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AIA welcomes Carter confirmation.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
September 27, 2011 According to statement made by Marion C. Blakey, AIA President and CEO, AIA welcomes the confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter as deputy secretary of defense. Dr. Carter brings strong experience and commitment to a critical position for national security. At a time when defense is going through a significant transition, his strong leadership is welcomed by the industry.
Welding and Gases Today tackles mobile bar code trend.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
September 27, 2011 Appearing in Fall 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, article titled "Why 2-D Is The Next Big Thing," focuses on the use of QR codes and Microsoft Tags in the gases and welding industry. QR codes and their Microsoft counterpart are becoming a part of the sales process. If a customer wants to know the weight or duty cycle of a machine, the salesperson can use a smartphone to scan tag and access information. Mobile bar codes can also assist in post-sale service and support.
The MHEDA Journal Online profiles EOAT fabricator/assembler.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
September 27, 2011 The MHEDA Journal Online's 3rd Quarter issue profiles Dan Lucas of Bastian Solutions, who works in robotics division and is responsible for fabrication and assembly of End of Arm Tool (EOAT). According to Lucas, he could be working on "assembly, fabrication or electrical components" depending on the day's requirements. Article also points out need for strong communication with engineering department, as each assembly "may take as many as 50 steps and an entire week to complete."
Multiple-Hazard Risks exceed current building code coverage.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 27, 2011 NIST researchers warn combination of seismic and wind hazards increase risk of structural damage to as much as twice level implied in current building codes, which only consider natural hazards individually. Published in Journal of Structural Engineering, Dat Duthinh, Emil Simiu, and Chiara Crosti show design limits, even taking into account that multiple hazards almost never occur simultaneously, and provide method to assess such risks using common metric of structural resistance.
PMA releases Business Conditions Report for September 2011.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44131
September 27, 2011 According to September 2011 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate steady business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 54% of participants expect economic activity to remain unchanged, up from 47% in August, and 47% expect anticipate no change in incoming orders, compared to 38% last month. However, 33% percent of participants report that average daily shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, up from 27% in August.
PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 to spotlight beverage industry trends.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
September 27, 2011 Taking place September 26-28, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will address global beverage industry market segment by collaborating with International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) to provide industry-specific education opportunities. This partnership, according to PMMI President and CEO Charles D. Yuska, will help attendees find total systems solutions and answers to packaging and processing questions.
IPC Workshop to address ITAR/EAR compliance.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
September 27, 2011 To help PCB manufacturers ensure compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Export Administration Regulations, IPC will hold workshop, ITAR/EAR Compliance for PCB Manufacturers - Complying with U.S. Export Controls, December 6-7, 2011. Speakers will address changes as well as requirements that govern sales activities in foreign jurisdictions and use of foreign workers within U.S. Each day, 1 session will be devoted to pending legislation that is likely to alter each regulation.
Robotics Competition is seeking registrants.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
September 27, 2011 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) seek teams of contestants for Sample Return Robot Challenge, offering potential $1.5 million prize. Competing teams will demonstrate a robot that can autonomously locate and retrieve geologic samples from varied terrain. Objective of this competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies. Resulting innovations may improve space exploration as well as technology used in industries on Earth.
ASTM Pesticides Committee Task Group focuses on biorationals.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
September 27, 2011 ASTM International Committee E35 on Pesticides, Antimicrobials, and Alternative Control Methods invites interested parties to join biorationals task group, which has primary purpose of defining products being marketed as biorationals. Definitions are needed to eliminate confusing terminology and, in some cases, overlap of terminology applied to same material. To accomplish its initial goal, task group has begun work on its first proposed standard: ASTM WK32362, Terminology for Biorationals.
PMA to host inaugural Women in Manufacturing Symposium.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44131
September 26, 2011 On Oct 25-26, 2011, more than 150 women executives, managers, and supervisors will gather for the first annual Women in Manufacturing Symposium, which will provide opportunity for participants to share perspectives and network with others. Moira Forbes, VP and publisher of ForbesWoman, will deliver keynote presentation on "Management Best Practices." Symposium will also feature panel discussions on "Manufacturing Best Practices" and "The Importance of Sponsoring and Mentoring."
