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PTDA 2008 Industry Summit draws over 825 participants.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2008 The PTDA 2008 Industry Summit themed "Ride the Wave to Success," featured 197 distributors, 370 manufacturers, and international delegates from 18 countries. Starting with a keynote address by Ken Schmidt, it continued with an economic update and short-and long-term forecasts provided by Alan Beaulieu. The event included 3 workshops highlighting industry issues and the Motion Control Showcase with exhibits from 32 suppliers. A technical conference was also held in conjunction with summit.
AIChE holds annual meeting during its 100th anniversary.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)    New York, NY 10016
November 24, 2008 The AIChE held its Centennial Annual Meeting in Philadelphia from November 16-21. It covered past chemical engineering innovations as well as the future of technologies related to renewable energy, sustainability, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. In the 10th annual Chem-E-Car competition, university teams raced small cars powered by beef liver and hydrogen peroxide, Mentos® and Coca Cola®, and homemade fuel cells. Highlights can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0LfbFvfLpQ.
The Broadband Forum unveils BroadbandSuite(TM) Release Plan 3.0.
Broadband Forum    Fremont, CA 94538
November 24, 2008 The Broadband Forum's BroadbandSuite 3.0 capabilities include triple-play augmented via GPON and bonded DSL over QoS-enabled Ethernet architecture; support for multicast-to-IPTV streaming; as well as remote management of set-top-boxes and attached storage devices. It also provides specifications required to remotely manage a multimedia home network. An interactive industry showcase highlighted the benefits of the specifications at the Telco TV event.
EI Microcircuits earns IPC certification.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 21, 2008 Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has awarded certification to EI Microcircuits, Inc. under IPC's Certification for RoHS Lead-Free Electronics Assembly Process Capability Program. Certification process helps companies implement best practices and process efficiencies and utilize objective feedback from qualified outside auditor. IPC program provides tools to benchmark existing lead-free processes and assess abilities to meet RoHS requirements.
Senators support review of Renewable Fuel Standard Rule.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 21, 2008 According to BIO, U.S. EPA should implement new rules for Renewable Fuel Standard in timely matter that is consistent with goals of achieving energy security and addressing climate change priorities. BIO thanked Senators who sent letter to EPA Administrator urging agency to publish and seek comment on methodology it is using to estimate life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of biofuels, particularly those attributed to indirect land use change, as called for in Renewable Fuel Standard.
PTDA Report indicates increase in sales for September 2008.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 21, 2008 According to the PTDA's September 2008 Market Outlook Report, both U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and distributors reported increased sales of power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products in September compared to August 2008 as well as September 2007. The confidence index of U.S manufacturers and distributors for September fell, while the confidence index of Canadian distributors remained steady and that of Canadian manufacturers fell.
American and European Industries want results from DOHA Round.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 21, 2008 According to NAM and BUSINESSEUROPE, widespread participation in sectoral tariff agreements is necessary to achieve WTO Doha Round breakthrough. In joint letter, NAM President and CEO, John Engler and BUSINESSEUROPE Direct General, Philippe de Buck told EU Trade Commissioner, Catherine Ashton and U.S. Trade Representative, Susan Schwab, they wanted to see G-20 Summit participants follow up by agreeing to participate in major sectoral tariff negotiations.
FMA elects new members and officers.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 21, 2008 At group's annual meeting, Jeffrey Knauf, president of Medalist Laserfab, Inc. and Dan McLeod, district manager of A. J. Forsyth were elected to board of directors. Vivek Kumar Gupta, managing director for Texas ProFab Corporation was elected to FMA board as director. Current board members Mike Pellecchia, regional manager of MC Machinery Systems, Inc. and John Koschwanez, VP of Independence Tube Corporation's Marseilles Division, were elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively.
WWEMA announces 2009 Chairman and Board.
Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association    Washington, DC 20041
November 20, 2008 The WWEMA announced that Dave Angelo, VP and General Manager of Fairbanks Morse Pump, was named chairman during the organization's 100th annual meeting on November 13-15, 2008, in Tucson, AZ. With a 32 yr career in the water and wastewater industry, Angelo has held leadership positions in the organization since 2006 and has served on the board since 2000. Members new to the Board of Directors include Tammy Bernier, James Board, and Anthony Picozzi.
InfiniBand launches marketing program for compliant vendors.
