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NIST Framework helps evaluate sustainability standards.

April 28, 2011

NIST researchers have prototyped a framework to help organizations of all types sort through sustainability standard choices and evaluate and implement standards most appropriate for their operations and interests. Based on Zachman framework, NIST-customized framework breaks down complex standards into 6 different levels of detail and distills them into categories to answer six questions: what, how, when, who, where, and why. Results are arrayed in a 36-cell matrix. Read More

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SPE announces theme for Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.

April 28, 2011

Scheduled for November 9, 2011 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI, 41st Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be themed Passion to Innovate. Dozens of teams made up of OEMs, tier suppliers, and polymer producers submit nominations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle and why it merits the claim as the Year's Most Innovative Use of Plastics. Funds raised from event are used to support SPE educational efforts and technical seminars. Read More

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Energy Star Challenge saves power/money and combats emissions.

April 28, 2011

One year ago, US EPA challenged manufacturing industry to improve energy efficiency of their facilities by 10% or more within 5 years. Since that time, 240 manufacturing sites have responded to Energy Star Challenge for Industry, and 34 have improved their energy efficiency by requisite amounts. In total, small and large manufacturing facilities that have met this milestone have prevented nearly 119,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. Read More

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ASTM Printing Inks Standard will ensure correct visual effects.

April 28, 2011

ASTM D7680, Practice for Preparing Prints of Paste Printing Inks by a Motor-Driven Printability Tester, will be used to ensure that printing inks produce the correct visual effects and have the correct physical and chemical performance required before being used in costly manufacture of publications and packages. Standard will be used by quality assurance departments, and development and research laboratories dedicated to printing, printing ink, and the graphic arts. Read More

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Internet2 Partnership creates network development initiative.

April 27, 2011

Internet2, Indiana University, and Clean Slate Program at Stanford University have announced Network Development and Deployment Initiative. Built using first production deployment of OpenFlow technology to deliver "software defined networking" capabilities, NDDI will provide common infrastructure that can create multiple virtual networks, allowing network researchers to test and experiment with new IPs, while enabling domain scientists to accelerate active research with collaborators worldwide. Read More

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AAMA Tornado Specification outlines testing for at-risk buildings.

April 27, 2011

AAMA 512-11, Voluntary Specifications for Tornado Hazard Mitigating Fenestration Products, provides system for rating ability of windows to withstand impact, pressure cycling, and water penetration. Developed by AAMA Tornado Hazard Mitigation Task Group, standard outlines that different levels of protection apply to different building types. Specification also includes Testing and Performance Requirements section that describes necessary conditions for test samples. Read More

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IEEE launches website highlighting engineers worldwide.

April 27, 2011

IEEE has launched microsite, IEEE Solutionists, featuring global thought leader perspectives in engineering and technology. Site hosts series of articles from various IEEE fellows who offer insight on how engineers can drive technical innovation, evolve perceptions of engineers globally, and show how education impacts engineering. It also features video that showcases how engineers apply computing, technology, math, and science to solve complex world problems. Read More

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ASHRAE seeks public comment on standard for existing buildings.

April 27, 2011

ASHRAE and Illuminating Engineering Society are revising ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 100-2006, Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings, to provide greater guidance and a more comprehensive approach to retrofit of existing buildings for increased energy efficiency. Included within revised standard are criteria for energy use surveys, auditing, implementation, and verification. Appendices address lifecycle cost analysis procedures as well as identification of potential energy efficiency measures. Read More

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Antarctica's Ice puts electric vehicles to test.

April 27, 2011

NREL is leading a project that will test two e-ride EXV2 electric vehicles at McMurdo Station. The goal is to reduce dependence on imported fuels in Antarctica and validate performance of vehicles in extreme conditions. If EVs can prove they can operate where temperatures dip below -50°F, then they will help offset current fossil fuel use and pollution at station. These more efficient and less resource intensive EVs could replace base's fleet of diesel trucks, snowmobiles, and buses. Read More

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ANSI Joint Member Forum addresses importance for U.S. innovation.

April 27, 2011

Deborah L. Wince-Smith, President and CEO of Council on Competitiveness, delivered keynote address at ANSI Joint Member Forum meeting. Wince-Smith discussed advancing U.S. competitiveness and prosperity in rapidly changing, global competitive landscape, as well as issues affecting standards and conformance community and U.S. industry. Scott Cooper and Mary Saunders spoke about ANSI's response to NIST's request for comment on federal involvement in standards activities related to national priorities. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to focus on standards wars.

