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RIA Seeks Nominations for 2010 Engelberger Robotics Awards.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
September 24, 2009 Announced by RIA, the 2010 Engelberger Robotics Awards will be presented at AUTOMATCA in Munich on June 8-11, 2010. Awards will be presented in categories of Leadership as well as Application, and nominations from throughout the world are currently being sought. Named after Joseph F. Engelberger, the award is the robotics industry's highest honor. Each recipient will receive commemorative medallion and $5,000 honorarium.
MIT Director to speak at October ANSI caucus.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 24, 2009 At the ANSI Caucus Luncheon on Friday, October 9, 2009, Bill Bonvillian, director of the MIT Washington, D.C. office, and author of a recent book on energy policy, will be the guest speaker. Meeting will begin at 11:45am with ½-hr discussion of public policy issues before Congress and Administration, open to ANSI members only. Networking opportunities will follow, and will include nonmembers. After lunch break, Bonvillian will deliver remarks to be followed by a question and answer session.
AMCA International Members convened for 54th annual meeting.
Air Movement & Control Association International, Inc.    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
September 23, 2009 In 2009 from September 10-12, AMCA members convened for their annual in-person business and networking meeting in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. Meetings were scheduled for Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Division, Committee, and Regional members. Topics covered taking care of general housekeeping, including one general session for entire membership, as well as organizational structure, CRP certifying process modernization, and increasing acceptance of CRP internationally.
US Ground Based Augmentation System is approved by FAA.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
September 23, 2009 Honeywell's Smartpath Precision Landing System, which increases safety and efficiency at airports by providing precise navigation service based on GPS, has gained FAA approval. The first US-approved system is located in Memphis, TN and will become operational early next year. Randy Babbitt, FAA Administrator, said this approval "marks the successful completion of a partnership between the FAA and Airservices Australia to build and certify a ground based augmentation system (GBAS)."
DSS and WSC announce call for papers.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
September 23, 2009 American Water Works Association announced that the 2010 Distribution Systems Symposium and Exposition (DSS) and Water Security Congress (WSC) Call for Papers is open. Suggested topics include water loss and contamination control, asset management, network modeling, distribution system design, contamination warning systems, physical/cyber security, as well as security and emergency response. DSS and WSC events will be taking place September 12-15 and co-located in Nashville, TN.
ATA Report details declines in passenger demand, cargo.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
September 23, 2009 Air Transport Association of America (ATA) reported, based on sample group of carriers, that passenger revenue fell 21% in August of 2009 versus same month in 2008. This marks tenth consecutive month passenger revenue has declined from prior year. Statistics noted that 6% fewer passengers traveled on US airlines in August, while average price to fly one mile fell 17%. Also, US airlines saw cargo revenue ton miles decline 13% year over year in July 2009.
Expansion Outlined for workforce development program.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
September 23, 2009 Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) is designed to attract new talent to industrial distribution. Phyllis Russell, ICP's executive director, said there exists a clear path for expansion, which is being set into motion and should see results next year. With 5 years of experience, ICP is ready to enhance program by focusing on 4 key initiatives: learning objectives and certification, development of industrial distribution material, expansion of sites, and student outreach.
NAM VP commented on Baucus legislation.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
September 22, 2009 Jay Timmons commended health reform legislation proposed by Senator Max Baucus, who made efforts to protect and maintain the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). While there are concerns about provisions to limit Flexible Spending Accounts as well as the imposition of excise tax on health insurance plans, NAM encourages members to consider provisions that reduce costs for manufacturers and their employees while improving access to quality care.
MCA Chairman details promotional/educational initiatives.
Motion Control Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
September 22, 2009 According to John Mazurkiewicz, MCA recently created a membership category exclusively for distributors. MCA website traffic consisted of 250,000 visitors in 2008, proving link from member's sites to be successful promotion, while 36 feature articles have been published in the last 2 yr. International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Conference, to be held January 20-22, 2010, will focus on outlook for economy, new market opportunities, and running successful business.
MCA Business Conference to take place January 20-22, 2010.
Motion Control Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
September 22, 2009 Annual MCA Business Conference will be colocated with AIA Business Conference and RIA Robotics Industry Forum. It will include talks such as The Global Economic Outlook by Chris Thornberg, Technology Integration of Man by Scott Klososky, Technology Trends and a Revolution in As Yet Un-Automated Manufacturing by Rodney Brooks, and Business Applications of Social Networking by James Spellos. Presentations by Henrik Christensen, Mark Senti, and Paul Kellett will also be featured.
