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PMA partners with NTMA/AMT to announce re-shoring initiative.

February 26, 2010

PMA, NTMA, and AMT have announced 2010 NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair: Re-Shoring to Bring U.S. Manufacturing Jobs Back Home. To be held May 12, 2010, in Irvine, CA, it will help large U.S. manufacturers find competitive U.S. job shops to manufacture parts and tooling. More than 50 representatives from large manufacturers are expected to attend. Move to re-shore production has grown with higher transportation/fuel costs, wage rates, and reject rates in developing countries. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO(TM) to feature professional development courses.

February 26, 2010

More than 30 half-day courses will be offered at IPC APEX EXPO 2010, taking place April 8-9 in Las Vegas. Courses will cover SMT process fundamentals for tin lead and lead free; cleaning/coating/contamination; printed board design; emerging technologies; environmental issues and compliance; PCB fabrication and materials; quality, reliability and test; and supply chain/business issues. Courses have been identified as basic, intermediate, or advanced to guide registrants with selection. Read More

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IPC reports 1 out of 3 EMS companies plan expansion in 2010.

February 26, 2010

Companies participating in EMS Statistical Program Report for December 2009 say they will very likely or definitely add assembly capacity in 2010. Also, 35% of respondents anticipate need to buy new inspection equipment, while 20% are likely to buy pick-and-place equipment or ovens. Data on purchase expectations for equipment categories are broken down by EMS company size and sub-region in North America. Findings were also published in Assembly Equipment Statistical Program Report for Q4 2009. Read More

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NASA unveils space-weather analysis system.

February 26, 2010

Community Coordinated Modeling Center of Space Weather Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has introduced the Integrated Space Weather Analysis (iSWA) system. Taking information from various spacecraft, system compiles data on conditions from sun, Earth's magnetosphere, and Earth's surface. It provides information about space weather conditions past, present, and future and features customizable user interface for NASA satellite operators, scientists, and enthusiasts. Read More

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Nominations Sought for biotechnology innovation award.

February 26, 2010

BIO announced it is accepting nominations for 2010 George Washington Carver Award, which will be presented at 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing held June 27-30, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Nominees must be living individuals who have demonstrated significant and innovative accomplishments employing industrial biotechnology to advance a biobased economy and industrial sustainability. Nominations are being accepted online, and deadline is April 12, 2010. Read More

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Marion C. Blakey commends Karlin Toner's JPDO appointment.

February 26, 2010

In her statement regarding Dr. Karlin Toner's appointment to JPDO, Marion C. Blakey remarks that "Toner is an excellent choice to serve as the director of the Joint Planning and Development Office." Blakey cites Toner's aviation and aeronautics expertise as well as her policy and technical background as factors of confidence that ensure the next generation air transportation System will stay ahead of technology curve. Read More

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Biotech Crops are top choice for world's farmers.

February 26, 2010

According to report released by International Service for Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, growers worldwide continue to choose genetically engineered crops because of their contribution to agricultural productivity and sustainable farming. Titled "The Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2009," report says 14 million farmers in 25 countries are using agricultural biotechnology today, 90% of which are resource-poor farmers in developing countries. Read More

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RAPID 2010 Event to focus on rapid prototyping, 3D scanning.

February 26, 2010

Organized by SME, RAPID 2010 will bring manufacturing professionals, designers, and artists together in Anaheim, CA from May 18-20 to view, explore, and discuss innovations in 3D scanning and rapid prototyping technology. Exhibits, keynotes, and presentations will illustrate applications in various industries. Interactive session, Design Considerations for Additive Manufacturing, will cover real-world applications in additive manufacturing reviewed and discussed by panel of experts. Read More

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NAM makes statement on Toyota hearings.

February 26, 2010

According to statement made by NAM President, John Engler, NAM welcomes Congress' focus on the Toyota recall issue and believes hearings can be helpful in clarifying facts about problems Toyota is facing and corrective actions they are taking to eliminate them. NAM believes Toyota is committed to working with U.S. lawmakers and regulators to address and explain recalls, ensure safety of their vehicles, and most importantly, the safety of the driving public. Read More

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ATA reports rises in passenger revenue/cargo traffic.

February 26, 2010

ATA reports passenger revenue rose 1.4% in January, 2010, compared to January, 2009, while about 0.4% fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines and average price to fly 1 mile rose 0.6%. On trans-Atlantic routes, passenger revenue rose 3.4%. Cargo traffic rose 17% year-over-year in December 2009, driven by international trade, while during all of 2009, it declined 11%. Rises in passenger revenue and cargo volumes could be signs of recovery, said ATA's James C. May. Read More

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Jerry Thrift of Ryder System named as TMC general chairman.

