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Material Handling Suppliers Offer Predictions in MHEDA Edge.

February 19, 2010

MHEDA Edge is currently featuring results from MHEDA Journal survey of prominent manufacturer cross-section in material handling industry pertaining to expectations for 2010, in which 85% of participants are expecting growth. This represents 44.8% increase over 2009, and not one surveyed company predicted sales decrease. Such optimism results from strategies that involve focusing on fundamentals, new products, and finding strength through distributors. Read More

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MHEDA Magazine introduces 2010 Board of Directors.

February 19, 2010

The MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 issue includes annual Meet the Board feature, which introduces board's 10 directors, 2 advisors, and 5-person executive committee as well as Greg Morrison, MHEDA's 2010 President. Article has comic strip based on 17 Board members' responses to series of questions. On final panel of comic strip, all members are shown demonstrating their superpower under tagline, 'Let's Get to Work.' Magazine is also accessible online. Read More

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PMMI and NPTA launch Distripak Pavilion at PACK EXPO.

February 19, 2010

Sponsored by NPTA Alliance, DistriPak Pavilion will make its debut this fall at PACK EXPO International. PACK EXPO will feature some 1,600 suppliers exhibiting in over one million square feet of space and PMMI expects 45,000 packaging and processing professionals to attend. NPTA plans several events to coincide with dates of PACK EXPO, including NPTA Alliance booth on the show floor, NPTA Packaging Segment networking reception, and a meeting of NPTA Packaging Committee. Read More

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PACK EXPO to feature RPA Reusable Packaging Pavillion.

February 19, 2010

PACK EXPO 2010, taking place in Chicago from October 31 through November 3, will feature Reusable Packaging Pavilion sponsored by Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), who will also host educational sessions and workshops. Pavilion will span 3,000 ft² and feature over 20 exhibitors spotlighting reusable transport packaging solutions. Series of educational sessions and workshops, held November 2 and 3, will focus on sustainability, safety, RFID, and effects on supply chain. Read More

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Gateway Academy wins Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award.

February 19, 2010

The Gateway Academy has been selected winner of sixth annual Progressive Manufacturing 100 Awards, selected by Managing Automation Media, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication. Week-long academy for 6th-8th graders offers project-based, hands-on curriculum designed by Project Lead The Way to introduce students to fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and math. In 2009, SME Education Foundation held 237 Gateway Academies and reached over 4,800 students in 28 states. Read More

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A&WMA Association to hold 103rd Annual Conference and Exhibition.

February 19, 2010

Scheduled for June 22-25, ACE 2010 will feature technical program with over 500 speakers as well as Mega Poster Session, where over 100 posters will be presented. Event will also include hundreds of exhibitors displaying latest products and services, social tours and network events, and professional development courses. Keynote Program's plenary sessions will address priorities and challenges to energy policy in 21st century and changes needed to create sustainable energy system. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today addresses DOT training requirements.

February 18, 2010

In Winter 2010 issue of Welding and Gases Today, GAWDA Consultant Michael Dodd breaks down most significant issues of driver training. Employers who deal in hazardous materials must train, test, and certify all employees, including drivers, whose responsibilities include anything relating to those materials. Each driver must have hazmat record of training, which includes 3 previous years, and driver supervisors must receive training on alcohol misuse and controlled substance abuse. Read More

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GAWDA Online Magazine features article on planning meetings.

February 18, 2010

February issue of GAWDA Edge includes article titled "Eight Steps For Productive Meetings" written by motivational speaker and business expert Larry Johnson. Johnson states that meetings, when run properly, can contribute to company's success and serve to bring employees together. Article's suggested steps include: determine purpose of meeting, consider alternatives, create agenda, start on time, end on time, stick to agenda, assign responsibilities, and take notes/publish minutes. Read More

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AIM announces Auto-ID and Mobile IT event.

February 18, 2010

Scheduled for Nov 1-3, AIM Expo 2010 will provide opportunities for those beginning to explore and learn about Auto ID and Mobile IT and those whose knowledge has been restricted by limited information available at vertical industry or technology events. Conference will feature educational tracks on manufacturing, government, retail, and healthcare, as well as a solutions showcase in the exhibit hall that will represent leading Auto ID and Mobile IT providers. Read More

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SPE names finalists in Clean Technology Business Forum.

February 18, 2010

The Plastics Environmental Division of SPE has announced finalists in the Clean Technology Business Forum and Competition to be held at GPEC 2010. Six companies in early stages of developing cutting-edge technologies that promote sustainability will make presentations before judging panel made up of industry experts in sustainability and professionals from investment community. Judges will select 2 winning companies, which will receive cash prizes sponsored by Battelle. Read More

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SAE and Findlay Media produce Automotive Design magazine.

