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U.S. files complaint against Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche.

January 6, 2016

U.S. DOJ, on behalf of U.S. EPA, filed civil complaint in federal court, which alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal defeat devices installed that impair their emission control systems and cause emissions to exceed EPA standards. Complaint further alleges that Volkswagen violated Clean Air Act by selling, introducing into commerce, or importing into U.S. motor vehicles that are designed differently from what was stated in applications for EPA and CARB certification. Read More

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Manufacturers Brought About Historic Victories throughout 2015.

January 6, 2016

Statement issued by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons praised NAM's "aggressive advocacy" and resulting "historic legislative and legal victories for manufacturers" in 2015. Timmons cited "landmark provisions in Congress' year-end omnibus bill" as well as "wins throughout the year that will create jobs and grow the middle class." "These victories were no accident," stated Timmons, who attributed success due to manufacturers' raised voices. Read More

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NIST Guide explains community resilience investment evaluations.

January 6, 2016

Prepared by NIST economists, Community Resilience Economic Decision Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems details steps for evaluating economic ramifications of resilience investments as well as maintaining status quo. Six-step process helps communities improve resilience by setting priorities and allocating resources to manage risks for prevailing hazards. Economic guide provides basis for comparing and contrasting alternate investments during development of the resilience plan. Read More

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SME Names Christopher Wojcik to director of Membership position.

January 6, 2016

As director of Membership at SME, Christopher Wojcik will assume management of SME's Membership group operations as well as strategic direction, planning, implementation, and measurement of membership programs. Jeffrey Krause, SME CEO expressed excitement in welcoming Christopher and cited his "expertise in the membership space" as beneficial towards serving SME members and "mov[ing manufacturing forward." Wojcik will officially join SME on January 13. Read More

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Dr. Ralph Paroli begins term as ASTM Board Chairman.

January 5, 2016

Ralph M. Paroli, Ph.D. of the National Research Council of Canada has started his term as 2016 chairman of ASTM International board of directors. Since 2013, Paroli has served as director, research and development, in the Measurement Science and Standards Portfolio at NRC. Prior to that, he was director of Building Envelope and Structure at NRC’s Institute for Research in Construction. An ASTM member since 1994, Paroli has more than 30 years of experience in spectroscopy and thermal analysis. Read More

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President Obama to attend Hannover Messe 2016.

January 5, 2016

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after announcement that President Obama will attend Hannover Messe in April 2016. "Manufacturers applaud President Obama’s decision to attend the largest innovation conference on the globe—to lend his voice and presence to the great story we’re telling of the innovation revolution of manufacturing in the U.S. We are excited about showcasing our innovation leadership to the rest of the world and advancing transatlantic trade at Hannover Messe." Read More

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NTSB opens public docket on sinking of cargo ship.

January 5, 2016

As part of its continuing investigation into the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro in the Atlantic Ocean, NTSB has opened the accident docket and released underwater images and video of the vessel. Owned by Sea Star Line, LLC and operated by TOTE Services, ship went missing on Oct 1 during Hurricane Joaquin and was located on Oct 31 in about 15,000 ft of water near Crooked Island, Bahamas. Twenty-eight U.S. crewmembers and five Polish workers were on board. Read More

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NEMA Business Conditions Indexes retreat in December.

January 5, 2016

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index for current conditions in North America fell to 41.2 in December as a larger share of panelists reported conditions deteriorated than reported they improved. December's reading represented a substantial decline from November’s reading of 58.3. Meanwhile, EBCI for future North American conditions slipped to 52.9 in December from 55.6 in November. Read More

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Webinar addresses operating procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO.

January 5, 2016

ANSI invites interested stakeholders to register for the webinar "The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization," on Feb 24. Participants will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. technical advisory groups to ISO. There will be an overview of accreditation, membership, voting requirements, and rules for developing positions, and how to be an effective international delegate at ISO committee meetings. Read More

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ANSI offers online career network.

January 5, 2016

Users looking to start a new position or add to staff in 2016 can visit the ANSI online career network at www.ansi.org/careers for the latest opportunities in U.S. standards and conformity assessment community. With support of ANSI’s Committee on Education, careers page now includes internship listings, and ANSI members and other standardization stakeholders are invited to submit postings for inclusion on the site. Read More

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NTSB Updates Hearing/Meeting Rules for board products, procedures.

