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Flexible Printed Boards Standard now includes design guidance.

March 30, 2012

Updated IPC-2223, Sectional Design Standard for Flexible Printed Boards, now includes new design guidance and requirements for preformed bends, irregular folds and creases, staggered flexible layer bands as an alternative to bookbinder designs, and depanelization methods for flexible and rigid-flex array sub-pallets. Appendix A is new design tutorial with guidance on material selection, size and shape of flex circuits and fabrication allowances. Read More

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Green Building Code references ASTM standards.

March 30, 2012

In 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) published by International Code Council (ICC), there are 46 ASTM International standards cited that cover various aspects of building construction. There are 13 ASTM technical committees which have standards referenced in IgCC, with topics from air quality to thermal insulation. Standards developed by ASTM Committees E06 on Performance of Buildings and E60 on Sustainability are well represented. Read More

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Webinar highlights findings from breached PHI report.

March 30, 2012

More than 160 participants tuned in for webinar introducing report titled, The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security. Publication explores reputational, financial, legal, operational, and clinical repercussions of PHI breach on an organization. Report also provides PHIve (PHI Value Estimator) - a 5-step method to estimate overall potential costs of data breach to organization. Read More

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ANSI Joint Member Forum focuses on quality workforce.

March 29, 2012

Held on March 20, ANSI's Joint Member Forum focused on range of activities underway aimed at helping nation meet President Obama's goal of doubling credentials of American workforce by 2020, enhancing credentialing of personnel, and supporting secondary and postsecondary career pathways. According to Roy Swift, Ph.D., ANSI's senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs and event moderator, the skills gap has left 3 million jobs vacant in the U.S. today. Read More

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ELFA releases February Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

March 29, 2012

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business for February was $5.0 billion, up 22% from $4.1 billion in same period in 2011. Volume was down 2% from previous month, and year-to-date cumulative new business volume was up 22%. Receivables over 30 days increased to 2.5% in February, up from 2-year low of 1.9% in January, and charge-offs were unchanged from previous month at 0.5%. Credit approvals rose to 79%, up from 77% in January. Read More

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ANSI-hosted Meeting to discuss Energy Efficiency Standards Panel.

March 29, 2012

On April 25, ANSI exploratory meeting will examine need for Energy Efficiency Standards Panel (EESP) to develop standardization roadmap for energy efficiency initiatives in U.S. Meeting will help define scope and areas of focus for potential standards panel concerning standards, codes, and conformance programs needed to advance nation's energy efficiency agenda. Resulting standardization roadmap would help foster innovation and advance energy efficiency technology market. Read More

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Revised Report details basic hydrogen safety considerations.

March 29, 2012

Second edition of ISO/TR 15916, Basic considerations for the safety of hydrogen systems, is in final preparation for review and comment. This update of ISO Technical Report on basic hydrogen safety information provides guidelines for use of hydrogen in its gaseous and liquid forms, identifies basic safety concerns and risks, and describes properties of hydrogen that are relevant to safety. Publication of Amended Technical Report is expected in November 2012. Read More

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EPA Proposes Limits to new potentially harmful chemical uses.

March 29, 2012

U.S. EPA has proposed that companies be required to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic or imported products, of 5 groups of potentially harmful chemicals. Chemicals targeted by EPA are polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), benzidine dyes, short chain chlorinated paraffin, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), and phthalate di-n-pentyl phthalate (DnPP). Also, EPA is proposing additional testing on health and environmental effects of PBDEs. Read More