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PMMI and Koelnmesse GmbH partner to build trade show resources.

May 17, 2011

PMMI and Koelnmesse GmbH, producer of Anuga FoodTec, announced partnership to provide resources to attendees at PACK EXPO, from September 26-28, 2011 in Las Vegas, and Anuga FoodTec 2012, from March 27-30, 2012 in Cologne, Germany. At PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, Anuga FoodTec will help packaging and processing suppliers seeking to expand into European market. PMMI will sponsor North American Packaging Pavilion at Anuga FoodTec 2012 to help Anuga expand presence in packaging sector. Read More

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PTDA Leadership Conference draws 40 future industry leaders.

May 17, 2011

Fifth annual PTDA Leadership Development Conference brought together industry expert Joe Ellers and 40 future leaders of power transmission/motion control industry. March 2011 event was divided into 5 sessions covering leadership skills, distributor manufacturing relationships, sales strategies, managing sales margins, and wrap-up of topics discussed. Program was also designed to build participant's networks and featured group dinner with PTDA's volunteer leadership. Read More

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Roadway and Area Solar Lighting Standard is published by NEMA.

May 17, 2011

NEMA has published ANSI C136.40-2011 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment-Solar Lighting Systems. Produced by ANSI Committee 136 for Roadway and Area Lighting, standard defines requirements for specification and installation of DC solar-powered lighting systems. It also covers topics such as light source requirements, batteries, internal labeling, and power controls. Standard joins more than 30 other standards covering roadway and area lighting topics. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices rise 1.4% in April.

May 17, 2011

In what appears to be an ongoing trend, cost of construction materials prices increased by 1.4% in April, according to May 12 Department of Labor's Producer Price Index report. Prices are now 7.1% higher from the same time last year. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, the growth in materials prices has been outstripping the improvement in construction activity, which implies further downward pressure on industry profit margins. Read More

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SPE to Host pinfa's North American counterpart.

May 16, 2011

SPE and member companies of pinfa (Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association) agreed that SPE will host pinfa in North America. Under terms disclosed, SPE will host North American counterpart to European-based pinfa at Cefic. SPE will provide services to help pinfa North America establish membership and activities in U.S., Canada, and Mexico as well as host its North American corporate office. pinfa North America is focused on information and technology exchange. Read More

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AAMA Southeast Region Meeting features hurricane testing.

May 16, 2011

AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting featured tour of the Institute for Business and Home Safety testing facility that simulates hurricane conditions. Representatives from IBHS offered information on the validation work that involves flow stimulation development and testing of a replica of the Texas Tech experimental building. IBHS conducts scientific research with goal of influencing residential and commercial structural design to reduce and prevent building damage due to natural disasters. Read More

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NIST Physicists demonstrate super-stable laser.

May 16, 2011

Physicists at NIST have designed and demonstrated a super-stable laser operating in a cramped, vibrating location - a minivan. Scientists evaluated infrared fiber laser's performance with vehicle stationary, with motor alternately off and idling, and with vehicle moving over uneven ground at speeds of less than 1 m/sec. Experiment shows how advanced lasers for atomic clocks can be made both stable and transportable enough for field use, such as geodesy and hydrology applications. Read More

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NIST/JILA Physicist elected to National Academy of Sciences.

May 16, 2011

Physicist Jun Ye, a Fellow of both NIST and JILA, is known internationally for 3 areas of research involving interaction of matter and light. His experimental atomic clock based on strontium atoms is one of a number of candidate systems under development as potential next-generation time standard. Ye also contributes to development and application of optical frequency combs. Most recently, Ye and colleague Deborah Jin created new area of research on behavior and chemistry of ultracold modules. Read More

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ODVA selects organization leadership for 2011-2012.

May 16, 2011

Directors constituting ODVA's Board as it enters its 15th term include Cyril Perducat of Schneider Electric, Frank Kulaszewicz of Rockwell Automation, Michael Höing of Weidmüller Interface, Chet Namboodri of Cisco Systems, Ryuji Yamasaki of Omron, and Bernd-Josef Schäfer of Bosch Rexroth. Board has re-appointed director Cyril Perducat to serve as ODVA's president, director Frank Kulaszewicz as treasurer, Richard Harwell as CTO, and senior staff member Katherine Voss as executive director. Read More

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ASTM Standards to cover work related injuries and illness.

May 16, 2011

Subcommittee E34.55 on Occupational Safety and Health Performance Improvement will develop standards that will measure work-related injury and illness performance. Initial proposed standard, ASTM WK33270, Guide for Recording Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, will define work-related injuries and illnesses in a way that can be easily understood across countries, that are related to safety management systems, and that can be used to evaluate and compare safety programs. Read More

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Manufacturers Support Legislation against counterfeiting, piracy.

