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Call to Action leads to improvements in pilot training.

June 17, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt hosted Call to Action to identify immediate steps to strengthen and improve pilot hiring, training, and testing practices at airlines that provide regional service as well as at country's major air carriers. Participants agreed on best practices for pilot record checks, development of pilot mentoring programs, and re-writing of rules for pilot flight and duty time to incorporate scientific research about fatigue. Read More

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Workshop to address hydrogen codes and standards.

June 17, 2009

The Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen, with support from the US DoE and the US National Hydrogen Association, has announced the Workshop for Hydrogen Codes and Standards. It will take place in New Delhi, India on August 29, 2009 and review success stories and lessons learned on hydrogen facilities siting and demonstration. It will also explore synergistic opportunities in codes, standards, and regulations development in India and surrounding countries. Read More

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European Future Energy Forum features roundtable discussions.

June 17, 2009

Held on June 9-11, European Future Energy Forum included roundtable discussions pertaining to hydrogen and fuel cells. Session chaired by Randy Dey from CCS Global Group discussed international cooperation in development of regulations, codes, and standards on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. It provided overview of importance of "one product, one standard, one test," and offered introduction to ISO standards published and under development specific to hydrogen energy technologies. Read More

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IAg Plating Standard establishes max deposit thickness.

June 17, 2009

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics IndustriesĀ® released IPC-4553A, Specification for Immersion Silver Plating for Printed Boards, which sets requirements for the use of immersion silver (IAg) as a surface finish for printed boards. It adds max deposit thickness based on performance criteria, whereas min thickness requirement was provided in the original release (IPC-4553). Revision A also establishes a single thickness range to avert confusion between thin and thick. Read More

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Market Outlook Report shows PT/MC sales continue to drop.

June 17, 2009

According to sales data released by PTDA, both U.S. and Canadian manufacturers experienced drop in sales in April 2009. U.S. manufacturers' sales were down 11.0% in April 2009 when compared to March 2009. Sales in April 2009 fell 29.8% compared to same period last year. However, orders in April 2009 increased by 2.2% over March 2009 sales. Canadian manufacturers' sales were down 3.0% compared to March 2009 and 32.6% when compared to same period last year. Read More

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Manufacturers must address 3 emerging global trends.

June 17, 2009

According to Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, U.S. manufacturers must factor in 3 trends to position themselves for post-recession economic growth. First is cautious consumer, which may limit automotive, appliance, and major electronics sectors. Second relates to consolidations taking place in various industries, making it mandatory for manufacturers to have footholds in Asia and Latin America. Third is movement toward unsettled financial market that carries over into other sectors. Read More

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Converter Box Standard addresses digital broadcast switch.

June 17, 2009

An American National Standard to guide the manufacturers and users of converter boxes employed to make digital broadcasting available to analog television sets has been developed by IEEE. This standard, 1241-2000, identifies ADC error sources and lists test methods to perform required error measurements. It provides a basis for evaluating/comparing existing devices and also offers template for writing specifications for the procurement of new ones. Read More

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Robot Safety Conference XXI accepting tabletop reservations.

June 17, 2009

Reservations are being taken for tabletop exhibits at RIA's annual robot safety event, which will take place October 26-28, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn in Dearborn (Detroit), Michigan. The Tabletop Trade Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 27, and qualifying members receive free or discounted tabletops. Non-members are welcomed as well, and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Read More

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NFPA Makes Move to Harmonize hydrogen separation distances.

June 17, 2009

At the June 2009 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Session, NFPA 52 was amended by the acceptance of comment 52-34, which would replace Table 9.3.1.3 with the appropriate table extracted from NFPA 55. This action is supported by the Hydrogen Industry Panel on Codes (HIPOC), which met prior to the NFPA Technical Session and then proceeded to speak in favor of the amendment. The technical committee responsible for NFPA 52 must now be balloted on this meeting action. Read More

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FAA Summit said to reaffirm industry safety commitment.

June 17, 2009

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) issued a statement regarding the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "call to action" summit to address airline safety and pilot training. James C. May, ATA President and CEO, said that the meeting of industry stakeholders reaffirmed a collective commitment to safety, which includes maintaining high standards of professionalism. He was also optimistic in looking forward to working with the government in its review of pilot training programs. Read More

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AWWA kicks off ACE09 in San Diego.

