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AIA welcomes House vote to reauthorize Export Import Bank.

October 30, 2015

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher, passage of Rep. Fincher’s (R-Tenn.) bill in the House marks an important step in reauthorizing the Export Import Bank of the United States. ExIm Bank is a valuable tool supporting exports in the aerospace and defense industry. We are relieved that common sense has prevailed and the majority has found a way – even using the unconventional "discharge" process – to express its will. Read More

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EPA Settlements help protect public against lead exposure.

October 30, 2015

EPA announced 75 enforcement actions from the past year that require renovation contractors and training providers to protect people from harmful exposure to lead dust and debris, as required by EPA's Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair, and Painting regulations. Settlements were filed for renovations performed on pre-1978 homes and child-care facilities, and each requires that alleged violator certify its compliance with RRP regulations to EPA and, in most cases, pay civil penalties. Read More

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Passenger Tire Safety Report finds registration, recall faults.

October 30, 2015

Special investigation report on tire safety, adopted by NTSB, finds current methods of registering and recalling tires ineffective and notes insufficient guidance by tire and automotive industries on risks associated with tire aging. Consequently, NTSB made 9 recommendations to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to improve registration and recall processes, develop better guidance for consumers, and promote technological innovations for reducing tire-related crashes. Read More

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Defense Related Associations join to overturn budget caps.

October 30, 2015

In a spirit of cooperation, heads of 12 Defense Related Associations joined to send a letter urging Congress to pass a 2-year budget deal offsetting budget caps under the Budget Control Act of 2011. Such a deal would avoid disruptions inherent in a full-year continuing resolution and provide adequate resources for military to conduct today’s missions and prepare for next crisis. Read More

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BIO Applauds Representatives for introducing bipartisan HR 3784.

October 30, 2015

BIO applauded Representatives John Carney (D-DE), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) for introducing HR 3784, SEC Small Business Advocate Act. This legislation would establish Office of the Small Business Advocate at Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to facilitate small business capital formation and ensure SEC takes into account impacts of regulatory burdens on growing companies as it considers new compliance requirements. Read More

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NEMA Business Conditions Indexes drop in September.

October 30, 2015

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index for current conditions in North America fell 10 points in September, dropping to 42.5. Fifteen percent of panelists reported the business environment facing electrical equipment manufacturers improved in September, while 30% claimed it worsened. Meanwhile, EBCI for future North American conditions declined modestly to 52.5 in September after measuring 55 in each of the last 2 months. Read More

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Current and Future NEMA Business Conditions climb in October.

October 30, 2015

Increasing from 42.5 in September, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America measured 44.7 in October. Measure of intensity of change in current business conditions remained at -0.4. Separately, EBCI for future North American conditions rose to 68.4 in October after measuring 52.5 in September. Read More

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CSA Group Opens New Lab focused on lighting/optical testing.

October 30, 2015

CSA Group opened new 17,600 ft² laboratory in Seattle, WA that offers testing and product development services for commercial and residential lighting and optical products. Lab has industry-leading light measurement equipment and is designed for characterization, measurement, and testing to various standards, including North American (NA) IES and international IEC standards. Richard Weiser of CSA Group said it will continue to expand services to help clients reach NA and global markets. Read More

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IEEE Photonics Society's AVFOP 2015 will focus on vetronics.

October 30, 2015

IEEE Photonics Society's 2015 Avionics & Vehicle Fiber-Optics & Photonics Conference (AVFOP 2015) provides academic, industrial, and government engineers and researchers with international forum for sharing technology developments in photonics and fiber optic component systems designed for environments and requirements of avionics and vehicle electronics (vetronics) applications. AVFOP 2015 will be held in Santa Barbara, CA from November 10–12 and feature 50+ presentations on diverse topics. Read More

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FAA expands unmanned aircraft Pathfinder efforts.

October 29, 2015

FAA has entered into Pathfinder agreement with CACI International Inc. to evaluate how the company's technology can help detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the vicinity of airports. Agreement provides proven way to passively detect, identify, and track aerial drones and their ground-based operators to protect airspace from inadvertent or unlawful misuse near U.S. airports. CACI-built solution will help ensure safe, shared airspace while supporting UAS users’ right to operate their aircraft. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover power systems and front end loaders.

