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ANSI seeks leaders for certificate accreditation program.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2008 Currently, there is no nationwide regulation, oversight, or monitoring consistently applied to all bodies that offer certificates - nor is there a nationally recognized set of criteria/requirements to evaluate quality of these programs. ANSI has issued call for assessors and committee members to lead accreditation program for organizations that issue demand-based education and training certificates to U.S. workers. Program will follow evaluation process outlined in ISO/IEC 17011 standard.
FMA Foundation elects new board members and officers.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 20, 2008 At FMA annual meeting, Traci Tapani, who co-owns Wyoming Machine, Inc., was elected to board of directors. Current board member, Jeffrey Knauf, President of Medalist Laserfab, Inc., was elected to position of board chairman and member Delbert Mullens, managing partner of Spector Sales, Inc., was chosen for secretary/treasurer position. Nine-member board provides governance for activities, affairs, and property of FMA Foundation.
IPC Enhances IPC-7351A with free land-pattern calculator.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 18, 2008 IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has partnered with PCB Matrix Corp. to include interactive LP Calculator with IPC-7351A, Generic Requirements for Surface Mount Design and Land Pattern Standard. Allowing designers to calculate new land pattern dimensions, it optimizes their ability to build land pattern for corresponding surface mount part and also allows for modification of dimensional attributes of IPC-approved land patterns.
NAM President supports loan package for auto industry.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 18, 2008 According to a statement by NAM President and CEO John Engler, failure of even one auto maker could cripple the entire supply chain and reverberate throughout the U.S. economy if auto makers don't receive critical funding immediately. NAM supports the allocation of $25 billion in funding from the $700 billion in the Troubled Asset Recovery Program (TARP) to rescue and help stabilize the auto industry. The automotive sector accounts for approximately 20% of the U.S. manufacturing GDP.
AWWA Webcast focuses on water storage tanks.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
November 18, 2008 During AWWA webcast, water professionals will learn how to assess water storage tank condition and adopt asset management maintenance programs. Webcast will also cover pros and cons of traditional tank maintenance procurement methods and managing water quality within storage tank. Presenters will include Mark H. Johnson, P.E., Director of Metropolitan Water Operations and Maintenance at MWRA and Randy L. Moore, VP, Sales for Northern Region at Utility Service Company, Inc.
TIA offers tips on how to make sure tires are safe.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
November 18, 2008 In addition to properly rotating tires on regular basis, TIA recommends performing visual inspection and checking tire pressure every month. Consumers should look for wear bars in tread grooves. Wear bars are 2/32 of an inch in height, so when surrounding tread blocks are worn even with wear bar, tires should be replaced. To check tread depth, consumers can use penny test. Also, temporary spare tires should not be used longer than recommended by manufacturer.
NAM urges G-20 nations to restore financial confidence.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 18, 2008 According to statement made by NAM President and CEO, John Engler, NAM urges leaders of G-20 Group of Nations attending summit in Washington to act decisively to restore confidence in global financial markets and reinvigorate global economic growth. NAM calls on summit to lay foundation for rapid actions that will return credit markets to full functionality, and to set course for longer term action to reform and rebuild framework of global financial system.
NAM welcomes new FMLA regulations.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 18, 2008 According to NAM, Family Medical Leave Act regulation issued by Labor Department will strengthen 15 year old law. FMLA allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for family and medical reasons. However, regulations were confusing, making FMLA one of the most misunderstood laws for employers and employees. New regulations will provide greater clarity, additional leave for military families, and ensure employees can balance work and family needs.
ASHRAE opens Green Building Standard Committee to new members.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
November 18, 2008 As ASHRAE, USGBC, and IESNA move forward in developing first standard for high-performance, green commercial buildings, membership on committee developing standard is being reconstituted. To better address the varied areas covered in the proposed standard, a new committee is being appointed. A call for members is open through December 4. Proposed Standard 189.1 will provide minimum requirements for design of high-performance new commercial buildings and major renovation projects.
IPC and SMTA host electronics assembly cleaning symposium.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 18, 2008 With record-setting 143 attendees, IPC and SMTA cleaning symposium covered new research and fresh perspectives on cleaning, as well as end-use applications for aerospace and military, computer, medical, and automotive industries. Jim Raby addressed evolution of manufacturing residues and their effects on electronics assembly, while Linda Woody covered "Nozzle Design and Implementation for Cleaning Residues from High-Density, Low-Profile Component Assemblies."
