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Fireside Chats focus on biopharma R/D, corporate strategy.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 24, 2012 At BIO CEO and Investor Conference, to be held February 13-14, 2012 in NYC, Fireside Chats with senior industry executives and will feature moderated, one-on-one conversations with pharma R/D chiefs and industry leaders as well as subsequent interactive question and answer sessions. Participants are to include Moncef Slaoui, PhD, Chairman, R/D, GlaxoSmithKline plc; Mikael Dolsten, MD, PhD, President, Worldwide R/D, Pfizer Inc.; and John Milligan, PhD, President and COO, Gilead Sciences.
AIA honors John Stack with 2012 AIA Achievement Award.
Automated Imaging Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
January 24, 2012 John Stack, President of the Optical Systems Division of Zygo Corporation, was presented with 2012 AIA Achievement Award. He is being honored for his industry leadership and outstanding contributions to the vision and imaging industry for more than two decades. Before joining Zygo, Stack served as President and COO of Edmund Optics, Inc. Stack also served as member of AIA Board of Directors from 2001-2004 and was elected Chairperson for 2003-2004 term.
Greg Hollows is named to be AIA Board of Directors Chairman.
Automated Imaging Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
January 24, 2012 Greg Hollows, Director, Machine Vision Solutions, Edmund Optics, was named Chairman of AIA Board of Directors for 2012-2013 during AIA Business Conference. During his tenure, Hollows hopes "to grow AIA's presence in existing and emerging market areas through education, understanding, and cooperation." He also hopes to make AIA's "Vision for the Future" a reality by working with staff and other Board members. Hollows succeeds Rusty Ponce de Leon, who remains as Past Chairman.
Early Registration for BEST3 Conference ends January 31.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
January 24, 2012 Scheduled for April 2-4, 2012, BEST3 Conference: High Performance Buildings will cover building systems that deliver high energy efficiency, good indoor climate, and long-term performance. Presentations by building envelope experts will offer latest research and practice on net-zero buildings, commissioning, foam insulations, and quality management as well as vacuum insulated panels, whole systems design, interior/exterior insulation applications, methodologies, and models/modeling.
PCB Engineering Poll shows troublesome PCB engineering aspects.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 24, 2012 Polled on their biggest challenges with PCBs, PCB components, and PCB assembly process failures, 350+ engineers who attended IPC's Soldering and Assembly Defects webinar identified solder finish (39%), BGA components (29%), and reflow soldering (27%). Runners-up included electrical shorts/opens (27%), QFN/LGA components (27%), and credit paste printing (20%). Webinar instructor Bob Willis said this survey shows areas requiring concentrated efforts.
Malcolm Doughtery sees transportation funding uncertainty.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
January 24, 2012 In Two-Minute State DOT Update video produced by AASHTO, Malcolm Dougherty, acting director of California DOT, says department is building for the future with about 770 projects worth approximately $10 billion under contract. Currently, the recovery act and Proposition 1B are providing valuable funding. However, like many states, California is facing challenges in caring for its aging infrastructure and securing reliable source of funding for the future.
Hands-On ASTM Class to cover property condition assessments.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 23, 2012 Two-day class gives overview of ASTM Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process, and explains why standard was developed. Course also guides attendees on how to use standard to conduct baseline property condition assessment and how to prepare Property Condition Report. Participants will learn procedures for conducting walk-through survey; which key areas should be included in PCR; and how to identify property's physical deficiencies.
Peer-Reviewed Papers detail monitoring of in-service oils.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 23, 2012 ASTM International compilation STP 1536, In-Service Lubricant and Machine Analysis, Diagnostics and Prognostics, includes 11 peer-reviewed papers that provide information on monitoring in-service oils. In addition to guidelines for alarm limits and trend analysis, topics cover such issues as optimizing wind turbine oil condition monitoring program, linear sweep voltammetry in condition monitoring of diesel engine oil, and FTIR lubricant condition monitoring methodology.
Literacy-Based Program promotes primary school STEM education.
Society Of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE)    Warrendale, PA 15096
January 23, 2012 SAE International A World In Motion® (AWIM) program offers literacy-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education activities for primary school students (K-3). Activities have students apply scientific concepts via experiments with toy cars; optimize designs by conceptualizing and building pinball game; use nature-inspired designs to develop and perform variable testing on paper helicopters and parachutes; as well as build and perform variable testing on straw rockets.
NADCA-Hosted Webinars have met with success.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
January 23, 2012 Since mid 2011, approximately 1,400 people have participated in a NADCA webinar. NADCA encourages purchasing one webinar login and gathering employees to view presentation via projector. According to surveyed participants of various NADCA webinars, an average of 4 additional people joined them to view webinar. In addition, 97% of participants would recommend NACDA webinars to colleagues.
