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ANSI Member Activities in China to be highlighted in webinar.

March 29, 2011

Offered free of charge, ANSI's webinar series will highlight diverse range of programs and services available through ANSI membership. Briefing program is intended to promote active participation and help members get the most value out of their membership. Series will open on April 13, 2011, with webinar highlighting ANSI activities in China, including work of ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China and the ANSI Regional Standing Committee - Asia Pacific. Read More

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Sustainability Workshop focuses on road and paving materials.

March 29, 2011

Sustainability of Road and Paving Materials, to be held in Tampa, FL on December 6, will consider sustainability as it relates to design, construction, rehabilitation, and testing of road and paving materials. Presentations will describe activities of ASTM Committee D04 relative to sustainability; sustainable uses of asphalt pavements; recycling existing asphalt pavements; sustainable aggregates for use in asphalt pavements; and the EPA perspective on sustainable paving materials. Read More

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Training Course on Diesel Fuels is offered by ASTM International.

March 29, 2011

Sponsored by ASTM International, Diesel Fuels training course covers wide range of diesel fuel topics including specifications, test methods, sampling and quality control, distribution, current issues, and alternate fuels like biodiesel. Participants will learn significance of requirements, how to interpret product inspections, and impacts of product quality on diesel engine applications. There will also be discussions on diesel fuel lubricity, low temperature operability, and sulfur content. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation holds 2011 General Assembly in India.

March 29, 2011

The Fieldbus Foundation announced that nearly 500 attendees, including many of the world's leading suppliers and end users of FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus, took part in its 2011 General Assembly, held March 9-10 in Mumbai, India. Based on the theme "Achieving Operational Excellence with FOUNDATION Technology," General Assembly highlighted advantages of FOUNDATION fieldbus as a solution for improving plant asset management, reliability, and economic performance. Read More

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PMA Hosts Annual Conference for Automotive Suppliers.

March 28, 2011

PMA's 18th Annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Council meeting (May 2-3) will include automotive industry trend analysis, production forecasts, benchmarking, and discussion of strategic trends and changing conditions in automotive market. Opening address is titled "What's Next for Automotive Suppliers." An Automotive Supply Chain Panel on May 3 will be moderated by Dave Andrea form Original Equipment Suppliers Association, and it will be followed by general sessions and instructional tracks. Read More

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SME announces 2011 International Honor Award recipients.

March 28, 2011

SME International Honor Awards recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of manufacturing engineering in such areas as manufacturing technologies, technical writing, education, research, management, and service to the Society. This year's recipients include Howard A. Kuhn, PhD, PE; David L. Wells, PhD; Ekkard Brinksmeier, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Habil., FSME; W. Tyler Estler, PhD; K. Scott Smith, PhD, FSME; and Willbert E. Wilhelm, PhD, PE. Read More

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Smart Energy v2.0 Documents available for public comment.

March 28, 2011

ZigBee® Alliance announced that current revisions of ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 Technical Requirements Document and Public Application Profile are available for public comment by Smart Grid community at large. Public comments received last year for both documents, and Alliance responses, are also available for review. Revised documents reflect the work of many stakeholders, including product manufacturers, utilities, chip makers, meter manufacturer, and other Smart Grid leaders. Read More

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Hotspot Program to ease subscriber connectivity.

March 28, 2011

Wi-Fi Alliance® has formalized set of industry market requirements which will lay foundation for new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED testing program that addresses authentication and provision of service for public Wi-Fi networks. Program will also facilitate seamless handoff of cellular traffic from data-hungry smartphones, tablets, and other portable electronics to Wi-Fi. Key benefits include network discovery and selection, streamlined network access, immediate account provisioning, and WPA2(TM) security. Read More

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NTSB Forum to review progress of truck and bus safety.

March 25, 2011

As part of its continued focus on large truck and bus safety, NTSB will convene public forum May 10-11, 2011, to review progress that has been made since NTSB held a series of public hearings on the matter in 1999-2000. Forum will be chaired by NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt and will focus on such issues as government oversight, carrier operations, driver training and licensing, driver safety and health, and enhanced vehicle safety technologies. Read More

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SME joins automation group to expand manufacturing education.

March 25, 2011

SME Education Foundation has signed memorandum of membership with The Automation Federation (AF) to help promote advanced manufacturing careers to young people. Organization joined AF as part of initiative to change public perception of manufacturing. Joint resources of both groups will help AF promote careers in automation, as well as support SME Education Foundation's interest in expanding Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) centers in U.S. high schools. Read More

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STEM Education promotes careers in advanced manufacturing.

