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Manufacturing Technology Consumption is down 68.6% in 2009.

May 13, 2009

According to AMTDA and AMT, March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $162.94 million, which was up 22.3% from February but down 71.9% from total of $579.73 million reported for March 2008. With year-to-date total of $397.56 million, 2009 is down 68.6% compared with 2008. Analysis of manufacturing technology consumption provides leading economic indicator as manufacturing industries invest in capital metalworking equipment to increase capacity and improve productivity. Read More

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AMCA Board votes NO to scheduled assessment increase.

May 13, 2009

In reviewing current dues structure, AMCA International's Board of Directors has voted for no Cap assessment increase for July 1, 2009. Board recognizes that increase during difficult economic times may create additional hardship for some member companies. While realizing that periodic small increases are necessary to comply with Strategic Plan in maintaining Certified Ratings Program, board felt that delaying increase of cap assessment for 1 year was appropriate at this time. Read More

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ICUEE 2009 Exhibit Space Sales near record-breaking numbers.

May 13, 2009

Exhibit space sales for 2009 International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition are within 10% of surpassing record-breaking numbers of 2007 show. Scheduled for Oct 6-8, expo will include exhibitors representing equipment, products, and services for electric, phone and cable, sewer and water, gas, general construction, landscaping, and public works sectors. Attendees can test drive equipment in job-like conditions, including ride-and-drive program for on-road commercial vehicles. Read More

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ANSI issues call for nominations for Board of Directors.

May 13, 2009

ANSI invites all members to recommend qualified candidates for 2010 ANSI Board of Directors. ANSI strives to ensure balance and diversity within its membership and is seeking Board members who enhance member relationships and networks. To facilitate nomination process, ANSI has compiled guidelines that outline sectors that are underrepresented in Board of Directors. Guidelines, nomination forms, general information, and ANSI's code of ethics are available in ANSI Online Library. Read More

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ANSI Workshop to generate US input on ISO Strategic Plan.

May 13, 2009

ANSI announced it will hold workshop, from June 25-26, 2009, in Washington, DC to formulate the US contribution to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Strategic Plan for 2011-2015. As the US national member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested US stakeholders to review the related consultation document from ISO and submit feedback through an online survey conducted by the Institute. Survey responses will be compiled and reviewed during the June workshop. Read More

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EASTEC Manufacturing Event fosters biotechnology.

May 13, 2009

EASTEC has partnered with Regional Technology Corporation to help manufacturers learn how to succeed in biotechnology markets. On May 19, RTC will present Biotechnologies and Opportunities Resource Center at EASTEC, offering attendees chance to learn from experts. Some presentations will include: Opportunities in Nanotechnology: Working with UMass Amherst, Materials in Biotechnology: New Frontiers, and Business Development Strategies for Small Businesses in Biomedical and Other Markets. Read More

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NHA and USFCC criticize DoE program cuts.

May 12, 2009

In response to Obama Administration's FY 2010 budget request for U.S. Department of Energy, NHA and U.S. Fuel Cell Council stated that cuts proposed in DoE hydrogen and fuel cell program threaten to disrupt commercialization of technologies that are showing promise. Associations are also concerned that Department appears to be walking away from Market Transformation activities, which support fuel cell deployment in early commercial applications. Read More

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NAM commends Interior Secretary Salazar for upholding ruling.

May 12, 2009

According to Alexis Bayer, NAM Director of Energy and Resources, Ken Salazar is to be commended for decision to uphold 2008 ruling by Bush Administration that Endangered Species Act should not be used as mechanism to regulate greenhouse gases. Ensuring access to vital, reliable, and affordable supplies of energy is essential to keeping domestic manufacturing competitive and revitalizing economy. Read More

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Rough Roads cause extra vehicle operating costs.

May 12, 2009

According to AASHTO and TRIP report titled "Rough Roads Ahead: Fix Them Now or Pay for It Later," one-third of nation's major highways are in poor or mediocre condition. Roads in urban areas, which carry 66% of traffic, are in much worse shape. Report points out that traffic growth has far outpaced highway construction, particularly in major metropolitan areas. Number of miles driven jumped more than 41% from 1990-2007, from 2.1 trillion miles in 1990 to 3 trillion in 2007. Read More

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BSA elects 2009-2010 officers and Board of Directors.

May 12, 2009

At 2009 Annual Convention, BSA elected Eduardo Bichara of Baleromex S.A. de C.V. to serve as President; Ellen Holladay of Motion Industries, Inc. as 1st VP; Howard Gainey of Bearings and Drives, Inc. as 2nd VP; Geoff Filker of Easter Bearings Inc. as Treasurer; and Steve Durston as Chairman of the Board. Gordon Duncan of Kinecor LP, Mitch Bouchard of General Bearing Service Inc., and Brian Negri from Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc. were each elected to 3 year terms on BSA Board of Directors. Read More

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ACC launches Facebook networking application.

