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NASA awards contract modification to Raytheon Space.

February 2, 2016

NASA has awarded a sole source contract modification to Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems, of El Segundo, CA, for two Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite instruments for the Polar Follow-On / Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) -3 and JPSS -4 Missions. This is a cost-plus-award-fee new work modification. Contractor will manufacture, test, and deliver the VIIRS instruments, support instrument integration on the spacecraft, and provide launch and post-launch support. Read More

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North American PCB Industry ends 2015 with 0.4% sales growth.

February 2, 2016

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, slow sales growth continued in December, bringing 2015 to a close at 0.4% growth over 2014. Book-to-bill ratio returned to parity at 1.00 in December. Total North American PCB shipments increased 0.6% in December 2015 compared to December 2014. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were up 6.7%. PCB bookings rose 1.5% compared to December 2014, and year-to-date order growth in December was up 2.5% over 2014. Read More

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Revolutionary Optical Transmitter will be described at OFC.

February 2, 2016

Developed by research team from NOKIA Bell Labs, bandwidth variable transmitter (BVT) converts electronic signals to optical signals with bandwidth that can change depending on need and does so without service interruptions (hitless operation). Arnaud Dupas of NOKIA Bell Labs (France) will describe this device at The Optical Fiber Communication and Exhibition Conference (OFC), which will be held March 20–24 in Anaheim, CA. Read More

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UL Mobile App provides hazardous location technical expertise.

February 2, 2016

HazLoc mobile application facilitates common understanding of global hazardous locations (explosive atmospheres). According to UL's Jeff Smidt, app provides "design, production, installation, inspection and regulatory compliance information in one trusted source." This benefits designers, manufacturers, distributors, inspection and regulatory authorities (AHJs), and end-users across oil and gas, chemical, agricultural, pharmaceuticals, offshore, and mining industries. Read More

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Did You Know? highlights ANSI member and partner activities.

February 2, 2016

Did You Know? offers quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within ANSI Federation of members and partners. For example, NFPA has developed NFPA Xchange, an online community where professionals can share ideas, ask questions, and view latest information on codes and standards. ASSE offers free, brief weekly podcast about the latest news in occupational safety and health. UL has released a new mobile application that informs industry stakeholders on global hazardous locations. Read More

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Company Member Forum to focus on proposed IEC committee.

February 2, 2016

On Feb 9, 2016, ANSI Company Member Forum monthly online discussion will host presentation by IEC Strategic Group 8, Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing. IEC SG 8 is seeking U.S. stakeholder feedback on proposed recommendations to form a new IEC systems committee in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union, International Organization for Standardization, ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1, and other international standards developing organizations addressing smart manufacturing. Read More

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UL and SPE to Bring AM Training to SPE members.

February 1, 2016

SPE and UL will offer UL's additive manufacturing (AM) training program to SPE members. Effective February 2016, SPE members will receive discounts on UL's AM training program and related content, and UL will sponsor new SPE members interested in such training by paying their SPE dues. Russell Broome, managing director of SPE called working with UL "an exciting opportunity" that will enable SPE to improve access to AM industry knowledge for >18,000 SPE members across 84 countries. Read More

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NREL Launches Sustainable Mobility Initiative, partners with CDOT.

February 1, 2016

Kicking off its Sustainable Mobility Initiative, NREL partnered with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) on $20 million RoadX transportation program. Initiative approaches transportation as integrated system in which travelers and transportation resources are viewed as dynamic network that can be used to optimize mobility and reduce related energy consumption and emissions. Drawing on cross-cutting research capabilities, NREL will offer solutions that support CDOT's RoadX program. Read More

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Standards cover roof drains and stormwater management.

February 1, 2016

ASME A112.6.9-2005 (R2015), Siphonic Roof Drains, provides guidelines for proper design, installation, examination, and testing of siphonic roof drains, and includes definitions of related terms and parameters. CSA B184 Series-2011 (R2015), Polymeric subsurface stormwater management structures, covers apparatus and accessories used in collection, detention, retention, and infiltration of stormwater runoff. Both ASME and CSA are ANSI accredited standards developers and organizational members. Read More

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ANSI Supports Revision of White House OMB Circular A119.

