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Congressional Key Vote Record leads to honors for 221 members.

October 6, 2010

NAM has released its 111th congressional Voting Record, which reflects each legislator's votes on and support for pro-manufacturing agenda. Members of Congress who have demonstrated consistent support for manufacturing community during 111th Congress (2009-2010) and maintained voting record of 70% or higher will receive NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. This year, 221 members of Congress will be honored. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses evaluation of hand sanitizers.

October 6, 2010

Developed by task group within Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents, ASTM E2755 will be used to evaluate antibacterial activity of hand sanitizers on hands of human subjects. Until recently, hand sanitizers have been evaluated using ASTM standard ASTM E1174, Test Method for Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Health Care Personnel Handwash Formulations. Test method of ASTM E2755 is simpler to perform than ASTM E1174 and more accurately reflects typical use pattern for hand sanitizers. Read More

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Standardization Community Member honored at 2010 banquet.

October 6, 2010

At 2010 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony in Arlington, VA, ANSI honored leaders of U.S. and global voluntary standards-setting and conformity assessment community. Program recognizes and honors creativity, dedication, and vision in field of standards and conformity assessment. In all, 24 distinguished individuals from diverse backgrounds, companies, and organizations were recognized at this ceremony. Read More

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ANSI Events in China focus on conformity assessment and RoHS.

October 6, 2010

U.S.-China Conformity Assessment Project held roundtable discussion with U.S. and Chinese industry, government, and conformity assessment practitioners to address U.S. company concerns. During same trip, ANSI held session of China Manufacturer Member Roundtable to discuss China RoHS regulation. Also, members of ANSI's Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee met with CNIS to discuss comments submitted by IPRPC in response to CNIS' notice of draft rule regarding use of IP in standards. Read More

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US EPA and DOT advance tight tailpipe, fuel economy standards.

October 6, 2010

To satisfy federal and California standards, US DOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and US EPA will begin developing stricter greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks built in model years 2017-2025. Effects include saving consumers money by cutting down on fuel costs, improving national energy security by reducing dependence on petroleum, and protecting environment by reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Read More

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ASTM Equestrian Subcommittee seeks input on track standards.

October 6, 2010

Subcommittee F08.28 on Equestrian Services asks for input from equestrian trackmen and horsemen interested in improving performance, uniformity, and safety of equestrian surfaces. Specifically, call applies to 3 proposed standards that address use of impact analyzer to evaluate turfgrass tracks (ASTM WK29881), standardizes laboratory evaluation of dirt track soil material (ASTM WK29879), and terminology for communicating track surfaces/components on consistent basis (ASTM WK27877). Read More

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NIST Realigns Laboratories according to mission-based structure.

October 6, 2010

After 20 years with its research components organized by scientific disciplines, NIST is realigning its laboratories according to mission-based structure. Realignment consists of replacing current single deputy director position with 3 career associate directors responsible for NIST laboratory, extramural, and administrative programs, and reducing number of NIST laboratory units from 10 to 6. New structure includes 2 metrology laboratories, 2 technology laboratories, and 2 user facilities. Read More

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NIST Vision Science Facility aims to improve the quality of LED lights.

October 6, 2010

NIST vision scientist Wendy Davis, along with Yoshi Ohno and team of physicists, created NIST Spectrally Tunable Lighting Facility to improve LED quality of light for home use. Here, scientists experiment with combining LEDs of different hues to produce overall light color that pleases the eye. One section of lab is decorated like a living room with hundreds of LEDs covering ceiling. Adjusting level of different colors demonstrates effect lighting has on appearance of food and furniture below. Read More

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Updated IPC Reference Manuals illustrate solder joint criteria.

October 5, 2010

IPC has released E revisions to its desk reference manuals for IPC-DRM-PTH, Through-Hole Solder Joint Evaluation Training & Reference Guide and IPC-DRM-SMT, Surface Mount Solder Joint Evaluation Training & Reference Guide. Compact, spiral-bound booklets illustrate critical acceptance criteria for evaluating through-hole and surface mount solder connections. Color illustrations, photographs, cross references to appropriate specification/paragraph, and notations of changes are included. Read More

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EPA Advisory Board addresses water quality in mountaintop mining.

