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Access to Rare Earth Minerals is called vital to jobs.

July 17, 2012

NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg urged Congress to support Natural Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R. 4402). In his statement, Eisenberg says essential rare earth minerals, which are currently in demand but of shrinking supply, can be found in USA, but domestic approval process is "overly burdensome and prohibitive." This legislation, according to Eisenberg, will cut through red tape that has slowed domestic production to a halt. Read More

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French Students Win 2012 International Rocketry Challenge.

July 17, 2012

Lycee Louis Bleriot of France claimed first prize in International Rocketry Challenge at Farnborough International Air Show, beating out teams from USA and UK. In comment, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said "Lycee Louis Bleriot took home the trophy, but it's our industry that's the true winner." She noted skills, teamwork, and ingenuity of all three teams and called the collaborative efforts "a great sign for the future workforce of the global aerospace and defense industry." Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard deals with retroreflected luminance.

July 17, 2012

ASTM E2832, Test Method for Measuring the Coefficient of Retroreflected Luminance of Pavement Markings in a Standard Condition of Continuous Wetting (RL-2), has been developed by Subcommittee E12.10 on Retroreflection. Paul Carlson, research engineer, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, said that this test method provides agencies with standardized way of assessing performance of pavement marking materials/optics under nighttime and rainy conditions. Read More

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Fluorescent Lamp Shipments decrease during Q1 2012.

July 17, 2012

NEMA's shipment indexes for linear fluorescent T5, T8, and T12 lamps decreased during first quarter of 2012 compared to same period last year. While, T5 lamps declined 7.9%, T8s and T12s respectively went down 5.5% and 5.0%. Shipments of T5 and T12 lamps grew by 6.8% and 4.9, respectively, on quarterly basis, and shipments of T8 lamps decreased 4.9% likewise. Marginal changes in market shares included T5 lamp decrease to 9.7% and respective rise for T8 and T12 lamps to 65.5% and 24.8%. Read More

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Standard distinguishes harmful/non-harmful fines in concrete.

July 17, 2012

ASTM WK36804, Test Method for Rapid Determination of the Methylene Blue Value for Fine Aggregate and Mineral Filler, will be used to qualify new material sources and for production quality control by personnel at aggregate producers, ready mix concrete producers, and asphalt concrete producers. Methylene blue test method contained in proposed standard does not involve titration and visual assessments typically associated with such testing and can be performed in field in about 10 min. Read More

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Consortium aims to improve process for making soft materials.

July 17, 2012

NIST is launching consortium that will take measure of growing and increasingly important class of materials. "Soft materials" range from products as commonplace as detergents, paints, and chocolate bars to some as sophisticated as flexible electronic displays and solar cells, therapeutic drugs, and plastics with tailor-made properties. Two key objectives of effort are optimizing properties of selected soft materials and maximizing production yields. Read More

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Speakers sought for Automate 2013 conference.

July 17, 2012

Speakers are now being sought for Automate 2013 conference in Chicago, Jan 21-24, 2013, according to Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the primary sponsor of event. A3 is looking for experts in robotics, vision, motion control, assembly automation, sensors, test and measurement, and systems integration to help educate audience with practical information that addresses their specific challenges. As many as 30,000 automation users, suppliers, and integrators are expected to attend. Read More

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NEMA House Testimony supports energy efficiency legislation.

July 17, 2012

Representing NEMA and Industrial Energy Efficiency Coalition, Jeff Drees of Schneider Electric testified on need for federal legislation that promotes energy efficiency within federal government and in industrial facilities. Through use of energy-savings performance contracts, government can reduce energy use and energy expenditures at no cost to taxpayer. Smart Energy Act places federal government in leadership role in use of ESPCs, advanced metering infrastructure, and demand response programs. Read More