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Social Networking Sites boost distributors' bottom lines.

June 1, 2011

Social Media Drives Sales, include in 2nd Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal Online, examines how social networking sites contribute to material handling distributors' bottom lines. While companies across all industries spend money in hopes of convincing customers to buy their product, distributors in this article utilize social networking sites as free sources of advertising and marketing. They specifically discuss sales made through sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Read More

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Extrusion, Drawing, and Tube Reducing Roundtable is open for registration.

June 1, 2011

The Tube and Pipe Association's Extrusion, Drawing, and Tube Reducing Council will host 2011 roundtable event titled "Linking Safety to Productivity with Pipe and Tube" on Sept 18-20. Three roundtables will focus on casting and extrusion, cold drawing, and pilger mill/tube reducing, respectively. Attendees may also tour Global Nuclear Fuel's FCO in Wilmington, and participate in various group discussions, such as Safety and Your Process, Product Defect Solutions, and Tooling Control. Read More

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National Tribal Toxics Committee addresses region-specific risks.

June 1, 2011

US EPA has established National Tribal Toxics Committee (NTTC), which gives Native American Indian Tribes greater input on issues related to chemical safety, toxic chemicals, and pollution prevention. Due to hold its first meeting June 1-2, NTTC will help EPA tailor and address issues such as preventing poisoning from lead-based paint, expanding pollution prevention and safer chemical initiatives, and evaluating chemical exposures that may be unique to tribes. Read More

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Golf Tournament gets support from PGA veteran Curtis Strange.

May 31, 2011

PGA Champions Tour golfer Curtis Strange, sponsored by Kodak, will take part in 2011 PMMI Education and Training Foundation Golf Tournament, which will be held in conjunction with PACK EXPO Las Vegas. This year's tournament will provide backing for student scholarships and continuing education for PMMI member company employees. Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PACK EXPO, expressed gratitude towards Kodak for its contribution and said Curtis Strange "will definitely be a draw." Read More

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Critical Minerals Policy and Research Bill welcomed by NEMA.

May 31, 2011

Introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011 aims to jump-start federal policy and research related to availability of specific raw materials - 17 rare earth elements, yttrium, scandium, cobalt, lithium, thorium, and helium - critical to U.S. manufacturing, economic competitiveness, and security. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said that this bipartisan bill "brings greater urgency and coordination at federal level." Read More

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AEM Urges Congress to responsibly rebuild infrastructure.

May 31, 2011

In meeting with Senators at US Capitol, AEM President Dennis Slater called on Congress to rebuild America's infrastructure and actively pursue innovative approaches to finance such critical investment without increasing deficit. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Mark Begich organized this meeting to let Senators and leaders from business, labor, and state government strategize about how to work together to advance infrastructure investment legislation in Congress this year. Read More

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ASABE adopts 4 ISO milking machine standards.

May 31, 2011

ASABE has nationally adopted, with deviations, 4 international milking machine standards. They include ANSI/ASABE AD3918:2007, Milking machine installations -Vocabulary; ANSI/ASABE AD6690:2007, Milking machine installations - Mechanical tests; ANSI/ASABE AD5707:2007, Milking machine installations - Construction and performance; and ANSI/ASABE AD20966:2007, Automatic milking installations - Requirements and testing. Deviations recognize areas in which US practices differ from those described by ISO. Read More

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North American Business Conditions Advance while gains slow.

May 27, 2011

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions topped 50 point mark for seventh consecutive month in May. While this signals continued business environment improvement, EBCI has slipped over last few months. Index measured 52.3 in May, which is down from 57.1 in April and year-to-date high of 69.6 in February. EBCI for future North American conditions also dipped in May, declining to 81.8 from 85.7. Read More

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Mortars and Grouts Committee presents Award of Merit.

May 27, 2011

ASTM International Committee C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry recognized Margaret Thomson, Ph.D. with ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Cited reasons for this honor included Thomson's leadership and commitment to standards development for said committee, especially concerning historic mortars. In addition to being C12 member-at-large, Thomson also serves as vice chairman of Committee C07 on Lime and chairman of Subcommittee C07.06 on Physical Tests. Read More

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SIA and AIA welcome proposed satellite export control amendment.

May 27, 2011

More than a decade ago, Congress passed legislation that required all commercial satellites, satellite components, associated technical data, and related ground equipment to be treated as "munitions" for export licensing purposes. SIA and AIA welcome a proposed amendment to H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, that would authorize the president to remove satellites and related components from U.S. Munitions List. Read More

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Ventilation Software evaluates natural cooling options for buildings.

