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Packaging Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored October 30.

August 20, 2012

PMMI congratulates Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2012, which is comprised of Curtis Babb of MillerCoors (retired); Thomas Brady of Plastic Technologies, Inc.; Thomas Dunn of Flexpacknology LLC; Fred Hayes of Hayes and Associates Inc.; Hershey and Bernie Lerner of Automated Packaging Systems; and Nick Wilson of Morrison Container Handling Solutions. "Extraordinary" is what PMMI's Maria Ferrante called inductees' range of experience and dedication to giving back to packaging community. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices decline for third straight month.

August 20, 2012

According to August 14 Producer Price Index report released by U.S. Department of Labor, construction materials prices declined 0.7% in July 2012. Prices are down 0.6% on yearly basis, marking first year-over-year decline since November 2009. Nonresidential construction materials prices also are down, falling 0.9% for month and 1.2% for year. Meanwhile, crude energy materials prices increased 0.6% - first monthly increase since February 2012 - but fell 19.1% year over year. Read More

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Adhesive and Sealant Council is developing training webinars.

August 20, 2012

To support its recently launched ASC Training Academy, Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is developing series of 8 fundamentals of training webinars. ASC is collaborating with 5 organizations with deep ties to the industry to curate content, and Nick Mancusi, Assoc. AIA, has joined Council as its Education Manager to develop and execute the program. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 8.8% in 2012.

August 20, 2012

According to AMT, June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $462.95 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders program, was down 0.6% from May and down 1.8% when compared with total of $471.49 million reported for June 2011. With year-to-date total of $2,682.37 million, 2012 is up 8.8% compared with 2011. Read More

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Eight Professors Honored with Ralph R. Teetor Education Award.

August 20, 2012

SAE International, during SAE 2012 World Congress, presented 8 engineering professors with Ralph R. Teetor Education Award, which recognizes and honors exemplary young educators who are successfully preparing engineers to meet challenges facing society. Recipients included Shorya Awtar, Jeremy S. Daily, Christopher D. Depcik, Marcis Jansons, Heejung Jung, Scott Miers, Junmin Wang, and Jingzhou (James) Yang. Read More

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Four Honored with automotive engineering excellence award.

August 20, 2012

During SAE 2012 World Congress, SAE International presented Ching-Hung Chuang, Yan Fu, Guosong Li, and Ren-Jye Yang with Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. This award, established in 1988, recognizes SAE International members and teams who use engineering skills to achieve product or manufacturing process contributions that positively affect passenger car, truck, and bus industries. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to address whole building air leakage testing.

August 20, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 21, Whole Building Air Leakage Testing workshop will include 2 sessions, each with 3 presentations and panel discussion. Morning session will focus on case studies that illustrate appropriate use and application of test standards governing whole-building air leakage testing. Afternoon session will explore limitations of whole-building air leakage testing in broader context of actual construction practice and need to obtain test data at milestone intervals during construction. Read More

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BIO responds to request to waive Renewable Fuel Standard.

August 20, 2012

Renewable Fuel Standard provides fundamental foundation driving private investment in America's advanced biofuels industry. BIO responded to formal requests by Gov. Bev Perdue (D-N.C.) and Gov. Mike Beebe (D-Ark.) that the EPA waive the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2012. According to Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, RFS provides multiple options to fuel distributors obligated to make alternatives to foreign oil available to U.S. consumers. Read More

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SME to Play Key Role in additive manufacturing institute.

August 20, 2012

As announced by U.S. Department of Commerce and Department of Defense in Youngstown, OH, SME will play integral role in National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). This pilot institute, scheduled for September launch, aims to increase successful transition of additive manufacturing technology to manufacturing enterprises within USA. SME will be involved in technology transition and dissemination as well as education and training of practitioners. Read More

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NTSB Chairman to give keynote at 2012 Annual ISASI Conference.

August 20, 2012

On August 28, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will deliver keynote address at International Society of Air Safety Investigators' 2012 Annual Seminar. Hersman will discuss importance of enhancing already strong relationships NTSB has with its international counterparts. In addition to keynote, NTSB Board Members will lead panel discussions on topics such as accident investigation; challenges associated with parallel investigations; and developing and fostering safety awareness. Read More

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Meeting to Address GA airworthiness and design standards.

