Association News

Association News

ZigBee Alliance announces tenth standard: ZigBee Gateway.

August 3, 2011

As first standard for new ZigBee Network Devices(TM) category, ZigBee Gateway(TM) provides connectivity to IP-based networks as well as access to cloud and smart phone services. Standard gives developers common methodology, helping them mitigate development risk and eliminate need for custom or proprietary solutions while also reducing development and manufacturing effort. Consumers will benefit from monitoring and control capabilities, including smart phone or tablet app integration. Read More

Association News

PMI Fall Conference to host moderated Executive Roundtable.

August 3, 2011

As president, Jack Krecek announced that PMI will host its Fall Conference from September 18-21 in Washington, DC. Executive Roundtable, to be held September 19, will be moderated by political pundit and journalist George Will. Industry leaders will address top-of-mind topics and answer attendees' questions. After panel discussion, George Will offers recap and opening keynote address. With dual track format, meetings in marketing and technical subjects will be held September 19. Read More

Association News

PMMI welcomes 3 Gold Sponsors for lecture at PACK EXPO.

August 3, 2011

PMMI has announced 3 Gold Sponsors for the Leadership Lecture at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, featuring keynote speaker retired General Colin L. Powell. Dorner Manufacturing Corp., Eastman Chemical Company, and Fox IV Technologies will each support General Powell's talk "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values." With more than 1,600 exhibitors, PACK EXPO Las Vegas will be the largest resource for packaging and processing innovation in North America in 2011. Read More

Association News

Award-Winning Packaging at PACK EXPO.

August 3, 2011

At PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, 15 award winning packages will be on display. Sponsored by the Dow Chemical Corporation, the winners are from international and domestic organizations such as ABRE - Brazilian Packaging Association, Glass Packaging Institute, and World Packaging Organisation. The winning designs will be on display in the Showcase of Packaging Innovations exhibit. Read More

Association News

IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for June 2011.

August 3, 2011

June 2011 findings for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits from North American PCB Statistical Program shows industry shipments increased 4.4% from June 2010 and orders booked decreased 4.2% from June 2010. Year to date (YTD), combined industry shipments were up 4.8%, and bookings were down 7.3%. Compared to previous month, combined industry shipments increased 14.4% and bookings increased 11.5%. Combined (rigid and flex) industry book-to-bill ratio reached parity at 1.00. Read More

Association News

Telemedicine Technology is ready but deployments need a boost.

August 2, 2011

According to IEEE experts, telemedicine is technologically ready to meet growing demand for access to health services in developing nations and remote areas, but widespread use will require greater collaboration between technologists and clinicians. Dr. Yadin David, IEEE Senior Member, recommends healthcare providers and technologists agree on standards for minimum system performance of telemedicine networks and platforms, along with development of common vocabulary to describe technologies. Read More

Association News

Six Standards for Catalog approved by smart grid panel.

August 2, 2011

Concerning its Catalog of Standards, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) made 6 entries that relate to high-priority national standards needed to create modern, energy-efficient power grid with seamlessly interoperable components. Specifically, standards address IP communication, energy usage information, vehicle charging stations, use cases for communication between plug-in vehicles and grid, upgrading smart meters, and guidelines wireless communication device assessment. Read More

Association News

Welding and Gases Today relays social media success stories.

August 2, 2011

Gases and welding distributors using social media platforms - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube - to acquire sales leads are highlighted in Summer 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. "Connecting With Customers" article features J.W. Goodliffe and Son. Since joining Facebook in 2010, this company has made several sales due to queries and suggestions from customers. Cyberweld finds customers with similar interests by using Facebook's online advertising. Read More

Association News

ASHRAE names new Distinguished Lecturers.

August 2, 2011

ASHRAE has named 12 new Distinguished Lecturers who provide Society chapters with noted authorities and speak on relevant topics that impact the HVAC/R industry. The total 75 Lecturers for 2011-12 Society year represent 13 countries, including Argentina, Malaysia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Thailand, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and the United States. These lecturers are available to present on 324 topics and speak a combined 9 languages. Read More

Association News

High-Speed 3D Imaging System holds potential for cancer screening.

August 2, 2011

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers developed imaging system that enables high-speed, 3D imaging of microscopic pre-cancerous changes in esophagus or colon. As described in OSA's open access journal Biomedical Optics Express, system is based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) that provides means to see below surface with 3D, microscopic detail. System can capture data at 980 fps while imaging microscopic features less than 8 millionths of a meter in size. Read More

Association News

Manufacturing Summit to address shortage of skilled workers.

