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ISO confirms international standard on social responsibility.

March 11, 2010

ISO has announced that ISO 26000, Guidance on Social Responsibility, has been confirmed and registered as Final Draft International Standard. This is the final stage in development of ISO standard before it is published as ISO International Standard. ISO 26000 is intended to assist in ushering companies, government agencies, and other organizations toward more sustainable global economy by establishing common guidance on social responsibility concepts, definitions, and methods of evaluation. Read More

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ANSI Announces Schedule for week of co-located April meetings.

March 11, 2010

ANSI posted its schedule and additional information for coordinated week of meetings, to be held April 12-16, in Washington, DC, metro area. Co-located thusly to provide convenient access for members interested in attending multiple events, lineup includes several ANSI Member Forums as well as meetings of IPC, IPRPC, RSC-AP, and U.S. TAG. Week's largest event, Joint Member Forum, will be held April 14 as Workshop on Anti-Counterfeiting Standards and Conformance Measures. Read More

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ANSI submits comments on Chinese draft standard.

March 11, 2010

ANSI has submitted comments on draft document concerning standards and intellectual property that was issued by China National Institute of Standardization. In general, ANSI supports China's efforts to address inclusion of technology covered by patent claims in Chinese National Standards. But some portions of CNIS Guide raised questions and concerns for U.S. stakeholders, including articles addressing patent-related disclosures from non-participants and language relating to "essential patents." Read More

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Comments Sought on ISO Standard for education management.

March 11, 2010

ANSI and Latvian Standard (LVS), the national standards body of Latvia, are considering joint submission of proposal to ISO for standard on management system requirements for all education organizations. Its aim is to enhance satisfaction through effective application of system as well as to enable organization to know degree to which it fulfills its requirements, controls its resources, and stabilizes its processes. Interested stakeholders are asked to submit comments by April 16. Read More

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ANSI announces new members of PCAC.

March 11, 2010

ANSI has announced appointment of 4 new members to its Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee, which is responsible for operational aspects of ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. New members include Dale R. Cyr, CEO of ARDMS; John Hamilton, COO of TABB at National Energy Management Institute; Robert A. Mahlman, Director of Center on Education and Training for Employment at Ohio State University; and Patrick E. Winters, President of IICRC. Read More

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Water Resource Strategies Webcast addresses climate change.

March 11, 2010

On March 31, AWWA will host Water Resource Strategies for Climate Change and Shortages. This webcast will describe impacts of climate change on groundwater supply, predicted shortages for surface water reservoir, and how sustainability principles can be incorporated into water planning. Attendees will learn to compare water supply options using triple-bottom-line methods, examine broad-based water resource opportunities, and interpret climate change-based groundwater water supply impacts. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Francis Hewitt with Award of Excellence.

March 11, 2010

ASTM International Committee D20 on Plastics has presented 2009 Award of Excellence to Francis (Bud) Hewitt, a retired senior chemist from Evonik Cyro LLC in Wallingford, CT. Award recognizes outstanding personal performance in field of plastics, and is presented to committee member who has contributed most toward development and use of consensus standards or who has fostered competency and proficiency in plastics field. Hewitt has been an active member of ASTM and Committee D20 since 1986. Read More

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SME unveils game-changing innovations.

March 11, 2010

Outlined in SME's annual "Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture list," game-changing innovations can enhance production on the factory floor. Some technologies include printed RFID tags, nanoporous silicon electrodes that double range of electric vehicles, silicon carbide electronics for harsh environments, nanotube inks that turn plain copier paper into high-energy electrodes, and polymers that heal their own scratches. Read More

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ILMA President testifies at the U.S. Department of Labor.

March 11, 2010

On March 4, ILMA President Cathy Novak delivered testimony to panel of OSHA representatives at Department of Labor. Her testimony, on behalf of ILMA, concerned OSHA's proposed rulemaking to update Hazard Communication Standard consistent with Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. She educated OSHA panel on true scope of chemicals used by lubrication industry and complete processes involved to show the affects a change like this would have on the industry. Read More

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Reinhold Strnat named chairman of ASTM International committee.

March 11, 2010

Reinhold Strnat, president and technical manager of Magnet-Physics Inc., was named chairman of ASTM International Committee A06 on Magnetic Properties, which has close to 50 members who develop standards dealing with magnetic materials and test methods for determining magnetic properties. Having joined ASTM in 1992, Strnat also chairs Subcommittee A06.01 on Test Methods and A06.92 on Terminology and Definitions and has also served as secretary and vice chairman of main A06 committee. Read More

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Material Handling E-Zine tackles e-mail efficiency.

