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ANSI seeks nominations for policy and other committees.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 22, 2009 ANSI would like to remind all members of ANSI Federation to recommend qualified candidates for membership on Institute's policy and other committees. Policy committees seeking new members include National Policy Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, International Policy Committee, and ANSI ISO Council. Three-year terms begin Jan 1, 2010 and conclude Dec 31, 2012. Deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, July 24, 2009.
PMA Report forecasts increase in metalforming demand.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
July 22, 2009 As economic indicator for manufacturing, July 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report showed metalforming companies expect continued strengthening of business conditions during next 3 months. Of 131 sampled US and Canadian companies, 37% predict an improvement in overall economic activity and 47% expect it will remain unchanged. Companies also anticipate improvements in incoming orders, with 46% predicting increased orders and 39% expecting no change.
Specialized Clinical Center delivers patient-focused care.
Cleveland Clinic    Cleveland, OH 44195
July 22, 2009 The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is designed to advance the research, early detection, and treatment of neurological diseases. Its mission is to prevent the disabling symptoms of chronic brain diseases and to prolong healthy, vital aging in people at risk for dementia or cognitive disorders via patient-centered and research-based model, which enables the entire healthcare team to pool their wisdom and expertise for the benefit of the patient.
SPE announces date for Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
July 22, 2009 Scheduled for November 12, 2009, 39th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be held at Burton Manor in suburbs of Detroit. Theme is Green Cars...Blue Skies... in recognition of industry's intense focus on increasing fuel efficiency while also lowering cost of ownership and reducing tailpipe emissions for ground transportation, and important role that polymeric materials play in meeting those goals.
ASHRAE Research has reached 2-million dollar mark.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
July 21, 2009 For the second year in a row, ASHRAE Research Promotion has raised over 2 million dollars. Contributions from individuals, ASHRAE chapters, and 20 company donors reached $2,038,528 for the 2008-2009 Society year. The Society matches these donated funds dollar-for-dollar, creating a 4-million dollar pool with which to support research. This money will fund research projects, beginning in the 2009-10 fiscal year, that deal with measuring, modeling, analysis, and reporting protocols.
Courses address electronics manufacturing challenges.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
July 21, 2009 Held on September 24, 2009, the professional development program at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will offer half-day courses lead by industry experts providing practical, real-world solutions to printed board manufacturing and electronics assembly challenges. Topics will cover stencil printing process; advanced component packages/processes; PCB assembly yield troubleshooting; LGA/QFN design, assembly, and rework; final finish compatibility; solder joint reliability; and more.
AWWA publishes Wastewater Operator Certification Study Guide.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
July 21, 2009 Based on several well-respected textbooks, Wastewater Operator Certification Study Guide: A Guide to Preparing for Wastewater Treatment Certification Exams provides questions similar in content and format to questions that appear on state wastewater-operator certification exams for Grades I, II, III, and IV. It also includes special section on pumping and math section with 75 questions and answers for conversions, percentages, weights, loading and pumping rates, and dosages.
FAA Safety Culture reflected in operational error reporting.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
July 21, 2009 Effective immediately, names of air traffic controllers will not be included in reports sent to FAA headquarters on operational errors. This will allow investigators to focus on what happened rather than who was at fault. Necessary training will be conducted and disciplinary action taken, if appropriate. To avoid disrupting operations, controllers will not be automatically removed from their position following operational error unless it is deemed necessary.
BIO testifies on importance of data exclusivity.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
July 21, 2009 BIO recently testified before House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy on "Biologics and Biosimilars: Balancing Incentives for Innovation." In his testimony on behalf of BIO, Jeffrey P. Kushan of Sidley Austin LLP stressed importance of including significant data exclusivity in any pathway for approval of biosimilars and need to provide fair and balanced system to resolve patent disputes before biosimilar is approved and marketed.
Canada and European Communities end WTO Biotech dispute.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
July 21, 2009 According to Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Executive VP, Food and Agriculture for BIO, while it is a good sign to see that Canadian canola growers have gained some access for their exports, European Union's approval system for biotechnology products continues to be broken. It is plagued by political interference, undue delay, and member state prohibitions. This situation impedes U.S. trade, despite well-documented safety of agricultural biotechnology.
