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January 2013 MLFI-25 shows increased new business volume.

February 27, 2013

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for January shows overall new business volume at $5.9 billion, up 16% from same period in 2012 and down 49% from December. Receivables over 30 days increased to 1.8% from December's 1.6% but were down from 2012's 1.9%. Charge-offs were 0.3%, down from 0.6% in December. Credit approvals, also down from December by 0.3%, totaled 78.3%, while total equipment finance company headcount was up 0.7% from previous month and 0.6% year over year. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for February 2013.

February 27, 2013

According to February 2013 PMA Business Conditions Report, 37% of participants predict that economic activity will improve during next 3 months, up from 32% in January, while 55% believe that activity will remain unchanged, and only 8% anticipate decline, down significantly from 18% in January. Metalforming companies also expect incoming orders to strengthen, with 50% forecasting increase in orders, up from 44% in January, and 11% predicting decrease in orders, down from 25% in January. Read More

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Manufacturing Seminars look at safety, compliance programs.

February 27, 2013

Designed by and for manufacturers of agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, and utility equipment, AEM's annual product safety event will help attendees analyze and enhance corporate safety programs to ensure each component remains effective and useful. Product Safety and Compliance Seminar will run May 7–9 with "Juice Up Your Product Safety Program" theme, and co-located AEM Product Liability Seminar on May 10 will provide guidelines for effective product litigation participation. Read More

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Multimedia Resources help SMEs benefit from standards.

February 27, 2013

ISO has launched an array of free online resources designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises benefit from International Standards. Through dedicated SME section of ISO website, a new video, and latest issue of ISO’s monthly magazine focused on the topic, ISO is showing SMEs around the world how to gain the most from standardization. One brochure, 10 Good Things for SMEs, presents testimonials from small-business leaders on how ISO standards have contributed to their success. Read More

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PMA announces Metalforming Pioneer Award recipients.

February 27, 2013

PMA announced latest recipients of PMA Educational Foundation Metalforming Pioneer Award. Diemasters Manufacturing was recognized for its Diemasters Productivity System and LISSTs Training Series, while Eclipse Manufacturing was selected for its workforce-development efforts and its dedication to lean manufacturing practices. Marlin Steel Wire Products was chosen for its investment in technology and in its people through vigorous training and professional growth to make that technology work. Read More

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A&E Custom Manufacturing receives 2013 Industry Award.

February 27, 2013

A&E Custom Manufacturing Technologies Inc., a sheet metal fabricator based in Kansas City, KS, has received The FABRICATOR®'s Industry Award 2013. Award is bestowed upon individual or company within metalforming and fabricating industry that has improved operations, attained business success, and contributed to both local and industry communities. A&E's success is based in its focus on skilled workforce and its implementation of automation for cost-competitiveness in a worldwide market. Read More

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PMDS 2013 aims to help improve manufacturing operations.

February 27, 2013

Running April 23–24 in downtown Montreal, biennial Plant Management and Design Engineering Show (PMDS) is co-locating with Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMEXPO) and Contract Manufacturing Event (CONTREX) to provide manufacturing companies with opportunities to seek solutions to grow and improve operations. Event will feature ~100 companies who supply or provide services to manufacturing industry, Design Engineering and Plant Management pavilions, and latest solutions. Read More

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March ANSI Caucus to feature Vanessa Allen Sutherland.

February 27, 2013

Scheduled for March 8, 2013, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature Vanessa Allen Sutherland, chief counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Ms. Allen Sutherland oversees a group of lawyers and support personnel responsible for preparation and use of grants, contracts, and enforcement tools related to PHMSA’s mission. She also represents the agency on civil rights, employment, and federal personnel matters, among other duties. Read More

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Light Sport Aircraft Committee approves quality standard.

February 27, 2013

ASTM F2972, Specification for Light Sport Aircraft Manufacturer’s Quality Assurance System, sets quality requirements for the manufacture, documentation, and records retention for light sport aircraft designed to ASTM consensus standards. Standard also requires that manufacturers regularly audit their operations and correct any problems. It will be used by those seeking civil aviation authority approval in the form of flight certificates, flight permits, or similar documentation for aircraft. Read More

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Sensory Evaluation Committee honors B. Thomas Carr.

February 27, 2013

B. Thomas Carr, principal of Carr Consulting, Wilmette, IL, has received David R. Peryam Award from ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products. Award recognizes outstanding professionals in applied sensory science field. A member of ASTM International since 1989, Carr specializes in optimization of the formula, process, and packaging of consumer products and ingredients with special emphasis on how sensory properties of products affect consumer acceptance. Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses shielded power cable.

