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ANSI Committees approve guidelines for software/trademarks.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 6, 2009 ANSI Patent Group and Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee approved 2 guideline documents, which are available for public viewing in ANSI's online library. Documents include ANSI Guidelines on Software in Standards that details inclusion of normative software in ANS when intended to be extracted for use in implementations of standard. ANSI Guidelines on Embedded Trademark provides guidance on trademarks, service marks, and certification marks as forms of IP.
AMT implements organization changes to meet member needs.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
February 5, 2009 AMT is consolidating all communications functions under VP - Exhibitions and Communications Peter Eelman, with member recruitment overseen by Patrick McGibbon and member retention initiatives developed/directed by Jeffery Traver. Bonnie Gurney has been promoted to Communications Director to support internal changes. In addition to communication, optimizing website, developing social network strategy, and identifying best communication methods are also key areas of focus.
Standard addresses galvanizing process for steel products.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 5, 2009 ASTM International standard, A1057/A1057M, Specification for Steel, Structural Tubing, Cold Formed, Welded, Carbon, Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) by the Hot-Dip Process, addresses galvanizing process as it is used across variety of industries, including construction, automotive, and transportation. Standard classifies coating weights and mechanical requirements inherent in galvanizing process.
ATA supports DOE and USDA biofuel funding announcement.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
February 5, 2009 DOE and USDA have announced up to $25 million in funding for research and development of biofuels, funding for which ATA has worked to obtain through its Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. This announcement is the first step in implementing provisions from 2008 Farm Bill that provide grants for commercial-scale biofuel demonstration projects. James C. May says the ATA and member airlines look forward to working with government to promote development of new fuel sources.
IPC releases December 2008 PCB industry results.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 4, 2009 December findings from North American PCB Statistical Program show a general decrease in rigid PCB shipments, with a book-to-bill ratio falling to 0.89. For flexible circuits, with a ratio of 1.08, shipments were generally down, while bookings rose 23.8% over Dec 2007 and nearly doubled over Nov 2008. Combined, both rigid and flex, the book-to-bill ratio dropped to 0.90. Orders have trailed shipments for 9 straight months, however the industry ended 2008 1% ahead of 2007.
AMCA Louver Standard approved by ANSI.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
February 3, 2009 Approved by ANSI's Board of Standards Review, ANSI/AMCA STANDARD 540-08, Test Method for Louvers Impacted by Wind Borne Debris, establishes uniform methods for laboratory testing of louvers that are impact tested with large missile described in ASTM E 1996-04 and E 1886-05. Scope of standard is for impact testing of louvers used on outside of buildings as required by ICC International Building Code and ICC International Residential Code.
States accelerating work on recovery projects.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
February 3, 2009 As Congress begins debate on economic recovery proposals, state and federal transportation officials are expediting highway projects that will put thousands of workers back on the job. Many states have begun work with MPOs to make necessary amendments to plans, Transportation Improvement Plans, and State Transportation Improvement Plans. In many areas, states are focusing on rehabilitation projects that can be developed quickly, and some states are considering regional bridge repair contracts.
NIST Researchers address magnetic field detection.NIST Researchers address magnetic field detection.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
February 3, 2009 According to NIST researchers, magnetic system that interleaves layers of magnetic alloy with a few nanometers of silver spacer dramatically enhances sensitivity, which could lead to improved magnetic sensors for applications ranging from weapons detection and non-destructive testing to medical devices and data storage. Structure reduced tensile stress over monolithic film of equivalent thickness by factor of 200 and lowered saturation field by factor of 400.
Nanomaterials may double service life of concrete.Nanomaterials may double service life of concrete.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
February 3, 2009 According to engineers at NIST, it is possible to double service life of concrete by using nano-sized additive that slows down penetration of chloride and sulfate ions from road salt, sea water, and soils into concrete. Studying variety of additives, engineers determined that size of additive's molecule was critical to serving as diffusion barrier. Larger molecules increased viscosity, but did not cut diffusion rates, while molecules less than 100 nm slowed ion diffusion.
Reference Material addresses hexavalent chromium in soil.Reference Material addresses hexavalent chromium in soil.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
February 3, 2009 Developed in collaboration with EPA and NJDEP, certified reference material aids in detection and measurement of carcinogen hexavalent chromium in soil, providing benchmark for measurements needed to guide and assess cleanup efforts. Source material was collected from waste site in Hudson County, NJ. After milling, blending, and sterilizing, scientists analyzed samples for hexavalent chromium using EPA-approved methods designed to minimize and compensate for chemical properties of chromium.
