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New Locomotive Specs will mean lower costs for passenger rail.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
March 17, 2011 New specifications for diesel-electric locomotives were approved by Next Generation Corridor Equipment Pool Committee, the next step in a national effort to make it easier, faster, and cheaper to build and purchase rail cars and other equipment for America's emerging high-speed and inter-city passenger rail program. Any state using federal funds for its passenger rail program must use equipment that meets these specifications.
SME Innovation Conference to take place May 19, 2011.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
March 17, 2011 SME Silicon Valley Chapter will present Innovation Conference for Engineers, Latest Technologies and Challenges for Product Development and Manufacturing, in Santa Clara, CA. New applications in composites and carbon nanotube materials, prototyping, and direct digital manufacturing will be covered, and event will include keynotes from Space Systems/Loral and SEMI Photovoltaics Group. Seminar will run in conjunction with Northern California Design-2-Part Show, which is also open to attendees.
NIST Electromechanical Circuit sets communications record.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
March 16, 2011 Described in March 10 issue of Nature, experiments performed by NIST physicists demonstrated electromechanical circuit in which microwaves communicate with vibrating mechanical component 1,000 times more vigorously than previous experiments. Potential uses include processing information and controlling motion of objects at quantum scale. According to first author John Teufel, the experiment is a step toward entanglement between the microwave photons and the drum motion.
TLV/BEI, Exposure Values Docs are offered in 2011 editions.
American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)    Cincinnati, OH 45240
March 16, 2011 ACGIH® released its 2011 editions of TLVs® and BEIs® book as well as Guide to Occupational Exposure Values. Information in pocket-sized Threshold Limit Value (TLV) and Biological Exposure Indices (BEI) book is used worldwide as guide for evaluation and control of workplace exposures to chemical substances and physical agents. As companion document, Guide to Occupational Exposure Values provides accessible reference for comparison of most recently published values.
BSA 2011 Annual Convention features all-star business program.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
March 16, 2011 Scheduled for April 29-May 3, BSA 2011 Annual Convention will include "Growing Together: 45 Years Strong" business programming with trio of experts to help attendees grow professionally. Presentations will include Growing with People by Connie Podesta, Growing with Energy/Sustainability Opportunities by Dr. Michael Webber, and Growing with Motivation by Andy Andrews. In addition, Carl James of BDI Group will give attendees an update on the bearing industry from the distributor perspective.
HID Lamp Indexes show declines during fourth quarter.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
March 16, 2011 NEMA's shipment indexes for HID lamps declined by 11.7%, 17.1%, and 0.9% on year-over-year basis for sodium vapor, mercury vapor, and metal halide lamps, respectively. For year as whole, shipments of mercury vapor lamps declined 2.7% compared to 2009, while sodium vapor and metal halide HID lamp shipments saw respective increases of 1.1% and 5.2%. Sodium vapor lamps increased in market share, while that of metal halide lamps and mercury vapor lamps witnessed declines.
Hydraulic Institute announces 2011 Board of Directors, officers.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
March 16, 2011 Hydraulic Institute 2011 Board of Directors and Officers will primarily be responsible for providing organizational oversight as well as guiding direction of strategic plan. ITT - Residential and Commercial Water President Ken Napolitano will serve as Chairman of the Board, while Board itself will include 3 vice presidents: Dave McKinstry (Technical Affairs), Dave Roland (Member Services), and Mike Medaska (Knowledge and Education). Additionally, 6 other Board members were named.
GBCI Accredited under ANSI's personnel certification program.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 16, 2011 ANSI announced accreditation of Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) under ANSI's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. Specifically, accreditation has been granted to GBCI's professional credentialing programs for LEED AP Homes, LEED AP Operations + Maintenance, and LEED Green Associate. On behalf of ANSI, Dr. Roy Swift commended GBCI for achieving accreditation and demonstrating "their commitment to the continual improvement of their credentialing programs."
Standards and Protocols enable next-generation Internet.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
March 16, 2011 To aid transition from IPv4 to IPv6, some Internet providers are issuing dual-mode cable modems that support both protocols. ANSI/SCTE 140 2007, Cable Modem IPv4 and IPv6 eRouter Specification, from ANSI member and accredited standards developer Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers allows both IPv4- and IPv6-enabled devices to connect to Internet. Development of IPv6 is being led by Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), which cooperates where possible with ISO and IEC JTC 1.
Permanent R/D Credit Legislation would assist US companies.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 16, 2011 IPC applauded introduction of HR 942, The American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2011, which represents bipartisan effort to strengthen and make permanent R/D tax credit. As R/D is vital for US electronics companies' global competitiveness and domestic job retention, IPC urges members to contact their legislators to endorse passage of permanent R/D tax credit legislation. Also, permanent R/D tax credit will encourage long-term innovative efforts.
Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 188.3% from Jan 2010.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
March 15, 2011 According to AMTDA and AMT, January U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $371.41 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Consumption program, was down 16.3% from December but up 188.3% when compared with total of $128.82 million reported for January 2010. USMTC report provides regional and national U.S. consumption data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment.
GAWDA Survey shows economy's impact on members' retirement.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
March 15, 2011 According to retirement survey by Welding and Gases Today, 76.9% of respondents indicate that the economy has forced them to change their retirement plans. Respondents who are business owners came in slightly less than the overall number, with 71.4% changing their retirement plans because of the economy. No GAWDA member says he or she realistically expects to retire before age 65. One third of respondents will retire between ages 70-75, while another 8.3% say they may never retire.
EPA Names U.S. Cities with most Energy Star-certified buildings.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
March 15, 2011 U.S. EPA's third annual list names 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with greatest number of energy-efficient buildings which had earned Energy Star® certification in 2010. Surpassing growth of past several years, list shows that in 2010 more than 6,200 commercial buildings earned Energy Star. This represents increase of nearly 60% compared to 2009. As of end of 2010, more than 12,600 buildings across America have earned Energy Star since EPA awarded first certification in 1999.
Proposed Standard covers fiber reinforced plastic gratings.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 15, 2011 Proposed standard, ASTM WK31924, Specification for Fiber Reinforced Plastic Gratings Used in Marine Construction and Shipbuilding, is being developed by Subcommittee F25.03 on Outfitting and Deck Machinery. Gratings are used on mobile offshore drilling units and floating production platforms as walkways in machinery spaces, cargo areas, and on-deck areas. Standard will cover several aspects of FRP gratings, including fire testing procedures, ultraviolet effects, and moisture absorption.
Needle Puncture Resistance Standard applies to protective clothes.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
March 15, 2011 ASTM F2878, Test Method for Protective Clothing Material Resistance to Hypodermic Needle Puncture, was developed by Subcommittee F23.20 on Physical, which is part of ASTM International Committee F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment. F23 member John Cronin notes that ASTM F2878 "addresses a critical gap" by enabling users of needle-resistant personal protective equipment to "make an apples-to-apples performance comparison when evaluating various forms of protection."
IPC APEX EXPO to offer free educational BUZZ Sessions.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 15, 2011 Scheduled for April 12-14, 2011, IPC APEX EXPO will include free BUZZ Sessions, which are interactive discussion forums covering topics that keep electronics manufacturing industry buzzing. Sessions will include Corporate Social Responsibility, Design for Test vs. Design for Manufacturing, and Overview of UL's PCB Recognition Program, as well as Best Practices for IP Protection in PCB Manufacturing, Increase Reliability and Quality with Help of IPC Standards, and IPC Technology Roadmap.
RIA's Martin L. King Award goes to Canstar executive.
Restoration Industry Association    Columbia, MD 21046-1595
March 15, 2011 Restoration Industry Association (RIA) presented its highest individual industry honor, the Martin L. King Award, to Art Johnson, operations manager for Canstar Restorations. As first Canadian to win this honor, Johnson was recognized for his exceptional service and dedication to restoration industry. He has held positions that include Water Loss Institute chairman, Restoration Council co-chairman, and Environmental Council chairman. Currently, he sits on RIA's Board of Directors.
Electronics Market Data Update shows signs of full recovery.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
March 15, 2011 Markets are returning to normal after 2008-2009 recession, and data on these trends in specific industry segments and regions is covered in winter 2011 edition of IPC's quarterly business report: Electronics Industries Market Data Update. Most segments of electronic interconnect supply chain worldwide posted double-digit year-on-year growth in 4Q 2010, and sales in most industry segments have returned to pre-recession levels.
SAE 2011 Congress to focuse on automotive propulsion technology.
Society Of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE)    Warrendale, PA 15096
March 15, 2011 Convening in Detroit, MI from April 12-14, SAE 2011 World Congress will be based on Charging Forward Together theme said to elicit community-based enthusiasm and willingness to expand industry knowledge as team. Host company is General Motors, and theme will highlight importance of continuing evolution of automotive propulsion technology and energy efficiency. Event will also offer technical sessions, technology-focused lounges, small discussion groups, and peer-to-peer networking.
NACD Strategic Partnerships help members with regulatory compliance.
The National Association of Chemical Distributors    Arlington, VA 22209
March 15, 2011 Available to its member companies, NACD service aids navigation through regulatory compliance demands. Association has entered 4 strategic partnerships in areas from product labeling and plant security to transportation. Firms were selected based on their knowledge of Associations' member companies' needs as well as each firm's technical expertise. Specifically, strategic partner companies will advise, counsel, and assist NACD member companies with EPA, OSHA, DHS, and DOT compliance.

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