Association News

Association News

Legal Entity Identifier Standard has been published by ISO.

June 21, 2012

Targeting financial services industry, ISO 17442:2012, Financial services - Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), enables accurate and unambiguous identification of entities engaged in financial transactions. Standard is intended to meet data collection and analysis needs of national and global regulators in response to problems from world financial crisis. Document describes 20-character alphanumeric code as well as additional elements for reference data attributes. Read More

Association News

CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012 concludes successful run.

June 20, 2012

CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012, the largest construction-related trade show in Russia and Eastern Europe, provided exhibitors with direct access to quality buyers and potential business partners. AEM offered exhibitors high-profile location that allowed manufacturers and their exclusive dealers to control corporate brand and marketing messages. AEM helped facilitate exhibitor travel planning and offered cost-effective exhibit options, so members could expand their presence internationally. Read More

Association News

Test Procedures cover enclosed low-voltage AC circuit breakers.

June 20, 2012

NEMA published ANSI/NEMA C37.50 Low-Voltage AC Power Circuit Breakers Used in Enclosures - Test Procedures, the first new edition in 24 years. Document covers stationary or drawout circuit breakers of 2-, 3-, or 4-pole construction, with 1 or more rated max voltages of 635, 508, and 254 V for application on systems having nominal voltages of 600, 480, and 240 V. It applies to unfused or fused type breakers as well as manually operated or power operated units. Read More

Association News

Plastics Producer SABIC agrees to reduce harmful air pollution.

June 20, 2012

SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC, and its subsidiary, SABIC Innovative Plastics Mt. Vernon, LLC, have agreed to pay civil penalty of approximately $1 million and improve leak detection and repair practices to settle alleged violations of Clean Air Act at chemical manufacturing facilities in Mt. Vernon, IN. and Burkville, AL. Emissions of hazardous air pollutants from leaking equipment may cause serious health effects including cancer, reproductive issues, and birth defects. Read More

Association News

AEM urges conferees to reach agreement on transportation bill.

June 20, 2012

AEM President Dennis Slater issued statement after attending Transportation Construction Coalition fly-in and meeting with Members of Congress on both sides of aisle to urge swift action on transportation bill. In statement, Slater expressed that after 1,000 days, 9 extensions, and approaching June 30th deadline, he was pleased that bipartisan group of members are working in Congress to finally get long-term highway bill passed, since manufacturers depend on strong infrastructure system. Read More

Association News

Nonresidential Construction Spending was down 0.7% in April.

June 20, 2012

According to June 1 report by U.S. Census Bureau, nonresidential construction spending fell 0.7% to $558.33 billion in April on seasonally adjusted annualized basis but is up 7.1% from April 2011. "With the U.S. economy decelerating for a third consecutive spring/summer," commented ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, "the forward looking indicators are no longer positive, implying that nonresidential construction momentum will continue to languish." Read More

Association News

Construction Industry Unemployment dips to 14.2% in May 2012.

June 20, 2012

While U.S. construction industry lost 28,000 jobs in May, unemployment rate fell to 14.2% - down from 14.5% in April 2012 and 16.3% in May 2011 - according to the June 1 employment report by U.S. Labor Department. "While the construction industry unemployment rate did drop," said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, "it's likely an indication that many construction workers have either found jobs in other industries, or have simply vanished from the workforce." Read More

Association News

Mass Settlement halts welding fume lawsuits.

June 20, 2012

According to Welding and Gases Today Online, steering committees for parties in Welding Fume MDL have reached global settlement resolving nearly all welding fume cases pending in state or federal courts. In exchange for dismissing their lawsuits and releasing all manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of welding fume products from liability, participating plaintiffs will be eligible to receive payments from settlement pool being funded by welding rod manufacturers. Read More

Association News

EPRI Releases EV fast charger demonstration results.

June 20, 2012

In February 2012 at its Knoxville, TN laboratory, EPRI demonstrated first prototype 2.4 kV, 45 kVA-based, solid-state, direct-current (DC) fast charging technology for electric vehicles. Using Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi iMiEV, EPRI demonstrated charging and communication capabilities of Utility Direct Fast Charger technology with EV battery management systems. UI and web-based mobile data collection system were also included in demonstration. Read More

Association News

Sponsorship Opportunities available for World Standards Week.

June 20, 2012

ANSI invites all interested organizations to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities for World Standards Week 2012, Oct 9-12. Sponsors not only support voluntary standardization community, but also gain recognition and benefits. Four tiers of sponsorship packages are available. Depending on sponsorship level, benefits include complimentary admission to WSW events, distribution of promotional material to attendees, color print and web advertising, and premiere signage. Read More

Association News

Comments Sought on proposed forensic analysis standard.

