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Credentialing for Stronger U.S. Workforce is subject of interagency meeting.

April 26, 2012

On April 11, 21 federal government representatives from 10 different agencies met at ANSI headquarters in Washington, D.C. for third Interagency Best Practices - ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 meeting. Bi-annual meetings enable agency representatives to share insights and consider possible models for creating/implementing credentialing programs, within and outside their agencies, that will foster robust and successful U.S. workforce. Read More

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Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles is released by ANSI.

April 26, 2012

Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles v1.0 assesses standards, codes, and regulations, as well as conformance and training programs, needed to facilitate safe, mass deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. Roadmap focuses on plug-in electric vehicles, both full battery electric and hybrids. Standardization issues that relate to consumer adoption, including EV safety, affordability, interoperability, performance, and environmental impact, are considered. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard for ship mooring chocks.

April 26, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee F25.01 on Structures, ASTM F2935, Specification for Chocks, Ship Mooring, Cast Steel covers principal dimensions and materials of closed chocks, used for mooring, for installation on ships. Shipboard hardware designers and manufacturers, as well as ship owners and operators are invited to join F25.01 in development of future proposed standards related to material, design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of ship structures. Read More

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Proposed Standard provides method for analyzing aluminum samples.

April 26, 2012

Proposed ASTM International standard WK35993, Test Method for Analysis of Aluminum and Aluminum Alloys by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (Performance Based Method), will provide up-to-date method for aluminum industry to analyze samples. Being developed by Subcommittee E01.04 on Aluminum and Magnesium, standard will enable users to analyze for up to 31 elements in aluminum alloys. Uses include identifying alloys, checking conformance, and determining composition. Read More

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NIST Team receives Energy and Environmental Stewardship award.

April 26, 2012

A team from NIST has received 2012 Energy and Environmental Stewardship award from Department of Commerce for design and installation of an array of solar panels. Photovoltaic array was installed at WWVH in Kekaha, Hawaii, one of 2 NIST radio stations that disseminate official U.S. time. System generates 120 kW and offsets significant amount of station's electricity needs, helping to reduce costs, as well as use of polluting fuel oil, which must be imported to Kauai. Read More

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Exhibit Space Sales open for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014.

April 25, 2012

Exhibit space is open for triennial co-located shows, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, which will be held March 4-8, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Exhibit space rates include full drayage services, general stand cleaning, and pipe and drape for standard inline exhibit stands. Exhibitors receive complimentary access to trade show education sessions on variety of topics, as well as complimentary show marketing kit that provides materials to help promote company presence at shows. Read More

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ASEE honors Ashok K. Agrawal with 2012 James H. McGraw Award.

April 25, 2012

Ashok Agrawal, M.S., P.E., VP for Academic Affairs at St. Louis Community College - Florissant Valley, Ferguson, MO, and member of SME Education Foundation Board of Directors, has been acknowledged as a leader exemplifying best in engineering and engineering technology education by ASEE. Agrawal established Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing. As Program Officer of NSF, he played key roles in expanding Advanced Technological Education program and increasing visibility of STEM. Read More

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ELFA March 2012 MLFI shows increases in new business.

April 25, 2012

Reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for March up 10% from same period in 2011, 36% compared to previous month, and 17% year-to-date. Receivables over 30 days increased to 2.8% from 2.5% in February and declined 20% compared to 2011. Charge-offs increased to 0.7% from 0.5% of previous month and decreased by 46% compared to previous year. Read More

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NIST Advisory Committee sends 2011 annual report to Congress.

April 25, 2012

According to 2011 annual report by Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology, NIST is the agency best positioned to support U.S. advanced manufacturing agenda. Report highlights NIST's significant progress in major programmatic and operational activities, including standards policy, measurement services, safety, and NIST reorganization. It also endorses NIST's strategic planning process and supports president's fiscal year 2013 budget increases for NIST. Read More

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Comments Sought on tetrapod walker drum tester standard.

April 25, 2012

Subcommittee D13.21 on Pile Floor Coverings seeks experts who may be using ASTM D5251, Practice for the Operation of the Tetrapod Walker Drum Tester, in hopes of gauging current level of interest in said standard. ASTM D5251 describes equipment and operation of Tetrapod Walker for testing unused pile floor coverings with thickness of 20 mm or less. Anyone who uses D5251 is encouraged to join in revising standard, which is scheduled to withdrawn later in 2012 if not revised/reapproved. Read More

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National Work Zone Awareness Week is underway.

