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Did You Know?

New York, Sep 05, 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.

SCTE to Educate Industry on DTV Transition
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will present “DTV: Strategies for a Smooth Transition,” a six-part series of webinars to start on September 24, 2008.

Meant to inform equipment vendors, local government municipalities, technical personnel, contractors, and broadcasters in advance of the analog-to-digital conversion deadline for full-power television stations, the series of sessions will cover the network and operational aspects of the DTV Transition.

To learn more about the initiative, please visit the SCTE website.

New IEC Standard for Improved Quality of Wind Turbines
To address the rapid development of wind power technology, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has published the second edition of IEC 61400-21, Wind turbines, Measurement and assessment of power quality characteristics of grid connected wind turbines.

Developed by IEC Technical Committee 88, this standard sets out the tests needed to compare wind turbines of different types and distinct electricity grid requirements.

Providing a uniform method for presenting, testing and assessing the power quality characteristics of grid-connected wind turbines, IEC 61400-21 can be used by wind turbine test stations, research institutes, electric utilities and grid operators, as well as by manufacturers of wind turbines and related sub-suppliers.

NFPA Launches Webinar Series to Inform Fire Professionals
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, introduced a new webinar series to begin next week.

Conducted by NFPA staff and industry leaders, the web-based presentations will cover a range of topics that are relevant to fire professionals. The seven sessions scheduled in September will cover:

  • Elevator Recall for Fire Services
  • Mass Notification
  • Propane Safety
  • Understanding Fire Codes Governing Use of Composite Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) for Storage of Combustible Liquids
  • NFPA 70E 2009: Key Changes
  • Understanding Requirements for Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Motor and Instrument Control Circuit Compliance in Industrial Environments

For more information, please visit the NFPA website.

Israel Society for Quality to Host International Conference
The Israel Society for Quality will hold its 17th International Conference on November 18-20, 2008.

Under the theme of “Quality Today and Beyond: Exploring Uncharted Dimensions,” this conference will discuss the contemporary role of quality managers and engineers, and explore what their function will be in the future. The sessions will examine different areas of quality, particularly focusing on new technologies, techniques, and ideas for improving organizational performance.

To learn more about the conference, please click here.

HITSP Has Two More Upcoming Webinars
The Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) is currently running a series of free educational webinars that aim to build awareness of the work that is currently underway to support the exchange of healthcare information in the United States.

Two more webinars remain in the series. The next session, Medication Management, will take place on Thursday, September 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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