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Article focuses on optimizing parts departments.

October 20, 2009

Located in the On The Job section of MHEDA Edge monthly publication, article titled The Particulars of Parts was written by industry veteran Marcel VandenTop who focuses on optimizing the parts department of businesses for maximum results in any economy. Some topic areas include documenting quotes, dealing with independent forklift mechanics, preparing and analyzing sales reports, revisiting pricing options, identifying slow-moving inventory, and holding sales blitzes. Read More

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IPC Conference focuses on halogen- and lead-free solutions.

October 20, 2009

Scheduled for Nov 11, IPC Materials Conference: Engineering for Compliance, will focus on understanding opportunities presented by new materials and technologies and their related reliability and performance. Joel Peiffer of 3M's Electronic Solutions Division will explore the issue in his paper, Reliability of Ultra-Thin Embedded Capacitor Laminates in Lead-Free Assembly, while keynote by Alan Rae will examine opportunities and challenges as nano-enabled products go mainstream in next 5 years. Read More

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Material Handling Blog keeps industry informed.

October 20, 2009

Written by Chris Powers and hosted at www.themhedajournal.org./blog, MHEDA Journal Editor's Blog is updated several times a week with material handling industry stories, and covers topics such as economic recovery reports, impact of social networking, finding interns, and new product applications. Blog also covers less-than-critical but interesting material handling stories, such as tracking down source of conveyor footage for FOX's NFL promos and videos of material handling mishaps. Read More

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Japan joins Green Asia and Pacific aviation partnership.

October 19, 2009

Japan has joined as partner in Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE), which began in February 2008 and includes FAA, Airservices Australia, and Airways New Zealand. Agreement was signed by FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and Ryuhei Maeda of JCAB. Goals include identifying and sharing procedures that produce environmental benefits, quantifying green enhancements in region over last decade, and establishing fuel and emissions baselines for current operations. Read More

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Standardization Community Members honored at ANSI ceremony.

October 19, 2009

Honoring creativity, dedication, and vision in field of standards and conformity assessment, 2009 annual ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony recognized 15 distinguished individuals. June Ling, Gregory Saunders, David L. McQuaid, Scott Jameson, John Rennie, Stephen Oksala, as well as Amanda Dixon and Martha Marrapese were honored. In addition, 7 others were presented with Meritorious Service Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to U.S. voluntary standardization system. Read More

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BIO releases online videos highlighting biotech innovations.

October 19, 2009

In collaboration with Banyan Productions, BIO has created series of educational web videos that answer many basic questions about biotech. BioBytes, hosted by Dr. David Targan, feature topics ranging from biotech therapies, to biofuels and future of biomaterials. Series also includes BioDigests, with true stories of companies, scientists, and entrepreneurs who are driving biotech innovation, and those benefiting from them. Videos can be seen on BIO's social media website. Read More

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NACD Statement comments on chemical security legislation.

October 19, 2009

Grave concerns were made known regarding October 14 House Energy and Environment Subcommittee approval of H.R. 2868, Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act. Although a few measures were adopted to move slightly in better direction, approved bill still imposes oppressive and unnecessary mandates on chemical distribution facilities. NACD supports legislation that would give DHS permanent authority to implement CFATS but insists changes to this program, such as IST mandates, are premature. Read More

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ANSI and NIST celebrate World Standards Day 2009.

October 19, 2009

World Standards Day 2009 was co-chaired by ANSI and NIST, with UL as administrating organization in celebration of their 115th anniversary. Event featured nearly 250 members of standards and conformity assessment community, with exhibition, reception, and dinner focused on theme Standards for Environmental Stewardship. Winner of 2009 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award, Jim Sanford, was announced, as well as winner of World Standards Day Paper Competition, Denis Leonard. Read More

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On-Line Voting for Transportation Projects sets record pace.

October 19, 2009

More than 82,000 on-line votes have been cast in People's Choice Award competition, part of the 2nd annual America's Transportation Awards, sponsored by AAA, AASHTO, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Ten transportation projects are vying for the Grand Prize, which is being determined by independent panel of judges and the People's Choice Award, which is being decided by popular vote. Panel of judges evaluated 50 highway projects in On Time, On Budget, and Innovative Management categories. Read More

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ANSI accredits Microsoft and IHMM certification programs.

October 19, 2009

Microsoft and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) have been granted accreditation under ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, joining 27 other accredited credentialing bodies under ANSI. Accreditations include Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Enterprise Administrator and Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator. Professional accreditations by IHMM include Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner. Read More

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NAM Official says CO<sub>2</sub> capture project will boost economy.

