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Former Microsoft Exec to keynote RAPID/3D IMAGING conference.

October 21, 2009

Scheduled for May 18-20, RAPID/3D IMAGING conference will include keynote by Ed Fries, a former Microsoft vice president, and his partner Dan Iosch. Ed Fries led development of Word and Excel before creating Microsoft's Xbox video game group and then founded his own 3-D company, FigurePrints. Conference and exposition will offer informative technical sessions and workshops as well as exhibits for buyers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling, and direct manufacturing equipment. Read More

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Article focuses on optimizing parts departments.

October 20, 2009

Located in the On The Job section of MHEDA Edge monthly publication, article titled The Particulars of Parts was written by industry veteran Marcel VandenTop who focuses on optimizing the parts department of businesses for maximum results in any economy. Some topic areas include documenting quotes, dealing with independent forklift mechanics, preparing and analyzing sales reports, revisiting pricing options, identifying slow-moving inventory, and holding sales blitzes. Read More

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BIO supports funding plan for small technology businesses.

October 20, 2009

Small Business Early-Stage Investment Act of 2009 would create funding program at Small Business Administration to stimulate growth in early-stage, technology-based companies. In testimony, Martin Sabarsky of HR BioPetroleum, Inc., said private equity and capital markets are failing to fund promising, early-stage scientific research. Sabarsky added that biotechnology companies have potential to benefit economy, improve public health, and increase nation's energy independence/security. Read More

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BIO commends tax credit proposal for 2009 health care act.

October 20, 2009

Therapeutic Project Tax Credit Amendment in America's Healthy Future Act of 2009 would encourage investments in new breakthrough medical therapies to prevent, diagnose, and treat acute and chronic diseases. Offered by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), it will support cutting-edge biomedical research. Jim Greenwood of BIO said credit will reimburse small biotechnology companies for portion of therapeutic development activities, including hiring scientists and conducting clinical studies. Read More

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ASTM develops publication covering glass/glazing standards.

October 20, 2009

"ASTM Glass and Glazing Standards for the Building Industry" includes 74 of latest ASTM standard test methods, specifications, and practices that cover glass, glazing, sealants, and fenestration products. Developed by ASTM International Committee C14 on Glass and Glass Products and Glass Association of North America, 685-pg document provides single source of glass/glazing standards for building architects, engineers, specifiers, manufacturers, and professionals. Read More

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AASHTO urges fight against worldwide road death epidemic.

October 20, 2009

Tony Kane of AASHTO, John Schafer, and actress Michelle Yeo, spokesperson for Make Roads Safe Campaign for Global Road Safety, met at National Press Club to urge Congress to join fight against worldwide road death epidemic. Kane said deaths on U.S. highways were at record low during first half of 2009, but this represents just part of needed effort. Also, Kane and Kirk Steudle will join U.S. officials on November 19-20 at Moscow Ministerial meeting to address crisis. Read More

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Teachers and Students receive The Merck Index.

October 20, 2009

Through partnership between American Chemical Society and Merck and Co. Inc., high school chemistry teachers and students nationwide are receiving The Merck Index for Society's National Chemistry Week celebration. The Merck Index is an internationally recognized handbook of chemical, pharmaceutical, and biomedical information. It contains data on more than 18,000 compounds we know as drugs, fragrances, cosmetics, food supplements, pesticides, and laboratory reagents. Read More

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IPC Conference focuses on halogen- and lead-free solutions.

October 20, 2009

Scheduled for Nov 11, IPC Materials Conference: Engineering for Compliance, will focus on understanding opportunities presented by new materials and technologies and their related reliability and performance. Joel Peiffer of 3M's Electronic Solutions Division will explore the issue in his paper, Reliability of Ultra-Thin Embedded Capacitor Laminates in Lead-Free Assembly, while keynote by Alan Rae will examine opportunities and challenges as nano-enabled products go mainstream in next 5 years. Read More

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Material Handling Blog keeps industry informed.

October 20, 2009

Written by Chris Powers and hosted at www.themhedajournal.org./blog, MHEDA Journal Editor's Blog is updated several times a week with material handling industry stories, and covers topics such as economic recovery reports, impact of social networking, finding interns, and new product applications. Blog also covers less-than-critical but interesting material handling stories, such as tracking down source of conveyor footage for FOX's NFL promos and videos of material handling mishaps. Read More

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Specification to Support direct Wi-Fi between devices.

October 20, 2009

The Wi-Fi Alliance is nearing completion of a specification that will let Wi-Fi devices - mobile phones, cameras, printers, notebook computers, HIDs, and headphones - connect to one another without joining traditional home, office, or hotspot network. Expected to begin certification in mid-2010, specification facilitates wireless printing, sharing, and display. Products that achieve certification will be designated Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct. Read More

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Educators Awarded for inspiring technical career choices.

