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Second Quarter Workholding Shipments down from 2008 levels.

July 29, 2009

At $36.6 million for second quarter of 2009, shipments of workholding equipment were down 43.6% from 2nd quarter 2008 according to Advanced Workholding Technologies Group of AMT. Report also shows that domestic workholding equipment shipments decreased 23.9% and U.S. exports decreased 15.3% from 1st quarter 2009. Midwest region remained largest domestic destination with 41% of total domestic second quarter shipments, representing slight increase in share from 1st quarter 2009. Read More

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Certification Course targets program managers at IPC Midwest.

July 29, 2009

IPC EMS Program Manager Certification will be held September 21-22, 2009, at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition. Program is 4-part course covering operations, finance, contract and time management, as well as essential leadership skills. Self-study/online tutorial provides students with background information in basic business areas. There will be 2 training and program management sessions in addition to 2 exam dates later in week. Read More

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Global Conference to address financial industry issues.

July 29, 2009

Financial Information Services Division of SIIA announced that, at 2009 World Financial Information Conference, Jon Robson of Thomson Reuters will provide 1st keynote address. From October 4-7, 2009, in Athens, Greece, conference presentations will cover threats and opportunities arising from new regulatory, economic, and market environment. Discussions will be based on transparency challenges and requirements, risk management, operational efficiencies, and latest technologies. Read More

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NSF Grant lets students attend ICALEO® for free.

July 29, 2009

National Science Foundation (NSF), through University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has provided a grant to the 28th International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics (ICALEO). It will enable graduate students attending a U.S. university to attend laser materials processing conference on November 2-5 in Orlando, FL. Used to support the Student Paper Award at ICALEO 2009, the NSF grant program encourages student innovation and participation in laser and electro-optic technology. Read More

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BIO Presents DuPont Chairman with George W. Carver award.

July 29, 2009

BIO presented Charles O. Holliday Jr., DuPont Chairman of the Board, with the annual George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology. Holliday was recognized for his commitment to industrial biotechnology as a tool for sustainable business growth. In an acceptance speech, Holiday said, "Market-driven science discovery and new product innovation are at the very core of DuPont's business, and industrial biotechnology is a key component of that." Read More

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Urgent Action needed to preserve federal highway funding.

July 28, 2009

Allen Biehler, Secretary of Pennsylvania DOT and President of AASHTO, warned that state departments of transportation are living hand to mouth and would be forced to cut back projects if Congress fails to plug hole in Highway Trust Fund. If additional revenue is not provided to Highway Trust Fund for FY 2010, federal highway program will face cut of 86%, dropping to level of $5.7 billion, which is potentially calamitous for transportation industry. Read More

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Team Vargo wins Lighthouse Award.

July 28, 2009

NAM Vice President for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, and his wife, Regina Vargo, Senior Director for international law firm of Greenberg Traurig, were honored with Lighthouse Award by Washington International Trade Association in recognition of their contributions to advancing cause and understanding of international trade. Both Frank and Regina are known in Washington for their expertise and experience in global commerce issues. Read More

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Wood Construction performs well in earthquake simulation.

July 28, 2009

After being shaken for 40 sec in simulated 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Japan, a full-scale, 6-story condominium building made from wood atop one story of steel received good marks from researchers for stability and safety. Robert Glowinski, Group Vice President for Forestry and Wood Products, said information from this test can provide safe wood building options for earthquake zones as well as other applications. Main applications are buildings in urban and earthquake-prone areas. Read More

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NAM says voluntary standards system drives U.S. innovation.

July 27, 2009

Nearly 100 leaders from government and wide range of industry and trade associations gathered to address importance of U.S. voluntary standards system, the crucial role it plays in America's ability to be globally competitive, and how it creates good jobs in technology sectors. Specifically, voluntary standards system is spurring development of Smart Grid, healthcare IT, cyber security, and emerging technologies, and contributing to America's leadership in global economy. Read More

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MDOT Commended for use of Twitter during I-75 emergency.

July 27, 2009

John Horsley of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials commended the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which used Twitter to communicate with travelers after a tanker truck crash and explosion on I-75 in Hazel Park. Short updates (tweets), posted during the shutdown, urged motorists to avoid the area and use provided detour information. Kirk Steudle, director of MDOT, said Twitter helped reach as many travelers as quickly as possible. Read More

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Workshop will focus on continuous improvements of SCR®.

