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AWWA Webcast covers backflow prevention.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
November 23, 2009 On Wednesday, December 9, AWWA will host webcast which will utilize case studies to summarize regulatory framework for backflow prevention and cross-connection control, as well as water utility responsibilities. Webcast attendees will learn how to formulate specific plans for superior backflow prevention program, apply cross-connection control procedures to reduce contamination risks, and employ backflow prevention devices for best results.
U.S. Farmers continue to favor biotech crop varieties.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 23, 2009 Despite statistics, report titled Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years, claims "farmers are increasingly critical of GE crops." According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. farmers have embraced biotech varieties of soybeans, cotton, and corn at rate of 91%, 88%, and 85%, respectively. Agricultural biotechnology allows farmers to grow more food on less land using practices that are environmentally sustainable.
ASTM International gains certification capabilities.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 23, 2009 At its October 27-28, 2009 meeting, ASTM's board of directors authorized ASTM's management to develop the capability to offer certification services. ASTM International Certification Programs, the new initiative, offers opportunity for certification of products - materials, products, services, systems - as well as personnel. Potential benefits include increased confidence, reliable product comparisons, equitable testing and rating, and facilitating regulatory compliance.
Construction Materials Prices decline in October.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    Chantilly, VA 20151
November 23, 2009 Producer price index report by U.S. Labor Department shows that prices for construction materials and supplies fell 0.2% in October, and overall prices are 5.8% lower on year-over-year basis. While ready mixed concrete, cement, and softwood lumber prices are down, prices for prepared asphalt, tar roofing, and siding as well as steel mill and structural metal products rose. Anirban Basu said slight rise is sign that declines in construction materials prices may have come to end.
IPC Study forecasts growth in EMS industry through 2013.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 23, 2009 According to IPC, 2008-2009 Analysis and Forecast for EMS Industry predicts global EMS market will grow at annual average rate of 8.1% until 2013 as world economies recover. Report provides general business metrics on sample of participating companies from North America, Europe, and Asia. It details trends in sources of revenue, revenue per employee, services offered, markets served, manufacturing technology, capital investment, spending on equipment and materials, and market size.
Medical Device Database offers access to 1,300 standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 23, 2009 Developed jointly by ANSI, AAMI, ASTM International, and DIN, Medical Device Standards Portal provides single source for critical documents from AAMI, ASTM DIN, US FDA, IEC, and ISO, as well as applicable European regulations. All documents are available fully indexed and in .pdf format. Users can add comments directly into standards, share analysis with others, receive notifications when standards are updated, and compare revisions with color-coded highlights denoting changes.
ISO Standard covers data systems on agricultural tractors.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers    Saint Joseph, MI 49085
November 20, 2009 Published in English and French, International Standard ISO 11783-12:2009 provides diagnostic system requirements for serial data network systems on forestry or agricultural tractors. It prescribes method and format of electronic transfer of data between sensors, actuators, control elements, and information storage and display units. These may be part of tractor or implement, whether mounted, semi-mounted, towed, or self-propelled implements.
AEM salutes member companies for industry service.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
November 20, 2009 AEM has presented Milestone Member plaques to 8 companies in recognition of their industry support through longtime and continuous participation in the association. Erie Strayer Co. is a 75-year member, while Fairfield Manufacturing Co., Firestone Agricultural Tire Co., Manitou North America, The Timken Co., and Weasler Engineering are all 50-year members. Two 25-year companies included Amerequip and Bush Hog LLC.
ANSI Workshop covers accreditation of certificate-issuing bodies.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2009 Scheduled for Feb 11-12, 2010, event will introduce American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and Institute's Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). Stakeholders will learn requirements for developing education/training course that has assessment at the end to determine if learning outcomes have been achieved. Workshop will also cover terminology, significance, and use of standard as well as requirements for certificate issuers.
ANSI participates in GSO workshop.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2009 ANSI, along with many international stakeholders, participated in workshop on best practices for standardization around the world, held by Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization. Gary W. Kushnier, ANSI Vice President of international policy, discussed increasing use of international standards by regulators and business to facilitate market access, as well as ways to work cooperatively to minimize duplicative testing and certification requirements.
