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BSA names distributor/manufacturer leader panelists.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
February 24, 2009 Distributor panelists will include William J. Stevens, Gordon Duncan, and James Fitzpatrick and manufacturer panelists will include Tony Martell, William A. Childers, and Dr. Michael Hartnett, with Peter Negri as moderator. They will discuss audience responses to interactive survey planned for 2009 Annual Convention on May 2-5. BSA leaders believe that when participants learn what industry peers are thinking, they will be able to meet distributor/manufacturer/end-user needs.
PMA releases February 2009 Business Conditions Report.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
February 24, 2009 According to the February 2009 report, 9% of participants predict improved business within 3 months, while overall, they anticipate decreased incoming orders. Daily shipping levels remained steady in February, but companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff increased, for the 7th consecutive month, to 75%. William E. Gaskin, PMA president, said that every sector of manufacturing, except for defense, is experiencing substantial cutbacks in production.
IPC Report analyzes trend in regional sourcing survey.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 24, 2009 "A Reverse Trend in Regional Sourcing in the Worldwide Electronic Interconnect Industry" shows that out of 50 respondents, 42% cited changes in customer sourcing patterns from Asia back to North America or Europe in past 2 years. Estimated 2.5% average growth of business in 2007/2008 was attributed to this trend, and issue that was cited most often as primary driver was quality concerns. Other concerns were transportation costs, exchange rates, and communication difficulties.
NADCA offers free membership with purchase of publication.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
February 23, 2009 With release of latest version of Product Specification Standards for Die Castings Publication NADCA, association is offering free individual level membership. Intended for users and manufacturers of high pressure die castings, manual presents tooling and process information, alloy properties, standard and precision tolerances, and GD and T design guidelines. Some revisions include information on porosity, DoD research findings on magnesium properties, and RoHS and REACH compliance information.
ASTM issues revisions to toy safety standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 23, 2009 ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products has approved revisions to ASTM F963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety. Revisions address ingestion hazards of magnets as well as acoustics, correlating F963 with EN71-1. Yo-Yo tether toy requirements have been added to address strangulation hazards. Impaction hazards, flammability testing, jaw entrapment, packaging film/age requirements relating to abuse testing, and folding mechanisms and hinges are also addressed.
NAM says housing market collapse demands aggressive action.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
February 23, 2009 According to NAM President, John Engler, collapse of housing market lies at heart of nation's economic troubles. NAM believes inclusion of tax credit for first-time home buyers in stimulus legislation represents good start on stabilizing housing industry. Next necessary step is to increase tax credit and extend it to all home buyers. Another positive proposal would enable qualified borrowers to obtain low, fixed rate 30-year mortgages to buy home or refinance existing loans.
NAM says competitive auto industry is essential.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
February 23, 2009 Auto industry represents country's largest manufacturing base, accounting for $690 billion of U.S. retail sales. According to NAM President, John Engler, one of the keys to economic recovery will be retention of auto worker jobs and creation of jobs in future. For automakers to be successful in long term, they need short-term support. NAM urges Congress and Administration to create one national standard for automobiles instead of different states imposing variety of standards.
ASHRAE and GBI agree to promote building sustainability.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
February 23, 2009 Through memorandum of understanding, ASHRAE and GBI will work to adopt sustainability principles in built environment. Both will promote design, construction, and operation of energy-efficient buildings, provide access to Green Globes tool, and promote link between sustainable design and actual performance outcomes. They will address research to identify economic/environmental benefits of green building practices as well as support/promote standards, certification programs, and rating systems.
HI launches positive displacement pump e-learning course.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
February 23, 2009 Titled "Positive Displacement Pumps: Fundamentals, Design, and Applications," Internet-delivered course provides individuals with broad, comprehensive knowledge of PD pumping technologies. Visual and interactive, content is based on HI/ANSI Standards with contributions from experts at HI member companies that sponsored and led development of course. Each module is designed for self-paced learning experience of approximately 2 hours and contains extensive reference material.
NSF International to present at Dubai food safety conference.
NSF International    Ann Arbor, MI 48105
February 23, 2009 Chris Dunn, General Manager of Beverage Quality for NSF International, will discuss best practices for the beverage industry at Dubai International Food Safety Conference during GULFOOD 2009. Dunn will speak during Technical Session 3 on February 26. To be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, GULFOOD 2009 invites manufacturers of bottled water/beverages as well as producers, importers, retailers, and wholesalers.
AIM Summit to feature keynote address by Motorola executive.
