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AAMA Western Spring Meeting addressed economic outlook.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173-4268
May 24, 2010 AAMA's 2010 Western Region Spring Meeting on May 5-6 included discussions on current economic outlook as well as updates to California building codes. It began with tour of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where talks were held on trends in building energy efficiency and future ENERGY STARŪ criteria. Also discussed at meeting were proposed building envelope criteria for ASHRAE standards 90.1 and 189.1 and update on development of Green and Sustainable Product Certification Program.
PMA May 2010 Business Report shows economic improvement.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
May 24, 2010 May 2010 Business Conditions Report shows that out of 129 companies sampled 42% expect improvement in economic activity during next 3 months. It also shows 85% of companies forecast incoming orders to increase, which PMA President William E. Gaskin said means industry is headed for significant recovery. Fifty-four percent reported average daily shipping levels are above those of 3 months ago, and percentage of companies with portion of workforce on short time/layoff dropped to 30%.
EPA recognizes student contributions to environment.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 21, 2010 U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson recognized young people at 2009 President's Environmental Youth Awards ceremony. These students have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection through projects that help reduce GHGs, improve air quality, and protect America's waters. Some projects include collecting town's cooking oil for recycling into biofuel and distributing it to charities, and designing and building environmental education center made entirely of green materials.
NAM Manufacturing Survey shows rising confidence.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
May 21, 2010 NAM/Industry Week Manufacturing Index results show manufacturer confidence improvement in first quarter of 2010, reaching highest level in over 2 years. Uptick is also shown for sales expectations, pricing power, employment, and capital expenditures. Together, indications signal manufacturing recovery should gain steam over coming year. Quarterly survey is based on responses of 223 NAM member companies.
AIA Names Sigler assistant Vice President for Civil Aviation.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
May 21, 2010 Appointed by AIA to serve as Assistant Vice President of Civil Aviation, Todd D. Sigler will focus on topics related to civil aviation issues and policy such as research and development, environment, aviation infrastructure, and safety and security. Marion C. Blakey, AIA president and CEO, commented that Sigler's "extensive experience in aviation will be a great asset to our advocacy efforts." She also noted that Todd's past experience has dealt with important areas addressed by AIA.
BIO Names Key Speakers for 2010 Livestock Biotech Summit.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 21, 2010 Taking place in Sioux Falls, SD from September 28-30, the 2010 Livestock Biotech Summit will feature keynote speaker W.R. Gomes, Ph.D., Vice President Emeritus of University of California, and introductory speaker Bruce Knight, Principal and Founder of Strategic Conservation Solutions. Dr. Gomes will focus on developing global solutions through animal biotechnology, and Bruce Knight will offer an overview of animal agriculture focusing on increasing importance of animal care.
BIO asks Congress to fund GREEN JOB Act.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 21, 2010 BIO joined 34 other companies and trade associations to ask leaders of House Ways and Means Committee to include language of H.R. 5142, the Grow a Renewable Energy Economy Now - Jumpstart Other Biofuels Act of 2010, in next appropriate revenue vehicle considered by House. GREEN JOB Act supports industry efforts to secure project financing by strengthening and expanding federal tax incentives for next generation biofuels, thus accelerating development of biorefineries and high-wage American jobs.
IPC Issues Call for Participation for 2011 IPC Apex Expo.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
May 21, 2010 IPC is encouraging submission of abstracts for 2011 IPC APEX EXPO(TM) to be held in Las Vegas, April 12-15, 2011. Summarizing original and unpublished work, 300 word abstracts covering case histories, research, and discoveries must be submitted by July 16, 2010. Awards will be presented at event for Best U.S. Paper and Best International Paper. Also, proposals are solicited for professional development courses on design, printed board, and electronics manufacturing processes/materials.
ANSI Delegation participates at COPANT General Assembly.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 21, 2010 Representatives of standards communities from North, Central, and South America gathered in Mexico City last month for Pan American Standards Commission Assembly 2010. At the General Assembly, a resolution was passed for an ad-hoc strategic planning group comprising representatives from ANSI and Brazilian, Cuban, Canadian, and Colombian standards bodies. In conjunction with COPANT meetings, ANSI and AENOR discussed future areas of cooperation and plan to sign MOU.
Use of Advanced Energy Design Guides enhances building efficiency.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
May 21, 2010 Assessment commissioned by ASHRAE and conducted by the Energy Center of Wisconsin found that guides written by building organizations to advance energy efficiency are positively impacting building industry. Market assessment, which focuses on ASHRAE members' use of guides, determined that Advanced Energy Design Guide series is in line with objective of achieving 30% energy savings over minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999.
