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NAM VP decries U.S. export practices to house panel.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 18, 2009 National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, told a panel for the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection that the U.S. is "missing the boat" when it comes to exporting manufactured products. He pointed out that the U.S. ranks last among the top 15 manufacturing nations, as its exports only accounted for 13% of the economy in 2008, limiting growth opportunities and endangering jobs.
ODVA chooses organization leadership for 2009-2010 term.
ODVA    Ann Arbor, MI 48108-5006
March 18, 2009 Collectively, ODVA's leadership will head up global organization, comprised of world's automation vendors, who develop, manage, and promote industry standards for open computer networks. Responsible for overall governance and strategic direction of organization, ODVA's Board includes directors based in Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. ODVA's Technical Review Board is responsible for oversight of ODVA's technical standards, including approval of enhancements to specifications for CIP Networks.
ODVA's Conference focused on productivity in manufacturing.
ODVA    Ann Arbor, MI 48108-5006
March 18, 2009 Held on Feb 24, 25, and 26, ODVA's 2009 CIP Networks Conference and Annual Meeting of Members brought attendees from more than 50 companies and 12 countries to discuss latest techniques and innovations in manufacturing networking technologies. Event included 16 working meetings of ODVA members; technical track consisting of 18 papers on technologies and innovation related to ODVA technologies; training classes; an enabling technologies pavilion; and general session with keynote speakers.
ANSI reminds stakeholders to register for upcoming workshop.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 18, 2009 Scheduled for April 8-9, Toward Product Standards for Sustainability workshop is organized by ANSI and EPA and will provide neutral venue where all stakeholders can engage in discussions that will support and facilitate development, promulgation, and use of standards to address sustainability issues related to products. Attendees can post brief documents that provide information concerning their organization's initiatives as they relate to product standards that address sustainability.
ANSI TAG reaches consensus on social responsibility standard.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 18, 2009 The U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization Working Group on Social Responsibility (ISO SR) reached consensus among group members during its February meeting, held to review Committee Draft (CD) of ISO 26000, Social Responsibility and to develop official U.S. position on standard. ISO 26000 is intended to assist in ushering companies, government agencies, and other organizations toward a more sustainable global economy.
Webcast addresses issues relating to water shortages.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
March 17, 2009 On Wednesday, April 8, American Water Works Association (AWWA) will host a webcast entitled, "Water Shortages: Finding a Solution." The focus will explore water reuse, aquifer storage and recovery, as well as how low inflow protocol strategies can help utilities during water shortages. In addition to Maeneen Klein of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities, presenters will include Fred Bloetscher of Florida Atlantic University and Larry Schimmoller of CH2M HILL.
Capitol Hill Day to address key electronics industry issues.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 17, 2009 IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® urges its members to attend Capitol Hill Day events on May 6-7, 2009 at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C. There, IPC members will have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with lawmakers, express their concerns, and influence legislation. Top priorities are increasing and making permanent the current R/D tax credit as well as securing the appointment of a PCB Executive Agent within the DoD.
ASC announces webinars for April through June 2009.
The Adhesive and Sealant Council, Inc.    Bethesda, MD 20814
March 17, 2009 Conducted via audio teleconference and Internet, ASC Webinars will include Fundamentals of Structural Sealant Glazing, which will provide basic understanding of use of silicone sealants for structural sealant glazing. Bonding Dissimilar Materials webinar will discuss surface preparation, adhesive types, and both joint design and process considerations. Bonding Difficult Substrates will focus mostly on surface preparation techniques in combination with select adhesives.
Budget Change may cripple multi-year transportation contract.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
March 17, 2009 In letter which commended President Obama for his expressed support for significant increased investment in transportation infrastructure, 8 major transportation and construction organizations also warned that eliminating multi-year contract authority would undermine financing mechanisms for transportation. Predictability that contract authority provides is essential for states and local governments to make long term commitments to major transportation investment projects.
Trade Decline Acceleration signals need for economic action.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 17, 2009 National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) said that the accelerating decline of trade in manufactured goods, reflected in January 2009 trade data released by the US Department of Commerce, underscores the need for coordinated economic stimulation among trading partners. According to Frank Vargo, NAM Vice President for International Economic Affairs, manufactured goods export and import rates fell 20% from January 2008.