March 11, 2010

In March issue of MHEDA Edge, article titled "How To: Reclaim Your Productivity," by Marsha Egan, gives readers hints on successfully streamlining e-mail. Article features 10 suggestions and each one is explained in detail within article's text. Some suggestions include: be very clear, make subject line detailed, use only one subject per e-mail, place main point in first two lines, have detailed signature line, and avoid controversial or argumentative e-mailing. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today examines pitfalls of reducing stock.

March 11, 2010

In Winter 2010 issue of Welding and Gases Today, Albert D. Bates, Ph.D., confronts tactic of overcoming cash challenge by reducing inventory. He notes that reducing inventory investment, while "a laudable objective," can also "trigger further sales declines through higher occurrence of out-of-stock situations." Report goes on to examine trade-offs between sustaining sales volume through acceptable level of inventory as opposed to retaining too much cash in assets. Read More

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Apollo Alliance Report addresses global clean energy economy.

March 10, 2010

According to "Winning the Race: How America Can Lead the Global Clean Energy Economy," U.S. must commit to developing domestic manufacturing sector capable of meeting demand for parts, systems, and components of growing clean energy economy. Strategy will help ensure federal clean energy investments create quality, high-paying jobs in U.S. and avoid indirectly subsidizing growth of those activities in low-wage countries such as China that are emerging as key competitors. Read More

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ASTM Honors J. Gregg Borchelt with Gilbert C. Robinson Memorial Award.

March 10, 2010

ASTM International Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units has presented Gilbert C. Robinson Memorial Award to J. Gregg Borchelt, VP of engineering and research at Brick Industry Association in Reston, VA, for his exceptional technical contributions that assist Committee C15 in its work. A member of ASTM International since 1974, Borchelt has more than 40 years of experience in the masonry industry and is active on C15, where he chairs the subcommittee on Brick and Structural Clay Tile. Read More

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IPC Market Data Update offers good news on economic recovery.

March 10, 2010

Winter 2010 edition of Electronics Industries Market Data Update offers proof of continuing economic recovery: IPC Index of North American Electronics Industry Performance rose from -18.3 in third quarter of 2009 to -5.5 in fourth quarter. With 5.7% gain in GDP in fourth quarter of 2009, US economy is showing solid signs of recovery. Economic activity in manufacturing sector also expanded in December for fifth consecutive month, and US economy overall grew for eighth consecutive month. Read More

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BIO's 2010 Convention contributes $25 milllion to Chicago's economy.

March 10, 2010

According to Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau estimates, 2010 BIO International Convention is expected to contribute over $25 million to local economy. It will take place May 3-6 and is expected to draw 15,000-17,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries. Covering estimated 200,000 net ft², exhibition will host over 1,800 exhibitors at McCormick Place. Activities will focus on R/D, partnership opportunities, and business models required to meet global health challenges. Read More

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North Dakota Bioscience Association agrees to join CSBA.

March 10, 2010

Comprising agricultural, life sciences, and biomedical research entities, newly formed North Dakota Bioscience Association has agreed to join Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), an autonomous council operating within BIO. Organization will coordinate exchange of ideas and research, develop new business relationships, and expand efforts to attract economic development opportunities for biosciences in North Dakota. Read More

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BIO Thanks Senate Judiciary Leaders for advancing patent reform.

March 10, 2010

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, in a statement on the manager's amendment released by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), said that there were "many positive changes to the underlying patent reform legislation reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee last April, which BIO supported." He also called the proposal "a significant step forward towards meaningful patent reform" that will help sustain American innovation and spur job creation. Read More

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BIO Calls for Policies to support biorefinery commercialization.

March 10, 2010

BIO called for sustained, consistent, and diverse federal support to encourage commercial development of biobased technologies. Among benefits of building biorefineries to apply biotechnology applications for advanced biofuels and biobased products, BIO's Brent Erickson cited contributions to economic growth in near term as well as establishment of unique base for sustainable long term economic growth. This technology can also improve economic competitiveness and create green jobs. Read More

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SME begins funding high school education initiatives.

March 9, 2010

SME Education Foundation has begun $175,000 in funding to introduce Computer Integrated Manufacturing Centers at 400 Project Lead The Way schools in 25 states. Rewritten by Foundation's industry partner, course will enhance student's computer modeling skills by applying robotics and automation principles to creation of 3D design models. It will also feature Designing for Manufacturability section, which emphasizes manufacturer's ethical and legal responsibilities. Read More