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Construction Materials Prices increase 1.4% in March 2012.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
April 24, 2012 According to U.S. Labor Department's April 12 producer price index (PPI) report, construction materials prices rose 1.4% in March. This represents largest monthly increase since April 2011. On quarterly basis, construction materials prices increased 2.7% and are 3.8% higher than March 2011. Nonresidential construction materials prices, following similar pattern, moved up 1.6% for month, 2.9% for quarter, and 4% year over year.
NIST to Co-Host Health Information Security Conference.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 24, 2012 NIST will be co-hosting fifth annual Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security conference, which will take place on June 6 and 7, 2012. Conference will provide opportunity for those with vested interests to explore current issues in health information security as well as discuss practical strategies, tips, and techniques for implementing HIPAA Security Rule. Specific sessions will cover variety of current topics.
NIST Proposes Update to Digital Signature Standard.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 24, 2012 NIST announced proposed changes to FIPS 186-3, known as Digital Signature Standard, which specifies how to implement digital signatures that can be used to ensure integrity of electronic documents as well as identity of signer. Posted for public comment on April 10, 2012, proposed revisions clarify how to implement digital signature algorithms in said standard. Also, inclusions within proposed revision allow use of additional approved random number generators.
ASTM Committee working on cured-in-place manhole liner standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 24, 2012 Proposed standard ASTM WK36573, Practice for the Installation of a Single-Sized Cured-in-Place Liner for Manholes Having Various Sizes, will apply to all shapes and types of manholes, wetwells, catch basins, and similar structures. Once approved, this standard will be of use to owners of buried utility systems such as municipal sewers, telecommunications, power, and similar systems. Interested parties are invited to join in development activities.
Participants Sought for intergranular attack standard revision.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 24, 2012 ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys encourages interested parties to contribute to revision of ASTM A262, Practices for Detecting Susceptibility to Intergranular Attack in Austenitic Stainless Steels. While standard is frequently used to test corrosion resistance of austenitic stainless steels in specific environments and generally against intergranular attack, revisions hope to enhance robustness, repeatability, and reproducibility.
ANSI approves fan balance and vibration standard.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
April 24, 2012 AMCA announced that ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved reaffirmation of ANSI/AMCA Standard 204-05(R2012), "Balance Quality and Vibration Levels for Fans." Standard may be used to define appropriate fan balance quality and operating vibration levels to individuals who specify, manufacture, use, and maintain fans.
BIO Says Farm Bill must promote energy security.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 24, 2012 In addition to thanking Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts for reauthorizing key Farm Bill energy title programs, BIO expressed disappointment that Committee's mark eliminates or cuts mandatory funding for said programs. BIO's Brent Erickson noted positive impact of Farm Bill's energy programs and said "progress in renewable energy projects that are creating good, permanent jobs...would come to a halt" without meaningful funding.
BIO Convention to highlight biotechnology patenting and IP.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 23, 2012 Scheduled for June 18-21, 2012 BIO International Convention will feature educational track devoted to Biotech Patenting and Tech Transfer to discuss legal and legislative developments and how they may impact biotech companies. Panels will cover recent developments in patentability, prior user rights and trade secrets, IP issues affecting biomarker diagnostics and personalized medicine, and impact America Invents Act has on missions and policies of universities and non-profit institutions.
ANSI approves air curtain testing standard.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
April 23, 2012 AMCA announced that ANSI's Board of Standards Review approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 220-05(R2012), which may be used to establish uniform methods for laboratory testing of air curtains to determine aerodynamic performance in terms of air flow rate, outlet air velocity uniformity, power consumption, and air velocity projection, for rating or guarantee purposes. Standard is not intended to specify testing procedures to be used for design, production, or field testing.
April 2012 MCI-EFI shows slowly growing industry confidence.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
April 23, 2012 Designed to collect leadership data, April 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) reports qualitative assessment of prevailing business conditions as well as future expectations. Overall, confidence in equipment finance market is 62.1, up from March's 61.7, while fourth consecutive month of increases indicates slow but steady rise in optimism. Depending on market segment they represent, executives offered differing views on current/future industry outlook.
