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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is up 82.7% year-to-date.

January 11, 2011

According to AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors' Association) and AMT, November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $318.18 million. This figure, reported by companies participating in USMTC program, is down 17.7% from October but up 81.1% compared to November 2009. With year-to-date total of $2,792.58 million, 2010 is up 82.7% from previous year. AMTDA President Peter Borden stated that these numbers "reflect the continuing rebound of the U.S. manufacturing sector." Read More

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Book of ASTM Standards focuses on managing climate change, GHGs.

January 11, 2011

ASTM Standards for Managing Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases features documents that focus on estimating costs and liabilities; legal and physical controls for GHG reductions, impacts, and adaptations; as well as options for climate change-related disclosures accompanying financial statements. Other included standards address disclosure of material financial liabilities or exposures attributed to climate change; conditions warranting disclosure; and appropriate disclosure content. Read More

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Broadband Subscription reaches 509 million lines worldwide.

January 11, 2011

According to figures prepared by Point Topic and announced by Broadband Forum in its Global Broadband and IPTV Industry Update, year on year growth rates of 6.7% have taken broadband subscription to 508,761,837 in third quarter of 2010. Over 14.3 million lines were added in third quarter alone, representing 2.88% growth over previous quarter. In addition, total number of IPTV subscribers worldwide now stands at 41.9 million, representing growth of 7.3% in 3 months to end September. Read More

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White Paper covers manufacturing transformation strategies.

January 11, 2011

MESA's White Paper No. 38 was produced as part of MESA/ISA-95 Best Practices Working Group through international peer review process involving 5 or more subject matter reviewers. Paper details the building of a Manufacturing Transformation Strategy by combining a Manufacturing Maturity Model supporting transformation strategy, and the ISA-95 methods mapped against this Maturity Model to support the Manufacturing Operations Management System and Continuous Improvement Roadmap. Read More

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NEMA publishes application guideline for terminal blocks.

January 11, 2011

NEMA has published ICS 4-2010 Application Guideline, which applies to 1-piece, modular, or 2-piece terminal blocks with screw-type, screwless-type, or insulation displacement clamping units intended for industrial use and fixed to a support or PCB to provide electrical and mechanical connection for round, solid, or stranded conductors. Publication provides practical information concerning ratings, construction, test, performance, and manufacture of industrial control equipment. Read More

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NEMA supports development of electric vehicle supply equipment.

January 10, 2011

NEMA has formed Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment/Systems Section (EVSES) to represent manufacturers of products or assemblies that are installed for purpose of safely delivering and managing electrical energy between electric vehicle and electrical source. Section will align strengths of auto manufacturers, utilities, and government, and by developing consistent positions for domestic and international codes and standards, EVSES will ensure safety and interoperability of equipment. Read More

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EPA and HHS announce scientific assessments on fluoride.

January 10, 2011

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. EPA are announcing steps to ensure that standards and guidelines on fluoride in drinking water continue to provide maximum protection to American people to support good dental health, especially in children. HHS is proposing that the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water can be set at lowest end of current optimal range to prevent tooth decay, and EPA is initiating review of the maximum amount of fluoride allowed in drinking water. Read More

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RIA Announces Presentations for its 2011 convention.

January 10, 2011

This year's RIA annual convention and exhibition, 2011 Leadership Summit and Industry Expo, will take place from March 8-11 and feature 4 facilitated discussion forums on hot topic themes. There will also be 2 keynote presentations as well as 8 additional 90 min break-out sessions. Latter will tackle topics of job costing analysis, organizing for tomorrow's business, LEED vs. green certifications, restoring contents, and transitioning family business. Read More

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ANSI seeks input on federal agency involvement in standards.

January 7, 2011

ANSI wishes to remind all interested stakeholders that NIST is seeking public comment on involvement of federal agency participation in standardization activities led by private sector. National Science and Technology Council Sub-Committee on Standards seeks to determine how federal agencies may engage more effectively in U.S. standardization system in manner that is consistent with National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget Circular A-119. Read More

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Protecode joins The Linux Foundation.

January 7, 2011

Protecode is a provider of products and services for open source software licensing and copyright management, software IP management, code portfolio mapping, and carrying out IP due diligence of software companies. Company is joining The Linux Foundation to participate in the pan-industry initiative, the Open Compliance Program, which includes set of tools, training curricula, and Self-Assessment Checklist that allows companies to ensure compliance in efficient manner. Read More

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Mobile Bearing Knee Standard is approved by ASTM committee.

