American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed 12 new members in November 2012: Carter Machinery Company, Inc.; CoServ; eHealth Data Solutions, LLC; Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI); Ergon Inc.; General Dynamics - Ordnance and Tactical Systems; Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc.; Lymphology Association of North America; Prometric Inc.; Raydon Corporation; Travelport LP; and United Services Automobile Association (USAA). Read More
SME announced first 5 student chapters to participate in energy conservation program focused on in-depth assessments of manufacturing facilities. With $292,000 grant from U.S. Department of Energy, SME will partner its student chapters with existing Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at universities nationwide. SME student chapters include those from Iowa State University, Oregon State University, Tennessee Technological University, University of Dayton, and UMass Dartmouth. Read More
At AIA year-end luncheon, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey warned attendees of an impending "'Thelma and Louise' moment, when we careen off into the void," and called for "real work, real negotiation and a real solution" to sequestration. Blakey devoted most of her remarks to 300 members of news media and industry present, pointing out that it is difficult to forecast next year's aerospace and defense industry outlook given uncertainties at hand. Read More
NAM sent Key Vote letters to senators urging passage of the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act, which will grant the United States Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia to grow U.S. exports and secure market access to help create American jobs. According to NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, failure to pass this PNTR legislation will only set us further behind in the growing Russian market and hurt American jobs and manufacturing workers.
According to NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers, manufacturers optimistic about future dropped nearly 40% since beginning of 2012. Survey finds recent slowdown in manufacturing activity, uncertainty caused by fiscal cliff, and poor business climate are having significant negative effects on businesses throughout USA. Sales expectations over next year also dropped, from 4.7% in March to 1.0%, and predictions about capital spending and hiring turned negative for first time since 4Q 2009. Read More
NAM joined 104 businesses and business groups in urging congressional leaders to pass Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which will support and grow manufacturing jobs in USA. According to NAM VP for International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey, "Passing the MTB will reduce the cost of manufacturing in the United States and help manufacturers grow their businesses and improve their competitiveness in an increasingly challenging global marketplace." Read More
Featured at IPC APEX EXPO®, Printed Board Assembly Cleaning and Contamination Testing Center will provide practical guidance on implementing effective cleaning and contamination monitoring processes and help visitors overcome common reliability issues. Processes that will be demonstrated include: ionic testing, surface insulation resistance, solder paste flux cleaning, optical inspection, PCB and component compatibility testing, and ion chromatography with on-the-spot assessment. Read More
ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) has announced web meeting dates for its 5 working groups, as well as its inaugural in-person plenary meeting in January. EESCC is launching work on a standardization roadmap to help advance energy efficiency for the United States. Beginning with first web meeting, EESCC working groups will initiate standards needs assessment and lay strategic groundwork for their portion of the roadmap. Read More