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ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard to be published 3Q 2011.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 17, 2011 Scheduled for publication in third quarter of 2011, ISO 50001 will help organizations to improve energy performance, increase energy efficiency, and reduce climate change impacts. Standard will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities, or entire organizations to manage energy. Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, it is estimated that standard could influence up to 60% of world's energy use.
AEM President Comments on Obama's transportation budget.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
February 17, 2011 AEM President Dennis Slater called President Obama's transportation budget proposal "a good start," citing recognition of infrastructure rebuilding and modernization efforts as necessary jobs creation make the U.S. internationally competitive. However, Slater also said that "the proposal falls short by not addressing the crucial issue of how this essential infrastructure investment will be funded." Slater concluded by saying AEM is ready and willing to help.
South Korean Standards Experts attend ASTM training program.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 17, 2011 ASTM hosted delegation of 8 standards experts from South Korea as part of training program focused on standardization for civil nuclear power. In addition to learning about U.S. standardization system and ASTM standards development process, group participated in virtual meetings with ASTM members to gain insight into technical work. Delegation completed training by attending standards development meetings of ASTM Committees C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle and E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications.
Air Travel is Predicted to double in two decades.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
February 17, 2011 FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2011-2031 predicts air travel will more than double within next 20 years, underscoring need to keep Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on track. Annual forecast predicts U.S. airlines will reach one billion passengers-per-year mark by 2021. Air travel in terms of both miles and passenger numbers is forecast to increase, while total landings/takeoffs at FAA-towered airports will decrease slightly and then grow.
New Test Standard covers fire extinguishing agent Halon 1211.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 16, 2011 ASTM International standard ASTM D7673, Specification for Halon 1211, Bromochlorodifluoromethane (CF2BrCl), will be used to test Halon 1211 to ensure products provide required level of fire protection and are free of harmful impurities that could affect safety during use. Specifically, standard includes detailed gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectra test methodology that ensures detection and identification of impurities in Halon 1211 supplies.
ASTM Property Management Standard clarifies use of terminology.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 16, 2011 Movement, shipment, and transfer are all words that are commonly used by entities that deal with tangible property. To ensure that these words are being used and understood by all parties involved, ASTM International Committee E53 on Property Management Systems has approved a new standard, ASTM E2671, Practice for Defining Movements, Shipments and Transfers of Tangible Property. Standard was written to be useful and easy to understand by laymen.
MHEDA Journal Article introduces 2011 Board with LinkedIn tie-in.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
February 16, 2011 First Quarter 2011 issue of The MHEDA Journal includes annual Meet the Board feature, which introduces members of association board to membership. To introduce this year's Board, imaginary LinkedIn pages were developed based on 21 members' responses to questions. Business pages for board members contained select personal employment and educational background, association role, go-to websites, one-sentence personal summary, and additional information.
TWSCO shares secret to keeping employees happy.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
February 16, 2011 To get the most out of its employees, TWSCO of Houston, TX underscores importance of sustaining a company culture that promotes employee retention and pride, and advances a positive reputation within the community, according to Wes Morris, VP, human resources at TWSCO and member of the human resources committee for GAWDA. Morris' article, "The Art And Science Of Motivation" appears in the Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today.
Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative to convene March 1.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 16, 2011 A joint initiative of ANSI and NIST, Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative identifies standards needed for design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants and nuclear technologies. Meeting on March 1 will focus on standards to support structural repair of existing nuclear reactors and will include discussions on nuclear plant cable aging management, cable performance challenges, and IEEE Nuclear Standards Qualification Process for cables.
World Accreditation Day will include Paper Competition.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 16, 2011 ANSI has launched 2011 paper competition for U.S. celebration of World Accreditation Day, which takes place June 9, 2011. Interested stakeholders are invited to submit one paper of no more than 2,000 words highlighting value of accreditation. Deadline is April 29, 2011, and authors are encouraged to cite concrete examples that demonstrate how globally accepted conformity assessment solutions support national and international priorities, enable trade, and open new markets.
