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ISO Technical Committee to hold meeting on HR in Australia.

July 27, 2012

ISO Technical Committee, working on international human resource (HR) standards, will hold its second plenary meeting on September 24-25 in Melbourne, Australia. With focus on adopting uniform standards in such areas as terminology, measurement, and governance, ISO TC 260 will explore worldwide HR practices. ANSI serves as Secretariat for ISO TC 260, and meeting will be hosted by Standards Australia (SA). As many as 50 representatives from array of countries are expected to attend. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee seeks participation in standards review.

July 27, 2012

ASTM International Subcommittee E06.77 on High-Rise Building External Evacuation Devices seeks interested parties to join upcoming review of ASTM E2513, Specification for Multi-Story Building External Evacuation Platform Rescue Systems. Mechanical, electrical, and fire safety engineers as well as emergency responder personnel are encouraged to join E06.77 in its upcoming work on E2513, which is intended to be reapproved this year, and other standards developing activities. Read More

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Business Conditions Deteriorate but improvement expected.

July 27, 2012

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions dropped to 38.6 in July from 52.4 in June. While this index has been sliding since its 2012 high of 72.5 in February, July's reading is first below 50 since August 2011. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions also declining, falling to -0.4 from neutral 0.0 in June. EBCI for future North American conditions, however, climbed to 61.4 from June's 57.1. Read More

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FAQ Document helps clarify RoHS 2.

July 27, 2012

European Commission released document detailing Frequently Asked Questions concerning EU's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances Directive 2001/65/EU. RoHS 2 is intended to simplify directive while providing legal clarity and improving enforceability of directive's restrictions on hazardous materials. FAQ document will assist governments, businesses, and other organizations in their analysis of provisions of RoHS 2 to ensure full compliance with new requirements. Read More

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ELFA's MILFI-25 for June 2012 shows new business growth.

July 27, 2012

Reporting economic activity for $628 billion equipment finance sector in June 2012, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business at $8 billion. This is up 9.5% from same period in 2011, 29% from previous month, and 14.5% year-to-date. Receivables over 30 days were down from May and same period in 2011, while charge-offs were up from May and down compared to 2011. Credit approvals increased to 78.7% from 78.3% in May. Read More

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Domestic Energy Exploration is critical to manufacturing growth.

July 27, 2012

Aric Newhouse, NAM VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement supporting Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan Act. According to Newhouse, increasing access to domestic sources of reliable energy is essential to long-term health of manufacturing in the U.S. Studies show that increased oil and gas exploration could add 1.1 million jobs by 2020 and 4 million barrels of oil and natural gas per day. Read More

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NIST Researchers earn presidential honor for research, service.

July 27, 2012

White House announced 3 researchers at NIST will receive 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Jayne Billmayer Morrow is being honored for pioneering research on properties of microbial systems; Ian Coddington will be recognized for developing rapid, low-cost, spectroscopic measurement tools; and Frank W. DelRio will be honored for pioneering research in measuring mechanical properties of microelectronic and MEMS/NEMS as well as volunteer work. Read More

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ASTM Committee recognizes Anne Goldman with Peryam Award.

July 27, 2012

Anne Goldman, VP of consumer research at ACCE International in Mississauga, Ontario, has received David R. Peryam Award from ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products. Award recognizes outstanding professionals in the applied sensory science field. A member of ASTM International since 1987, Goldman served a term as E18 chairman from 2002-2004 and currently chairs E18.91, Standing Committee on Subcommittees and Task Groups. Read More

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NIST Study of Hazard to Firefighters leads to safety alert.

July 27, 2012

Results of "live burn" studies and laboratory tests conducted by NIST fire researchers helped to prompt safety alert warning of heat-caused damage to facepiece lenses on firefighter self-contained breathing apparatus, a factor implicated in several first-responder fatalities and injuries. Issued by NFPA, alert notes that fires in modern buildings and houses burn hotter and faster than those in older structures, resulting in temperatures high enough to cause lens damage. Read More

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Advanced Materials Technologies wins award for printer parts.

July 27, 2012

During 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards Competition, Advanced Materials Technologies Pte. Ltd. of Singapore, won award of distinction in industrial motors/controls and hydraulics category for 316L and 440C stainless steel parts used in an industrial printer module. Achieving yield strength rate of 234,000 psi, 440C tabs support and align print head module and are subjected to impact force during printing. The 316L catches guide and feed paper to printing module. Read More

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NASA Supercomputer Facility set to advance Earth research.

