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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.
ASTM Technical Seminar addresses antifouling paint.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 10, 2009 Scheduled for June 23, 2009, Antifouling Paint Highlights: Regulatory, Technology, and Performance Testing will consist of 5 presentations on marine coatings. Regulatory update will cover biocide, coating registration, and environmental inputs, while separate presentation will address quantification of biocide release rate, with specific emphasis on harbor loading. Group of 3 talks will focus on antifouling coating performance assessment and recent developments in marine industry.
PTDA 2009 Survey shows member optimism during recession.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
February 10, 2009 PTDA's 2009 Member Forecast Survey shows 79 manufacturer respondents are more optimistic about 2009 sales than 58 distributor participants, with half of manufacturers predicting sales to increase in 2009. Member companies seek to grow sales relationships, while some are hoping to acquire new customers. According to Justin Aschenbrenner, Alan Beaulieu predicted tough times for PTDA members, but cautions against pessimism, citing companies that work with economic cycles will benefit more.
BSA adds member branch search option to public website.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
February 9, 2009 Branch search capability on BSA public website, www.bsahome.org, lets visitors search for BSA member branches in their area. To ensure information is current and correct, distributor members are allowed to update branch information such as company address, phone, fax, and website URL online via link on BSA Members-Only website. This is a step to make authorized distribution more accessible to end users and members more competitive in today's marketplace.
NAM supports Secretary of Commerce nominee.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
February 9, 2009 According to NAM, nomination of Senator Judd Gregg as Secretary of Commerce is good news for manufacturing. NAM President and CEO, John Engler, stated that Sen. Gregg's 100% voting record with NAM demonstrates that he has a true understanding of manufacturing's key role in strength of American economy and how to keep U.S. manufacturing globally competitive. NAM looks forward to working with new Secretary and his team to improve competitive landscape for U.S. manufacturers and workers.
AIA Report urges positive defense acquisition reform.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
February 9, 2009 According to report from AIA, defense acquisition system should be improved to make it fair, reasonable, and flexible. Titled "U.S. Defense Acquisition: An Agenda for Positive Reform," report recommends that new administration and Congress focus on 3 themes. They include: stability and fairness in contracting and financial policies, reform of major elements of defense acquisition system, and competitiveness and efficiency of aerospace and defense industry.
Thomas D. Murphy receives Frank W. Reinhart Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 9, 2009 In recognition of outstanding leadership and service in area of terminology standardization, Consultant Thomas D. Murphy of Morristown, NJ has received Frank W. Reinhart award from ASTM International Committee on Standards. An ASTM International member since 1980, Murphy serves on Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics, where he is active on several subcommittees. He has served as chair, vice chair, and secretary of E11 and received ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow in 1997.
AWWA Seminar will teach water utility staff how to set rates.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
February 9, 2009 On April 1-3, AWWA will host annual Financial Management: Cost of Service Rate-Making Seminar, which will directly address financial management, capital finance planning, and rate setting. Seminar will be held in New Orleans, LA and will offer valuable opportunity for water utility staff to learn to develop defendable policies, evaluate financial policies and rate impacts, and set fair revenue requirements.
Standards-Based Technology provides insight into forests.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 6, 2009 Scientists from U.S. Forest Service and Carnegie Institution used standards, for GPS, laser, and LiDAR equipment, to evaluate/study land changes in Hawaiian tropical forests. Standards used include IEC 60825, Safety of Laser Products Package as well as ISO 17123-8:2007, which outlines field procedures for testing geodetic and surveying instruments. Framework guidance for use of LiDAR will be outlined in draft standard BSR/INCITS PN-1844-D-200x, Information technology - Topographic LiDAR Remote.
Cooperative Program announced between ACLASS and iNARTE.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 6, 2009 ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS and iNARTE have signed memorandum of agreement that provides framework for ACLASS to cooperate in developing training for iNARTE's professional certification programs. To ensure proper training, skills, and expertise, iNARTE will begin certification for Certified Test Laboratory Auditors. In addition, both organizations will cooperate in developing educational workshops and programs for laboratory professionals.
