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Study Finds Funding is Needed to promote safety of older drivers.

February 24, 2012

"Keeping Baby Boomers Mobile: Preserving Mobility and Safety for Older Americans," released by TRIP, highlights ways state DoTs are actively addressing needs of older drivers. After claiming state DoTs are doing everything possible with limited resources, AASHTO's John Horsley noted that long-term federal surface transportation reauthorization would give state DoTs ability to invest in projects to enhance safety, decrease congestion, and improve security/mobility of older Americans. Read More

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Winning Papers will be presented at IPC APEX EXPO®.

February 24, 2012

Winners have been announced for Best U.S. and International Papers of IPC APEX EXPO® 2012. Top honors in International category was given to "Lead-Free Selective Wave Solder Guidelines for Thermally Challenging PCBs" by Ramon Mendez. "Investigation of Pad Cratering in Large Flip-Chip BGA Using Acoustic Emission" by Anurag Bansal was selected as best paper in U.S. category. Also, Technical Program Committee awarded 3 honorable mentions in International category and one in U.S. category. Read More

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence steady in February.

February 24, 2012

According to February 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), overall confidence in equipment finance market is 59.6. This figure, up from January (59.0), indicates steady optimism. Questions ask opinions on current business conditions, expected product demand and access to capital over next 4 months, future employment conditions, state of U.S. economy currently and over next 6 months, as well as business development spending expectations. Read More

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BIO Applauds Strengthening of USDA BioPreferred program.

February 24, 2012

BIO applauded President Obama's directive to expand and strengthen USDA BioPreferred program. In comment, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood hailed said program as providing "important federal leadership that can expand consumer demand for renewable products made from biomass." Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO Industrial and Environmental Section, added that policies which offer technology-neutral support to biobased products and renewable chemicals can help further industry progress. Read More

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HI Announces Al Iseppon as Member of the Year.

February 24, 2012

Hydraulic Institute (HI) named Al Iseppon as 2011 Member of the Year. Awarded at HI's 95th Annual Meeting gala in St. Petersburg, FL, Mr. Iseppon was selected for his level and intensity of involvement with HI and for advancing its technical work. Al Iseppon, as leader and contributor on many standards and guideline writing committees, has been an active participant in HI for 20+ years and has been instrumental in shaping direction of future standards work. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses infant sling carriers.

February 24, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee F15.21 on Infant Carriers, Bouncers and Baby Swings, ASTM F2907, Specification for Sling Carriers, represents current best practices in design, performance, labeling, and instructions for infant slings. According to Vesta Garcia, executive director, Baby Carrier Industry Alliance, and F15.21 member, ASTM F2907 will provide manufacturers with means to double-check that they are creating and selling safest possible sling carriers. Read More

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President's Budget Request supports manufacturing research. .

February 24, 2012

President's fiscal year 2013 budget for NIST submitted to Congress proposes appropriations funding level of $857 million, an increase of $106.2 million from FY 2012. More than half of proposed increased funding would be focused on advanced manufacturing research. Total request is divided into 3 appropriations: $648 million for Scientific and Technical Research and Services, $149 million for Industrial Technology Services, and $60 million for Construction of Research Facilities. Read More

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March ANSI Caucus to feature health information privacy expert.

February 24, 2012

March 6 ANSI Caucus Luncheon in Washington DC will feature James C. Pyles, of Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville PC law firm. Pyles will discuss public policy landscape with respect to health information technology and privacy and data breaches against backdrop of forthcoming ANSI/Shared Assessments/Internet Security Alliance report, The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security, and recent changes to Europe's data protection rules. Read More

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Nuclear Energy Standards Collaborative to convene on March 12.

February 24, 2012

On March 12, 2012, Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative - a joint initiative of ANSI and NIST - will meet to discuss standards needed to facilitate growth and development of U.S. nuclear industry. In the push for building America's clean energy future, NESCC works to identify standards needed for design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants and other nuclear technologies. Read More

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Coal/Coke Standard to allow chlorine determination via XRF.

February 23, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK34943, Test Method for Chlorine in Coal and Coke by XRF, will allow for rapid and repeatable determination of chlorine in coal and coke via X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy. As member of subcommittee responsible for this standard, Colin Campbell stated that halides present in coal "is of environmental concern," citing that chlorine will eventually be emitted as acid gases. He also noted concern for corrosion damage from condensation of gases. Read More

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NEMA Calls Smart Energy Act move toward energy independence.

