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EASTEC Resource Center provides pathways to increase business.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
May 19, 2010 EASTEC 2010 will feature 27 Lean and Green Resource Center presentations for manufacturers. The free presentations, running from May 25-27, will give attendees opportunity to learn about new ideas and processes to grow their business and gain competitive advantage. Some topics include "Cleaning Up Our Act! Reducing Toxic Waste," "The Green Profit Center," "Lean Involvement and Idea Systems," and "Collaboration and Innovation in a Global Economy."
Pennsylvania Students win Team America Rocketry Challenge.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
May 19, 2010 A team from Penn Manor High School in Millersville, PA took first place at Eighth Annual Team America Rocketry Challenge, earning title of national champion. Four-member team won world's largest rocket contest after spending months designing, building, and test launching their model rocket. Challenge kicked off last September with 669 teams from across nation vying for chance to compete among top 100 qualifying teams at finals held outside of Washington, D.C.
ASTM Standards in Building Codes now available.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 19, 2010 Available in print, DVD, and online, 47th Edition of ASTM Standards in Building Codes contain more than 1,300 ASTM construction specifications, practices, and test methods compiled from Annual Book of ASTM Standards. Codes enable users to meet international code requirements, stay informed and remain competitive, specify right material for the job, understand significance and use of standards, and speak a common language that entire industry recognizes.
NAM Economist Responds to April Industrial Production Report.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
May 19, 2010 NAM Chief Economist Dave Huether commented on Federal Reserve Industrial Production report, which said manufacturing production rose 1.1% in April - the third increase in 4 months. Huether called this "an encouraging sign" and said this upturn was most likely driven by housing, business inventories, exports, and business investment. Expecting pace of manufacturing recovery to moderate in coming months, Huether said pre-recession manufacturing will not be attained until late 2011.
ASTM Manual covers tests for petroleum products.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 19, 2010 Manual 1, Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products includes latest analytical procedures and specifications for vast range of petroleum products. All tests in Manual 1 are designed to measure product properties so that quality of that product may be described. Book also cross-references and lists ISO, API, OECD, IP, EPA, DIN, and EPS methods, where applicable. Topics addressed include sampling techniques, fuel oxygenates, automotive engine oils, and lubricant base fluids.
ASTM Publication highlights latest welding standards.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 19, 2010 ASTM Standards for Welding, 2nd Edition contains latest 60 ASTM standards referenced by newest edition of American Welding Society, Structural Welding Code D1.1/D1.1M: 2010, which covers any type of welded structure made from commonly used carbon and low-alloy steels. Included resources aid quality professionals, inspectors, supervisors, as well as quality conscious engineers and managers with interpreting specification and test methods used in AWS industrial code.
Healthcare Reform among top challenges for medical manufacturers.
American Society For Quality    Milwaukee, WI 53201
May 19, 2010 According to ASQ survey, majority of medical device manufacturers identify healthcare legislation as having negative impact on industry in year ahead. Increased FDA oversight and compliance with regulations tops what manufacturers feel will be the biggest challenge in their industry. When it comes to innovative trends, manufacturers believe hottest areas include nanotechnology, IT/wireless capabilities for hospitals, and less invasive surgeries and devices.
Two AEC Members recognized for customer satisfaction.
Aluminum Extruders Council    Wauconda, IL 60084
May 19, 2010 Pennex Aluminum Company of Wellsville, PA and Alexandria Extrusion Company of Alexandria, MN were among companies recognized by InfoQuest North America for high customer satisfaction and loyalty ratings. Recognition stems from collection, processing, and analysis of customer satisfaction survey responses collected over 2 year period from over 1,000 customers served by 25 AEC member manufacturing locations.
NEMA Intervention Permitted in challenge to EPA GHG regulation.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
May 19, 2010 US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit granted motion of NEMA and other state/national business organizations to intervene as one party in pending case to review US EPA's decision to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources through Clean Air Act. Specifically, petition seeks review of EPA's December 7, 2009 "Endangerment Finding" determination. "We don't believe EPA asked all of the right questions," stated NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.
NEMA-Backed Carbon Monoxide Bill signed into law in California.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
May 19, 2010 On May 7, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 (SB 183) was signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. SB 183 requires existing homes and dwelling units to be outfitted with carbon monoxide alarms beginning July 2011. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, enactment of this bill and adoption of similar provisions in 2010 state codes will reduce likelihood of carbon monoxide poisoning and protect health and safety of California's families and tourists.
Industrial Control Equipment Shipments rise in first quarter 2010.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
May 19, 2010 NEMA Primary Industrial Controls Index climbed 11.7%, quarter-to-quarter, during first 3 months of 2010. While it has increased in each of last 3 quarters, latest gain marks largest percentage increase since second quarter 2010. Industrial control shipments also increased on year-over-year basis for first time since 2008 quarter 3, with increase of 11% percent compared to first quarter of 2009. Inflation- and seasonally-adjusted shipments remain nearly 23% below cyclical peak.
