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IPC Webcast addresses environmental challenges.

April 9, 2009

"The Top Five Environmental Issues That Impact Your Business," has been announced as the first hour-long segment in the IPC Executive Webcast Series, which is comprised of 9 courses designed to cover challenges unique to management in difficult economic climate. It will take place on April 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm CT and be presented by Ken Rivlin, who will offer working knowledge of current environmental regulations critical to ensuring companies meet government compliance standards. Read More

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MHEDA 2009 Exhibitors Showcase is sold out.

April 9, 2009

Scheduled for May 2-6, MHEDA 2009 Annual Convention features theme of "Powerful Positioning" and will give material handling equipment professionals opportunity to spend 4 days learning, networking, and discovering resources on how to maintain position of strength, determination, and resilience for their company. Event will include 15 presentations, networking roundtable session, and Exhibitors' Showcase featuring over 90 companies that provide goods and services. Read More

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NEMA publishes ANSI C12.22 Protocol Specification.

April 9, 2009

Advancing interoperability among communications modules and meters, ANSI C12.22 Protocol Specification for Interfacing to Data Communication Networks describes process of transporting C12.19 table data over variety of networks. C12.22 uses AES encryption to enable strong, secure Smart Grid communications, including confidentiality and data integrity, and it is also fully extensible to support additional security mechanisms industry may require in future. Read More

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AASHTO to hold 2nd annual transportation awards competition.

April 9, 2009

America's Transportation Awards are sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce using volunteer judges to select winning projects that are delivered on time, on budget, and with innovative management. John Horsley of AASHTO said that 41 projects from 28 states were entered last year and demonstrate efforts for economic recovery. Regional winners will be announced this summer and finalists will compete for Grand Prize and People's Choice Award. Read More

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NEMA CEO explains smart-grid standards save time and money.

April 9, 2009

NEMA President, CEO Evan Gaddis, testified to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 3, 2009 as to the status of and obstacles to smart-grid implementation for electric manufacturing. While Gaddis said technologies are available today that are not being deployed due to uncertainty over cost recovery and standards, he also offered a look-before-you-leap mentality, saying "If we get grid standards in place before we start building, we will save time and money." Read More

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ASTM details standards for snow skiing safety.

April 9, 2009

ASTM International Committee F27 has created standards such as F1063 and F1064 that deal with ski/binding/boot systems. F27 has promulgated standards that promote ski safety by normalized dimensions and properties for skis and ski-boots, methods for testing ski equipment systems, rental and retail ski shop practices, recommended binding release values, and ski binding test devices. Since inception as Subcommittee F08.14, there has been a 50% decrease in overall incident/injury rate. Read More

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IEC/ISO win Emmy award for MPEG-4 AVC standard.

April 9, 2009

At ceremony in Las Vegas on January 7, 2009, IEC and ISO were awarded Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for work in development of MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) standard. This is 2nd such award for MPEG-4 AVC standard given to IEC/ISO, which won Emmy in 1996 for JTC 1/SC 29 international standardization of JPEG, MPEG-1, and MPEG-2. Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards were launched in 1948 to honor development and innovation in broadcast technology. Read More

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ANSI invites members to join Committee on Education.

April 9, 2009

ANSI has issued call for all interested members to join Institute's Committee on Education, which oversees all Institute initiatives related to standards and conformity assessment education and outreach. Members of CoE are currently developing long-term strategy and subsequent action steps for university faculty outreach to promote integration of standards and conformity assessment into engineering and technology, business, public policy, and law school curricula. Read More

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IPC Names Representative to foster Russian relations.

April 9, 2009

Part of an effort to expand services and standards globally, IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has appointed Yury Kovalevsky as its official representative to Russia and other Russian-speaking countries. He has been tapped to break down the barriers of language, distance, and market familiarity to foster acceptance of IPC standards. Duties include translating IPC standards into Russian, supporting standards development, and serving as liaison to member companies. Read More

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NIST/FCC to address MRAs for telecommunications regulations.

April 9, 2009

From May 5-7, 2009, NIST and FCC are cohosting Second International Workshop on Mutual Recognition Agreements for Conformity Assessment of EMC and Telecommunications Regulations. Workshop will highlight Mutual Recognition Agreements/Arrangements (MRAs) for conformity assessment of telecommunication equipment that U.S. government holds with EU, EFTA, and other organizations. Reinaldo Figueiredo, program director at ANSI, will provide attendees with update on ISO/IEC Guide 65 revisions. Read More

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ANSI calls for workshop proposals on standardization issues.

