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Fire Safety Science Symposium will examine elevator use.

June 17, 2011

During 10th International Association for Fire Safety Science Symposium, experts from U.S. and Japan will lead discussion on how people evacuate burning buildings, their fears and concerns, problems for disabled people, and other topics. This session, HUMAN RESPONSE: How will people use elevators for evacuation during a building fire, will take place June 19, 2011 at Department of Fire Protection Engineering at University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering. Read More

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NIST Contributions to Smart Grid highlighted by White House.

June 17, 2011

White House policy document, A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid, highlights strategic roles that NIST plays in accelerating modernization of USA's electric infrastructure, bolstering electric-grid innovation, and advancing clean energy economy. Unveiled at Building the 21st Century Grid event, document mentions focus on advancing smart grid technologies and provides roadmap for making investments in nation's electric infrastructure in ways that benefit all Americans. Read More

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ANSI marks U.S. celebration of World Accreditation Day.

June 17, 2011

Each year on June 9, IAF and ILAC invite national representatives from around the world to mark World Accreditation Day with dedicated celebrations honoring the important role that accreditation plays in global standards and conformity assessment community. ANSI honored occasion by announcing the winner of the 2011 U.S. Celebration of World Accreditation Day paper competition. Kenneth Zabel was awarded first place for his paper, "Accreditation in Today's Global Marketplace." Read More

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ASHRAE Manual Helps Users Meet Requirements if IAQ standard.

June 17, 2011

As complete guide, 62.2-2010 User's Manual explains requirements for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Explanations and examples show how to meet requirements of all parts of standard, and background material explains why specific requirements are included. Manual covers 9 sections of the standard and 3 appendices. Manual also helps users to stay up to date with changes made since previous publication. Read More

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House Committee calls for new direction for Northeast Corridor.

June 17, 2011

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced a plan to bring competition to high-speed and intercity passenger rail service across the country, including the nation's Northeast Corridor. According to John Horsley, executive director of AASHTO, it is in the national interest to develop a passenger rail network as part of a multimodal transportation system. This system must be developed with both public- and private-sector investment. Read More

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Building Sciences Hearing solicits commercial data requirements.

June 16, 2011

National Institute of Building Sciences hearing in Washington, DC on July 18 will gather input from building industry participants about their commercial building data needs. It will be open to all parties interested in presenting views on state of commercial building related data, current and anticipated data needs, existing sources of data, and potential future data sources. Hearing is in response to news that EIA will not release its 2007 CBECS results or complete its 2011 Survey. Read More

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Small Businesses to participate in wastewater discharge rule.

June 16, 2011

U.S. EPA is inviting small businesses to nominate representatives to participate in a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel, which will focus on agency's development of a proposed rulemaking to strengthen and revise wastewater discharge regulations for steam electric power generating plants. Small business' participation can help EPA learn, first-hand, about ways to reduce regulatory burdens and help EPA better understand small business' challenges in complying with wastewater regulations. Read More

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NEMA Commends President's Plan for 21st century electrical grid.

June 16, 2011

NEMA commended President Obama's commitment to developing 21st century electrical grid as outlined in A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, "equipment and technology being developed and deployed by NEMA member companies...is integral to the success of this plan." He went on to say such products will provide "modern, efficient, reliable, and secure electricity delivery system." Read More

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ISPE announces partnership with EPA's ENERGY STAR Program.

June 16, 2011

Through participation in U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Program, ISPE aims to improve pharmaceutical industry exposure to program and help ISPE Members drive cost savings and green initiatives for their companies. ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry calls upon businesses to create 5-year plan to reduce energy intensity by 10% or more. Companies that publicly join Challenge and meet the goal gain the right to communicate publicly that they have completed the ENERGY STAR Challenge. Read More

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NAM Backs Initiative to bolster manufacturing workforce.

June 16, 2011

Announcing expansion to Skills for America's Future campaign, President Obama touted one initiative led by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and its affiliate The Manufacturing Institute. Latter will lead effort to credential 500,000 community college students with skills certifications aligned to manufacturers' hiring needs. Credentials earned from NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System travel across state lines and are valued by range of employers. Read More

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International Risk Evaluation Guidelines address nanotechnology.

