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Comments Sought on proposed forensic analysis standard.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 20, 2012 Standards Australia (SA), Australian member body to ISO, submitted proposal for International Standard on minimizing risk of contamination in products used to collect and analyze biological material for forensic DNA purposes. As U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments on said proposal by July 27, 2012. Proposed work item would set particular criteria around which consumables used in forensic DNA collection and analysis should be manufactured.
Mass Settlement halts welding fume lawsuits.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
June 20, 2012 According to Welding and Gases Today Online, steering committees for parties in Welding Fume MDL have reached global settlement resolving nearly all welding fume cases pending in state or federal courts. In exchange for dismissing their lawsuits and releasing all manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of welding fume products from liability, participating plaintiffs will be eligible to receive payments from settlement pool being funded by welding rod manufacturers.
Plastics Producer SABIC agrees to reduce harmful air pollution.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 20, 2012 SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC, and its subsidiary, SABIC Innovative Plastics Mt. Vernon, LLC, have agreed to pay civil penalty of approximately $1 million and improve leak detection and repair practices to settle alleged violations of Clean Air Act at chemical manufacturing facilities in Mt. Vernon, IN. and Burkville, AL. Emissions of hazardous air pollutants from leaking equipment may cause serious health effects including cancer, reproductive issues, and birth defects.
NAM Chief Economist comments on May Jobs Report.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
June 20, 2012 In his post, A Disappointing May Jobs Report, Chad Moutray notes economy added 69,000 net new jobs in May, with manufacturing up 12,000, as reported by The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Moutray calls this labor report "consistent with recent weaknesses...seen in the global and domestic marketplace" and points out anxieties felt regarding Europe and long-term tax policies. Moutray also mentions rises in unemployment to 8.2% and "so-called real unemployment rate" to 14.8%.
ASTM International presents Award of Merit to Lance R. Lewand.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 19, 2012 Lance R. Lewand, director of Insulating Materials Laboratory at Doble Engineering Co., Watertown, MA, has received Award of Merit and title of fellow from ASTM International Committee D27 on Electrical Insulating Liquids and Gases. A member of ASTM since 1989, Lewand works on several D27 subcommittees and is chairman of Subcommittee D27.06 on Chemical Test. He is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he received a bachelor's degree in biology.
SME Announces Database of email addresses for industry contacts.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
June 19, 2012 Manufacturing Plus Email Masterfile database, comprising 1.5+ million manufacturing professionals, has all email addresses containing contact names. List can be rented and used for direct email campaigns, providing renters with access to key decision makers in manufacturing industry for effective targeting in marketing efforts. Lists can be customized by industry, job function, plant size, etc., and verified database covers diverse industry selection.
North American Machine Vision Sales declined 2% in first quarter.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
June 19, 2012 Statistics from AIA indicate machine vision sales in North America fell 2% compared to 1Q 2011, primarily from sales of complete vision systems. Sales of machine vision components gained 2%, led by growth in vision software (+26%), lighting products (+11%), and imaging boards (+7%). Also, smart camera sales rose 4%, while optics sales were up 1% in first quarter. "Though the market has cooled down a bit," said AIA President Jeff Burnstein, "the long term growth trend remains strong."
NASA, FAA Sign MOU to advance commercial space transportation.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
June 19, 2012 FAA and NASA signed agreement to coordinate standards for commercial space travel of government and non-government astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and International Space Station (ISS). Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes policy for operational missions to space station. Commercial providers will be required to obtain license from FAA for public safety, while crew safety and mission assurance will be NASA's responsibility.
NAM Warns of Negative Impacts from EPA's proposed NAAQS.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
June 19, 2012 NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called scope and impact of proposed new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) released by EPA "troubling." Citing current 8.2% unemployment, Timmons said manufacturers "can't afford this new standard," especially given its strict nature and the stalling economy. "The end result," according to Timmons, would be "a devastating impact on our economy and job creation."
SME Conference focuses on 3D imaging and additive manufacturing.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
June 19, 2012 Held May 22-25 in Atlanta, SME RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition attracted students and professionals from 24 countries interested in 3D imaging and additive manufacturing technologies. Event provided real-world examples of how additive manufacturing is revolutionizing the way new products are designed, prototyped, and produced, offering manufacturers advantages in terms of creativity, manufacturability, cost-savings, and time-to-market.
Power Switching Safety Conference scheduled for Aug 27-28.
