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International Swimming Pool and Spa Code(TM) optimizes safety.

April 23, 2012

In collaboration with Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, International Code Council has published International Swimming Pool and Spa Code(TM), which uses prescriptive and performance-related provisions to establish minimum safety requirements for public and residential pools, spas, and hot tubs. It is first to address aquatic recreation facilities as well as first to include ANSI/APSP energy standards for residential portable electric spas and residential in-ground pools and spas. Read More

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Standardization Workshop looks at global water challenges.

April 23, 2012

ISO's International Workshop on Water will examine ways international standardization can help alleviate needs of global populous who have no regular access to safe drinking water and those who live without proper sanitation. Hosted by JISC in Kobe, Japan on July 25-26 of 2012, workshop will raise awareness of water-related standardization and its potentials, propose and examine standardization initiatives, as well as identify priorities and define recommended action plan. Read More

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ASTM launches Supplier's Declaration of Conformity.

April 23, 2012

Responding to increasing requests from suppliers and their customers, ASTM International has developed Supplier's Declaration of Conformity. Program will benefit suppliers by enabling them to provide evidence to customers regarding conforming to ASTM test methods. Product test results will be registered with ASTM, and supporting documentation will show supplier's registration and acceptance by independent third party. Read More

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Dr. Kenneth St. John receives ASTM Award of Merit.

April 23, 2012

Kenneth St. John, Ph.D., associate professor at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MI, received Award of Merit from ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. Member of ASTM International since 1980, St. John works on several F04 subcommittees, including U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 150 on Implants for Surgery. He currently serves as chairman of Subcommittees F04.16 on Biocompatability Test Methods and F04.92 on Planning. Read More

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Science, Advocacy Leaders to judge Biotech Humanitarian nominees.

April 23, 2012

BIO announced judges who will evaluate nominations for fourth annual Biotech Humanitarian Award and select 2012 Honoree. Thought leaders in science, advocacy, and media who have agreed to serve as judges for this award include Dr. David Agus, Dr. Yali Friedman, Jim Greenwood, Rachel King, Dr. Antonio Moreira, H. Thomas Watkins, Phyllis Dillinger, and Dr. Greg Stephanopoulos. Award recognizes someone who has helped heal, fuel, and feed planet via work in or support of biotechnology. Read More

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April 2012 MCI-EFI shows slowly growing industry confidence.

April 23, 2012

Designed to collect leadership data, April 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) reports qualitative assessment of prevailing business conditions as well as future expectations. Overall, confidence in equipment finance market is 62.1, up from March's 61.7, while fourth consecutive month of increases indicates slow but steady rise in optimism. Depending on market segment they represent, executives offered differing views on current/future industry outlook. Read More

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EPA issues updated, achievable air pollution standards.

April 23, 2012

In response to court deadline, U.S. EPA has finalized standards, required by Clean Air Act, to reduce harmful air pollution associated with oil and natural gas production. Updated EPA standards include first federal air rules for natural gas wells that are hydraulically fractured, specifically requiring operators of new fractured natural gas wells to use cost-effective technologies and practices to capture natural gas that might otherwise escape the well, which can subsequently be sold. Read More

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AIA Welcomes Export Control Review of space systems, components.

April 23, 2012

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commented on Defense Department assessment concerning implications of normalizing export controls on satellites and related components. According to Blakey, this report provides decision makers in Congress "crucial information" regarding how reform can serve to strengthen the USA's national security and space industrial base. Blakey ended her response by urging Congress to "move quickly" on recommendations as to strengthen U.S. space industrial base. Read More

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BIO Convention to highlight biotechnology patenting and IP.

April 23, 2012

Scheduled for June 18-21, 2012 BIO International Convention will feature educational track devoted to Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer to discuss legal and legislative developments and how they may impact biotech companies. Panels will cover recent developments in patentability, prior user rights and trade secrets, IP issues affecting biomarker diagnostics and personalized medicine, and impact America Invents Act has on missions and policies of universities and non-profit institutions. Read More

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ANSI approves air curtain testing standard.

April 23, 2012

AMCA announced that ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 220-05(R2012), which may be used to establish uniform methods for laboratory testing of air curtains to determine aerodynamic performance in terms of air flow rate, outlet air velocity uniformity, power consumption, and air velocity projection, for rating or guarantee purposes. Standard is not intended to specify testing procedures to be used for design, production, or field testing. Read More

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AIOE Group issues OEE roadmap.

