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ASTM Committee is developing standard for hot rolled rod coil.

August 28, 2012

Being developed by Subcommittee B02.07 on Refined Nickel and Cobalt and Their Alloys, proposed standard ASTM WK37796, Specification for General Requirements for Hot Rolled Rod Coil, will aid in covering level of defects that exist in hot rolled rod coil. One purpose of ASTM WK37796, according to B02.07 member Larry Paul, is to define what "defect" means in practical terms. Producing mills, wire re-drawers, and re-rolling mills will be primary users of this standard once approved. Read More

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Standard covers dirt pick-up resistance of architectural paints.

August 28, 2012

Proposed standard, ASTM WK38233, Test Method for Dirt Pick-Up Resistance for the Films of Architectural Paints and Stains, is being developed by Subcommittee D01.42 on Architectural Coatings. According to Amanda Andrews, chemist, Wacker Chemical Corp., and D01.42 member, proposed standard will focus on standardizing dirt composition; how to apply dirt; removal of dirt; and rating technique for exterior coated substrate compared to many years of outdoor exposure. Read More

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IPC Advocacy helps shape SEC conflict minerals regulation.

August 27, 2012

Conflict minerals rule approved by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) includes all key provisions for which IPC and its members have been lobbying. Specifically, regulation includes 2 year phase-in period during which conflict minerals may be identified as "conflict undeterminable" and permits companies to designate recycled or scrap minerals as "DRC conflict free" after conducting reasonable inquiry. Read More

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NIST Seeks Comments on guidelines for securing BIOS for servers.

August 27, 2012

NIST requests comments on draft of BIOS Protection Guidelines for Servers, which provides procedures for securing BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) systems for server computers. Publication specifically addresses BIOS security in varied architectures specific to servers, as opposed to BIOS Protection Guidelines (NIST SP 800-147) that NIST published in 2011 which provided instructions for protecting BIOS in desktops and laptops. Read More

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NACD Event Provides Critical Training for chemical distribution.

August 27, 2012

Over 300 conference attendees, members, and affiliates of NACD joined together in Indianapolis, IN for 24th Annual OPSEM Conference. Additional workshop concentrated on Responsible Distribution, enhancing ability to implement and continuously improve implementation techniques. Session highlights included focuses on regulatory compliance and strategy, customer service and strategic sourcing, logistics and warehouse operations, as well as process improvement and business performance. Read More

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NASA Administrator announces commercial crew, cargo milestones.

August 27, 2012

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced that Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) will launch first of its 12 contracted cargo flights to International Space Station (ISS) from Cape Canaveral in October under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services Program. Also announced by Bolden, NASA partner Sierra Nevada Corp conducted its first program implementation plan review. This marks important first step in efforts to develop crew transportation system with Dream Chaser spacecraft. Read More

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AAMA launches FenestrationMasters course website.

August 27, 2012

Available at aamanet.org/FenestrationMasters, online education format allows professionals to complete coursework at their own pace through access to any computer or device with Internet connection. Courses cover wide range of subject matters, including performance standards, product and material types, and code requirements. Group 1 courses are currently available and address fenestration product types, selection criteria, performance requirements, testing and labeling, and glazing options. Read More

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Baldrige Program celebrates 25 years of performance excellence.

August 27, 2012

Named after Malcolm Baldrige, Baldrige Award and Baldrige Program have guided organizations on their journeys toward continuous improvement and enhanced performance through 7 Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence-leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results. To celebrate its silver anniversary, Baldrige Program has created Web page, "Honoring Our Past...Building an Even Better Future". Read More