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Mobile Bearing Knee Standard is approved by ASTM committee.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 7, 2011 ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices has approved ASTM F2777, Test Method for Evaluating Knee Bearing (Tibial Insert) Endurance and Deformation Under High Flexion. According to F04.22 vice chairman Leslie Gilbertson, this standard and 3 previously approved standards address possible failure mechanisms of mobile knee systems as well as those of fixed bearing knees in some instances.
Protecode joins The Linux Foundation.
The Linux Foundation    Beaverton, OR 97005
January 7, 2011 Protecode is a provider of products and services for open source software licensing and copyright management, software IP management, code portfolio mapping, and carrying out IP due diligence of software companies. Company is joining The Linux Foundation to participate in the pan-industry initiative, the Open Compliance Program, which includes set of tools, training curricula, and Self-Assessment Checklist that allows companies to ensure compliance in efficient manner.
NEMA Applauds Action on America COMPETES Reauthorization Act.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
January 7, 2011 US House of Representatives voted to reauthorize HR 5116 America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, which garnered applause from NEMA. Building on activities from initial 2007 Act, reauthorization legislation contributes to long-term energy technology by strengthening Advanced Research Projects Administration for Energy as well as bolstering spending in STEM education. Bill also reorganizes NIST to reflect multidisciplinary nature of technology and better meet needs of this century.
Electroindustry Business Conditions Report shows positive end to 2010.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
January 7, 2011 Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for North American business conditions climbed 5.5 points December to 68, indicating more panelists than not report improvements during December. While 40% of survey panelists reported improved conditions in December, 4% percent reported deteriorating conditions. Intensity of change in current North American conditions increased to +0.4 in December, and EBCI for future North American conditions rose to 78.
ANSI Welcomes Six New Members in December 2010.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 7, 2011 ANSI welcomed ABB Incorporated, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, Hontek Corporation, Macimex, Medical Alert Monitoring Association, and National Safety Apparel, Inc. as new members in December 2010. Members have access to information and business intelligence not available elsewhere and will also receive discounts on products and services. Also, membership builds relationships that empower members with voice and influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions.
ANSI seeks input on federal agency involvement in standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 7, 2011 ANSI wishes to remind all interested stakeholders that NIST is seeking public comment on involvement of federal agency participation in standardization activities led by private sector. National Science and Technology Council Sub-Committee on Standards seeks to determine how federal agencies may engage more effectively in U.S. standardization system in manner that is consistent with National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget Circular A-119.
ASABE develops standard for planters, drills, and seeders.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
January 6, 2011 ASABE S506 provides uniform terminology and definitions for machines and machine components used for establishment of field crops. It is consistent with terminology in other ASABE standards, including ASAE 414.1, Terminology and Definitions for Agricultural Tillage Implements; ASAE EP291, Terminology and Definitions for Soil Tillage and Soil-Tool Relationships; and ASAE S477, Terminology for Soil-Engaging Components for Conservation-Tillage Planters, Drills and Seeders.
Unit Verification offered as part of UL hazardous location services.
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL)    Northbrook, IL 60062
January 6, 2011 IECEx Certified Equipment Scheme allows issuance of IECEx Certificates of Conformity, compliant with UL guidelines, for individual equipment or apparatuses operating in atmospheres where explosive gases or combustible dusts may be present. IECEx Certificate for Unit Verification can be issued for defined number of items under single production run. Certificates shall list serial numbers or other unique identification to be clear which specific items are covered by Certification.
ZigBee Standard will address 3D HDTV viewing.
ZigBee Alliance    San Ramon, CA 94583
January 6, 2011 Currently in development, ZigBee 3D Sync aims to create more flexible and efficient 3D connections between 3D HDTVs and 3D glasses. It replaces IR technology in current 3D products with RF technology, promoting freedom of movement for users while eliminating ambient light interference. Specifically, standard will provide 2-way communications between 3D glasses and equipment and allow automatically switching between 2D and 3D video feeds.
Informational Whitepaper helps facilitate OEE implementation.
MESA International    Chandler, AZ 85226
January 6, 2011 MESA Whitepaper No. 34, OEE Reporting in Manufacturing: Value through Operational Improvement, is intended to help MESA members implement OEE reporting in order to guide manufacturers into better performance. As claimed by Jaap Both, one of this paper's authors, it covers organizational issues to aid implementation as well as technical considerations likely to be encountered during OEE design. Whitepaper is available via MESA's Resource Library.
