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EUEC 2010 Conference will showcase new technologies.

January 29, 2010

At its 13th Annual Energy and Environment Conference (EUEC), presentations will be made on technologies developed by Southern Research Institute scientists. Featured innovations will include on-site bromine-gas production and injection system used to mitigate mercury emissions in energy production for coal-fired utilities, as well as technology that obtains data on droplet size and concentration distributions in wet scrubber mist eliminator performance testing programs. Read More

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Students preparing for Team America Rocketry Challenge.

January 29, 2010

Students on 669 teams from 45 states, District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands are preparing to launch their hand-designed rockets at the eighth annual Team America Rocketry challenge, which is designed to boost industry workforce by sparking interest in science, math, and engineering education. This year's challenge is for each team to design and build model rocket that carries 1 raw egg payload to altitude of 825 ft with flight duration of 40-45 sec, returning egg to ground unbroken. Read More

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NAM commends President for focus on jobs.

January 29, 2010

Following President Obama's State of the Union address, NAM President, John Engler, made statement commending President for focusing on jobs. However, policies are needed that encourage job creation and help U.S. to be more competitive in global economy. NAM submitted economic analysis conducted by Milken Institute that shows more than 11 million jobs can be created in this decade by reducing corporate tax rate, establishing permanent R&D tax credit, and modernizing U.S. export controls. Read More

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NIST seeks university teams for manufacturing competition.

January 29, 2010

NIST is seeking university teams to participate in Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition on May 2-3, 2010, to simulate industrial robot performing stacking of odd-lot boxes on shipping pallet. Deadline for entering competition, which is cosponsored by NIST, IEEE, and Georgia Tech, is February 15. Winning team will run part of their simulated task on robot at International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska in May. Read More

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SFF Antennas are made possible with engineered metamaterials.

January 29, 2010

NIST and partners from industry and academia have designed and tested experimental antennas that may be useful in wireless systems with decreasing form factors such as emergency communications devices, micro-sensors, and portable ground-penetrating radar. Such antennas incorporate metamaterials - materials engineered with often microscopic structures - and radiate as much as 95% of input radio signal. Form factors can be as small as 1/50 of wavelength and could shrink further. Read More

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IPC publishes wage/salary study for 2008-2009.

January 29, 2010

IPC Wage and Salary Report for North American EMS Industry 2008-2009 is based on results from 129 U.S. and Canadian EMS facilities that participated in IPC's biennial wage and salary survey. Reflecting current economic conditions, findings in 60-pg report indicate hourly and management employee salaries climbed 1.9% and salaried employees 1.7% in 2009. It shows 2008-2009 benefit costs were up to 22.7% of total wages, while 75% of companies paid 100% of employee's life insurance premiums. Read More

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AIA's Marion C. Blakey issues statement on job creation.

January 29, 2010

Jobs for America: Investments and Policies for Economic Growth and Competitiveness says that more than 182,000 jobs could result from $10.4 billion government investment in NextGen. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, report calls out value of aerospace manufacturing and says investment in NextGen will add more jobs to already established and productive manufacturing facilities. Data shows that making NextGen priority in government jobs bill will benefit everyone. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on amusement attractions safety proposal.

January 29, 2010

As US member body to ISO, ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments by March 5 on proposal made by National Standards Body of the Russian Federation (GOST R) to ISO for new field of technical activity on safety of attractions found at amusement facilities. This proposal seeks development of unified and generalized approach to "Safety of attractions" that will increase safety while also eliminating economic barriers in trade in this area of activity. Read More

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NIST and CDC research refrigerated vaccine storage practices.

January 29, 2010

In collaboration with CDC, researchers at NIST have completed first of a series of tests to determine best practices for properly storing and monitoring temperature of refrigerated vaccines. Since vaccines must be kept 2-8°C, vaccines should never be kept on door shelves because relative lack of insulation in door allowed unacceptable temperature drifts. Vaccines should also be kept away from walls of refrigerator, because defrost cycle can cause temperature of walls to shift. Read More

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Manufacturing Economist says some good news and some bad.

January 28, 2010

In current FMA economic update newsletter Fabrinomics, Dr. Chris Kuehl, economic analyst for FMA, outlines good news and notes of caution. Positive trends include growth in service sector and manufacturing, stabilizing employment numbers, and improvement in access to credit from banking sector. However, Kuehl notes that recovery depends on right sequence of events, demand growth brings potential for more expensive inputs, and there is a conservative shift of financial system. Read More

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GAWDA Magazine includes tips on how to leverage Twitter.

