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AAMA Manufacturing Safety Forum addresses risk management.

October 26, 2015

During AAMA 2015 Fall Conference, manufacturing safety was an area of focus. Terry Burkhalter, an authorized OSHA instructor and trainer, discussed risk management and safety in manufacturing. During his presentation, Burkhalter focused on many areas of workplace safety, ranging from disaster preparedness to knowing your rights as an employer/employee. Challenges faced by those in the workforce include worker compensation, aging workforce, work culture, and regulatory updates. Read More

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ASTM Standard provides new way to clean and coat metal.

October 26, 2015

A1093, Specification for Electrolytic Plasma Treatment Processing of Conductive Materials, provides environmentally friendly way to clean and coat metals used in industries such as aerospace, biomedical, energy, and more. Standard eliminates need to use acids in cleaning while also providing way to deposit variety of coatings for many applications. Manufacturers of steel products such as wires, springs, and cables will be users of this standard. Read More

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Little Box Challenge Inverters arrive at NREL.

October 26, 2015

During the Little Box Challenge, presented by Google and IEEE Power Electronics Society, 18 finalist teams converged at NREL to have their power inverters tested as part of a $1 million competition to build smaller devices for use in solar power systems. Test results will help Google and IEEE decide the winner. To be successful, teams will have designed and built a residential-scale inverter with the highest power density — at least 50 W/cubic inch. Read More

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Allan Lee Joins SPE as IT operations manager.

October 26, 2015

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) appointed Allen Lee as operations manager for information technology (IT). In that position, Lee will manage all applications and integrations for SPE websites, apps, association management systems, email marketing automation, and external communication platforms. He will also be in charge of internal network, software, and cloud-based services for SPE’s global staff. Lee comes to SPE from American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Read More

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ANSI Member SCTE announces addition of 2 new members.

October 22, 2015

ANSI member and accredited standards developer Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) announced 2 staff additions. Deighton Liverpool, former CIO of Association of Village Council Presidents in Alaska, was named SCTE's VP of information technology. As SCTE's new director of network and technical operations, Niem Dang will be based primarily in Louisville, CO as SCTE visiting engineer to CableLabs. Ms. Dang brings 10 years of experience with Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Read More

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NREL Framework addresses electricity sector analysis.

October 21, 2015

NREL's framework is used to improve comparability of electric sector analysis by lab, academia, and other entities in energy analysis community. Annual Technology Baseline contains current cost and performance data for renewable and conventional energy technologies, along with projections bounded by published literature. Standard Scenarios report is based on set of potential pathways for U.S. electric sector development over time, based on assumptions about prices, policies, and other variables. Read More

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FABTECH 2015 Events feature manufacturing leaders, innovators.

October 21, 2015

Taking place in Chicago, IL from November 9–12, FABTECH 2015 represents collaboration of technology, equipment, and knowledge in metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing industries. Special event presentation topics range from additive manufacturing/3D printing and security risks to women in manufacturing and importance of teamwork. Also, attendees will also be able to take part in industry night event and professional welder competition. Read More

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ISO releases strategic plan for 2016-2020.

October 21, 2015

ISO released its ISO Strategy 2016–2020, detailing the organization's strategic direction over the next 5 years. Document serves as a guide for how the organization will interact with stakeholders and meet the needs of customers as technological, economic, legal, environmental, social, and political factors continue to influence standards and their utilization. Document also serves as the basis for the ISO Action Plan for Developing Countries 2016–2020. Read More

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Assistant Secretary of Commerce discusses digital economy.

October 21, 2015

Marcus Jadotte, Secretary of Commerce for Industry & Analysis for the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, served as keynote speaker at ANSI's Annual Business Meeting. Jadotte described how standards and conformity assessment play a critical role in the digital economy. He highlighted efforts that support a reliable cybersecurity framework and noted collaborative efforts between industry and government that support standardization in IoT and cloud computing. Read More

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ATA State of Industry Address cites strength, notes dangers.

October 21, 2015

At American Trucking Associations' Management Conference & Exhibition, ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said carriers had a "pretty good" year in 2015 and postulated that 2016 "is looking as good if not slightly better" depending on Congressional action regarding necessary legislation. Graves cited "disarray within the House of Representatives" and noted completion of long-term highway bill and annual appropriations process as imperative to addressing important items to trucking industry. Read More

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NEMA publishes nonshielded cable standard.

