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Monthly Leasing and Finance Index shows increase in Oct.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
November 28, 2011 ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for October 2011 up 22% from same period in 2010, down 16% from previous month, and up 25% year-to-date. Receivables over 30 days dropped to 2.2%, and charge-offs declined to 0.7%. While number of lease applications approved decreased to 76.3%, 59% of participating organizations reported submitting more transactions for approval.
Proposed ASTM Plastics Standard covers polyurethane gel tests.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 28, 2011 Proposed standard ASTM WK34781, Practice for Gel Tests for Polyurethane Non-Foam Formulations, will provide polyurethane raw material suppliers, customers, and developers with practice for setting up gel tests to determine material reactivity. As noted by David Mullen, a member of subcommittee responsible for this standard, "having some idea of the time it takes adhesives to bond and coatings to set helps to determine their suitability for different applications."
BIO announces presenting companies for 2012 conference.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 28, 2011 Scheduled for Feb 13-14, BIO CEO and Investor Conference focuses solely on publicly-traded biotechnology companies and provides platform for companies to present their story to investors, analysts, and potential corporate partners. Presenting companies consist of mid- to large-cap established companies, which typically have a clinical stage program centered on therapeutics, molecular diagnostics, or platform technology, as well as an upcoming clinical, regulatory, or corporate catalyst.
PMA announces Excellence in Metalforming award winners.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44131
November 25, 2011 During PMA Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting, PMA announced winners of its 2011 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. Winners were honored with special plaque, commemorative flag, and cash prize. Presented annually, awards recognize high standards of achievement set by the metalforming industry in areas of design, safety, training and education, process control, quality, productivity, and product development.
PTDA Announces 2012 Trustees at summit in Washington, DC.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2011 PTDA Foundation 2012 Board of Trustees will include Barbara J. Ross, (Timken Drives LLC) as president, Terry Knight (SKF USA, Inc.) as vice president, and Keith Nowak (MPT Drives, Inc.) as treasurer. Those joining 2012 PTDA Foundation's Board of Trustees in 2012 also include Michael Kelly (Kaman Industrial Technologies), Milton Schott (P.T. International Corp.), Jim Neill (Motion Industries Inc.), and Mitch Bouchard (General Bearing Service Inc.).
PTDA Foundation Surpasses fund drive goal for 2011.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2011 Support for PTDA Foundation's fundraising efforts during 2011, including annual golf outing, came to nearly $240,000, which marks 6% increase from 2010 levels. Of note, 16 early contributors jump started 2011 campaign with contributions totalling $58,650 in late 2010. Contributors included 212 companies from within power transmission/motion control industry, of which 83 gave for 4 consecutive years, 38 who increased contributions over 2010 their levels, and 29 new contributors.
Power Take-Off Standard Revision corrects output speed error.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
November 25, 2011 ASABE revised one of its 5 recently completed ISO adoptions pertaining to power take-offs on agricultural tractors. "ANSI/ASABE AD500-1:2004 W/Cor. 1 OCT2011, Agricultural tractor - Rear-mounted power take-off types 1, 2 and 3 - Part 1: General specifications, safety requirements, dimensions for master shield and clearance zone" corrects error found in Forward section, in which deviations from ISO document are listed concerning PTO output speed.
Jean Simon appointed Executive Committee Chairman.
Aluminum Association Inc    Arlington, VA 22209
November 23, 2011 Thomas Brackman, Chairman of Aluminum Association's Board of Directors, announced appointment of Jean Simon, President of Primary Metal for Rio Tinto Alcan to Chairmanship of Aluminum Association's Executive Committee. Jean Simon has been part of Rio Tinto Alcan team since 1979 holding various senior management roles. From 1994-1997, he served as Chemicals manager at Vaudreuil Works and was appointed to Central Bargaining Committee for Operational Stability in 1998.
2012 Capital Spending Forecast predicts growth in wide reange of categories.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 23, 2011 Available from FMA, 2012 Capital Spending Forecast provides insight into next year's purchasing intentions of fabricating and forming companies, based on survey of 1,212 executives. Report predicts strong growth in 2012 purchases and pinpoints planned spending in categories that include equipment type, plant size, and geographic regions. According to FMA economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl, survey shows "every level of manufacturing...plans to make equipment purchases in the near future."
EtherNet/IP Protocol shows continued growth.
ODVA    Ann Arbor, MI 48108-5006
November 23, 2011 According to ODVA estimates, EtherNet/IP, the number one industrial Ethernet protocol in the world in terms of nodes shipped, will exceed 4.5 million shipped nodes by the end of the year. EtherNet/IP had its market position confirmed by ARC Advisory Group's latest Industry Ethernet-based Devices Worldwide Outlook report. Innovations that will further accelerate growth of EtherNet/IP include high-availability ring topology offered by DLR, new energy objects, and emerging commercial technologies.
