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AASHTO Details Transportation Issues pertinent for 2011.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
December 28, 2010 Compiled by AASHTO, a list specifies transportation topics estimated to become part of national conversation in 2011. Topics include enacting and paying for long-term transportation bill, national roadway safety, rail projects, as well as modernization of transportation network. In addition to adoption of national multi-modal freight plan, environmental regulations, and social media use, points cover renewable/reliable energy source support systems and funding for unfinished projects.
ASTM Crib Safety Standards contribute to consumer product safety.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 28, 2010 On Dec. 15, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved via unanimous vote inclusion of 2 ASTM International standards that cover full-size and non-full-size cribs in regulatory requirements issued under Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Specific standards included ASTM F1169, Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, and ASTM F406, Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards.
Optical Density Calculator provides laser safety data.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
December 28, 2010 Available to laser users worldwide, Laser Institute of America (LIA) offers online Optical Density (OD) Calculator that determines what OD is recommended for use with particular laser system of any given power. Part of LIA's Web-based laser safety hazards analysis system, tool supplies users with minimum OD required for laser safety eyewear in continuous, single, and repetitive wave pulse modes.
NAM questions EPA's agenda regarding GHG emissions.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 28, 2010 Jay Timmons of NAM made a statement on EPA's announced greenhouse gas (GHG) policy for power plants and refineries as well as its takeover of Texas air permitting process. According to Timmons, EPA and current Administration are "moving forward with regulations that will crush economic growth" and that the overreaching agenda will raise energy costs and hurt manufacturers in many aspects. Timmons also asked whether EPA has resources or capacity needed to implement these regulations.
PMI welcomes Member Services Committee co-chair.
Plumbing Manufacturers International    Schaumburg, IL 60173
December 24, 2010 PMI President Lee Mercer of Moen Incorporated has made his selection for new co-chair to help lead PMI's Member Services Committee. Tom Liebhardt of Moen Incorporated will serve alongside existing Co-Chair Rick Reles. Senior director of marketing in wholesale for Moen Incorporated for 3 years, Liebhardt directs a department of people responsible for product management, channel marketing, marketing communications, public relations, and brand management.
Commerce Dept. issues framework for protecting consumer privacy.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 23, 2010 U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force outlined initial set of recommendations to strengthen foundation of commercial data privacy in U.S. Also, Federal Trade Commission issued preliminary report proposing framework to balance interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop new products and services. Report recommends "Do Not Track" mechanism so consumers can choose whether to allow collection of data regarding online searching and browsing.
NEMA Publication toubleshoots HID roadway and area lighting.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
December 23, 2010 NEMA published ANSI C136.26-2010 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment-Troubleshooting Guide for High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Luminaires. Last revised in 2003 and focused solely on high-pressure sodium luminaires, revision offers step-by-step guidance for troubleshooting variety of HID lighting fixtures by in-field technicians. Contents address common problems such as lamps that are on continuously, cycle on/off, do not start, or burn dimly.
NAM Names Jay Timmons as president and CEO.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 23, 2010 Effective January 2011, Chillicothe, OH native Jay Timmons will serve as NAM president and CEO. He has served as Executive Vice President at NAM and has extensive experience in government relations, public affairs, political campaigns, and business. Proving his leadership, Timmons has worked alongside manufacturers, members of Congress, and the Administration to advance pro-manufacturing agenda.
ELFA releases equipment finance index for November 2010.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
December 23, 2010 ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) showed rise of 13% for new business volume in November 2010 compared to November 2009, and decline of 8% from volume in October 2010. Receivables over 30 days increased in November from previous month and decreased compared to November 2009. Report also indicated slight decrease in credit approvals in November. "The data continue to show an uneven recovery for the equipment finance business," said ELFA's William G. Sutton.
PowderMet 2011 Conference seeks technical papers.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
December 23, 2010 Program committee for 2011 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials has issued a call for papers and posters covering the latest developments in powder metallurgy materials, processes, and applications. Several key topics have been identified for in-depth discussion within the special interest programs, such as advances in titanium PM, electronic materials applications, sinter hardening and leaner/economic powders, and PM materials for alternative energy.
Injection Molding Conference set for March 2011.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
December 23, 2010 MPIF announces the opening of registration for MIM2011, an international conference on injection molding of metals, ceramics, and carbides, to be held March 14-16, 2011. Conference will feature 27 presentations as well as tabletop exhibition and networking reception. Sponsored by the Metal Injection Molding Association, a trade association of MPIF, and its affiliate APMI International, event will also offer optional 1-day tutorial on powder injection molding.
