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Report Shows North American Robotics Industry up 20% in 2012.

November 5, 2012

According to RIA, North American-based robotics companies reported new orders up 20% in 2012. Total of 16,363 robots, valued at $1.1 billion were ordered in first 9 months, representing increase of 20% in units and 29% in dollars over same period in 2011. Including numbers outside North America, totals are 18,844 robots valued at $1.25 billion. While automotive OEM and component suppliers were largest contributor, other industries include metalworking and life sciences/pharma/biomedical. Read More

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Chrysler Group LLC'S Supercar named VETA winner.

November 5, 2012

For the second year in a row, a vehicle from Chrysler Group LLC has been named Vehicle Engineering Team Award winner by the Automotive Division of SPE, as part of group’s 42nd-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. The winner is the 2013 model year (MY) SRT Viper® supercar from Chrysler Group LLC’s Street and Racing Technology brand. Plastics and composites were key enablers in creating their most outstanding vehicle to date while lowering vehicle mass approximately 100 lb. Read More

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First Publicly Accessible Airbag System wins SPE award.

November 5, 2012

Driver and front passenger airbags on 1974 Oldsmobile® Toronado® luxury 2-door hardtops, produced by then General Motors Corp., are 2012 Hall of Fame winner of SPE's 42nd annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. To be considered for award, automotive-plastic component must have been in continuous service for at least 15 yr. John Calabrese, VP-Global Vehicle Engineering at General Motors, will accept award on November 7, 2012 at Automotive Innovation Awards Gala in Livonia, MI. Read More

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APICS Announces Corporate Awards of Excellence winners for 2012.

October 30, 2012

Caterpillar Inc. and Hewlett-Packard were chosen as 2012 APICS Corporate Awards of Excellence winners. Education Award of Excellence winner Caterpillar Inc. was recognized for its "Integrated Supply Chain Strategy" initiative, which improved expertise in APICS body of knowledge. Innovation Award of Excellence winner Hewlett-Packard was commended for its solution to supply chain challenges that built strong supplier partnerships while reducing costs and maintaining high customer service. Read More

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ASTM Award of Merit has been presented to Wallace Munden.

October 30, 2012

ASTM International Committee C13 on Concrete Pipe presented Award of Merit to Wallace J. Munden. Member of ASTM International and Committee C13 since 1994, Munden works on several C13 subcommittees and was chairman of Subcommittee C13.07 on Acceptance Specifications and Precast Concrete Box Sections from 2002–2010. He was also member-at-large on C13.90 Executive Subcommittee from 2005–2011 and has provided significant technical knowledge in development of several concrete pipe standards. Read More

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NTSB issues safety recommendations A-12-54 through -58.

October 30, 2012

According to NTSB, FAA should inform domestic and foreign manufacturers of airplanes that are certified under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 23 and 25 about circumstances of accident. FAA should also work with Flight Test Safety Committee to develop and issue detailed flight test operating guidance that addresses deficiencies documented in this report, and to develop and issue flight test safety program guidelines based on best practices in aviation safety management. Read More

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence remains steady.

October 30, 2012

According to October 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is 53.3, relatively unchanged from September index of 53.0, reflecting steady industry confidence despite economic, political, and regulatory concerns. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 8.6% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, relatively unchanged from 8.8% in September, and 74.3% believe business conditions will remain the same. Read More

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AASHTO Broadcast looks at USA's transportation investments.

October 30, 2012

AASHTO's Transportation TV today announced its first program of series called Asset Management Now with Matt Hardy. As AASHTO's program director for planning and policy, Hardy will host this monthly show to highlight ways in which state transportation departments and other agencies use asset management to stretch dollars and streamline project delivery. First program will feature interview with AASHTO President and Director of Michigan Department of Transportation Kirk Steudle. Read More