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Carbon Black Subcommittee addresses environment, health, safety.

April 1, 2010

ASTM Subcommittee D24.66 on Environment, Health and Safety, part of ASTM International Committee D24 on Carbon Black, will take on standards related to environmental issues from other subcommittees. It will also work with International Carbon Black Association to develop proposed standard for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) content. Currently, D24.66 is working on draft method based Soxhlet extraction and gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves tomographic gamma scanner standard.

April 1, 2010

ASTM Subcommittee C26.10 on Nondestructive Assay has developed ASTM C1718, Test Method for Nondestructive Assay of Radioactive Material by Tomographic Gamma Scanning. It will be used by facilities that generate radioactive waste and want to identify/quantify radionuclides in waste. Applicable to assay of waste streams with plutonium and uranium, as well as activation/fission products generated by nuclear power plants, standard will also be used by U.S. Department of Energy laboratories. Read More

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NHTSA Administrator to speak at SAE Intl. World Congress.

April 1, 2010

On April 15, NHTSA Administrator, David Strickland will provide keynote address at SAE International 2010 World Congress. Event will showcase leading-edge technologies and illustrate how those technologies can support sustainability. New for 2010, Innovators Only exhibition will feature more than 80 companies who accepted and met SAE 2010 World Congress innovation challenge. Event will also include technology lounges for information exchange and "Chat with the Experts" discussion groups. Read More

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NIST develops racetrack ion trap for quantum computing.

April 1, 2010

Physicists at NIST have built and tested device for trapping ions that potentially could process dozens of ions simultaneously. Made of quartz wafer coated with gold in 2 x 4 mm oval shape, NIST's "racetrack" ion trap features 150 work zones where qubits could be stored and transported using electric fields and manipulated with laser beams for information processing. Preliminary testing is described in paper, Toward Scalable Ion Traps for Quantum Information Processing. Read More

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BIO Convention to feature health and medical program.

April 1, 2010

Scheduled for May 3-6, 2010 BIO International Convention will highlight latest scientific breakthroughs as well as policy and business development issues that impact drug discovery and development. Program includes historically popular tracks like Biomarkers and Drug Discovery and Development as well as new tracks for 2010 such as Delivery and Manufacturing of Biologics and Drugs, Global Drug Development and Marketing, and Innovations in Vaccines. Read More

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ASTM proposes pesticides standard for spray drift reduction.

April 1, 2010

ASTM WK27419, Test Method for Characterization of Performance of Spray Drift Reduction Adjuvants, is currently being developed by Subcommittee E35.22 on Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems. Standard would provide guideline on how to measure change in volume of fines produced using any drift reduction technology tank mix additive. Additive manufacturers, raw material suppliers, pesticide producers and distributors, and government agencies will be primary users. Read More

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NIST studies spray-on manufacturing of transistors.

April 1, 2010

Multi-disciplinary research team at NIST has found that an organic semiconductor may be a viable candidate for creating large-area electronics, such as solar cells and displays that can be sprayed onto surface as easily as paint. Team says material they studied could overcome one of the main cost hurdles blocking large-scale manufacture of organic thin-film transistors, the development of which also could lead to host of devices inexpensive enough to be disposable. Read More

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ASABE Standard to cover anhydrous ammonia application machinery.

April 1, 2010

ASABE has initiated project to develop new standard, Agricultural Machinery: Safety for Anhydrous Ammonia Application Equipment. Standard will address issues specific to anhydrous ammonia applicator, applicator distribution systems, electronic and mechanical metering and control systems, and implement-to-nurse tank hitching. Also included will be aspects of nurse tank-to-applicator coupling and delivery system that are not covered by other industry standards. Read More

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NIST builds instrument that tugs on chains of atoms.

April 1, 2010

Inspired by scanning tunneling microscope, NIST instrument can maneuver and hold position of atomic probe to within 5 picometers. Instrument uses fine, pure gold wire drawn out to sharp tip as probe, which is touched to flat gold surface, causing tip and surface atoms to bond, and gradually pulled away until single-atom chain is formed and then breaks. In addition to nanoscale mechanics, system can aid in studying movement of electrons in one-dimensional systems and single-molecule spectroscopy. Read More

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ANSI Member Meetings to be held April 12-16 in DC.

April 1, 2010

ANSI would like to remind members of its upcoming week of meetings, which are being co-located for members interested in attending multiple events. Lineup includes several ANSI Member Forums as well as meeting of International Policy Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, Regional Standing Committee - Asia Pacific, and U.S. Technical Advisory Group. Week's largest event, Joint Member Forum, will be held as Workshop on Anti-Counterfeiting Standards and Conformance Measures. Read More

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Sponsorship Packages available for ANSI-HSSP.

