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NIST Study explores nanowire-based memory.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
May 24, 2011 In study titled "Fabrication, Characterization, and Simulation of High Performance Si Nanowire-Based Non-Volatile Memory Cells," NIST and George Mason University researchers explored how to optimize nanowire-based charge-trapping memory devices. Team used software modeling and electrical device characterization to examine structures for dielectrics that surround memory and store electrical charges. Based on 20 nm dia silicone wires, nanowires form memory that holds contents even if power is off.
NIST Workshop to address soft material manufacturing research.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
May 24, 2011 Scheduled for June 2-3, NIST workshop will assess interest in forming a government-industry consortium dedicated to developing neutron-based measurement tools for soft materials tailored to manufacturers. Event will combine discussions of research opportunities in soft materials that could best be addressed by neutron techniques, with presentations on capabilities of NCNR neutron beam lines. Work potentially could aid a broad range of industries from plastics to pharmaceuticals.
DOC Seeks Input on US-EU trade cooperation.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 24, 2011 ANSI is informing all stakeholders that US Department of Commerce (DOC), on behalf of the Obama Administration, is seeking assistance in identifying opportunities for cooperation in trade between US and European Union (EU). Goals include reducing or eliminating unnecessary divergences in regulatory measures that may impede trade in goods in transatlantic marketplace as well as identification of existing or emerging sectors that may benefit from transatlantic regulatory cooperation.
Solar/Hydrogen Model Car Races showcase students' innovations.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
May 24, 2011 Hosted by U.S. Department of Energy's NREL, Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions featured 65 teams from 24 Colorado schools as participants. Students raced solar or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles they designed and built themselves. Trophies were given out for fastest solar-powered model cars; fastest hydrogen fuel cell-powered model cars; as well as solar and hydrogen fuel cell designs based on technology, craftsmanship and innovation.
Metal Industry Rebounds from 5 years of decline.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
May 23, 2011 Michael E. Lutheran, president of Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), said that North American powder metallurgy (PM) industry regained its growth momentum in 2010 after 5 years of declining demand. Explaining further, Lutheran explained rebound can be largely pinned on light-vehicle sales increases but that other end markets also gained. Based on first quarter of 2011, Lutheran reported that PM industry executives remain optimistic about business outlook.
NIST Workshop seeks to advance EHR usability.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
May 23, 2011 "A Community-Building Workshop: Measuring, Evaluating and Improving the Usability of Electronic Health Records" will bring together industry, government, academia, and healthcare providers to identify models and methods for collaborating to improve usability of EHR systems. NIST computer scientist Matt Quinn, also one of the workshop's organizers, expressed hope in catalyzing collaboration among stakeholders, receiving constructive feedback, and identifying priority areas for future work.
PMA Report forecasts decline in business over 3-month period.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
May 23, 2011 May 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report indicates that 55% of participants predict business activity will remain unchanged, and 22% believe it will decline over next 3 months. Overall drop in incoming orders is expected by 27% of companies, while 25% of participants also reported drop in average daily shipping levels in May. Percentage of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff increased to 14%, from 11% in April.
EPRI to hold Smart Grid media briefing.
EPRI    Palo Alto, CA 94304
May 23, 2011 Scheduled for May 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., EPRI's media briefing will address the cost and benefits to modernize the U.S. electricity system and deploy a smart grid. Briefing participants will discover the challenges of integrating renewable energy resources into the grid, why standards development is important in developing solutions for smart grid applications, and the cyber security implications of a smart grid.
Award of Merit honors contributions to protective standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 23, 2011 Dr. J. Douglas Dale, professor emeritus in the department of mechanical engineering at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was honored with ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow. Dale received this award in recognition of exceptional leadership and significant contributions in development of standards for ASTM Committee F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment. ASTM member since 1993, he currently serves as member at large on Committee F23.
NIST Summary addresses federal involvement in standardization.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 23, 2011 NIST has released a summary of responses to its December 8 request for information on the effectiveness of federal agency participation in standardization in select technology sectors. In its role as coordinator of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI submitted a response on behalf of the standardization community. Response was informed by comments solicited and received from broad cross-section of ANSI's membership.
ANSI Signs MoU to spur greater US-Russian cooperation,.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 23, 2011 In support of US-Russian standardization activities cooperation, ANSI and Russian Federation's Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (GOST-R) came together last week to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It seeks to establish future areas of cooperation between organizations regarding collaborative programs, training, and bilateral visits. Under MoU, ANSI and GOST-R will work to develop mutually supportive positions related to standards and conformity assessment.