February ANSI Caucus to feature EPA guest speaker.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 6, 2009 Scheduled for Feb 6, 2009, monthly ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature guest speaker Clive Davies of U.S. EPA. Since 2003, Mr. Davies has served as chief of Design for the Environment program at Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics for EPA. With strong expertise in safer alternative chemicals, safer products, water regulation, infrastructure, and engineering, Mr. Davies brings rich background to February Caucus discussion.
ASTM accepting papers for 2009 Advantage Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 6, 2009 With deadline of June 1, 2009, ASTM International is accepting papers that demonstrate positive impact of ASTM International standards, and which provide background information and data showing such values as cost savings, efficiency, and market access. Cash prizes are $15,000 for first prize, $10,000 for second prize, and $5,000 for third prize. Winning papers will be published in ASTM International's bimonthly magazine, Standardization News.
AWC offers free Design Professional Membership.
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)    Washington, DC 20036
February 6, 2009 American Wood Council, part of American Forest and Paper Association, is offering free Design Professional Membership to qualified building officials to help them keep abreast of progressive wood industry issues and changing building design standards. Benefits include member discounts on Technical Publications, AWC IMPACT newsletter, announcements of seminars offering CEU credits, and access to technical information with direct 800 phone number to AWC.
NADCA releases 2008 wage survey.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
February 6, 2009 The North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) 2008 Annual Wage & Fringe Benefits Survey indicates pay for maintenance personnel increased 36% in 2008 over 2007. Study is based on findings from 37 domestic die casting companies and 13 different job classifications. Available with searchable CD-ROM containing database of participants as well as company data from 1999 to 2008, survey can be ordered at www.diecasting.org/publications.
ANSI to launch roundtable discussion forum in China.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 6, 2009 ANSI has announced a China-based roundtable discussion forum, overseen by Elise Owen, for manufacturers on February 11, 2009, in Beijing, China. Building upon informal discussions held with representatives of member manufacturing companies in China during 2008, the roundtable will enable those China-based representatives to share information and experiences on standards and conformance issues. Subsequent monthly meetings will be held alternately in Shanghai and Beijing.
ANSI welcomes 11 new members in 2009.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 6, 2009 In January, ANSI welcomed Triage Wireless, Inc.; Beckman Coulter, Inc.; B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc.; Genzink Steel Supply & Welding Co.; and Associated Air Balance Council as new members. Arthur Blank & Company, Inc.; DZ Atlantic; National Center for Construction Education and Research; V Ware, Inc.; Standard Register; and KAL Architects, Inc. were also included. They join federation representing over 125,000 companies and over 3.5 million professionals as part of ANSI.
ANSI Committees approve guidelines for software/trademarks.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 6, 2009 ANSI Patent Group and Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee approved 2 guideline documents, which are available for public viewing in ANSI's online library. Documents include ANSI Guidelines on Software in Standards that details inclusion of normative software in ANS when intended to be extracted for use in implementations of standard. ANSI Guidelines on Embedded Trademark provides guidance on trademarks, service marks, and certification marks as forms of IP.
AMT implements organization changes to meet member needs.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
February 5, 2009 AMT is consolidating all communications functions under VP - Exhibitions and Communications Peter Eelman, with member recruitment overseen by Patrick McGibbon and member retention initiatives developed/directed by Jeffery Traver. Bonnie Gurney has been promoted to Communications Director to support internal changes. In addition to communication, optimizing website, developing social network strategy, and identifying best communication methods are also key areas of focus.
Standard addresses galvanizing process for steel products.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 5, 2009 ASTM International standard, A1057/A1057M, Specification for Steel, Structural Tubing, Cold Formed, Welded, Carbon, Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) by the Hot-Dip Process, addresses galvanizing process as it is used across variety of industries, including construction, automotive, and transportation. Standard classifies coating weights and mechanical requirements inherent in galvanizing process.

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