Association News

Association News

FMA receives Platinum Partner Award.

January 20, 2010

FMA received Platinum Partner Award to honor its commitment and contributions to Austin Polytechnical Academy, a manufacturing and engineering high school in Chicago Public Schools. FMA funded $20,000 grant request from Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council to support APA's FIRST Robotics Team, a summer manufacturing camp for youth, and the school's new Manufacturing Technology Center, which is a computer controlled equipment center for hands-on engineering practice. Read More

Association News

Two SME Webinars will dispel 7 micromanufacturing myths.

January 20, 2010

Many myths are associated with micromanufacturing processes, and SME wants to expose their facts/fictions so that manufacturing practitioners can take advantage of available opportunities. SME will host webinars on February 9 at 1:00 pm - Understanding NanoManufacturing: An Introduction to a New World - and February 10 at 11:00 am - MicroManufacturing: Getting Even Smaller. Read More

Association News

PTDA Manufacturing Sales Report shows monthly US decrease.

January 20, 2010

Following gains in October 2009, US manufacturers' sales decreased while Canadian manufacturers posted no change in November 2009 according to PTDA's Market Outlook Report. US manufacturers' sales dropped 6.1% from October 2009 sales, following 3 months of increasing sales, while year-to-date sales figures comparisons for November still reflect sales declines. US manufacturers' year-to-date sales are down 27.9%, and Canadian manufacturers' year-to-year sales are off 25.8%. Read More

Association News

Earl Walker to chair 30th Anniversary celebration.

January 20, 2010

Earl Walker, CEO of Carr Lane Manufacturing, will serve as chair for SME Education Foundation's 30th Anniversary. Mr. Walker has been a member of SME for 50 years and has made considerable time and financial contributions to SME and its Foundation. Selection of Mr. Walker as chair for this event is an acknowledgement of the creation of The Myrtle and Earl Walker Endowed Scholarship, now worth over $1 million, which has provided more than 300 scholarships. Read More

Association News

NADCA Report aids aluminum die casting coating selection.

January 20, 2010

Performance Evaluation of Surface Finishes on Aluminum Die Castings examines results from 15 surface finishes applied to 15 aluminum die castings that were tested in 30-day accelerated corrosion test. This report reveals 6 surface finishes were continuing to provide protection, while remaining 9 coatings were determined to have failed - offering little or no further corrosion protection. It should be used to complete first steps of selecting finish. Read More

Association News

PTDA Foundation Vanguard Campaign hits targets.

January 20, 2010

As 2009 drew to a close, PTDA Foundation challenged association's members to lead the charge in linking young adults to career paths in industrial distribution. Eighteen employers rose to the occasion by making 2010 PTDA Foundation contribution before the year ended, helping PTDA Foundation to surpass its Vanguard goal and raise $51,350. Along with support of other Alliance Partners, distributors, and manufacturing partners, these gifts funded a number of advances in ICP program. Read More

Association News

NIST announces officers of Smart Grid Standards Panel.

January 20, 2010

NIST announced that John D. McDonald, general manager of marketing for GE Energy's transmission and distribution business, will serve as chair of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. Board also chose John F. Caskey, senior director of Power Equipment Division at NEMA to be vice chair and George Bjelovuk, managing director for marketing, research, and program development at American Electric Power, to serve as secretary. All 3 officers will serve 1-year terms. Read More

Association News

Secretary Chu announces projects to improve vehicle efficiency.

January 19, 2010

At an event in Indiana, Secretary Chu announced 9 projects totaling more than $187 million to improve fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles. Funding includes more than $100 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and with a private cost share of 50%, will support nearly $375 million in total research, development, and demonstration projects across the country. By 2015, projects expect to create over 6,000 jobs, many in manufacturing and assembly. Read More

Association News

Business Coalition proposes modernized export control regime.

January 19, 2010

Coalition for Security and Competitiveness released detailed policy recommendations for 21st Century Technology Control Regime that will enhance national security and U.S. competitiveness. According to CSC, Administration should establish clear lines of responsibility in commodity jurisdiction process, promote compliance and enforcement, improve outreach to and resources for U.S. industry, promote multilateral cooperation with allies, and improve licensing system. Read More

Association News

SME Announced first woman president and 2010 Board of Directors.

January 19, 2010

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) elected Barbara M. Fossum, PhD, FSME to lead the organization as 2010 president and was officially sworn in, with the rest of the 2010 SME Executive Committee, on November 14. As president, Fossum plans to coordinate efforts among professional societies and other organizations to achieve key manufacturing community objectives. She would also like to refine manufacturing's career option image and develop educational paths for future generations. Read More

Association News

Evonik Receives Recognition for use of HART technology.