June 20, 2012

Standards Australia (SA), Australian member body to ISO, submitted proposal for International Standard on minimizing risk of contamination in products used to collect and analyze biological material for forensic DNA purposes. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by July 27, 2012. Proposed work item would set particular criteria around which consumables used in forensic DNA collection and analysis should be manufactured. Read More

Association News

North American PM Industry experienced universal growth.

June 20, 2012

According to Metal Powder Industries Federation President Matthew Bulger, North American powder metallurgy (PM) industry has built on growth momentum from last year in all materials, process, and market sectors. In comment at PowderMet2012, Bulger elaborated that past 2 years suggests sustainable industry recovery. He also noted 2012 began on positive note, with rising confidence levels, and also called to mind need for experienced production workers and PM engineering professionals. Read More

Association News

AMT sets IMTS 2012 balloon schedule.

June 20, 2012

Show management for IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 has announced the festival schedule for the hallmark IMTS hot air balloon. Leading up to and after IMTS 2012, which will be held Sept 10-15 in Chicago, balloon can be seen at Michigan Balloon Challenge, Vermont Balloon Festival, Mid-USA Ohio Challenge, QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, Hamburger Festival, and Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Read More

Association News

MPIF announces award winning powder metallurgy parts.

June 20, 2012

Winning parts in 2012 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards can be found in auto engines and transmissions, electronics, medical devices, agricultural equipment, consumer products, military, and emergency applications. For example, GKN Sinter Metals won grand prize in automotive engine category for VVT rotor adapter assembly. In automotive chassis category, Capstan Atlantic won grand prize for complex PM steel 2-stage helical gear and spur pinion used in power liftgate actuator. Read More

Association News

NAM Chief Economist comments on May Jobs Report.

June 20, 2012

In his post, A Disappointing May Jobs Report, Chad Moutray notes economy added 69,000 net new jobs in May, with manufacturing up 12,000, as reported by The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Moutray calls this labor report "consistent with recent weaknesses...seen in the global and domestic marketplace" and points out anxieties felt regarding Europe and long-term tax policies. Moutray also mentions rises in unemployment to 8.2% and "so-called real unemployment rate" to 14.8%. Read More

Association News

Theodore Engle Honored for work on copper/copper alloy standards.

June 20, 2012

ASTM International Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Theodore J. Engle, product development manager at Revere Copper Products of Rome, NY. ASTM member since 1997, Engle is second vice chairman of Committee B05 and serves on multiple subcommittees. He is also chairman of Subcommittee B05.02 on Rod, Bar, Wire, Shapes, and Forgings and secretary of B05.94 on Strategic Planning. Engle also works on Committees E06/E12/E35. Read More

Association News

HART Co-Sponsors Field Communication Lounge at ACHEMA 2012.

June 19, 2012

HART® Communication Foundation joins FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International), and OPC Foundation as co-sponsors of Field Communication Lounge exhibit at ACHEMA 2012. Here, field communication organizations will exhibit individual process automation communication technologies in common display area. HART multi-vendor exhibit includes 2 demonstration displays - Get Connected and WirelessHART® - to educate users on benefits of using HART-enabled devices. Read More

Association News

SME Conference focuses on 3D imaging and additive manufacturing.

June 19, 2012

Held May 22-25 in Atlanta, SME RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition attracted students and professionals from 24 countries interested in 3D imaging and additive manufacturing technologies. Event provided real-world examples of how additive manufacturing is revolutionizing the way new products are designed, prototyped, and produced, offering manufacturers advantages in terms of creativity, manufacturability, cost-savings, and time-to-market. Read More

Association News

Power Switching Safety Conference scheduled for Aug 27-28.

June 19, 2012

EPRI's 16th Annual Power Switching Safety and Reliability Conference offers opportunity for managers, supervisors, and operations personnel to exchange information about switching policies and procedures that contribute to improved safety and reliability. Conference addresses variety of issues, including detailed switching procedures and associated software, programs for training, audits and incident investigation as well as management strategies and policies. Read More

Association News

Educational Webinar to address hydraulic system design.

June 19, 2012

Scheduled for July 19, 2012, NFPA Educational Webinar will explain how to design safe, reliable, and efficient hydraulics. External leakage in hydraulic systems represents not only fluid loss, with its attendant costs and safety and environmental concerns, but energy loss as well. Presenter Phil Robinson of Parker Hannifin Corp. will share how ISO and NFPA standards, particularly NFPA/T2.24.2, can help people design, build, and maintain leak-free hydraulic systems. Read More