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NTSB Recommendation Letter addresses various safety concerns.

January 6, 2010

Spanning H-09-32 to H-09-41, letter to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration included points on "Driver Fatigue Video" updates/redistribution, 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 376 revision, and authority to deny/revoke operating licenses. Other issues addressed evasion detection algorithm, passenger carrier lease agreement reviews, development of Web-based database of FMVSS-compliant passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles, and physical inspection standards for the same. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to NHTSA.

January 6, 2010

According to NTSB, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration should develop, in conjunction with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a Web-based database of FMVSS-compliant passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles that can be utilized by federal, state, and local enforcement inspection personnel to identify non-FMVSS-compliant passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles so they can be placed out of service. NHTSA should also implement process to periodically update database. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendation to U.S. DOT.

January 6, 2010

According to NTSB, U.S. Department of Transportation should direct National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to work in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency to develop and implement process to detect motor carriers that are currently operating non-FMVSS-compliant motorcoaches or other passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles. When vehicles are detected, FMCSA should have authority to place them out of service. Read More

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White Paper addresses efficient use of solder.

January 6, 2010

Following 2-year study on effect of impurity limits on performance of lead-free solder, IPC Solder Products Value Council announced publication of "Take Action Limits (TAL) for SAC305 Lead-Free Soldering Processes Utilizing Solder Baths/Pots." White paper provides electronics manufacturers with defined limits to guide them on efficient use of solder. It identifies 3 action levels and also sets TALs for 14 materials that can commonly be introduced during normal board production. Read More

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Safety Recommendations Made for border crossings.

January 6, 2010

NTSB recommends US Customs and Border Protection Agency assist US DoT in developing process to detect and report information on motor carriers identified during border crossing inspections (H-09-42). DoT assistance is also recommended in ensuring specific vehicles of H-09-42 are placed out of service. Also, H-09-43 recommends definition of interstate commerce from 49 Code of Federal Regulations 390.5 be incorporated into 19 Code of Federal Regulations 12.80. Read More

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Phase II Meetings for cyber risk financial impact have been concluded.

January 6, 2010

Representatives from 22 organizations gathered for final meeting of Phase II of The Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask. Led by the ANSI and ISA, initiative seeks to develop methodology for executive decision-making in cyber-risk mitigation. Phase II is focused on developing implementation strategy that addresses questions provided in Phase I. Additionally, initiative will expand framework to include guidance on making informed decisions economically. Read More

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AASHTO announces top 10 transportation topics for 2010.

January 4, 2010

Looking ahead, AASHTO has developed list of top 10 transportation topics that it forecasts will be part of national conversation in 2010. Among the topics are adopting long-term transportation funding bill, adopting new jobs creation bill, deterring distracted driving, and helping ensure safer roads by publishing Highway Safety Manual. Some of the other topics are moving on high-speed rail grants, addressing climate change, and adopting social media to provide traffic and travel information. Read More

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National Institute of Building Sciences honors 2009 award winners.

January 4, 2010

NIBS Board Chair, Ronald L. Skaggs, presented 2009 Honor Award to Rep. Russ Carnahan in recognition of his visionary leadership and commitment to achieving high-performing buildings. Skaggs also recognized Ronald Burton with 2009 Institute Member Award for his strong advocacy for building professionals and dedication to achieving high-performance buildings. Institute President, Henry L. Green, awarded Robert Kistler 2009 President's Award for dedication as coordinating chair of BEST2 Conference. Read More

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NIBS 2010 Board of Directors is now in place.

January 4, 2010

Elected as chair, Jim. W. Sealy is an architect and consultant to design, codes, construction, and legal profession. RK Stewart, elected as vice chair, has experience in large scale, mixed-use, institutional, renovation/restoration, and office projects. James "Tim" Ryan, Secretary, has 30 years experience in administration, enforcement, and development of construction safety codes, construction management, and methods. Mortimer M. Marshall Jr., Treasurer, is president of The Marshall Group in Va. Read More

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Technology Interchange addresses strengthening DoD and PCB market collaboration.

December 31, 2009

During IPC Technology Interchange, it was made clear that strong collaboration is needed between North American PCB industry, DoD, and PCB Executive Agent to strengthen national defense readiness and North American PCB market. IPC Printed Board Defense Roadmap was unveiled, which identifies North American printed board industry's future technologies and capabilities, and will assist PCB manufacturers, OEMs, and DoD to better communicate future defense electronics needs. Read More

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ASTM Committee sponsors grain size determination workshop.