July 27, 2012

In state-of-the-art, high-performance computing and data access facility called NASA Earth Exchange (NEX), NASA will open new chapter of discovery using enhanced Landsat Earth-observing data. Virtual laboratory will allow scientists to tackle global Earth science challenges with high-resolution satellite observations. Facility boasts large collection of global data sets and analysis tools, including surface weather records, topography, soils, land cover, and global climate simulations. Read More

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SME Education Foundation supports inaugural Manufacturing Day.

July 26, 2012

SME Education Foundation supports Manufacturing Day (October 5, 2012) efforts to rally manufacturing community. Open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events aim to introduce people to manufacturing's clean and lean facilities and employees therein. Educators and parents with children to visit local employers with children to get them excited about career opportunities available for those who have STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills. Read More

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ANSI accredits first 5 HIT certification bodies.

July 26, 2012

ANSI has announced first accreditations of HIT certification bodies under U.S. Department of HHS Office of the National Coordinator Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology. Program provides way for organizations to become authorized by ONC to test and certify electronic health record technology. Accredited certifiers include CCHIT; Drummond Group, Inc.; ICSA Laboratories, Inc.; InfoGard Laboratories, Inc.; and Orion Register, Inc. Read More

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PTDA Welcomes Krown Corporate as new member in Q2, 2012.

July 26, 2012

Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) welcomed new manufacturer member, Krown Corporate, in second quarter (Q2) of 2012. Located in Schomberg, Ontario, Canada, Krown Corporate manufactures industrial lubricants, cleaners, and coatings for manufacturing, mining, marine, food processing, pulp and paper, and raw steel sectors. Matthew Young, Krown Corporate industrial sales manager, said the company is "honored and excited to become a part of PTDA." Read More

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HI Broadens Associate Membership for pump industry suppliers.

July 26, 2012

Hydraulic Institute (HI) members have approved bylaw change, which broadens eligibility for Associate membership to include all corporations that manufacture products or develop software for ultimate use in or with pumps and pumping systems. By thus opening membership eligibility, HI gains additional expertise and manpower in development of ANSI/HI Pump Standards. By joining HI, supplier and software companies can take advantage of HI Associate member benefits. Read More

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EPA Funding will bolster green infrastructure for communities.

July 26, 2012

As announced EPA's Nancy Stoner, U.S. EPA will provide $950,000 to help 17 communities expand green infrastructure. Use of vegetation and soil to manage rainwater where it falls keeps polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems and waterways in local communities. Funding is intended to increase incorporation of green infrastructure into stormwater management programs, protect water quality, and provide community benefits such as job creation and neighborhood revitalization. Read More

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ASTM Standard aids in safe handling of flat glass.

July 26, 2012

Approved by ASTM International Committee E34 on Occupational Health and Safety, ASTM E2875/E2875M, Guide for Personal Protective Equipment for the Handling of Flat Glass, aids in selection of personal protective equipment that will best protect specific employee from hazards that cannot be mitigated through other means. Standard highlights critical areas of risk to body, highlights need for risk assessments, explains cut test standards, and describes PPE materials of construction. Read More

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Recipients Announced for 2012 Leadership and Service Awards.

July 26, 2012

ANSI announced 2012 Leadership and Service Awards recipients, recognized for their significant contributions to national and international standardization activities as well as ongoing commitment to their industry, their nation, and enhancement of global voluntary consensus standards system. ANSI will honor these 17 distinguished award recipients during October 10 ceremony, held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2012 in Washington, D.C. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses accurate use of micrometers.

July 26, 2012

Developed and approved by ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products, ASTM A1073/A1073M, Practice for Using Hand Micrometers to Measure the Thickness of Nonmetallic and Metallic-Coated Steel Sheet, is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee A05.07 on Methods of Testing. By unifying method and removing micrometer types that incorrectly influence measurements, more consistent and repeatable results are made. Read More

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NEMA Reiterates Call to Act on Fiscal Cliff concerns.

July 26, 2012

Following call for Congress to act on pending "fiscal cliff," NEMA underscored fact that USA faces risks by not acting expeditiously. Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected fiscal cliff will cause economy to dip into recession in 2013 but also that U.S. economy would add two million new jobs and GDP would grow 4.4% in 2013 alone if all issues were resolved. "It is time for our government to come together for America," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. Read More