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Geosynthetics Standards aid material property quantification.

July 2, 2010

Developed by ASTM International D35 on Geosynthetics, 2 new standards will aid national movement to develop mechanistic-empirical design guide for pavements. Both ASTM D7499, Test Method for Measuring Geosynthetic-Soil Resilient Interface Shear Stiffness, and ASTM D7556, Test Methods for Determining Small-Strain Tensile Properties of Geogrids and Geotextiles by In-Air Cyclic Tension Tests, cover quantification of fundamental material properties for pavement components. Read More

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ASTM Padlock Specification revised by Security Systems Committee.

July 2, 2010

To help prevent rise in bumping-related incidents, Subcommittee F12.50 on Locking Devices has recently revised ASTM F883, Performance Specification for Padlocks, to include method of measuring resistance of particular locking technology to bump attack. Addition of bump test allows users to be aware of where their locks qualify for bump resistance or if they have any bump resistant technology in them at all. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers for updated pump standard.

July 2, 2010

Hydraulic Institute, under approval of ANSI, is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in review process for draft of updated standard ANSI/HI 11.6 - Submersible Pump Tests. This revision requires that submersible pumps be guaranteed and tested as complete units. Standard does not identify individual sources of losses within boundary of submersible pump unit. It includes details that state how acceptance testing shall be performed and defines pump acceptance criteria. Read More

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Helios Annual Release Train available for download.

July 2, 2010

With 39 different project teams, over 33 million lines of code, and work of 490 committers, Helios 2010 Release Train is designed to make it easier for users of Eclipse technology to adopt new versions of Eclipse projects. Some highlights include Linux IDE package; Eclipse Marketplace Client that provides app-store experience; support for Git; support for JavaScript Development Tools project; and new features in Eclipse Xtext 1.0, a framework for creating domain specific languages. Read More

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Laser Safety Package completes libraries with updated materials.

July 2, 2010

Industrial Laser Safety Package provides all information and references necessary for any person responsible for putting together Laser Safety Program for their facility within industrial field. Specifically, package includes ANSI Z136.1 - Safe Use of Lasers standard and CLSOs' Best Practices in Laser Safety. LIA's Laser Safety Guide and Guide for the Selection of Laser Eye Protection are also included. Read More

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TIA Educational Sessions to take place at 2010 Global Tire Expo.

July 2, 2010

Tire Industry Association (TIA) announced educational sessions for 2010 Global Tire Expo taking place November 1-5 in Las Vegas, NV. Specifically, there will be 4 educational session tracks: TPMS at 10, Truck Tires at 10, Tires at 2, and Management at 4. TIA Executive VP Roy Littlefield boasted that no one is better equipped to deliver this kind of relevant, informative educational sessions than TIA. He also said sessions will leave time for attendees to do business on Expo floor. Read More

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BIO Announces Livestock Biotech Summit preliminary program.

July 2, 2010

As announced by BIO, preliminary program for 2010 Livestock Biotech Summit will provide participants 3 days of cross-cutting discussions among industry, academic, and government leaders. Summit is scheduled for September 28-30 in Sioux Falls, SD and will host diverse line-up of speakers comprised of acclaimed experts in fields of animal science, agriculture, and genetic engineering. Events will also include workshops and interactive presentations. Read More

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2010 George Washington Carver Award is presented to MIT professor.

July 2, 2010

During 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, BIO presented George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology to Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Award recognizes Stephanopoulos' pioneering work in field of industrial biotechnology and in particular metabolic engineering and its practical application to industrial processes. Read More

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SME Medical Manufacturing Event hopes to support Toronto's economy.

July 2, 2010

Manufacturing Innovations-Medical Canada, taking place from November 3-4 in Toronto, Ontario, will highlight Canada's growing medical device manufacturing industry. Organized by SME, event will connect medical and dental device manufacturers with companies that supply technology and equipment needed to improve quality and innovation. Show was also created to meet specific needs of manufacturers looking for suppliers who can help them meet Health Canada/FDA requirements. Read More

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BIO Commends Supreme Court on expansive view of patentability.

July 2, 2010

BIO made a statement regarding Supreme Court's decision regarding lower court's ruling in Bilski v. Kappos. Decision fell in line with previously submitted BIO amicus brief, which urged Supreme Court to overturn lower court's rigid new test for determining whether method or process is eligible for patenting. BIO was pleased that the Court was "clearly conscious of the potential negative and unforeseeable consequences of a broad and sweeping decision." Read More

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Hazard Potential of Chemicals Committee is developing kinetic parameters standard.

