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Summit Participants focus on moving their businesses forward.

November 18, 2009

Themed What's Your Next Move?, co-located PTDA Industry Summit and FPDA Motion and Control Network's Fall Networking Symposium hosted nearly 700 top executives in PT/MC and fluid power industries who gathered to network and build business relationships. Highlights included opening keynote by Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research and Development Corporation and founder of US FIRST; macroeconomic update by Dr. Robert Genetski; and 3 workshops to help executives plan their next move. Read More

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Career Website connects young adults with employers.

November 18, 2009

Connecting young adults with employers and career development opportunities, the Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) launched a website featuring facts and information about industry as well as faces and voices of industrial distribution. Visitors can access searchable employer database to connect job seekers with employers, view video testimonials pertaining to working in industrial distribution, and utilize training resources offered by industry associations. Read More

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IEEE extends deadline for technical papers and abstracts.

November 18, 2009

Organizers of IEEE Green Technology Conference have extended deadline for receiving abstracts and technical papers to Dec 7. Original work is sought on current and emerging renewable energy sources and energy-reduction technologies. Contributed papers and abstracts are solicited in energy generation and storage technologies; energy resource utilization and water conservation; green architecture and sustainable design; and environmental, legal, social, economic, and political impacts. Read More

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ASTM Course to cover apparel flammability compliance.

November 17, 2009

ASTM International will hold Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of General Wearing Apparel training course on April 14 in New York, N.Y., and May 18 in Chicago, IL. It will provide understanding of Flammable Fabric Act and Citation 16 CFR 1610, Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles, which apply to all general wearing apparel manufactured and distributed in United States. Federal requirements that are covered eliminate flammable textiles from entering U.S. marketplace. Read More

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Course Covers Compliance for sleepwear flammability.

November 17, 2009

Offered as one-day course on April 15 in NYC and May 19 in Chicago, "Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Children's Sleepwear" covers federal standards on flammability of children's sleepwear. It will provide understanding of standards 16 CFR 1615/1616 as well as provide update on regulatory changes. Participants will also learn about liability issues and legal requirements, what products can put company at risk, and how to avoid product recalls and penalties. Read More

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Training Course focuses on flammability standards.

November 17, 2009

Titled "Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses, and Bedding Sold in the United States," 2-day technical and professional training course will provide students with basic understanding of mandatory and voluntary flammability performance and quality control test standards. Students will learn how to conduct tests, assess test results, learn what products put companies at risk, and how to avoid costly recalls and penalties. Read More

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Guidelines help launch new products through distribution.

November 17, 2009

Facilitating partnerships between distributors and manufacturers, PTDA released Guidelines for Launching a New Power Transmission/Motion Control Product through Distribution. Adapted by task force of Industry Relations Committee from publication originally created by NAED, PTDA's guidelines describe what it takes to achieve buy-in throughout distributor's organization. Checklist of recommended information and audiences ensures all parties are on board when introducing new product. Read More

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ASHRAE collaborates on new energy efficiency publication.

November 17, 2009

Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: The Business Case for Building Owners and Managers rationalizes economic decisions related to improving and sustaining energy efficiency in existing buildings. Created by ASHRAE, AIA, BOMA, IESNM, and USGBC, it provides applications that could produce energy savings from 10-15% to as much as 30% or more. Book includes 5 tips for owners and managers and is first of 3 planned guides on energy efficiency. Read More

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SME elects 9 leaders to 2009 College of Fellows.

November 17, 2009

SME College of Fellows was created to honor those members who have made outstanding contributions to field of manufacturing. Nine elected leaders include David Cole, Chia-Hsiang Menq, Sudhakar Pandit, Albert Shih, David Stephenson, Albert Wavering III, Kazuo Yamazaki and John Ziegert, and Jerry Fuh. Each of these recipients has been recognized by SME, their peers, and manufacturing community as key contributors to social, technical, and educational progress of manufacturing. Read More

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FAA Changes enhance safety for Hudson River airspace.

November 17, 2009

FAA finalized federal rule, effective November 19, 2009, that will enhance safety by separating low-altitude, local aircraft flights over Hudson River from flights transiting through river airspace. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, "Better separation of aircraft means a higher margin of safety." Rule also requires pilots to follow safety procedures that were previously recommended but not mandatory. Read More

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FAA ensures no-radio flights are properly tracked.

