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MichBio Expo draws nearly 500 professionals.
MichBio    Ann Arbor, MI 48107
December 9, 2008 During 4th annual Expo at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI, MichBio welcomed nearly 500 biosciences professionals and service providers as well as 56 exhibitors. First day of Expo featured Emerging Biosciences Showcase, where 16 companies presented their new technologies before large audience of venture capital and angel investors. Day Two workshops and track sessions focused on topics in R&D, medical affairs and markets, and emerging business growth.
IPC releases PCB industry statistics for October 2008.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 9, 2008 Based on its North American Printed Circuit Board Statistical Program, the IPC reports a decrease in rigid PCB shipments and bookings in October 2008 compared to October 2007, as well as over the previous month, while flexible circuit shipments increased in both timeframes. Combined, both decreased in shipments, although the combined book-to-bill ratio increased slightly to 0.96. A ratio of more than 1.00 suggests that current demand is ahead of supply.
GAO releases report on genetically engineered crops.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
December 8, 2008 Released by U.S. Government Accountability Office, report makes minor recommendations on how USDA, FDA, and EPA can better coordinate their efforts regarding regulation of genetically engineered crops. According to BIO's Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, BIO and member companies are confident in rigorous testing and approval regimes of biotech products put in place by government authorities. GAO's recommendation for new monitoring of products is unnecessary and not a prudent use of government resources.
Transportation Projects could put millions to work.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
December 8, 2008 President-elect Barack Obama is pledging to put millions of Americans to work by building and repairing nation's highways and bridges. According to John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO, survey of state ready-to-go transportation projects is has identified more than 5,000 projects worth $64 billion. These projects are considered ready-to-go because they could be under contract within 180 days, supporting estimated 1.8 million American jobs, if funding were made available.
FAA breaks ground for new Air Traffic Control Command Center.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
December 8, 2008 In 2011, nation's air traffic control system will move to state-of-the-art facility near Warrenton, VA. Command center's main mission is management of entire airspace system to balance demand with capacity, and to deal with weather and other potential disruptions. It will continue to oversee nation's entire air traffic control system, including air traffic control towers, approach and departure facilities, and high-altitude control centers.
IPC Expo debuts in U.S. International Buyer Program.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 8, 2008 Produced by IPC, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) was chosen by U.S. DOC and a vote of U.S. embassies, consulates, and commercial centers worldwide to participate in the International Buyer Program (IBP) for 2009. Country and industry experts from the U.S. Commercial Service will have a business office on-site at the event and an Export Interest Directory will be provided to international attendees to identify exhibitors. Only IPC APEX EXPO 2009 exhibitors may participate in the IBP as suppliers.
Updated IPC Document addresses testing of unpopulated PCBs.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 8, 2008 Developed by the IPC Electrical Continuity Testing Task Group, IPC-9252A, Requirements for Electrical Testing of Unpopulated Printed Boards, Revision A, defines levels of appropriate testing and assists in selection of test analyzer, test parameters, test data, and fixturing required. Revision A also provides expanded coverage of adjacency concepts for isolating testing as well as new requirements for resistive and indirect continuity and isolating testing.
TIA supports electronic registration for tires.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
December 8, 2008 The NHTSA rule allows registration of new tires purchased from independent tire dealers to be done electronically. Taking effect on January 27, 2009, it is expected to help alert consumers of any potential recalls or other similar actions as well as increase registration rates. Consumers can also register new tires themselves. According to TIA Executive VP Roy Littlefield, the rule will help ensure that people are not driving on unsafe tires.
ATA announces new chairman of Board of Directors.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
December 8, 2008 The ATA announced that it has elected United Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Glenn F. Tilton as chairman of the ATA Board of Directors. Tilton succeeds Douglas M. Steenland and will serve a 2-yr term. With a modernized air traffic control system, he believes that optimized financial, operational, and environmental results will benefit customers, employees, stakeholders, and communities served. He will also address energy policy and environmental-protection measures.
ASHRAE Report provides roadmap for energy policy.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
December 8, 2008 As federal government prepares for presidential transition, ASHRAE report provides roadmap for addressing nation's dependence on foreign energy sources and greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy. Report recommends requiring annual measurements of building energy use, and providing funding and direction for data collection and analysis regarding energy use in buildings. It also recommends increase in research and development, and government incentives for energy-related activities.
AMCA approves AMCA 503-08 application manual.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
December 8, 2008 AMCA 503-08 serves as guide to understanding various types and special nature of fire, ceiling (radiation), smoke, and fire/smoke damper products so that they may be properly selected, applied, installed, inspected, and maintained. Publication includes points to consider when designing installation or when specifications are written for purpose of such equipment. It also covers damper products tested and rated per requirements of AMCA International, UL, and other independent laboratories.