February 1, 2016

White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued revision of OMB Circular A119, "Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities." In February 2014, OMB requested comments on said revision and received broadly supportive response from ANSI. Updates maintain strong preference for using voluntary consensus standards over government-unique standards in Federal regulation and procurement and clarifies guidance. Read More

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New CalEnergy Regs to increase costs of LED bulbs.

February 1, 2016

California Energy Commission unanimously approved Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Regulations despite sound and substantive policy recommendations by industry, lighting experts, and consumer groups working to ensure sustained market adoption and energy efficiency gains. According to NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff, approved regulations were based on poorly analyzed data of the emerging LED market. Vote will negatively affect growth and efficiency gains of LED technology in California. Read More

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NEMA Business Conditions Indexes rebound in January.

February 1, 2016

After sizable decline in December, NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index for current conditions in North America rebounded in January. Index climbed to 50 from 41.2 the previous month, with an equal share of panelists (41%) reporting that conditions improved and that they deteriorated. Eighteen percent of the panelists stated that the business environment was unchanged. Meanwhile, EBCI for future North American conditions jumped to 67.6 in January from 52.9 in December. Read More

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NIST seeks comments on computer security publication.

January 29, 2016

NIST is seeking public comment on its latest draft of a publication intended to help computer security experts use randomness to protect sensitive data. Second Draft of Special Publication (SP) 800-90B, Recommendation for the Entropy Sources Used for Random Bit Generation, aims to help security specialists judge whether source of random numbers they use as part of data encryption process is sufficiently unpredictable. NIST is requesting public comments by May 9, 2016. Read More

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New FAA Safety Briefing examines/explores compliance philosophy.

January 29, 2016

FAA Safety Briefing for January/February 2016 focuses on new FAA Compliance Philosophy and what its foundational concepts mean to general aviation community. Articles discuss how agency and community can identify problems in National Airspace System, use tools to correct those problems, and monitor situations to ensure they stay fixed. Issue also looks at FAA's evolving safety role and focus on risk-based decision making, role of SMS for rotorcraft operators, and drone safety ambassadorship. Read More

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NEMA says CEC should not increase price of LED bulbs.

January 29, 2016

NEMA called on California Energy Commission to ensure that California consumers have access to the most efficient, cost-effective, and preferred LED bulbs currently on the market. Proposal under consideration at CEC, if approved, will be the first instance in which CEC pursues regulatory action that will reduce potential energy savings, increase cost of energy-saving products for California consumers, and make it less likely that California consumers will want to buy these products. Read More

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Standards Alliance Hosts Orientation for 16 Colombian officials.

January 29, 2016

As public-private partnership between ANSI and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Standards Alliance hosted Colombian officials – representatives of trade ministry, national standards bodies, accreditation bodies, regulators, and private sector – in Washington, D.C. Meetings held from November 30 to December 4, 2015 provided Colombian delegation with detailed orientation regarding public-private nature of U.S. system and served as forum for future collaboration. Read More

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NAM kicks off 2016 State of Manufacturing tour.

January 29, 2016

NAM kicked off the 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Event, co-hosted by the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and Political Library, is the first in series of stops in 7 states to highlight vital role the industry plays in U.S. economy and changing perceptions of manufacturing. Manufacturing supports an estimated 18.5 million jobs in the U.S. and contributes $2.17 trillion to the economy. Read More

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Recycling and Sustainability Leaders to speak at SPI summit.

January 29, 2016

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced that Jeannette Garcia, from IBM Almaden Research Facility, Hugo Contreras of the Nature Conservancy, and Monique Oxender, chief sustainability officer at Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. will speak at the Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo, hosted by SPI on April 25-27. Re|focus will feature total of 5 educational tracks: Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Recycling Technology, Sustainability & Global Trends, and Regulation & Compliance. Read More

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ASTM Celebrates SMEs with program and website launch.

January 29, 2016

Launched by ASTM, "Year of the SME: Small Business in Action" will emphasize how input from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is crucial to creating technical standards. ASTM will also highlight advantages SMEs gain by being members, including consensus-driven approach that affords equal voice and vote alongside representatives of larger companies. ASTM also launched astm.org/sme, which highlights benefits, shares success stories, and provides information about events/opportunities. Read More

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ANSI welcomes new members.

January 29, 2016

ANSI welcomed 16 new members in January 2016. These organizations joined a federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and over 3.5 million professionals. Under institute’s umbrella, this diverse constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in the global marketplace and to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More