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ANSI Teams with Leavitt Partners on healthcare standards project.

July 18, 2012

Leavitt Partners launched Patient Billing and Collection Standards Project (PBSCP) to promote, accelerate, and coordinate development of voluntary American National Standards for health care billing and collection practices. In comment, ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia said this decision demonstrates Leavitt Partners' "commitment to an inclusive, consensus-based process." ANSI has been selected by Leavitt Partners to serve as "Trusted Advisor" for PBSCP. Read More

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ANSI Calls for Nominations for 2013 PCAC candidates.

July 18, 2012

ANSI invites members to recommend qualified candidates for Institute's Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC). Nominations are due by August 16, 2012 and are for 3-year terms that begin January 1, 2013. PCAC Nominations Committee seeks national experts in fields of personnel certification, accreditation, and policy development. Duties will include creating recommended policies and procedures, determining accreditation status, and providing input regarding operations. Read More

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MESA opens online registration for 2012 World Conference.

July 18, 2012

Scheduled for Sept 13-14, MESA World Conference 2012 will provide attendees with forum to network and discuss real-world experiences and challenges when it comes to achieving real-time operations excellence. Leader of Global Manufacturing Systems for Rolls-Royce plc, Christopher Biddle, will start off conference by sharing his experiences and insights into how industry leaders Rolls-Royce have kicked off their MES deployment and results they've seen so far on global scale. Read More

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ASTM invites papers for symposium on masonry.

July 18, 2012

Scheduled for June 24, Masonry 2014 will gather and disseminate latest information on all aspects of innovations in masonry materials, design, specification, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. It will emphasize application of ASTM standards to those areas, and their coordination with building codes and international standards. Papers are sought on topics such as anchors and ties, building codes, cements, masonry inspection, mortars, sustainability, veneers, and water penetration. Read More

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NIBS Consultative Council Report notes 4 areas for improvement.

July 18, 2012

NIBS Consultative Council report highlights 4 areas where industry and nation can improve buildings and infrastructure. These address defining high-performance and common metrics for buildings, codes and standards adoption and enforcement, energy and water efficiency, and sustainability. Requirement by U.S. Government for water metering and enforcement of green building or plumbing codes is suggested. Report also supports tax incentives and insurance to help finance sustainability efforts. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to AASHTO.

July 17, 2012

According to NTSB, AASHTO should work with FHA to establish performance and selection guidelines for state transportation agencies to use in developing objective warrants for high-performance barriers applicable to new construction and rehabilitation projects. AASHTO should also evaluate adequacy of currently approved barrier systems, and revise chapter 5 of Roadside Design Guide to address unique considerations of shielding commercial passenger vehicles from point hazards. Read More

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NTSB Details Three Safety Recommendations to NHTSA.

July 17, 2012

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommends that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) develop performance standards for advanced speed-limiting technology for heavy vehicles (H-12-20). After establishing such performance standards, H-12-21 requires all newly manufactured heavy vehicles be equipped with appropriate devices. Safety recommendation H-12-22 calls for evaluating effects of seat spacing and armrests as factors for potential occupant injury. Read More

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Aerospace Consortium to develop fly-by-wireless capabilities.

July 17, 2012

Following NASA partnership, CANEUS and key aerospace stakeholders are teaming up to develop less-wire and fly-by-wireless capabilities. Partnership projects to reduce aggregate wire weight by 10%-30% overall and 70%-90% for critical components, contributing to improved fuel economy, reduced emissions and potential failure points, and improved operational performance. Vision is to create world-class FBW research, testing, and certification for Integrated Vehicle Health Management applications. Read More

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Access to Rare Earth Minerals is called vital to jobs.

July 17, 2012

NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg urged Congress to support Natural Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R. 4402). In his statement, Eisenberg says essential rare earth minerals, which are currently in demand but of shrinking supply, can be found in USA, but domestic approval process is "overly burdensome and prohibitive." This legislation, according to Eisenberg, will cut through red tape that has slowed domestic production to a halt. Read More

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French Students Win 2012 International Rocketry Challenge.

July 17, 2012

Lycee Louis Bleriot of France claimed first prize in International Rocketry Challenge at Farnborough International Air Show, beating out teams from USA and UK. In comment, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said "Lycee Louis Bleriot took home the trophy, but it's our industry that's the true winner." She noted skills, teamwork, and ingenuity of all three teams and called the collaborative efforts "a great sign for the future workforce of the global aerospace and defense industry." Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard deals with retroreflected luminance.

