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Job Applicant Evaluation Tool focuses on metalworking industry.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44131
January 21, 2010 PMA Educational Foundation announced validated assessment used to evaluate employment applicants who have no experience in metalworking. Modular in design, this 60-item, multiple-choice Occupational Aptitude and Knowledge Assessment covers mechanical/spatial aptitudes, mathematical reasoning/measurement, communications/information, as well as industry understanding and behaviors. It predicts potential to learn job as well as ability to function in precision manufacturing environment.
Metalforming Economic Report indicates rising optimism.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
January 21, 2010 As economic indicator for manufacturing, January 2010 PMA Business Conditions Report expressed optimism of sampled U.S./Canadian metalforming companies. Economic activity improvements were expected by 45% of participants, while 45% predict no change, and 10% expect activity to decline. Also, companies anticipated uptick in incoming orders during next 3 months, while number of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff dipped to 52% in January.
ASTM Copper Committee names Eric Boes as chairman.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
January 21, 2010 Eric Boes, corporate quality engineer for Delta Faucet Co., has been named chairman of ASTM Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, which is responsible for more than 140 standards published annually. Boes, who is serving 3-year term on ASTM board of directors, also leads Subcommittee B05.91 on Editorial and Publications and serves as secretary of B05.93 on Terminology. Committee B05 recognized Boes' contributions with ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow in 2003.
PTDA Manufacturing Sales Report shows monthly US decrease.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
January 20, 2010 Following gains in October 2009, US manufacturers' sales decreased while Canadian manufacturers posted no change in November 2009 according to PTDA's Market Outlook Report. US manufacturers' sales dropped 6.1% from October 2009 sales, following 3 months of increasing sales, while year-to-date sales figures comparisons for November still reflect sales declines. US manufacturers' year-to-date sales are down 27.9%, and Canadian manufacturers' year-to-year sales are off 25.8%.
FMA receives Platinum Partner Award.FMA receives Platinum Partner Award.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
January 20, 2010 FMA received Platinum Partner Award to honor its commitment and contributions to Austin Polytechnical Academy, a manufacturing and engineering high school in Chicago Public Schools. FMA funded $20,000 grant request from Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council to support APA's FIRST Robotics Team, a summer manufacturing camp for youth, and the school's new Manufacturing Technology Center, which is a computer controlled equipment center for hands-on engineering practice.
Two SME Webinars will dispel 7 micromanufacturing myths.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
January 20, 2010 Many myths are associated with micromanufacturing processes, and SME wants to expose their facts/fictions so that manufacturing practitioners can take advantage of available opportunities. SME will host webinars on February 9 at 1:00 pm - Understanding NanoManufacturing: An Introduction to a New World - and February 10 at 11:00 am - MicroManufacturing: Getting Even Smaller.
NIST announces officers of Smart Grid Standards Panel.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
January 20, 2010 NIST announced that John D. McDonald, general manager of marketing for GE Energy's transmission and distribution business, will serve as chair of Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. Board also chose John F. Caskey, senior director of Power Equipment Division at NEMA to be vice chair and George Bjelovuk, managing director for marketing, research, and program development at American Electric Power, to serve as secretary. All 3 officers will serve 1-year terms.
Earl Walker to chair 30th Anniversary celebration.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
January 20, 2010 Earl Walker, CEO of Carr Lane Manufacturing, will serve as chair for SME Education Foundation's 30th Anniversary. Mr. Walker has been a member of SME for 50 years and has made considerable time and financial contributions to SME and its Foundation. Selection of Mr. Walker as chair for this event is an acknowledgement of the creation of The Myrtle and Earl Walker Endowed Scholarship, now worth over $1 million, which has provided more than 300 scholarships.
NADCA Report aids aluminum die casting coating selection.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
January 20, 2010 Performance Evaluation of Surface Finishes on Aluminum Die Castings examines results from 15 surface finishes applied to 15 aluminum die castings that were tested in 30-day accelerated corrosion test. This report reveals 6 surface finishes were continuing to provide protection, while remaining 9 coatings were determined to have failed - offering little or no further corrosion protection. It should be used to complete first steps of selecting finish.
PTDA Foundation Vanguard Campaign hits targets.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
January 20, 2010 As 2009 drew to a close, PTDA Foundation challenged association's members to lead the charge in linking young adults to career paths in industrial distribution. Eighteen employers rose to the occasion by making 2010 PTDA Foundation contribution before the year ended, helping PTDA Foundation to surpass its Vanguard goal and raise $51,350. Along with support of other Alliance Partners, distributors, and manufacturing partners, these gifts funded a number of advances in ICP program.
