Association News

Association News

ASHRAE seeks input on refrigerant safety standard addendum.

December 11, 2015

Industry input is being sought into proposal to modify portions of ASHRAE’s refrigeration safety standard to incorporate subclass 2L flammability classifications. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 15-2013, Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems, specifies safe design, construction, installation, and operation of refrigeration systems. It covers full range of applications from residential to commercial to industrial. Addendum d to standard is open for public comment until January 18, 2016. Read More

Association News

APBA Issues Statement on Environmental Fee Protection Act.

December 10, 2015

With release of Environmental Fee Protection Act's official title and summary, America Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA) will gather signatures to qualify this initiative for November 2016 ballot. Initiative, created in response to Senate Bill 270, directs all money generated or collected under state law that mandates consumer charges for carryout bags to environmental fund as opposed to grocers and provides local governments option to direct local bag fees to the environmental fund. Read More

Association News

Event highlights how voluntary standards support regulation.

December 10, 2015

Over 50 stakeholders from private sector and federal government gathered in Capitol Hill for event highlighting how voluntary standards support effective regulation. Co-sponsored by ANSI and NAM, event was titled "What Do Airplanes, Robots, Toys, Flat Screen TVs, Amusement Parks & 3D Printing Have in Common?" ANSI’s Scott Cooper noted that standards and conformity assessment remain crucial components of technical development, reliability, interoperability, and safety. Read More

Association News

Proposed ASTM Standard to classify CTPs for skin wound healing.

December 10, 2015

Proposed ASTM International standard WK43184, Classification of Cellular and/or Tissue-Based Products (CTPs) for Skin Wounds, seeks to define terminology for description of CTPs for skin wounds based on their composition. Providing common language for healthcare providers, payers, researchers, and manufacturers, this standard will also include definitions related to skin wounds and chronic skin ulcers that are difficult to find elsewhere. Read More

Association News

OSA to host incubator meeting on Optical Computing.

December 9, 2015

Scheduled for Dec 10–11, 2015, incubator meeting on Optical Computing will explore current status and future prospects of this re-emerging field. Invited panel will facilitate and moderate discussion around group of attendees. Sample questions will include: What are the problem areas where traditional digital computing approaches are failing and are not likely to succeed even with projected advances in digital device technologies? What are the characteristics of the problems that cause this? Read More

Association News

ASTM Standard helps test metallic coatings on products.

December 9, 2015

ASTM standard B975, Test Method for Measurement of Internal Stress of Metallic Coatings by Split Strip Evaluation, will provide simple and effective way to determine tensile and compressive stress for metallic coatings used on wide range of consumer products, such as pens, doorknobs, lamps, cars, and jewelry. Standard will also be used in the automotive, aerospace, and military industries, particularly by companies that create metallic layers for parts and components. Read More

Association News

NIST and CHORUS Pilot Project supports NIST public access plan.

December 9, 2015

Pilot project launched by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and CHORUS aims to improve access to results of NIST-funded research. Through NIST's public access initiative, articles reporting on research conducted at or sponsored by NIST will be made publicly available via PubMed Central. CHORUS will point to published, authoritative article on official journal sites, where readers will find research in context with additional tools and information provided by journal. Read More

Association News

Validated Robot enhances antenna measurements, calibrations.

December 9, 2015

Introduced in "Millimeter-Wave Near-Field Measurements Using Coordinated Robotics. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation," 6-axis robotic arm – Configurable Robotic Millimeter-Wave Antenna (CROMMA) facility – optimizes antenna properties measurement. Lead researcher Joshua Gordon, citing configurability and repeatability, said this robot permits many ways of doing measurements. At first, robot will measure frequencies from 100–300 GHz with goal of reaching 500 GHz and higher. Read More

Association News

ANSI partners with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

December 9, 2015

ANSI partnered with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to organize Standards Alliance training in Accra, Ghana. Global Alliance's goal is to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment. Led by ANSI, 1-day training focused on ISO National Mirror Committees. Topics covered include stakeholder outreach and engagement, fundamentals of setting up an NMC, strategies for running and strengthening an NMC, consensus-building, as well as ISO structure and process. Read More

Association News

House Passes Energy Bill with NEMA-supported language.

December 9, 2015

On December 3, House of Representatives passed North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 (HR 8). Senate will vote on similar legislation, Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S 2012), in 2016. House legislation includes NEMA-supported language directing DoE to develop a plan to establish Strategic Transformer Reserve as well as also clarifications to Energy Policy and Conservation Act. These and other aspects will benefit consumers, industry, and government. Read More

Association News

ASTM Standard reflects advancements in powder measurement.

