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ASTM Standard covers continuous friction measurement equipment.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 26, 2011 Interested parties are invited to participate in development of ASTM WK34937, Guide for Evaluation, Calibration and Correlation of Continuous Friction Measurement Equipment. CFMEs are used primarily in airports but are also seeing use on highways. Tests are used to gather necessary calibrated friction information for determining skid resistance of both runways and highways. Once approved, standard will be used by test tracks, airport personnel, and friction measuring equipment manufacturers.
NREL Licenses Technology to increase solar cell efficiency.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
December 23, 2011 NREL announced that Natcore Technology Inc. has been granted patent license agreement to develop black silicon products. Also, Natcore and NREL also will enter Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to develop commercial prototypes based on NREL's black silicon inventions and patents. NREL's William Farris called this "one more step" towards making solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by decade's end.
IEEE Digital Library hosts IBM R/D Journal on cloud computing.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
December 23, 2011 Appearing exclusively in IEEE XploreŽ digital library, November/December issue of IBM Journal of Research and Development has been published. It focuses on cloud computing and emphasizes new technologies that form foundational building blocks for scalable and secure computing. Specifically, issue presents challenges as well as opportunities throughout range of areas spanning systems, software, and services related to cloud computing.
Incandescent Lamp Shipment Index shows sales remain robust.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 23, 2011 Although showing a decrease of 1.2% from previous quarter, NEMA incandescent lamps shipment index for Q3 2011 increased 21.5% compared to same period last year. Latter represents largest swing, in either direction, since 2008. Also, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) shipments registered gain of 0.9% over Q2 2011 but declined for fourth consecutive y/y comparison by 15.4%. Shares of the two lamp types were essentially unchanged compared to the previous quarter.
PTDA Canadian Conference scheduled for June 7-9, 2012.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
December 23, 2011 Eleventh annual PTDA Canadian Conference will be held at the Fairmont Empress hotel, located in Victoria, British Columbia. Event will provide intimate business networking opportunities, business educational information, and The Industry Showcase for those marketing product in Canada. Planning committee is optimistic about 2012, as latest PTDA Market Forecast indicates Canadian market will be steadily increasing in strength and growth throughout the year.
Sodium Vapor HID Lamp Index shows quarterly, yearly increases.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 23, 2011 NEMA Q3 2011 shipment index for sodium vapor high intensity discharge (HID) lamps shows increases of 7.1% and 2.0%, respectively, for quarterly and year-over-year results. Metal halide lamps, however, decreased 5.3% from previous quarter, and mercury vapor lamps decreased 0.6%. Moreover, mercury vapor index posted 19.4% decline on year-over-year basis. Market share variations saw sodium vapor lamp increase of 2.7% to 34.4% and metal halide lamp decrease to 60.9%.
Proposed ASTM Standards concern amusement railway rides.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 23, 2011 ASTM WK31185, Practice for Amusement Ride Steam Locomotives, will provide owners and operators of amusement-related steam locomotives with reference for helping maintain, operate, and inspect equipment to promote guest and employee safety. ASTM WK35400, Practice for Amusement Railway Ride Tracks, Devices and Facilities, will apply to design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, and inspection of permanently installed tracks as well as their associated devices and facilities.
California Vapor Intrusion Guidance cites ASTM standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 23, 2011 ASTM International standards are prominently featured in the Final Guidance for the Evaluation and Mitigation of Subsurface Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air, a document released by California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control. Document details how developers and site cleanup contractors should address and mitigate volatile organic compound emissions that enter buildings from contaminated soil.
NTSB Chairman addresses FAA flight and duty time rule.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
December 23, 2011 According to statement made by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, fatigue has been on NTSB's Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements since 1990. Countless accidents trace pilot fatigue as a contributing factor. NTSB is pleased that FAA issued science-based rule for flight and duty time. While rule is not perfect, it is an improvement over status quo for large passenger-carrying operations. NTSB is disappointed, however, that new rule is limited to Part 121 carriers.
Industrial Training Course benefits laser safety officers.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
December 23, 2011 Offering opportunity to connect with field experts, LIA 2-day on-site Industrial Laser Safety Officer (ILSO) course provides resource for learning hazard prevention. Attendees get overview of safety regulations, bioeffects of lasers, proper control measures, and effective program administration. In addition to CD with LSO forms, registration includes LIA Laser Safety Guide, relevant ANSI Z136 Standard, and LIA Guide to Selection of Laser Eyewear.
