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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 will be largest show to date.

September 7, 2011

According to PMMI, PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 is growing and poised to break all show records with less than one month until doors open. Taking place September 26-28, event will occupy 650,000+ net ft² and feature ~1,600 exhibitors. Charles D. Yuska, PMMI President/CEO, said show floor has been expanded "several times" since sales opened to accommodate exhibit space demand. Also, Yuska said expansion is estimated at 20% or more over last fall's predictions for space and exhibitors. Read More

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty for use of unqualified mechanic.

September 6, 2011

FAA is proposing $298,500 civil penalty against Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. (CCIA) of Orlando, FL for allegedly operating 8 Boeing 727 aircraft when they were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations. Specifically, FAA alleges CCIA permitted unqualified mechanic to perform certain aircraft inspections and to sign airworthiness releases on company's aircraft. CCIA has 30 days from receipt of FAA's enforcement letter to respond. Read More

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NREL Data Set Shows Effects of Clouds on solar power generation.

September 6, 2011

National Renewable Energy Laboratory has produced and made available a data set that shows what happens, second-by-second, when clouds pass over solar power installation. Seventeen measurement stations near Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport collected data at 1 sec intervals over course of one year. By understanding such characteristics, utility officials can devise strategies to better manage fluctuations so that the grid is not adversely impacted. Read More

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Action on Highway Bill called critical to American jobs.

September 6, 2011

Responding to President Obama's highway bill comments, AEM President Dennis Slater called infrastructure investment "a critical job creator." He noted that projects require long-term planning and that extending clean highway bill benefits America's equipment manufacturers, contractors, and U.S. economy. "Failure to extend the highway bill," according to Slater, "would further endanger the already tenuous economic recovery America's manufacturers are working so hard to strengthen." Read More

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Next BSA Brief of the Month focuses on Green contributions.

September 6, 2011

Educational Services Committee of BSA selected "The Best Kept Secret in 'Green' Technology" as next publication in series of Bearing Briefs of the Month. Developed by BSA's Educational Services Committee and originally released in 2009, document details ways in which bearings contribute to greener planet. This brief points out that bearing industry, through its constant product development efforts, is making most of existing machines while reducing their impact on environment. Read More

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College Football Fans compete to protect the environment.

September 6, 2011

This fall, colleges across the country will compete to see which schools can reduce, reuse, and recycle the most waste as part of EPA's 2011 Game Day Challenge. Any college or university in the U.S. with a football team can compete. Challenge is for schools to design a waste reduction plan for one 2011 regular season home football game and measure results. Schools can collect common materials for recycling including paper, beverage containers, cardboard, and food to be donated and composted. Read More

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North American Business Conditions Index rebounds in August.

September 6, 2011

Climbing to 41.4, up 9.4 points from its July reading, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions gained ground in August, but remained below levels suggestive of industry-wide expansion for third straight month. August's EBCI for future North American conditions slipped from a month earlier, dropping to 55.2 from 64 in July, but continued to point toward better conditions over the next 6 months. Read More

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BIO says synthetic biology should be supported.

September 6, 2011

BIO announced publication of the Policy Forum article "Synthetic Biology: Regulating Industry Uses of New Biotechnologies" in Science magazine. According to author Brent Erickson, synthetic biology holds the potential to significantly speed development of biotech solutions for clean energy and chemical production. Regulatory oversight of this emerging field should foster and promote innovation, establishing only as much regulation as is necessary to ensure public safety and benefits. Read More

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ISPE announces Q4 2011 global training event schedule.

September 6, 2011

ISPE announced that it will offer 6 training events throughout the fourth quarter of 2011. Events will collectively contain 19 instructor-led courses on wide variety of topics vital to the pharmaceutical industry, including cGMPs, GAMP®, commissioning and qualification, biopharmaceuticals, critical HVAC and water utilities, OSD, PAT, project management, and sterile products. Read More

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BIO supports timely reauthorization of PDUFA.

September 6, 2011

According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO supports the Prescription Drug User Fee Act V recommendations as published by the U.S. FDA. Recommendations will enhance the drug development and review process through increased transparency and scientific dialogue, advance regulatory science, and strengthen post-market surveillance. Most importantly, PDUFA V will provide patients and doctors with earlier access to breakthrough therapies. Read More

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Midwest Soldering Competition scheduled for Sep. 21-22.