December 9, 2015

Reflecting advances in precision measurement technology, ASTM standard E2980, Test Methods for Estimating Average Particle Size of Powders Using Air Permeability, provides way to estimate average size of powder particles. ASTM member Frank J. Venskytis, who claimed usability of this new test method as being able to help control production processes and quality, said uses include processing and QC by powder suppliers and producers of powder-manufactured solid materials. Read More

Association News

ASC Members Report Significant Progress on Value from 2010-2015.

December 9, 2015

Adhesive and Sealant Council's (ASC) 2015 Member Value Survey shows progress in delivering value across ASC's programs and services. Benchmarking against 2010 and 2013 results, 2015 survey illustrates growth; 5 of 6 values grew by double digits, and 5 of 6 eclipsed 60% threshold for members reporting significant value. According to ASC President Matthew E. Croson, 90% of respondents responded favorably to ASC's ability to connect members via networking and relationship building. Read More

Association News

Manufacturers, Business Owners talk policy with candidate Cruz.

December 9, 2015

During tele–town hall with manufacturers and business owners from United States, 2016 presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to questions on such key policy issues as healthcare, tax, trade, tort reform, and environmental regulations. NAM Senior Vice President of External Relations Ned Monroe expressed gratitude for Cruz's participation and view of how he plans to grow the economy. Cruz was third presidential candidate to participate in tele–town hall series. Read More

Association News

Supply Chain Labor Market Webinar will take place December 10.

December 9, 2015

Free webinar, "Supply Chain Labor Market Update," will be presented by Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) on December 10, 2015 from 2:00–2:30 pm EST. Presenting panelists will be staffing experts Keith Wisner, Vice President of Supply Chain Analytics at EmployBridge, and Brian Devine, Division Vice President of ProLogistix. Participants will gain insights on developing strategic action plan for improving employee engagement. Read More

Association News

New SME Publication focuses on Industry 4.0 topics.

December 9, 2015

Launching in Spring 2016, Smart Manufacturing will help educate manufacturing professionals about new and emerging technologies in Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0. To be published quarterly in print and digitally, this magazine will circulate to at least 80,000 manufacturing professionals across different industries. Content will focus on digital manufacturing, software, controls and automation, advanced materials, emerging processes, and integration of new technologies. Read More

Association News

FAA Revises Safety Rating for Kingdom of Thailand.

December 9, 2015

As announced by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Kingdom of Thailand does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. Kingdom of Thailand, based on July 2015 reassessment of its civil aviation authority and resulting discussions that concluded October 28, has been assigned Category 2 rating. Thailand’s carriers can continue existing service to USA but will not be allowed to establish new service to USA. Read More

Association News

NTSB Video highlights procedural compliance in aviation.

December 9, 2015

NTSB released 9-minute video that highlights crucial role that procedural compliance plays in commercial aviation safety. Primarily targeted at pilots, video uses findings from 7 commercial airplane accidents to show how deviations from standard operating procedures can initiate chain of events that may lead to devastating consequences. Accidents referenced include 2013 crashes of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco and UPS flight 1354 in Birmingham, Alabama. Read More

Association News

AASHTO Leadership Thanks Congress for passing FAST Act.

December 8, 2015

Paul Trombino, AASHTO president, praised passage of Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Likewise, AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright thanked Senate and House leadership and transportation bill conferees for prioritizing this legislation. FAST Act, which will provide ~$300 billion over 5 years, continues to distribute >90% of federal highway funding to State DOTs, maintains current Federal-aid Highway program structure, and includes environmental streamlining provisions. Read More

Association News

BIO Supports Legislation to follow up on JOBS Act.

December 8, 2015

Brian Hahn, GlycoMimetics, Inc. CFO and BIO Finance & Tax Committee Co-Chair, provided testimony on behalf of BIO before House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises in support of Fostering Innovation Act, which would extend JOBS Act's SOX Section 404(b) exemption. Hahn also provided support for SEC Small Business Advocate Act and Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement Act, which would enhance role of emerging companies in SEC's policymaking process. Read More

Association News

USTDA awards ANSI contract to implement U.S.-China SCCP.

December 8, 2015

U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded ANSI a contract to implement Phase IV of the U.S.-China Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program. Each phase calls for organization of 20 workshops, mostly in China, over 3-year period that cover wide range of sectors and issues related to standards and conformity assessment. Award reflects ANSI’s record of organizing workshops on relevant issues with strong attendance and tangible benefits for U.S.-China commercial relations. Read More