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SME Annual Conference focuses on technological innovation.

February 11, 2011

Manufacturing Velocity, 2011 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Annual Conference, is scheduled for June 5-7. SME's Mark C. Tomlinson touted the conference as bringing together "C-level presenters, the year's biggest manufacturing trends and developments, tours at top-line manufacturing facilities, and...like-minded manufacturing professionals." Insights into technologies and processes span scope of manufacturing, with primary focus on changes in manufacturing via innovation. Read More

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National Security Space Strategy stresses need for healthy industrial base.

February 11, 2011

AIA is encouraged that National Security Space Strategy emphasizes need for healthy space industrial base. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, strategy's commitment to maintaining healthy industrial base, including focused science, research, and development efforts and promoting STEM education and professional development is crucial to success in space arena. Securing budgets and funding needed to realize strategy and to deliver vital space capabilities is of utmost importance. Read More

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North American Robotics Companies post best year since 2007.

February 11, 2011

Strong growth in 2010 was reported by North American-based robotics companies, which posted best year since 2007 according to statistics released by RIA. North American robot suppliers reported orders of 13,174 robots valued at $845.6 million from North American-based companies, increases of 39% in units and 49% in dollars. When orders from customers outside North America are included, totals are 15,860 robots valued at $993.2 million for gains of 52% in units and 58% in dollars. Read More

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Efficient Equipment Usage Awards honor ME, WY districts.

February 11, 2011

AEM recognized 2 US conservation districts with awards for efficient equipment use that enhances local conservation efforts. Excellence in Conservation Equipment and Technology Use went to Washakie County Conservation District in Worland, WY, while Defining Conservation Equipment Needs for the Future went to Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District in Dover-Foxcroft, ME. Awards highlight pivotal role of equipment in effective management of America's natural resources. Read More

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Process Defect Clinic is offered to IPC Apex Expo 2011 attendees.

February 11, 2011

Taking place in Las Vegas, NV from April 12-14 of 2011, IPC APEX EXPO will feature free Process Defect Clinic designed to assist event attendees with assembly and soldering process problems, RoHS compliance issues, solderability concerns, field failures, and other process-related issues. Registrants can bring board assemblies for examination or process problems for discussion and walk away with solutions. Awards will be presented to individuals with best questions and defects. Read More

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ASHRAE releases policy recommendations for new Congress.

February 11, 2011

As 112th Congress gets underway, ASHRAE has provided potential roadmap for federal government to use in addressing issues related to energy efficiency and environmental concerns. Titled "Protecting America's Economy and Conserving Our Environment: The Buildings Answer," report covers topics such as Energy Policy and Climate Control, Incentives for Implementing Energy Efficiency, Research and Development to Achieve Energy Goals, Indoor Air Quality, and Education as a Critical Tool. Read More

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Peter Pellerito named interim VP for State Government Relations.

February 11, 2011

BIO announced Peter M. Pellerito has been appointed interim Vice President for State Government Relations and Alliance Development. In addition to having served as consultant to BIO since 1995, Pellerito has written and contributed to numerous bioscience economic policy publications. He has also served as industry member representative of BIO's Federal Government Relations and State Government Relations Committees as well as economic development and university outreach consultant. Read More

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NIBS Applauds Obama for Better Buildings Initiative.

February 11, 2011

According to institute president Henry L. Green, Hon AIA, President Obama's Better Buildings Initiative can "transform our nation's building stock." Green said this proposal builds on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments, establishment of innovation to examine energy efficient building systems/technologies, and Executive Order requiring federal agencies to incorporate high-performance principles. NIBS offers all its capabilities to assist the Administration in its goals. Read More

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FAA Reauthorization critical to civil challenges.

February 11, 2011

According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, Next Generation Air Transportation System is at nexus of accomplishing 2 significant goals facing U.S. civil aviation industry: expanding national airspace system and addressing growing environmental and energy concerns. To establish sound business case for equipping aircraft with upgraded avionics, AIA recommends equipage-funding legislation that encourages private-sector investment capital and government-guaranteed loan arrangements. Read More

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Virginia DOT Secretary urges nation to focus on freight.

February 11, 2011

In Two Minute State DOT Update video, Secretary of Virginia Department of Transportation Sean T. Connaughton, says the time is right for the nation to focus on freight. According to Connaughton, addressing roads, rails, and waterways that connect to ports will relieve congestion, improve productivity, and create jobs. In two minute update, Connaughton also discussed need for greater investment in high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects. Read More

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ASTM Leather Committee approves wet blue/wet white standard.

