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NEMA Welcomes Opportunities opened by recent FTA legislation.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
October 28, 2011 NEMA welcomed President Barack Obama's signature that implemented legislation for free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. Full implementation of each agreement translates to greater market access and associated commercial benefits for NEMA member companies. "These agreements need to be brought online as soon as possible in 2012," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.
Hand Soldering Competition is looking for technicians.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
October 28, 2011 Scheduled for Feb 28-29, 2012, first annual IPC APEX EXPOŽ Hand Soldering Competition will challenge competitors to build a functional electronics assembly within 30 minute time limit. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly, and speed at which assembly was produced. Winner will go on to compete against winner of IPC Midwest competition for title of IPC Grand Champion.
PMA releases Business Conditions Report for October 2011.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
October 27, 2011 According to October 2011 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada predict slight dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 24% of participants expect activity to decline, up from 22% in September, and 29% predict decrease in orders, up from 20% in September. However, average daily shipping levels continued to trend upward, with 38% of participants reporting that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, up from 33% in September.
"One Voice" congratulates Senate on currency legislation.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
October 27, 2011 Under banner of "One Voice," National Tooling and Machining Association and PMA issued statement on Senate's passage of Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011, a bill designed to address currency manipulation by U.S. trading partners, including China. According to NTMA and PMA, currency manipulation negatively impacts ability of U.S. businesses - and small manufacturers in particular - to compete in global marketplace. Bill is one step toward addressing this long-standing problem.
ANSI-ESO Conference Participants request transatlantic partnerships.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 27, 2011 ANSI, in conjunction with European Standards Organizations (ESOs), brought together 150 standards setters and senior policy makers from U.S. and Europe to discuss standards policy issues essential to their respective economies. Use of standards/compliance programs in areas of e-mobility/electric vehicles, energy, and security issues central to discussions. According to S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, "Greater transatlantic cooperation and information sharing will improve the bottom line."
ANSI Legal Issues Forum addresses patented technology.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 27, 2011 During 2011 Legal Issues Forum: Patented Technology in Standards, nearly 80 legal experts and members of standards and conformity assessment community came together to examine policy and legal issues that may arise when patented technologies are included in voluntary consensus standards. First panel examined RAND licensing commitment, while Panel 2 discussed pros and cons of mandatory or voluntary ex ante disclosure of licensing terms as potential alternative to RAND licensing model.
Dodd-Frank Regulations found 100X more costly than SEC estimate.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
October 27, 2011 Tulane University economic analysis assesses cost of implementing Dodd-Frank conflict minerals regulation to be $7.93 billion, exceeding estimate prepared by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of $71.2 million. Tulane analysis compared SEC estimates to findings of study by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and also relied on data gathered by IPC survey of manufacturers in electronics supply chain. Study also supports issues raised by IPC and other industry commenters.
ELFA releases September Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
October 27, 2011 According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for September was $7.1 billion, up 25% from $5.7 billion in same period in 2010. Volume was up 25% from previous month, and year-to-year cumulative new business volume is up 25% as well. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 2.3% in September from 2.5% in August, while charge-offs increased 50% from August. Separately, ELFA's Monthly Confidence Index for October is 50.7, up from September index of 47.6.
ASHRAE and Penn State partner on building efficiency hub.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 27, 2011 ASHRAE and Penn State University signed MOU to improve energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact of buildings through Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings. Goals of GPIC are to transform building retrofit industry from serial fragmentation to integrated systems methods; improve design tools, building systems, public policies, market incentives, and workforce skills needed to achieve 50% energy reduction; and stimulate private investment and job creation.
IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for September 2011.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
October 27, 2011 Results of IPC's September North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show combined rigid PCBs and flexible circuits shipments in 2011 decreased 12.0% from September 2010. Orders booked decreased 18.4%. Year to date, combined industry shipments and bookings were respectively down 0.2% and 9.6%. Compared to previous month, combined industry shipments increased 4.9% while bookings fell 7.3%. Rigid and flex industry book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.99.
