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Spring Leaders Conference builds executive leadership skills.

November 11, 2013

In Las Vegas, NV from March 2–4, 2014 PTDA Spring Leaders Conference will help attendees realize their maximum leadership potential in order to keep up with pressures of power transmission/motion control marketplace. Event will begin with committee meetings for PTDA volunteers, which will be followed by General Education Session open to leaders from PTDA member companies. March 4 Leadership Development Conference will help executives hone management and relationship-building skills. Read More

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ASTM Precast Concrete Products Committee will meet in December.

November 11, 2013

During December 2013 ASTM Committee Week, December 10 meetings of ASTM International Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products will focus on standards development work for stormwater management and other related products. Along with proposed ASTM standards WK26951, WK24908, WK30222, WK36628, and WK39909, work will continue on standards for retaining wall modular block units, precast concrete burial vaults and grave liners, and concrete box sections. Read More

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Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn elects Marc McConnell president.

November 11, 2013

During 63rd Annual Fall Convention (October 21–25 in Indianapolis, IN), Marc McConnell of Art's Way Manufacturing Co. was elected as Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association's 61st President. In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of Art's Way Manufacturing Co., McConnell has served on Association's Board since 2007 and will host Association's 2014 Spring Management Clinic in San Antonio, CA (April 6–9) as well as 2014 Fall Convention in Las Vegas, NV (November 4–7). Read More

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ICALEO 2013 boasts innovative laser-driven manufacturing.

November 8, 2013

During LIA's 32nd International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics®, attendees learned that ultrafast lasers are allowing  humans to see objects around corners and facilitate printing of human cells. About 100 first-time participants joined more than 400 peers to hear roughly 200 presentations detailing the latest research in laser-driven manufacturing. Additive manufacturing was the focus of the closing slate of 5 addresses looking at fabrication in micro and nano scales. Read More

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ASTM Homeland Security Committee develops two new standards.

November 8, 2013

Two ASTM specifications present baseline performance requirements for point chemical vapor detectors. ASTM E2885 focuses on portable handheld detectors used by first responders and HAZMAT teams, while ASTM E2933 concentrates on stationary detectors designed to operate continuously in and around public, non-industrial facilities. Both guide designers, manufacturers, integrators, procurement officials, and end users by providing common set of parameters for how detectors should operate. Read More

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Winners Named for Automotive Innovation Awards Competition.

November 8, 2013

On November 6, 2013 at SPE® Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, SPE Automotive Division named winners of 43rd Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Awards for most innovative use of plastics in ground transportation were presented for 8 categories: Body Exterior, Body Interior, Chassis/Hardware, Electrical Systems, Materials, Powertrain, Process/Assembly/Enabling Technologies, and Safety. Grand Award winner was also named at same event. Read More

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FAA releases unmanned aircraft systems integration roadmap.

November 8, 2013

FAA released its first annual roadmap outlining efforts needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into nation's airspace. Roadmap addresses current and future policies, regulations, technologies, and procedures that will be required as demand moves the country from today’s limited accommodation of UAS operations to extensive integration of UAS into NextGen aviation system in the future. FAA plans to select 6 UAS test sites to begin work on safely integrating UAS into airspace. Read More

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PYDA Announces 2014 Board of Directors, Manufacturer Council.

November 7, 2013

PTDA elected its 2014 Board of Directors and Manufacturer Council at PTDA Industry Summit in Palm Desert, CA. Ken Miko will become PTDA president in 2014, joined on 2014 PTDA Board of Directors by Ajay Bajaj (First Vice President), LeRoy Burcroff (Second Vice President), Mitch Bouchard (Treasurer), and several Directors. Brian Kolman will assume duties of PTDA Manufacturer Council chair in 2014, joined by Vice Chair Cliff Bannon, Immediate Past Chair Michael Dolpp, and several Members. Read More