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January 2013 MLFI-25 shows increased new business volume.

February 27, 2013

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for January shows overall new business volume at $5.9 billion, up 16% from same period in 2012 and down 49% from December. Receivables over 30 days increased to 1.8% from December's 1.6% but were down from 2012's 1.9%. Charge-offs were 0.3%, down from 0.6% in December. Credit approvals, also down from December by 0.3%, totaled 78.3%, while total equipment finance company headcount was up 0.7% from previous month and 0.6% year over year. Read More

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PMA announces Metalforming Pioneer Award recipients.

February 27, 2013

PMA announced latest recipients of PMA Educational Foundation Metalforming Pioneer Award. Diemasters Manufacturing was recognized for its Diemasters Productivity System and LISSTs Training Series, while Eclipse Manufacturing was selected for its workforce-development efforts and its dedication to lean manufacturing practices. Marlin Steel Wire Products was chosen for its investment in technology and in its people through vigorous training and professional growth to make that technology work. Read More

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Manufacturing Seminars look at safety, compliance programs.

February 27, 2013

Designed by and for manufacturers of agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, and utility equipment, AEM's annual product safety event will help attendees analyze and enhance corporate safety programs to ensure each component remains effective and useful. Product Safety and Compliance Seminar will run May 7–9 with "Juice Up Your Product Safety Program" theme, and co-located AEM Product Liability Seminar on May 10 will provide guidelines for effective product litigation participation. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for February 2013.

February 27, 2013

According to February 2013 PMA Business Conditions Report, 37% of participants predict that economic activity will improve during next 3 months, up from 32% in January, while 55% believe that activity will remain unchanged, and only 8% anticipate decline, down significantly from 18% in January. Metalforming companies also expect incoming orders to strengthen, with 50% forecasting increase in orders, up from 44% in January, and 11% predicting decrease in orders, down from 25% in January. Read More

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A&E Custom Manufacturing receives 2013 Industry Award.

February 27, 2013

A&E Custom Manufacturing Technologies Inc., a sheet metal fabricator based in Kansas City, KS, has received The FABRICATOR®'s Industry Award 2013. Award is bestowed upon individual or company within metalforming and fabricating industry that has improved operations, attained business success, and contributed to both local and industry communities. A&E's success is based in its focus on skilled workforce and its implementation of automation for cost-competitiveness in a worldwide market. Read More

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PMDS 2013 aims to help improve manufacturing operations.

February 27, 2013

Running April 23–24 in downtown Montreal, biennial Plant Management and Design Engineering Show (PMDS) is co-locating with Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMEXPO) and Contract Manufacturing Event (CONTREX) to provide manufacturing companies with opportunities to seek solutions to grow and improve operations. Event will feature ~100 companies who supply or provide services to manufacturing industry, Design Engineering and Plant Management pavilions, and latest solutions. Read More

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Multimedia Resources help SMEs benefit from standards.

February 27, 2013

ISO has launched an array of free online resources designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises benefit from International Standards. Through dedicated SME section of ISO website, a new video, and latest issue of ISO’s monthly magazine focused on the topic, ISO is showing SMEs around the world how to gain the most from standardization. One brochure, 10 Good Things for SMEs, presents testimonials from small-business leaders on how ISO standards have contributed to their success. Read More

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Sensory Evaluation Committee honors B. Thomas Carr.

February 27, 2013

B. Thomas Carr, principal of Carr Consulting, Wilmette, IL, has received David R. Peryam Award from ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products. Award recognizes outstanding professionals in applied sensory science field. A member of ASTM International since 1989, Carr specializes in optimization of the formula, process, and packaging of consumer products and ingredients with special emphasis on how sensory properties of products affect consumer acceptance. Read More