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Change Management Expert to headline Lean, Six Sigma conference.

November 26, 2012

University of Michigan professor, author, and change management expert Jeffrey K. Liker, Ph.D. will keynote Lean and Six Sigma Conference, which will take place March 4–5, 2013 in Phoenix, AZ and feature "Sustaining Results" theme. With 50+ sessions, event will provide new applications of lean and Six Sigma, examine future of said methodologies, and show how they can be applied to various industries. Attendees will learn how to achieve results and extend achievements. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices decrease 0.4% in October 2012.

November 26, 2012

According to U.S. Labor Department's producer price index (PPI), USA's construction materials prices fell for first time in 3 months; prices remain 2% higher than one year ago. Nonresidential construction materials prices decreased 0.5% for month, but were 1.8% higher on year-over-year basis. Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicted volatile conditions due to U.S. financial market turmoil, instability in Europe, and "the shaky global economy in general." Read More

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Vehicle and Engine Importers to pay civil penalty.

November 26, 2012

EPA and Department of Justice announced settlement with Yuan Cheng International Group, Inc. and NST, Inc., which resolves allegations that, from 2006 to 2011, companies imported and introduced into commerce 17,521 recreational vehicles, highway motorcycles, and nonroad spark ignition engines without proper EPA certifications required under Clean Air Act to prevent excess emissions of pollutants. Both companies have ceased importing vehicles and engines and are now dissolved. Read More

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CEA Announces Best of Innovations Design/Engineering honorees.

November 26, 2012

CEA® announced International CES® Best of Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award honorees for their advancements across 29 consumer electronics product categories, including 2 new trend-focused categories: Accessible and Universal Design Technologies, and Tech for Better World. According to senior VP of events and conferences Karen Chupka, "Adding two new categories to the awards allows for more cutting-edge technologies to enter and be discovered." Read More

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NASA Technology Showcase lands in Cleveland Nov 28-30.

November 26, 2012

During NASA Technology Days showcase, taking place at the Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center, participants from industry, academia, and U.S. Government will discuss strategy development, partnerships, and methods to foster technology transfer and innovation. Free public event will feature NASA-funded technologies available for transfer to aerospace, advanced-energy, automotive, innovative manufacturing, and human-health industries. Read More

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ICALEO 2012 demonstrates research in laser materials processing.

November 26, 2012

At 31st ICALEO® from September 23-27, 2012, LIA highlighted nanoprocessing solutions and laser components important to green energy. Reinhart Poprawe was presented with 2012 President's plaque, while Isamu Miyamoto won Arthur L. Schawlow Award for work on laser welding and materials processing. Presenters also included Qiying Chen, winner of 1st place poster award, Dongsik Kim, Ville Hautala, Kerstin Kowalick, and Paul Denney. Event featured nearly 500 attendees and over 200 presentations. Read More

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Michigan School excels in manufacturing education.

November 26, 2012

As one of 9 exemplary schools in 8 states, Jackson Area Career Center (JACC) has been selected by SME Education Foundation for its 2013 PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program. SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin said JACC is working to develop Michigan's skilled manufacturing labor force and noted its "disciplined manufacturing course of study," business and industry involvement, as well as tech-based summer camps, scholarships, and robotic competitions. Read More

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FABTECH 2012 reflected energized manufacturing industry.

November 26, 2012

FABTECH 2012 saw record high first day attendance, bolstering number of sales, and well-attended education programs and special events.  Show organizers report 25,903 attendees walked 450,000+ net ft² of floor space at Las Vegas Convention Center to see live equipment demonstrations and compare products side-by-side. Held simultaneously with 3-day expo, FABTECH educational conference included sessions on trending topics in manufacturing. Read More

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AEM salutes companies for industry service.

November 26, 2012

AEM recognizes 4 companies who have achieved "milestone member" status in 2012, a designation that highlights their industry support through longtime and continuous participation in the association. Gorman-Rupp Company in Mansfield, OH is the latest company achieving 75-year AEM member status. Companies achieving 25-year-member status include: HUSCO International in Waukesha, WI; Leon's Manufacturing Company in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada; and Master Craft Industrial Equipment in Tifton, GA. Read More

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Merck's VBF Program of Projects named 2012 Facility of the Year.

November 26, 2012

As accounced by ISPE during Plenary Session at 2012 Annual Meeting, Merck's Vaccine Bulk Manufacturing Facility (VBF) Program of Projects is Overall Winner of 2012 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) program. Merck responded to projected production shortfall for Varicella product franchise by delivering Vaccine Bulk Manufacturing Facility (VBF) Program of Projects in Durham, NC. This 214,000 ft² facility doubled output of vaccine used for chicken pox and shingles. Read More

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Aviation Industry and FAA share safety information with NTSB.

