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ANSI remembers former chairman Roy P. Trowbridge.

February 5, 2016

Roy P. Trowbridge, chairman of ANSI Board from 1971–1974, passed away on Jan 17, 2016, at age 97. Mr. Trowbridge was a member of the Board of Trustees at ASME Foundation, and former director of engineering standards at GM Corporation. In 1969, Standards Engineering Society, now known as SES - The Society for Standards Professionals, presented Leo B. Moore Award to Mr. Trowbridge for his eminent service and leadership in standardization and his advocacy of international cooperation in the field. Read More

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NEMA says earthquake resilience requires grid modernization.

February 5, 2016

Nearly 400 member companies of NEMA and their staffs of experienced engineers and electroindustry experts—spanning more than 50 industry sectors—offered grid modernization and storm recovery guidance for the White House Earthquake Resilience Summit. NEMA has asked Congress to support electrical grid modernization through passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012). Legislation includes provisions that would increase the resiliency of critical infrastructure during natural disasters. Read More

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ANSI approves 4 Better Buildings Workforce schemes.

February 5, 2016

In 2015, Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council of NIBS released 4 Better Buildings Workforce job task analyses and credentialing schemes for: building commissioning professional, building energy auditor, building operations professional, and energy manager. CWCC subsequently submitted them to ANSI for review to determine if schemes were developed based on clause 8 of ISO/IEC 17024:2012, Conformity assessment - General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons. Read More

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NIST Animated Online Series redefines the kilogram.

February 5, 2016

In the third and latest adventure from the League of SI Superheroes, the animated online series from NIST, "Mass Hysteria" touches upon a topic—how to redefine basic unit of mass known as the kilogram. It represents a cutting-edge undertaking for researchers working to modernize the worldwide metric measurement system known as International System of Units (SI). Latest episode briefly explores one of the efforts to redefine the kilogram in terms of natural forces called the watt balance. Read More

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ASTM Standard will improve analysis of nuclear material.

February 5, 2016

C1832, Test Method for Determination of Uranium Isotopic Composition by the Modified Total Evaporation (MTE) Method Using a Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer, will help improve measurements of uranium isotope ratios, helping laboratories analyze nuclear material and supporting efforts of organizations like the International Atomic Energy Agency. Standard provides detailed description and instruction for users, as well as information about typical analytical performance to be expected. Read More

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NIST Advisory Committee welcomes Allen Adler and Waguih Ishak.

February 5, 2016

Allen Adler and Waguih Ishak have joined NIST's Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, agency's primary private-sector policy advisory group. Adler is vice president of Enterprise Technology Strategy for The Boeing Company. He leads strategic planning for technology, setting research priorities and fostering enterprise-wide collaboration. Ishak joined Corning in 2007 to establish the Corning West Technology Center, where he is vice president and director of Science and Technology Division. Read More

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SME recognizes 7 manufacturing leaders and researchers.

February 5, 2016

SME has chosen 7 professionals from industry and academia to receive its 2016 International Honor Awards, which recognize significant contributions in areas of manufacturing technologies, processes, technical writing, education, research and management, and service to SME. Honorees include: Patrick M. Shanahan, Peter F. Mackie, George A. Hazelrigg, Jian Cao, Joseph J. Beaman Jr., Placid M. Ferreira, and Serope Kalpakjian. Read More

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ANSI Caucus features Jamila Thompson as keynote speaker.

February 4, 2016

Jamila Thompson, legislative director for Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, served as keynote speaker for ANSI Caucus event held at the National Press Club. Ms. Thompson spoke about importance of standards in international trade and the growing interest by Congressman Lewis in looking to standards to help craft practicable solutions to global problems. She also highlighted work underway within ISO on anti-bribery – ISO 37001 currently under development by ISO project committee (PC) 278. Read More

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U.S. TAG Participants sought for ISO/IEC subcommittee.

February 4, 2016

ANSI is seeking U.S. experts to participate in ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group for the IEC and ISO Joint Technical Committee 1, Information Technology Standards, Subcommittee 31, Automatic identification and data capture techniques. As U.S. representative to ISO, ANSI encourages all U.S. stakeholder organizations in relevant information technology fields to get involved, and those involved in radio frequency identification and data encoding are especially sought. Read More

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NIST performs measurements for James Webb Space Telescope.

February 4, 2016

NIST has accurately measured parts designed for the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. NIST mechanical engineer John Stoup and his colleagues performed measurements of 4 alignment mounts that support and help to position a major Webb telescope structure known as the Primary Mirror Backplane Support Structure. Structure will hold telescope’s 21 ft diameter mirror as well as approximately 5,300 lb of telescope’s instruments and optical components. Read More

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Thin Film Polymer and Nanograting enable low-power displays.

