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BMW to display ActiveE at Electric Vehicle Conference.BMW to display ActiveE at Electric Vehicle Conference.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
March 5, 2012 BMW will display its first all-electric vehicle, ActiveE, at IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference. With output of 170 hp and max torque of 184 lb-ft from standstill, BMW ActiveE accelerates from 0-60 mph in under 9 seconds. Newly developed lithium-ion batteries facilitate driving range up to 100 miles on full charge. Dr. Julian Weber, Head of Innovation Projects E-Mobility within "project i," BMW Group's EV think tank and product line, is slated as one of IEVC's keynote speakers.
Motion Control Market Report shows strong finish in 2011.
Motion Control Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
March 5, 2012 Statistics released by Motion Control Association (MCA) showed that orders for motion control products rose 17.7% in 2011. Gains also occurred in fourth quarter, rising 4% over same period in 2010. Referring to 2011 results, MCA VP Dana Whalls pointed out "double-digit growth across all product categories" tracked by MCA and also noted that "2011 is the second year in a row of double-digit growth." Reports examine orders and shipments by major product category quarterly and annually.
RIA Launches Certified Robot Integrator program.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
March 5, 2012 RIA is taking applications from integrators interested in becoming certified. JR Automation's Scot Lindemann named RIA's experience handling confidential data as well as association's development of American National Robot Safety Standard and safety training as justifications for RIA undertaking certification. Curtis Richardson of Spirit Aerosystems called program "a convenient tool" to help identify established integrators as well as those who meet "basic but very critical" criteria.
New NREL Fellows to help guide research.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
March 5, 2012 NREL named Dr. Howard Branz and Dr. Michael Himmel to its Research Fellows Council. Branz is a leader in silicon photovoltaics who produced a world record in nano-structured solar cells, while Himmel is a biochemist whose work on cellulase simplified and lowered cost of converting biomass to fuel. Along with 5 current members of Council, they will advise NREL executive management on strategic direction of science and technology inquiry at the laboratory.
Scholarship Events will take place at leadership summit/expo.
Restoration Industry Association    Columbia, MD 21046-1595
March 2, 2012 Taking place in Myrtle Beach, SC from March 27-29, 67th Annual Restoration Industry Association (RIA) Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo will feature 2 special events that will serve as fundraisers for Martin L. King Scholarship Program. First such event, golf tournament, will be held March 27 at Myrtlewood Golf Club from 9 am to 2 pm. Secondly, RIA Awards Dinner and Banquet will highlight accomplishments of RIA contributors as well as pay tribute to Martin L. King.
SPE Announces Date and Theme of Automotive Innovation Awards.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
March 2, 2012 Built around Plastics Drive 54.5 theme, 42nd annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be held November 7, 2012 in Livonia, MI. Returning SPE Automotive Innovation Awards chair Jeffrey Helms said SPE Automotive Division hopes to help drive higher plastics use in tomorrow's passenger vehicles by drawing attention to how plastics can help automakers meet U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations of 54.5 mpg required by 2025 as well as maintain other important benefits.
Dennis Fritz receives IPC Hall of Fame Award.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 2, 2012 Since the days of a relatively young PCB industry when rules and infrastructure were not yet well established, Dennis Fritz has been actively involved in IPC activities to help add structure, strength, and vision to the industry. He was recently honored with IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award for his dedication and service. Presented at IPC APEX EXPOŽ in San Diego, award represents IPC's highest level of volunteer recognition.
IPC elects new officers and members to Board of Directors.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 2, 2012 Nominating and Governance Committee of IPC Board of Directors presented 9 candidates for election at IPC Annual Meeting. Stephen Pudles, CEO of Spectral Response LLC, was elected Chairman, while Marc Peo, President of Heller Industries was chosen for Vice Chairman, and Joseph O'Neil, President of Hunter Technology Corporation, was picked for Secretary/Treasurer. Six board directors include Michael Carano, Robert Neves, Tony Zhou, Robert Black, Jr., Rex Rozario, and Don Schroeder.
FAA increase efficiency and reduce emissions in GA and NC airports.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
March 2, 2012 As part of FAA's NextGen modernization program, the Metroplex initiative, includes optimization of airspace procedures and aims to improve flow of air traffic into and out of all airports in Atlanta and Charlotte metropolitan areas. Collaborative regional partnership includes FAA, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Delta Air Lines, US Airways, and Atlanta and Charlotte-area airports. Results include lowered nautical miles flown, gallons of fuel, and carbon emissions.
