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Incandescent Lamp Shipments suffer sharp decline.

April 12, 2013

NEMA's incandescent lamp shipments index showed precipitous decline of 40.1% compared to same period last year. On annual basis, incandescent lamp shipments during 2012 were down 18.3% – erasing 16.4% gain for 2011. Compact fluorescent lamp shipments dipped slightly during 2012 to index value of 176, a change of 0.3% versus 2011. Meanwhile, halogen A-line lamps continued to make inroads as a viable alternative lamp source increasing by 88.3% over last year. Read More

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EPA voids certificates for import of recreational vehicles.

April 12, 2013

U.S. EPA announced it is withdrawing approval of the import and sale of up to 74,000 gas-powered on- and off-road motorcycles and ATVs from China. EPA issued vehicle certificates from 2006-2012 to two companies which operate as Snyder Technology, Inc. and Snyder Computer Systems, Inc. (dba Wildfire Motors Corporation). EPA believes that it received incomplete or falsified certification information, and that manufacturers failed to accurately test emissions from their own products.
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AAMA and WDMA release 2012/2013 Industry Review and Forecast.

April 12, 2013

Delivering timely information on window, door, and skylight market trends and product relationships, AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast includes historic data for 2006–2012 and forecast data for 2013–2015. In 2012, new residential construction activity closed with 26.5% improvement compared to 2011, and study forecasts similar improvement for 2013. Demand for prime windows increased overall by 6% and demand is expected to increase 15% in 2013. Read More

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Voluntary Standards aid spring cleaning.

April 12, 2013

IEC 60335-2-2 Amd.1 Ed. 6.0 b:2012, Amendment 1 sets down guidelines for vacuums and cleaning apparatuses that use water-suction to clean surfaces, while ISO 19954:2003 offers test methods for evaluating washability of shoes in standard home washing machine. Another standard, ASTM F2367-04a(2010), provides uniform labeling criteria and package requirements for upright brooms, including inch pound unit values, while ANSI B71.1-2012 provides safety specifications for grass-cutting devices. Read More

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ISO Standard Sets Guideline for armed maritime guards.

April 12, 2013

ISO Technical Committee (TC) 8, Ships and marine technology, developed ISO/PAS 28007:2012, Ships and marine technology – Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) providing privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on board ships (and pro forma contract). Document outlines operational requirements for casualty management, incident reporting, and investigations. It also addresses security management system elements and contains sector-specific requirements. Read More

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BIO Comments on EPA 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard rules.

April 12, 2013

In comments submitted to EPA on proposed Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), BIO said it believes limits to market access for biofuels (the blendwall) "represent barriers contrived by obligated parties to prevent biofuels from gaining access to the marketplace." BIO emphasized that continued and stable implementation of RFS provides companies developing advanced and cellulosic biofuels confidence that U.S. fuel market will remain open. Read More

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NEWF selects SME-EF nominee as New Faces of Engineering winner.

April 12, 2013

Bryce Davis, a fourth year manufacturing engineering student at Texas State University-San Marcos, who was previously announced as a nominee, has been named one of the New Faces of Engineering College Edition winners by the National Engineers Week Foundation. Bryce is one of 15 promising engineering students recognized by NEWF's New Faces of Engineering program. He will graduate in 2013 thanks in part to scholarship funding provided by SME Education Foundation. Read More

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Factory Automation Systems becomes Certified Robot Integrator.

April 12, 2013

Factory Automation Systems of Atlanta, GA, has received Certified Robot Integrator designation from RIA. To become certified, integrators go through rigorous process which includes on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel. Program enables integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices to identify areas in which they can improve. This also helps the industry by strengthening overall integrator channel. Read More

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TRIB Members address passenger tire retreading.

April 12, 2013

TRIB Members around the world were sent short survey asking their thoughts and plans regarding Passenger Tire Retreading. According to their response, the top 3 drivers for passenger tire retreading growth include cost savings compared to new tires, growing export markets, and environmental benefits. Top 3 drivers for tire retreading decline include low-cost/quality new tires, public perception/education, and size proliferation. Read More

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AIA Says Repealing Sequestration will aid USA security, economy.

April 12, 2013

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey called upon Congress and President Obama to use upcoming budget cycle to reverse sequestration budget cuts. Specifically, AIA desires elimination of sequestration caps and enactment of "predictable and stable budgets" for DOD, FAA, NASA, and NOAA. Doing such, according to Blakey, "is essential to provide a sufficient level of investment in infrastructure, R&D and acquisition of assets to support our national security and economy." Read More

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HID Lamp Shipment Indexes remain on decline.

