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AIM taps industry leader for Board of Directors post.

October 24, 2011

Board of Directors for AIM appointed Arvin Danielson, CTO, Intermec Technologies Corporation, to fill vacant seat on 11-person board. As a not-for-profit industry organization, AIM's mission is to expand understanding, adoption, and use of data collection technology by driving international standards, providing timely, unbiased and commercial-free news and educational resources. Arvin brings broad international business experience and additional breadth of expertise to board. Read More

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Annual ANSI Report covers accomplishments in 2010-2011.

October 24, 2011

Entitled Standardization - Paving the Road to Innovation informs stakeholders of key ANSI initiatives and accomplishments over past year. Also 2010-2011 Annual Report from ANSI documents Institute's financial activities. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia said that, "At the heart of its mission, the American National Standards Institute fosters our broad-based national standardization system to promote the global competitiveness of U.S. businesses." Read More

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Memphis Airport gets new air traffic control tower.

October 24, 2011

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt dedicated $72.6 million air traffic control tower at Memphis International Airport. Standing 336 ft tall, tower is equipped with NextGen technology and 850 ft² tower cab with enough room to accommodate additional future air traffic control positions. Base building, measuring 24,000 ft², houses training rooms, administrative offices, and expanded terminal radar approach control, with space for future growth. Read More

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ISPE issues Good Practice Guide.

October 24, 2011

ISPE Good Practice Guide: Applied Risk Management in Commissioning and Qualification provides bridge between baseline strategies outlined in ISPE Baseline® Guide, Volume 5: Commissioning and Qualification and advanced strategies in ISPE Guide: Science- and Risk-Based Approach for the Delivery of Facilities, Systems, and Equipment. New guide describes how organizations can move from established baseline practice to more efficient, science- and risk-based framework. Read More

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Electric Connector Guide has been published by NEMA.

October 24, 2011

ANSI C119.6 Electric Connectors-Non-Sealed, Multiport Connector Systems Rated 600 Volts or less for Aluminum and Copper Conductors, establishes electrical and mechanical test requirements for connectors used at normal operating temperatures that do not exceed 90°C. It includes spreadsheet files in Annex D that can be used to collect current cycle test data. An alternate accelerated current cycle test method, called the current cycle submersion test, is also included. Read More

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Team America Rocketry Challenge is open for registration.

October 24, 2011

Sponsored by AIA, Team America Rocketry Challenge will accept up to 1,000 student teams in grades 7-12 from any U.S. school, home school, or non-profit youth organization. Teams of 3-10 students will be challenged to design and build rocket that will climb to 800 ft with payload of 2 raw eggs and stay aloft for 43-47 seconds. Eggs must then return to earth unbroken. Top 100 TARC teams will be invited to compete at the National Finals on May 12, 2012. Registration is open until Nov 30. Read More

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BIO applauds intent to create National Bioeconomy Blueprint.

October 24, 2011

According to statement made by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO is pleased that President Obama has committed to create a National Bioeconomy Blueprint to leverage the U.S. biotechnology industry to spur growth in nation's economy. Biotech sector employs 1.42 million workers and supports additional 6.6 million jobs nationwide. With Administration's support, biotech sector can expand its role as an economic engine for growth - creating high-wage, high-skilled jobs. Read More

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IPC Conference Targets Critical Issues for military market.

October 24, 2011

IPC Conference for the PCB Industry: Critical Issues for the Military Market, scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on December 8, 2011, will feature representatives from companies throughout military electronics supply chain discussing changing defense market. Experts and senior-level executives from companies of PCB industry will answer questions regarding key military technology trends, critical roadmap issues for military OEMs, and impacts of changes in export regulations. Read More

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Manufacturers launch plan for economic growth.

October 24, 2011

Offering a roadmap for policymakers, A Manufacturing Renaissance: Four Goals for Economic Growth focuses on investment, trade, workforce, and innovation. Recent Public Perception survey by Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte shows that Americans want manufacturing to remain strong but don't believe policymakers are setting the right policies for manufacturers to be successful. Pro-growth policies are needed now to allow manufacturers to grow and create jobs. Read More

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U.S. Standards Community celebrates World Standards Day 2011.

October 21, 2011

More than 275 members of the standards and conformity assessment community gathered in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2011. The exhibition, reception, and dinner marking occasion focused on theme Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide. Event included presentation of Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award to James M. Shannon, president of NFPA, and announcement of World Standards Day Paper Competition winners. Read More

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AASHTO Board Elects President, VP for next year.

