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PTDA Business Index shows modest deceleration from 2Q11.

November 29, 2011

PTDA Business Index indicated 3Q2011 was the sixth consecutive quarter for business growth among PTDA members, albeit with a reading of 68.1. Compared with reading of 70.2 for 2Q2011, third-quarter results indicate power transmission/motion control industry is expanding at a slower pace than before. PTDA members participating in the Business Index on average continue forecasting 12% growth, the same as from the 2Q outlook. Read More

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SAE International to host School Bus Powertrain Symposium.

November 29, 2011

Scheduled for December 5, SAE International's 2011 School Bus Powertrain Innovation Symposium will address school bus propulsion systems. One-day event will help attendees make properly informed decisions about pros and cons of converting buses to hybrid electric, propane, or compressed natural gas technology. OEM, supplier, and peer-to-peer presentations and panel discussions, along with grant writing workshop and ride-along, are integral parts of program. Read More

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Manufacturers' Report highlights consequences of defense cuts.

November 29, 2011

"The Negative Impact of Defense Spending Cuts on the Manufacturing Sector," has been released by NAM Defense Manufacturing Working Group. In addition to threats to national security, report notes that defense cuts could result in elevated unemployment, reduced competitiveness, and decrease in innovation that would impact American military superiority. Report states that 30,000+ manufacturers would be affected, and effect of such cuts would largely fall on small and medium-sized firms. Read More

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Transportation Bill will create jobs, enhance competitiveness.

November 29, 2011

Responding to House Speaker John Boehner's announcement of American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, NAM Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse said "Manufacturers support a multi-year surface bill because modern infrastructure is essential to ensuring our global competitiveness." To create growing economy, Newhouse said, there must be reduced regulatory barriers as well as long-term investments in transportation/infrastructure and energy security. Read More

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AASHTO Video addresses highway and transit bill.

November 29, 2011

"View from the Hill," released by Transportation TV, features House Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman Representative John J. Duncan Jr. responding to questions pertaining to issues such as environmental streamlining, prospects for passage of surface transportation reauthorization bill during 112th Congress, and current state of bipartisanship in Washington. Duncan has been with House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during all 23 years he has served in Congress. Read More

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ANSI Meeting addresses information and communication technologies.

November 29, 2011

On November 7-12, ANSI hosted 26th plenary meeting of ISO and IEC Joint Technical Committee (JTC) 1, Information Technology Standards, in San Diego, CA. Meeting drew 140 representatives from 22 ISO/IEC national member bodies and liaison organizations. ANSI's Frances Schrotter commented how "the committee has made tremendous progress toward a large number of key objectives" under leadership of Karen Higginbottom, who was appointed for second 3-year term as JTC 1 chair at meeting. Read More

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Registration for BIO International Convention now available.

November 29, 2011

Scheduled for June 18-21, 2012 BIO International Convention showcases the many ways in which biotech continues to offer answers and hope for world's most pressing issues. Event will feature more than 125 sessions in 13 breakout tracks as well as more than 1,000 speakers sharing breakthroughs in medicine, diagnostics, the environment, energy production, food, and agriculture. Additional features will include BIO Business Forum and BIO One-on-One Partnering(TM). Read More

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Biotech Leader Testifies on clinical trial bioethical issues.

November 29, 2011

Russell M. Medford, MD, PhD, testified on November 16 to Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on BIO's Principles Regarding Ethical Performance of International Clinical Trials. As co-chair of BIO's Board Standing Committee on Bioethics, Dr. Medford said BIO supports appropriate oversight whether in U.S. or abroad and added that decisions regarding medical products and technologies "must always be made with profound respect for the rights of patients." Read More

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Walker Career Center named exemplary school by SME Education Foundation.

November 29, 2011

Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, IN was named exemplary school by SME Education Foundation. First phase of Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education (PRIME) aims to create strong partnerships between schools, businesses, and organizations. Walker Career Center was selected based on their manufacturing curriculum, skilled and dedicated instructors, engaged and active students, corporate and administrative support from manufacturing community, and involvement of SME members. Read More

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PMA elects P.J. Thompson as 2012 Chairman of the Board.

November 29, 2011

PMA announced that P.J. Thompson, president of Trans-Matic Manufacturing Company, Holland, MI, has been elected 2012 chairman of the PMA board of directors. During his term, Thompson will work with PMA to expand association's educational offerings to include training in business-management fundamentals. He has pledged to focus on providing mid-level managers with training and experiences that will empower them to lead metalforming companies to new competitive heights on global stage. Read More

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ASHRAE Technology Awards highlight outstanding building designs.

