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Water Taste Test is won by Macon Water Authority.

June 18, 2009

Macon Water Authority won AWWA's annual Best of the Best Water Taste Test, which was comprised of North American winners of regional water-tasting competitions and held at AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego. Macon Water Authority provides municipal water for the city of Macon and Bibb County areas in GA. Their water distribution system, supplied by the Ocmulgee River, has approximately 1,425 miles of water mains and service lines serving ~54,000 metered customers. Read More

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ISO COPOLCO advocates consumer views in standardization.

June 17, 2009

At 31st meeting, ISO Committee on Consumer Policy ratified its existing charter to serve as advocate for consumer concerns in standardization. COPOLCO also encouraged ISO members to participate in COPOLCO and to support active participation of consumer organizations in COPOLCO's work. At same time, committee acknowledged contributions that public interest organizations can make by providing information and expertise on subjects of concern to consumers and COPOLCO. 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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ISO Committee holds plenary meeting in Seattle.

June 17, 2009

From June 8-12, 2009, ISO Technical Committee 229, Nanotechnologies featured over 170 representatives from 23 countries. ANSI President/CEO S. Joe Bhatia offered opening remarks highlighting significance of nanotechnology standardization activities, noting that, based on May 2008 Woodrow Wilson Center listing, 800 nanotechnology-based products are on market. Various key ISO/TC 229 leaders also spoke and working/task groups met to progress standards development work in different areas. 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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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

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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