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SME announces 2010 International Honor Award recipients.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 2, 2010 SME's International Honor Awards honor those at the zenith of their careers and who have made significant contributions to such manufacturing areas as research, education, and processes as well as to the Society itself. This year's Honor Award recipients include Gerald Byrne with SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, Thomas R. Kurfess with SME Education Award, Carl R. Williams with Joseph A. Siegel Service Award, and Hans-Peter Wiendahl with SME Gold Medal.
AEC Celebrates 60th Anniversary at annual conference.
Aluminum Extruders Council    Wauconda, IL 60084
February 2, 2010 Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) will celebrate its 60th Anniversary at 2010 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for March 11-13. In addition to providing industry information that prepares participants to capitalize on emerging opportunities, there will be networking events to facilitate information sharing. Also, featured speaker will offer insights from perspectives such as business management, economic outlook, and analysis of global aluminum market.
Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers for draft of updated ANSI/HI 1.4.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
February 2, 2010 Under approval of ANSI, Hydraulic Institute is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in review process for draft of updated Standard ANSI/HI 1.4 Rotodynamic Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and Maintenance. Guideline applies to centrifugal and vertical pump types and is designed to identify standard format, which will be used when writing IOMs, along with topics that will be covered in each section when deemed appropriate for pump being addressed.
FMA and TPA seek applicants for industry awards.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
February 2, 2010 FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2011 and The Tube and Pipe Journal's Industry Award for 2011 are open to individuals or companies in metal forming and fabricating industry or tube and pipe fabricating and producing industry who have improved operations, attained business growth, and contributed to local and industry communities. Winners will be recognized on the cover of Feb 2011 issue of The FABRICATOR and the cover of Jan/Feb 2011 issue of TPJ - The Tube and Pipe Journal, respectively.
IPC APEX EXPO Keynote highlights role of Electronics Industry and DoD.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
February 1, 2010 On April 6 in Las Vegas, Lockheed Martin's vice president for engineering, Jeff Wilcox, will provide insight for IPC APEX EXPO attendees in his keynote address, "Achieving Strategic Balance: Integrating Global Security Solutions in the New Operational Landscape." He will discuss how the company is meeting challenges of developing full spectrum of global security solutions as well as implications that defense "re-prioritization" of goals and objectives have for global electronics base.
AASHTO Director comments on State of the Union address.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
February 1, 2010 John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO, commends President Obama's support for infrastructure investment to provide jobs and rebuild transportation system. Horsley uses Enrico DiGregorio of DiGregorio Construction as example, since recovery-funded projects have enabled him to retain employees as well as hire additional ones. Urging Congress to continue investing in transportation, Horsley notes that states are awaiting approval of almost 10,000 transportation projects worth $79 billion.
AIA Official comments on State of the Union address.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
February 1, 2010 AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey expressed organization's approval that President Obama is making it a priority to double exports, enforce trade agreements, and reform export controls consistent with national security. Blakey said review of U.S. export control system could lead to reforms that grow high-skill, high-wage jobs and keep defense industrial base competitive. Omissions noted were on aviation and NASA, but recognition of need for small businesses to obtain credit was well received.
High-speed and Inter-city Rail Projects awarded $8 billion in grants.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
February 1, 2010 High-speed rail and intercity passenger rail proposals in 31 states and the District of Columbia got the go-ahead with the announcement of nearly $8 billion in grant awards as part of the federal economic recovery program. California received the largest funding for projects throughout the state, totaling $2.344 billion. According to AASHTO Executive Director, John Horsley, rail projects will create good jobs and reinvigorate domestic manufacturing in U.S.
ELFA comments on President Obama's State of the Union Address.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
February 1, 2010 In statement, ELFA Interim President Ralph Petta applauded President Obama for remarks in his State of the Union address focusing on need to invest in new plant and equipment for all businesses. Providing tax incentives for both large and small businesses should provide much needed economic stimulus to economy, and spur investment in plant and equipment, which is a key driver in capital formation, economic growth, and productivity.
ASHRAE Conference to focus on improving school facilities.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
February 1, 2010 ASHRAE High Performance K-12 School Facilities conference will be held March 1-2, 2010 in Atlanta, GA and is intended to stress how optimizing facility performance can maximize student potential. Bringing together administrators, design professionals, policy makers, and other stakeholders, this event will present integrated approach to complying with codes and standards while achieving cost-effective and high-performance solution to K-12 facility design, construction, and operation.