July 17, 2012

ASTM E2832, Test Method for Measuring the Coefficient of Retroreflected Luminance of Pavement Markings in a Standard Condition of Continuous Wetting (RL-2), has been developed by Subcommittee E12.10 on Retroreflection. Paul Carlson, research engineer, Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, said that this test method provides agencies with standardized way of assessing performance of pavement marking materials/optics under nighttime and rainy conditions. Read More

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Fluorescent Lamp Shipments decrease during Q1 2012.

July 17, 2012

NEMA's shipment indexes for linear fluorescent T5, T8, and T12 lamps decreased during first quarter of 2012 compared to same period last year. While, T5 lamps declined 7.9%, T8s and T12s respectively went down 5.5% and 5.0%. Shipments of T5 and T12 lamps grew by 6.8% and 4.9, respectively, on quarterly basis, and shipments of T8 lamps decreased 4.9% likewise. Marginal changes in market shares included T5 lamp decrease to 9.7% and respective rise for T8 and T12 lamps to 65.5% and 24.8%. Read More

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Standard distinguishes harmful/non-harmful fines in concrete.

July 17, 2012

ASTM WK36804, Test Method for Rapid Determination of the Methylene Blue Value for Fine Aggregate and Mineral Filler, will be used to qualify new material sources and for production quality control by personnel at aggregate producers, ready mix concrete producers, and asphalt concrete producers. Methylene blue test method contained in proposed standard does not involve titration and visual assessments typically associated with such testing and can be performed in field in about 10 min. Read More

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Consortium aims to improve process for making soft materials.

July 17, 2012

NIST is launching consortium that will take measure of growing and increasingly important class of materials. "Soft materials" range from products as commonplace as detergents, paints, and chocolate bars to some as sophisticated as flexible electronic displays and solar cells, therapeutic drugs, and plastics with tailor-made properties. Two key objectives of effort are optimizing properties of selected soft materials and maximizing production yields. Read More

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Speakers sought for Automate 2013 conference.

July 17, 2012

Speakers are now being sought for Automate 2013 conference in Chicago, Jan 21-24, 2013, according to Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the primary sponsor of event. A3 is looking for experts in robotics, vision, motion control, assembly automation, sensors, test and measurement, and systems integration to help educate audience with practical information that addresses their specific challenges. As many as 30,000 automation users, suppliers, and integrators are expected to attend. Read More

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NEMA House Testimony supports energy efficiency legislation.

July 17, 2012

Representing NEMA and Industrial Energy Efficiency Coalition, Jeff Drees of Schneider Electric testified on need for federal legislation that promotes energy efficiency within federal government and in industrial facilities. Through use of energy-savings performance contracts, government can reduce energy use and energy expenditures at no cost to taxpayer. Smart Energy Act places federal government in leadership role in use of ESPCs, advanced metering infrastructure, and demand response programs. Read More

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Cleaning and Restoration Magazine wins two Apex awards.

July 17, 2012

"Bringing Back the Music: The Schermerhorn Symphony Center Restoration," a feature story in March 2011 issue recounting efforts of Royal Plus DKI to clean and restore the center following floods in 2010, won feature writing award. November/December 2011 issue, featuring special tribute to RIA's technical director and founder of the Certified Restorer® program, Martin L. King, CR, ASA, won 2012 Apex Award for Publication Excellence in the Special Purpose Writing category. Read More

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RIA Fall Conference to focus on contents restoration.

July 17, 2012

To be held in East Rutherford, NJ from October 18-19, RIA annual fall conference will focus on 6 pillars that companies need to have successful contents restoration business/division: personal leadership, people, profits, products, promotion, and pricing. This 400-level learning experience combines perceptive lectures, technology demonstrations, restoration project tours; couture restorer Madame Paulette; and opportunity to exchange knowledge with contents restoration peers. Read More

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SME works with US Army to help solve manufacturing skills gap.

July 16, 2012

Through partnership with SME, US Army will expand certification opportunities for service members in specialized and technical engineering fields. Army's Engineer school will conduct 1-year pilot program to assess potential for Engineer Officers and Warrant Officers to meet SME's Certified Manufacturing Technologist or Lean Bronze Certification credentials. These credentials will help service members qualify/pursue jobs as manufacturing technicians, technologists, and engineers in private sector. Read More

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Construction Industry Unemployment Rate drops to 12.8%.

July 16, 2012

With addition of 2,000 jobs last month, nation's construction industry unemployment rate fell to 12.8% in June, down from 14.2% in May, according to July 6 employment report by U.S. Labor Department. One year ago, construction unemployment rate was 15.6%. However, much of this improvement is attributable to decline in size of construction workforce, which now totals 8.12 million people, down from more than 8.44 million people 1 year ago. Read More