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PTDA releases June 2008 Market Outlook Report.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
August 19, 2008 According to PTDA's month-end trend data, U.S. distributors' overall sales of power transmission/motion control products rose 2.7% in June 2008 compared to May 2008. When matched up against sales in same month last year, sales in June 2008 were up 2.1%. Canadian distributors reported negligible decrease in PT/MC sales, dropping 0.2% in June 2008 after posting 5.4% loss in May 2008. U.S. manufacturers' sales increased in June 2008, with 6.6% gain compared to May 2008.
SME Education Foundation has scholarship funds available.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
August 19, 2008 Thanks to grant of $160,000 from Gene Haas Foundation, SME Education Foundation is offering 1-year scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Awards are available on first-come, first-serve basis to high school graduates, undergraduates, or persons who hold GED certificate. Scholarships are specifically designed for students enrolled in 2-year program of coursework majoring in machining technology or closely-related field of study.
FMA Economist says 4 factors will continue export surge.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
August 19, 2008 According to Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, weaker U.S. dollar has meant that U.S. goods are being sold overseas at 30% discount, helping manufacturers get past high tariff barriers, consumer resistance, and competition to build volume in foreign sales. When dollar starts to recover, Kuehl says export surge will continue due to energy costs, increased sophistication of U.S. manufacturers overseas, changes among foreign manufacturers, and more money in overseas market.
ATA projects 6% drop in passengers during Labor Day holiday.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
August 19, 2008 According to prediction by ATA, 16 million passengers will travel globally on U.S. airlines during 2008 Labor Day holiday period, spanning Wed, Aug 27 through Wed, Sept 3. This is a decline of 5.7% from 17 million passengers estimated to have traveled on U.S. airlines during same period last year. High energy prices across economy, rising airfares, and airline schedule cuts are primary drivers of overall reduction in passenger volumes expected for this period.
NAM praises interior secretary for proposing ESA changes.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
August 18, 2008 Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne proposed changes to regulations governing the consultation process of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which seek to streamline the process by requiring consultations on projects with high or known potential for threat. Applauding this, Keith McCoy said that by, "...replacing ambiguous definitions and ensuring that appropriate consultations are made, the Department has provided a consistent and meaningful process for industry and the environment."
FAA seeks penalties against American Airlines for violations.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
August 18, 2008 The FAA announced actions totaling $7.1 million in civil penalties against American Airlines for improperly deferring maintenance on safety-related equipment. The Administration believes the total amount of the fine for the safety violations is appropriate because the airline was aware that appropriate repairs were needed, and instead deferred maintenance. The total also includes penalties for deficiencies with drug and alcohol testing programs and exit lighting inspections.
Hydraulic Institute releases pumping systems guidebook.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
August 18, 2008 Based on collaborative efforts of 22 industry experts, Optimizing Pumping Systems: A Guide to Improved Efficiency, Reliability, and Profitability explains how optimizing pumping systems can lead to increased profitability through reduction in unnecessary energy consumption and maintenance. Guide covers Pump Fundamentals, Pump and System Interaction, Calculating Cost of Ownership, Improving Performance of Existing Pump Systems, Optimizing New Designs, and Pumping System Economics.
PMA releases Business Conditions Report for August 2008.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
August 18, 2008 According to the August 2008 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate little change in business conditions during the next 3 months. Of 147 companies responding, 29% report that activity will improve in that time, while 19% report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago. While 29% of companies predict an increase in orders, the number of companies with a portion of their workforce on short time or layoff climbed to 25% in August.
Global Conference to explore automotive plastics usage.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
August 18, 2008 Scheduled for Oct 5-8, 2008, 10th Annual SPE Automotive TPO Global Conference will explore unique set of conditions that are causing rapid and radical change in way automakers are designing and building passenger vehicles and materials specified for them. With sessions on TPO materials, processes, and finishing, conference will have value for anyone specifying rigid or flexible parts in thermoplastic polyolefins, as well as those producing, compounding, or molding these materials.
Webinar addresses ethics for engineering solutions.
Air & Waste Management Association    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1435
August 18, 2008 Scheduled for Sept 30 at 2:00 pm EST and led by Pamela Heckel, Ph.D., P.E., "Unintended Consequences: Ethical Consideration for Engineering Solutions," will discuss how engineering decisions, environmental policies, and urban planning affect environment and human health. Interactive session will review real-life examples of this conundrum and attendees are encouraged to bring their own experiences to share.
