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SPE Names Recipients for GPEC 2010 environmental awards.

February 12, 2010

Recipients of Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC®) 2010 Environmental Stewardship Awards will be honored at a banquet on March 9 at GPEC, which takes place March 8-10 in Orlando, FL. Awards reflect conference theme of "Sustainability and Recycling: Raising the Bar in Today's Economy." In all, 11 companies will be given awards in honor of their unique contributions to environmental leadership and excellence. Read More

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Gold Medal Performers showcased in MHDA Edge article.

February 12, 2010

Available online, MHEDA Edge's February issue features "Gold Medal Performers" article with short profiles of 4 young material handling professionals. Each individual was nominated for demonstrating ongoing commitment to exceeding expectations and providing outstanding service to customers. There are also quotes and opinions from nominees on subjects such as going above and beyond, keys to success, their toughest obstacle, most rewarding part of their job. Read More

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Energy Efficiency Criteria proposed for ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1.

February 12, 2010

Measures to increase energy stringencies are being proposed for major sections of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, which provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings except low-rise residential buildings. Currently, 9 proposed addenda to standard are open for public review. Proposed addenda would establish revised lighting power densities, reduce lighting power allowances, set requirements for high albedo roofs, and address glazing products. Read More

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PT/MC 2009 Sales show significant decline below 2008 levels.

February 12, 2010

According PTDA Market Outlook Report, U.S. and Canadian PT/MC manufacturers sales dropped by 1/4 in 2009 as compared to 2008. Following moderate growth rate of 3.8% in 2008, U.S. manufacturers saw 27.0% decrease in PT/MC product sales in 2009. Annualized sales-to-inventory ratio for 2009 rose from 9.7 at year-end 2008 to 10.8 at year-end in 2009. Canadian manufacturers' sales fared slightly better in 2009, with 24.7% decrease in sales in 2009, following 7.4% drop in 2008. Read More

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PTDA Celebrates 50th Anniversary with special content.

February 12, 2010

PTDA was founded in 1960 to "solve problems plaguing manufacturers and distributors through education and communication." In 2010, the association celebrates its heritage of advancing distribution and providing its members with networking opportunities, education, information, and business tools. PTDA is commemorating its golden anniversary with articles and features in its 2 newsletters, anniversary issue of its Annual Report, Web content, and birthday bash at 2010 Industry Summit. Read More

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GAWDA Magazine offers industry predictions for 2010.

February 12, 2010

In most recent issue of GAWDA Edge, 74% of suppliers predict growth in 2010, up 18% over 2009, while no company predicted sales decrease this year. Online resource for young professionals in gases and welding industry also discusses 10 strategies for growth, including practicing sound business principals, increasing liquidity to increase sales, and expanding distribution channels. Read More

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MHEDA Magazine spotlights Michigan equipment company.

February 12, 2010

The MHEDA Journal Q1 2010 issue spotlights member company Morrison Industrial Equipment Co. and VP Greg Morrison, who is also 2010 MHEDA President. Morrison is interviewed by 1965 MHEDA President Howard Bernstein and both talk about diversification, customer service, aftermarket sales, and employee training. Article also features MultiMedia Member Profile with series of company photos overlaid with audio descriptions explaining history of company and secrets to its success. Read More

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ASHRAE Winter Conference focused on building a sustainable future.

February 11, 2010

With some 2,500 attendees, ASHRAE's 2010 Winter Conference was held in conjunction with Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, which attracted nearly 45,000 registered visitors and exhibitor personnel. Conference centered on publication of Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. It also offered technical program with 100 sessions, 22 educational courses, and numerous social events. Read More

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Anniversary Report on Recovery Act prompts call for Jobs Bill.

February 11, 2010

AASHTO's "Projects and Paychecks: a One-Year Report on State Transportation Successes under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" study finds 280,000+ jobs were created and 12,250+ transportation projects are underway due to last year's jobs bill. State DOTs (NV, MI, GA, RI) put 77% of $34.3 billion provided for highways and transit out to bid. Federal dollars were stretched further, with bids running as low as 30% below estimates and contracts awarded below original cost estimates. Read More

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AWWA Standards to serve people of India.

February 11, 2010

At Jan 29 ceremony in Jodhpur, India, AWWA and Indian Water Works Association signed historic collaboration agreement that licenses IWWA to distribute 27 AWWA standards in India. Agreement will assist in development of safe and efficient water and wastewater utilities in many developing areas of India. Collaboration agreement paves the way for broader cooperation between the two associations in areas of publishing, products and services, and conferences. Read More

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AWWA to host hydraulic model webcast.

