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ASTM honors Deanne Emory with merit award for standards work.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2009 Deanne Emory, President and CEO of Miller and Weber, Inc., has received Award of Merit, and title of fellow, from ASTM International Committee E20 on Temperature Measurement. Currently serving 3-yr term on ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO), Emory is recognized for effective leadership in work of Committee E20, for service as chair of Subcommittee E20.05 on Liquid-in-Glass Thermometers, and as secretary of E20.04 on Thermocouples.
NHA Webinar addresses hydrogen developments in CA.
National Hydrogen Association    Washington, DC 20036
June 9, 2009 On June 18th, from 12:45 to 2:45 pm EDT, NHA will host live broadcast of panel from all-day event organized by California Hydrogen Business Council. Presentations will cover why California remains a model of effectiveness of funding hydrogen technologies and successful messages used by industry to communicate immediate and long-term benefits of emerging hydrogen economy.
ASTM Standard outlines procedures for density testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2009 Subcommittee D18.03 on Texture, Plasticity, and Density Characteristics of Soils has developed ASTM D7263, Test Methods for Laboratory Determination of Density of Soil Specimens. Wet and dry density of soils are important values for geotechnical engineers in determining over-burden stresses, void ratios, maximum compaction, and percent compaction of soils. Density value can also aid in evaluation of soil strength and sensitivity.
ASTM Standards offer specialized Charpy tests.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2009 Approved by ASTM Intl. Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing, E2248, Test Method for Impact Testing of Miniaturized Charpy V-Notch Specimens, and E2298, Test Method for Instrumented Impact Testing of Metallic Materials will be used by engineers and researchers with specialized Charpy testing needs. E2298 focuses on instrumenting machine striker to measure and record force on notched sample during impact, while E2248 will be helpful for users who need to reduce size of Charpy specimens.
PMA announces winners of 2009 Metalforming Awards.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
June 8, 2009 Presented annually, Awards of Excellence in Metalforming recognize high standards of achievement set by metalforming industry in areas of design, safety, training and education, process control, quality, productivity, and product development. Winners are honored with plaque, commemorative flag, and cash prize. List of 2009 awards, winners, and their locations can be found in full version of release.
PTDA Market Report shows decline for PT/MC manufacturers.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
June 5, 2009 According to sales data released by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), US and Canadian manufacturers experienced a drop in sales in March 2009. Market confidence, measured on a scale of 1-10 from least to most optimistic, has also eroded - holding a current negative position between 4.6 and 4.9. While US manufacturer sales dropped by 4.2% in March 2009 (24.9% down from the same period last year), Canadian manufacturer sales were down 7.9% and 29.0% respectively.
AIM identifies RFID healthcare partners.
AIM, Inc.    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
June 5, 2009 AIM announced that protocols for testing RF emitters to ensure benign effect in healthcare setting will be developed and validated in collaboration with Georgia Tech Research Institute and MET Laboratories, Inc. AIM Global Healthcare Initiative will establish baseline requirements for proper operation of RF in terms of real-world applications. It will also provide standardized, repeatable methodology by which manufacturers can assess potential issues and evaluate means to mitigate them.
Up to $120 Million is Offered for research construction grants.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 4, 2009 NIST announced availability of approximately $120 million in competitive grants for construction of new/expanded scientific research buildings at higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations. Roughly 8-12 projects will be funded by these grants, which are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Commerce Department, in particular, is seeking projects that are able to start quickly and complement research programs of NIST, NOAA, and NTIA.
NIST to host 2 materials research meetings in June.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 4, 2009 From June 22-23, 2009, NIST will host Symposium on Materials Challenges for Clean Energy, with lectures on materials aspects of solar energy, hydrogen and biofuels, energy storage and conversion, energy efficiency, and nuclear energy. World Materials Research Institute Forum, on June 24-25, 2009, will bring together executives from leading research institutes. Presentations will cover sustainability, synchrotrons, as well as environmental health and safety of nanomaterials.
SME collaborates on webinar for manufacturers.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
June 4, 2009 SME, along with other associations that produce FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show, have collaborated to produce 60 min webinar that discusses economy and how it impacts manufacturers. Webinar is presented by Chris Kuehl, PhD, economic analyst with FMA, who states, rather than make drastic cuts or take desperate measures, greater efficiency can best benefit companies in getting through recession. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke predicts upturn in economy later this year.
