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AAMA Skylight Council addresses fall protection.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4268
September 2, 2008 Through formation of Skylight Fall Protection Task Group and forthcoming position paper, AAMA Skylight Council is proactively addressing fall protection concerns. Group was formed to monitor and influence work of ASTM E06 WK 17797 work group developing skylight human impact standard, and is looking to develop reasonable standard based on historical data related to falls through skylights. Position paper will provide suggestions for minimizing and preventing falls through roof openings.
Robot Orders down 23% in first half of 2008.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
September 2, 2008 According to RIA statistics, 7,100 robots valued at $528.6 million were ordered in January-June 2008 timeframe by North American manufacturing companies. When orders outside North America are added in, bookings total 7,951 units valued at $575.6 million, a decline of 20% in units but increase of 2% in dollars. Orders from automotive manufacturers and their suppliers fell 43% in first half of year. However, non-automotive orders increased by 23% in units and 16% in dollars.
Manufacturers say lack of skilled workers hurts U.S. economy.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
September 2, 2008 In poll conducted by sponsors of FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show including METALFORM, 27% of executives cited lack of employee skills as leading obstacle to growth. Ranked second was oil prices, followed by tax policies, weak U.S. dollar, financial commitment in Iraq, and credit crisis. When asked best ways to attract greater numbers of young people to manufacturing careers, 58% said competitive wages while 27% said parental and teacher encouragement.
Conference helps small manufacturers adopt lean practices.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
September 2, 2008 Co-sponsored by SME and Tooling and Manufacturing Association, Making Lean Work for the Job Shop and Small Manufacturer Conference is scheduled for Oct 1-2, 2008. On Oct 1, Paul D. Ericksen, a 30-year veteran of John Deere and lean expert will deliver opening keynote, and conference participants will be able to attend 1 of 5 lean plant tours. Day 2 will feature presentations and case studies on topics such as road blocks to implementing lean and quick response cost estimating.
NAM Labor Day Report finds exports offset housing downturn.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
August 29, 2008 According to NAM's 11th annual Labor Day report, export-led growth and free trade are continuing to hold economy above water. Report notes that U.S. exports have increased by 11% over past year and have added more to GDP growth since 2005 than residential investment has taken away. While domestically-oriented manufacturing industries have been hurt by housing-led domestic slowdown, export-intense manufacturing industries have seen production surge 17% since 4th quarter of 2005.
Ford Motor Company Fund awards grant to SME.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
August 29, 2008 Committed to furthering development of America's future engineers, scientists, and technical workforce, Ford Motor Company Fund has awarded grant of $90,000 to SME Education Foundation. Award of $50,000 will support SME Education Foundation's Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies Scholarship, while award of $40,000 will support Gateway Academy, which introduces middle school students from diverse backgrounds to fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
IPC releases PCB industry results for July 2008.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
August 29, 2008 According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments are up 5.3% and bookings are down 8.0% in July 2008 from July 2007. Flexible circuit shipments in July 2008 are up 31.8% and bookings are up 9.9% compared to July 2007. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in July 2008 increased 6.9% from July 2007 and orders booked decreased 6.9% from July 2007. Combined industry book-to-bill ratio in July 2008 was 0.94.
NDIA endorses SME Education Foundation.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
August 28, 2008 To increase pipeline of engineering and manufacturing workers, National Defense Industrial Association is endorsing SME Education Foundation and its efforts to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. NDIA has established STEM Workforce Division to bring in STEM employees who will qualify for high-level security clearances. Enhancing America's STEM skills is essential to building future U.S. workforce that can compete globally and contribute to national security.
NADCA Website assists die casting product designers.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
August 28, 2008 Located at http://www.diecastingdesign.org/, NADCA Design website uses video modules to visually illustrate practical information designer needs for day-to-day development of die cast products, as well as advanced topics to assist designers in determining if die casting is appropriate for product design. Modules range from animations of basic die casting process to how die casting material properties affect product development and best methods for creating die casting geometry.
Voluntary Standards cover broad spectrum.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 27, 2008 To communicate vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI will publish series of snapshots of diverse standards initiatives undertaken in global and national standards arena. AASHTO/AWS D1.5M/D1.5: 2008 covers best practices and general provisions of routine bridge welding requirements for AASHTO welded bridges made from carbon and low-alloy constructional steels. For nuclear facilities, ANSI/ASME NQA-1-2008 provides guidelines for management and processing of radioactive material.