February 4, 2016

By layering thin film of electrochromic polymer over aluminum nanograting, NIST researchers have developed a new technology for building power-sipping full-color video displays, switches and routers for optical signals, as well as smart windows and coatings. In their setup, light first encounters nanograting which, depending on spacing of slits, filters out all but one color of light. Electrochromic coating serves to modulate that light by allowing all or some (or none) of it to pass. Read More

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User's Manual to Green Building Standard now available.

February 4, 2016

Newly published User’s Manual clarifies intent and implementation of ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, by explaining its requirements and providing example applications. Manual is intended to help engineers, architects, and contractors understand and comply with the standard and to help code officials and others enforce its requirements. Read More

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NCCoE seeks vendors to help secure wireless medical devices.

February 3, 2016

National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at NIST is developing example cybersecurity solutions that demonstrate how to protect wireless infusion pumps from unintended errors or unauthorized access, including malicious acts. Federal Register notice invites technology vendors interested in working on standards-based example solution, or reference design, to work with the center. Participants will provide commercially available products and services as modules in end-to-end example solution. Read More

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DOE issues notice of intent regarding circulator pumps.

February 3, 2016

DOE issued notice to formalize intentions regarding Circulator Pumps which were excluded from commercial and industrial pump energy conservation standard published in the federal register. ASRAC working group will collect performance and sales data, negotiate and develop scope, test procedure, performance rating metrics, and standard performance levels for pumps. HI Circulator Pump Committee has been informally negotiating with Energy Advocates and will continue to support ASRAC working group. Read More

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NTSB opens accident docket on Philadelphia Amtrak derailment.

February 3, 2016

NTSB publicly released more than 2,000 pages of information as part of ongoing investigation of May 12, 2015, Amtrak passenger train derailment. Train #188 derailed after entering curve at 106 mph where speed is restricted to 50 mph. Of 250 passengers and 8 Amtrak employees, 8 passengers were killed and more than 200 others were transported to hospitals. Docket includes documents containing interview transcripts, letters, factual reports, photographs, and other investigative material. Read More

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NAM's Timmons gives State of Manufacturing address in S.C.

February 3, 2016

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered his 2016 State of Manufacturing address at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. Event, co-hosted by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Trident Technical College, is the latest in a series of stops throughout 7 states to highlight the vital role the industry plays in the U.S. economy and the changing perceptions of manufacturing. Manufacturing supports an estimated 18.5 million jobs in the U.S., including 232,800 jobs in South Carolina. Read More

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ASHRAE LowDown Showdown seeks participants for conference.

February 3, 2016

After success and popularity of first modeling challenge, ASHRAE LowDown Showdown will be part of ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016 Conference, Aug 10–12. Modeling challenge showcases work of several teams competing to model a net zero or below building. Competition gives conference attendees opportunity to work with vendors and developers to showcase their abilities using vendor’s simulation tools, innovative workflows, and creative problem solving to model a high performance building. Read More

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Plastics Industry launches Zero Net Waste program.

February 3, 2016

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association launched the Zero Net Waste program, a groundbreaking tool for members to use to evaluate waste reduction opportunities and maximize landfill diversion. Program will provide plastics companies with concrete set of resources they can use to pursue, and achieve, zero net waste in their facilities and offices. Companies who participate in program, and meet requirements of 2-step qualification and verification process will be recognized for their efforts. Read More

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MESA and LNS Research post call for survey participants.

February 3, 2016

MESA International and LNS Research post call for manufacturers to take biennial "Metrics that Matter" survey. This research helps define key metrics and helps benchmark values to help manufacturers know what numbers are great, good, or ugly. It also includes trends on technologies that can improve performance per metric or across operations. Participants will receive access to LNS Research's "Metrics that Matter" Research Library for 1 year, as well as benchmark eBook in Q2 of this year. Read More

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Standards Committee reaffirms fluorescent ballast standard.

February 3, 2016

NEMA announced that ANSI Accredited Standards Committee C82 reaffirmed C82.1-2004 Line Frequency Fluorescent Lamp Ballasts. Standard covers ballasts which have rated open circuit voltages of 2,000 V or less and are intended to operate lamps at frequency of 50 Hz or 60 Hz. ANSI C82.1-2004 (R2008, R2015) may be purchased in hard copy or electronic download on NEMA website.
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