February 17, 2010

As collaborative project between SAE International and Findlay Media, Automotive Design magazine will offer design engineers a cross section of technology based on case studies and features. Published monthly, each issue will include interviews, columnists, technology features, research and analysis, and "60-second interview." Magazine will be supported by website containing Web 2.0 features, including blogs, reader comments, videos, and downloadable white papers. Read More

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ASHRAE Celebrates National Engineers Week.

February 17, 2010

ASHRAE is a partner in National Engineers Week, which celebrates contributions engineering makes to society and encourages engineering career paths among young students by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Gordon Holness, who serves as ASHRAE President, expressed pride in being involved in this program and celebration. Part of this week-long celebration, ASHRAE-launched New Faces program promotes accomplishments of young engineers across various disciplines. Read More

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Sustainability Committee to develop green meetings standards.

February 17, 2010

ASTM Subcommittee E60.02 on Hospitality is currently addressing green meeting concerns via series of proposed standards. Once vetted and agreed upon by meetings industry, these standards will serve as guidelines and performance measurements for meeting planners and suppliers. Specific standards address evaluation/selection of transportation, accommodations, venue, and destinations; A/V equipment and communication supplies; as well as establishment of exhibits and on-site offices. Read More

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Comments Made on revision of lease accounting standard.

February 17, 2010

ELFA Interim President Ralph Petta released a statement regarding proposed revisions to lease accounting standards by Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Given that few users have provided formal comments during development of accounting standards, Petta noted ELFA's review of user views will be submitted to FASB/IASB chairmen to help make proposed new lease accounting standard "the most useful and workable model possible." Read More

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IPC Standard helps define how clean is clean.

February 17, 2010

IPC's cleaning standard, IPC-5704 defines recommended requirements for cleanliness of unpopulated single, double-sided, and multilayer printed boards. Standard provides hard specifications and requirements for maximum limits of ionic contamination using ion chromatography testing. In addition, IPC-5704 delivers industry guidance on cleanliness testing for both product acceptance and process control, verifying that all equipment and chemistries are stable. Read More

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Aerospace Consultant and F-117 Creator to co-keynote at WESTEC.

February 17, 2010

Aerospace consultant Richard Aboulafia and Richard Scofield, responsible for bringing F-117 stealth fighter to reality, will kick off Aerospace Industry and Association Day at WESTEC 2010. Scofield will offer insight and advice on positioning a manufacturing company for future aerospace supply chains, while Aboulafia will discuss current market conditions and provide analysis of where commercial jet, business jet, and military segments are headed. Read More

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ASTM Book lays out fire testing standards for textiles.

February 17, 2010

ASTM Fire Standards for Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses and Bedding provides information on mandatory and voluntary fire testing as well as flammability performance and quality control test standards for textiles. Specifically, this ASTM International compilation includes 20 key ASTM International fire testing standards, 2 Federal regulations (16 CFR 1632 and 16 CFR 1633), and 8 California Technical Bulletins. Read More

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ASTM Publication covers dimension stone.

February 17, 2010

Available in print and as CD-ROM, ASTM Standards and Technical Material for Dimension Stone provides contractors and manufacturers with vital information on assessment and rehabilitation of existing dimension stone. It features 25 of the latest ASTM dimension stone standards plus 10 articles from ASTM special technical publication on use of dimension stone in building construction. Topics include marble, limestone, granite, quartz-based, and slate dimension stone as well as roofing slate. Read More

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NAM says nuclear plant federal loan guarantee will create jobs.

February 17, 2010

Following announcement by President Obama and U.S. Department of Energy to issue federal loan guarantees for two new nuclear reactors, NAM President John Engler stated that Administration's actions will give much needed boost to U.S. manufacturing while creating thousands of high-paying jobs. Estimates show that adding a new nuclear plant can bring $500 million a year to economy, and employees at nuclear facility can earn an average of 36% more than average earnings in surrounding communities. Read More

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ASABE Standard measures commingled grains in combine harvest.

February 16, 2010

Developed by ASABE, document ANSI/ASABE S598 determines percentage in load of harvested grains that are likely to be residue from crop previously harvested by same machine. Standard also recommends acceptable levels of commingled grains that can be expected in commodities harvested by combines that have been thoroughly cleaned and prepared. With standard, users can predict outcomes of combine clean-out and select appropriate equipment or procedures based on needs. Read More