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Schedule Announced for 2012 Mechanical Seals Webinar Series.

March 9, 2012

In collaboration with Fluid Sealing Association (FSA), Hydraulic Institute announced that 2012 Mechanical Seals Webinar Series will begin March 29, 2012. Schedule includes Mechanical Seals - Types and Operating Principles on March 29, Mechanical Seals Construction and Design on April 12, Mechanical Seals - Installation, Connections - Commissioning on April 26, and Mechanical Seals - Seal Environment and Failure Analysis on May 11. All webinars will take place from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT. Read More

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MESA Releases White Paper "Performance Improvement and Metrics Practices.".

March 9, 2012

In conjunction with IndustryWeek, MESA released findings of joint research study in MESA White Paper #40 Performance Improvement and Metrics Practices. Findings show manufacturers and producers who improved their profits significantly also use metrics consistently and align corporate objectives with operational metrics. Also, less than 40% of all respondents see predictive analytics as important or most critical, compared to over 85% who see actual values as important or most critical. Read More

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EPA Requests Comments on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

March 9, 2012

U.S. EPA seeks public comment on annual "Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010" draft report, which serves as USA's official estimate of total national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Draft report, which will be open for public comment for 30 days, shows that overall GHG emissions increased by 3.3% in 2010 compared to previous year. Total emissions from GHGs were ~6,866 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent. Overall, emissions have grown 11% from 1990 to 2010. Read More

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Standards Revision relates to soil and water conservation.

March 9, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised ASAE S268.5, Design, Layout, Construction, and Maintenance of Terrace Systems. This complete rewrite incorporates new procedures for spacing terraces based on erosion prediction technology, new tillage methods, and construction techniques. Second revision - ASAE S442.1, Water and Sediment Control Basins - contains alterations that ensure compatibility and continuity with changes in S268.5. Read More

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ANSI Joint Member Forum to focus on building quality workforce.

March 8, 2012

Scheduled for March 20, ANSI Joint Member Forum will open with panel, Building a Framework for a Quality Workforce, which will examine range of initiatives underway within public and private sectors to close the "skills gap" in American labor market. Second panel, Building Educational Programs and Credentials within the Framework, will highlight recent efforts to move from credit-based educational system to competency-based system that will help bolster skilled American workforce. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 19 New Members in February 2012.

March 8, 2012

In February 2012, ANSI welcomed 19 new members. Those 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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Soaps/Detergents Committee elects Kathleen Stanton as chairman.

March 8, 2012

American Cleaning Institute (ACI) technical and regulatory affairs director Kathleen Stanton has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee D12 on Soaps and Other Detergents. ASTM International member since 2003, Stanton also chairs Subcommittee D12.32 on Nomenclature and Definitions. Additionally, she is member of Committees E47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate and E60 on Sustainability. Schools attended include Manhattan College and Frostburg State University. Read More

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IPC APEX Expo experiences attendance surge in San Diego.

March 8, 2012

With 4,915 conference and exhibit hall attendees, IPC APEX EXPO® in San Diego, CA reported 26% increase in attendance over 2011. IPC reported that 407 exhibitors participated in said event, resulting in 8,963 total visitors. With best attendance in over 4 years, IPC APEX EXPO focused on printed board and electronics manufacturing industries and featured first hand soldering contest, which culminated in Grand Championship competition. Read More

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NIST releases final Smart Grid Framework 2.0 document.

March 8, 2012

NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0 lays out plan for transforming nation's aging electric power system into interoperable Smart Grid. Final 2.0 Framework adds 22 standards, specifications, and guidelines to 75 standards NIST recommended in 1.0 version. Some additions include roles of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, Risk Management Framework ensuring cybersecurity for Smart Grid, and framework for testing conformity of devices. Read More

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FISMA Publication updates cybersecurity threats, privacy controls.

March 8, 2012

Released by NIST, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations, Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Revision 4, adds guidance for combating new information security threats and incorporates privacy controls to framework that federal agencies use to protect their information and information systems. This Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) publication also adds privacy appendix that provides privacy controls and associated implementation guidance. Read More

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ASTM Committee invites participation in LIMS standard revision.

