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NAM welcomes improvements in potentially costly customs rule.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 25, 2008 After substantial modifications were made in lengthy interagency process, Customs and Border Protection released customs rule known as 10+2. Rule requires importers to submit 10 types of information about what they are importing, and requires 2 new types of information from shipping companies. Rule establishes interim 6-month test of how data elements can be provided, and allows U.S. manufacturers to provide most difficult data elements on best-available status.
ASTM offers class on property condition assessments.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 25, 2008 Two-day, hands-on class will give overview of ASTM Standard Guide for PCAs: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process and explain why standard was developed. Participants will learn procedures for conducting walk-through survey, which key areas should be included in PCR, how to establish reasonable expectations for PCRs, how to identify property's physical differences, and how to read PCR. Course can also be tailored to specific company needs and taught on site.
FAA approves deployment of satellite tracking system.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
November 25, 2008 FAA Acting Administrator Sturgell approved nationwide deployment of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system, which allows aircraft to be tracked by satellite rather than radar. An executive order signed on November 18 accelerated implementation of NextGen, and Sturgell's commissioning of services for ADS-B in Florida may enable nationwide deployment of it by 2013. By then, 794 ground stations will provide service to locations that have radar today.
PTDA elects 2009 Board of Directors.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2008 At the PTDA 2008 Industry Summit, the PTDA elected Drew Tucci as president for 2009. A member in the association since 1994, Tucci served as the Industry Relations Committee chair in 2002-2003 and has been on PTDA board since 2004. The board will also include Keith Nowak as First Vice President, David Mayer as Second Vice President, and Larry Brand as Treasurer. Bob Daniel will serve as PTDA Manufacturer Council chair, joined by Vice Chair Randy Breaux.
PTDA offers online technical training courses.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2008 The PTDA has released 14 independent, 2-3 hr multimedia courses, tailored to specific product categories, through its PT Interactive Online training program. Based on the Power Transmission Handbook, the program teaches the basics of PT/MC products and applications including maintenance and diagnostic tips, application and selection criteria, and standards. Courses will be available beginning December 1, 2008.
PTDA presents lifetime achievement award to Douglas Savage.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2008 The PTDA named Douglas Savage the 19th recipient of the Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control industry, at the association's annual Industry Summit in Miami Beach, FL. Savage was the association's president in 1999 and a board member from 1995-2000, and also served as a PTDA Foundation board trustee from 1999-2001 and in 2007. The award honors those who have demonstrated outstanding, continuous, long-term support of PTDA and the PT/MC industry.
BIO International Convention named 2008 Top Association Show.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 25, 2008 Tradeshow Week has named BIO International Convention as 2008 Top Association Show and included event on its Fastest 50 list for second consecutive year. As BIO International Convention has grown, BIO has consistently developed strategies and programs for helping attendees navigate event - from creating product focus zones within BIO Exhibition to using personal event planning tools that enables attendees to connect before, during, and after show to increase attendee value.
Conference to focus on 2008 most wanted safety improvements.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 25, 2008 During press conference, NTSB will update status of its Most Wanted List of Safety Improvements directed at State governments. Items to be discussed include status of State laws to require booster seats for young children, primary seat belt laws, graduated licensing laws for young drivers, hard core drinking driver laws, and recreational boating safety laws. Despite fact that these laws have been proven to save lives, many States have not yet adopted them.
NTSB makes safety recommendations to FHA.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 25, 2008 According to NTSB, Federal Highway Administration should develop and implement bridge design quality assurance/quality control program, to be used by States and other bridge owners, that includes procedures to detect and correct bridge design errors before design plans are made final. Additionally, bridge owners should be required to assess truss bridges in their inventories to identify locations where visual inspections may not detect gusset plate corrosion.
NTSB makes safety recommendations to AASHTO.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 25, 2008 According to NTSB, AASHTO should work with FHA to develop and implement bridge design quality assurance/quality control program to detect and correct bridge design errors before plans are final. Manual for Bridge Evaluation should include guidance for conducting load ratings on new bridges before they are placed in service, as well as evaluating capacity of gusset plates as part of load rating calculations performed for non-load-path-redundant steel truss bridges.
TIA and Bipaver Reps meet to discuss tire industry concerns.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
November 25, 2008 At TIA's Tires, Wheels, and Equipment section of SEMA show, TIA's Global Council and representatives from Bipaver retreading organization gathered to discuss issues relating to international tire industry. Topics discussed included right to repair, tire aging, rolling resistance, tire recycling, and 4/32 in. vs 2/32 in. minimum tread depth. Representatives from several state tire associations were also involved in discussion.
