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MDOT Commended for use of Twitter during I-75 emergency.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
July 27, 2009 John Horsley of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials commended the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which used Twitter to communicate with travelers after a tanker truck crash and explosion on I-75 in Hazel Park. Short updates (tweets), posted during the shutdown, urged motorists to avoid the area and use provided detour information. Kirk Steudle, director of MDOT, said Twitter helped reach as many travelers as quickly as possible.
NAM says voluntary standards system drives U.S. innovation.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 27, 2009 Nearly 100 leaders from government and wide range of industry and trade associations gathered to address importance of U.S. voluntary standards system, the crucial role it plays in America's ability to be globally competitive, and how it creates good jobs in technology sectors. Specifically, voluntary standards system is spurring development of Smart Grid, healthcare IT, cyber security, and emerging technologies, and contributing to America's leadership in global economy.
Co-Located Events enhance ISA Expo 2009 attendee experience.
ISA (The Instrumentation Systems & Automation Society)    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
July 24, 2009 Held October 6-8 in Houston, TX, the ISA EXPO 2009 will include the co-location of 7 events throughout the week. The co-location of these events, held by various organizations, along with the International Society of Automation announced (ISA) Fall Training Institute, Industry Standards Forum, 6 technical conferences, and the exhibition, brings an abundance of technical content, professional development, and networking opportunities to attendees.
Workshop will focus on continuous improvements of SCRŽ.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 24, 2009 Sponsored by ASTM International Committee B01 on Electrical Conductors, a workshop on Continuous Improvements of Southwire Continuous Rod (SCRŽ) will be held October 20, 2009 in Atlanta, GA. Objectives are to present an overall review of the continuous casting process for copper and aluminum rod; showcase improvements garnered through partnership between Southwire and its customers; and understand the latest developments in the continuous casting processes.
PTDA welcomes four new members.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
July 24, 2009 AGM Canada Inc., a distributor of bearings, beltings, chain/v-belts, couplings, fluid power, linear motion, material handling, and mechanical power transmission products, recently joined PTDA. Association also welcomed Gummi USA, a manufacturer of pneumatic clutches and brakes, and Halifax Rack and Screw Cutting Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of gear rack, lead screws, pinions, nuts, and mechanical power transmission systems. One service provider, Activant Solutions Inc., also joined PTDA.
Electronics OEM Summit focuses on growth opportunities.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
July 24, 2009 Held October 21-22, 2009 in Litchfield, AZ, the IPC Electronics Industry Executive Summit will equip executives with focused market information and opportunities to best capitalize on new growth areas. Teh summit, Survive and Thrive in the New Business Environment, will offer targeted concurrent sessions for each area of the electronics manufacturing supply chain. Content will focus on meeting the future needs of OEMs, and dedicated time for networking will also be provided.
Conference to focus on oil and gas production impacts.
Air & Waste Management Association    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1435
July 24, 2009 The Air and Waste Management Association will present "Air Quality Impacts of Oil and Gas Production in the Rocky Mountains," September 15-17, 2009 in Centennial, CO. This conference will explore the potential effects of oil and gas exploration and production activities on air quality in the Rocky Mountain region. The focus will be on how to utilize these resources without causing significant environmental consequences.
RIA releases study on automation in wind turbine industry.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
July 24, 2009 Market study by RIA examines opportunities for automation in fabrication of wind turbines, since growing at 28.7% in 2008 and industry may have reached point where automation technologies may be needed for continued expansion. In U.S., wind power grew 50% in 2008 over 2007, while Denmark uses wind turbines to generate 20% of power. Also, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides 30% investment tax credit to purchasers of wind turbines.
Event relates voluntary standards to U.S. competitiveness.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 23, 2009 On July 24, 2009, NAM and the U.S. Department of Commerce will host "The Voluntary Standards System: A Dynamic Tool for U.S. Economic Growth and Innovation." This is the first in a series of events with government and industry leaders to educate new policymakers about key topics related to U.S. competitiveness, technology deployment, and jobs. Panelists will discuss how voluntary standards help create jobs and spurs development of industry-specific technologies.
Workshop to address Adjusted Compliance Ratio Technique.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 23, 2009 Scheduled for Nov 11, 2009, workshop on ACR Technique for Characterizing Fatigue Crack Closure will be held in conjunction with Nov 9-12 standard development meetings of ASTM International Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture. Objectives of half-day workshop are to increase awareness of ACR technique, and to provide users and potential users with overview of current research regarding use of technique to enable better understanding of its strengths and weaknesses.
