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Manufacturers encouraged by newly elected Congress.

November 5, 2010

NAM welcomed newly elected members of 112th Congress, many of whom support pro-manufacturing agenda. According to NAM President and CEO John Engler, Congress needs to extend all tax cuts across the board and pass permanent R/D credit to increase innovation, which will immediately create jobs and grow economy. In June 2010, NAM launched "Manufacturing Means Jobs!" campaign and manufacturers call upon new Congress to endorse and publicly support this strategy. Read More

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AIA presents 2010 Worker Safety Excellence Awards.

November 5, 2010

Honeywell Aerospace won in category of Worker Safety Improvement, which is for most improved performance from 2008-2009 in reducing injury and illness rates. United Technologies Corporation was also first-time winner in Aircraft Manufacturing sector, reflecting leadership of its Sikorsky division. Award goes to company in sector that has lowest injury and illness rates as well as exemplary safety programs. Worker Safety Excellence Award in Aerospace Components sector went to Raytheon Company. Read More

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ISPE releases GAMP® Good Practice Guide: Calibration Management.

November 5, 2010

Scheduled for release on Nov 7, 2010, GAMP® Good Practice Guide: Calibration Management, Second Edition has been updated to reflect changing regulatory expectations from USFDA. Guide describes principles of calibration and assists in setting up calibration management system, providing structured approach required to establish formal criticality assessment, management, documentation, and corrective actions vital to regulatory compliance. Read More

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TIA offers members new health insurance option.

November 5, 2010

Tire Industry Association has announced that TIA members are eligible to access HM Care Advantage, a selection of limited-benefit medical plans. With monthly individual premiums as low as $150 (when employer-paid), these indemnity plans are designed to help meet basic health care needs by providing fixed-payment amounts for unlimited physician office visits, insured prescription drugs, inpatient hospitalization, surgery, emergency care, and diagnostic testing. Read More

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Study on Flexible Circuits Industry forecasts growth in 2010.

November 5, 2010

Following decline in North American flexible circuit production of 2.3% in 2009 and 1% decline in North American sales growth, North American flexible circuit industry is predicting 9% sales growth in 2010. Survey-based study titled "Industry Analysis and Forecast for Flexible Circuits in North America" presents data and analysis on trends such as growth estimates and sales history, PCB forecast, number of fabricators, trends in materials, sales by product type, and U.S. imports and exports. Read More

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Laser Hazard Analysis Software verifies safety calculations.

November 5, 2010

The Evaluator, Web-based Laser Safety Hazard Analysis System is based on ANSI Z136.1 American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers. Unit performs repeated calculations of maximum permissible exposure (MPE), optical density, nominal ocular hazard distance, nominal hazard zone, and laser hazard classification. Graphics simulate various laser, eyewear, or barrier combinations, and also illustrate use of eye protection. Advanced, Intermediate, or Basic subscription packages are available. Read More

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GM's Charlie Freese to chair 2011 annual conference and expo.

November 4, 2010

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association has tapped Charlie Freese, General Motor's top fuel cell executive to chair Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy 2011, Feb 13-16, which is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees and 500 companies. Three-day event will provide examples of real-world use of fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies through over 100 keynote and expert speakers, dozens of sessions, 100 booths in the expo, Ride and Drive, and workshops. Read More

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IPC International Technology Roadmap stirs controversy.

November 4, 2010

With several new topics, 2011 IPC International Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections will provide users with revealing data and comparisons that will shake up balance between technologies and reliability. Published biennially, IPC Roadmap serves as guide to interconnect technological trends, providing visualization of imminent, innovative technology. It includes expanded regional analysis and comparison as well as link of emulators to industry standards and specifications. Read More

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ISPE Training Courses to focus on USFDA compliance.

November 4, 2010

ISPE will offer 7 training courses, including Complying with Part 11 - Risk Management: Applying the GAMP® Good Practice Guide: Electronic Records and Signatures Principles, led by Sion Wyn. It focuses on complying with FDA's re-examination of 21 CRF Part 11. Other courses will focus on sustainability within HVAC, and regulatory philosophy in sterile drug manufacturing facilities. Courses will be held at 2010 ISPE Philadelphia Classroom Training event, from December 6-9, 2010. Read More

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NEMA's October EBCI indicates slight decline in business.