October 21, 2011

AASHTO Board of Directors voted to elect Michigan Transportation Director Kirk Steudle as association president for next year. He will emphasize implementation of new transportation technologies to decrease expense and improve transportation system as well as push for multiyear, well-funded surface transportation reauthorization bill in Congress and advocate expanded use of performance measures for infrastructure investments. RI Transportation Director Michael Lewis was elected AASHTO VP. Read More

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FAA awards $2 million environmental grant to San Diego Airport.

October 21, 2011

The grant through FAA's Voluntary Airport Low Emission program is part of a major airport improvement project at San Diego International Airport called "The Green Build." It will enable airport to install land-side power unit and pre-conditioned air unit at each of 10 new aircraft gates, as well as 7 air units at existing gates. Units will allow arriving aircraft to shut off auxiliary power and connect to cleaner central heating/cooling system, saving fuel and reducing emissions. Read More

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EPA to develop natural gas wastewater standards.

October 21, 2011

Since no comprehensive set of national standards exists at this time, U.S. EPA is announcing a schedule to develop standards for wastewater discharges produced by natural gas extraction from underground coalbed and shale formations. Announcement is in line with priorities identified in president's Blueprint for Secure Energy Future, and is consistent with Secretary of Energy Advisory Board recommendations on steps to support safe development of natural gas resources. Read More

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EPRI Reports measure consumers' electric vehicle preferences.

October 21, 2011

According to EPRI surveys, more than 50% of people surveyed in service territories of Tennessee Valley Authority and Southern Company would prefer to charge an electric vehicle at home. Surveys also characterized consumers' perceptions of EV ownership and their expectations of electric utilities and associated services. Almost two-thirds of respondents expect their local utility to develop public charging stations, while more than half expect utility to offer installation of at-home charging. Read More

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NIST awards cooperative agreement to University of Maryland.

October 21, 2011

NIST awarded $1 million cooperative agreement to University of Maryland at College Park. Researchers at UMD's Institute for Systems Research will help NIST as it develops and deploys standards, test methods, and measurement tools to support cyber-physical systems, which are networked physical, computer, and biological technologies. UMD/NIST effort can help U.S. industry accelerate development of CPS products that create jobs, while also protecting CPS infrastructure from cyber threats. Read More

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ISPE announces keynote speakers for 2011 Annual Meeting.

October 21, 2011

Scheduled for Nov 6-9, ISPE 2011 Annual Meeting will highlight practical solutions to daily challenges in the pharmaceutical industry, new ideas from thought leaders, and accomplishments of ISPE members. Keynote speakers will include Timothy C. Tyson of Aptuit, Inc., Brett P. Giroir of Caliber Biotherapeutics, John Menna of UPS, and J. David Doleski of the FDA. Event will also feature educational sessions and announcement of the 2011 Overall Facility of the Year Award Winner. Read More

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NEMA commends House and Senate for passage of 3 FTAs.

October 21, 2011

NEMA welcomed passage by U.S. House and Senate of implementing legislation for free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. U.S. electrical equipment and medical imaging equipment manufacturers exported more than $1.4 billion worth of goods to South Korea, Colombia, and Panama in 2010, combined. Most customs tariffs on these goods will be dropped to zero immediately upon on effective date of agreements, while rest will be eliminated progressively in coming years. Read More

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FAA Breaks Ground on new air traffic control tower in Cleveland.

October 20, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt broke ground on $69 million air traffic control tower and Terminal Radar Approach Control facility at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Replacing tower dating back to 1988, new 324 ft tall tower will purportedly provide controllers with updated technology and better view of operations. Facility construction is scheduled to be completed in 2014 and expected to generate nearly 100 new construction jobs. Read More

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ANSI honors members of standardization community.

October 20, 2011

ANSI honored 14 leaders of the U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment community at the 2011 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony. Held annually, the leadership and service awards program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors creativity, dedication, and vision in the field of standards and conformity assessment. Read More

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Federal Engagement in Standards Activities is subject of new report.

October 20, 2011

National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Subcommittee on Standards (SoS) released report on federal engagement in standards activities. As coordinator of private sector-led standards and conformity assessment system in U.S., ANSI submitted comments to NSTC SoS in March 2011. Report affirms ANSI input document, which asserted standards and conformity assessment activities are linked to all facets of national economy and vital to continued global competitiveness of U.S. industry. Read More