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Dates Announced for National Tire Safety Week.

November 13, 2009

As initiative of Be Tire Smart - Play Your PART program, ninth annual National Tire Safety Week will be held June 6-12, 2010 in order to educate motorists about proper tire care and maintenance. RMA provides tire retailers, auto dealers, and automotive repair shops with Be Tire Smart brochures and other materials. Also, participating retail outlets will promote tire care through advertising, promotions, free tire pressure checks, and conducting media outreach. Read More

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Randy Dougherty of ANAB named chair of IAF.

November 12, 2009

ANSI congratulates Randy A. Dougherty, VP of ANSI-American Society for Quality National Accreditation Board, on his appointment as chair of International Accreditation Forum. Prior to being named chair of IAF, he served 2 terms as chair of IAF Technical Committee, and he is a member of IAF Executive Committee. Mr. Dougherty has a wealth of experience in the accreditation community, with 25 years of work in third-party conformity assessment. Read More

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IPC comments on California's green chemistry proposal.

November 12, 2009

IPC's Environment, Health, and Safety Steering Committee submitted comments to California's Department of Toxic Substances Control on their proposal for a green chemistry regulation. Proposal includes list of hundreds of chemicals of concern that cannot be in any products sold in California. IPC comments caution DTSC that having enormous list of banned substances without conducting thorough alternatives assessment for each chemical will inevitably lead to inadvertent negative results. Read More

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Standards Help Save Lives during American Diabetes Month.

November 12, 2009

Providing specific requirements and test methods for syringes used to inject insulin, ISO 8537:2007, Sterile single-use syringes, with or without needle, for insulin, covers syringes for use with 40 and 100 units of insulin/ml. Another standard, ISO 15197:2003, In vitro diagnostic test systems - Requirements for blood-glucose monitoring systems for self-testing in managing diabetes mellitus, outlines performance requirements for self-testing blood-glucose monitoring systems. Read More

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AWWA and WEF encourage water careers.

November 12, 2009

In conjunction with U.S. Department of Labor, AWWA and Water Environment Federation released Water Sector Competency Model, which defines necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities for prospective water professionals and encourages careers in water sector. AWWA and WEF are committed to supporting competency-based training and certification to ensure experienced and certified water sector professionals are available to support public water systems and waste water treatment plants in the future. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to cover personnel certification accreditation.

November 12, 2009

Part of ANSI's continuing effort to promote education in standards and conformity assessment community, Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop: Understanding the Requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 will be held December 3-4. Attendees will review requirements of ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, identify what content may be helpful in demonstrating compliance, define terminology, and identify documents, best practices, and other resources that can help build understanding of standard. Read More

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ASTM International Training Course focuses on aviation fuels.

November 12, 2009

Titled Aviation Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods, technical and professional training course focuses on how specifications are used to control quality of aviation fuels and why they affect product performance and availability. Course emphasizes practical applications and ASTM International's role in developing specifications and methods, while highlighting past and current problems. It also features tour of either airport fueling facility or fuel farm. Read More

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ASTM Training Course focuses on coal chemistry.

November 12, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International, Coal Chemistry Technician Training Course focuses on 40 ASTM coal characterization standards that are used every day worldwide. Course is important due to implementation of new regulations for power plant emissions and resulting increased demand for testing of fossil fuels and plant emissions. It is suited for laboratory technicians and chemists, professionals new to testing, and anyone working in fossil fuel testing laboratories. Read More

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PCB Roadmap for DoD fosters identification, communications.

November 12, 2009

Created by IPC PCB Executive Agent Task Force, IPC Printed Board Defense Roadmap was developed to assist DoD PCB Executive Agent in identifying printed board technologies, designs, and materials that will be required to meet future DoD and OEM needs. It is also believed to be able to facilitate communication between printed board industry, OEMs designing and manufacturing military hardware, DoD, and military electronics supply chain. Read More

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Brass Ingot receives NSF/ANSI certification.

November 11, 2009

California Metal-X (CMX) is the first brass ingot manufacturer to receive certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (NSF 61) - Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects by NSF International. Certification to this American National Standard for public water supply products, required by California Waterworks Standards, also includes Annex G, which meets requirements of California Health and Safety Code 116875 requirements for lead content (AB 1953). Read More

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PTDA Market Outlook Report notes slight boost in sales.

