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IPC Efforts help exempt electronics from CPSIA lead limits.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 12, 2009 Certain electronics products intended for children will be exempted from CPSC's CPSIA lead limit beginning February 10, 2009 to meet the compliance deadline. The interim rule and proposed rules on January 15, 2009 clarify that lead contained within electronics parts is inaccessible to children, plus it is not technologically feasible for these parts to comply with lead limits of 600 ppm. Proposed rules are expected to become final by end of February 2009.
Collaboration defines Smart Energy standard.
ZigBee Alliance    San Ramon, CA 94583
February 12, 2009 ZigBee® Alliance and HomePlug® Powerline Alliance announced that Electric Power Research Institute is collaborating with them to develop common language for home area network devices to utilize advanced metering infrastructure. Initiative will enhance capabilities of Smart Energy to incorporate new features, support ZigBee wireless and HomePlug wired devices, and accelerate development and certification of HAN devices capable of plugging into Smart Grid, such as thermostats and pool pumps.
FMA purchases Canadian Industrial Machinery magazine.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
February 12, 2009 Founded in 1986, Canadian Industrial Machinery is Canada's leading national monthly magazine dedicated to metalworking and fabricating industry, reaching nearly 17,000 professionals every month. Acquisition by FMA Intl will enable Canadian companies to continue to grow and be progressive in today's market. According to Edward Youdell, group publisher of FMA Communications, Inc., merger supports FMA's mission to be principal knowledge source to members and customers throughout North America.
IPC presents 'A-Z of Electronics Assembly' workshops.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 11, 2009 Scheduled for March 9-11, 2009, "The A-Z of Electronics Assembly" workshops will bring electronics experts together to present key processing steps necessary to meet performance, cost, and size demands of electronic products. Workshops will include "Electronic Product Materials Methodology" on March 9, "Printed Circuit Board Methodology" on March 10, and "Electronics Assembly Attachment Methodology" on March 11. For designers, "A Design Tool Technology Interchange" will follow on March 12-13.
ASTM Toy Safety Standard becomes U.S. law.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 11, 2009 Under ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, all toys sold in U.S. must comply with safety measures already required under federal law. It also includes additional guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges, and other potential hazards. Part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), standard incorporates toys as well as other children's products, setting strict limits on lead and phthalates.
AWWA extends registration deadline for biennial conference.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
February 11, 2009 AWWA's 10th biennial Membrane Technology Conference will take place in Memphis, TN, from March 15-18, with registration deadline of February 27. It will include workshops and technical program highlighting innovations and uses of various membrane technologies in water treatment. International case studies will be showcased and Membrane Research Session on March 17 will feature research activities at universities from U.S. and overseas.
North American Robot Orders fall in 2008.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
February 11, 2009 According to North American-based robotics companies, new orders sold to North American manufacturing companies fell by 21% in units and 16% in dollars in 2008 compared to 2007. Sharp decline accelerated in 4th quarter when orders fell by 26% in units and 33% in dollars compared with last year. Total of 12,557 robots valued at $894.9 million were ordered by North American companies in 2008, down from 15,856 robots valued at $1.07 billion last year.
Manufacturers attend launch of Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
February 11, 2009 Group of 7 senior executives of small manufacturing companies, all members of NAM, attended launch of Economic Recovery Advisory Board chaired by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker. Advisory panel was convened as part of Obama Administration's outreach effort to make certain it receives information and advice from all sectors of economy. At ceremony, Obama signed Executive Order formally creating Advisory Board, and used occasion to urge Congress to act on pending stimulus legislation.
FDA grants U.S. approval of GE animal product.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 11, 2009 Derived from genetically engineered (GE) animal, ATryn® is a recombinant form of human antithrombin developed by GTC Biotherapeutics, and was approved by FDA for prevention of peri-operative and peri-partum thromboembolic events in hereditary antithrombin deficient patients. ATryn® is the first ever transgenically produced therapeutic protein and first recombinant antithrombin approved in U.S. FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine also approved GTC's New Animal Drug Application to regulate GE animals.
ANSI announces launch of U.S.-India SCCP.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 11, 2009 By boosting cooperation on standards and conformance issues, U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program is designed to improve access for U.S. companies to Indian market and will be carried out by ANSI with funding from USTDA. One primary component of initiative is development of U.S. Standards Directory, which will include specific information on standards, conformity assessment procedures, technical regulations, and trade capacity building opportunities for 5 key sectors.
