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Seminar to address global standards and developing economies.

IEEE, in collaboration with Tunisian Ministry of Communication Technologies, will present Global Standards and Developing Economies: Broadband Access and Infrastructure, seminar on May 9-10 in Tunis, Tunisia. Hosted by IEEE Standards Association Corporate Program, conference targets leaders from industry, government, and international standards organizations to share insight on how local entities...

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Electroindustry Business Confidence Index climbed in March.

According to senior industry executives responding to NEMA's monthly Electroindustry Business Confidence Survey, North American business conditions have improved for first time in 8 months. Survey's measure of mean degree of change remained in positive territory for second straight month, rising to +0.2 from +0.1 in February. EBCI for future North American conditions indicated that survey...

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ESFI and NEMA support DOT advisory on battery safety.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association and Electrical Safety Foundation International voiced their support for safety advisory issued by US Department of Transportation on use and packaging of batteries and battery-powered consumer products carried aboard aircraft. Advisory will help airplane passengers and airline crews to comply with existing federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...

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ARI advises homeowners about AC system replacements.

Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute warns that replacing only 1 part of 2-part central air conditioning system will not achieve higher efficiency and may increase power bills. Consumers need to ask installers to provide proof that split cooling systems are properly matched to achieve certified energy efficiency ratings. Proof may be ARI Reference Number, which is assigned to every ARI...

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FRA approves waiver for braking technology.

Resulting from waiver approved by Federal Railroad Administration, two railroads will equip and operate trains with Electronically Controlled Pneumatic brake technology, which maximizes train control, minimizes derailments, and shortens stopping distances. Under waiver, trains equipped with ECP brakes will be able to safely travel up to 3,500 miles without stopping to undergo routine brake...

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Federal Railroad Administrator launches track inspection project.

In wake of several accidents, Federal Railroad Administration is launching rail inspection project to check nearly 1,300 miles of track across New York State for flaws that might lead to train derailment. Inspection will measure whether two track rails are level and if width between rails is acceptable. To build baseline for evaluating railroad's safety, administration will also begin quality...

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FERC approves NERC standards to improve power grid.

Heralding nation's transition to mandatory system of electric reliability standards, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved 83 reliability standards developed by North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Approved standards will apply to users, owners, and operators of bulk power systems designated by NERC through compliance registry procedures. Both monetary and...

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ARI names Stephen R. Yurek as president.

Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) names Stephen R. Yurek, who joined as CEO in 2002 and was promoted to COO in 2006, president of the association. An attorney and engineer, Yurek holds BS in chemistry and Juris Doctor, and is a member of the Bar in Minnesota and Virginia. Executive Committee also named Mark Menzer, who has been with ARI for 15 yr, Executive Vice President,...

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DHS Regulations ensure chemical facility security.

Department of Homeland Security is authorized to enforce national risk-based performance standards to ensure that chemical facilities assess security vulnerabilities and implement security plans to address them. DHS also has authority to inspect facilities and apply strong penalties, including facility shutdowns, for those that fail to act. In anticipation of requirements, ACC has planned...

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Evacuation Standard offers alternative exit from high-rise buildings.

For people who are unable to use standard exit facilities in high-rise buildings, ASTM International Standard E 2484, Specification for High-Rise Building External Evacuation Controlled Descent Devices, details the process of designing, building, testing, and certifying controlled descent devices. A rescue harness lowers 1 or 2 people at a time at a controlled rate of descent on the outside of a...

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