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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence remains steady.

October 30, 2012

According to October 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is 53.3, relatively unchanged from September index of 53.0, reflecting steady industry confidence despite economic, political, and regulatory concerns. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 8.6% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, relatively unchanged from 8.8% in September, and 74.3% believe business conditions will remain the same. Read More

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NTSB issues safety recommendations A-12-54 through -58.

October 30, 2012

According to NTSB, FAA should inform domestic and foreign manufacturers of airplanes that are certified under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 23 and 25 about circumstances of accident. FAA should also work with Flight Test Safety Committee to develop and issue detailed flight test operating guidance that addresses deficiencies documented in this report, and to develop and issue flight test safety program guidelines based on best practices in aviation safety management. Read More

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APICS Announces Corporate Awards of Excellence winners for 2012.

October 30, 2012

Caterpillar Inc. and Hewlett-Packard were chosen as 2012 APICS Corporate Awards of Excellence winners. Education Award of Excellence winner Caterpillar Inc. was recognized for its "Integrated Supply Chain Strategy" initiative, which improved expertise in APICS body of knowledge. Innovation Award of Excellence winner Hewlett-Packard was commended for its solution to supply chain challenges that built strong supplier partnerships while reducing costs and maintaining high customer service. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit has been presented to Wallace Munden.

October 30, 2012

ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe presented Award of Merit to Wallace J. Munden. Member of ASTM International and Committee C13 since 1994, Munden works on several C13 subcommittees and was chairman of Subcommittee C13.07 on Acceptance Specifications and Precast Concrete Box Sections from 2002–2010. He was also member-at-large on C13.90 Executive Subcommittee from 2005–2011 and has provided significant technical knowledge in development of several concrete pipe standards. Read More

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Manufacturer Discussion to show optimism about business in 2013.

October 30, 2012

As part of FABTECH 2012 exhibition, which takes place in Las Vegas, NV from November 12–14, State of the Industry: Manufacturers' Executive Outlook roundtable will feature CEOs who remain optimistic that growth experienced by manufacturers since 2010 will continue for third year. This event, to be moderated by FMA economic analyst Dr. Chris Kuehl, will feature CEOs that represent diversity of businesses that specialize in different technologies and serve different customer base. Read More

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SME receives U.S. Department of Energy grant.

October 30, 2012

SME has been granted $292,000 from U.S. Department of Energy to partner SME Student Chapters with existing Industrial Assessment Centers at universities nationwide. IAC assessments focus on industrial energy conservation techniques through energy audits and assessments of manufacturers. In total, SME will partner with all 24 IACs participating in DOE program, providing invaluable hands-on industry experience for future manufacturing professionals. Read More

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AIA President looks at sequestration talk in Presidential Debate.

October 30, 2012

In her statement regarding discussion of sequestration during final Presidential Debate, AIA President Marion C. Blakey said "It's good to see basic agreement between the candidates" and added that a solution must be found immediately. "While President Obama and Governor Romney disagree on their approach to deficit reduction," continued Blakey, "the fact remains that sequestration would be a serious mistake." Blakey also called upon Congress to act quickly to stop said impending crisis. Read More

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ASTM Nanotechnology Standard focuses on zeta potential.

October 30, 2012

ASTM E2865, Guide for Measurement of Electrophoretic Mobility and Zeta Potential of Nanosized Biological Materials focuses on zeta potential in systems containing biological material, such as proteins, DNA, liposomes, and other organic materials. Developed by Subcommittee E56.02, standard would be used by protein formulation personnel in pharmaceutical industry – particularly those concerned with protein therapies and shelf life stability of preparations. Read More

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Papers Invited for small specimen test techniques symposium.

October 29, 2012

Papers are invited for Sixth International Symposium on Small Specimen Test Techniques, which will be held January 29–31, 2014 in Houston, TX and address experimental, analytical, or computational aspects of small (and miniature) specimen techniques as well as their applications. To participate, presenters/authors must submit 250–300 word preliminary abstract by February 28, 2013 that includes clear definition of objective and approach of work discussed. Read More

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ASTM Standard to aid in designing building acoustic properties.

October 29, 2012

ASTM WK37294, Test Method for the Laboratory Measurement of Mechanical Impedance of Building Elements and Prediction of the Sound Transmission Loss Performance, is being developed by Subcommittee E33.03 on Sound Transmission, part of ASTM International Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics. Standard measures loss factor and equivalent bending rigidity modulus of composites, drywall, plywood, and similar building elements with aim of comparing damping properties. Read More

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PTDA welcomes 4 new members in third quarter.

