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AAMA recognizes leadership during 75th Anniversary Celebration.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173
March 13, 2012 AAMA recognized contributions and achievements of its members at the 75th Annual Conference Banquet. Gantt Miller of Winco Manufacturing Co. received Outstanding Member Award, while Mike Turner of YKK AP America, Inc. received Architectural Products Group Distinguished Service Award. In addition, Kim Flanary of Milgard Manufacturing, Inc. won Residential Product Group Distinguished Service Award and Brent Slaton of Keymark Corporation was chosen for Marketing Distinguished Service Award.
NREL and UCLA certify record for polymer solar cell efficiency.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
March 13, 2012 Scientists boosted significance of tandem polymer solar cells by successfully testing cells with low-bandgap polymers that achieved certified conversion efficiencies of 8.62 ±0.3% with respect to standard terrestrial reporting conditions. According to researchers at NREL and UCLA, that is the highest measured efficiency for a polymer solar cell. UCLA recently improved on this by incorporating IR-absorbing polymer from Sumitomo Chemical. NREL measured power conversion efficiency at 10.6 ±0.3%.
MHEDA announces new board members for 2012.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
March 13, 2012 Al Boston, CEO of AK Material Handling Systems, Doug Carson, VP Marketing/Sales of Fallsway Equipment Company, and Buddy Smith, CEO of Carolina Material Handling Services Inc., have been elected to serve on MHEDA's Board of Directors, while Tim Tyler, President and CEO of Borroughs Corporation has been elected to serve on Manufacturers Board of Advisors of MHEDA for 2012.
BIO announces additional speakers for 2012 World Congress.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 12, 2012 Company executives, scientists, and government officials will bring global perspective as presenters at BIO's 9th annual World Congress. Plenary program will include 6 panel sessions: Fostering a Biobased Economy; A Global Vision for Biomass Utilization: How Biotech Can Get Us There; The Future of Biocatalysis in Global Manufacturing; Promoting Biotech Innovation; Financing Innovation in the Industrial Biotech Space; and What's Driving Demand for Biotech Products?: A Customer's Perspective.
BIO Praises Passage of Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 12, 2012 BIO applauded House on its passage, by vote of 390-23, of H.R. 3606, Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which contains provisions that would make pathway to capital formation more attainable for small biotech companies. In his statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said that "BIO supports these reforms" and called them "especially important" to biotech companies. Greenwood also said reforms would make capital formation easier for small biotechs.
AMT and AMTDA announce merger.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
March 12, 2012 AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology and AMTDA - The American Machine Tool Distributors' Association announced a merger that will integrate products and services to better serve members. Advantages of new organization include access to business intelligence systems; access to data and information from industry economists and analysts; focus on priorities and needs of the industry; networking and collaboration through expanded membership; and education and "smartforce" development.
ATA names Lee Long as Chairman of Technology & Maintenance Council.
American Trucking Associations    Alexandria, VA 22314
March 12, 2012 Lee Long, director of maintenance for Southeastern Freight Lines, Columbia, SC, was installed as 2012-2013 general chairman and treasurer of Technology and Maintenance Council. One of Long's goals as chairman is to raise awareness of students about career opportunities as heavy-duty truck technicians. A TMC member since 1996, he has been closely involved with formation of Council's Professional Technician Development Committee and its National Technician Skills Competition.
Airline Passenger Travel is set to double within 2 decades.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
March 12, 2012 Annual forecast, released by FAA, projects that airline passenger travel will nearly double within next 20 years. Forecast also underscores need to continue moving forward with implementation of FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) to accommodate such growth. According to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, "investment in NextGen is the key to getting passengers and cargo to their destinations more safely, faster, and with less impact on the environment."
NAM supports legislature that defends against unfair subsidies.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 12, 2012 NAM VP of International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, issued statement urging members of House to support H.R. 4105 to eliminate trade-distorting subsidies. In order to compete against global competition, manufacturers in U.S. need fair and level playing field. H.R. 4105 will allow Department of Commerce to continue to apply countervailing duties to non-market economies, such as China. If Congress fails to act quickly, thousands of manufacturers will be negatively impacted.
SOCMA President/CEO heads slate of 2012 CMA Board officers.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
March 12, 2012 Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) President and CEO Lawrence Sloan has been elected 2012 chairman of Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) Board of Directors. CMA is made up of 200+ associations from every sector of manufacturing and provides resources to members to broaden reach of NAM advocacy efforts. Additional CMA officers for 2012 were announced, including 1st Vice Chairman Donna Harman, 2nd Vice Chairman Ernie Rosenberg, and Immediate Past Chairman Bob Weidner.
