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NAM Official approves of OSHA withdrawal of MSD proposal.

February 1, 2011

NAM VP of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger said manufacturers are pleased with OSHA's temporary withdrawal of its proposed additional reporting column for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on employer injury and illness logs. "With the unemployment rate still unacceptably high, we urge OSHA to continue to demonstrate that it is curbing the unnecessary regulations that are holding back job growth by permanently withdrawing this ill-conceived proposed rule," Trauger added. Read More

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ODVA to form special interest group for rail transport.

February 1, 2011

ODVA announced that it will form special interest group (SIG) to evolve ODVA technologies for rail transport, including on-board train controls, monitoring, signaling, and demand-response. Expected to encompass EtherNet/IP compliant products, resulting standards will guide development of automated, interoperable information and communication technologies in rail transport. SIG is expected to hold its initial meeting in Q1 2011, with ODVA members attending from Europe, Asia, and Americas. Read More

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AASHTO supports Obama's vision for transportation investment.

February 1, 2011

AASHTO commends President Obama's State of the Union address for supporting jobs and the economy through greater investment in transportation infrastructure. According to John Horsley, executive director of AASHTO, the President understands that America needs a sustainable federal transportation program that helps state departments of transportation modernize and maintain our nation's transportation systems, and creates jobs during a critical moment in our nation's economic recovery. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation pleased with EDDL updates in IEC standard.

February 1, 2011

Fieldbus Foundation announced it welcomes enhancements to Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL), which gives users access to diagnostic, real-time, and asset management information in industrial field instruments. Updates to EDDL include support for modular devices, offline configuration, and Unicode character sets. It also supports display of device diagnostics and setup information on single page and enables display of illustrations based on chosen language. Read More

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LIA to hold Lasers for Manufacturing event.

February 1, 2011

LIA will hold inaugural Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) on September 27 and 28 in Chicago. Event will provide basic training on lasers and systems, courses on laser processes, including welding and laser additive manufacturing, videos on laser processing, and examples of parts made by lasers. It will also feature 10, 15, and 20 min presentations by exhibitors in theater directly on show floor. Exhibits will be complemented by expertise available on LIA laser insights webpage. Read More

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NAM Official responds to State-of-the-Union address.

February 1, 2011

In response to State of the Union address, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said President Obama's comments on increasing exports, opening new markets, and passing pending free trade agreements are important to achieving job creation, economic growth, and competitiveness. Timmons also said manufacturers have outlined ideas in NAM's Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America, and added that NAM will encourage Administration and Congress to enact proposals in strategy. Read More

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SPE ANTEC® 2011 to feature forum of industry experts.

February 1, 2011

The Fundamentals and Fellows Forum at this year's Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC® conference will explore topics of critical importance to plastics industry professionals. Among the presentations are "Opportunities and Challenges in Biobased and Biodegradable Plastics," "Commercial Trends in Polymer Additives and Modifiers," and "Rheology Tools To Advance Material Development and Processing." Conference will take place May 1-5 in Boston, MA. Read More

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India Construction Machinery Expo to be held in February 2011.

February 1, 2011

BAUMA CONEXPO SHOW in India (bC India) will feature 508 exhibitors from over 30 countries that will showcase latest products and innovations in machinery and equipment for construction, mining, and building materials. Event will include nearly 88,000 m² of exhibition space, with 70% of registered exhibitors headquartered outside of India. It will be held between February 8-11, 2011 in Mumbai, India, with Indian Minister of Urban Development, Kamal Nath, as opening speaker. Read More

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CODiE Award Winners for digital content categories are announced.

February 1, 2011

CODiE(TM) Awards were presented at a dinner held in conjunction with 2011 SIIA Information Industry Summit in New York. For first time, 2 best overall awards were presented to companies that scored highest among winners in product categories. NewsDesk 4 won for Best Information Solution, while Pitchbook won Best Vertical Market Business Content Solution. SIIA President Ken Wasch noted diverse range of companies represented among winners. Read More

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AIM Board elects new Chairs for RFID/symbology committees.

February 1, 2011

Board of Directors of AIM announced election of George Wright IV, of Product Identification and Processing Systems, as chair of Technical Symbology Committee, which focuses on symbology design as well as printing and decoding algorithms. Wright is also active member of AIM's ADC1 TAG standards committee. Elected as Chair of RFID Experts Group (REG), Dr. Patrick King of Michelin has served as vice chair of REG for past year and was 2006 AIM Percival Award recipient. Read More

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ACGIH Industrial Ventilation Committee to hold 2 courses in April.

