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AIA Report addresses impact of A/D industry on U.S. economy.

March 9, 2012

Report commissioned by AIA emphasizes aerospace and defense industry's support of more than 3 million American workers. It details state-by-state A/D industry employment, revenues, and taxes paid, as well as industry's position as number one contributor to country's positive trade balance, at net $42 billion. According to study conducted by Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason University, more than 1 million jobs could be lost as a result of defense budget cuts if sequestration trigger is pulled. Read More

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ASTM Fasteners Committee elects Salim Brahimi as Chairman.

March 9, 2012

Salim Brahimi, president and principal engineer at IBECA Technologies Corp. in Montreal, Canada, has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee F16 on Fasteners. A member of ASTM since 1997, Brahimi works on several F16 subcommittees and is vice chairman of F16.02 on Steel Bolts, Nuts, Rivets and Washers. Brahimi is currently completing his Ph.D. at McGill University, where he also earned a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering and a master's in materials engineering. Read More

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NIST Guide addresses wireless LAN security.

March 9, 2012

Guidelines for Securing Wireless Local Area Networks, SP 800-153, recommends that valuable information be protected by integrating security into every step of system development process - from initiation to disposal. Guide provides recommendations to improve security on such topics as standardizing WLAN security configurations, including configuration design, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance. It also addresses selection of monitoring tools and frequency of security monitoring. Read More

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2012 SPE Automotive Plastics Conference to host 4 keynotes.

March 9, 2012

To be delivered by David E. Cole, first keynote will offer insight into how automotive industry future is changing for the better. Second keynote, by Alan Taub, will highlight challenges/opportunities faced in light of changes in tomorrow's automobiles. Given by Maria Ciliberti, third keynote is "The Automotive Renaissance: Re-Inventing Transportation." Afternoon session's keynote, "Material and Supplier Selection: Global Challenges and Evolving Expectations," will be presented by Kathy Minnich. Read More

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ASABE to Revise crop terminology and definition standard.

March 9, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to revise standard ASAE S327.3, Terminology and Definitions for Application of Crop, or Forestry Production and Protection Agents. Specifically, definitions for spray drift and air assist sprayer, or air boom, will be revised for clarification. Read More

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Schedule Announced for 2012 Mechanical Seals Webinar Series.

March 9, 2012

In collaboration with Fluid Sealing Association (FSA), Hydraulic Institute announced that 2012 Mechanical Seals Webinar Series will begin March 29, 2012. Schedule includes Mechanical Seals - Types and Operating Principles on March 29, Mechanical Seals Construction and Design on April 12, Mechanical Seals - Installation, Connections - Commissioning on April 26, and Mechanical Seals - Seal Environment and Failure Analysis on May 11. All webinars will take place from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT. Read More

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MESA Releases White Paper "Performance Improvement and Metrics Practices.".

March 9, 2012

In conjunction with IndustryWeek, MESA released findings of joint research study in MESA White Paper #40 Performance Improvement and Metrics Practices. Findings show manufacturers and producers who improved their profits significantly also use metrics consistently and align corporate objectives with operational metrics. Also, less than 40% of all respondents see predictive analytics as important or most critical, compared to over 85% who see actual values as important or most critical. Read More

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EPA Requests Comments on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory.

March 9, 2012

U.S. EPA seeks public comment on annual "Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010" draft report, which serves as USA's official estimate of total national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Draft report, which will be open for public comment for 30 days, shows that overall GHG emissions increased by 3.3% in 2010 compared to previous year. Total emissions from GHGs were ~6,866 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent. Overall, emissions have grown 11% from 1990 to 2010. Read More

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Standards Revision relates to soil and water conservation.

March 9, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised ASAE S268.5, Design, Layout, Construction, and Maintenance of Terrace Systems. This complete rewrite incorporates new procedures for spacing terraces based on erosion prediction technology, new tillage methods, and construction techniques. Second revision - ASAE S442.1, Water and Sediment Control Basins - contains alterations that ensure compatibility and continuity with changes in S268.5. Read More

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ANSI Joint Member Forum to focus on building quality workforce.

