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Did You Know?

New York, Apr 03, 2009

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 ISO Standard Makes Access Panels More Effective
Gaining popularity as a tool for market, opinion, and social research, access panels will benefit from a new standard introduced by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

ISO 26362:2009, Access panels in market, opinion and social research – Vocabulary and service requirements, introduces definitions and guidelines that increase the quality, efficiency, and reliability of access panels.

To achieve better results, organizations and professionals relying on access panels for online or offline research should adopt ISO 26362:2009 in conjunction with the previous ISO 20252:2006, Market, opinion and social research – Vocabulary and service requirements.

ISO 26362:2009 was developed by ISO Technical Committee (TC) 225, Market, opinion and social research. The ANSI-accredited Technical Advisory Group (TAG) administrator to this TC is the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

ACC Combats World Water Crisis Through Video
On the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, 2009, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has joined forces with other international health organizations to support a petition on the problems of unsafe drinking water with an animated video.

Using striking statistics, GOOD: Drinking Water connects the causes and effects of unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation in the developing world.

By educating viewers about technologies and household measures that are able to improve public health in poor countries, such as chlorine disinfectants, ceramic filters and flocculants, the GOOD campaign aims to mobilize further implementation of these tools and save more lives.

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SAE International to Run Webinar on Electric Cars
Organized by SAE International, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, Keys to the Electric Car Future: Batteries, Drivetrain and Infrastructure will explore the future of electric cars. The telephone/webcast is scheduled for May 7, 2009, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. EST.

Welcoming the participation of engineers involved with design, development or manufacture of plug-in hybrid or pure battery-electric vehicles, the event will explore:

  • Current and emerging electric vehicle technologies
  • Possible solutions to obstacles facing plug-in hybrid and battery-electric vehicle manufacture
  • Latest developments in battery technologies, including lithium-ion batteries
  • Economic and legislative landscape for battery production in U.S., Asia and other countries
  • Integration of battery systems, recharging networks and vehicle platforms

For more information, visit SAE International website.

ASHRAE Introduces Initiative to Cut Students’ Plug Loads
In an effort to educate students about appliances and attitudes that save energy, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is funding a teaching project at the University of Oregon.

Known as Plugged In! the initiative invites students to choose more efficient electrical appliances, calculate their plug loads and evaluate the energy implications for their usage.

The project is one of thirteen grants funded and awarded by ASHRAE to colleges and universities worldwide to promote the study and teaching of HVAC&R, while encouraging undergraduate students to pursue related careers.

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