January 5, 2016

NTSB's Final Rule, finalizing changes concerning NTSB products and procedures, appears in Federal Register. Rules will take effect on January 25, 2016 and be codified at 49 CFR part 845. Regulatory changes apply to rules governing procedures for hearings and other Board proceedings as well as descriptions of such Board products as reports and safety recommendations. Final Rule reorganizes rules into subparts to make rules easier to access and consult. Read More

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FAA's Nov/Dec Safety Briefing addresses GA night operations.

January 5, 2016

FAA Safety Briefing's November/December 2015 "Good Night" issue focuses on general aviation night operations. In said issue, NIGHT functions as mnemonic checklist for all content: Nightlights, Illusions, Gadgets, Human factors, and Terrain avoidance. Articles address importance of having appropriate physical and mental preparation for flying at night as well as ways in which technology can be of assistance. People featured in this issue include Dr. James Fraser and Clifton Stroud. Read More

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People on the Move spotlights achievements and advancements.

December 31, 2015

People on the Move spotlights trailblazers in standardization, highlighting achievements, advancements, and contributions to standards community. ANSIASQ National Accreditation Board announced 2 staff changes following acquisition of Accreditation Services Bureau, doing business as Laboratory Accreditation Bureau. Doug Leonard, formerly president and CEO of LAB, will become VP of combined laboratory-related business for ANAB. Keith Greenaway is transitioning from VP to become ANAB’s CEO. Read More

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HI Announces Date pump vibration webinar training session.

December 31, 2015

Hydraulic Institute (HI) webinar, Vibration Measurement and Allowable Values for Rotodynamic Pumps, will be presented by William Marscher, and training will take place January 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm ET. Attendees will gain insight into critical measurements made on non-rotating components of rotodynamic pumps. In addition to applicable vibration measurements, session will expound upon use of measurement locations and directions, instruments and transducers, factors affecting vibration, and more.
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Nanoworld Particles carve straight channels in semiconductors.

December 30, 2015

In the nanoworld, tiny particles of gold can operate like snow blowers, churning through surface layers of semiconductors to dig unerringly straight paths. This trenching capability, reported by scientists from NIST and IBM, is an important addition to "self-assembly" methods that researchers aim to harness for making useful devices. Applications include integrating lasers, sensors, and wave guides into lab-on-a-chip devices used for disease diagnosis and screening experimental materials/drugs. Read More

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ANSI launches services industry standards resource.

December 30, 2015

ANSI has launched web page that provides access to updated information, events, and resources related to broad array of standards and conformance activities that impact the services industry. Among the offerings are an overview and proceedings from the recent ANSI Conference: "Standards and the Service Economy." Page also features links to recent ANSI news articles related to services standards, as well as services-related resources from the ISO and other standards organizations worldwide. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 16 New Members in December 2015.

December 30, 2015

In December 2015, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed 16 new members: Alabama Technology Network; Ayla Networks; Cell Signaling Technology, Inc.; Crown Equipment Corporation; Dana Holding Corporation; Evolv, Inc.; Futaba Indiana of America Corporation; Ingredion, Inc.;  Kloeckner Metals; Lumenpulse Lighting Inc.; Mayo Clinic; Milliken & Company; Particle Measuring Systems; PFISTERER Ixosil AG; Summers Manufacturing Company; and TE Connectivity Ltd. Read More

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Paper and Wood Products Manufacturers file biomass litigation.

December 29, 2015

AF&PA President Donna Harman and American Wood Council President Robert Glowinski issued statements after filing joint petition for review in the D.C. Circuit Court of the EPA's treatment of biomass energy in the final Clean Power Plan. According to Harman, plan does not put biomass on a level playing field with other renewable energy sources. Glowinski says rule may place unnecessary restrictions on use of biomass energy as part of plan to reduce CO2 emissions from electric power generation. Read More

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Boeing to Pay $12 Million and enhance compliance systems.

December 29, 2015

Settlement agreement with Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) announced by FAA resolves multiple pending and potential enforcement cases. Under said agreement, BCA pledges to implement and improve several certification processes to further enhance airworthiness and continued compliance of all BCA products. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called this agreement, "an important step toward ensuring that Boeing fully meets all applicable compliance standards going forward." Read More

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NIST Researchers demonstrate squeezed motion, measurement.

December 29, 2015

Earlier in 2015, NIST researchers reported they could accurately measure "zero-point" motion of tiny metal membrane cooled near absolute zero. The same team, in "Quantum Nondemolition Measurement of a Nonclassical State of a Massive Object," demonstrated later that the state of such a membrane’s motion can be squeezed, and that said squeezing can be independently and continuously measured. Read More