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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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