ANSI-HSSP Workshop weighs transit security standardization.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 11, 2009 ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) workshop on transit security took place on Jan 27-28, 2009, in Arlington, Virginia. Deputy Chief Owen Monaghan of the NYC Police Department Transit Bureau stressed need for interoperable standards and conformity assessment-based solutions, while participants noted that strategies, metrics, and testing and evaluation procedures must also be established. Volunteers agreed to conduct follow-up meetings and conference calls during March 2009.
ANSI seeks comments on proposal for consumer credit scoring.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 11, 2009 Austrian ISO member sterreichisches Normungsinstitut submitted work item proposal for standard specifying requirements of consumer credit scoring. Seeking to provide procedural requirements for lenders assessing creditworthiness in retail business, proposal will allow for variety in processes, systems, criteria/weightings, and models/measurement methods. As U.S. member to ISO, ANSI invites stakeholders to submit comments by March 13, 2009, to Steven Cornish at scornish@ansi.org.
Biotechnology Industry is expected to rebound.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 11, 2009 According to BIO/Thomson Reuters investor perception study, biotechnology industry is expected to rebound and outperform rest of market this year. Study provides in-depth assessment of Wall Street's views of biotech industry, its current challenges, relative valuation, and outlook for 2009. More than 2/3 of participants expect greater merger and acquisition volume in 2009, with major pharmaceutical companies buying biotech of all sizes and large biotechs buying smaller biotech companies.
Manufacturing Technology Consumption down in 2008.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
February 11, 2009 According to AMT and AMTDA, December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $194.01 million, which was down 2.2% from November and 53.8% from total of $419.80 million reported for December 2007. With year-to-date total of $4,211.79 million, 2008 is down 2.4% compared with 2007. United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption report provides regional and national U.S. consumption data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment.
TRFA calls for technical papers for 2009 Annual Meeting.
Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA)    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
February 11, 2009 TRFA invites submission of Technical Papers for presentation at 2009 Annual Meeting to be held Sept 13-15. Meeting schedule will include at least 3 technical paper presentations from each of TRFA's Market Focused Product Groups, including Coatings, Civil Engineering, and Floorings; Adhesives and Sealants; Composites and Tooling; and Potting, Encapsulation, and Electrical. Possible topics may include Green chemistry, novel curing technologies, and developments in nanotechnology.
PTDA details member donations for 2008.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
February 10, 2009 The PTDA Foundation raised $315,259 during its 2008 fund drive, 24% more than 2007. This includes 38% increase in gifts of $5,000 or more along with 26 first-time donors. Supporting the foundation were 7 Industrial Careers Pathways® Alliance Partners as well as others that provided Partner-, Investor-, and Stakeholder-level contributions. In 2008, PTDA Foundation held a first-time Pledge-A-Thon for smaller companies, which it plans to repeat in 2009.
Fieldbus Foundation announces milestones of WCT efforts.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
February 10, 2009 The Fieldbus Foundation announced that Wireless Cooperation Team (WCT) achieved milestones toward developing an interface specification and compliance guidelines for integrating universal wireless solution into HART(TM), FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus, PROFIBUS, and PROFINET networks. The effort was sponsored by Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V., which have collaborated on EDDL technology since 2003 and formed WCT in September 2007.
IPC Conference to focus on flexible circuit technology.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 10, 2009 IPC International Conference on Flexible Circuits, April 21-23 in Minneapolis, will feature half-day workshops on April 21 and 23 as well as full-day technical conference on April 22. Joe Fjelstad, President of Verdant Electronics, will present his keynote, Flexible Circuit Technology - New Applications, Challenges, and Solutions for the 21st Century, at the technical conference. Various industry experts will present on numerous subjects related to design, materials, and technology.
ASHRAE Conference highlights new proposals.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
February 10, 2009 With 2,800 attendees from January 24-28, 2009 Winter Conference centered on the theme Sustainable Urban Design: Engineering Tomorrow...Today. ASHRAE announced the building energy labeling program, expected to launch in 2009, which will include method for rating energy performance of buildings covered by Standard 90.1. Also, the committee for Standard 189.1P, expanded to 39 members, held its first meeting, and ASHRAE President Harrison presented his State-of-the-Society address.
NAM supports improving Trade Adjustment Assistance.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
February 10, 2009 NAM welcomes bipartisan agreement to expand and improve Trade Adjustment Assistance program, which provides training and other benefits to workers adversely affected by trade. NAM VP for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, stated that NAM is committed to providing those American workers with new opportunities and new skills and supports this measure that can help put Americans back to work.

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