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HI sponsors Penn State University Capstone Projects.

December 14, 2015

Hydraulic Institute, along with member companies KCF Technologies, Engineered Software, Flowserve, and NIDEC, sponsored series of Penn State University Capstone Projects that challenged college engineering students to field solutions on complex pump engineering projects. Working in collaboration with sponsors, Penn State technicians, and University Area Joint Authority, students addressed pump system efficiency issues using Internet-based sensor technologies and simulation modeling software. Read More

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ANSI Standard addresses roadway and area lighting equipment.

December 14, 2015

NEMA announced that ANSI Accredited Standards Committee C136 published ANSI C136.38-2015 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Induction Lighting. Standard defines electrical and mechanical requirements of induction type light sources for use in roadway and area lighting luminaires. Originally developed in 2009, this standard was revised to reflect current industry practices and provide additional clarification. Read More

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ABC Predicts Continued Growth for construction industry in 2016.

December 14, 2015

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) forecasts continued, steady economic recovery for U.S. commercial and industrial construction industries in 2016. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu ABC forecasts growth in nonresidential construction spending of 7.4% in 2016 along with growth in employment and backlog as mid-phase of economic recovery continues. Basu also cited ABC's leading indices, each of which suggest 2016 "will be another solid year." Read More

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NREL's Min Zhang recognized for biofuel breakthroughs.

December 14, 2015

Of her 80 peer-reviewed papers and 21 U.S. patents in biochemistry and biofuels fields, NREL Senior Scientist Min Zhang works with Zymomonas mobilis – rod-shaped bacterium with bioethanol-producing capabilities. Zhang arrived at NREL in 1992. In honor of her many contributions, Zhang was given the Battelle Memorial Institute Inventor of the Year award as well as the Distinguished Innovator Award at NREL's Innovation and Technology Transfer Awards. Read More

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NTSB Issues Safety Alert on oversize loads and bridges.

December 14, 2015

"The Impact of Oversize Loads on Our Nation’s Bridges," issued by NTSB, reminds motor carriers of importance of obtaining permits and carefully reviewing routes before transporting oversize loads. Along with May 2013 crash near Mount Vernon, WA, this Safety Alert cites March 2015 crash in Salado, TX. Both involved trucks carrying oversize loads that struck bridges and caused collapses. NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart called planning ahead "critical" when transporting oversize loads. Read More

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New Initiative shares patient preference study best practices.

December 14, 2015

Initiative launched by BIO and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) will share best practices for development of disease-specific patient preference studies. Via “BRAVE-rare diseases” (Benefit Risk Assessment, Valuation and Epidemiology for rare diseases), BIO and PPMD will produce one document outlining key considerations to guide stakeholders on development of patient preference studies. This can be used for multiple purposes, including informing drug development and regulatory processes.

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ALAN announces formal partnership with TIA.

December 11, 2015

Through formal relationship, ALAN and Transportation Intermediaries Association will work together to identify sources of transportation capacity for humanitarian relief in support of ALAN's mission to save lives and reduce suffering for disaster survivors. TIA members serve tens of thousands of shippers and carriers, bringing together transportation needs of cargo interests with corresponding capacity and special equipment offered by rail, motor, air, and ocean carriers. Read More

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James R. Harris named to NCST Advisory Committee.

December 11, 2015

James R. Harris, president of J.R. Harris and Co., has been appointed to serve 2-year term on the National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, which advises NIST on its technical investigations of structural failures and fires that the agency’s Disaster and Failures Studies Program conducts. Harris has designed and evaluated thousands of structures ranging from residential dwellings to high-rise buildings and has supervised the renovations of numerous historic buildings. Read More

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ISAO SO Issues Call for participants and information.

December 11, 2015

Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO) Standards Organization (SO) seeks participants and input to assist in developing standards for ISAOs. On December 7, SO requested data on specific best practices, documents, and templates for use by entities forming ISAOs. SO is also soliciting volunteers to populate 6 standards working groups that will help develop principles, policies, processes, standards, guidelines, and templates to promote effective cybersecurity information sharing. Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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