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Lighting Equipment Demand strengthens during first quarter.

May 22, 2012

After ebbs and flows in 4 prior quarters, NEMA's Lighting Systems Index gained 5.2% on quarter-to-quarter basis during 2012Q1. On year-over-year basis, index increased by 3.7%, indicating that aggregate lighting equipment demand has improved appreciably since recovery began; however it remains well below levels observed during previous economic expansion. Only emergency lighting posted year-over-year decline in shipments while fixtures, ballasts, miniature lamps, and large lamps registered gains. Read More

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AAMA and WDMA release fenestration market studies report.

May 21, 2012

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have jointly released updated "2011/2012 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights." Report delivers information on window, door, skylight, and curtain wall market trends and product relationships for residential and commercial construction. Historic data for 2006-2011 as well as forecast data for 2012-2015 are included. Read More

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Speakers are Announced for TITANIUM 2012.

May 21, 2012

Eric Zanin, senior VP and head of materials and detail parts procurement for Airbus, and Benoit Brossoit, United Technologies Corp. VP of Operations, will be distinguished speakers at TITANIUM 2012. To be held October 7-10, conference and exhibition addresses needs of titanium industry professionals, suppliers, customers, and stakeholders by providing information on business, technology, and market trends as well as panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and networking opportunities. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides Committee focuses on trampoline park safety.

May 21, 2012

With input of suppliers, inspectors, operators, and consumers, Trampoline Court Task Group developed ASTM WK35776, New Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection, and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts. Jeff Platt, chairman of International Association of Trampoline Parks, called this standard "key to providing an enjoyable participatory experience" for guests and is pleased with the group's dedication and commitment. Read More

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Committee on UAS appoints Ted Wierzbanowski as chairman.

May 21, 2012

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) elected Ted Wierzbanowski, director of UAS airspace integration at AeroVironment Inc. in Monrovia, CA, as its new chairman. As such, Wierzbanowski will lead F38 as it focuses on development and approval of technical standards required for operation of small UAS in National Airspace System. Wierzbanowski also chairs Subcommittee F38.02 on Flight Operations and is member of Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft. Read More

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Comments Sought on newly proposed contact center standard.

May 21, 2012

ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by June 15, 2012 on proposal of ISO Committee on Consumer Policy for new ISO standard on guidelines for consumer contact centers. Proposed new work item, Guidelines for customer contact centers, would provide guidance for business process service centers and all customer contact centers (call centers) to address customer-reported issues of accessing and/or receiving satisfactory help and common frustrations. Read More

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DOE's CTE Blueprint emphasizes credentials and certifications.

May 21, 2012

To ensure education system provides high-quality job training opportunities that reduce skill shortages, encourage new hires, as well as spur innovation and economic growth, U.S. Department of Education (DOE) released Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint to Transform Career and Technical Education (CTE). This Blueprint calls for strengthening U.S. CTE programs and highlights need for credentials and certificates accredited by neutral third-parties such as ANSI. Read More

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Minnesota Unveils 50-Year Vision, guidance for transportation.

May 18, 2012

Collaborating with partners, MnDOT (Minnesota Department of Transportation) has built what its commissioner, Thomas Sorel, called "a very strong and compelling vision for transportation." Minnesota Go initiative, guided by 31-member steering committee, offers vision and set of guiding principles to address current and future issues such as growing and aging population, urbanization, energy usage, vehicle automation, and transportation funding gap. Read More

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NEMA Publication offers specifications for SSL chromaticity.

May 18, 2012

Published by NEMA, ANSI ANSLG C38.377 Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting Products is available in hard or electronic copy. Publication specifies chromaticities recommended for general lighting with SSL products and also gives advise as to white light chromaticities. Information applies to chromaticity standards and definitions and specifications of CRI for LED-based SSL products with control electronics and heat sinks with AC main power or DC voltage power. Read More

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Locascio and Cavanagh to assume new NIST leadership roles.

May 18, 2012

As 26-year veteran of NIST laboratories, Dr. Laurie E. Locascio will lead program with 900+ staff members and visiting scientists, annual budget of $160+ million, and task of serving as nation's reference laboratory for measurements in chemical, biological, and materials sciences. Dr. Richard Cavanagh will support NIST Director and Associate Director for Laboratory Programs by coordinating and providing oversight of programs that span mission and expertise of 2 or more NIST laboratories. Read More

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Amusement Rides Committee focuses on trampoline park safety.

