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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for December 2010.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
December 20, 2010 According to December 2010 PMA Business Conditions Report, 40% of participants forecast improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, up from 20% in November, while 46% predict activity will remain unchanged, and 14% report that activity will decline. Metalforming companies also expect improvement in incoming orders for the next 3 months. However, 35% of participants report that shipping levels are below levels of 3 months ago.
SIAA Summit to explore mobile device and content delivery trends.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
December 20, 2010 SIAA's 10th annual Information Industry Summit, to be held January 25-26, will address new business models, content delivery innovations, and top mobile technology trends. Keynote speakers will include Clare Hart, Marty Kahn, and Jonathan Knee and topics will cover emerging mobile devices, semantic technology, and social data revolution. Summit will also feature SIIA Previews, covering emerging content and content technology businesses, and announcement of CODiE(TM) Awards winners.
ASTM seeks presentations for Disputed Issues in Sensory Evaluation.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 20, 2010 Scheduled for April 14, 2011, Myth Busting: Disputed Issued in Sensory Evaluation seminar will be held in conjunction with April 10-15 standards development meetings. Seminar will focus on variety of myths, including: sip tests are not predictive of larger consumption tests; older consumers cannot discriminate differences; flavor and texture are independent; discrimination testing should be conducted with naive consumers; and replications in analytical sensory tests are unimportant.
DOT's Aviation Child Safety Points are not adequate to NTSB.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
December 17, 2010 NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman said federal advisory panel recommendations dealing with child safety in aviation are a step in the right direction but do not go far enough. "We appreciate the FAAC acknowledging the dangers associated with children flying on their parents' laps," Hersman stated, "but we would have preferred to see the FAA be mandated to require that every person including our youngest children be restrained appropriately for their age and size."
ASTM to sponsor workshop on total hip replacement devices.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 17, 2010 Sponsored by ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, workshop on Metal-On-Metal Total Hip Replacement Devices will be held May 17, 2011, in Anaheim, CA. Workshop will focus on unmet standardization needs and help establish test practices for characterization of adverse local tissue reactions, wear/corrosion, analysis of retrieved implants, and in-vitro testing of implants under adverse conditions. Online registration for workshop closes May 11.
GEMI Announced Union Pacific to be its newest member.
Global Environmental Management Initiative    Washington, DC 20005
December 17, 2010 GEMI announced Union Pacific Railroad as its newest member company. Bob Grimaila, Union Pacific Vice President of Safety, Security, and Environment, expressed eagerness towards collaborating with GEMI members "to improve our role as an environmentally responsible freight transportation leader." On behalf of GEMI, Membership Chair Lindell Sneed welcomed Union Pacific Railroad and said it will be an excellent addition whose participation "will enrich the organization as a whole."
ASTM Member's Petroleum Manual wins Dudley Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
December 17, 2010 Salvatore J. Rand, Ph.D., a petroleum industry consultant, has received the 2010 Charles B. Dudley Award for Manual 1, Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products: 7th Edition. Award commemorates society's first president and recognizes meritorious contributions to ASTM literature. An ASTM International fellow and member since 1983, Rand has been active in ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants for years and is the developer of 2 ASTM Technical and Professional Training courses.
NIST announces funding for 9 research projects.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
December 17, 2010 NIST announced total of more than $22 million in funding for 9 research projects targeting innovative manufacturing technologies in fields ranging from biopharmaceuticals and electronics to renewable energy sources and energy storage. Funded by NIST's Technology Innovation Program, awards will be matched by other funding sources and are expected to result in an estimated $46 million in new advanced manufacturing research over next 3 years.
NESCC Meeting Explores nuclear commercialization standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 16, 2010 Meeting of Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC) on November 22, 2010 focused on standards required to jumpstart widespread commercialization of U.S. nuclear industry. NESCC seeks to identify standards needed for design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants as well as other nuclear technologies. Meeting drew 46 individuals across industry, government, and standards developing organizations.
Cooperative Agreement Reached between IEC, ILAC, and IAF.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 16, 2010 Signed in China, tripartite MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between IEC, ILAC, and IAF will help reduce cost, time, and complexity for reassessment of certification bodies and testing laboratories accredited by IAF and ILAC Member Accreditation Bodies. Singular reassessment, as opposed to 3, will now suffice and be accepted by all bodies. Successful pilot program has already been put into place to test this approach, along with dedicated website to implement tripartite Agreement.