EASTEC leads precision manufacturing into growth mode.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 1, 2010 As manufacturing shakes off effects of recession, EASTEC, the largest annual precision manufacturing event on the East Coast, promises to be the place manufactures go to upgrade their equipment and capabilities. New England Council and Deloitte Consulting LLP released report which identified subsectors within New England manufacturing industry that are poised for growth. They include aerospace, medical device, electronic assembly, signal processing, and advanced materials manufacturing.
Survey of NEMA Companies show rising business confidence.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
February 1, 2010 Derived from survey responses from senior executives of NEMA member companies, Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rose in January to 57.1. Any value over 50 indicates more respondents reported that business environment improved from previous month than those who reported it worsened. Reflecting widespread sentiment that business conditions will improve over the next 6 months, EBCI for future North American conditions rose to 78.6.
ProMat and International Robot Show to co-locate in 2011.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
February 1, 2010 Material Handling Industry of America and Automation Technologies Council announce that ProMat and The International Robots, Vision and Motion Control Show will co-locate March 21-24, 2011. Co-locating will provide attendees with education and networking opportunities as well as exposure to largest equipment and technology display in North America. Over 825 exhibitors will showcase their solutions to thousands of manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution professionals from over 100 countries.
ZigBee Alliance certifies 11 more home automation devices.
ZigBee Alliance    San Ramon, CA 94583
February 1, 2010 ZigBeeŽ Alliance announced certification of 11 devices from 5 companies using ZigBee Home Automation. Overall, there are now 28 products certified to help consumers and professional installers create smart homes that control home appliances, lighting, heating and cooling, energy use, and security. Standards-based wireless technologies, such as ZigBee, are spurred on by decreasing price and growing availability of peripheral components.
ANSI Announces Dates for World Standards Week 2010.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
February 1, 2010 ANSI announced World Standards Week (WSW) 2010 - one week of forums, meetings, and ceremonies - will take place in Arlington, VA from September 21-24. During this event, members of standards and conformity assessment community can "meet, collaborate, celebrate our successes, and plan for the future," according to ANSI president and CEO. Other events taking place during WSW include 2010 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony on September 22 and World Standards Day on September 23.
ELFA Economic Activity Survey shows yearly decline for December.
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association    Washington, DC 20006
February 1, 2010 ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for December declined by 22% compared to 2008. Month-to-month new business volume increased from November, but was down compared to last year. Showing improved portfolio quality, receivables decreased from November but increased on year-over-year basis. Similaraly, charge-offs decreased from prior month, but rose compared to December 2008.
IPC publishes wage/salary study for 2008-2009.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
January 29, 2010 IPC Wage and Salary Report for North American EMS Industry 2008-2009 is based on results from 129 U.S. and Canadian EMS facilities that participated in IPC's biennial wage and salary survey. Reflecting current economic conditions, findings in 60-pg report indicate hourly and management employee salaries climbed 1.9% and salaried employees 1.7% in 2009. It shows 2008-2009 benefit costs were up to 22.7% of total wages, while 75% of companies paid 100% of employee's life insurance premiums.
NAM commends President for focus on jobs.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
January 29, 2010 Following President Obama's State of the Union address, NAM President, John Engler, made statement commending President for focusing on jobs. However, policies are needed that encourage job creation and help U.S. to be more competitive in global economy. NAM submitted economic analysis conducted by Milken Institute that shows more than 11 million jobs can be created in this decade by reducing corporate tax rate, establishing permanent R&D tax credit, and modernizing U.S. export controls.
NIST and CDC research refrigerated vaccine storage practices.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
January 29, 2010 In collaboration with CDC, researchers at NIST have completed first of a series of tests to determine best practices for properly storing and monitoring temperature of refrigerated vaccines. Since vaccines must be kept 2-8°C, vaccines should never be kept on door shelves because relative lack of insulation in door allowed unacceptable temperature drifts. Vaccines should also be kept away from walls of refrigerator, because defrost cycle can cause temperature of walls to shift.
SFF Antennas are made possible with engineered metamaterials.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
January 29, 2010 NIST and partners from industry and academia have designed and tested experimental antennas that may be useful in wireless systems with decreasing form factors such as emergency communications devices, micro-sensors, and portable ground-penetrating radar. Such antennas incorporate metamaterials - materials engineered with often microscopic structures - and radiate as much as 95% of input radio signal. Form factors can be as small as 1/50 of wavelength and could shrink further.

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