Association News

Association News

PMA East/West Michigan Districts form alliance with MIOSHA.

June 25, 2009

East and West Michigan Districts of PMA have signed alliance agreement with MIOSHA to promote safety/health of workers in metalforming industry. Part of Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth, MIOSHA works with public and private sector employers to find ways to enhance workplace safety/health. Alliance goals include developing training resources, reducing/preventing exposure to hazards and addressing press safety issues, and promoting MIOSHA programs to district members. Read More

Association News

Business Conditions Report forecasts minimal change.

June 25, 2009

According to the June 2009 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect little change in business conditions during the next 3 months. Expectations include a slight uptick in general economic activity alongside a slight improvement in incoming orders. Conversely, current average daily shipping levels were said to dip somewhat in June, and metalforming companies with portions of their workforce on short time or layoff increased to 81% in June. Read More

Association News

Best Practice Guidelines aid ECM analysis, implementation.

June 25, 2009

AIIM ARP1-2009, Analysis, Selection, and Implementation of Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS) presents set of procedures and activities that should be considered when initiating any EDMS project. It provides outline of recommended activities to be completed throughout the phases of an EDMS project as well as technical reports, guidelines, and standards (national and international) available to provide beneficial guidance. Read More

Association News

US Dairy Market Sales increase despite economic concerns.

June 25, 2009

According to a study conducted by PMMI, Dairy Industry Market Research Study 2009, sales of dairy products in the US experienced an increase of 2% last year. This news comes despite an overall price hike of 95 and consequences of the economic downturn over the last 2 years. Discussing perspectives of 40 dairy processors, associations, and suppliers, the aforementioned study aims to analyze the local dairy market dynamics and determine the outlook for the dairy industry in the future. Read More

Association News

AFS offers engine filtration training in October.

June 25, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 5-8, 2009, 4th Bi-Annual Emissions Solutions in Transportation Conference will include short courses targeted at transportation issues, including Advanced Engine Filtration and Advanced Topics in Filter Testing. Short courses for those who seek to understand filtration principles include Basic Liquid Filtration and Separations, Basic Gas/Air Filtration and Separation, and Microfiltration and Ultrafiltration Membranes. Read More

Association News

New ASHRAE Officers, Directors are installed at conference.

June 25, 2009

At its 2009 Annual Conference held June 20-24, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) installed new officers and directors. New president, Gordon V. R. Holness, addresses energy efficiency in existing buildings with his "Sustaining Our Future by Rebuilding Our Past" theme. He pointed out that existing buildings offer an opportunity to impact national energy demand, reduce dependence on imported oil/gas, and minimize carbon footprints. Read More

Association News

Clean Energy Leadership Act includes NEMA provisions.

June 25, 2009

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved American Clean Energy Leadership Act of 2009 by bipartisan vote of 15-8. Bill includes recommendations that NEMA provided when it testified before committee in March. Some key provisions include: create Clean Energy Investment Fund, establish national Renewable Electricity Standard, require FERC to develop interconnection-wide transmission plan, and establish financing mechanisms for large and small manufacturers. Read More

Association News

NEMA releases documentation for traffic device protocols.

June 25, 2009

NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE have published National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) 8007 v01 Testing and Conformity Assessment Documentation within NTCIP Standards Publications. Defining requirements for NTCIP working groups in producing test documentation as part of standards process, it promotes consistent look/feel for testing documentation throughout various standards. Family of communication protocols for traffic management devices has been in development since 1996. Read More

Association News

ICUEE 2009 Expo to honor members of utility industry.

June 25, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 6-8, 2009 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition focuses on utility/construction industry, including electric, phone/cable, sewer/water, gas, general construction, landscaping, and public works. Show will cover more than 1 million net sq-ft of exhibits of latest equipment, technologies, products, and services. It will commemorate dedicated workers who respond during disaster recovery efforts with special display as well as recognition on show website. Read More

Association News

NEMA urges DOE to adopt new energy savings rule.

June 25, 2009

NEMA submitted comments to Department of Energy on Notice of Proposed Rule, Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps and Incandescent Reflector Lamps. In these comments, NEMA provided proposals that will result in significant energy savings by removing least efficient lighting products on market. Document includes several scenarios that would result in phase-out of T12 lamp without causing disruption in marketplace. Read More

Association News

AEM urges swift action on infrastructure legislation.