March 8, 2012

ASTM International Committee E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy and Separation Science invites interested parties to join ongoing revision of ASTM E1578, Guide for Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). James B. Powers Jr., chair of E13.15, said "Prospective LIMS/informatics users will be able to utilize the updated ASTM E1578 to understand terminology, configurations, features, design, benefits and costs" as well as understand purpose and functions of LIMS/informatics. Read More

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BIO supports Faster Access to Specialized Treatments Act.

March 8, 2012

According to statement issued by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO thanks Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Ed Towns (D-NY) for their leadership in introducing the FAST Act to speed access to innovative new therapies and cures to patients living with debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Legislation will modernize Accelerated Approval pathway to expedite development of modern, targeted, and personalized therapies while preserving FDA standards. Read More

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NTSB Chairman Supports National Sleep Awareness Week.

March 7, 2012

Supporting National Sleep Awareness Week (March 5-9), NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman urged transportation operators to "plan for adequate sleep on Sunday night and every other night to safeguard the travelling public." Hersman also commented on National Sleep Foundation's 2012 Sleep in America poll, in which transportation professionals were asked about their sleep habits. "Inadequate sleep puts lives at risk," said Hersman, "we see this over and over in our accident investigations." Read More

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ASTM International testifies during congressional review of standards.

March 7, 2012

Standards experts from ASTM International testified February 29 before committee of U.S. Congress during review of effectiveness of U.S. standards system. Representing ASTM on witnesses panel, James L. Seay described benefits of public and private collaboration in development of voluntary consensus standards. He also recommended that countries/regions strive to embrace international standards criteria established by WTO, and recognize flexibility to chose from international standards portfolio. Read More

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ANSI announces sponsorship opportunities for WSW 2012.

March 7, 2012

Scheduled for October 9-12, 2012, World Standards Week draws leaders from broad spectrum of industries, organizations, and government agencies to recognize importance of standardization to all industry sectors. Four tiers of sponsorship packages are available, and depending on level, benefits include complimentary admission to WSW events, distribution of promotional material to attendees, color print and web advertising, and premiere signage. Read More

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BIO applauds legislation supporting biobased economy.

March 7, 2012

BIO thanked Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) and co-sponsors for introducing legislation that would allow more bio-manufacturing companies to participate in Farm Bill programs. According to BIO's report, "Biobased Chemicals and Products: A New Driver for Green Jobs," global sustainable chemical industry will grow to $1 trillion in next 10 years. If U.S. companies can capture 19% of this market, report projects that U.S. will create about 237,000 direct U.S. jobs in sustainable chemicals sector. Read More

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Free Webinar will highlight report on safeguarding PHI.

March 7, 2012

ANSI, Santa Fe Group/Shared Assessments Program Healthcare Working Group, and Internet Security Alliance (ISA) will host webinar regarding "The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security" report. Webinar participants will hear from industry experts who will provide overview of report as well as elaborate upon its significance to U.S. healthcare industry. Event will take place March 21, at 2:00 pm EST and run ~1 hr. Read More

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Gene Haas Foundation invests in future engineers.

March 7, 2012

Gene Haas Foundation is granting $27,000 to SME Education Foundation for development of new SkillsUSA Machining Championship Award Program. SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin sees this partnership and mutual involvement in SkillsUSA as reflective of shared vision for workforce development. In comment, Aslin said "The metalworking industry defines manufacturing. And, as this industry reignites, we are pleased to have the Gene Haas Foundation working with us." Read More

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Federal Agencies release environmental justice strategies.

March 7, 2012

Federal agencies, led by Council on Environmental Quality and U.S. EPA, released environmental justice strategies, implementation plans, and progress reports, outlining steps agencies will take to protect communities facing greater health and environmental risks. These strategies represent significant step forward in Administration's commitment to integrating environmental justice into federal decision-making and programs in areas such as transportation, labor, health services, and housing. Read More

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Shell Scotford receives HART Plant of the Year Award.

March 7, 2012

HART® Communication Foundation presented 2011 HART Plant of the Year Award to the Shell Scotford Upgrader during special presentation at plant site located outside Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada. Shell engineers utilized full capabilities and advantages of HART Communication to facilitate device configuration, loop testing, startup checks, valve tuning, safety device SIL ratings, and real-time centralized device status and diagnostics. Read More