BIO issues call for papers for 2010 Pacific Rim Summit.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
May 21, 2010 BIO invites leaders from biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industries to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers, and posters for 2010 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. Program tracks will include renewable chemicals and biobased polymers; biofuels and bioenergy platforms; algae production systems and marine biotechnology; specialty crops, renewable feedstocks, and sustainability; and synthetic biology and metabolic engineering.
ESFI Offers Pointers to help keep offices safe from electrical hazards.
Electrical Safety Foundation International    Rosslyn, VA 22209
May 21, 2010 ESFI is encouraging employers to promote electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month by increasing employee awareness of electrical hazards that may exist in office settings. ESFI recommends avoiding overloading outlets with too many appliances, unplugging appliances when not in use, and inspecting electrical cords once a month. Also, electrical cords should not be placed in high traffic areas, under carpets, or across doorways where they pose tripping hazard.
PLM Software Training prepares students for manufacturing jobs.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
May 21, 2010 SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software offer sponsored schools opportunity to use latest PLM tools in their curriculum. Total solution package provided to academic institutions will include unlimited seats of any Siemens PLM Software technology, free center-based training, as well as free upgrades and tech support. Experience gained via use of these tools prepares students for competitive manufacturing jobs requiring full knowledge of modern technologies and tools.
Security Screening Workshop covers standards for non-invasive inspection systems.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 20, 2010 On April 29-30, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel hosted nearly 150 technical experts from U.S. and abroad for interactive Workshop on Non-Invasive Inspection Systems for Homeland Security. Event addressed standards and conformity assessment needs for non-invasive explosives detection, including ionizing radiation, non-ionizing radiation, metal detectors, and automated target recognition for screening persons, luggage, cargo containers, and vehicles.
ANSI/NABET Agreement spurs India accreditation system development.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 20, 2010 Signed with National Accreditation Board for Education and Training (NABET), constituent of Quality Council of India, ANSI's cooperation agreement is intended to promote and facilitate development of skill standards, personnel credentialing, and accreditation system in India. NABET has identified 11 high priority sectors to be targeted during first phase of implementation, including health care, construction, IT, security, and energy.
ASTM Geosynthetics Committee honors Samuel R. Allen.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 20, 2010 Samuel R. Allen, VP of TRI/Environmental Inc., was honored with ASTM Award of Merit and honorary title of fellow. Given by ASTM International Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, award recognized Allen's "outstanding leadership skills." He has been ASTM International member since 1994, served as D35 chairman from 2004-2009, and led US Technical Advisory Group to ISO TC 221 on Geosynthetics (D35.96) since 2000. He is also a member of Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics.
SME Lean Book Author honored with The Shingo Prize.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
May 20, 2010 An advocate of lean practices, SME member, and author, Mark Hamel has been awarded The Shingo Prize Research and Professional Publications Award for the Kaizen Event Fieldbook, which provides an understanding of essential whys and hows of kaizen event standard work and event management. Book addresses strategy, pre-event planning, execution, and follow-through in multi-phase approach. It contains practical examples, over 100 figures and tables, and many real life "Gemba Tales".
Electric Utility Plans improve coal ash impoundment safety.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 20, 2010 US EPA is releasing action plans developed by 16 electric utility facilities with coal ash impoundments, describing measures they are taking to make impoundments safer. These action plans are in response to EPA's final assessment reports on structural integrity of impoundments that the agency made public in February. Additionally, EPA is releasing assessment reports on structural integrity of 37 additional coal ash impoundments at 15 facilities across country.
ANSI Approved Accreditor Status is designated by U.S. DoD.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 20, 2010 ANSI has been named approved accreditor of certification bodies by U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for Information Assurance (IA) Workforce Improvement Program. Designation is stated in revisions to manual issued under DoD Directive 8570.1, Information Assurance Training, Certification, and Workforce Management. Institute has accredited 30 personnel certification bodies involved in DoD program through its own Personnel Certification Accreditation Program, begun in 2003.
Agenda now available for NESCC meeting.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
May 20, 2010 ANSI and NIST have released agenda for third meeting of Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative, to be held on May 26. Joint initiative was formed to identify and respond to current needs of nuclear industry. Some topics will include current and future use of IEE and IEC consensus standards in regulation of digital instrumentation and control systems in nuclear power industry; Catawba Nuclear Station's use of polyethylene piping; and update on DOE/NRC/NIST Interagency Agreement.

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