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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

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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