October 29, 2012

CU Americas of Plymouth, MI, was founded in 2008 and is a division of one of the largest bearing manufacturers in China--CU Group. Infor of New York, NY joined PTDA as an associate member, and offers distributors enterprise software solutions. Located in Croydon, PA, Macron Dynamics, Inc. is a manufacturer of linear robots and mechanical motion components and systems. Finally, Sedis of Troyes Cedex, France, manufactures industrial chains and was founded in 1866 as Peugeot. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to address continuous soil gas measurements.

October 26, 2012

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock, Continuous Soil Gas Measurements: Worst Case Risk Parameters symposium will be held Jan 30, 2013. Event will focus on newly released critical continuous soil gas monitoring parameters associated with industrial activity around the world. From oil/gas companies and chemical companies through to small industrial sites, there is a growing need to understand and mitigate worst case/explosive or high human health risk conditions. Read More

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ASTM Wood Committee aims to develop standards for SIPs.

October 26, 2012

Interested parties are invited to participate in standards developing activities of Task Group D07.02.08 on structural insulated panels (SIPs). This group is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee D07.02 on Lumber and Engineered Wood Products, part of ASTM International Committee D07 on Wood, and aims to standardize process for deriving design properties for SIPs so their reliability and safety are comparable to other engineered wood systems used in wood frame construction. Read More

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Excavator e-Book promotes safety, adherence to best practices.

October 26, 2012

With publication of AEM's first safety manual e-book, Hydraulic Excavator Safety Manual, equipment operators can access safety information wherever they carry their mobile devices. Electronic version is not meant to replace print version but provides another way to reach equipment operators and help them practice safety on jobsite. E-book options include variable type, bookmarks, ability to embed and e-mail notes, content searching, as well as low-light reading format. Read More

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NTSB Makes 2 Recommendations to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation.

October 26, 2012

NTSB issued 2 recommendations to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. Recommendation A-12-62 concerns commissioning audit by qualified independent safety experts before start of next major certification flight test program to evaluate flight test safety management system. Recommendation A-12-63 is to provide information about lessons learned from implementation of flight test safety management system to interested manufacturers, flight test industry groups, and other appropriate parties. Read More

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Deloitte/The Manufacturing Institute release survey results.

October 26, 2012

According to "Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing" survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, the public feels that American leadership is off-course in improving manufacturing competitiveness and that the national economy is weak and fragile. Survey found that 59% of Americans believe economy has not improved or gotten better in recent years. Specific to manufacturing sector, only 16% of Americans feel it is likely to improve in next 12 months. In contrast, 23% feel it will weaken. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2013 will look at trip to Mars, future life.

October 26, 2012

Taking place in San Diego, CA from February 19–21, IPC APEX EXPO® 2013 will host exhibition with 400+ electronics manufacturing industry suppliers, professional development courses, standards development meetings, and technical conference. Activities will also include technical BUZZ sessions, keynotes on vision of future life, and inside look at Curiosity rover mission. For first time, Printed Board Assembly Cleaning and Contamination Center will be on show floor. Read More

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TRFA announces Thermoset Polymer Research Award winner.

October 26, 2012

Mohamed Baqar, a Ph.D student at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is the winner of the 3rd Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award for his paper, "Methylol-Functional Benzoxazines: Novel Precursors for Phenolic Thermoset Polymers." TRFA is also awarding second place prize to Brendan McDonald of the University of Waterloo for his paper "Biomimetic Micro-Structured Surfaces: Pattern Transfer and Fabrication of Icephobic Epoxy Surfaces.” Read More

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University of Miskolc, Hungary gains accreditation.

October 26, 2012

During a press conference at the University of Miskolc, Hungary, Fieldbus Foundation announced that the university has been successful in the rigorous certification process required to become a training site that offers fieldbus training courses certified under FOUNDATION Certified Training Program (FCTP). Program establishes uniform standards for fieldbus educational curriculum around the globe, and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology. Read More

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EPA App and Website lets users check waterway health.

October 25, 2012

Accessible from smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers, How’s My Waterway uses GPS technology or user-entered zip code or city name to retrieve information on condition of lakes, rivers, and streams across USA. Waterways within 5 miles of search location are identified as unpolluted, polluted, or unassessed. Once specific lake, river, or stream is selected, information is provided on type of pollution and what has been done by EPA/states to reduce it. Read More