June 25, 2009

Joining coalition of organizations, AEM urges Congress to move ahead on reauthorization of surface transportation legislation. According to AEM President, Dennis Slater, if Congress can make long term commitment to investing in infrastructure, contractors will be able to make needed investment in capital equipment that will meet short term need to put people back to work and long term need to repair and update US infrastructure. Read More

Association News

FDI Project Team achieves development milestones.

June 25, 2009

Steering Committee of EDDL ECT announces that their technical team has achieved milestones in effort to develop common solution for field device integration. FDI Team performed inventory of use case analysis and designed draft architecture concept and draft functional specifications. Architecture is a client/server structure based on OPC Unified Architecture technologies. Field Device Integration is realized by Device Package containing EDDL components and optional programmed component. Read More

Association News

OPC Foundation demonstrates analyzer device integration.

June 25, 2009

OPC Foundation has announced successful demonstration of data exchange between applications using OPC UA Analyzer Device Integration information model at ACHEMA Exhibition. Prototype of OPC UA client for OSIsoft PI System collected ADI server's spectral data, which was then visualized in Excel using PI DataLink. Results of reference implementation efforts prove that ADI specification can be implemented in way that allows connectivity with virtually any OPC UA client. Read More

Association News

Standard addresses determination of sulfur forms in coal.

June 24, 2009

Subcommittee D05.21 on Methods of Analysis invites all interested parties to participate in development of proposed new standard, WK22936, Test Method for Determination of Sulfur Forms in Coal by ICP-AES. Standard is to be based on D2492, Test Method for Forms of Sulfur in Coal, but will be focused on reducing required sample sizes. Gravimetric and atomic absorption detection methods will be replaced in proposed standard with inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy. Read More

Association News

Five Road Projects win transportation awards.

June 24, 2009

Highway users in Maryland, New York, Delaware, and Pennsylvania are benefiting from less congestion, improved safety, and greater productivity as a result of 5 projects that were named winners in America's Transportation Awards Northeast regional competition. Fourteen projects from 8 northeast states and D.C. were judged in 3 categories: On Time, On Budget, and Innovative Management. Winning projects are now in running for America's Transportation Awards Grand Prize. Read More

Association News

NIST seeks proposals for fellowship grants.

June 24, 2009

With $20 million from American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, NIST is establishing financial assistance program to help selected institutions develop and implement measurement science and engineering fellowship program. NIST expects to award up to $20 million to support up to 5 grants to educational institutions, organizations, or local governments and expects program to support about 100 fellowship positions, used for training students and collaborative research. Read More

Association News

Report asserts customs rule costs more than $20 billion/year.

June 24, 2009

Based on survey of 215 CBC members representing small to large businesses, report by Customs and Border Coalition highlights huge cost of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's 10+2 Rule, which requires manufacturers and other importers to provide new data to government. Report asserts that compliance with rule is difficult and disruptive to respondents' supply chains, imposes permanent operation costs of $3.5 billion each year, and adds 3 days of additional delay to global supply chain. Read More

Association News

Decline Reported in passenger demand and cargo traffic.

June 24, 2009

According to ATA, passenger revenue fell 26% in May 2009 versus same month in 2008. This marks seven consecutive months in which passenger revenue fell from prior year. While average price to fly one mile fell 17.6%, number of passengers traveling on US airlines in May fell 9.5%. These results also reflect impacts from H1N1 (swine) influenza outbreaks. Marking nine consecutive months of decline, US airlines also saw cargo traffic fall 22% year over year in April 2009. Read More

Association News

NAM Supports administration's WTO case against China.

June 24, 2009

Frank Vargo, NAM VP for International Economic Affairs, issued a statement supporting the announcement by US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, that the US and EU are initiating dispute settlement procedures in the WTO regarding China's export restraints on raw materials important to US manufacturers. Citing "a clear violation of commitments China made when joining the WTO," Vargo said the "export restriction of 9 key raw materials has distorted trade and caused economic injury to NAM members." Read More

Association News

TRFA Committee formed to report on chemical regulation.

June 24, 2009

A Regulatory Affairs Committee has been formed in response to growing regulations affecting chemical products. Its primary role is to identify and track existing and proposed regulations and policies that may impact TRFA companies as well as communicate these issues to TRFA members. Likewise, the committee will support open communication among the Committee, TRFA members, and the Board of Directors on regulatory issues. Read More