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ELFA Finance Report shows strong gains in September.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
October 28, 2010 Reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for September as $5.8 billion. This figure is up 23% compared to 2009 and is largest annual increase in 2 years. Credit quality is mixed, with receivables over 30 days decreasing to 3.4% in September from 4.3% in August and losses increasing to 1.7% from 1.3%. Improving from 56.9 in September, Monthly Confidence Index for October is 58.8.
IAQ Conference to focus on creating infection-free environment.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 28, 2010 Recognizing the challenge of controlling spread of infection, ASHRAE will hold its IAQ 2010 Conference series in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov 10-12, 2010. Conference will explore related questions on role of HVAC in airborne infectious disease transmission, evaluation of various design and control strategies and technology, pandemic preparedness, and airborne infection control for various applications such as healthcare facilities, air/surface transportation, schools, and offices.
Manufacturing Faculty explains Auto ID, Mobile IT benefits.
AIM, Inc.    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
October 28, 2010 AIM Expo, taking place from November 1-3, will feature case studies that give specifics about how leading companies improve operations, streamline production, increase performance, and enhance overall business fluidity throughout manufacturing process. Faculty - global manufacturing representatives from Ford Motor Company, Lockheed Martin, Michelin, and The Boeing Company - will share their opinions on evaluating and implementing viable Auto ID and mobile IT solutions.
IPC APEX EXPO 2011 to include keynote speech by Steve Wozniak.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
October 28, 2010 Apple Computer Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will deliver keynote address, How to Foster Creativity and Innovation in a Technical Environment, at IPC APEX EXPO(TM) on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Following address, Wozniak will sign copies of autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon. He will also attend PCB and EMS Executive Management Meetings dinner on April 11. Event runs from April 12-14, 2011, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
EPA announces winners of first National Building Competition.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 27, 2010 U.S. EPA's Energy Star program has announced that Morrison Residence Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has won first EPA National Building Competition, which challenged teams from 14 buildings across country to measure their building's energy use and reduce waste with help from Energy Star program. Morrison Residence Hall reduced its energy use by 35.7% in 1 year, saving more than $250,000 on energy bills and reducing more than 730 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Wear/Erosion Committee plans to visit Tribology Laboratory.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
October 27, 2010 For its December 8-9 meeting, ASTM Committee G02 on Wear and Erosion is including plans for field trip to Tribology Laboratory in mechanical engineering department at University of Florida in Gainesville. Tribology Laboratory primarily conducts studies in solid lubrication, with research goals to engineer and design materials that have improved wear resistance, have reduced friction coefficient, and can survive environments where conventional fluid lubricants are not effective.
AMT calls for action to revitalize U.S. manufacturing.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
October 27, 2010 The Manufacturing Mandate, being brought forward by AMT, asks political leaders to establish strategy of collaboration between government, industry, and academia. This federal strategy would incentivize innovation and research and development in new products and manufacturing technologies, assure availability of capital, increase global competitiveness, minimize structural cost burdens, and build better educated and trained smartforce.
NREL names new Deputy Lab Director for Science and Technology.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
October 27, 2010 U.S. Department of Energy's NREL has appointed Dana C. Christensen as its new Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology. Dr. Christensen comes to NREL from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he has been Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Engineering Services. He has 27 years of management experience in materials science, fossil and renewable energy, and scientific research in support of U.S. DOE and other government agencies.
Executive Director named for gulf restoration task force.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 27, 2010 Newly named as executive director of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, John H. Hankinson, Jr. will coordinate interagency efforts, oversee staff and outreach efforts, and develop regional ecosystem restoration strategy. Hankinson has spent 30 years working on environmental issues in private, public, and non-profit sectors, where he brought together industry, government, and stakeholder groups to form partnerships to restore ecosystems across southeast.
SPE's Auto Division names 2010 Hall of Fame winner.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
October 26, 2010 Automotive Division of SPE® selected 1985MY Chevrolet® Cavalier® sedan from General Motors Corporation as 2010 Hall of Fame winner of 40th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. This vehicle was first to use front and rear thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) bumper fascias, and that application proliferated throughout North American vehicle production in addition to being adopted in Europe and Asia. Today, estimated 65-70 million vehicles are equipped with TPO fascias each year.
