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Motion Control Market Recovery continues in 2nd quarter 2011.

September 1, 2011

According to MCA statistics, motion control market was slightly down in second quarter 2011 and is largely consistent with measures of manufacturing sector performance for the period. For the market as a whole, orders in second quarter 2011 were up 23.8% year-over-year for all product markets that MCA monitors. When compared to Q1 2011, second quarter market results showed improvement with shipments growing 4.0%. Growth was evident across most product categories. Read More

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European MESA International Conference scheduled for Nov 9-10.

September 1, 2011

The theme of 2011 European MESA International Conference is "Cloudy with a Chance for Profits." During event, industry leaders will share real-world experiences in maximizing returns within their operations. Attendees will have opportunity to learn from their peers how they're managing and solving common challenges, such as obsolescence, aging workforces, regulatory changes, quality, energy management, and the competitive pressures to improve operations and drive profitability. Read More

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Pipe and Tube Conference seeks papers, round table participants.

September 1, 2011

Organizing committee for Pipe and Tube Nashville 2012 is seeking papers and roundtable participants for "Optimizing Operations through Continuous Improvement" conference, taking place June 26-28. For papers, committee is accepting any topic concerning tube or pipe production and fabrication. Roundtable discussion topics are bending; TIG vs. multi-cathode, TIG vs. TIG-plasma, and TIG vs. laser welding; roll tooling design; and methods of inline annealing following tube mill welding. Read More

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EPA announces schedule for dioxin assessment.

August 31, 2011

U.S. EPA announced that it plans to complete the non-cancer portion of its Reanalysis of Key Issues Related to Dioxin Toxicity and Response to NAS Comments, and post the final non-cancer assessment to the Integrated Risk Information System by the end of January 2012. After completing non-cancer portion, EPA will finalize the cancer portion as quickly as possible. Decision to split assessment into 2 portions follows release by Science Advisory Board of its final review report on EPA's Reanalysis. Read More

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Machine Vision Market posts healthy results in second quarter.

August 31, 2011

According to the Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report of the AIA, machine vision sales grew 16% in North America in the second quarter of 2011. Report recorded robust sales across almost all major machine vision supplier markets, including cameras, lighting, optics, software, application-specific machine vision systems, and smart cameras. It also found that machine vision industry continues to expect sales to stay at current levels or to increase in next 6 months. Read More

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NFPA Conference features record-breaking attendance.

August 31, 2011

According to feedback from attendees, highlights of NFPA 2011 Industry and Economic Outlook Conference included diverse speaker and topic content, exposure to future workforce, and multiple networking opportunities. Held August 15-17, event offered presentations on micro and macroeconomic topics, fluid power market forecasts, and interactive Macro-Economic Speaker Forum, which gave members a chance to ask experts questions on their relevant issues. Read More

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NIST exhibits at 2011 National Educator's Workshop.

August 31, 2011

Scheduled for October 16-18, 2011, National Educator's Workshop builds upon 26 years of annual workshops aimed at promoting science, engineering, and technology secondary and postsecondary education. Workshop consists poster and oral presentations; hands-on experiments, demos, and labs for introducing materials concepts into existing courses and curriculum; and networking opportunities with participants from all educational levels. Read More

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Titanium Manufacturing Issues to be explored at conference.

August 31, 2011

TITANIUM 2011, which will be held in San Diego, CA from October 2-5, will feature machining panel speakers addressing whether or not manufacturing technology will keep pace with projected demand, ability of OEM and contract vendors to boost productivity, and inherent challenges of machining titanium as impediment to it achieving wider acceptance in higher-volume applications. ITA members and non-members are invited to register for this upcoming event. Read More

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Guidelines for Handling Water-Damaged Equipment are available from NEMA.

August 30, 2011

To address hazards posed by water-damaged electrical equipment in Hurricane Irene's aftermath, NEMA is offering complimentary copies of Guidelines for Handling Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment to electrical distributors, contractors, inspectors, and residents in water-damaged regions. Document provides advice on safe handling of electrical equipment that has been exposed to water and also outlines which items will require complete replacement and which can be reconditioned. Read More

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NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awards research grant.

August 30, 2011

NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded a major research grant to Dr. Brian Steward and the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. The project entitled Dielectric Spectroscope Sensor Development for Hydraulic Fluid Contaminant Detection, focuses on developing new technology for low-cost, on-board, real-time fluid power sensors. Read More

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SPE Retains Consulting Firm in search for Executive Director.

