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RIA Automate 2011 Conference to take place March 21-24 in Chicago.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
February 18, 2011 Automate 2011 will feature 160 companies that will demonstrate new automation technologies and systems. Event will feature Tom Ridge, first Secretary of Homeland Security, as keynote speaker, who will address security and its business, political, and economic benefits. Keynote address featuring General Motors and NASA will cover space robotics while presentation by Drew Greenblatt will discuss automation and job growth. Event will also include IFR CEO Round Table and networking dinner.
Hydraulic Institute updates air-operated pumps standard.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
February 18, 2011 Hydraulic Institute updated 2004 edition of ANSI/HI standard on air-operated pumps and published Air-Operated Pumps ANSI/HI 10.1-10.5-2010, which includes positive displacement reciprocating pumps used for general liquid transfer. Standard covers types, configurations, and nomenclature; definitions; design and application; and installation, operation, and maintenance. HI also updated 2004 edition of standard on air-operated pump tests and published Air Operated Pump Tests ANSI/HI 10.6-2010.
Papers invited for viscosity and rheology symposium.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 18, 2011 Scheduled for June 27, 2012, "Viscosity and Rheology of In-Service Fluids as They Pertain to Condition Monitoring" symposium will provide presentations and discussions related to current research and practices relating to viscosity/rheology of in-service fluids, and impact of ASTM standards on condition monitoring and associated businesses. Papers are sought on high and low temperature, in-line sensors, dynamic viscosity, grease measurements, grease compatibility, oxidation, and rheology.
AIA Hires Staff to support workforce and NextGen goals.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
February 17, 2011 Susan Lavrakas has joined AIA's National Security Division as director of workforce and as such will work with AIA Workforce Steering Committee and Workforce Committee to address AIA's strategic goals, including assessing and strengthening STEM partnerships and program impact. Also, Mike Garvin joined NextGen Institute as its executive director and will focus on fostering public/private dialogues and efforts in support of NextGen as well as work of Joint Planning and Development Office.
Kansas DoT Secretary suggests how to cut project costs, time.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
February 17, 2011 Testifying on behalf of AASHTO, Deb Miller told House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit that state and local governments are overburdened with process and paperwork needed to advance "even the least-controversial projects with no environmental impacts." She called for efforts to expedite project delivery via refinements to existing federal programs, including expansion of pilot program that empowers federal agencies to experiment with innovation.
NIST Workshop to focus on preserving digital health records.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
February 17, 2011 On April 5-6, 2011, information technology experts, insurers, policy makers, and healthcare representatives will convene to survey current approaches to preserving electronic health records and to chart steps toward ensuring digital information is managed over long term. Breakout sessions will focus on infrastructure for acquiring, storing, exchanging, and retrieving health information; methods for preserving and reusing EHRs for research; and institutional policies for sharing archived EHRs.
IT Security Trainers' Conference looks at cybersecurity trends.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
February 17, 2011 Federal Information Systems Security Educators' Association (FISSEA) 24th annual conference will take place March 15-17, 2011 in Gaithersburg, MD. Meeting affords information systems security professionals with opportunity to promote understanding of current cybersecurity projects. These include National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE); emerging trends and initiatives; awareness and training ideas; resources and contacts; and techniques for developing/conducting training.
Brent Erickson of BIO appointed to SynBERC advisory board.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 17, 2011 Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, has been named to Scientific Advisory Board of Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC). "I am pleased to be joining this organization, Erickson said, "because of its major focus on technology transfer through its Industry Affiliates Program." Brent believes this program will help guide SynBERC research as well as accelerate commercial use of SynBERC's private sector developments.
ASTM Standard covers fire extinguishing agent Halon 1211.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 17, 2011 Halon 1211, which is used in hand-held fire extinguishers on civilian aircraft, will be tested by ASTM standard to ensure that product will provide required level of fire protection and is free of harmful impurities that could affect its safety in use. ASTM D7673, Specification for Halon 1211, Bromochlorodifluoromethane, includes detailed gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectra test methodology that ensures detection and identification of impurities.
NFPA to host Innovations Center at IFPE 2011.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222
February 17, 2011 Scheduled for March 23-25, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, IFPE 2011 will include NFPA's Innovations Center, which will provide 14 free education sessions. Experts in the field will present real-world solutions for current and future design applications. Main topics will include Fluids and Lubricants, Hydraulic Hybrids, Tier IV, and Sensors, Monitoring, and Diagnostics.
U.S. National Committee to IEC seeks workshop participants.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 17, 2011 Nominations for 3 U.S. participants are being sought by U.S. National Committee to IEC, for Young Professionals 2011 Workshop, to be held in conjunction with 75th IEC General Meeting in Melbourne, Australia, on October 24-28, 2011. In its 2nd year, workshop will enable professionals to learn more about IEC, attend technical meetings, and observe meeting of IEC Standardization Management Board. Nominations must be submitted electronically by April 29 and winners will be notified in July.
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.

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