February 11, 2011

Wet blue and wet white are intermediate products used by tanneries that process natural hides and skins into leather. Natural fats and oils need to be largely removed from wet blue and wet white for leather processing to be done properly, but no standard had previously existed to evaluate effectiveness of such removal. ASTM International Committee D31 on Leather has developed such a standard, ASTM D7674, Test Method for Hexane/Petroleum Ether Extract in Wet Blue and Wet White. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses internal combustion engine packages.

February 11, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee F25.07 on General Requirements, ASTM F2876, Practice for Thermal Rating and Installation of Internal Combustion Engine Packages for Use in Hazardous Locations in Marine Applications will help prevent fire and explosions on decks of tank vessels used to transport hazardous products. Primary users will include engine manufacturers, vessel builders and crew, and third party businesses that design and install engines in potentially hazardous locations. Read More

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TRFA Defoamer Webinar explores theory, type, and case studies.

February 11, 2011

Designed to aid participants in defoamer selection, Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) will hold 1 hr webinar on March 10, 2011 at 11:00 am EST for industry professionals. Presenter Dr. Charles Hegedus of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. will describe fundamental aspects of foam and defoaming as well as various types of defoamers and how they perform. Also up for discussion will be several case studies on foam and defoamers. Read More

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Plenary Session to discuss future of healthcare policy.

February 11, 2011

BIO announced that former Senator John B. Breaux (D-LA) and former Congressman Jim McCrery III (R-LA) will be panelists at 13th Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference. Moderated by BIO President and CEO, and former Congressman, James C. Greenwood, opening plenary session will offer discussion concerning future of healthcare policy under new Congress as interpreted by 3 healthcare policy experts. Panel will address questions concerning repeal efforts, recent court decisions, and implementation. Read More

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Confidentiality Claims Removed for submissions under TSCA.

February 11, 2011

US EPA notified 5 companies that identities of 14 chemicals associated with number of health and safety studies submitted under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and claimed as confidential are not eligible for confidential treatment. This action comes as part Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's continuing efforts towards increasing public access to chemical information and understanding risks posed by chemicals in our environment. Read More

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North Central Chapter Meeting scheduled for March 4.

February 11, 2011

Open to both members and non-members, North Central Chapter Meeting will be held at Donaldson Company in Bloomington, MN. Agenda includes Chapter Meeting, Donaldson plant tour, lunch, and variety of seminars. Broadcast on web as webinar starting at 1:00 PM (central time), seminars will include Introduction to Donaldson and its Filtration Technology, Measurement for Metal Nanoparticle Agglomerates, and Trends and Technology Solutions in Industrial Dust Collection. Read More

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PTDA Task Force approves.Product and Price Format revision.

February 11, 2011

Joint task force of PTDA and Bearing Specialists Association has approved Product & Price Information Format (PPIF) v2.2. Revision adds optional fields where suppliers can insert name of image file and/or URL of file. Effective March 31, 2011, it also adds optional field where supplier can provide harmonized tariff code, up to ten-digit level, from Harmonized Tariff Schedule of United States. PPIF has been used since 1999 and has streamlined process of updating price/product information. Read More

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Powder Metallurgy Conference showcases latest trends, products.

February 10, 2011

Taking place in San Francisco, CA from May 18-21, PowderMet2011 will highlight developments and trends in metal powders as well as powder metallurgy (PM) processes, products, and applications. Program will include 225+ technical presentations by authors from 30+ countries as well as trade exhibition. Other events will include keynote presentation by Afternburner, Inc., overview of annual MPIF State-of-the-Industry Report, and 4 special interest programs. Read More

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Former Senator Byron Dorgan to speak at FC&HE 2011 conference.

February 10, 2011

Former Senator Byron Dorgan says fuel cells and hydrogen are crucial to any clean energy policy and to reducing American dependence on foreign sources of energy today and in the future. On Feb 14, during Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy 2011 Conference, Sen. Dorgan will outline first steps in upcoming battle to ensure that fuel cells and hydrogen energy receive needed attention and funding to continue bringing these crucial technologies to full scale commercialization. Read More

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Electronics and the Environment Symposium offers roadmap to compliance.

February 10, 2011

It's Not Easy Being Green Symposium, taking place May 11-12, 2011 in Boston, MA, will give companies up-to-date information on laws and regulations affecting every aspect of electronics manufacturing supply chain, from Europe and Asia to South America and U.S. Interactive experience will feature discussions with speakers who offer different points of view as well as environmental experts from electronics companies, non-governmental organizations, government, and academia. Read More