Defense Budget Request deemed supportive of industrial base.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
February 16, 2011 AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, commenting on 2012 fiscal year Defense Department budget request for procurement and research and development, noted the "slight increase" from last year's request. "At 34% of the total budget," she said, "it comes close to reaching the 35% marker that we think is needed to ensure a healthy industrial base for the aerospace and defense industry." Blakey went on to express concerns, however, over long-term robustness of procurement and research.
AASHTO is Ready to Work on long-term transportation program.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
February 16, 2011 AASHTO expressed appreciation to President Obama for recognizing investment levels required for surface transportation in his FY 2012 budget proposal. Specifically, Administration's blueprint for government spending includes 6-year, $556 billion program principally funding surface transportation programs for highways, transit, high-speed rail, and aviation. Framework is designed to modernize transportation systems, create jobs, support economy, and improve mobility.
BIO/Ipreo Study shows investors optimistic on biotech future.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 16, 2011 Study released by BIO Industry Analysis and Ipreo shows that investors are optimistic on biotech's future and investment in biotechnology will continue to perform well. Findings will be presented at Closing Plenary session of 13th annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference, which will be held February 14-15 in NYC. Study is expected to inform and improve communications between biotech executives, shareholders, and policymakers.
Rate of Drug Approvals lower than previously reported.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 16, 2011 According to BIO Industry Analysis and BioMedTracker study, overall success rate for drugs moving through clinical trials to FDA approval from late 2003 to end of 2010 is near 1 in 10. Previous reports, taken from earlier years, showed rate of drug approvals to be 1 in 5 to 1 in 6. Using clinical trial data from the past 7 years, analysis examines the most recent probability of success by treatment type, phase of development, and therapeutic area.
AIA President Praises FY12 Budget for NextGen initiative.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
February 16, 2011 AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commended administration's "continued commitment to improving efficiency and safety and reducing the environmental impact of the National Aerospace System through the fiscal year 2012 President's Budget Request." In particular, Blakey mentioned $1.24 billion in funding for NextGen initiative. She went on to express appreciation for recognition of aerospace manufacturers' important role in innovation and contributing to national trade balance.
Cloud Conference bridges software and as-a-Service industries.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
February 16, 2011 In partnership with OpSource, Inc., SIIA will hold its annual All About the Cloud conference May 23-26 in San Francisco, CA. Event bridges gap between traditional software industry and SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS industries. Featured sessions will help independent software vendors, hardware vendors, systems integrators, and cloud computing companies with opportunities to network with industry leaders and learn about doing business in the cloud: security, mobile, government and monetization.
Biotech Business Survey shows benefits of TDP awards.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 15, 2011 According to survey of CEOs of small biotech firms that received Therapeutic Discovery Project (TDP) awards last fall, TDP is important to viability and jobs. Survey specifically found that 4 of 5 CEOs say TDP is important to support survivability and viability of their companies; TDP funds have helped to create, on average, 6 jobs and sustain 7 jobs per company; and CEOs say more funding is needed to complete breakthrough projects and developments.
RAPID 2011 scheduled for May 24-26, 2011.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 15, 2011 RAPID 2011 will showcase how additive manufacturing is used to create almost any solid product while reducing production costs. Conference, including 3D IMAGING, will offer more than 70 technical sessions, keynotes, and panels by top minds in the field, allowing professionals in design, engineering, and production as well as artists to evaluate latest materials and machinery for creating 3D products using 3D imaging and additive manufacturing.
Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 85% in 2010.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
February 15, 2011 According to AMT, December U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $446.76 million, up 40.9% from November and up 104.8% when compared with total of $218.16 million reported for December 2009. With year-to-date total of $3,236.00 million, 2010 is up 85.3% compared with 2009. These numbers and all data in this report are based on the totals of actual data reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program.
ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Conference to be held in April.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
February 15, 2011 ASHRAE's Energy Modeling Conference: Tools for Designing High Performance Buildings will take place April 4-6, 2011 in Atlanta and will teach attendees how to better utilize energy modeling tools. Covering modeling fundamentals, building component contributions, software demonstrations, and case studies, conference will provide collaborative perspective that demonstrates how energy models and computer simulations can assist all project team members in creating energy-efficient buildings.

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