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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is down 68.6% in 2009.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
May 13, 2009 According to AMTDA and AMT, March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $162.94 million, which was up 22.3% from February but down 71.9% from total of $579.73 million reported for March 2008. With year-to-date total of $397.56 million, 2009 is down 68.6% compared with 2008. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity.
ASTM Lime Committee approves pozzolanic standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 13, 2009 ASTM International Committee C07 on Lime has approved ASTM C1707, Specification for Pozzolanic Hydraulic Lime for Structural Purposes. This standard, which is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee C07.02 on Specifications and Guidelines, defines the plastic and hardened properties of a blended material comprised of single or multiple pozzolans and Type S hydrated lime.
AWWA publishes Water Audit and Loss Control Manual.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
May 13, 2009 AWWA's Water Audits and Loss Control Programs M36 offers step-by-step guidance and tools for performing standardized water audit and implementing water loss control program for all water utilities. Third edition provides IWA/AWWA Water Audit method, which tells utilities what information they need, how to get it, and how to enter it on water audit worksheets. Manual includes actual case studies and sample forms that allow utilities to plan and control water audit and leak detection work.
ICUEE 2009 Exhibit Space Sales near record-breaking numbers.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53202-4879
May 13, 2009 Exhibit space sales for 2009 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition are within 10% of surpassing record-breaking numbers of 2007 show. Scheduled for Oct 6-8, expo will include exhibitors representing equipment, products, and services for electric, phone and cable, sewer and water, gas, general construction, landscaping, and public works sectors. Attendees can test drive equipment in job-like conditions, including ride-and-drive program for on-road commercial vehicles.
ASHRAE appoints first DOE Building Energy Codes Fellow.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
May 13, 2009 Appointed by ASHRAE in partnership with Department of Energy, Mike Erbesfeld will assist DOE in assessing impact of updating state energy codes to meet 2010 version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1. Erbesfeld will analyze energy code updates based on EnergyPlus analysis of benchmark buildings and cost databases, as well as perform compliance testing of COMcheck software using benchmark buildings, and recommend program and front end changes to simplify COMcheck use.
BSA issues 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
May 13, 2009 During BSA's 2009 Annual Convention, William H. Allen, Jr., Allied Bearings Supply Co., received Lifetime Achievement Award. Allen joined Allied Bearings Supply Company in 1969, was elected VP of Sales in 1973, Executive Vice President and Sales Manager in 1976, President in 1981, and Board Chairman and CEO in 1998. He has chaired Industry Advisory Committee, Industry Communications Committee, and is currently chairman of Distributor Manufacturer Relations Committee.
Participation Sought for electronics cleaning/coating symposium.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 13, 2009 IPC has issued call for participation for the High Performance Electronics Cleaning and Coating Symposium, which will take place on September 30, 2009 in Coventry, England and focus on all classes of high reliability and high performance electronics assembly. Expert presentations are being sought concerning cleaning equipment; cleaning and REACH/WEEE/RoHS; cleaning standards/processes; lead-free flux technology and the influence on cleaning; coating process considerations; and more.
Standard addresses sustainable concrete mixture proportions.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 13, 2009 Developed by Subcommittee C09.49 on Pervious Concrete, part of ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, proposed ASTM standard WK23367 will aid concrete producers in developing sustainable and durable mixture proportions for pervious concrete. Impetus for developing standard was to find way to quantify how well concrete mix would resist raveling, the most common failure mode for pervious concrete.
Proposed Standard characterizes hydrogels for medical use.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 13, 2009 A proposed ASTM standard will provide a means of characterizing hydrogels for those working in regenerative medicine. Work item ASTM WK21927, Guide for Characterization of Hydrogels Used in Regenerative Medicine, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F04.42 on Biomaterials and Biomolecules for TEMPs. Interested parties are welcome to join in development of ASTM WK21927, including those who work with hydrogels in regenerative medicine and those from other industry sectors.
AMCA Board votes NO to scheduled assessment increase.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
May 13, 2009 In reviewing current dues structure, AMCA International's Board of Directors has voted for no Cap assessment increase for July 1, 2009. Board recognizes that increase during difficult economic times may create additional hardship for some member companies. While realizing that periodic small increases are necessary to comply with Strategic Plan in maintaining Certified Ratings Program, board felt that delaying increase of cap assessment for 1 year was appropriate at this time.
ACC launches Facebook networking application.
American Chemistry Council, Inc.    Arlington, VA 22209
May 12, 2009 American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched Mylecule application, which allows users to network using virtual molecular bonds. Elements are joined together with bonds that show how many friends user has in common or how many common bonds exist. Each user is nucleus, with virtual 3D molecular bonds letting user interact with Mylecule and view profiles. Application lets users stay connected to friends while learning basics/benefits of American chemistry, said ACC's Lisa Harrison.
