ANSI took part in meeting of Russian and U.S. experts on international trade hosted by Moscow's World Trade Center. Attended by number of U.S. officials and high-ranking Russian representatives, meeting included discussion of methods to promote future U.S.-Russian trade, including cooperation in areas of technical standards and compliance assurance. One suggestion included launching standards exchange event to gain better knowledge of each side's approach to standards development. Read More
In recognition of extraordinary contributions to IPC and electronic interconnect industry, Ray Prasad and Lionel Fullwood were honored with IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. Ray Prasad started working with IPC in 1981, and Lionel Fullwood began his long-standing relationship with IPC back in 1964. Hall of Fame Award represents IPC's highest level of volunteer recognition. Read More
Through technical assistance, Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program helps communities improve local economy, environment, and people’s health. Program aims to help applicants develop solutions to local challenges and to share them with other communities. Application categories include: Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change; Redevelopment for Job Creation; Manufactured and Modular Homes in Sustainable Neighborhood Design; and Medical and Social Service Facilities Siting. Read More
NEMA welcomed President Obama's announcement during the State of the Union address of his intention to enter the U.S. into comprehensive free trade negotiations with the 27-member European Union later this year. In 2012, NEMA urged the administration to launch such negotiations as part of a strategy to reduce uncertainty and raise the level of confidence for electrical manufacturers and associated services providers that want to trade and invest across the Atlantic. Read More
Doing more than discussing need for skilled manufacturing employees, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is acting on several initiatives: reducing skilled labor shortage, educating tomorrow's workforce via programs at educational facilities, and on-site training for workers to acquire new skills. Also, SME's Educational Foundation (SME-EF) provides guidance and funding to high schools considered exemplary for manufacturing education they offer. Read More
NEMA MGW 1-2013 covers issues pertaining to rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Small Electric Motors of March 9, 2010, and related documents. White paper does not cover Department of Energy’s energy conservation standards and test procedures for electric motors, which apply to much larger set of products. Anyone unsure of the application of small motor rulemaking to their equipment should review scope of that rulemaking or contact DOE directly with questions. Read More
EPA has released 2012 CDR information database, which provides use and exposure information on more than 7,600 chemicals used in U.S. commerce. Companies are now required to provide information on chemicals used in children’s and other consumer products, along with reports on commercial applications and industrial uses of chemicals. For first time ever, EPA also required companies to substantiate confidentiality claims to ensure that as much information as possible is made available to public. Read More
Project Management Institute (PMI) named ISPE as Registered Education Provider (REP), effective October 31, 2012. REPs have been approved by PMI, after meeting rigorous quality criteria, to help project managers achieve and maintain Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, and other PMI professional credentials. ISPE Training Department's mission is to develop quality, topic-specific, in-depth training products in various delivery methods.