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ASHRAE Thermal Comfort Standard revises indoor air requirements.

November 30, 2010

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2010, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, incorporates research innovations such as use of elevated air speeds to widen acceptable range of thermal conditions for building occupants. It also includes method for determining cooling effect of air movement above 30 fpm. Compliance form for documentation of design, which mirrors USGBC's LEED® template for thermal comfort design credit in LEED New Constuction-2009, is provided in appendix. Read More

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ASTM Honors Greg B. Hale for work on amusement ride standards.

November 30, 2010

At their recent meeting, ASTM presented Dr. Richard H. "Doc" Brown Memorial Exceptional Service Award to Greg B. Hale, chief safety officer and VP of worldwide safety and accessibility for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Hale was recognized for improving level of safety within amusement industry; his high level of integrity, fairness, and technical expertise; and for outstanding efforts in promoting worldwide use, application, and adoption of Committee F24 standards. Read More

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NIST Standard for collecting suspected biothreat agents is updated.

November 30, 2010

Together with federal, state, and local agencies as well as other organizations, NIST worked to update existing standard that would help first responders at all levels of government deal safely and effectively with suspected biothreat agents. Standards E2458-10 and E2770-10 specifically deal with sample collection and overall guidance for when to collect sample as well as how to coordinate with other agencies and organizations. Read More

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NIST announces 2010 Baldrige Award winners.

November 30, 2010

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke named 7 organizations as recipients of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients include MEDRAD; Nestle Purina PetCare Co.; Freese and Nichols Inc.; K&N Management; Studer Group; Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital of Downers Grove, IL; and Montgomery County Public Schools of Rockville, MD. Read More

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AIA adds new members, extending record total.

November 30, 2010

AIA has enrolled 3 new full members to reach highest total membership in history, standing at 136 full and 185 associate members. Aero-Mark LLC is an aviation investment and operating company with more than 25 years of experience. Colt Defense LLC, together with its subsidiaries, is one of world's leading designers, developers, and manufacturers of small arms weapons systems. Comtech AeroAstro, Inc. provides satellite systems, components, and advanced communication technologies. Read More

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Meeting Registration Open for annual HI and PSM networking event.

November 30, 2010

Hydraulic Institute (HI) and Pump Systems Matter (PSM) will host 2011 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ from February 17-22. Offering executives, engineers, and marketing professionals exclusive educational and networking opportunities, meeting will feature HI technical committees addressing industry standards, guidelines, and electronic data exchange protocols. In addition to several guest speakers, program will include diverse roundtables and committees. Read More

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SAE Publication compiles technical papers on green technology.

November 29, 2010

Green Technologies and The Mobility Industry, part of SAE series, Progress in Technology, covers latest developments in vehicle electrification, fuels and emissions, sustainable mobility, and emerging technologies. Edited by 2010 SAE International President, Dr. Andrew Brown, Jr., P.E., FESD, NAE, it also discusses hybrid drive systems, including articles on in-vehicle network technology and green aviation. Book is available in print and digital formats. Read More

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SAE and AVL List GmbH partner to develop technical content.

November 29, 2010

SAE International and the AVL List GmbH engine technology company have agreed to partner in development of technical content. Both will cooperate through 6th AVL International Commercial Powertrain Conference (ICPC), organized by AVL and held in Graz, Austria. Under agreement, SAE will globally distribute technical papers chosen to be presented during ICPC event. Effort is part of SAE's Content Partnership Program which seeks to expand society's offerings of technical information. Read More

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SAE unveils salary survey results at Convergence 2010.

November 29, 2010

Results of SAE's salary survey for mobility engineers revealed that out of 5,288 respondents, SAE International members tend to make average of $10,000-$40,000 more per year than non-members. Survey benchmarked compensation levels based on geography, education, industry sector, experience, and managerial and budgetary responsibility. Using results of survey, SAE created salary calculator on its EngineerXchange professional networking site. Read More

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November ANSI Caucus hosts cybersecurity expert.

November 29, 2010

To address need for common guidance in identifying and responding to cyber risks, ANSI invited cybersecurity expert Melissa Hathaway to serve as featured guest speaker at its Caucus Luncheon in Washington, DC. Hathaway discussed recent developments as well as potential challenges of policy emerging from Congress. She noted multi-trillion dollar e-commerce industry lacks internationally accepted best practices and standards that help businesses identify and curb cybersecurity risks. Read More

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MESA White Paper explores work process management.

