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A&E Custom Manufacturing receives 2013 Industry Award.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
February 27, 2013 A&E Custom Manufacturing Technologies Inc., a sheet metal fabricator based in Kansas City, KS, has received The FABRICATOR®'s Industry Award 2013. Award is bestowed upon individual or company within metalforming and fabricating industry that has improved operations, attained business success, and contributed to both local and industry communities. A&E's success is based in its focus on skilled workforce and its implementation of automation for cost-competitiveness in a worldwide market.
Light Sport Aircraft Committee approves quality standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 27, 2013 ASTM F2972, Specification for Light Sport Aircraft Manufacturer’s Quality Assurance System, sets quality requirements for the manufacture, documentation, and records retention for light sport aircraft designed to ASTM consensus standards. Standard also requires that manufacturers regularly audit their operations and correct any problems. It will be used by those seeking civil aviation authority approval in the form of flight certificates, flight permits, or similar documentation for aircraft.
Sensory Evaluation Committee honors B. Thomas Carr.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 27, 2013 B. Thomas Carr, principal of Carr Consulting, Wilmette, IL, has received David R. Peryam Award from ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products. Award recognizes outstanding professionals in applied sensory science field. A member of ASTM International since 1989, Carr specializes in optimization of the formula, process, and packaging of consumer products and ingredients with special emphasis on how sensory properties of products affect consumer acceptance.
March ANSI Caucus to feature Vanessa Allen Sutherland.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 27, 2013 Scheduled for March 8, 2013, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature Vanessa Allen Sutherland, chief counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Ms. Allen Sutherland oversees a group of lawyers and support personnel responsible for preparation and use of grants, contracts, and enforcement tools related to PHMSA’s mission. She also represents the agency on civil rights, employment, and federal personnel matters, among other duties.
Multimedia Resources help SMEs benefit from standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 27, 2013 ISO has launched an array of free online resources designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises benefit from International Standards. Through dedicated SME section of ISO website, a new video, and latest issue of ISO’s monthly magazine focused on the topic, ISO is showing SMEs around the world how to gain the most from standardization. One brochure, 10 Good Things for SMEs, presents testimonials from small-business leaders on how ISO standards have contributed to their success.
PMDS 2013 aims to help improve manufacturing operations.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 27, 2013 Running April 23–24 in downtown Montreal, biennial Plant Management and Design Engineering Show (PMDS) is co-locating with Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMEXPO) and Contract Manufacturing Event (CONTREX) to provide manufacturing companies with opportunities to seek solutions to grow and improve operations. Event will feature ~100 companies who supply or provide services to manufacturing industry, Design Engineering and Plant Management pavilions, and latest solutions.
January 2013 MLFI-25 shows increased new business volume.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
February 27, 2013 ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for January shows overall new business volume at $5.9 billion, up 16% from same period in 2012 and down 49% from December. Receivables over 30 days increased to 1.8% from December's 1.6% but were down from 2012's 1.9%. Charge-offs were 0.3%, down from 0.6% in December. Credit approvals, also down from December by 0.3%, totaled 78.3%, while total equipment finance company headcount was up 0.7% from previous month and 0.6% year over year.
BIO World Congress will look at building bio-based economy.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 26, 2013 BIO announced its plenary session program for 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which will take place June 16–19 in Montreal, Canada. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, "sessions will highlight the growing biobased economy as we learn about advances and commercialization in biofuels and renewable chemicals." Sessions will include, among others, Global Outlook on Industrial Biotechnology, Building a Sustainable Biobased Industry, and Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom.
Monthly Confidence Index up again in February.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
February 26, 2013 According to February 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is up for third consecutive month at 58.7, an increase from January index of 54.2, reflecting increasing optimism despite wary eye on economic conditions and government management of fiscal policies. When asked to assess their business conditions over next 4 months, 20% of executives said they believe conditions will improve, up from 6.1% in January, and only 2.9% believe conditions will worsen.
Video of SC DoT Secretary is available on AASHTO website.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
February 26, 2013 State DOT Two Minute Update video on AASHTO's Transportation TV features Robert St. Onge, Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, outlining his agency's efforts to improve efficiency and transparency. In video, St. Onge states South Carolina has fourth largest state-managed road network in USA and fourth lowest gas tax. Also, St. Onge says streamlining delivery of transportation projects to save time and reduce construction costs is on his list of priorities.
