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PMMI's Online Forums foster industry-specific connections.

September 13, 2011

PMMI's Connected Communities provides online forum where professionals with packaging- and processing-related responsibilities in range of core industries can connect year-round. Connected Communities will launch with 4 community sites tailored to specific industry markets: confectionery, baking and snack, pharmaceutical, and general packaging and processing. Each will include features that connect industries with tailored news, insight, and discussions. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to FHA.

September 12, 2011

According to NTSB, the Federal Highway Administration should work with AASHTO to evaluate vehicle design characteristics specific to rollover thresholds of heavy trucks. Information should be used to develop best practices in highway design that will mitigate increased rollover risk. FHA should also work with AASHTO to develop guidance for bridge pier protection program that will allow state transportation agencies to conduct risk-based assessments of bridges located within highway interchanges. Read More

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TRIB launches YouTube channel and video on TRIB website.

September 12, 2011

TRIB has launched 2 new video sites on the web, with a dedicated channel on YouTube and their own video section on www.retread.org. Each site contains 3 videos designed to educate the public, fleet managers, and truckers about the economic and environmental benefits of retreaded tires. Videos include a tour inside a modern retread plant, testimonials from fleet managers in the state of California, and video that explains true causes of rubber on the roads. Read More

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IPC invited to participate in pilot evaluation of OECD guide.

September 12, 2011

IPC and 6 member companies will participate in pilot evaluation program to review and refine the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development due diligence guidance for conflict materials. OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas provides recommendations for global responsible supply chains of minerals to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through mineral or metal purchasing decisions. Read More

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National Robot Safety Conference to address new standard.

September 12, 2011

During National Robot Safety Conference XXIII in Knoxville, attendees can be part of the new R15.06 (2011) Robot Safety Standard draft preview. Three days of sessions will also include workshops, main conference presentations, updates on robot and machine safety and standards, standards committee panel presentation, and case studies. On September 20, tabletop trade fair will feature 25+ exhibitors displaying innovative safety-related and robotics products. Read More

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Sterile Product Manufacturing Guide includes post-1999 content.

September 12, 2011

Intended to replace the original, ISPE Baseline® Guide: Sterile-Product Manufacturing Facilities (Second Edition) integrates and consolidates international practical solutions that address sterile manufacturing technological advances. This complete revision of 1999 version contains recommendations to help facilitate compliance with FDA and EMA guidance. Guide incorporates tabulation, explanation, and comparison of cleanliness designations found in FDA, EMA, and ISO guidance documents. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to PHMSA.

September 12, 2011

According to the NTSB, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration should work with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to develop and disseminate guidance to assist hazardous materials carriers in implementing comprehensive cargo tank motor vehicle rollover prevention programs. Comprehensive analysis should be conducted of all accident data on US DOT specification cargo tanks to identify designs and associated dynamic forces that pose higher risk of failure. Read More

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NEMA reports to Congress on standards development progress.

September 12, 2011

John Caskey, NEMA Assistant VP of Industry Operations, testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation about empowering consumers and promoting innovation through the Smart Grid. In his testimony, Mr. Caskey encouraged federal government to continue serving as a partner with industry in the effort to establish Smart Grid standards. He also stressed the importance of promoting U.S. standards internationally. Read More

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NEMA Webcast to address lighting management technology.

September 12, 2011

Representing American lighting manufacturers, NEMA will present webcast on Sept 15, hosted by Building Operating Management magazine. Event focuses on latest lighting control technologies that will enable building managers to approach net-zero energy use and achieve sustainability goals. In addition to highlighting occupancy sensors and advanced daylighting and window shade controls, webcast will address energy code compliance and intelligent building systems integration. Read More

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Researchers Expand Analyzer Capabilities for complex samples.

September 12, 2011

Scientists from NIST and private industry, as described in "Expanding the capabilities of microfluidic gradient elution moving boundary electrophoresis for complex systems," extended reach of their novel microfluidic system for analyzing chemical components of complex samples. Work shows how system, meant to analyze real-world, crude mixtures such as dirt or whole blood, can work for negatively charged components as well as for positively charged ones. Read More

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Consumer Retail Experience to debut at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

September 12, 2011

To demonstrate how package design influences consumer buying decisions at the point of purchase, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will introduce the Consumer Retail Experience. Interactive feature, created by Clemson University and sponsored by Kodak, will use digital eye tracking technology to track what participants look at or were persuaded by as they walk through simulated retail environment against what they purchase. Following EXPO, Clemson University will release reports summarizing findings. Read More

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Hand Soldering Competition will determine best of Midwest.

