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ASTM to develop polyethylene pipe standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 4, 2008 Subcommittee F17.11 on Composite is developing proposed standard, WK21276, Specification for Polyethylene Pipe with Co-Extruded Polyamide Inner and/or Outer Barrier Layer for Oil and Gas Applications. According to Gene Palermo, a member of F17, type of piping covered in WK21276 is helpful to users in areas in which there are liquid hydrocarbons inside polyethylene pipe or in the ground that would otherwise affect performance of polyethylene.
AEM provides funding for machinery standards development.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53202-4879
December 3, 2008 AEM has signed Memorandum of Understanding with SAE International to provide funding assistance for more comprehensive approach to standards-development work in off-road equipment industry, specifically earthmoving, road building, and forestry. Partnership with SAE transfers financial costs from individual companies to AEM on behalf of industry, and continues support of important industry-related standards work.
Takeda President to present keynote at BIO Asia Conference.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 3, 2008 Yasuchika Hasegawa, President of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, will be keynote luncheon speaker for 6th annual Bio® Asia Partnering Conference, Jan 19-20, 2009 at Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Japan. BIO Asia is an exclusive, customized partnering forum that brings together Asian-Pacific, North American, and European biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies interested in research collaborations and licensing agreements.
ANSI looks to nominate experts for accreditation program.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 3, 2008 ANSI reminds interested stakeholders of its call for assessors and committee members to lead accreditation program for organizations that issue demand-based education and training certificates to U.S. workers. Evaluation process outlined in international standard ISO/IEC 17011 will be basis for procedures and includes using assessors to review documents submitted by applicants, conduct on site assessments of applicants, and make recommendations to Certificate Program Accreditation Committee.
ANSI Caucus to feature speaker James H. Turner, Jr.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 3, 2008 Scheduled for Dec 5, 2008, monthly ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature guest speaker James H. Turner, Jr., chief counsel for House Committee on Science and Technology. Throughout his tenure on staff of House Committee, Mr. Turner has strived to raise general awareness of importance of standards and value of voluntary consensus standards system throughout legislative and regulatory process. He currently serves on ANSI's Board of Directors, and was previously a member of ASTM Board of Directors.
TAG Annual Reports are due by January 31, 2009.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 3, 2008 Procedures and Standards Administration department of ANSI wishes to remind Administrators of ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ISO that 2008 TAG Annual Reports are due by Jan 31, 2009 to psa@ansi.org. Annual report shall include information on meetings, current TAG membership list, list of problems encountered during past year in functioning of U.S. TAG administration, express certification by U.S. TAG administrator, and results of self-audit held during past year.
ANSI welcomes new members.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 3, 2008 New members welcomed to ANSI in Nov 2008 include Commercial Software Services, St. Jude Medical, eConsulting Group Inc., The Rose Corporation, Professional Laser Aesthetics, Exedy America Corporation, WEXCO International Corporation, KBR, Dr. Leon Gross, and Express Calibration Services. As part of a federation representing over 125,000 companies, they can have a voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions affecting their business.
Congress Requires Compliance for Safer Swimming Pools.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 3, 2008 Assuring consumer protection, legislation mandates compliance with ANS and provides guidelines for required suction outlet fittings and covers for swimming pools and spas. As established in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, all fittings and covers manufactured, distributed, or sold in the U.S. must comply with ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007, Suction Fittings for Use in Swimming Pools, Wading Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs, and Whirlpool Bathtub Appliances, by December 19, 2008.
Standard to increase acceptance of software certifications.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 3, 2008 ANSI Standard ISO/IEC 24773:2008, "Software engineering - Certification of software engineering professionals" looks to establish an international framework for the comparison of certification schemes for credentials. It specifies the items that a scheme is required to contain and indicates what should be defined for each item. Certification bodies for such professionals seeking accreditation must adhere to both ISO/IEC 24773:2008 and ISO/IEC 17024:2003.
NACD files comments on DOT Inspection Authority Proposal.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
December 3, 2008 NACD filed comments with PHMSA of U.S. DOT on proposal to establish procedures for DOT inspectors to open packages to identify undeclared or non-compliant shipments, to temporarily detain and inspect suspicious packages, and to issue emergency orders to address unsafe conditions they believe post imminent hazard. NACD's comments expressed concerns about broad scope of proposal and delays and business disruptions that could be caused by increased inspections.
RIA Fall Conference heads to Baltimore.
