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TRFA Announces Winner of polymer research excellence award.

July 22, 2010

With "Utilization of Clay-Carbon Nanoparticle Synergy for Enhancing Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Epoxy Composites," Krishna C. Etika of Texas A & M University's College of Engineering won TRFA's Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award. Formal presentation will be at TRFA's 2010 Annual Meeting, which takes place September 12-14 in San Antonio, TX. Award encourages and recognizes student researchers' advances in science and engineering of thermosetting polymers. Read More

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PMA Report relays little hope for immediate economic change.

July 22, 2010

Based on 119 metalforming companies queried in US and Canada, July 2010 PMA Business Conditions Report indicated that metalforming companies anticipate little change in business conditions during next 3 months. Metalforming companies also anticipate virtually no change in incoming orders for next 3 months. Also, average daily shipping levels dipped in July, and percentage of metalforming companies with portion of their workforce on short time or layoff remained unchanged. Read More

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MESA Website Launch promotes comprehensive understanding.

July 22, 2010

MESA International's new website, www.mesa.org, aims to make MESA resources more accessible and visible for members and non-members alike as well as promote understanding of MESA and its work. In addition to Quick Poll for interactive research, other features include optimized search for MESA Resource Library, secure collaboration area for members, and one section devoted to MESA models and strategic initiatives. Job postings and vendor solution directory are also available. Read More

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NASA Television debuted full-time High-Definition channel.

July 22, 2010

On July 19, NASA Television launched full-time High Definition (HD) channel that media, cable, and satellite service providers can access for news content as well as coverage of agency missions and programs. ISS Update, a daily program covering activities of on-orbit International Space Station crews, will also air on this channel. Additional content will include NASA video file news feed, media conferences, lectures, satellite interviews, and special events. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices fall 0.9% in June.

July 22, 2010

Following 3 months of increases, price of construction materials and supplies in June fell 0.9%, according to July 15 PPI report by U.S. Labor Department. However, prices are up 0.8% for second quarter of year and are 4.2% higher from June 2009. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, construction materials prices relate to direction of commodity prices, and therefore decline in prices may reflect investor sentiment rather than actual foreshadowing of lost construction momentum. Read More

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Pack Expo 2010 welcomes IOPP as latest partner.

July 22, 2010

PACK EXPO producer PMMI announced that the Institute of Packaging Professionals will present The Packaging Learning Center conference program at PACK EXPO International 2010. The program, which runs from Nov 1-3, includes sessions focusing on range of topics that are priorities for packaging professionals, including sustainability and food safety. Open to all PACK EXPO attendees, sessions will be led by mix of end users, industry consultants, and suppliers. Read More

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FAA finalizes recurrent aircraft registration rule.

July 21, 2010

In an effort to create a more accurate aircraft registration database, FAA is requiring re-registration of all civil aircraft over next 3 years and renewal every 3 years after that. Rule establishes specific expiration dates over 3-year period for all aircraft registered before Oct. 1, 2010. Re-registration by Dec. 31, 2013 will enhance database with current data derived from recent contact with aircraft owners. Read More

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Fall Meeting to feature wind engineering facility tour.

July 21, 2010

AAMA Southeast Region Fall Meeting will be held August 5-6 in Orlando, FL and will begin with tour of University of Florida Wind Engineering Lab in Gainesville, FL. IN addition to various demonstrations, there will be presentation on requirements for design pressure as well as other new proposals that will be of interest to industry professionals. Additional discussions will focus on findings from Precipitation Imaging Probe as well as additional research projects. Read More

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TITANIUM 2010 to address emerging applications in aerospace.

July 21, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 3-6, TITANIUM 2010 Annual Conference and Exhibition will highlight emerging titanium applications in commercial and military aerospace sectors. Some speakers will include Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO for AIA; Dawne S. Hickton, Vice Chairman, President, and CEO of RTI International Metals Inc.; Bill Bihlman, senior associate with AeroStrategy LLC; Robert Hill Jr., President of Solar Atmospheres; and Dr. Yoji Kosaka, manager of metallurgy at Timet's Henderson. Read More

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AIM Announces Esteemed Faculty to take part in AIM Expo.

July 21, 2010

Faculty choices were announced for AIM Expo, which will be held November 1-3 in Chicago, IL. According to AIM Expo Chairman Chuck Evanhoe, "In each industry sector, we've identified the best speakers to give attendees an honest look at the challenges, the opportunities and lessons learned during implementation." Vertical educational tracks for manufacturing, government, retail, healthcare, and reseller sectors will address key issues and bring together speakers from leading organizations. Read More

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NASA Satellites allow viewing of cyclones from iPhone and iPad.

July 21, 2010

Scientists working for NASA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Project have developed continually updating movies of satellite imagery that allows on-line, iPhone and iPad viewing of any cyclone's movement. GOES satellites scan oceans twice/hr, offering opportunity to watch storm development in swath called "Hurricane Alley," from Atlantic to Pacific. Bigger scans are used to make large-scale movies for last 3-5 days, illustrating life-cycle of subtropical storms. Read More

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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