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AMT reports rise in manufacturing technology consumption.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
January 13, 2010 According to USMTC report by AMT and AMTDA, companies reported U.S. manufacturing technology consumption in November was up 16.0% from October but down 16.2% from November 2008. Same pattern showed for 5 geographic areas, except Western Region, which was down from October and last November. Peter Borden, AMTDA President, said 3-month upward trend is positive news. Report provides regional and national U.S. consumption data of domestic/imported machine tools and related equipment.
ASTM Committee approves road materials test standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 13, 2010 ASTM D7552, Test Method for Determining the Complex Shear Modulus (G*) of Bituminous Mixtures Using Dynamic Shear Rheometer, has been approved by Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials. Developed by Subcommittee D04.26 on Fundamental/Mechanistic Tests, standard will enable operators to determine complex shear modulus of field cores, regardless of layer thickness. Primary users will be independent test laboratories specializing in forensic investigation of projects.
Security Standard aids emergency operations center development.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 13, 2010 Draft standard WK12954, Guide for the Development of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E54.02 on Emergency Preparedness, Training, and Procedures. It aims to provide advice and existing best business practices for creation of EOCs. Glenn Wisbey, an E54 member, said that this proposed guide will walk emergency managers or business continuity planners through development process when new or updated EOC is needed.
APICS releases 2nd edition of OMBOK Framework.
APICS The Educational Soc. For Resource Mgt.    Alexandria, VA 22312
January 12, 2010 APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework, 2nd edition, includes 2 appendices with tables illustrating relevancy of document to specific job titles and to industries outside manufacturing. Appendices were developed from May 2009 survey of operations and supply chain management professionals. Also featuring new index, framework connects operations management body of knowledge to job titles and nonmanufacturing industries.
Die Casting Industry Wages slowed in 2009.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
January 12, 2010 Specifically designed for die casting industry, 2009 NADCA Annual Wage and Fringe Benefit Survey represents 39 companies in die casting industry nationwide. This year, the typical participating company had annual sales of $16 million per year, utilized 16 die casting machines, and employed 88 full-time direct labor employees. Less than half (23%) reported general wage adjustment in last 12 months, but larger percentage (28%) plan to make general wage adjustment in next 12 months.
IEEE Member Discussion focused on consumer electronics trends.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
January 12, 2010 Comprised of IEEE members, Emerging CE Technology panel at 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) discussed how advances in consumer electronics benefit humanity. Topics included wireless and mobile, HDTV, IPTV, 3DTV, home networking, and green consumer electronics. IEEE Fellow and moderator of panel, Stuart Lipoff, said that "Technologies such as artificial intelligence and voice recognition will make it possible to make the complexities of the device invisible and easy to use."
Workshops Announced for annual BIO conference.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
January 12, 2010 BIO announced selection of therapeutic workshops to be presented at Twelfth Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference, which will be held February 8-9 in NYC. Experts chosen to speak on these panels represent leading clinical institutions, medical foundations, as well as public and private biotechnology companies. Conference provides forum to showcase therapeutic areas with key catalysts, from new and dynamic therapies to cutting edge investment opportunities.
ASHRAE Website provides information on green building standard.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
January 12, 2010 As publication of nation's first code-intended high-performance green building standard draws nearer, Webpage providing detailed information about the standard has been launched. Located at www.ashrae.org/greenstandard, site contains version of Proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, along with more information on areas addressed by standard and other resources for high-performance building.
Tire Industry Association reports full booking of 2010 conference mine tour.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
January 12, 2010 TIA has announced that Caterpillar mine tour, part of 2010 TIA Off-The-Road (OTR) Conference, is fully booked. Organization has created waiting list for attendees still interested in going on mine tour if spot opens up. TIA also reports that hotel occupancy has reached 90% and encourages interested individuals to register on its website. Conference will be held February 17-20, 2010, at Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ.
Aptitude Assessment Tool evaluates metalworking job applicant skills.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
January 12, 2010 Modular, 60-item, multiple-choice Occupational Aptitude and Knowledge Assessment predicts applicants' capability for learning job and functioning in manufacturing environment. Designed to evaluate employment applicants that have no experience in metalworking, validated assessment covers mechanical and spatial aptitudes, mathematical reasoning and measurement, communications and information, as well as industry understanding and behaviors.
