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ANSI encourages stakeholder participation in ISO activities.

August 5, 2009

As U.S. member of ISO, ANSI invites stakeholders to be involved with activities of PC 245, Cross-border trade of second-hand goods, in creating related standard. ANSI has also created and is looking for additional members of TAG to PC 245. Committee PC 231, Brand valuation, is developing draft International Standard 10668, while other opportunities include developments of PC 240, Product recall; ISO PC 239, Network services billing; and PC 243, Consumer product safety. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members.

August 5, 2009

In July 2009, ANSI welcomed 11 new members. According to Brian Meincke, Institute's director of membership development, new members will not only gain access to information and business intelligence that is not available elsewhere, but they will also receive discounts on many products and services. Members can also build relationships that empower them with voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions that directly affect their business. Read More

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Eleven Organizations to participate in accreditation program.

August 5, 2009

ANSI's pilot Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP) will provide neutral, third-party accreditation that given certificate program meets ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs. By demonstrating compliance to this standard, certificate programs will further development of well-educated and qualified workforce. Accreditation program is also expected to provide quality benchmarks for design of future certificate programs. Read More

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Workshop addresses hydrogen safety codes and standards.

August 5, 2009

Hosted by Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen (PATH) and sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy, International Hydrogen Safety Codes and Standards Workshop will take place in New Delhi, India on August 29. Participants will learn about success stories and lessons learned on hydrogen facilities siting and demonstration projects and explore synergistic opportunities in codes, standards, and regulations development in India and surrounding countries. Read More

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ANSI releases schedule for World Standards Week 2009.

August 5, 2009

ANSI has posted schedule and further information for World Standards Week 2009, which will be held October 5-8 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Maryland. WSW is an annual occasion where members of standards and conformity assessment community meet in spirit of cooperation and collaboration. Schedule, posted at ansi.org/wsweek, provides dates and times for various meetings and forums to be held over course of event. Read More

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Speakers Sought for meat processing robot webinar.

August 5, 2009

Robotic Industries Association extends an open invitation to each of its members to serve as a speaker at a robotic meat processing webinar aimed at sharing how successful robots are in this industry segment. Up to 2 speaker candidates will be confirmed by September 10, 2009 and be asked to prepare their story in a non-commercial format for an online meeting in February 2010, coordinated by industry trade journal National Provisioner. Read More

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Conference Panel to focus on energy, propulsion efficiency.

August 5, 2009

Addressing Aviation Energy Demand Through Propulsion Efficiency, a public policy panel, will be presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) on August 4 at 12:30 pm as part of the 45th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. It will explore demand-side fuel efficiency, calling for reduced fossil fuel consumption through increased aircraft engine efficiency, decreased aircraft weight, and improved aerodynamic efficiency of fuselages. Read More

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Online Exhibit Hall helps users plan visit to IPC Conference.

August 4, 2009

Located at www.IPCMidwestShow.org/exhibitors, IPC Midwest Online Exhibit Hall displays company information, product descriptions, photos, and links to audio and video. Visitors can search for relevant suppliers by category or keywords and pull competitive information together, without traveling to multiple sites. Using My Midwest feature, attendees can create personalized plans for visiting exhibitors. IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for Sept 23-24, 2009. Read More

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BIO Forum focuses on investment strategies.

August 4, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 28-29, 2009, 8th Annual BIO Investor Forum focuses on investment strategies and competitive therapeutic and drug development innovations. Program will feature more than 110 late-stage private and emerging public company presentations, therapeutic panels led by clinical thought leaders, business roundtables addressing key issues affecting biotech executives, partnering meetings, and number of networking opportunities. Read More

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RIA Conference offers education and networking opportunities.

August 4, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 13-16, RIA Fall Conference will feature education sessions on variety of critical topics such as managing personal finances, an update on Association's damage repair initiatives and contract project, as well as power networking and education sessions and plant tour at Paragon Certified Restoration. Jill Bishop of Workforce Language Services will present on subject of leveraging Latino workforce for greater engagement, production, and safety. Read More

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FAA mandates new rules on ice protection systems.

