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ASHRAE Standard provides guidance for DOE federal standard.

September 25, 2009

Issued by the U.S. DOE, proposed federal standard for vending machines is based on ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 32.1-2004, Methods of Testing for Rating Vending Machines for Bottled, Canned and Other Sealed Beverages, which establishes uniform testing of refrigerated vending machines to determine energy consumption. DOE is adopting new energy conservation standards, finding that such standards "would result in significant conservation of energy and are technologically feasible and economically justified." Read More

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Kroger Retail Chain joins ZigBee Board of Directors.

September 25, 2009

The ZigBee Alliance announced that Kroger, the nation's largest grocery retailer, is now a Promoter level member and the newest member of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors. Kroger, which joined the ZigBee Alliance as a Participant member in 2008, spans 31 states with a variety of store formats and will play a key role in leading efforts to expand ZigBee use in the retail industry as well as "further strengthen the thriving ZigBee ecosystem," according to Bob Heile, chairman. Read More

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PMA releases September 2009 Business Conditions Report.

September 25, 2009

According to Sept 2009 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies are less optimistic about trend in general activity and in expectations for new orders over next 3-month period than they were 1 month ago. Forty-seven percent of participants anticipate improvement in overall economic activity, down from 57% in August and 51% predict increase in orders, down from 62% in August. However, 53% report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, compared to 39% in August. Read More

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Smart Grid Standards Report will be open for public comment.

September 24, 2009

On September 24, 2009 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and NIST will present a report - NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0 - for public comment. Following Locke's unveiling of the draft report at GridWeek 2009 at 8:30 am, an in-depth public briefing by NIST will include an opportunity for stakeholders to review the report's contents and learn about subsequent steps. The public will have 30 days to comment on the report. Read More

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ASTM and NACE collaborate on corrosion terminology standard.

September 24, 2009

ASTM and NACE International have created joint standard NACE/ASTM G193, Terminology and Acronyms Relating to Corrosion, developed by Subcommittee J01.02 under jurisdiction of J01, Joint ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion. According to Harvey Hack of Northrop Grumman Corp., standard will be used by corrosion organizations worldwide to prevent confusion in corrosion testing and in interpretation of related standards. It contains more than 400 terms, along with list of acronyms. Read More

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A&WMA issues call for abstracts for international conference.

September 24, 2009

A&WMA has issued call for abstracts for International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors from May 17-20, 2010. Abstracts of 250 words or less are being sought for presentations containing new information about thermal treatment of radioactive, hazardous chemical, mixed, munitions, medical/pharmaceutical, municipal, and industrial wastes. They must be submitted online by Nov 2, 2009 and authors will be notified of acceptance by Dec 9. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover cryptography and wrenches.

September 24, 2009

Advancements in cryptography have aided the financial services industry in protecting consumers while they use ATMs, perform electronic purchases, create computer passwords, and complete other electronic transactions. Also, a recently updated standard - ANSI/ASME B107.100-2002 (R2008) - aids in assuring wrenches are used safely and appropriately by providing general, dimensional, performance, and safety requirements. Read More

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Wilkins is certified by NSF to new lead requirements.

September 24, 2009

Wilkins has been certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects and Annex G low-lead requirements, which was developed to help protect the public from exposure to lead. For certification, manufacturers must meet lead requirements set forth in California Health and Safety Code by January 1, 2010. In obtaining certification, Wilkins has demonstrated compliance with all NSF/ANSI Standard 61, Annex G requirements. Read More

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USNC Members honored with IEC 1906 Award.

September 24, 2009

In recognition of noteworthy contributions to IEC and electrotechnical industry, 23 members of United States National Committee (USNC) to IEC were named as recipients of annual IEC 1906 Award. At USNC Council meeting on September 2, 2009, several recipients were honored by Jim Mathews, USNC president, and Hiromichi Fujisawa, Ph.D., chairman of IEC CAB. Awardees received certificates of recognition and commemorative 1906 Award pin. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Producers urge enactment of S 1677.

September 24, 2009

US manufacturing technology providers applauded passage of the Defense Production Act (DPA) reforms and reauthorization (S. 1677) in the Senate and urged the House of Representatives to follow suit. Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT, said the manufacturing sector "needs the type of support provided by the [DPA if we are to continue our critical role in defense preparedness." Created in 1950, DPA ensures American industry can be mobilized swiftly and effectively in times of war. Read More

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ASTM International Committee on sustainability to meet.