February 1, 2011

Scheduled for April 11-13, Fundamentals in Industrial Ventilation will cover topics such as behavior of air and chemical contaminants in air, industrial process exhaust systems, make-up and supply air ventilation systems, and dilution ventilation systems. Practical Applications of Useful Equations, scheduled for April 14-15, will cover calculation and estimation approaches related to airborne contaminants, TLV® and TWA, and OA for dilution, fans, system testing, radiation, ventilation, etc. Read More

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ACGIH Webinar to address Lean Six Sigma initiative.

February 1, 2011

Scheduled for March 1, 2011, Incorporating Lean Six Sigma into Occupational Health and Safety webinar will help identify applicability to Health and Safety topics and environments based on audience input. Attendees will obtain understanding of Lean Thinking and Six Sigma as separate initiatives, discover how Lean and Six Sigma work together seamlessly, understand how Lean Six Sigma supports and/or supplements current improvement initiatives, and learn DMAIC problem solving methodology. Read More

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Engineering Plastics Conference explores roles in automotive design.

February 1, 2011

Sixth-annual Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference and Exhibition, AutoEPCON 2011, will be held April 26 in Troy, MI. Organized by Detroit Section and Automotive Division of SPE, event highlights advances in materials, design, processing, and automotive use of engineering plastics. Attendees can attend technical presentations, keynote addresses, and exhibits as well as networking reception. Planning committee is also seeking presentations, abstracts for which are due by March 1. Read More

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HVAC/R Industry Achievements recognized by ASHRAE.

February 1, 2011

At its 2011 Winter Conference held January 29 through February 2, 36 people will be recognized by ASHRAE for contributions to the Society and building industry. Specific honors include F. Paul Anderson Award, 50-Year Member Award, and ASHRAE Technology Awards. In addition to elevation of 13 members to Fellow ASHRAE membership grade, awards were offered for ASHRAE Student Design Project Competition. John F. James International Award and E.K. Campbell Award winners were also named. Read More

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EPA Listening Sessions will help update pollution standards.

February 1, 2011

Open to the public, 5 listening sessions will be held to help EPA update Clean Air Act pollution standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from fossil fuel power plants and petroleum refineries. Each listening session is scheduled to last 2 hr and will feature round table discussion among stakeholder representatives who have been identified and selected for their expertise in Clean Air Act standard-setting process. Sessions are scheduled for February 4/15/17/23 and March 4. Read More

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Ron Bloom named as Special Assistant to President for Manufacturing Policy.

February 1, 2011

Tasked with overseeing manufacturing policy, Ron Bloom has been named Special Assistant to President for Manufacturing Policy within White House's National Economic Council. AMT President Douglas K. Woods expressed optimism that this helps in establishing national manufacturing strategy. Specifically, Woods said he is "hopeful this is recognition from the administration that job creation and competitiveness depend on a national agenda that emphasizes the importance of manufacturing." Read More

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AMT applauds creation of post overseeing manufacturing policy.

February 1, 2011

Ron Bloom was named Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy within the White House's National Economic Council. Bloom has been the administration's auto czar since 2009 and has overseen the auto industry restructuring. According to AMT's President Douglas K. Woods, AMT stands ready to work with Mr. Bloom on a national manufacturing strategy that ensures American companies have the foundation and the tools they need to be top competitors around the world. Read More

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Technology Awards highlight outstanding building projects.

February 1, 2011

ASHRAE Technology Awards go to innovative HVAC/R designs that provide energy savings, cost effectiveness, and enhanced indoor air/environmental quality through application of new design concepts, new technologies, or by applying existing technologies with innovative approaches. Recognized at Society's 2011 Winter Conference in Las Vegas, recipients of the ASHRAE Technology Awards included designers of systems for a university building, synagogue, hospital, and commercial building. Read More

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O.E. Meyer Co. remains strong in challenging times.

February 1, 2011

Gases and welding distributor O.E. Meyer Co. is the focus of the latest member profile in the Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. Since its founding in 1918, O.E. Meyer Co. has remained strong in the face of several major changes. The company went from welding shop to full-service welding and medical equipment distributorship and has transitioned from family to employee ownership. It has tripled in size over last 20 years with no mergers or acquisitions. Read More

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Young Executives talk material handling.

February 1, 2011

The MHEDA Journal Online has introduced a Web-only feature called "The MHEDA Young Executives e-Dialogue," which offers forum for some of industry's freshest voices to be heard. For this feature, The MHEDA Journal Online has enlisted 3 Young Executives from MHEDA distributor member companies to blog about their experiences as up-and-coming members of the material handling industry. They will be sharing their trials and triumphs as they learn material handling industry's many nuances. Read More