December 31, 2009

To be held in San Antonio, TX on November 17, 2010, workshop on "Grain Size Determination According to ASTM Test Methods E112, E930, E1181, E1382 and Other Methods" lets ASTM standards users present problems or ask questions concerning grain size determination methods. Invitations are open to all parties interested in presenting information about digital cameras and their use in grain size determination of metallic materials or demonstrating software and equipment used in ratings. Read More

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Call for Papers issued for symposium on Uncertainty in Fire Standards.

December 31, 2009

Scheduled for June 16, 2011, symposium on "Uncertainty in Fire Standards and What to Do About It" will discuss issues related to uncertainty in fire standards and will cover how different parties - testing laboratories, enforcement authorities, manufacturers, practicing engineers - incorporate uncertainty into their use of results from fire safety tests and calculations. Discussion will also cover legal, technical, and ethical implications for these different approaches. Read More

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ISO Committee launches newsletter on standardization activities.

December 30, 2009

ISO Consumer Update aims to inform members and constituents of ISO Consumer Policy Committee (COPOLCO) about important events and developments within ISO and IEC that are of particular relevance to consumers. Newsletter will also draw COPOLCO members' attention to important news, issues, and consultations involving committee's work. First issue contains update about relevant International Standards, COPOLCO news, national standards, and consumer protection legislation. Read More

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Standards Snapshots highlight roles of diverse standards.

December 30, 2009

NFPA 150, Standard on Fire and Life Safety in Animal Housing Facilities 2009 Edition, provides additional minimum requirements for protection of animals and humans in animal housing facilities. Regarding Geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD/T), ASME Y14.5-2009 includes changes that address concept of feature design, datum references and degrees of freedom, surface boundaries and axis methods of interpretation, profile tolerances and symbology, and modifiers' tools. Read More

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Material Handling Journal expands its online presence.

December 30, 2009

Released quarterly, The MHEDA Journal provides online magazine for forklift, storage and handling, and general material handling equipment industries. Its new presence on social networking sites, Twitter and Facebook, give readers more ways to engage content. Also new, Editor's Blog is updated multiple times per week with interesting material handling industry stories as well as less-than-critical but interesting material handling stories. Read More

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ANSI Caucus will include guest speaker Lawrence Kogan.

December 30, 2009

Monthly ANSI Caucus Luncheon, to be held Friday, January 15, 2010, will feature guest speaker Lawrence A. Kogan, President of Institute for Trade, Standards, and Sustainable Development and principal at Exemplar Law, LLC. International business, trade, and regulatory attorney will speak on topic of "Climate Change: Technology Transfer or Compulsory License?" Sponsored by Qualcomm, caucus will be held from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm at National Press Club. Read More

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Powder Flow 2009 hailed a success.

December 29, 2009

Powder Flow 2009, a 1-day conference organized by Formulation Science and Technology Group of RSC in partnership with Freeman Technology and in association with Dechema, included plenary lecture by Professor Antonio Castellanos covering research into influence of interparticle forces on fluidization behavior. Powder characterization techniques were a key area of discussion, from traditional shear testing to indentation testing, dynamic powder rheometry, and laser imaging techniques. Read More

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PCB Industry Report shows overall decrease in November 2009.

December 29, 2009

November 2009 findings of North American PCB Statistical Program indicated declines in both rigid and flexible PCB shipments and bookings from November 2008 (rigid only), for year to date, and compared to previous month. However, flexible circuit bookings increased 31.9% compared to November 2008. While book-to-bill ratio for North American rigid PCB industry in November 2009 registered 1.07, North American flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio in November 2009 climbed to 1.02. Read More

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BIO President applauds provisions in Senate health care bill.

December 29, 2009

Jim Greenwood, making a statement on Senate's vote to pass The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, called provisions for patients living with debilitating diseases "important steps toward realizing the critical broad goals of health care reform, namely reducing costs, expanding access and promoting continued medical breakthroughs." Greenwood specifically noted the pathway to allow for US FDA approval of biosimilars as well as therapeutic discovery project tax credit. Read More

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JEDEC and SAE enter into Memorandum of Understanding.

December 28, 2009

JEDEC Solid State Technology Association and SAE entered into MOU to collaborate on development of standards for fiber optic system test and qualification methods for harsh environment applications. Work will be conducted under auspices of JEDEC JC-13.6 Subcommittee whose objective is to publish and maintain standard for fiber optics in harsh environments with emphasis on commercial and military avionics in missile and space systems. Read More