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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

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Reminder Issued for standards programs administration courses.

October 26, 2009

Interested stakeholders are reminded to register for upcoming sessions of ANSI's courses for administration of domestic and international standards programs. To be held in November 2009, each session will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in ANSI's NYC office. Topics will include development of American National Standards; activities of U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) and the responsibilities of TAG members, administrators, and leaders; as well as successful ISO committee management. Read More

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EPA Rule on Greenhouse Gases references 42 ASTM standards.

October 26, 2009

ASTM International is a primary standards contributor to Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule, which was approved by the U.S. EPA and enacted in response to Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008. Referenced standards are test methods and specifications that cover diverse set of topics - aviation fuel, water, coal sampling systems, hydraulic cement - to assist businesses in tracking as well as reporting their own emissions. Read More

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RIA to hold 21st annual National Robot Safety Conference.

October 26, 2009

National Robot Safety Conference will highlight robot safety/standards, robot applications, and latest developments. Themed Moving Forward with Safety: Developments in Robot and Machine Safety, sessions will include Cost Justification, Introduction to Robot Vision, Essential Safety Controls, Lean and Safe Robot Cells, and Primer on Functional Safety. Event will also include Lean and Safe Webinar, case study presentations and, on October 27, tabletop trade fair with 30 exhibitors. Read More

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FAA Certification Rules Updated for aviation products and parts.

October 26, 2009

New regulations for manufacturers of aircraft and aviation products will update and standardize FAA requirements to better align them with current global manufacturing environment. Changes include sandardization of QC system requirements for all aviation manufacturers, updated export requirements to facilitate global acceptance and documentation of parts, as well as standardization of part-marking and identification requirements so they align with other countries' rules. Read More

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NIST posts 3 Smart Grid related draft documents.

October 26, 2009

NIST draft documents include proposed charter for Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), call for candidates to serve on panel's initial governing board, and panel's membership agreement. To support NIST in fulfilling responsibilities under 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, SGIP will identify, prioritize, and address new/emerging requirements for Smart Grid standards. Nominations for governing board candidates must be received by November 4, 2009. Read More

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IPC Conference will cover ways to improve business operations.

October 26, 2009

IPC Lean Sigma Conference for Electronics Manufacturing will be held November 17-19, 2009, in Phoenix, AZ. Fundamentals of Lean Sigma workshop will provide hands-on strategies to maintain work flow in balance with customer demands, with presentations by Rita Mohanty, Ph.D.; Tim King; and Ronald C. Lasky, Ph.D. Conference topics will include Lean Design of Experiments, Kaizen model of team training, value stream mapping, and information on 5S process to organize/clean/standardize workplace. Read More

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NIST Publication aims to improve construction productivity.

October 26, 2009

Titled "Metrics and Tools for Measuring Construction Productivity: Technical and Empirical Considerations," report identifies metrics, tools, and data that can help construction industry stakeholders make cost-effective investments in productivity enhancing technologies. Tools include Web-accessible databases containing task-level and project-level metrics based on actual construction projects. Report also identifies knowledge gaps that are barriers to measurement of construction productivity. Read More

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AIM publishes 2D Symbology for high-speed encoding.

October 23, 2009

AIM announced publication of DotCode, a rectangular matrix symbology designed to produce machine-readable coding with existing, in market high-speed industrial printing equipment. DotCode is suited for high-speed industrial ink jet and laser marking because it does not require continuous lines or touching elements. It can be printed in several different rectangular shapes including ribbon-like format, which could be used to encode production batch, lot number, and best-by date on commodities. Read More

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NAM Chief Economist sees early signs of economic recovery.

October 23, 2009

NAM Chief Economist, David Huether, made a statement announcing the presence of first economic recovery signs since the deepest drop in production witnessed in the post-WWII era. The Federal Reserve reported manufacturing output increased 1% in September after upwardly revised 1.2% gain in August. While half of September's manufacturing production gain was concentrated in motor vehicle sector, majority of 19 major industries posted production gains for all 3 months in third quarter. Read More