November 29, 2011

ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design. Winning projects included Mountain Equipment Co-op, IKEA Brossard Distribution Center, Université de Sherbrooke, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, Thermal Energy Corporation-Thermal Energy Storage, and Arena Marcel Dutil. Designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and IAQ. Read More

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Sustainable Purchasing Webinar highlighted interagency efforts.

November 29, 2011

Led by US EPA's Alison Kinn Bennett and US GSA's Brennan Conaway, ANSI hosted one-hour webinar related to environmentally preferable purchasing. Webinar enabled standards developing organizations, product manufacturers, and others to hear about interagency efforts with regards to developing guidelines for product standards and ecolabels for greening federal procurement. Session included Q-and-A, which included topics from scope of project to its implementation. Read More

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SME Education Foundation partners with Oklahoma school.

November 29, 2011

Francis Tuttle Technology Center, located in Oklahoma City, OK, was selected for first phase of PRIME initiative. As leader for providing exceptional career and technology education to high school students and adults as well as customized training for business and industry, school was selected based on technology-based manufacturing curriculum, instructor skill and dedication, engaged and active students, SME member involvement, and manufacturing community support. Read More

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ISPE announces 2011 award winners.

November 28, 2011

During ISPE's Annual Meeting, Michael A. Arnold, RPh, received Max Seales Yonker Member of the Year Award, honoring the ISPE Member who made the most significant contribution to Society during past year. Shinichi Osada and Jane Brown received Richard B. Purdy Distinguished Achievement Award, honoring ISPE Members who have made significant, long-term contributions to Society. GAMP® Community of Practice was named Committee of the Year and Pfizer was named Company of the Year. Read More

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Manufacturers disappointed with Super Committee failure.

November 28, 2011

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement after Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction announced it could not agree on deficit reduction plan. According to Timmons, Committee's failure to reach agreement is at best a missed opportunity to put the fiscal house in order and represents a serious step back from goal of creating pro-growth environment that fosters job creation and investment. Moving forward, it is imperative that Congress act to stop automatic cuts to defense spending. Read More

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WESTEC Returns to CA with new look and content.

November 28, 2011

With renewed commitment to area industry, WESTEC 2012 will take place in Los Angeles, CA from March 27-29. Biennial manufacturing event, as think tank for leaders from diverse industries, fosters sharing of new ideas, technologies, products, and processes. New Product Presentation Center and Learning Lounges are among the new features and will compliment other show aspects, which include networking events, conference sessions, and Emerging Technology Showcase. Read More

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Monthly Leasing and Finance Index shows increase in Oct.

November 28, 2011

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for October 2011 up 22% from same period in 2010, down 16% from previous month, and up 25% year-to-date. Receivables over 30 days dropped to 2.2%, and charge-offs declined to 0.7%. While number of lease applications approved decreased to 76.3%, 59% of participating organizations reported submitting more transactions for approval. Read More

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ANSI White Paper examines global standardization.

November 28, 2011

ANSI International Policy Committee published white paper titled Key Issues Impacting Global Standardization and Conformance: Today and Tomorrow. According to paper, expansion of global trade is increasingly important to growth of U.S. economy and to continued revitalization of American workforce. Standards play critical role in removing barriers to trade, enforcing free trade agreements, and expanding foreign markets for U.S. products, services, and personnel. Read More

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ANSI Accreditation Committee names new members.

November 28, 2011

ANSI announced appointment of 4 new members - Thomas L. Adams, Benjamin Goldstein, Lisa Lutz, and Jennifer McNelly, - to Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC). In welcoming these "outstanding leaders," ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia noted that "such experienced and strong expert participation...underscores our commitment to offering the most comprehensive personnel certification accreditation process in the United States." Read More

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Proposed ASTM Plastics Standard covers polyurethane gel tests.

November 28, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK34781, Practice for Gel Tests for Polyurethane Non-Foam Formulations, will provide polyurethane raw material suppliers, customers, and developers with practice for setting up gel tests to determine material reactivity. As noted by David Mullen, a member of subcommittee responsible for this standard, "having some idea of the time it takes adhesives to bond and coatings to set helps to determine their suitability for different applications." Read More