November 11, 2009

According to Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers posted increased sales in September 2009. Confidence in U.S. market, measured on 1-10 scale, held at at 4.7 for third consecutive month. Canadian confidence rose by 0.1 from last month to 4.2. Respectively, U.S. and Canadian manufacturers' sales rose 5.3% and 14.0% in September 2009 but were down 29.6% and 29.1% compared to 2008. In the 9 overall product categories, 7 (U.S.) and 8 (Canadian) posted sales gains. Read More

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Five State DOTs receive award for life saving programs.

November 11, 2009

State transportation departments in Arkansas, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington were among honorees recognized by the Roadway Safety Foundation and Federal Highway Administration for innovation in operations, planning, and roadway design to reduce fatalities and injuries on our nation's highways. National Roadway Safety awards were presented by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood who said we can never stop looking for new ways to make driving safer. Read More

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2010 IPC APEX EXPO is open for registration.

November 11, 2009

Taking place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010 will cover reliability, cleaning and contamination, and emerging technologies such as embedded devices and solar panel assembly. Event will include technical conference, standards development meetings, professional development courses, and exhibition. More than 300 suppliers with newest products and technologies will be featured, allowing attendees to shop and compare equipment and processes. Read More

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Scientists build first optical frequency comb.

November 11, 2009

Scientists at University of Konstanz in Germany and NIST in U.S. have built first optical frequency comb, a tool for precisely measuring different frequencies of visible light. Teeth of frequency comb are separated enough that when viewed with a grating and microscope, the human eye can see each of approximately 50,000 teeth spanning visible color spectrum from red to blue. Comb can be used to measure light emitted by lasers, atoms, stars, or other objects. Read More

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NIST solves timing problem in molecular modeling.

November 11, 2009

Vinod Tewary, a theoretical physicist at NIST, has developed method for calculating motions and forces of thousands of atoms simultaneously over wider range of time scales than previously possible. Mathematical technique is expected to enable modeling of many processes that occur at time scales of nano- to microseconds, such as formation and growth of defects as well as conduction of heat, diffusion, and radiation damage in materials. Read More

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NIST Test analyzes iris recognition algorithms in biometrics.

November 11, 2009

NIST report, IREX I: Performance of Iris Recognition Algorithms on Standard Images, demonstrates that iris recognition algorithms can maintain accuracy and interoperability with compact images. It found that JPEG2000 and PNG formats, defined by ISO-IEC 19794-6 standard, compressed images small enough for storage and transmission. Test also analyzed various technical factors affecting users and showed that in forensic applications, slower and more powerful algorithms were beneficial. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee covers glass for solar applications.

November 11, 2009

During virtual meeting, a new ASTM International standards developing activity, Subcommittee E44.20 on Glass for Solar Applications, was formed. Scope of subcommittee is development and maintenance of standards for glass and glass coatings for solar applications that include, but are not limited to, photovoltaic, solar thermal, and concentrating applications. Standards will address characteristics that affect performance, durability, and reliability. Read More

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ATA expects decline in air travel over Thanksgiving.

November 11, 2009

ATA said it expects 4% year-over-year decrease in number of passengers traveling during 2009 Thanksgiving holiday season, from Friday, November 20 through Tuesday, December 1. Flights are expected to be full, driven by decrease in available seats and deep discounting. ATA also says carriers have cut back schedules in response to economic pressures, with capacity reductions deepest since 1942. Organization also expects government to open up Special Activity Airspace to help ease congestion. Read More

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Three States are Honored for highway safety leadership.

November 11, 2009

On October 25 of this year, 2009 AASHTO Safety Leadership Awards were presented to states of Colorado, Nebraska, and New Mexico at AASHTO Annual Meeting in Palm Desert, CA. While each state selected employed differing programs and approaches, all demonstrated strong leadership, support of behavioral approaches to improving highway safety through flexing Highway Safety Improvement Program funds, and success in reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries. Read More

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Network and Service Optimization are key to IPTV growth.

November 11, 2009

According to Forum Marketing Director, Laurie Gonzalez, improving multiplay content delivery by optimizing IPTV networks, provisioning, and remote management are crucial strategic objective work areas for Broadband Forum. On Nov 12, Ms. Gonzalez will address TelcoTV conference and show how IPTV has continued steady growth despite economic downturn, with North America now home to nearly 20% of all subscribers. She will also outline Broadband Forum strategic objectives beyond IPTV. Read More