August 20, 2012

In support of efforts stemming from Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), ASTM International will host organizational meeting for establishment of new ASTM standards activity on general aviation (GA) airworthiness design standards. Meeting will be held September 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm EST in Lee's Summit, MO; virtual attendance option is also available. Standards roadmap proposed to ASTM International addresses requirements to accommodate GA aircraft under 19,000 lb. Read More

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ASABE to revise agricultural braking standard.

August 20, 2012

ASABE has initiated project to revise ANSI/ASAE S365.9, Braking System Test Procedures and Braking Performance Criteria for Agricultural Field Equipment. Revision is part of an ongoing effort by ASABE Braking committee to provide state-of-the-art guidance regarding braking technologies. This revision will focus on details concerning the use of implements and towed equipment. Read More

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Study Predicts Impact of on-shoring in NA electronics industry.

August 20, 2012

On-Shoring in the Electronics Industry: Trends and Outlook for North America indicates electronics manufacturing operations with total value of at least $2.5 billion are expected to be brought to North America (NA) within next 3 years. In addition to findings on industry segments and types of products manufactured by operations that have been returned to or established in NA since 2009, study covers operations targeted for location in NA in next 3 years and number of jobs they represent. Read More

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TRIB to Exhibit and Speak at Great American Trucking Show.

August 20, 2012

To educate fleets and owner operators about benefits of using retreaded tires, TRIB will be exhibiting at Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, TX from August 23-25. TRIB Managing Director David Stevens will also be joining panel of tire industry experts for Free Tire Seminar to address questions attendees may have about using retreaded tires. TRIB will show large-screen version of retread plant tour video as well as distribute trucking industry-related materials. Read More

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Embrace of Renewables in Heartland wows executives.

August 20, 2012

Seventeen executives traveled through middle America and came away in awe of how those connected to the land overcame disaster and economic crisis to embrace renewable energy. Executives were members of the 2012 class of the Executive Leadership Program run by NREL. Each of them - representing private business, nonprofits, and local, state, and federal government - will use program to bring back to their workplaces an idea to enhance sustainability or build renewable energy projects. Read More

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OSA Webcast to discuss state of optics worldwide.

August 17, 2012

On Tuesday, August 21 at 10 a.m. PDT, The Optical Society is live webcasting roundtable discussion at Stanford University devoted to National Academy of Sciences' report, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. Several members of the NAS Harnessing Light committee will discuss their findings, as well as current and future global innovations and technological opportunities enabled by optical science. Read More

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Registration Opens for Hydraulic Institute's 2012 Fall Meeting.

August 17, 2012

Annual Hydraulic Institute (HI) Fall Meeting will take place October 23-27, 2012 in Memphis, TN. Focus will be on pump system optimization, pump efficiency rule-making, pump testing and certification programs, international trade updates, standards development, and use of social media. Nearly 30 HI Technical Committees will meet to review and advance specific areas of knowledge and work that will ultimately result in development of new or updated ANSI/HI Pump Standards. Read More

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OSA Journal discusses chemical sensor developed by U.S. Army.

August 17, 2012

To warn of chemical attacks and help save lives, it is vital to quickly determine if even trace levels of potentially deadly chemicals-such as the nerve gas sarin and other odorless, colorless agents-are present. U.S. Army researchers have developed new chemical sensor that uses photoacoustic technique to simultaneously identify potentially limitless numbers of agents, in real-time. Paper describing system has been published in Optical Society's journal, Optics Letters. Read More

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IREC releases Solar Market Trends Report.

August 17, 2012

According to Larry Sherwood, author of 2012 Solar Market Trends Report, solar markets are booming in the U.S., despite some high-profile negative news stories. Falling photovoltaic prices, strong consumer demand, and financial incentives from federal government, states, and utilities meant that twice as much PV solar was installed in 2011, compared to 2010. In fact, growth of total installed capacity of utility and non-residential systems grew by 145% and 132%, respectively. Read More

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NEMA issues statement on CFLs and UV emissions.

August 17, 2012

Recent articles purport that CFLs emit enough UV radiation to cause skin damage. According to David Sliney, PhD, Chairman of the IESNA Photobiological Safety Committee, this is a complex issue that involves not only radiation levels, but distance from light source and exposure time. Based on current knowledge, levels of UV radiation emitted by CFLs are acceptably low and only under unusual conditions will one be exposed to levels above those set by ACGIH. Read More