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RIA Conference to introduce Robot Safety Standard draft.

July 21, 2010

Attendees of RIA's National Robot Safety Conference XXII will prepare for R15.06 (2011) Robot Safety Standard by previewing draft during its first public release at event. Conference will feature sessions introducing New R15.06 Robot Safety Standard (Part 1 - The Manufacturer's Perspective, Part 2 - The User's Perspective), Using Robots to Improve Safety, Market Position and Contextual Risk Assessment, as well as OSHA View on Robot Safety, Safeguarding, and Safety Controls. Read More

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MHEDA Edge Article examines how to build better website.

July 21, 2010

July issue of MHEDA Edge features Building A Modern Website article, which chronicles efforts of Bristol, PA-based MHEDA member Modern Group as it comprehensively overhauls its website. Strategies employed, as well as obstacles overcame, will offer guidance as well as inspire similar strategies for readers. Examples include identifying which aspects of website could be improved and forming more complete library of information regarding products. Read More

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PTDA Template guides distributor/manufacturer agreements.

July 21, 2010

PTDA has developed Guidelines for Developing a Distributor/Manufacturer Agreement: A Components Checklist, that outlines parameters of mutually profitable partnership. Guidelines are analyzed for perspectives of small, mid-sized, and large companies; distributors and manufacturers; and relationships and processes. Grouped into 6 main sections, each of its 38 contract clauses includes description of when clause may be applicable and provides sample language for writing contract. Read More

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MESA announces Australia Seminar: Sustainable Solutions for Operations Management.

July 21, 2010

Scheduled for Sept 7 in Melbourne, MESA Australia Seminar: Sustainable Solutions for Operations Management will include presentations covering business and technology reasons for MES implementation, Real Time Manufacturing KPIs, and vision to leverage MES Information Factory in integrated supply chain. Confirmed speakers for event include Andrew Baker of Bluescope Steel, Dwaine Febey of Schweppes Australia, Vince Aurora of Adelaide Brighton Cement, and Richard Wawrzon of Qenos Pty. Ltd. Read More

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Federal Agencies Collaborate to improve chemical screening.

July 20, 2010

US EPA, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Toxicology Program (NTP), and National Institute of Health Chemical Genomics Center (NCGC) welcomes US FDA to Tox21 collaboration, which merges federal agency resources - research, funding, testing tools - to develop ways to more effectively predict how chemicals will affect human health and environment. FDA will provide additional expertise and chemical safety information to improve current chemical testing methods. Read More

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AIA welcomes 6 space companies as organization members.

July 20, 2010

AIA welcomes Alliant Techsystems, Broad Reach Engineering, Integral Systems, Paragon Space Development Corporation, Pacifica Engineering, Inc., and SRA International as members. "America's future in space is at a critical juncture and it is important that all companies with an interest are part of the discussion," said Marion C. Blakey. Space Division of AIA is addressing issues such as developing national space strategy, enhancing space industrial base, and protecting space infrastructure. Read More

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Schedule and Session Information announced for TIA symposium.

July 20, 2010

Scheduling and session information has been announced for TIA Environmental Symposium, which will be held September 30 through October 2 in Ocean City, MD. Session highlights include presentations from industry experts on topics such as global initiatives, use of orange oil, sustainability programs, becoming greener, and Superfund legislation. Additionally, event will feature environmental and recycling exhibits to provide attendees hands-on education opportunity. Read More

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AEM urges bonus depreciation reinstatement.

July 19, 2010

AEM urged Congress to reinstate the 50% bonus depreciation, a tax provision that has helped equipment manufacturers during difficult economic times. Included in Economic Stimulus Act in early 2008 and extended to 2009 by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provision allows businesses to deduct 50% of the cost of new equipment in year it is placed in service. AEM said bonus depreciation was especially valuable to smaller companies, helping them stay in business and provide jobs. Read More

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Exhibit Space Sales Increase for 2011 CONEXPO-CON/AGG, IFPE.

July 19, 2010

Exhibit space sales for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 are topping 2 million net square feet of exhibit space, while space sales for co-located IFPE 2011 total more than 126,000 net square feet. Megan Tanel, vice president exhibitions and events for AEM, said "These numbers are especially gratifying given the continued slowdown in manufacturing sector." Shows run March 22-26, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV and focus on construction, construction materials, and fluid power/motion control. Read More

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ANSI requests nominations for Leadership and Service Awards.

July 16, 2010

Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, 2010 Leadership and Service Awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have consistently demonstrated commitment to their industry, their nation, and the enhancement of global standards system. This year, ANSI will offer total of 11 categories of individual awards. Nominations are due by Friday, July 16, 2010. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation releases updated H1 Conformance Test Kit.