June 17, 2009

During ACE09, thousands of water industry professionals will explore future of safe water, gain insight into cutting-edge research and best practices, and experience latest products and services available to water community. Event features professional program consisting of 100 sessions, with 500 presentations given by more than 1,000 experts, plus 15 in-depth workshops. Additional highlights include Opening General Session, International Seminars, and Best of the Best Taste Test. Read More

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ANSI marks U.S. celebration of Intl. Accreditation Day.

June 17, 2009

Each year on June 9, IAF and ILAC invite representatives to mark occasion with celebrations honoring role accreditation plays in global standards and conformity assessment community. ANSI marked occasion by announcing that Geoff Bilau, senior writer for IAPMO Group, is winner of U.S. Celebration of International Accreditation Day paper competition. His paper, "How Accreditation Could Have Prevented an Outbreak of SARS," applied accreditation concepts to real-life scenario of worldwide concern. Read More

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Accreditation Process enhances toy safety in the U.S.

June 17, 2009

ANSI, coordinator of the US standards and conformity assessment system, is accepting applications for certification bodies seeking accreditation according to requirements defined under the Toy Industry Association (TIA) Toy Safety Certification ProgramSM (TSCP). Competence will be assessed based on International Standard ISO/IEC Guide 65, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product Certification Systems, associated IAF Guidance Document, and program requirements for the TSCP. Read More

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AEM to offer solutions-oriented selling techniques.

June 17, 2009

AEM is conducting another session of its High Performance Sales College, from July 13-14 in 2009, at the Rosemont Holiday Inn Express in Chicago. In addition to providing Continuing Education Credits, results-oriented program delivers practical, industry focused strategies designed for sales representatives and district managers in the equipment manufacturing industry. Participants examine effective value-added selling techniques to create more effective customer partnerships. Read More

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HITSP Begins Harmonization for EHR use in clinical research.

June 17, 2009

The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) has begun work to identify global standards to support core research data element exchange, specifically a common set of information that can readily be exchanged between EHRs and clinical research systems. As administrator of HITSP, ANSI appreciatively acknowledges 35 organizations and 6 US federal agencies that have contributed their financial support to make this work effort possible. Read More

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Congress introduces NEMA environmental design initiative.

June 17, 2009

Environmental Design for Electrical Equipment Act of 2009, H.R. 2420, was introduced by U.S. House of Representatives on May 14, 2009. NEMA applauds Congressman Michael C. Burgess for sponsorship of EDEE Act, said President/CEO Evan R. Gaddis. Act establishes uniform federal standards on use of various compounds in certain electroindustry products (similar to RoHS directive), specifies exemptions for certain applications, and discourages proliferation of inconsistent state laws/regulations. Read More

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ANSI testifies to House on green marketing practices.

June 17, 2009

ANSI testified at It's Too Easy Being Green: Defining Fair Green Marketing Practices, before U.S. House of Representatives committee. Hearing addressed consumer interpretation of green marketing claims and role of FTC in establishing/enforcing guidelines for fair and effective green marketing practices. Testimony was given by Scott Cooper as well as James Kohm, M. Scot Case, Urvashi Rangan, and Dara O'Rourke. Others discussed strategy to address next steps to facilitate green marketing systems. Read More

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CAR Chairman to give keynote address at SPE conference.

June 17, 2009

At SPE's 11th annual Automotive TPO Global Conference, Dr. David Cole, chairman of Center for Automotive Research (CAR), will give keynote speech titled "The Auto Future: A New Beginning?" Cole was formerly director of OSAT, served 2 terms on board of SME, and has conducted research on restructuring North American auto industry and related trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human-resource requirements. Conference is to be held October 4-7, 2009. Read More

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Oil & Gas Producers supports use of ISO standards.

June 17, 2009

A new issue of the Standards Bulletin, published by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP), encourages the oil and gas sector to reference International Standards, developed by ISO, that address vital materials, equipment, and offshore structures. The new suite is being developed based on existing specifications, OGP member documents, and other industry input to address drilling, production, transport by pipelines, and processing of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons. Read More

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Webinars to focus on product safety and compliance.

June 17, 2009

Webinars of 3 top-rated presentations from AEM's Product Safety and Compliance seminar will be offered June 24, July 9, and August 12. They will examine machinery regulatory and product standards implications of doing business in global markets; Tier 4 engine emissions regulatory compliance, focusing on safety considerations; as well as CE Mark requirements for shipments to and sales in EU countries. Presenters are from the US Department of Commerce, Caterpillar, Cummins, and Deere. Read More