September 12, 2011

First Annual IPC Midwest Soldering Competition, taking place in Schaumburg, IL from September 21-22, will pit competitors against each other to build functional electronics assembly within 30 min time limit. So far, 21 competitors from 15 companies have responded, and only 3 slots remain open for additional participants. Assemblies will be judged on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, speed at which assembly was produced, and overall electrical functionality. Read More

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LION Senior Vice President presenting at MESA Conference.

September 12, 2011

The 2011 MESA Conference, scheduled for Sept. 19-21, revolves around the theme "Cloudy with a Chance for Profits." LION subsidiary LVI and MESA International have announced that Andrew T (Terry) Smith will present at 11:00 am on Sept 21 to discuss the approach LVI used to reinvent its supply chain to achieve "Best of Breed" capabilities. Results changed LVI's competitive position in the marketplace by dramatically increasing throughput, decreasing costs, and enhancing customer satisfaction. Read More

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Mind-Controlled Bionic Limbs hold promise and are in demand.

September 12, 2011

According to bionic limb experts at IEEE, distinction between science fiction and reality is increasingly becoming blurred. Bionic limbs, powered by the brain itself, are now giving patients ability to regain use of amputated limbs via prosthetics. Given recent advances in wearable mechanical technology, IEEE experts believe that within 15 years doctors will be able to create full mechanical limb that replicates majority of natural movements. Read More

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NASA Radio Program to feature highlights and inspire innovation.

September 12, 2011

NASA and National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are launching national radio program and podcast series that features stories of revolutionary ideas, emerging technologies, and people behind concepts shaping future. Comprised of 90 sec radio segments, Innovation Now series debuts September 1 online and on WHRV 89.5 FM in Norfolk, VA. Program producers draw upon expertise within NASA and NIA and tap into creativity of strategic partners such as NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist. Read More

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NAM Says Patent Reform Bill is key to jobs, competitiveness.

September 9, 2011

NAM Senior VP for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued statement on H.R. 1249, America Invents Act. He called Senate vote "important for jobs and manufacturing competitiveness in the United States" and said that intellectual property "is the lifeblood of manufacturing." Citing current backlog of patent applications and consequential delays in manufacturing, Newhouse said that this legislation will provide necessary resources to expedite examination and sustain patent system. Read More

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ANSI Accredits ICOR Education Programs under ANSI-CAP.

September 9, 2011

ANSI announced accreditation of International Consortium for Organizational Resilience (ICOR) under ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). This accreditation has been awarded to 4 of ICOR's education programs supporting PS-Prep program: BCM 5000 Business Continuity Management System Auditor; BCM 4050, Proprietary CAP Business Continuity Maturity Model Assessor; CMC 2050, Proprietary CAP Crisis Communications Planner; and SCRM 2000, Proprietary CAP Supply Chain Risk Associate. Read More

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ASHRAE creates New Faces of Engineering: College Edition.

September 9, 2011

ASHRAE, along with National Engineers Week Foundation, has created New Faces of Engineering: College Edition, which strives to promote accomplishments of junior and senior engineering students by highlighting their academic successes and contributions to industry and ASHRAE. ASHRAE's college New Face of Engineering will be recognized in full-page ad in ASHRAE Journal, have their profile featured on Facebook page, and receive $1,000 scholarship. Read More

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Manufacturers support House passage of tariff bill.

September 9, 2011

According to Frank Vargo, NAM VP for International Economic Affairs, House passage of the Generalized System of Preferences bill is a positive step toward advancing U.S. competitiveness and trade leadership. It also moves closer to passing 3 pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Korea, and Panama, which will provide boost to manufacturers and create jobs. Manufacturers urge Congress and Administration to continue moving forward on path laid out in August for passing the agreements. Read More

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NIST Physicist to receive Junior BEC Award 2011.

September 9, 2011

Ian Spielman, NIST physicist and fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute, was selected to receive Junior BEC Award 2011 for "the first experimental realization of synthetic magnetic fields and spin-orbit couplings in atomic Bose-Einstein condensates." Technique pioneered by Spielman and his colleagues paves way for using electrically neutral atoms to explore complex natural phenomena involving charged particles in magnetic fields and may also contribute to new form of quantum computing. Read More