October 20, 2009

Building the Future Award, presented by SME Education Foundation and industry partner, 3M, recognizes accomplishments of 10 educators from across the United States in furthering excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math education based on Project Lead The Way® curriculum. These educators inspire students to pursue technical careers, and their awards will be presented on November 12, 2009 at the Building the Future Awards dinner in Austin, TX. Read More

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Market Outlook Report show US sales increase, Canadian decrease.

October 19, 2009

According to August 2009 data released by PTDA, sales for US manufacturers increased by 10.7% in August 2009 compared to July 2009 while those for Canadian manufacturers dropped 6.6%. Year to year sales were down for both countries: 30.6% for US and 23.8% for Canada. Confidence in the Canadian market, measured on 1-10 scale from least to most optimistic, fell by 0.4 from last month to 4.1. US confidence held current negative position of 4.7 for its second consecutive month. Read More

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FDA Expert to deliver keynote address for online conference.

October 19, 2009

FDA's Jay Crowley, senior advisor for patient safety, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, will deliver keynote address for Track and Trace Virtual Trade Show on December 2. Addressing "The Upside of a Unique Device Identification (UDI) Mandate," he will outline need for medical device traceability and what healthcare community needs to know to be ready. The address will include practical ways device manufacturers, healthcare providers, and patients will be affected by changes. Read More

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NAM Official says CO<sub>2</sub> capture project will boost economy.

October 19, 2009

United States intends to have technology for coal-fired power stations to capture and store CO2 emissions ready for commercial deployment within decade, according to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. In response to Chu's statement, Keith McCoy of NAM said that building large-scale, near-zero-emissions power plants will support continued economic viability of nation's manufacturing base, create high-wage sustainable jobs, and improve global environment. Read More

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Standardization Community Members honored at ANSI ceremony.

October 19, 2009

Honoring creativity, dedication, and vision in field of standards and conformity assessment, 2009 annual ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony recognized 15 distinguished individuals. June Ling, Gregory Saunders, David L. McQuaid, Scott Jameson, John Rennie, Stephen Oksala, as well as Amanda Dixon and Martha Marrapese were honored. In addition, 7 others were presented with Meritorious Service Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to U.S. voluntary standardization system. Read More

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BIO releases online videos highlighting biotech innovations.

October 19, 2009

In collaboration with Banyan Productions, BIO has created series of educational web videos that answer many basic questions about biotech. BioBytes, hosted by Dr. David Targan, feature topics ranging from biotech therapies, to biofuels and future of biomaterials. Series also includes BioDigests, with true stories of companies, scientists, and entrepreneurs who are driving biotech innovation, and those benefiting from them. Videos can be seen on BIO's social media website. Read More

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ANSI accredits Microsoft and IHMM certification programs.

October 19, 2009

Microsoft and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) have been granted accreditation under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, joining 27 other accredited credentialing bodies under ANSI. Accreditations include Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator and Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator. Professional accreditations by IHMM include Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner. Read More

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A&WMA issues call for abstracts for MEGA Symposium.

October 19, 2009

A&WMA, EPRI, USEPA, and U.S. DOE have issued Call for Abstracts for 8th MEGA Symposium, August 30 - September 2, 2010, in Baltimore, MD. Abstracts of 150 words or less must be submitted by January 11, 2010, and should summarize results and demonstrate technical depth of proposed paper. Symposium will showcase latest development and operational experience with air pollution controls from fossil-fired power plants and examine methods for reducing hazardous air pollutant emissions. Read More

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PTDA to hold Executive Development Conference in Arizona.

October 19, 2009

Themed "Innovations in Sales and Sales Management," 4th annual Executive Development Conference will take place March 5-6, 2010, at Phoenix Marriott Mesa. It will focus on skills for distributor and manufacturer sales managers such as coaching, conducting effective sales meetings, and creating sales proposals that sell. Event will include annual winter Board of Directors, Manufacturer Council, and committee meetings and networking opportunities for more than 75 association members. Read More

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On-Line Voting for Transportation Projects sets record pace.

October 19, 2009

More than 82,000 on-line votes have been cast in People's Choice Award competition, part of the 2nd annual America's Transportation Awards, sponsored by AAA, AASHTO, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ten transportation projects are vying for the Grand Prize, which is being determined by independent panel of judges and the People's Choice Award, which is being decided by popular vote. Panel of judges evaluated 50 highway projects in On Time, On Budget, and Innovative Management categories. Read More