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ASTM Paint Guide standardizes methods of IR spectra collection.

ASTM D7588, Guide for FT-IR Fingerprinting of a Non-Aqueous Liquid Paint as Supplied in the Manufacturer's Container, standardizes technique for collecting IR spectra of non-aqueous liquid paints directly out of their cans. According to members of ASTM Committees D01 and D33, this guide fosters collection of good quality reproducible spectra of liquid paint samples straight out of the can without...

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ASHRAE is Supporting Sponsor of Solar Decathlon 2011.

As supporting sponsor of Solar Decathlon 2011, ASHRAE will host 2 workshops: first focusing on updates on building design standards, and second focusing on renewable energy options for homeowners. ASHRAE will also provide engineering resources, such as HVAC Simplified and ASHRAE GreenGuide, to decathlon participants. ASHRAE members selected by DOE and NREL have been assigned to observe two to...

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AIA welcomes Carter confirmation.

According to statement made by Marion C. Blakey, AIA President and CEO, AIA welcomes the confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter as deputy secretary of defense. Dr. Carter brings strong experience and commitment to a critical position for national security. At a time when defense is going through a significant transition, his strong leadership is welcomed by the industry.

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Welding and Gases Today tackles mobile bar code trend.

Appearing in Fall 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, article titled Why 2-D Is The Next Big Thing," focuses on the use of QR codes and Microsoft Tags in the gases and welding industry. QR codes and their Microsoft counterpart are becoming a part of the sales process. If a customer wants to know the weight or duty cycle of a machine, the salesperson can use a smartphone to scan tag and access...

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The MHEDA Journal Online profiles EOAT fabricator/assembler.

The MHEDA Journal Online's 3rd Quarter issue profiles Dan Lucas of Bastian Solutions, who works in robotics division and is responsible for fabrication and assembly of End of Arm Tool (EOAT). According to Lucas, he could be working on assembly, fabrication or electrical components" depending on the day's requirements. Article also points out need for strong communication with engineering...

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Multiple-Hazard Risks exceed current building code coverage.

NIST researchers warn combination of seismic and wind hazards increase risk of structural damage to as much as twice level implied in current building codes, which only consider natural hazards individually. Published in Journal of Structural Engineering, Dat Duthinh, Emil Simiu, and Chiara Crosti show design limits, even taking into account that multiple hazards almost never occur...

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for September 2011.

According to September 2011 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate steady business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 54% of participants expect economic activity to remain unchanged, up from 47% in August, and 47% expect anticipate no change in incoming orders, compared to 38% last month. However, 33% percent of participants report that average daily...

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 to spotlight beverage industry trends.

Taking place September 26-28, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will address global beverage industry market segment by collaborating with International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) to provide industry-specific education opportunities. This partnership, according to PMMI President and CEO Charles D. Yuska, will help attendees find total...

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IPC Workshop to address ITAR/EAR compliance.

To help PCB manufacturers ensure compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Export Administration Regulations, IPC will hold workshop, ITAR/EAR Compliance for PCB Manufacturers - Complying with U.S. Export Controls, December 6-7, 2011. Speakers will address changes as well as requirements that govern sales activities in foreign jurisdictions and use of foreign workers within...

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Robotics Competition is seeking registrants.

NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seek teams of contestants for Sample Return Robot Challenge, offering potential $1.5 million prize. Competing teams will demonstrate a robot that can autonomously locate and retrieve geologic samples from varied terrain. Objective of this competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Resulting...

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