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Voluntary Standards cover vacuum cleaners, emergency procedures.

January 8, 2013

Helping designers and manufacturers create safe and effective vacuums, ASTM F655-11, Standard Specification for Test Carpets and Pads for Vacuum Cleaner Testing, provides construction details, replacement procedures, and selection criteria. Also available, ANSI/ASSE A10.26-2011, Emergency Procedures for Construction and Demolition Sites, helps make demolition contractors aware of steps needed to safeguard worker health and safety at job site prior to demolition job. Read More

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NREL to help convert methane to liquid diesel.

January 8, 2013

NREL will help develop microbes that convert methane found in natural gas into liquid diesel fuel, which could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower dependence on foreign oil. Every molecule of methane vented to atmosphere has global-warming capacity of 12 molecules of carbon dioxide. Consortium of scientists says that if wasted gas can be turned into liquid, it can be piped to refineries where it can be turned into diesel suitable for trucks and cars, or even jet fuel for use in planes. Read More

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ASTM International launches leadership program.

January 8, 2013

ASTM International has launched the Leadership Connection initiative, which aims to raise awareness regarding opportunities available for hands-on leadership experience that can position individuals for career growth. Program emphasizes how professionals can leverage their ASTM membership and involvement on standards-developing committees to enhance critical communications skills; strengthen conflict resolution, team building, and negotiating skills; and improve organizational skills. Read More

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USA Construction Industry adds 30,000 jobs in December.

January 8, 2013

According to January 4 employment report by U.S. Labor Department, U.S. construction, nonresidential building construction, residential building, and residential specialty trade contractor sectors all added jobs since December 2011. Heavy and civil engineering construction sector lost 700 jobs for month but added 400 jobs during 2011. Across all industries, USA added 155,000 jobs; private sector expanded by 168,000 jobs, and public sector shrunk by 13,000 jobs. Read More

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FAA Safety Briefing focuses on aerospace medicine.

January 8, 2013

The January/February 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing covers key issues that affect medical certification for pilots, discusses pilot's role in this process, and explains FAA's responsibilities. Articles in this issue include: understanding what your medical can do for you, how to fast track your medical certificate with FAA's online MedXPress system, what pilots should know about refractive eye surgery, and how the FAA evaluates drugs for aeromedical use. Read More

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Proposed Field of ISO Technical Activity to focus on innovation.

January 7, 2013

AFNOR, French member body to ISO, proposed new field of technical activity on innovation process, with focus on interaction, tools, and methods. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by February 8, 2013. Technical activity will involve development of international standards establishing common terminology of innovation, increasing awareness of IP issues, and integrating sustainable development issues into larger process structure. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 10 New Members in December 2012.

January 7, 2013

In December 2012, ANSI gained 10 new members: AES Engineering LLC, ComRent International, FASTORQ, Hoodz of Downtown Chicago, Pall Life Sciences, Pepsico Inc., Providence Health & Services, Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute, SVI International Inc., and Virtual Inc. Institute's constituency works together to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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Award-Winning PV Cell pushes efficiency higher.

January 7, 2013

Scientists in the III-V Multijunction Photovoltaics Group at NREL and its industry partner, Solar Junction, won R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine for world-record multijunction solar cell. This 3-layered cell, SJ3, converted 43.5% of energy in sunlight into electrical energy — a rate that has stimulated demand for cell to be used in CPV arrays for utility-scale energy production. Recently, that record of 43.5% efficiency at 415 suns was eclipsed with 44% efficiency at 947 suns. Read More

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NAM Comments on December Employment Report.

January 7, 2013

In his post regarding December Employment Report by Bureau of Labor Statistics, NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray noted that manufacturing sector added 25,000 net new workers – strongest monthly gain since March. This contrasts recently released ADP figures, which found 6 straight months of declining manufacturing employment. During 2012, manufacturers hired additional 180,000 workers on net, or 10% of all nonfarm payroll jobs created this year, and this growth was slower than hoped. Read More

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IPC EXPO to offer free educational sessions.

January 7, 2013

Scheduled for February 19-21, 2013 at the San Diego Convention Center, IPC APEX EXPO® will offer 7 free BUZZ sessions tackling hot topics that have electronics industry buzzing. Industry’s top technical experts on subjects ranging from automotive and new technologies to conflict minerals, export controls, and technology roadmaps will provide insights into timely issues surrounding each of these BUZZ-worthy topics.
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ANSI Announces Schedule for spring member and IPRPC meetings.