March 8, 2012

Scheduled for March 20, ANSI Joint Member Forum will open with panel, Building a Framework for a Quality Workforce, which will examine range of initiatives underway within public and private sectors to close the "skills gap" in American labor market. Second panel, Building Educational Programs and Credentials within the Framework, will highlight recent efforts to move from credit-based educational system to competency-based system that will help bolster skilled American workforce. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 19 New Members in February 2012.

March 8, 2012

In February 2012, ANSI welcomed 19 new members. Those organizations join federation representing 125,000+ companies and 3.5+ million professionals. Under ANSI's umbrella, constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace as well as improve quality of life for citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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Soaps/Detergents Committee elects Kathleen Stanton as chairman.

March 8, 2012

American Cleaning Institute (ACI) technical and regulatory affairs director Kathleen Stanton has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee D12 on Soaps and Other Detergents. ASTM International member since 2003, Stanton also chairs Subcommittee D12.32 on Nomenclature and Definitions. Additionally, she is member of Committees E47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate and E60 on Sustainability. Schools attended include Manhattan College and Frostburg State University. Read More

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IPC APEX Expo experiences attendance surge in San Diego.

March 8, 2012

With 4,915 conference and exhibit hall attendees, IPC APEX EXPO® in San Diego, CA reported 26% increase in attendance over 2011. IPC reported that 407 exhibitors participated in said event, resulting in 8,963 total visitors. With best attendance in over 4 years, IPC APEX EXPO focused on printed board and electronics manufacturing industries and featured first hand soldering contest, which culminated in Grand Championship competition. Read More

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NIST releases final Smart Grid Framework 2.0 document.

March 8, 2012

NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 2.0 lays out plan for transforming nation's aging electric power system into interoperable Smart Grid. Final 2.0 Framework adds 22 standards, specifications, and guidelines to 75 standards NIST recommended in 1.0 version. Some additions include roles of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, Risk Management Framework ensuring cybersecurity for Smart Grid, and framework for testing conformity of devices. Read More

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FISMA Publication updates cybersecurity threats, privacy controls.

March 8, 2012

Released by NIST, Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations, Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Revision 4, adds guidance for combating new information security threats and incorporates privacy controls to framework that federal agencies use to protect their information and information systems. This Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) publication also adds privacy appendix that provides privacy controls and associated implementation guidance. Read More

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ASTM Committee invites participation in LIMS standard revision.

March 8, 2012

ASTM International Committee E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy and Separation Science invites interested parties to join ongoing revision of ASTM E1578, Guide for Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). James B. Powers Jr., chair of E13.15, said "Prospective LIMS/informatics users will be able to utilize the updated ASTM E1578 to understand terminology, configurations, features, design, benefits and costs" as well as understand purpose and functions of LIMS/informatics. Read More

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BIO supports Faster Access to Specialized Treatments Act.

March 8, 2012

According to statement issued by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO thanks Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Ed Towns (D-NY) for their leadership in introducing the FAST Act to speed access to innovative new therapies and cures to patients living with debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Legislation will modernize Accelerated Approval pathway to expedite development of modern, targeted, and personalized therapies while preserving FDA standards. Read More

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NTSB Chairman Supports National Sleep Awareness Week.

March 7, 2012

Supporting National Sleep Awareness Week (March 5-9), NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman urged transportation operators to "plan for adequate sleep on Sunday night and every other night to safeguard the travelling public." Hersman also commented on National Sleep Foundation's 2012 Sleep in America poll, in which transportation professionals were asked about their sleep habits. "Inadequate sleep puts lives at risk," said Hersman, "we see this over and over in our accident investigations." Read More

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ASTM International testifies during congressional review of standards.

March 7, 2012

Standards experts from ASTM International testified February 29 before committee of U.S. Congress during review of effectiveness of U.S. standards system. Representing ASTM on witnesses panel, James L. Seay described benefits of public and private collaboration in development of voluntary consensus standards. He also recommended that countries/regions strive to embrace international standards criteria established by WTO, and recognize flexibility to chose from international standards portfolio. Read More

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ANSI announces sponsorship opportunities for WSW 2012.

March 7, 2012

Scheduled for October 9-12, 2012, World Standards Week draws leaders from broad spectrum of industries, organizations, and government agencies to recognize importance of standardization to all industry sectors. Four tiers of sponsorship packages are available, and depending on level, benefits include complimentary admission to WSW events, distribution of promotional material to attendees, color print and web advertising, and premiere signage. Read More