Summit to focus on sustainable production of biofuels.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
August 27, 2008 Scheduled for Sept 10-12 in Vancouver, Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will bring together business, academic, and thought leaders to discuss how biotechnology enables sustainable production of biofuels and biobased products. Plenary session titled "Industrial Biotechnology: Enabling a Sustainable Future" will feature discussion of how advanced biofuels can be produced to maximize both economic and environmental benefits.
NTSB to offer two marine safety training courses.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
August 27, 2008 Offered Oct 7-8, 2008, Accident Investigation Orientation for Marine Professionals is aimed at mid- to senior-level marine industry professionals interested in learning more about Safety Board's processes and procedures during major marine accident, and role of investigation participant. Second course, Marine Accident Investigation, will be offered Jan 26-30, 2009, and will provide in-depth exposure to NTSB investigative techniques and methods.
SME presents Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
August 27, 2008 Set for Oct 27-29, Lean to Green Manufacturing Conference will help manufacturers transform lean principles into successful green results. Three-day event will feature topics and concepts such as business case for green, case for lean, and integration of water, air, and carbon footprinting. Keynote speakers will include Robert Pojasek, PhD, senior associate, First Environment and Denise Coogan, manager corporate affairs-Safety and Environmental Compliance from Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc.
ANSI signs MoU with California Registry.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 27, 2008 In signing Memorandum of Understanding, ANSI and California Climate Action Registry signal their cooperation in implementing pilot accreditation program for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies that is in accordance with all relevant international standards and California Registry protocols. Through this program, organizations accredited by ANSI will demonstrate level of competence in delivering effective validation and verification services.
Joint Member Forum to address strategic business issues.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 27, 2008 On Oct 23, 2008, ANSI Joint Member Forum will address strategic business issues for the Institute, standards and conformity assessment community, and individual organizations. Forum will begin with remarks by Steve Patton, principal in Americas Business Advisory Services Practice of Ernst and Young. Officers from 4 ANSI member forums will provide overviews of recent, current, and future priorities. Then, moderated dialogue will examine cross-cutting issues facing ANSI Federation.
Forum addresses 3rd-party certification for food safety.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 27, 2008 Scheduled for Dec 2-3, 2008, Bolstering Consumer Confidence: Establishing Third-Party Certification Criteria for the Food Industry forum will be sponsored by ANSI, Grocery Manufacturers Association, National Fisheries Institute, and Seafood Products Association. Meeting will provide interactive forum for food industry participants to discuss how conformity assessment-based solutions can build confidence in food safety and strengthen global supply chain.
ANSI joins DHS in support of National Preparedness Month.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 27, 2008 Held each September, National Preparedness Month highlights importance of emergency preparedness for families and companies across nation. It will focus on critical steps for preparedness, such as creating emergency supply kit, making family emergency plan, and being informed of best practices in case of emergency. As partnering organization in National Preparedness Month, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel will host 7th annual Plenary meeting on Oct 2, 2008, at U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Automakers introduce EcoDriving fuel use/CO2 reduction program.
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers    Washington, DC 20005
August 27, 2008 EcoDriving(TM) Initiative consists of nationwide effort to save consumers money on gas, reduce fuel usage, and cut carbon dioxide emissions. By following set of subtle best practices for driving and vehicle maintenance, typical EcoDriver(TM) can improve mileage by about 15%. Sample EcoDriving practices include not tailgating, knowing proper way to accelerate and brake, using synchronized traffic lights to driver's advantage, and driving at optimum highway speed.
ICAO Safety Audit gives U.S. high mark.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
August 27, 2008 In safety audit released by International Civil Aviation Organization, U.S. aviation system received score of 91 out of 100. Comprehensive audit covered all aspects of civil aviation in U.S., including aircraft operations and airworthiness, accident investigation, navigation services, airports, personnel licensing and legislation, and regulations. U.S. score, which was well above global average of 56, reflected U.S. compliance with over 9,500 international safety standards.
AWWA Webcast to discuss maximizing PVC pipes.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
August 27, 2008 Scheduled for Sept 17 at 1 p.m. EDT, AWWA's webcast titled "Maximize the Performance of Your PVC Pipes" will cover maintenance and installation procedures including handling, locating, restraining methods and options, and tapping recommendations and equipment. Webcast will also feature case study from Edmonton, Alberta utility, and independent evaluations of PVC pipe performance will be reviewed to determine appropriate uses.

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