Construction Materials Prices decrease in December.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
January 23, 2012 According to Jan 18 Producer Price Index report by U.S. Department of Labor, construction materials prices fell 0.2% in December. Construction materials prices were down 0.9% in fourth quarter, but were 5.3% higher than 1 year ago. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu says increase in value of the dollar against many currencies helped produce decline in construction input prices. Also, slow down in various world economies contributes to less demand for construction inputs and softening input prices.
PMI welcomes first supplier under new affiliate category.
Plumbing Manufacturers International    Schaumburg, IL 60173
January 23, 2012 PMI Board President, Stewart Yang announced that Chase Brass and Copper Company of Montpelier, OH is the first company to accept PMI's invitation to join the organization through new membership category, Allied Membership. Members under this heading receive number of benefits of PMI membership, such as access to PMI publications and attendance at PMI's semi-annual conferences at special membership fee.
AFS seeks Board of Directors and 2nd Vice Chair nominations.
American Filtration & Separations Society    Richfield, MN 55423
January 23, 2012 Every year, AFS Society elects 2nd Vice Chair and 6 members of Board of Directors. Elected 2nd Vice Chair will become AFS 2nd Vice Chair for 2013, 1st Vice Chair for 2014, and AFS Chair in 2015. For elected members of Board of Directors, term of service will begin at Fall 2012 Board of Directors Meeting or November 30, 2012, whichever is sooner, for term of 2 years. Only requirement is that nominees must be current 2012 members of AFS.
AIA Defines Its Vision via new names, activities, initiatives.
Automated Imaging Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48106
January 23, 2012 After 18 months of development, AIA unveiled its Vision for the Future. This brand identity is intended to emphasize commitment to advancing vision and imaging technology worldwide. In comment, AIA president Jeff Burnstein mentioned refocused priorities, investments in new activities and staff resources, as well as name changes for Association and its website. Burnstein stressed new names and tagline are not just cosmetic and aim to include more diverse, relevant audience.
Robotics Industry Umbrella Group changes name to A3.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
January 23, 2012 Umbrella trade association for RIA, AIA, and the Motion Control Association has changed its name from Automation Technologies Council to the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). A3 will focus primarily on "why" automating is good, and will continue to focus on "how" companies and organizations specifically can apply robots, vision, and motion control. A3 currently represents more than 650 companies involved in automation from more than 30 nations.
Catherine Morris becomes first woman Chair of RIA.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
January 23, 2012 Catherine Morris, Senior Account Manager of ATI Industrial Automation, Apex, NC, was first elected to RIA Board in 2003 and most recently served as Board's First Vice Chair. She is a Past Chair, current member of RIA Membership Committee, and also chairs show committee for Automate 2013, RIA's flagship event. Morris has been an account manager with ATI for 16 years, with a primary focus on key OEMs and automotive customers.
NEMA Standards Publications cover panelboards, switchboards.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
January 23, 2012 PB 1 Panelboards discusses single panelboards or groups of panel units suitable for assembly in form of single panelboards. These units are used in distribution of electricity for light, heat, and power at 600 V and less with 1,600 A mains and less or 1,200 A branch circuits and less. NEMA PB 2 Deadfront Distribution Switchboards formalizes floor-mounted deadfront switchboards, rated 6,000 A or less and 600 V or less, used in distribution of electricity for light, heat, and power.
Training Course to focus on testing techniques for plastics.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 20, 2012 Major Testing Techniques for Plastics, a 3-day technical and professional training course presented by ASTM International, will cover basic principles, techniques, and equipment used in physical and analytical measurements of plastics characteristics. Course will be beneficial to technicians, shop foremen, sales reps, professionals new to field of testing, laboratory supervisors, and managers accountable for quality assurance.
ASTM International Training Course will focus on marine fuels.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 20, 2012 Sponsored by ASTM International, Marine Fuels: Specifications, Testing, Purchase and Use consists of 3-day technical and professional training course that focuses on how properties of marine fuels affect fuel handling, combustion, and cost. Course will be held May 8-10, 2012 in New Orleans, LA and September 25-27 in San Francisco, CA. In addition to myrid topics, course will address parameters in ISO 8217 as well as IMO, EU, and CARB sulfur restrictions.
ANSI seeks experts for child safety guideline revision.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
January 20, 2012 At September 2011 meeting, ISO Technical Management Board moved to initiate revision of ISO/IEC Guide 50 - child safety guidelines published by ISO and IEC. As member of ISO TMB, ANSI can name up to 2 experts to serve on ad hoc group being formed to pursue this revision effort. ISO/IEC Guide 50 provides framework for addressing potential sources of unintentional hazards to which children might be exposed during use of, or interaction with, a product, service, or system.

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