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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

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AEM to offer solutions-oriented selling techniques.

June 17, 2009

AEM is conducting another session of its High Performance Sales College, from July 13-14 in 2009, at the Rosemont Holiday Inn Express in Chicago. In addition to providing Continuing Education Credits, results-oriented program delivers practical, industry focused strategies designed for sales representatives and district managers in the equipment manufacturing industry. Participants examine effective value-added selling techniques to create more effective customer partnerships. Read More

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Reviewers Sought for draft of rotodynamic pump standard.

June 17, 2009

The Hydraulic Institute (HI), under the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in the review process for the draft of updated Standard ANSI/HI 9.6.3, Rotodynamic Pumps for Allowable Operating Region. The standard describes the effects of operating a rotodynamic (centrifugal or vertical) pump at rates of flow greater or less than the rate of flow at the pump's best efficiency point (BEP). Read More

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CAR Chairman to give keynote address at SPE conference.

June 17, 2009

At SPE's 11th annual Automotive TPO Global Conference, Dr. David Cole, chairman of Center for Automotive Research (CAR), will give keynote speech titled "The Auto Future: A New Beginning?" Cole was formerly director of OSAT, served 2 terms on board of SME, and has conducted research on restructuring North American auto industry and related trends in globalization, technology, market factors, and human-resource requirements. Conference is to be held October 4-7, 2009. Read More

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Conference addresses transportation emissions solutions.

June 17, 2009

From October 6-8, 2009, The American Filtration and Separations Society is hosting its fourth Bi-Annual Emissions Solutions in Transportation Conference in Ann Arbor, MI. There will also be 2 separate tracks with short courses Monday, October 5 dealing with Basics of Air and Liquid filtration as well as 4 additional courses. This conference is designed for engineers and mangers with vested interest in current and new technologies as well as future needs in emission solutions. Read More

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Market Outlook Report shows PT/MC sales continue to drop.

June 17, 2009

According to sales data released by PTDA, both U.S. and Canadian manufacturers experienced drop in sales in April 2009. U.S. manufacturers' sales were down 11.0% in April 2009 when compared to March 2009. Sales in April 2009 fell 29.8% compared to same period last year. However, orders in April 2009 increased by 2.2% over March 2009 sales. Canadian manufacturers' sales were down 3.0% compared to March 2009 and 32.6% when compared to same period last year. Read More

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Workshop to address hydrogen codes and standards.

June 17, 2009

The Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen, with support from the US DoE and the US National Hydrogen Association, has announced the Workshop for Hydrogen Codes and Standards. It will take place in New Delhi, India on August 29, 2009 and review success stories and lessons learned on hydrogen facilities siting and demonstration. It will also explore synergistic opportunities in codes, standards, and regulations development in India and surrounding countries. Read More

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European Future Energy Forum features roundtable discussions.

June 17, 2009

Held on June 9-11, European Future Energy Forum included roundtable discussions pertaining to hydrogen and fuel cells. Session chaired by Randy Dey from CCS Global Group discussed international cooperation in development of regulations, codes, and standards on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. It provided overview of importance of "one product, one standard, one test," and offered introduction to ISO standards published and under development specific to hydrogen energy technologies. Read More

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Call to Action leads to improvements in pilot training.

June 17, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt hosted Call to Action to identify immediate steps to strengthen and improve pilot hiring, training, and testing practices at airlines that provide regional service as well as at country's major air carriers. Participants agreed on best practices for pilot record checks, development of pilot mentoring programs, and re-writing of rules for pilot flight and duty time to incorporate scientific research about fatigue. Read More

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NFPA Makes Move to Harmonize hydrogen separation distances.

June 17, 2009

At the June 2009 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Session, NFPA 52 was amended by the acceptance of comment 52-34, which would replace Table 9.3.1.3 with the appropriate table extracted from NFPA 55. This action is supported by the Hydrogen Industry Panel on Codes (HIPOC), which met prior to the NFPA Technical Session and then proceeded to speak in favor of the amendment. The technical committee responsible for NFPA 52 must now be balloted on this meeting action. Read More

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IAg Plating Standard establishes max deposit thickness.

June 17, 2009

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® released IPC-4553A, Specification for Immersion Silver Plating for Printed Boards, which sets requirements for the use of immersion silver (IAg) as a surface finish for printed boards. It adds max deposit thickness based on performance criteria, whereas min thickness requirement was provided in the original release (IPC-4553). Revision A also establishes a single thickness range to avert confusion between thin and thick. Read More

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ASTM International honors Jeffrey Goldfinger with award.

June 16, 2009

Jeffrey Goldfinger, director of unmanned systems applications in the Sensors and Simulation Group at L-3 Communications Corp., is one of 2 recipients of the 2009 ASTM International President's Leadership Award. It recognizes individuals early in their ASTM careers who have significantly advanced the Society's mission through accomplishment, example, and vision. A member of ASTM International since 2003, Goldfinger is vice chair of Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Read More

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AIA President makes statement on NRO leadership appointment.

June 16, 2009

Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, called the appointment of General Bruce Carlson (USAF-Ret.) as director of the National Reconnaissance Office "an important step in establishing the leadership our nation needs to continue our preeminence in space." Blakey went on to say that Carlson "brings a wealth of experience to the position, including considerable expertise in defense acquisition." An eagerness towards working together to address industry challenges was also expressed. Read More

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Front-of-Package Program standardizes nutritional labeling.

June 16, 2009

NSF International and the American Society for Nutrition announced their joint roles in administering a nutritional front-of-package labeling program, the Smart Choices Program(TM). Providing manufacturers and retailers with front-of-pack icon plus calorie information, this program aims to bring consistency and clarity to the US marketplace. It will help consumers quickly identify products and select smarter food and beverage choices within specific product categories. Read More

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Award of Merit given for protective clothing/equipment work.

June 16, 2009

Consultant Dr. Thomas E. Neal, of Neal Associates Ltd., has been honored with the ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for his work on standards for protective clothing and equipment. A member of ASTM International since 1994, Neal is an active member of Committees D13 on Textiles, E54 on Homeland Security Applications, F18 on Electrical Protective Equipment for Workers, and F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment. Read More

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ZigBee Alliance certifies Golden Units for ZigBee RF4CE.

June 16, 2009

The ZigBee® Alliance announced the availability of Golden Unit platforms that implement the ZigBee RF4CE specification, which was designed to replace IR remote controls with RF to offer non-line-of-sight operation as well as extend range and battery life for consumer electronics. Golden Unit status lets OEMs create ZigBee RF4CE certified products that allow for advanced interoperable communications between components and remote controls while providing interoperability between OEMs. Read More

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Seminar to address job quoting in current economy.

June 16, 2009

Scheduled for July 16, 2009, PMA's seminar, titled "Pricing Jobs for Today's Economy," will teach standardized methods for costing and quoting jobs for metalforming companies. Topics will include cost standards, price standards, accounting considerations, activity-based costing, quality control, capital budgeting overview, and how to price jobs in global market. Speaker for event is Allen Berger, partner at Blackman Kallick Bartelstein LLP in Chicago, IL. Read More