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EPA Grants inspire communities to combat climate change.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 10, 2010 U.S. EPA is making up to $10 million in grants available through its Climate Showcase Communities program to local governments in order to help establish and carry out initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. EPA expects to award approximately 25 cooperative agreements ranging from 100,000-500,000 USD (U.S. Dollars), with approximately 5% of funds (500,000 USD) available specifically for tribal governments.
Manufacturers Urge Senate to pass Murkowski resolution.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
June 10, 2010 NAM Executive VP Jay Timmons issued statement on Senator Lisa Murkowski's "resolution of disapproval" to prohibit EPA from regulating greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act. Specifically, Timmons encouraged senators "to vote in favor of the 'resolution of disapproval' and to stop the EPA from moving forward with its overreaching and economically destructive agenda." Timmons cited burdens that would create uncertainty, stifle job creation, and harm global competition.
IPC SPVC States Position on trade of conflict metals.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 10, 2010 IPC Solder Products Value Council (SPVC) issued its position on conflict metals during May 20, 2010 Supply Chain Workshop. As read, statement says that IPC SPVC supports efforts to eliminate trade of conflict metals, especially mined tin from Democratic Republic of Congo. IPC SPVC further believes that smelters and mines are in best position to develop and implement system to ensure mineral traceability and develop chain of custody data as well as ITRI's efforts to achieve said goal.
ANSI-HSSP Workshops explore issues related to disabled persons.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 9, 2010 ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (HSSP) is addressing barriers related to emergency preparedness for persons with disabilities through workshop series. As final workshop, Emergency Evacuation Operations workshop will address standards development for emergency planning and contingencies for evacuation needs and concerns of persons with disabilities. Scheduled to take place in New Orleans, LA on June 17, workshop attendance is free but requires registration by June 9, 2010.
Energy Management Systems Standard up for voting and comment.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 9, 2010 ANSI would like to inform all stakeholders that ISO 50001 has been recently approved as Draft International Standard. Developed by Project Committee 242, Energy management, ISO 50001 will provide energy management systems guidelines for industrial plants, commercial facilities, and entire organizations. Now that ISO 50001 has advanced to this draft stage, national member bodies of ISO have been invited to vote and comment on text of standard during 5-month balloting period.
Manufacturing Engineering Website uses pop culture to attract young people.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
June 9, 2010 SME Education Foundation enhanced its Manufacturing is Cool website with pop culture and respected resources to introduce curious and creative young people to modern manufacturing and high-paying careers it offers. Each item on website drills down and expands information on various required engineering disciplines, challenging students to become more involved in basic requirements of engineering programs, STEM education in math, science, engineering, and technology.
Training Course teaches rotorcraft accident investigation.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
June 9, 2010 NTSB's 5-day course in rotorcraft accident investigation is intended for investigators from regulatory authorities, investigative agencies, private industry, and potential parties to NTSB investigation. Course offers overview of procedures, methods, and skills required to perform rotorcraft accident investigation. Training will be offered August 16-20, 2010 at NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, VA.
ASTM Standard covers climate change assessment.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2010 According to Gayle Koch, member of E50.05 task group that developed standard, ASTM E2718, Guide for Financial Disclosures Attributed to Climate Change, provides process for identifying potential financial risks/opportunities associated with climate change; quantifying financial impact of risks; and determining appropriate content of disclosure for risks. Task group will also develop climate change assessment and risk management standards that address management, mitigation, and adaptation.
ANSI Seeks Nominations for 2011 Board of Directors.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 9, 2010 Nominations for qualified candidates for 2011 ANSI Board of Directors are due by June 14, 2010. To facilitate nomination process, compiled set of guidelines outline sectors currently underrepresented in ANSI's Board of Directors. Board is responsible for management and control of activities, property, and affairs of ANSI, including strategic direction of Institute, annual budget, and scope of responsibilities of Board and Institute Committees, Councils, and Boards.
State DOTs compete for best transportation project.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
June 9, 2010 Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2010 America's Transportation Award competition includes 43 highway projects nominated by DOTs of 28 states and District of Columbia. Award categories include projects delivered under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Under Budget, On Time, and using Innovative Management. Ten highest-scoring projects from regional competitions will go on to compete for Grand Prize and People's Choice Award, which each carry $10,000 cash prizes.