August 4, 2009

FAA changed certification standards for transport airplanes to require automatic activation of ice protection systems or method to tell pilots when they should be activated. New aircraft designs must include this or definition of visual signs of ice buildup or identification of conductive temperature/moisture conditions. Systems must operate continuously, automatically turn on and off, or alert pilots when they should be cycled. Standard applies to all types of ice protection systems. Read More

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Vote supports regulatory pathway for biosimilars.

August 4, 2009

With vote of 47 to 11, House Energy and Commerce Committee approved amendment to create regulatory pathway for biosimilars. Approved amendment, introduced by Representatives Anna Eshoo (D, CA), Jay Inslee (D, WA), and Joe Barton (R, TX), strikes appropriate balance among ensuring patient safety, expanding competition, reducing costs, and providing necessary and fair incentives for continued biomedical innovation. Read More

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ASTM approves skatepark standard.

August 4, 2009

Approved by ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities, ASTM F2334 provides standard for basic safety and performance requirements relating to skatepark equipment within above ground public skatepark facility. Standard covers elements intended to be used in performance of skateboarding, in-line skating, and bicycle motocross (BMX) biking, and will be used by skatepark owners and operators, as well as equipment designers and manufacturers. Read More

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ELFA Conference Call to address 2009-related topics.

August 4, 2009

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is hosting a conference call on August 6, 2009 at 11 am EST to address equipment finance quarterly briefing (covering 2Q 2009). The agenda will include an overview of ELFA, member companies profiles, MLFI-25, and Beige Book; overall trends in equipment finance markets; and MLFI-25 participant perspective. Discussion will also involve views on 2009 as well as a question and answer section. Read More

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NIST announces 3rd Smart Grid workshop.

August 4, 2009

Scheduled for August 3-4, in Chantilly, VA, Smart Grid Public Workshop will engage standards development organizations (SDO) in addressing standards-related priorities. Sessions will promote discussing of individual SDO perspectives on roadmap for interoperability standards, reaching agreement on which organizations should resolve specific standards needs, and developing plans/setting timelines for meeting responsibilities. Under contract with NIST, EPRI is assisting in organizing event. Read More

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NIST Scientists study how to improve organic solar power.

August 3, 2009

In paper titled "Substrate-dependent interface composition and charge transport in films for organic photovoltaics," NIST scientists have deepened understanding of complex organic films in photovoltaic devices. Current types convert less than 6% of light to electricity at best. By applying X-ray absorption measurements to film interfaces, team found that structure of electrode surface is changed such that it could improve photovoltaic efficiency and lifetime. Read More

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NIST Guide addresses design of earthquake-resistant buildings.

August 3, 2009

"Seismic Design of Steel Special Moment Frames: A Guide for Practicing Engineers" consolidates requirements of International Building Code and related standards including ASCE 7, AISC 341, and AISC 358. Part of NIST support for NEHRP, guide includes background and sketches to illustrate requirements as well as chapters on use of special moment frames, their principles, and guidance on analysis and design. It was written for structural engineers, building officials, educators, and students. Read More

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NIST Workshop to cover artificial intelligence advancement.

August 3, 2009

NIST's 9th annual Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS'09) workshop, to be held on September 21-23, will include gathering of researchers involved in advancing artificial intelligence in robots and other systems. It will address question of: Does performance measurement accelerate the pace of advancement for intelligent systems? PerMIS is forum for fostering collaborations between researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, and government agencies. Read More

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Smart Grid Testimony heard by congressional subcommittee.

August 3, 2009

NIST's work on standards and cyber security for a nationwide smart electric power grid was featured in congressional testimony. Before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Homeland Security on July 21, Cita Furlani, director of NIST's Information Technology Laboratory, described how NIST is collaborating with other agencies and private sector organization to address the cyber security requirements of the Smart Grid. Read More

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Dr. John A. Tesk receives award from ASTM International.

August 3, 2009

ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices honored John A. Tesk, Ph.D., of Biomedical Materials and Devices Consulting, with the Patrick G. Laing Award for his contributions towards developing standards for medical and surgical devices. An ASTM International member since 1995, Tesk is a member at large on Committee F04 and also works on several F04 subcommittees. He is also associated with various other organizations, domestic and international. Read More