July 24, 2009

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee B01 on Electrical Conductors, a workshop on Continuous Improvements of Southwire Continuous Rod (SCR®) will be held October 20, 2009 in Atlanta, GA. Objectives are to present an overall review of the continuous casting process for copper and aluminum rod; showcase improvements garnered through partnership between Southwire and its customers; and understand the latest developments in the continuous casting processes. Read More

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Electronics OEM Summit focuses on growth opportunities.

July 24, 2009

Held October 21-22, 2009 in Litchfield, AZ, the IPC Electronics Industry Executive Summit will equip executives with focused market information and opportunities to best capitalize on new growth areas. Teh summit, Survive and Thrive in the New Business Environment, will offer targeted concurrent sessions for each area of the electronics manufacturing supply chain. Content will focus on meeting the future needs of OEMs, and dedicated time for networking will also be provided. Read More

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Conference to focus on oil and gas production impacts.

July 24, 2009

The Air and Waste Management Association will present "Air Quality Impacts of Oil and Gas Production in the Rocky Mountains," September 15-17, 2009 in Centennial, CO. This conference will explore the potential effects of oil and gas exploration and production activities on air quality in the Rocky Mountain region. The focus will be on how to utilize these resources without causing significant environmental consequences. Read More

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RIA releases study on automation in wind turbine industry.

July 24, 2009

Market study by RIA examines opportunities for automation in fabrication of wind turbines, since growing at 28.7% in 2008 and industry may have reached point where automation technologies may be needed for continued expansion. In U.S., wind power grew 50% in 2008 over 2007, while Denmark uses wind turbines to generate 20% of power. Also, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides 30% investment tax credit to purchasers of wind turbines. Read More

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PTDA welcomes four new members.

July 24, 2009

AGM Canada Inc., a distributor of bearings, beltings, chain/v-belts, couplings, fluid power, linear motion, material handling, and mechanical power transmission products, recently joined PTDA. Association also welcomed Gummi USA, a manufacturer of pneumatic clutches and brakes, and Halifax Rack and Screw Cutting Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of gear rack, lead screws, pinions, nuts, and mechanical power transmission systems. One service provider, Activant Solutions Inc., also joined PTDA. Read More

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Co-Located Events enhance ISA Expo 2009 attendee experience.

July 24, 2009

Held October 6-8 in Houston, TX, the ISA EXPO 2009 will include the co-location of 7 events throughout the week. The co-location of these events, held by various organizations, along with the International Society of Automation announced (ISA) Fall Training Institute, Industry Standards Forum, 6 technical conferences, and the exhibition, brings an abundance of technical content, professional development, and networking opportunities to attendees. Read More

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SME and NCME partner on manufacturing education website.

July 23, 2009

SME and NCME have partnered on website to encourage high school/college students to pursue career opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Site is intended to improve image of industry, especially during economic downturn, and help potential employers find next generation of manufacturing engineering talent. Team of students at Fairmont High School in Kettering, OH, interviewed in support of site, which includes resource links, job search, blog space, and multimedia video link page. Read More

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Workshop focuses on fretting fatigue in medical devices.

July 23, 2009

Scheduled for November 10, 2009, Fretting Fatigue of Metallic Medical Devices and Materials workshop will focus on identifying related fretting activities or concerns involving either medical devices or materials. Co-chairs invite participants that have looked at fretting of interfaces of materials used in orthopedic and cardiovascular devices, shown evidence that fretting can occur in these medical devices in-vivo, or developed methods to evaluate fretting of these devices/materials. Read More

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BSA welcomes additional industry leaders to committee ranks.

July 23, 2009

BSA welcomed a number of distributor members and participating manufacturers to participate in the work of various association committees. These committees, instrumental for driving BSA dialogue between industry leaders in distribution and manufacturing as well as developing key components of industry education, also further the association's mission as "the forum to enhance networking and knowledge sharing to promote the sale of bearings through authorized distributors." Read More

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Papers invited for History of Mechanical Testing Symposium.

July 23, 2009

Scheduled for Nov 14-17, 2010, Symposium on the History of Mechanical Testing will help participants understand historical context that drove development of standards, individuals who lead their development, and some high-visibility failures that provided information for later refinements to standards. Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, historical framework, history of various mechanical test methods, significant individuals, and significant failures/case studies. Read More