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Fluid Power Industry Forum to be offered at IFPE 2011.

February 8, 2011

Held in Las Vegas, NV from March 22-26, IFPE 2011 focuses on integration of fluid power with other technologies for power transmission and motion control. It provides platform for interaction between engineers in fluid power and its key end-use markets. As gathering place for NFPA members and other IFPE attendees, NFPA booth will host small, informal meetings with industry colleagues and customers. Also, reception will be held at NFPA booth S14129 on March 23 immediately after show. Read More

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NEMA addresses court ruling on power transmission corridors.

February 8, 2011

NEMA expressed disappointment when U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit overturned DOE efforts to establish two National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors. NEMA's Evan R. Gaddis said ruling delays timely development of reliable electric grid in mid-Atlantic region and southern California. "The current process for siting interstate transmission lines is too slow and too costly to the public," stated Gaddis, who also said lines are needed to deliver power from renewable energy sources. Read More

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BIO supports passage of Patent Reform Act of 2011.

February 8, 2011

BIO commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing The Patent Reform Act of 2011, which will enhance quality and efficiency, objectivity, predictability, and transparency of patent system. BIO appreciates the continued dedication of Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA), and bill's other cosponsors for their efforts to craft bipartisan, consensus-oriented patent reform legislation that was approved by Committee without a single opposition vote. Read More

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FABTECH shifts show dates to November 14-17.

February 8, 2011

Originally scheduled to begin on Sunday, FABTECH 2011 will now open on Monday, Nov. 14 and run through Thursday, Nov. 17. Change is due to an increase in exhibitor participation and demand for larger booth spaces. In addition, exhibitors are making plans to display highly automated machinery on show floor, and the new dates will provide an additional move-in day. Event is expected to draw 30,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibiting companies covering more than 450,000 net ft² of floor space. Read More

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IPC Winter Webinar Series offers employee training.

February 8, 2011

Bringing IPC technical information to large number of employees at one time, Winter Webinar Series focuses on technical challenges facing electronics manufacturing industry, including lead-free reliability issues, high voltage PCB design, package on package assemblies, thermal cycle testing, and barrel failures. In addition to technical webinars, 30-min webinars covering the findings of the latest IPC market studies and statistical programs will be presented. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute updates viscosity correction standard.

February 8, 2011

The Hydraulic Institute has updated 2004 edition of ANSI/HI standard on viscosity correction and published the Effects of Liquid Viscosity on Rotodynamic Pump Performance ANSI/HI 9.6.7-2010. Standard includes refined mathematics for better results throughout, editorial changes for easier reading, and increased educational content. Figures showing characteristics when pumping viscous liquids have been clarified, and upper limit of flow range has been increased to 410 m³/h (1800 gpm). Read More

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SAE and IGI Global enter strategic publishing partnership.

February 8, 2011

SAE International has agreed to strategic partnership with IGI Global that will enable organization to sell selected IGI Global eBooks. Agreement is part of SAE International's Content Partnership Program, which seeks to expand SAE's publishing program. "This agreement helps to broaden the scope of relevant information regarding connectivity, communications, and electronics available to engineering professionals, on SAE's website," said Kevin Jost of SAE. Read More

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Mexican Food Processors commit to Process Expo 2011.

February 8, 2011

According to FPSA, agreement has been reached with Mexican National Chamber of Food Processors (CANAINCA) to support Process Expo 2011. CANAINCA will continue its tradition, established over previous 15 years, of promoting biennial tradeshow to its member companies. It will bring delegation to Chicago and help develop educational programming for fruit and vegetable track of Seminario de Innovaciones, which will take place on October 31, 2011. Read More

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Mexican Dairy Processors announce support of Process Expo.

February 8, 2011

Food Processing Suppliers Association announced that is has reached an agreement with the Mexican National Dairy Processors Association (CANILEC) to support PROCESS EXPO 2011. Not only will CANILEC promote the biennial tradeshow to its member companies, but it will also sponsor dairy track of the Seminario de Innovaciones, PROCESS EXPO's day-long educational programming in Spanish taking place on October 31, 2011. Read More

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2011 BIO International Convention to feature Tony Blair.

February 7, 2011

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will participate in keynote presentation at 2011 BIO International Convention, which takes place June 27-30 in Washington, DC. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, "Mr. Blair's vast experience as a global leader will provide our audience with helpful and inspirational insights." This hosted event, "Interview with Tony Blair," will occur during keynote luncheon on June 28, 2011. Read More

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BIO applauds USDA decision to deregulate biotech alfalfa.

