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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

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A&WMA and WEF to hold odors/air pollution conference.

December 28, 2009

Odors and Air Pollutants 2010 will be presented by A&WMA and WEF, in cooperation with North Carolina Water Environment Association, from March 21-24, 2010, in Charlotte, NC. Event will feature oral presentations, interactive discussions, workshops, and exhibits. Topics will include odor control planning/monitoring; methods of sampling; measuring/estimating emissions; design of odor control systems; sustainability and greenhouse gases; and innovative technologies, operations, and agriculture. Read More

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Remote Control Specification defines RF standard for remotes.

December 28, 2009

ZigBee Remote Control Profile replaces IR technology with RF standard for remote controls. Designed for use with ZigBee RF4CE specification, standard frees consumers from pointing remotes at devices and offers flexible control from nearby rooms and through wood and glass doors. It also enables 2-way communication between remote and device as well as over-the-air upgrades. Common command set is provided for interoperability, eliminating need for multiple remote controls. Read More

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AIIM Standard will address government information sharing.

December 28, 2009

AIIM 21:2009, Standard Recommended Practice - Strategy Markup Language - Part 1: StratML Core will enable government agencies to use Web 2.0 social networking technologies to engage citizens effectively in pursuit of strategic goals and objectives. At Federal level, it will enable citizens to provide feedback on agency plans. Standard also supports Government Performance Results Act and provides transparency to government information through websites like GPO's Federal Digital System. Read More

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HART Plant of the Year goes to Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation.

December 28, 2009

HART® Communication Foundation selected Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation's ethylene plant in Kashima, Japan as recipient of 2009 HART Plant of the Year Award. Mitsubishi Chemical is using HART Communication capability of 800+ interoperable field devices, integrated with their DCS and asset management systems through multiplexers and HART-enabled I/Os, to access real-time continuous process variables and diagnostics. This resulted in operational savings of $20,000-$30,000 per day. Read More

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ANSI Board Meeting features NIST Director as speaker.

December 28, 2009

Dr. Patrick D. Gallagher, director of NIST, provided luncheon address at ANSI Board of Directors meeting on December 3rd in Washington DC. Address focused on importance of standards for SmartGrid and greenhouse gas emissions to health IT and cyber security as nation's top priorities. Dr. Gallagher, confirmed by Senate in November, urged openness and cooperation and recommended involvement of researchers/entrepreneurs at forefront of technological development. Read More

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Comments Sought on revised cryptographic module standards.

December 28, 2009

ANSI would like to inform stakeholders that the NIST is requesting comments on one of its key computer security documents. The draft contains information processing standards that govern use of cryptographic modules by civilian federal agencies and government contractors. Revised Draft of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-3 updates federal government's guiding document for testing/validation of cryptographic modules. Comments will be accepted until March 11, 2010. Read More

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ELFA November Report shows decline in new business volume.

December 28, 2009

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting equipment finance economic activity, showed new business volume for November declined by 7.0% compared to 2008. Alternatively, receivables and charge-offs increased for month and year. For 2009 monthly activity, decreases were also reported for total headcount for equipment finance companies. Supplemental data indicated tightening underwriting standards and lower demand were to blame for fewer transactions submitted for approval. Read More

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ASTM Committee revises baby crib standard.

December 28, 2009

ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products approved revised version of F1169, Specification for Full-Size Baby Crib. After testing and exploration of design approaches to eliminate failure related to mis-assembly, ASTM subcommittee approved revisions that preclude cribs with functional drop side and related hardware assemblies from complying with standard. Revision also contains new performance tests for crib assemblies to assure structural integrity of crib slats. Read More

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ANSI uses social media to connect standards community.

December 24, 2009

ANSI utilizes social media websites to make information about events/initiatives accessible and provide place of discussion for U.S. standardization community. Its Facebook page includes company overview, upcoming events, photographs, and discussions. On Twitter, company links to news, articles, and ANSI workshop reports, while LinkedIn group page enables members to network. ANSI also has YouTube channel as well as blog with information on standards, articles, TAG work, and workshops. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to address accreditation training/issuance.

December 24, 2009

Workshop on accreditation of certificate-issuing bodies, to be held February 11-12, 2010, will introduce American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and Certificate Accreditation Program. It will cover terminology, significance, and use of standard; requirements for certificate issuers; and certificate program/certificate issuance/use. Event will consist of presentations, small group discussions, and exercises for stakeholders. Read More

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ASHRAE Press Breakfast to focus on 189.1 standard.

December 24, 2009

Scheduled for Jan 25, ASHRAE Press Breakfast at 2010 Conference will offer in-depth look at Standard 189.1, which will provide total building sustainability package to those who strive to design, build, and operate green buildings. Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings covers site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and building's impact on atmosphere, materials, and resources. Read More

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AWWA/NRWA Webcast shows how to reduce system electric costs.

December 24, 2009

Presented by John E. Regnier, Practical Steps to Reduce System Electric Costs Webcast will be hosted by AWWA and National Rural Water Association (NRWA) on January 27, 2010. It will present ways to efficiently integrate water system load control practices with power supplier operations and pricing rules. Attendees will learn about issues connected to electric power production and delivery, energy usage reduction, and efficient tailoring of water system operations. Read More

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ISO Privacy Steering Committee will meet in February 2010.

December 24, 2009

Privacy Steering Committee (PSC) reporting to Technical Management Board (TMB) of ISO will hold meeting in Berlin on February 24, 2010. It is charged with implementing 3 recommendations put forward by TMB task force addressing issue of ISO technical standards and privacy. Committee will provide TMB with outline of proposed workplan and related timeframes by June 2010. ASNI has appointed Scott Matthews as Chair of ANSI virtual TAG that will provide support/input to ANSI's expert on PSC. Read More