Training Course to address fire hazards in oxygen systems.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 25, 2008 Sponsored by ASTM, 2-day Technical and Professional Course titled "Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems" will address topics such as identifying and evaluating hazards in oxygen systems; understanding fundamentals of safe practice in design, materials, selection, and operation of oxygen systems; and collecting information needed to cope with fire hazards in oxygen systems. Course will use ASTM standards and other documents to improve judgment and support decisions about oxygen systems.
ASTM offers training course on corrosion testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 25, 2008 Presented by ASTM, hands-on Technical and Professional Training course titled Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic, and Gas Tests will provide clear understanding of proper application of ASTM B117 and will furnish information regarding corrosion testing so that attendees can understand significance of salt fog test. Demonstrations will be given on mixing solutions, cleaning coupons and samples, evaluation of results and samples, and B117 corrosion test equipment.
EPRI confirms safety of manhole cover restraint system.
EPRI    Palo Alto, CA 94304
November 25, 2008 EPRI research, conducted in collaboration with Detroit Edison and Stabiloc of Warren, supports the effectiveness of a manhole cover restraint system that can prevent or limit damage during a manhole explosion. The controlled pressure relief mechanism, developed by Stabiloc, uses 2 latches to allow the cover to remain engaged to the manhole frame in most explosions. Detroit Edison has already installed 1,200 Stabiloc covers.
PTDA Foundation raises record amount In 2008.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2008 PTDA Foundation set record for annual fund drive in 2008, raising total of $285,498. Two new $10,000+ level givers, IDC-USA (Partner level) and BC Bearing Group (Investor level), helped push total contributions to 21% increase compared to 2007. Continuing its history of strong support, Tomkins Corporation Foundation made Partner-level contribution - their 3rd at $25,000 level, bringing their total support to $75,000. BDI/BDI Canada combined contribution puts them at Investor level in 2008.
PTDA Foundation announces 2009 Board of Trustees.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2008 At the PTDA 2008 Industry Summit in Miami Beach, FL, the PTDA Foundation announced that Kenneth A. Miko of BDI will serve as president in 2009 for his 2nd year of a 2 yr term. William A. Childers of Rexnord LLC will serve a 2nd term as VP, and Larry Brand, IBT, Inc., has been elected treasurer. Will Seagren, Bearing Engineering Co., and Drew Tucci, Eastern Bearings, Inc., will also join the board.
PTDA seeks to improve distributor/manufacturer relationships.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2008 The PTDA released a publication, "A Discussion on Processing Debit Memos," following a survey of its members that identified distributor/manufacturer relationships as one of the top issues that will impact businesses over the next 3-5 yr. A PTDA-commissioned task force discovered that the process of issuing debit memos and granting credits is more complex than originally thought. Located at www.ptda.org/DebitMemos, the paper offers suggestions for improving the process.
PTDA 2008 Industry Summit draws over 825 participants.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2008 The PTDA 2008 Industry Summit themed "Ride the Wave to Success," featured 197 distributors, 370 manufacturers, and international delegates from 18 countries. Starting with a keynote address by Ken Schmidt, it continued with an economic update and short-and long-term forecasts provided by Alan Beaulieu. The event included 3 workshops highlighting industry issues and the Motion Control Showcase with exhibits from 32 suppliers. A technical conference was also held in conjunction with summit.
AIChE holds annual meeting during its 100th anniversary.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)    New York, NY 10016
November 24, 2008 The AIChE held its Centennial Annual Meeting in Philadelphia from November 16-21. It covered past chemical engineering innovations as well as the future of technologies related to renewable energy, sustainability, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. In the 10th annual Chem-E-Car competition, university teams raced small cars powered by beef liver and hydrogen peroxide, Mentos® and Coca Cola®, and homemade fuel cells. Highlights can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0LfbFvfLpQ.
The Broadband Forum unveils BroadbandSuite(TM) Release Plan 3.0.
Broadband Forum    Fremont, CA 94538
November 24, 2008 The Broadband Forum's BroadbandSuite 3.0 capabilities include triple-play augmented via GPON and bonded DSL over QoS-enabled Ethernet architecture; support for multicast-to-IPTV streaming; as well as remote management of set-top-boxes and attached storage devices. It also provides specifications required to remotely manage a multimedia home network. An interactive industry showcase highlighted the benefits of the specifications at the Telco TV event.

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