March 25, 2011

SME Education Foundation and its partner, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) are working to change public perception of manufacturing and have been successful in encouraging young people in challenging themselves to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing. According to SME Education Foundation COO Bart A. Aslin, "Incremental and strategic funding has been critical to our creation of a STEM grid." Aslin also relayed respect for PLTW regarding its organizational discipline and curriculum. Read More

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ASTM Training Course to focus on aviation fuels specifications.

March 25, 2011

Sponsored by ASTM, Aviation Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods focuses on how specifications are used to control aviation fuel quality and why they affect product performance/availability. Technical and professional training course, to be held March 29-31 in Tampa, FL; July 26-28 in Minneapolis, MN; and September 27-29 in New Orleans, LA, emphasizes practical applications as well as ASTM's role in developing specifications and methods while highlighting past and current problems. Read More

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Coal Chemistry Training Course addresses 40 ASTM standards.

March 25, 2011

Spurred on by new regulations for power plant emissions and the resulting increased demand for testing of fossil fuels and plant emissions, Coal Chemistry Technician Training focuses on 40 ASTM coal characterization standards. Technical and professional training course, offered on May 18-19 in Anaheim, CA and Nov. 2-3 in Tampa, FL, is suited for laboratory technicians and chemists, professionals new to testing, and anyone working in fossil fuel testing laboratories. Read More

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Officers and Board Members announced for 2011.

March 25, 2011

At its 66th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo, Restoration Industry Association announced its 2011 officers and board members. Frank Headen, Wade Miller, and Samuel Bergman will respectively serve as RIA president, vice president, and vice president of association. Secretary will be Leo Volkert, and treasurer remains Michael Popowski. Also, 2 new advisory councils were formed and representatives from those councils, as well as existing ones, were appointed to Board of Directors. Read More

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Updated Web Tool relays Clean Water violations, responses.

March 25, 2011

Updated data and mapping tool from US EPA helps public compare water quality trends over last 2 years. State Dashboards, offered via Web-based and interactive map, provide detailed data for each state, including information on facilities violating Clean Water Act and actions taken by states. Commenting on its release, Cynthia Giles of EPA said this tool "helps improve public awareness of the important work that remains in protecting our nation's waters." Read More

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NEMA's Busway Publication covers handling, installation, operation.

March 25, 2011

NEMA publication BU 1.1-2010 covers proper handling, installation, operation, and maintenance of busway and associated fittings rated 600 V or less. Last published in 2005, this guide is maintained by NEMA's Busway Section and provides additional information regarding environmental considerations as well as updated references. Read More

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ANSI Roundtable explores China RoHS policy.

March 24, 2011

On February 23, ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China and U.S.-China Business Council hosted a roundtable in Beijing to discuss proposed revisions to China's RoHS policy. Noteworthy revisions to the draft policy, Administrative Measures on Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic and Information Technology Products, include altering definitions of affected substances and products, as well as changes to disclosure requirements. Read More

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ANSI Supports Certification, Credentialing in Berkeley report.

March 24, 2011

Report from University of California, Berkeley - California Workforce Education and Training Needs Assessment for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Distributed Generation - offers comprehensive analysis of job impacts from state energy efficiency policies and workforce preparation in affected occupations. ANSI is actively engaged in accreditation activities that enhance credentialing of personnel in range of disciplines and can support initiatives recommended in Berkeley report. Read More

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PMA Business Conditions Report shows anticipated stability.

March 24, 2011

Sampling 111 metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada, March 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report indicates anticipation of steady business conditions during next 3 months, including economic activity, average daily shipping levels, and incoming orders. Significantly lower than 42% reported one year ago, percentage of companies with portion of their workforce on short time or layoff decreased to 12% in March from 13% in February. Read More

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NASPI February Meeting featureed multi-vendor demonstrations.

March 24, 2011

Demonstrations at NASPI meeting featured multiple vendors, including CISCO, GE Digital Energy, OSIsoft, InStep, SISCO, Space Time Insight, Verizon, and Electric Power Research Institute. Demonstrations included interoperable IEC 61850 90-5 based phasor data exchange over WAN, IP Multicast routing of phasor data across WAN, common API support for C37.118 and IEC 61850-90-5, as well as CIM-based phasor measurement unit registry data exchange using secure web services over wide area. Read More