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Some Automakers are replacing spare tires with EMDs.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
October 13, 2008 According to TIA, some manufacturers are replacing spare tires with Extended Mobility Devices, which will not address every flat tire situation. EMD consists of air compressor that plugs into cigarette lighter and propels liquid sealant material to seal injuries up to in. in tread area. If tire is damaged on sidewall, or if damage is larger than standard nail, EMD will be essentially useless. Thus, TIA encourages new car purchasers to check if car has spare or EMD before they need it.
Texas Representative defends voting for financial bill.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 13, 2008 On America's Business with Mike Hambrick radio program, Representive Mike Conaway (R-TX) says many voters in his district urged him to vote against the multibillion-dollar Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. However, Conaway says he decided to vote for the bill because it was in the best interest of the American economy. The Representative also said that he pushed for language in the act to help restore business and consumer confidence in banks.
RIA Who's Who Media Campaign honors Platinum members.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
October 13, 2008 To appear in next full-page Who's Who ad insertions, company must be member in good standing as of November 1, 2008. Qualified members will be honored in both Assembly magazine and in Robotics Industry Directory. Platinum Integrators will be honored in December issue of Assembly magazine, which features their Capital Equipment Spending Report, while Platinum Suppliers will have their own ad in 2009 issues of Assembly magazine.
PTDA to hold 2009 Executive Development Conference.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
October 13, 2008 Designed to prepare next generation of leaders in power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry for success, conference will be held on Mar 12-13, 2009, in Mesa, Arizona. Targeted at current mid-level district/regional managers, sales managers, and product/vendor relations specialists, it will explore various aspects of distributor/manufacturer relationships. Featuring interactive program led by Gary Moore, the event will offer informal networking as well as take-home conference materials.
NAM honors Congressional supporters of its agenda.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 10, 2008 The NAM has announced recipients of its NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, which is awarded to House and Senate members who support key manufacturing votes 70% or more of the time. In the 110th Congress, 43 senators and 181 representatives earned this distinction and 33 who earned a perfect voting record have received recognition as members of the 100 Percent Club. Voting records for members of Congress are available at www.nam.org/votingrecord.
IPC releases power conversion standard.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
October 10, 2008 IPC announces publication of first-ever power conversion standard, IPC-9592, Requirements for Power Conversion Devices for the Computer and Telecommunications Industries. Facilitating communication between customer and supplier, 75-page specification covers complete range of power conversion attributes, including product specifications and document requirements, design for reliability, design and qualification testing, and manufacturing conformance testing.
IPC Conference focuses on meeting today's customer demands.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
October 10, 2008 Scheduled for November 10-12, 2008, "IPC International Test and Inspection Technology Conference: Meeting Customer Demands" will provide snapshot of what methods and techniques are still in place and what is new in electronic product verification. Conference will cover components, materials, printed boards, assemblies, and OEM perspective. Attendees will explore different testing methods and strategies that verify sum and quality of parts used in assembly process.
ATA foresees legal action by airlines against DOT.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
October 10, 2008 The ATA responded to the U.S. DOT decision to proceed with the auction of slots at 3 primary New York-area airports. The Association says the idea is ill-conceived and will result in a lengthy and costly legal challenge. "This defies the recommendation of the GAO, as well as the will of Congress," says ATA President and CEO James C. May. May also said that the DOT should, "...implement fair and practical solutions to address delays and add needed new capacity."
Foundation releases final Diagnostic Profiles Specification.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
October 10, 2008 Based on guidelines established by NAMUR Working Group 2.6, FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus Diagnostic Profiles Specification allows users to harness Electronic Device Description Language technology to achieve true, actionable diagnostics. Specification identifies role-based diagnostics for fieldbus equipment and defines consistent set of parameters for diagnostic alarming. It also allows diagnostics to be applied, as most appropriate, for particular plant application.
IEC approves WirelessHART Specification.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
October 10, 2008 Approved by IEC as Publicly Available Specification, WirelessHART(TM) Communication Specification addresses critical needs of process industry for reliable and secure wireless communication in real world industrial plant applications. Standard builds on established and field-proven international standards including HART Protocol, EDDL, IEEE 802.15.4(TM) radio and frequency hopping, spread spectrum, and mesh networking technologies.
