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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.
AWWA Webcast to discuss advanced disinfection of pipelines.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
January 26, 2009 As America's water infrastructure ages, water professionals must consider new maintenance and disinfection methods to keep pipelines and storage facilities safe. Scheduled for 1 p.m. EST on Feb 11, webcast titled "Advanced Disinfection of Pipelines and Storage Facilities," will cover AWWA Standards and ozone as alternative process for pipeline disinfection. Presentations will benefit utility operators, disinfection contractors, manufacturers, and public health agency professionals.
IPC and JEDEC Conference to address lead-free transition.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 26, 2009 IPC and JEDEC will present Transitioning to Lead Free - Strategies for Implementation, a 3-day conference on March 3-5, 2009, in Santa Clara, CA. It will feature a full-day technical conference on March 4, with industry experts covering topics such as supply chain communication for a lead-free world and aerospace response to lead-free solder. On March 3 and 5, half-day workshops will address such lead-free applications as soldering, packaging and assembly, and electronics.
PMA releases Business Conditions Report for Jan 2009.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
January 26, 2009 According to January 2009 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect slight uptick in business conditions during next 3 months. Fourteen percent of participants predict improvement in business, while 41% expect activity will remain unchanged, and 45% reported that activity will decline. Despite anticipation that business conditions will improve slightly, number of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff spiked to 64% in January.
AASHTO Official urges CBO to approve state road projects.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
January 26, 2009 John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director, says state DOTs are moving to advance ready-to-go projects to meet the House bill proposal. DOTs are prepared to have 50% of $30 billion under contract within 120 days, Horsely also noted, and all that is needed is the green light to proceed. Projects under consideration include an interstate project for the Tennessee DOT, which has 316 projects underway, and the North Dakota DOT, which aims to complete a 12.9 mile interstate construction project.
Institute publishes standard for rotodynamic pumps.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
January 26, 2009 Hydraulic Institute has published American National Standard for Rotodynamic Pumps for Nomenclature and Definitions. Standard applies to vertically suspended pumps, including single casing submersible pumps and discharge through column types, as well as double casing and in-line casing diffuser pumps. Rotodynamic pumps are typically driven by vertical electric motors or horizontal engines with right angle gears.
AWWA opens registration for ACE09.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
January 23, 2009 AWWA announces that online registration is open for the Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE09) on June 14-18, in San Diego, CA. Water community will gather to explore future of safe water, gain insight into research and best practices, and experience latest products and services available to water community. ACE09 will also offer 3 certificate programs: High-Tech Operator Certificate Program and two Public Officials Certificate Programs.
Manufacturers to bring oil and gas mission to HOUSTEX.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
January 23, 2009 Scheduled for February 24-26, 2009 at George R. Brown Convention Center, HOUSTEX will showcase advanced machines, tools, and production systems. Beyond show floor, visitors will have opportunities to learn best practices and network with top manufacturers at oil and gas-oriented Advanced Technologies Conference. In particular, this SME Conference will focus on innovative processes and people that will lead industry into the future.
Papers needed for Plastic Pipe and Fittings symposium.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 23, 2009 Scheduled for Nov 9, 2009, Symposium on Plastic Pipe and Fittings: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow will be held in conjunction with standards development meetings of ASTM International Committee F17. Symposium will report on current status of important aspects relating technology and standardization of plastic piping systems with focus on relationship to current applications. To participate, presenters/authors must submit online abstract form and attach 250-300 word preliminary abstract.

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