April 23, 2012

PMMI and the Operational Reliability Solutions Group of the Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence released whitepaper titled "Overall Equipment Effectiveness: Guidelines for the CPG Industry and Their Suppliers." According to report, monitoring OEE metrics provides opportunity to improve processes, reduce rejects and rework, and enable consistent delivery of higher quality products. An OEE regimen, over time, will decrease operating costs by highlighting waste centers. Read More

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White Paper on Labor explores generational skill gaps.

April 23, 2012

"Developing and Engaging the Manufacturing Workforce," released by Manufacturing Excellence Share Group (MESG) of Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), claims consumer packaged goods (CPGs) manufacturers contend with hiring challenges ranging from mechanical knowledge to generational differences. Citing educational system focus on critical thinking, report notes that problem-solving skills, critical to CPGs, are in short supply alongside mechanical/electrical skills. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today defines authentic business leadership.

April 20, 2012

Karl Meinhardt, author of The Leaders' New Clothes: The Naked Truths of Leadership, discusses authentic leadership in his article "Return On Relationships," which appears in Spring 2012 issue of Welding and Gases Today. In his book, Meinhardt outlines 7 truths of authentic leadership, the first of which is how leaders are perceived by those they lead. Leaders can authentically participate for maximum return on relationship, or they can be perceived as disconnected, uninterested, or not present. Read More

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ANSI Meeting examines need for Energy Efficiency Standards Panel.

April 20, 2012

On April 25, ANSI will host exploratory meeting to examine need for potential ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel, and to hear directly from stakeholders what shape such an activity should take. In first panel, federal agency representatives from U.S. DoE, EPA, and DoD will share perspectives on energy efficiency priorities for the nation. Second panel will highlight several key initiatives currently underway to promote energy efficiency. Read More

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Young Professionals Nominations due April 30, 2012.

April 20, 2012

U.S. National Committee to IEC is reminding electrotechnology and standardization professionals to submit nominations for U.S. participants to take part in Young Professionals 2012 Workshop. Nominees should be individuals in the early years of their professional career involved in standardization, from industry, government, academia, or consumer organizations that use, benefit from, or contribute to IEC's work in electrotechnical standardization and conformance. Read More

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University of Florida Student receives ASTM scholarship.

April 20, 2012

Amy Adams, an undergraduate materials science and engineering student at the University of Florida, has received the Mary R. Norton Memorial Scholarship from ASTM International Committee E04 on Metallography. Award encourages female students to pursue study of physical metallurgy or materials science. Adams' studies are focused on metals, and her research is on serial sectioning and 3D reconstruction to study microstructural evolution of pure metals during grain growth. Read More

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Herbert W. Koch receives ASTM International Award of Merit.

April 20, 2012

ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products has presented the Award of Merit to Herbert W. Koch, quality manager at Harris Steel Co., Cicero, IL. A member of ASTM International since 1985, Koch is past chairman of Committee A05 and currently serves as recording secretary. He was honored with the Kenneth J. Boedecker Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the committee in 2002. Read More

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Revised Standard addresses laboratory testing of dampers.

April 20, 2012

ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 500-D-2012, "Laboratory Methods of Testing Dampers for Rating", which determines air leakage, pressure drop, dynamic closure, operational torque, and thermal efficiency. Tests that are conducted in accordance with requirements of this standard are intended to demonstrate design, production, or field testing of damper and are not intended to determine or establish min/max performance ratings to be used for specifying these products. Read More

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Clean Water Act Agreement struck with city of Memphis, TN.

April 20, 2012

U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Justice, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and Office of the Tennessee Attorney General announced Clean Water Act (CWA) settlement with City of Memphis, TN. At estimated cost of $250 million, Memphis agreed to make improvements to its sewer systems to eliminate unauthorized overflows of untreated raw sewage. Proposed consent decree is subject to 30-day public comment period and final court approval. Read More

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NASA Provides Support for ISS-based commercial testing.

April 20, 2012

Researchers will be able to expose experiments to weightlessness and vacuum of space using commercial platform outside of International Space Station (ISS). To be developed and operated by NanoRacks LLC, External Platform Program (EPP) will take advantage of only orbiting lab that offers long-term, repeat access to unique environment of unpressurized space. NASA will contribute space station hardware and resources, such as power and data transmission systems. Read More