Qatar General Organization and ASTM sign MOU.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 18, 2008 According to Dr. Mohammad Saif Al Kuwari, General Director of QS, Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology signed MOU with ASTM International to increase bilateral contacts and exchange of expertise and to avoid duplication of efforts in standardization activities. ASTM International will provide QS with full collection of ASTM standards annually as well as sponsor joint standards and training programs, and provide participating membership to Qatar representatives.
Roundtables cover key issues for metalforming industry.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
November 18, 2008 At the beginning of 2009, PMA is offering two roundtables that address timely industry topics. On January 13, "Going Green to Make Green" roundtable will focus on implementing green manufacturing initiatives and how they can improve environment and company's bottom line. "Zero-Defect Stamping" roundtable, scheduled for February 5, will focus on why metalforming processes are not zero-defect and how companies can address these issues to improve performance.
MichBio Expo will focus on medical device market.
MichBio    Ann Arbor, MI 48107
November 18, 2008 Scheduled for Nov 18-19, MichBio Expo will include 2 sessions specifically aimed at manufacturers looking to diversify into medical device market. During morning workshop, medical device and biotechnology companies will address current supply chain structure, what they look for in suppliers, and current and future procurement needs. Afternoon session will focus on specific differences vendors face when transitioning into medical device manufacturing.
Report illustrates challenges of meeting EISA requirements.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
November 18, 2008 According to report produced by attendees of workshop held by representatives of Federal Facilities Council and private-sector organizations, federal agencies may have to make significant process changes to meet mandated 30% energy reduction in federal buildings by 2015. One of the main changes recommended is alteration of funding mechanisms by Congress. Technical feasibility is also a major consideration in meeting requirements of Energy Independence and Security Act.
Cost Study shows corporate tax burden has widened in U.S. manufacturing.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 18, 2008 According to manufacturing cost study, U.S. manufacturing is making progress in reducing its cost disadvantage against 9 major foreign competitors but high corporate tax rates now account for more than half the burden. Study finds that overall structural cost burden facing U.S. manufacturers for corporate tax rates, employee benefit costs, tort litigation, pollution abatement, and energy is 17.6% relative to 9 largest trading partners, compared to 31.7% in 2006 study.
NIST opens federal information systems guidelines for review.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 18, 2008 For public review and comment, NIST released major revision to its security certification and accreditation guidelines for federal information systems. When finalized, the Guide for Security Authorization of Federal Information Systems: A Security Lifecycle Approach will replace NIST Special Publication 800-37. Revised guide represents a significant step in developing a common approach to information security across civilian, defense, and intelligence agencies.
Manufactured Goods Exports fall while deficit rises.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 17, 2008 According to data released by Commerce Department, U.S. trade deficit declined in September in response to falling petroleum prices that lowered deficit in oil imports. Data also shows U.S. trade deficit in manufactured goods rose as U.S. exports of manufactured goods dropped sharply in September and manufactured goods imports rose marginally. Manufactured goods exports were $87.1 billion in September 2008, down $6.5 billion from August, and imports were up $1 billion from August.
NIST and RoboCup Federation to host nanosoccer contest.NIST and RoboCup Federation to host nanosoccer contest.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 14, 2008 Scheduled for June 29 to July 5, 2009, RoboCup games in Graz, Austria will include nanosoccer contest where computer-driven nanobots challenge one another on fields no bigger than grain of rice. Viewed under microscope, soccer nanobots are operated by remote control and move in response to changing magnetic fields or electrical signals transmitted across microchip arena. NIST is accepting applications for organizations wishing to field robots in events.
NIST and NCI bring Web 2.0 tools to nanotechnology standards.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 14, 2008 Federal government and industry scientists are proceeding with plans for international, online collaboration to speed up creation of nanotechnology standards. Combining efforts of materials scientists and measurement laboratories with those of biological and medical researchers, community of interest will use Web 2.0-style social networking technologies to create and share information. Initial focus will be standards for characterizing structure and properties of engineered nanoscale materials.
NIST receives submissions for hash algorithm.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
November 14, 2008 NIST has received total of 64 submissions for competition to develop cryptographic hash algorithm, a tool that converts file, message, or block of data into short fingerprint for use in digital signatures, message authentication, and other computer security applications. Algorithm ultimately chosen by NIST will be called Secure Hash Algorithm-3 and will augment hash algorithms currently specified in FIPS 180-3, Secure Hash Standard.

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