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Lighting Systems Index increases during Q3 with mixed results.

December 18, 2015

NEMA's Lighting Systems Shipments Index, measuring lighting equipment demand, increased by 4.8% year-over-year and by 4.4% quarter-to-quarter during Q3 2015. This increase was driven by fixtures component, which gained ground on year-over-year basis. Emergency lighting, ballast, and lamp – large and miniature – components recorded offsetting year-over-year declines. Read More

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NIST Lab Building renamed for Katharine Blodgett Gebbie.

December 18, 2015

On Dec. 10, 2015, the most advanced laboratory building at the NIST campus in Boulder, CO, was renamed after legendary NIST laboratory director Katharine Blodgett Gebbie. Currently a NIST senior advisor, Gebbie is an astrophysicist by training and has worked for NIST for more than 45 years. She directed 2 large NIST operating units of several hundred researchers each. Under her leadership, NIST staff won 4 Nobel Prizes in Physics from 1997–2012 as well as 2 MacArthur Fellowships. Read More

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Five Winners Announced in Head Health Challenge III.

December 18, 2015

National Football League (NFL), Under Armour, GE, and NIST announced 5 winners of Head Health Challenge III, which supports discovery, design, and development of advanced materials that better absorb or dissipate impact. Winners were Alba Technic, LLC; Charles Owen Inc.; Corsair Innovations; collaboration between Dynamic Research Inc and 6D Helmets LLC; as well as University of Michigan. Each will receive $250,000 to advance their work in materials development. Read More

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Linear Fluorescent Lamp Indexes continue to decline.

December 18, 2015

NEMA’s linear fluorescent lamp shipment indexes for 2015Q3 continued downward trend that began in 2014. Index for T12 lamps declined for seventh consecutive quarter, dropping by 40.4% on year-over-year basis. T8 and T5 shipments also continued to decline, decreasing by 10.9% and 10.6%, respectively, on year-over-year basis. T8 lamps accounted for 72.8% share of fluorescent lamp shipments in 2015Q3, with T12 lamps claiming 15.5% share and T5 lamps a 10.9% share. Read More

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ASTM Committee invites abstracts, participation for meeting.

December 18, 2015

ASTM International, American Society for Composites, Syracuse University, University of Utah, and National Institute of Aerospace will jointly support 31st Annual Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites (September 19–21) and ASTM Committee on Composite Materials (D30) meeting (September 21–22). Both events will take place in Williamsburg, VA. Submissions of abstracts and full papers are being invited; deadline is January 15, 2016. Read More

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Young Electrotechnology Professionals sought for competition.

December 18, 2015

U.S. National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission is seeking nominations of emerging electrotechnology professionals to participate in upcoming IEC Young Professionals 2016 Workshop, which will be held Oct 10–14, 2016. Program supports increased involvement of young professionals in international electrotechnical standards and conformity assessment work, bolstering future of technology transfer and long-term national involvement in international standardization arena. Read More

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Proposed Test Method fills need in nickel alloy industry.

December 18, 2015

WK40596, Test Method for the Analysis of Nickel Alloys by Spark Atomic Emission Spectrometry, will provide labs with guidance on using a spark emission spectrometer to set up for and properly analyze nickel alloys, which are used for jet-engine components as well as oil and gas drilling. Standard will also include detailed wavelength information that helps configure a spectrometer. Precision and bias data included in standard will serve as benchmark for labs to compare results. Read More

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ANSI, Gold Standard Collaborate to enhance auditing process.

December 18, 2015

ANSI and Gold Standard are working to develop new accreditation scheme that will extend list of auditors eligible to review Gold Standard energy projects while improving audit quality through better oversight. Historically, only designated operational entities (DOE) registered under United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were eligible to act as auditors. New scheme also opens the doors to ANSI Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Validation and Verification Bodies (VVBs). Read More

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Aerospace, Defense Manufacturers saw significant progress in 2015.

December 18, 2015

Aerospace and defense industry achieved a number of its top priorities in 2015. Despite being delayed, Export-Import Bank of the United States was reauthorized for 4 years. Relief from budget caps, imposed under Budget Control Act of 2011, was achieved for 2016 and 2017 via passage of Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Also, there were hopeful signs that year-long omnibus with extension of R&D Tax Credit will pass. AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher said, "...there’s still a lot of work to do." Read More

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ANSI International Policy Senior Director announces retirement.

December 17, 2015

Charles T. Zegers, senior director of international policy for American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and general secretary for United States National Committee of the International Electrotechincal Commission (USNC/IEC), announced his retirement effective at end of 2015. Zegers worked with ANSI for 35+ years and initially joined in May 1980 as director of standards audit, accreditation, and review. In January 2009, Zegers assumed his current position as senior director. Read More

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ANSI Board Names Volunteer Leaders for new term.

