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Eurotec Conference to be co-located with Spain's Equiplast show.

November 23, 2010

SPE reached agreement with trade show organizer Fira de Barcelona to co-locate first SPE EUROTEC(TM) plastics technical conference with Equiplast exposition in Barcelona, Spain. EUROTEC will now take place on November 14-15 in 2011, the first 2 days of 5-day Equiplast show, at Barcelona's Gran Via Exhibition Center. As broad-based, high-quality technical conference, EUROTEC will offer several hundred original, peer-reviewed presentations on developments in plastics technology. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for November.

November 23, 2010

According to November 2010 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies anticipate virtually unchanged business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 20% of participant forecast improvement in economic activity, while 57% predict activity will remain unchanged, and 23% report that activity will decline. Additionally, percentage of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff dipped to 15% in November from 17% in October. Read More

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Manufacturing Poll reports that business is better in 2010.

November 22, 2010

According to FMA poll of factory executives, supervisors, and engineers, manufacturing sector is on its way to economic recovery. More than 72% of manufacturers surveyed at FABTECH trade show reported business is either much better or somewhat better in 2010 when compared to 2009. Another 18% said business was neither better nor worse and only 10% said it was worse. Nearly half of respondents said their companies added permanent full-time staff in 2010 and another 30% hired temporary workers. Read More

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FAA proposes requiring pilot certificates to include photos.

November 19, 2010

Under FAA proposal, pilots would obtain new certificates on which their photograph would appear with proposed expiration date of 8 years. At the end of that time period, pilots would need to update their photo and obtain new certificate. If finalized, resulting regulation will fulfill provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, which requires FAA to issue plastic, tamper-resistant pilot certificates with photos. Read More

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IPC Training and Certification Programs updated for standard revisions.

November 19, 2010

IPC has released training and certification programs for revision E of IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronics Assemblies, and J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies. Each standard supports related training and certification course for trainers and for application specialists, leading to certified IPC trainer and certified IPC application specialist credentials respectively. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation names new members to Board of Directors.

November 19, 2010

Fieldbus Foundation has announced that Dr. Gunther Kegel, President of Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH, has been elected chairman of foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Kegel replaces John Berra of Emerson Process Management, who is retiring after serving 16 years in his foundation leadership post. Other executives named to board include Daniel Huber of ABB, Takuji Hosoya of Azbil, Peter Zornio of Emerson Process Management, and Ralph Carter of Rockwell Automation. Read More

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IREC Webinar addresses solar energy workforce development.

November 19, 2010

Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Workforce Development Webinar will be held December 2 at 2pm EST and last for 1 hr 15 min. There is no fee, but registration is required. As the solar industry grows, workforce development is dynamic field, and this webinar will examine trends and resources. Presenters Andrea Luecke, Joe Sarubbi, and Pat Fox will respectively address National Solar Jobs Census, Training Trends, as well as Credentialing Training Programs and IREC Resources. Read More

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NEMA-Published Brochure details incandescent bulb phase-out.

November 18, 2010

Lighting Options for Your Home summarizes 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which mandates reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and explains how changeover from incandescent lamps will help accomplish sustainability goals. Beginning in 2012 (one year later in California) and ending in 2014, traditional 100, 75, 60, and 40 W incandescents will be phased out. Lighting options - halogen, compact fluorescent, LED - are explained in detail. Read More

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Accreditation Workshops through 2011 are open for registration.

November 18, 2010

Held in Washington, DC, ANSI accreditation workshops through 2011 are led by nationally recognized experts. Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop explains international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons. Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop introduces American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs as well as ANSI-CAP. Combination course is also available. Read More

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PTDA presents Warren Pike Award to Penny Omnès.

November 18, 2010

PTDA has named Penny Omnès, director, BCB Corporation Services, Ltd. the 21st recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control industry. Omnès began volunteering with PTDA in 1993, serving on the Marketing Committee, and then went on to chair the Industry Relations Committee in 1996. Omnès joined the Board of Directors the following year and became association's first and, to date, only female president in 2000. Read More

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Rotary Pump Test Standard updated by Hydraulic Institute.

November 18, 2010

Hydraulic Institute (HI) introduced ANSI/HI 3.6-2010, Rotary Pump Tests. Updated standard, which applies to industrial/commercial rotary positive displacement pumps, includes detailed procedures on setup and methods for conducting hydrostatic test and performance tests. Specifically, updates include complete reformatting of Standard to one-column layout, use of larger graphics and figures, detailed descriptions, and equation for pump output power. Read More

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EPA to expand chemicals testing for endocrine disruption.

