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Magnetic-Field-Sensitive Alloy exhibits giant magnetostriction.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 5, 2011 Led by group at University of Maryland, multi-institution team of researchers has combined modern materials research and age-old metallurgy technique to produce alloy that could be the basis for new class of sensors and micromechanical devices controlled by magnetism. The alloy, a combination of cobalt and iron, is notable for not using rare-earth elements to achieve its properties. NIST contributed precision measurements of alloy's structure and mechanical properties to project.
NIST and Partners Seek Input on safer ambulance designs.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 5, 2011 To meet challenge of balancing EMT injury prevention and mobility while riding in back of ambulances, NIST and partners are developing design guidelines for ambulance patient compartments that maximize safety without compromising effectiveness. Input is being sought from paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and other interested parties on development of said guidelines via anonymous web survey, available from November 28 to December 28, 2011.
AIP Publishing partners with MathJax.
American Institute Of Physics    College Park, MD 20740
December 5, 2011 AIP Publishing, a division of American Institute of Physics, has become a MathJax partner by providing major funding to MathJax initiative, and now offers MathJax to render mathematics in its online journals. MathJax open-source JavaScript display engine produces high-quality math in all modern browsers, without plug-ins. MathJax lets users copy equations from AIP's online journal articles and paste them directly into Word and LaTeX documents, science blogs, MathType, and research wikis.
ASABE Standard covers reusable fruit and vegetable containers.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
December 5, 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers announces completion of ANSI/ASABE S600 standard, which provides uniform design and performance specifications for manually handled, collapsible, reusable plastic containers for handling fresh horticultural produce during post-harvest processing, storage, and transportation.
ASABE to revise agricultural operator manual standard.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
December 5, 2011 ASABE has initiated a project to revise its operator manual standard for tractors, agriculture, and forestry machinery as well as powered lawn and garden equipment. Revision to ASABE EP363.1, Technical Publications for Agricultural Equipment, will be a complete rewrite that will be used as proposed basis to update corresponding international standard, ISO 3600:1996, which is out of date and contains extraneous information.
FAA announces alternative energy investments.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
December 5, 2011 FAA is awarding $7.7 million in contracts to 8 companies to help advance alternative, environmentally friendly, sustainable sources for commercial jet fuel that can be used without changing aircraft engine systems or fueling infrastructure. Companies will develop biofuels from alcohols, sugars, biomass, and organic materials known as pyrolysis oils. Contracts also call for research into alternative jet fuel quality control and examination of how jet biofuels affect engine durability.
NAM Lauds Regulatory Reform Bills as burden reducing measures.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 5, 2011 Statement by NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons expressed support for H.R. 3010, Regulatory Accountability Act, and H.R. 527, Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act. These bipartisan bills, he said, would ease burden of unnecessary regulations on job creators by reforming how regulations are analyzed. Urging House members, Timmons said "The regulatory system must take into account valid concerns without impeding innovation and job creation."
AIA Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Korean association.
Automated Imaging Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
December 5, 2011 Automated Imaging Association (AIA), machine vision trade group with 315+ member companies, signed memorandum of understanding with Korean Machine Vision Industrial Association (KMVIA), year-old trade association representing machine vision in Korea. Agreement outlines activities on which the associations will collaborate, including market data exchange, trade show and technical conference support, as well as promotion of global standards, member companies, and their products/services.
ASTM receives CPSC Chairman's Circle of Commendation Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 5, 2011 ASTM Subcommittee F15.18 on Cribs, Toddler Beds, Play Yards, Cradles, and Changing Tables was among 5 recipients of Chairman's Circle of Commendation Award, an honor given for the first time by U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Award was established to recognize contributions to injury prevention and consumer product safety made by individuals, organizations, businesses, state and local governments, and other groups.
Four Organizations receive Baldrige National Quality Award.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 2, 2011 U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson named 4 organizations - 3 health care operations and one nonprofit business - as recipients of 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients included Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis, MO; Henry Ford Health System of Detroit, MI; Schneck Medical Center of Seymour, IN; and Southcentral Foundation of Anchorage, AK.
NIST's HIPAA Tool helps organizations meet security requirements.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 2, 2011 Developed by NIST, free HIPAA tool can help public and private organizations understand and implement requirements of HIPAA Security Rule. Self-assessment tool presents series of questions in groups related to each of the HIPAA Security Rule standards and implementation specifications. Organizations can use resource to support risk assessment processes by identifying areas where security safeguards may be needed to protect electronic protected health information.
