM in 1981 and was active G01 member until retiring in 2013. Silverman worked on several G01 groups, chaired select subcommittees, and served on joint ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion as well as Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers testing interlaminar fracture toughness.

December 10, 2014

ASTM D7905/D7905M, Test Method for Determination of the Mode II Interlaminar Fracture Toughness of Unidirectional Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Matrix Composites Using the EndNotched Flexure (ENF) Test, was developed by Subcommittee D30.06 on Interlaminar Properties. Mode II test described within will be used by industry and government for qualitatively comparing composite materials as well as determining values to be used in design, analysis, and acceptance/rejection criteria. Read More

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STA Event tests large storage systems builds with 12 Gbps SAS.

December 9, 2014

SCSI Trade Association (STA) announced successful completion of its 16th SAS Plugfest. In total, 21 companies (both STA members and non-members) participated. According to SAS Plugfest Technical Committee co-chairperson Michael Koffman, this event "was notable for the group of tests that verified the interoperability of systems of multiple SAS end devices connected through multiple SAS expanders" as well as "testing the interoperability of systems implementing SAS Power Management." Read More

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MESA International Details Events Plans for North America in 2015.

December 9, 2014

Americas Board-of-Directors for MESA International announces its North America events plans for 2015. These include plans to co-locate annual conference within IndustryWeek Best Plants (IWBP) Conference & Expo. Based around "Advancing. Manufacturing. IT." theme, MESA North American Conference will be held in Charlotte, NC from May 4–6, 2015 and focus on highlighting business value of solving plant and enterprise-level manufacturing challenges with IT-based solutions. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers drug-coated cardiovascular balloons.

December 9, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK46148, Guide for Acute Durability of Drug-Coated Balloons, will cover evolving medical technology that merges established angioplasty balloon catheter technology with active drug coatings. Purpose of standard will be to provide consensus on suggested test methods for the acute characterization of drug-coated balloons. Primary users of ASTM WK46148 will be device developers, third-party testing facilities, academic groups, and regulatory agencies. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers high fluidity zinc aluminum alloy.

December 9, 2014

Thinner cell phone casings and business card holders are just two of the varied applications for a new high fluidity zinc die casting alloy. This casting is now covered by ASTM B989, Specification for High Fluidity (HF) Zinc-Aluminum Alloy in Ingot Form for Thin Wall Die Castings. Producers of the HF alloy will be the primary users of ASTM B989, while it may also be used by die casters, original equipment manufacturers, and commercial analytical laboratories. Read More

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Joint Comments address Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines.

December 8, 2014

In joint comments, AF&PA and AWC express concern that US EPA's proposal on Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units exceeds agency's authority and has potentially harmful implications for business and consumers alike. Organizations feel EPA proposal may unnecessarily increase energy costs by forcing fuel choices on utilities and impose new requirements on renewable energy providers and users such as paper and wood products manufacturers. Read More

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CEA announces new awards and events for 2015 CES.

December 8, 2014

During 2015 International CES®, APPNATION IV event will focus exclusively on the business of apps and the broader consumer app economy. Wearable Tech Awards will showcase 10 most promising wearable tech products. Hardware Battlefield will feature 16 startups revealing brand-new product to panel of experts and investors. During Extreme Tech Challenge, attendees can watch 10 of the most innovative startups in the world compete on stage to pitch Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island. Read More

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Sunburst Electronics is recognized as IPC Trusted Source.

December 8, 2014

IPC’s Validation Services Program awarded Qualified Manufacturers Listing to Sunburst Electronics, an electronics manufacturing services firm in Erie, PA. Facility successfully completed intensive audit based on IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. Company met or exceeded Class 3 requirements, and is now listed as IPC-trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard for intumescent coatings.

December 8, 2014

Intumescent coatings produce an insulating char when activated by heat or flame. Such coatings are designed to safeguard structural integrity of steel under fire conditions and to maintain safe temperatures for specified period of time. ASTM E2924, Practice for Intumescent Coatings, will cover specifying, manufacturing, testing, labeling, transportation, delivery and storage, installation, and inspection of intumescent fire-resistant materials to structural steel. Read More