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FMA's 2012 Annual Conference keynote covers role of manufacturing.

February 6, 2012

Scheduled for Feb 29 through March 2, FABRICATOR®'S Leadership Summit: 7th Annual Metal Matters, will feature keynote addresses covering vital role of manufacturing in the economy, new technology, and tactics to identify and target new markets and customers. Speakers will include Donald McNeeley, president and CEO of Chicago Tube and Iron Co.; Jim Hawkins, Director of Machine Design Center at Caterpillar Inc.; and Sarah Miller Caldicott, innovation author and great-grandniece of Thomas Edison. Read More

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North American Robotics Industry breaks records in 2011.

February 3, 2012

According to statistics from RIA, North American robotics companies sold more robots in 2011 than ever before. Total of 19,337 robots, which were valued at $1.17 billion and sold to companies in North America in 2011, beat previous record of 18,228 robots in 2005. When sales by North American robot suppliers to companies outside North America are included, total is 22,126 robots valued at $1.35 billion. Compared to 2010, North American orders were up 47% in units and 38% in dollars. Read More

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BIO testifies on importance PDUFA V recommendations.

February 3, 2012

Richard Pops, Chairman and CEO of Alkermes plc, testified on behalf of BIO before House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health during hearing entitled, "Reauthorization of PDUFA: What It Means for Jobs, Innovation and Patients." Pops stressed need for reauthorization of Prescription Drug User Fee Act and enactment of enhancements recommended in PDUFA V agreement, which will improve drug development and review process. Modifications can also provide earlier access to breakthrough therapies. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to feature dedicated printed electronics area.

February 3, 2012

Scheduled for Feb 28 through March 1, 2012, IPC APEX EXPO® will include printed electronics track in the technical conference, and historic standards development meetings where industry requirements for manufacture and assembly of printed electronics will be discussed and developed. In exhibit hall, companies from around the world will represent all segments of printed electronics supply chain, from raw materials to equipment manufacturers and manufacturers of functional printed products. Read More

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Symposium on Contaminated Sediments to be sponsored by ASTM.

February 3, 2012

Fifth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments will take place May 23-25, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec City, Canada. In addition to identifying sources, types, and behavior of contaminants, objectives include discussing/sharing sustainable options for management of contaminated sediments in marine/freshwater environments for restoration of surface water, debating future directions/visions; and promoting multilevel involvement and participation of stakeholders in restoration strategies. Read More

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Temperature Measurement Committee elects Thomas J. Wiandt.

February 3, 2012

Thomas J. Wiandt, director of metrology in the Temperature Division of Fluke Calibration in American Fork, UT, has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee E20 on Temperature Measurement. Wiandt specializes in temperature and electrical metrology, DC/low frequency metrology, and statistics. A member of ASTM since 1997, Wiandt works on several E20 subcommittees, and serves as chairman of E20.07 on Fundamentals in Thermometry and as secretary of E20.09 on Digital Contact Thermometers. Read More

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Manufacturing Growth Industries seek common solutions at Mfg4.

February 3, 2012

During Mfg4 - Manufacturing for the Future, professionals from aerospace, defense, medical, and energy industries will share solutions to common manufacturing challenges. At the heart of Mfg4 event floor is Insight Intersection - an area where small groups of professionals can meet to exchange information. Technical conference features daily keynote and breakout sessions with topics such as renewable energy manufacturing, arms, medical devices, and use of composite materials in aircraft. Read More

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Industry Leaders to speak at SAE 2012 World Congress.

February 3, 2012

SAE International has announced keynote speakers for SAE 2012 World Congress and Exhibition, which will take place April 24-26 in Detroit, MI. Toshiyuki Shiga, COO for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., will address SAE World Congress Annual Banquet; Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO, GE, will serve as keynote speaker; Anthony Levandowski, Business Lead for Google's Self-Driving Car project, will appear April 25; and David Strickland, Administrator, NHTSA, will deliver his address on April 26. Read More

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MichBio launches medical devices committee.

February 3, 2012

MichBio has formed Medical Devices, Technology and Manufacturing Committee to enhance its representation and resource capacity for this important biosciences industry sector. Committee's mission is to foster competitive business environment in Michigan that supports lasting sustainability of medical device companies from initial concept and commercialization to manufacturing and market, while providing means for those companies to network, build community, and access resources to grow. Read More

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Papers Are Invited for building wall assemblies symposium.

February 2, 2012

Papers are invited for Building Walls Subject to Water Intrusion and Accumulation: Lessons from the Past and Recommendations for the Future. Contributions should address topics related to understanding scope and nature of problems as well as improving performance of building wall assemblies. Preliminary abstract is due by April 16, 2012 and must include definition of objective and approach of work discussed that points out new material and presents sufficient details regarding results. Read More

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Pedestrian Safety Committee names John Brault as Chairman.