Business Coalition proposes modernized export control regime.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
January 19, 2010 Coalition for Security and Competitiveness released detailed policy recommendations for 21st Century Technology Control Regime that will enhance national security and U.S. competitiveness. According to CSC, Administration should establish clear lines of responsibility in commodity jurisdiction process, promote compliance and enforcement, improve outreach to and resources for U.S. industry, promote multilateral cooperation with allies, and improve licensing system.
SME Announced first woman president and 2010 Board of Directors.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
January 19, 2010 Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) elected Barbara M. Fossum, PhD, FSME to lead the organization as 2010 president and was officially sworn in, with the rest of the 2010 SME Executive Committee, on November 14. As president, Fossum plans to coordinate efforts among professional societies and other organizations to achieve key manufacturing community objectives. She would also like to refine manufacturing's career option image and develop educational paths for future generations.
Conference/Hydrogen Expo to address safety, codes, standards.
National Hydrogen Association    Washington, DC 20036
January 19, 2010 Plans are underway for National Hydrogen Association's 2010 Hydrogen Conference and Expo, which will be held May 3-6 in CA. There will be 2 technical sessions dedicated to safety, codes, and standards. While first is parallel session, second is 3 hr workshop-style session. There are also opportunities for related events to be scheduled, which will be announced as they are finalized.
Secretary Chu announces projects to improve vehicle efficiency.
U.S. Department of Energy    Washington, DC 20585
January 19, 2010 At an event in Indiana, Secretary Chu announced 9 projects totaling more than $187 million to improve fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks and passenger vehicles. Funding includes more than $100 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and with a private cost share of 50%, will support nearly $375 million in total research, development, and demonstration projects across the country. By 2015, projects expect to create over 6,000 jobs, many in manufacturing and assembly.
Evonik Receives Recognition for use of HART technology.
Hart Communication Foundation    Austin, TX 78759
January 19, 2010 HART® Communication Foundation recognized Evonik Degussa Specialty Chemicals Company in Shanghai, P.R. China with HART Innovative Achievement Award. Following research on use of HART in all phases of plant life cycle, Evonik engineers decided to utilize HART Communication throughout their methacrylates production complex - from design to operations to troubleshooting. Complex has 2,000+ HART-enabled instruments and valves installed from multiple global manufacturers.
Indoor Air Quality Best Practices are addressed in book and CD.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
January 19, 2010 Collaborated upon by 5 leading building industry associations and US EPA, "Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning" offers guidance to achieve enhanced indoor air quality (IAQ). Book describes 40 strategies for achieving critical IAQ objectives related to moisture management, ventilation, filtration and air cleaning, and source control. It also highlights how design/construction teams can work together to incorporate good IAQ strategies.
AIA CEO makes statement on ADS-B rollout in Gulf of Mexico.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
January 19, 2010 According to Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, rollout of ADS-B air traffic control system in Gulf of Mexico is a major step forward for modernization of America's outdated aerospace infrastructure. Rollout in Philadelphia will be another milestone event as benefits of NextGen technology become apparent in one of nation's busiest airspace corridors. Estimated number of direct and indirect jobs generated by investment in NextGen equipment will be more than 150,000 through 2012.
A&WMA calls for abstracts for vapor intrusion conference.
Air & Waste Management Association    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1435
January 19, 2010 Scheduled for Sept 29-30, 2010, Vapor Intrusion 2010 will gather leading scientists, engineers, regulators, and attorneys to discuss latest developments and innovations in regulatory policy, sampling, analysis, and vapor intrusion pathway control, and complex technical, legal, and public relations challenges posed by VI. Association is seeking abstracts for presentations which demonstrate innovative, scientific approaches for investigation and remediation of VI pathway.
Volvo is Exclusive Presenting Sponsor for construction contest.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
January 18, 2010 Agreement signed by AEM and Volvo Construction Equipment makes Volvo the presenting sponsor for AEM's annual Construction Challenge teen competition. Under this agreement, Volvo acts as exclusive official presenting sponsor of challenge competition for 2010-2014. Creative problem-solving program educates young people about value of construction industry careers as well as industry contributions to improved quality of life.
ATA reports third consecutive quarter of airline cost declines.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
January 18, 2010 According to ATA's quarterly Airline Cost Index, composite cost index fell 36% to 185.3 in third quarter of 2009, versus 289.7 in same period of 2008, outpacing 1.6% decline in U.S. Consumer Price Index. Combined labor and fuel costs accounted for nearly ½ of airline operating expenses. Average price paid for fuel, while still disproportionately high, fell from $3.51 to $1.94 per gallon, while average cost of full-time equivalent worker rose 7.6% to a high of $81,235.

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