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Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation of members and partners, highlighting recent accomplishments and new resources related to standardization.

ASTM Launches Online Journal on Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems
ASTM International, an ANSI member and audited designator, has announced its new online journal, Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems. The journal's papers will be freely accessible during its first year; the first 20 papers are now available.

The journal will provide a platform where researchers and practitioners in the fields of information science, systems engineering and engineering design, manufacturing, product life-cycle, and emerging data science can share their work. A key goal of the journal is to foster collaboration among stakeholders to support smart and sustainable manufacturing research and development.

To access the journal and learn more, see the ASTM news release.

UL Webinar to Detail Additive Manufacturing Safety and Risks
UL, an ANSI member and audited designator, has announced an upcoming webinar on additive manufacturing safety.

"Protecting your AM Investment - Metal Power Safety" will cover many aspects of safety in the field, from specific material hazards and environmental conditions to material degradation, personal protection equipment, and fire suppression. Attendees will learn how to mitigate associated risks and protect their investment in an AM operation.

The free one-hour webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 14, at 11:00 am ET. Registration is required.

To learn more and register for the webinar, see UL's event page.

Kavi Acquired by Higher Logic
Kavi, an ANSI member, announced that it has been acquired by Higher Logic, an industry leader in cloud-based community platforms.Following the acquisition, Higher Logic is incorporating the Kavi Workspace into its community platform. Workspace provides a system for team members located around the world to collaborate on long-term projects, including developing standards and specifications.

"As a collaboration tool, Workspace has excelled at bridging the gaps for organizational processes and helping people share and organize complex work," said Kavi CEO Dave Coryell. "We look forward to bringing Kavi into the Higher Logic family of products and delivering a more complete community and collaboration platform to the market."

Read more in the Higher Logic/Kavi press release.

ISO Interviews Women in Standardization for International Women's Day
To mark International Women's Day on March 8 and highlight the importance of women's engagement in standards development, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) interviewed several women leaders and experts in standardization.

Interviewees included ISO vice president Bronwyn Evans, and chairs and secretaries of technical committees. The women recommended how to get more women into standards development, the challenges and perks of working in standardization, and why women should participate in standards. They also gave advice to young women starting their careers.

"Attracting more women to standardization relies on having a higher proportion of women experts in technical fields, where today they are often under-represented. This starts by teaching girls at a young age that they can become whoever they want to be and work in any discipline they choose," said Dr. Lyne Cormier, chair of ISO TC 6, Paper, board, and pulps. "It also starts by giving all girls and young women in the world access to education from grade school to university."

Read the feature in the ISO news item.

Parenteral Drug Association Approved as ANSI Accredited Standards Developer
ANSI's Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has approved ANSI member Parenteral Drug Association (PDA) as an ANSI accredited standards developer under its proposed operating procedures for documenting consensus on PDA-sponsored American National Standards (ANS), effective March 1, 2017. For additional information, please contact Joshua E. Eaton, PDA senior project manager, scientific and regulatory affairs (301.656.5900 ext 112; [email protected]).


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