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NAM opposes California waiver for fuel efficiency.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 28, 2009 Keith McCoy, NAM VP for Energy and Resources Policy, stated that U.S. Congress must engage in thorough and transparent process for establishing federal climate change policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining competitive level playing field for U.S. companies in global marketplace. Separate waiver for California would lead to patchwork of greenhouse gas reduction laws when climate change is a global issue and should be addressed on national level.
NAM supports WTO finding on IPR protection in China.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 28, 2009 The finding by WTO dispute settlement panel will strengthen intellectual property right (IPR) protections in China and stems from a 2007 U.S. case regarding shortcomings in China's IPR enforcement. According to John Engler, it provides reason to reform IPR practices when IP is becoming important for Chinese and other foreign companies. NAM commends the panel for findings grounded on WTO principles, but more work needs to be done, according to Engler.
ANSI approves changes to Institute Constitution and By-Laws.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 28, 2009 The ANSI has approved revisions to the Institute Constitution and By-Laws following a membership vote on proposed changes, which reflect creation of the Audit Committee and its duties. Created to assist the Board in carrying out financial oversight responsibilities, the Committee will report on activities and findings, including issues of quality/integrity of financial statements, compliance with regulatory requirements, and performance/independence of ANSI's independent auditor.
ANSI-EPA to hold Sustainable Products Standards Workshop.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 28, 2009 Scheduled for April 8-9, ANSI-EPA Sustainable Products Standards Workshop will provide neutral venue where stakeholders can engage in discussions that will facilitate development, promulgation, and use of voluntary standards to address sustainable products. Topics will include review and establishment of guiding principles for developing standards, identification of existing standards and draft standards under development, and identification of gaps and needs for additional standards.
International Standard addresses home networking.International Standard addresses home networking.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 28, 2009 Providing guidelines for Universal Plug and Play devices, ISO/IEC 29341 assures compatibility and seamless connectivity. Part 1 details UPnP device architecture and defines protocols for communication between controllers and devices, while part 2 addresses basic device control protocol. Remaining parts cover specific device categories such as Internet gateways/routers, A/V media devices, printers, scanners, climate control, lighting, and WLAN access points.
Year-End Workholding Shipments are down from 2007 levels.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
January 28, 2009 At $245 million for 2008, shipments of workholding equipment from U.S. were down 5.7% from 2007 according to Advanced Workholding Technology Group of AMT. Workholding equipment shipments within U.S. by companies participating in statistical report totaled $211 million while exports amounted to $34 million. Fourth quarter 2008 shipments were also down over 3rd quarter 2008. Companies reported $57.1 million in shipments, a decline of 5.2% from last quarter.
BIO offers bioscience industry growth and development guide.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 28, 2009 To address current economic realities, BIO released guide titled "State Legislative Best Practices in Support of Bioscience Industry Development," which chronicles several types of state programs that have been helpful in forming and sustaining bioscience industry development. Guide also demonstrates importance of developing trained workforces that will create, grow, and retain bioscience companies, and explores rationale behind current legislative efforts.
BIO President to explore healthcare and policy changes.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 28, 2009 During Council for Entrepreneurial Development's 18th annual Biotech conference, James C. Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, will speak about what BIO feels is potential impact of new political landscape and what biotech companies should do to prepare for change. Conference will include variety of panels focusing on nation's administration, life science, and healthcare policy, and will offer networking opportunities with life science leaders.
Improving Math Scores a plus for future manufacturing.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
January 28, 2009 According to Trends in International Mathematics and Science report, fourth grade students in U.S. improved 11 points in math between 2003 and 2007 and eighth graders jumped 16 points since 1995. Gerald Shankel, President and CEO of FMA, stated that by improving in math, U.S. students will be better prepared to succeed in higher education and in global workforce. Mathematics also provides solid foundation for careers in manufacturing.
IPC supports bonus depreciation tax incentives.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 28, 2009 IPC is lobbying Congress to pass bonus depreciation tax incentives and research and experimentation tax credits contained in American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. Tax incentives will allow businesses to recover certain capital expenditures incurred in 2009. Since enactment of plan would support struggling manufacturers, preserve jobs, and position companies to succeed in difficult global economy, IPC members are encouraged to join in lobbying efforts.