AIM, Inc.    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
February 23, 2009 Gerald McNerney, VP of Strategy and Business Development for Motorola's Enterprise Mobility business, will serve as keynote speaker for AIM Technology Leadership Summit on April 20-22, in Chicago, IL. Including interactive panel discussions with leading industry analysts, international technical experts, and key end users in Government, Energy, and Healthcare fields, keynote address will discuss technologies such as bar code, RFID, enterprise mobile computing, UID, and IUID.
NAM urges EPA not to reconsider Johnson Rule.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
February 20, 2009 NAM has filed motion to intervene in case involving whether preconstruction permits for new power plants granted by EPA must include Best Available Control Technology for carbon dioxide. According to Quentin Riegel, NAM VP for Litigation and Deputy General Counsel, if environmental groups succeed in having this policy overturned, number and types of facilities requiring EPA permits would explode, resulting in impassable regulatory gridlock that would overwhelm permitting authorities.
ANSI now accepting profiles of conformity assessment bodies.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 20, 2009 ANSI has announced that it will add profile pages of U.S.-based conformity assessment bodies to StandardsPortal, an online resource designed to facilitate open and efficient trade between international markets in area of standards, conformity assessments, and technical regulations. With added information, resource will promote activities and contributions of organizations in U.S. and China, and make decentralized U.S. system easier to understand and more accessible to Chinese stakeholders.
ANSI seeks funding to support electronic health records.ANSI seeks funding to support electronic health records.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 20, 2009 ANSI is working to facilitate use of electronic health information to support global clinical research activities. Institute seeks active engagement and financial support of clinical research community to ensure that divergent and disparate standards do not inhibit use of electronic health records for future research and clinical decision support. Twenty-seven leading organizations have already pledged support.
ANSI kicks off Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 20, 2009 On February 11, 2009, ANSI held launch ceremony for its Manufacturer Member Roundtable in Beijing, China. With marked increase in trade between United States and China over past decade, Roundtable will provide forum for ANSI member companies to discuss challenges and strategies, share information across industry sectors, and provide perspectives on issues unique to manufacture and distribution into, out of, and within China.
Workshop addresses emergency preparedness needs for the impaired.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 20, 2009 Held on February 3-4, 2009, workshop included panels, roundtable discussions, and public input sessions where attendees stressed outreach and education to build support/awareness for disabled and special needs individuals. Breakout sessions identified standards for built environment and for evacuation equipment and operation. ANSI-HSSP will form task group to identify/prioritize specific needs and will develop input to code developing organizations and government agencies.
Technical Report analyzes jurisdictional/societal issues of biometrics.Technical Report analyzes jurisdictional/societal issues of biometrics.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 20, 2009 The ISO and IEC have released ISO/IEC TR 24714-1:2008, Information technology - Biometrics - Jurisdictional and societal considerations for commercial applications - Part 1: General guidance. Technical report provides guidance and clarification on jurisdictional/societal issues related to using biometrics for identification of people. It addresses issues such as privacy/protection of personal information, health and safety, environmental conditions, and acceptance/public perception.
ASHRAE Guide addresses buildings in hot and humid climates.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
February 19, 2009 Based on years of questions, comments, and suggestions from architects, engineers, and building managers, 2nd Edition of The ASHRAE Guide for Buildings in Hot and Humid Climates includes 4 new chapters to guide architectural design toward reduced energy consumption and mold risk, and lower-cost mechanical systems. Six chapters help designers quantify and reduce cooling and dehumidification loads, design economical ventilation systems, and save more than 25% of annual HVAC/R energy.
WESTEC to draw 20,000 manufacturers in challenging economy.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 18, 2009 SME will produce 2009 WESTEC Exposition from March 30 - April 2 at Los Angeles Convention Center. More than 280 new products and 500 exhibitors will be featured at the 46th annual event, with the theme, The Pulse of Manufacturing. According to John Catalano, preregistered attendance is up more than 30% over last year, the highest in 9 years. It will feature Back-to-Basics program, industry days, and participation by various educational institutions.
Year-End 2008 Industrial Lasers down 13% from 2007.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
February 18, 2009 According to AMT Laser Market Data Survey, orders of industrial laser equipment and systems in 2008 are reported at $475.0 million, a decrease of 12.7% from 2007. Orders within North America totaled $350.1 million, while exports amounted to approximately $124.9 million. Report shows that value of orders of CO2 lasers decreased 4.9% from 2007, totaling $438.0 million, while Nd:YAG orders decreased 52.3% from 2007, totaling $36.9 million.

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