August 2, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 12-14, 2011, imX Interactive Manufacturing Experience will examine and offer solutions to critical shortage of skilled workers threatening the future of manufacturing in America. In the interactive "Workforce 2021" area, manufacturing leaders participating in imX will receive free assessment of their organization's ability to meet industry's workforce challenges. Other imX event components will grant attendees access to latest manufacturing technologies. Read More

Association News

Inverter Prototype enhances solar, wind connections to grid.

August 2, 2011

NREL, with industrial partner Semikron and funding from California Energy Commission, developed prototype 50 kW inverter. Included 50 kW modular power block can be included with photovoltaic (PV) array, small wind turbine, battery charger, fuel cell, or flywheel and can control flow of energy onto electric grid. Inverter measures 6 x 2½ ft nd will also contain inductors, capacitors, sensors, contactors, pilot relays, DC power supply, and protective devices. Read More

Association News

MHEDA Journal Online features theme of Engaging Young Talent.

August 2, 2011

The 3rd Quarter issue of the MHEDA Journal Online discusses ways that material handling distributors are recruiting, retaining, training, and engaging young talent in their companies. Readers can see how distributors are going beyond product knowledge to ingrain company culture into Generation Y employees, and how mentoring and job shadowing programs can lead to success. Readers can also get tips for integrating different generations together and overcoming generational obstacles. Read More

Association News

MPIF Member, Powder Metallurgy featured in online event.

August 2, 2011

MPIF VP of Member and Industry Relations Jim Dale will be featured in video presentation on powder metallurgy (PM) during GlobalSpec "Machine Tools & Metal Working" e-vent on August 10, 2011. His "Driving Success through Powder Metallurgy" presentation will detail how evolution in powder production and performance as well as PM processing equipment has expanded options, enabling successful PM solutions to metal component design needs. Read More

Association News

IEEE, Parity Computing partner up for author disambiguation.

August 1, 2011

In support of IEEE Xplore® digital library, IEEE chose Parity Computing, Inc. for author name disambiguation initiative that will leverage Parity's SaaS-based Author Profiling System. This will enabling development and maintenance of unique author and institution IDs for enhanced IEEE Xplore authorsearch experience as well as new value-added services. Author Profiler System will be used to construct and maintain unique, high-accuracy author and affiliation IDs based on existing data. Read More

Association News

PTDA 2011 Industry Summit will focus on industry changes.

August 1, 2011

Held in Washington D.C. from October 13-15, PTDA 2011 Industry Summit allows PTDA members to devote time to working on their businesses with networking, keynotes, and workshops as well as targeted business development opportunities. Signature event, Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX), brings together existing and potential channel partners to strategically plan for upcoming year. Theme for this event will be "CAPITOLize on Change." Read More

Association News

Technical Study will evaluate impacts of Joplin, MO tornado.

August 1, 2011

NIST will conduct full technical study on impacts of May 22, 2011 tornado, rated category EF5 on Enhanced Fujita scale, that struck Joplin, MO. According to NWS and FEMA, this multiple-vortex storm impacted area ~¾ of a mile wide x 14 miles long, destroyed 8,000 structures in its path, and killed 150+ people. Marc Levitan, leader of NIST study, said "lessons learned will be extremely valuable to national efforts aimed at reducing losses of lives and property from tornados." Read More

Association News

AEM presents solution to rebuilding America's interstates.

August 1, 2011

AEM released a revenue-neutral solution to rebuild and modernize America's interstates without raising the gas tax. Proposal, advanced by AEM in effort to reinvigorate stalled debate on infrastructure investment financing, was developed by Jack Schenendorf and Elizabeth Bell. As deadline looms to reauthorize U.S. surface transportation policy, Schenendorf unveiled alternative solutions to supplement federal transportation revenues: Federal Interstate User Fee and Federal Motor Carrier User Fee. Read More

Association News

Powder Metallurgy Summer School experienced continued success.

August 1, 2011

European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) ran its 11th PM Summer School at Fraunhofer Institut IFAM in Dresden during last week in June. Conforming to trend of past few years, demand outweighed capacity; 120 applications were placed for 54 available positions. Participants from 14 countries throughout Europe reflected range of organizations, including PM end users. Students had opportunity to listen to, discuss, and solve problems with some 20 experts from industry and academia. Read More

Association News

Clean Energy Export Principles were launched on Capitol Hill.

August 1, 2011

Coalition of U.S. trade associations, including NEMA, released principles for adoption by U.S. government to support increasing exports of clean energy technologies. "Encouraging U.S. Clean Energy Exports: A Set of Private-Sector Principles" guides aggressive promotion for export of goods and services in technology-neutral manner via strategically deployed resources. Also, actions to protect U.S. IP rights and reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers for green exports are essential. Read More