Toll Processing Conference to focus on business strategies.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
December 22, 2010 By attending Toll Processing 2011 Conference, metal producers/processors can learn how to best position their company in the marketplace and make informed business decisions. "Strategic Moves" conference will include keynote by Dan DiMicco, President and CEO of Nucor Corporation, on leadership qualities and restoring strength to American manufacturing. Keynote by Emily DeRocco, president of The Manufacturing Institute, will address U.S. manufacturers' ability to compete in global economy.
MHEDA Article discusses inventory control for distributors.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
December 22, 2010 Fourth Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features article titled "Chopping vs. Pruning" from Albert D. Bates, Ph.D., president of the Profit Planning Group. Article discusses how effective asset reduction programs can help improve distributor profitability, particularly in times of recession. Bates defines chopping as immediate reduction in investment levels to generate cash quickly. Pruning is a gradual approach to investment reductions, which does not create long-term profit problems.
Alternative Financing lets TxDOT build despite lean economy.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
December 22, 2010 Leveraging public/private partnerships to offset effects of economic downturn and reduced state tax revenues, $2.5 billion expressway project in Fort Worth, TX, will cost state Department of Transportation $573 million. Texas DoT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz told AASHTO's Transportation TV that such partnerships allow TxDOT to "build several major projects that otherwise would not be built." In addition to creating jobs, projects also help improve quality of life for commuters.
FMA Economist's 2011 Forecast calls for mixed results.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
December 22, 2010 FMA International economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl offers 10 predictions for 2011 that will impact manufacturing and other sectors. These include sustained Federal Reserve interest rates, unemployment between 9% and 10.3%, increased export levels under a weak dollar, housing market stabilization at low levels, and overall US economic growth at 2.6%-3.2%. Kuehl calls his 2011 outlook a period of modest growth and controlled expansion but also one of narrow margins and vulnerability.
ANSI participates in Sustainability Education Summit..
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 22, 2010 ANSI helped sponsor US Department of Education's (DoE) Sustainability Education Summit, which articulated actions for education, business and industry, government, as well as environmental community to promote transition to sustainable green economy. Keynote address announced efforts to prepare incoming workers for challenges and opportunities as sustainability becomes focus of employment future. Examples include ANSI's Certificate Accreditation Program.
ANSI solicits U.S. interest for secretariat of ISO TC 149.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 22, 2010 As U.S. representative to ISO, ANSI is soliciting U.S. interest for secretariat position of ISO Technical Committee 149, Cycles. Committee is responsible for international standardization in field of cycles, their components, and accessories, with particular reference to terminology, testing methods, and requirements for performance, safety, and interchangeability. The term cycle refers to any vehicle which has at least 2 wheels and is propelled mainly by muscular energy of person on vehicle.
AIA Official releases 2010 industry financial statistics.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 22, 2010 AIA's Marion C. Blakey announced aerospace sales of $216.5 billion in 2010 at 46th annual Year-end Review and Forecast Luncheon. "Aerospace has produced solid results, including a new sales record for the seventh straight year, leading all manufacturers in trade surplus and providing a sense of stability amidst the chaos of economic upheaval," Blakey said. Surplus of $53.3 billion is strongest of any manufacturing industry and, while employment declined, rate was slower than projected.
EPA delivers 15 years of acid rain reductions.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
December 22, 2010 U.S. EPA released report that shows 15 years of successful results from its nationwide effort to address acid rain. Since its inception in 1995 as part of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, EPA's Acid Rain Program has earned widespread acclaim due to dramatic sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emission reductions that are saving American lives and ecosystems. An analysis estimates annual public health benefits of the program in 2010 alone at more than $120 billion.
ZigBee Standard optimizes human input devices.
ZigBee Alliance    San Ramon, CA 94583
December 22, 2010 Replacing 30-year old infrared technology with radio frequency solution, ZigBee Input Device Standard gives consumers improved options to use mice, touchpads, keyboards, wands, or remote control pointers from greater distances and even in nearby rooms. Designed especially for ZigBee RF4CE specification, standard optimizes devices by enabling non-line-of-sight operation, 2-way communication, extended battery life, and broader range of capabilities and features.

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