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ANSI seeks comments on amusement attractions safety proposal.

January 29, 2010

As US member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by March 5 on proposal made by National Standards Body of the Russian Federation (GOST R) to ISO for new field of technical activity on safety of attractions found at amusement facilities. This proposal seeks development of unified and generalized approach to "Safety of attractions" that will increase safety while also eliminating economic barriers in trade in this area of activity. Read More

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NIST and CDC research refrigerated vaccine storage practices.

January 29, 2010

In collaboration with CDC, researchers at NIST have completed first of a series of tests to determine best practices for properly storing and monitoring temperature of refrigerated vaccines. Since vaccines must be kept 2-8°C, vaccines should never be kept on door shelves because relative lack of insulation in door allowed unacceptable temperature drifts. Vaccines should also be kept away from walls of refrigerator, because defrost cycle can cause temperature of walls to shift. Read More

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Manufacturing Economist says some good news and some bad.

January 28, 2010

In current FMA economic update newsletter Fabrinomics, Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, outlines good news and notes of caution. Positive trends include growth in service sector and manufacturing, stabilizing employment numbers, and improvement in access to credit from banking sector. However, Kuehl notes that recovery depends on right sequence of events, demand growth brings potential for more expensive inputs, and there is a conservative shift of financial system. Read More

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GAWDA Magazine includes tips on how to leverage Twitter.

January 28, 2010

As part of its effort to educate gases and welding industry professionals on the topic of social media, January issue of GAWDA Edge features article titled "Tackling the Twitter Trend." Twitter is an invaluable resource for driving traffic to a company's blog and Web site. Article teaches how a company can leverage this social medium to increase awareness and further build a brand. Read More

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AMT reports workholding shipments down in Q4 2009 from 2008.

January 28, 2010

According to Workholding Market Data Report, shipment revenues of workholding equipment in Q4 2009 were down 19.0% from Q4 2008, based on information from 38 participating companies. Shipments totaled $37.4 million while exports amounted to $8.8 million. Domestic workholding equipment shipments increased 8.0% and U.S. exports increased 81.9% from Q3 2009, with Midwest being largest domestic destination. Employment levels in Q4 2009 were down 0.5% from Q3 and down 19.0% compared to Q4 2008. Read More

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Journal Article theorizes how to survive hard economic times.

January 28, 2010

In current issue of Welding and Gases Today, Gases and Welding Distributors Association's journal, James Kane offers distributors 3 beliefs that will ensure trust of customers as well as end-users, strategic partners, suppliers, and employees. These beliefs are relayed in order to help company withstand challenging economic environment. Key notes include exhibiting sense of competency, honesty, respectfulness, and consistency; creating sense of belonging; and sharing sense of purpose. Read More

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NGLIA Members receive DOE awards to develop LED technology.

January 28, 2010

Six members of the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance have been awarded 9 projects by U.S. Department of Energy to spur development of solid-state lighting technology, which uses LEDs and organic LEDs. Cree, Inc., General Electric, Osram Sylvania, and Philips Lumileds received awards for product development projects, while Applied Materials, Inc., GE Global Research, GE Lumination, Philips Lumileds, and Universal Display Corporation received awards for manufacturing projects. Read More

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Advance Registration extended for co-located shows.

January 28, 2010

Advance registration has been extended to Feb 5, 2010 for upcoming 2010 AGG1 Aggregates Forum and Expo and World of Asphalt Show and Conference. Exhibit space goals have been met and show floor is almost sold out. Targeting business and professional needs of aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety industry professionals, event will include New Product and Technology Program, which will help attendees find new and innovative products and services on show floor. Read More

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AIA releases GigE Vision® Camera Interface Standard v1.2.

January 28, 2010

Developed using Gigabit Ethernet® communication protocol, GigE Vision Camera Interface Standard allows 1,000 Mbps transfer of data using standard cables over lengths up to 100 m. With GigE Vision, hardware and software from different vendors can interoperate seamlessly over Ethernet connections. Version 1.2 adds non-streaming device control to standard and accommodates networked video distribution applications that leverage switched Ethernet client/server video networks. Read More

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ZigBee Standard to focus on modernizing retail experience.

January 28, 2010

ZigBee® Alliance has announced development of ZigBee Retail Services(TM) standard, focusing on retail experience from point-of-manufacture to point-of-sale. Standard will define applications for mobile terminals, while public application profile will define standard methodology for delivering various services. Anticipated result for retail market is improvement in quality and supply chain management and efficiency, in addition to enhanced customer satisfaction. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Article discusses 2010 money making strategies.