February 25, 2010

Jerry Thrift was named Technology and Maintenance Council's 2010-2011 general chairman and treasurer during TMC's 2010 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition. Thrift served in several other TMC leadership positions and has been moderator and presenter for various TMC technical sessions. He intends to focus on strength of TMC's Recommended Practices by increasing awareness of industry best practices and through selecting practices that can be grouped into collections. Read More

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ASTM to hold workshop on predicting fatigue cracks.

February 24, 2010

ASTM International's Workshop on Fracture Mechanics-Based Life Prediction for Fatigue Cracks will be held May 19, 2010, in St. Louis, MO. It will provide forum for advancing understanding of fracture mechanics-based life predictions for fatigue cracks under load. Emphasis will be on developing ASTM guideline for software validation of analyses of surface cracks in monotonic or cyclic loading. Online registration opens 8 weeks before workshop and closes May 12, 2010. Read More

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John Horsley urges action on highway and transit program extension.

February 24, 2010

John Horsley urged Congress to extend federal highway and transit programs, which otherwise expire February 28, in order to save hundreds of thousands of jobs and maintain funding for transportation projects. House bill, Jobs for Main Street, and pending Senate jobs bill would extend federal funding while Congress works on multi-year authorization, provide $19.5 billion to ensure adequate funding to continue programs, and repair baseline to at least maintain last year's funding levels. Read More

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SME promotes manufacturing education in high schools.

February 24, 2010

SME Education Foundation introduced Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) courses at 400 Manufacturing Education Centers in U.S., including schools in Lee's Summit, MO, and Charlotte, N.C. Course, upgraded by Project Lead The Way, enhances computer modeling skills by applying principles of robotics/automation to creation of 3D design models. Bart A. Aslin launched initiative at Summit Technology Academy reception, on February 16, which included tour of new lab and preview of curriculum. Read More

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NAM announces new branding and website.

February 24, 2010

Designed to reflect modern manufacturing in America, NAM's new brand and website focus on manufacturing's vital leadership in innovation, job opportunity, technological progress, and economic security. Intuitive website features policy issues, information on how to take action, and quick facts on manufacturing in America, as well as interactive capabilities for sharing and receiving information in real-time. Read More

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SME Video demonstrates high school engineering initiative.

February 24, 2010

SME Education Foundation celebrated National Engineers Week, February 15-21, by distributing video titled "Innovate: All Systems Go." Presented in MTV-style format, video features students from high school in New Britain, CT, who build solar car and visit Johnson Space Center where NASA team answers their questions and explains why they love what they do. Solar car is on display near high school football field and students can answer questions and serve as mentors to peers and community members. Read More

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AASHTO Joins US Sen Boxer in support of new Jobs Bill.

February 24, 2010

Senate bill to extend funding for existing highway and transit programs through December 31 drew support from John Horsley, Executive Director of AASHTO. This bill, Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE), would also transfer $20 billion from General Fund to Highway Trust Fund to keep both Highway and Transit Accounts solvent. Horsley said it "would restore the baseline for the transportation program from $30 billion to $42 billion and restore certainty to states." Read More

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TIGER Recovery Funds will be used to create more jobs.

February 24, 2010

State transportation agencies received $777 million from US DOT to help fund 22 state-sponsored projects. Agencies from 23 states were awarded 52% of $1.5 billion made available by Congress via American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for TIGER grant program. AASHTO President Larry Brown expressed appreciation that 9 TIGER grants were awarded to states for freight and intermodal improvements. States also received grants for 7 highway, 3 bridge, and 3 transit projects. Read More

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Gases and Welding Wiki supplies daily welding industry news.

February 24, 2010

Located online at www.gawdawiki.org, GAWDAwiki headlines offer daily news resource for people in gases and welding industry. They complement wiki, which provides terms and concepts relating to gases and welding. Industry-specific words used in each news story link back to definitions on wiki itself, and comments section lets readers offer their opinions regarding each new development in industry. Each day, 3 gases and welding-related news items are posted on the site. Read More

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PTDA Canadian Conference delivers immediate take-home value.

February 24, 2010

Scheduled for June 3-5, 2010, PTDA Canadian Conference has been retooled to help attendees make more connections, work together efficiently to serve end users, and continue innovating in new economy. Product Showcase will feature table-top exhibits of new products and provide opportunity for channel partners to meet in informal format. Lead by former PTDA President, Don Latham, panel of top executives will discuss opportunities for improving distributor/manufacturer-supplier relationship. Read More