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MCA Chairman details promotional/educational initiatives.

September 22, 2009

According to John Mazurkiewicz, MCA recently created a membership category exclusively for distributors. MCA website traffic consisted of 250,000 visitors in 2008, proving link from member's sites to be successful promotion, while 36 feature articles have been published in the last 2 yr. International Robots, Vision, and Motion Control Conference, to be held January 20-22, 2010, will focus on outlook for economy, new market opportunities, and running successful business. Read More

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Acquisition System Elements are essential to cost control.

September 21, 2009

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee Panel on Defense Acquisition Reform, AIA's Richard Sylvester said the acquisition system can be a powerful tool to ensure systems/services provided to the Defense Department are at fair and reasonable prices and comply with cost, schedule, and technical performance contract parameters. Dialog between government and industry was also stressed as necessary in promoting understanding of factors that drive industry business decisions. Read More

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LIA to highlight laser use in green energy production.

September 21, 2009

LIA will unveil developments in green energy applications of laser technology at ICALEO®, from November 2-5, 2009. Plenary session, Frontiers and Challenges for the Green Economy, will describe application of laser technology to manufacture of solar-energy cells and other solutions. Keynote address, Frontiers, Opportunities, and Challenges for a Hydrogen Economy, will be led by Dr. John Turner. Other presentations will be given by Dave Clark, Dr. C. Martin Stickley, and Dr. Yongfeng Lu. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices increased in August.

September 21, 2009

According to the September 15 producer price index (PPI) report by the US Labor Department, prices for construction materials rose 1.0% in August after almost one year in decline. Despite the increase, however, construction materials prices are down 7.4% on a year-over-year basis. Materials experiencing increases include softwood lumber (up 10.9%) and nonferrous wire/cable (6.2%). Also, crude energy prices increased 6.9% in August, and the nation's wholesale level increased 1.7%. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute and TAPPI announce partnership.

September 21, 2009

Hydraulic Institute (HI) and Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)announced that they have partnered to provide memberships with direct link to purchase industry leading pump standards specific to pumps installed or required in pulp and paper industry. By utilizing HI standards, pulp and paper companies can increase pump and system reliability, accurately determine pump performance, reduce life cycle costs and energy, decrease design costs, and avoid miscommunication. Read More

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Cooperative Agreement gives blind people cell phone savvy.

September 18, 2009

National Federation of the Blind and Motorola Inc. announced today a cooperative agreement to promote technologies that will improve cell phone accessibility for blind consumers. Expected in 2010, certain Motorola cell phones will provide verbal readouts of information and settings to facilitate use of features. This cooperation ensures blind Americans have equal access to current cell phone technology through UIs that do not require vision. Read More

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MHEDA Members awarded as top performers.

September 18, 2009

MHEDA Journal Online features listing of more than 130 material handling equipment distributors who have been honored by their primary supplier as top performers. List, 56% of which includes MHEDA members, was compiled by 10 vendors, 9 manufacturers of industrial trucks, and 1 manufacturer of forklift tires. Criteria such as sales figures, market share, and customer service were considered. Honored distributors represent 36 states and 5 countries. Read More

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House Recognizes Sept. 16 as National Aerospace Day.

September 18, 2009

Resolution H.Con.Res.167, introduced by Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-MI) and passed by US House of Representatives on September 9, recognizes September 16 as National Aerospace Day. In response, AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey called the occasion a morale booster and insisted that "recognition from the House that the aerospace and defense industry is a key contributor to our nation's economy and national security sends a powerful message to thousands of our workers across the nation." Read More

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Wilson Industrial Sales receives distribution excellence award.

September 18, 2009

Wilson Industrial Sales Co., Inc., based in Brook, IN, recieved NACD's 2009 Responsible Distribution Process(SM) Excellence Award. A member of the association for 14 years, Wilson was recognized for, among other things, their environmental commitment and product recycling, local community involvement, and employee education. James Benning, Vice Chairman of NACD's RDP Committee, presented this award to Tom Wilson, founder and former president of Wilson Industrial Sales. Read More

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AIA presents Wings of Liberty Award to Sen. Inouye.

September 18, 2009

In recognition of his longtime support of aerospace and defense industry, AIA presents Senator Daniel K. Inouye with Wings of Liberty Award. Inouye, the second most-senior member of U.S. Senate, has been a member and former chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee for 40 years and member of Appropriations Committee, which he now chairs, for 38 years. Award is presented periodically to members of Congress who have made significant contributions to help bolster aerospace and national defense. Read More

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ASTM works with U.S. Dept of Energy on solar standards.

