Trade Associations


NTSB determines cause of hard landing at LaGuardia.

July 28, 2015

NTSB determined that the captain's failed attempt to recover from an unstabilized approach by transferring airplane control at low altitude instead of performing a go-around, caused a hard landing at LaGuardia International Airport in Queens, NY. On July 22, 2013, a Boeing 737, operated as Southwest Airlines flight 345, landed hard, nose-first, on runway 4 at LGA. Of the 144 passengers and 5 crewmembers on board, 8 sustained minor injuries and airplane was substantially damaged. Read More


ASABE Revises Standard on automatic agricultural weather stations.

April 28, 2015

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised its standard for automatic agricultural weather stations: ASAE EP505.1, Measurement and Reporting Practices for Automatic Agricultural Weather Stations. Revision aligns with current practices and equipment by establishing minimum recommendations for measurement, reporting, siting, operation, maintenance, and data management procedures for automatic agricultural weather stations. Read More


UL introduces WERCSmart Conflict Minerals Platform.

September 22, 2014

To help companies meet Dodd-Frank 1502 reporting requirements, UL's Information and Insights division has introduced WERCSmart Conflict Minerals Platform. It includes SaaS platform that delivers real-time product-attribute intelligence; database and decision-support tools for collecting and reporting on information from suppliers; and assessment tools for vetting products, investigating sources, and monitoring sustainability performance improvement across supply chain. Read More


Wireless Range Extender spreads Wi-Fi via electrical circuitry.

March 11, 2014

Providing secure network coverage anywhere on up to 1,000 ft of electrical circuitry, TL-WPA4220KIT uses Powerline and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi technology to deliver connectivity throughout any home or office. Powerline adapter TL-PA4010, included, connects to router and feeds network connection through existing electrical circuitry at 500 Mbps. Also included, Powerline adapter TL-WPA4220 broadcasts connection as 300 Mbps Wi-Fi signal while providing 2 fast Ethernet ports for wired connectivity. Read More


ASABE revises combine harvester ISO standard adoption.

February 25, 2014

ANSI/ASAE AD5687:1999, Equipment for harvesting — Combine harvesters — determination and designation of grain tank capacity and unloading device performance, replaces ISO 5687:1999, which was without deviations. Revised adoption clarifies standard by removing all subjectivity from testing procedure. Deviations now include additional bounds on test parameters to improve test repeatability, with goal of achieving greater reliability and consistency of reported results regardless of facilitator. Read More


ASQ releases 2014 Manufacturing Outlook Survey.

December 30, 2013

According to ASQ 2014 Manufacturing Outlook Survey, 65% of manufacturers experienced revenue growth in 2013. While 64% of respondents worldwide expect increased revenues in 2014, 46% say the economy continues to be the biggest hurdle to operations, and 18% said the shortage of skilled workers is the biggest challenge they foresee in 2014. Other hurdles identified include global competition, lack of new products, government sequestration, and lack of leadership. Read More


HI and Empowering Pumps announce strategic training partnership.

December 27, 2013

Hydraulic Institute (HI) and Empowering Pumps agreed to training partner relationship to promote awareness and increase utilization of HI/Pump Systems Matter (PSM) education and training programs throughout 2014. In this joint and exclusive partnership, HI will be providing technical and editorial articles to further explain benefits, as related to pump systems optimization and energy efficiency, to improve bottom-line savings to end users in all industrial markets. Read More


ASTM Workshop to address additives in biomedical polymers.

December 17, 2013

Presentations are invited for workshop on the Use of Additives in Biomedical Polymers to be held May 6, 2014. Workshop aims to elicit discussion on benefits, potential hazards, testing, regulatory considerations, and opportunities for standard activities related to intentionally incorporated additives in biomedical polymers. Some topics for abstract submissions include: colorants; radiopacifiers;  elutables, extractables, and leachables; radiolabels; nanomaterials; and failure mechanisms. Read More

Robotics, Services

NTMA Meeting to feature UR introduction by Arthur Machinery.

November 12, 2013

Arthur Machinery-Florida will host West Coast Florida NTMA January 9, 2014 meeting at their office/showroom from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. In addition to dinner being served, CNC as well as manual machines will be on display. Universal Robots (UR) showing will be followed by a brief presentation. Pre-registration is required for this event, and NTMA welcomes non-members to attend. Read More


Pharma EXPO Experiences Growth with Pharmintech support.

September 19, 2013

PMMI, owner and producer of PACK EXPO trade shows, announced its partnership with Ipack-Ima Spa, which produces Pharmintech. PACK EXPO agreement allows for promotional support and exhibiting at select events for each organization. According to PMMI president and CEO Charles D. Yuska, "Ipack-Ima's reputation for excellence strengthens the power of its support for Pharma EXPO." Pharma EXPO will be co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014 on November 2–5 in Chicago, IL. Read More

Test & Measuring Instruments, Sensors, Monitors & Transducers, Green & Clean, Services

Filter-Based IR Analyzers meet fuel blending environment needs.