May 27, 2011

With NIST's free Climate Suitability Tool, designers of ventilation systems for "green" commercial buildings can evaluate whether local climate is suitable for cooling prospective building with natural ventilation or if it requires hybrid system that supplies supplemental cooling capacity. Program incorporates algorithm that crunches hourly weather data, downloaded from annual datasets for U.S. localities, and uses standardized criteria for rating comfort of building occupants. Read More

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SPE issues call for papers for ANTEC® 2012.

May 27, 2011

SPE is accepting abstract and paper submissions for SPE-ANTECĀ® 2012 Conference, which will co-locate with SPI's NPE2012 from April 2-4, 2012. Plastics industry professionals who submit papers have choice between technical or commercial tracks. Technical track includes traditional ANTECĀ® papers, which address new technologies and techniques currently in development in the plastics industry. Commercial track is for papers that address commercial applications of these technologies and techniques. Read More

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CTT-CONEXPO Market-Trends Meeting open to all attendees.

May 27, 2011

Attendees of CTT-CONEXPO Russia 2011 exhibition are invited to a special meeting of the Construction Equipment Committee of the Association of European Business in the Russian Federation during the show. Scheduled for June 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, AEB event will feature presentations on construction machinery market analysis, machine types and uses, specification and technical requirements, and customs issues. Read More

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Building Institute urges Congress to prioritize building industry concerns.

May 27, 2011

Representing collective vision of leading organizations from across the building community, NIBS Consultative Council report identifies 5 primary areas of concern regarding the nation's building and infrastructure, and provides recommendations for action. Topics include defining high-performance and common metrics, energy and water efficiency, codes and standards adoption and enforcement, sustainability, and education and training. Read More

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Job Opportunities at Dow linked to robotics.

May 27, 2011

Dow Chemical of Midland, MI has embraced robotics and automation in the making of new solar panel roof shingles, and the company now employs people who lost their jobs when the automotive sector downsized. That is part of the story depicted in a May 11, 2011 CBS report, titled "Dow Chemical's solar-powered jobs plan." RIA member, JR Automation, installed some of the robot work cells seen in the news footage and now employs 14 LSSU graduates working in robotics. Read More

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Test Standard focuses on lighting control/switching devices.

May 26, 2011

NEMA 410-2011, Performance Testing for Lighting Controls and Switching Devices with Electronic Drivers and Discharge Ballasts, provides guidance for design and testing of lighting controls and switching devices to be used with electronic drivers, discharge ballasts, and self-ballasted lamps. Used to help establish and verify compatibility, standard has been expanded to encompass additional types of lighting technology as well as numerous figures and test circuit diagrams and designs. Read More

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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for April.

May 26, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for April was $5.1 billion, up 11% compared to same period in 2010. Compared against March volume, April volume decreased 18%. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 3.3% in April from 3.5% in March, and declined by 9% compared to same period in 2010. Charge-offs also decreased, from 1.3 % in March to 0.8 % in April. New credit application approvals increased slightly to 76% in April from revised 75% in March. Read More

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Steel Tube Institute launches certification program.

May 26, 2011

With completion and distribution of its structural steel tubing Certified Producer Program Procedural Guide, STINA announced its official launch of industry-wide Hollow Structural Section (HSS) product certification program. STINA Certified Producer Program provides assurance that HSS, identified via awarded Certified Producer's Mark, has been manufactured by producers who meet nationally recognized manufacturing standards and passed program's audits and product testing. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed common elements of ISO MSS.

May 26, 2011

ISO Technical Management Board Joint Technical Coordination Group has released a report containing recommendations for common elements to be included across all ISO management systems standards. These elements include high-level structure, identical clause titles, consistent text and terms, and standard definitions. As the U.S. member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on the recommendations by Friday, June 24, 2011. Read More

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Manufacturing Employees awarded scholarships to university.

May 26, 2011

Partnering with University of Phoenix (UoP), The Manufacturing Institute (TMI) awarded one full-tuition undergraduate or master's degree scholarship at UoP for each of 20 qualified individuals. Scholarship, offered to those already employed in manufacturing, lets workers pursue education needed to advance their skills in 21st century manufacturing workplace. "Manufacturers' ability to compete globally depends on an educated and skilled workforce," said TMI president Emily DeRocco. Read More