ASHRAE commends Senators Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-Ohio).
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
May 23, 2011 ASHRAE commends Senators Shaheen and Portman for introducing the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011, which would help make buildings more energy efficient by reducing barriers in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors to make use of new technologies. Legislation would also encourage U.S. DOE to work with code and standard development organizations to develop definitions of energy use intensity for use in model codes or in evaluating efficiency impacts of codes.
ASTM presents Award of Merit to Gregory S. Barger.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 23, 2011 Gregory S. Barger, technical center director at Ash Grove Cement Co., received Award of Merit from ASTM International Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. Award was presented for exceptional leadership and technical contributions related to standards on compositional analysis, use, and testing of hydraulic cements and hydraulic cement concretes. A member of ASTM since 1988, Barger was recognized as ASTM Honorary Member of Committees C01 and C09 in 2009.
Worker Safety Excellence Awards were presented by AIA.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
May 20, 2011 GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Honeywell Aerospace were presented with 2011 Worker Safety Excellence Awards at AIA's Environment, Safety, and Health Committee's Spring Conference. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, "These awards are an annual tribute to the commitment of industry to our workers' health and safety." Each award recognizes a company that demonstrated key elements of corporate safety program and achieved lowest injury/illness rates.
MPIF announces winners of powder metallurgy design competition.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
May 20, 2011 MPIF announced winners of its 2011 Design Excellence awards, which included grand prizes in automotive transmission category, for carrier and one-way rocker clutch assembly, as well as automotive chassis category to GKN Sinter Metals, LLC. Grand prizes were also awarded to Capstan California for porous bronze filter, Parmatech Corporation for 420 stainless steel hunting arrowhead, and FloMet LLC in medical/dental category. Several awards of distinction were also presented at PowderMet2011.
Metal Powder Society names Fellows.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
May 20, 2011 During PowderMet2011, APMI International named 2 individuals to 2011 Class of Fellows. William R. Gasbarre, marketing/sales director, Gasbarre Products, Inc., has devoted 38 years to PM industry and was instrumental in development of APMI Fellow Award and Train-the-Trainer program. Graham B. Schaffer, executive dean, University of Queensland, Faculty of Engineering, Brisbane, Australia is an international authority on particulate materials processing, primarily focused on light metals.
Process Expo 2011 achieves key sales milestone.
FPSA (Food Processing Suppliers Association)    McLean, VA 22101
May 20, 2011 FPSA announced that it has reached a milestone of 190,000 square feet for the 2011 PROCESS EXPO trade show, which will be held November 1-4 at McCormick Place in Chicago. At this pace, show is projected to be the largest edition of PROCESS EXPO to date, featuring numerous bellwether suppliers across all sectors of the food and beverage industry. Individuals interested in attending PROCESS EXPO 2011 can register on-line at www.myprocessexpo.com.
Manufacturing Economist says China to lose edge over US by 2016.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
May 20, 2011 Based on recent analyses and reports, leading manufacturing sector economist Dr. Chris Kuehl asserts that the Chinese will lose significant market share in coming years and not have cost advantage over US manufacturing by year 2016. "There are no guarantees," said Kuehl, "and these reports make it clear that idiotic policies can still ruin the trend." Kuehl points out that in 1990 the Chinese share of world manufacturing output was 3%. Today, its share is 19.8%, and US is 19.4%.
SME announces industry-focused manufacturing event.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
May 20, 2011 To meet the changing needs of East Coast manufacturers, SME announced Mfg4 - a new conference-driven event to be held May 8-10, 2012, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The name, Mfg4, references the 4 industries that event will focus on: aerospace, defense (including arms), medical, and energy. Keynotes, workshops, and conference sessions will provide high-level technical content with an industry focus.
Fieldbus Foundation announces certified FOUNDATION(TM) trainers.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
May 20, 2011 Fieldbus Foundation has certified several new fieldbus technology trainers under its FOUNDATION Certified Training Program. This program establishes uniform standards for fieldbus educational curriculum and instructors around the world, and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology. New instructors include Dr. Bindert Douma of STC Brielle, Ed Williamson and Mark Tarrant of SAIT Polytechnic, and Yoshiharu Amano and Yoshitsugu Morioka of Waseda University.

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