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Registration now open for Leadership Development Conference.

December 19, 2014

PTDA is taking registrations for 2015 Leadership Development Conference to be held March 18–20. Conference is designed for emerging power transmission/motion control leaders who want to enhance management skills, network in small group settings, and learn best practices that support business results. Those participating will benefit from 2 sessions—a dinner program by Jeff Havens to "Uncrapify Your Life" and full-day interactive workshop led by Randy Disharoon on "Four Traits to Winning." Read More

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MCAA Offers NRTL Suggestions at OSHA Stakeholder Meeting.

December 19, 2014

On October 22, 2014, MCAA representatives, along with ~100 attendees from 50 organizations, attended OSHA Stakeholder Meeting to discuss questions and options regarding OSHA's Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program. Presenters from 10 organizations gave their reactions to OSHA proposals and interacted with attendees on ways to improve said program. Repeatedly, MCAA’s comments stressed safety and how current system sometimes pushes customers to make less safe choices. Read More

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MCAA Announcement names new board members and officers.

December 19, 2014

MCAA President Cynthia Esher certified election of officers and directors for 2015: Chairman Bob Carrell, Vice-Chairman Joe Incontri, Director-at-Large Peter G. Martin, and Director-at-Large Stan Ronna. In their roles on MCAA Board of Directors, the above will help MCAA address its mission to help management teams of process and factory automation product and solution providers run and grow successful businesses by offering timely, unique, and specialized resources. Read More

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Executives Discuss Fast Innovation in International CES keynote.

December 18, 2014

At 2015 International CES® (January 6–9 Las Vegas, NV), several executives – Bosch's Werner Struth, Cisco's John Chambers, and Comcast's Neil Smit – will participate in "Fast Innovation: Disrupt or be Disrupted" keynote panel. This January 7 session will be moderated by David Kirkpatrick and feature discussion on evolution of connections between people, data, business, and innovation as enabled by Internet of Everything and connected society. Read More

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AMT to host Automation in Manufacturing Conference.

December 18, 2014

After successful first year, AMT will host second annual Automation in Manufacturing Conference on June 4, 2015, and has issued call for speakers. This year's theme will be "Building Our Manufacturing Future with Automation." One-day event will consist of presentations by major industry users of automation, as well as builders/integrators. Conference will also include panelist discussions, forecasts on role of automation, renowned keynote speaker, and valuable opportunities for networking. Read More

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Standard covers direct flame impingement of exterior vents.

December 18, 2014

While California code notes that attic vents should resist intrusion of embers and flames, there has not been a standard to evaluate such intrusion. ASTM E2886/E2886M, Test Method for Evaluating the Ability of Exterior Vents to Resist the Entry of Embers and Direct Flame Impingement, fills this need. Primary users will be vent manufacturers and building code officials in areas where performance criteria have been established for ventilation products used in wildfire-prone areas. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee is developing parasailing standard.

December 18, 2014

ASTM subcommittee F24.65, part of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, is working on proposed standard WK46657, Practices for Parasailing, which will provide best practices for owners and operators of parasailing operations. Specifically, this standard covers weather, equipment, operations, crew, and patron responsibility. Interested parties, particularly parasailing owner/operators, are encouraged to join in development of WK46657. Read More

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IPC Issues Comments on EPS's unofficial 2014 DSW Rule.

December 18, 2014

After U.S. EPA's unofficial release of its final version of 2011 proposed revisions to Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule, IPC claimed final rule fails to provide adequate regulatory relief for manufacturers wishing to recycle secondary materials. IPC's Fern Abrams said IPC was "disappointed" over insufficient secondary materials recycling promotion incentives and also cited lingering "onerous and unnecessary" requirements. Since 2007, IPC advocated for DSW rule. Read More