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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.

IAPMO Honored with President's "E" Award for Its Contributions to Increasing U.S. Exports

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, was recently recognized for its outstanding contributions to increasing United States exports with the President's "E" Award for Export Service.

"The 'E' Awards Committee was very impressed with IAPMO's success in supporting foreign adoption of U.S. developed and internationally recognized plumbing standards to open new export markets in Asia," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, at a May award ceremony in the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters. "The organization's opening of a testing and certification facility in Jakarta to facilitate the exports of U.S. plumbing products to Indonesia was also particularly notable. IAPMO's achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs."

Five years ago, IAPMO formed a partnership with the U.S. Commerce Department's International Trade Administration (ITA) to generate exports to Indonesia and increase the competitiveness of the U.S. plumbing supply industry in that region. Through the partnership and a grant that IAPMO received from the ITA, IAPMO and Indonesia's National Standardization Agency signed a memorandum of understanding and created a comprehensive body of regulations that will provide the technical basis of Indonesia's water/sanitation infrastructure. As a result of these regulations, public safety and infrastructure in Indonesia are being improved, and there are increased opportunities for U.S. plumbing products and services to be sold in the Indonesian market. Since the project began, there has been an 85% increase in total annualized U.S. plumbing exports to Indonesia.

"Congratulations to IAPMO on this well-deserved and distinctive award for their significant contributions to supporting not only U.S. manufacturer competitiveness in foreign markets, but also the development of high-quality infrastructure internationally," said ANSI president and CEO Joe Bhatia. "ANSI is proud to support U.S. public-private partnerships in standardization and the foreign adoption of U.S.-developed and internationally recognized standards to open new export markets that support the U.S. economy."

Access "Global Standards Publishing Market: 2019 Report" with ANSI Member Discount

ANSI members can receive a special offer special discount offer (10%) provided by Outsell, a private research and advisory firm on their newly published "Global Standards Publishing Market: 2019 Report." The report is the seventh in a series of annual updates and provides a view of the size and structure of the market in 2018 and its key drivers and disruptors.

The report highlights essential actions for CEOs and their executive teams at stakeholder organizations within this sector and for investors in the space who must understand its unfolding dynamics.

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CTA Study Offers Insight into Consumer Interest in Robotics at Home

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released statistics from a recent study of 2,000 U.S. adults who are familiar with robotics.

According to the study, 45% of adults in the U.S. are familiar with robotics, and of that group, 84% are enthusiastic about the use of robotics in their everyday life. Overall, consumers would like to see robotics offer convenience, money savings, and time savings, in both the household and education arenas. Many consumers (84%) also expressed an interested in using robotics to deliver food and packages, as well as in a health care setting (67%). So far, only one in five U.S. adults has already interacted with household robotics, such as robotic lawn mowers, vacuum cleaners, and window cleaners.

Read more results from the study, and view a 15-minute video with a topline summary of the report findings, on CTA's website.

CRSI Releases Free App Providing Reference Guide for Reinforcing Steel Information
The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has released a new mobile app that provides users with a ready reference guide for common reinforcing steel data and information.

Rebar Reference provides ASTM standard rebar specifications, including:

  • Sizes

  • Diameters

  • Areas

  • Weights

  • Typical hook details

  • Minimum yield requirements

  • Minimum tensile requirements

Users can also see industry standard bar markings for inch-pound rebar (grades 40, 50, 60, 75, 80, 100 [A615], 100 [A1035], 120, and access links to CRSI's resource materials, Rebar U, and website through the app.

See the CRSI website to learn more. Download the free app in the Apple App Store and Google Play for iOS and Android devices.

DASMA Website Lists Safety Tips for Garage Doors
The Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association International (DASMA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has published a list of safety tips and guidelines for garage doors, garage door openers, gate openers, and gate systems, as well as a maintenance guide to keep garage doors and openers in good shape.

DASMA offers many other safety, installation, and maintenance suggestions, including references to UL and ASTM standards and testing that support safe and properly functioning doors. To read more, see DASMA's website.

Approval of TAG Accreditation to ISO TC 304 on Healthcare organization management

ANSI's Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has formally approved the accreditation of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 304, Healthcare organization management and the appointment of InGenesis, Inc. as TAG Administrator, effective May 30, 2019. ANSI is the U.S. member body to ISO.

The TAG will operate under the Model Operating Procedures for U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ANSI for ISO Activities as contained in Annex A of the ANSI International Procedures. For additional information, please contact: Mr. Lee Webster, InGenesis, Inc., 10231 Kotzebue Street, San Antonio, TX 78217; phone: 703.867.0721; email: [email protected]


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