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BSA Fall Meeting given high marks by attendees.

October 28, 2009

Attendees of BSA's 2009 Fall Meeting, held September 21-22 in Chicago, IL, responded positively. Unanimous in their endorsement, respondents to post-meeting surveys indicated that it met/exceeded their expectations. Several survey respondents indicated very positive experiences and expressed expectations for continued participation at this level. Future meetings include 2010 Winter Meeting, held January 17-19 in Tampa, Fl, and 2010 Annual Convention, held May 1-4 in Naples, FL. Read More

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ASHRAE Headquarters receives highest LEED certification.

October 28, 2009

ASHRAE Headquarters, located in Atlanta, GA, received LEED Platinum Certification in New Construction 2.2 rating system. While originally built to provide healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for its staff, the 34,500 ft² office building also helps confirm ASHRAE's commitment to supporting sustainable environments. Renovation took into consideration concerns such as energy use, heat island reduction, water efficient landscaping, material reuse, and water use reduction. Read More

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ASHRAE Winter Conference to focus on humidity and indoor environments.

October 28, 2009

While addressing various HVAC/R industry issues, 2010 ASHRAE Winter Conference will focus on developments that contribute to making indoor environments sustainable in humid climates. Technical program is based on Building Sustainability from the Inside Out theme and will take place January 23-27 in Orlando, FL. Comprised of presentations and papers concentrated in 11 tracks, technical program focuses on humidity control and ability to improve occupant comfort while conserving energy. Read More

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RIA Seeks Projects for Phoenix Awards competition.

October 28, 2009

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) is seeking entries for 2010 Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction. Eligibility is also open to non-member firms who are active service providers in restoration and remediation industry. Up to 2 projects per firm may be submitted in each category, and deadline is December 15, 2009. Projects must involve personal or building property and residential or commercial buildings in areas of restoration and reconstruction. Read More

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NIST selected as winner of AIAG Chairman's Award.

October 28, 2009

NIST has been awarded 2009 Automotive Industry Action Group's (AIAG) Chairman's Award. Honored for more than 14 yr of work with AIAG, NIST has made contributions to group in engineering and product development, electronic commerce, and supply chain management, in addition to standards development efforts by NIST Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory. Researcher Peter Denno was also recognized at October 8 ceremony with 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award. Read More

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BIO welcomes West Virginia Bioscience Association.

October 27, 2009

BIO announced that the newly-formed bioscience organization in West Virginia agreed to join Council of State Bioscience Associations, an autonomous council operating within BIO. According to Patrick Kelly, VP of State Government Relations and Alliance Development of BIO, West Virginia's bioscience cluster has shown steady growth over past decade, and he praised Governor Manchin's 'Bucks for Brains' initiative, a plan to stimulate hi-tech research at WVU and Marshall. Read More

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Conference to discuss China's RoHS-type regulations.

October 27, 2009

On Oct 9, China's MIIT released initial list of products subject to lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, PBBs, and PBDE restrictions. New restrictions, along with criteria for future products to be added to catalog will be discussed at IPC's It's Not Easy Being Green: Complying with Global Environmental Regulation conference. Tad Ferris, partner at Holland and Knight, will offer key insights on expected mandatory premarket certification and required laboratory analysis. Read More

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NAM Official commends approval of U.S.-UAE nuclear agreement.

October 27, 2009

NAM President John Engler said 123 agreement with UAE on Peaceful Nuclear Cooperation, which passed Congressional legislative review period, provides framework for American companies to compete in supplying goods and services to UAE in its nuclear power development. Agreement will also ensure high standards of non-proliferation, safety, and security for UAE project. Engler also expressed optimism that U.S. companies and skilled workers will compete and win business in UAE. Read More

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Certification Programs offer affordable alternatives.

October 27, 2009

Holding an industry-respected certification such as those available from SME, can be a way to demonstrate skill and experience level. SME's flagship certifications include Certified Manufacturing Technologist and Certified Manufacturing Engineer. With increasing focus on sustainability and waste elimination issues, Society's multi-level lean certification program which recognizes tactical, integrative, and strategic applications of standard lean principles is in high demand. Read More

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SME releases fieldbook on Kaizen methodology.

