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Subcommittee on IT Sustainability holds first plenary meeting.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 10, 2012 During plenary meeting on June 12-14, Subcommittee 39, Sustainability for and by Information Technology, affirmed that it would focus on standardization related to efficient use of resources to power and sustain information technology, with goal of bolstering economically and environmentally viable development. To avoid conflicting or duplicative work, subcommittee agreed to actively collaborate with other JTC 1 entities, relevant divisions of ISO and IEC, and other standards organizations.
Midwest Hand Soldering Competition has 10 open slots.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
August 10, 2012 To determine Best Hand-Soldering Technician in Midwest for 2012, Second Annual IPC Midwest Soldering Competition will take place on show floor at IPC Midwest in Schaumburg, IL from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on August 22 and 23. There are 14 competitors representing 9 companies, leaving 10 slots for additional participants. Competitors are tasked with building functional electronics assembly within 30 min. Assemblies will be judged on IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, speed, and electrical functionality.
BIO unveils preliminary program for BIO Convention in China.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
August 10, 2012 During 2012 BIO Convention in China, Oct 24-25, executives from biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies, and investment firms in North America, Europe, and Asia will meet to explore business opportunities with China's emerging biotech sector. Preliminary program topics include globalization of Chinese companies; innovation in generics and biosimilars; comparative legal systems in U.S., Europe, and China; R/D trends in China; trends in cancer research; and regulatory review in China.
AMCA approves revisions to air control device rating manual.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
August 10, 2012 AMCA board of directors and membership have approved revisions to AMCA Publication 511-10 (Rev. 8/12) Certified Ratings Program - Product Rating Manual for Air Control Devices. Revisions add testing, calculation, and rating requirements for transverse connectors and dust access doors, and also address the way air leakage for dampers is rated. This manual should be used in conjunction with current edition of AMCA Publication 11-03 (R2008) (Rev. 7/11).
AMCA International Revises fan air performance rating manual.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
August 10, 2012 June 2012 revision of AMCA's publication 211-05 adds language to Section 10.1.2.4 for making adjustments to fan performance when determining check test failures. Purpose of AMCA's Certified Ratings Program (CRP) provides buyer, user, and specifier assurance that manufacturer-published performance ratings of air system components are reliable and accurate. Also, CRP provides information on how product was tested, what appurtenances were included, and other pertinent information.
IPC Standard addresses solder paste printing.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
August 10, 2012 Developed by Task Group Nordic, IPC's volunteer standards development group in Scandinavia, IPC-7527, Requirements for Solder Paste Printing, will help companies assess and improve their solder paste printing processes. Standard covers many aspects of solder paste application, from initial placement on board through production and testing. To equipment operators, standard serves as reference guide with more than 50 photos packed into 15 pages.
TRFA Annual Meeting to feature 16 technical paper presentations.
Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA)    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
August 10, 2012 Thermoset Resin Formulators Association's (TRFA) 2012 Annual Meeting, taking place in Orlando, FL from October 28-30, will feature presentation of 16 technical papers. These presentations further one of TRFA's key objectives: to be "the premier forum to interact and exchange knowledge among formulators and suppliers." Additional technical presentation will be made by winner of TRFA's third annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award.
NEMA, UL Partner on fire prevention technology training course.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
August 10, 2012 NEMA is collaborating with UL to offer free online training course structured to educate electrical professionals on safe and effective ways to install and troubleshoot issues with arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs). Available through Knowledge Services, course will foster complete trouble-free installation of AFCIs and other residential branch circuit components as well as provide expert advice on finding and fixing electrical system problems that may cause AFCIs to trip.
NTSB welcomes new Administrative Law Judge.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
August 10, 2012 Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced appointment of Stephen R. Woody as Administrative Law Judge. Since July 2009, Judge Woody has served as Administrative Law Judge with Social Security Administration. Prior to becoming an ALJ, he was a military trial judge in U.S. Air Force, presiding over all judicial proceedings under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He also served as Staff Judge Advocate, and retired from the Air Force with grade of Colonel.
EPA and USDA Develop microbial risk assessment guidance.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
August 10, 2012 EPA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) Guideline, which lays out approach to conducting meaningful assessments of risks to Americans posed by pathogens in food and water. Guideline's goal is to improve quality of data collected by public health scientists regarding such risks. Overarching microbial risk assessment guideline fills gap for comprehensive, specific, and descriptive information for developing assessments.
EPA Identifies Substitutes for toxic flame retardant chemical.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
August 10, 2012 To identify possible substitutes for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), U.S. EPA released draft report on alternatives. This assessment, developed with public participation under EPA's Design for the Environment (DfE) program, profiles environmental and human health hazards on 30 alternatives to decaBDE. In addition, EPA will continue to work with manufacturers to investigate both chemical and non-chemical alternatives for flame retardants.