July 16, 2010

Fieldbus Foundation's H1 CTK 3.0 facilitates development and testing of FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus H1 device communication stacks, which are composed of data link layer, fieldbus access sub-layer, fieldbus message specification, and system/network management agents. Suitable for troubleshooting and debugging wide range of fieldbus instrumentation, H1 CTK 3.0 includes test engine code update to 32 bit and platform upgrade with support for PCI and PCMCIA NI-FBUS cards. Read More

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ASTM-Sponsored Workshop focuses on lead in copper alloys.

July 16, 2010

Held in conjunction with standards development meetings of ASTM Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, Lead in Copper Alloys: Recent Developments will take place on Oct. 13, 2010 in San Antonio, TX. It will trace recent history of Pb and Pb restrictions in Committee B05 standards as well as give overview of ballot items to reduce Pb as part of CDA Residual Element Reduction Program. Discussion will center on new alloys being developed in response to CA and VT initiatives. Read More

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ASTM Workshop addresses crack tip-opening displacement.

July 16, 2010

After calculation method for determining Crack Tip-Opening Displacement fracture toughness was revised in ASTM E1290 and ASTM E1820, there has been much discussion on significance that revision has had on results. Objective of ASTM International workshop on Critical Evaluation of Calculation Methods for CTOD is to discuss differences that have been observed in measured CTOD by these 2 methods, and implications of these differences to application of CTOD in industry. Read More

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Manufacturers support extension of bonus depreciation.

July 16, 2010

National Association of Manufacturers urged Congress to extend bonus depreciation, a proven incentive for manufacturers of all sizes to invest in new, more efficient equipment, stimulating much-needed economic growth and job creation. Bonus depreciation allows businesses to immediately deduct 50% of the cost of new machinery, equipment, and other essential capital investments, which lowers after-tax cost of capital equipment and drives demand for such purchases. Read More

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Policy Committee Nominations are open for 2 more weeks.

July 15, 2010

Members of ANSI can recommend qualified candidates for membership on Institute's policy and other committees by submitting nomination forms by July 23, 2010. Beginning January 1 of 2011, 3-year terms conclude December 31 in 2013. Policy committees seeking new members, voting and non-voting, include: Conformity Assessment Policy Committee, National Policy Committee, Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, International Policy Committee, and ANSI ISO Council. Read More

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McWane Inc. to Resolve its environmental violations in 14 states.

July 15, 2010

U.S. EPA, Justice Department, and states of Alabama and Iowa announced that McWane Inc. has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve over 400 violations of federal and state environmental laws. Filed in federal court, settlement covers 28 of McWane's manufacturing facilities in 14 states and also requires company to perform 7 environmental projects valued at $9.1 million. This settlement resolves civil violations over past decade of as alleged by U.S., Alabama, and Iowa in complaint. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to address pesticide formulations and delivery.

July 15, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 12-14, 31st Symposium on Pesticide Formulations and Delivery Systems: Innovative Green Chemistries for the 21st Century will enable participants to exchange information and learn about state-of-the art products that meet or exceed current and future green chemistry market trends. Some themes will include Innovative Formulations for Delivery of Active Ingredients; Seed Treatment Delivery Systems; Formulations for Turf and Ornamental Crops; and Inerts and Their Regulation. Read More

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SME Scholarship hopes to bridge engineering talent gap.

July 15, 2010

SME Education Foundation announces creation of Walter E. Panse Scholarship with $270,000 gift from his estate. Available in 2011, scholarship requires applicants to be full-time North American undergraduate students studying engineering and/or technology. Preference is given to students who demonstrate leadership skills in community, academic, or professional environment. Applicants must possess overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale. Read More

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Annual Survey shows decline in new business volume in 2009.

July 15, 2010

According to ELFA's 2010 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity, new business volume among sample of ELFA member companies declined 30.3% in 2009, in contrast to 2.2% decline in 2008. Pre-tax income and net income, in dollar terms, declined by 55.7% and 54.4%, respectively, while decreases in revenues and total headcount were only 13.8% and 5.8%, respectively. For first time in past 10 years of SEFA, weighted average return on equity was in single digits at 5.2%, a decline from 11% in 2008. Read More

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Congress Urged to Act on transportation reauthorization bill.

July 15, 2010

On Transportation TV, AASHTO President and Executive Director of Mississippi DoT Larry Brown said costs of freight and goods are increasing due to inefficiencies caused by underinvestment in transportation infrastructure. Two-Minute State DOT Update, posted online, shares Brown's views on how transportation network could be improved if lawmakers recognize existing problems and commit to increased funding as part of a multiyear surface transportation reauthorization measure. Read More