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NEMA publishes dimming of fluorescent lighting standard.

July 31, 2009

Resulting from discussions between numerous manufacturers and end-users as well as years of data gathering, testing, and analysis, LL 9-2008 Dimming of T8 Fluorescent Lighting Systems standard covers range between 100% and approximately 35% output. Standard will serve as tool for both legislators and lighting planners to use in encouraging and designing effective T8 dimming systems. Read More

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ASTM to hold workshop on life cycle management.

July 31, 2009

Workshop on Life Cycle Assessment: Methodology, Current Development, and Application in Standards, will be held October 18-19, 2009, in Atlanta, GA. Program's 1st part will discuss state-of-the-art life cycle assessment (LCA) practice and associated opportunities/challenges, while 2nd part will discuss use of LCA in product development, selection, and standards. Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before workshop and closes October 14. Read More

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NEMA publishes AC High-Voltage Circuit Breakers standard.

July 31, 2009

Published under license from IEEE, SG 4-2009 Alternating Current High-Voltage Circuit Breakers standard was revised by High-Voltage Power Circuit Breaker Voting Classification of the Switchgear Section of NEMA. Some areas covered include requirements for circuit breaker operating mechanisms, bushing terminal connectors, and ground terminals, as well as current transformer thermal and short-time capabilities, multi-ratio current transformer tap connections, and RIV tests and limits. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry statistics for June 2009.

July 31, 2009

Survey from monthly North American PCB Statistical Program indicates rigid PCB shipments declined 30.8% over June 2008 and bookings were down 29.3%. Book-to-bill ratio climbed to 1.12. Flexible circuit shipments were down 3.1%, but bookings were up 4.0%, with book-to-bill ratio up to 1.02. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments were down 29.0% and orders booked decreased 15.1%, with combined industry book-to-bill ratio up to 1.11. Read More

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ASTM Standard is revised based on interlaboratory study.

July 31, 2009

ASTM E2490, Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Photon Correlation Spectroscopy, was revised based on study involving 26 laboratories taking 7,700 measurements. According to Alan Rawle, characterization of size distribution, along with composition and morphology, were key parameters identified as being key to development of nanotechnology. Subcommittee E56.02 welcomes input from those interested in future revisions to ASTM E2490. Read More

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NEMA Team Selected as part of NASA proposal.

July 31, 2009

NEMA has been selected as team member of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA for a Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC). The grant funds research that focuses on understanding what roles PIER, CEC, and other agencies should play in CA Smart Grid efforts. The proposal's purpose, as identified by CEC, is to address challenges CA electric utility industry will face while implementing Smart Grid. Read More

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NSF International develops eco-efficiency protocol.

July 30, 2009

NSF Protocol 352 establishes requirements for content of eco-efficiency analyses to ensure consistency, objectivity, and transparency. Eco-efficiency means creating more goods and services while consuming fewer resources and generating less waste and pollution. BASF chemical company is the first to have its Eco-Efficiency Analysis methodology used to evaluate economic and environmental impact of products or processes validated by NSF. Read More

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Equipment Finance Index shows 37% decline over last year.

July 30, 2009

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index shows overall new business volume for June declined by 37% compared to June 2008, while month-to-month new business volume increased 24% from May to June. It also showed credit approvals decreased to 65.4% from 66.3% in May, and from 74.0% in June 2008. Market confidence is down to score of 49.2 for July 2009. Complementing other indexes, 5 component survey is barometer of trends in U.S. capital equipment investment. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard to aid in hydrocarbon exploration.

July 30, 2009

Developed by ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke, Proposed Standard WK24192 covers Test Method for Microscopical Determination of the Reflectance of Vitrinite Dispersed in Sedimentary Rocks. According to Paul Hackley, chair of Subcommittee D05.28, petrographers can measure similar values of dispersed vitrinite reflectance in interlaboratory exercises, but disparities exist and consensus standard will improve agreement by providing common methodology and set of guidelines. Read More

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Reccommendations address China's exchange rate policy.

July 30, 2009

With China facing a less buoyant outlook for external demand than before the worldwide economic crisis, Goldstein and Lardy recommend China disavow any strategy of competitive undervaluation of the renminbi that might be aimed at dealing with reduced global demand for Chinese exports. They call for a rejection of export promotion measures, even if such steps are technically consistent with China's World Trade Organization obligations. Read More

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IEA Senate Briefing to address hydrogen fuel collaborations.

