ANSI took part in meeting of Russian and U.S. experts on international trade hosted by Moscow's World Trade Center. Attended by number of U.S. officials and high-ranking Russian representatives, meeting included discussion of methods to promote future U.S.-Russian trade, including cooperation in areas of technical standards and compliance assurance. One suggestion included launching standards exchange event to gain better knowledge of each side's approach to standards development. Read More
Through technical assistance, Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program helps communities improve local economy, environment, and people’s health. Program aims to help applicants develop solutions to local challenges and to share them with other communities. Application categories include: Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change; Redevelopment for Job Creation; Manufactured and Modular Homes in Sustainable Neighborhood Design; and Medical and Social Service Facilities Siting. Read More
NEMA welcomed President Obama's announcement during the State of the Union address of his intention to enter the U.S. into comprehensive free trade negotiations with the 27-member European Union later this year. In 2012, NEMA urged the administration to launch such negotiations as part of a strategy to reduce uncertainty and raise the level of confidence for electrical manufacturers and associated services providers that want to trade and invest across the Atlantic. Read More
Doing more than discussing need for skilled manufacturing employees, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is acting on several initiatives: reducing skilled labor shortage, educating tomorrow's workforce via programs at educational facilities, and on-site training for workers to acquire new skills. Also, SME's Educational Foundation (SME-EF) provides guidance and funding to high schools considered exemplary for manufacturing education they offer. Read More
Project Management Institute (PMI) named ISPE as Registered Education Provider (REP), effective October 31, 2012. REPs have been approved by PMI, after meeting rigorous quality criteria, to help project managers achieve and maintain Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, and other PMI professional credentials. ISPE Training Department's mission is to develop quality, topic-specific, in-depth training products in various delivery methods.
NEMA MGW 1-2013 covers issues pertaining to rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Small Electric Motors of March 9, 2010, and related documents. White paper does not cover Department of Energy’s energy conservation standards and test procedures for electric motors, which apply to much larger set of products. Anyone unsure of the application of small motor rulemaking to their equipment should review scope of that rulemaking or contact DOE directly with questions. Read More
EPA has released 2012 CDR information database, which provides use and exposure information on more than 7,600 chemicals used in U.S. commerce. Companies are now required to provide information on chemicals used in children’s and other consumer products, along with reports on commercial applications and industrial uses of chemicals. For first time ever, EPA also required companies to substantiate confidentiality claims to ensure that as much information as possible is made available to public. Read More
Funded by Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation (SME-EF) and its partners and sponsors, Manufacturing is Cool engages students in basic engineering and science principles and provides interesting and useful educational resources for parents and teachers. According to SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin, "We designed the Manufacturing is Cool website to inspire, prepare, and support young people for careers in advanced manufacturing without patronizing them."
AIA, the global vision and imaging industry's trade association, has released the USB3 Vision™ camera interface standard. Based on USB 3.0 interface, USB3 Vision takes advantage of USB 3.0 ports that will soon be standard on most PCs. It offers bandwidth of 350 MBps and does not require frame grabber. Available for free download on AIA website, standard covers 4 basic operations: device discovery, device control, event handling, and streaming data. Read More
Attendees at BSA 2013 Winter Meeting in Atlanta said the meeting met or exceeded their expectations. Although all attendees pursued full agendas in BSA committees, most rate the opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry as a top priority for attending. In addition to regular committee meetings, event also featured a presentation by blogger Alan See who reviewed ways in which the rise of social media impacts organizations and their ability to compete in digital, connected world. Read More
Up from 3Q2012 reading of 50.3, 4Q12 PTDA Business Index reading of 50.7 indicates power transmission/motion control industry expanded for eleventh consecutive quarter. Sales rose 6% in 4Q12, up from 5% in 3Q12, and same percentages applied to distributor sales growth. Manufacturers reported sales of 6%, flat from 3Q, and PTDA members expect 2013 to be another year of growth with average projection of 7% (up from 6% in 3Q2013). Also, 13 of 14 end markets were reported in positive territory. Read More
ASTM A1082/A1082M, Specification for High Strength Precipitation Hardening and Duplex Stainless Steel Bolting for Special Purpose Applications, covers bolting used in oil and gas industries for offshore drilling platforms, sour gas service, expanders/compressors in pipeline service, power generation facilities, and heat exchanger and cryogenic applications. In addition to general requirements, standard includes supplementary requirements that apply only when specified individually by purchaser. Read More
BIO lauds Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) for introducing H.R. 701, a bill to speed implementation of a key provision in Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, which directed US SEC to make revisions to Regulation A that will increase access to capital for growing companies, such as biotech innovators. Once changes are implemented, Regulation A will spur fundraising for emerging biotech companies, for which $50 million capital influx could support groundbreaking research and stimulate job creation. Read More
A number of RIA members have partnered with All Hands Volunteers to create The Sandy Solution, a cleaning solution designed to remediate houses with mold growth as a result of flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Depending on building conditions and needs of homeowner, solution offers stepped approach to repair the damage. Unlike other cleaning solutions used in flood cleanup, The Sandy Solution uses a foam generator to apply anti-microbial cleaners. Read More
In January 2012 ruling, U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit ordered EPA to reconsider 2012 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligation for cellulosic biofuels but rejected all other complaints brought by American Petroleum Institute (API). Regarding letter sent by API to EPA that claims "zeroing out the 2012 obligation is the only proper implementation of the Court’s ruling," BIO's Brent Erickson said API should yield to EPA's recognized authority and EPA should reject API's spin attempt. Read More
FAA solicited proposals to develop 6 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around USA. UAS introduction into national airspace will require ensuring privacy is appropriately protected. Accordingly, FAA is requesting public input into FAA efforts to ensure privacy questions surrounding pilot program are properly addressed. FAA's proposed privacy approach emphasizes transparency, public engagement, and compliance with existing law. Read More
BSA is supporting U.S. military families through local charity in South Carolina called Operation Military Kids, which is part of the National Operation Military Kids initiative designated to provide support to children and youth of families that are impacted by global contingency operations. To make bearing industry contribution more significant, convention committee and Board of Directors are suggesting that each member company and participating manufacturer match BSA's contribution of $3,000. Read More
According to AMT, December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $499.43 million, which was up 17.8% from November but down 9.4% when compared to total of $550.99 million reported for December 2011. With year-end total of $5,705.58 million, 2012 was up 2.6% compared with 2011. These numbers and all data in this report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in USMTO program.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised its standard defining speed identification symbol for agricultural equipment. Specifically, ANSI/ASAE S584.3 JAN2013, Agricultural Equipment: Speed Identification Symbol (SIS), corrects transposed symbol in previous version. Read More
National Biodiesel Board applauded launch of General Motors 2014 Chevrolet Cruze light-duty diesel passenger car, approved for use with 20% biodiesel blends (B20), at 2013 National Automobile Dealers Association and American Truck Dealers Convention. In comment, National Biodiesel Board technical director Steve Howell said, combined efficiency of diesel engines with low-carbon nature of Advanced Biofuel positions new technology diesel engines to become clean and green technology of future. Read More