||ANSI Annual Conference
This years American National Standards Institute Annual Conference
in Washington, D.C., Breaking Down Borders: Business, Standards
and Trade, will be of interest to professionals from business,
academia, government and standards developing organizations. Kicking
off two days of presentations, panel discussions and breakout
sessions will be a keynote address from William H. Lash III, U.S.
assistant secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance.
During two panel discussions, international experts from business
and government will explore key issues affecting global commerce
and trade within the context of standards and conformity assessment
activities, and examine facilitation of global trade and harmonization
of international regulations and standards. Concurrent breakout
sessions will focus on diverse issues such as conformity assessment,
government/industry partnerships, standards integration into business
strategies, cross-border personnel certification, and integration
of standards into university curricula. The conference will close
with a luncheon address from James L. Connaughton, chairman of
the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a division of
the Executive Office of the President. Information on the conference
is available on ANSIs Web site. For information about all World Standards Week events click here.
Designers and manufacturing engineers aiming to exploit the high-temperature
strength, superior wear resistance, and other potential advantages
of ceramic materials now have a valuable free resource to consult:
the National Institute of Standards and Technology Structural
Ceramics Database. Available on the NIST Web site (click on evaluated data), the vastly expanded SCD contains
evaluated data on the physical, mechanical, and thermal properties
of a wide range of advanced ceramics. The database now holds more
than 30,000 numeric values for compounds derived from the ceramic
oxide, boride, carbide, nitride, and oxynitride chemical families.
References for all data sources are supplied, and the measurement
methods used to establish numeric values are described. In addition,
the SCD lists materials specifications, including chemical composition
and processing details.
Benchmarking is one important way to assess your companys own
quality program. Toward that end, the applications of the 2001 Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award winners are now available
on the Web. View these to learn more about the winning ways of
the five organizations that received the award last year. The
applications include each organizations responses to questions
in the seven business categories of the Baldrige performance excellence
criteria. Tailored for business, education and health care, the
seven categories are: leadership, strategic planning, customer
and market focus, information and analysis, human resource focus,
process management, and results.
In addition, a new set of audiovisual materials showcasing the
successful strategies of the same five winning organizations has
been released. Available on VHS or CD, the programs are available
from the American Society for Quality, PO Box 3066, Milwaukee,
WI 53201-3066 (800/248-1946).
The National Educators Workshop 2002 (NEW:Update) will be held Oct. 13-16 at San Jose State University.
There will be experiments, demonstrations, and special interest
sessions, lab tours, and social events. Contact: Jim Jacobs, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va. (phone: 757/823-8109).
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