May 18, 2012

ASTM Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides and Attractions met with trampoline park stakeholders and representatives of the International Association of Trampoline Parks to establish a special task group. Trampoline Court Task Group included input of suppliers, inspectors, operators, and consumers to develop ASTM WK35776, New Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts. Read More

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Laser Safety Standard targets R/D and testing applications.

May 18, 2012

ANSI Z136.8, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Research, Development, or Testing, arose from increasing reliance on lasers in labs and other research-designated areas. Highlights include guidance on various topics related to R/D and testing users, including use of alignment eyewear, use of non-certified lasers, export controls, use of warning signs, inclusion of sample audit forms for labs and program reviews, and deletion of some CDRH-based control measures. Read More

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IPC Releases Study on quality benchmarks for EMS industry.

May 18, 2012

IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2011 provides data to EMS companies interested in comparing their key 2011 operating variables to those of other providers based on type of product. In addition to financial and production data, assembly attributes, and yields, this study based on survey conducted in February and March of 2012 covers defect rates, customer returns, supplier performance, customer satisfaction, and certification data. Read More

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PTDA Business Index indicates expansion and sales growth.

May 18, 2012

Compared to 67.3 for 4Q2011, PTDA Business Index's reading of 75.4 indicates 1Q2012 as eighth consecutive quarter for business growth among PTDA members and one of accelerated industry expansion. Index shows, between 4Q2011 and 1Q2012, gains in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices, and backlog. Participating PTDA members expect 2012 to be another year of growth with average forecast of 11%, which is up from 9% in 4Q11 survey. Read More

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AIA welcomes passage of Export-Import Bank Reauthorization.

May 18, 2012

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, passage of bipartisan Export-Import Bank Reauthorization by Senate is a very welcome development. The bank has been a revenue generator for U.S. government and levels the playing field for U.S. exporters. Three-year reauthorization and extended lending authority of $140 billion is particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized manufacturers who need to boost their exports to offset shrinking federal budgets. Read More

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NIST Workshop to discuss botnet challenges and prevention.

May 18, 2012

Botnet activity is on the rise, and to help understand this problem, NIST is hosting day-long workshop on May 20, 2012, titled Technical Aspects of Botnets. Event will bring stakeholders together to discuss current state of technology and how best to prevent, detect, and mitigate botnets. Participants will explore technologies, tools, and resources that are currently used against botnets and examine their effectiveness, valuable characteristics, and gaps or areas that need improvement. Read More

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FAA steps up enforcement of laser penalties.

May 18, 2012

FAA has directed its investigators and staff to pursue stiffer penalties for individuals who purposefully point laser devices at aircraft. Number of reported incidents rose from 2,836 in 2010, to 3,592 in 2011. In many cases, pilots have reported temporary blindness or had to take evasive measures to avoid laser light. Max penalty for 1 laser strike is $11,000, and FAA has proposed civil penalties against individuals for multiple laser incidents, with $30,800 being the highest. Read More

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FAA and Aviation Community raise awareness on child safety.

May 18, 2012

As part of U.S. DOT's National Transportation Week and to kick off summer travel season, FAA launched education effort to help parents and caregivers make informed choices about their child's safety when they fly. FAA has developed new website that includes downloadable tip sheet for parents and caregivers and video demonstration on how to properly install a child safety seat on an airplane. It also includes details about FAA-approved child harness devices, and links to FAQs. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute joins Engineering and Science Career Network.

May 18, 2012

Hydraulic Institute has partnered with Engineering and Science Career Network to extend reach of its HI CareerHQ website, which serves as recruitment tool for pump manufacturers, suppliers, engineering consulting firms, and end-user organizations. Employers can use advanced search tools to identify qualified candidates from database of over 25,000 resumes, while job seekers can search from hundreds of postings, which also appear on over 40 partner sites of ESCN and on Google Jobs and Indeed.com. Read More

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The Manufacturing Institute and Partners help increase credentialed workforce.

May 18, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute and its partners, including ISA, announced progress towards achieving 5-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals. ISA's CAP® program evaluates skills of automation professionals responsible for direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems, while CCST® program evaluates skills of technicians responsible for calibration, documentation, troubleshooting, and repairing/replacing instrumentation. Read More