May 16, 2011

NAM Director of Technology Policy Brian Raymond's, making statement on introduction of bipartisan PROTECT IP Act in Senate, said that this legislation "fights ... criminal activity and job loss by arming the government with tools to disrupt the sale of stolen intellectual property (IP) on rogue websites." Raymond further noted how manufacturing sectors depend on Internet and that "Unscrupulous actors online are threatening the growth of these businesses and the jobs they create." Read More

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Italian Trade Commission selects students for international engineering program.

May 16, 2011

Italian Trade Commission awarded 8 U.S. college students, winners of Fourth Annual Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA), a 2-week trip to Italy from July 4-16. Students will visit top machine tool companies and participate in international engineering program. Competition asks upper-level students attending North American universities to write thesis on relative innovation taking place in mechanical engineering related industries and issues they face. Read More

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AIA, CSI, and NIBS release updated National CAD Standard®.

May 16, 2011

Available online, NCS v5 combines NIBS's Foreword, Administration, and Plotting Guidelines modules; AIA's CAD Layer Guidelines module; and CSI's Uniform Drawing System modules. Standard helps architects, constructors, and operators coordinate efforts by classifying electronic design data consistently. It improves communication among owners and project teams and reduces expense of transferring building data from design applications to facility management applications. Read More

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BSA Annual Distributor Survey reveals strong market gains.

May 16, 2011

During BSA 45th Annual Convention, Carl James of BDI-Canada reported results of BSA 2011 Distributor Survey. In 2010, aggregate sales volume for participating distributors was $2,250,000,000, an increase of 17.2% over 2009 volume of $1,920,000,000. Estimates are that 2011 will continue this trend with gain of 7.8%. Also, in 2010, survey respondents reported the aggregate number of employees had grown to 17,000, an increase of 1.8% over 2009. Read More

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Plants can use biological photosynthesis to produce energy.

May 16, 2011

U.S. Department of Energy workshop that drew collection of 18 scientists to compare efficiency of plants and photovoltaic solar cells led to important scholarly article in Journal of Science, titled "Comparing Photosynthetic and Photovoltaic Efficiencies and Recognizing the Potential for Improvement." Article combines lessons learned from evolutionary photobiology and modern solar cells to make the case for a potentially huge boost in efficiency of solar production of biofuels. Read More

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BSA elects 2011-2012 officers and directors.

May 16, 2011

At its 2011 Annual Convention, BSA elected James Webster, DXP Enterprises for President; Linda Miller, Bearings and Drives, Inc. for First Vice President; Jack Simpson, Applied Industrial Technologies as Second Vice President; Brian Negri, Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc. for Treasurer; and Ellen Holladay, Motion Industries, Inc. as Chairman of the Board. In addition, Jim Scardina, Bearing Headquarters, and John Ruth, BDI were elected to serve as directors for 3 year terms expiring in 2014. Read More

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I Make America Supporter speaks about U.S. manufacturing jobs.

May 16, 2011

Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs program, testified before Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's hearing on "Manufacturing Our Way to a Stronger Economy" in support of U.S. manufacturing jobs and AEM's I Make America campaign. In his testimony, Rowe described his experiences working with manufacturers and skilled laborers across America, his personal initiatives in support of job creation, as well as importance of paved roads and reliable bridges. Read More

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Green Building Standard Addenda to reduce heat island effect.

May 16, 2011

Five proposed addenda to Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, are open for public comment. Developed by ASHRAE in conjunction with Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and U.S. Green Building Council, standard provides green building foundation for those who design, build, and operate green buildings. Addendums aim to appease requirements for heat reduction and subsequent energy use. Read More

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NAM makes comments before Senate Finance Committee.

May 16, 2011

According to statement submitted before Senate Finance Committee hearing on Oil and Gas Tax Incentives and Rising Energy Prices, NAM is extremely concerned with proposals under consideration in Congress that would increase taxes for energy companies and discourage needed investment in energy infrastructure and supply. In particular, NAM strongly opposes proposal that would increase taxes on oil and gas companies by making them ineligible for Sec. 199 deduction for domestic manufacturing activity. Read More

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AASHTO announces update of Transportation TV website.

May 16, 2011

AASHTO has unveiled an updated Transportation TV website offering viewers a new platform to access more than 100 original video on variety of subjects. Transportation TV's mission is to tell America's transportation story by giving AASHTO and its member state transportation departments the ability to communicate directly with public, news media, and decision-makers on Capitol Hill and across the nation. In minutes, viewers get a week's worth of transportation news. Read More