New standard on energy-efficient machine tools
There is a new standard in development by the ISO community titled Machine tools - Environmental evaluation of machine tools - Part 1: Design methodology for energy-efficient machine tools. This development is being conducted by a working group within the ISO/TC39 committee. Alkan Donmez of NIST is the chairman of the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC39 and is requesting the assistance of AMT members to review the draft documentation. There is also a proposal to establish a working group within the ASME B5 (Machine Tools) standards committee to work in this area. If you are interested in these activities, or would like to know more about the draft standard, you can contact Alkan Donmez at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Athulan Vijayaraghavan at Athulan@systeminsights.com
NNMI Workshop held in July
The National Institute of Standards and Technology held a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation Workshop on July 9, 2012, in Cleveland, Ohio. The purpose of the workshop was to solicit input from attendees on their views as to how the network of up to fifteen new centers should be structured. More than 100 participants were asked a series of questions in various breakout sessions that covered important topics like intellectual property rights to funding allocations.
What became clear to everyone is that DoC will be making only one Broad Area Announcement (BAA) for receipt of proposals on the establishment of new centers. This means that it will be up to those responding to the BAA to define what type of center they would like NIST to support and fund. The unfortunate result of the one BAA announcement is that unless you are asked by a proposer to be part of a submittal team, there is little, if any, way to know what type of new centers are being considered.
We will try to keep everyone informed the best we can if there is a possible center being proposed that would meet member interests, but it will be difficult to obtain this type of information.
Future B11 Standards meeting
B11.16 – September 27-28, 2012 – Niagara Falls, Canada (Marriott Gateway Hotel)
If you have an interest in participating in this meeting or would like more information, contact David Felinski at dfelinski@B11standards.org.