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NEMA Commends Iowa Fire Marshal for "100 Years, 100%" campaign.

February 27, 2012

Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office has marked its 100th anniversary by conducting statewide "100 Years, 100%" campaign to ensure at least 2 working smoke alarms are installed in homes of Iowa schoolchildren. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said "Iowa State Fire Marshal Ray Reynolds and his staff should be commended for their leadership in educating Iowans on the importance of life safety and ensuring that school-aged children live in homes with working smoke alarms." Read More

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AIA and NIBS Sign MOU to promote building industry research.

February 27, 2012

American Institute of Architects (AIA) and National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) underscoring mutual interest in design, construction, operations, and maintenance of high-performance buildings and desire to collaborate on issues surrounding said topics. Upon signing this MOU, NIBS President Henry L. Green said, "We are very pleased to work with AIA on such an important effort." Read More

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ASTM's CCRL moves to new headquarters.

February 27, 2012

On January 27, ASTM International's Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory held an open house to celebrate the new headquarters building that it shares with AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory in Frederick, MD. The 34,413 ft² building, which had been an empty warehouse that was redesigned specifically for CCRL/AMRL, now provides modern office space, new laboratories, and modern proficiency sample production facility. Read More

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ASTM Test Method addresses geotextile bag technology.

February 27, 2012

Standard ASTM D7701, Test Method for Determining the Flow Rate of Water and Suspended Soils from a Geotextile Bag, is based on one particular test that has been used throughout past 20 years but has not been standardized until now. According to D35 member Robert Lozano, this standard will let end users of geotextile tubes gain idea of performance pertaining to proposed geotextile when used in geotextile tube. Primary users will be consultants, engineers, designers, owners, and fabricators. Read More

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ASTM Green Meeting Standards are now available.

February 24, 2012

Collection of 8 ASTM standards will provide meeting and event planners and their suppliers with specific guidelines and performance measurements for creating environmentally sustainable events. Approved standards cover evaluation and selection of the following topics as they relate to sustainable meetings, events, trade shows, and conferences: destinations, exhibits, transportation, A/V and production, communication and marketing materials, onsite offices, food and beverage, and venues. Read More

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Scientific Database facilitates access to published research.

February 24, 2012

SciFinder® offers thousands of experimental procedures for chemical reactions from 3 Taylor and Francis journals - Synthetic Communications; Journal of Coordination Chemistry; and Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements - in addition to those from ACS publications and English-language patents from USPTO, European Patent Office, and World Intellectual Property Organization (2000 to present). These experimental procedures can aid synthetic chemist's decision making process. Read More

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Manufacturers urge tax reform.

February 24, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement in response to President Obama's tax policy announcement. On April 1, if U.S. maintains current course, it will become home to highest corporate tax rate in industrialized world, serving to undermine job creation and cede competitiveness to nations that are eager to offer lower tax rates. Manufacturers need action to reduce corporate rate, reform international tax rules, lower rates for small businesses, and enact pro-jobs changes to tax system. Read More

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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