Workshop focuses on fretting fatigue in medical devices.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 23, 2009 Scheduled for November 10, 2009, Fretting Fatigue of Metallic Medical Devices and Materials workshop will focus on identifying related fretting activities or concerns involving either medical devices or materials. Co-chairs invite participants that have looked at fretting of interfaces of materials used in orthopedic and cardiovascular devices, shown evidence that fretting can occur in these medical devices in-vivo, or developed methods to evaluate fretting of these devices/materials.
Symposium to address pesticide formulations and delivery.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 23, 2009 Scheduled for Oct 20-22, 2009, 30th Symposium on Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems: Regulations and Innovation serves as multidisciplinary forum for scientists, applicators, regulators, and business people to exchange information and to learn about products and practices that meet or exceed current market needs. It is devoted to all aspects of agrochemical industry: from new inert ingredients, formulations, application equipment, and application techniques to regulatory requirements.
NEMA Launches Podcasts tackle electroindustry topics.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 23, 2009 NEMAcast focuses on news, information, and opportunities of interest to electroindustry professionals. Designed to keep NEMA members and others informed of current issues, podcasts will provide information on Smart Grid, economy, energy efficiency, government policies, and environment from specialists in their fields. NEMAcast has several channels - Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency, Inside the Electroindustry, Electric Minute - each with their own particular focus.
FMA and TPA seek applicants for 2 industry awards.
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl.    Rockford, IL 61107
July 23, 2009 FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2010, presented by FMA, and TPJ's Industry Award 2010, presented by TPA, are open to individuals or companies who have successfully improved operations, attained business growth, and contributed to both local and industry communities. Application deadline is September 30, 2009 at 5 pm. Winners will be notified by October 31, 2009, and will be honored at 2010 FMA conference. Interested prospects can apply by visiting FMA web site.
SME and NCME partner on manufacturing education website.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
July 23, 2009 SME and NCME have partnered on website to encourage high school/college students to pursue career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Site is intended to improve image of industry, especially during economic downturn, and help potential employers find next generation of manufacturing engineering talent. Team of students at Fairmont High School in Kettering, OH, interviewed in support of site, which includes resource links, job search, blog space, and multimedia video link page.
Winners Announced for international die casting design.
North American Die Casting Association, The (NADCA)    Arlington Heights, IL 60004
July 23, 2009 NADCA-sponsored International Die Casting Design Competition showcases outstanding die cast designs. Eight winners and two honorable mentions were chosen this year. According to NADCA design engineer Dan Meyer, "Methods such as automatic de-gating, direct injection, multiple-cavity dies for complex high-tolerance parts, as well as new gating and die designs requiring minimal or no machining of final die casting...showed their applied creativity."
TRFA boosts students in tough economy.
Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA)    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
July 23, 2009 TRFA has announced two opportunities to give students in thermoset resin studies additional exposure to job and networking opportunities. Universities joining association as Professional Members are invited to post their students' resumes on a special Resume Board on TRFA Members-Only Website. Students are also invited to submit poster for Tabletop Showcase, part of 2009 Annual Meeting, with chance to win $250 cash prize and network with suppliers to thermoset/polymer industry.
FAA Makes Statement on first regional airline safety forum.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
July 23, 2009 FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, made a statement on what was the first in a series of 12 nationwide regional airline safety forums designed to reduce risk at regional airlines. The forum was attended by 65 safety executives representing airlines and unions, and discussions focused on air carrier management responsibilities for crew education and support, professional standards and flight discipline, training standards and performance, and mentoring.
BSA welcomes additional industry leaders to committee ranks.
Bearing Specialists Association    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
July 23, 2009 BSA welcomed a number of distributor members and participating manufacturers to participate in the work of various association committees. These committees, instrumental for driving BSA dialogue between industry leaders in distribution and manufacturing as well as developing key components of industry education, also further the association's mission as "the forum to enhance networking and knowledge sharing to promote the sale of bearings through authorized distributors."
International Symposium focuses on plastic pipe and fittings.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 23, 2009 "Plastic Pipe and Fittings: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," held November 9, 2009 in Atlanta, GA, is sponsored by ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems. It is third in a series of symposiums focused on reporting current status of important aspects relating technology and standardization of plastic piping systems. Approximately 40 papers will be presented in concurrent sessions, and preliminary technical program will be posted on ASTM's website by early August.

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