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ASTM Smart Manufacturing Journal is accepting submissions.

January 18, 2016

ASTM International's newest journal, Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems (SSMS), is currently accepting papers. Due to launch in January 2017, this journal will be managed by SSMS Editor-in-Chief Dr. Sudarsan Rachuri. Topics of interest for papers include those "at the intersection of manufacturing science, information science and data science,” as noted by Rachuri. Research papers, industry case studies, industry application papers, survey papers, and technical notes are welcome. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers testing for crossarms.

January 18, 2016

ASTM has released D8019, Test Methods for Determining the Full Section Flexural Modulus and Bending Strength of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Crossarms Assembled with Center Mount Brackets. Standard will help determine important attributes for polymer crossarms that are an integral part of electrical distribution structures. Experts can use standard to establish design and strength criteria that can be used throughout engineering community. Read More

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NTSB unveils 2016 Most Wanted List.

January 18, 2016

NTSB unveiled its 2016 Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements. List calls for promoting availability of collision avoidance technology in highway vehicles, completion of rail safety initiatives to prevent accidents, and strengthening occupant protection, including laws mandating primary enforcement of seatbelt use. Other topics include distraction and impairment in all modes of transportation, and spins and stalls within general aviation community. Read More

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ASC Training Academy announces 2016 schedule.

January 18, 2016

ASC will produce 15 live Training Academy webinars in 2016; technical and business oriented topics will range from "New Predictive Approaches in Product Safety" to "Sealant Testing and Advances in Outdoor Weathering." Programs are designed to provide ASC member company personnel with technical insights, emerging trends, and critical information that supports learning and training objectives for individuals and corporations. ASC will also offer 2 subscription models beginning in January 2016. Read More

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Federal Aviation Administration issues FAA Safety Briefing Update.

January 18, 2016

As latest installment of safety policy voice for non-commercial general aviation community, January/February 2016 issue of FAA Safety Briefing focuses on FAA's new Compliance Philosophy and what its foundational concepts mean to general aviation community. Articles discuss how FAA and aviation community can identify problem in the NAS, use most effective tools to correct said problem, and monitor situation to ensure it stays fixed. Read More

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President Obama emphasizes greater American security.

January 18, 2016

In final State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed support for measures that will heighten American security in a new economy. In addition to anti-terrorism measures, president emphasized steps that can leverage U.S. security in other ways, including retraining employees to support stronger workforce, embracing greener energy, and committing to life-saving medical breakthroughs. ANSI supports these goals through collaboratives that span from energy efficiency to workforce efforts. Read More

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Billions are needed for wastewater infrastructure.

January 15, 2016

EPA released a survey showing that $271 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation's wastewater infrastructure, including pipes that carry wastewater to treatment plants, the technology that treats the water, and methods for managing stormwater runoff. Wastewater infrastructure must also be made more resilient to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, stronger and more frequent storms, flooding, and drought. Read More

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Plastics Industry heeds Obama's call for American innovation.

January 15, 2016

William R. Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, issued remarks after the State of the Union address. On behalf of the U.S. plastics industry, which employs nearly one million hard-working Americans, we encourage Congress and the Administration to build on recent bipartisan budget reform success, and work together to find new ways to create jobs, grow the American economy, and promote U.S. manufacturing at home and abroad. Read More

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Jay Timmons calls for strong support of manufacturing.

January 15, 2016

NAM's President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after President Obama's final State of the Union address. "In the coming months, candidates for office, including candidates for the presidency, will outline their visions for the country. We will continue to advocate those policies that will help manufacturing and the larger economy grow, create jobs and produce higher standards of living for all Americans. After all, the state of our union is stronger when manufacturing is thriving." Read More

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Winter Conference features BIM sessions for practitioners.

January 15, 2016

While the United Kingdom’s Government Construction Strategy mandated use of Level 2 building information modeling on all public sector projects by 2016, recent surveys show that fewer than 15% of firms are fully prepared to do so. Successful collaborative efforts within firms and between firms for BIM will be presented in a session chaired by Tim Dwyer, titled "Delivering Building Performance through Collaboration and Integration," at the ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Dipak J. Negandhi with Award of Merit.