October 27, 2009

Kaizen Event Fieldbook: Foundation, Framework, & Standard Work for Effective Events details strategies, tools, and techniques necessary for conducting effective lean events. It provides tool for teaching and engaging employees at all levels as company seeks to institute/sustain changes. Written by Mark R. Hamel, book answers needs of newly engaged and experienced lean practitioners, providing readers with understanding of essential facts on conducting effective kaizen events. Read More

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NIST signs U.S.-China cooperative science agreement.

October 27, 2009

Protocol for cooperation on earthquake and volcano sciences will be coordinated by USGS, Engineering and Geosciences Directorates of NSF, and Building and Fire Research Laboratory at NIST. Agreement includes participation by Chinese Earthquake Administration's Department of International Cooperation and National Natural Science Foundation's Department of Engineering and Material Science. Signing took place during week of U.S.-China Science and Technology Joint Commission Meeting. Read More

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Enzyme Manipulation could solve protein purification challenge.

October 27, 2009

By altering an enzyme (subtilisin) that soil bacteria use to break down their food, a multi-institutional research team, which includes a NIST biochemist, has found an efficient method of harvesting purified protein molecules. As modified by the team, it can be activated at desired moment. This metaphorical on-switch for the enzyme's activity enables separation of single, desired protein from mixture of thousands generated by a living cell. Read More

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NIST Physicist to share 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal.

October 27, 2009

David J. Wineland, a physicist at NIST, will share 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics for experimental realization of the first device that performs elementary computer-logic operations using the quantum properties of individual atoms. Wineland will share the physics medal with two theorists who are also pioneers of quantum computing: J. Ignacio Cirac of the Max-Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Germany and Peter Zoller of the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Read More

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Program puts stimulus money to work for manufacturers.

October 27, 2009

Designed by National Association of Lighting Management Companies, Program for Energy Efficiency through Responsible Stimulus aims to get government to direct $16 billion of $780 billion to program that supports energy efficiency retrofits. According to Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, this leads to win-win situation since companies save money by reducing energy costs, reduce contributions to emissions, and create jobs for firms that do retrofit work and provide ongoing maintenance. Read More

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NTSB advises Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

October 27, 2009

NTSB made recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, including implementation of a program to identify commercial drivers at risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Drivers would be required to provide medical evidence of evaluation/treatment before being granted unrestricted medical certification (H-09-15). Another recommendation emphasized drivers who have OSA and are effectively treated should be routinely approved for continued medical certification (H-09-16). Read More

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MHEDA Journal explores material handling partnerships.

October 26, 2009

October issue of The MHEDA Journal focuses on partnerships between manufacturers and distributors of material handling equipment, which are essential for success, particularly in a down economy. Issue contains 18 stories of how collaboration directly resulted in sales. Some unique applications for material handling equipment described in articles include custom-mezzanine for motorcycle storage, conveyor system for handling high-end garments, and yard ramp for hot unloading environment. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for October 2009.

October 26, 2009

According to PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect leveling in business conditions and incoming orders during final quarter of 2009. It shows 54% of companies expect activity will remain unchanged over next 3 months and 40% expect no change in incoming orders, while 54% report that shipping levels are higher than 3 months ago. Companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff decreased to 60%, possibly reflecting permanent downsizing of workforces. Read More

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Pack Expo Selects Prizes award sustainability enhancements.

October 26, 2009

Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 5-7, 2009 PACK EXPO Selects Competition awarded first prize to Robbie Flexibles for the Purex® Complete(TM) 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets packaging. Printpack's Body Glove water filtration packaging came in at a very close second, and Lloyd's Barbeque packaging from Airlite Plastics Co. took third. Each took its own approach towards sustainability, indicating importance of sustainability movement as market-driving factor. Read More

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MHEDA Edge focuses on managing in down economy.

October 26, 2009

Taking in-depth look at current economic crisis, October issue of MHEDA Edge analyzes how material handling distributors can make the most of the situation. Edge asked industry veteran Matt Senecal for his take on how to streamline material handling dealership. Found in the On The Job section of magazine, article analyzes key departments of distributorship and breaks down opportunities that can help start process of improvement. Read More

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Webinar examines opportunities in alternate energy sector.

October 26, 2009

With specific examples for wind and solar applications, Advanced Magnet Lab President Mark Senti will lead a free webinar - Automation and Manufacturing Opportunities in Renewable and Alternative Energy - on November 13, 2009 to explain where industry is currently and where it is going. According to Senti, "Automation and manufacturing companies in search of new business from this industry can make a successful transition if they do their homework." Read More