Senate Bill provides much-needed incentives to grow economy.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 16, 2010 NAM EVP Jay Timmons issued statement on Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. According to Timmons, manufacturers strongly support extending this critical tax relief to all Americans and encourage Senate to move forward with legislation. Congressional Budget Office estimates that fully extending all 2001/2003 individual tax rates would add between 600,000 and 1.4 million jobs in 2011 and between 900,000 and 2.7 million jobs in 2012.
Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act applauded by ASHRAE.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
December 16, 2010 President Obama, on December 14, signed Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act, which was supported by over 33 leading organizations involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings. This legislation will help provide federal workers with necessary training to construct and maintain environmentally sound buildings. ASHRAE president Lynn G. Bellenger applauded the accomplishment represented by this signing.
Admiral Thad Allen to headline AWMA conference/exhibition.
Air & Waste Management Association    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1435
December 16, 2010 Admiral Thad Allen, United States Coast Guard (Retired) and National Incident Commander of the Unified Command response to the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, will offer keynote presentation at 104th Annual Conference and Exhibition, which will take place in Orlando, FL from June 21-24, 2011. AWMA Executive Director Mike Kelly said Allen's experiences and comments will enrich understanding of other presentations in Technical Program related to lessons of spill.
NAM Urges House to boost economic recovery, job growth.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
December 16, 2010 Regarding Senate passage of Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, NAM Executive Vice President Jay Timmons said "Manufacturers commend the Senate for its strong bipartisan vote." He also described incentives, including R/D credit extension and 100% expensing, as much-needed and claimed they will "boost the prospects for economic recovery and job growth in 2011." Timmons went on to urge House to quickly pass this bill without any amendments.
NASA partners with Colorado in technology initiative.
NASA    Moffett Field, CA 94035
December 16, 2010 NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. participated in Space Act Agreement signing ceremony at Colorado State Capitol Building to promote commercialization of technology developed for space program. NASA's agreement with CAMT created a Technology Acceleration Program and Regional Innovation Cluster for Aerospace and Clean Energy. Manufacturing park focused on rapid new product development and production will be developed to assist growing Colorado businesses.
Aviation Industry recognized for climate change contributions.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
December 16, 2010 At the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th Conference of the Parties, international aviation industry was recognized for its commitment to address climate change. Aviation industry has committed to 1.5% per year fuel efficiency gains annually, carbon neutral growth from 2020, and halving aviation's net CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005. While succession agreement to Kyoto protocol was not signed, states made progress needed to finish UNFCCC's work next year.
ANSI meets with CNCA to address conformity assessment.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 16, 2010 A delegation from the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China, led by CNCA deputy chief engineer Liu Weijun, met with members and staff of ANSI for an exchange on conformity assessment developments in the U.S. and China. Meeting participants discussed progress made under the ANSI/CNCA MOU and potential future areas of cooperation. A chief topic of discussion was the addition of new conformity assessment information on StandardsPortal located at www.standardsportal.org.
ANSI addresses federal agency involvement in standardization.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 15, 2010 Federal Register notice issued by NIST, on behalf of NSTC Sub-Committee on Standards, invites interested parties to provide perspectives on effectiveness of federal agency participation in development and implementation of standards and conformity assessment activities. Sub-Committee seeks to develop information on how Federal agencies may engage more effectively in U.S. standardization system in manner that is consistent with National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995.
Nicole Lamb-Hale delivers welcome address at ANSI meeting.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
December 15, 2010 As guest speaker at December 2 meeting of ANSI Board of Directors, Nicole Lamb-Hale spoke about International Trade Administration (ITA) efforts to create US job growth through expansion of exports. She also highlighted ways by which ANSI and its members can help strengthen competitive position of US industry abroad. Art Cote, chairman of ANSI Board of Directors, said that Lamb-Hale's insightful remarks underscored importance of standardization community's efforts.
Hydrogen Powered Bus gives lab visitors glimpse of the future.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
December 15, 2010 U.S. Department of Energy funded leases for 12 H2ICE hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine shuttle buses, which are being placed at federal facilities across the country to demonstrate market-ready advanced technology vehicles. NREL was first facility to receive one of the buses, which it currently uses for tours of its Golden, CO campus. Manufactured by Ford, bus utilizes hydrogen fuel created at NREL's Wind to Hydrogen Project and can run 175-250 miles before refueling.

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