NAM supports Cyberspace Policy Review.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
June 4, 2009 According to NAM Director of Technology Policy, Marc-Anthony Signorino, Administration's Cyberspace Policy Review is welcome first step in protecting nation's cyber-infrastructure. NAM commends President for taking initiative and also for working with private sector to begin developing approach that relies on incentives, rather than cumbersome regulation, to promote good cyber hygiene.
ERM Implementation Course is built around ISO standards.
Aiim    Silver Spring, MD 20910
June 4, 2009 AIIM has revised and updated course material for Electronic Records Management (ERM) Specialist and Master courses, which address implementation of ERM environments using approach provided in global standard for records management ISO/TR 15489-2:2001. All 8 steps are examined, and course also expands on topics such as Discovery and Disclosure, Enterprise ERM, and Emerging ERM Issues. Participants will also receive ERM Workbook as well as access to supporting ERM online modules and exams.
IPC Members discuss key industry issues at Capitol Hill Day.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 4, 2009 IPC members came together from May 6-8 during Capitol Hill Day to educate legislators and solicit their support of critical legislation needed to strengthen the North American electronic interconnect industry. Addressing need for permanent R/D tax credit, members pointed out that a lack of such a credit hinders long-term investments and planning. Support for direct funding to DoD PCB Executive Agent was also of concern to legislators and supported by IPC members.
NIST Engineers develop flexible memristor device.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 4, 2009 Work performed by engineers at NIST may result in electronic memory chips gaining the ability to bend and twist. Though not yet ready for the marketplace, device appears to possess characteristics of a memristor. "We wanted to make a flexible memory component that would advance the development and metrology of flexible electronics," said NIST researcher Nadine Gergel-Hackett. NIST has filed for a patent on the flexible memory device.
NIST Seeks Proposals for grants for measurement science.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 4, 2009 NIST announced it will award up to $35 million in grants and cooperative agreements for measurement science and engineering research. Approximately 20-60 awards, lasting from 1-3 years and ranging from $500,000-$1.5 million, will be funded by these grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Desired research areas include energy, environment/climate change, IT and cybersecurity, biosciences/health care, manufacturing, and physical infrastructure.
Updated Draft Standards posed for electronic voting machines.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 4, 2009 NIST delivered to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) a draft revision to the 2005 federal Voluntary Voting System Guidelines v1.0, which specifies how electronic voting machines are built and tested. The draft revision, "Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, v1.1," provides requirements for electronic voting machine accuracy, reliability, usability, accessibility, and security. NIST has also developed associated tests to go along with the revised standards.
NIST Engineers reveal precision remote measurement system.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 4, 2009 Combining time-of-flight and interferometry distance measurement approaches with optical frequency comb technology, researchers at NIST have built a laser ranging system that can pinpoint multiple objects with nanometer precision over distances up to 100 km. LIDAR system could be used for precision manufacturing lines or maintaining satellite network formations. Features include ambiguity range of at least 1.5 m and 200 sec update measurements to multiple targets.
NIST Processes to help build modern nuclear power plants.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 4, 2009 Information exchange processes developed by NIST will be at center of effort to design and build next generation of modern, highly efficient nuclear power plants. Electric Power Research Institute assessed results of NIST-led Automating Equipment Information Exchange project and adopted AEX methodologies and specifications as foundational technology for achieving new level of integrated and interoperable configuration management for critical equipment in new nuclear power plants.
Baldrige Award is sought after by 70 applicants.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
June 4, 2009 Applicants for the 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which is managed by NIST, include 2 manufacturers, 4 service companies, 5 small businesses, 9 educational organizations, 42 health care organizations, and 8 nonprofits/governmental organizations. They will be evaluated by an independent board of examiners in 7 areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results.
Scientific American surveys global bio-based innovation.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 3, 2009 Working with BIO, Scientific American has completed a survey and analysis of worldwide progress in the field of biotechnology and uncovered the innovation capacities of various countries. "Scientific American Worldview: A Global Biotechnology Perspective" aimed to discover what was happening concerning biotech activity, funding, and policy initiatives as based on facts and not biases from any particular country, region, or industry perspective.

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