Minorities in Engineering are on the rise.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 26, 2013 National Engineers Week helps to increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Through its New Faces of Engineering recognition program, engineers, age 30 years and younger, are highlighted for the work they’re doing to impact society. SME Education Foundation nominated 23-year-old Meredeth Griffin of Oklahoma City, OK, who works as an engineering technician at Peake Fuel Solutions where she helped introduce alternate fuel systems to long-haul trucking industry.
ASABE Adopts ISO Standard for rear-mounted 3-point linkage.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
February 26, 2013 Further harmonizing national and international standardization, ASABE has completed adoption of ISO 730:2009 for rear-mounted 3-point linkage of agricultural wheeled tractors. Said adoption, ANSI/ASABE AD730:2009 DEC2012, Agricultural wheeled tractors – Rear-mounted three-point linkage – Categories 1N, 1, 2N, 2, 3N, 3, 4N, and 4, deviates from ISO document by correcting value of movement range for Category 1N linkage and replacing ISO document normative reference with ASABE standard.
AIA Honors Andrew Wilson with 2013 Achievement Award.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
February 26, 2013 Nominated by AIA members and selected from highly qualified candidates by AIA Board of Directors, Andrew Wilson, Editor of Vision Systems Design magazine, was presented with 2013 AIA Achievement Award in recognition of his long history of outstanding contributions to vision and imaging industry. AIA President Burnstein said Wilson "has been instrumental in introducing vision and imaging technologies to a broad range of industries throughout the world."
NEMA Standard addresses shielded power cable.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
February 26, 2013 NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA WC74/ICEA S-93-639 5-46kV Shielded Power Cable for Use in the Transmission and Distribution of Electric Energy. Standards publication applies to materials, constructions, and testing of 5,000–46,000 V shielded cross-linked polyethylene and ethylene propylene rubber-insulated wires and cables used for transmission and distribution of electrical energy for normal conditions of installation and service either indoors, outdoors, aerial, underground, or submarine.
Alex T.C. Lau receives Sydney D. Andrews Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 25, 2013 Alex T.C. Lau, president of TCL Consulting in Ontario, Canada, has received Sydney D. Andrews Scroll of Achievement from ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. A graduate of the University of Toronto where he received a bachelor’s degree in applied science and engineering physics, Lau is a specialist in process analytics engineering, operations, and statistical engineering as well as quality assurance and standardization for measurement and manufacture of fuels.
ASTM Committee forms subcommittee on energy piping systems.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 25, 2013 Under jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems, Subcommittee F17.68 on Energy Piping Systems has been created to ensure development of appropriate ASTM standards for products related to energy source applications. Newly formed subcommittee will discuss topics for proposed standards at their first meeting as part of Committee F17 at the April ASTM committee week in Indianapolis, IN.
NEMA supports energy efficiency "Race to the Top" program.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
February 25, 2013 NEMA's High Performance Building Council applauds President Obama's announcement of an energy efficiency "Race to the Top" program to encourage innovation and competition in state energy efficiency policies. States with best ideas to create jobs and lower energy bills by constructing more efficient buildings will receive federal support to help make it happen. Resulting reforms will drive investments that enhance manufacturing competitiveness, improve grid resiliency, and cut carbon pollution.
NEMA Guide covers frequency of sampling cables for test.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
February 25, 2013 NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA WC 54/ICEA T-26-465 Guide for Frequency of Sampling Extruded Dielectric Power, Control, Instrumentation, and Portable Cables for Test. Guide provides combination of plans for frequencies at which cable samples may be obtained for tests to determine conformance to appropriate requirements of ICEA standards publications. Valid statistical sampling frequencies other than those listed are acceptable if evidence of statistical control can be demonstrated.
ISPE Issues Survey to help understand drug shortages.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
February 25, 2013 To be sent to ISPE's international Membership in mid-February global survey on drug shortages intends to leverage ISPE Members' expertise to gather data on technical, scientific, manufacturing, quality, and compliance issues that have resulted in drug shortages. Preliminary results are expected in June 2013. According to ISPE's Nancy S. Berg, "ISPE is committed to supporting efforts to uncover the root causes of drug shortages, and we believe this survey is a critical first step."
NREL Helps Communities Assess electric vehicle readiness.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
February 25, 2013 To help local and regional leaders assess readiness of their communities for arrival of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) NREL launched Plug-In Electric Vehicle Community Readiness Scorecard (PEV Scorecard).  This detailed, interactive online assessment tool, developed by NREL for DOE's Clean Cities initiative, collects information about community PEV readiness, provides feedback on its progress, and offers guidance for improvement.

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