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ASHRAE names new Distinguished Lecturers.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
August 2, 2011 ASHRAE has named 12 new Distinguished Lecturers who provide Society chapters with noted authorities and speak on relevant topics that impact the HVAC/R industry. The total 75 Lecturers for 2011-12 Society year represent 13 countries, including Argentina, Malaysia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Thailand, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and the United States. These lecturers are available to present on 324 topics and speak a combined 9 languages.
High-Speed 3D Imaging System holds potential for cancer screening.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
August 2, 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers developed imaging system that enables high-speed, 3D imaging of microscopic pre-cancerous changes in esophagus or colon. As described in OSA's open access journal Biomedical Optics Express, system is based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) that provides means to see below surface with 3D, microscopic detail. System can capture data at 980 fps while imaging microscopic features less than 8 millionths of a meter in size.
Manufacturing Summit to address shortage of skilled workers.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
August 2, 2011 Scheduled for Sept 12-14, 2011, imX Interactive Manufacturing Experience will examine and offer solutions to critical shortage of skilled workers threatening the future of manufacturing in America. In the interactive "Workforce 2021" area, manufacturing leaders participating in imX will receive free assessment of their organization's ability to meet industry's workforce challenges. Other imX event components will grant attendees access to latest manufacturing technologies.
Telemedicine Technology is ready but deployments need a boost.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
August 2, 2011 According to IEEE experts, telemedicine is technologically ready to meet growing demand for access to health services in developing nations and remote areas, but widespread use will require greater collaboration between technologists and clinicians. Dr. Yadin David, IEEE Senior Member, recommends healthcare providers and technologists agree on standards for minimum system performance of telemedicine networks and platforms, along with development of common vocabulary to describe technologies.
Six Standards for Catalog approved by smart grid panel.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
August 2, 2011 Concerning its Catalog of Standards, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) made 6 entries that relate to high-priority national standards needed to create modern, energy-efficient power grid with seamlessly interoperable components. Specifically, standards address IP communication, energy usage information, vehicle charging stations, use cases for communication between plug-in vehicles and grid, upgrading smart meters, and guidelines wireless communication device assessment.
MPIF Member, Powder Metallurgy featured in online event.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
August 2, 2011 MPIF VP of Member and Industry Relations Jim Dale will be featured in video presentation on powder metallurgy (PM) during GlobalSpec "Machine Tools & Metal Working" e-vent on August 10, 2011. His "Driving Success through Powder Metallurgy" presentation will detail how evolution in powder production and performance as well as PM processing equipment has expanded options, enabling successful PM solutions to metal component design needs.
Inverter Prototype enhances solar, wind connections to grid.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
August 2, 2011 NREL, with industrial partner Semikron and funding from California Energy Commission, developed prototype 50 kW inverter. Included 50 kW modular power block can be included with photovoltaic (PV) array, small wind turbine, battery charger, fuel cell, or flywheel and can control flow of energy onto electric grid. Inverter measures 6 x 2 ft nd will also contain inductors, capacitors, sensors, contactors, pilot relays, DC power supply, and protective devices.
PTDA 2011 Industry Summit will focus on industry changes.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
August 1, 2011 Held in Washington D.C. from October 13-15, PTDA 2011 Industry Summit allows PTDA members to devote time to working on their businesses with networking, keynotes, and workshops as well as targeted business development opportunities. Signature event, Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX), brings together existing and potential channel partners to strategically plan for upcoming year. Theme for this event will be "CAPITOLize on Change."
Technical Study will evaluate impacts of Joplin, MO tornado.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
August 1, 2011 NIST will conduct full technical study on impacts of May 22, 2011 tornado, rated category EF5 on Enhanced Fujita scale, that struck Joplin, MO. According to NWS and FEMA, this multiple-vortex storm impacted area ~ of a mile wide x 14 miles long, destroyed 8,000 structures in its path, and killed 150+ people. Marc Levitan, leader of NIST study, said "lessons learned will be extremely valuable to national efforts aimed at reducing losses of lives and property from tornados."
Clean Energy Export Principles were launched on Capitol Hill.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
August 1, 2011 Coalition of U.S. trade associations, including NEMA, released principles for adoption by U.S. government to support increasing exports of clean energy technologies. "Encouraging U.S. Clean Energy Exports: A Set of Private-Sector Principles" guides aggressive promotion for export of goods and services in technology-neutral manner via strategically deployed resources. Also, actions to protect U.S. IP rights and reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers for green exports are essential.
