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Foundation verifies field device using HART 7 test spec.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
November 10, 2008 Verified by Foundation to meet HART 7 Protocol standard, Hoffer Flow Controls HRT1 Rate Indicator/Totalizer now carries HART Registered mark and provides upgrade and migration path to WirelessHART(TM) communication. Using HART Protocol test tools, suppliers test their device to verify conformance and then submit test data, documentation, and device to Foundation. HCF conducts independent testing to verify compliance to HART Protocol Specification.
HART 7 Test Specification provides compliance verification.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
November 10, 2008 Developed by member company experts and HART Communication Foundation staff, HART 7 provides standardized test plans to verify compliance of HART products, to assist developers in producing quality product, and to ensure that product will meet HCF compliance registration requirements. HART 7 enables new capabilities for communication with intelligent field devices, and moves this technology into world of wireless communication with WirelessHART standard.
TIA launches 3 new membership offerings for the year.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
November 7, 2008 The TIA membership programs launched for the year so far include the NASA Federal Credit Union, free webpage service, and The Business Owner newsletter. In addition, eBay Motors Installer Network remains the most popular member service. With the potential savings value of TIA memberships of over $23,000/yr, "...this means that a tire dealer could potentially avoid painful cuts, which could affect their families, their staff, and even their customers," says Roy Littlefield.
TIA collaborates to offer training course through Bridgestone.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
November 7, 2008 The TIA and Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire (BFNT) announced they have joined forces to offer TIA's Basic Automotive Training Service (ATS) course via BFNT's Bridgestone Consumer Tire Education Network. Helping technicians meet training requirements, the Basic ATS course includes 8 modules that cover basic principles of tires and wheels, diagnosis of tire and wheel problems, and step-by-step procedures for installing 1- and 2-piece nail hole repairs in passenger/light truck tires.
BIO opens registration and housing for 2009 convention.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 7, 2008 The 2009 BIO International Convention will take place from May 18-21, 2009, in Atlanta, GA. Covering over 200,000 net sq-ft with more than 2,200 exhibitors, it will feature more than 150 sessions in 21 breakout session tracks, with over 1,000 speakers to share breakthroughs in various industries. "It is a reflection of the dramatic growth in Georgia's life sciences industry that this international convention is coming to Georgia and the Southeast for the first time," said Charles Craig.
AASHTO issues statement of congratulations to Barack Obama.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
November 7, 2008 The AASHTO congratulates Barack Obama on his election as President of the United States of America and Joe Biden as VP. AASHTO encourages Obama to seek out a bipartisan consensus and develop an agenda that recognizes transportation's role in making America a better, safer, and more prosperous place. The organization is optimistic that the new administration can build the political will necessary to bridge the gap between today's transportation needs and the system needed for tomorrow.
Awards honor industry veterans from South Korea and Belgium.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
November 7, 2008 During 39th International Symposium on Robotics, Dr. Jin Oh Kim of South Korea's Kwangwoon University received 2008 Engelberger Robotics Award for Leadership, honoring his accomplishments during more than 2 decades in robotics. Dr. Hendrik Van Brussel of Belgium's Katholieke Universiteit Leuven received Engelberger Award for Education for nearly 4 decades in robotics as researcher and teacher, as well as lecturer at conferences worldwide.
MichBio announces presenters for business showcase.
MichBio    Ann Arbor, MI 48107
November 7, 2008 MichBio announced the names of winning applicants for its Emerging Biosciences Showcase to be held on Nov 18-19 in Novi, MI. The program will begin with a keynote address by Shelley B. Thunen, followed by 9 min company presentations from the 15 selected organizations. The showcase will be followed by the MichBio Expo's Opening Reception, where many of the presenting companies will have tabletop displays in the hall to provide time for one-on-one conversations.
NAM says sectoral agreements can rescue DOHA Round.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 7, 2008 According to NAM, sectoral agreements are the only way to achieve World Trade Organization Doha Round agreement that would provide significant new market access. NAM International Economic Affairs Vice President, Frank Vargo, said it is time for major trading nations - especially advanced developing nations that have profited so much from global trading system - to recognize that WTO is about opening markets, not keeping them closed.
SME details jobs/opportunities/scholarships.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 7, 2008 According to Mark C. Tomlinson, more than 1,100 jobs are available on www.sme.org through the SME Jobs Connection with manufacturers. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says medical equipment and supplies manufacturing will grow 1.2%, aerospace product and parts manufacturing, 5.4%, and plastics product manufacturing, 2.0% in the next decade. Certifications help save jobs and the SME offers outreach efforts online and via camps. Scholarships can be applied for until February 1, 2009.