February 7, 2011

U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will fully deregulate variety of biotech alfalfa (Roundup Ready alfalfa), which is genetically engineered to tolerate the herbicide glyophosate. This decision comes after a comprehensive environmental impact statement conducted by USDA analyzed the potential environmental impact of RR alfalfa, and concluded that it is safe and does not represent a plant pest risk. Read More

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PCB, EMS Management Meetings to precede IPC APEX EXPO.

February 7, 2011

Taking place before 2011 IPC APEX EXPO(TM), senior-level executives of PCB and EMS companies will meet to discuss current industry challenges. PCB Executive Management Meeting and EMS Management Council Meeting, to be held April 11, are full-day events that offer opportunities for executives to hear from industry experts as well as network with peers, suppliers, and customers. Both meetings will conclude with VIP networking dinner featuring Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as guest. Read More

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Funding by SME Education Foundation promotes job growth.

February 7, 2011

Funding provided by SME Education Foundation supports Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs that prepare young people for technically skilled jobs in sustainable careers. According to Kauffman Foundation study, top-performing 1% of firms are generating ~40% of all new jobs in any given year. SME Education Foundation accelerated its efforts through relationships with this 1% to deliver STEM-based programs and expand job growth. Read More

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EPA Program fosters sustainable community goals realization.

February 7, 2011

Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program aims to help interested communities adopt sustainable planning methods to help safeguard environment and spur economic development. Interested communities are invited to apply to receive technical assistance during day-long session about achieving sustainable planning goals. During this session, each community will select specific sustainability tool to focus on and also learn about general smart growth development strategies. Read More

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BSA reports record attendance at 2011 Winter Meeting.

February 4, 2011

BSA held its 2011 Winter Meeting from January 16-18 at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. Event included full agenda of committee meetings as well as presentation by John Dunlop, Senior Project Engineer with American Wind Energy Association, who discussed role of bearing products in wind energy. Also, BSA's Information Technology and Supply Chain Committee viewed presentation on Apple in Your Business, by Matthew Bookspan of BlackTip IT Services. Read More

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NIST seeks guidance on disaster and failure studies.

February 4, 2011

NIST is seeking nominations of individuals for appointment to National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee, which advises director of NIST on matters related to agency's work studying performance of structures and associated evacuation and emergency response procedures during disaster or failure events. NIST has established a Disaster and Failure Studies Program, which will be responsible for leading and coordinating future disaster and failure studies under authorities of NCST Act. Read More

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USDA Loan Guarantees help bioindustry overcome financing hurdles.

February 4, 2011

BIO thanked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for his leadership on biofuels commercialization as well as for announcing the funding of new biorefinery projects under 2008 Farm Bill's Biorefinery Assistance Program (Section 9003) and funding to recipients in 33 states to support production and use of advanced biofuels. Such programs, said BIO's Brent Erickson, will help give investors required certainty to back technology pioneers in building biorefineries. Read More

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NTSB makes safety recommendations to FAA.

February 4, 2011

FAA should require Cessna Aircraft Company and other manufacturers whose restraint system designs permit an occupant to use inactive airbag restraint system not intended for use in his or her seat to modify restraint system designs to eliminate that possibility. FAA should also revise guidance and certification standards concerning restraint systems to prevent misuse scenarios, and require retrofitting of shoulder harnesses on general aviation airplanes that are not equipped with such restraints. Read More

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BIO Convention Media Registration is now available online.

February 4, 2011

Scheduled for June 27-30, 2011 BIO International Convention is expected to draw more than 15,000 industry leaders from 48 states and 60 countries. Event will feature more than 125 sessions in 16 tracks and will host more than 1,700 exhibitors. New tracks for 2011 will include Achieving Regulatory Approval and Compliance, Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals, Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine, Global Innovations and Markets, Health Policy and Reimbursement, and Manufacturing of Biologics and Drugs. Read More

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NBT announces 2011 national manufacturing camp grant winners.

February 4, 2011

Nine grants of $2,500 each were awarded by Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs® to community and technical colleges that offer day camp experiences that introduce young people ages 12-18 to careers in manufacturing and engineering. According to Gerald Shankel, President and CEO of FMA and NBT, the purpose of the manufacturing camp grants is to provide a positive, hands-on experience so young people will consider manufacturing as a career option. Read More