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NAHAD signs on as newest ICP Alliance Partner.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
May 2, 2011 NAHAD, National Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution, has joined alliance of trade associations serving the industrial distribution channel by becoming an Industrial Careers Pathway® Alliance Partner in 2011. Alliance Partners are industrial distribution associations that share an interest in building the sales and customer service industrial distribution workforce. NAHAD has been a supporter of ICP since its inception and has decided to increase its level of commitment and support.
State DOT Update discusses 2010 successes.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
May 2, 2011 Two-Minute State DOT Update video, featuring Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller, chairwoman of AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning, will discuses how KDOT won public support for T-WORKS $8.2 billion transportation funding package. In February, KDOT announced that work will begin soon on first 3 major expansion projects to be funded by T-WORKS, worth $250 million. Miller said "we're going to save the state money by taking advantage of current low bid prices."
WirelessHART achieves widespread global acceptance.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
April 29, 2011 WirelessHART®, a communication technology built on the foundation of the HART® Communication Protocol, is achieving widespread global acceptance among end users and suppliers throughout the process automation industry. WirelessHART standard supports star, point-to-point, and/or mesh topologies and requires no specialized tools or expertise for deployment. Technology employs 128-bit AES encryption, multi-tiered, always-on security to protect network and data being transferred at all times.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership Blog to highlight innovations, trends.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 29, 2011 Experts at NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership are disseminating information pertaining to manufacturing innovation via official MEP Blog: Manufacturing Innovations. Launched April 4, this blog will serve as focal point for educating U.S. manufacturers, partners, and stakeholders on latest industry trends. Director of NIST MEP Roger Kilmer hopes the blog "will become a site that inspires conversations about manufacturing in the U.S."
NIST summarizes conclusions of photovoltaic workshop.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 29, 2011 NIST's publication, Foundations for Innovation: Photovoltaic Technologies for the 21st Century, summarizes conclusions from a 2010 special workshop. During workshop, participants discussed priority challenges for the 4 dominant photovoltaic technologies and defined critical milestones on the path to solutions. Challenges range from reaching a better scientific understanding of devices themselves to developing practical engineering data for determining optimal use of photovoltaics.
AFS to hold Corporate Sponsors Open Meeting.
American Filtration & Separations Society    Richfield, MN 55423
April 29, 2011 On May 10th at 5:00 pm, Corporate Sponsors Committee will hold Corporate Sponsors Open Reception and Meeting in the Ashford room at the Holiday Inn Hurstbourne Hotel in Louisville, KY. In addition to introduction of AFS Corporate Sponsors, Committee will present its work to date on educational Webinars, progress on industry market research studies, AFS website redesign and metric feedback for Corporate Sponsors, and distributor training.
IPC releases PCB industry results for March 2011.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 29, 2011 According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 5.1% and bookings decreased 10.1% in March 2011 from March 2010. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 14.9% and bookings increased 26.0%. In March 2011, flexible circuit shipments were up 9.1% and bookings declined 7.4% from March 2010. Compared to previous month, flexible circuit shipments increased 15.0% and bookings decreased 13.2%. Book-to-bill ratios were 0.94 and 1.04, respectively.
GAWDA Member Profile highlights CA company's business model.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
April 28, 2011 Welding and Gases Today's Spring 2011 issue includes GAWDA Member Profile that focuses on Craig Welding Supply Company. Located in Vernon, CA, this company is entering its eighth decade in business and continues to distinguish itself via its level of service and commitment to doing business "the right way." Article explains Craig Welding Supply's no-frills philosophy of business and points out examples of consistency as well as short chain of command.
MHEDA Journal Online features guide to Exhibitors' Showcase.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
April 28, 2011 The 2nd Quarter issue of the MHEDA Journal Online includes a guide to the Exhibitors' Showcase of material handling industry's best suppliers, which will take place at the MHEDA Convention, April 30-May 4, 2011. Guide details all 93 companies that will be exhibiting at event. Users can learn about exhibitors prior to show to prepare to make the right connections and spend time face to face with material handling professionals who offer the best equipment and solutions.
Question/Response-Based System aids in GEMI tool selection.
