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BSA Conference Table Registration opens February 1st.

January 13, 2010

Scheduled for May 1-4, BSA 2010 Annual Convention will include Conference Tables, which offer participants opportunity to pre-schedule and plan for face-to-face meetings between distributors and manufacturers to address bearing industry concerns and resolve business problems. Attendees find these short, 25-minute meetings to be particularly productive in current recession-wracked economy, since they eliminate additional investments in travel and time. Read More

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Container Traffic increases after 2½ year decline.

January 13, 2010

According to monthly Global Port Tracker report released by National Retail Federation, import cargo volume at nation's major retail container ports is on track to show gains through first half of 2010. U.S. ports handled 1.09 million Twenty-foot Equivalent Units in November, which was down 8% from October and 10% from November 2008. Trend was broken in December, which was estimated at 1.08 million TEU, down slightly from November, but 1.7% increase over December 2008. Read More

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ANSI announces 2010 dates for accreditation workshops.

January 13, 2010

ANSI's Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop for ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons, will include discussions on understanding standard's requirements, its benefits, and why it is benchmark for personnel certification. Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop will cover ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and how to develop course with end assessment. See full release for specific dates. Read More

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US DoT Manual references several ANSI-accredited SDOs.

January 13, 2010

As example of public sector reliance upon standards developed with private-sector lead, revised Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, produced by US Department of Transportation, references several ANSI-accredited standards developers. Specifically, revisions regarding high-visibility apparel, materials, and luminaire location reference standards by International Safety Equipment Association, National Fire Protection Association, NEMA, and Illuminating Engineering Society. Read More

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ANSI announces ISO development of event management standard.

January 13, 2010

Standard ISO 20121, to be produced by new ISO project committee, ISO/PC 250, Sustainability in event management, will guide event planners, venues, and other stakeholders in improving/maintaining sustainability measures for events and gatherings. Document will require identification of key issues such as venue selection, operating procedures, supply chain management, procurement, communications, and transport. Interested stakeholders are invited to participate in U.S. Technical Advisory group. Read More

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Tire Industry Association reports full booking of 2010 conference mine tour.

January 12, 2010

TIA has announced that Caterpillar mine tour, part of 2010 TIA Off-The-Road (OTR) Conference, is fully booked. Organization has created waiting list for attendees still interested in going on mine tour if spot opens up. TIA also reports that hotel occupancy has reached 90% and encourages interested individuals to register on its website. Conference will be held February 17-20, 2010, at Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ. Read More

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APICS releases 2nd edition of OMBOK Framework.

January 12, 2010

APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework, 2nd edition, includes 2 appendices with tables illustrating relevancy of document to specific job titles and to industries outside manufacturing. Appendices were developed from May 2009 survey of operations and supply chain management professionals. Also featuring new index, framework connects operations management body of knowledge to job titles and nonmanufacturing industries. Read More

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Die Casting Industry Wages slowed in 2009.

January 12, 2010

Specifically designed for die casting industry, 2009 NADCA Annual Wage and Fringe Benefit Survey represents 39 companies in die casting industry nationwide. This year, the typical participating company had annual sales of $16 million per year, utilized 16 die casting machines, and employed 88 full-time direct labor employees. Less than half (23%) reported general wage adjustment in last 12 months, but larger percentage (28%) plan to make general wage adjustment in next 12 months. Read More

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Workshops Announced for annual BIO conference.

January 12, 2010

BIO announced selection of therapeutic workshops to be presented at Twelfth Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference, which will be held February 8-9 in NYC. Experts chosen to speak on these panels represent leading clinical institutions, medical foundations, as well as public and private biotechnology companies. Conference provides forum to showcase therapeutic areas with key catalysts, from new and dynamic therapies to cutting edge investment opportunities. Read More

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ASHRAE Website provides information on green building standard.

January 12, 2010

As publication of nation's first code-intended high-performance green building standard draws nearer, Webpage providing detailed information about the standard has been launched. Located at www.ashrae.org/greenstandard, site contains version of Proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, along with more information on areas addressed by standard and other resources for high-performance building. Read More

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Aptitude Assessment Tool evaluates metalworking job applicant skills.

