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IPC Study forecasts growth in EMS industry through 2013.

November 23, 2009

According to IPC, 2008-2009 Analysis and Forecast for EMS Industry predicts global EMS market will grow at annual average rate of 8.1% until 2013 as world economies recover. Report provides general business metrics on sample of participating companies from North America, Europe, and Asia. It details trends in sources of revenue, revenue per employee, services offered, markets served, manufacturing technology, capital investment, spending on equipment and materials, and market size. Read More

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Forklift Distributor Profile notes expansion despite economy.

November 20, 2009

As featured in Fourth Quarter 2009 issue of The MHEDA Journal, material handling equipment distributor Thompson and Johnson Equipment Company is expanding to overcome recession. President and CEO David Schneckenburger chose to expand the company in down market by building new branch in Vestal and adding to company's Elmira location while remaining focused on customer service. According to Schneckenburger, "We strive to sell top-end products because quality lasts and price doesn't." Read More

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MHEDA Online Magazine focuses on leadership.

November 20, 2009

November issue of MHEDA Edge features article titled Leadership 101: Five Things Every Leader Should Be Doing. Skills described in article include having vision, showing confidence in abilities, leading by example, being firm and fair, and caring about job and employees. MHEDA Edge is online resource for young professionals in forklift, storage and handling, conveyor, and general material handling industries. Read More

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Training Course focuses on fire hazards in oxygen systems.

November 20, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International, Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems technical and professional training course will address topics such as identifying and evaluating hazards in oxygen systems and understanding fundamentals of safe practice in design, materials selection, and operation of oxygen systems. It will also cover recognizing physical principles on which safe practices are based and collecting information needed to cope with fire hazards in oxygen systems. Read More

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FMA Poll shows teen disinterest in manufacturing careers.

November 20, 2009

Sponsored by NBT, September 2009 poll of 500 teens, aged 13-17, shows that 52% have little or no interest in manufacturing, another 21% are ambivalent. When asked why, 61% said they seek professional career. According to Gerald Shankel, President of NBT, educators and counselors often do not view manufacturing as viable career. Separate national poll of 1,000 adults reveals 56% would recommend their child pursue career in manufacturing or another kind of industrial trade. Read More

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ANSI participates in GSO workshop.

November 20, 2009

ANSI, along with many international stakeholders, participated in workshop on best practices for standardization around the world, held by Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization. Gary W. Kushnier, ANSI Vice President of international policy, discussed increasing use of international standards by regulators and business to facilitate market access, as well as ways to work cooperatively to minimize duplicative testing and certification requirements. Read More

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ISO Guidelines Workshop to discuss sustainable business districts.

November 20, 2009

Held by ISO on January 28-29, 2010 in Paris, workshop is intended to kick off development of International Workshop Agreement (IWA). It will provide principles of sustainable development for business districts, including framework to establish core set of indicators and performance assessment methodology as well as guide of best practices. Topics included for further discussion include business district definition, sustainable construction, energy management, and urban management. Read More

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Training Course focuses on plastics testing techniques.

November 20, 2009

As 3-day technical and professional training course presented by ASTM International, Major Testing Techniques for Plastics will introduce basic principles, techniques, and equipment used in physical and analytical measurements of plastics characteristics. Practical applications of course material will be emphasized, and video demonstrations of various tests will be presented throughout. Admission includes copies of 7 ASTM International standards, course notes, and refreshment breaks. Read More

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ANSI Workshop covers accreditation of certificate-issuing bodies.

November 20, 2009

Scheduled for Feb 11-12, 2010, event will introduce American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and Institute's Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). Stakeholders will learn requirements for developing education/training course that has assessment at the end to determine if learning outcomes have been achieved. Workshop will also cover terminology, significance, and use of standard as well as requirements for certificate issuers. Read More

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ASTM to present training course on gasoline.

November 20, 2009

Gasoline: Specifications, Testing, and Technology training course will focus on properties and specifications of gasoline and how they affect gasoline performance in spark ignition engine. Various topics will be covered as well as impact of Clean Air Act. Course also includes tour of either fuel test laboratory or fuel distribution terminal. It will be held May 11-13, 2010, in Las Vegas, NV; September 21-23, 2010, in Houston, TX; and November 16-18, 2010, in Baltimore, MD. Read More

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Virtual Meeting Session emphasized textile industry sustainability.