April 11, 2013

During 2012, NEMA's High Intensity Discharge lamp shipment indexes declined for second consecutive year. Mercury vapor lamps declined 9.6% to index value of 44 signifying that shipments during 2012 were 44% of the 2006 base level. Index for sodium vapor lamp shipments fell 6.2%, landing at 75, and metal halide lamps posted index reading of 80, declining by 4.9% for the year. Relative market shares for each HID lamp type were essentially unchanged with respect to previous year. Read More

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Linear Fluorescent Lamp Shipments wane during 2012.

April 11, 2013

NEMA’s shipment indexes for T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamps increased 2.1% and 15.1% in fourth quarter of 2012 to reach 156.8 and 103.1, respectively. However, index for T5 lamps posted annual reading of 159, a decline of 10.7% from 2011, while T8 lamps declined 14% during the year to reach index value of 99 for 2012. Shipments of T12 lamps showed largest annual slide, dipping by 18.6% to 50, half the level of 2006. Index for T12 lamps reached record low of 36.6, a decline of 1.1% during Q4. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

April 11, 2013

Hydraulic Institute has recognized and honored David McKinstry, SVP - Engineering and Special Projects, Colfax Fluid Handling, as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. David has spent over 25 years working with the Institute, striving to develop standards, establish effective processes, and educate pump community not only in North America, but globally as well. During his time as VP of Technical Affairs, he was the driving force behind the creation of all ANSI/HI pump standards. Read More

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MillerCoors joins as new corporate member of OMAC.

April 11, 2013

One of nation's top brewers, MillerCoors, has recently joined the Organization for Machine Automation and Control. OMAC’s two working groups, Packaging and Machine Tool, lead the way in producing industry consensus guidelines that help manufacturers reduce delivery times, be more efficient with available resources, and increase profitability. Read More

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ASTM presents Honorary Membership Award to Janet Lane.

April 11, 2013

ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants presented George V. Dyroff Award of Honorary Committee D02 Membership to Janet Lane, a consultant based in Haddonfield, NJ. Lane has filled several roles on Committee D02 since she joined ASTM in 1989. A specialist in testing and quality assurance of petroleum products and lubricants, Lane was an advanced research associate and program leader in Analytical Science Laboratory at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering for 32 years. Read More

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ANSI accredits DOT Quality Services.

April 11, 2013

ANSI has announced first accreditation of U.S. certification body offering certification under ISO 3834 – Quality Requirements for Welding. ISO 3834 provides method for manufacturers or fabricators to demonstrate that they have met relevant quality requirements related to welding. Illinois-based DOT Quality Services was also certified to offer certification in connection with welding of metallic materials, including arc welding and resistance welding. Read More

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BIO World Congress highlights industrial biotech in Canada.

April 11, 2013

During BIO 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, industry leaders, government officials, university researchers, and venture capitalists will convene to facilitate networking and business partnerships. Featured plenary sessions will include: Global Outlook on Industrial Biotechology; Feeding Next Generation Biorefineries in 2013; and Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom. Event will take place June 16-19 in Montréal, Canada. Read More

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World Standards Day Committee announces paper competition.

April 11, 2013

The 2013 World Standards Day Paper Competition has been announced by U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee and paper competition’s sponsor, SES – The Society for Standards Professionals. Theme for this year's competition, "Standards for a World at Work and Play," reflects many ways that standards function as tool to bolster consistency, repeatability, dependability, and excellence in wide variety of technologies and fields. Papers are due by August 3. Read More

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LIA Promotes Work Safety during 2013 NAOSH and OSHP in May.

April 11, 2013

During annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week from May 5-11 and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day on May 8, LIA will join with thousands of people and businesses worldwide in raising awareness of importance of being safe at work. NAOSH 2013 theme is "Safe Workplaces for All," and activities are scheduled throughout North America. Preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed 4,609 people died from on-the-job injuries in 2011. Read More

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ANSI Joint Member Forum addresses smart cities initiatives.

April 10, 2013

On April 4, ANSI convened Joint Member Forum with subject matter experts from standards developing organizations, industry, government, and academia to discuss role that standards and conformance solutions play in contributing to national and international smart cities initiatives. In addition to review of current smart cities initiatives, meeting included overview of HUD’s programs across the country as well as domestic and international standards development initiatives underway on smart cities. Read More