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
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
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.
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
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."
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