January 12, 2010

Modular, 60-item, multiple-choice Occupational Aptitude and Knowledge Assessment predicts applicants' capability for learning job and functioning in manufacturing environment. Designed to evaluate employment applicants that have no experience in metalworking, validated assessment covers mechanical and spatial aptitudes, mathematical reasoning and measurement, communications and information, as well as industry understanding and behaviors. Read More

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IEEE Member Discussion focused on consumer electronics trends.

January 12, 2010

Comprised of IEEE members, Emerging CE Technology panel at 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) discussed how advances in consumer electronics benefit humanity. Topics included wireless and mobile, HDTV, IPTV, 3DTV, home networking, and green consumer electronics. IEEE Fellow and moderator of panel, Stuart Lipoff, said that "Technologies such as artificial intelligence and voice recognition will make it possible to make the complexities of the device invisible and easy to use." Read More

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NIST awards $123 million in Recovery Act grants.

January 11, 2010

NIST awarded more than $123 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants to support construction of new scientific research facilities at 11 universities and one non-profit research organization. Ultimate research targets range from off-shore wind power and coral reef ecology to quantum physics and nanotechnology. Projects will create and save jobs as well as invest in infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. Read More

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ELFA to hold quarterly briefing conference call.

January 11, 2010

Equipment Finance Quarterly Briefing, covering Q4 2009, will be held Friday, February 5th, 2010, at 11 am ET. Hosted by ELFA Interim President, Ralph Petta, and participant company Chief Executives including Anthony V. Cracchiolo of U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, it will feature overview of ELFA and member companies profiles and will discuss overall trends in equipment finance markets. Conference call will provide review of 2009 and outlook for 2010, in addition to Q&A session. Read More

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WirelessHART Technology demonstrated at Instrument Forum.

January 11, 2010

HART® Communication Foundation demonstrated WirelessHART(TM) technology during recent Instrument Forum organized by Petronas, Malaysia's national petroleum company. Visitors to HART booth learned about WirelessHART application solutions and saw firsthand the WirelessHART features that provide reliable communications in challenging industrial environments. Visitors also learned how WirelessHART technology provides secure way to deploy new points of measurement and control. Read More

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Webcast Series to focus on real-time data management issues.

January 11, 2010

Software and Information Industry Association's Financial Information Services Division and Finextra have partnered to produce webcasts in 2010 that will address real-time data management and delivery, reference data, and standards. Events will be hosted in-studio and broadcast via real-time streaming video to invited audience of financial professionals, who will be able to interact with panelists. Alternatively, webcasts may be recorded and then broadcast via Web at specific time. Read More

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Product & Price Information Format v2.1 adds optional fields for country of origin.

January 8, 2010

Joint task force of PTDA and Bearing Specialists Association approved revision of Product and Price Information Format with 5 optional fields for country of origin. Transacting business with government agencies requires distributor to certify country of origin for each product (part) number. Specifying fields for this kind of information is in keeping with purpose of the format, ensuring that distributors will be able to find this information in same fields every time data is received. Read More

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IPC issues call for corporate/individual award nominations.

January 8, 2010

IPC announced Call for Nominations to recognize volunteers who contribute time and expertise to IPC standards development and other IPC activities. Industry members can highlight special achievements of companies or colleagues by nominating them for one or more awards. To be submitted by January 28, 2010, nominations must include candidate's name and contact information along with statement describing contribution, how they meet criteria, and why they deserve recognition. Read More

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ASTM releases new edition of standards for fence materials.

January 7, 2010

The 11th edition of "ASTM Standards for Fence Materials and Products" features latest standards for all aspects of fencing industry. It includes 6 new standards and 22 revised standards since it was last published in 2007. Standards cover topics such as chain link and wire fence fabric, fence construction and installation, fence fittings and protective coatings, industrial and commercial horizontal slide gates, and design and fabrication of wood fencing. Read More

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Four Portable Oxygen Concentrators gain FAA approval.

January 7, 2010

Adding to the 7 already approved units, FAA announced that passengers needing medical oxygen can now use 4 additional portable oxygen concentrators while traveling. Newly authorized devices include DeVilbiss Healthcare's iGo, International Biophysics Corporation's LifeChoice, Inogen's Inogen One G2, and Oxlife's Independence Oxygen Concentrator. The goal of adding these products is to offer passengers as many options as possible while meeting safety guidelines. Read More