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ODVA selects organization leadership for 2011-2012.
ODVA    Ann Arbor, MI 48108-5006
May 16, 2011 Directors constituting ODVA's Board as it enters its 15th term include Cyril Perducat of Schneider Electric, Frank Kulaszewicz of Rockwell Automation, Michael Höing of Weidmüller Interface, Chet Namboodri of Cisco Systems, Ryuji Yamasaki of Omron, and Bernd-Josef Schäfer of Bosch Rexroth. Board has re-appointed director Cyril Perducat to serve as ODVA's president, director Frank Kulaszewicz as treasurer, Richard Harwell as CTO, and senior staff member Katherine Voss as executive director.
Charles Clark named co-director of Joint Quantum Institute.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
May 13, 2011 Joint Quantum Institute, a research collaboration that includes NIST and the University of Maryland, brings together scientists who study physical systems that obey the counterintuitive rules of quantum physics. Charles Clark, named co-director of JQI, was chief of NIST Electron and Optical Physics Division for 20 years before being appointed NIST Fellow in 2010. His research activities are focused on theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
AASHTO joins UN campaign for worldwide road safety.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
May 13, 2011 AASHTO joined with United Nations, members of Congress, and leading traffic safety and public health organizations to launch "The Decade of Action," a 10-year international campaign aiming to save 5 million lives and prevent 50 million serious injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes around the world. During event, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of CDC, released new data on impact of traffic crashes nationwide, including state-specific information on financial cost of motor vehicle crash deaths.
FAA revises proposal to enhance air carrier training programs.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
May 13, 2011 FAA has proposed a substantial and wide-ranging overhaul of air carrier crew training. Under proposal, flight crews would have to demonstrate, not just learn, critical skills in "real-world" training scenarios. Pilots would be required to train as a complete flight crew, coordinate their actions through Crew Resource Management, and fly scenarios based on actual events. Dispatchers would have enhanced training and would be required to apply that knowledge in complex operating environment.
Stinchcomb Award honors composite materials contributions.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 13, 2011 Barry Davidson, Ph.D. and professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, received Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials. Davidson's research focuses on design, analysis, and testing of composite materials, with emphasis in delamination growth in advanced polymeric composites. His research has been supported by several associations and foundations.
ASTM awards William F. Edelen for work on Committed D18.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 13, 2011 ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock has presented ASTM International A. Ivan Johnson Award to William F. Edelen, VP of Engineering at Froehling & Robertson, Inc., for his significant contributions to work on committee. Member of ASTM since 1986, Edelen is D18 Vice Chairman and member at large on executive subcommittee. Committee honored Edelen with Special Service Award in 2007 and he also received Richard S. Ladd Standards Development Award in 2005 and 2009.
IPC Capitol Hill Day Agenda targets U.S. electronics manufacturers.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 13, 2011 Critical importance of North American PCB industry to strengthen and protect U.S. national security is one of three issues that will be addressed during IPC's Capitol Hill Day, which takes place June 15-16 in Washington, DC. Participants will meet with members of Congress to educate them on complexities of conflict minerals regulations as well as impact of those regulations on their companies. Participants will also learn about technologies representing best opportunities to ensure success.
ANSI issues call for nominations for 2012 Board of Directors.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 13, 2011 ANSI invites all members to recommend qualified candidates for 2012 ANSI Board of Directors. ANSI strives to ensure balance and diversity within its membership and is seeking Board members who enhance member relationships and networks. Board is responsible for management and control of activities, property, and affairs of ANSI, including strategic direction of Institute, annual budget, and scope of responsibilities of Board and Institute Committees, Councils, and Boards.
AMCA International Inc. releases revision to AMCA 211-05.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
May 12, 2011 AMCA revised its publication 211-05, Certified Ratings Program - Product Rating Manual for Fan Air Performance to AMCA 211-05 (Rev.3/11). Revisions add requirements for certifying Fan Efficiency Grades, update check test tolerance for Power, and clarify how check test tolerance is calculated in the absence of catalogued free delivery airflow rate. New Fan Efficiency Grade program will support initiatives within many codes and standards that will encourage or require greater energy savings.
NFPA 2011 Outlook Conference is open for registration.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222-3219
May 12, 2011 Industry and Economic Outlook Conference (IEOC), to be held in Schaumberg, IL from August 15-17, will offer data and analysis on future economic environment, augmented with opportunity to interact with engineering students. Offering networking opportunities as well as insight into economics, market forecasts, and workforce development, conference will host multiple speakers from various companies and organizations.