November 4, 2010

Data from NEMA's EBCI shows that index for current North American business conditions fell to 48 in October, which indicates more panelists than not report conditions have deteriorated. Better conditions were reported by 4 out of 25 panelists, while 5 out of 25 reported worse conditions, and majority reported conditions were unchanged. EBCI for North American conditions in 6 months climbed to 68, meaning more panelists than not expect business environment to improve. Read More

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EPA recognizes top Green power purchasers.

November 4, 2010

U.S. EPA is releasing list of top 50 organizations using most renewable electricity. The Green Power Partnership's top purchasers use more than 12 billion kWh of green power annually, which is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. Intel Corporation tops list as largest single purchaser of green power, using more than 1.4 billion kWh annually, while Kohl's Department Stores and Whole Foods Market came in second and third. Read More

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SPE Vehicle Engineering Team Award goes to Ford Motor Co.

November 4, 2010

As part of its 40th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, Automotive Division of SPE announced that Ford Motor Company is 2010 winner of group's Vehicle Engineering Team Award for 2011MY Ford® Explorer mid-size SUV. Vehicle makes extensive use of polymeric materials to improve fit and finish, reduce weight, and increase customer comfort and safety, while offering best-in-class fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of mid-size SUVs. Read More

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RIA announces new initiatives.

November 4, 2010

RIA has announced several changes that will have positive impact on association and services it provides to members and industry. Trade association has retooled and reinvented its convention, which will be unveiled with 66th Annual Convention and Exhibition March 7-11, 2011. RIA has also begun work on industry's first major fire damage standard, and has appointed Tim Shaw of Association and Communications Management Group to serve as interim executive director following departure of Don Manger. Read More

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HDI launches certification and training program in India.

November 4, 2010

HDI conducted its inaugural HDI Support Center Director certification and training program in Bangalore, India, in partnership with QAI. Event was attended by 13 senior management professionals from IT service support organizations, banking majors, and technical support organizations. Training reviewed crucial topics like executive leadership, business planning and strategy, support center processes, quality assurance, people management, and organizational development. Read More

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North American Robot Orders increase 34% over 9 months in 2010.

November 4, 2010

Statistics released by RIA show that 9,628 robots valued at $618.4 million were ordered through September by North American manufacturing companies, representing 34% gain in units over same period in 2009. Orders placed by non-automotive customers jumped 53%, with largest growth in semiconductor/electronics/photonics, while orders to automotive-related customers rose 18%. RIA estimates that over 200,000 robots are now at work in U.S. factories, while over one million are being used worldwide. Read More

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Joyce Chiu achieves CPIP(TM) certification.

November 4, 2010

ISPE announced that Joyce Chiu has achieved Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional(TM) credential by ISPE Professional Certification Commission, an independent governing board within ISPE. A member of ISPE since 2007, Chiu has over 20 years experience in technical fields related to chemistry and chemical engineering, including 6 years in life sciences industry. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Babson College. Read More

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North American Robot Orders up 34% in first 9 months of 2010.

November 4, 2010

According to statistics released by RIA, a total of 9,628 robots valued at $618.4 million were ordered through September by North American manufacturing companies. This represents a gain of 34% in units and 45% in dollars over same period in 2009. Companies outside of North America ordered another 1,778 robots valued at $102.6 million from North American-based robotics companies during the period, a gain of 143% in units and 168% in dollars over first 9 months of 2009. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today addresses information technology.

November 4, 2010

Fourth Quarter issue of Welding and Gases Today features article from Tina Estes, a member of GAWDA's Management Information Committee and manager of Information systems for Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative. Titled "Finding the Right IT Solution," article focuses on how information technology is a critical business resource. It poses a few basic questions to readers and offers 5 strategies for picking the perfect IT solution. Read More

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Independent Panels to review data used for FEMA flood maps.

November 4, 2010

FEMA is using independent, third party process to aid in review and resolution of conflicting data related to Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Scientific Resolution Panels will serve as independent scientific bodies to resolve issues when conflicting technical data is presented. Contracted by FEMA, National Institute of Building Sciences will convene SRP by developing pre-qualified list of technical experts whose backgrounds cover fields of surface water hydrology, hydraulics, and coastal engineering. Read More

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ANSI announces ISO Social Responsibility Standard.

November 4, 2010

ISO 26000, Guidance on Social Responsibility, is designed to assist public and private organizations in contributing to sustainable global economy by establishing common guidance on social responsibility concepts, definitions, and methods of evaluation. It integrates international expertise, detailing what social responsibility means, what issues organizations need to address to operate in socially responsible manner, and what best practices are for effectively implementing SR. Read More