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ZigBee to develop open standard for LED lighting control.

January 6, 2012

ZigBee Light Link(TM) will help manufacturers develop interoperable wirelessly controlled lighting products for the home. Light bulbs, LED fixtures, sensors, timers, remotes, and switches built using ZigBee Light Link will not require special devices to coordinate in home's network. Like all devices in ZigBee portfolio, ZigBee Light Link devices can be controlled over Internet via computer, tablet, and smart phone. Read More

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CES SuperSession will feature technology and government leaders.

January 5, 2012

During 2012 International CESĀ® Conference, scheduled for January 10-13, Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn will join CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro to discuss opportunities and challenges in consumer electronics retail. Also, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will join Shapiro for candid conversation about Chairman's vision for and tenure at the FCC. Another 2012 CES SuperSession panel will include "CNET Presents the Next Best Thing in CE," featuring Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Read More

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EPA recognizes National Radon Action Month.

January 5, 2012

As part of National Radon Action Month, EPA is encouraging Americans to take steps to test their homes for harmful levels of radon gas. Approximately 21,000 people die from radon related lung cancer each year in U.S., yet elevated levels of this health hazard can be prevented. EPA and U.S. Surgeon General recommend that all homes, both with and without basements, be tested for radon through DIY test kits or by hiring qualified tester. Action should be taken if radon levels are above 4 pCi/L. Read More

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ANSI and IREC announce pilot accreditation program.

January 5, 2012

ANSI and Interstate Renewable Energy Council invite certificate-awarding entities that develop and administer energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to apply for participation in pilot accreditation program. Successful participants will be awarded accreditation under program designed to provide quality assurance. Certificate programs will be evaluated against draft IREC Standard 14732: 2012, General Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending increased in November.

January 5, 2012

According to January 3 report by U.S. Commerce Department, total nonresidential construction spending increased 0.9% in November to seasonally adjusted annual rate of $555.7 billion. However, total nonresidential spending is down 0.1% from one year ago. Private nonresidential construction spending was unchanged for the month, but is 4.5%higher than November 2010. Public nonresidential construction jumped 1.8% in November, but is still down 4.4% year-over-year. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today launches professional networking group.

January 5, 2012

Welding and Gases Today launched a LinkedIn group where distributors and suppliers can share views and experiences in a professional setting and stay connected to latest industry news. By joining group, users are granted access to network of people with whom they share something in common. Discussions within groups - in which every group member can view and participate - offer opportunity to talk about industry-specific issues, lend expertise, and help fellow members. Read More

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities are available at NIST.

January 3, 2012

NIST is accepting applications for 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships programs at its Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO campuses. Programs provide opportunities for undergraduate students to work with internationally known NIST scientists and gain exposure to cutting-edge research. Programs are open to colleges/universities in U.S. and its territories with degree-granting programs in computer science, mathematics, materials science, chemistry, biology, engineering, and/or physics. Read More

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Transatlantic Conference stresses importance of standards.

January 2, 2012

DIN, the German national standards body to ISO, has released final report from its Fifth Transatlantic Market Conference: Transatlantic Cooperation for Growth and Security. Conference focused on development of new technologies and services, as well as new forms of international cooperation necessitated by increasingly complex security requirements. According to Art Cote, ANSI board chairman, effective utilization of standards and conformance promotes global competitiveness of all businesses. Read More

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Advanced Manufacturing Partnership office established at NIST.

January 2, 2012

Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher announced establishment of National Program Office for Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP). Bringing together industry, academia, and federal government, AMP aims to drive investments in emerging technologies capable of creating manufacturing jobs and enhancing global competitiveness. Office will be led by Mike Molnar, currently Chief Manufacturing Officer at NIST. Read More

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NIST announces broad call for research grant proposals.

January 2, 2012

NIST is accepting proposals for funding broad range of potential research projects and related activities that support institute's measurement science and engineering programs. Potential R/D topics under programs span breadth of NIST's interests. Nine MSE programs include: Material Measurement Laboratory, Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Laboratory, Fire Research, Information Technology Laboratory, NCNR, CNST, Standards Services Group, and Office of Special Programs. Read More

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FCC Seeks Public Comments on wireless hearing aid compatibility.

