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ANSI submits comments to NARA on Federal Register notice.

June 6, 2012

On February 27, 2012, Office of the Federal Register announced public comment period on petition filed by group of academics to amend National Archives and Records Administration's regulations governing approval of agency requests to incorporate materials by reference into Code of Federal Regulations. In its role as coordinator of U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI developed and submitted its response on behalf of the standardization community. Read More

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Political Analyst Jim VandeHei to present at NEMA's 2012 IEOC.

June 6, 2012

NFPA Industry and Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC), which will be taking place August 20-22, 2012 in Oak Brook, IL, will host Jim VandeHei, co-founder of POLITICO. He will present "Economics Political Impact on the Economic Climate" and later be joined by IEOC economists Alan Beaulieu and John Walker for Macro-Economic Speakers Forum. Along with presentations and other market forecasts/overviews, conference will also feature presentations on economics by Beaulieu and Walker. Read More

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Test Standard focuses on stormwater treatment products.

June 6, 2012

ASTM WK36628, Test Method for Measuring Effectiveness of Filtration Products for Stormwater Treatment, will provide assessment method for stormwater treatment products that use filtration as primary process. With goal of enabling accurate comparison between commercially available stormwater treatment product performance, proposed standard will consider how to determine hydraulic characteristics of filtration system by experimentally determining hydraulic conductivity of filter within unit. Read More

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NASA and Houston School partner to engage future explorers.

June 6, 2012

NASA's Johnson Space Center has partnered with Houston Independent School District's Booker T. Washington High School to enable students in school's engineering magnet program to work on NASA projects associated with Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate through HUNCH program. Students will learn about and study realistic problems related to NASA's spaceflight and research programs, and create hardware prototypes and simulated space hardware for NASA's review and use. Read More

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Trailer Towing Standard has revised descriptions, procedures.

June 6, 2012

Updated SAE International trailer towing standards determine trailer weight rating of all tow-vehicles and maintain fair competition among manufacturers. Requiring vehicles to be tested under consistent conditions and parameters, SAE standard J2807, Performance Requirements for Determining Tow-Vehicle Gross Combination Weight Rating and Trailer Weight Rating, defines performance requirements for measuring vehicle's gross combination weight rating (GCWR) and trailer weight rating (TWR). Read More

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Revised Standard offers guidance on high speeds, fine lines.

June 5, 2012

To help designers and manufacturers face challenges associated with rising chip speeds and decreasing system sizes, IPC has released A revision of IPC-4204, Flexible Metal-Clad Dielectrics for Use in Fabrication of Flexible Printed Circuitry. Updated standard, which details materials that let designers and manufacturers move to higher frequencies, addresses basic aspects of flexible circuit board design and also includes focused information. Read More

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John Horsley addresses surface transportation bill inaction.

June 5, 2012

AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley issued statement regarding inability of House and Senate Conference Committee to reach agreement on surface transportation bill. According to Horsley, thousands of jobs will be lost unless House and Senate can put politics aside and move forward on a highway and transit bill. Without bill, America's surface transportation programs will shut down July 1 and next year, drastic cutbacks will need to be made because of revenue shortfall in Highway Trust Fund. Read More

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University of Maryland wins 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest.

June 5, 2012

Panel of 16 judges from industry, government, and national laboratories declared University of Maryland's team, with 91% of available points, as Grand Prize winner of won 2012 Hydrogen Student Design Contest. Winning design - tri-generation system that produces electricity, heat, and hydrogen - would reduce equivalent of taking 2,300 cars off the road and utilizes organic and municipal solid waste via gasification and anaerobic digestion technology. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 20 New Members in May 2012.

June 5, 2012

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed 20 new members in May 2012. These organizations join federation representing 125,000+ companies and 3.5+ million professionals. Under ANSI's umbrella, constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace as well as improve quality of life for citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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NASA releases NASA App 2.0 for iPhone and iPod Touch.

June 5, 2012

Completely rebuilt by team at NASA's Ames Research Center, NASA App 2.0 has fast intuitive interface that improves the way people can explore and experience NASA content on their mobile devices. App offers weather forecasts in spacecraft sighting opportunities section; maps, information, and links to all NASA visitor centers; section about NASA's programs; and ability to print, save, and access favorite items and bookmark images. Read More

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Pump Systems Matter announces upcoming management briefing.