September 24, 2009

ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability will address sustainability through workshop and standards development meetings taking place during ASTM October 2009 committee week in Atlanta, GA. Held October 18-19, Life Cycle Assessments: Methodology, Current Development and Application in Standards workshop will explore current LCA theory and application. Forums on infrastructure and packaging will be held October 19 to identify resources and information about sustainability. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard on concrete box joints.

September 24, 2009

ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe has approved ASTM C1677, Specification for Joints for Concrete Box, Using Rubber Gaskets, developed by Subcommittee C13.08. According to John Meyer, it will provide minimum level of production and performance for owners who wish to specify culverts and storm sewers when precast concrete box sections with gasketed joints are furnished. Primary users will be municipalities, highway departments, and drainage or water control agencies. Read More

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MIT Director to speak at October ANSI caucus.

September 24, 2009

At the ANSI Caucus Luncheon on Friday, October 9, 2009, Bill Bonvillian, director of the MIT Washington, D.C. office, and author of a recent book on energy policy, will be the guest speaker. Meeting will begin at 11:45am with ½-hr discussion of public policy issues before Congress and Administration, open to ANSI members only. Networking opportunities will follow, and will include nonmembers. After lunch break, Bonvillian will deliver remarks to be followed by a question and answer session. Read More

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FAA to Assess WAM surveillance system for non-radar regions.

September 24, 2009

Introduced by the FAA in Colorado, Wide-Area Multilateration (WAM) surveillance system lets air traffic controllers track aircraft not covered by radar in remote, mountainous regions. According to FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, system improves safety and efficiency of flights formerly not seen due to rugged terrain while also saving time for passengers and operators. The FAA will monitor how this system works at 4 Colorado airports to determine further deployment. Read More

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Nominations are Open for 2010-2011 RIA Board of Directors.

September 24, 2009

RIA Board of Directors nominations are being sought. These 2-year terms begin in January 2010, and deadline for nomination submittal is October 1, 2009. Comprised of industry leaders willing to dedicate time and energy to oversee activities of the association, the board has openings for 4 suppliers and one user. Read More

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IPC awards volunteers for industry contributions.

September 24, 2009

At IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition 2009, held September 20-24 in Schaumburg, IL, IPC presented Special Recognition, Distinguished Committee Leadership, and Distinguished Committee Service awards. Total of 58 awards were presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to IPC and electronics industry by lending time and expertise to committees, standards, and program development. Read More

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ANSI to offer courses on standards programs administration.

September 24, 2009

ANSI will offer 3 courses for administration of domestic and international standards programs. They will include course #287, The American Way: the American National Standard (ANS) Development Process, on November 9; course #208, The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization, on November 10; and Course #205, ISO Secretariat Operations: Taking the Secret out of the Secretariat, on November 11. Each will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Read More

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RIA Seeks Nominations for 2010 Engelberger Robotics Awards.

September 24, 2009

Announced by RIA, the 2010 Engelberger Robotics Awards will be presented at AUTOMATCA in Munich on June 8-11, 2010. Awards will be presented in categories of Leadership as well as Application, and nominations from throughout the world are currently being sought. Named after Joseph F. Engelberger, the award is the robotics industry's highest honor. Each recipient will receive commemorative medallion and $5,000 honorarium. Read More

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NAM urges senators to support EPA time-out on GHGs.

September 24, 2009

NAM sent Key Vote letter to U.S. Senators urging them to support amendment by Senator Lisa Murkowski to prohibit EPA from issuing "endangerment finding" for carbon dioxide in attempt to regulate greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act. Endangerment finding with no guidance from Congress would only impose overly burdensome compliance costs on manufacturing sector, limit their ability to deploy advanced technologies, and delay economic recovery. Read More

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Expansion Outlined for workforce development program.

September 23, 2009

Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) is designed to attract new talent to industrial distribution. Phyllis Russell, ICP's executive director, said there exists a clear path for expansion, which is being set into motion and should see results next year. With 5 years of experience, ICP is ready to enhance program by focusing on 4 key initiatives: learning objectives and certification, development of industrial distribution material, expansion of sites, and student outreach. Read More