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New York, Jan 08, 2010

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.

ASQ Offers Free Webinars on Outsourcing and Supply Chain
The American Society for Quality (ASQ), a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is offering two free on-demand webinars that promote professional growth in a tough economic climate.

“Quality in Outsourcing” and “Improving Supply Chain Management” are available for downloading in the Manufacturing section of the ASQ Web site at The two webinars feature presentations from industry experts Govind Ramu of the JDS Uniphase Corporation and Tara Holloway of the Graham Packaging Company.

To learn more about these webinars, see the ASQ press release.

CEA Forecast Predicts Growth for Consumer Electronics in 2010
According to a semi-annual industry forecast released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), an ANSI member, the consumer electronics industry will see a growth in revenue for 2010 over 2009 figures.

The report predicts that the industry will generate $165 billion in U.S. shipment revenues this year, which is a slight increase over last year, when the industry faced a decline. In particular, the wireless handset category is expected to have strong sales in 2010.

For more details on the CEA report, see the CEA press release.

NCEES Launches New User-Friendly Website
NCEES, an ANSI member, has launched a new and improved website to allow users to find relevant information and services more readily. The site provides details on exams, records, licensure, credentials evaluations, and licensing boards for engineers and surveyors.

Color-coded tabs feature prominently on the website to allow quick and easy access to desired information. A members-only section provides licensure board members and staff, enforcement staff, and exam volunteers with information specific to each user.

For more information, see the NCEES news release.

NIST Website Celebrates 50 Years of Laser Technology
A new website developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an ANSI member, details the 50-year history of the laser and NIST’s many accomplishments with its technology.

Since the laser’s invention in 1960, researchers at the NIST have helped turn lasers into tools that have redefined the measurement system, enabled the development of new technologies, enhanced understanding of science, and improved quality of life for Americans nationwide.

For more information, see NIST’s 50th Anniversary of the Laser page.

ANSI Submits Application for U.S. TAG to ISO/IEC/JPC 2 on Renewable Energy Sources Terminology
ANSI, with technical and financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy, has submitted an application for accreditation for a proposed U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/IEC/Joint Project Committee (JPC) 2, Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources – common terminology, and a request for approval as TAG Administrator. The proposed TAG will operate using the model operating procedures for U.S. TAGs for ISO Activities as contained in Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures.

For additional information, or to offer comments, please contact Rachel Howenstine, (212.642.4938, Please forward any comments on this application to ANSI, with a copy to the Recording Secretary, Executive Standards Council in ANSI’s New York Office (fax: 212.840-2298; by February 8, 2010.

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