April 1, 2010

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel is offering several sponsorship packages for Panel's 2010 events. Sponsorship offers stakeholders opportunity to publicize their organization's commitment in homeland security standards efforts through promotional materials, signage, and banner ads, while supporting initiatives of HSSP. Three packages are available with range of contributions, offering organizations benefits such as free attendance at annual HSSP plenary and discounts on ANSI membership. Read More

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AWWA will host Increasing Need for Water Loss Control webcast.

April 1, 2010

On April 21, AWWA will host Increasing Need for Water Loss Control webcast, which will give overview of current status of water control loss in North America, provide updates on regulatory agency issues, describe accounting procedures, and introduce industry manuals for evaluating and controlling problem. Attendees will learn about new terminology, resources available for starting water loss control program, and lessons learned from water utility that uses water audit methodology. Read More

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NHA posts April 3 deadline to book Expo space.

April 1, 2010

NHA Hydrogen Conference & Expo on May 3-6, 2010, in Long Beach, CA, is expected to draw over 1,500 people. Fuel cell vehicles will be on display for members of press and adopters of technology, with the option to ride and drive vehicles. Companies offering fuel cells and fuel cell powered products and components will also be on display. Deadline to have company included with listing or advertisement in printed conference program is April 3, 2010. Read More

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AASHTO Executive appointed to prestigious ACTS panel.

April 1, 2010

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood appointed Leanna Depeau, Missouri DoT highway safety director, and Anthony Kane, AASHTO director of engineering and technical services, to 10-member Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics (ACTS). Panel will advise U.S. DoT's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, part of Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Depeau and Kane add to what Secretary LaHood calls "a knowledgeable group from diverse parts of the transportation community." Read More

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Implant Package Labeling Standard to benefit surgeons, patients.

March 31, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK27458, Guide for Presentation of End-User Information on Implant Package Labeling, is intended to create uniform labeling system for implant manufacturers. Addressing highly variable labeling within orthopedic implant industry, standard will provide instructions for uniform subset of implant label that, consistently and with easy readability, presents necessary information to device end-users. This information will also ensure proper implant/patient matchup. Read More

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Stratasys Inc. consigns production system for NCDMM lab.

March 31, 2010

NCDMM announced that its Alliance Partner, Stratasys Inc., has agreed to consign a FORTUS 400 mc(TM) 3D Production System for use in NCDMM Advanced Manufacturing Lab located at its corporate headquarters. NCDMM will utilize this equipment to provide manufacturing solutions to Department of Defense and its industrial base. FORTUS 400mc(TM) uses Fused Deposition Modeling technology to manufacture parts direct from CAD file, with layer by layer additive process. Read More

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ANSI Members sign agreement to synchronize plumbing standards.

March 31, 2010

ASME, ASSE, and CSA have signed agreement to harmonize plumbing products standards which address automatic compensating valves, antisiphon fill valves, trap seal primers, pressurized flushing devices, and water temperature limiting devices. First standard to be addressed will cover automatic compensating valves for individual showers and tub/shower combinations. Goal is to assist U.S./Canadian manufacturers by eliminating need to rewrite standards for same products in different countries. Read More

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ISO Standard guides symbol selection for medical device labels.

March 31, 2010

ISO has announced ISO 15223-2:2010, Medical devices - Symbols to be used with medical device labels, labeling, and information to be supplied - Part 2: Symbol development, selection, and validation. It includes methods for validating proposed symbols for ANSI/AAMI/ISO 15223-1, and offers systematic methodology for their development/presentation. Detailed processes to reduce chances of misinterpretation of symbols are also included. Standard was originally developed by ISO TC 210 in 2007. Read More

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SME issues its annual call for award nominations.

March 31, 2010

While International Honor Awards recognize those at the zenith of their engineering and industrial careers who have made outstanding contributions in their field, Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award honors engineers age 35 and under for accomplishments in technical publication, patents, or technical professional society leadership. Award of Merit recognizes SME members who have made contributions to Society's professional activities and growth. Deadline to submit nominations is Aug 1. Read More

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January 2010 Market Outlook Report depicts sales increase.

March 31, 2010

According to sales data released by PTDA's Market Outlook Report, US and Canadian manufacturers' sales increased in January by 0.1% and 10.4% respectively. For US manufacturers, sales comparisons between January 2010 and January 2009 still reflect sales declines, and year-to-date sales are down 12.8% compared to sales at same time last year. However, Canadian manufacturers' year-to-year sales are up 2.9%. Also, manufacturer confidence rose to 5.0 (US) and 4.5 (Canada). Read More