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New York, Oct 31, 2008

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

Alan Peterson Receives NETA’s 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award
The InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has recently recognized Alan D. Peterson with the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award.

The current technical chair of the association, Mr. Peterson has been a member of the ANSI Board of Standards Review (BSR) from 1996 to 2006.

He played a major role in the approval of NETA ATS-2007, Acceptance Testing Specifications for Electrical Power Distribution Equipment and Systems as an American National Standard.

Mr. Peterson has been on the NETA Board of Directors since 1984, and served as the association’s president from 1987-1988.

ISO Standard Unveils the Secrets of Cooking Pasta
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has introduced ISO 7304-2:2008, Alimentary pasta produced from durum wheat semolina – Estimation of cooking quality by sensory analysis – Part 2: Routine method.

This International Standard specifies a test method for assessing, by sensory analysis, the quality of cooked pasta produced from durum wheat semolina.

The document was developed by ISO technical committee (TC) 34, Food products, subcommittee SC 4, Cereals and pulses. The ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator for this TC is the American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS), an ANSI member.

ISO 7304-2 completes ISO 7304-1 which was originally published in 1985 and is used by laboratories worldwide to estimate the cooking quality of spaghetti.

New IEC Brochure for the PV Industry and Government
Photovoltaic (PV) applications that convert solar power into electrical energy have become a reliable source of electricity, but their growing use raises questions about the quality of their components, systems, installations, and after-sale maintenance.

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has recently published "International Standards and Conformity Assessment for the PV industry and government," a document describing the IEC International Standards for photovoltaics and the IEC's Worldwide System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) that guarantee the quality of PV systems.

IEC Technical Committee (TC) 82, Solar photovoltaic energy systems writes the standards for all elements of these systems, such as light inputs to a PV cell, or the interface with the systems to which the electrical energy is supplied. The U.S. holds the secretariat of IEC/TC 127, which the U.S. National Committee of the IEC has delegated to Sunset Technology, Inc., an ANSI member.

NAM’s "Dream It Do It" Campaign is Expanding
Introduced by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), an ANSI member, “Dream It. Do It.” is a national campaign with the goal of introducing young people to manufacturing careers, and the education and training needed to access them.

Intended to attract employees with the right mix of skills for today's advanced manufacturing, the ever-expanding campaign was introduced as the result of national research conducted by NAM and Deloitte & Touche revealing that eighty percent of manufacturers face a shortage of qualified job applicants.

For more information, please visit “Dream It. Do It.” website.

The Structural Building Components Association Applies for Accreditation
The Structural Building Components Association (SBCA), a new ANSI organizational member, has submitted an application for accreditation as an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer.

An international trade association representing manufacturers of structural building parts, SBCA is looking to create a national standard covering the design and application of all structural building components.

For additional information or to submit comment, please contact: Mr. Ryan Dexter, director of technical projects, Structural Building Components Association (telephone: 608.274.4849; fax: 608.274.3329;

Comments to SBCA should be offered by December 1, 2008, with a copy to Mr. Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

To view or download a copy of SBCA’s proposed operating procedures, click here.

ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel