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MESA White Paper explores work process management.
MESA International    Chandler, AZ 85226
November 29, 2010 MESA White Paper No. 36 explains how to implement ISA-95 workflow applications on manufacturing enterprise platform to execute plant tasks through Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and physical process levels while coordinating them with supply chain tasks. Business benefits of optimizing operations are realized by structuring workflows in ISA-95 models as foundation for manufacturing architecture, thereby enforcing effective data structure, definition, integrity, and governance.
Norbitech and Cormetech win MESA's Metrics Makeover Contest.
MESA International    Chandler, AZ 85226
November 29, 2010 Winners of Metrics Makeover Contest, Norbitech of Norway and Cormetech of USA, provided information on their toughest problem in a particular facility. Both will receive consult from MESA Solution Provider members in order to solve those problems. Throughout the next year on MESA's website and blog, winners will be reporting on what they learn and benefits they receive from this consulting project. They will report at 2011 European and North American MESA Conferences.
Agricultural Standard Revisions are material, lighting focused.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
November 26, 2010 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) completed 2 engineering standards revisions: ANSI/ASAE S276.7, Slow Moving Vehicle Identification Emblem (SMV Emblem), and ANSI/ASAE S279.15, Lighting and Marking of Agricultural Equipment on Highways. While SMV Emblem standard was revised to update testing requirements for backing materials, changes to lighting/marking standard include incorporation of rotary beacons or strobe lights and LEDs on agricultural equipment.
NREL supports Wind for Schools project.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
November 26, 2010 NREL's Wind for School project has installed 42 Southwest Windpower SkyStream 3.7 turbines so far, with goal of 5 new turbines each year for the 11 states already part of program. Eventually, 35 states are expected to participate. In addition to providing energy to help power schools, turbines help inspire next-generation scientists and engineers. Department of Energy envisions U.S. getting as much as 20% of its electricity from wind power by 2030, which would provide 500,000 wind-related jobs.
IPC releases PCB industry results for October 2010.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 26, 2010 According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 13.6% while bookings decreased 2.7% in Oct 2010 from Oct 2009. Year to date, rigid PCB shipments were up 19.5% and bookings have grown 25.4%. Flexible circuit shipments in Oct 2010 were up 14.7% and bookings grew 25.2% compared to October 2009. Year to date, flexible circuit shipments increased 11.0% and bookings were up 19.4%. Combined book-to-bill ratio in October 2010 slipped just under parity at 0.99.
Report addresses emergency preparedness for disabled persons.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 26, 2010 ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel has released final workshop report outlining recommendations for timely development of standards to support effective emergency preparedness for all. Report consolidates panel's findings from 2010 workshops that examined various aspects of standards and codes needed for reducing barriers to accessibility in emergencies. Aim of report is to educate key stakeholders on challenges and standardization gaps relating to emergency preparedness.
Equipment and Leasing and Finance Survey shows positive yearly increases.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
November 26, 2010 Reporting economic activity in equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for October to be $4.9 billion. This is up 14% compared to same period in 2009 and down 15.5% from September. Year-to-date, new business volume is up 6.0% at $46.1 billion. Credit quality also improved, as receivables over 30 days decreased to 3.0% from 3.4% in September, and losses decreased to 1.2% from prior month. Credit approvals also improved.
ANSI-Accredited U.S. ISO TAGs must submit reports by January 31.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 26, 2010 ANSI's Procedures and Standards Administration department reminds administrators of ANSI-Accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to ISO that 2010 TAG Annual Reports are due no later than January 31, 2011. Annual reports prepared by each U.S. TAG administrator shall describe, in summary narrative form, U.S. TAG activity during past year. Meeting minutes and other appropriate reports and documents may be incorporated or appended.
FAA dedicates Recovery Act-funded fire station at LAX.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
November 24, 2010 FAA dedicated state-of-the-art fire station at Los Angeles International Airport funded by nearly $11 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. At 27,500 sq-ft, station is twice as big as the old facility, and better accommodates size, volume, and nature of today's emergency response equipment. Station has 7 bays to house and maintain fire rescue vehicles and also provides living, training, and administration areas for 14 firefighters.
IPC submits comments to SEC on conflict metals.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 24, 2010 IPC submitted comments to U.S. SEC regarding Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Public Law 111-203, on trade of conflict minerals. IPC supports goal of Section 1502, which is to prevent human rights atrocities occurring in Democratic Republic of the Congo. In comments, IPC outlined complexities for electronics manufacturers and encouraged SEC to allow maximum time for industry to implement rules and to develop supply-chain-based due diligence processes.
