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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

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Department of Homeland Security to select standards for private sector preparedness.

October 23, 2009

The Federal Emergency Management Agency of DHS has announced intent to select standards for adoption in 9/11 Commission-recommended program intended to improve preparedness for disasters and emergencies in private sector. Three documents have been identified for prospective adoption in Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program, which will assess whether private sector entity complies with voluntary preparedness standards adopted by DHS. Read More

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Over 100 Stakeholders gather for 2009 Open Forum.

October 23, 2009

Hosted by ANSI, 2009 Open Forum for Standards Developers brought together representatives from diverse range of organizations, including ANSI-accredited standards developers, consortia and other fora, industry, government, and consumers. Panel topics covered cybersecurity, sustainable buildings, and social media. Addressing current standardization issues in the U.S. and abroad, forum provided an opportunity for all voices from the standards community to be heard. Read More

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ASTM holds technical committee meetings in Czech Republic.

October 22, 2009

ASTM International technical committees D24 on Carbon Black, E55 on Manufacture of Pharmaceutical Products, F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging, and F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials held meetings on October 5-9, in Prague, Czech Republic. Meetings included discussions on proposed standards and revisions as well as workshops and roundtables. Central European location allowed for participation of several ASTM global members and interested participants. Read More

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Proposals Sought for green buildings user manuals.

October 21, 2009

ASHRAE is currently accepting research proposals for development of a user's manual for Standard 189.1P, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which defines minimum requirements for high-performance green buildings. User manual proposals are also being sought for Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which aims to achieve 30% energy cost savings compared to 2004 standard. Read More

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Finalists Have Been Named for Automotive Innovation Awards..

October 21, 2009

Automotive Division of SPE® International announced finalists for its 39th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. According to 2008 and 2009 Automotive Innovation Awards program chair, Maria Ciliberti, noted that the same number of nominations had been received as last year despite being one of the most challenging years on record for global automotive industry. Nominations can be found on commercial vehicles produced in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Read More

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Zigbee Alliance certifies 17 Zigbee home automation products.

October 21, 2009

ZigBee® Alliance announced certification of 17 devices from 10 manufacturers using ZigBee Home Automation, which is a standard offering control for home appliances, lighting, environment, energy use, and security. Standard provides path to direct interoperability with other ZigBee public application profiles, including the ZigBee Smart Energy. Products using ZigBee Home Automation are suited for new construction, do-it-yourself, and retrofit markets. Read More

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ASHRAE Standards help meet energy efficiency precedents.

October 21, 2009

ASHRAE president Gordon Holness called President Obama's declaration of October as National Energy Awareness Month "an opportunity for Americans to become more aware of how their everyday choices and actions impact energy use - particularly in their homes and the buildings where they work and play." Holness also offered ASHRAE's standards and new labeling program as resources for achieving the President's goal of energy efficiency. Read More

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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