PMI welcomes new manufacturing member.
Plumbing Manufacturers International    Schaumburg, IL 60173
August 10, 2012 Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) President Stewart Yang of Kohler Co. announced that Water Pik, Inc. has joined PMI as its newest member. Water Pik has been developing innovative personal and oral healthcare products since 1962. Headquartered in Fort Collins, CO, company operates facilities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. PMI welcomes Water Pik and looks forward to its contributions to the association.
Engelberger Robotics Awards to be presented August 30.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
August 10, 2012 Robotics industry's highest honor, the Engelberger Robotics Award, will be presented to Richard Litt and Martin Buehler at special ceremony during 43rd International Symposium on Robotics. Richard Litt, founder and Chairman of Genesis Systems Group LLC, will receive 2012 Engelberger Award for Leadership, while Dr. Martin Buehler will receive award for over 20 years of industrial and academic contributions in developing advanced robotics technology.
WirelessHART Products named best in automation industry.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
August 10, 2012 HARTŪ Communication Foundation announces that two WirelessHARTŪ products have been named by industry users as the best among automation, control, and instrumentation products introduced during 2011. The products, recognized as being exceptional for technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact, are the Rosemount 708 wireless acoustic transmitter from Emerson and the RAD-WHA-1/2NPT WirelessHART adapter from Phoenix Contact.
BIO Pacific Rim Summit to address future of advanced biofuels.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
August 9, 2012 BIO announced more than 100 speakers covering latest in industrial biotechnology at 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, October 10-12. Plenary sessions will include: The Synthetic Biology Pathway to Innovation in Fuels and Chemicals; Flying green: Why Airlines See a Bright Future in Biofuels; Overcoming Regional Biomass Feedstock Supply Challenges with Public Policy and Science; and Biotechnology and Renewable Chemicals: The Future is Now.
NFPA Foundation acknowledges 3 new Legacy Builders.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222-3219
August 9, 2012 NFPA Education and Technology Foundation acknowledges 3 companies that have reached Legacy Builder giving level: Bimba Manufacturing of Monee, IL; Caterpillar Inc. of Joliet, IL; and Parker Hannifin Corp. of Cleveland, OH. By reaching Legacy Builder level-$25,000 in cumulative donations to the Foundation-they can use "Legacy Builder" logo on their company letterhead and web sites. They will also be recognized at 2013 NFPA Annual Conference with plaque commemorating their achievements.
ANSI-HSSP to host roundtable discussion on Resiliency Metrics.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 9, 2012 On August 22, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel will host roundtable discussion, Resiliency Metrics: Standards, Test Labs and Methods, and Measuring Tools to discuss current resilience standards that cover issues of resilience in variety of relevant fields. Discussion will touch on methods of measuring resilience, as well as possibility of creating public-private cooperative groups to establish comprehensive certification and ratings system for designating resilience.
Experts Sought for Virtual TAG for revision of ISO/IEC Guide 51.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
August 9, 2012 Joint Working Group (JWG) of ISO and IEC is revising ISO/IEC Guide 51, Safety aspects - Guidelines for their inclusion in standards. ANSI seeks U.S. experts to serve on U.S. Virtual Technical Advisory Group to JWG for revision of ISO/IEC Guide 51, which provides standards writers with guidelines for inclusion of safety aspects when developing and discussing standards. Also, ANSI is soliciting comments on second Committee Draft consultation on revision of ISO/IEC Guide 51.
TRFA to Offer Epoxy Short Course preceding 2012 Annual Meeting.
Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA)    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
August 9, 2012 TRFA will offer Epoxy 101 Short Course as prelude to its Annual Meeting, which will take place October 29-30 in Orlando, FL. Scheduled for October 28 from 8:30 am to 5:45, course will present introduction and advanced concepts in formulation, application, and end-uses of thermoset resin technologies. Specifically, Epoxy 101 includes materials overview on advantages and common use of epoxy resins and hardener types as well as application presentations by each TRFA Market-Focused Committee.
Peter Borden Transitions based on AMT merger success.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
August 8, 2012 AMT (Association For Manufacturing Technology) announced that Peter Borden, past President of AMTDA and current Strategic Integration Officer of AMT, will be leaving the association as of August 31, 2012. In comment, Borden said "It was my intention to stay and support the organization until all of our operations were successfully integrated." AMT president Douglas K. Woods expressed gratitude regarding Borden's leadership as well as his efforts regarding integration of AMT and AMTDA.

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