January 4, 2013

In 2013, ANSI spring member meetings will include all-day Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee (IPRPC) meeting on April 2, morning IPRPC meeting and afternoon Company Member Forum (CMF) meeting on April 3, morning CMF meeting and afternoon Joint Member Forum (JMF) meeting on April 4, and morning Organizational Member Forum (OMF) meeting on April 5. All events will be held in Arlington, VA; topics and venue will be revealed at later date. Read More

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ANSI EESCC requests input on energy efficiency standardization.

January 4, 2013

As part of its efforts to set roadmap for energy efficiency within built environment, ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) is soliciting input regarding relevant standards, codes, guidelines, and conformance programs that are available or under development as well as perceived gaps in energy efficiency standardization and conformance activities that currently exist. Information may be submitted via available online forms. Read More

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Chair and Vice Chair Have Been Appointed to NAM's NPASC.

January 4, 2013

NAM National Public Affairs Steering Committee (NPASC) named 2 new leaders for 2013: Chris Brescia, VP of government affairs at RockTenn, will serve as NPASC chair, while Marc Steven Scarduffa, VP of U.S. government relations at Pfizer Inc., will serve as vice chair. Duties during their 2-year term include leading NPASC in developing public affairs activities to support pro-manufacturing policies with policymakers as well as coordinating advocacy efforts among manufacturers. Read More

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BSA 2013 Annual Convention to promote perseverance.

January 4, 2013

Registration is open for BSA 2013 Annual Convention, which will take place May 4–7 in Hilton Head, SC. We’re All in This to Win features speakers selected to help attendees' companies persevere in recovering economy. Bringing together leadership of authorized bearing distributors and manufacturers, event offers networking opportunities along with business program tailored for attending industry leadership. Schedule also includes industry updates and BSA's Conference Table Session. Read More

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AIA Calls for Permanent, Bipartisan Solution to sequestration.

January 4, 2013

In her statement regarding failure to fix sequestration in fiscal cliff deal, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said "More than 2 million Americans across all sectors of the economy will lose their jobs starting in 57 days if our political leaders fail to fix the self-inflicted wound of sequestration." Blakey continued, saying this 2 month delay does not eliminate uncertainty facing business leaders and warfighters and urged Congress and President Obama to find permanent solution. Read More

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BIO Comments on Extension of biofuel tax credits.

January 4, 2013

BIO thanked Congress for including extensions and modifications of Second Generation Biofuel Producer Credit and Special Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property in final passage of American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which will incentivize investment in cellulosic and algae biofuel production. BIO's Brent Erickson also thanked Congress for enabling algae producers to qualify and noted "Stability in such policies is crucial to maintaining private investment." Read More

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Manufacturers say true fiscal problems must be addressed.

January 3, 2013

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after Congress passed legislation to address the fiscal cliff: "While the legislation passed by Congress contains some positive tax provisions for manufacturers, entitlement and wasteful government spending are not touched. Until these issues are dealt with, our nation will continue to have the same fiscal challenges. Manufacturers want and need a pro-growth strategy to maintain our economic leadership globally." Read More

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Technology Surge leads to reinstatement solar energy standard.

January 3, 2013

Surge in technology for solar and other alternative energy forms over past 10 years led to revision and reinstatement of ASTM E903, Test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance, and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres. According to ASTM's Daryl Myers, "The increasing interest in this technology has been accompanied by a need to measure and report the optical properties of materials as weighted by various example or reference solar spectral distributions." Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for November 2012.

January 2, 2013

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 5.4% in November 2012 from November 2011, and bookings decreased 8.7% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments were down 5.6% and rigid bookings fell 2.1%. Flexible circuit shipments in November 2012 were up 18.0%, and bookings were down 21.6% compared to November 2011. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments increased 10.2% and flex bookings were up 9.9%. Read More

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EPA updates rule for pathogens in drinking water.

December 28, 2012

EPA's Revised Total Coliform Rule ensures that all of the approximately 155,000 public water systems in the U.S., which provide drinking water to more than 310 million people, take steps to prevent exposure to pathogens like E. coli. Under revised rule, public drinking water systems are required to notify public if test exceeds maximum contaminant level for E. coli in drinking water. Also, water facilities must assess system and fix potential sources and pathways of contamination. Read More