NIST names 10 to NCST Advisory Committee.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
October 27, 2011 Ten building and fire experts have been appointed by Patrick Gallagher, director of NIST, to serve on National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee. Established in 2003, committee advises NIST director and staff on studies of building failures and associated evacuation and emergency response procedures conducted under the authorities of the NCST Act. This includes guidance on composition and function of investigation teams and other responsibilities under act.
Digital Mathematical Function Library receives IT award.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
October 27, 2011 Government Computer News magazine honored Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF), which NIST released last year, with one of its 10 annual awards for information technology (IT) achievement in government. Along with its hardbound companion, NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, DLMF appeared in March 2010 as update and expansion of 1964 Handbook of Mathematical Functions. Interactive electronic reference work is freely available online.
Welding & Gases Today examines propane accident and precautions.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
October 26, 2011 In "Propane Cylinder Fire," which appears in Fall 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, GAWDA's DOT, Security, OSHA, and EPA Consultant Michael Dodd outlines events that led to an accident wherein 59-year-old high school teacher Jim Albini was injured when propane leaking from cylinder ignited. Article also discusses appropriate safety precautions. Issues in question included cylinder overfilling, proper training, inspection, and transportation.
NAM President Applauds Legislation implementing FTAs.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 26, 2011 In his statement issued after President Obama signed implementing legislation for free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called FTAs "absolutely essential" to growing U.S. exports and economy. Timmons, on behalf of manufacturers, thanked Obama and congressional leaders for their work. Timmons also urged swift enforcement and implementation as well as negotiation of more FTAs.
NREL launches renewable energy data website.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
October 26, 2011 NREL's website, developer.nrel.gov, provides data feeds that computer programmers can access for use in their own mobile and Web applications. First data set to be offered is a comprehensive, nationwide list of alternative vehicle fueling station locations, including those that supply electricity, biodiesel, ethanol, or natural gas. Developers can tailor data to their own needs, as well as create mashups that combine data from website with data from other sources.
Manufacturers welcome House vote to rein in EPA.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 25, 2011 NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, Aric Newhouse, released statement after House passed EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, which will delay EPA's Boiler MACT rules. According to Newhouse, manufacturers cannot afford another costly and burdensome regulation that will put 230,000 jobs at risk. He asserts that the Boiler MACT rule will cost manufacturers more than $14 billion in valuable capital that could be spent on investments to create jobs.
MultiVac and Heinz win 2011 PACK EXPO Selects.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
October 25, 2011 Heinz Dip and Squeeze ketchup pack by Multivac, Inc. was the winner in the 2011 PACK EXPO Selects competition. This improvement on ketchup pack sachets found at most fast-food and carryout restaurants allows consumers to choose ketchup delivery method. Users can peel off top foil to dip, or tear off cap and squeeze if they prefer direct application. All 7 finalists were displayed within Showcase of Packaging Innovations(TM), sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company, at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011.
Keynote at IPC APEX EXPO 2012 to be given by William Shatner.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
October 25, 2011 Via votes tallied from keynote speaker election, it has been determined that William Shatner will deliver IPC APEX EXPOŽ 2012 Opening Keynote at 8:30 am on February 28 in San Diego, CA. His keynote address, "Captain's Log - Boldly going where no man has gone before...," will share Shatner's life inspirations and rules by which he lives and will set the tone for a week of exploring new research, new products, and new opportunities.
NIST Publishes Guide information systems security monitoring.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
October 25, 2011 Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM) for Information Systems and Organizations, NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-137, will help organizations understand their security posture against threats and vulnerabilities as well as determine how effectively security controls are working. Publication aims to provide guidance for information security monitoring in all types of information systems, encompassing computer networks as well as other interconnected devices and software.
Improving Pump System Performance is subject of training course.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
October 25, 2011 Pump Systems Optimization: Energy Efficiency and Bottom Line Savings is a one-day course, to be held November 16 in Florham Park, NJ, that will help pump users learn how to identify and reduce hidden operating and energy costs in their pump systems. Ultimately, attendees will come to understand how to increase profitability of their business via possible energy savings from 20%-40%. All participants will also earn 7 professional development hour credits from Hydraulic Institute.

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