BIO announces sessions/roundtables for 2009 conference.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 2, 2009 The BIO announced plenary sessions and roundtables planned for the 11th Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference on February 9-10, 2009, in New York City. These will address mergers and acquisitions, licensing, public policy, investment outlooks, and political issues facing the biotech industry. Also, at a business roundtable session on Monday, February 9, BIO and Thomson Reuters will release results of the 2009 BIO Thomson Reuters Investor Perception Study.
NAM petitions to delay effective date of lead content limits.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
February 2, 2009 The NAM Consumer Product Safety Commission Coalition petitioned the CPSC to urge a delay in lead content limits of the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act from February 10 to August 14, 2009. Rosario Palmieri, NAM VP, said this would give the CPSC time to develop exclusions for safe products that don't require duplicative or unnecessary testing. Palmieri also said the CPSC has failed to complete pending rulemaking or provide organizations with guidance on compliance.
SME works to fill engineering jobs to benefit economy.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 2, 2009 In order to turn the economy around, President Obama says that it is necessary to invest in science, research, and technology. With U.S. colleges graduating 70,000 engineers/yr when 100,000 are needed, SME-EF is working to change negative perceptions of engineering work and has implemented summer and school-year youth programs, online resources, and scholarships. Despite job loss reports, SME's Job Connection Board has over 1,600 openings, a 25% increase in the last 2 months.
ASTM proposes standard to test for lead content using x-rays.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 2, 2009 ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable Substances is developing proposed standard WK21957, Test Method for Identification and Quantification of Lead in Paint and Other Coatings Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry. Using x-ray spectrometry allows for nondestructive testing for lead, both in product and within paint that covers it. The proposed standard is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee F40.01 on Test Methods.
NIST Scientists discover alloy for magnetic refrigeration.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
February 2, 2009 Scientists at NIST's Center for Neutron Research have discovered a metal alloy, consisting of manganese/iron/phosphorus/germanium, with magnetocaloric properties that could lead to more efficient refrigerators. Using neutron diffraction equipment, NIST worked with scientists from Beijing University of Technology to analyze alloy. They found that when exposed to magnetic field, material's crystal structure changes. Collaboration also included Princeton University and McGill University scientists.
AMCA International is approved as ENERGY STARŪ partner.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
February 2, 2009 AMCA partnered with ENERGY STAR, resulting in revision of program requirements for residential ventilating fans. New requirements do not grant exclusive rights to any organization to certify, verify, or challenge test ENERGY STAR qualified products or products applying for ENERGY STAR qualification. At same time, EPA has maintained requirement on part of partner to have ENERGY STAR qualified products' ratings certified by organization that regularly carries out verification and challenge testing.
AFS Annual Technical Conference to offer 12 short courses.
American Filtration & Separations Society    Richfield, MN 55423
February 2, 2009 Scheduled for May 4-7, 2009, 22nd Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition will offer courses on topics such as Fundamentals of Liquid Filtration, Basics and Applications of Particle Characterization, Gas Solid Separation with Fabric Filters, Nonwoven Air Filtration, and Wastewater Treatment/Sludge Dewatering. In addition to technical sessions, tours are planned for Donaldson Company, TSI, Inc., GE-Osmonics, and Particle Technology Laboratory, University of Minnesota.
FMA supports outreach to promote manufacturing careers.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
February 2, 2009 U.S. manufacturers have exhibited concern about growing shortage of young skilled labor, and recent poll conducted by sponsors of FABTECH International & AWS Welding Show revealed executives cited lack of employee skills as leading obstacle to growth. Outreach to students and educators is taking 2 tracks: one to dispel negative image of factories, and second highlights chance to use high-tech computer skills and opportunity to secure career that pays well and offers advancement.
FAA supports agreement for return of safety program.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
January 30, 2009 The FAA welcomes Delta Air Lines and Air Line Pilots Association agreement to reinstate participation of Delta pilots in Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). It also urged US Airways, American Airlines, and their labor unions to reinstate voluntary reporting programs, with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood saying ASAP has helped spot safety problems before accidents have occurred. ASAP encourages employees to report safety issues without fear of punishment.
NAM Official urges stimulus legislation by House leaders.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 30, 2009 In a letter to House leaders, NAM President and CEO John Engler stressed the need for action in addressing economic challenges. NAM supports extending carry back period for net operating losses, incentives for investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, investment in health information technology, and additional funding for highways, aviation, and waterways to encourage manufacturing. Engler also supports a 20% income tax deduction for small businesses.

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