November 26, 2012

Department of Transportation’s FAA, airlines, and aviation labor unions announced partnership with NTSB to share summarized safety information that could help prevent accidents. Shared through initiative called the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Executive Board, information will help NTSB determine if an accident is a unique event or an indication of systemic risks. Under ASIAS, airlines and unions already voluntarily share safety information with FAA to identify trends. Read More

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NREL/DOE Launch Web Tools for alternative transportation.

November 26, 2012

NREL launched interactive Petroleum Reduction Planning Tool and redesigned Department of Energy's (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Web site to help fleet managers, municipalities, and consumers choose alternative fuels and energy efficiency strategies for reducing petroleum use, vehicle emissions, and operating costs. AFDC provides information, data, and tools that facilitate deployment of alternative fuels, advanced vehicles, and fuel economy improvements. Read More

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Human Eye-Inspired Researchers develop natural lens technology.

November 26, 2012

"A Bio-Inspired Polymeric Gradient Refractive Index Human Eye Lens," in OSA's open-access journal Optics Express, explains creation of artificial lens nearly identical to natural lens of human eye and also provides new material approach for fabricating synthetic polymer lenses. Made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, lens may provide more natural performance in implantable lenses to replace damaged/diseased human eye lenses and also enhance ground/aerial surveillance technology. Read More

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Participants Sought to review pump standards.

November 23, 2012

Under ANSI's approval, Hydraulic Institute (HI) seeks qualified individuals to participate in review of 3 standards to be placed into stabilized maintenance. Said standards include ANSI/HI 6.1-6.5 Reciprocating Power Pumps for Nomenclature, Definitions, Application, and Operation; ANSI/HI 6.6 Reciprocating Pump Test; and ANSI/HI 8.1-8.5 Direct Acting (Steam) Pumps for Nomenclature, Definitions, Application, and Operation. Read More

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IPC Executive Management Meetings to take place February 18, 2013.

November 23, 2012

Prior to IPC APEX EXPO®, IPC EMS Management Council Meeting will include economic update for small–to-medium EMS companies and M&A update for Tier 2 and 3 companies. Targeting senior executives of PCB manufacturers and their supplier companies, IPC PCB Supply Chain Leadership Meeting will focus on strategic and management topics. Meetings will start with joint session including business outlook for global electronics industry and coverage of disruptive environmental regulations. Read More

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Association of Equipment Manufacturers elects 2013 officers.

November 23, 2012

AEM has elected Stuart Levenick, Group President of Caterpillar, Inc., as Chair and Richard Patek, President Telsmith Group VP Aggregate and Mining of Astec Industries Inc., as Vice Chair. Treasurer is Michael Haberman, President of Gradall Industries Inc., and Secretary is Dennis Slater, AEM’s full-time President. In addition, Robert Kolb of GEA Farm Technologies Inc. was chosen as AG Sector Board Chair and John Patterson of JCB Inc. was picked for CE Sector Board Chair. Read More

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AEM Hall of Fame announces 2012 inductees.

November 23, 2012

AEM Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service, and leadership. The 2012 inductees include John Deere, Pierre Bataille, and Wood Brothers - Keith, Leonard and Mervel. Inductees have been evaluated by independent panel of industry experts on 5 criteria: innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Read More

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NREL receives accolades from industry groups and DOE.

November 23, 2012

NREL and its employees have garnered awards from industry groups for advancing energy research as well as furthering lab's sustainable operating practices. Bryan Pivovar was named Charles W. Tobias Young Investigator by Electrochemical Society, while John Turner received Lectureship Award from Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry. Matt Keyser was honored by CO-LABS with Award for High Impact Research. Also, DOE presented NREL with Sustainability Award for Comprehensive Energy Management. Read More

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Frederick G. Wright selected as AASHTO Executive Director.

November 21, 2012

At annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, AASHTO's Board of Directors voted to approve Frederick G. "Bud" Wright to be 7th executive director of organization. Wright succeeds John Horsley, AASHTO's executive director since 1999 who is retiring February 1, 2013. Currently transportation consultant based in Alexandria, Virginia, Wright served as Executive Director of FHWA from 2001-2008 and, from 2001-2002, was FHWA program manager for safety. He is also member of ARTBA Board of Directors. Read More

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Facts About Modern Manufacturing is now available.

November 21, 2012

A collaboration between the Manufacturing Institute, MAPI, and NAM, 9th Edition of the Facts About Modern Manufacturing consists of a compilation of 65 slides and analysis presenting wide array of data for manufacturing sector. For example, every dollar in final sales of manufactured products supports $1.34 in output from other sectors. In December 2011, manufacturing employers paid $32.93/hr in wages and benefits, while all employers in economy paid approximately $30.44/hr. Read More