January 19, 2010

HART® Communication Foundation recognized Evonik Degussa Specialty Chemicals Company in Shanghai, P.R. China with HART Innovative Achievement Award. Following research on use of HART in all phases of plant life cycle, Evonik engineers decided to utilize HART Communication throughout their methacrylates production complex - from design to operations to troubleshooting. Complex has 2,000+ HART-enabled instruments and valves installed from multiple global manufacturers. Read More

Association News

Indoor Air Quality Best Practices are addressed in book and CD.

January 19, 2010

Collaborated upon by 5 leading building industry associations and US EPA, "Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning" offers guidance to achieve enhanced indoor air quality (IAQ). Book describes 40 strategies for achieving critical IAQ objectives related to moisture management, ventilation, filtration and air cleaning, and source control. It also highlights how design/construction teams can work together to incorporate good IAQ strategies. Read More

Association News

AIA CEO makes statement on ADS-B rollout in Gulf of Mexico.

January 19, 2010

According to Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, rollout of ADS-B air traffic control system in Gulf of Mexico is a major step forward for modernization of America's outdated aerospace infrastructure. Rollout in Philadelphia will be another milestone event as benefits of NextGen technology become apparent in one of nation's busiest airspace corridors. Estimated number of direct and indirect jobs generated by investment in NextGen equipment will be more than 150,000 through 2012. Read More

Association News

Conference/Hydrogen Expo to address safety, codes, standards.

January 19, 2010

Plans are underway for National Hydrogen Association's 2010 Hydrogen Conference and Expo, which will be held May 3-6 in CA. There will be 2 technical sessions dedicated to safety, codes, and standards. While first is parallel session, second is 3 hr workshop-style session. There are also opportunities for related events to be scheduled, which will be announced as they are finalized. Read More

Association News

A&WMA calls for abstracts for vapor intrusion conference.

January 19, 2010

Scheduled for Sept 29-30, 2010, Vapor Intrusion 2010 will gather leading scientists, engineers, regulators, and attorneys to discuss latest developments and innovations in regulatory policy, sampling, analysis, and vapor intrusion pathway control, and complex technical, legal, and public relations challenges posed by VI. Association is seeking abstracts for presentations which demonstrate innovative, scientific approaches for investigation and remediation of VI pathway. Read More

Association News

ATA reports third consecutive quarter of airline cost declines.

January 18, 2010

According to ATA's quarterly Airline Cost Index, composite cost index fell 36% to 185.3 in third quarter of 2009, versus 289.7 in same period of 2008, outpacing 1.6% decline in U.S. Consumer Price Index. Combined labor and fuel costs accounted for nearly ½ of airline operating expenses. Average price paid for fuel, while still disproportionately high, fell from $3.51 to $1.94 per gallon, while average cost of full-time equivalent worker rose 7.6% to a high of $81,235. Read More

Association News

ATA makes statement on ATW recognition of CAAFI.

January 18, 2010

Air Transport World magazine has presented Joseph S. Murphy Industry Service Award for 2010 to Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. According to ATA President and CEO, James C. May, ATA is extremely pleased that ATW has recognized how much CAAFI has accomplished to foster alternative aviation fuel development. ATA is proud of member airlines and all other CAAFI players for their innovation in helping to make environmentally sound alternative energy a reality. Read More

Association News

Volvo is Exclusive Presenting Sponsor for construction contest.

January 18, 2010

Agreement signed by AEM and Volvo Construction Equipment makes Volvo the presenting sponsor for AEM's annual Construction Challenge teen competition. Under this agreement, Volvo acts as exclusive official presenting sponsor of challenge competition for 2010-2014. Creative problem-solving program educates young people about value of construction industry careers as well as industry contributions to improved quality of life. Read More

Association News

AWWA announces ACE10 registration is now open.

January 15, 2010

Scheduled for June 20-24, 2010 Annual Conference and Exposition will enable participants to explore future of safe water, gain insight into cutting-edge research and best practices, and experience latest products and services available to water community. ACE10 will feature 14 in-depth, interactive workshops and more than 100 professional sessions comprising more than 550 presentations. New Product Technology Showcase will return to highlight innovative products and technology. Read More

Association News

NIST Scientists quantify nanoparticle-protein interactions.

January 15, 2010

Research team at NIST has quantified interaction of gold nanoparticles with proteins found in human blood, an approach that should be useful in development of nanoparticle-based medical therapies and for better understanding the physical origin of toxicity of certain nanoparticles. Team found that once proteins stick to nanoparticles, optical properties of both particles and proteins change. Measuring changes helps quantify propensity of particles to aggregate due to presence of protein layers. Read More