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Two Experts named to earthquake advisory board.

September 25, 2009

Two distinguished earthquake experts have been named to serve on Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program by Patrick Gallagher, deputy director of NIST and acting NEHRP Interagency Coordinating Committee chair. New ACEHR members are John Hooper, director, Earthquake Engineering, of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, WA, and Susan Tubbesing, executive director, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Oakland, CA. Read More

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Gallagher nominated to be 14th NIST director.

September 25, 2009

On Sept 10, the White House announced President's Barack Obama's intention to nominate physicist Patrick Gallagher to be 14th director of NIST. Gallagher, who has a doctorate in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, came to NIST Center for Neutron Research in 1993 to pursue research in neutron and X-ray instrumentation and studies of soft-condensed matter systems. In 2004, he became director of the NCNR, and in September 2008, he was appointed deputy director of NIST. Read More

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NIST Judges pick 15 organizations for final Baldrige review.

September 25, 2009

Panel of judges has selected 15 organizations for final review stage for 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Experts will visit 2 organizations in manufacturing category, 2 in small business, 1 in education, 8 in health care, and 2 nonprofits, noting operational strengths and opportunities for improvement. Award recipients are expected to be announced in late November. Named after Malcolm Baldrige, 26th Secretary of Commerce, Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987. Read More

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NIST Workshop covers standards for voting machine data.

September 25, 2009

Common Data Format Workshop, to be held October 29 and 30, will address creation of common digital language for electronic voting system data. Workshop will bring together election officials, auditors, manufacturers, testing labs, and others involved in election analysis, and will aim to establish agreement on what goals of common format should be. In addition to auditability and transparency, possible goals include integration between polling and registration devices and easing transition to electronic record-keeping. Read More

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ANSI will host ISO General Assembly in 2012.

September 25, 2009

ANSI announced its intention to host 35th General Assembly of ISO for Standardization in San Diego. Formal offer and acceptance will be made at ISO Council meeting in September 2010. As host, ANSI will reaffirm U.S.'s commitment to international standardization; raise awareness of ISO to U.S. industry management; and contribute to spirit of international cooperation in standardization community. ANSI will offer sponsorship opportunities with benefits to contributing organizations. Read More

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ASHRAE Standard provides guidance for DOE federal standard.

September 25, 2009

Issued by the U.S. DOE, proposed federal standard for vending machines is based on ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 32.1-2004, Methods of Testing for Rating Vending Machines for Bottled, Canned and Other Sealed Beverages, which establishes uniform testing of refrigerated vending machines to determine energy consumption. DOE is adopting new energy conservation standards, finding that such standards "would result in significant conservation of energy and are technologically feasible and economically justified." Read More

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Kroger Retail Chain joins ZigBee Board of Directors.

September 25, 2009

The ZigBee Alliance announced that Kroger, the nation's largest grocery retailer, is now a Promoter level member and the newest member of the ZigBee Alliance Board of Directors. Kroger, which joined the ZigBee Alliance as a Participant member in 2008, spans 31 states with a variety of store formats and will play a key role in leading efforts to expand ZigBee use in the retail industry as well as "further strengthen the thriving ZigBee ecosystem," according to Bob Heile, chairman. Read More

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PMA releases September 2009 Business Conditions Report.

September 25, 2009

According to Sept 2009 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies are less optimistic about trend in general activity and in expectations for new orders over next 3-month period than they were 1 month ago. Forty-seven percent of participants anticipate improvement in overall economic activity, down from 57% in August and 51% predict increase in orders, down from 62% in August. However, 53% report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, compared to 39% in August. Read More

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Smart Grid Standards Report will be open for public comment.

September 24, 2009

On September 24, 2009 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and NIST will present a report - NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 1.0 - for public comment. Following Locke's unveiling of the draft report at GridWeek 2009 at 8:30 am, an in-depth public briefing by NIST will include an opportunity for stakeholders to review the report's contents and learn about subsequent steps. The public will have 30 days to comment on the report. Read More

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ASTM and NACE collaborate on corrosion terminology standard.

September 24, 2009

ASTM and NACE International have created joint standard NACE/ASTM G193, Terminology and Acronyms Relating to Corrosion, developed by Subcommittee J01.02 under jurisdiction of J01, Joint ASTM/NACE Committee on Corrosion. According to Harvey Hack of Northrop Grumman Corp., standard will be used by corrosion organizations worldwide to prevent confusion in corrosion testing and in interpretation of related standards. It contains more than 400 terms, along with list of acronyms. Read More

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A&WMA issues call for abstracts for international conference.