February 2, 2012

John Brault, a biomechanics consultant at Semper Scientific in Mission Viejo, CA, has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear. Brault specializes in forensic biomechanics related to injuries from collisions or falls and research associated with tribometer validation, walkway safety, and footwear. In addition to his consultant work, he is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Southern California. Read More

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Nanomanufacturing Conference to explore current, future impacts.

February 2, 2012

Taking place in Boston, MA from March 27-28, SME NanoManufacturing Conference and Exhibits will highlight applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming manufacturing. In addition to discussions on mid- to long-term applications of this technology, there will be information on how already observable industry impact as evidenced in these 5 ways: Materials, Coatings, Energy Collection and Storage, Lighting, and Manufacturing Processes. Read More

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Innovation Expert Tom Kelley to provide WESTEC 2012 keynote.

February 2, 2012

Speaking at WESTEC on March 27, 2012 from 9-10 am, IDEO general manager Tom Kelley will present "Growing Manufacturing Through Innovation" keynote. This innovation expert and business leader will offer his unique perspective on nurturing culture of creativity as well as provide attendees with inside look at his company to reveal successful strategies. Kelly is respected as world-wide expert on how businesses can be more creative in their products, services, and thinking/processes. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for December 2011.

February 2, 2012

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 3.6% and bookings were up 0.1% in December 2011 from December 2010. Book-to-bill ratio reached parity at 1.00. Flexible circuit shipments in December 2011 were down 19.8% and bookings decreased 27.7% compared to December 2010. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio grew to 1.03. For rigid PCB and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments decreased 5.1% from December 2010, as orders booked decreased 2.8%. Read More

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SPE® announces dates, location, and theme for ACCE.

February 2, 2012

Now in its 12th year, SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition draws almost 500 exhibitors, speakers, and attendees from 15 countries on 5 continents. This year's event, with theme of Unleashing the Power of Design, will take place Sept 11-13, 2012 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI. Those interested in speaking at event should submit abstracts by March 31, 2012 to review committee via ACCEpapers@speautomotive.com. Read More

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EMS Wage Rate, Salary Study reveals cautious upturn.

February 2, 2012

Findings of IPC Wage Rate and Salary Study for the North American EMS Industry 2010-2011 reflect current slow economic recovery since end of recession in June 2009. While unemployment rate for December 2011 stood at 8.5%, salary increases for hourly, salaried, and management positions in 2011 respectively averaged 2.5%, 2.3%, and 2.1%. Report also finds direct relationship between employee satisfaction and flexible time and personal time off policies. Read More

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World's Largest Rocket Contest celebrates 10 years.

February 2, 2012

Nearly 700 teams of middle and high school students across 48 states, District of Columbia, and Virgin Islands are gearing up for 2012 Team America Rocketry Challenge. This year, each team is tasked with designing and building rocket carrying 2 egg payload to 800 ft and back during 43-47 sec flight without cracking. Strict limit on liftoff weight forces students to focus on designing payload bay while building lighter, stronger rocket. Top 100 teams will advance to National Finals, May 12. Read More

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Manufacturers believe transportation bill will create jobs.

February 2, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement regarding transportation, infrastructure, and energy legislation introduced by House Republicans. Manufacturers have long supported multi-year bill to fund surface transportation investments. Improving highways, bridges, and tunnels and relieving congestion on roadways will get Americans back to work. NAM is pleased that this legislation includes expanded domestic energy production, given that manufacturers use 1/3 of nation's energy supply. Read More

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FDA's Grace McNally will appear at ISPE facilities conference.

February 2, 2012

U.S. FDA's Grace McNally will add her expertise to that of other industry and regulatory experts at ISPE's upcoming Lessons from 483s: Enhancing Efficiency, Quality and cGMP Compliance Conference. This 2-day event will review recent regulatory citations (FDA-483s) and provide guidance on how they can be avoided. Specifically, educational content will address 483s in context of biotech, oral solid dosage processing and containment, and process validation. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Structure Market has disappointing Q4,.

February 2, 2012

According to Jan 27 GDP Report by Department of Commerce, nonresidential fixed investment increased 1.7% in fourth quarter of 2011 following revised 15.7% increase in previous quarter. Nonresidential fixed investment in structures fell 7.2% after increasing 14.4% in third quarter, while nonresidential fixed investment in equipment and software was up 5.2% in fourth quarter following 16.2% increase in third quarter. In addition, residential fixed investment jumped 10.9% in fourth quarter. Read More