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Did You Know?


New York, Feb 07, 2014

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

AIAA Announces Call for Nominations for Biennial Excellence in Aerospace Standardization Award
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently announced the opening of the nominations process for its AIAA Excellence in Aerospace Standardization Award. The award, which is presented on odd-numbered years at the AIAA Science and Technology (SCITECH) Forum, honors standards professionals such as committee chairs and industry leaders for their substantive achievements in connection with standardization work benefiting the aerospace industry.

To submit nominations by the Tuesday, July 1, 2014, nomination deadline, visit AIAA’s website or download a copy of the nomination form. For more information about the award and the nomination process, please contact Carol Stewart, manager, AIAA Honors and Awards, via email at carols@aiaa.org.

UL and West Texas A&M University Establish Wind Turbine Test Facility
UL (Underwriters Laboratories), an ANSI member and audited designator, in conjunction with West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), recently opened a new facility intended to provide testing opportunities for turbine manufacturers seeking certification to international standards. The Outdoor Wind Test Facility is located in Canyon, Texas, within the Great Plains Wind Corridor, a region of the country known for its year-round favorable wind conditions. The new site is expected to feature uniquely fast turnaround times, allowing manufacturers making use of the facility to bring their turbines to stores quickly.

For more information about UL and its activities, visit www.ul.com.

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers Applies to Become ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer
ANSI organizational member the Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE), has submitted an application to become an ANSI-accredited standards developer, and has submitted proposed operating procedures overseeing the documenting of consensus on proposed SAWE–sponsored American National Standards. SAWE’s proposed scope is focused on the development of standards in connection with mass properties engineering (MPE), particularly in connection with sea, air, land, and space transportation.

For questions, or to offer comments, please contact Jeffrey Cerro, deputy director of the SAWE standards and practices committee, by email at jeffrey.a.cerro@nasa.gov, by phone at 757-864-9151, or by mail at Vehicle Analysis Branch, Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate, NASA Langley Research Center, MS 451, 1 N. Dryden Street, B1209, Hampton, Virginia 23681. Please submit your comments by Monday, March 3, 2014, to SAWE, with a copy to jthompso@ansi.org.

SAWE’s proposed operating procedures are available online.

The International Safe Transit Association Applies to Become ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer
ANSI organizational member International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) has submitted an application to become an ANSI-accredited standards developer, and has submitted proposed operating procedures overseeing the documenting of consensus on proposed ISTA–sponsored American National Standards. ISTA’s proposed scope is focused on the development of performance tests for pre-shipment packaged products that determine if the package system will sufficiently protect a given product from hazards associated with international distribution.

For questions, or to offer comments, please contact A.J. Gruber, ISTA vice president, technical, by email at ajgruber@ista.org, by phone at 517-333-3437, extension 212, or by mail at 1400 Abbott Road, Suite 160, East Lansing, Michigan 48823. Please submit your comments by Monday, March 10, 2014, to ISTA, with a copy to jthompso@ansi.org.

ISTA’s proposed operating procedures are available online.

NEMA Submits Application for New Accredited Standards Committee on Energy Storage Systems
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has submitted an application for the accreditation of a new NEMA-sponsored Accredited Standards Committee on energy storage systems (ASC ESS), and has submitted proposed operating procedures overseeing the documenting of consensus on proposed ASC ESS–sponsored American National Standards. ASC ESS’s proposed scope is focused on the development of documents covering terminology, testing information, evaluation criteria, and other topics related to energy storage systems such a grid-connected and fixed stationary applications.

For questions, or to offer comments, please contact Ryan Franks, NEMA program manager, by email at ryan.franks@nema.org, by phone at 703-841-3271, or by mail at 1300 North 17th Street, Suite 900, Rosslyn, Virginia 22209. Please submit your comments by Monday, March 10, 2014, to NEMA, with a copy to jthompso@ansi.org.

NEMA’s proposed operating procedures are available online.

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