October 19, 2009

United States intends to have technology for coal-fired power stations to capture and store CO2 emissions ready for commercial deployment within decade, according to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. In response to Chu's statement, Keith McCoy of NAM said that building large-scale, near-zero-emissions power plants will support continued economic viability of nation's manufacturing base, create high-wage sustainable jobs, and improve global environment. Read More

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Market Outlook Report show US sales increase, Canadian decrease.

October 19, 2009

According to August 2009 data released by PTDA, sales for US manufacturers increased by 10.7% in August 2009 compared to July 2009 while those for Canadian manufacturers dropped 6.6%. Year to year sales were down for both countries: 30.6% for US and 23.8% for Canada. Confidence in the Canadian market, measured on 1-10 scale from least to most optimistic, fell by 0.4 from last month to 4.1. US confidence held current negative position of 4.7 for its second consecutive month. Read More

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PTDA to hold Executive Development Conference in Arizona.

October 19, 2009

Themed "Innovations in Sales and Sales Management," 4th annual Executive Development Conference will take place March 5-6, 2010, at Phoenix Marriott Mesa. It will focus on skills for distributor and manufacturer sales managers such as coaching, conducting effective sales meetings, and creating sales proposals that sell. Event will include annual winter Board of Directors, Manufacturer Council, and committee meetings and networking opportunities for more than 75 association members. Read More

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FDA Expert to deliver keynote address for online conference.

October 19, 2009

FDA's Jay Crowley, senior advisor for patient safety, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, will deliver keynote address for Track and Trace Virtual Trade Show on December 2. Addressing "The Upside of a Unique Device Identification (UDI) Mandate," he will outline need for medical device traceability and what healthcare community needs to know to be ready. The address will include practical ways device manufacturers, healthcare providers, and patients will be affected by changes. Read More

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A&WMA issues call for abstracts for MEGA Symposium.

October 19, 2009

A&WMA, EPRI, USEPA, and U.S. DOE have issued Call for Abstracts for 8th MEGA Symposium, August 30 - September 2, 2010, in Baltimore, MD. Abstracts of 150 words or less must be submitted by January 11, 2010, and should summarize results and demonstrate technical depth of proposed paper. Symposium will showcase latest development and operational experience with air pollution controls from fossil-fired power plants and examine methods for reducing hazardous air pollutant emissions. Read More

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ANSI releases 2008-2009 Annual Report.

October 16, 2009

Entitled "A Pattern of Success", report informs stakeholders of ANSI's key initiatives and accomplishments over past year. It also documents financial activities of Institute during same period. Report was delivered to members during ANSI's annual business meeting, held on October 7, 2009, as part of the World Standards Week series of events. Read More

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PCB Production Report tells of flat growth in 2008.

October 16, 2009

According to World PCB Production and Laminate Market Report, worldwide production of printed circuit boards was flat in 2008, climbing 1% over 2007 to $50.8 billion. China's share of PCB production continued to grow in 2008 to 31.4% of world production, while most other countries' shares either held steady or declined. Japan is second biggest producer with 22.5%. North American and European PCB production declined slightly, holding 8% and 7% shares, respectively, in 2008. Read More

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Free Online Training Course offered to all PTDA members.

October 15, 2009

Employees of power transmission/motion control distributor and manufacturer members of PTDA have access to one PT Interactive Online course of their choice. To deliver multi-media, interactive product training experience, PT Interactive Online combines knowledge from Power Transmission Handbook as well as video and graphics of Product Training DVD Series. Web-based series includes 14 independent, product-specific courses that let any employer design customized training program. Read More

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New Chairman Appointed at annual conference in Las Vegas.

October 15, 2009

During their annual Management Conference and Exhibition banquet on October 7, American Trucking Associations (ATA) Board of Directors named G. Tommy Hodges as Chairman. Hodges' speech to the Board and conference attendees recognized the service of his predecessor and encouraged ATA members to become more engaged in the industry. In addition to speaking about new regulations, the address also emphasized highway reauthorization. Read More

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Highway Safety Program visits Las Vegas Auto Show.

October 15, 2009

As part of the ATA's national Share the Road highway safety tour, professional truck drivers delivered life-saving highway driving tips at the Las Vegas Auto Show. The program demonstrated to drivers how to share the road safely with large trucks and allowed reporters to view road from a truck driver's perspective. Attendees could also learn differences between how cars and large trucks operate on highways. Read More