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TIA Opposes Petition to limit imports of Chinese-made tires.

June 18, 2009

Regarding the proposal before the US International Trade Commission that would limit the import of Chinese-made passenger and light truck tires, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) issued a statement calling it well-intentioned but ineffective in preserving manufacturing jobs and potentially harmful to consumers. However, it was also reiterated that all tires, regardless of their country of origin, must be held to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Read More

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ASHRAE publishes energy efficiency guidance for hotels.

June 18, 2009

"Advanced Energy Design Guide for Highway Lodging" provides recommendations on achieving 30% energy savings over minimum code requirements. It focuses on hotels along highways with up to 80 rooms, 4 stories or less, that use unitary heating and air-conditioning equipment. Case studies provide examples of advanced highway lodging energy designs and, even while targeting new hotels, guidance can also be used for existing hotels in areas of lighting, hot water, and laundry service. Read More

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NIST issues latest guidelines for teleworking security.

June 18, 2009

Released by NIST, Guide to Enterprise Telework and Remote Access Security, Special Publication 800-46 Rev 1, is intended to help organizations mitigate risks associated with enterprise technologies they use for telework, including remote access solutions and client devices such as laptops and smart phones. Copy of report can be downloaded at http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-46-rev1/sp800-46r1.pdf. Read More

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ATA asks Senate to support antitrust immunity.

June 18, 2009

ATA called on members of Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for continued support of antitrust immunity for International airline alliances as they begin to draft FAA reauthorization legislation. ATA strongly opposes language in House-passed bill that would irresponsibly reverse long-standing processes for granting antitrust immunity, and would prematurely terminate grants for existing alliances. Read More

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NIST, DOD, Intelligence secure US cyber infrastructure.

June 18, 2009

In partnership with the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems, NIST has released the first installment of an effort to build a unified information security framework for the entire federal government. NIST Special Publication 800-53, Revision 3, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations contains security controls and technical guidelines federal agencies use to protect information and technology. Read More

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IPC Report shows both decline and first signs of recovery.

June 18, 2009

IPC's spring 2009 Edition of Supply Chain Tracker showed continuing economic contraction as well as signs of recovery in electronics industry. IPC's North American Electronics Industry Performance Index fell 29%. However, April 2009 book-to-bill ratio for PCB industry climbed for 3rd straight month from 0.89 to 0.97. North American EMS book-to-bill ratio inched up to 0.95 at end of 1st quarter, and semiconductor sales, while still in negative territory, also improved in 1st quarter. Read More

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IPC Midwest to include free forums on reliability.

June 18, 2009

Scheduled for Sept 23-24, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will include industry's top suppliers, showcasing newest products, processes, and emerging technologies. With free access to exhibit floor, attendees can shop and compare equipment and processes for their unique needs. Other free IPC Midwest programs include Opening Session: A Leaded Engineer in a Lead-Free World; IPC Technology Roadmap free forum; Welcome Reception; and new show floor forums on critical reliability issues. Read More

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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 Industries® 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