July 30, 2009

To be held July 31, 2009, IEA Collaborations in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Science and Technology will address global investments in energy, economic, and environmental future. Collaborations such as IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, founded in 1977, with 22 members, and IEA Advanced Fuel Cell Implementing Agreement, created in 1990, with 19 members, will be discussed. Speakers Mary-Rose de Valladares and Mark C. Williams, Ph.D. will cover their activities and accomplishments. Read More

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NY State and ASHRAE slash data center energy use.

July 29, 2009

Two free workshops focused on thermal guidelines for data processing, datacom facility energy efficiency, high density data centers, and contamination in datacom environments are available to those who work with data centers in New York. It is estimated that implementation of guidance and best practices information presented could result in savings of at least $25 million for NY data centers over next 5 years, with 75% reduction in data energy use experienced in some data centers. Read More

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AASHTO launches website targeting greenhouse gases.

July 29, 2009

AASHTO site, Real Transportation Solutions for Green House Gas Emissions, highlights strategies to reduce emissions from transportation. It includes best practices, state examples, research findings, and links to other climate change information sites. Providing information on 4 basic strategies, site also highlights wide spectrum of research that is under way or planned to further evaluate effectiveness of greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies. Read More

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ATA Annual Conference focuses on the road to recovery.

July 29, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 4-7 in Las Vegas, 2009 ATA Management Conference and Exhibition will assess economic outlooks, political climate on Capitol Hill, transportation policy initiatives, and impact on motor carriers. Event will include 16 educational programs as well as 3 general sessions focusing on state of trucking industry, environmental sustainability and how going green can be profitable, and how onboard safety systems can result in safer trucks, drivers, and highways. Read More

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HITSP Approves new interoperability specifications.

July 29, 2009

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) announced that it has approved 4 specifications, developed in response to EHR-centric components of stimulus legislation, at its July 8, 2009 panel meeting. Completely aligned with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), specifications address Electronic Health Record (EHR)-centric interoperability, service collaborations, data architecture, as well as exchange architecture and harmonization framework. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover focimeters and balers.

July 29, 2009

Recently revised American National Standard, ANSI Z80.17-2008, Focimeters, sets tolerances and specifies test devices to verify those tolerances for primary instrument used to measure optical power of lenses. To assure safety of workers who deal with balers, EIA published ANSI Z245.5-2008, which applies to baling equipment rated at 600 V or less, for outdoor or indoor use, and is employed in accordance with manufacturer's installation, operation, and maintenance instructions and procedures. Read More

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Eight EMS Program Managers earn coveted IPC certification.

July 29, 2009

Developed with input from IPC EMS Management Council, EMS Program Manager Training and Certification Program teaches and tests specific skills for EMS program managers such as operations, finance, contract, time management, and leadership. Newly certified EMS program managers include Jason Roe, Haresh Patel, Vipul Shah, Tony Duval, Dan Van Brunt, J. Chris Iverson, David Taylor, and Deborah Smith. Read More

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Brochure emphasizes benefits of public-private partnerships.

July 29, 2009

Targeting members of the new administration, Change Is Built on a Foundation of Strength brochure outlines the benefits and contributions of the U.S. standards and conformance system as well as its use of a consensus-based, public-private partnership model. Developed by ANSI and made available online as well as in hard copy, brochure highlights efforts in several critical areas and also outlines emerging issues and priorities. Read More

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ACLASS gains recognition as laboratory accreditation body.

July 29, 2009

ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS has announced its recognition by NIST as U.S. laboratory accreditation body under EMC/Telecommunications Mutual Recognition Agreements. The EMC/Telecom MRA assures that accreditations issued by NIST-recognized U.S. laboratory accreditation bodies are in turn recognized by peer organizations around the globe, eliminating need for individual laboratories to pursue costly multiple assessments and reducing technical barriers to trade. Read More

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ANSI Hosts IEC General Secretary and CEO Ronnie Amit.

July 29, 2009

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was pleased to host Aharon (Ronnie) Amit, General Secretary and CEO of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), during visit to the U.S. on July 22-23, 2009. Mr. Amit met with ANSI staff and representatives in a series of meetings. Speaking at a meeting of the ANSI Executive Committee, he discussed several issues and opportunities facing IEC and categorized them as inward-looking or outward-looking. Read More