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Federal Agencies Collaborate to improve chemical screening.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
July 20, 2010 US EPA, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program (NTP), and National Institute of Health Chemical Genomics Center (NCGC) welcomes US FDA to Tox21 collaboration, which merges federal agency resources - research, funding, testing tools - to develop ways to more effectively predict how chemicals will affect human health and environment. FDA will provide additional expertise and chemical safety information to improve current chemical testing methods.
AEM urges bonus depreciation reinstatement.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
July 19, 2010 AEM urged Congress to reinstate the 50% bonus depreciation, a tax provision that has helped equipment manufacturers during difficult economic times. Included in Economic Stimulus Act in early 2008 and extended to 2009 by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provision allows businesses to deduct 50% of the cost of new equipment in year it is placed in service. AEM said bonus depreciation was especially valuable to smaller companies, helping them stay in business and provide jobs.
Exhibit Space Sales Increase for 2011 CONEXPO-CON/AGG, IFPE.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
July 19, 2010 Exhibit space sales for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 are topping 2 million net square feet of exhibit space, while space sales for co-located IFPE 2011 total more than 126,000 net square feet. Megan Tanel, vice president exhibitions and events for AEM, said "These numbers are especially gratifying given the continued slowdown in manufacturing sector." Shows run March 22-26, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV and focus on construction, construction materials, and fluid power/motion control.
ANSI requests nominations for Leadership and Service Awards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 16, 2010 Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, 2010 Leadership and Service Awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have consistently demonstrated commitment to their industry, their nation, and the enhancement of global standards system. This year, ANSI will offer total of 11 categories of individual awards. Nominations are due by Friday, July 16, 2010.
ASTM Workshop addresses crack tip-opening displacement.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 16, 2010 After calculation method for determining Crack Tip-Opening Displacement fracture toughness was revised in ASTM E1290 and ASTM E1820, there has been much discussion on significance that revision has had on results. Objective of ASTM International workshop on Critical Evaluation of Calculation Methods for CTOD is to discuss differences that have been observed in measured CTOD by these 2 methods, and implications of these differences to application of CTOD in industry.
Manufacturers support extension of bonus depreciation.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 16, 2010 National Association of Manufacturers urged Congress to extend bonus depreciation, a proven incentive for manufacturers of all sizes to invest in new, more efficient equipment, stimulating much-needed economic growth and job creation. Bonus depreciation allows businesses to immediately deduct 50% of the cost of new machinery, equipment, and other essential capital investments, which lowers after-tax cost of capital equipment and drives demand for such purchases.
Fieldbus Foundation releases updated H1 Conformance Test Kit.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
July 16, 2010 Fieldbus Foundation's H1 CTK 3.0 facilitates development and testing of FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus H1 device communication stacks, which are composed of data link layer, fieldbus access sub-layer, fieldbus message specification, and system/network management agents. Suitable for troubleshooting and debugging wide range of fieldbus instrumentation, H1 CTK 3.0 includes test engine code update to 32 bit and platform upgrade with support for PCI and PCMCIA NI-FBUS cards.
ASTM-Sponsored Workshop focuses on lead in copper alloys.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 16, 2010 Held in conjunction with standards development meetings of ASTM Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, Lead in Copper Alloys: Recent Developments will take place on Oct. 13, 2010 in San Antonio, TX. It will trace recent history of Pb and Pb restrictions in Committee B05 standards as well as give overview of ballot items to reduce Pb as part of CDA Residual Element Reduction Program. Discussion will center on new alloys being developed in response to CA and VT initiatives.
Budapest Electronics Conference is seeking participants.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
July 15, 2010 IPC Electronics Assembly Quality and Reliability Conference and table top exhibition will be held October 6-7, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary to help international electronics assembly suppliers reach Central and Eastern European electronics market. By participating in this inaugural conference, industry leaders can increase their companies' visibility in this pivotal region. Conference will emphasize technical exchange on new products and research.
McWane Inc. to Resolve its environmental violations in 14 states.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
July 15, 2010 U.S. EPA, Justice Department, and states of Alabama and Iowa announced that McWane Inc. has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve over 400 violations of federal and state environmental laws. Filed in federal court, settlement covers 28 of McWane's manufacturing facilities in 14 states and also requires company to perform 7 environmental projects valued at $9.1 million. This settlement resolves civil violations over past decade of as alleged by U.S., Alabama, and Iowa in complaint.