NREL's Dynamometer tests Samsung's wind turbine drive train.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
May 19, 2010 Outfitted with 3,550 hp electric motor coupled to 3-stage epicyclic gearbox, 2.5 MW dynamometer at U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory blasted 12.6 million lb-in. of torque at Samsung's 185,000 lb wind turbine drive train. Samsung officials wanted to learn how well their 250 ft high wind turbines would survive 25 years of gales, gusts, rain, rust, cyclones, and dust. This was the largest full-scale dynamometer test of a wind turbine drive train ever done in U.S.
Workholding Shipments are up 8.1% from fourth quarter 2009.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
May 19, 2010 According to AMT Advanced Workholding Technologies (AWT) Group's Workholding Market Data Report, first quarter 2010 shipments of workholding equipment were at $50.0 million which is up 10.7% from first quarter 2009. Report also shows domestic workholding equipment shipments increased 13.6% and U.S. exports decreased 15.5% from fourth quarter 2009. Additionally, first quarter 2010 employment levels were up 2.7% from fourth quarter 2009 but down 9.8% compared to first quarter of 2009.
ASQ/Metrus Survey shows impact of customer service cuts.
American Society For Quality    Milwaukee, WI 53201
May 19, 2010 Led by ASQ and Metrus Group, national survey on how various recession-survival tactics affect employees shows that cutting internal and external customer service causes most damage. Compiling data from 2,100 U.S. companies, survey says customer service cuts cause more damage than layoffs; pay cuts, pay freezes, and benefits reductions; and mandatory furloughs. Full survey findings and accompanying article are published in April issue of ASQ's Quality Progress.
EPA's Envirofacts has more than 6,300 chemicals added to database.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 18, 2010 As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to increase public access to information on chemicals, U.S. EPA has added more than 6,300 chemicals and 3,800 chemical facilities regulated under Toxic Substances Control Act to public database called Envirofacts. Database is EPA's single point of access on the Internet for information about environmental activities that may affect air, water, and land in U.S. and provides tools for analyzing data.
ASQ names 2010 International Team Excellence Award finalists.
American Society For Quality    Milwaukee, WI 53201
May 18, 2010 ASQ has named 32 teams as finalists in 25th International Team Excellence Award Process. Teams from 9 countries and industries such as manufacturing, service, education, healthcare, and hospitality are vying for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards and will be part of live project presentations May 24-26, 2010 at ASQ's Annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Attendees can observe team project presentations using quality tools and creativity to demonstrate valuable business insights.
ASQ rewards achievements in quality methodology.
American Society For Quality    Milwaukee, WI 53201
May 18, 2010 ASQ will present 3 Distinguished Service Medals and 10 Society Medals and Awards during its World Conference on Quality and Improvement. Recognized for innovative contributions and achievements in area of quality methodology, recipients include Søren Bisgaard, A. Blanton Godfrey, Noriaki Kano, Paul Batalden, Douglas Beigel, Kanthassamy Senthilmaran, Mohamed Zairi, Jorge Gerdau Johannpeter, Spencer Hutchens Jr., Stephen N. Luko, David W. Bacon, Bradley Jones, and Christopher J. Nachtsheim.
Radiation-Effects Paper Compilation examines nuclear fuel cycle.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
May 18, 2010 Available from ASTM International, STP 1513, Effects of Radiation on Nuclear Materials and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: 24th Volume, features 15 peer-reviewed papers that examine radiation damage for entire fuel cycle. In addition to effects in reactor pressure vessel steels, oxide-dispersion strengthened alloys, and austenitic stainless steels, papers cover radiation-effects topics from modeling helium bubbles to finite-element modeling of fuel bundles.
Lean Certification is available through ASQ.
American Society For Quality    Milwaukee, WI 53201
May 18, 2010 Offered to quality professionals, Lean Certification is available through ASQ (American Society for Quality) as part of its 17 certification programs. First administration of exam for ASQ is scheduled at World Conference on Quality and Improvement, May 23. Launched in 2006, Lean Certification program has 3 levels: Bronze certification emphasizes tactical aspects of lean; Silver is based on integration of lean; and Gold focuses on lean's strategic facets.
EPA/Coast Guard approve use of dispersant at BP oil leak.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
May 18, 2010 U.S. Coast Guard and EPA have authorized BP to use dispersants underwater at source of Deepwater Horizon leak. Dispersants are chemicals that break down oil into small drops and prevent it from reaching surface or U.S. shoreline. They are less harmful than oil and biodegrade in much shorter time. Federal government will require regular analysis of dispersant effectiveness and environmental/human impacts, and can discontinue method if negative impacts outweigh benefits.

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