January 28, 2010

As part of its effort to educate gases and welding industry professionals on the topic of social media, January issue of GAWDA Edge features article titled "Tackling the Twitter Trend." Twitter is an invaluable resource for driving traffic to a company's blog and Web site. Article teaches how a company can leverage this social medium to increase awareness and further build a brand. Read More

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AMT reports workholding shipments down in Q4 2009 from 2008.

January 28, 2010

According to Workholding Market Data Report, shipment revenues of workholding equipment in Q4 2009 were down 19.0% from Q4 2008, based on information from 38 participating companies. Shipments totaled $37.4 million while exports amounted to $8.8 million. Domestic workholding equipment shipments increased 8.0% and U.S. exports increased 81.9% from Q3 2009, with Midwest being largest domestic destination. Employment levels in Q4 2009 were down 0.5% from Q3 and down 19.0% compared to Q4 2008. Read More

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Journal Article theorizes how to survive hard economic times.

January 28, 2010

In current issue of Welding and Gases Today, Gases and Welding Distributors Association's journal, James Kane offers distributors 3 beliefs that will ensure trust of customers as well as end-users, strategic partners, suppliers, and employees. These beliefs are relayed in order to help company withstand challenging economic environment. Key notes include exhibiting sense of competency, honesty, respectfulness, and consistency; creating sense of belonging; and sharing sense of purpose. Read More

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NGLIA Members receive DOE awards to develop LED technology.

January 28, 2010

Six members of the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance have been awarded 9 projects by U.S. Department of Energy to spur development of solid-state lighting technology, which uses LEDs and organic LEDs. Cree, Inc., General Electric, Osram Sylvania, and Philips Lumileds received awards for product development projects, while Applied Materials, Inc., GE Global Research, GE Lumination, Philips Lumileds, and Universal Display Corporation received awards for manufacturing projects. Read More

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Advance Registration extended for co-located shows.

January 28, 2010

Advance registration has been extended to Feb 5, 2010 for upcoming 2010 AGG1 Aggregates Forum and Expo and World of Asphalt Show and Conference. Exhibit space goals have been met and show floor is almost sold out. Targeting business and professional needs of aggregates, asphalt, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety industry professionals, event will include New Product and Technology Program, which will help attendees find new and innovative products and services on show floor. Read More

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AIA releases GigE Vision® Camera Interface Standard v1.2.

January 28, 2010

Developed using Gigabit Ethernet® communication protocol, GigE Vision Camera Interface Standard allows 1,000 Mbps transfer of data using standard cables over lengths up to 100 m. With GigE Vision, hardware and software from different vendors can interoperate seamlessly over Ethernet connections. Version 1.2 adds non-streaming device control to standard and accommodates networked video distribution applications that leverage switched Ethernet client/server video networks. Read More

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ZigBee Standard to focus on modernizing retail experience.

January 28, 2010

ZigBee® Alliance has announced development of ZigBee Retail Services(TM) standard, focusing on retail experience from point-of-manufacture to point-of-sale. Standard will define applications for mobile terminals, while public application profile will define standard methodology for delivering various services. Anticipated result for retail market is improvement in quality and supply chain management and efficiency, in addition to enhanced customer satisfaction. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Article discusses 2010 money making strategies.

January 28, 2010

First Quarter 2010 issue of The MHEDA Journal features Annual Industry Forecast, wherein 50 material handling equipment distributors discuss money making strategies. Advice includes making it easy for customers to find your company, spending time to build relationships with them, and improving internal procedures. Furthermore, companies may opt to sell added value of distribution, concentrate on the aftermarket, or restructure business development teams. Read More

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ASHRAE Conference to foster urban energy conservation.

January 28, 2010

Existing Buildings in Urban Areas: Dramatically Cutting the Energy Waste, hosted by ASHRAE, will guide building community and government in reducing energy use. Taking place April 19-20 in NYC, this conference will address theoretical and practical matters associated with major improvements in energy efficiency of existing buildings. Specific topics include investment and financial decision-making, effective public policies, and necessary technical steps. Read More

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Blogging Best Practices described in MHEDA's online journal.

January 28, 2010

David Nour, noted social media expert, contributed his "Better Business Blogging" article to MHEDA Edge's January issue. It teaches readers how to leverage blogosphere to build their brand. Specifically, Nour offers 10 tips for writing business blogs, each accompanied with detailed explanation of how to make it work. Highlights include tips such as "find your focus," "manufacture content, don't just distribute," as well as "know and cater to your audience." Read More