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FPSA announces dates for 2013 and 2015 PROCESS EXPO.

April 25, 2011

FPSA announced that it has reached an agreement with Chicago's Convention and Tourism Bureau that will keep association's trade show, PROCESS EXPO, in Chicago for the foreseeable future. In 2013, show will be held October 14-17, while 2015 show dates will be October 6-9. During biennial tradeshow, qualified buyers representing every market of food industry from more than 75 countries meet face-to-face with suppliers to showcase newest developments in food equipment and technology. Read More

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EPA Labeling Program lists 2,500 environmentally safe products.

April 25, 2011

EPA announced that more than 2,500 products are now authorized under its Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program. DfE labeled products do not contain known chemicals of potential concern, like carcinogenic, reproductive, or developmental toxicants, and have to meet requirements for sustainable packaging and limits on VOCs. EPA also announced that it soon will require manufacturers with products that bear the DfE logo to disclose their ingredients to consumers. Read More

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PACK EXPO Keynote Speaker to be retired General Colin L. Powell.

April 25, 2011

DuPont(TM) will be one title sponsor for Leadership Lecture at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, to be held in Las Vegas, NV from September 26-28, featuring keynote speaker retired General Colin L. Powell. Pedro Fernández, DuPont Packaging's regional director for the Americas, said that Powell's approach to solving big problems reflects DuPont's own beliefs concerning collaborative partnerships and problem resolution. Powell will speak on "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values" on September 27. Read More

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EcoCAR 2 Engineering Competition is launched at SAE World Congress.

April 25, 2011

Established by the DOE and GM, EcoCAR 2 competition challenges 16 North American universities to reduce the environmental impact of vehicles without compromising performance, safety, and consumer acceptability. The 3-year program requires students to explore a variety of powertrain architectures and follow a real-world engineering regimen. Teams will utilize a Chevrolet Malibu, donated by General Motors, as the integration platform for their advanced vehicle design. Read More

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Auto Ice Maker Research exposes energy efficiency possibilities.

April 25, 2011

Authored by NIST mechanical engineer David Yashar and guest researcher Ki-Jung Park, Energy Consumption of Automatic Ice Makers Installed in Domestic Refrigerators, exposes opportunities for efficiency improvements by examining electric heaters used to release ice bits from molds. DOE announced it will increase minimum efficiency standard by 25% over current level, starting in 2014, and intends to incorporate energy used by ice makers into their regulatory test. Read More

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Automate 2011 Attendance was best in 10 years.

April 25, 2011

March 21-24 Automate 2011 Show and Conference in Chicago, IL saw 7,945 confirmed participants, marking its largest audience in over 10 years according to Automation Technologies Council (ATC) President Jeff Burnstein. Participant feedback, as explained by Burnstein, suggested Automate 2011 "successfully hit the target" in reaching both users and potential users in diverse industries interested in robots, machine vision, motion control and related automation technologies and solutions. Read More

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Top 100 Finalists named in Team America Rocketry Challenge.

April 25, 2011

AIA released names of 100 qualifying teams, comprised of middle and high school students from 34 states, that will compete in final round of ninth annual Team America Rocketry Challenge on May 14, 2011. Contest aims to inspire students to pursue education and careers in science, math, and engineering. Each team is tasked with design and building of one rocket that will lift off to exactly 750 ft during 40-45 sec flight carrying raw egg, which must return to ground by parachute, undamaged. Read More

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PMI hosts Spring Conference.

April 25, 2011

From March 27-30, PMI hosted Spring Conference, "Let the Good Times Roll...Again," which captured the idea that as the economy picks up speed, good times will come back to manufacturers. Meeting started with opening keynote by political strategist James "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville. Terry Swack spoke on subject of Life Cycle Assessment, while Pat Cleary gave presentation on crisis communications, and Norbert Gannon of U.S. Department of Commerce presented on anti-dumping issues. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for April 2011.

April 25, 2011

According to April 2011 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate a softening in business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 40% of participants forecast an improvement in economic activity, down from 49% in March, while 15% report that activity will decline, up from 5% in March. Metalforming companies also expect drop in incoming orders, with 20% predicting decrease in orders, up from 10% in March, and 42% predicting increase in orders, down from 52% in March. Read More

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Tooling U Relocates Headquarters to allow for expansion.

April 25, 2011

Tooling U, developer of online manufacturing training, has relocated its headquarters to Tyler Village in Cleveland, OH to accommodate expansion. Located 6 miles from previous office, new headquarters remains accessible for employees while fitting needs of the growing company. This 8,000 ft² site has already enabled Tooling U to add additional writers, support staff, and customer success managers, which led to launch of new composites training curriculum. Read More

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John Spohn has achieved CPIP(TM) certification.

