Association News

Association News

2009 Baldrige Improvement Day goes virtual.

July 17, 2009

Baldrige National Quality Program at NIST collects suggestions throughout year on opportunities for improving Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, Baldrige National Quality Award processes, and other program activities. Improvement Day enables stakeholders to review, consolidate, filter, prioritize, and recommend which suggestions should be implemented. To broaden access to Improvement Day, Baldrige Program has turned it into virtual event with sessions scheduled for Aug 3, 6, and 11. Read More

Association News

Physicists control individual bits in quantum computers.

July 17, 2009

Physicists at NIST have overcome hurdle in quantum computer development by devising viable way to manipulate single "bit" in quantum processor without disturbing information stored in its neighbors. The approach, which makes use of polarized light to create "effective" magnetic fields, could bring long-sought computers one step closer to reality. Read More

Association News

NIST releases Vitamin D standard reference material.

July 17, 2009

Responding to concerns about quality and accuracy of methods used by testing laboratories to measure levels of vitamin D in the body, scientists at NIST, in collaboration with NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements, have developed reference sample for vitamin D in blood serum to help laboratories validate accuracy of test methods. NIST Standard Reference Material 972, "Vitamin D in Human Serum," represents first step toward standardization of vitamin D testing. Read More

Association News

NCNR Reactor relicensed by U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

July 17, 2009

U.S. NRC completed extensive review of NCNR's research reactor, which has been relicensed to continue operation until July 2029. Relicensing process took better part of 9 years, which required NCNR staff, particularly Reactor Operations and Engineering Group, to run reactor through safety analyses that were then independently verified by technical experts. NRC concluded that reactor can be operated for period of extended operation without undue risk to health and safety of public. Read More

Association News

Senate Committee Vote charts right course to biosimilars.

July 17, 2009

Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, issued a statement regarding the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions vote on legislation establishing regulatory pathway for biosimilars. He called it "a victory for the patients...living with debilitating diseases," and also noted the language "strikes the appropriate balance among ensuring patient safety, expanding competition, reducing costs, and providing necessary and fair incentives...for continued biomedical breakthroughs." Read More

Association News

Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs supports future inventors.

July 17, 2009

Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs, The Foundation of FMA, encourages youth to enter careers in manufacturing to avert shortage of skilled workers. NBT offers grants to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions introducing young people to metal forming and fabricating careers in manufacturing, provides funding to organizations starting or expanding manufacturing camps for youth, and issues scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools pursuing careers in manufacturing. Read More

Association News

NTSB Recommendations are made to increase safety for FAA.

July 17, 2009

Recommendations, made by NTSB, addressed several Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues. Most suggestions centered around electrically conductive, combustible oxygen hoses, including requirements for their replacement with nonconductive hoses, positive separation between electrical wiring, and development of minimum electrical grounding requirements. Other recommendations addressed airworthiness directive process formalization and smoke detector installation. Read More

Association News

State DOTs using recovery funds to put thousands to work.

July 17, 2009

Nationwide, 2,000 construction projects are underway, worth more than $6 billion. A total of 5,600 projects have been identified and approved for bidding, which means that total of $16.7 billion will be flowing into economy over next 2 years. U.S. DOT reports that 51% of funds are being spent in economically disadvantaged areas, which represent almost 40% of nation's population. With bids coming in 5-30% lower than projected, more projects can be launched than initially planned. Read More

Association News

EPRI Study finds efficiency in electric-end use technologies.

July 17, 2009

According to EPRI analysis, replacing some fossil-fuel end-use technologies with efficient electric ones in residential, commercial, and industrial applications has potential energy savings of 71.7 quadrillion BTUs, and could result in cumulative CO2 reductions of 4,400 million tons between 2009 and 2030. Study also found that reduction of CO2 emissions of 320 million metric tons annually in 2030 could result in 4.7% decrease in emissions relative to baseline forecast. Read More

Association News

Technology Seminars showcase WirelessHART technology.

July 17, 2009

Due to overwhelming response by industry users, additional dates and locations have been scheduled throughout 2009 for a series of educational seminars on WirelessHART(TM) technology. HART® Communication Foundation seminar series, which will start August 5 in Philadelphia, PA, provides overview of WirelessHART technology, what it can do for you, how it can be used in a plant environment, and how to plan a successful wireless project. Read More

Association News

SME seeks nominations for 2010 Class of Fellows.