AIOE Group issues OEE roadmap.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
April 23, 2012 PMMI and the Operational Reliability Solutions Group of the Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence released whitepaper titled "Overall Equipment Effectiveness: Guidelines for the CPG Industry and Their Suppliers." According to report, monitoring OEE metrics provides opportunity to improve processes, reduce rejects and rework, and enable consistent delivery of higher quality products. An OEE regimen, over time, will decrease operating costs by highlighting waste centers.
White Paper on Labor explores generational skill gaps.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
April 23, 2012 "Developing and Engaging the Manufacturing Workforce," released by Manufacturing Excellence Share Group (MESG) of Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), claims consumer packaged goods (CPGs) manufacturers contend with hiring challenges ranging from mechanical knowledge to generational differences. Citing educational system focus on critical thinking, report notes that problem-solving skills, critical to CPGs, are in short supply alongside mechanical/electrical skills.
ITA supports increased demand for titanium welding training.
International Titanium Association    Broomfield, CO 80020
April 23, 2012 On June 26, International Titanium Association will sponsor 1-day workshop, titled "How to Weld Titanium." Workshop will discuss various techniques of titanium joining and will primarily focus on GTAW, or TIG method. Specific topics to be covered include preparation for welding, cutting and cleaning; setup and correct titanium techniques; post-welding; quality control; stress relieving; and welding safety. Three hours of hands-on exercises will follow full-day workshop.
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code(TM) optimizes safety.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 23, 2012 In collaboration with Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, International Code Council has published International Swimming Pool and Spa Code(TM), which uses prescriptive and performance-related provisions to establish minimum safety requirements for public and residential pools, spas, and hot tubs. It is first to address aquatic recreation facilities as well as first to include ANSI/APSP energy standards for residential portable electric spas and residential in-ground pools and spas.
Standardization Workshop looks at global water challenges.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 23, 2012 ISO's International Workshop on Water will examine ways international standardization can help alleviate needs of global populous who have no regular access to safe drinking water and those who live without proper sanitation. Hosted by JISC in Kobe, Japan on July 25-26 of 2012, workshop will raise awareness of water-related standardization and its potentials, propose and examine standardization initiatives, as well as identify priorities and define recommended action plan.
ASTM launches Supplier's Declaration of Conformity.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 23, 2012 Responding to increasing requests from suppliers and their customers, ASTM International has developed Supplier's Declaration of Conformity. Program will benefit suppliers by enabling them to provide evidence to customers regarding conforming to ASTM test methods. Product test results will be registered with ASTM, and supporting documentation will show supplier's registration and acceptance by independent third party.
Dr. Kenneth St. John receives ASTM Award of Merit.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 23, 2012 Kenneth St. John, Ph.D., associate professor at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MI, received Award of Merit from ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. Member of ASTM International since 1980, St. John works on several F04 subcommittees, including U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 150 on Implants for Surgery. He currently serves as chairman of Subcommittees F04.16 on Biocompatability Test Methods and F04.92 on Planning.
Science, Advocacy Leaders to judge Biotech Humanitarian nominees.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 23, 2012 BIO announced judges who will evaluate nominations for fourth annual Biotech Humanitarian Award and select 2012 Honoree. Thought leaders in science, advocacy, and media who have agreed to serve as judges for this award include Dr. David Agus, Dr. Yali Friedman, Jim Greenwood, Rachel King, Dr. Antonio Moreira, H. Thomas Watkins, Phyllis Dillinger, and Dr. Greg Stephanopoulos. Award recognizes someone who has helped heal, fuel, and feed planet via work in or support of biotechnology.
Two Advanced Laboratories open at NIST Boulder and JILA.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 23, 2012 Located on NIST campus in Boulder, CO and at new X-Wing at JILA, Precision Measurement Laboratory for high-precision science and measurements supports technology innovation and economic growth as well as training of future scientists. Both laboratories tightly control environmental conditions such as vibration and temperature, as is required for cutting-edge research with lasers, atomic clocks, and nanotechnology. Labs also support micro- and nanofabrication of custom research devices.
NIST Workshop addresses imaging in tissue engineering.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 23, 2012 NIST, in cooperation with Multi-Agency Tissue Engineering Science working group, is sponsoring 2-day workshop titled, Functional Imaging for Regenerative Medicine, which will explore how cutting-edge imaging techniques can advance equally fast-growing field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Workshop aims to accelerate development and adoption of advanced imaging methodologies and tools by identifying current needs of tissue engineers, from molecular to macroscopic scales.

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