April 22, 2011

Having met all prerequisites, demonstrated professional experience, and passed multifaceted exam on pharmaceutical industry knowledge, John Spohn achieved Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional(TM) (CPIP(TM)) credential. Spohn has nearly 30 years experience in engineering fields related to pharmaceutical industry and has been employed by Castle Hill Technologies for past 10 years. Serving as Manager of Northeast Operations, he works full time as process and automation consultant. Read More

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FMA/CNA Safety Awards Winners have been announced.

April 22, 2011

Safety Award of Honor, for perfect safety records, was given to 7 companies. Safety Award of Merit was presented to 17 companies which posted injury and illness incidence rate better than published BLS rate by 10% or greater as based on NAICS code. Additional recognitions included 2011 Most Improved Safety Record Award for Main Steel Polishing Co., Inc. and 2011 Safety Honorable Mention Award for BTD Manufacturing, Inc.; J L Clark; and Olympic Steel. Read More

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Chilean Food Processors join PROCESS EXPO 2011.

April 22, 2011

FPSA announced that it has reached an agreement with the Chilean Association of Food Companies (Chilealimentos) to participate in PROCESS EXPO 2011, taking place November 1-4. In so doing, Chilealimentos joins Mexican associations CANAINCA, CANILEC, and ComeCarne in supporting the biennial tradeshow and sponsoring the Seminario de Innovaciones, PROCESS EXPO's day-long educational programming in Spanish taking place on October 31, 2011. Read More

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CONEXPO Russia Online Directory promotes global business connections.

April 22, 2011

Available in English and Russian, CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2011 launched online directory of exhibiting companies to help promote their presence in Russian marketplace. Product category listing helps buyers locate required equipment type, while business opportunities section outlines potential transactions - agency relationships, dealer/distributor investment, joint ventures - of interest to exhibitors. Organized by AEM, CONEXPO Russia will take place May 31 through June 4 in Moscow. Read More

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ASTM sponsors workshop on sustainability in textiles.

April 22, 2011

Scheduled for June 15, 2011, Sustainability in Textiles workshop will give participants a better understanding of the definitions for sustainable textiles, existing industry best practices, and the relevance and benefits global standards might have in efforts to improve sustainability. Some topics of interest will include textiles and climate change, need for international standard, current fiber production systems, and goals of Subcommittee D13.40. Read More

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SFI issues open letter on value of forest conservation.

April 22, 2011

The Conservation Chamber of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. Board of Directors has issued an open letter citing the value of SFI programs in conserving North American forests and their ecosystems. In partnership, ANSI accredits certification bodies that audit suppliers of wood products, while SFI chain-of-custody certification tracks fiber content from production and manufacturing to end product, helping to verify company claims regarding how much of product comes from certified lands. Read More

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Foundation announces first hosts incorporating 61b profile.

April 22, 2011

Fieldbus Foundation announced it has registered the first 2 FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus hosts incorporating new, mandatory host profile "61b." Fieldbus hosts supplied by Emerson Process Management and GE Energy passed tests verifying support for NAMUR NE107 field diagnostics, which is now required as part of second phase of host testing and registration. In FOUNDATION fieldbus automation infrastructure, hosts can include configuration tools, recording devices, alarm display panels, HMIs, or combination. Read More

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BIO announces policy panel keynote session.

April 22, 2011

During Keynote Luncheon at 2011 BIO International Convention, Democratic and Republican party leaders and strategists will share their differing perspectives in keynote panel, titled "The Future of Healthcare Reform." Panel will include U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, former Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean, and Republican political strategist Karl Rove who will discuss "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009." Read More

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BIO China Conference Keynote Speaker to be Dr. Jörg Reinhardt.

April 22, 2011

To be held in Shanghai, China from October 12-13, BIO China International Conference will feature keynote address delivered by Bayer HealthCare CEO Dr. Jörg Reinhardt. Executive VP of Emerging Companies and Business Development Alan Eisenberg called Dr. Reinhardt "a highly-respected leader within the pharmaceutical industry and international business" and said his "knowledge and insights on the market in China will be greatly beneficial to attendees." Read More

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Keynote Speakers, Presentations announced for EASTEC 2011.

April 22, 2011

To be held in West Springfield, MA from May 17-19, EASTEC 2011 will feature several keynote speakers. Joe Presing, manager of strategic manufacturing for Pratt and Whitney, along with Paul Faughnan, technology manager and manufacturing engineer, will present "The Trends Driving Jet Engine Manufacturing." Also, Micro Engineering Solutions LLC president and CEO Donna Bibber will present "Advances in Micromanufacturing Technology for the Medical Device Industry." Read More