July 16, 2009

Fellow membership is limited to select few and is presented in recognition of contributions to social, technological, and educational aspects of manufacturing profession. Candidates must be SME members in good standing, have minimum of B.S. degree or its equivalent in terms of experience, and have 20 years of professional manufacturing-related experience. Election to SME College of Fellows carries lifetime membership in Society. Read More

Association News

TIA urges rejection of proposed Chinese tire import quotas.

July 16, 2009

In letter to President Obama, TIA urged rejection of U.S. International Trade Commission's finding concerning imposition of import duties on all passenger and light truck tires imported from China. TIA believes that proposed remedy would not protect U.S. manufacturing jobs, would create market disruption, and would result in higher prices and less options for consumers. If consumers do not have access to affordable tires, they may defer replacing tires, creating potential hazard. Read More

Association News

Winning Road Projects are saving lives, time, and money.

July 16, 2009

During Western AASHTO Annual Meeting, 8 projects from 6 western states received regional awards. Projects were judged in 3 categories: On Time, On Budget, and Innovative Management. California DOT received Innovative Management and On Time awards, while Oklahoma DOT won On Time and On Budget awards. Additional winners included Oregon for On Time, Nebraska for On Budget, Utah for Innovative Management, and Colorado for Innovative Management. Read More

Association News

AWWA to host chemical security webcast.

July 16, 2009

On July 29, AWWA will host Outlook for Chemical Security - Are You Prepared? webcast. Congress is debating federal legislation that would extend chemical security requirements to water and wastewater utilities. Webcast will provide DHS's observations of lessons learned from implementation of current program, and drinking water experts will address concurrent challenge of maintaining Safe Drinking Water Act compliance. Read More

Association News

U.S. Input sought for energy management draft standard.

July 16, 2009

Project Committee 242, established by ISO, has issued draft standard on energy management systems for review and comment. ISO 50001 will provide energy management systems guidelines for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and entire organizations. Document will be based on common elements found in all of ISO's management system standards, assuring compatibility with ISO 9001, Quality management systems, and ISO 14001, Environmental management systems. Read More

Association News

Manufacturing Technology Consumption rose slightly in May.

July 16, 2009

According to the American Machine Tool Distributors Association (AMTDA) and The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), May US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $109.90 million. This total, reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was up 5.8% from April but down 72.3% from the total of $397.16 million reported for May 2008. With a year-to-date total of $618.30 million, 2009 is down 70.5% compared with 2008. Read More

Association News

ANSI announces launch of Indian content on StandardsPortal.

July 16, 2009

Facilitating international trade, StandardsPortal was launched in New Delhi, India in ceremony organized by Confederation of Indian Industry. Online resource was originally developed to support trade and exports between U.S. and Peoples' Republic of China by providing information on standards and conformance requirements and systems in both markets. In December 2007, leaders of ANSI, CII, and BIS signed Memorandum of Understanding to incorporate Indian content into StandardsPortal. Read More

Association News

ANSI Report covers Standards for Sustainability workshop.

July 16, 2009

Organized by ANSI with support of EPA, Toward Product Standards for Sustainability workshop brought together experts and advocates to share insights and develop recommendations on standards and criteria for sustainable products. ANSI's report begins with overview of workshop and offers primer of U.S. standards and conformity assessment system. It then details discussions and findings of workshop, which centered on 3 focused panels, keynote address, and breakout sessions. Read More

Association News

ANSI-HSSP Plenary is scheduled for October 21, 2009.

July 16, 2009

The ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) has announced its eighth annual plenary, which will focus on homeland security standards and their business application in the private sector. Held in Washington, DC at the Renaissance Washington Hotel, the meeting allows homeland security, emergency preparedness, and business continuity communities to come together to discuss current issues and challenges, strategic approaches, recent successes, and future outlooks. Read More

Association News

Regional Profile is available for geographic metadata.

July 16, 2009

The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) and the Canadian General Standards Board - Committee on Geomatics (CGSB-COG) have jointly published a regional profile of an International Standard on geographic information metadata. INCITS 453-2009, the North American Profile (NAP) of ISO 19115, Geographic information - Metadata, will facilitate the development, sharing, and use of geographical information and related applications. Read More