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User Survey shows BPM provides fast payback.
Aiim    Silver Spring, MD 20910
November 27, 2009 According to research by AIIM, half of organizations using Business Process Management tools achieve payback of investment in 18 months or less. In all, 72% recoup their spend within 2 years. In addition to cost savings, users report faster process throughput and improved compliance from more consistent processes. Majority of respondents feel they have only addressed one-fifth of potentially profitable BPM projects, and consider BPM to be significant or imperative to business.
Cooperation, Compatibility stressed for toy safety development.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 27, 2009 Consistent with ASTM's commitment to principles of international standards development established by WTO and interest of collaboration on toy safety standards, ISO delegates were invited to participate in reviewing proposed changes to ASTM F963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. Nearly 30 toy safety experts joined with members of ASTM Subcommittee F15.22 to explore technical standards that could address potential toy hazards related to impaction, magnets, and projectiles.
Nanoparticle Research could improve medical imaging.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 27, 2009 Joint research team working at NIST and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discovered method of using nanoparticles to illuminate cellular interior to reveal activities that occur over hours, or even days, inside living cells. While potentially providing means to solving mysteries associated with molecular-scale events, this research focused on characterizing quantum dot properties and contrasting them with other imaging techniques.
NIST demonstrates programmable quantum information processor.NIST demonstrates programmable quantum information processor.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 25, 2009 NIST physicists demonstrated first universal programmable quantum information processor able to run any program allowed by quantum mechanics, using 2 quantum bits (qubits) of information. Processor stores binary information in 2 beryllium ions held in electromagnetic trap and manipulated with UV lasers, while 2 magnesium ions in trap help cool beryllium ions. Scientists are able to place ions in superposition of 1 and 0 values simultaneously as well as entangle both qubits.
Workshop Report addresses construction industry improvements.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 25, 2009 Advancing the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the U.S. Construction Industry: A Workshop Report, from NRC has been created based on workshop commissioned by NIST. It identifies 5 activities that could lead to breakthrough improvement in quality, timeliness, and sustainability of construction projects. Report also recommends NIST work with industry leaders to establish technology readiness index, as well as with government/industry groups to develop ways to track productivity.
Fabtech Success demonstrates manufacturing viability.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 25, 2009 Based on business and booth traffic at 2009 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show, including METALFORM, manufacturing industry is alive and optimistic about its future. Some 25,000 visitors from more than 90 countries visited McCormick Place in Chicago to discover, evaluate, and purchase innovative manufacturing technologies and solutions. Filling nearly 400,000 sq-ft of booth space, 4-day show included 1,083 exhibitors and more than 500 new products.
NIST Researcher develops reusable microfluidic connector.NIST Researcher develops reusable microfluidic connector.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 25, 2009 NIST researcher Javier Atencia has developed connector that utilizes ring magnet with o-ring gasket on bottom and tube in center set directly atop inlet or outlet port of microfluidic channel embedded in glass chip. Described in paper titled Magnetic Connectors for Microfluidic Applications, it can be positioned anywhere on chip and eliminates any possibility of broken bonds that leak. NIST researchers state that magnetic connector is suitable for most microfluidic applications.
Proposed Standard addresses inspection of gypsum board.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 24, 2009 First draft of proposed new standard ASTM WK26072, Practice for Evaluation of Buildings to Identify Corrosive Gypsum Board, was reviewed and edited at task group meeting on November 10 in Atlanta, GA. Participants of task group meeting included consultants, home inspectors, representatives of gypsum industry, and government entities, and all interested parties are invited to participate in ongoing development of WK26072.
Manufacturing Industry Viability shown via FABTECH success.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 24, 2009 Comments from exhibitors and attendees as well as business and booth traffic at 2009 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show indicated that the manufacturing industry is alive, well, and optimistic about its future. Approximately 25,000 visitors from 90+ countries visited to discover, evaluate, and purchase manufacturing technologies and solutions. Filling nearly 400,000 ft² of booth space, 4-day show included 1,083 exhibitors and 500+ new products.
ASTM International offers training class on corrosion testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 24, 2009 Titled Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic and Gas Tests, 2-day hands-on training course will provide clear understanding of proper application of ASTM B117, Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray Apparatus. It will furnish information regarding corrosion testing in general so that attendees will understand significance of salt fog test. Participants will learn how to properly operate salt fog apparatus as well as the whys and hows of salt fog testing.