October 5, 2010

On September 28, U.S. EPA's independent Science Advisory Board SAB released first draft review of EPA's research into water quality impacts of valley fills associated with mountaintop mining. In review, SAB supports EPA's scientific research and agrees with conclusion that valley fills are associated with increased levels of conductivity (measure of water pollution for mining practices) in downstream waters, and that these increased levels of conductivity threaten stream life in surface waters. Read More

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EPA announces global methane initiative to cut greenhouse gases.

October 5, 2010

U.S. EPA and Mexico's Ministry of Environment along with 36 other countries, European Commission, Asian Development Bank, and Inter-American Development Bank launched Global Methane Initiative that urges stronger international action to address near-term climate change. United States is pledging $50 million over next 5 years to Initiative and is seeking similar pledges from other developed countries to support implementing methane emissions reduction projects and technologies. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee focuses on nanostructured inorganic coatings.

October 5, 2010

ASTM subcommittee B08.16 on Nanostructured Coatings is developing its first proposed standard ASTM WK29468, Specification for Galvanic Protection of Steel Using a Nanostructured Coating of 95% Zinc. Standard targets steel companies that make galvanized products, including sheet metal, wire, and structural products, as well as industry users who face challenges of corrosion. Participation in development is encouraged from suppliers and end users who benefit from nanostructured coatings. Read More

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Bamboo Considered for ASTM Standard on Structural Composite Lumber Products.

October 5, 2010

ASTM Standard D5456 specifies procedures necessary for engineered wood composite products to be evaluated for structural design properties that would allow them to be used as substitutes for solid sawn lumber and glue laminated timbers in residential and commercial building construction. Proposed revision includes addition of definition for laminated veneer bamboo and direction on how LVB would be evaluated to develop structural design values. Read More

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AASHTO Report examines transportation industry recovery.

October 5, 2010

According to "More Projects and Paychecks: Transportation's Summer of Recovery," US DOT reports that work is underway on 4,200 mass transit projects totaling $5.4 billion and 11,978 highway and bridge projects totaling $24.1 billion as of August 31, 2010. Total of 13,000 highway projects, worth $26.4 billion, have been approved for construction and are forecasted to improve 35,399 miles of highways and 1,200 bridges when complete. Read More

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Course for Emergency Responders covers transportation accidents.

October 5, 2010

Offered as 3-day course, Transportation Disaster Response - A Course for Emergency Responders will be held at NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA on November 16-18, 2010. Course is being facilitated with full participation of NJ State Police and will feature NTSB specialists as well as other speakers discussing operational and organizational challenges encountered in responding to large-scale, high-profile transportation accidents. Read More

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NAM supports House passage of AMERICA Works Act.

October 5, 2010

House of Representatives has passed AMERICA Works Act (H.R. 4072), which prioritizes existing funding for education and training programs towards those that include industry-recognized credentials. Legislation also aligns with NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System developed by Manufacturing Institute. "The NAM has long advocated this smart approach to education and training and we urge the Senate to act quickly on this bill," said NAM's John Engler. Read More

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EPA issues clean water sustainability policy.

October 5, 2010

To protect human health and environment, EPA is issuing Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy, which focuses on working with states and water systems to employ planning processes that result in cost-effective, resource-efficient projects that are consistent with sustainability goals. Policy encourages effective utility management practices to build and maintain level of technical, financial, and managerial capacity necessary to ensure long-term sustainability. Read More

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IPC sponsors academic poster competition.

October 5, 2010

IPC invites accredited colleges and universities with strong focus on electronics industry to submit poster abstracts for academic poster competition at IPC APEX EXPO(TM). This competition presents research departments with opportunity to gain international visibility and recognition of their research and academic institution. Submissions for posters are sought in areas such as design, embedded passive and active devices, lead-free issues, rework and repair, RFID circuitry, and SMT assembly. Read More

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Manufacturing Institute promotes adult learners strategy.

October 4, 2010

The Manufacturing Institute has been awarded $800,000 grant from Lumina Foundation for Education to remodel manufacturing education in 12 states and position individuals for high-quality jobs in Advanced Manufacturing. It will deploy NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, creating applied science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational pathways aligned to manufacturing career pathways, which span from high school to 4-year college programs of study. Read More

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NIST awards $50 million in construction grants.

October 4, 2010

NIST awarded total of $50 million in grants to 5 institutions to support construction of scientific research facilities that will explore everything from nanometer-scale electronics and green buildings to ocean microbe ecosystems. Projects receiving funding under NIST Construction Grant Program will contribute to almost $133 million in new laboratory construction projects, according to grantees. Grants will go to research institutions in California, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, and New York. Read More