NAM vows to continue fight against ambush election rule.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 23, 2011 NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement in response to NLRB's final rule set to take effect on April 30, 2012. According to Timmons, ambush election rule is a guaranteed pathway to creating a fractured American workplace. It will block manufacturers from communicating with employees, alter what can and cannot be heard at pre-election hearing and what can be appealed afterwards, and shorten time frame for elections. Manufacturers strongly oppose this misguided rule.
EFI Confidence holds steady in December from November.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
December 22, 2011 According to leadership data collected by December 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), overall confidence in equipment finance market is 57.2. Percentage levels also show 22% of executives think business conditions over next 4 months will improve, 75.0% say they will remain same, and 2.8% think they will worsen. Demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and employee hiring are also detailed.
Nancy Berg to Succeed Bob Best as ISPE CEO and president.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
December 22, 2011 Effective January 1 of 2012, Nancy S. Berg will serve as ISPE president and CEO. Her qualifying history includes 30 years in strategic leadership, organizational growth, and relationship-building. Berg served as SME executive director/CEO as well as founder/owner of 3 small businesses and consultant to non-profits and for-profits. ISPE's Arthur Perez lauded Berg's "demonstrated ability to anticipate industry changes, set a vision for success, then lead coordinated, dynamic efforts."
Outlook Report forecasts rise in equipment software investment.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
December 22, 2011 Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has launched its 2012 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook. Focused on $628 billion equipment finance sector, forecast provides 3-6 month outlook for industry investment with data, including summary of investment trends in key equipment markets, credit market conditions, U.S. macroeconomic outlook, and key economic indicators. According to report, investment in equipment and software will grow by 9% in 2012.
NEMA reiterates that light bulb efficiency standards remain.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 21, 2011 NEMA remains committed to lighting standards established in Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Rider related to light bulbs on FY 2012 Omnibus funding bill does not repeal or adjust standards or their effective timeline, but imposes funding limitations on DOE to enforce standards for FY2012. Inability of DOE to enforce standards would allow those who do not respect rule of law to sell inefficient light bulbs in U.S., creating competitive disadvantage for compliant manufacturers.
JSC, Texas A&M Partner to move Shuttle Motion Simulator.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
December 21, 2011 Agreement between NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Texas A&M University pertains to moving primary space shuttle launch and landing trainer, Shuttle Motion Simulator, to College Station. Facility that formerly housed shuttle simulators at JSC continues to be used for International Space Station training. Partnership will help ensure this unique historical artifact and space shuttle training technology it represents is preserved and used to inspire future engineers.
Variable Speed Drives Webinar to begin in Jan 2012.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
December 21, 2011 Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter announce kick-off of Variable Speed Drives webinar series. Session 1, scheduled for January 13, will consist of Intro 101. Session 2 on January 20 will cover application and installation considerations, while Session 3 on January 27 will focus on protection for VFDs and proper output. Scheduled for February 3, Session 4 will focus on troubleshooting problems with VFDs.
Fight Against NLRB Overreach reaches U.S. District Court.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 21, 2011 Lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court for District of Columbia asks National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to set aside promulgation of Posting Requirement rule and alleges NRLB overstepped its statutory authority and ignored congressional intent. At hearing, Judge Amy Berman Jackson acknowledged complexities of the presented issues and encouraged Board attorneys to discuss delaying implementation of rule until court has reached its opinion.
Russia's WTO Membership will increase exports.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 21, 2011 NAM welcomes Russia's formal invitation to join the World Trade Organization, which will provide manufacturers in America with access and protections to Russia's market. NAM has also launched the Russia Trade Relations Task Force, which will focus on trade relations with Russia and advocate importance of passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Russia. Task Force will be chaired by Daniel Cruise, VP for Global Public and Government Affairs at Alcoa, Inc.
Biomedical Optics Express highlights key research.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
December 21, 2011 Biomedical Optics Express is OSA's principle outlet for serving the biomedical optics community with rapid, open-access, peer-reviewed papers related to optics, photonics, and imaging in the life sciences. December 2011 issue covers variety of research topics, including New Device for Rapid, Mobile Detection of Brain Injury; Researchers Use Light to Measure Cancer Cells' Response to Treatment; and Nanometer-Scale Growth of Cone Cells Tracked in Living Human Eye.

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