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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

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Unit Verification offered as part of UL hazardous location services.

January 6, 2011

IECEx Certified Equipment Scheme allows issuance of IECEx Certificates of Conformity, compliant with UL guidelines, for individual equipment or apparatuses operating in atmospheres where explosive gases or combustible dusts may be present. IECEx Certificate for Unit Verification can be issued for defined number of items under single production run. Certificates shall list serial numbers or other unique identification to be clear which specific items are covered by Certification. Read More

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ZigBee Standard will address 3D HDTV viewing.

January 6, 2011

Currently in development, ZigBee 3D Sync aims to create more flexible and efficient 3D connections between 3D HDTVs and 3D glasses. It replaces IR technology in current 3D products with RF technology, promoting freedom of movement for users while eliminating ambient light interference. Specifically, standard will provide 2-way communications between 3D glasses and equipment and allow automatically switching between 2D and 3D video feeds. Read More

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Informational Whitepaper helps facilitate OEE implementation.

January 6, 2011

MESA Whitepaper No. 34, OEE Reporting in Manufacturing: Value through Operational Improvement, is intended to help MESA members implement OEE reporting in order to guide manufacturers into better performance. As claimed by Jaap Both, one of this paper's authors, it covers organizational issues to aid implementation as well as technical considerations likely to be encountered during OEE design. Whitepaper is available via MESA's Resource Library. Read More

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ASTM Committee developing standard for dental dams.

January 5, 2011

ASTM WK28312, Test Method for Quantitation of Powder on Dental Dams, is currently being developed by Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products, which is part of ASTM International Committee D11 on Rubber. Standard will allow dental dam manufacturers to be able to detect level of donning powders in their manufacturing process and eventually produce lower powder-containing dental dams. Read More

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Textile Industry Workshop to focus on green challenges.

January 5, 2011

To be held in Baltimore, MD on January 31 of 2011, The Textile Industry and the Green Challenge: A Federal Trade Commission Perspective will focus on ideas and insights about U.S. FTC Green Guide as well as practices used to advertise textile products. Attendees will gain understanding about how use of environmental technology needs to be incorporated in commerce so consumers can be confident that what is being claimed is both truthful and substantiated. Read More

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ASABE approves standard on agricultural tractor cab HVAC design.

January 5, 2011

Part of S613 Series standards (replacing S525 series), new standard ANSI/ASABE S613-2, Tractors and self-propelled machinery for agriculture - Air quality systems for cabs - Part 2: Cab and HVAC design. S613 Series includes information on potentially hazardous environments, such as orchard and vineyard pesticide applications. Standards incorporate latest research and technology into guidelines for design, development, manufacture, management, maintenance, and use of environmental cabs. Read More

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ASABE approves standard for automatic deployable ROPS.

January 5, 2011

ASABE announces publication of ANSI/ASABE S599, Standardized Deployment Performance of an Automatically Deployable ROPS for Turf and Landscape Equipment. S599 specifies design and testing requirements for the installation of automatically deploying roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and establishes performance requirements of an automatically deployable protective structure for ride-on turf and landscape equipment. Standard applies to equipment as defined in ANSI/ASAE S323.2. Read More

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Joint Federal Agency Effort hopes to reduce radon exposure.

January 5, 2011

U.S. EPA and 8 other federal agencies announced efforts to create national risk reduction plan for radon exposure, the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer, in hopes of saving lives and creating safer, healthier homes. At January's end, federal consortium will meet with key leaders in public health, environmental, and private sectors to shape national action plan with immediate and long-term steps for reducing radon exposure. Read More

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SME Education Foundation Board is joined by Caterpillar VP.

January 5, 2011

David P. Bozeman, vice president of Caterpillar's Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division, has been named to 2011 SME Education Foundation Board of Directors and will serve 2 year term effective January 1, 2011. This Chicago, IL native holds Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology-Mechanical Design from Bradley University and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Read More

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EPA requires testing of 19 widely used chemicals.