ELFA to hold quarterly briefing conference call.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
January 11, 2010 Equipment Finance Quarterly Briefing, covering Q4 2009, will be held Friday, February 5th, 2010, at 11 am ET. Hosted by ELFA Interim President, Ralph Petta, and participant company Chief Executives including Anthony V. Cracchiolo of U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, it will feature overview of ELFA and member companies profiles and will discuss overall trends in equipment finance markets. Conference call will provide review of 2009 and outlook for 2010, in addition to Q&A session.
NIST awards $123 million in Recovery Act grants.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
January 11, 2010 NIST awarded more than $123 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to support construction of new scientific research facilities at 11 universities and one non-profit research organization. Ultimate research targets range from off-shore wind power and coral reef ecology to quantum physics and nanotechnology. Projects will create and save jobs as well as invest in infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.
Webcast Series to focus on real-time data management issues.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
January 11, 2010 Software and Information Industry Association's Financial Information Services Division and Finextra have partnered to produce webcasts in 2010 that will address real-time data management and delivery, reference data, and standards. Events will be hosted in-studio and broadcast via real-time streaming video to invited audience of financial professionals, who will be able to interact with panelists. Alternatively, webcasts may be recorded and then broadcast via Web at specific time.
WirelessHART Technology demonstrated at Instrument Forum.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
January 11, 2010 HARTŪ Communication Foundation demonstrated WirelessHART(TM) technology during recent Instrument Forum organized by Petronas, Malaysia's national petroleum company. Visitors to HART booth learned about WirelessHART application solutions and saw firsthand the WirelessHART features that provide reliable communications in challenging industrial environments. Visitors also learned how WirelessHART technology provides secure way to deploy new points of measurement and control.
Product & Price Information Format v2.1 adds optional fields for country of origin.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
January 8, 2010 Joint task force of PTDA and Bearing Specialists Association approved revision of Product and Price Information Format with 5 optional fields for country of origin. Transacting business with government agencies requires distributor to certify country of origin for each product (part) number. Specifying fields for this kind of information is in keeping with purpose of the format, ensuring that distributors will be able to find this information in same fields every time data is received.
IPC issues call for corporate/individual award nominations.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 8, 2010 IPC announced Call for Nominations to recognize volunteers who contribute time and expertise to IPC standards development and other IPC activities. Industry members can highlight special achievements of companies or colleagues by nominating them for one or more awards. To be submitted by January 28, 2010, nominations must include candidate's name and contact information along with statement describing contribution, how they meet criteria, and why they deserve recognition.
ASTM develops clothing standard for pesticide applicators.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 7, 2010 ASTM F2669, Performance Specification for Protective Clothing Worn by Operators Applying Pesticides, outlines 3 levels of protection that allow for selection of garments based on potential risk determined as part of pesticide registration process. For example, Level 1 cotton or polyester/cotton coverall is sufficient when potential risk is relatively low. Garments that meet more stringent requirements can be used when higher protection is required.
ASTM releases new edition of standards for fence materials.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 7, 2010 The 11th edition of "ASTM Standards for Fence Materials and Products" features latest standards for all aspects of fencing industry. It includes 6 new standards and 22 revised standards since it was last published in 2007. Standards cover topics such as chain link and wire fence fabric, fence construction and installation, fence fittings and protective coatings, industrial and commercial horizontal slide gates, and design and fabrication of wood fencing.
Four Portable Oxygen Concentrators gain FAA approval.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
January 7, 2010 Adding to the 7 already approved units, FAA announced that passengers needing medical oxygen can now use 4 additional portable oxygen concentrators while traveling. Newly authorized devices include DeVilbiss Healthcare's iGo, International Biophysics Corporation's LifeChoice, Inogen's Inogen One G2, and Oxlife's Independence Oxygen Concentrator. The goal of adding these products is to offer passengers as many options as possible while meeting safety guidelines.
DOE Webinar to cover progress of Greensburg, KS.
U.S. Department of Energy    Washington, DC 20585
January 7, 2010 Greensburg, Kansas: Lessons Learned and Steps Forward will be presented on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, from 12:00-1:30 pm EST, by U.S. DOE Building Technologies Program. It will discuss successes in rebuilding green in residential sector/efforts to establish green home program in tornado-stricken Greensburg, start of wind energy business, and lessons learned about rebuilding green from federal agency perspective. Presenters will include Lynn Billman, Haley Estes, John Holton.

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