Metal Matters 2011 Conference to feature compelling keynotes.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
January 6, 2011 Keynote addresses covering tactics for growing business and improving operations as well as state of U.S. manufacturing will highlight FABRICATOR®'s Leadership Summit: 6th Annual Metal Matters. To be held March 2-4, conference will host Dan DiMicco, chairman, president, and CEO of Nucor Corporation; Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute and National Center for the American Workforce; and Mike Simpson, director of system operations for NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
ANSI highlights 2010 accomplishments.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 6, 2011 During 2010, ANSI made accomplishments in areas ranging from cybersecurity and workforce development to emerging technologies and energy efficiency. These accomplishments build on history of facilitating collaborative standards and conformance-based solutions for national as well as global needs. Involvement included standards panels and standards coordinating activities, asserting and strengthening U.S. leadership in standards-setting activities, and increasing marketplace acceptance.
ANSI accredits CrossFit under ANSI-CAP.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 6, 2011 CrossFit's Level 1 Trainer Certificate Course has been accredited under ANSI's Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). CrossFit is an open source, international business dedicated to improvement of human health and athletic performance. Its foundation is based upon precisely defining fitness in way that can be measured, observed, and repeated. Accreditation under ANSI-CAP helps to assure integrity and consistency within credentialing field.
Joint Federal Agency Effort hopes to reduce radon exposure.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
January 5, 2011 U.S. EPA and 8 other federal agencies announced efforts to create national risk reduction plan for radon exposure, the leading cause of non-smoking lung cancer, in hopes of saving lives and creating safer, healthier homes. At January's end, federal consortium will meet with key leaders in public health, environmental, and private sectors to shape national action plan with immediate and long-term steps for reducing radon exposure.
SME Education Foundation Board is joined by Caterpillar VP.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
January 5, 2011 David P. Bozeman, vice president of Caterpillar's Integrated Manufacturing Operations Division, has been named to 2011 SME Education Foundation Board of Directors and will serve 2 year term effective January 1, 2011. This Chicago, IL native holds Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology-Mechanical Design from Bradley University and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
EPA requires testing of 19 widely used chemicals.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
January 5, 2011 U.S. EPA is issuing final rule under Toxic Substances Control Act requiring manufacturers of 19 high production volume chemicals to test the health and environmental effects of the chemicals and submit data to agency. This rule is one of a series of actions that EPA is taking to ensure that the agency has the data it needs to adequately review priority chemicals. HPV chemicals are produced in or imported into U.S. in quantities of 1 million pounds or more per year.
ASTM Committee developing standard for dental dams.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 5, 2011 ASTM WK28312, Test Method for Quantitation of Powder on Dental Dams, is currently being developed by Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products, which is part of ASTM International Committee D11 on Rubber. Standard will allow dental dam manufacturers to be able to detect level of donning powders in their manufacturing process and eventually produce lower powder-containing dental dams.
Textile Industry Workshop to focus on green challenges.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 5, 2011 To be held in Baltimore, MD on January 31 of 2011, The Textile Industry and the Green Challenge: A Federal Trade Commission Perspective will focus on ideas and insights about U.S. FTC Green Guide as well as practices used to advertise textile products. Attendees will gain understanding about how use of environmental technology needs to be incorporated in commerce so consumers can be confident that what is being claimed is both truthful and substantiated.
ASABE approves standard on agricultural tractor cab HVAC design.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
January 5, 2011 Part of S613 Series standards (replacing S525 series), new standard ANSI/ASABE S613-2, Tractors and self-propelled machinery for agriculture - Air quality systems for cabs - Part 2: Cab and HVAC design. S613 Series includes information on potentially hazardous environments, such as orchard and vineyard pesticide applications. Standards incorporate latest research and technology into guidelines for design, development, manufacture, management, maintenance, and use of environmental cabs.
ASABE approves standard for automatic deployable ROPS.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
January 5, 2011 ASABE announces publication of ANSI/ASABE S599, Standardized Deployment Performance of an Automatically Deployable ROPS for Turf and Landscape Equipment. S599 specifies design and testing requirements for the installation of automatically deploying roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and establishes performance requirements of an automatically deployable protective structure for ride-on turf and landscape equipment. Standard applies to equipment as defined in ANSI/ASAE S323.2.

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