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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.

NEMA Establishes New Electric Vehicle Working Groups
The Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment/Systems Section of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has established two new working groups to address gaps in electric vehicle (EV) charging standards as identified in the ANSI Electric Vehicle Standardization Roadmap.

One working group will focus on developing standards for network roaming of public charging stations that permit EV drivers to locate and reserve public charging sites, support roaming that allows charging services from a provider other than the EV user's home charger, and address offline access control at charging stations. To address gaps related to communication aspects of EV meters, a second working group will develop standards that will communicate metering data from the end user to the vehicle.

For more information on ANSI's work in electrical vehicle standardization, visit the ANSI Electric Vehicles Standardization Panel homepage.

NCCER Offers Training Toolbox for the Construction Industry
ANSI member the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) has developed a Training Toolbox for NCCER sponsor representatives, assessment administrators, master trainers, and craft instructors that provides the necessary tools, resources, and practical support to promote the importance of training throughout the construction industry.

The Toolbox offers resources for training new workforce personnel and developing existing employee skills, and business improvement recommendations for devising a plan that fits a broad spectrum of company or organization needs. To access the Toolbox, click here.

IICRC Launches New Website
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recently launched a new website allowing the general public and industry professionals to access resources and information about consumer and registrant benefits, education and training, and standards for the health, safety, and welfare of the built environment.

IICRC is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries with offices in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. To access the new website, visit

MHIA Releases Forecast for Growth in Material Handling Equipment
A 16% increase in material handling equipment orders in 2011 is among the positive economic indicators contained in the latest Material Handling Equipment Manufacturing Forecast (MHEM), published by ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA). Looking forward, the MHEM forecasts up to a 9% growth in 2012 and 12% growth in 2013.

In addition, material handling equipment shipments grew over 17% in 2011, and are forecasted to grow 9% in 2012 and 11% in 2013. And domestic demand grew 19% in 2011 and will likely mirror shipment growth in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

The MHEM looks 12 to 18 months ahead to anticipate changes in the material handling and logistics marketplace. The most recent report is available here.


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