July 2, 2010

Proposed standard being developed by ASTM International Committee E27 on Hazard Potential of Chemicals will provide reference materials for instruments, applications, and software used for evaluation of kinetic data used for hazard evaluation. Standard ASTM WK27880, Practice for Evaluation of Methods for Determination of Kinetic Parameters by Thermal Analysis, will most likely be used by process hazard evaluators and safety compliance personnel. Read More

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ANSI revises date for July Federation meeting.

July 2, 2010

ANSI has changed date for upcoming town hall-style discussion for ANSI members with Rob Steele, Secretary General of ISO. Meeting will now be held on Monday, July 19, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Consumer Electronics Association in Arlington, VA. ANSI members are encouraged to attend this meeting and share their thoughts on key issues in international standardization with Mr. Steele. Read More

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Export Control Proposals welcomed and praised by AIA.

July 2, 2010

AIA welcomed proposals made by National Security Advisor General James L. Jones concerning export control modernization. Proposals were deigned as breakthroughs for industry, and members of Congress were urged to be supportive. AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey expressed delight that administration had taken advised step of moving away from "one-size-fits-all regime to a capabilities-focused system" that can apply proper level of export controls based on item sensitivity. Read More

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New Format for PTDA Canadian Conference draws a crowd.

July 2, 2010

On June 3-5, nearly 200 of power transmission/motion control industry's top executives gathered in Monreal, Qu├ębec for the PTDA Canadian Conference. Event included New Product Showcase featuring table-top exhibits of latest products from PTDA's manufacturer members. During Industry Panel on Distribution Channel Efficiencies, 8 top executives tackled inventory management, distributor's role in creating value, and training and educating your salesforce. Read More

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ASHRAE installs new officers and directors.

July 1, 2010

During 2010 Annual Meeting, ASHRAE installed new officers and directors. New President is Lynn G. Bellenger, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, partner, Pathfinder Engineers and Architects. Bellenger's presidential theme, "Modeling a Sustainable World," notes that energy simulation, daylight analysis, CFD and BIM software offer modeling tools that enable us to create and refine our vision of a building. Entire list of ASHRAE's new officers and directors can be found in full release. Read More

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EPA voids certificates for import of recreational vehicles.

July 1, 2010

After lengthy investigation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew approval of import and sale of up to 200,000 gas-powered off-road motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles. EPA suspects that tailpipe emissions information was either incomplete or falsified and is considering an enforcement action under Clean Air Act, which could lead to significant financial penalties against businesses that manufactured or imported these types of recreational vehicles. Read More

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Using Web-Based Search helps salespeople land new business.

July 1, 2010

Appearing in MHEDA Edge's June issue, "Find What You're Looking For" focuses on strategies for using online search to better know customers. Article insists distributor salespeople "must be confident that when they walk into a customer location...armed with all the information that they could possibly need." Using Web search tools such as Google can help distributors truly know their customers and prospects before making that first sales call and increase chance of new business. Read More

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EPA releases toxicity testing data for 8 oil dispersants.

July 1, 2010

U.S. EPA released peer reviewed results from first round of its own independent toxicity testing on 8 oil dispersants. Results indicated that none of the dispersants tested, including product used in Gulf of Mexico, displayed biologically significant endocrine disrupting activity. While dispersant products alone, not mixed with oil, have roughly the same impact on aquatic life, JD-2000 and Corexit 9500 were less toxic to small fish and JD-2000 and SAF-RON GOLD were least toxic to mysid shrimp. Read More

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FAA awards final set of major NextGen engineering contracts.

July 1, 2010

FAA announced that Metron Aviation, Inc. and Booz Hamilton Inc. received contracts to perform engineering work that will help transform and modernize nation's airspace into Next Generation Air Transportation System. Contracts are last of 6 awarded under umbrella portfolio called System Engineering 2020, which was designed to encourage small business participation. The $1.15 billion contract awarded to Metron Aviation for 10 years is one of the largest ever awarded by FAA to a small business. Read More

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EPRI Volt/Var Workshop marks start of industry-wide project.

July 1, 2010

Hosted by EPRI, Volt/Var workshop marked beginning of industry-wide project to define load models that can be used to understand benefits and predict savings impacts of new voltage control strategies. During forum, 10 different utilities described their voltage control strategies, and discussions focused on issues that need to be solved in the industry. Over 60 people participated in workshop, which followed EPRI Power Quality and Smart Distribution conference. Read More