April 25, 2012

State transportation departments across USA will be promoting "Don't Barrel Through Work Zones - Drive Smart to Arrive Alive" message during National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 22-28). Among other events, departments of transportation in Washington, Mississippi, and Tennessee launched Operation Go Orange events that encourage local businesses, government agencies, and state employees to wear and/or prominently display color orange as reminder to drive safely through work zones. Read More

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World Accreditation Day to focus on safe food and clean water.

April 25, 2012

International Accreditation Forum and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation have announced the theme of World Accreditation Day 2012: Accreditation - Supporting Safe Food and Clean Drinking Water. According to ILAC, it is critical that consumers have confidence in safety, security, and authenticity of food and water they consume. This confidence is gained through application of common food safety management systems, supported by credible testing and inspection regimes. Read More

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Video Gallery expands SBB campaign reach, engagement.

April 25, 2012

Standards Boost Business (SBB) website features dynamic video gallery page, which offers testimonial videos from corporate and industry leaders speaking on strategic and financial advantages of participation in standardization to their companies and organizations. Currently, testimonials are available from Evan Gaddis of NEMA, Timothy Powers of Hubbell Incorporated, Tom Gross of Eaton Corporation, and James A. Thomas of ASTM International. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves standard for acoustic emission testing.

April 25, 2012

ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing has developed standard ASTM E2863, Practice for Acoustic Emission Examination of Welded Steel Sphere Vessels Using Thermal Pressurization. Pertaining to gas-filled pressure vessels used aboard aircraft for fire suppression, standard will allow Halon bottles to be recertified at maintenance facility and immediately returned to aircraft. U.S. Department of Transportation requires periodic recertification of bottles. Read More

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Baldrige Program moves forward with new business plan.

April 25, 2012

Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, managed for 25 years by NIST in collaboration with private sector, has announced that it is transitioning to new business model that will move program from federal government funding to self-sustaining operation. New business model focuses on expanding markets, strategic partners, and customer relationships, with goal of long-term sustainability and growth for Baldrige Program and its partner, Baldrige Enterprise. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices increase 1.4% in March 2012.

April 24, 2012

According to U.S. Labor Department's April 12 producer price index (PPI) report, construction materials prices rose 1.4% in March. This represents largest monthly increase since April 2011. On quarterly basis, construction materials prices increased 2.7% and are 3.8% higher than March 2011. Nonresidential construction materials prices, following similar pattern, moved up 1.6% for month, 2.9% for quarter, and 4% year over year. Read More

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NIST Proposes Update to Digital Signature Standard.

April 24, 2012

NIST announced proposed changes to FIPS 186-3, known as Digital Signature Standard, which specifies how to implement digital signatures that can be used to ensure integrity of electronic documents as well as identity of signer. Posted for public comment on April 10, 2012, proposed revisions clarify how to implement digital signature algorithms in said standard. Also, inclusions within proposed revision allow use of additional approved random number generators. Read More

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NIST to Co-Host Health Information Security Conference.

April 24, 2012

NIST will be co-hosting fifth annual Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security conference, which will take place on June 6 and 7, 2012. Conference will provide opportunity for those with vested interests to explore current issues in health information security as well as discuss practical strategies, tips, and techniques for implementing HIPAA Security Rule. Specific sessions will cover variety of current topics. Read More

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ANSI approves fan balance and vibration standard.

April 24, 2012

AMCA announced that ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved reaffirmation of ANSI/AMCA Standard 204-05(R2012), "Balance Quality and Vibration Levels for Fans." Standard may be used to define appropriate fan balance quality and operating vibration levels to individuals who specify, manufacture, use, and maintain fans. Read More

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BIO Says Farm Bill must promote energy security.

April 24, 2012

In addition to thanking Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts for reauthorizing key Farm Bill energy title programs, BIO expressed disappointment that Committee's mark eliminates or cuts mandatory funding for said programs. BIO's Brent Erickson noted positive impact of Farm Bill's energy programs and said "progress in renewable energy projects that are creating good, permanent jobs...would come to a halt" without meaningful funding. Read More