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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.
Economist Sees Optimistic Signs for small manufacturing sector.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 23, 2010 In FMA's Fabrinomics economic update newsletter, FMA economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl asserts there exists a mood of optimism in small business community. He cites National Federation of Small Business Optimism Index, which rose by 2.7 points and currently rests at 91.7. Kuehl stresses 3 factors for recovery: return of consumer demand, access to capital for businesses to meet expanded need, and semi-predictable environment for business owners to plan how to grow their businesses.
EPA Seeks Small Busines Input on exterior lead paint.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 23, 2010 As it considers steps to reduce lead (Pb)-based paint dust during renovation, repair, and painting of building exteriors, US EPA invites small businesses to participate as consultants for Small Business Advocacy Review panel. Panel will ask selected group of small entity representatives to provide advice and recommendations on behalf of their company, community, or organization to relay impacts of proposed rule on small entities involved in renovation, repair, and painting.
ASHRAE GreenGuide addresses sustainable building design.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
November 23, 2010 Third edition of the ASHRAE GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings covers guidelines on sustainable energy master planning; information on how issues related to carbon emissions affect building design; building information modeling; strategies for greening existing buildings; and updates on green building rating systems and standards. GreenTips found throughout guide highlight techniques, processes, measures, or special systems in concise format.
EPA finalizes rules to foster safe carbon storage technology.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 23, 2010 U.S. EPA finalized two rules related to the capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide. CCS technology allows carbon dioxide to be captured at stationary sources such as power plants and large industrial operations and injected underground for long-term storage in a process called geologic sequestration. Rules aim to protect drinking water and to track amount of carbon dioxide that is sequestered from facilities that carry out geologic sequestration.
IREC Releases First Model Program Rules for Community Renewables.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)    Latham, NY 12110-1156
November 23, 2010 Based on best practices, IREC's Model Program Rules for Community Renewables facilitate co-investment in local renewable power facilities. Rules consider basic issues, such as renewable system size, interconnection, eligibility, allocation of benefits, and net metering of system production. IREC executive director Jane Weissman believes "community policies, if well designed, can provide the right approach to create additional opportunities for customers to support solar development.
Whitepaper highlights workflow-driven approach to MOM.
MESA International    Chandler, AZ 85226
November 23, 2010 MESA Whitepaper No. 32 is designed to educate MESA members about workflow-enabled technologies that drive value in plants and across extended operations. Workflows are structured activities primarily involving human-to-human or human-to-machine interactions. Paper explores globalization and organizational challenges associated with introduction of workflow technology into Manufacturing Operations Management by providing examples implemented in production environments.
IPC criticizes bad science in Greenpeace electronics guide.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 23, 2010 IPC is criticizing the bad science in latest revision of "Guide to Greener Electronics," which rates consumer electronics companies against Greenpeace criteria on hazardous substances, take back and recycling, energy use, and climate change. According to IPC, Greenpeace is penalizing companies for failing to phase out and openly support restrictions on BFRs. Science does not support need to phase out all BFRs and, in fact, shows that TBBPA is safe for humans and the environment.
Eurotec Conference to be co-located with Spain's Equiplast show.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
November 23, 2010 SPE reached agreement with trade show organizer Fira de Barcelona to co-locate first SPE EUROTEC(TM) plastics technical conference with Equiplast exposition in Barcelona, Spain. EUROTEC will now take place on November 14-15 in 2011, the first 2 days of 5-day Equiplast show, at Barcelona's Gran Via Exhibition Center. As broad-based, high-quality technical conference, EUROTEC will offer several hundred original, peer-reviewed presentations on developments in plastics technology.
PMA releases Business Conditions Report for November.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44131
November 23, 2010 According to November 2010 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate virtually unchanged business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 20% of participant forecast improvement in economic activity, while 57% predict activity will remain unchanged, and 23% report that activity will decline. Additionally, percentage of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff dipped to 15% in November from 17% in October.
RMA Vehicle Survey Findings stress need to check tire treads.
Rubber Manufacturers Association, Inc.    Washington, DC 20005-2403
November 23, 2010 Sponsored by RMA, tire industry survey showed that nearly 11% of 6,300 vehicles had at least one bald tire, 55% of vehicles had at least one under-inflated tire, and that just 17% of vehicles had 4 properly inflated tires. RMA suggests checking tire tread depth using penny test, and by checking for wear bars that appear even with outside of tread, to know when to replace tires. Organization also recommends that tire inflation pressure be checked every month and before long trips.
Manufacturing Poll reports that business is better in 2010.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 22, 2010 According to FMA poll of factory executives, supervisors, and engineers, manufacturing sector is on its way to economic recovery. More than 72% of manufacturers surveyed at FABTECH trade show reported business is either much better or somewhat better in 2010 when compared to 2009. Another 18% said business was neither better nor worse and only 10% said it was worse. Nearly half of respondents said their companies added permanent full-time staff in 2010 and another 30% hired temporary workers.
IPC Training and Certification Programs updated for standard revisions.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 19, 2010 IPC has released training and certification programs for revision E of IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies, and J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies. Each standard supports related training and certification course for trainers and for application specialists, leading to certified IPC trainer and certified IPC application specialist credentials respectively.
FAA proposes requiring pilot certificates to include photos.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
November 19, 2010 Under FAA proposal, pilots would obtain new certificates on which their photograph would appear with proposed expiration date of 8 years. At the end of that time period, pilots would need to update their photo and obtain new certificate. If finalized, resulting regulation will fulfill provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, which requires FAA to issue plastic, tamper-resistant pilot certificates with photos.
IREC Webinar addresses solar energy workforce development.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)    Latham, NY 12110-1156
November 19, 2010 Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Workforce Development Webinar will be held December 2 at 2pm EST and last for 1 hr 15 min. There is no fee, but registration is required. As the solar industry grows, workforce development is dynamic field, and this webinar will examine trends and resources. Presenters Andrea Luecke, Joe Sarubbi, and Pat Fox will respectively address National Solar Jobs Census, Training Trends, as well as Credentialing Training Programs and IREC Resources.
Fieldbus Foundation names new members to Board of Directors.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
November 19, 2010 Fieldbus Foundation has announced that Dr. Gunther Kegel, President of Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, has been elected chairman of foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Kegel replaces John Berra of Emerson Process Management, who is retiring after serving 16 years in his foundation leadership post. Other executives named to board include Daniel Huber of ABB, Takuji Hosoya of Azbil, Peter Zornio of Emerson Process Management, and Ralph Carter of Rockwell Automation.
PTDA presents Warren Pike Award to Penny Omnès.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 18, 2010 PTDA has named Penny Omnès, director, BCB Corporation Services, Ltd. the 21st recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control industry. Omnès began volunteering with PTDA in 1993, serving on the Marketing Committee, and then went on to chair the Industry Relations Committee in 1996. Omnès joined the Board of Directors the following year and became association's first and, to date, only female president in 2000.
NEMA-Published Brochure details incandescent bulb phase-out.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
November 18, 2010 Lighting Options for Your Home summarizes 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which mandates reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and explains how changeover from incandescent lamps will help accomplish sustainability goals. Beginning in 2012 (one year later in California) and ending in 2014, traditional 100, 75, 60, and 40 W incandescents will be phased out. Lighting options - halogen, compact fluorescent, LED - are explained in detail.

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