October 29, 2015

ANSI/NETA ECS2015, Standard for Electrical Commissioning of Electrical Power Equipment and Systems, describes systematic process of documenting, and placing into service newly installed, or retrofitted electrical power equipment and systems. ASAE S583.1 AUG2015, Safety for Agricultural Front End Loaders, specifies safety requirements for design and construction of agricultural front end loaders designed to be mounted on agricultural wheeled tractors as defined in ANSI/ASAE 390.5. Read More

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FAA Administrator Huerta speaks to evolution of safety.

October 29, 2015

Newly developed Compliance Philosophy enhances FAA's ability to find safety problems before they result in incident or accident, use best tools to fix said problems, and monitor situations to prevent new problems. Based on cooperation and trust, Compliance Philosophy encourages transparent exchange of information and data between FAA and industry. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta stressed FAA's zero tolerance for intentional recklessness, repeat failures, and regulatory standards deviation. Read More

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ASTM Test Method helps evaluate oil-water mixtures.

October 29, 2015

ASTM standard F3045, Test Method for the Evaluation of the Stability of Water-in-Oil Mixtures Formed from Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Mixed with Saline Water, will help oil spill responders, oil firms, and laboratories evaluate stability of water-in-oil mixtures. Specifically, standard provides laboratory test method to determine the tendencies of emulsions and mixtures involving crude oils and petroleum products. Read More

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Fuel Presence Test Method improves machine, operations safety.

October 29, 2015

Helping improve safety and operations of large equipment in such industries as railroads, airlines, and mining, new ASTM standard provides test method to determine amount of fuel present in an in-service lubricant line. Test Method for Fuel Dilution of In-Service Lubricants Using Surface Acoustic Wave Sensing (D8004), as first standard of its kind to guide this approach, will enable those who use it to provide advisories on equipment if it is suspect and take early action. Read More

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FABTECH Canada brings experience to Canadian manufacturers.

October 29, 2015

To support the manufacturing industry, FABTECH Canada 2016 comes to the Toronto Congress Centre March 22–24, bringing together manufacturing leaders, decision makers, suppliers, and buyers from coast to coast, including neighboring U.S. states as well. Featuring more than 73,000 sq-ft of exhibits and attracting over 4,000 buyers in 2014, FABTECH Canada continues to grow – benefiting from the experience of 29 years of FABTECH shows between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Read More

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NTSB releases final report on crash of de Havilland DHC-3.

October 29, 2015

According to the NTSB, probable cause for the crash of a de Havilland DHC-3 in Soldotna, Alaska, on July 7, 2013, was the operator’s failure to determine actual cargo weight, leading to loading and operation of airplane outside of its weight and center of gravity limits. Contributing to the accident was FAA's failure to require weight and balance documentation for this type of air taxi flight. Flight was headed from Soldotna to a lodge 90 miles away when airplane stalled and crashed on takeoff. Read More

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ANSI Webinar will focus on ISO/IEC Guide 14 revision.

October 28, 2015

Free 60-minute webinar, hosted by ANSI on November 5, 2015 at 1 pm EDT, will focus on ISO/IEC Guide 14, Purchase information on goods and services intended for consumers, which is under revision. Michele Althoff, who serves as convenor of COPOLCO WG 15, will speak about revisions to ISO/IEC Guide 14, including how said document has evolved to better address accessibility needs, roles of Internet in purchasing decision, and evolution of technologies that support product information. Read More

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Free ANSI Webinar focuses on NIST CPS draft framework.

October 28, 2015

On November 20, ANSI will host informational webinar from 2–3 pm EDT on Draft Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Featured speakers will be David Wollman, Ph.D., deputy director of the NIST Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office, and Martin Burns, Ph.D., senior researcher in the NIST Engineering Laboratory. Following NIST's presentation, webinar participants will be afforded opportunity for Q&A and open information sharing. Read More

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ASABE adopts agricultural machinery seat belt standard.

October 28, 2015

ASABE has revised its previous adoption of international standard, ISO 3776-3:2009, Tractors and machinery for agriculture — Seat belts — Part 3: Requirements for assemblies. Standard specifies requirements for pelvic restraint (seat) belt assemblies intended to be used by operators of agricultural tractors and self-propelled machinery. New action simply resolves a single deviation, a discrepancy in the way in which a reference citation was handled. Read More

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Statement to Congress says budget caps pose security, health risk.

October 28, 2015

Joint statement issued by AIA, National Defense Industrial Association, Research!America, and United for Medical Research urges Congress to raise budget caps restraining investments in national security and medical research. Citing threats to American security, prosperity, and global leadership, letter called Federal Reserve's recent revision downward of U.S. annual industrial production "relevant and alarming"  Industry stress was also linked to Budget Control Act-imposed budget caps. Read More