National Aerospace Week is planned for Sept. 12-18.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
June 9, 2010 Following success of first-ever National Aerospace Day last year, AIA is expanding activities this year during National Aerospace Week. Series of events in Washington, D.C. and across country are being planned. New research reports, contests for youth, and other events hosted by businesses and communities across country will showcase industry's role in future high-tech workforce of America and in creating and sustaining high-paying jobs across the country.
MCA reports 22% jump in new orders in first quarter.
Motion Control Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
June 9, 2010 According to figures from MCA, new orders for motion control products jumped 22% in first quarter of 2010 compared to same period in 2009. Compared to fourth quarter of 2009, first quarter numbers were up by 27%, an indication that recovery in motion control market is accelerating, according to Jeff Burnstein, MCA's President. However, Burnstein cautioned that forecasts of industrial production suggest that rate of growth could moderate in subsequent quarters.
IMTS 2010 Shows-Off Lockheed Martin's joint strike fighter.
The International Manufacturing Technology Show    McLean, VA 22102
June 9, 2010 Lockheed Martin will exhibit full-scale model of its F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter during IMTS 2010, which is being held at Chicago's McCormick Place from September 13-18. According to IMTS Director John Krisko, "Everyone at the show will have the opportunity to learn about the plane's construction and the manufacturing technology behind it." This exhibit also provides attendees with chance to see end result from manufacturing machines.
IPC Report shows PCB industry growth during April 2010.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 9, 2010 According to April 2010 report, rigid PCB shipments and bookings were up compared to April 2009, with book-to-bill ratio of 1.11. For flexible circuits, book-to-bill ratio was 0.98, with shipments down and bookings up from April 2009. Ratio for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined increased to 1.10, with shipments and bookings higher in April 2010. IPC's Denny McGuirk said ratio has been above parity for 12 months, indicating recovery with increasing momentum.
Performance Report reveals gap in profit margin among firms.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
June 9, 2010 According to 2010 PT Distributor Performance Report, high-profit distribution firms had pre-tax profit margin 5 percentage points higher in 2009 than typical firms' pre-tax profit margin. Typical sales volume of power transmission/motion control distributors in 2009 was down 19.2%, and gross margins for distribution firms showed little variance at 27.1% (typical) and 27.4% (high-profit). Also, high-profit firms kept operating expenses to 21.7%, while typical firms crept to 26.3%.
Science for Florida's Coastal Water Quality Standards under review by EPA.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 9, 2010 U.S. EPA announced plans to send its underlying data and methodologies to support development of coastal water quality standards, also known as nutrients criteria, to Science Advisory Board for peer review. Nutrient pollution can damage drinking water sources and exposure to nutrient pollution can cause rashes, dizziness, nausea, and possibly damage to central nervous system. Proposed standards aim to protect people's health, aquatic life, and long-term recreational uses of Florida's waters.
LIA Releases Revised ANSI Document dealing with laser safety.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
June 8, 2010 Laser Institute of America (LIA) released revised ANSI standard Z136.4 - 2010 American National Standard Recommended Practice for Laser Safety Measurements for Hazard Evaluation, which provides guidance for optical measurements associated with laser safety requirements. Intended to assist users who are entrusted with responsibility of conducting laser hazard evaluations, information contained within document will help ensure implementation of appropriate control measures.
EPA Honors CleanAIR Systems with Clean Air Excellence Award.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 8, 2010 U.S. EPA tenth annual Clean Air Excellence Awards for 2009 honored 14 organizations and one individual for reducing pollution, promoting environmental education, and creating green products and jobs throughout U.S. CleanAIR Systems, first emissions control manufacturer to develop compact Tier 4 retrofit product for large diesel and natural gas engines, was selected as one of this year's award winners under Clean Air Technology category for their E-POD SCR product.
EPA Marks World Environment Day at water safety conference.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 8, 2010 US EPA observed World Environment Day, which aims to stimulate worldwide awareness about environment and is celebrated in 80 nations. In honor of this day, Nancy Stoner, deputy assistant administrator in EPA Office of Water, spoke at United Nations World Environment Day "Water Matters" Conference to discuss water safety. EPA recognizes environmental progress in cooperation with global partners can lead to greater progress in protecting our domestic environment.
EPA announces data centers can now earn Energy Star label.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 8, 2010 According to EPA, stand-alone data centers and buildings that house large data centers can earn Energy Star label by being in top 25% of their peers in energy efficiency. EPA uses Power Usage Effectiveness metric to determine whether data center qualifies for Energy Star label. Before being awarded Energy Star, third-party licensed professional must independently verify energy performance of buildings and sign and seal application document that is sent to EPA for review and approval.

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