January 28, 2010

First Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features Annual Industry Forecast, wherein 50 material handling equipment distributors discuss money making strategies. Advice includes making it easy for customers to find your company, spending time to build relationships with them, and improving internal procedures. Furthermore, companies may opt to sell added value of distribution, concentrate on the aftermarket, or restructure business development teams. Read More

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ASHRAE Conference to foster urban energy conservation.

January 28, 2010

Existing Buildings in Urban Areas: Dramatically Cutting the Energy Waste, hosted by ASHRAE, will guide building community and government in reducing energy use. Taking place April 19-20 in NYC, this conference will address theoretical and practical matters associated with major improvements in energy efficiency of existing buildings. Specific topics include investment and financial decision-making, effective public policies, and necessary technical steps. Read More

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Blogging Best Practices described in MHEDA's online journal.

January 28, 2010

David Nour, noted social media expert, contributed his "Better Business Blogging" article to MHEDA Edge's January issue. It teaches readers how to leverage blogosphere to build their brand. Specifically, Nour offers 10 tips for writing business blogs, each accompanied with detailed explanation of how to make it work. Highlights include tips such as "find your focus," "manufacture content, don't just distribute," as well as "know and cater to your audience." Read More

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IMTS 2010 to feature Emerging Technology Center.

January 28, 2010

International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2010 will present Emerging Technology Center (ETC) in partnership with SME. Theme of ETC is application of knowledge-based management across full spectrum including technology, manufacturing, people, and business. Past innovations featured in ETC include nanotechnology, now commonly used throughout the industry, as well as MTConnect®, a series of open standards that address manufacturing systems interoperability on shop floor. Read More

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LaHood and Conti speak at high speed rail seminar.

January 28, 2010

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and North Carolina DOT Secretary Eugene Conti addressed over 200 participants at the High Speed Rail: Mobilizing a New Generation seminar. Event brought key decision makers and facilitators of high speed and intercity passenger rail programs in US together with Japanese rail manufacturers and news media. Conti vowed to learn from Japan's best practices to build greener and more modern rail system that gives citizens more transportation options. Read More

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Rusty Ponce de Leon is elected as 2010 AIA Chairman.

January 28, 2010

Rusty Ponce de Leon has been elected 2010 Chairman of Automated Imaging Association (AIA). In his acceptance, Ponce de Leon recognized those that served before him and expressed his intent to build on existing initiatives to expand AIA's global role as the authority for all vision applications inside and outside of factory environment. Plans for this include generating more awareness for industry and promoting additional sales for companies belonging to AIA. Read More

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AWWA-Hosted Webcast addresses microbial threats assessment.

January 28, 2010

Taking place February 17, New Approaches for Assessing Microbial Threats Webcast will provide results from recent studies that contribute to understanding of occurrence and viability of microbial health threats in drinking water. Attendees will also learn to interpret results from research on distribution system pathogens, benefits of genotyping Cryptosporidium oocysts, and how to identify key factors that promote retention and subsequent biofilm development of E. coli O157:H7. Read More

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NAM Sponsered Economic Study gives roadmap for job creation.

January 28, 2010

According to economic report conducted by Milken Institute and sponsored by NAM, changes to economic and tax policies and investment in key infrastructure project categories could create more than 11 million jobs in U.S. this decade. Proposed policy changes that would increase jobs and grow economy include decreasing corporate tax rates, increasing and making R and D credit permanent, and modernizing export controls on commercially available products. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to focus on zirconium in nuclear industry.

January 28, 2010

ASTMs 16th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry will be held May 9-13, 2010, in China. Being sponsored by ASTM International Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys, it will provide forum for exchanging new information on fabrication, testing, development, and characterization of zirconium-base materials in industry. Event will feature session papers/posters that reflect emerging technologies. Online registration closes April 26, 2010. Read More

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ASTM Wood Committee names David Kretschmann as Chairman.

January 28, 2010

ASTM International Committee D07 has elected David E. Kretschmann, research general engineer at USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, as Chairman. Kretschmann has been member of ASTM International since 1988 and received L.J. Markwardt Award in 2005 for contributions of outstanding merit to Committee D07. Kretschmann has been lead or co-author of more than 70 articles in his field and is member of Society of Wood Science and Technology as well as Forest Products Society. Read More