November 20, 2009

Hosted by ASTM International, virtual meeting addressed sustainable textile manufacturing concerns, what it means, and how to determine it. Participants from India, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Europe, and US represented textile firms, testing agencies, academia, and ASTM International. In addition to ASTM's work in sustainability standardization, content included use of E60 forum to meet specific needs, how to address challenges in sustainable textile manufacturing, and other related issues. Read More

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Healthcare Facility Design Guide improves energy efficiency.

November 20, 2009

Written by building industry organizations, Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) for Small Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities provides recommendations for achieving 30% energy savings over minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999. Recommendations, focused on healthcare facilities up to 90,000 ft², provide design practices for integrating energy efficiency while maintaining IAQ as well as required airflow and pressurization relationships. Read More

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AEM salutes member companies for industry service.

November 20, 2009

AEM has presented Milestone Member plaques to 8 companies in recognition of their industry support through longtime and continuous participation in the association. Erie Strayer Co. is a 75-year member, while Fairfield Manufacturing Co., Firestone Agricultural Tire Co., Manitou North America, The Timken Co., and Weasler Engineering are all 50-year members. Two 25-year companies included Amerequip and Bush Hog LLC. Read More

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ISO Standard covers data systems on agricultural tractors.

November 20, 2009

Published in English and French, International Standard ISO 11783-12:2009 provides diagnostic system requirements for serial data network systems on forestry or agricultural tractors. It prescribes method and format of electronic transfer of data between sensors, actuators, control elements, and information storage and display units. These may be part of tractor or implement, whether mounted, semi-mounted, towed, or self-propelled implements. Read More

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ANSI announces availability of BSI standards at Webstore.

November 20, 2009

ANSI announced that its website for purchase of U.S. and other national, regional, or international standards now offers complete collection of standards from British Standards Institution (BSI). Comprised of nearly 30,000 documents, BSI standards address range of topics critical to every industry, and include standards of CEN and CENELEC. According to Stuart V. Radcliffe, BSI content will provide companies exporting to EU with gateway for compliance with New Approach Directives. Read More

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SIAA Summit to feature keynote speaker Ken Auletta.

November 20, 2009

SIIA 2010 Information Industry Summit on January 26-27 will include New Yorker columnist Ken Auletta, author of Googled: The End of the World As We Know It, which tells story of Google's beginnings and how it transformed traditional media businesses. Auletta will reveal how industry is being disrupted and redefined, and will help attendees understand, and prepare for, future of digital media. Summit will include various other speakers as well as Content Solutions Pavilion. Read More

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ASTM Training Course to cover marine fuels.

November 19, 2009

Marine Fuels: Specifications, Testing, Purchase, and Use, sponsored by ASTM International, is 3-day technical and professional training course that will be held May 11-13, 2010, in Miami, FL, and October 26-28, 2010, in Stamford, CT. Course will cover several topics and will feature inspection tour of marine-fuel laboratory. It is intended for laboratory supervisors, shipping company employees, and anyone dealing with sale, purchase, trade, or use of marine fuels. Read More

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RBCA Course addresses action applied at petroleum release sites.

November 19, 2009

Based on ASTM International's Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA) standard for petroleum release sites, 2-day training course for private sector will be made available 3 times in 2010. It includes copy of ASTM E1739, Standard Guide for RBCA Applied at Petroleum Release Sites, A Fate and Transport Models Compendium, and course workbook. Program can also be tailored to unique company's needs and brought by ASTM International to site. Read More

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IBTA announces InfiniBand growth on TOP500 list.

November 19, 2009

According to November 2009 TOP500 list, InfiniBand is deployed in 182 of the TOP500 supercomputers, growing 28% since November 2008 list. For the TOP100, InfiniBand is deployed in 63 clusters; this represents 15% growth from one year ago. Capable of speeds up to 40 Gb/s node to node and 120 Gb/s switch to switch, InfiniBand is delivering performance in demand by users of high-performance computing and enterprise systems. Read More

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Standard addresses seat belt assemblies on tractors.

November 19, 2009

Published in English and French, ISO 3776-3:2009 was developed by technical experts from Europe, Asia, North and South America, working through committee of ISO. International standard specifies requirements for seat belt assemblies on agricultural tractors and self-propelled machinery, and is the third in a series of standards related to seat belt requirements. Compliance with this and other ISO standards for seat belt assemblies will minimize risk to both operator and equipment. Read More