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BSA Convention Registration Savings end March 1st.

February 15, 2010

BSA is encouraging prospective 2010 Convention attendees to register early for annual event planned for May 1-4. Business programming for event is planned to give attendees necessary tools to maximize recovery from recession. Schedule calls for trio of panel discussions on industry's past, present, and future, and tools for building on success as we move into new decade. Schedule also calls for industry updates from BSA and ABMA along with timely presentation on counterfeit bearings. Read More

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SME Education Foundation invests in STEM education.

February 15, 2010

SME Education Foundation is celebrating 30 years of collaboration with industry and academic partners in furthering science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. This year, Foundation will be announcing major investments in manufacturing centers at high schools around the country and scholarships for high-achieving students. It will also address tattered image of manufacturing with campaign focused on young people in grades 11-14 for careers in advanced manufacturing. 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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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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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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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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Magazine Article describes distributors' economic survival.

February 12, 2010

Welding and Gases Today Magazine's current issue contains article in which several North American distributors discuss 10 ways to survive the current economic crisis. While many distributors are focused on finding new customers or developing new sales strategies, others are using downtime to improve employee performance through training or streamlining their internal processes. Each segment includes quotes detailing what how to survive or thrive in this difficult economic period. Read More

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BIO proposes second wave of biofuel commercialization policy.

February 10, 2010

BIO released proposed policy options to support U.S. job growth incentivizing commercial scale biorefinery projects for production of advanced biofuels, biobased products, and renewable specialty chemicals. Some options include revising risk assessment process for biofuels projects in DoE loan guarantee program, funding reverse auction for cellulosic biofuels already incorporated in law, and funding development and deployment programs for biobased products and renewable specialty chemicals. Read More

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ANSI seeks U.S. experts to develop packaging standards.

February 10, 2010

ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group to subcommittee ISO/TC 122/SC 4, Packaging and Environment, will coordinate U.S. involvement in 7 new standards on how to best utilize packaging resources while maintaining packaging functionality and considering environmental effects. Subcommittee aims to develop this series of ISO standards based on established European Norms and proposed Asian guidelines. Its first meeting was held in December 2009 in Sweden, with 12 U.S. representatives present. Read More

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ANSI highlights online security efforts for Data Privacy Day.

February 10, 2010

Data Privacy Day, on January 28, focused on importance of security and privacy for personal information that is stored or transmitted online. Related ANSI standards cover safety of online financial transactions, public key cryptography, fraud countermeasures and controls, and mathematical primitives for secret value derivation, public key encryption, and digital signatures. Another data privacy initiative is ANSI's Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel. Read More