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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.
Power Transmission/Motion Control products show positive sales growth.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
February 15, 2011 According to data released by PTDA in its Market Outlook Report, year-end sales for power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) products from U.S. and Canadian manufacturers increased by double digits in 2010 compared to 2009. U.S. manufacturers saw 14.6% increase in PT/MC product sales, while annualized sales-to-inventory ratio for 2010 dropped to 9.5. Canadian manufacturers' sales increased 15.1%, while annualized sales-to-inventory ratio rose to 10.8.
NIST Budget Appropriation to advance innovation, recovery.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
February 15, 2011 Submitted to Congress, President Obama's fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget proposes funding level of $1.001 billion for U.S. Commerce Department's NIST. This marks 8.9% increase over FY 2011 budget request and 16.9% increase above NIST's FY 2010 appropriations. NIST budget request reinforces Administration's commitment to science and technology by doubling funding for NIST laboratories and promotes U.S. technological leadership as laid out in President's Plan for Science and Innovation.
EPA's FY 2012 Budget Proposal represents 13% decrease from 2010.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
February 15, 2011 Obama Administration proposed FY 2012 budget of $8.973 billion for U.S. EPA, which reflects Obama's commitment to ensuring government lives within its means while ensuring that EPA can carry out its core mission of protecting public health and environment while reducing air and water pollution. Representing about a 13% decrease from FY 2010 budget of 10.3 billion, budget proposal focuses resources on most urgent health and environmental challenges.
Student Rocket Contest to begin qualifying rounds.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
February 15, 2011 Over 600 teams from 48 states and District of Columbia are preparing hand-designed model rockets to qualify for ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), which takes place May 14, 2011. TARC aims to inspire middle and high school students to further study and choose careers in science, math, and engineering. "With 60% of the current workforce over age 45," commented AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey, "we see TARC participants as the future of the aerospace industry."
Hydraulic Institute publishes Pump Efficiency Prediction guideline.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
February 15, 2011 Available in separate, self-contained publication, HI 20.3-2010 will help pump users predict normally attainable efficiency levels at best efficiency point for selected types of rotodynamic pumps when rate of flow, total head per stage, net positive suction head available, and service conditions are known. Guideline uses graphs to portray relationship of pump efficiency vs. different parameters, and also explains how surface roughness and internal pump clearances affect efficiency.
Textiles Sustainability Subcommittee appoints expert as chairman.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 15, 2011 Shreyaskar Chaudhary, CEO and managing director of Pratibha Syntex Pvt. Ltd. in Madhya Pradesh, India, has been named chairman of ASTM International Subcommittee D13.40 on Sustainability of Textiles. At Pratibha Syntex Pvt. Ltd., Chaudhary leads team in implementation of sustainability initiatives in textiles industry. He serves as key figure in development of organic cotton and other sustainable textiles and is also former board member of Organic Exchange.
ASTM Committee begins work on flexible automation standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 15, 2011 Task group within ASTM Committee E57 on 3D Imaging Systems plans to develop standards on position and orientation (pose) determination that could help increase productivity and enhance global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing industry. Under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E57.02 on Test Methods, task group is currently working on its first proposed new standard, ASTM WK31638, Test Method for Evaluating Static Pose Measurement Systems.
ANSI White Paper examines copyright implications in regulations.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 15, 2011 Why Voluntary Consensus Standards Incorporated by Reference into Federal Government Regulations Are Copyright Protected edifies US standards developers, government officials, and other stakeholders to importance of copyright in standards. Specifically, it discusses National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act and Office of Management and Budget issued Circular A-119. Paper also endorses approach that balances rights of standards developers and public.
International Fluid Power Leaders to meet at IFPE 2011.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222
February 15, 2011 At IFPE 2011 trade show in Las Vegas, NFPA will host meeting of global fluid power association leaders. International Fluid Power Summit will take place March 24, providing forum for exchange of information on fluid power industry. It also presents opportunity for peer associations to identify global challenges and work together to devise strategies. Also on March 24, NFPA will host International Statistics Committee meeting to discuss international statistical/data collection programs.

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