September 24, 2009

A&WMA has issued call for abstracts for International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies and Hazardous Waste Combustors from May 17-20, 2010. Abstracts of 250 words or less are being sought for presentations containing new information about thermal treatment of radioactive, hazardous chemical, mixed, munitions, medical/pharmaceutical, municipal, and industrial wastes. They must be submitted online by Nov 2, 2009 and authors will be notified of acceptance by Dec 9. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover cryptography and wrenches.

September 24, 2009

Advancements in cryptography have aided the financial services industry in protecting consumers while they use ATMs, perform electronic purchases, create computer passwords, and complete other electronic transactions. Also, a recently updated standard - ANSI/ASME B107.100-2002 (R2008) - aids in assuring wrenches are used safely and appropriately by providing general, dimensional, performance, and safety requirements. Read More

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Wilkins is certified by NSF to new lead requirements.

September 24, 2009

Wilkins has been certified by NSF International to NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects and Annex G low-lead requirements, which was developed to help protect the public from exposure to lead. For certification, manufacturers must meet lead requirements set forth in California Health and Safety Code by January 1, 2010. In obtaining certification, Wilkins has demonstrated compliance with all NSF/ANSI Standard 61, Annex G requirements. Read More

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USNC Members honored with IEC 1906 Award.

September 24, 2009

In recognition of noteworthy contributions to IEC and electrotechnical industry, 23 members of United States National Committee (USNC) to IEC were named as recipients of annual IEC 1906 Award. At USNC Council meeting on September 2, 2009, several recipients were honored by Jim Mathews, USNC president, and Hiromichi Fujisawa, Ph.D., chairman of IEC CAB. Awardees received certificates of recognition and commemorative 1906 Award pin. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Producers urge enactment of S 1677.

September 24, 2009

US manufacturing technology providers applauded passage of the Defense Production Act (DPA) reforms and reauthorization (S. 1677) in the Senate and urged the House of Representatives to follow suit. Douglas K. Woods, President of AMT, said the manufacturing sector "needs the type of support provided by the [DPA if we are to continue our critical role in defense preparedness." Created in 1950, DPA ensures American industry can be mobilized swiftly and effectively in times of war. Read More

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ASTM International Committee on sustainability to meet.

September 24, 2009

ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability will address sustainability through workshop and standards development meetings taking place during ASTM October 2009 committee week in Atlanta, GA. Held October 18-19, Life Cycle Assessments: Methodology, Current Development and Application in Standards workshop will explore current LCA theory and application. Forums on infrastructure and packaging will be held October 19 to identify resources and information about sustainability. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard on concrete box joints.

September 24, 2009

ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe has approved ASTM C1677, Specification for Joints for Concrete Box, Using Rubber Gaskets, developed by Subcommittee C13.08. According to John Meyer, it will provide minimum level of production and performance for owners who wish to specify culverts and storm sewers when precast concrete box sections with gasketed joints are furnished. Primary users will be municipalities, highway departments, and drainage or water control agencies. Read More

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MIT Director to speak at October ANSI caucus.

September 24, 2009

At the ANSI Caucus Luncheon on Friday, October 9, 2009, Bill Bonvillian, director of the MIT Washington, D.C. office, and author of a recent book on energy policy, will be the guest speaker. Meeting will begin at 11:45am with ½-hr discussion of public policy issues before Congress and Administration, open to ANSI members only. Networking opportunities will follow, and will include nonmembers. After lunch break, Bonvillian will deliver remarks to be followed by a question and answer session. Read More

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FAA to Assess WAM surveillance system for non-radar regions.

September 24, 2009

Introduced by the FAA in Colorado, Wide-Area Multilateration (WAM) surveillance system lets air traffic controllers track aircraft not covered by radar in remote, mountainous regions. According to FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, system improves safety and efficiency of flights formerly not seen due to rugged terrain while also saving time for passengers and operators. The FAA will monitor how this system works at 4 Colorado airports to determine further deployment. Read More

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Nominations are Open for 2010-2011 RIA Board of Directors.

September 24, 2009

RIA Board of Directors nominations are being sought. These 2-year terms begin in January 2010, and deadline for nomination submittal is October 1, 2009. Comprised of industry leaders willing to dedicate time and energy to oversee activities of the association, the board has openings for 4 suppliers and one user. Read More