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EPA Listening Sessions will help update pollution standards.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
February 1, 2011 Open to the public, 5 listening sessions will be held to help EPA update Clean Air Act pollution standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries. Each listening session is scheduled to last 2 hr and will feature round table discussion among stakeholder representatives who have been identified and selected for their expertise in Clean Air Act standard-setting process. Sessions are scheduled for February 4/15/17/23 and March 4.
AMT applauds creation of post overseeing manufacturing policy.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
February 1, 2011 Ron Bloom was named Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy within the White House's National Economic Council. Bloom has been the administration's auto czar since 2009 and has overseen the auto industry restructuring. According to AMT's President Douglas K. Woods, AMT stands ready to work with Mr. Bloom on a national manufacturing strategy that ensures American companies have the foundation and the tools they need to be top competitors around the world.
HVAC/R Industry Achievements recognized by ASHRAE.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
February 1, 2011 At its 2011 Winter Conference held January 29 through February 2, 36 people will be recognized by ASHRAE for contributions to the Society and building industry. Specific honors include F. Paul Anderson Award, 50-Year Member Award, and ASHRAE Technology Awards. In addition to elevation of 13 members to Fellow ASHRAE membership grade, awards were offered for ASHRAE Student Design Project Competition. John F. James International Award and E.K. Campbell Award winners were also named.
Technology Awards highlight outstanding building projects.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
February 1, 2011 ASHRAE Technology Awards go to innovative HVAC/R designs that provide energy savings, cost effectiveness, and enhanced indoor air/environmental quality through application of new design concepts, new technologies, or by applying existing technologies with innovative approaches. Recognized at Society's 2011 Winter Conference in Las Vegas, recipients of the ASHRAE Technology Awards included designers of systems for a university building, synagogue, hospital, and commercial building.
O.E. Meyer Co. remains strong in challenging times.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
February 1, 2011 Gases and welding distributor O.E. Meyer Co. is the focus of the latest member profile in the Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. Since its founding in 1918, O.E. Meyer Co. has remained strong in the face of several major changes. The company went from welding shop to full-service welding and medical equipment distributorship and has transitioned from family to employee ownership. It has tripled in size over last 20 years with no mergers or acquisitions.
Young Executives talk material handling.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
February 1, 2011 The MHEDA Journal Online has introduced a Web-only feature called "The MHEDA Young Executives e-Dialogue," which offers forum for some of industry's freshest voices to be heard. For this feature, The MHEDA Journal Online has enlisted 3 Young Executives from MHEDA distributor member companies to blog about their experiences as up-and-coming members of the material handling industry. They will be sharing their trials and triumphs as they learn material handling industry's many nuances.
EASTEC to foster growth for east coast manufacturers.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
January 31, 2011 U.S. manufacturing sector has achieved 17th straight month of expansion as EASTEC 2011 draws near. EASTEC attendee surveys forecast optimism with 77% reporting that they were attending the show to see new products and 57% reporting that they are expanding into emerging technologies. Scheduled for May 17-19, EASTEC will feature resource centers and key note speakers on emerging industries such as medical devices, aerospace, homeland security, environment, alternative energy, and rapid transit.
IPC APEX EXPO 2011 focuses on design innovations, best practices.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 31, 2011 IPC APEX EXPO 2011, held in Las Vegas, NV from April 10-14, will host IPC Designers Forum as well as several design-focused educational programs and activities which will provide information on design innovations and best practices. Also offered, IPC PCB designer and advanced designer certification programs (CID and CID+) will be scheduled as 2-day workshops (April 8-9) with final exam on April 10. Variety of presenters will be in attendance.
Passenger Rail Progressing according to bew AASHTO study.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
January 28, 2011 States Ramping Up Action on Passenger Rail study indicates state DOTs, Federal Railroad Administration, and freight railroads are working to expand national passenger rail system. States have been told to proceed on almost $4.3 billion worth of projects, and passenger rail ridership is also growing. Almost 14 million people rode on state-supported rail lines outside of northeast corridor between Oct 2009 and Sept 2010, and another 10 million rode trains between Washington, DC, and Boston.
NTSB Investigative Courses provide incident handling insight.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
January 28, 2011 Offered February 23-24, Cognitive Interviewing for Accident Investigators will offer investigators and industry professionals foundational knowledge and skills needed to conduct interviews of participants and witnesses in transportation incidents/accidents. Survival Factors in Aviation Accidents, offered March 28-31, will cover aircraft occupant survivability issues, including case studies highlighting key components of accident survivability, cabin safety, and emergency equipment.