ISO Guidelines Workshop to discuss sustainable business districts.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2009 Held by ISO on January 28-29, 2010 in Paris, workshop is intended to kick off development of International Workshop Agreement (IWA). It will provide principles of sustainable development for business districts, including framework to establish core set of indicators and performance assessment methodology as well as guide of best practices. Topics included for further discussion include business district definition, sustainable construction, energy management, and urban management.
Training Course focuses on plastics testing techniques.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 20, 2009 As 3-day technical and professional training course presented by ASTM International, Major Testing Techniques for Plastics will introduce basic principles, techniques, and equipment used in physical and analytical measurements of plastics characteristics. Practical applications of course material will be emphasized, and video demonstrations of various tests will be presented throughout. Admission includes copies of 7 ASTM International standards, course notes, and refreshment breaks.
Training Course focuses on fire hazards in oxygen systems.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 20, 2009 Sponsored by ASTM International, Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems technical and professional training course will address topics such as identifying and evaluating hazards in oxygen systems and understanding fundamentals of safe practice in design, materials selection, and operation of oxygen systems. It will also cover recognizing physical principles on which safe practices are based and collecting information needed to cope with fire hazards in oxygen systems.
FMA Poll shows teen disinterest in manufacturing careers.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
November 20, 2009 Sponsored by NBT, September 2009 poll of 500 teens, aged 13-17, shows that 52% have little or no interest in manufacturing, another 21% are ambivalent. When asked why, 61% said they seek professional career. According to Gerald Shankel, President of NBT, educators and counselors often do not view manufacturing as viable career. Separate national poll of 1,000 adults reveals 56% would recommend their child pursue career in manufacturing or another kind of industrial trade.
ASTM to present training course on gasoline.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 20, 2009 Gasoline: Specifications, Testing, and Technology training course will focus on properties and specifications of gasoline and how they affect gasoline performance in spark ignition engine. Various topics will be covered as well as impact of Clean Air Act. Course also includes tour of either fuel test laboratory or fuel distribution terminal. It will be held May 11-13, 2010, in Las Vegas, NV; September 21-23, 2010, in Houston, TX; and November 16-18, 2010, in Baltimore, MD.
Healthcare Facility Design Guide improves energy efficiency.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
November 20, 2009 Written by building industry organizations, Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Small Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities provides recommendations for achieving 30% energy savings over minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999. Recommendations, focused on healthcare facilities up to 90,000 ft², provide design practices for integrating energy efficiency while maintaining IAQ as well as required airflow and pressurization relationships.
ANSI announces availability of BSI standards at Webstore.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
November 20, 2009 ANSI announced that its website for purchase of U.S. and other national, regional, or international standards now offers complete collection of standards from British Standards Institution (BSI). Comprised of nearly 30,000 documents, BSI standards address range of topics critical to every industry, and include standards of CEN and CENELEC. According to Stuart V. Radcliffe, BSI content will provide companies exporting to EU with gateway for compliance with New Approach Directives.
SIAA Summit to feature keynote speaker Ken Auletta.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
November 20, 2009 SIIA 2010 Information Industry Summit on January 26-27 will include New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta, author of Googled: The End of the World As We Know It, which tells story of Google's beginnings and how it transformed traditional media businesses. Auletta will reveal how industry is being disrupted and redefined, and will help attendees understand, and prepare for, future of digital media. Summit will include various other speakers as well as Content Solutions Pavilion.
Virtual Meeting Session emphasized textile industry sustainability.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 20, 2009 Hosted by ASTM International, virtual meeting addressed sustainable textile manufacturing concerns, what it means, and how to determine it. Participants from India, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Europe, and US represented textile firms, testing agencies, academia, and ASTM International. In addition to ASTM's work in sustainability standardization, content included use of E60 forum to meet specific needs, how to address challenges in sustainable textile manufacturing, and other related issues.
Forklift Distributor Profile notes expansion despite economy.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
November 20, 2009 As featured in Fourth Quarter 2009 issue of The MHEDA Journal, material handling equipment distributor Thompson and Johnson Equipment Company is expanding to overcome recession. President and CEO David Schneckenburger chose to expand the company in down market by building new branch in Vestal and adding to company's Elmira location while remaining focused on customer service. According to Schneckenburger, "We strive to sell top-end products because quality lasts and price doesn't."

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