September 18, 2009

Interested participants are invited to attend virtual organizational meeting for new ASTM International activity on solar glass on Sept 29, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Representatives from U.S. DoE, ASTM International Committee E44, and ASTM International Committee C14 will be among participants. Potential standards topics to be discussed include glass rating for withstanding acidic rain, photovoltaic applications, coatings, durability, and solar hot water and heating systems. Read More

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Agenda Announced for 2009 standards developer forum.

September 17, 2009

On October 6, 2009 from noon to 5:00 pm in Bethesda, MD, Open Forum for Standards Developers brings together leaders of accredited and non-accredited standards developing organizations. Opening remarks by S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, will be followed by 3 panels that will convene to address critical issues in standards and conformity assessment: cybersecurity and its impact on organizations, sustainability, and social media technologies. Read More

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ANSI approved as accreditor of crane operator CBs.

September 17, 2009

California Division of OSHA has approved ANSI as official accreditation body of crane operator certification bodies. Accreditation is the culmination of a multi-month process to verify CB's compliance with requirements outlined in International Standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons. In conducting its accreditation activities, ANSI itself follows the International Standard ISO/IEC 17011:2004. Read More

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NAM urges Congress to pass Advanced Vehicle Technology Act.

September 17, 2009

According to statement made by Keith McCoy, NAM VP for Energy and Resources Policy, NAM urges Members of the House to vote for H.R. 3246, which will provide $2.85 billion in authorized funding over 5 years for medium and heavy-duty truck and bus research, and development programs within U.S. Department of Energy. Legislation will create high-paying manufacturing jobs and create opportunities for universities to get involved in research necessary to make advances in clean energy. Read More

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Plans underway for IPC standard on protection of IP.

September 17, 2009

IPC is convening group of leading PCB manufacturers, EMS providers, and OEM companies to develop standard for protection of intellectual property. First meeting of IP standards development group will take place on Friday, October 23, 2009. With both commercial and government sectors' interest in protecting IP through supplier requirements and audits, new standard is expected to educate members and elevate best practices in IP protection. Read More

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BIO Forum to feature distinguished clinical investigators.

September 17, 2009

Clinical investigators and industry experts will be participating in Therapeutic Workshops at the Eighth Annual BIO Investor Forum, held in San Francisco on October 28-29, 2009. Selected based on significant clinical development milestones, competitive programs, and recent investment interest, topics include innovation in prostate cancer, influenza, personalized medicine, and autoimmune disease. BIO is collaborating with Panel Intelligence to identify key opinion leaders. Read More

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Annual Conference helps build sustainable cooling practices.

September 17, 2009

ASHRAE's 2010 Winter Conference, to be held in Orlando, FL from January 23-27, will focus on a theme of Building Sustainability from the Inside Out, which aims to ensure indoor environments are comfortable and sustainable. Over 90 programs and 300 speakers will address challenges and solutions to industry issues such as key standards' impact, humidity control applications, sustainable building performance, as well as energy conservation and alternative energy practices. Read More

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IPC Technology Interchange addresses military market.

September 16, 2009

Scheduled for Dec 9-10, IPC Technology Interchange Conference - The North American PCB Industry: It Can and Will Support the Military Market, will feature senior officers from PCB manufacturing supply chain as well as key government officials. Conference will answer questions such as which leading-edge technologies will DoD require in coming years, what R/D is needed for North American PCB industry to support DoD needs, and what are risks/repercussions of DoD's reliance on global commercial market. Read More

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BIO CEO salutes father of the green revolution.

September 16, 2009

Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, issued a statement in tribute to Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, American geneticist and plant pathologist who died Saturday, September 12th in Dallas. In addition to offering condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues, the statement conveyed appreciation for Borlaug's work. Specifically mention was his development of high-yield and disease-resistant wheat varieties as well as the applications of farming practices and methods of increasing food production. Read More

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Media Registration now open for 2009 BIO Investor Forum.

September 16, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 28-29, 8th Annual BIO Investor Forum will feature more than 110 late stage and emerging public company presentations, partnering meetings, and networking opportunities with investors and executives in the life sciences field. Some highlights include plenary sessions on sustaining biotech innovation in light of healthcare reform, and therapeutic workshops addressing areas of dynamic pipeline growth including prostate cancer, influenza, and autoimmune disease. Read More