August 30, 2011

SPE has retained Kellen Company to aid in searching for Executive Director to replace Susan Oderwald, who will be departing at end of 2011. Russell Broome, SPE's 2011-12 President, commented that this partnership will identify candidates who possess experience and expertise needed to lead and grow SPE. Kellen will also consult with SPE on its major strategic initiatives, which include global expansion, technology assessment, and increased member engagement. Read More

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Food Robotics Webinar examines basics.

August 30, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 29 from 12:00-1:00 pm, RIA's Food Robotics webinar examines core issues, including safety and quality control, so that users can understand limitations and opportunities offered by robotics. Free of charge with registration on RIA website, webinar will cover opportunities in robotics for pre-wrap, post-wrap and pre-box, post-box. It will also explain enablers for post-wrap, pre-box packaging, including mechanical methods, vacuum methods, and emerging technologies. Read More

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Chip Sheller named Vice President of Communications.

August 30, 2011

Bringing more than 20 years of experience in the field to the position, Francis X. 'Chip' Sheller was previously Vice President for Communications and Government Relations with Thales USA, Inc. beginning in 2006. Prior to joining Thales, Sheller represented clients including Lockheed Martin Corporation, L-3, and the Nuclear Energy Institute as Senior Vice President at Hill and Knowlton, Inc. Read More

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AIA Welcomes Richard Efford to Legislative Affairs division.

August 30, 2011

AIA has named Richard Efford to the position of Assistant Vice President for Legislative Affairs. For 20+ years, Efford served as professional staffer on U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, "Rich's vast experience in the halls of Congress will be tremendously valuable to our legislative affairs team." Specifically, Blakey mentioned his knowledge of appropriations process. Read More

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US Chief Manufacturing Officer makes first public address at imX.

August 30, 2011

Michael Molnar, the U.S. Department of Commerce Chief Manufacturing Officer, will address manufacturing executives at inaugural imX industry summit and will share information on how individual manufacturers can participate in, as well as benefit from, new national Advanced Manufacturing Partnership launched by President Obama. Speaking on the Partnership, Molnar said it "brings industry, universities, and the federal government together to invest in emerging technologies." Read More

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Material ConneXion® coming to PACK EXPO 2011.

August 29, 2011

Material ConneXion®, a global leader in materials solutions, has joined PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 and will bring its dynamic, interactive materials display to The Brand Zone Sept 26-28. Exhibit will introduce new ideas, showcase emerging trends, and demonstrate essential link between material innovation and design. Its primary focus will be material innovations for the packaging industry, but will also offer ideas for cross-industry pollination by highlighting materials from all areas of design. Read More

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Quality Benchmarks Study focuses on 2010 EMS industry.

August 29, 2011

IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2010 provides information to EMS companies interested in comparing key operating variables by net sales and product type. Based on surveys emailed in March 2011, study covers financial and production data, assembly attributes, yields, defect rates (DPMO), customer returns, supplier performance, customer satisfaction, and certification data. Survey sample includes 29 EMS companies. Read More

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Copper Tubing Workshop looks at alternate design criteria.

August 26, 2011

Workshop on Alternate Design Criteria for Copper Tubing in Refrigeration and Other High Pressure Applications will be held November 2 in Tampa, FL. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, workshop will provide results of research into design criteria for copper tubing used in refrigeration applications given advent of higher pressure refrigerants coming onto market. Online registration opens ~8 weeks before workshop and closes November 9. Read More

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IPC World PCB Production Report shows 19% growth in 2010.

August 26, 2011

According to World PCB Production Report for 2010, worldwide production of PCBs grew by 19% over 2009 to nearly $55 billion. In America, Europe, and Asia, production respectively grew by 6.9%, 14.4%, and 21.1%. Rigid-flex was highest growth category, and metal-core PCBs, while less than 1% of world PCB production, was second fastest growing category. Report also includes special sections on trends in the HDI/microvia and metal-core PCB markets. Read More

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PowderMet2012 Conference seeks technical papers.

August 26, 2011

Program committee for 2012 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials has issued a "Call for Papers and Posters" covering latest developments in powder metallurgy materials, processes, and applications. Several key topics have been identified for in-depth discussion within special interest programs, including spark plasma sintering; delubrication science, problems, and development; magnesium powders and composites; and status of sintering theory as applied to metals. Read More