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PMMI and AMI announce strategic partnership.

June 18, 2010

Partnership between PMMI and American Meat Institute (AMI) will address mutual concerns such as safety standards and issues related to meat packaging/processing. As part of the agreement, AMI will participate in PMMI's Allied Association Program and exhibit at PACK EXPO International 2010. Also, PMMI will exhibit in 2011 AMI International Meat, Poultry, and Seafood Convention and Exposition. Both organizations have agreed to cross-promote their participation in their partner's events. Read More

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Proposed Protective Standard addresses soft toe shoe safety.

June 18, 2010

ASTM International Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear is working on new standard concerning footwear for workers who do not necessarily need safety toe shoes but could use other protection such as puncture resistance, electrical shock protection, and electrical grounding. This standard - ASTM WK27855, Specification for Performance Requirements for Soft Toe Protective Footwear (Non-Safety/Non-Protective Toe) - is being developed by Subcommittee F13.30 on Footwear. Read More

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EPA Program will help state capital cities design sustainable communities.

June 18, 2010

Greening America's Capitals program will assist state capitals develop vision of environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate green building and green infrastructure. Design assistance will be given to up to 4 cities per year to help them use sustainable designs to develop neighborhoods with multiple social, economic, and environmental benefits. With EPA funding, design teams will assist city staff in creating sustainability models for other cities to follow. Read More

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TIA announces fleet-commercial agreement with Comdata.

June 18, 2010

In an effort to assist its members to increase sales in the fleet and commercial channel, TIA has entered into agreement with Comdata Corporation to endorse Comdata Maintenance Discount Network. Comdata specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to thousands of commercial fleets across North America. Through Comdata's network, TIA members now have access to cardholders who use Comdata to pay for services. Read More

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PACK EXPO announces 'Fast Tracking Sustainable Innovation' theme.

June 17, 2010

PMMI and PAC - The Packaging Association are bringing PAC Green Den to PACK EXPO International, to take place in Chicago, IL from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3. Combining reality show and panel discussion, innovators will present their solutions to panel of experts with sustainability, regulatory and packaging experience, in front of live audience of brand owners and retailers. After expert panelists challenge innovators and deliver constructive feedback, the audience will vote for Best of Show winner. Read More

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EPA Notifies States of Areas that Would Not Meet Tighter Lead Air Standards.

June 17, 2010

US EPA notified states of areas that would not meet new, more protective national air quality standards for lead. Twelve of those states were notified that they have at least one area under consideration for nonattainment designation, based on 2008 lead standards. Using data from currently operating monitors, EPA will designate nonattainment areas by October 2010. States and tribes may comment on plans outlined in letters and provide additional information to EPA by August 16, 2010. Read More

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HPBCCC Award given to ASHRAE president Gordon Holness.

June 17, 2010

In recognition for his lifetime commitment to sustainable building practices, ASHRAE President Gordon Holness has been recognized with High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) Award. This honor, presented June 15 as part of HPBCCC activities related to High-Performance Building Week, recognized Holness' leadership and work in area of high-performance buildings as well as for ASHRAEs establishment and continued support of Coalition. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses self-consolidating concrete mixture QC.

June 17, 2010

ASTM C1712, Test Method for Rapid Assessment of Static Segregation Resistance of Self-Consolidating Concrete Using Penetration Test, helps concrete producers develop and provide means of QC when measuring and maintaining stability of self-consolidating concrete mixtures. According to Mark Bury, chair of subcommittee responsible for this standard, test method can be used in laboratory or field, and results can be obtained within minutes of self-consolidating concrete production/placement. Read More

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ANSI Paper Winners were announced on World Accreditation Day.

June 17, 2010

During its celebration of World Accreditation Day on June 9, ANSI announced Steven T. Peluso, Esq., and Brian Inamine, Esq., were the 1st place winners for their paper, "Accreditation as Facilitator of Delivery of Professional Services Internationally: What Would a Workable Model Look Like?" ANSI awarded them $1,000 and has made paper publicly available in its online library. Themed Global Acceptance, celebratory event highlighted importance of global acceptance of accredited certificates. Read More

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OSHA Recognizes ANSI crane operator certification program.