NAM Board of Directors opposes Employee Free Choice Act.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 17, 2009 Citing the possible loss of 600,000 jobs within the first year, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) adopted a resolution in opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act. The resolution states "employees should be guaranteed the freedom to join or not join a labor union, without coercion or intimidation." The resolution also criticizes arbitration provisions that might eliminate employers' ability to make critical economic decisions relating to jobs.
BIO congratulates FDA nomination and appointment.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 17, 2009 BIO President and CEO, Jim Greenwood, commended President Obama for his nomination of Dr. Margaret Hamburg as Commissioner and appointment of Dr. Joshua Sharfstein as Deputy Commissioner of FDA. Dr. Hamburg has served as health commissioner for New York City, AIDS researcher at NIH, and as Assistant Secretary at DHHS. A Harvard-trained doctor, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein has served as Health Commissioner of Baltimore, MD and on professional Committee staff of U.S. Representative Henry Waxman.
AWWA Seminar addresses water conservation management.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
March 17, 2009 On May 6-7, 2009, AWWA will host Water Demand and Conservation Management: Planning, Policy, and Rates seminar, which will explore state-of-the-art water efficiency measures, practical tools, planning and implementation strategies, as well as rate and policy issues that help develop or manage conservation programs effectively. Presenters include Lloyd Hathcock, Director of Program Development for Niagara Conservation Corp and Paul Lander, Executive Director of Colorado WaterWise Council.
NIST seeks public comments on fire resistance guidelines.NIST seeks public comments on fire resistance guidelines.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 16, 2009 NIST has released draft report NISTIR 7563, Best Practice Guidelines for Structural Fire Resistance of Concrete and Steel Buildings, for public comment. Part of NIST response to World Trade Center disaster, report offers information on best practices in structural fire resistance engineering in U.S. and overseas and knowledge in fire risk assessment, fire characterization, material properties, and thermal/structural response calculation methods.
NIST to hold seminar on time and frequency metrology.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 16, 2009 NIST will host 34th annual Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar on June 2-5, 2009, in Boulder, CO. Course covers understanding characteristics of clocks and oscillators, making precise time and frequency measurements, and synchronizing and applying precision time in array of systems. Registrants of all levels of experience are welcome. Speakers will include John Hall, Nobel Prize winning physicist; John Vig, current president of IEEE; and David Allan, who led development of the Allan Variance.
Early Registration for ACE09 is available unitl March 21, 2009.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
March 16, 2009 Individuals are encouraged to register early and save up to $200 in registration fees for American Water Works Association's Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE09), which will feature a professional program with 570 presentations in 100 separate sessions and 17 in-depth workshops. Additionally, 500+ exhibitors will be on-site at the San Diego Convention Center to showcase their latest products and services available to help conserve and ensure safe water.
Economic Recovery Act Money released to PA airports.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
March 16, 2009 U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, announced that Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airports will receive the first funding allocations for airport infrastructure projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The FAA will allocate 10-million dollars to Pittsburgh International Airport to repair Runway 14-32 and 2-million dollars for Allegheny County will renovate a taxiway and relocate a ramp.
ASTM proposes standard on use of infrared thermometers.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 16, 2009 ASTM International has proposed ASTM WK21204, Guide for the Selection and Use of Wide-Band, Low Temperature Infrared Thermometers, which is being developed by Subcommittee E20.02 on Radiation Thermometry. According to Frank Liebmann of Fluke Corp., standard is designed to increase basic understanding of infrared thermometers in order to minimize potential for inaccurate measurements. Infrared thermometers are used for noncontact temperature measurement.
ASTM proposes standard for light sport aircraft compliance.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 16, 2009 ASTM International Committee F37 is working on ASTM WK22124, Guide for Compliance with Light Sport Airplane Standards, intended to aid industry in understanding how to use applicable LSA standards to meet regulatory requirements. It is suited for manufacturing and distribution personnel responsible for assuring conformity to processes/procedures outlined in F37 standards and will be used to educate industry, aviation authorities, and users on conformity and monitoring procedures.
ASTM announces standard on adhesives symbol for CAD.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 16, 2009 ASTM D7447, Practice for Symbolizing Adhesive Applications, provides way for engineers to represent adhesives on computer-aided design drawing. Symbol described in ASTM D7447 originated with focus group that ASC conducted with engineers, designers, and architects. Results indicated that those questioned would be more apt to specify adhesives if they could be represented on CAD drawing, rather than current method of embedding comments in "notes" section.

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