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RIA User Membership Swells before national safety conference.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
September 7, 2011 Corporate membership by robot users has risen at RIA, and National Robot Safety Conference is driving this surge. Many users who register to learn about new safety standard elect to take free, 6-month trial membership. Now, RIA user membership is up 53% compared to the same time in previous year. Concern for robot safety is often a catalyst for RIA membership, and RIA offers custom training to help companies comply with National Robot Safety Standard.
Nationwide Utility Rates now on Open EI.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
September 7, 2011 Developed by NREL, OpenEI.org blends elements of social media and Wiki-based technology with previously unavailable information on energy sources and prices, helping energy officials and consumers make better decisions. Maps and other visualization tools transform raw data into displays that are easily understood. Information allows anyone with Internet access to compare kilowatt-hour rates in dozens of cities and zero in on time-of-use rates, demand charges, and tiered rate structures.
ANSI Members Join Coalition to stem engineering gap.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 7, 2011 To stem America's growing engineering gap and create 6,300 new opportunities for hands-on, technical training in field, 13 ANSI members joined White house-backed coalition of industry leaders committed to doubling available engineering internships in 2012. ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia commented, "As the Standards Boost Business campaign gives proof, investing in engineering and standards professionals is absolutely critical to U.S. competitiveness and the future of American jobs."
ANSI Welcomes 21 New Members in August 2011.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 7, 2011 American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed 21 new members in August 2011 to its federation, which represents 125,000+ companies and over 3.5 million professionals. Explaining membership benefits, ANSI's Brian Meincke said that members gain access to information and BI not available elsewhere, receive discounts on products and services, and can build relationships that empower them with influence over standardization and conformity assessment decisions.
AASHTO supports Obama's call for transportation investment.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
September 7, 2011 AASHTO joined President Barack Obama in urging Congress to extend legislation to fund Federal highway and transit programs as prelude to completing a new reauthorization bill. During news conference in Louisville KY, AASHTO President Susan Martinovich, director of the Nevada DOT, stated that if Congress does not act fast more than 500,000 jobs and countless state and local projects to modernize and improve transportation across the U.S. will be in jeopardy.
North American Business Conditions Index rebounds in August.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
September 6, 2011 Climbing to 41.4, up 9.4 points from its July reading, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions gained ground in August, but remained below levels suggestive of industry-wide expansion for third straight month. August's EBCI for future North American conditions slipped from a month earlier, dropping to 55.2 from 64 in July, but continued to point toward better conditions over the next 6 months.
ISPE announces Q4 2011 global training event schedule.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
September 6, 2011 ISPE announced that it will offer 6 training events throughout the fourth quarter of 2011. Events will collectively contain 19 instructor-led courses on wide variety of topics vital to the pharmaceutical industry, including cGMPs, GAMP®, commissioning and qualification, biopharmaceuticals, critical HVAC and water utilities, OSD, PAT, project management, and sterile products.
College Football Fans compete to protect the environment.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
September 6, 2011 This fall, colleges across the country will compete to see which schools can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most waste as part of EPA's 2011 Game Day Challenge. Any college or university in the U.S. with a football team can compete. Challenge is for schools to design a waste reduction plan for one 2011 regular season home football game and measure results. Schools can collect common materials for recycling including paper, beverage containers, cardboard, and food to be donated and composted.
Midwest Soldering Competition scheduled for Sep. 21-22.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
September 6, 2011 Held in conjunction with IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, First Annual IPC Midwest Soldering Competition will determine the Best Hand-Soldering Technician in the Midwest for 2011. Event will pit competitors against each other to build a functional electronics assembly within 30-minute time limit. Twenty-one competitors from 15 companies have answered the call for the challenge leaving only 3 slots open for additional participants.
BIO says synthetic biology should be supported.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
September 6, 2011 BIO announced publication of the Policy Forum article "Synthetic Biology: Regulating Industry Uses of New Biotechnologies" in Science magazine. According to author Brent Erickson, synthetic biology holds the potential to significantly speed development of biotech solutions for clean energy and chemical production. Regulatory oversight of this emerging field should foster and promote innovation, establishing only as much regulation as is necessary to ensure public safety and benefits.