December 17, 2015

ANSI Board of Directors announced new members and officers for term beginning January 1, 2016. Kevan Lawlor will serve second term as chair of the board, and Arthur Cote will continue as immediate past chairman. Vice chairs will include GP Russ Chaney, Mary McKiel, Mary Saunders, and Paris Stavrianidis. There were 11 individuals elected to Board as directors-at-large, 4 director-at-large vacancies were filled, and 4 board members who will serve as ANSI Member Forum chairs were named. Read More

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NIST Seminar to cover balance and scale calibration.

December 17, 2015

Scheduled for January 19–21, 2016, NIST Seminar will cover calibration and use of analytical weighing instruments, including sources of weighing errors in analytical environments, methodologies for quantifying errors, and computation of balance calibration uncertainty and global (user) uncertainty. Approximately 50% of the time will be spent doing hands-on exercises. Focus will then move to use of balances in analytical and regulatory environments. Read More

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AAMA updates procedural guide for home fenestration products.

December 17, 2015

AAMA 104-15, Procedural Guide for Certification of Manufactured Home Fenestration Products: Windows/Sliding Doors, Emergency Exit Windows and Devices, Swinging Exterior Passage Doors, lays out process for certifying these products through the AAMA program. Document was updated because it failed to provide direction to Administrator/Validator in some cases, allowing for subjective decision making, and lacked content that would qualify the program for ANSI accreditation. Read More

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Metrology Fundamentals Seminar will take place in late January.

December 17, 2015

Taking place January 25–29, 2016 in Gaithersburg, MD, Fundamentals of Metrology will introduce participants to concepts of measurement systems, units, measurement uncertainty/assurance, traceability, basic statistics, and how they fit into lab Quality Management System. Those and additional topics, including overall Laboratory Management and Laboratory Quality Management Systems as well as various requirements, will be covered via lecture, hands-on exercises, case studies, and discussion.
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Manufacturers talk policy with presidential candidate Kasich.

December 16, 2015

Manufacturers from across the U.S. participated in a tele-town hall with 2016 presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich (R-OH). On this call, Gov. Kasich addressed and answered questions on key policy issues, such as labor, tax, trade, infrastructure, and environmental regulations. Tele-town halls offer manufacturers and business owners an opportunity to hear directly from presidential candidates on policies that impact businesses, manufacturers, and the economy. Read More

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USA Pipelines Survey details economic benefits for manufacturing.

December 16, 2015

Commissioned and released by NAM, IHS Economics study examining benefits of crude oil pipelines reveals impact crude oil pipelines have on U.S. manufacturing growth and employment as well as advancement and development potential for manufacturers if new crude oil pipelines are constructed. Study includes numbers on miles of future and existing crude oil transmission pipelines in USA, jobs supported by said pipelines, affected industries, and benefitting manufacturing subsectors. Read More

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Recessed Luminaire Standard covers use with PU foam insulation.

December 16, 2015

NEMA LE 7-2015 Recessed Luminaires Intended for Contact with Expanding Polyurethane Foam Insulation defines subset of insulation contact (Type IC) luminaires appropriate for use with polyurethane spray foam. Available for downloaded and in hard copy, this standard also provides requirements and recommendations for Type IC recessed luminaires intended for installation in contact with low- and medium-density polyurethane foam thermal insulation. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on ISO field of activity.

December 16, 2015

ISO has submitted proposal for new field of activity on foundry machinery. Submitted by Standardization Administration of China, work item proposal details that standardization of foundry machinery is to include terminology, classification, specifications, test methods, and quality requirements of sand preparation, molding, core-making, die-casting, casting cleaning, and grinding equipment. ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on proposal by Jan 15, 2016. Read More

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ANSI Members speak at Army University symposium.

December 16, 2015

During Army University’s first educational symposium, academic and military educators shared best practices on innovative and collaborative ways to improve educational experiences for soldiers preparing to join various industry ranks. Over 200 attended the event, which included a session on Adopting Nationally Recognized Standards, co-presented by Vijay Krishna, Ed.D., director of personnel credentialing programs at ANSI and Lisa Lutz, ANSI Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee member. Read More

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NIST Measurement Science Workshop focuses on identity ecosystem.

December 16, 2015

Technical workshop, Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem, will be hosted by NIST on January 12–13, 2016 in Gaithersburg, MD. Participants will collaborate about ways to measure and compare the performance of solutions in Identity Ecosystem. Specific topics include strength of identity proofing (remote and in-person), strength of authentication with focus on biometrics, and attributing confidence to assist in effective authorization decision making. Read More