EPRI    Palo Alto, CA 94304
June 19, 2012 EPRI's 16th Annual Power Switching Safety and Reliability Conference offers opportunity for managers, supervisors, and operations personnel to exchange information about switching policies and procedures that contribute to improved safety and reliability. Conference addresses variety of issues, including detailed switching procedures and associated software, programs for training, audits and incident investigation as well as management strategies and policies.
White House supports vets in manufacturing.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
June 19, 2012 NAM President and CEO, Jay Timmons and Manufacturing Institute President, Jennifer McNelly issued statements after White House announced support of partnerships to certify military veterans with NAM-endorsed manufacturing certifications. NAM and the Institute appreciate Administration's continued support for efforts to enable high skilled individuals to enter manufacturing workforce. Service members will be important additions to workforce that has made U.S. world leader in manufacturing.
Approved ANSI/AMCA Standard defines fan efficiency grades.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
June 19, 2012 AMCA International announced that Board of Standards Review of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 205 on May 4, 2012. Said document, which defines fan efficiency grades (FEGs), includes within its scope fans with 5 in. or greater impeller diameter that operate with shaft power of 750 W (1 hp) and above and have total efficiency calculated according to ANSI/AMCA 210, ANSI/AMCA 230, AMCA 260, or ISO 5801.
HART Co-Sponsors Field Communication Lounge at ACHEMA 2012.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
June 19, 2012 HART® Communication Foundation joins FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International), and OPC Foundation as co-sponsors of Field Communication Lounge exhibit at ACHEMA 2012. Here, field communication organizations will exhibit individual process automation communication technologies in common display area. HART multi-vendor exhibit includes 2 demonstration displays - Get Connected and WirelessHART® - to educate users on benefits of using HART-enabled devices.
Educational Webinar to address hydraulic system design.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222-3219
June 19, 2012 Scheduled for July 19, 2012, NFPA Educational Webinar will explain how to design safe, reliable, and efficient hydraulics. External leakage in hydraulic systems represents not only fluid loss, with its attendant costs and safety and environmental concerns, but energy loss as well. Presenter Phil Robinson of Parker Hannifin Corp. will share how ISO and NFPA standards, particularly NFPA/T2.24.2, can help people design, build, and maintain leak-free hydraulic systems.
NFPA Introduces standards for graphical symbols, O-rings.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222-3219
June 19, 2012 Available form NFPA, ISO 1219-1:2012: Fluid power systems and components -- Graphical symbols and circuit diagrams -- Part 1: Graphical symbols for conventional use and data-processing applications specifies rules for devising fluid power symbols for use on components and in circuit diagrams. Also available, ISO 3601-1:2012: Fluid power systems - O-rings - Part 1: Inside diameters, cross-sections, tolerances and designation codes applies to general industrial and aerospace applications.
Metal Powder Society names Dornish, Donaldson as Fellows.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
June 19, 2012 APMI International named Ian Donaldson, director, research and development North America and materials engineering, GKN Sinter Metals LLC, and Al Dornish, consultant with Northern Precision Materials, to 2012 Class of Fellows. With over 30 years of PM experience, Donaldson distinguished himself as expert in materials with strong engineering background. APMI International member for 30+ years, Dornish spent near 55 years in PM industry and touched upon almost every facet therein.
PM Industry Leader receives Lifetime Achievement Award.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
June 19, 2012 Alan Lawley, professor emeritus, Drexel University, and editor-in-chief of International Journal of Powder Metallurgy, has received Kempton H. Roll Powder Metallurgy Lifetime Achievement Award. Lawley has been a prolific contributor to literature of PM science and technology, publishing more than 300 papers. A long-time member of MPIF Technical Board, Lawley has participated in numerous seminars and conferences, and co-chaired technical program of 2008 PM World Congress.
EPA Proposes Clean Air Standards for soot pollution.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 19, 2012 Building on steps already taken to slash dangerous pollution in communities across USA, U.S. EPA proposed updates to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot. Proposal would strengthen annual health standard for harmful fine particle pollution (PM2.5) to level within range of 13-12 µg/m³; current annual standard is 15 µg/m³. Proposed changes are based on scientific evidence that includes thousands of studies.
BIO unveils intellectual property rights report.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 18, 2012 At 2012 BIO International Convention, BIO will unveil findings from report titled "Taking Stock: the Gains of Global Biotechnology Research from IPRs." Report will bring together experts to discuss how IPRs have affected innovation and development of new biotechnologies in develping countries and whether they contribute to growth in partnerships and other models of collaboration between biotechnology R/D actors such as universities, SMEs, and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

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