News from PLANT ENGINEERING: Week of May 29th

May 3, 2006


Share your favorite tips with other engineers
PLANT ENGINEERING’S annual Tips and Tricks section offers some unique
ideas to solve common problems. Again this year, we look to our
readers to provide their fellow plant engineers some insight on
creative solutions to solve some thorny plant floor problems.
Every tip or trick selected for the August issue of PLANT ENGINEERING
will receive a $25 American Express gift cheque. To submit your tip,
send it to Editor Bob Vavra at or fax it to
630/288-8781. If appropriate, include an illustration of the solution.

OSHA offers best practices guide for first-aid programs
The new OSHA guide identifies four essential elements for first-aid
programs to be effective and successful: management leadership and
employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control
and safety and health training.

What have you done about Arc Flash?
If you missed yesterday’s educational webcast, it’s not too late. Go
to to view it now.

Check out the poll question at
Log on and voice your view on this month’s question, sponsored by
Miller Electric: “What amount of your company’s maintenance/repair
time per week is spent welding?”

Parker and fluid power industry stakeholders collaborate with the
National Science Foundation to establish research center
Parker Hannifin has collaborated with the National Science Foundation,
several universities and other industrial companies to establish a
new, $21 million Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient
Fluid Power. The center will be based at the University of Minnesota
Twin Cities campus.

ISA extends enterprise-control system integration standards series
The ISA-95 standards help to reduce the costs, risks, and errors
associated with implementing enterprise systems and manufacturing
operations systems so that they interoperate and easily integrate. The
standards may also be used to reduce the effort associated with
implementing new product offerings.

International facility management association releases pandemic
flu-preparedness survey results
Pandemic flu, SARS, bird flu, avian H5N1 virus. Known by many names,
they mean one thing: concern for businesses and employees who must
continue operations in the face of a communicable disease outbreak.
The International Facility Management Association recently surveyed
its membership to assess the level of concern, and steps businesses
have taken, to prepare for such a threat.

ISO/IEC standard benchmarks provision of software asset management
ISO/IEC 19770-1:2006, Information technology – Software asset
management – Part 1: Processes will enable organizations to benchmark
their capability in delivering managed services, measuring service
levels and assessing performance.

NEMA chosen to conduct USTDA standards programs in China
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced
that it will organize a series of U.S.-led training and cooperation
seminars for Chinese industry and government officials. NEMA will set
up the workshops and provide on-site organization for the three-year,
multisector series of programs.

AMCA International members convene for 2006 midyear meeting
The Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. convened
for their midyear meeting in Chicago.
senior staff, and members were amongst those in attendance.

Toyota marks production of 250,000th lift truck
Toyota celebrated the production of its 250,000th lift truck Wednesday
at the Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing plant in Columbus,

White paper details how motion control enhances safety, productivity
Bosch Rexroth has released a white paper titled “Safe Motion
Technologies: Competitive Advantages for Early Adopters.” The white
paper explains how intelligent safety systems can increase machine
uptime and limit liability as today’s manufacturing engineering
organizations become more aware of the strategic value of safety.

How code changes affect the plant floor
Senior Editor Jack Smith’s cover story in the May 2006 issue of PLANT

panels intended for general industrial use, operating from a voltage
of 600 Vac or less. This equipment is intended for installation in
ordinary locations, in accordance with the National Electrical Code.
For more on how this code change will affect plant operations, click

Manufacturing’s slowing, solid growth continues
The Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts
inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) growth will be 3.3% in
2006 and 2.7% in 2007, nearly consistent with the February 2006
projections of 3.2% and 2.8%, respectively. Overall U.S. GDP growth in
2005 was 3.5%.

Electric council seeks bid to lead reliability standards for nation’s
power grid

The North American Electric Reliability Council has submitted a
petition to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking approval of
102 proposed reliability standards addressing topics such as critical
infrastructure protection, interconnection reliability, emergency
preparedness, and telecommunications. All proposals for new standards
and modifications to existing ones will be subject to FERC approval.


Preparing for influenza pandemic is topic of ASHRAE seminar
The seminar, Preparing for the Next Pandemic: Controlling Transmission
of Infectious Diseases in Hospitals, is scheduled for Monday, June 26.
It is sponsored by ASHRAE’s technical committee on health care

SME conference examines innovations
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers announced that its new Great
Lakes 2007 “Exploring Manufacturing Innovations” conference and
exposition will take place September 18-20, 2007 at the DeVos Place in
Grand Rapids, MI. This APEX event will provide manufacturing
innovations for Great Lakes regional manufacturers, including a full
spectrum of equipment, technology and education.

ASME Bioprocess Technology Seminars to be held June 8-9, in Basel,
The ASME European Bioprocess Technology Seminars, focusing on new
developments in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, will take place June
8-9, 2006, at Swissotel Le Plaza L’entree in Basel, Switzerland. Click
for more information.

ARC conference to focus on enterprise performance
Top industry visionaries will share their experiences and best
practices for driving manufacturer enterprise performance at ARC
Advisory Group’s Fourteenth Annual Forum, “Driving Enterprise
Performance through Next Generation Manufacturing Concepts,” to be
held June 26 to 28 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston.

Nanotechnology and Manufacturing event is August 23-24
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers has moved the Emerging
Technology Forum, “The Next Industrial Revolution: Nanotechnology and
Manufacturing” to August 23-24 at the Pollard Technology Conference
Center in Oak Ridge, TN.