April 9, 2009

ANSI is inviting U.S. organizations to submit proposals for workshops related to Institute's U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program. These workshops should be targeted exchanges between industry stakeholders, and should address specific standards and conformance-related issues that impact U.S.-India Trade. Proposed workshops must demonstrate industry relevance and significance, and will be subject to approval by CII and an SCCP Advisory Panel. Read More

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ANSI Opens Nominations for Leadership and Service Awards.

April 9, 2009

American National Standards Institute is calling for nominations for its 2009 Leadership and Service Awards. Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, the awards recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs. Nominees must also have consistently demonstrated a commitment to their industry and nation as well as the enhancement of the global standards system. Read More

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ASME Handbook outlines Ramcap Plus program.

April 9, 2009

ASME and the ASME Innovative Technologies Institute, LLC (ASME-ITI) have announced a handbook describing the RAMCAP Plus(SM) process for analyzing and managing risks and resilience in critical infrastructure assets/systems. Entitled "All-Hazards Risk and Resilience," this 160-page publication discusses an objective, 7-step methodology that personnel at critical infrastructures can apply to make assets more secure and resilient from hazardous events. Read More

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PASC 32 Lauds ANSI VP while passing resolutions.

April 9, 2009

The Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) passed several resolutions concerning energy management and social responsibility at its thirty-second meeting (PASC 32), and also presented Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice president of international policy, with the PASC Meritorious Service Award. That latter was done in recognition of his contributions to the group. Kushnier has participated in PASC for 15 years and chaired the PASC Executive Committee for nearly 9 years. Read More

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Interoperability Workshop rallies support for OPC UA.

April 9, 2009

OPC Foundation has announced that 2009 North American Interoperability Workshop engaged largest number of vendors committed to development of OPC Unified Architecture to date. Twelve major OPC vendors participated, reinforcing their commitment to new OPC UA specification by submitting 15 OPC Servers and 17 OPC Clients for open interoperability testing. Interoperability workshop is critical for continuation of maintaining true open standards in OPC communications. Read More

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RIA announces Intl Robot, Vision, and Motion Control Show.

April 9, 2009

Scheduled for June 9-11, 2009 at Donald E. Stephens Center in Chicago, International Robot, Vision, and Motion Control Show will take on theme of "Win Globally: Innovate and Automate." Attendees will have opportunity to see live demonstrations of vision-enabled robots at Hands-On Highway interactive experience, meet with systems integrators at special pavilion, and get glimpse of future at Emerging Robotics Pavilion, featuring Toyota's trumpet-playing Helper robot. Read More

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Quantum Computers will require complex software to manage errors.

April 9, 2009

NIST theorists have shown that type of software operation, proposed as solution to fundamental problems with quantum computers' hardware, will not function as some designers had hoped. NIST team has proved that software in question, widely studied due to its simplicity and robustness to noise, is insufficient for performing arbitrary computations. This means that any software computers use will have to employ more complex and resource-intensive solutions to ensure devices function effectively. Read More

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NIST requests public comment on voting system test methods.

April 9, 2009

NIST has opened for comment by July 1 new methods for testing future electronic voting systems' compliance with voluntary federal standards. In order to receive federal certification from EAC, new voting systems must meet Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG). Draft test suites apply to VVSG Next Iteration (VVSG-NI), intended to address reliability of electronic voting systems, which specifies requirements such as operation in temperatures from 41-104┬░F and in RH from 5-85%. Read More

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NIST contracts with EPRI to plan interim power standards.

April 9, 2009

NIST has contracted with EPRI to help it develop interim roadmap for determining architecture and initial key standards for electric power Smart Grid. EPRI will support consensus-building activities that will provide basis for initial Smart Grid standards. They will also assist in identifying issues and priorities for developing permanent standards. NIST will announce 3-phase plan resulting in end-of-year submission for approval of standards to FERC. Read More

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NIST Scientists find dielectric source in silver niobate.

April 9, 2009

Researchers have discovered source of dielectric properties, potentially important for wireless communications, in silver niobate. Working at different facilities, team combined results from several high-resolution probes using X-rays, neutrons and electrons - tools that are sensitive to both local and average crystal structure - to understand silver niobate's dielectric properties. The work was supported in part by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.K. Science and Technology Facilities Council. Read More