ASTM Standard is to cover safety of stormwater chambers.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 27, 2009 ASTM International standard WK21965, Practice for Structural Design of Thermoplastic Corrugated Stormwater Chambers will bring rational design procedures and uniformity to ensure structural their safety over design life. Proposed standard follows design requirements in AASHO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications for thermoplastic pipe. Chamber manufacturers developing new configurations and engineers verifying structural adequacy of chambers will be the primary users of WK21965.
AIA President makes statement on nomination of LaHood.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
January 27, 2009 According to AIA President and CEO, Marion Blakey, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood's unanimous confirmation vote in Senate is testament to bipartisan respect he has among lawmakers. During confirmation hearing, LaHood expressed support for AIA priorities, including development of nation's satellite-based air traffic management system known as NextGen, ensuring transportation investments are environmentally sustainable, and appointment of permanent administrator to FAA.
Air Traffic Program removed from GAO high-risk list.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
January 27, 2009 Removal of air traffic modernization from GAO's list of high-risk government programs should boost development of NextGen satellite-based air transportation system. In report, GAO officials said FAA addressed most root causes of past problems and has shown commitment to sustaining progress. Investment of $4 billion for NextGen equipment purchase and installation will provide upgrades that will make flying more efficient as well as create 77,000 jobs in near term.
GAO High Risk List is modified to remove Air Traffic Program.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
January 27, 2009 After 14 years, FAA Air Traffic Control modernization has been dropped from Government Accountability Office High Risk List. Acting Administrator, Lynne Osmus, stated that steady improvements in FAA's financial management and strategies for fielding new air traffic technology have shown commitment to keeping programs on track. GAO first included FAA ATC modernization on biennial list in 1995 because of previous cost overruns, schedule delays, and performance shortfalls.
New Standard 189 Committee to hold first meeting in Chicago.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
January 27, 2009 Tasked with writing first standard on high-performing green buildings, committee for proposed Standard 189.1 will hold first meeting at ASHRAE's 2009 Winter Conference. Standard will provide minimum criteria for green building practices, and is applicable to new commercial buildings and major renovation projects. When completed, it will address energy efficiency, building's impact on atmosphere, sustainable sites, water use efficiency, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.
ASHRAE recognizes outstanding industry achievements.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
January 27, 2009 During Society's 2009 Winter Conference, ASHRAE recognized 46 people for their contributions to ASHRAE and HVAC/R industry. Kenneth M. Fulk, P.E. was given ASHRAE Award for Distinguished Public Service. Society also elevated 22 members to grade of Fellow ASHRAE, which recognizes distinction in arts and sciences of environmental technology. Other awards included ASHRAE Technology Awards, ASHRAE Student Design Project Competition, E.K. Campbell Award, and John F. James International Award.
ASHRAE Awards highlight outstanding building projects.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
January 27, 2009 At the 2009 Winter Conference, ASHRAE Technology Awards were given to Kenneth Sonmor, Laurier Nichols, Thomas H. Durkin, Jacques De Grace, and Eric Kirkland. Covering commercial, public, and institutional building projects, the awards recognize HVAC&R designs that maximize energy, economy, air quality, and environmental performance by applying new technologies and designs or utilizing existing technologies in unusual ways.
IPC announces management meetings during IPC APEX EXPO(TM).
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 27, 2009 Held in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO(TM) in Las Vegas on March 30, 2009, EMS Management Council Meeting will feature experts representing Dover, Assembleon, and Indium highlighting ways EMS companies can cut costs by implementing operating efficiencies. At PCB Executive Management Meeting, attendees will look at industry trends and how new U.S. administration will impact global electronics industry. Both meetings are exclusively for senior executives from PCB/EMS companies.
ASTM proposes standard based on DoD acceptance sampling.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 27, 2009 Proposed standard WK11023, Practice for Life and Reliability Testing Based on the Exponential Distribution, is part of Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics' program of preserving U.S. government military standards on acceptance sampling. It is an adaptation of DoD quality control and reliability handbook document H-108. If approved, the Committee will continue with Military Standard 414, the last planned for conversion, though others may be considered.
EPRI and CEE sign agreement to share information.
EPRI    Palo Alto, CA 94304
January 27, 2009 Agreement between EPRI and CEE enables both to focus on energy efficiency initiatives from complementary positions, EPRI conducting scientific research, while CEE uses the data to develop initiatives and specifications. This collaboration may help to develop efficient televisions, appliances, internal power supplies, servers/data centers, consumer electronics, and solid-state street/area lighting. It will also allow both organizations to inform one another of developments and technical/analytical issues.

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