January 2, 2012

To ensure that hearing aid compatibility rules reflect technological advances and cover large number of wireless handsets, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and Office of Engineering and Technology are proposing to adopt IEEE/ANSI STD C63.19-2011, American National Standard Methods of Measurement of Compatibility between Wireless Communications Devices and Hearing Aids. Comments are sought on tentative conclusions and whether adoption would impose new or additional costs on handset manufacturers. Read More

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AASHTO focuses on what's ahead for transportation in 2012.

December 30, 2011

From its vantage point as the voice of transportation, AASHTO offers a look at top 10 issues that will be talked, written, or tweeted about and legislated in year ahead. Some include: enacting long-term transportation bill; managing in lean times; responding to and planning for natural disasters; reducing traffic deaths; increasing visibility of transportation in upcoming presidential campaign; generating ways to fund transportation; and advancing intercity passenger rail. Read More

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Partners Offer perfromance training for small businesses.

December 30, 2011

Collaboration between Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP), Alliance for Performance Excellence, and The Alternative Board (TAB) will provide resources and training for small businesses to improve their performance via use of Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Partnership is intended to facilitate teaming of local TAB boards with their state performance excellence programs, enabling small businesses utilizing TAB services to learn about Baldrige program. Read More

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ANSI January Caucus will feature DOC's Ari Schwartz.

December 30, 2011

To be held January 6, first ANSI Caucus of 2012 will feature Ari Schwartz, senior policy advisor to U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson. Schwartz is an expert in Internet security and standards, privacy protection, and expanding access to government information via Internet. At Department of Commerce (DOC), Schwartz helps oversee Internet Policy Task Force. He originally joined DOC through NIST, where he served as senior Internet policy advisor for NIST Information Technology Lab. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover floor cleaning, manure storage.

December 30, 2011

ANSI/IICRC S100, Standard Reference Guide for Professional On-Location Cleaning of Installed Textile Floor Covering Materials establishes minimum criteria for professional on-location cleaning of installed textile floor coverings. To protect against hazards associated with manure storage, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) published ANSI/ASAE EP470.1 OCT2011, Manure Storage Safety. Both are American National Standards which play vital roles in daily lives. Read More

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Future Conditions EBCI rises to 7 month high in December.

December 30, 2011

Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions measured 52 in December-with more respondents reporting conditions improved relative to previous month than reporting they declined-for third consecutive month. Confidence in future conditions climbed to 7 month high as December's EBCI for future North American conditions jumped 10 points to 70, affirming that expectations for business environment in next 6 months remains positive. Read More

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NIST Sensor Innovation may aid material analysis.

December 30, 2011

An advance in sensor design by researchers at NIST and University of Waterloo's Institute of Quantum Computing could unshackle a powerful, yet high-maintenance technique for exploring materials. Achievement could expand neutron interferometry from a test of quantum mechanics to a tool for industry as well. Since neutron interferometry is extremely sensitive, team at NIST Center for Neutron Research found a way to sidestep many requirements and render interferometer more tolerant of change. Read More

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MCAA Elects new leaders for 2012.

December 30, 2011

StoneL President Wally Stommes has been elected Measurement, Control, and Automation Association Chairman for 2012. Stommes succeeds James P. Bolin, Jr., COO of Process Automation for Pepperl + Fuchs, who will continue on Board as Past Chairman. Also, Todd Gardner, VP of Siemens Sensors and Communications, was elected to be Vice Chairman as well as Treasurer of Association. Additional appointees include Directors-at-Large Robert D. Carrell, John E. Erskine III, and Joseph E. Incontri. Read More

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PCB Industry Results are available for November 2011.

December 30, 2011

For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, November 2011 findings from IPC North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show industry shipments decrease of 6.2% from November 2010 and orders booked decrease of 5.6%. Combined industry shipments, year to date, are down 1.6% and bookings are down 8.5%. Compared to previous month, industry shipments and bookings increased, respectively, 8.6% and 3.8%. Combined rigid and flex industry book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.97. Read More

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EPA finalizes 2012 renewable fuel standards.

December 29, 2011

Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established RFS2 Renewable Fuel Standard program and annual renewable fuel volume targets, which steadily increase to overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates percentage-based standard for following year. Final 2012 overall volumes and standards are: 1.0 billion gal biomass-based diesel, 2.0 billion gal advanced biofuels, 8.65 million gal cellulosic biofuels, and 15.2 billion gal total renewable fuels. Read More