BIO supports timely reauthorization of PDUFA.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
September 6, 2011 According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO supports the Prescription Drug User Fee Act V recommendations as published by the U.S. FDA. Recommendations will enhance the drug development and review process through increased transparency and scientific dialogue, advance regulatory science, and strengthen post-market surveillance. Most importantly, PDUFA V will provide patients and doctors with earlier access to breakthrough therapies.
FAA Proposes Civil Penalty for use of unqualified mechanic.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
September 6, 2011 FAA is proposing $298,500 civil penalty against Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. (CCIA) of Orlando, FL for allegedly operating 8 Boeing 727 aircraft when they were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations. Specifically, FAA alleges CCIA permitted unqualified mechanic to perform certain aircraft inspections and to sign airworthiness releases on company's aircraft. CCIA has 30 days from receipt of FAA's enforcement letter to respond.
NREL Data Set Shows Effects of Clouds on solar power generation.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
September 6, 2011 National Renewable Energy Laboratory has produced and made available a data set that shows what happens, second-by-second, when clouds pass over solar power installation. Seventeen measurement stations near Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport collected data at 1 sec intervals over course of one year. By understanding such characteristics, utility officials can devise strategies to better manage fluctuations so that the grid is not adversely impacted.
Action on Highway Bill called critical to American jobs.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
September 6, 2011 Responding to President Obama's highway bill comments, AEM President Dennis Slater called infrastructure investment "a critical job creator." He noted that projects require long-term planning and that extending clean highway bill benefits America's equipment manufacturers, contractors, and U.S. economy. "Failure to extend the highway bill," according to Slater, "would further endanger the already tenuous economic recovery America's manufacturers are working so hard to strengthen."
Next BSA Brief of the Month focuses on Green contributions.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
September 6, 2011 Educational Services Committee of BSA selected "The Best Kept Secret in 'Green' Technology" as next publication in series of Bearing Briefs of the Month. Developed by BSA's Educational Services Committee and originally released in 2009, document details ways in which bearings contribute to greener planet. This brief points out that bearing industry, through its constant product development efforts, is making most of existing machines while reducing their impact on environment.
FAA Approves Production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
September 2, 2011 At Boeing's Everett, WA facility, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt presented Boeing executives with 2 certificates for design and production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce engines. Type Certificate is for FAA's approval of said airplane's design, while Production Certificate lets Boeing manufacture 787 following FAA inspector-based review of Boeing's quality system, production tooling, manufacturing processes and controls, inspection methods, and supplier control procedures.
FAA Seeks Civil Penalty against Ameriflight, LLC.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
September 2, 2011 Civil penalty of $262,000 is being proposed by FAA against Ameriflight, LLC of Burbank, CA. Allegedly, Ameriflight conducted Department of Transportation's required pre-employment drug tests but did not wait to receive verified negative drug test results before hiring 14 people to perform safety-sensitive flight crew or maintenance duties. FAA also alleges Ameriflight failed to administer periodic alcohol tests to 11 randomly selected individuals as required.
IPC invites poster abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
September 2, 2011 IPC invites industry leaders to submit abstracts for poster presentations at IPC APEX EXPO(TM), which will take place Feb 28 to March 1, 2012, at the San Diego Convention Center. Technical poster presentations are being sought on all relevant electronics topics including design, materials, assembly, processes, and equipment. Submissions in the areas of printed electronics, packaging and components, surface finishes, reliability, and lead-free assembly are especially encouraged.
NGA Policy Academy to help states grow manufacturing industries.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 2, 2011 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices released Request for Proposals to states to participate in a Policy Academy on "Making" our Future: Encouraging Growth Opportunities in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment. Academy is designed to assist states in developing and implementing economic development strategies aimed at spurring innovation and entrepreneurship in ways that encourage the growth of advanced manufacturing industries.
Hurricane Response Tips are offered by surviving businesses.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
September 2, 2011 Appearing in Welding and Gases Today Online, "Six Lessons From Hurricane Katrina" revisits GAWDA distributors who were hit hardest by storms of 2005 to relay lessons they learned in their aftermaths. Topics address companies facing problems such as population shifts due to evacuee relocation, inventory damaged by flooding, and possibility of such disasters happening again. Specific examples include distributors facing water- and communications-related challenges.

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