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TRFA Webinar to cover surface chemistry and surfactants.

October 18, 2011

Scheduled for Dec 7, 2011, Basic Surface Chemistry and Surfactants for Polymer Systems webinar will discuss principles of surface chemistry and wetting, as well as surfactant additives which can be used to improve wetting and prevent defects. Poor surface wetting and foam generation during manufacturing and/or processing can cause production difficulties as well as defects in final material. These difficulties can be overcome with proper selection and use of surfactant additives. Read More

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Distributor Sales Successes shared in MHEDA Journal Online.

October 18, 2011

In 4th Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal Online, articles focus on achieving sales success in uncertain economy. Success Stories are case studies of unique material handling equipment applications installed by MHEDA members. Issue also features stories on various topics - selling strategies, customer service, Internet sales, marketing, merchandising - to help distributors sell better in current economic climate. Also, one section is devoted to lead-time quagmire. Read More

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Manufacturers' Debate Broadcast will air live on IPTV.

October 18, 2011

NAM-sponsored "A Republican Forum on Manufacturing," scheduled for November 1, will be covered live by Iowa Public Television (IPTV) and made available to other broadcasters for national coverage. Also, statewide network will make forum available for live and archived streaming online. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Tom Hudson, Co-anchor and Managing Editor of Nightly Business Report on PBS, will moderate discussion, which will focus on manufacturing issues. Read More

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SME and Siemens PLM Software fund engineering education.

October 18, 2011

SME Education Foundation and Siemens PLM Software announced an in-kind software grant valued at $538,500 to Academy of Engineering at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, FL. Grant was made through Siemens PLM Software's GO PLM(TM) program, which supports more than 1 million students annually at more than 11,000 global institutions. It includes free center-based training and free upgrades and tech support for 30 seats of Solid Edge® 2D/3D CAD software. Read More

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AEM applauds Congress for approving Free Trade Agreements.

October 18, 2011

AEM and member companies applaud Congress for taking bipartisan action on the Free Trade Agreements for Colombia, Panama, and Korea. The House of Representatives and Senate both voted to approve the measures which will now go to the president for his signature. According to Dennis Slater, President of AEM, these agreements will help level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers, increasing global competitiveness, while helping job growth and overall economy. Read More

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NEMA Raises Concerns about market access barriers.

October 17, 2011

NEMA sent letters to U.S. government interagency committee, chaired by Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), to raise concerns about market access barriers faced by NEMA member companies in foreign countries. NEMA VP for Government Relations Kyle Pitsor brought up issues concerning tariff and non-tariff barriers facing exporters in multiple markets as well as enforcement of trade agreements. Read More

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Motors and Generators Guide is available from NEMA.

October 17, 2011

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard for motors and generators recently received approval from American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Structured to assist users in properly selecting and applying motors and generators, ANSI MG 1-2009 (R2010) Motors and Generators conveys practical information concerning performance, safety, test, construction, and manufacture of AC and DC motors and generators. Read More

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Commerce Dept. Agencies encourage manufacturing growth in 7 states.

October 17, 2011

NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and Economic Development Administration (EDA) are providing funding, leadership, and technical assistance to National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. Latter will be leading invitational policy academy to help 7 states - CO, CT, IL, KS, MA, NY, PA - develop and implement strategies to grow advanced manufacturing industries. Program runs October 6-7, and participating states will receive guidance and technical assistance. Read More

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University of Florida wins Student Packaging Solutions Contest.

October 17, 2011

Students of University of Florida - Gainesville, Justin Simmons, Kent "Max" Kolegue, Colleen Watson, and Natasha Najdovski received first prize in PMMI U Student Packaging Solutions Contest, sponsored by B&R Industrial Automation Corp. First-place team shares $4,000 in scholarship funds while second- and third-place teams, from California Polytechnic Institute and Purdue University at Calumet, respectively, receive $2,000 scholarship for second place and $1,000 for third place. Read More

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Automatic ID Industry honors excellence at 2011 AIM Expo.

October 17, 2011

AIM awarded its highest honor, the Richard R. Dilling Award, to Ed Barkan for contributions to AIDC industry during his 30+ year career. Paula Giovannetti received Don Percival Award for contributions to application of auto ID and mobility technologies, while Dr. Marlin Mickle received Ted Williams Award for contributions to development of auto ID and mobility industry. In recognition of his insights and analysis, Michael Liard received 2011 Excellence in Journalism Award. Read More

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SME Calls for Abstracts for RAPID, 3D IMAGING conferences.