SME Scholarship hopes to bridge engineering talent gap.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
July 15, 2010 SME Education Foundation announces creation of Walter E. Panse Scholarship with $270,000 gift from his estate. Available in 2011, scholarship requires applicants to be full-time North American undergraduate students studying engineering and/or technology. Preference is given to students who demonstrate leadership skills in community, academic, or professional environment. Applicants must possess overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
Annual Survey shows decline in new business volume in 2009.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
July 15, 2010 According to ELFA's 2010 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity, new business volume among sample of ELFA member companies declined 30.3% in 2009, in contrast to 2.2% decline in 2008. Pre-tax income and net income, in dollar terms, declined by 55.7% and 54.4%, respectively, while decreases in revenues and total headcount were only 13.8% and 5.8%, respectively. For first time in past 10 years of SEFA, weighted average return on equity was in single digits at 5.2%, a decline from 11% in 2008.
FDIS on Social Responsibility is now available for vote.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 15, 2010 Slated for publication by year's end, Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) of ISO 26000, Guidance on social responsibility, is available for 2-month period and vote by member countries of International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is intended to assist organizations toward more sustainable global economy by establishing common guidance on social responsibility concepts, definitions, and methods of evaluation.
Congress Urged to Act on transportation reauthorization bill.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
July 15, 2010 On Transportation TV, AASHTO President and Executive Director of Mississippi DoT Larry Brown said costs of freight and goods are increasing due to inefficiencies caused by underinvestment in transportation infrastructure. Two-Minute State DOT Update, posted online, shares Brown's views on how transportation network could be improved if lawmakers recognize existing problems and commit to increased funding as part of a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization measure.
Workshop to cover air barrier systems for Green buildings.
National Institute of Building Sciences    Washington, DC 20005-4905
July 15, 2010 Scheduled for Oct 26, 2010, workshop will explain why Green buildings cannot be built without air barrier systems. Participants will learn about significance of air control and barrier technology; see case studies of successful implementation of airtightness requirements; examine issues as seen by industry association; explore air barrier testing and commissioning; and discuss need for future technical developments.
BSA forecasts 4.8% sales growth in 2010.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
July 15, 2010 Based on results from 2010 Distributor Survey, BSA is forecasting 4.8% compound industry sales growth in 2010. Although only 60% of BSA's distributor members responded to survey, response rate among larger distributors was much higher. Survey results also revealed that BSA member distributors represent 76.8% of MRO authorized distribution in U.S., demonstrating significant marketplace role played by association's factory-authorized distributor members.
ASTM Symposium to address surface and dermal sampling.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 15, 2010 Since role of surface and dermal sampling to assess contamination levels and to detect harmful agents is growing, agreement is needed on sampling protocols. Scheduled for Oct 14-15, 2010, Symposium on Surface and Dermal Sampling will include presentations on sampling protocols; samplers and sample collection media; target analytes; application of surface and dermal monitoring techniques to real-world problems; and quality assurance and method performance.
ASTM Symposium to address pesticide formulations and delivery.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 15, 2010 Scheduled for Oct 12-14, 31st Symposium on Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems: Innovative Green Chemistries for the 21st Century will enable participants to exchange information and learn about state-of-the art products that meet or exceed current and future green chemistry market trends. Some themes will include Innovative Formulations for Delivery of Active Ingredients; Seed Treatment Delivery Systems; Formulations for Turf and Ornamental Crops; and Inerts and Their Regulation.
Papers invited for ASTM pervious concrete symposium.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 15, 2010 Scheduled for December 4, 2011, ASTM International Symposium on Pervious Concrete will discuss importance of having testing standards for segment of industry that has been placing pervious concrete for more than 30 years in the United States. Event will provide forum for presenting data collected on pervious projects relating to fresh concrete properties, hardened properties, durability, permeability, and mix design alternatives.
Policy Committee Nominations are open for 2 more weeks.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 15, 2010 Members of ANSI can recommend qualified candidates for membership on Institute's policy and other committees by submitting nomination forms by July 23, 2010. Beginning January 1 of 2011, 3-year terms conclude December 31 in 2013. Policy committees seeking new members, voting and non-voting, include: Conformity Assessment Policy Committee, National Policy Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, International Policy Committee, and ANSI ISO Council.

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