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ASTM Standards Revision clarifies thickness tolerances for steel sheets.

February 4, 2010

ASTM International Committees A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys and A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products approved revisions to two ASTM standards that will clarify thickness tolerances for uncoated and coated steel sheet products. Committees A01 and A05 have moved 3/8-in. [10 mm tables from body of A568/A568M and A924/A924M to Supplementary Requirements sections, and 1 in. edge distance tables are now the default applicable thickness tolerances. Read More

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BIO to hold Twelfth Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference.

February 4, 2010

BIO has announced plenary sessions and roundtables for Twelfth Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference, to take place February 8-9, 2010, in New York City. Event will include opening plenary, What Lies Beneath Health Care Reform - The True Impact on Biotech, and closing plenary, The Unconventional Wisdom-Thoughts for a New Decade. Roundtable sessions will include M&A: Prospects for 2010, Capital Markets 360┬░, and others on alternative financing strategies and business development. Read More

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PTDA Survey shows members are optimistic about 2010 sales.

February 4, 2010

Based on Member Forecast Survey conducted by Cleveland Research, 41% of PTDA members are forecasting year-over-year sales growth in 2010, 58% predict flat sales, and 1% anticipate decline in sales over 2009. With 75 respondents, survey shows most feel inventory levels are too high and that, on average, PTDA members anticipate 5% increase in sales over 2009. It predicts rebound in MRO demand and that automotive, heavy truck, construction equipment, and housing could show growth in 2010. Read More

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AIA Statement addresses 2011 defense department budget.

February 4, 2010

Marion C. Blakey of AIA says Department of Defense (DOD) budget request and Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) continue efforts to reform how DOD buys goods and services, and emphasizes creating stability in requirements and cost. Blakey also approves inclusion of discussion on industrial base in QDR, which acknowledges need to reform export control system. Also, she said that AIA looks forward to working with DOD to create efficient delivery of logistical support to troops. Read More

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ATA Highway Safety Program visits West Virginia auto show.

February 4, 2010

National Share the Road highway safety program delivered life-saving highway driving tips from top professional truck drivers. They demonstrated to car drivers how to share road safety with large trucks. Share the Road safety measures are important for motorists because over past decade, large truck fatal crash rate dropped by 23% (USDOT), and according to 3 different studies, 3 out of 4 truck-involved fatalities are unintentionally initiated by car drivers. Read More

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ASTM Standard aids in identification of restricted substances.

February 3, 2010

Developed by Subcommittee F40.02 on Management Practices and Guides, proposed new standard, WK26792 is suited for manufacturers, buyers, and designers who deal with plastics and polymers. Proposed standard will allow users to determine whether products contain substances affected by European Union's Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, known as REACH, or the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard addresses kitchen cleaning products.

February 3, 2010

ASTM WK26967, Test Method for Evaluating Cleaning Performance of Products Intended for Use on Kitchen Surfaces Found in the Home, is being developed by Subcommittee D12.16 on Hard Surface Cleaning. Development is taking place following withdrawal of standard ASTM D4488, and, according to Toni Lynch, WK26967 will be more specific to kitchen surface cleaning. Lynch also says WK26967 task group will develop consumer-specific soils relevant to cleaning kitchen surfaces. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers for draft of updated ANSI/HI 1.4.

February 2, 2010

Under approval of ANSI, Hydraulic Institute is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in review process for draft of updated Standard ANSI/HI 1.4 Rotodynamic Pumps for Manuals Describing Installation, Operation, and Maintenance. Guideline applies to centrifugal and vertical pump types and is designed to identify standard format, which will be used when writing IOMs, along with topics that will be covered in each section when deemed appropriate for pump being addressed. Read More

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AEM and Export-Import Bank begin pilot program for SMBs.

February 2, 2010

Small- and medium-sized companies with membership in AEM can now benefit from pilot program with Export-Import Bank of U.S. to increase exports. Program will focus on Working Capital Guarantee and Export Credit Insurance, but companies may also receive other Ex-Im Bank assistance. To qualify, companies must meet U.S. Small Business Administration definition of a small-medium business, produce goods in U.S., demonstrate 51% U.S. content for those goods, and have export deal in the works. Read More

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BIO welcomes President Obama's remarks on advanced biofuels.

February 2, 2010

BIO applauded President Obama's call in the State of the Union address to encourage American innovation and create clean energy jobs, by providing incentives for clean energy. According to report by Bio Economic Research Associates titled "U.S. Economic Impact of Advanced Biofuels Production: Perspectives to 2030," advanced biorefineries could create 29,000 new jobs and $5.5 billion in economic growth by 2012 and more than 800,000 new jobs throughout economy by 2022. Read More

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AEC Celebrates 60th Anniversary at annual conference.