NAM hails Congressional vote to advance nuclear technology.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 9, 2008 According to NAM, 86-13 U.S. Senate vote in favor of agreement to permit trade of civilian nuclear technology between U.S. and India is a welcome sign of strong, bipartisan congressional support for advancing nuclear technology. NAM President, John Engler said agreement will foster international cooperation to combat nuclear proliferation. Engler also noted that agreement has support of both International Atomic Energy Agency and Nuclear Suppliers Group.
IFMA and ASHRAE collaborate on energy efficiency issues.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 9, 2008 Memorandum of understanding, to be signed at IFMA's World Workplace 2008 Conference and Expo, calls for sharing resources and collaborating on projects, publications, sustainability research, and educational offerings that will be beneficial to both organizations' members and constituents. ASHRAE and IFMA will also work together on legislative and regulatory issues through their Washington, D.C., offices.
NTSB to offfer course in cooperation with NJ State Police.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
October 9, 2008 Scheduled for Nov 18-20, 2008, course titled Transportation Disaster Response - A Course for Emergency Responders will employ audio/video materials, case studies, recent examples, and panel discussions to help participants effectively manage major transportation disaster. Some topics will include integrating Incident Command System and investigative processes, responding to transportation events involving terrorism and/or hazardous materials, and forensic aspects of recovery and identification.
ASHRAE partners with industry leaders in building sustainable headquarters.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 9, 2008 Completed in July, $7.65 million renovated headquarters serve as laboratory without walls to extend Society's knowledge and information worldwide. Sustainable measures include projected reduction in annual energy usage by more than 31.5% through use of dedicated outdoor air supply with energy recovery and humidity control, ground-source heat pumps, and variable refrigerant flow systems with heat recovery. To reduce water consumption by 52.3%, building uses low-flow or no-flow fixtures.
SIIA to hold Ed Tech Business Forum.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
October 9, 2008 The Ed Tech Business Forum on December 1-2, in New York City, will focus on innovation and growth of new education technologies, including "financing the growth" of developing Ed Tech firms. Geared toward the K-12 and post-secondary education technology markets, it is dedicated to connecting knowledgeable contacts from across the education and high-tech industries. It will include an innovation showcase, one-to-one business connections meetings, and business profiles presentations.
ASHRAE publishes residential IAQ guideline.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 8, 2008 Available as companion guideline to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, ASHRAE Guideline 24-2008 - Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides information on achieving good IAQ that goes beyond requirements contained in Standard 62.2 by including explanatory and educational material. Guideline offers information on envelope and system design, material selection, commissioning and installation, and operation and maintenance.
AMT elects new Board of Directors and officers.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
October 8, 2008 At 2008 Annual Meeting, AMT's Board of Directors elected Ronald F. Schildge, President of Eitel Presses, Inc. as Chairman. Board re-elected Daniel D. Janka, President of MAG Industrial Automation Systems, Americas Group to serve as First Vice Chairman. Eugene R. Haffely, Jr., CEO of Assembly and Test Worldwide, Inc. will serve as Second Vice Chairman and Treasurer during coming year, while Kim W. Beck, President and CEO of Automatic Feed Co. will continue to serve as Secretary.
Acting Chairman urges rail industry to employ new technology.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
October 8, 2008 Speaking to International Railroad Safety Conference, NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker acknowledged improving safety trends in railroad industry over recent decade. Rosenker told assembly that new technologies can provide biggest safety improvements, such as Positive Train Control systems, which can override mistakes by human operators and prevent train collisions. Other solutions include electronically controlled pneumatic braking, acoustic bearing detectors, and wheel impact detectors.
NAM presents community service award to Hypertherm.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 8, 2008 The NAM conferred the Trowbridge Award, named after the late Sandy Trowbridge, former Secretary of Commerce and NAM President from 1979-1989, upon Hypertherm. The company was awarded for its undertaking of community outreach programs, including the Community Service Time Program, Hypertherm Owners Philanthropic Endeavors (HOPE) program, the New England Fall Special Olympics, and the Everybody Wins! reading program. It also donates a percentage of its revenue to nonprofit organizations.
ANSI to address 3rd-party certification in food industry.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 8, 2008 ANSI is cosponsoring Bolstering Consumer Confidence: Establishing Third-Party Certification Criteria for the Food Industry, along with the GMA, NFI, and SPA, on December 2-3, 2008. Attendees will be able to provide input on what comprehensive, publicly available, 3rd-party food safety audit criteria should include. The first day will feature discussions on public policy perspective and the second day will have a general discussion period followed by concurrent breakout discussions.

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