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Wiki Site connects gases and welding industry.

March 1, 2011

Featured in Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, article titled "Establish Yourself As An Expert," shows how GAWDAwiki connects suppliers, distributors, and end-users. With more than 1,600 industry-specific definitions and over 37,000 page views every week, GAWDAwiki is the go-to resource for customers and end-users looking to Internet for reliable information. Terms and descriptions are contributed by distributors and suppliers who know the products and applications best. Read More

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NFMT Conference and Expo scheduled for March 15-17, 2012.

March 1, 2011

National Facilities Management and Technology Conference and Expo will allow users to create their own personalized educational program by choosing from comprehensive curriculum of 120 sessions, including educational sessions on building informational modeling, sustainable facilities management, and whole building design. Event will also include COBie Case Study and Help Desk and vendor session on the Specifications information exchange Product Guide. Read More

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AEM sets 2011 seminar schedule.

March 1, 2011

AEM has set full slate of industry education sessions for 2011 to provide off-road equipment manufacturing professionals with best-practices information and tools to become more efficient and productive. Face-to-face professional-development seminars will examine industry trends in areas such as noise and vibration control, product safety and compliance, product liability, marketing, and customer support. AEM is certified to distribute Continuing Education Credits for educational programming. Read More

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The MHEDA Journal discusses 6 unstoppable economic trends.

March 1, 2011

In First Quarter 2011 issue of The MHEDA Journal, Barry Asmus, senior economist with National Center for Policy Analysis, discusses 6 trends that he sees driving the economic climate in 2011 and beyond. Trends include Poverty Is the Natural Condition, Wealth Creation, Rise of the Indian Ocean, Recessions are Natural, Recoveries Follow Recessions, and Where America? According to Asmus, how the world responds to these trends will determine what the future holds for us all. Read More

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EPA approves new coolant for car air conditioning systems.

March 1, 2011

U.S. EPA has issued final approval for new refrigerant that does not deplete the ozone layer, which helps protect the environment and people's health. When used appropriately, HFO-1234yf can reduce environmental impact of motor vehicle air conditioners and has global warming potential that is 99.7% less than HFC-134a, which is currently used in most car air conditioners. HFO-1234yf may now be used in new cars and light trucks. Read More

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SME/AMTDA Summit to define future of U.S. manufacturing.

February 28, 2011

During imX Summit, taking place Sept 12-14, 2011 in Las Vegas, manufacturing industry will come together as collaborators with common goal and focus of long-term industry viability. Participants will meet to discuss and foster understanding of challenges and opportunities facing their customers and their competition. Learning labs will allow attendees to increase knowledge of new manufacturing technologies and processes through practical, hands-on demonstrations. Read More

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IAQ Ventilation Standard User's Manual has updated spreadsheet.

February 28, 2011

The 62.1 User's Manual provides guidance for using ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. In addition to revised spreadsheet and updates pertaining to new version of standard, guide offers explanatory material, detailed information, figures, and examples to guide users in designing, installing, and operating buildings. Spreadsheet assists in Ventilation Rate Procedure calculations, specifically providing calculations for multiple spaces procedure. Read More

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FAA Announcement details Recovery Act-funded improvements.

February 28, 2011

FAA announced completion of expansion and renovation of passenger terminal at Pitt-Greenville Airport in Greenville, NC. Paid for with $7.9 million from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, project consisted of expanding terminal to 2-story structure that meets current floodplain standards. Additional improvements include departure waiting area for passengers, 2 additional gates, and one security checkpoint. Read More

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RF Smart Meter Safety Study is available from EPRI.

February 28, 2011

EPRI report, An Investigation of Radiofrequency Fields Associated with the Itron Smart Meter 1021126, determines that RF exposure levels from one type of smart meter, even at close range, fall below protective limits set by FCC for general public. For continuously-operating rack of 10 meters, each operating at 250 mW typ, RF power density level 1 ft in front of rack was 8% of FCC limit. At 20 and 50 ft, respective values dropped to 0.18% and 0.11%. Read More

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Machinist Training Institute receives $50,000 from SME.

February 28, 2011

Repeating last year's investment in a program that provides training and education in machining technology, SME Education Foundation provided $50,000 from Gene Haas Machining Technology Scholarship Fund to Focus: HOPE for its Machinist Training Institute (MTI). CEO of Focus: HOPE, William F. Jones, Jr., said that "This additional funding...will allow students to attend our newly-updated machinist training program and train for careers in a wide range of industries." Read More

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BIO urges USTR to preserve IP protection abroad.