June 4, 2012

Slated for June 20, 2012, PSM's management briefing will address pump systems performance and impact on bottom lines. Webinar is intended for individuals involved in making decisions for pumping system improvement opportunities and purchasing. Taught by William Livoti of GIW Industries, session will cover cost savings identified from pump system assessments; why energy costs are rising; efficiency and optimization; total cost of system ownership; and real case studies. Read More

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Electroindustry Business Confidence Index points to growth.

June 4, 2012

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions decreased to 54.2 in May from 59.1 in April and 18.3 points cumulatively since February's post-recession high. Despite this decline, results continue to point to economic environment conducive to industry growth. EBCI for future North American conditions also lowered in May, off 11 points from April, but remained in positive territory at 70.8. Read More

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Cybersecurity Center to host kickoff workshop.

June 4, 2012

On June 26, 2012, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence will host workshop to introduce center, which will bring together experts from industry, government, and academia to develop practical, interoperable cybersecurity approaches that address real-world needs of complex IT systems. Attendees will learn about center's public-private structure and will have chance to provide input on possible "use case" analyses that are expected to form central focus of center's collaborative efforts. Read More

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Academic, Tech Transfer Communities features at 2012 BIO convention.

June 1, 2012

To highlight role of academia in advancement of biotechnology field, 2012 BIO International Convention (June 18-21 in Boston, MA) will feature BIO Academic Park and the Translational Research Forum. BIO Academic Park will, according to Program Co-Chair Dr. Abigail Barrow, provide opportunity to connect or establish tighter link between academic, industry representatives, and investors. Attendees will also be able to meet with Tech Transfer office representatives. Read More

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IPC Midwest to focus on working smarter to increase reliability.

June 1, 2012

Taking place August 22-23, 2012 in Schaumburg, IL, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition(TM) will highlight advances in assembly materials, assembly processes, and reliability testing to help address challenges in manufacturing defect-free, quality electronics. In addition to others, sessions will address such specific topics as Bottom Termination Components (BTCs), assembly coatings and alternatives, reliability testing, and processing for solder related materials. Read More

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Open Application Integration Group recognizes NIST as outstanding contributor.

June 1, 2012

Open Application Integration Group, a U.S.-based non-profit consortium, has recognized NIST's Systems Integration Division as an "outstanding contributor" organization. Award acknowledges division's role in accelerating development and adoption of OAGi standards for communicating among industrial suppliers and service providers and their customers. OAGi's standards, called business object documents, enable hassle-free exchange of information and applications across global supply chains. Read More

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NIST Highlights Programs to celebrate World Metrology Day.

June 1, 2012

On May 20, 1875, Treaty of the Meter was signed by representatives from 17 nations, including USA, to recognize importance of worldwide uniformity of measurements and established collaborative global framework for advancement of measurement science. NIST will be celebrating on May 21, 2012 with colloquium highlighting NIST programs dedicated to creating safer world, reflecting this year's "Metrology for Safety" theme. Read More

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STEM Measurement Workshop features keynote by Richard Freeman.

June 1, 2012

Labor economist Dr. Richard Freeman will liken new way of measuring innovation to GDP during his keynote address at STEM measurement workshop in Washington, D.C. on June 6, 2012. Measurement is designed to determine impact and effectiveness of all public, private, and academic money spent on research and development in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) area. Workshop sessions will focus on funding, workforce, output measures/indicators, and policy implications. Read More

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SAE Book on Engine Failure delves into causes and prevention.

June 1, 2012

Published by SAE International, "Engine Failure Analysis: Internal Combustion Engine Failures and Their Causes" examines physical and technical properties of engine components, how they are designed, and how they function. Authors Ernst Greuter and Stefan Zima present selected engine failures, investigate and evaluate why they failed, and provide guidance on prevention. Free of manufacturer bias, book covers variety of engines considered as technical precursors to automotive engines. Read More

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Demand for Industrial Control Equipment is increasing.

June 1, 2012

Standing 12% above last year's level and 52% above that of mid-2009, NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 11.3% on quarter-to-quarter basis during first 3 months of 2012. Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives Index, during 1Q 2012, rose 9.9% from Q4 2011 level and 9.5% year-over-year. Also, manufacturing sector experienced surge of activity in 1Q 2012, marked by 10.4% annualized increase in industrial production for manufactured goods. Read More