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ANSI welcomes 5 new members in May 2009.

June 3, 2009

ANSI has added International Board of Standards, ID Experts, City of Hampton, PetSmart, and HealthMarkets Company as new members. Organizations join federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and over 3.5 million professionals. They will gain access to information and business intelligence not available elsewhere, according to Brian Meincke, and will build relationships giving them voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed sustainability standard.

June 3, 2009

Associaco Brasileira de Normas Tecnicas and British Standards Institution submitted joint proposal for ISO standard on sustainability in event management. Proposal suggests development of standard that will establish, implement, maintain, and improve sustainability management systems for events, with guidelines to minimize and manage environmental, financial, and social impacts linked to related issues. ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by July 10, 2009. Read More

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ANSI submits response to U.S. Standards Policies survey.

June 3, 2009

In response to first question of National Survey on U.S. Standards Policies, ANSI asserts that no change in current private sector-led and public sector-supported standardization system is warranted. In response to second survey question, ANSI agrees that U.S. should increase its support for standards education programs and endorses Strategic Initiative 10 of United States Standards Strategy. ANSI's response is available online in .pdf and Microsoft Word formats. Read More

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Telecom Operators express support for new Broadband Forum.

June 2, 2009

Telecommunications operators BT, Orange, and Verizon welcomed the announcement of a union between the Broadband Forum and the IP/MPLS Forum. This consolidation in the standards and specifications community creates a Broadband Forum with over 200 members, comprising service providers, vendors, chip manufacturers, and regulatory bodies from across the world. It is expected to be increasingly influential in defining interoperable network equipment for various applications/industries. Read More

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AMT Urges Protection of technology suppliers.

June 2, 2009

To ensure the continued strength of American manufacturing, AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology has urged Congress and the Administration to protect the manufacturing technology supplier base in the wake of GM's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Douglas K. Woods, AMT President, pointed out that "One critical action that government can take right now is to expand the Auto Supplier Support Program to include manufacturing technology providers up and down the supply chain." Read More

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ConstructMyFuture.com announces scholarship winners.

June 2, 2009

Designed to encourage teens to pursue construction industry careers, ConstructMyFuture.com provides students, teachers, counselors, and parents with online information about benefits of construction careers, as well as access to educational options and local industry resources. Total of 10 construction education scholarships worth $1,000 each have been awarded in 2009 edition of ConstructMyFuture.com workforce development initiative. Read More

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Workshop Report details emergency preparedness for disabled.

June 2, 2009

The ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) has published a Workshop Report on the need for standards-based solutions to assist individuals with disabilities and special needs during emergencies or natural disasters. It details the purpose, scope, findings. and recommendations. These include the development of emergency/disaster exercises, planning scenarios and response actions, as well as standards-based solutions. Read More

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Standard and Report focus on preventing spread of disease.

June 1, 2009

As part of worldwide effort to contain spread of infectious diseases, ISO and IEC have developed Technical Report and International Standard that guide use of medical equipment for fever screening. ISO/TR 13154:2009 covers deployment, implementation, and operational guidelines for identifying febrile humans using screening thermograph, while IEC 80601-2-59:2008 addresses technical requirements for basic safety and essential performance of screening thermographs. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover hemodialyzers and airport terminals.

June 1, 2009

Developed by AAMI, ANSI/AAMI RD47:2008, Reprocessing of Hemodialyzers, covers personnel and patient considerations as well as processes for physical plant and environmental safety, patient identification and hemodialyzer labeling, reprocessing and storage procedures, patient monitoring, and quality assurance/control. NFPA 415 - 2008 standard, developed by NFPA, specifies minimum fire protection requirements for construction and protection of airport terminal buildings. Read More

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Committees to work on health information infrastructure.

June 1, 2009

Formed under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, HIT Policy Committee is charged with making recommendations to David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, on policy framework for development and adoption of national interoperable health information infrastructure. HIT Standards Committee will make recommendations on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for electronic exchange and use of health information. Read More

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Membership Directory provides valuable industry contacts.