November 29, 2010

MESA White Paper No. 36 explains how to implement ISA-95 workflow applications on manufacturing enterprise platform to execute plant tasks through Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and physical process levels while coordinating them with supply chain tasks. Business benefits of optimizing operations are realized by structuring workflows in ISA-95 models as foundation for manufacturing architecture, thereby enforcing effective data structure, definition, integrity, and governance. Read More

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ANSI convenes U.S.-India Standards and Conformance workshop.

November 29, 2010

ANSI, in cooperation with Confederation of Indian Industry and Bureau of Indian Standards, convened fifth workshop held under U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program. Workshop focused on plumbing and mechanical codes, and their application in supporting expanding construction industries in U.S. and India. Participants examined consensus code development; environmentally conscious, internationally recognized codes and standards; and expanding public awareness through education. Read More

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Norbitech and Cormetech win MESA's Metrics Makeover Contest.

November 29, 2010

Winners of Metrics Makeover Contest, Norbitech of Norway and Cormetech of USA, provided information on their toughest problem in a particular facility. Both will receive consult from MESA Solution Provider members in order to solve those problems. Throughout the next year on MESA's website and blog, winners will be reporting on what they learn and benefits they receive from this consulting project. They will report at 2011 European and North American MESA Conferences. Read More

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Standards Workshop identifies international priorities.

November 29, 2010

Organized by World Standards Cooperation (WSC), workshop identified priority areas where International Standards could help engender greater accessibility for all people affected by physical, sensory, or developmental impairment. Held November 3-5 in Switzerland, Accessibility and the Contribution of International Standards explored how International Standards could enhance accessibility of consumer products, IT, services, built environments, and facilities. Read More

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Bankruptcy Settlement Reached with chemical manufacturer.

November 29, 2010

U.S. EPA, Justice Department, and Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that Tronox Incorporated agreed to resolve its environmental liabilities for $270 million and 88% of its interest in pending litigation. Bankruptcy settlement will reimburse EPA for past cleanup costs as well as fund future cleanups at contaminated sites. Cash and non-cash assets will be placed in environmental response trusts for cleanup of sites contaminated with hazardous substances or waste. Read More

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NIST develops quartz crystal microbalance for microscale analysis.

November 29, 2010

NIST has developed chemical analysis technique that uses shifting ultrasonic pitch of small quartz crystal to test purity of few micrograms of material. Based on thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), technique involves measuring changes in mass due to temperature increases, and measures reaction energy needed to decompose, oxidize, dehydrate, or otherwise chemically change sample with heat. Technique is suited for characterizing complex biofuel mixtures, nanoparticles, and thin films. Read More

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AIA Election Results name 2011 officers, Board of Governors.

November 29, 2010

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Board of Governors elected James F. Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, as its Chairman for 2011. Also, Pratt and Whitney President David P. Hess was elected as AIA Vice Chairman. Board also re-elected Marion C. Blakey as AIA President/CEO and AIA CFO Ginette C. Colot as Secretary-Treasurer. There are also 70 additional members named to 2011 AIA Board of Governors Executive Committee. Read More

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ANSI-Accredited U.S. ISO TAGs must submit reports by January 31.

November 26, 2010

ANSI's Procedures and Standards Administration department reminds administrators of ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to ISO that 2010 TAG Annual Reports are due no later than January 31, 2011. Annual reports prepared by each U.S. TAG administrator shall describe, in summary narrative form, U.S. TAG activity during past year. Meeting minutes and other appropriate reports and documents may be incorporated or appended. Read More

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Report addresses emergency preparedness for disabled persons.

November 26, 2010

ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel has released final workshop report outlining recommendations for timely development of standards to support effective emergency preparedness for all. Report consolidates panel's findings from 2010 workshops that examined various aspects of standards and codes needed for reducing barriers to accessibility in emergencies. Aim of report is to educate key stakeholders on challenges and standardization gaps relating to emergency preparedness. Read More

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Agricultural Standard Revisions are material, lighting focused.

November 26, 2010

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) completed 2 engineering standards revisions: ANSI/ASAE S276.7, Slow Moving Vehicle Identification Emblem (SMV Emblem), and ANSI/ASAE S279.15, Lighting and Marking of Agricultural Equipment on Highways. While SMV Emblem standard was revised to update testing requirements for backing materials, changes to lighting/marking standard include incorporation of rotary beacons or strobe lights and LEDs on agricultural equipment. Read More