September 6, 2011

Held in conjunction with IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition, First Annual IPC Midwest Soldering Competition will determine the Best Hand-Soldering Technician in the Midwest for 2011. Event will pit competitors against each other to build a functional electronics assembly within 30-minute time limit. Twenty-one competitors from 15 companies have answered the call for the challenge leaving only 3 slots open for additional participants. Read More

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Energy Star available for new multifamily high-rise buildings.

September 2, 2011

To qualify for Energy Star, new or substantially rehabilitated multifamily high-rise buildings must meet energy-efficiency guidelines set by EPA and be at least 15% more energy-efficient than buildings that meet ASHRAE energy use standard. Qualified buildings feature combination of energy-efficient improvements including effective insulation systems, properly sized heating/cooling equipment, tight construction and ducts, Energy Star qualified lighting and appliances, and high-performance windows. Read More

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FAA Approves Production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

September 2, 2011

At Boeing's Everett, WA facility, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt presented Boeing executives with 2 certificates for design and production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce engines. Type Certificate is for FAA's approval of said airplane's design, while Production Certificate lets Boeing manufacture 787 following FAA inspector-based review of Boeing's quality system, production tooling, manufacturing processes and controls, inspection methods, and supplier control procedures. Read More

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FAA Seeks Civil Penalty against Ameriflight, LLC.

September 2, 2011

Civil penalty of $262,000 is being proposed by FAA against Ameriflight, LLC of Burbank, CA. Allegedly, Ameriflight conducted Department of Transportation's required pre-employment drug tests but did not wait to receive verified negative drug test results before hiring 14 people to perform safety-sensitive flight crew or maintenance duties. FAA also alleges Ameriflight failed to administer periodic alcohol tests to 11 randomly selected individuals as required. Read More

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Hurricane Response Tips are offered by surviving businesses.

September 2, 2011

Appearing in Welding and Gases Today Online, "Six Lessons From Hurricane Katrina" revisits GAWDA distributors who were hit hardest by storms of 2005 to relay lessons they learned in their aftermaths. Topics address companies facing problems such as population shifts due to evacuee relocation, inventory damaged by flooding, and possibility of such disasters happening again. Specific examples include distributors facing water- and communications-related challenges. Read More

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U.S. Construction Machinery Exports are up 48% at mid-year 2011.

September 2, 2011

U.S. exports of construction equipment continued to grow in 2011 and ended first half of year up by 48% compared to January-June of 2010. According to AEM, total construction machinery exports at midyear were $11 billion. Specific increases include exports of U.S.-made construction machinery to South America by 51% and to Central America by 24%. Report also included information on export increases to Asia, Australia/Oceania, and Africa. Read More

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IPC invites poster abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO.

September 2, 2011

IPC invites industry leaders to submit abstracts for poster presentations at IPC APEX EXPO(TM), which will take place Feb 28 to March 1, 2012, at the San Diego Convention Center. Technical poster presentations are being sought on all relevant electronics topics including design, materials, assembly, processes, and equipment. Submissions in the areas of printed electronics, packaging and components, surface finishes, reliability, and lead-free assembly are especially encouraged. Read More

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FABTECH Speaker Examines Reshoring as means to more jobs.

September 2, 2011

Harry Moser, Reshoring Initiative founder, will discuss how bringing manufacturing back to U.S. would have a more positive impact on unemployment than anything in Federal Government's 2012 Budget Plan. Specifically, he says it could lower national unemployment rate from 9% to 4%. Moser will lead a session explaining true costs of offshoring and value of reshoring. Attendees will receive free copy of Reshoring Initiative's proprietary Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Estimator(TM). Read More

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Manufacturers Pledge to Increase Internships to train students.

September 2, 2011

President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, in partnership with NAM and other business groups, announced that nearly 50 businesses have pledged to double or increase number of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) internships available to students. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called this increase "critical to economic growth and job creation." NAM and the Manufacturing Institute have continually advocated STEM programs and training to build skilled workforce. Read More

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NGA Policy Academy to help states grow manufacturing industries.

September 2, 2011

National Governors Association Center for Best Practices released Request for Proposals to states to participate in a Policy Academy on "Making" our Future: Encouraging Growth Opportunities in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment. Academy is designed to assist states in developing and implementing economic development strategies aimed at spurring innovation and entrepreneurship in ways that encourage the growth of advanced manufacturing industries. Read More