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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

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ASTM Committee seeks input on hydrophobic standard revisions.

February 22, 2012

ASTM International Committee E21 on Space Simulation and Applications of Space Technology is requesting input on upcoming revisions for ASTM F21 Test Method for Hydrophobic Surface Films by the Atomizer Test, and ASTM F22, Test Method for Hydrophobic Surface Films by the Water-Break Test. While not quantitative, these methods are used to verify that surfaces are sufficiently free of hydrophobic contaminants to proceed to application of primer, plating, adhesives, or conversion coatings. Read More

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ASTM Committee at work on polyethylene pipe standards.

February 22, 2012

ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems is currently working on series of proposed new standards for polyethylene pipe fittings. Standards will enable pipeline and piping project development using uniform fittings dimensions from every fabricator. Experienced engineers with pressure vessel design and FEA modeling background on non-linear visco-elastic materials who can contribute computational resources are particularly encouraged to join in development of proposed standards. Read More

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AEM calls on Congress to pass highway bills.

February 22, 2012

On behalf of U.S. equipment manufacturers and I Make America's nearly 20,000 grassroots supporters nationwide, AEM President Dennis Slater issued statement urging congressional leaders to pass highway bills H.R. 7 and MAP-21. According to Slater, House and Senate leadership and conferees will need to put partisanship aside and work together to quickly achieve an agreement on a comprehensive, fully funded highway bill to send to President Obama before stopgap extension expires. Read More

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Jane Weissman receives REW Policy Leadership Award.

February 22, 2012

Jane Weissman, Executive Director of IREC, received 2012 Renewable Energy World's Policy Leadership Award, which recognizes significant contribution to field of renewable energy. Jane's renewable energy career started in 1985 as director of Massachusetts Photovoltaic Center. In 1991, her work with national solar industry and utilities led to creation of PV-COMPACT. As executive director of IREC, she oversees operation of regulatory, policy, credentialing, and workforce development activities. Read More

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AEM offers industry-focused educational seminars.

February 22, 2012

Targeting off-road equipment manufacturing industry professionals, 2012 schedule of face-to-face educational seminars provide real-world information attendees can use to improve professional effectiveness and company profitability. Sessions focus on current industry trends and issues affecting product safety, product liability, marketing, and customer support. Other AEM events will include High Performance Sales College, AEM Annual Conference of Member Companies, and Ag Executive Forum. Read More

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ISPE announces speakers for ISPE Aseptic Conference.

February 22, 2012

Scheduled for Feb 29 to March 1, 2012, ISPE Aseptic Conference is titled "Global Evolution of Aseptic Processing: Implementing Risk-Based Manufacturing Solutions." FDA's Rick Friedman, Destry Sillivan, and Tara Gooen will speak during Conference's Barrier Isolation track, giving participants opportunity to receive direct answers to their questions from regulatory authorities. Sillivan will be on-site to give live presentation, with Friedman and Gooen joining him via video conference. Read More

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Webcast shows how companies are improving financial performance.

February 22, 2012

Hosted by Cambashi Inc. and MESA, webcast on Feb 23, 2012 will reveal findings of Pursuit of Performance Excellence research study, which is based on over 300 responses. Event will discuss important actions successful companies are taking to improve financial performance. Participants will learn what can be done to achieve 10% or more improvement in EBITDA or Net Operating Profit, key concerns and roadblocks, and what executives vs. staff perceive as problems with improvement programs. Read More

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BIO Applauds Grow It Here, Make It Here initiative.

February 22, 2012

In "Biobased Chemicals and Products: A New Driver for Green Jobs" report, BIO thanks Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for announcing additional policy proposals for Grow It Here, Make It Here initiative. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood specifically noted how said initiative "will help bio-based manufacturers access vital capital, strengthen market opportunities for biobased products, and spur commercialization of agricultural and industrial biotech innovations." Read More