ANSI Caucus to address EU law and non-European SDOs.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 5, 2008 Scheduled for Nov 7, 2009, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature guest speaker James Mendenhall, partner in International Trade and Dispute Resolution group in law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, D.C. Presentation will focus on key challenges faced by non-European standards developing organizations under European Union law. Mr. Mendenhall has served as General Counsel of Office of USTR as well as principal U.S. negotiator of United States-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement.
OSHA seeks comments on EC proposal.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 5, 2008 OSHA has announced request for comments on proposal submitted to OSHA by European Commission. Proposal suggests permitting use of Supplier's Declaration of Conformity as alternative to Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories product-approval process that OSHA currently employs for certain electrical products. An SDoC, as proposed for use, is an equipment manufacturer or supplier's written statement that assures product conforms to specified test standard or set of requirements.
DoC requests input on standardization activities in MENA.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 5, 2008 Department of Commerce has issued request for input on standards and conformity assessment activities that U.S. companies are undertaking in Middle East and North Africa. This information will be used by DoC to develop future standardization-related programs in MENA region. Specific information being requested includes technical regulations, voluntary standards and standards development, conformity assessment, and key areas of standardization for new/emerging technologies.
ANSI welcomes new members.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 5, 2008 In October 2008, ANSI welcomed 10 new members, including Structural Building Components Association; Remlu, Inc.; McCordick Glove & Safety, Inc.; EOL, LLC; SureFire, LLC; Portola Associates; Saudi Iron & Steel Company (HADEED); Stanley Associates, Inc.; Antares Management Solutions; and The Verdant Consulting Group. These organizations joined federation that develops, implements, and promulgates voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems.
ACLASS to accredit testing laboratories under CPSC requirements.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 5, 2008 ANSI and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS confirmed that ACLASS meets safety requirements for accrediting testing laboratories under second phase of CPSIA. Issued by CPSC, requirements guide safe manufacture of children's products, specifically cribs and pacifiers. According to Public Law 110-314 prerequisites, samples of certain children's products must be submitted for testing by independent laboratory before they can be imported, warehoused, or sold in U.S.
ANSI Legal Issues Forum addresses standards setting.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 5, 2008 On October 22, nearly 75 legal experts and representatives of standards and conformity assessment community came together for 2008 Legal Issues Forum: Putting it all Together - How the IRS, IPR, and Internet Impact the Business of Standard Setting. Three panels included "New IRS Code Changes Affecting Not-For-Profits and Their Corporate Board Members," "Legal Development in Email and Internet Practices," and "Antitrust Developments in Standards Development."
FAA selects avionics manufacturers for NextGen technology.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
November 4, 2008 Acting FAA Administrator, Robert Sturgell, announced that the agency has signed $9 million agreement with 2 companies to accelerate testing and installation of NextGen technology. Teams led by Honeywell and ACSS will help FAA test and develop technology that will be used on airfield to detect and alert pilots of potential safety issues. FAA encourages industry to install avionics equipment early and receive benefits from Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast technology.
PTDA welcomes five new members.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 4, 2008 Joining association as distributor member, S. Uffenheimer S.A. of Buenos Aires, Argentina distributes mechanical power transmission and material handling products. Four new manufacturer members include Brook Crompton, manufacturer of motors; KabelSchlepp America, manufacturer of cable carriers; Lenze AC-Tech, manufacturer of drives, clutches and brakes, PLCs and motor/motion control devices, gearing and motors; and Vacon, Inc., manufacturer of AC drives.
Foundation creates Central and Eastern European committee.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
November 4, 2008 Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee was established to promote awareness and adoption of FOUNDATION technology throughout Central and Eastern European region through activities such as training, technical support, trade show participation, and end user seminars. FFCEEMC was formally launched at inaugural meeting in Prague, which was attended by representatives from Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, Pepperl+Fuchs, Stahl, and Yokogawa.
WBF releases Call for Papers for co-located 2009 event.
Automation Federation    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
November 4, 2008 On May 4-6, WBF 2009 North American Conference will be co-locating with 2009 OMAC Integration Symposium. Events will be based around theme "Expanding the Horizons of Manufacturing: Learning and Sharing with the Leaders in Automation and Manufacturing. WBF 2009 North American Conference is calling for papers focused on current and evolving manufacturing methods and technologies, and implementation of industry standards including ISA88, ISA95, ISA99, B2MML, and Make2Pack.

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