IPC Market Data Update offers hope for U.S. recovery.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 12, 2012 Although global economic growth and electronics industry growth slowed in fourth quarter of 2011, signs that recovery is resuming in U.S. is apparent, according to IPC's quarterly report, Market Data Update. Conference Board's Leading Economic Index® has remained flat for a year, but has been inching up since last October, while U.S. Purchasing Managers' Index is also in positive territory and trending upward. In addition, IPC's PCB book-to-bill ratio edged up to 1.01, just above parity, in January.
BIO Convention features 6 sessions focused on industry outlook.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 9, 2012 Taking place June 18-21, 2012 in Boston, MA, 2012 BIO International Convention will feature 6 Super Sessions highlighting state of industry and future outlook. Specific sessions will look at Ernst and Young's Annual Biotechnology Industry Report, Burrill State-of-the-Industry Report, Scientific American's Regional Bio-Innovation Scorecard, R/D growth engine integration, pre-competitive collaboration, and PDUFA V's impact on innovation, patients, and modern medicines.
EPA Requests Comments on U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 9, 2012 U.S. EPA seeks public comment on annual "Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2010" draft report, which serves as USA's official estimate of total national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Draft report, which will be open for public comment for 30 days, shows that overall GHG emissions increased by 3.3% in 2010 compared to previous year. Total emissions from GHGs were ~6,866 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent. Overall, emissions have grown 11% from 1990 to 2010.
Standards Revision relates to soil and water conservation.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
March 9, 2012 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised ASAE S268.5, Design, Layout, Construction, and Maintenance of Terrace Systems. This complete rewrite incorporates new procedures for spacing terraces based on erosion prediction technology, new tillage methods, and construction techniques. Second revision - ASAE S442.1, Water and Sediment Control Basins - contains alterations that ensure compatibility and continuity with changes in S268.5.
ASABE to Revise crop terminology and definition standard.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
March 9, 2012 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to revise standard ASAE S327.3, Terminology and Definitions for Application of Crop, or Forestry Production and Protection Agents. Specifically, definitions for spray drift and air assist sprayer, or air boom, will be revised for clarification.
Schedule Announced for 2012 Mechanical Seals Webinar Series.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
March 9, 2012 In collaboration with Fluid Sealing Association (FSA), Hydraulic Institute announced that 2012 Mechanical Seals Webinar Series will begin March 29, 2012. Schedule includes Mechanical Seals - Types and Operating Principles on March 29, Mechanical Seals Construction and Design on April 12, Mechanical Seals - Installation, Connections - Commissioning on April 26, and Mechanical Seals - Seal Environment and Failure Analysis on May 11. All webinars will take place from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT.
MESA Releases White Paper "Performance Improvement and Metrics Practices.".
MESA International    Chandler, AZ 85226
March 9, 2012 In conjunction with IndustryWeek, MESA released findings of joint research study in MESA White Paper #40 Performance Improvement and Metrics Practices. Findings show manufacturers and producers who improved their profits significantly also use metrics consistently and align corporate objectives with operational metrics. Also, less than 40% of all respondents see predictive analytics as important or most critical, compared to over 85% who see actual values as important or most critical.
ANSI offers two free education courses in 2012.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 9, 2012 Course 205, ISO Secretariat Operations: Taking the Secret out of the Secretariat, will help stakeholders become fluent in all aspects of successful ISO committee management. Course 208, The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization, will explore processes and operating procedures of ANSI-accredited U.S. TAGs to ISO and explain how to be an effective international delegate at ISO committee meetings.
Report calls for enhanced security of PHI.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 9, 2012 "The Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information: A Business Case for Enhanced PHI Security" provides healthcare organizations with method to evaluate "at risk" value of protected health information (PHI). In turn, this will aid in making business case for appropriate investments to better protect PHI. Created through PHI Project, report involved cross-section of 100+ healthcare industry leaders from 70+ organizations.
NIST Guide addresses wireless LAN security.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 9, 2012 Guidelines for Securing Wireless Local Area Networks, SP 800-153, recommends that valuable information be protected by integrating security into every step of system development process - from initiation to disposal. Guide provides recommendations to improve security on such topics as standardizing WLAN security configurations, including configuration design, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance. It also addresses selection of monitoring tools and frequency of security monitoring.

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