February 23, 2012

NEMA welcomed introduction of Smart Energy Act (HR 4017) as step toward reducing energy consumption in U.S. and moving toward energy independence. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, bipartisan legislation promotes energy efficiency by making federal government smarter consumer of energy and encouraging energy efficiency upgrades in buildings throughout U.S. Gaddis also noted related opportunities, such as operating cost reduction and job creation. Read More

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NREL earns prestigious certifications.

February 23, 2012

In July 2011, team of external auditors from NSF International Strategic Registrations visited NREL to conduct comprehensive and rigorous independent assessment of policies, procedures, tools, roles, and responsibilities used to manage environment, safety, and quality at NREL. NREL received 3 significant certifications, which include ISO 14001:2004 (environment); ISO 9001:2008 (quality); and OHSAS 18001 (health and safety). Read More

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Schedule of Events Released for World Standards Week 2012.

February 23, 2012

ANSI announced full schedule of events for World Standards Week (WSW) 2012, which will be held October 9-12 in Washington, DC. Events are to include joint meeting for ANSI Government Member Forum and Interagency Committee on Standards Policy; several forums on diverse topics, networking luncheons, and educational workshop. Additionally, event will host 2012 ANSI Annual Awards Reception/Banquet Ceremony and U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2012: Exhibit, Reception and Dinner. Read More

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NIST Seeks EHR System Manufacturers to aid in usability testing.

February 23, 2012

NIST is seeking manufacturers of electronic health record (EHR) systems to participate in research effort aimed towards developing methods for assessing usability of health information systems. System manufacturers will provide EHR systems for use in lab-based usability testing, and NIST will provide secure computing environment to safeguard software and equipment during course of research. Results of each EHR system will be reported to its manufacturer and used to support NIST research. Read More

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NTSB announces Attentive Driving forum.

February 23, 2012

On March 27, 2012, NTSB will hold 1-day forum titled, Attentive Driving: Countermeasures for Distraction. Forum will look at broad range of distractions that compete for driver's attention, characterize various distracted driver laws, and discuss differences in how states have adopted restrictions. It will also explore national and state education campaigns and consider effectiveness of active safety technology currently being deployed in vehicles. Read More

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NAM Comments on U.S.-South Korea FTA entry into force.

February 23, 2012

NAM's Stephen Jacobs was pleased that U.S.-Korea free trade agreement will take effect on March 15, 2012. While noting that almost 80% of U.S. exports of industrial products to Korea will become duty-free, Jacobs pointed out "Korea offers U.S. manufacturers growing opportunity for exports within a dynamic and expanding market." Jacobs also called Korea "a crucial export destination," citing number of small and medium-sized companies that already export goods there. Read More

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PTDA Business Index indicates growth.

February 23, 2012

According to PTDA Business Index, 4Q2011 was the seventh consecutive quarter for business growth among PTDA members, with reading of 67.3. Compared with reading of 68.1 for 3Q2011, fourth-quarter results indicate power transmission/motion control industry is expanding at a slightly slower pace than before. Both distributors and manufacturers saw growth in 4Q11, and distributors outpaced manufacturers for first quarter in survey's history. Read More

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Product & Price Information Format transmits Green product info.

February 23, 2012

Based on research and recommendation by joint task force led by Rex Davis, VP supply chain, IBT, Inc., PTDA and Bearing Specialists Association approved revision to Product and Price Information Format. PPIF v2.3 now includes 4 optional fields that enable manufacturers to indicate whether product is Green, classifications of eco-friendly products, independent organization or agency providing rating or certification, and Green validation of product. Read More

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Conference will address protecting health data.

February 23, 2012

On March 5, ANSI members and stakeholders are invited to attend press conference and congressional briefing in Washington, DC to unveil new report and method to help organizations operating in the healthcare industry evaluate financial impact of breached protected health information (PHI). Events will feature multiple speakers, including ANSI President and CEO Joe Bhatia. While press conference will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 am, congressional briefing will run from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Read More

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NIST Computer Security Guide draft is available for comment.

February 23, 2012

NIST has published, for public comment, draft update to Computer Security Incident Handling Guide (NIST Special Publication 800-61, Revision 2), which is intended for organizations managing their responses to incidents such as hacking attacks. Reflecting changes in threats and incidents, revision will help established and newly formed teams to create incident response policy and plan. NIST requests comments by March 16, 2012. Read More