BIO World Congress to feature biofuel commercialization theme.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
March 2, 2012 Global biofuel and biobased product company executives, scientists, and government officials will speak in breakout sessions at BIO's 9th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Taking place in Orlando, FL from April 29 to May 2, event will specifically feature speakers highlighting keys to commercialization in industrial biotechnology. There will be 6 breakout session tracks over 3 days with targeted industry presentations.
NEMA endorses legislation to spur energy storage technologies.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
March 2, 2012 On behalf of its Energy Storage Council, NEMA applauded Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) for introducing legislation to promote adoption of energy storage technologies. HR 4096 would offer 20% investment tax credit to energy storage used in connection with power grid, with no project eligible to receive more than $40 million. To promote efficiency and distributed generation in commercial/residential markets, bill offers 30% credit for on-site application of energy storage.
Motion and Vision Integration Webinar will take place in March.
Motion Control Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
March 2, 2012 To be presented by Senior Engineer Priya Ramachandran from National Instruments on March 23 from 11 am to 12 pm, free Advanced Motion and Vision Integration webinar will teach benefits of motion and vision integration. It will also address implementation techniques for integrating motion and vision systems as well as explore solutions to address common challenges that developers face when integrating motion and vision. Webinar will cover basic to highly advanced applications.
IEEE Electrical Safety Workshop issued call for papers.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
March 2, 2012 Call for Papers for 2013 Electrical Safety Workshop (ESW), taking place in Dallas, TX from March 11-15, has May 1, 2012 deadline. Non-commercial technical papers should aim to advance ESW's mission of accelerating application of improvements in human factors, technology, and managing systems that reduce risk of electrical injuries; stimulating innovation in overcoming barriers; and/or enabling sustainable improvements in prevention of electrical accidents and injuries.
U.S. Construction Machinery Exports gain 43% in 2011.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
March 2, 2012 According to AEM, U.S. construction equipment exports increased 43% in 2011 compared to previous year, reaching total of $23.5 billion. Top 10 countries in terms of buying U.S.-made construction machinery in 2011 were Canada, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, China, Colombia, South Africa, Russia, and Peru. AEM and its "I Make America" campaign have pushed for export-friendly policies that create and sustain American jobs. Examples of such policies includes free trade agreements.
Organizations name winners of Climate Leadership Awards.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 1, 2012 U.S. EPA, Association of Climate Change Officers, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry named the winners of the inaugural Climate Leadership Awards, which recognize corporate, organizational, and individual leadership. From setting and exceeding aggressive emissions reduction goals to reducing emissions associated with shipping goods, these organizations are improving efficiency, identifying energy and cost saving opportunities, and reducing pollution.
FAA proposes to raise airline pilot qualification standards.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
March 1, 2012 FAA proposed to raise qualifications for first officers who fly for U.S passenger and cargo airlines. Consistent with mandate in Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010, proposed rule would require first officers - also known as co-pilots - to hold Airline Transport Pilot certificate, requiring 1,500 hours of pilot flight time. Proposal would also require first officers to have an aircraft type rating, which involves additional training and testing specific to airplanes they fly.
PCB Industry Results have been released for January 2012.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 1, 2012 According to January findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, combined industry shipments for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits in January 2012 decreased 3.5% from January 2011, while orders booked increased 6.2%. Combined flex and rigid industry book-to-bill ratio in January 2012 continued to rise, and stands at 1.01. Sharon Starr, IPC market research director, said "Both rigid PCB and flexible circuit sales followed normal seasonal patterns."
TRIB to Exhibit at Work Truck Show in March 2012.
Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
March 1, 2012 To educate fleets about environmental and economic benefits of using retreaded tires, TRIB will be exhibiting at 2012 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN from March 6-8th. They will also be displaying quality retreaded tires for work truck segment, showing large-screen version of retread plant tour video, distributing 16-page "Understanding Retreading" brochure, and distributing materials from TRIB members that cater to work truck segment.
Aluminum Association releases plant directory.
Aluminum Association Inc    Arlington, VA 22209
March 1, 2012 Aluminum Association released North America Aluminum Industry Plant Directory covering 464 known North American facilities (excluding foundries) known to be in operation as of December 31, 2011. Directory provides company name, facility location, products, and contact information, where available, as well as phone number, fax, and website. It is divided into 3 sections: organized alphabetically, by location, and by mill product.
Energy Star Leaders achieve Obama's energy efficiency goal.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 1, 2012 Nearly half of the organizations recognized as Energy Star Leaders have improved energy efficiency of their building portfolios by 20% or more. EPA's Energy Star program has helped 90 organizations achieve goal by providing energy management strategy, which includes focus on ongoing performance measurement and whole-building improvement. Energy Star Leaders have cumulatively saved more than $150 million on utility bills and prevented GHG emissions equal to electricity use of nearly 95,000 homes.

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