Proposed Fuel Efficiency, GHG Standards apply to trucks, buses.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
October 26, 2010 U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses. In addition to projected reductions of ~250 million metric tons of GHG emissions and, project will save 500 million barrels of oil over lives of vehicles produced within first 5 years of implementation. Lisa Jackson, EPA Administrator, said that this will also help shrink fuel costs for small businesses.
TIA Announces Green Forum for 2010 Global Tire Expo.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
October 26, 2010 TIA EAC Forum: Making 'Green' Work, will provide environmental forum at 2010 Global Tire Expo for those in tire industry. Powered by TIA, Expo is part of 2010 SEMA Show that takes place November 1-5 in Las Vegas, NV. Forum will take place on November 3 from 12-1 pm and moderated by Dick Gust, TIA EAC co-chair and president of Liberty/Lakin National Tire Recycling. Gust said this will enable attendees to learn how to make becoming eco-friendly effective and financially viable.
ASHRAE issues media invite for 2011 Winter Conference.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 26, 2010 ASHRAE is offering complimentary press registration to attend 2011 Winter Conference, Jan 20 to Feb 2 at Las Vegas Hilton. ASHRAE meeting badge will also allow admittance to ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo, Jan 31 to Feb 2. Winter Conference will include Technical Program addressing real cost of zero-energy design, efficient use of energy, greening of industrial base, and other topics related to design, standards, codes, and professional skills.
Jet Fuel Alternatives Development Collaboration welcomed by AIA.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
October 26, 2010 AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey called FAA and USDA agreement on jet fuel alternatives development, "a welcome step forward," adding that "Alternative fuels are crucial to reach the environmental goals for aviation established by ICAO." Blakey went on to comment positively concerning the administration's alternative fuel development commitment. She said AIA looks forward to working with FAA, USDA, and commercial providers to bring about production of cost-effective biofuels.
BIO abandons Leonardo sustainability talks.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
October 26, 2010 Representatives from national and regional agriculture, food, and feed organizations withdrew from Leonardo Academy's sustainable agriculture standard setting initiative citing "fatal, systemic limitations and chronic biases" within Leonardo effort. Letter addressed to Michael Arny, Leonardo Academy president, was signed by 10 national agricultural-organization voting members on nearly 60-member Committee, and endorsed by 46 other agricultural organizations nationwide, including BIO.
BIO asks for renewed focus on biofuel technologies.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
October 26, 2010 BIO joined Algal Biomass Organization and Advanced BioFuels Association in letter to President Obama thanking administration for important programs that were announced and outlining key policies needed to help companies bring biofuels to marketplace. In combination with supportive tax policy, loan guarantee program reforms, and continued commitment to Renewable Fuel Standard, policies will create thousands of manufacturing jobs for Americans, while delivering sustainable transportation fuels.
ISPE Seeks Proposals to enchance its educational offerings.
ISPE    Tampa, FL 33609
October 26, 2010 ISPE is calling for proposals for content to be included in its educational activities and resources. By participating, pharmaceutical professionals worldwide have opportunity to positively impact their industry. ISPE President and CEO Bob Best said that to help prepare members to lead global pharmaceutical industry change, the society relies on industry professionals "to share their knowledge and experiences with our members through our numerous educational programs."
ASHRAE Energy Standard available as free download.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 26, 2010 Through funding contract with Department of Energy, copies of I-P edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is being offered as free downloadable PDF for limited time. Standard has become basis for building codes, building design, and construction throughout United States, and making it available for free ensures that it penetrates marketplace and reaches owners, contractors, and design teams.
Graphic Tetragram breaks down NBIMS components for clarity.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
October 25, 2010 National Building Information Modeling Standard-United States(TM) (NBIMS) Executive Committee has come up with BIM Tetragram, graphic which breaks concept of building information modeling (BIM) down into 4 categories: design, procure, assemble, and operate. Visual depiction, which represents all components that go into NBIMS development process, focuses priorities and creates hierarchy to aid any committee tasked with developing NBIMS-Version 2.
TIA to accept orders for 2010 TIA TPMS Relearn Chart.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
October 25, 2010 TIA announced that orders for 2010 edition of the TIA TPMS Relearn Chart will be accepted for first time at TIA booth at Global Tire Expo - Powered by TIA part of SEMA Show, November 2-5. Chart includes all necessary relearn procedures, part numbers, and torque specifications for most popular domestic and import vehicles. The 2010 edition includes information for Myers Tire Supply and Orange Electronics in addition to Schrader, Dill, and NAPA.

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