May 8, 2013

InfraCal Biodiesel Blend Analyzer reads out directly in percent biodiesel and can measure blend ratio on-site in 30 sec. This specific-analysis fixed-filter IR analyzer has 0%–100% measurement range and ±0.20% accuracy. Containing linear variable filter and detector array covering 5.4–10.8 μm wavelength range, InfraSpec VFA-IR Spectrometer can measure biodiesel in diesel, ethanol in gasoline, or water in ethanol. This portable spectral range analyzer has usability-optimized PC interface. Read More


Aviation Data Management Software integrates chart production.

January 22, 2013

Supporting aeronautical information management, air navigation service provider, and airport markets, ArcGIS for Aviation lets users create, manage, review, and share aviation data. ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting, included, allows standards-based aeronautical data to be captured, maintained, and managed in centralized database. Also included, ArcGIS for Aviation: Airports assists airports and their consultants in complying with data management and quality standards. Read More


NEMA Welcomes Senate Vote to normalize US-Russia trade.

December 13, 2012

NEMA welcomed bipartisan approval by U.S. Senate of legislation to grant permanent normal trade relations status (PNTR) to Russia and provide access for U.S. businesses to benefits associated with world's ninth largest economy's entry into rules-based international trading system. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis, this legislation enables manufacturers and service providers to compete on fair and level playing field with foreign competitors in Russia. Read More


Isolated DC/DC Converters are supplied in 20-lead SSOP.

November 26, 2012

Using isoPower® isolated DC/DC converter technology, ADuM5010, ADuM6010, ADuM521x, and ADuM621x deliver up to 150 mW of output power; ADuM521x and ADuM621x also integrate 2 channels of iCoupler® data isolation technology. All 100 Mbps converters provide regulated, isolated power, adjustable between 3.15 and 5.25 V. While ADuM5010/ADuM521x are certified for 2.5 kV rms (1 min) isolation, ADuM6010/ADuM621x are certified for 3.75 kV rms (1 min) isolation. Read More


ASABE to revise polyethylene pipe standard.

August 21, 2012

ASABE has initiated project to revise ASAE S435, Polyethylene Pipe Used for Microirrigation Laterals. Revision will be a complete rewrite to reflect current industry best practices, and will contain requirements and methods for testing of polyethylene materials and of pipe or tubing made from those materials in standard dimensions for microirrigation. Revision will cover classification, nomenclature, test requirements and methods, workmanship, dimensions, and methods of marking. Read More


PMMI Study examines nutraceutical market.

May 9, 2012

According to PMMI's Nutraceuticals Market Assessment, nutraceutical market is expected to grow 7% annually, from $345 billion in 2011 to $450 billion in 2015. Nutraceutical sales in China ($15 billion) and India ($2 billion) mark key areas of growth, as do nutraceutical beverages, which PMMI expects to grow 9% annually through 2015. Industry trends highlight convenience and portion size, with innovations in material-saving pouches, bottles with seal closures, and material-conscious shrink sleeves. Read More

Software, Services

Inspection Software targets electronics industry.

May 8, 2012

SI Release 7.45 delivers features that facilitate and accelerate use of AOI/AXI inspection systems in electronics manufacturing. Algorithm for component body detection for SOTs results in reduced false alarm rates, and color ring inspection capability for resistor values uses analysis process based on color images from 8M camera technology. Additional features include solder ball inspection capabilities and TopOCR optical character recognition software. Read More

Green & Clean, Services

Molded In-Line Fuse protects PV systems from ground fault damage.

May 8, 2012

UL-approved and IP68-rated HelioFuse helps protect photovoltaic (PV) systems from ground fault current damage without requiring combiner box that houses solar panel's fuse links. Fully intermateable with industry standard PV connectors, fuse comes in connector version that plugs into industry standard solar connector and wire overmold version for custom harnesses. Supplied in weather-tight housing, product operates at 1,000 Vdc max with 20 A rating and 10,000 A current withstand rating. Read More


Hydraulic Institute announces 2012 Annual Meeting.

November 16, 2011

From February 8-14, HI and Pump Systems Matter will host 2012 Annual Meeting, which will provide educational and networking opportunities. HI technical committees will meet to address industry standards, guidelines, and DOE pump efficiency standards. Program will also include bi-annual CEO Roundtable, Supply Chain Roundtable, and Market Intelligence Committee as well as PSM meetings, including Board of Directors, Educational Affairs Steering Committee, and PSM Marketing Committee. Read More


NIST-Sponsored Report addresses greenhouse gas measurement.

August 22, 2011

"Advancing Technologies and Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Quantification" focuses on defining and developing technology needed to better quantify greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Report identifies and discusses 4 broad areas of opportunity for technology development and improvement: quantifying GHG emissions; quantification of distributed carbon sources and sinks; consistent, standardized methods for GHG emissions data; and integration bottom-up and top-down methods. Read More