ASTM Standard helps test energy efficiency of windows.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 21, 2009 ASTM E2649, Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy, provides a method for evaluating gas concentration inside insulating glass units without destroying or altering their edge seal. According to Jeffery Haberer, E06.22.05 task group chair, certification groups and researchers will use ASTM E2649 to show the compliance of an IG unit to hold gas at a minimum accepted level.
ASTM announces new standard for testing of arc blankets.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 21, 2009 ASTM F2676, Test Method for Determining the Protective Performance of an Arc Protective Blanket for Electric Arc Hazards, will be used to determine effectiveness of arc protective blankets in suppressing combined effect of arc flash and arc blast. Developed by Subcommittee F18.65 on Wearing Apparel, it will enable utility companies and heavy industry users to evaluate blankets with repeatable standard at test labs using electric arc and high-speed camera.
PTDA releases May 2009 market outlook report.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
July 21, 2009 According to sales data released by PTDA, Canadian manufacturers' sales were down 6.9% compared to April 2009 and 29.4% when compared to same period last year. U.S. manufacturers' sales rose slightly by 0.3% in May 2009 when compared to April 2009 and fell 26.5% compared to same period last year. Orders in May 2009 decreased by 2.8% over April 2009 orders. Five of nine product categories for U.S. and Canadian manufacturers posted sales gains.
Midwest DOTs receive awards for transportation projects.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
July 20, 2009 Jointly sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, competition honors America's best in transportation. Michigan DOT won On Time category for I-94 Kalamazoo County Reconstruction Project, while Minnesota DOT won On Time category for I-35W Minneapolis Bridge Replacement Project. Missouri DOT received award in On Budget category for I-44 Conway Welcome Center Project, and Wisconsin DOT's Lake Delton Highway Repair Project was winner in On Time category.
AMT urges Congress to assist small manufacturers.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
July 20, 2009 Testifying before House Small Business Committee, AMT President Douglas K. Woods told members effects of tax breaks and other provisions within American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have been minimal on manufacturing industry. According to Woods, AMT supported several business tax provisions to encourage companies to invest in equipment, but they have yet to do so. He also noted depreciation incentives need to be extended through 2010 and Net Operating Loss carryback extended from 2 to 5 yr.
Larry Press receives ASTM's Award of Merit.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 20, 2009 Larry Press, director of flooring at Helmitin Inc., has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Press was cited for exceptional and sustained leadership as an executive, main, and subcommittee officer in ASTM Committee F06 on Resilient Floor Coverings and significant contributions he has made toward development and maintenance of flooring standards. A member of ASTM since 1988, Press is a past chair and current second vice chair of Committee F06.
Dale Wahlquist receives Anderson Award.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 20, 2009 ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle has recognized Dale Wahlquist, department manager, applied engineering design and drafting, at Idaho National Laboratory, with Harlan J. Anderson Award for his outstanding contributions to committee. Wahlquist, who joined ASTM International in 1999, is first vice chair of Committee C26 and leads Subcommittee C26.14 on Remote Systems. He also works on joint group with Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications.
AWWA supports federal water infrastructure bank.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
July 20, 2009 AWWA urged members of Congress to create federal water infrastructure bank to help America invest in aging water system. Federal water infrastructure bank would be authorized to borrow money through federal treasury system at low rates, make low-interest loans for larger water projects, and help those states that want to leverage SRF capitalization grants. It would require no new taxes, striking right balance between federal assistance and local responsibility.
ASHRAE announces call for papers for 2010 Annual Conference.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
July 20, 2009 Scheduled for June 26-30, ASHRAE 2010 Annual Conference titled Raising Efficiency to New Levels will feature range of programs and papers addressing energy efficient system design for high elevations and dry climates. Shorter conference paper format with 8-page limit is being introduced in addition to traditional 30-page technical papers. Some tracks include What is Sustainable Anyway?, Energy Facts vs. Simulations, Ventilation Systems, Refrigeration for the Future, and Central Plant Systems.
NAM applauds new trade enforcement initiatives.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
July 20, 2009 In response to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk's speech, Frank Vargo of NAM said organization applauds new trade enforcement initiatives. NAM will work with Ambassador Kirk to implement new initiatives by increasing monitoring of trade practices in other countries and will set up procedure for member companies to identify foreign trade practices that break rules. Also, pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea need to be sent to Congress and passed into law.

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