February 11, 2010

Illustrating how GIS, automatic meter readers, and SCADA systems can enhance value of hydraulic models, AWWA will host Getting the Most from Your Hydraulic Model Webcast on Wednesday, March 10. Participants will learn how to use information from multiple system sources, recognize value of integrating data collection/control systems, and uses of operational data in hydraulic model enhancements. Presenters include Adrianne Black, Black & Veatch; Stanley V. Plante, CDM; and Rajan Ray, IDModeling. Read More

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IPC to host PCB Designers Day in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO(TM).

February 11, 2010

IPC will host Designers Day, April 8, 2010, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Registration for event, focused on PCB design, includes admission to exhibit hall, standards development meetings, keynote sessions, forums, and poster sessions. Keynote speaker Dieter Bergman will lead off Designers Day and, along with other speakers, will discuss topics such as EMI control, high-speed design, HDI, and placement and routing decision making. Read More

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SME to hold mentor program at spring conference/exhibition.

February 11, 2010

In its 7th yr, Bright Minds Mentor Program, developed by RTAM Education and Information Exchange Tech Group within SME, will be held at RAPID 2010 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition on May 18-20. Program pairs mentors with students and highlights prototyping, tooling, and additive manufacturing industries as career choices. Students can also submit CAD inventions for DDM Student Design Competition until April 6, 2010, with winners announced at conference. Read More

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NASA Work with GM results in next-gen robotic technology.

February 11, 2010

NASA and General Motors have been working to accelerate development of next generation robots and related technologies for use in automotive and aerospace industries. Engineers and scientists worked on building humanoid robot capable of safely working side by side with people. The result, named Robonaut 2 (R2), can use its hands to do work beyond scope of prior humanoid machines. Potential uses include helping astronauts during hazardous missions and building safer cars. Read More

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BACnet adds language options for computers and humans.

February 10, 2010

At ASHRAE's 2010 Winter Conference, BACnet committee celebrated approval for final publication of 8 addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135, A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. Addenda include specification for standard way of representing data in XML that will give BACnet new capabilities for communications between wide range of applications. BACnet also supports UTF-8 encoding as well as Value objects to represent different data types in uniform way. Read More

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Broadband Forum launches first ever certification program.

February 10, 2010

To advance goal of faster and more cost-effective service rollouts, Broadband Forum is launching Broadband Forum Certification Program, designed to verify adherence to critical IP/MPLS, broadband, and digital home/business specifications. Program provides assurance that different vendor products conform to Broadband Forum's globally recognized and adopted technology standards, offers single industry-approved test and certification process, and expedites multi-vendor interoperability. Read More

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Co-Located Shows show strong advance registration numbers.

February 10, 2010

Scheduled for Feb 15-18, co-located AGG1 Aggregates Forum and Expo and World of Asphalt Show and Conference will be the gathering place for aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety professionals. Advance registration is tracking ahead of 2009 events and exhibit space tops last year's final total. On show floor, attendees will have more new products and technologies to check out, with 340-plus exhibitors taking nearly 87,000 net ft² of exhibit space. Read More

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Aerial Work Platform Document promotes safe use of equipment.

February 10, 2010

ARA, AEM, AED, IPAF, and SIA have joined forces to develop educational document that clarifies what is required for general training and model-specific familiarization of aerial work platform equipment. Document will educate industry on industry-recognized-and-supported standards, present best practices and minimum general training guidelines for AWP operators, emphasize differences between general training and familiarization, and clarify minimum qualifications of trainer. Read More

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SME Annual Conference to focus on innovation/leadership.

February 10, 2010

SME's Annual Conference: Bridging the Gaps, will be held in Nashville June 6-8, 2010. It will feature leadership track with sessions on fostering innovative culture, as well as innovation track that will highlight 'Innovations that Could Change the Way You Manufacture,' which showcases new/emerging technologies. Hosted by SME Nashville Chapter 43, conference will include tour of Gibson USA Custom, Art, and Historic Division as well as Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Read More

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FMA helps with education initiative at Chicago high school.

February 10, 2010

FMA is helping Wheeling High School implement STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum, which incorporates all four disciplines along with focus on career certifications, college partnerships, and technology. Jim Warren, director of education for FMA, will participate in open house ceremony there on February 11. Next year, school will include metal working, computer engineering, and architectural design classes as well as special engineering and architectural lab. Read More