Global Environmental Management Initiative    Washington, DC 20005
April 28, 2011 As interactive, question/answer-based system, GEMI Solution Tools Matrix(TM) Guided Discovery process helps users find useful information and most relevant GEMI solution tool to meet unique demands. Set of 7 introductory questions narrows responses, delivering how-to/where-to solution for professionals seeking guidance on environmental sustainability issues. Resulting list of relevant tools includes brief pop-up description of tool as well as click through to full item detail page.
New National Terrorism Advisory System goes into effect.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
April 28, 2011 U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced implementation of the new National Terrorism Advisory System, replacing the color-coded alert that had been in effect since 2002. NTAS alerts, defined as Elevated Threat or Imminent Threat, will provide clear, concise information on nature of potential threat, including geographic region, mode of transportation or critical infrastructure potentially affected, actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps to respond to threat.
Durham and Southern Research Inst. install clean diesel technology.
Southern Research Institute    Birmingham, AL 35205
April 28, 2011 As part of their continued efforts to improve air quality, Southern Research Institute and the Durham City Fleet Management Department partnered in the installation of emission-reducing technology on 16 heavy-duty diesel vehicles and equipment in use by City's Solid Waste Management, Public Works, and Water Management Departments. Selective catalytic reduction systems reduce significant amounts of NOx emissions from exhaust, resulting in positive impacts on Durham's air quality.
EPRI publishes basic consumer guide about electric vehicles.
EPRI    Palo Alto, CA 94304
April 28, 2011 EPRI has published a basic consumer guide that addresses electric vehicle technology and performance. Eight-page guide, "Plugging In: A Consumer's Guide to the Electric Vehicle," defines and briefly compares driving range, charging times, fuel requirements, and effects of weather and driving conditions. A question and answer section explores and answers most common questions asked about electric vehicle technology compared to hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
NASA, USAID Make Pledge to advance international development.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
April 28, 2011 NASA and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) agreed to expand joint efforts to overcome challenges regarding food security, climate change, and energy/environmental management. Signed 5-year memorandum of understanding formalizes ongoing collaborations that use Earth science data to address developmental challenges as well as aid disaster mitigation and humanitarian responses. It also encourages agencies to apply geospatial technologies to solve development challenges.
NREL, Alstom Celebrate wind turbine installation.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
April 28, 2011 Officials from US Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with officials from Alstom, commemorated successful installation and full capacity operation of 3 MW, 60 Hz Alstom ECO 100 wind turbine at NREL's National Wind Technology Center. After completion of initial analysis and testing on turbine, NREL and Alstom will continue pursuing research and development in advanced technology areas such as controls and offshore wind energy.
Renewable Fuel Standard provides market space for biofuels.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 28, 2011 According to policy white paper published by BIO, federal Renewable Fuel Standard provides stable market support and pricing system needed to attract private investment to advanced biofuels development. Paper was presented at Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, where executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section Brent Erickson said standard provides "assured market" and "significant degree of price certainty" for cellulosic and advanced biofuels.
SPE announces theme for Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
April 28, 2011 Scheduled for November 9, 2011 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI, 41st Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be themed Passion to Innovate. Dozens of teams made up of OEMs, tier suppliers, and polymer producers submit nominations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle and why it merits the claim as the Year's Most Innovative Use of Plastics. Funds raised from event are used to support SPE educational efforts and technical seminars.
Energy Star Challenge saves power/money and combats emissions.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 28, 2011 One year ago, US EPA challenged manufacturing industry to improve energy efficiency of their facilities by 10% or more within 5 years. Since that time, 240 manufacturing sites have responded to Energy Star Challenge for Industry, and 34 have improved their energy efficiency by requisite amounts. In total, small and large manufacturing facilities that have met this milestone have prevented nearly 119,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent.
ASTM Printing Inks Standard will ensure correct visual effects.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 28, 2011 ASTM D7680, Practice for Preparing Prints of Paste Printing Inks by a Motor-Driven Printability Tester, will be used to ensure that printing inks produce the correct visual effects and have the correct physical and chemical performance required before being used in costly manufacture of publications and packages. Standard will be used by quality assurance departments, and development and research laboratories dedicated to printing, printing ink, and the graphic arts.
NIST Offers Free Standards Access to first responders.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
April 28, 2011 NIST Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in collaboration with NIST National Center for Standards and Certification Information, launched Internet pilot project to measure U.S. emergency and first responder communities' need for documentary standards. As part of this study, NIST will offer U.S. first responders free access to documentary standards published by ASTM International, IEEE, and the National Fire Protection Association during summer 2011.

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