February 26, 2013

NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA WC74/ICEA S-93-639 5-46kV Shielded Power Cable for Use in the Transmission and Distribution of Electric Energy. Standards publication applies to materials, constructions, and testing of 5,000–46,000 V shielded cross-linked polyethylene and ethylene propylene rubber-insulated wires and cables used for transmission and distribution of electrical energy for normal conditions of installation and service either indoors, outdoors, aerial, underground, or submarine.
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ASABE Adopts ISO Standard for rear-mounted 3-point linkage.

February 26, 2013

Further harmonizing national and international standardization, ASABE has completed adoption of ISO 730:2009 for rear-mounted 3-point linkage of agricultural wheeled tractors. Said adoption, ANSI/ASABE AD730:2009 DEC2012, Agricultural wheeled tractors – Rear-mounted three-point linkage – Categories 1N, 1, 2N, 2, 3N, 3, 4N, and 4, deviates from ISO document by correcting value of movement range for Category 1N linkage and replacing ISO document normative reference with ASABE standard. Read More

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AIA Honors Andrew Wilson with 2013 Achievement Award.

February 26, 2013

Nominated by AIA members and selected from highly qualified candidates by AIA Board of Directors, Andrew Wilson, Editor of Vision Systems Design magazine, was presented with 2013 AIA Achievement Award in recognition of his long history of outstanding contributions to vision and imaging industry. AIA President Burnstein said Wilson "has been instrumental in introducing vision and imaging technologies to a broad range of industries throughout the world." Read More

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BIO World Congress will look at building bio-based economy.

February 26, 2013

BIO announced its plenary session program for 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which will take place June 16–19 in Montreal, Canada. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, "sessions will highlight the growing biobased economy as we learn about advances and commercialization in biofuels and renewable chemicals." Sessions will include, among others, Global Outlook on Industrial Biotechnology, Building a Sustainable Biobased Industry, and Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom. Read More

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Monthly Confidence Index up again in February.

February 26, 2013

According to February 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is up for third consecutive month at 58.7, an increase from January index of 54.2, reflecting increasing optimism despite wary eye on economic conditions and government management of fiscal policies. When asked to assess their business conditions over next 4 months, 20% of executives said they believe conditions will improve, up from 6.1% in January, and only 2.9% believe conditions will worsen. Read More

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Video of SC DoT Secretary is available on AASHTO website.

February 26, 2013

State DOT Two Minute Update video on AASHTO's Transportation TV features Robert St. Onge, Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, outlining his agency's efforts to improve efficiency and transparency. In video, St. Onge states South Carolina has fourth largest state-managed road network in USA and fourth lowest gas tax. Also, St. Onge says streamlining delivery of transportation projects to save time and reduce construction costs is on his list of priorities. Read More

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Minorities in Engineering are on the rise.

February 26, 2013

National Engineers Week helps to increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Through its New Faces of Engineering recognition program, engineers, age 30 years and younger, are highlighted for the work they’re doing to impact society. SME Education Foundation nominated 23-year-old Meredeth Griffin of Oklahoma City, OK, who works as an engineering technician at Peake Fuel Solutions where she helped introduce alternate fuel systems to long-haul trucking industry. Read More

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Alex T.C. Lau receives Sydney D. Andrews Award.

February 25, 2013

Alex T.C. Lau, president of TCL Consulting in Ontario, Canada, has received Sydney D. Andrews Scroll of Achievement from ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. A graduate of the University of Toronto where he received a bachelor’s degree in applied science and engineering physics, Lau is a specialist in process analytics engineering, operations, and statistical engineering as well as quality assurance and standardization for measurement and manufacture of fuels. Read More

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ISPE Issues Survey to help understand drug shortages.

February 25, 2013

To be sent to ISPE's international Membership in mid-February global survey on drug shortages intends to leverage ISPE Members' expertise to gather data on technical, scientific, manufacturing, quality, and compliance issues that have resulted in drug shortages. Preliminary results are expected in June 2013. According to ISPE's Nancy S. Berg, "ISPE is committed to supporting efforts to uncover the root causes of drug shortages, and we believe this survey is a critical first step." Read More

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ASTM Committee forms subcommittee on energy piping systems.

February 25, 2013

Under jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems, Subcommittee F17.68 on Energy Piping Systems has been created to ensure development of appropriate ASTM standards for products related to energy source applications. Newly formed subcommittee will discuss topics for proposed standards at their first meeting as part of Committee F17 at the April ASTM committee week in Indianapolis, IN. Read More