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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

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ASTM Conference addresses need for high performance textiles.

February 25, 2011

Held in Mumbai, India, international conference on Textiles - Light and Weatherfastness, featured several international speakers who addressed the growing need for technical and high-performance textiles. Primary goal of conference was to create awareness and improve overall understanding in specialized field of textile durability. Key topics included practical experiences, specific test applications, standardization, instrument technology, and history of textile testing. Read More

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World's Farmers favor biotech crop varieties.

February 25, 2011

According to report released by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, growers around the world continue to choose biotech crop varieties because of their contribution to agricultural productivity. ISAAA report, titled Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2010, says a record 15.4 million farmers in 29 countries are growing biotech crops on 366 million acres. Ninety-nine percent of these are resource-poor farmers in developing countries. Read More

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NREL Report Finds gHEVs reduce tailpipe emissions, maintain fuel economy.

February 25, 2011

NREL completed its yearlong technology evaluation of gasoline hybrid electric (gHEV) trucks. Report shows gHEV trucks produced reduced tailpipe emissions during all drive cycles tested in laboratory compared to diesel vehicles. Regarding fuel economy, on drive cycle representing routes with frequent stops and accelerations, gHEV trucks exhibited 20% improvement. On cycles representing routes with fewer stops and accelerations, gHEV trucks demonstrated similar fuel economy to diesels. Read More

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ASTM selected as third party certifier for USDA biobased label.

February 25, 2011

As the selected provider, ASTM International will manage the Certification Program for Biobased Products, which will determine the product and package biobased content for manufacturers and vendors that choose to participate. Products will be tested by outside accredited laboratory according to ASTM standard D6866, Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis. Read More

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ANSI Details Schedule of Events for World Standards Week 2011.

February 25, 2011

ANSI announced its full schedule of events for World Standards Week (WSW) 2011, which will be held October 11-14 for global members of standards and conformity assessment community. Events, which will take place in Washington, DC at Newseum, include meetings of ANSI and European Standards Organizations (ESO); ANSI Company Member, Consumer Interest, and Government/Organizational Member forums; as well as World Standards Day Hill Outreach function. Read More

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SPE Polyolefins Conference to discuss polypropylene innovations.

February 25, 2011

Advances in polypropylene polymerization technology and resin development will be topic of plenary address by Dr. Michel Daumerie of Borealis Polyolefine GmbH at SPE 23rd International Polyolefins Conference. Titled "Value Added Innovation in PP: Satisfying Long Term Need," presentation will outline company's Borstar® polymerization process; 5 PP product groups; developing packaging solutions with polypropylene; and developing ways to advance sustainability in short-lived polymer applications. Read More

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March ANSI Caucus to feature guest speaker Julia Jester, Ph.D.

February 25, 2011

Scheduled for March 4, 2011, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature guest speaker Julia Jester, Ph.D., staff director of the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Dr. Jester will discuss issues relating to standards, technology, competitiveness, and innovation. Prior to joining the subcommittee, Dr. Jester spent 6 years on the personal staff of Congressman Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) focusing on science and energy policy issues. Read More

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Registration is Open for PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011.

February 24, 2011

Registration and housing are open for September 26-28 PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, which will feature near 600,000 ft² of exhibit space and is projected to bring in 1,200+ exhibitors and 25,000 attendees. Those present will be able to see technology in action, meet with suppliers, and engage experts in conversations. Also, 5 pavilions - Pharmaceutical, Processing Zone, Confectionery, Reusable Packaging, and Brand Zone - will provide hubs for processing and packaging solutions providers. Read More

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ASHRAE Online Courses teach high-performance building design.

February 24, 2011

ASHRAE Learning Institute is offering 12 online instructor-led courses from late March through early May. Two courses related to high-performance building design are being offered as part of series. Basics of High Performance Building Design, taking place April 27, focuses on differences in purpose and requirements between Standards 189.1 and 90.1, while Advanced High Performance Building Design, scheduled for May 4, focuses on advanced concepts involved in applying Standards 90.1 and 189.1. Read More

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Clean Air Act Standards established for boilers, incinerators.

February 24, 2011

Addressing boilers and incinerators, US EPA issued final Clean Air Act standards that achieve significant public health protections through reductions in toxic air emissions and cut implementation cost by ~50% compared to previous proposal. EPA estimates for every dollar spent to cut pollutants, including mercury and soot, public will see $10-$24 in health benefits. These standards have come to fruition following September 2009 court order, public input, and multiple revisions. Read More

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Assessment of Business Conditions improve in February.

February 24, 2011

Derived from survey of senior industry executives, Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions climbed to 69.6 in February, up 6 points from 63.6 in January. Index has topped 60 points in each of last 4 months, indicating sustained improvement in economic environment facing broad cross-section of electrical equipment manufacturers. According to index, 70% of survey panelists also expect to see conditions improve during next 6 months. Read More

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EPA's Energy Star Leaders drive greater energy efficiency.

February 24, 2011

EPA recognized 74 leading Energy Star organizations for achievements in energy efficiency across their entire building portfolios in 2010. Through commitment to energy management, organizations together have prevented equivalent of more than 460,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually and saved more than $100 million a year. To be an Energy Star Leader, organization must show 10% improvement in energy performance across building portfolio or perform in top 25% of similar buildings nationwide. Read More

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FMA Seeks Participants for 2011 financial, operational survey.

February 24, 2011

Industry executives are encouraged to participate in 2011 Financial Ratios and Operational Benchmarking Survey, which will provide data for company owners and managers in metal forming and fabricating industry. Results will allow comparisons of liquidity, profitability, asset management, operational benchmarking, value proposition, and marketing effectiveness. Comparisons will be made based upon demographic similarities such as company size, sales volume, and type. Deadline is March 31. Read More

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ASHRAE Winter Conference saw best attendance in 15 years.

February 24, 2011

Held January 29 to February 2 in Las Vegas, 2011 ASHRAE Winter Conference was attended by some 3,400 people, 400 of which were there for first time. Technical program offered near 300 sessions, 20 educational courses, and various social events. Also 600+ meetings of technical, standards, and standing committees took place, developing guidance for future of industry and ASHRAE. Updated energy savings figures for ASHRAE's energy standard were also announced. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for February 2011.

February 23, 2011

According to the February 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate continued improvement in business conditions. Report shows that 51% of participants forecast improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, up from 47% in January, while 61% of participants predict increase in orders, up from 52% in January. In addition, 48% report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, compared to 26% in January. Read More