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Manufacturing Institute names Jennifer McNelly president.

March 20, 2012

Succeeding Emily DeRocco, Jennifer McNelly has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement, and business. She is chief architect of one of the organization's flagship initiatives, NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System, which is building the next generation of skilled manufacturing talent. As President, McNelly will drive agenda focused on improving and expanding manufacturing in the U.S. through education, innovation, and research. Read More

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Taco Van Der Maten has been elected chairman of Committee F40.

March 20, 2012

Taco van der Maten, product manager, X-ray fluorescence, at PANalytical in Almelo, Netherlands, was elected chairman of ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials. Member of ASTM International since 2006, van der Maten also contributes to Committee D20 on Plastics. Within Committee F40, he leads task group responsible for update of ASTM F2617. Van der Maten's career began in 1985 at Heineken in Zoeterwoude, Netherlands. Read More

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Medical Device Manufacturing poised for unprecedented growth.

March 20, 2012

According to SME, medical device manufacturing companies are poised to experience era of unprecedented growth with aging population living longer, which is accelerating innovation. Mfg4, taking place May 8-10, 2012, will allow medical device manufactures to connect with other growth industries and learn new manufacturing best practices. Some industry trends that will be highlighted at event include: Additive Manufacturing, Infection Prevention Product Demand, and Miniaturization of Instruments. Read More

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Rebecca Bleibaum is elected as Sensory Evaluation Committee Chairman.

March 19, 2012

Rebecca Bleibaum, VP of Tragon Corp, Redwood Shores, CA, has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation. A member of ASTM since 1984, Bleibaum has more than 25 years of experience in the sensor and consumer sciences field. Since joining Tragon in 1988, she has been designing custom primary research for major Fortune 500 companies including most major food and beverage, alcoholic beverage, apparel, personal care, and candy manufacturers. Read More

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Students to square off at National Robotics Challenge.

March 19, 2012

From April 12-14, robotic teams of elementary, middle, high, and post-secondary schools will converge with 350 robots to compete in 12 categories at National Robotics Challenge. Event provides students with opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes, controls, robotics, and other technologies. Students are judged on their application of technology principles, engineering concepts, and ability to solve real-world problems through team-based approach. Read More

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Annual World Congress to show strength of Southeast USA.

March 19, 2012

Taking place April 29 through May 2, 9th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing will feature biofuel and renewable chemical company executives along with consumer product companies seeking partnerships in renewable sector. Multiple sessions with these companies will take place during this 4-day event. BIO's Brent Erickson proclaimed, "We are excited to bring this conference to Orlando to highlight the industry's growth, particularly in the Southeast region." Read More

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Incandescent Lamp Shipments increased in Q4 2011.

March 19, 2012

NEMA's indexes for incandescent and CFL lamp shipments increased by 29.4% and 3.6%, respectively, during Q4 2011 compared to Q3 2011. While incandescent lamp shipments posted year-over-year gain of 41%, CFLs declined 6.6%. Calendar year comparison also showed shipments of CFLs decreased by 6.6% and that incandescent lamp shipments rose 16.4% during 2011. Incandescent lamps increased its share of combined incandescent-CFL market, with reading of 82.8%, while share of CFLs decreased to 17.2%. Read More

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Hundreds of Manufacturers convene for MFG Meeting.

March 19, 2012

From March 8-11, 750+ manufacturing executives attended second edition of The Manufacturing for Growth Meeting which was organized by AMT, AMTDA, NTMA, and PMA. Hosts comprise more than 4,000 small and medium-sized manufacturers and distributors that provide products for aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, medical, and other industries. By sharing resources, meeting provided opportunity for attendees to exchange best practices as manufacturing industry continues its resurgence in U.S. Read More