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TRFA announces 2009 Annual Meeting Chair.

June 15, 2009

TRFA has announced that Dr. Jay A. Johnston, Senior Associate Scientist in Coatings, Adhesives, and Specialties group of Bayer MaterialScience, will serve as Chair of its 2009 Annual Meeting, scheduled for Sept 13-15. Event will include meetings of Market Focused Committees, Tabletop Showcase, General Business Session, and 14 Technical Paper presentations as well as opportunities for informal networking with industry peers. Read More

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BIO reports flaws in FTC report on biosimilars.

June 15, 2009

Jeff Joseph of BIO said that FTC's report offers summary conclusions that are based upon fundamentally flawed or highly selective assumptions. Joseph also stated report minimizes impact on innovation that would occur if biosimilar competitors could take advantage of investment made by initial innovators. With 1.3 million Americans employed in biosciences in 2006, additional 6.2 million jobs were created. BIO urges Congress to take more balanced approach to biosimilars policy, Joseph added. Read More

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BIO Statement calls AARP biologics study flawed.

June 15, 2009

Regarding a study on biosimilars presented to Congressional staff by the AARP, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) issued a statement calling it "simplistic, misleading and extremely flawed." The statement goes on to say the study "is based on fuzzy math and even fuzzier assumptions" and that it "cherry picks the best selling biologic products to draw erroneous conclusions, ignoring the bulk of the biologics market." Read More

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Toy Industry Association appoints Oversight Council.

June 12, 2009

Toy Industry Association has announced appointment of Oversight Council for Toy Safety Certification Program, an initiative organized by TIA in partnership with ANSI. Council will be responsible for monitoring overall development, implementation, and effectiveness of TSCP; proposing changes to program to increase value to stakeholders; and reviewing and adopting reasonable recommendations related to technical considerations and changes in marketplace. Read More

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ATA makes statement regarding DOT industry safety review.

June 12, 2009

According to ATA President and CEO, James C. May, ATA fully supports Department of Transportation's Call to Action to address airline safety and pilot training, and commends Secretary LaHood and Administrator Babbitt on taking this important step. ATA was a major partner in Runway Safety Call to Action held by FAA two years ago, and looks forward to being equally engaged with FAA and other industry partners in this important work as well. Read More

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Major Organizations provide grants to Gateway Academy Program.

June 12, 2009

Industries committed to development of skilled workforce and keeping America's manufacturing sector strong have given $318,000 in sponsorship grants to SME Education Foundation. Funding will makes it possible for secondary-school students to attend Foundation's Gateway Academies, which are summer camps where students explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Read More

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Nominations are due for 2010 ANSI Board of Directors.

June 12, 2009

Nominations for 2010 ANSI Board of Directors are due June 12, 2009, and are for candidates to serve terms beginning Jan 1, 2010. Nominations require biographical statement and letter of corporate support, however, letter of corporate support is not required for corporate officers or for individual and government members. Candidates will be reviewed by Board Nominating Committee, and nominations by that Committee will subsequently be balloted for election by ANSI membership. Read More

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ASTM Standard offers testing technique for corrosion.

June 12, 2009

Developed by Subcommittee G01.11, G199 Standard provides procedure for making electrochemical noise measurements for detection of general and localized forms of corrosion. It also offers number of methods for analyzing resulting data. G199 is primarily geared toward laboratory-based users with interest in localized corrosion, although it could also be applied to some in-service applications, depending on certified hazardous area classification of equipment used. Read More

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ASTM Standard offers quality control tool for hydrocarbons.

June 12, 2009

Using ASTM International standard D7504, Test Method for Trace Impurities in Monocyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons by Gas Chromatography and Effective Carbon Number, manufacturers can determine both trace impurities as well as purity of tolulene, mixed xylenes, and p-xylene. Standard is suited for use as aromatic process control, final product quality control, and commodity inspection. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee is developing motorcycle goggle standard.

June 12, 2009

Part of ASTM International Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities, Subcommittee F08.57 is working on developing standard for motorcycle/moped/snowmobile goggles and revising existing standard for skier goggles. WK23632, Specification for Goggle- and Spectacle-Type Eye Protectors for Selected Motor Sports, will be used by off-road motorcycle/all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers. Read More

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ASTM proposes standards for traffic paint/glass beads.