June 16, 2011

ISO has published ISO/TR 13121, Nanotechnologies - Nanomaterial risk evaluation. Specifically, this Technical Report (TR) describes process for identifying, evaluating, addressing, making decisions about, and communicating potential risks of developing and using manufactured nanomaterials. Intended to help protect health and safety of public, consumers, workers, and environment, TR also offers guidance on how to manage in face of incomplete or uncertain information. Read More

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NIST and AIP Agreement puts semiconductor research online.

June 16, 2011

NIST and American Institute of Physics (AIP) have agreed to make information on recent advances in semiconductor research freely available online in searchable PDF form. Proceedings from International Conference on Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics are available for download from each institution's website. According to NIST's David Seiler, this will help semiconductor employees learn about measurement and characterization issues and related techniques and equipment. Read More

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Temperature Tracker to help with climate change measurements.

June 16, 2011

Developed by international shipper FedEx and tested with help from NIST, Senseaware is made for tracking delicate or perishable, high-value packages in transit. Device connects to cell phone networks to provide users with near real-time information on package's precise location, temperature, humidity, pressure, acceleration, elevation, and exposure to light. NIST researchers plan to deploy the technology as part of a pilot project to monitor and improve climate measurements. Read More

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EPA improves access to information on hundreds of chemicals.

June 16, 2011

U.S. EPA is releasing 2 searchable databases on chemical toxicity and exposure data. ToxCastDB users can search and download data from over 500 rapid chemical tests conducted on more than 300 environmental chemicals. Using scientific tools, database predicts potential toxicity of chemicals and prioritizes which chemicals require further testing. ExpoCastDB consolidates human exposure data from studies that have collected chemical measurements from homes and child care centers. Read More

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IPC Council issues advisory on counterfeit parts.

June 16, 2011

To assist IPC member companies in keeping their equipment and lines running, Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association Council is creating an anti-counterfeit tool kit. First item in kit is an advisory statement to use only authorized channels for replacement parts and services. Equipment manufacturers are not responsible for damage caused by counterfeit inferior reworked, refurbished, and cannibalized parts and illegally transferred or copied software. Read More

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NAM Representative states investment will improve competiveness.

June 16, 2011

In his statement on Commerce Secretary Locke's announcement of the creation of SelectUSA program, NAM VP for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo said that "Manufacturers believe that the SelectUSA program will be a useful tool to encourage more foreign and domestic companies to investing in our country." He went on to say that investment will help spur economic recovery as well as innovation and job creation in manufacturing for American workers. Read More

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Industry Economist gives 3 reasons why slowdown is temporary.

June 15, 2011

Dr. Chris Kuehl, FMA economic analyst, asserts in Fabrinomics economic update newsletter that current downturn is temporary and cites 3 reasons it will not last. Specific reasons include inflation threat has yet to manifest in ways that will permanently shift consumer behavior, Japan's recovery related to issues stemming from recent earthquake, and that some conditions which led to expansion of recession are fading. Said Kuehl, "As in most other recoveries, the consumer will hold the key." Read More

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Nomination Deadline approaching for Leadership and Service Awards.

June 15, 2011

ANSI is reminding all interested parties that the Call for Nominations for its 2011 Leadership and Service Awards ends Friday, July 22. Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have consistently demonstrated a commitment to their industry, their nation, and the enhancement of the global standards system. Read More

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North American Machine Vision Market grew 34% in 2011 Q1.

June 15, 2011

According to AIA's Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report, machine vision sales grew 34% in North America in first quarter of 2011. This marks fifth straight quarter of double-digit growth. Report also found continuation of widespread industry optimism, as ~½ of all companies submitting data expect sales to improve over first quarter 2011 levels during next 6 months. Of remaining companies, most anticipate sales comparable to first quarter results. Read More

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ANSI HSSP addresses small business preparedness.

June 15, 2011

Helping small businesses prepare for and respond to unexpected circumstances formed heart of discussions at ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel, Achieving Preparedness through Standards Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Businesses. Goal of workshop was to identify actions needed to better reflect small business considerations with regard to preparedness standards and conformity assessment activities. Fifty-eight attendees representing 42 organizations participated. Read More