AAMA proposes revisions to ENERGY STARŪ requirements.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4268
December 8, 2008 The AAMA feedback, in relation to fenestration products, included comments from John Lewes, who encouraged collaboration with the DOE and tailoring of the program to the consumer. Based on this, the AAMA and WDMA submitted a letter to the DOE detailing the need for a simpler program, with inefficiencies of existing products and affordability being addressed. In a separate letter, the AAMA proposed various other supplemental recommendations. The AAMA Skylight Council also submitted comments.
AAMA releases paper on vinyl window and door recycling.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4268
December 8, 2008 Avoiding the Landfill: The Recycling of Vinyl Windows and Doors, released by the VMC of the AAMA, is based on a study which determined that a successful recycling program needs to include windows/doors of all material types. The paper notes the recycling appeal of vinyl and that North America has the appropriate infrastructure for a vinyl recycling program. Suggesting funding support from window/door manufacturers, it also notes the success of the European vinyl industry recycling initiative.
Broadband Industry hits historic milestone.
Broadband Forum    Fremont, CA 94538
December 8, 2008 According to report prepared by Point Topic industry analysts for Broadband Forum, global broadband subscribers have reached significant milestone of 400 million. In 1998, there were 57,200 broadband subscribers globally, which increased to 280,890 one year later. Past 10 years has seen 600,000% increase in number of subscribers. Over same period access technology evolved to include fiber, which now delivers broadband to over 45 million people worldwide.
NACD elects 2009 Officers/Directors at Large.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
December 5, 2008 The NACD elected Bruce H. Schechinger as Chairman at its 37th Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. Jean-Pierre Baizan and Bart Whitaker were elected, and Richard A. Peacock reelected, as Directors at Large. The organization also elected Donna D. Boldt as Southern Region President as well as Bruce L. Whetter for the Central Region and Susan T. Nicholls-Billheimer for the Western Region. Northeast Region President Jeanette Glose Partlow will continue serving for the next 2 yr.
ASTM Standard offers framework for testing RFID performance.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 5, 2008 Developed by Subcommittee D10.18 on Miscellaneous Packaging, Standard D7435 Test Method for Determining the Performance of Passive RFID Transponders on Loaded Containers allows users to evaluate performance of RFID system, or component thereof, with their specific product and package system. It also enables evaluation of RFID systems from different manufacturers with certain product/package system when in development and decision-making stage of RFID implementation.
ASTM Standard addresses nuclear gauge calibration.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 5, 2008 According to Dan Pratt, senior nuclear project physicist of Troxler Electronic Laboratories Inc. and D18 member, there are 2 motivating factors guiding development of WK21484, Practice for Nuclear Gauge Calibration. First was to allow focus of ASTM D6938, Test Method for In-Place Density and Water Content of Soil and Soil-Aggregate by Nuclear Methods to remain on use of gauges, rather than calibration. Second factor was to expand on practice of nuclear gauge calibration.
NACD reports fewer vehicular accidents/injuries in 2007.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
December 5, 2008 According to the 2007 NACD Membership and Performance Data Report, NACD member companies announced that vehicular accidents or spills decreased by almost 19%, while injuries due to accidents or transportation spills decreased by 23.5%, from 2006. Meanwhile, travel increased by almost 4.5% from 2006 and total shipment weight rose 29%. In 2007, NACD member companies accounted for $19.7 billion in sales at 1,554 sites and employed 20,812 workers.
ASTM creates task group on antimicrobial medical gloves.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 4, 2008 Based on number/severity of healthcare association infections, ASTM International Committee D11 on Rubber created new task group which invites glove suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors, as well as contract test labs, government agency reps, and infection control practitioners to participate. Wava Truscott of Kimberly-Clark Healthcare heads the group and listed various topics to be addressed for development of standard test methods, such as test parameters and types of microorganisms.
IPC to host symposium on electronics and the environment.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
December 4, 2008 IPC will host "It's Not Easy Being Green: Compliance with Legislation and Customer Requirements," on Feb 4-5, 2009, in San Jose, CA. Symposium will address new and evolving laws, regulations, and requirements including REACH compliance, information on EU's RoHS review process, China RoHS, and regulatory trends in California such as green chemistry, e-waste, and energy efficiency. A keynote address by Joe Johnson will provide insight into CISCO's plans for environmental/product compliance.

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