June 12, 2009

ASTM Subcommittee D01.44 on Traffic Coatings is working on proposed standard ASTM WK22312, Practice for Drum and Tote Sampling of Waterborne Traffic Paint, which addresses laboratory sampling issues. It also is working on ASTM WK23758, Test Method for Measuring Gradation of Glass Beads Using a Flowing Stream Digital Image Analyzer. Assisting manufacturers with production/quality control of glass beads, ASTM WK23758 will also allow end users of glass beads to determine conformance to standard. Read More

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NACD and ACC sign agreement to cooperate on initiatives.

June 12, 2009

NACD and ACC signed Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in promotion and performance of NACD's Responsible Distribution ProcessSM and ACC's Responsible CareĀ® program. Objective of agreement is to encourage continued communication/support between member manufacturers and distributors of both organizations. While each represents a different component of same supply chain, EHS&S initiatives are complementary to each other and help ensure chemical products are protected to downstream users. Read More

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White Paper helps designers choose metalcasting process.

June 12, 2009

Titled "Selecting Metalcasting Processes and Alloys for Optimum Component Design and Production," AFS white paper describes characteristics and benefits of main molding processes, including sand casting, permanent mold, diecasting, investment, ceramic, and rapid prototyping. It also covers properties of principal metalcasting alloy families, including iron, steel, aluminum, copper, magnesium, and zinc. Casting Process Matrix provides summary of alloys that can be used with each process. Read More

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Embedded Processor Benchmark is available to industry.

June 12, 2009

CoreMark(TM) v1.0 provides starting point for measuring core performance and basic pipeline structure of processors from 8-bit MCUs to high-end 32-bit devices and architectures. Workload contains algorithms that deliver realistic mixture of read/write operations, integer operations, and control operations. Specific algorithms include matrix manipulation, linked-list manipulation, state machine operation, and Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC). Read More

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ANSI hosts deputy director general of BIS.

June 12, 2009

During visit to U.S., Madhulika Prakash, deputy director general for Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), met with S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI President and CEO, and other ANSI staff to discuss areas of cooperation between ANSI and BIS. As peer national standards bodies, partnership between ANSI and BIS has continued to grow since initial signing of MoU in 2006. In 2007, ANSI and BIS demonstrated further commitment to public-private partnerships by signing tri-partite MoU between ANSI, BIS, and CII. Read More

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June ANSI Caucus to feature guest speaker Patrick Gallagher.

June 12, 2009

Scheduled for June 12, 2009, ANSI Caucus luncheon will feature guest speaker Patrick Gallagher, Ph.D., deputy director of NIST. Prior to appointment as deputy director, Dr. Gallagher was director of NIST Center for Neutron Research, which provides thermal and cold neutron measurement capabilities to U.S. research community. In 2000, Dr. Gallagher was NIST agency representative at National Science and Technology Council, and is an active contributor to U.S. policy for scientific user facilities. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposal for ISO Standard.

June 12, 2009

Standards Institution of Israel has submitted proposal to ISO for standard on treated wastewater reuse implementations. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by July 24. Proposed standard will cover requirements and processes involved in healthy, environmentally viable, and sustainable reuse of treated wastewater in agriculture, landscape, and industry. It will also offer guidelines for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of such systems. Read More

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SME Book covers important aspects of project management.

June 12, 2009

Written by Michael J. Termini, SME book titled "Concept to Customer: Portfolio, Pipeline, and Strategic Project Management," provides thorough explanations of portfolio and pipeline management techniques, project planning tools, risk management tools, contingency planning, and tradeoff analyses and leadership techniques. Book also offers insights into project teams, mistakes made by project managers and teams, preparing effective project proposal, and aligning expectations with team's ability. Read More

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Canadian Municipalities oppose 'Buy American' provisions of ARRA.

June 12, 2009

Federation of Canadian Municipalities passed resolution giving U.S. government 120 days to broker fair trade deal or face consequences of U.S. companies being restricted from bidding on Canadian infrastructure projects. David Angelo, Chairman of WWEMA, had previously sent letter to Congress and White House warning of risks associated with employing protectionist measures in stimulus bill. In 2008, the United States exported $6.18 billion in water and wastewater equipment and piping to Canada. Read More

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BIO asks EPA to maintain flexibility for RFS.

June 12, 2009

BIO has asked EPA to maintain flexibility to adjust and update Renewable Fuel Standard regulations and life cycle assessment of biofuels as science matures. According to Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, deployment of advanced technologies depends critically on continued growth and evolution of first-generation biofuels, and on fair, consistent, flexible, and reliable regulatory support from federal government. Read More