PTDA Business Index reveals positive outlook for 2011.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 24, 2010 According to third quarter Quarterly Business Index, PTDA members are projecting 10% growth on top of 14% average growth expectation for 2010. Third quarter respondents experienced expansion, although at reduced rated compared to second quarter. Overall reading for third quarter was 74.6, compared to 77.0 in second quarter. Comparative review of distributor and manufacturer results show manufacturing expanded faster than distribution, with respective readings of 76.6 and 71.2.
ASABE to update agricultural drawbar jacks standard.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
November 24, 2010 ASABE announces approval by ISO of ISO New Work Item Proposal to update and improve ISO 12140:1998, which specifies requirements for performance and fitting of original or replacement jacks for adjusting height of drawbars of agricultural trailers and trailed equipment. Standard also includes recommendations for designers and gives requirements for testing and marking jacks. Project team will work to enhance, define, clarify, and update performance criteria within standard.
SAE International to host Powertrain Electric Motors Symposium.
Society Of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE)    Warrendale, PA 15096
November 24, 2010 On Dec. 1, SAE International will host 2010 Powertrain Electric Motor Symposium for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. Since OEMs are starting to design, develop, and manufacture their own traction motors, panel will discuss how they will need to start new supplier relationships for products they have not purchased before. Event will also cover technical issues, market growth projections, and requirements and cost structures for permanent magnet motors, induction motors, and switch reluctance motors.
ASABE revises standard on mechanically laminated columns.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
November 24, 2010 ANSI/ASAE EP559.1, Design Requirements and Bending Properties for Mechanically Laminated Wood Assemblies, includes updates to reflect current practices used for wood preservation, fastener substrates and coatings, laminate strength and stiffness; both allowable stress design, and load and resistance factor design formats; and lateral torsional blocking. Revision also covers updates to terminology as well as symbol consistency with other ASABE standards.
NASA tests liquid-fuel engine for commercial space vehicle.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
November 24, 2010 NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center test fired liquid-fuel AJ26 engine that will power first stage of Taurus II space launch vehicle. Conducted by Orbital, Aerojet, and Stennis engineers, 10 sec test served as short-duration readiness firing to verify engine start and shutdown sequences, E-1 test stand operations, and ground-test engine controls. Doug Cooke of NASA said, "This brings us one step closer to realizing NASA's goals for accessing low Earth orbit via commercial spacecraft."
AMCA approves revisions for Certified Ratings Program.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
November 24, 2010 AMCA approved 2010 revisions for AMCA Publication 511 titled Certified Ratings Program - Product Rating Manual for Air Control Devices, which dictates proper presentation of data and other required technical procedures for certification of air control devices. Manual should be used in conjunction with current edition of AMCA Publication 11. Products within scope of program include air control devices used in general ventilation and air conditioning systems.
AAMA Voluntary Specifications address organic coating requirements.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173
November 24, 2010 AAMA published three revised voluntary specifications: AAMA 623-10, 624-10, and 625-10, which respectively address performance requirements and test procedures for nominal-, high-, and superior-performance organic coatings on fiber reinforced thermoset profiles. Applicable to coatings used for windows, doors and similar products, standards ensure level of performance in terms of film integrity, exterior durability, and general appearance over extended periods of time.
ISPE Members recognized for contributions to pharmaceutical industry.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
November 24, 2010 ISPE President and CEO Robert P. Best, during ISPE's November 7-10 Annual Meeting in 2010, presented 18 awards to those recognized for their contributions to pharmaceutical industry and the Society. According to Best, "ISPE is fortunate to have such dedicated members who aspire to bring out the best in themselves, their colleagues, and the industry they serve." Best continued on, expressing gratitude for the many roles active members serve as well as their contributions.
Whitepaper describes scheduling solution for a steel plant.
MESA International    Chandler, AZ 85226
November 24, 2010 In industrial batch/continuous production environments, production scheduling is concerned with allocating resources such as tanks, reactors, and other processing equipment to production tasks. To provide all necessary information for making logic decisions, it can be necessary to implement data transfers not supported by ISA-95 standard for enterprise to plant integration. Thus MESA White Paper No. 33 describes integration of scheduling solution for steel plant using ISA-95 standard.
Hydraulic Institute updates seal-less pump standards.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
November 24, 2010 Hydraulic Institute published ANSI/HI 5.1-5.6-2010 Sealless Rotodynamic Pumps standard, which includes part names and definitions, magnetic temperature limits and motor insulation temperature limits, magnetic drive pumps mounting specifications, monitoring device information, and testing. HI also updated ANSI/HI 4.1-4.6-2010 Seal-less, Magnetically Driven Rotary Pumps standard, which covers types and nomenclature, definitions, design and applications, installation, operation, and maintenance.

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