NTSB Spreads Safety Message among AirVenture 2011 attendees.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
July 29, 2011 NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman and Member Earl Weener are attending Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) annual convention, AirVenture 2011, in Oshkosh, WI. While there, Hersman and Weener will meet with industry officials and exhibitors, discuss general aviation safety and meet with those who visit NTSB exhibit booth. Also, NTSB investigators will conduct presentations on accident investigations, and safety recommendations and will be featured on EAA Radio daily.
ASTM Committee approves continuing obligations standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 29, 2011 Approved by ASTM International Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, ASTM E2790 provides framework that can be used when designing and performing continuing obligations, thus bringing uniformity to process without recipe-like or prescriptive approach. Continuing obligations are management procedures for property on which future use moves forward even though residual contamination may remain in soil or groundwater.
Shop Rat Summer Camp introduces kids to skilled trades.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
July 29, 2011 Funded by SME Education Foundation, Shop Rat Foundation 2011 Summer Camp introduced 29 kids, ranging from 6th to 10th grade, to world of manufacturing. Kids learned engineering basics and how to use variety of tools to make things. In addition to basics of hydraulics, aerodynamics, and power tools, they learned to read blueprints, use a mill and lathe, and build and race robotic vehicles. These experiences will encourage students to seek out further education in Skilled Trades industry.
SPE and PPG co-sponsor student poster competition.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
July 29, 2011 Scheduled for Sept 13-15, 2011, SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition will host student poster competition showcasing emerging technologies in area of automotive and ground-transportation composites. Competition will feature separate undergraduate and graduate classifications and is being co-sponsored by SPE's Automotive and Composites Divisions and PPG Industries, which has donated monetary awards totaling $3,000 USD that will be given to top 3 poster topics in both categories.
AEM presents solution to rebuilding America's interstates.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
July 29, 2011 AEM released a revenue-neutral solution to rebuild and modernize America's interstates without raising the gas tax. Proposal, advanced by AEM in effort to reinvigorate stalled debate on infrastructure investment financing, was developed by Jack Schenendorf and Elizabeth Bell. As deadline looms to reauthorize U.S. surface transportation policy, Schenendorf unveiled alternative solutions to supplement federal transportation revenues: Federal Interstate User Fee and Federal Motor Carrier User Fee.
Powder Metallurgy Summer School experienced continued success.
European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA)    Shrewsbury   United Kingdom
July 29, 2011 European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) ran its 11th PM Summer School at Fraunhofer Institut IFAM in Dresden during last week in June. Conforming to trend of past few years, demand outweighed capacity; 120 applications were placed for 54 available positions. Participants from 14 countries throughout Europe reflected range of organizations, including PM end users. Students had opportunity to listen to, discuss, and solve problems with some 20 experts from industry and academia.
Economic Slowdown continues to affect electrical manufacturing.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 29, 2011 According to NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Survey, 44% of respondents reported that the economic environment facing the industry in North America deteriorated in most recent month, up from 36% in June. Only 8% reported conditions were better than a month ago in July, down from 27% in June. Electroindustry Business Confidence Index thus dropped to 32 from 45.5 a month ago, remaining below the growth threshold of 50 points for second straight month.
ISPE Good Practice Guide is available for process gases.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
July 29, 2011 ISPE Good Practice Guide: Process Gases defines current best practices within pharmaceutical manufacturing applications regarding gases that come into direct contact with biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical process steams. Specifically, guide focuses on defining cost-effective engineering approaches and practices used to deliver process gas system that meets its intended purpose in timely manner. Information also details how to avoid increasing facility installation and operation costs.
NEMA leads EV supply equipment harmonization efforts.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 29, 2011 Representatives from NEMA led meeting to discuss standards harmonization requirements for electric vehicle supply equipment systems in North America. During meeting, representatives from UL, CSA, ANCE, and various stakeholders decided to organize 3 ad-hoc work groups of technical experts to review and harmonize requirements of UL and CSA documents by end of August 2011. SDOs will expedite approval of drafts so by end of 2011, harmonized documents will be available for certification purposes.
NAM Says Keystone XL Pipeline Critical for reliable energy, jobs.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 29, 2011 Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement in support of H.R. 1938, North American-Made Energy Security Act. According to Newhouse, "Completion of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada will provide manufacturers with a stable North American energy source...and create an estimated 130,000 new jobs." Newhouse went on to say how "Reliable, accessible, and affordable energy is critical for manufacturers to compete in today's global marketplace."

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