2011 AeroTech Congress heads overseas for first time.
Society Of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE)    Warrendale, PA 15096
September 26, 2011 SAE International's 2011 AeroTech Congress and Exhibition will take place October 18-21 in Toulouse, France at Centre de Congres Pierre Baudis and Toulouse Expo. Deadline to pre-register is September 30, and theme for this conference is "Eco-efficient Innovation Leading the Future of Aviation." Industry-driven technical program will cover top aerospace industry technologies, and seminar topics will range from materials and structures to propulsion to safety.
ASTM to develop proposed lightweight aggregates standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
September 26, 2011 ASTM International C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates is developing proposed standard, ASTM WK34078, Specification for Lightweight Aggregate for Internal Curing of Concrete. Standard will be useful in variety of civil engineering projects, including roads, driveways, bridges, parking lots, and water/sewage treatment tanks. Users will include U.S. Federal Highway Administration, state DOTs, architects, and environmental, structural and civil engineers.
Proposed Standard facilitates compliance with GHG regulations.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
September 26, 2011 Targeting the measurement of gaseous hydrocarbons and other components of gaseous streams, ASTM WK33788, Test Method for Determination of Hydrocarbons and Nonhydrocarbon Gases in Gaseous Mixtures by Gas Chromatography will help users comply with U.S. EPA's greenhouse gas regulation. Methodology described in proposed standard enables separation of low molecular weight hydrocarbons and inert gases for detailed analysis of the composition of gaseous streams.
Food Safety Symposium to be offered at PROCESS EXPO.
FPSA (Food Processing Suppliers Association)    McLean, VA 22101
September 26, 2011 At PROCESS EXPO (November 1-4 at Chicago's McCormick Place) U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and the National Chicken Council will bring together panel of industry professionals in Food Safety Symposium. Some topics include industry's heightened focus on ready-to-cook poultry products, and labeling and packaging innovations designed to better educate consumers with respect to preparation of these products. Also addressed will be products that appear to be ready to eat, but are not.
Asbestos Abatement Contractor sentenced to 6 years in prison.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
September 26, 2011 U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa sentenced Keith Gordon-Smith of Rochester, NY, to 6 years in prison for knowingly violating Clean Air Act and making false statements to a federal inspector. Gordon-Smith hired workers who had no training in asbestos removal and who did not know they were being exposed to asbestos while removing copper pipes. Workers were not provided with any protective clothing or respirators and wore asbestos-contaminated clothing back to their homes and families.
Alternative to ASHRAE Standard 62.1 proposed.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
September 26, 2011 ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. Some users of Standard 62.1 believe that ventilation rate procedure is too complicated, and 62.1 committee agrees that application of multiple-zone recirculating system equations can be complex. Public comment is being sought on proposed allowance of additional default value to ventilation rate procedure.
Equipment Finance Industry Confidence declines in September.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
September 26, 2011 According to September 2011 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry, overall confidence is 47.6, down from August index of 50.0, indicating continuing concern with global economic conditions. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 4.9% of respondents believe business conditions will improve, down from 13.2% in August, and 34.1% of executives believe business conditions will worsen, an increase from 21.1% in August.
NIST-Hosted Cryptography Workshop focuses on new technologies.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 26, 2011 Workshop on Cryptography for Emerging Technologies and Applications is scheduled for November 7-8 in Gaithersburg, MD. Attendees will have opportunity to learn about challenges in creating security for these new situations as well as NIST's current cryptographic programs and standards development. Subjects will include sensor and building networks, mobile devices, smart objects/Internet of things, and cyber physical systems. NIST is also calling for abstracts that address said topic areas.
Google's Milo Medin to keynote OFC/NFOEC 2012 plenary session.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
September 26, 2011 Milo Medin, Google's VP of access networks, is set to give a keynote presentation at the plenary session of Optical Fiber Communications Conference and Exhibition/National Fiber Optics Engineers Conference, taking place March 4-8, 2012. Medin will speak on the topic "Bandwidth, Optics and the Age of Abundance." Stuart Elby, Verizon's VP of network architecture and technology, and chief technologist of VDMS, will keynote Service Provider Summit and will speak on "Cloud Computing as a Service."
Comments Sought to build public safety communications network.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 23, 2011 NIST seeks advice on possible key features of new broadband communications network for USA's emergency services agencies. Comments, suggestions, and other input should help realize characteristics critical to success of future network: resiliency, reliability, availability, security, affordability, and compatibility with commercial systems. Among other things, NIST seeks to understand extent to which features and requirements can be satisfied with existing or near-future technology.

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