October 21, 2015

NEMA published ANSI/NEMA WC 71 ICEA S-96-659-2014 Nonshielded Cables Rated 2,001–5,000 V for Use in the Distribution of Electric Energy. Standard applies to materials, constructions, and testing of 2,001 through 5,000 Volt nonshielded power cables having insulations of thermoplastic polyethylene, cross-linked polyethylene, or cross-linked rubber. Last published in 1999, document is for users and producers of insulated cable. Read More

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AIA President and CEO addresses mergers and consolidation.

October 21, 2015

AIA President and CEO Dave Melcher made a statement on DOD comments regarding mergers and consolidation. "While we understand Undersecretary Kendall’s broad concern regarding the impact of defense industry consolidation on competition, we feel consolidation is occurring as a natural result of decades-long trends in defense acquisition. Consolidation is market-driven and enhances the efficiency with which we deliver the world’s best equipment to the American warfighter." Read More

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AAMA Names Diana Hanson as new regulatory affairs manager.

October 20, 2015

Coming with association experience as founding member of North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), Diana Hanson joins American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) as its regulatory affairs manager. She presented at International Code Council hearings while with NADRA, which is experience that will aid her in codes-related work she will provide for AAMA. Hanson also has experience in legal field as paralegal and technical writer. Read More

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FAA Announces Aviation Safety Rating for Republic of Nicaragua.

October 20, 2015

As announced by FAA, Republic of Nicaragua complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. Recently granted Category 1 status is based on June 2015 FAA assessment of safety oversight provided by Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aviation (INAC). With International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Category 1 rating, Republic of Nicaragua's air carriers can establish service to USA and carry code of USA carriers. Read More

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Safe Use of Lasers Outdoors Standard available for pre-order.

October 20, 2015

Revision of ANSI Z136.6 Safe Use of Lasers Outdoors was created to update, clarify, and streamline an already established, recognized standard to better reflect today’s outdoor laser operator’s needs. Standard is a necessary tool for anyone operating a laser system in an open-air environment. Newly revised document provides guidance for safe use of potentially hazardous lasers and laser systems (180 nm to 1 mm), where establishment of open beam paths is necessitated. Read More

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New AASHTO Institute increases finance options awareness.

October 20, 2015

Launched by AASHTO, BATIC Institute: An AASHTO Center for Excellence will serve as education and training component of U.S. Department of Transportation's Build America Transportation Investment Center. Tasks of this new institute will include educating and training state departments of transportation about transportation financing, and live webinar on November 4 will feature public-private partnership that is replacing 558 structurally deficient bridges in Pennsylvania. Read More

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SOUTH-TEC inspires and challenges future talent.

October 20, 2015

High school and postsecondary students and educators will have the opportunity to experience manufacturing hands-on during SOUTH-TEC manufacturing event, taking place Oct 27–29. Event hosts more than 400 industry-leading companies and addresses trends and issues important to southeast region. Day three will feature SME’s Bright Minds program that includes a "Manufacturing Playground," keynote speakers, young professional Career Pathway chats, and tour of participating exhibitors on show floor. Read More

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EPA's SmartWay honors green leaders in freight industry.

October 19, 2015

EPA announced the 2015 winners of the SmartWay Excellence Awards for retailers, manufacturers, and logistics companies. Awards honor top performing SmartWay partner companies that demonstrate how businesses can shrink their carbon footprints and contribute to healthier air all while saving on fuel costs as they move goods across America. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have avoided emissions of over 60 million metric tons of carbon pollution while saving over $20 billion in fuel costs. Read More

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Die Casting Industry Event continues record-breaking growth.

October 19, 2015

North American Die Casting Association's Die Casting Congress & Exposition, held in Indianapolis, IN from October 5–7, saw record-breaking attendance; more than 2,500 attendees and 202 companies showcased technology, research, and services available to die casting industry. According to NADCA President Daniel Twarog, "A sold out floor and record attendance at the Congress sessions proves that the industry is extremely prosperous and forward thinking." Read More

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IREC Creates Solar Career Map to enhance workforce education.

October 19, 2015

Providing information regarding solar-energy occupations, IREC's "Solar Career Map" describes jobs across USA, maps progression between them, and identifies necessary experience and credentials. November 5 webinar (2:30 to 4 pm ET) will introduce Solar Career Map for those vested or interested. Those who attend will understand how to access the Map's interactive features, apply ideas about leveraging the Map effectively, and using the Map with internal and external audiences. Read More