InfiniBand Trade Association    Beaverton, OR 97006
November 20, 2008 The InfiniBand® Trade Association will expand the branding of its Integrators' List by launching a marketing program available to all vendors with InfiniBand products that pass rigorous compliance testing. The program includes a logo for use in press releases, advertising materials, and to affix to cables and/or devices. The new logo will first be used on products that passed tests at the 14th InfiniBand(TM) Compliance and Interoperability Plugfest in September.
NTSB Official emphasizes safety technology at World Congress.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
November 20, 2008 At the 15th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, NTSB Acting Chairman Mark V. Rosenker urged government and industry attendees to work together in deploying new intelligent transportation systems technologies to promote safety on American roadways. Rosenker said that it is important to put money into making cars that can avoid accidents and noted that electronic stability control will be required on all automobiles beginning in the 2012 model year.
AMT urges Congress to ease tax burdens on U.S. manufacturing.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
November 20, 2008 AMT President Bob Simpson noted that Congress and Administration lowered tax burdens on businesses earlier this year by including 2 provisions in first economic stimulus package intended to spur capital investment: 50% bonus depreciation for new equipment purchases and greater expensing under Section 179 for smaller businesses. Given continuing deterioration of economy, Simpson stated that these provisions need to be extended for at least another year, if not permanently.
Associations urge Congress to extend investment incentives.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
November 20, 2008 Economic Stimulus Act, which became law in February, created 50% depreciation bonus and increased amount that small businesses can expense under Internal Revenue Code Sec. 179 to $250,000. Depreciation bonus expires at end of 2008 and higher expensing levels apply only to 2008 tax years. In letter to President Bush and Congress, 23 national trade associations urged that ESA extension of at least 1 year be included in future job creation and economic recovery legislation.
Price of Oil impacts food prices.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 20, 2008 According to Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, American consumers should not be fooled by attempts to misplace blame for rise in food prices on biofuels. Evidence shows that crop prices have fallen dramatically as oil and gas prices have declined. Agricultural biotechnology continues to help increase crop yields, producing more food and biofuels feedstocks on less land. Biofuels can help end U.S. dependence on petroleum while creating new green jobs and economic growth.
Administration works to reduce holiday air travel delays.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
November 20, 2008 ATA applauds President Bush, Department of Transportation, and Federal Aviation Administration for their efforts to improve travel experience for passengers over upcoming Thanksgiving and winter holiday travel periods. ATA and airlines will continue to work with federal government and airports to complement announced initiatives and to provide safe and enjoyable holiday travel experience.
AIA issues industry safety awards.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
November 20, 2008 Featuring 3 categories, 2008 AIA Worker Safety Awards are based on low workplace injury and illness rates as well as positive safety program elements for each company's U.S. operations. Northrop Grumman was recognized for having lowest injury and illness rate in Aircraft Manufacturing and Aerospace Components, while Raytheon took award for final category, Missile and Space Vehicles. ITT won award for most progress in worker safety from 2006 to 2007.
Conference to address 3rd-party food safety audit criteria.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2008 Scheduled for Dec 2-3, 2008, Bolstering Consumer Confidence: Identifying Essential Third Party Food Safety Audit Criteria conference will spotlight critical role that conformity assessment activities play in ensuring food safety. Event will begin with discussions on 3rd-party certification criteria from public policy perspective. On day two, participants will discuss key issues and posit potential criteria for establishing and harmonizing global food safety system.
ISO releases new edition of QMS standard.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2008 Developed by Technical Committee 176, ISO 9001:2008 details requirements for Quality Management System, which provides framework for organizations to control processes to achieve objectives including customer satisfaction, regulatory compliance, and continual improvement. No additional requirements have been added to standard; instead, revisions are focused on providing clarification to existing requirements.
Standards address safety and performance of light bulbs.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2008 Developed by IEC TC 34A, IEC 60432-1 Ed. 2.1 b:2005 specifies safety and interchangeability requirements of tungsten filament incandescent lamps, while IEC 62031 Ed. 1.0 b:2008 specifies general safety requirements for LED luminaries. IESNA LM-65-01 describes procedures by which CFLs can be operated under controlled conditions to obtain optimally comparable data on individual lamp life, changes in light output, and other parameters that vary during life of lamp.
ANSI announces course offerings for December 2008.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2008 Course No. 287 offers preparation for those who are considering becoming ANSI-accredited standards developers. Attendees of Course No. 208 will learn about accreditation, membership, voting requirements, and rules for developing positions by exploring processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ISO. Course No. 627 introduces interested stakeholders to ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 - General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons.

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