May 12, 2009

American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched Mylecule application, which allows users to network using virtual molecular bonds. Elements are joined together with bonds that show how many friends user has in common or how many common bonds exist. Each user is nucleus, with virtual 3D molecular bonds letting user interact with Mylecule and view profiles. Application lets users stay connected to friends while learning basics/benefits of American chemistry, said ACC's Lisa Harrison. Read More

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Midwest Conference adheres to Be Global, Stay Local adage.

May 11, 2009

To be held September 23-24, 2009 in Schaumburg, IL, IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition aims to bring the best of the global electronics industry together in one place. The event will feature an exhibition, technical conference sessions focused on quality and reliability, professional development courses (September 20-24), and 80+ standards development meetings. There will also be special events, such as free forums, a free opening session, and a show floor reception. Read More

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TIA Members can get discounted Ceridian payroll services.

May 11, 2009

TIA announced that, for a limited time, members who are not currently enrolled with Ceridian are eligible for a discount of up to 45% on payroll services with new member benefits partner, Ceridian. TIA members can also obtain cost-effective HR, payroll, and tax administration services at a preferred rate from Ceridian, whose HR/Payroll solution is Web-based and completely hosted - freeing TIA members from efforts associated with software upgrades, maintenance, and hardware purchases. Read More

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Drinking Water Week highlights emergency preparedness.

May 11, 2009

During Drinking Water Week, AWWA joins water professionals across North America in encouraging home preparedness for water-related emergencies. Consumers should be prepared for rare service interruptions that can occur from natural disasters, system malfunctions, power outages, or other events. To prepare for water emergencies, consumers should observe boil water notices and store 1 gal of water per person per day and have enough on hand for at least 3 days. Read More

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ANSI details facts on astigmatism and contact lenses.

May 11, 2009

ANSI survey revealed that 2/3 of Americans with astigmatism, who have never worn contact lenses, say they would do so. Sponsored by Bausch & Lomb, survey indicated that 4 out of 10 people with astigmatism believe they cannot wear contact lenses. ANSI standards covering contact lens performance include ANSI Z80.18-2003 and ANSI Z80.20-2004, which apply to hard and soft lenses, while ISO 13212:1999, ISO 11980:1997, and ISO 11986:1999 have been implemented by the ISO. Read More

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ASM offers more than 30,000 phase diagrams online.

May 11, 2009

Latest update to ASM Alloy Phase Diagram Center adds 1,500 phase diagrams, including 20 aluminum-titanium binaries and 350 aluminum ternaries. Ternary phase diagrams for Industrial and Heat Resistant category and Solder, Brazes, and Copper Alloys category have also been added. Diagrams serve as technical roadmaps that tell engineer how particular metal or combination of metals will behave under specific conditions such as temperature, pressure, and composition. Read More

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AWWA to host webcast on H1N1 planning.

May 11, 2009

Although disinfected tap water does not transmit H1N1 virus, there are still actions utilities can take to diminish impact on customers. On May 14 from 1-2 p.m. EDT, AWWA will host H1N1 Planning and Response for Water Utilities Webcast, during which panel of experts will speak to water professionals about reviewing and updating emergency plans, while offering practical advice on how utilities can prepare for pandemic influenza. Read More

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BIO announces 2010 convention will be held in Chicago.

May 11, 2009

BIO will hold 2010 BIO International Convention on May 3-6, 2010, at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than 60 countries and 2,100 companies and global biotech leaders are expected to attend. Event will include Business Forum that will offer thousands of partnering meetings for investing in innovations related to medical, agricultural, industrial, and environmental solutions. The 2009 convention will also include 170 breakout sessions as well as networking events. Read More

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AWWA stresses importance of water infrastructure.

May 11, 2009

During Drinking Water Week, AWWA joins water professionals across North America in highlighting importance of investing in our water infrastructure. According to 2008 study by U.S. Conference of Mayors, for every dollar invested in public water and sewer infrastructure and services, approximately $8.97 is added to national economy. AWWA estimated that $10 billion investment in water infrastructure projects in U.S. would almost immediately create at least 400,000 jobs. Read More

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Communities Urge Protection of our precious source waters.

May 11, 2009

As Drinking Water Week 2009 concludes, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) joins North American water professionals in encouraging protection of source waters. Mike Leonard, AWWA president, pointed out that everyone has a role to play, from elected leaders who can work for smart public policy, to agriculture industry efforts to reduce pollution in waterways/aquifers, and even consumers who can properly dispose of waste as opposed to flushing it into the wastewater system. Read More