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Meeting to address financial impact of cyber risk.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 13, 2009 ANSI and Internet Security Alliance invite all interested stakeholders to participate in second meeting to discuss Phase II of Financial Impact of Cyber Risk: 50 Questions Every CFO Should Ask. Scheduled for August 18, Phase II will focus on developing implementation strategy that addresses questions provided in Phase I. It will also expand that framework to include guidance on making more informed decisions related to cyber risk from economic standpoint.
Calibration System improves NIST microhotplate technology.Calibration System improves NIST microhotplate technology.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
August 13, 2009 Researchers at NIST have developed calibration technique that will improve reliability and stability of NIST's microhotplate. Device is being developed as foundation for miniature gas sensors that can detect chemical and biological agents, industrial leaks, and evens signs of extraterrestrial life from aboard planetary probe. For calibration, engineers compare data from thin-film platinum/rhodium thermocouple integrated in microhotplate structure and thermal efficiency of structure itself.
Laboratory Study enhances nanoparticle sizing guidelines.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
August 13, 2009 Resulting from a major inter-laboratory study, ASTM International standards body has updated its guidelines for a commonly used technique for measuring nanoparticle size in solutions. Guidelines now include statistically evaluated data on measurement precisions achieved by various laboratories applying the ASTM guide. Inter-laboratory comparison data will provide a benchmark for labs measuring sizes and size distribution of nanoparticles suspended in fluids.
NIST releases cybersecurity recommendations for government.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
August 13, 2009 NIST has released NIST Special Publication 800-53, Recommended Security Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations. According to Ron Ross of NIST's computer security division, final publication represents solidification of partnership between Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and NIST and their efforts to bring common security solutions to federal government and its support contractors.
ATA says FAA crew training proposal is unworkable.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
August 13, 2009 ATA has filed comments expressing serious concerns about FAA proposed regulation that would rewrite pilot, flight attendant, flight engineer, and dispatcher training requirements. ATA believes that proposal could adversely impact current best practice training programs. Instead of proceeding directly to final rule, ATA recommends that FAA suspend rulemaking and immediately convene Aviation Rulemaking Committee to address conflicts and inconsistencies identified in ATA comments.
Conference to Address air quality models.
Air & Waste Management Association    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1435
August 12, 2009 Air and Waste Management Association will present "Guideline on Air Quality Models: Next Generation of Models," October 28-30, 2009 in Raleigh, NC. This conference will discuss proposed revisions to U.S. EPA's Guideline on Air Quality Models and address topics such as technical and regulatory issues associated with proposed guideline changes. Two associated introductory professional development courses will also be offered.
APEC Conference explores business engagement standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 12, 2009 Part of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) 2009 meetings in Singapore, ANSI co-sponsored a conference on business engagement in cooperation with APEC's Sub-Committee on Standards and Conformance. This meeting, which brought together 100+ business leaders and policy makers from 21 APEC member economies, was aimed at maximizing standards and conformance contributions to trade growth as well as investment in the Asia Pacific region. Several suggestions were made by meeting's end.
APEC Meeting brings together business and policy leaders.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 12, 2009 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2009 gathered in Singapore for week of meetings, panels, and presentations, bringing together business leaders and policy makers from all 21 APEC member economies. Theme of summit was "Sustaining Growth, Connecting the Region," reflecting continuing efforts of APEC to facilitate trade and investment in Asia-Pacific region. Some highlights included Food Safety Cooperation Forum, Chemical Dialogue, Hot Topics in Food Safety, and Toy Safety Initiative Workshop.
U.S. Safety Experts to participate in ISO/IEC Guide 51 Revision.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 12, 2009 Joint working group of ISO and IEC is forming a committee of experts to participate in revising ISO/IEC Guide 51: Safety aspects - Guidelines for inclusion in standards. Constituents are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for nomination by August 27, 2009. Specifically, Guide 51 provides standards writers with guidelines for inclusion of safety aspects when developing/discussing standards. It is applicable to any safety aspect related to people, property, or the environment.
ANSI seeks comments on AFNOR proposal.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 12, 2009 Association Francaise de Normalisation has submitted proposal to ISO for new field of technical activity on mechatronics. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by Sept 25, 2009. Proposed technical activity will address standardization of mechatronics, which is an approach aiming at synergistic integration of mechanics, electronics, control theory, and computer science within product design and manufacturing.