ZigBee and ATA collaborate to advance telehealth solutions.
ZigBee Alliance    San Ramon, CA 94583
November 24, 2009 As part of liaison agreement, ZigBee® Alliance and American Telemedicine Association will educate health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies. Groups will focus on capabilities of ZigBee Health Care, an open standard for secure monitoring and management of noncritical, low-acuity health care and wellness services. ZigBee Health Care offers telehealth solution featuring interference-free and secure wireless connectivity.
NAMUR confirms WirelessHART for process applications.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
November 24, 2009 HART® Communication Foundation welcomes recent report and confirmation by NAMUR that WirelessHART(TM) technology meets requirements for wireless sensor networks in process applications. After conducting extensive multi-vendor field test, NAMUR reports that WirelessHART Communication provides flexibility, security, performance, coexistence with other radio technologies, and device interoperability within WirelessHART network that its members should expect.
ASTM Training Course will focus on rubber testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 24, 2009 "Rubber Testing: Selecting, Performing and Interpreting ASTM Rubber Test Methods" focuses on common rubber test methods currently used in rubber industry. As technical and professional training course, it discusses nature of tests, why they are performed, interpretation of results, and how this information can be used to improve rubber fabrication. This 2-day course, offered on March 10-11 and October 5-6 in Akron, OH, can also be tailored to specific company needs.
AIA leader's House testimony calls for stable space funding.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
November 23, 2009 During testimony before House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, J.P. Stevens, AIA's Vice President of Space Systems, stated that our nation's space programs need stable and robust funding to maintain U.S. leadership. Stevens also raised concerns about U.S. export control policies that are counter-productive for the space industry, negatively impacting America's security interests.
FAA proposes limits on companies hiring FAA inspectors.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
November 23, 2009 In move to prevent conflicts of interests that could affect aviation safety, FAA is proposing to put limits on airlines and other operators hiring FAA safety inspectors and their managers for 2 years after employees leave agency. Proposed rule would not keep operators from hiring former inspectors to serve in other positions such as aircraft dispatcher, flight attendant, maintenance technician, or pilot as long as they do not represent operator in FAA matters.
SPie Meeting to show how specifying can benefit businesses.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
November 23, 2009 Specifiers Properties information exchange, sponsored by National Institute of Building Sciences, will showcase how common data standard can help designers and specifiers to manage their requirements and select and specify products. Product manufacturers, including GE Lighting, Eaton, BASF, US Gypsum, Wheatland, and others, will show how their products can be distributed using buildingSMART Industry Foundation Classes through software such as Revit and e-SPECS.
Dr. Nicholas J. Carino receives Walter C. Voss Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 23, 2009 ASTM International's Walter C. Voss Award has been given to Nicholas J. Carino, Ph.D., a concrete technology consultant from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Award is presented annually to engineer or scientist who has made notable contributions in field of building technology. Carino was honored for his outstanding contributions that have advanced state of knowledge and applications for nondestructive test methods and test methods in general for evaluating performance of concrete.
AIA Leadership signs Global Principles of Business Ethics.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
November 23, 2009 Member companies of the Executive Committee of AIA's Board of Governors have signed on to Global Principles of Business Ethics for the Aerospace and Defense Industry, setting stage for other companies across industry to join. Endorsed by AIA and Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe, Global Principles address business conduct as it relates to zero tolerance of corruption, use of advisors, management of conflicts of interest, and respect for proprietary information.
AWWA announces final webcast in fall operator series.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
November 23, 2009 On December 16, AWWA will host Hot Topics in Water - What Do They Mean to Me as an Operator webcast, which will offer informative and situational based exercise for operators who are trying to address new information, research, and news as it relates to their role in water industry. Attendees will learn how to identify sources of information and list contact links, communicate when faced with media encounter, and formulate sequence for effective emergency response plan.
ATA reports decline in October passenger demand.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
November 23, 2009 ATA reported that passenger revenue, based on sample group of carriers, fell 15% in October 2009 versus same month in 2008. This marks 12th consecutive month in which passenger revenue has declined from prior year, fueled primarily by 11th consecutive month of ticket price declines. Three percent fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines in October, while average price to fly one mile fell 13.5%. U.S. airlines also saw cargo revenue ton miles decline 3% year over year in Sept 2009.

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