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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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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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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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NIST announces competition for research funding.

April 9, 2009

NIST has announced 2009 competition for multiyear research funding in civil infrastructure and advanced materials in manufacturing under its Technology Innovation Program (TIP). Approximately $15 million in first-year funding is allocated for R&D projects in manufacturing, while about $10 million is allocated for projects in civil infrastructure in areas of sensing and repair/retrofit. Due date for submission of proposals to competition is Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Read More

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Electronic Health Record Programs use ASTM CCR Standard.

April 9, 2009

Microsoft's 2009 version of Amalga Unified Intelligence System incorporates ASTM E2369, Specification for Continuity of Care, which provides way to create XML documents that contain most relevant and timely health information about patient, and to send them electronically from one caregiver to another. CRC standard is also being used by Google Health application, which allows users to create online health profile by importing personal data from pharmacies and lab companies. Read More

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NIST launches YouTube channel to inform public.

April 9, 2009

As part of U.S. government-wide effort to expand information available to public about its programs, NIST has created a channel on YouTube. Viewers can share videos with friends via email, post links to videos on their own Web pages, and write comments below each video. Department of Commerce negotiated contract with Google that allows its agencies to establish YouTube channels, with agencies such as NOAA and U.S. Census Bureau also participating. Read More

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Federal Officials briefed on LA dependency on oil/gas access.

April 9, 2009

At 2nd of 4 regional hearings scheduled in April, Virginia Sawyer of LABI told Minerals Management Service (MMS) that 154,000 high-paying manufacturing jobs in LA depend on access to oil and natural gas on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Sawyer said 58% of petroleum produced in LA is consumed by industrial sector, which employs 154,000 state residents with average annual wage of $52,000. NAM members may submit predrafted comment to MMS at www.nam.org/contactMMS. 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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SME Annual Conference helps manufacturers ride out economy.

April 9, 2009

To help industries remain both innovative and competitive, SME announces Breaking Through: 2009 SME Annual Conference. Set for June 7-9, event will bring together SME members, C-level leaders and innovators, as well as educators to share breakthrough innovations in technology and success strategies. Conference's innovation focus is based largely on SME's annual Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture list, which include high-speed sintering, buckypaper, and synthetic gecko tape. 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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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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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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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

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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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ASTM Committee recognizes Stephen Luko with Award of Merit.

April 9, 2009

ASTM International Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics has presented Stephen Luko, statistician at Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., with ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Committee E11 cited Luko for outstanding contributions and leadership in developing standards related to statistical methods and quality control. A member of ASTM International since 1999, Luko serves as chair of E11 and also leads Subcommittee E11.91 on Planning. Read More

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NEMA publishes MW 1000-2008 Magnet Wire.

April 9, 2009

Frequently updated to meet evolving user needs, MW 1000 is the standards publication for general requirements, product specifications, and test procedures for magnet wire. Its 2008 revision includes new specifications for self-bonding magnet wire, additional appendix detailing formulas for deriving dimensional and performance requirements, and expanded thermal endurance procedure to including testing information for range of wire specimen sizes. Read More

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Publication standardizes symbols for arc welding/cutting.

April 9, 2009

NEMA has published EW 4-2009, which provides manufacturers and users of arc welding and cutting equipment with system for development and use of graphic symbols on their equipment. Accommodating non-English speaking and functionally illiterate workers, publication also helps US-based manufacturers design and mark their products to be understood by linguistically and culturally diverse people on global scale. This edition contains all pertinent graphic symbols recognized by IEC TC 26. Read More

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ASTM approves Standard Practice for Certificate Programs.

April 7, 2009

ASTM E2659 provides comprehensive guide for educators in all sectors and settings to consistently develop and administer certificate programs to accomplish unique training and education goals. It also offers guide to consumers on how to identify such a program. In addition, ASTM E2659 serves as benchmark of quality for industry accreditation of certificate programs and outlines what key distinguishing factors are between certification and certificate programs. Read More

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AASHTO applauds nomination of Victor Mendez to head FHWA.

April 7, 2009

Victor Mendez, former Director of Arizona Department of Transportation and 2007 President of AASHTO, has been named by President Obama as next Federal Highway Administrator, subject to Senate confirmation. During his ADOT tenure, Mendez implemented accelerated schedule for Valley regional freeway system. As deputy director, he served as part of ADOT team, which completed $80 million widening of I-17 and launched the widening of Superstition Freeway. Read More