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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

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RIDOT Director discusses transportation project funding methods.

April 20, 2011

Two-Minute State DOT Update Video features Michael Lewis, director of Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and chairman of AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction. He discuses steps Rhode Island is taking to fund essential transportation projects during lean economic times as well as what else must be done. Other talking points include steps being taken to ensure investments made by RIDOT are used efficiently and effectively. Read More

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IPC Elects Four Members to its Board of Directors.

April 20, 2011

IPC Board of Directors Nominating and Governance Committee presented one candidate for re-election and 3 new candidates for election at IPC Annual Meeting. All 4 candidates were elected as board directors and will serve 4-year terms, spanning April 2011 through April 2015. Board directors are Shane Whiteside, COO of TTM Technologies; Bhawnesh Mathur, CEO of Epic Technologies; Ray Sharpe, CEO of Isola S.a.r.l; and Mark Wolfe, VP of quality supply management for Phoenix International Corp. Read More

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NREL Partnership helps consumers find vehicle charging stations.

April 20, 2011

NREL, Google Inc., and more than 80 leading organizations in electric vehicle deployment will collaborate to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the locations of electric vehicle charging stations. The partnership, GeoEVSE Forum, links Google's mapping technologies with industry leaders that are installing charging stations in communities across nation. Data generated through partnership will be housed on DOE's online Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center. Read More

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Biennial HOUSTEX Expo showcases technological innovation.

April 20, 2011

Taking place April 18-20, HOUSTEX Advanced Manufacturing Expo showcases advanced machines, tools, production systems, and innovations. It attracts manufacturing professionals in established as well as emerging industries, exposing attendees to information and technologies that help cut costs, work lean, promote quality, and boost customer satisfaction. Expo will feature keynote presentation by David Lee, PhD as well as Show Floor Technology Insight Sessions with 20+ topics. Read More

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ANSI releases updated agenda for Joint Member Forum.

April 20, 2011

Scheduled for April 20, 2011, Joint Member Forum meeting will feature guest speaker Deborah Wince-Smith, president and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness. Ms. Wince-Smith will provide keynote address on "21st Century Manufacturing for an Innovation Economy," which will examine how, through innovation, the U.S. can maintain a high-income economy against rising competitive capabilities worldwide. Also, Bryan Seal of OSHA will provide an update on OSHA's Injury and Illness Prevention Program. Read More

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World Standards Week 2011 has sponsorship opportunities available.

April 20, 2011

Sponsorship opportunities are available for World Standards Week (WSW) 2011, which will be held October 11-14 in Washington, DC. By sponsoring WSW, organizations will gain exposure to U.S.- and European-based executives from range of industries, organizations, and government agencies. Benefits, depending on sponsorship level, include complimentary admission to WSW events, distribution of promotional material to attendees, color print and web advertising, and premiere signage. Read More

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ASHRAE Conference is themed Sustainability Knows No Borders.

April 20, 2011

Focused on Sustainability Knows No Borders theme, 2011 ASHRAE Annual Conference will feature keynote speaker Rob Waldman, technical tours, as well as instructor-led training opportunities. Conference Technical Program, beginning June 26 and ending June 29, will feature Engineering Tools track, which seeks to keep up with development in energy modeling and building information modeling programs. Additional tracks include Refrigeration, HVAC Systems, Professional Skills, and Commissioning. Read More

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FAA announces changes to controller scheduling.

April 20, 2011

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced changes to air traffic controller scheduling practices that will allow controllers more time to rest between shifts. Controllers will have a minimum of 9 hours off between shifts and will no longer be able to swap shifts unless they have at least 9 hours off between last shift. Additionally, controllers will no longer be able to switch to an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off. Read More