January 5, 2011

U.S. EPA is issuing final rule under Toxic Substances Control Act requiring manufacturers of 19 high production volume chemicals to test the health and environmental effects of the chemicals and submit data to agency. This rule is one of a series of actions that EPA is taking to ensure that the agency has the data it needs to adequately review priority chemicals. HPV chemicals are produced in or imported into U.S. in quantities of 1 million pounds or more per year. Read More

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Resource Management Standard addresses disaster conditions.

January 4, 2011

ASTM International standard ASTM E2640, Guide for Resource Management in Emergency Management and Homeland Security addresses most effective ways to manage resources when disaster strikes. It serves to increase awareness and offer guidance to responder community concerning resource management. Guidance regards concepts of what should be included as part of resource management program and is intended to complement existing plans, policies, and procedures. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Article addresses material handling acquisitions.

January 4, 2011

Fourth Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features article about the decisions that go into making an acquisition. Lift truck distributor Duncan Murphy, President of Riekes Equipment and 2009 MHEDA President, outlines considerations that a company must make when pursuing a company to acquire. Murphy talks about different elements that went into acquisition of Bublitz Machinery, including financial circumstances that led to the deal, developing a company culture, and employee retention. Read More

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Controversial Gas/Welding Topics covered by industry website.

January 4, 2011

Updated at least twice per month with fresh content, Welding and Gases Today Online's "On The Edge" feature is dedicated to controversial topics that can change manner in which companies do business. Past articles have covered issues such as handling employee vacation time requests that exceed policy permits, lingering impacts upon industry from Deepwater Horizon disaster, product abuse accountability, and importance of social networking to distributors. Read More

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Proposed Standard facilitates installation of firestop systems.

January 4, 2011

ASTM WK30772, Guide for Installation of Firestop Systems, will facilitate coordination between designers and installers of firestop systems in construction projects. Standard will provide background about the properties of materials, as this is a key consideration on many construction projects. ASTM WK30772 is being developed by Subcommittee E06.21 on Serviceability, part of ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. Read More

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Open Enrollment begins for HM Care Advantage health insurance.

January 4, 2011

TIA announced that open enrollment period for TIA members to enroll in HM Care Advantage medical plans has begun and will last until March 31, 2011. HM Care Advantage offers indemnity plans with monthly individual premiums as low as $150 (when employer-paid). Plans are designed to help meet basic health care needs by providing fixed-payment amounts for unlimited physician office visits, insured prescription drugs, inpatient hospitalization, surgery, emergency care, and diagnostic testing. Read More

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Sensory Evaluation Standard to focus on product selection.

January 3, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK30844, Guide for Sampling of Product for Evaluation, will offer guidelines to bring clarity to consumer testing process. It is being developed by Subcommittee E18.04 on Fundamentals of Sensory, one member of which stated that said standard will "bring attention to an important aspect of product testing" for sensory scientists. Clearly written document will help bring issue of product sampling forward to R/D and marketing. Read More

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ASTM Specification to cover zinc alloys for spin casting.

January 3, 2011

ASTM International Committee B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys is working on proposed standard ASTM WK30745, Specification for Zinc Alloys for Spin Casting. Being developed by Subcommittee B02.04 on Zinc and Cadmium, use of this standard will allow production of castings that consistently meet ASTM B952. Interested parties are invited to join in development of ASTM WK30745, especially those interested in assistance in mechanical and physical testing of alloys. Read More

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Early Registration Still Available for laser safety conference.

January 3, 2011

Covering all aspects of laser safety practice and hazard control, 4-day 2011 International Laser Safety Conference (ILSC) will offer scientific sessions addressing developments in regulatory, mandatory, and voluntary safety standards for laser products and laser use. Complementary Practical Applications Seminars (PAS) explore everyday scenarios that LSO may encounter. Also included in this conference will be topics related to medical community. Read More