January 15, 2016

Dipak J. Negandhi received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from Committee F26 on Food Service Equipment for his outstanding leadership, commitment, and respected technical expertise. ASTM member since 1991, Negandhi served as chairman of Committee F26 from 2006–2012. Several food equipment industry standards overseen and contributed to by Negandhi during his tenure serve as foundation for utility-based energy-efficiency programs. Read More

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ASTM Board welcomes new director Deryck M.S. Omar.

January 15, 2016

Deryck M.S. Omar, CEO for the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality, has joined ASTM International board of directors for 3-year term. As CEO, Omar focuses on modernizing and accelerating the preparation, adoption, and use of regional standards to increase trade, boost industrial efficiency and effectiveness, and further the cause of the CARICOM single market and economy. From 2007 to 2013, Omar led the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards as executive director. Read More

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ANSI Issues Reminder to TAGs of review webinar and form due date.

January 15, 2016

ANSI and its Procedures and Standards Administration (PSA) department remind ANSI-Accredited ISO U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrators to sign up for January webinar. It will review 2016 revisions to ANSI International Procedures, 2016 ISO TAG Procedural Compliance Form, and 2015 TAG Annual Report (including submission process). Also, response to email that contained 2016 Procedural Compliance Form/2015 TAG Annual Report Notice must be submitted no later than February 1, 2016. Read More

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ANSI Announces New Revision of United States Standards Strategy.

January 15, 2016

Released by ANSI, revised version of United States Standards Strategy (USSS) is available online in digital format. USSS describes principles and tactics which guide how USA develops standards and participates in international standards-setting process. Minor changes in 2015 version reflect current national priorities and industry growth areas, including growth of such innovative technologies such smart cities, IoT, and cybersecurity as well as continuing shift to services-based economy. Read More

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Dale Bohn named vice chairman of ASTM board of directors.

January 14, 2016

Dale F. Bohn, product quality manager for Flint Hills Resources LP, will serve as vice chairman of ASTM board of directors for 2-year term. At Flint Hills Resources, Bohn oversees product quality and customer support, including development, formulations, testing, and process support for petroleum and other products, as well as training, regulatory compliance, and quality assurance oversight. An ASTM board member since 2012, Bohn served as chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee in 2015. Read More

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TMC to celebrate 60th anniversary at 2016 Annual Meeting.

January 14, 2016

Scheduled for Feb 29 to March 3, ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council 2016 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition will highlight important trends in trucking industry maintenance and productivity. Event will feature more than 400 exhibitors showcasing latest in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, safety, and information technology. Study group technical session topics will range from zero-waste maintenance shops to achieving 360° driver awareness. Read More

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ANSI Reminds ASDs of 2016 procedural compliance form due date.

January 14, 2016

ANSI reminds ANSI-accredited standards developers (ASDs) that 2016 ASD procedural compliance form must be completed and submitted by March 1, 2016. Within 2016 edition of ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards, there are several revisions: Clause 2.5.2, Clause 3.1, and Clause 4.1 and 4.1.1. On January 27 and February 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm EST, webinars will review 2016 ASD Procedural Compliance Form as well as aforementioned revisions. Read More

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ASHRAE Issues Call for Programs for its 2016 Annual Conference.

January 14, 2016

Programs are sought for ASHRAE's 2016 Annual Conference, which will be held in St Louis, MO from June 25–29 and feature several topic-specific tracks. Types of programs being sought include seminars, which include 1–4 presentations on similar topic; workshops, which allow equal time for 1–2 presentations and discussion; as well as forums – discussion-based sessions without any presentations. Call for programs (non-paper based presentations) is open through February 8, 2016. Read More

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ANSI Announces Change in management of SEP accreditation program.

January 14, 2016

Effective Q1 2016, ANAB will assume management responsibilities for ANSI/MSE 50021 Superior Energy Performance (SEP) verification body accreditation program. This decision comes after agreement reached between ANSI and ANAB that SEP accreditation program would benefit from consolidated management under one accreditation body. Specifically, consolidation would create greater efficiencies in day-to-day operations of said program and leverage synergies between ISO 50001 and SEP. Read More

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Ferdinando Aspesi to serve on ASTM board of directors.

January 14, 2016

Ferdinando E. Aspesi, vice president and senior adviser, Novartis Group Quality, has been elected to serve 3-year term on the ASTM International board of directors. Aspesi has more than 35 years of experience in drug substance and drug product quality assurance and quality control as well as in pharmaceutical research and development. An ASTM member since 2003, Aspesi is currently vice chairman of Committee E55 on Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products. Read More