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Merck's VBF Program of Projects named 2012 Facility of the Year.

November 26, 2012

As accounced by ISPE during Plenary Session at 2012 Annual Meeting, Merck's Vaccine Bulk Manufacturing Facility (VBF) Program of Projects is Overall Winner of 2012 Facility of the Year Awards (FOYA) program. Merck responded to projected production shortfall for Varicella product franchise by delivering Vaccine Bulk Manufacturing Facility (VBF) Program of Projects in Durham, NC. This 214,000 ft² facility doubled output of vaccine used for chicken pox and shingles. Read More

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Aviation Industry and FAA share safety information with NTSB.

November 26, 2012

Department of Transportation’s FAA, airlines, and aviation labor unions announced partnership with NTSB to share summarized safety information that could help prevent accidents. Shared through initiative called the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing Executive Board, information will help NTSB determine if an accident is a unique event or an indication of systemic risks. Under ASIAS, airlines and unions already voluntarily share safety information with FAA to identify trends. Read More

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ICALEO 2012 demonstrates research in laser materials processing.

November 26, 2012

At 31st ICALEO® from September 23-27, 2012, LIA highlighted nanoprocessing solutions and laser components important to green energy. Reinhart Poprawe was presented with 2012 President's plaque, while Isamu Miyamoto won Arthur L. Schawlow Award for work on laser welding and materials processing. Presenters also included Qiying Chen, winner of 1st place poster award, Dongsik Kim, Ville Hautala, Kerstin Kowalick, and Paul Denney. Event featured nearly 500 attendees and over 200 presentations. Read More

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Michigan School excels in manufacturing education.

November 26, 2012

As one of 9 exemplary schools in 8 states, Jackson Area Career Center (JACC) has been selected by SME Education Foundation for its 2013 PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education) program. SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin said JACC is working to develop Michigan's skilled manufacturing labor force and noted its "disciplined manufacturing course of study," business and industry involvement, as well as tech-based summer camps, scholarships, and robotic competitions. Read More

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FABTECH 2012 reflected energized manufacturing industry.

November 26, 2012

FABTECH 2012 saw record high first day attendance, bolstering number of sales, and well-attended education programs and special events.  Show organizers report 25,903 attendees walked 450,000+ net ft² of floor space at Las Vegas Convention Center to see live equipment demonstrations and compare products side-by-side. Held simultaneously with 3-day expo, FABTECH educational conference included sessions on trending topics in manufacturing. Read More

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NASA Technology Showcase lands in Cleveland Nov 28-30.

November 26, 2012

During NASA Technology Days showcase, taking place at the Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center, participants from industry, academia, and U.S. Government will discuss strategy development, partnerships, and methods to foster technology transfer and innovation. Free public event will feature NASA-funded technologies available for transfer to aerospace, advanced-energy, automotive, innovative manufacturing, and human-health industries. Read More

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Vehicle and Engine Importers to pay civil penalty.

November 26, 2012

EPA and Department of Justice announced settlement with Yuan Cheng International Group, Inc. and NST, Inc., which resolves allegations that, from 2006 to 2011, companies imported and introduced into commerce 17,521 recreational vehicles, highway motorcycles, and nonroad spark ignition engines without proper EPA certifications required under Clean Air Act to prevent excess emissions of pollutants. Both companies have ceased importing vehicles and engines and are now dissolved. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices decrease 0.4% in October 2012.

November 26, 2012

According to U.S. Labor Department's producer price index (PPI), USA's construction materials prices fell for first time in 3 months; prices remain 2% higher than one year ago. Nonresidential construction materials prices decreased 0.5% for month, but were 1.8% higher on year-over-year basis. Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu predicted volatile conditions due to U.S. financial market turmoil, instability in Europe, and "the shaky global economy in general." Read More