Electroindustry Confidence Index improves for second straight month. .
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 2, 2011 NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for North American conditions in November 2011 shows economic environment improved for second straight month. Though results slipped to 56 from 57.4 in previous month, more panelists than not noted improvement in business environment: 20% of panelists reported improvement, 8% experienced deterioration, and 72% saw no change in conditions. Likewise, November's EBCI for future North American conditions eased to 60 from 63.
OSA Journal addresses zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreen.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
December 2, 2011 November 2011 issue of Optical Society's open-access journal, Biomedical Optics Express, covers research done by scientists using laser imaging to assess safety of zinc oxide nanoparticles in sunscreen. Team of scientists from Australia and Switzerland developed a way to optically test concentration of ZnO nanoparticles at different skin depths. According to research results, nanoparticles do not penetrate beneath outermost layer of cells when applied to patches of excised skin.
Research Paper describes method for fabricating synthetic human tissue.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
December 2, 2011 "Tissue-Mimicking Phantoms for Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Imaging," co-authored by Stanislav Emelianov, shows how precise blending of tiny particles and multicolor dyes transforms gelatin into realistic surrogate for human soft tissue. These tissue mimics, or phantoms, provide accurate proving ground for photoacoustic and ultrasonic imaging technologies. Properties were matched by adding 40 micron silica spheres to gelatin, along with emulsion of fat and commercial dyes.
EPA Proposed Vessel Permits to protect U.S. waters.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 2, 2011 EPA is issuing 2 draft vessel general permits that would regulate discharges from commercial vessels, excluding military and recreational vessels, to help protect water from ship-borne pollutants and lower invasive species risk. Draft Vessel General Permit, covering commercial vessels greater than 79 ft, would replace 2008 Vessel General Permit. New draft Small Vessel General Permit, covering vessels smaller than 79 ft, would provide Clean Water Act permit coverage required as of Dec 2013.
Professional Courses offer solutions for manufacturing issues.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 2, 2011 Electronics manufacturing industry concerns, challenges, and problems will be addressed in 50 IPC APEX EXPO professional development courses at San Diego Convention Center from February 26-27 and March 1 in 2012. Instructors are gathering, with help from social media outlets, input on challenges faced by industry engineers, PCB designers, and manufacturing technicians. Each course comprises 3 hr of classroom instruction and includes handbook for each attendee.
EPA Recognizes Communities with Smart Growth Achievements.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 2, 2011 U.S. EPA recognized 5 communities with 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement, which acknowledges use of innovative policies and strategies to strengthen economies, provide sustainable housing/transportation choices, and protect environment. Those recognized include Old North St. Louis Revitalization Initiative of St Louis, MO; Silver Gardens Apartments in Albuquerque, NM; Plan El Paso 2010 of El Paso, TX; Maroney Commons in Howard, SD; and Uptown Normal Roundabout in Normal, IL.
Motion Control Market up 19% in 2011.
Motion Control Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
December 2, 2011 According to statistics released by MCA, new orders for motion control products are up 19% through third quarter of 2011. However, year-over-year growth was just 4.2%, compared with 24% year-over-year growth in second quarter and 29% in first quarter. MCA will provide further updates on motion control market at upcoming MCA Business Conference, January 18-20, 2012. During conference, panel of industry leaders will participate in session focused on outlook for coming year.
FABTECH 2011 breaks all records.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
December 2, 2011 FABTECH 2011 shattered all records of previous shows, with number of buyers walking the floor, educational conference attendance, and overall square footage of exhibit space. Four-day exposition and conference welcomed historic 35,457 attendees, a 35% increase over 2009, which was the last time FABTECH was held in Chicago. Buyers were exposed to more than 500 new products and more than 75 new "green" products and technologies - a new feature on the FABTECH agenda.
IPC releases PCB industry results for October 2011.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 2, 2011 According to IPC North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 9.4% and bookings were up 1.0% in Oct 2011 from Oct 2010. Book-to-bill ratio remained just below parity at 0.99. Flexible circuit shipments in Oct 2011 were down 11.3% and bookings declined 10.3% compared to Oct 2010, while book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.95. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments decreased 9.6% from Oct 2010, as orders booked decreased 0.1%.

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