ASHRAE Proposes mechanical ventilation requirements.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
September 22, 2009 To help ensure quality of indoor air in naturally ventilated high-rise residential buildings, ASHRAE is proposing that mechanical systems be required for such building types. Proposed addendum r to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, requires most buildings with natural ventilation to have mechanical ventilation systems installed that are capable of meeting requirements of the standard's Ventilation Rate Procedure.
ESFI Receives fire prevention and safety grant.
Electrical Safety Foundation International    Rosslyn, VA 22209
September 22, 2009 ESFI will receive the US Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) award for Fiscal Year 2008 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. ESFI's objective is to educate children and families nationwide about home electrical and fire safety. According to ESFI's president, funding will be used "to engage in the development and delivery of messaging and materials designed to fill a documented void in national public safety education."
Acquisition System Elements are essential to cost control.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
September 21, 2009 In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform, AIA's Richard Sylvester said the acquisition system can be a powerful tool to ensure systems/services provided to the Defense Department are at fair and reasonable prices and comply with cost, schedule, and technical performance contract parameters. Dialog between government and industry was also stressed as necessary in promoting understanding of factors that drive industry business decisions.
Hydraulic Institute and TAPPI announce partnership.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
September 21, 2009 Hydraulic Institute (HI) and Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)announced that they have partnered to provide memberships with direct link to purchase industry leading pump standards specific to pumps installed or required in pulp and paper industry. By utilizing HI standards, pulp and paper companies can increase pump and system reliability, accurately determine pump performance, reduce life cycle costs and energy, decrease design costs, and avoid miscommunication.
Construction Materials Prices increased in August.
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.    East Syracuse, NY 13057
September 21, 2009 According to the September 15 producer price index (PPI) report by the US Labor Department, prices for construction materials rose 1.0% in August after almost one year in decline. Despite the increase, however, construction materials prices are down 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. Materials experiencing increases include softwood lumber (up 10.9%) and nonferrous wire/cable (6.2%). Also, crude energy prices increased 6.9% in August, and the nation's wholesale level increased 1.7%.
LIA to highlight laser use in green energy production.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
September 21, 2009 LIA will unveil developments in green energy applications of laser technology at ICALEO®, from November 2-5, 2009. Plenary session, Frontiers and Challenges for the Green Economy, will describe application of laser technology to manufacture of solar-energy cells and other solutions. Keynote address, Frontiers, Opportunities, and Challenges for a Hydrogen Economy, will be led by Dr. John Turner. Other presentations will be given by Dave Clark, Dr. C. Martin Stickley, and Dr. Yongfeng Lu.
House Recognizes Sept. 16 as National Aerospace Day.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
September 18, 2009 Resolution H.Con.Res.167, introduced by Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) and passed by US House of Representatives on September 9, recognizes September 16 as National Aerospace Day. In response, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey called the occasion a morale booster and insisted that "recognition from the House that the aerospace and defense industry is a key contributor to our nation's economy and national security sends a powerful message to thousands of our workers across the nation."
AIA presents Wings of Liberty Award to Sen. Inouye.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
September 18, 2009 In recognition of his longtime support of aerospace and defense industry, AIA presents Senator Daniel K. Inouye with Wings of Liberty Award. Inouye, the second most-senior member of U.S. Senate, has been a member and former chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee for 40 years and member of Appropriations Committee, which he now chairs, for 38 years. Award is presented periodically to members of Congress who have made significant contributions to help bolster aerospace and national defense.
MHEDA Members awarded as top performers.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
September 18, 2009 MHEDA Journal Online features listing of more than 130 material handling equipment distributors who have been honored by their primary supplier as top performers. List, 56% of which includes MHEDA members, was compiled by 10 vendors, 9 manufacturers of industrial trucks, and 1 manufacturer of forklift tires. Criteria such as sales figures, market share, and customer service were considered. Honored distributors represent 36 states and 5 countries.
Cooperative Agreement gives blind people cell phone savvy.
National Federation of the Blind    Baltimore, MD 21230
September 18, 2009 National Federation of the Blind and Motorola Inc. announced today a cooperative agreement to promote technologies that will improve cell phone accessibility for blind consumers. Expected in 2010, certain Motorola cell phones will provide verbal readouts of information and settings to facilitate use of features. This cooperation ensures blind Americans have equal access to current cell phone technology through UIs that do not require vision.

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