January 7, 2011

ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices has approved ASTM F2777, Test Method for Evaluating Knee Bearing (Tibial Insert) Endurance and Deformation Under High Flexion. According to F04.22 vice chairman Leslie Gilbertson, this standard and 3 previously approved standards address possible failure mechanisms of mobile knee systems as well as those of fixed bearing knees in some instances. Read More

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ANSI Welcomes Six New Members in December 2010.

January 7, 2011

ANSI welcomed ABB Incorporated, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Hontek Corporation, Macimex, Medical Alert Monitoring Association, and National Safety Apparel, Inc. as new members in December 2010. Members have access to information and business intelligence not available elsewhere and will also receive discounts on products and services. Also, membership builds relationships that empower members with voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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Electroindustry Business Conditions Report shows positive end to 2010.

January 7, 2011

Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for North American business conditions climbed 5.5 points December to 68, indicating more panelists than not report improvements during December. While 40% of survey panelists reported improved conditions in December, 4% percent reported deteriorating conditions. Intensity of change in current North American conditions increased to +0.4 in December, and EBCI for future North American conditions rose to 78. Read More

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NEMA Applauds Action on America COMPETES Reauthorization Act.

January 7, 2011

US House of Representatives voted to reauthorize HR 5116 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, which garnered applause from NEMA. Building on activities from initial 2007 Act, reauthorization legislation contributes to long-term energy technology by strengthening Advanced Research Projects Administration for Energy as well as bolstering spending in STEM education. Bill also reorganizes NIST to reflect multidisciplinary nature of technology and better meet needs of this century. Read More

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NSF supports Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.

January 7, 2011

Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act reduces amount of lead allowed in plumbing products that contact drinking water. In 2008, Annex G was incorporated into NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects and includes requirements limiting weighted average of lead content in plumbing products to 0.25%. Plumbing devices already certified to NSF Standard 61, Annex G fully comply with lead-content requirements of this newly passed Act. Read More

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TRIB Managing Director to be featured speaker at Louisiana conference.

January 7, 2011

TRIB announced that David Stevens will be featured speaker at the "Trends and Treads" 2011 Annual Convention and Tradeshow of the Louisiana Independent Tire Dealers Association on Feb 24-26. Mr. Stevens joined TRIB in November of 2010 as Managing Director following an almost 2-decade career leading marketing, sales, and customer service efforts for Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he served as VP of International Marketing, Sales and Customer Service for E*TRADE based in London. Read More

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Metal Matters 2011 Conference to feature compelling keynotes.

January 6, 2011

Keynote addresses covering tactics for growing business and improving operations as well as state of U.S. manufacturing will highlight FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit: 6th Annual Metal Matters. To be held March 2-4, conference will host Dan DiMicco, chairman, president, and CEO of Nucor Corporation; Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute and National Center for the American Workforce; and Mike Simpson, director of system operations for NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Read More

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ASABE develops standard for planters, drills, and seeders.

January 6, 2011

ASABE S506 provides uniform terminology and definitions for machines and machine components used for establishment of field crops. It is consistent with terminology in other ASABE standards, including ASAE 414.1, Terminology and Definitions for Agricultural Tillage Implements; ASAE EP291, Terminology and Definitions for Soil Tillage and Soil-Tool Relationships; and ASAE S477, Terminology for Soil-Engaging Components for Conservation-Tillage Planters, Drills and Seeders. Read More

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ANSI highlights 2010 accomplishments.

January 6, 2011

During 2010, ANSI made accomplishments in areas ranging from cybersecurity and workforce development to emerging technologies and energy efficiency. These accomplishments build on history of facilitating collaborative standards and conformance-based solutions for national as well as global needs. Involvement included standards panels and standards coordinating activities, asserting and strengthening U.S. leadership in standards-setting activities, and increasing marketplace acceptance. Read More

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ANSI accredits CrossFit under ANSI-CAP.

January 6, 2011

CrossFit's Level 1 Trainer Certificate Course has been accredited under ANSI's Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). CrossFit is an open source, international business dedicated to improvement of human health and athletic performance. Its foundation is based upon precisely defining fitness in way that can be measured, observed, and repeated. Accreditation under ANSI-CAP helps to assure integrity and consistency within credentialing field. Read More