June 17, 2010

OSHA recognized National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Crane Operator Certification Program during signing ceremony on May 17, 2010. This makes 2 of 4 crane operator certification programs recognized by OSHA accredited under ANSI's Personnel Certification Accreditation Program: NCCER and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO); latter was recognized by OSHA in 1999. Read More

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ANSI VP Gary Kushnier met with Chinese officials in Beijing.

June 17, 2010

ANSI vice president of international policy Gary Kushnier visited Beijing on June 1-4 and met with several Chinese entities to discuss areas of current and future cooperation. Kushnier met with representatives of Standardization Administration of China (SAC) to discuss expansion of the Standards Portal as well as those of Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNCA)to discuss U.S.-China Conformity Assessment Project. Read More

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IPC releases quality benchmark study.

June 17, 2010

IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2009 provides information to EMS companies interested in comparing their key 2009 operating variables to those of other EMS providers by net sales and type of product. In addition to financial and production data, assembly attributes, yields, and defect rates, survey-based study covers customer returns, supplier performance, customer satisfaction, and certification data. Read More

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MESA publishes white paper, announces conference topics.

June 16, 2010

MESA Announces the publishing of "Integration of Manufacturing Intelligence with MOM." The white paper details uses of ISA-95 to monitor and maintain goals alignment between both financial and operations metrics, and applies an ISA-95 integration process to business intelligence and manufacturing operations management (MOM) for a packaging line example. The paper will be presented at the MESA 2010 North American Conference to be held June 21-23 in Dearborn, Michigan. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is up 50.6% year-to-date.

June 16, 2010

According to AMT and AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors' Association), US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $222.36 million in April. This total, as reported by companies participating in USMTC program, was down 15.6% from March but up 102.7% from total reported for April 2009. With year-to-date total of $783.03 million, 2010 is also up (50.6%) compared with 2009. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides economic indicator. Read More

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DoE Asst.. Sec. Cathy Zoi to give keynote at upcoming BIO event.

June 16, 2010

In plenary session to be held on Monday, June 28 at 4:30PM, that will explore development of full biofuels value chain, U.S. DoE Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi will present keynote address. "We are thrilled to have Ms. Zoi join us at the 2010 World Congress to provide her insights into development of renewable energy and biobased products," said Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO. Session will also be presented via live webinar. Read More

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IRIS Assessments on Hold pending EPA review.

June 16, 2010

U.S. EPA is holding 4 of its ongoing IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System) assessments pending review of underlying studies used therein. Assessments are being held due to National Toxicology Program (NTP) report that outlines review of research study completed by Ramazzini Institute. Report, which discusses findings from assessment by NTP pathologists of animal study on methanol, recommends further pathology reviews to resolve differences of opinion in diagnoses of certain cancers. Read More

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NREL Partners with U. Delaware on offshore wind research.

June 16, 2010

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Delaware (UD)announced that they will work to establish potential offshore test site for commercial wind turbines off the Delaware coast. NREL and UD will develop test procedures specific to area's harsh offshore wind environment, and establish methods for predicting wind energy costs in the U.S. Test turbines can also potentially serve as classrooms for training future wind energy professionals, scientists, and engineers. Read More

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Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Industries call for clean energy investment.

June 16, 2010

NHA, along with Electric Drive Transportation Association and US Fuel Cell Council, support increased U.S. investment in clean energy technologies. In a joint statement, organizations said hydrogen and fuel cell technologies "will deliver clean, efficient energy at home and at work, create hundreds of thousands of American jobs and, together with other technologies, eliminate the need for gasoline for passenger vehicles." Read More

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IPC comments on European Parliament's Environment Committee decision.

June 16, 2010

IPC was disappointed at European Parliament's Environment Committee vote to include broad families of chemicals, such as organobromines, in Annex III for priority assessment. Of specific concern was how process outlined in amendments approved today does not define rigorous scientific methodology. According to Fern Abrams of IPC, proposed process could "lead to additional substance restrictions that provide neither environmental nor human health benefits." Read More

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IPC-9592 Power Conversion Standard update is released.

June 15, 2010

IPC has released A revision of IPC-9592, Requirements for Power Conversion Devices (PCD) for the Computer and Telecommunications Industries. Document provides more definitive preconditioning tests for Category 2 printed board SMT PCD modules with DC-to-DC converters that also simulate stresses encountered during solder reflow assembly process. Revision also covers moisture sensitivity levels for PCDs, corrosion, as well as highly accelerated life testing (HALT) for PCDs. Read More