NAM commends Interior Secretary Salazar for upholding ruling.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
May 12, 2009 According to Alexis Bayer, NAM Director of Energy and Resources, Ken Salazar is to be commended for decision to uphold 2008 ruling by Bush Administration that Endangered Species Act should not be used as mechanism to regulate greenhouse gases. Ensuring access to vital, reliable, and affordable supplies of energy is essential to keeping domestic manufacturing competitive and revitalizing economy.
BSA elects 2009-2010 officers and Board of Directors.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
May 12, 2009 At 2009 Annual Convention, BSA elected Eduardo Bichara of Baleromex S.A. de C.V. to serve as President; Ellen Holladay of Motion Industries, Inc. as 1st VP; Howard Gainey of Bearings and Drives, Inc. as 2nd VP; Geoff Filker of Easter Bearings Inc. as Treasurer; and Steve Durston as Chairman of the Board. Gordon Duncan of Kinecor LP, Mitch Bouchard of General Bearing Service Inc., and Brian Negri from Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc. were each elected to 3 year terms on BSA Board of Directors.
NHA and USFCC criticize DoE program cuts.
National Hydrogen Association    Washington, DC 20036
May 12, 2009 In response to Obama Administration's FY 2010 budget request for U.S. Department of Energy, NHA and U.S. Fuel Cell Council stated that cuts proposed in DoE hydrogen and fuel cell program threaten to disrupt commercialization of technologies that are showing promise. Associations are also concerned that Department appears to be walking away from Market Transformation activities, which support fuel cell deployment in early commercial applications.
Rough Roads cause extra vehicle operating costs.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
May 12, 2009 According to AASHTO and TRIP report titled "Rough Roads Ahead: Fix Them Now or Pay for It Later," one-third of nation's major highways are in poor or mediocre condition. Roads in urban areas, which carry 66% of traffic, are in much worse shape. Report points out that traffic growth has far outpaced highway construction, particularly in major metropolitan areas. Number of miles driven jumped more than 41% from 1990-2007, from 2.1 trillion miles in 1990 to 3 trillion in 2007.
ANSI details facts on astigmatism and contact lenses.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 11, 2009 ANSI survey revealed that 2/3 of Americans with astigmatism, who have never worn contact lenses, say they would do so. Sponsored by Bausch & Lomb, survey indicated that 4 out of 10 people with astigmatism believe they cannot wear contact lenses. ANSI standards covering contact lens performance include ANSI Z80.18-2003 and ANSI Z80.20-2004, which apply to hard and soft lenses, while ISO 13212:1999, ISO 11980:1997, and ISO 11986:1999 have been implemented by the ISO.
ASM offers more than 30,000 phase diagrams online.
ASM International    Materials Park, OH 44073
May 11, 2009 Latest update to ASM Alloy Phase Diagram Center adds 1,500 phase diagrams, including 20 aluminum-titanium binaries and 350 aluminum ternaries. Ternary phase diagrams for Industrial and Heat Resistant category and Solder, Brazes, and Copper Alloys category have also been added. Diagrams serve as technical roadmaps that tell engineer how particular metal or combination of metals will behave under specific conditions such as temperature, pressure, and composition.
AWWA stresses importance of water infrastructure.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
May 11, 2009 During Drinking Water Week, AWWA joins water professionals across North America in highlighting importance of investing in our water infrastructure. According to 2008 study by U.S. Conference of Mayors, for every dollar invested in public water and sewer infrastructure and services, approximately $8.97 is added to national economy. AWWA estimated that $10 billion investment in water infrastructure projects in U.S. would almost immediately create at least 400,000 jobs.
AWWA to host webcast on H1N1 planning.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
May 11, 2009 Although disinfected tap water does not transmit H1N1 virus, there are still actions utilities can take to diminish impact on customers. On May 14 from 1-2 p.m. EDT, AWWA will host H1N1 Planning and Response for Water Utilities Webcast, during which panel of experts will speak to water professionals about reviewing and updating emergency plans, while offering practical advice on how utilities can prepare for pandemic influenza.
Drinking Water Week highlights emergency preparedness.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
May 11, 2009 During Drinking Water Week, AWWA joins water professionals across North America in encouraging home preparedness for water-related emergencies. Consumers should be prepared for rare service interruptions that can occur from natural disasters, system malfunctions, power outages, or other events. To prepare for water emergencies, consumers should observe boil water notices and store 1 gal of water per person per day and have enough on hand for at least 3 days.

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