February 28, 2011

In comments filed with U.S. Trade Representative on 2011 Special 301 Review, BIO stresses the critical importance of protecting intellectual property abroad. BIO recommends that USTR elevate Thailand to Priority Foreign Country; keep Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Israel, Russia, and Venezuela on Priority Watch List; elevate Philippines to Priority Watch List status; and observe developments in Japan, Taiwan, and European Patent Office to ensure that U.S. IP is properly protected. Read More

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Monthly Lease & Financing Index shows new business up 24% from 2010.

February 28, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, which reports economic activity for equipment finance sector, overall new business volume for January was $4.2 billion, up 24% compared to same period in 2010. Receivables over 30 days increased slightly to 2.8% in January from 2.7% in December, but declined by 35% compared to same period in 2010. Charge-offs declined significantly, falling to 1.0% from 1.4% in December, and also showed improvement over same period in 2010. Read More

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ANSI Course explores American National Standards development.

February 28, 2011

ANSI Course 287, The American Way, will be held March 30, 2011 in NYC and provide in-depth look at U.S. voluntary consensus standardization and ANS development process. Attendees come to understand standard development process and procedures, ANSI accreditation benefits, and flexibility in standards development. Discussions will center on requirements contained in ANSI Essential Requirements, including those related to accreditation, standards approval, and audit requirement. Read More

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International Symposium on Robotics returns to US after 4 years.

February 25, 2011

For first time since 2007, 42nd annual International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) will be held in USA as part of Automate 2011 in Chicago, IL from March 21-24. ISR educates suppliers, users, and researchers on global developments in robotics. Topics will address methods of fixturing for airplane and automotive assembly, autonomous industrial mobile manipulators, real-time image processing of human face identification, and collision-free moving object tracking with active visual servoing. Read More

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Smart Grid Panel agrees on data-exchange standards.

February 25, 2011

Governing board of public-private Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) voted in favor of new standard for 2-way data communications between utilities and their customers. Vote concerned standard for information used to communicate between utilities and customer and method for organizing information. Energy usage data model standard, achieved through completion of Priority Action Plan 10, was developed by North American Energy Standards Board at request of SGIP and NIST. Read More

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NCA and PMMI to bring Confectionery Pavilion to Las Vegas.

February 25, 2011

After selling out inaugural Confectionery Pavilion at PACK EXPO International 2010, show producer PMMI and National Confectioners Association are working together again to bring The Confectionery Pavilion to PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, Sept 26-28. The Pavilion, totaling over 15,000 sq ft, will host range of packaging and processing solutions focused on confectionery industry. PACK EXPO will also include first ever Pharmaceutical Pavilion and RPA's Reusable Packaging Pavilion. Read More

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AAMA recognizes member leadership during awards banquet.

February 25, 2011

During 74th Annual Conference Awards Banquet, AAMA recognized contributions and achievements of its members. Michael Kinard of Kinro Inc. was named Outstanding Member. Distinguished Service Award for Architectural Products Group went to Gantt Miller of Winco Manufacturing. Steve Strawn of JELD-WEN, Inc. received Distinguished Service Award for Residential Products Group and Kathy Krafka-Harkema of Pella Corporation received Marketing Distinguished Service Award. Read More

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PTDA adds Market Forecasts as free member benefit.

February 25, 2011

Issued quarterly to members, PTDA Market Forecast combines 3 targeted economic forecasts into one report. PTDA is working with Alan Beaulieu, president of Institute for Trend Research, to provide 400 distributors and manufacturers of power transmission/motion control products with PTDA Market Forecast, which includes macroeconomic analysis for U.S. and Canada as well as 10 most important North American customer markets served by PTDA members. Read More

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EWI Survey identifies needs among manufacturing sectors.

February 25, 2011

Survey conducted by Edison Welding Institute set out to identify emerging materials joining business challenges and technology needs among several manufacturing sectors. Chris Conrardy, chief technology officer at EWI, detailed results of survey in Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. According to article, "Materials Joining and Technology," increased use of new materials and material combinations was identified to be number one challenge for both automotive and advanced energy sectors. Read More

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The MHEDA Journal spotlights AHS Inc. of Cincinnati.

February 25, 2011

First Quarter 2011 issue of The MHEDA Journal includes article titled "Advancing on Trust and Faith," which spotlights AHS Inc., an engineered systems equipment distributor. In article, co-owner Chuck Frank was interviewed by Jack Phelan, president of TriFactor Distribution Solutions. Phelan spoke with Chuck about growing up in the industry, working in a family business, strategic planning, mission statements, strategic company goals, and surviving a down economy. Read More