April 27, 2011

"Standards Wars: Myth or Reality?" will be held May 12, 2011 in Washington, DC to examine market forces on standards development and conformance activities. To address issues in open, neutral forum, workshop will take interactive, panel-based approach to examining impact of standards competition, convergence, and coordination. Participants will hear from standards users, specifiers, and developers through 3 panel discussions, each with subsequent open Q/A session. Read More

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Energy Star Label Program applies to more commercial fryers.

April 27, 2011

Effective as of April 22, 2011, U.S. EPA expanded scope of commercial fryers that are eligible to earn Energy Star® label to include large vat gas and electric fryers. To earn Energy Star label under these new requirements, product performance must be certified by EPA-recognized third-party based on testing in EPA-recognized lab. Also, manufacturers must participate in verification testing programs run by recognized certification bodies. Read More

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NIST Smart Grid Panel addresses device communication and upgrades.

April 26, 2011

Governing board of NIST's Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) has added 2 standards development projects to its Priority Action Plan (PAP) agenda. It has voted in favor of PAP 0 standard, which will ensure that smart electricity meters are upgradeable and do not become obsolete. Also approved was PAP 2 guideline that recommends standards for wireless communications between all Smart Grid devices, including meters and components in power plants, substations, and transmission systems. Read More

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HART seeks nominees for 2011 HART Plant of the Year Award.

April 26, 2011

The HART® Communication Foundation is actively seeking qualified nominees for the 10th annual HART Plant of the Year Award, which is presented to end user companies in the process automation industry to recognize the exceptional application of HART Communication technology. HART is seeking a plant that has taken the capabilities of HART instruments beyond configuration and calibration, or a plant that is using real-time diagnostics and process variables in HART-enabled devices. Read More

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ASABE to adopt ISO documents on PTO and power input connections.

April 26, 2011

ASABE has initiated projects to adopt 2 international standards. Proposed documents include ISO 5673-1:2005, Agricultural tractors and machinery - Power take-off drive shafts and power-input connection - Part 1: General manufacturing and safety requirements, and ISO 5673-2:2005, Agricultural tractors and machinery - Power take-off drive shafts and power-input connection - Part 2: Specification for use of PTO drive shafts and position and clearance of PTO drive line and PIC for various attachments. Read More

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HDI announces industry award winners.

April 26, 2011

During HDI Annual Conference and Expo, HDI presented industry awards to honor individuals and teams for IT service and technical support excellence. Recipients included Elio Irizarry of Visiting Nurse Service of NY for Analyst of the Year; George Reichert of Parker Hannifin for Manager of the Year; Tehnicsource and Volkswagen Group of America for Team Excellence Awards; and Katherine Spencer Lee of Robert Half Technology for Ron Muns Lifetime Achievement Award. Read More

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ANSI and ISA to study impact of health information breaches.

April 26, 2011

ANSI, Internet Security Alliance (ISA), and Shared Assessments Program have partnered to assess financial impact of unauthorized access to protected health information (PHI). "Our focus will be on helping to inform organizations' investment decisions in information security best practices and in financial risk mitigation strategies," said ISA's Larry Clinton. Project follows earlier work on cybersecurity by ISA and ANSI and aims to develop report on its analysis within a few months. Read More

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AAMA commends Senators' questioning of EPA regulations.

April 26, 2011

Twelve U.S. Senators collectively sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson questioning EPA's efforts to further amend the current Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Regulations. Within the letter, Senators call the proposed Clearance Testing amendment "... a clear violation of Congressional intent under the Toxic Substances Control Act." Rich Walker, president and CEO of AAMA, commends Senators for drawing attention to what he calls ill-conceived and poorly administered regulatory measures. Read More

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SIA Representative testifies on nanotechnology research.

April 26, 2011

SIA announced that Dr. Jeff Welser testified at House hearing on future of nanotechnology research and National Nanotechnology Initiative, on behalf of SIA, SRC, and Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI). Testimony highlighted semiconductor technology's economic value to nation and importance of NRI, which focuses on keeping U.S. at forefront of nanoelectronics revolution. In 2010, U.S. semiconductor companies generated $144 billion in sales, making it largest U.S. export. Read More

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Process Expo 2011 Exhibit Sales on pace to double 2010's numbers.

April 25, 2011

Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) announced that, thanks to continuing strong sales, expanded show floor for PROCESS EXPO 2011 has reached 175,000 net square feet. Event, which takes place in Chicago, IL from November 1-4, brings together suppliers from all sectors of food and beverage industry, many of which will not be exhibiting anywhere else this year. FPSA President and CEO David Seckman noted that growth rate puts this year's show to be twice as large as 2010's. Read More