EPA Seeks Nominations for Science Advisory Board committee.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 22, 2011 Public nominations of scientific experts are being sought for appointment to Science Advisory Board Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee, primary purpose of which is to review chemical assessments. Exact number for new committee members has not yet been determined, and EPA will also consult with committee on questions regarding Integrated Risk Information System Program. EPA's Paul Anastas says agency will request advice from Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee on various issues.
Welding & Gases Today reports on effects of CSA scores.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
November 22, 2011 Article titled "CSA Scores May Affect Special Permits," which appears in Welding and Gases Today, details new policies implemented by U.S. DOT that may affect ability of motor carriers to obtain new/renewed special permits for transportation of hazardous materials. Written by GAWDA's Richard P. Schweitzer, article cites procedures first set out in November 2009 by PHMSA that now requires coordination with relevant modal agency within DOT to determine fitness of applicant for special permit.
ASTM-Sponsored Workshop explores smart textile applications.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 22, 2011 ASTM International will sponsor Smart Textile Applications workshop, scheduled for February 1, 2012 in Atlanta, GA. As area of smart textiles is rapidly evolving, workshop will explore what is being done using smart textiles in various applications with goal of identifying areas where standards can support this emerging technology. Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks prior to workshop and closes January 25, 2012. There is no fee to attend.
ASTM International Magazine launches new website.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 22, 2011 Standardization News (SN), ASTM international's flagship magazine, has been redesigned and is available for free to all visitors at www.astm.org/standardization-news. Website offers frequently updated ASTM news organized into 10 industry sector gateways, which serve as Web portals to information about ASTM standards development activities, meeting and training course dates, publications, and more. Homepage also features access to digital edition of current issue of bimonthly magazine.
PMI elects board slate and appoints new committee members.
Plumbing Manufacturers International    Schaumburg, IL 60173
November 22, 2011 PMI elected Stewart Yang, VP of engineering and faucet design for Kohler Co., Board President for the year 2012. Also elected to serve on 2012 PMI Executive Committee are Jeff Baldwin, engineering manager for T&S Brass and Bronze Works as First Vice President; Tim Kilbane, national sales manager for Symmons Industries as Second Vice President; and Fernando Fernandez, director of codes and standards for TOTO USA as Treasurer.
Underwater Training Facility to be shared by NASA, NBL.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
November 22, 2011 Raytheon Technical Services Co., NASA's contractor for operations at Sonny Carter Training Facility Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL), signed agreement to partner with Petrofac Training Services. Petrofac will use NBL to provide survival training for offshore oil and gas workers, and NASA will continue training International Space Station crews there for space walks. Oil field worker survival training is expected to begin in December.
NFPA recognizes recipients of NFPA Innovation Award.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222-3219
November 22, 2011 NFPA recognized design engineers Erling Skaar and Odd Arild Olsen as the recipients of the first-ever NFPA Innovation Award, given to individuals for using fluid power technology in innovative ways. Skaar and Olsen received award for their design of an energy efficient controller that also reduces carbon footprint of marine vessels. Add-on hydraulic technology reduces emissions dramatically by offering power-generation system that eliminates need for second diesel engine.
PTDA Announces 2012 Board of Directors, Manufacturer Council.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 22, 2011 Mitch Bouchard will become PTDA president in January 2012, and those joining him on 2012 PTDA Board of Directors will include First Vice President Christopher Bursack, Second Vice President Ken Miko, Treasurer Keith Nowak, and Immediate Past President David Mayer. George Rizza, president of Rossi Gearmotor Division for Habasit America, assumes duties of PTDA Manufacturer Council chair in 2012 and will be joined by Vice Chair Cliff Bannon and Immediate Past Chair Pamela Kan.
Federal Agencies unite to help rural communities.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 22, 2011 Developed by U.S. HUD, U.S. DOT, and EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities in cooperation with USDA, Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities report is Obama Administration's latest effort to better coordinate federal programs for rural communities. Report presents sample funding mechanisms, technical assistance opportunities, and performance measures rural communities can use, and includes case studies showcasing rural accomplishments.
CO-LABS Research Awards recognized NREL contributions.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
November 22, 2011 At CO-LABS' annual Governor's Awards for High-Impact Research, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper honored scientists and researchers for work in renewable energy, sustainability, disease prevention, and atmospheric science. Hickenlooper presented NREL's Jerry Olson with Foundational Technology award, for work on gallium-arsenide tandem cells. Also, DOE's NREL was recognized for "Large-volume Battery Calorimeter (LVBC)," which was led by Principal Investigator Matthew A. Keyser.

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