Revised Publication addresses fan sound performance ratings.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
August 12, 2009 AMCA (Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc.) approved the July 2009 revision to AMCA 311, a Certified Ratings Program-Product Rating Manual for Fan Sound Performance, and provides a program for certifying a product's sound performance for rating. Applied to air moving devices, manual/program revision provides additional requirements for setup and technical procedures associated with Sound Performance Licensing of Air Curtain Units.
US Manufacturing Technology Consumption rises in June.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
August 11, 2009 According to AMT and AMTDA (American Machine Tool Distributors' Association), June US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $135.85 million. This total, while up 22.0% from May, is down 69.2% from June 2008's reported total of $440.55 million. With a year-to-date total of $759.03 million, 2009 is down 70.1% compared with 2008. These numbers are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the USMTC program.
ASTM Concrete Committee developing proposed new standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 10, 2009 Four standards are being developed by subcommittees under jurisdiction of ASTM Committee C09. They include WK24621, Test Method for Measurement of Aggregate Resistivity Using 2-Electrode Soil Box Method; ASTM WK23421, Specification for Lightweight Aggregates for Internal Curing Applications; ASTM WK24405, Specification for Reactive Methacrylate Bonding Systems for Concrete; and ASTM WK23967, Practice for Measuring Hydration Kinetics of Hydraulic Cementitious Mixtures Using Semi-Adiabatic Calorimetry.
AWWA announces Residuals Management and Disposal Webcast.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
August 10, 2009 Scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, AWWA's Residuals Management and Disposal Webcast will summarize types of residuals generated by some complex treatment technologies and present case studies on appropriate management and disposal. Webcast is targeted to personnel with intermediate knowledge of residuals management and disposal.
AIA is pleased by alternative jet fuel process approval.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
August 10, 2009 According to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), ASTM International's approval of jet fuel blended with synthetic paraffinic kerosene from Fischer-Tropsch process serves as critical step to everyday use of alternative jet fuel by commercial, private, and military aviation. AIA President and CEO, Marion Blakey, said that "This is another step forward in our industry's efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and secure energy independence."
Road Highway Safety Program shares life-saving driving tips.
American Trucking Associations    Alexandria, VA 22314
August 10, 2009 As part of the Nebraska Trucking Association's annual Antique Truck Show and Shine, American Trucking Associations' Share the Road program hosted an elite million-mile, accident-free truck driver to discuss highway safety with attendees in Gretna, NE. Attendees were also given a chance to see the road from a truck driver's perspective and learned some differences between how cars and large trucks operate on highways.
BIO Convention named one of fastest growing tradeshows.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
August 7, 2009 BIO International Convention has been named 1 of 50 fastest growing tradeshows for 2009 by Tradeshow Week. Identified based on 50% total net square footage and 50% net growth between 2006 and 2008, TSW Fastest 50 winners will be honored in Houston on November 13-15. Conference will include education sessions, networking, and black-tie gala to honor winners. It is 3rd consecutive year BIO has been named, with its 2009 convention attracting 14,352 attendees from 59 countries and 48 states.
AASHTO Executive hails approval of 6,000th highway project.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
August 7, 2009 Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood declared a major milestone that 6,000 highway construction projects, at $17.3 billion, have been approved under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley said it is milestone that cannot be ignored as nation tries to overcome worst economic downturn since Great Depression. After 6 months since President Obama signed ARRA into law, state DOTs have obligated 65% of $27 billion targeted for highways and bridges.
ASTM Standard will cover alternative for banned solvent.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 7, 2009 ASTM D7553, Test Method for Solubility of Asphalt Materials in n-Propyl Bromide, will provide alternative for ASTM D2042 Method for Solubility of Asphalt Materials in Trichloroethylene. Trichloroethylene has been banned as ozone depleter by Kyoto Protocol, and n-propyl bromide has been approved by USEPA under Significant New Alternatives Policy as alternative to CFCs. Standards that specify D2042 for solubility will be revised once statement is completed and D7553 has been revised accordingly.
ASTM Standard covers test method for nickel alloy analysis.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
August 7, 2009 ASTM E2594, Test Method for Analysis of Nickel Alloys by Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry, will help users prepare sample/calibration solutions and validate analytical parameter selections made for equipment. Developed by Subcommittee E01.08, it covers testing for aluminum, boron, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, tantalum, tin, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, and zirconium. Committee E01 will use method as template for future ICP analytical standards.

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