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Golf Tournament gets support from PGA veteran Curtis Strange.
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute    Arlington, VA 22203
May 31, 2011 PGA Champions Tour golfer Curtis Strange, sponsored by Kodak, will take part in 2011 PMMI Education and Training Foundation Golf Tournament, which will be held in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas. This year's tournament will provide backing for student scholarships and continuing education for PMMI member company employees. Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PACK EXPO, expressed gratitude towards Kodak for its contribution and said Curtis Strange "will definitely be a draw."
Critical Minerals Policy and Research Bill welcomed by NEMA.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
May 31, 2011 Introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011 aims to jump-start federal policy and research related to availability of specific raw materials - 17 rare earth elements, yttrium, scandium, cobalt, lithium, thorium, and helium - critical to U.S. manufacturing, economic competitiveness, and security. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said that this bipartisan bill "brings greater urgency and coordination at federal level."
SPE issues call for papers for ANTECŪ 2012.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
May 27, 2011 SPE is accepting abstract and paper submissions for SPE-ANTECŪ 2012 Conference, which will co-locate with SPI's NPE2012 from April 2-4, 2012. Plastics industry professionals who submit papers have choice between technical or commercial tracks. Technical track includes traditional ANTECŪ papers, which address new technologies and techniques currently in development in the plastics industry. Commercial track is for papers that address commercial applications of these technologies and techniques.
Ventilation Software evaluates natural cooling options for buildings.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
May 27, 2011 With NIST's free Climate Suitability Tool, designers of ventilation systems for "green" commercial buildings can evaluate whether local climate is suitable for cooling prospective building with natural ventilation or if it requires hybrid system that supplies supplemental cooling capacity. Program incorporates algorithm that crunches hourly weather data, downloaded from annual datasets for U.S. localities, and uses standardized criteria for rating comfort of building occupants.
CTT-CONEXPO Market-Trends Meeting open to all attendees.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
May 27, 2011 Attendees of CTT-CONEXPO Russia 2011 exhibition are invited to a special meeting of the Construction Equipment Committee of the Association of European Business in the Russian Federation during the show. Scheduled for June 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, AEB event will feature presentations on construction machinery market analysis, machine types and uses, specification and technical requirements, and customs issues.
North American Business Conditions Advance while gains slow.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
May 27, 2011 NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions topped 50 point mark for seventh consecutive month in May. While this signals continued business environment improvement, EBCI has slipped over last few months. Index measured 52.3 in May, which is down from 57.1 in April and year-to-date high of 69.6 in February. EBCI for future North American conditions also dipped in May, declining to 81.8 from 85.7.
Mortars and Grouts Committee presents Award of Merit.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 27, 2011 ASTM International Committee C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry recognized Margaret Thomson, Ph.D. with ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Cited reasons for this honor included Thomson's leadership and commitment to standards development for said committee, especially concerning historic mortars. In addition to being C12 member-at-large, Thomson also serves as vice chairman of Committee C07 on Lime and chairman of Subcommittee C07.06 on Physical Tests.
SIA and AIA welcome proposed satellite export control amendment.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
May 27, 2011 More than a decade ago, Congress passed legislation that required all commercial satellites, satellite components, associated technical data, and related ground equipment to be treated as "munitions" for export licensing purposes. SIA and AIA welcome a proposed amendment to H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, that would authorize the president to remove satellites and related components from U.S. Munitions List.
Building Institute urges Congress to prioritize building industry concerns.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
May 27, 2011 Representing collective vision of leading organizations from across the building community, NIBS Consultative Council report identifies 5 primary areas of concern regarding the nation's building and infrastructure, and provides recommendations for action. Topics include defining high-performance and common metrics, energy and water efficiency, codes and standards adoption and enforcement, sustainability, and education and training.
Job Opportunities at Dow linked to robotics.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
May 27, 2011 Dow Chemical of Midland, MI has embraced robotics and automation in the making of new solar panel roof shingles, and the company now employs people who lost their jobs when the automotive sector downsized. That is part of the story depicted in a May 11, 2011 CBS report, titled "Dow Chemical's solar-powered jobs plan." RIA member, JR Automation, installed some of the robot work cells seen in the news footage and now employs 14 LSSU graduates working in robotics.