November 17, 2010

The U.S. EPA has identified list of 134 chemicals that will be screened for their potential to disrupt endocrine system, which regulates growth, metabolism, and reproduction in animals and humans. List includes chemicals that have been identified as priorities under Safe Drinking Water Act, as well as those used in pesticides, solvents, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals, including benzene, perchlorate, urethane, ethylene glycol, and erythromycin. Read More

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NTSB adds motorcycle safety to Most Wanted List.

November 17, 2010

NTSB updated its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements by adding motorcycle safety. Since head injury is the leading cause of death in motorcycle crashes, NTSB recommends that everyone on a motorcycle be required to wear a helmet that complies with DOT's Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218. Currently, 27 states and 1 territory have partial laws that require minors and/or passengers to wear helmets, while Iowa, Illinois, and New Hampshire have no helmet laws. Read More

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PTDA Announces Events for 2011 and 2012.

November 17, 2010

Events in 2011 will include March's University of Industrial Distribution in Indianapolis, IN; Leadership Development Conference in Las Vegas, NV; and PTDA Pavilion at IFPE Show in Las Vegas, NV. April events will include PTDA Pavilion in Germany and Product Application Workshop in Dearborn, MI. Other events include June's PTDA 2011 Canadian Conference, September's EPTDA Convention, and October's PTDA 2011 Industry Summit. In October 2012, PTDA's Industry Summit will be held in Dallas, TX. Read More

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IPC Trend Studies pinpoint top 10 trends to watch.

November 17, 2010

Research conducted by IPC indicates that the top 10 technology trends to watch in electronics manufacturing include miniaturization, high-performance, HDI, embedded technology, flexible circuits, lead-free, halogen-free, LEDs, optoelectronics, and printed electronics. Free white paper is first in series of studies to assess current state of development and likely future direction of these trends, and to quantify market opportunities these trends represent to electronic interconnect supply chain. Read More

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NTMA and PMA announce major convention in March.

November 17, 2010

NTMA announced election of Grady Cope as chairman of its board of directors and David Tilstone as its new President, while PMA announced election of Bob Clay as their board of director's chairman. Cope and Clay jointly announced that NTMA and PMA will join AMT and AMTDA to co-host Manufacturing for Growth Meeting, which will bring together business owners and executives to combine resources and explore opportunities to reestablish manufacturing as primary engine driving U.S. economy. Read More

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FMA Elects New Members, Officers to 1- and 3- year terms.

November 17, 2010

At their annual meeting, Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) announced election of new board of directors members. Those elected include Teresa Beach-Shelow of Superior Joining Technologies Inc.; William "Jeff" Jeffrey of IRMCO; Carlos Rodriguez-Borjas of Ferraloy Corporation; Edwin Stanley; and Al Zelt of ASKO, Inc. All will serve 3-year terms on 15-member board. Also, George Bogan and Robert Clark were appointed to 1-year terms as associate directors. Read More

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ANSI calls for comments on proposed revisions to ANS process.

November 17, 2010

Proposed changes, which relate to alleged conflict and duplication within American National Standards process, would amend ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for ANS and the Operating Procedures of ANSI Executive Standards Council. Proposed revisions are intended to clarify procedural requirements; propose definition for duplication within ANS process; incorporate added details that define good faith efforts; and offer sample PINS Deliberation Report. Read More

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North Central Chapter Meeting includes lab tour, presentations.

November 17, 2010

Taking place in Baltimore, MD on November 23 from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm (EST), Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting is open to members and non-members alike. After registration and chapter meeting, E. Mayer of DuPont will speak on filter media testing. M. Doby, also of DuPont, will subsequently address cross-validation and fragile media issues applied to capillary flow porometry. Other events include tour of ATI Lab and D. Largent's "ATI Introduction and Capabilites." Read More

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PTDA's 50th Industry Summit included motion control showcase.

November 17, 2010

Comprised of educational sessions on industry trends, distributor-manufacturer meetings, and peer networking forums, PTDA's 50th Anniversary Industry Summit provided networking and learning opportunities for those in power transmission/motion control industry. Highlights included information on emerging wind energy market, specifics on driving new business by leveraging Web 2.0, and advice on how to maintain corporate expertise via intra-company skills and knowledge transfer. Read More