June 1, 2009

With PTDA 2009 Membership Directory, users can connect with more than 400 distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control products. Comprehensive alphabetical distributor listing includes complete company contact information, top executive contacts, number and location of branches, and manufacturers' lines represented by firm. Manufacturer section includes company contact information, top-level management contacts, and product categories manufactured. Read More

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Marion Blakey comments on confirmation of FAA Administrator.

June 1, 2009

According to AIA CEO Marion Blakey, AIA is pleased that Senate has unanimously confirmed Randy Babbitt as FAA Administrator. With years of aviation experience as pilot, labor negotiator, and safety expert, he will make an excellent administrator. Mr. Babbitt has said that modernization of air transportation system is priority and AIA is looking forward to working with him. Read More

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Marion Blakey comments on NASA leadership nominations.

June 1, 2009

According to AIA CEO Marion Blakey, AIA is pleased with President Obama's nominations of retired General Charles Bolden as NASA administrator and Lori Garver as deputy administrator. Together, Bolden and Garver's leadership, experience, and vision will guide NASA at a very important time when decisions about future of America's space leadership will be made on several fronts. AIA and its members are looking forward to working with new NASA team. Read More

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Abstracts invited for Geosynthetic Materials workshop.

June 1, 2009

Abstracts are invited in support of Geosynthetic Materials Durability: Field and Laboratory Experiences workshop, scheduled for Jan 29, 2010. Workshop will focus on all types of geosynthetic materials durability in both covered and exposed applications. Four parts will include long term field experiences under various environment conditions, accelerated weathering studies, polymers and additive packages that constitute final material's formulation, and summary of workshop by panel of experts. Read More

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Nominations open for 2009 Leadership and Service Awards.

June 1, 2009

With nominations due by July 17, ANSI's 2009 Leadership and Service Awards are presented as part of World Standards Week to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs. Representatives of industry, government, academia, consumer organizations, and U.S. voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment community, with exception of current Board of Directors officers, are considered eligible. Read More

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SAE 2009 World Congress highlights green technology.

May 29, 2009

At SAE 2009 World Congress, Governors Granholm of MI and Schwarzenegger of CA shared views/opinions on state of automotive industry and role of green technology in its future. Keynote address, Racing to Green Mobility, was presented by Masaaki Kato of Honda. Keeping with theme, all promotional materials were printed on recycled paper, overall electrical demand was decreased, Show Daily was delivered electronically, and technical papers were printed on-demand or delivered electronically. Read More

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BIO Convention aids networking, deal making, and partnering.

May 29, 2009

Held at Georgia World Congress Center, 2009 BIO International Convention attracted 14,352 industry leaders from 58 countries and 48 states. Leaders representing 1,800 companies participated in 14,040 one-on-one partnering meetings during 4-day event. Full Convention program featured over 170 sessions in 22 breakout session tracks, including tracks on drug delivery, global biotechnology issues, translational medicine, and vaccines. Exhibition covered 176,000 net sq-ft and hosted 1,827 exhibitors. Read More

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Robotics Conference will focus on green and lean.

May 29, 2009

International Robots, Vision and Motion Control Show and Conference will take place June 9-11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Conference tracks are designed for companies using or considering using robots, machine vision, motion control, and related technologies, and presentations will be given by 50 international experts on automation in manufacturing. Topics include cost savings, green technology trends, inspection, and lean/cutting-edge technology. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for April 2009.

May 29, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments are down 37.1% and bookings are down 26.9% in April 2009 from April 2008, and book-to-bill ratio increased to 0.98. Flexible circuit shipments in April 2009 are down 2.1%, and bookings are down 0.3% compared to April 2008. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio improved to 0.94. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in April 2009 decreased 34.7% from April 2008 and orders booked decreased 25.1%. Read More

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MI Receives Grant to implement skills certification system.

May 29, 2009

The Manufacturing Institute (MI) has been awarded a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to plan and implement post-secondary education programs. Examples include the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which focuses on core skills required for entry-level workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Certifications address personal effectiveness competencies, foundational academic competencies, general workplace skills, and manufacturing technical skills. Read More