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Portland, Oregon Flights to be cleaner and greener.

December 13, 2012

According to FAA, pilots will start using NextGen technology and procedures that will enable aircraft to fly more efficient, environmentally friendly flights into Portland International Airport beginning next year. NextGen program uses RNAV approach procedures, which enable aircraft to fly safely on any desired flight path within coverage of ground- or space-based navigation aids. Aircraft approaching Portland can now power back sooner, saving fuel, making less noise, and emitting fewer pollutants. Read More

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SME announces call for speakers for 2013 RAPID event.

December 13, 2012

SME announced its call for presentation abstracts for the RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition to be held June 10-13, 2013. Speakers are invited to present latest trends, advanced applications, and case studies in subject areas such as 3D imaging/printing, additive layer technologies, concept modeling, direct digital manufacturing, forensic anthropology, mold making, and reverse engineering. Deadline to submit abstracts is December 17, 2012. Read More

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ASTM approves specification for constant air inflatable devices.

December 13, 2012

ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products has approved ASTM F2729, Consumer Safety Specification for Constant Air Inflatable Play Devices for Home Use, which covers devices intended for use by children ages 2-12. In addition to detailed general requirements, standard covers areas such as calibration, marking/labeling, and instructional literature. It also suggests that products include a label identifying conformance to ASTM F2729. Read More

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Transatlantic Roundtable focuses on electric vehicle standards.

December 13, 2012

Cooperation on eMobility standardization was the focus of discussion during Transatlantic Roundtable organized by European Committee for Standardization, European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, and ANSI, which took place in Brussels on November 28-29. Discussions concentrated on 4 key areas of electric vehicle standardization: coupler safety and interoperability; vehicle-to-grid communications; wireless charging; and safety of electric vehicle infrastructure and batteries. Read More

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Annual Reports and Procedural Compliance Forms are due Jan 31.

December 12, 2012

ANSI and its Procedures and Standards Administration department wish to remind all ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group administrators to ISO that Procedural Compliance Form issued via email and 2012 TAG Annual Reports must be submitted no later than January 31, 2013, to ANSI PSA department. Failure to submit these required documents by deadline may jeopardize organization’s status as an ANSI-Accredited U.S. TAG and TAG Administrator. Read More

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IEC General Secretary addresses ANSI Board of Directors.

December 12, 2012

On December 6 of 2012, Frans Vreeswijk, general secretary and CEO of IEC, noted increasing importance of standardization and conformity assessment in global marketplace. He also pointed out how standards still fail to appear on CEOs' radars. "Standards are a strategic instrument in competing for markets," he explained, "but leaders who do not have a technical background often fail to see how very critical standards and conformance are to their bottom line." Read More

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Equipment Finance Sector to surpass $740 billion in 2013.

December 12, 2012

According to U.S. Equipment Finance Market Study 2012–2013, U.S. businesses and government agencies will finance over $742 billion in equipment acquisitions in 2013. Study indicates equipment finance sector emerged from Great Recession with finance volumes at all-time high, resulting from equipment investment growth and interest rate environment. Volumes are expected to expand moderately over next 12–18 months as investment growth is constrained by domestic/international uncertainties. Read More

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EPA and DOE Fuel Economy Guide examines 2013 models.

December 12, 2012

U.S. EPA and Department of Energy (DOE) are releasing 2013 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with clear, understandable information to help choose most fuel-efficient and low-greenhouse gas-emitting vehicles that meet their needs. While 2013 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in various classes and sizes, this year is notable for growing availability of hybrids and increasing number of electric vehicles. Guide provides estimated annual fuel cost for each vehicle. Read More