October 17, 2011

SME is calling for presentation abstracts for RAPID 2012 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition, which will be held in Atlanta, GA from May 22-25, 2012. Events will reveal, for presentation and discussion, latest developments, trends, and techniques specific to additive manufacturing and 3D imaging. SME's Business Development Manager Gary Mikola said "Submission for presentations and case studies at all levels are welcome." Deadline to submit abstracts is October 28, 2011. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers guided wave testing of steel pipework.

October 17, 2011

ASTM E2775, Practice for Guided Wave Testing of Above Ground Steel Pipework Using Piezoelectric Effect Transduction, is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E07.10 on Specialized NDT Methods, part of ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. Guided wave testing is among the most difficult forms of nondestructive tests and its success can be dependent on test operator. ASTM E2775 helps overcome obstacles by addressing fundamental elements of guided wave testing. Read More

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USA, Canada, Mexico aim to strengthen consumer product safety.

October 14, 2011

On September 26-27, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) hosted Health Canada and Consumer Protection Federal Agency of the United Mexican States (Profeco) for consumer product safety summit aimed at strengthening consumer protections across North America. In recognition of increasing volume and complexity of global trade, agencies issued joint statement promoting greater cooperation and intent to explore opportunities for further collaboration with regard to 6 specific areas. Read More

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Braking Technology Book provides measuring/testing guide.

October 13, 2011

"Brake NVH: Testing and Measurements," authored by Dr. James K. Thompson, covers current trends and developments in brake engineering. Specifically, book provides readers with fundamental understanding of current practices for measuring and testing brake noise, vibration, and harshness. From coverage of basic definitions and concepts to in-depth analysis of on-road testing procedures, material serves as reference guide for those who work on making brakes more efficient and reliable. Read More

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ANSI Accredits Blue C, LLC under ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program.

October 13, 2011

Blue C, LLC's HVACR 4-Year Apprenticeship Program has been accredited under ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). In response, ANSI VP of accreditation services Lane Hallenbeck commended Blue C on behalf of ANSI for "demonstrating their commitment to the continual improvement of their certificate programs." He continued, "Blue C now has a concrete way to show...that its certificates represent the best in quality education and training." Read More

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ANSI and China Quality Certification Centre hosted 2 events.

October 13, 2011

In September, ANSI partnered with China Quality Certification Centre on 2 events geared toward helping companies understand certification requirements for products in China. First event, a briefing held for ANSI Manufacturer Member Roundtable, included presentations from CQC experts on certification programs related to government procurement and incentive programs. ANSI also welcomed experts and officials from CQC and CNCA for training seminar on updates to China Compulsory Certification regime. Read More

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Plans for IMTS 2012 are fully underway.

October 13, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 10-15, 2012, International Manufacturing Technology Show will have a theme of "Be There" and is a call to action for more than 82,000 industrial decision makers from more than 106 countries to get ideas and find answers to manufacturing problems and challenges and to stay ahead of the competition. In addition to 10 different pavilions, event will include Emerging Technology Center, IMTS 2012 Conference, Advanced Manufacturing Center, and NIMS Student Summit. Read More

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Manufacturers urge Congress to halt harmful regulations.

October 13, 2011

Recently, 307 manufacturers and business groups joined NAM in asking congressional leaders to support the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011. This bipartisan legislation addresses EPA's Boiler MACT rules, which will have a negative impact on the economy and jobs. Studies estimate that implementation of the final Boiler MACT rules would cost more than $14 billion in capital for the manufacturing sector to install new devices on boilers, hurting investment and job creation. Read More

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CSBA Announces Board Leadership for 2011-2012 term.

October 13, 2011

As announced by BIO, Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), autonomous council of state-based biotechnology associations, has selected its 2011-2012 Executive Committee and Board of Directors. Peter Pellerito of BIO said, "We are very pleased to have these distinguished state trade association leaders from across the nation working with BIO on vital economic development and regulatory matters facing our industry." Read More

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NAM Responds to Report by Jobs and Competitivenss Council.

October 13, 2011

Responding to White House Jobs and Competitiveness Council's interim report, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called recommended strategies "shifts in policy that will move us forward and lead to economic growth." Timmons specifically cited skills gap recognition; infrastructure upgrades and modernization; and regulatory reform that eliminates unnecessary delays, duplication, or complexity. Report outlined 5 initiatives to create jobs and stabilize U.S. economy. Read More