Restoration Industry Association    Columbia, MD 21046-1595
December 3, 2008 Scheduled for Nov 18-22 at Hyatt Regency Baltimore, RIA's Annual Fall Conference and Exhibition will include mold refresher course, 1-day Environmental Conference, 2-day Restoration Conference, and 2 optional 1-day courses, one on drying out concrete and hardwood, and another on ideal system for restoration companies. Conferences will feature "un-conference" format that will allow attendees to identify compelling topics they want to learn about and discuss with their peers.
NEMA publishes standard for double-ended metal halide lamps.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 3, 2008 On behalf of the ANSLG, NEMA has published ANSI/ANSLG C78.44-2008, American National Standard for Electric Lamps-Double-Ended Metal Halide Lamps. A proposed revision/consolidation of ANSI C78.1385-1998, .1386-1998, .1387-1998, and ANSLG SR92-2002, it specifies physical and electrical requirements for lamps operated on 60 Hz ballasts and requirements for ballasts, ignitors, and luminaries. Document includes lamps with arc tubes of quartz or ceramic material and consists of 3 parts and an annex.
China signs Memorandum of Understanding with NEMA.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 3, 2008 On Oct 13, NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis and CNIS VP Qiu Yueming signed an agreement to reference NEMA norms in development of standards in China. Liu Weijun, Chief Engineer of the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China, met with NEMA and expressed desire to establish regular cooperative exchanges. Also, Chinese translation of 2008 NEC® was completed, as well as MITA Members' Meetings in Beijing, Medium-Voltage Members Forum, NEMA Members' Meeting at U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, a meeting with China Quality Certification Centre President Ms. Wang Kejiao, and CEEIA visit.
AASHTO, ITE, and NEMA publish device data dictionary standard.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 3, 2008 Jointly developed by NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE, NTCIP 1211 v01 Standard defines data management information in terms of objects related to traffic Signal Control and Prioritization in National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol systems. It covers management of multiple requests for priority among different vehicles or classes of vehicles, and enables special coordination operations both within traffic signal controller and with adjacent intersections.
Events Group honors AEM for leadership and innovation.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53202-4879
December 3, 2008 Designed to generate interest in construction careers, AEM's Construction Challenge teen competition received IAEE Outstanding Achievement in Innovation in Business Solutions award, given for creativity, utility, and value. Based on event's success, AEM is expanding Challenge in 2009. Also, AEM President, Dennis Slater received Distinguished Service award for his leadership of IAEE and exhibits/events industry as a whole.
SPE honors FreedomCar and Fuel Partnership.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
December 2, 2008 Automotive Division of SPE® International honored FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership with Executive Leadership Team Award at 38th annual SPE Automotive Innovation Competition and Awards Gala. Award recognizes Partnership's leadership in sponsoring research on "leapfrog" technologies in plastics and composites for automotive applications and its work in helping develop technologies for next generation of vehicle transportation.
ISA100 WCI conducts demonstration at ISA EXPO 2008.
ISA (The Instrumentation Systems & Automation Society)    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
December 2, 2008 During ISA EXPO 2008, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute successfully conducted demonstration of ISA100.11a wireless industrial automation network. Demonstration included protocol stacks from 2 different developers, and highlighted mesh and interoperability capabilities of proposed ISA100.11a standard by showing ISA100.11a Field Routers from many different vendors formed into self-healing and dynamically adaptive mesh network.
PMA releases November Business Conditions Report.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
December 2, 2008 According to November 2008 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect business conditions to continue to deteriorate during next 3 months. Seventy percent of participants reported that activity will decline, while 27% predict activity will remain unchanged, and only 3% forecast improvement in business conditions. Sixty-seven percent of companies anticipate decrease in orders, while 24% expect no change, and 9% forecast increase in orders.
AMCA International revises publication 111-99.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
December 2, 2008 Publication 111-99, Laboratory Accreditation Program now recognizes ISO 13347:2004 Fans - Determination of fan sound power levels under standardized laboratory conditions, Part 1: General overview, Part 2: Reverberant room method, Part 3: Enveloping surface methods, and Part 4: Sound intensity method. By recognizing these standards, products tested in accordance with them can now have their performance certified using AMCA Certified Ratings Program.
AMCA approves Application Manual for Air Curtains.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
December 2, 2008 Approved by AMCA International, AMCA 222-08 covers Air Curtain Unit theory, components, construction, testing and certification of ratings, as well as applications, benefits, selection, purchase, installation, service, and maintenance. When areas of different temperatures are separated or when perimeter openings are protected, ACU can provide energy savings, optimized comfort, safety at busy doorways, decrease in equipment maintenance, and more sanitary environment.

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