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Lighting Equipment Demand strengthens during first quarter.

May 22, 2012

After ebbs and flows in 4 prior quarters, NEMA's Lighting Systems Index gained 5.2% on quarter-to-quarter basis during 2012Q1. On year-over-year basis, index increased by 3.7%, indicating that aggregate lighting equipment demand has improved appreciably since recovery began; however it remains well below levels observed during previous economic expansion. Only emergency lighting posted year-over-year decline in shipments while fixtures, ballasts, miniature lamps, and large lamps registered gains. Read More

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Committee on UAS appoints Ted Wierzbanowski as chairman.

May 21, 2012

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) elected Ted Wierzbanowski, director of UAS airspace integration at AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia, CA, as its new chairman. As such, Wierzbanowski will lead F38 as it focuses on development and approval of technical standards required for operation of small UAS in National Airspace System. Wierzbanowski also chairs Subcommittee F38.02 on Flight Operations and is member of Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides Committee focuses on trampoline park safety.

May 21, 2012

With input of suppliers, inspectors, operators, and consumers, Trampoline Court Task Group developed ASTM WK35776, New Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection, and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts. Jeff Platt, chairman of International Association of Trampoline Parks, called this standard "key to providing an enjoyable participatory experience" for guests and is pleased with the group's dedication and commitment. Read More

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Comments Sought on newly proposed contact center standard.

May 21, 2012

ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by June 15, 2012 on proposal of ISO Committee on Consumer Policy for new ISO standard on guidelines for consumer contact centers. Proposed new work item, Guidelines for customer contact centers, would provide guidance for business process service centers and all customer contact centers (call centers) to address customer-reported issues of accessing and/or receiving satisfactory help and common frustrations. Read More

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DOE's CTE Blueprint emphasizes credentials and certifications.

May 21, 2012

To ensure education system provides high-quality job training opportunities that reduce skill shortages, encourage new hires, as well as spur innovation and economic growth, U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint to Transform Career and Technical Education (CTE). This Blueprint calls for strengthening U.S. CTE programs and highlights need for credentials and certificates accredited by neutral third-parties such as ANSI. Read More

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AAMA and WDMA release fenestration market studies report.

May 21, 2012

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have jointly released updated "2011/2012 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights." Report delivers information on window, door, skylight, and curtain wall market trends and product relationships for residential and commercial construction. Historic data for 2006-2011 as well as forecast data for 2012-2015 are included. Read More

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Speakers are Announced for TITANIUM 2012.

May 21, 2012

Eric Zanin, senior VP and head of materials and detail parts procurement for Airbus, and Benoit Brossoit, United Technologies Corp. VP of Operations, will be distinguished speakers at TITANIUM 2012. To be held October 7-10, conference and exhibition addresses needs of titanium industry professionals, suppliers, customers, and stakeholders by providing information on business, technology, and market trends as well as panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on guidelines for consumer warranties.

May 18, 2012

ISO Committee on Consumer Policy has submitted proposal to ISO for new ISO standard on guidelines for consumer warranties. Proposed new work item would provide producers or sellers of goods and services with guidance on requirements for effective warranties. Intent is to address problems with warranties in relation to goods or services sold, either within one jurisdiction or across a number of different jurisdictions. ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by June 15, 2012. Read More