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Did You Know?

New York, Oct 17, 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.

New Standard to Test Seismic Restraints of HVAC&R Equipment
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 171-2008, Method of Testing Seismic Restraint Devices for HVAC&R Equipment.

This new standard provides procedures to calculate the resistance of seismic restraints for HVAC&R equipment. Manufacturers of vibration isolators, seismic restraint vendors and strut channels will be able to use the standard to test their products’ resistance to earthquake conditions, while engineers will need it as a reference in specifications.

For more information, please visit ASHRAE online.

New Commerce Guide Set to Expand U.S. Exports
The U.S. Commerce Service published a new edition of Basic Guide to Exporting to encourage companies of any size to begin exporting or to expand into new markets.

Providing expert advice and practical solutions for marketing and selling around the world, the book is a step-by-step manual that teaches how to identify overseas markets and financing options; informs on how to complete paperwork and to reduce risk; and illustrates case studies of companies that have profited from global sales in the face of slowing demand at home.

For more information, reviews and sample chapters from the book, please visit

CEN Adds Sector News to its Website
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has announced that its website is now featuring Sector News, a link directing the public to a download area with updates and news in various technical sectors.

For more information and to download the latest issue, please visit

DOE Running Webinars on Energy Efficiency
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program has started a series of free webcasts on a variety of topics, such as energy management tips, analysis tools, and cutting-edge technologies promoting cost and energy savings.

The following sessions are scheduled:

  • ITP Software Decision Tools Awareness
  • Quick PEP Tool Demonstration and Results
  • Energy Assessments: What are the Benefits to Small and Medium Facilities?
  • Assessing Data Center Energy Use
  • Super Boiler Technology

For more information, please click here.

AIHA to Host Teleweb on Nonionizing Radiation
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, will host Cell Phones, Microwaves, Pacemakers and More … Nonionizing Radiation Myths and Realities on October 22.

This introductory virtual seminar will address nonionizing radiation principles and outcomes related to the potential health effects deriving from different types of such radiation and their sources.

For more information, including system requirements, please visit the AIHA website.

IHEA Earns U.S. TAG Accreditation
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council has approved the accreditation of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 244, Industrial furnaces and associated thermal processing equipment. The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA), a new ANSI organizational member, will serve as TAG Administrator.

A voluntary national trade association, IHEA acts to promote the interests of designers and manufacturers of all types of industrial heat processing equipment used for the melting, refining and heat processing of ferrous and nonferrous metals.

To receive additional information or to offer comments, please contact: Ms. Anne Goyer, IHEA executive vice president (telephone: 941.373.1830; fax: 941.373.1828;

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