ANSI seeks comments on proposed common elements of ISO MSS.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 26, 2011 ISO Technical Management Board Joint Technical Coordination Group has released a report containing recommendations for common elements to be included across all ISO management systems standards. These elements include high-level structure, identical clause titles, consistent text and terms, and standard definitions. As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the recommendations by Friday, June 24, 2011.
Manufacturing Employees awarded scholarships to university.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
May 26, 2011 Partnering with University of Phoenix (UoP), The Manufacturing Institute (TMI) awarded one full-tuition undergraduate or master's degree scholarship at UoP for each of 20 qualified individuals. Scholarship, offered to those already employed in manufacturing, lets workers pursue education needed to advance their skills in 21st century manufacturing workplace. "Manufacturers' ability to compete globally depends on an educated and skilled workforce," said TMI president Emily DeRocco.
Test Standard focuses on lighting control/switching devices.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
May 26, 2011 NEMA 410-2011, Performance Testing for Lighting Controls and Switching Devices with Electronic Drivers and Discharge Ballasts, provides guidance for design and testing of lighting controls and switching devices to be used with electronic drivers, discharge ballasts, and self-ballasted lamps. Used to help establish and verify compatibility, standard has been expanded to encompass additional types of lighting technology as well as numerous figures and test circuit diagrams and designs.
ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for April.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
May 26, 2011 According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for April was $5.1 billion, up 11% compared to same period in 2010. Compared against March volume, April volume decreased 18%. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 3.3% in April from 3.5% in March, and declined by 9% compared to same period in 2010. Charge-offs also decreased, from 1.3 % in March to 0.8 % in April. New credit application approvals increased slightly to 76% in April from revised 75% in March.
Steel Tube Institute launches certification program.
Steel Tube Institute of North America    Mentor, OH 44060
May 26, 2011 With completion and distribution of its structural steel tubing Certified Producer Program Procedural Guide, STINA announced its official launch of industry-wide Hollow Structural Section (HSS) product certification program. STINA Certified Producer Program provides assurance that HSS, identified via awarded Certified Producer's Mark, has been manufactured by producers who meet nationally recognized manufacturing standards and passed program's audits and product testing.
Fieldbus Foundation announces FOUNDATION(TM) technology blog.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
May 26, 2011 Located at http://foundationfieldbus.blogspot.com, FOUNDATION(TM) blog will address issues affecting the world of FOUNDATION fieldbus. A sample of recent posts includes certification of FOUNDATION fieldbus trainers; introduction of FOUNDATION-compliant products; successful FOUNDATION technology installation in municipal water industry; and fieldbus host interoperability testing under Foundation's new "61b" Host Profile Registration process. Blog also includes Twitter feed with additional updates.
Next Gen Fuel Economy Labels increase consumer awareness.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 26, 2011 U.S. DoT and U.S. EPA unveiled new fuel economy labels designed to help consumers take advantage of increased efficiency standards. These labels will provide comprehensive fuel efficiency information, including estimated annual fuel costs and savings as well as information on each vehicle's environmental impact. Starting with model year 2013, improved fuel economy labels will be required to be affixed to all new passenger cars and trucks.
Building Institute Council addresses finance, insurance, and real estate.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
May 26, 2011 National Institute of Building Sciences has created Council on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate to promote cooperative process and open dialogue among banks, insurance companies, and real estate firms. This will promote collaboration and buy-in across these sectors involved in developing high-performance buildings. Architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and insurance representatives, as well as investment, appraisal, and testing and validation representatives will participate.
IPC Summit to address issues impeding U.S. competitiveness.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 26, 2011 Scheduled for June 15-16, IPC Summit on American Competitiveness and Capital Hill Day will address government over-regulation, export controls, and maintaining military and aerospace sectors' use of U.S. electronic interconnect manufacturing capacity. Electronics manufacturers will hear from former U.S. Representative David McIntosh, a leader in efforts to address government over-regulation. Participants can immediately take action by visiting their legislators in meetings set up by IPC staff.
AIA Issues Report on defense investment.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
May 26, 2011 According to AIA's report, Defense Investment: Finding the Right Balance, defense investment accounts support current operations and also ensure troops will always have tactical advantage of technological superiority. It takes historical look at spending in investment accounts as well as ebb and flow of spending since the 1970s. Report concludes USA and its military members pay "large price" when we decrease spending on procurement and research and development.

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