PTDA announces webinar on inventory management.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
August 15, 2008 On September 10, 2008, Developing an Inventory State of Mind, sponsored by the Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), will explore the theory, and its applications, that inventory is just cash in another form. Jason Bader of the Distribution Team will explain several ways to prevent cash from leaking out of businesses and tie back everything to the net profit impact of effective inventory management. Audio recordings and transcripts will also be available.
PTDA to sponsor sales seminar in Dayton, OH.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
August 15, 2008 On October 14-16, 2008, The Four Pillars of the Sales Profession seminar will aim to give new and veteran sales professionals the training and practice needed to make every sales call more effective. It will cover personal disciplines, relationship skills, as well as strategic and tactical selling techniques, taught to attendees via learner-centered methods used by facilitator Don Buttrey. Sales managers also benefit by learning to coach, reinforce, and follow-up on sales techniques.
NAM dismayed by WTO industrial trade text.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
August 15, 2008 In response to NAMA Chairman's report released Aug 14th, NAM President John Engler stated that report represents further and unacceptable weakening of ambition in Doha Round and is a sharp departure from what was discussed at July WTO Mini-ministerial in Geneva. Chairman's report diminishes chances for any convergence of views and has no official standing. NAM has urged U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab to make it clear that U.S. does not see report as providing basis for negotiations.
FABTECH and METALFORM to partner with AMT.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
August 15, 2008 In November 2009, FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show including METALFORM will partner with AMT, combining efforts of several trade associations to produce annual event with appeal to full range of metal forming and fabricating industry professionals. AMT joins SME, FMA, PMA, AWS, and NAM to provide domestic and international support for combined exhibition. Terms of agreement include elimination of fabricating and laser pavilions at IMTS after 2008 event.
IPC presents working assembly line at IPC Midwest.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
August 15, 2008 During IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, IPC will bring automated assembly to show floor with A-Line. Coordinated by electronics manufacturing services provider, The Morey Corporation, MYDATA jet printer, Juki high-speed modular mounter, Senju Comtek reflow oven, and cab Technology Inc. separator will be used to demonstrate state-of-the-art surface mount assembly, with on-site experts available to talk about A-Line's processes and equipment.
ISA and EPRI educate power industry professionals.
ISA (The Instrumentation Systems & Automation Society)    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
August 15, 2008 Held on June 8-13, 2008, 51st Annual ISA POWID Symposium and 18th Annual Joint ISA Power/EPRI Controls and Instrumentation Conference attracted over 200 attendees, 10 sponsors, and 20 exhibitors. Participants attended networking events, technical presentations, and exhibits based on "The Pathway to Power Automation for the 2010 Decade" theme. In addition to industry speakers, ISA President Kim Miller Dunn informed attendees about ISA's initiatives for 2008 and beyond.
ISA publishes report on combining ISA88 and ISA95 standards.
ISA (The Instrumentation Systems & Automation Society)    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
August 15, 2008 The Batch Control Systems standards committee, ISA88, has completed a technical report on using its standards with the ISA95 Enterprise/Control System Integration standards. The report targets industry stakeholders intending to use the ANSI/ISA95 series for enterprise-to-control system integration and the ANSI/ISA88 series for control system integration within a common project. It helps individuals understand issues involved in using standards together to make appropriate choices.
ISA Committee completes report on machine/unit states.
ISA (The Instrumentation Systems & Automation Society)    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
August 15, 2008 The ISA88 Committee has approved a new ISA88 Technical Report on Machine and Unit States. Incorporating the OMAC Packaging Workgroup's PackML and PackTags documents with industry standard ISA88 terminology, it addresses the implementation of ISA88.00.01 in discrete machines and demonstrates how to apply it to discrete machine states and modes. The report creates a standard programming methodology as a way to install, communicate, operate, and maintain a unit or machine.
MRF Symposium offers outreach to ACGIH.
Ilma    Alexandria, VA 22314
August 15, 2008 ILMA, which disputes ACGIH proposed Threshold Limit Value - Time Weighted Average for Mineral Oil Used in Metal Working, has submitted new comments on proposal and invited ACGIH to attend 2008 Metal Removal Fluids Symposium in early October to gain more insight. By focusing only on "mineral oil" aspect of metalworking, proposed TLV may be missing key opportunities to explore potential issues associated with proper fluid management practices.
NADCA releases revised version of High Integrity Die Castings.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
August 15, 2008 Published as sequel to Science and Technology of Semi-Solid Metal Processing book, High Integrity Die Castings (meaning sound, reliable, and heat treatable) addresses squeeze and high vacuum die casting as well as SSM casting processes. Topics covered for each casting process include equipment, processing fundamentals, process capabilities and limitations, process modeling, alloys and properties, melt preparation, heat treatment, and economics.

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