NEMA Webinar to focus on lighting management.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
May 12, 2011 On June 1 from 2-3 p.m. EDT, NEMA's enLIGHTen America campaign will present a webinar, hosted by Today's Facility Manager, focusing on the latest lighting management strategies and systems that enable building managers to reduce energy costs, improve energy efficiency, meet code mandates, and enhance occupant productivity. Webinar will address technologies such as digital lighting controls, wireless systems, advanced daylighting and window shade controls, and occupancy sensors.
AIM elects Chuck Evanhoe as Board of Directors Chairman.
AIM, Inc.    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
May 12, 2011 As successor to Dr. Clive Hohberger, Chuck Evanhoe, President, Evanhoe & Associates, has been elected as Chairman of AIM, Inc. Board of Directors. Evanhoe currently serves as chairman for AIM Expo and is charter member of UID Suppliers Alliance, past chairman for AIM North America, and contributing member of AIM's RFID Experts Group and Technical Symbology Committee. AIM board Chairman serves 1-yr term, and is then succeeded by Vice Chairman following year.
ICCF is celebrating 31st annual Building Safety Month.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 12, 2011 Throughout month of May, International Code Council Foundation will celebrate Building Safety Month with public awareness campaign that seeks to create community-wide recognition and understanding of building safety and sustainability, and the critical role of codes and code officials in protecting people and communities. Each week of May will focus on 4 core themes: Energy and Green Building, Disaster Safety and Mitigation, Fire Safety and Awareness, and Backyard Safety.
China RoHS Policy Event Report is available from ANSI.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 12, 2011 Released by ANSI, report on proposed revisions to China's Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) outlines discussions held at February 23 event in Beijing that was hosted by ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable in China and U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC). Aforementioned event, which provided venue for open, cross-sector discussion of revisions, featured representatives of Chinese government agencies and groups involved with RoHS implementation.
NIST Publication assists manufacturers writing BIOS code.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
May 12, 2011 NIST Special Publication 800-147 provides guidelines for building features into BIOS that help protect it from being modified or corrupted by attackers. Manufacturers routinely update system firmware to fix bugs, patch vulnerabilities, and support new hardware. SP 800-147 calls for using cryptographic "digital signatures" to authenticate BIOS updates before installation. Publication also suggests management best practices that are tightly coupled with security guidelines for manufacturers.
NIST Report updates statistics on federal tech transfer efforts.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
May 12, 2011 Report released by NIST summarizes technology transfer activities and achievements of scientific research agencies across federal government. Statistical data provided indicates that, from 2005 to 2009, collaborations at federal labs using Cooperative Research and Development Agreements show slightly upward trend, along with new patent applications and issued patents. Federal laboratories also transfer many technologies through other mechanisms not listed in this report.
Statement by NAM VP says offshore drilling helps create jobs.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
May 12, 2011 Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations, issued statement as House of Representatives began to consider H.R. 1231, Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act. "Manufacturers have suffered from this moratorium," said Newhouse, "because they make and supply the equipment, services, engines, boats and materials...used by offshore drilling rigs." Newhouse also said getting rigs back up and running will restore jobs and promote nation's economic recovery.
Construction Unemployment decreased to 17.8% in April.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
May 11, 2011 According to May 6 employment report by Labor Department, construction industry added 5,000 jobs in April. Overall numbers indicate that the nation added 244,000 jobs in April, as private sector gained 268,000 jobs and government lost 24,000 jobs. Year-over-year, nation added 1,313,000 jobs. Possible reasons for the "ongoing underperformance," according to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, include "disciplined lending standards, high vacancy rates, and skittishness among investors."
Blackbody Energy Calculations enable ultimate clock accuracy.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
May 11, 2011 By studying effect of blackbody radiation, team of physicists from U.S. and Russia have developed means for computing, with unprecedented accuracy, a tiny, temperature-dependent source of error in atomic clocks. Although small, correction could represent a major step towards atomic timekeepers' longstanding goal of a clock with a precision equivalent to 1 second of error every 32 billion years.
Welding and Gases Today focuses on automation with PLCs.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
May 11, 2011 The world of the industrial gas distributor involves significant investment in capital equipment and manpower to fill high-pressure and portable liquid cylinders. Programmable Logic Controllers help distributors increase industrial gas production in several ways. The use of PLC technology to automate cylinder filling is the focus of "The Basics of PLC Technology," an article in the Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, written by Bill Jones, national sales manager at CTR Inc.

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