November 17, 2009

After review of air traffic contact with Northwest Airlines Flight 188, FAA is updating training and procedures for handling loss of 2-way communication with aircraft and how other agencies are notified. FAA has also taken steps to ensure accurate preliminary information about air traffic events is provided to top officials more quickly. FAA expects to review changes in training and procedures by end of January 2010 and to improve incident notification process by end of November. Read More

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Twelve EMS Program Managers earn IPC Certification.

November 17, 2009

Under IPC EMS Program Manager Training and Certification program, 12 individuals are newly certified EMS program managers and can add CEPM designation behind their names. Training program, developed with input from IPC EMS Management Council, teaches and tests specific skills for EMS program managers such as operations, finance, contract, time management, and leadership. CEPM status is earned after successfully completing courses, passing final exam, and satisfying work experience requirements. Read More

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ATA Comments on aviation financial health.

November 17, 2009

Comments were made concerning US DoT and Secretary LaHood's initiative in discussing financial health of commercial aviation. Participating airline executives called for no new taxes and fees, fully funded and accelerated modernization of air traffic control system, and oversight of energy markets. Also desired was elimination of arcane restrictions on airlines' ability to operate efficiently in global marketplace as well as global sectoral approach to climate change for aviation. Read More

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AED and AEM warn Congress of job losses ahead.

November 17, 2009

In wake of last week's dismal government unemployment data, AED and AEM are warning Congress that economy will shed more jobs in coming months unless lawmakers swiftly enact new multi-year highway law. Warning came in form of orange flags sent to every member of Congress. Flags were accompanied by details of IHS Global Insight economic report that found equipment industry had lost 37% of its workforce in last 3 years and that downturn had cost 550,000 jobs nationwide. Read More

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PTDA Foundation announces 2010 trustees.

November 17, 2009

PTDA Foundation 2010 Board of Trustees was announced at PTDA 2009 Industry Summit in San Diego. Bill Childers, president North American sales, Rexnord LLC was elected to serve as Foundation's President, while Barbara J. Ross, director sales and marketing for U.S. and Canada, Drives, LLC was elected to Vice President. John Masek, vice president, Bearing Service Inc. will serve as treasurer. Tim Clawser, Gus Kontonickas, and Keith Nowak will also be joining Board of Trustees in 2010. Read More

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PTDA Foundation surpasses fund drive goal in 2009.

November 17, 2009

Reflecting industry-wide support for PTDA Foundation's core Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) initiative, a total of $216,733 was raised through 2009 fund drive. This number exceeded its set goal of $215,000, and the 2009 Fund Drive was bolstered in part by a new partnership program for ICP. For the first time, PTDA Foundation offered other associations opportunity to help set strategy for ICP initiative in exchange for their financial and functional commitment. Read More

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SPE announces winners of Automotive Innovation Awards.

November 16, 2009

Automotive Division of SPE announced category and Grand Award winners for its 39th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Trophies were given to category finalists and winners, as well as Grand Award, Hall of Fame, and Vehicle Engineering Team Award winners. Theme of this year's competition was Green Cars, Blue Skies in recognition of auto industry's intense focus on increasing fuel efficiency while lowering cost of ownership and tailpipe emissions. Read More

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Training Course covers environmental site assessments.

November 16, 2009

Titled Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, 3-day ASTM training course covers latest version of Phase I standard, ASTM E527-05, and information on U.S. EPA rule on All Appropriate Inquiry. ASTM E1527 includes historical records research of subject property, site reconnaissance, interviews with owners/occupants, and documentation of findings. ASTM E1903 Phase II standard focuses on planning of Phase II investigations into RECs and learning approaches used in Phase II process. Read More

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Training Course focuses on site assessment, transaction screen.

November 13, 2009

To be held 10 times during 2010, 2-day ASTM International training course will focus on phase I site assessment and transaction screen process. Site assessment standards, developed by ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, include ASTM E1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, and ASTM E1528, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Transaction Screen Process. Read More

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Reported Robot Orders were down 30% through September.

November 13, 2009

According to figures from RIA, North American robotics companies saw orders for new robots decline 30% in units and 43% in dollars for the first 9 months of 2009. Steep declines were evident in sales to automotive OEMs and their suppliers, with units off 29% and dollars 44%. Orders by non-automotive customers were also down: 32% in units and 41% in dollars. Conversely, orders from life sciences customers are up 14%, and orders from food and consumer goods customers are up 12%. Read More