February 2, 2010

Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) will celebrate its 60th Anniversary at 2010 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for March 11-13. In addition to providing industry information that prepares participants to capitalize on emerging opportunities, there will be networking events to facilitate information sharing. Also, featured speaker will offer insights from perspectives such as business management, economic outlook, and analysis of global aluminum market. Read More

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SME announces 2010 International Honor Award recipients.

February 2, 2010

SME's International Honor Awards honor those at the zenith of their careers and who have made significant contributions to such manufacturing areas as research, education, and processes as well as to the Society itself. This year's Honor Award recipients include Gerald Byrne with SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, Thomas R. Kurfess with SME Education Award, Carl R. Williams with Joseph A. Siegel Service Award, and Hans-Peter Wiendahl with SME Gold Medal. Read More

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FMA and TPA seek applicants for industry awards.

February 2, 2010

FABRICATOR's Industry Award 2011 and The Tube and Pipe Journal's Industry Award for 2011 are open to individuals or companies in metal forming and fabricating industry or tube and pipe fabricating and producing industry who have improved operations, attained business growth, and contributed to local and industry communities. Winners will be recognized on the cover of Feb 2011 issue of The FABRICATOR and the cover of Jan/Feb 2011 issue of TPJ - The Tube and Pipe Journal, respectively. Read More

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Biotech Summit to focus on genetically engineered animals.

February 2, 2010

Focused on developing global solutions through animal biotechnology, BIO's Livestock Biotech Summit will take place September 28-30 in Sioux Falls, SD. There will be workshops on use and care of animals in research as well as latest applications and benefits of genetically engineered (GE) animals. Expert panels will focus on science and benefits of GE agricultural animals for food and biomedical applications as well as regulatory hurdles and other challenges. Read More

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EASTEC leads precision manufacturing into growth mode.

February 1, 2010

As manufacturing shakes off effects of recession, EASTEC, the largest annual precision manufacturing event on the East Coast, promises to be the place manufactures go to upgrade their equipment and capabilities. New England Council and Deloitte Consulting LLP released report which identified subsectors within New England manufacturing industry that are poised for growth. They include aerospace, medical device, electronic assembly, signal processing, and advanced materials manufacturing. Read More

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ProMat and International Robot Show to co-locate in 2011.

February 1, 2010

Material Handling Industry of America and Automation Technologies Council announce that ProMat and The International Robots, Vision and Motion Control Show will co-locate March 21-24, 2011. Co-locating will provide attendees with education and networking opportunities as well as exposure to largest equipment and technology display in North America. Over 825 exhibitors will showcase their solutions to thousands of manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution professionals from over 100 countries. Read More

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ELFA Economic Activity Survey shows yearly decline for December.

February 1, 2010

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reporting economic activity for equipment finance sector, showed overall new business volume for December declined by 22% compared to 2008. Month-to-month new business volume increased from November, but was down compared to last year. Showing improved portfolio quality, receivables decreased from November but increased on year-over-year basis. Similaraly, charge-offs decreased from prior month, but rose compared to December 2008. Read More

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ZigBee Alliance certifies 11 more home automation devices.

February 1, 2010

ZigBee® Alliance announced certification of 11 devices from 5 companies using ZigBee Home Automation. Overall, there are now 28 products certified to help consumers and professional installers create smart homes that control home appliances, lighting, heating and cooling, energy use, and security. Standards-based wireless technologies, such as ZigBee, are spurred on by decreasing price and growing availability of peripheral components. Read More

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Survey of NEMA Companies show rising business confidence.

February 1, 2010

Derived from survey responses from senior executives of NEMA member companies, Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rose in January to 57.1. Any value over 50 indicates more respondents reported that business environment improved from previous month than those who reported it worsened. Reflecting widespread sentiment that business conditions will improve over the next 6 months, EBCI for future North American conditions rose to 78.6. Read More

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ANSI Announces Dates for World Standards Week 2010.

February 1, 2010

ANSI announced World Standards Week (WSW) 2010 - one week of forums, meetings, and ceremonies - will take place in Arlington, VA from September 21-24. During this event, members of standards and conformity assessment community can "meet, collaborate, celebrate our successes, and plan for the future," according to ANSI president and CEO. Other events taking place during WSW include 2010 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony on September 22 and World Standards Day on September 23. Read More