AMCA International seeks volunteers to review standards.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
January 28, 2011 AMCA International is seeking AMCA Standard Review Committee volunteers to review standards guiding balance quality and vibration levels of fans, air curtain testing, laboratory testing of positive pressure ventilators, and performance testing of jet tunnel fans. Scheduled for revision in 2011, standards for testing fan aerodynamic performance, induced flow fans, sound pressure levels in ducts, as well as performance of airflow measurement stations are also up for review.
International Free Trade Agreements applauded by manufacturers.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
January 28, 2011 AEM President Dennis Slater called hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee regarding pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea "a positive step toward recognizing the urgent need to help America's farmers and manufacturers create more jobs in the U.S. by exporting their products to new markets around the world." He also pointed out how existing trade barriers have made competition difficult in countries that want American-made products.
North American EBCIs firmly indicate expansion in January.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
January 28, 2011 NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for North American conditions points to improving environment in January. While down slightly from December's 68, index of 63.6 is near high end of readings recorded since beginning of 2010's third quarter. Intensity of change in conditions measured +0.5, up from December and November, while EBCI for North American conditions 6 months in future rose for fifth straight month. Index reached 88.6, highest mark in 7 years.
NTSB Chairman discusses future of transportation safety.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
January 28, 2011 NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said accident investigations show need for new perspectives on safety culture, record keeping, and aging infrastructure. When she spoke to audience at Transportation Research Board conference, she discussed four investigations, highlighted several accidents, and encouraged attendees to learn from them to prevent future accidents. In conclusion, Hersman commended work of former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey and former House Committee Chairman James Oberstar.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Index shows growth in December.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
January 28, 2011 Up 27% compared to same period in 2009 and 100% above November's volume, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for December shows new business volume at $9.0 billion. Year-end new business volume for 2010 is up 9.2% compared to 2009, and credit quality also improved. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 2.7% from 3.2% in November and 37% compared to 2009. Losses remained at 1.4% compared to prior month. Credit approvals increased to 75%, up 3% from prior month.
AASHTO Tells Senate states count on transportion investment.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
January 28, 2011 At hearing before Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, AASHTO president Susan Martinovich testified to need for federal transportation funding. She detailed four main points, which included how transportation is vital to economy, its impact on sustaining export-led recovery, current transportation infrastructure deficit, and how transportation investment creates jobs. She concluded by stressing critical need for long-term surface transportation authorization bill this year.
ASHRAE Offers Duct Fitting Database as dynamic, mobile app.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
January 27, 2011 Developed for Apple's iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, ASHRAE Duct Fitting Database (DFDB) app lets users perform pressure loss calculations for 200+ HVAC duct fittings in both I-P and SI units. Dynamic illustrations are provided for each design, and inputs can be adjusted by touch. Users can create individual projects, each with unique input values and results, and each fitting has its own custom set of input parameters and results. Reports can be displayed and emailed.
JILA develops efficient source of terahertz radiation.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
January 27, 2011 JILA researchers have developed laser-based source of terahertz radiation that is efficient and less prone to damage than similar systems. Terahertz radiation, which falls between radio and optical bands of electromagnetic spectrum, penetrates materials such as clothing and plastic but can be used to detect substances that have unique absorption characteristics at these wavelengths. Technology may be useful in applications such as detecting trace gases or imaging weapons in security screening.
Standard covers IP protection in printed board manufacturing.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 27, 2011 IPC has released IPC-1071, Best Industry Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in Printed Board Manufacturing, to assist printed board manufacturers in the development of requirements for the protection of IP for their customers in commercial, industrial, military, and other high reliability markets. Standard addresses issues such as physical and information security, employee data access, computer networks, and destruction of scrap material.
EPA, DOT, and CA align timeframe for clean car standards.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
January 26, 2011 U.S. DOT, EPA, and state of California announced single timeframe of Sept 1, 2011 for proposing fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017-2025 cars and light-duty trucks. Collaboration could lead to extension of National Clean Car Program, providing automakers certainty as they work to build next generation of clean, fuel efficient cars. Improving fuel efficiency will save consumers money at the pump, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and cut emissions of harmful pollutants.

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