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RIA to hold food robotics webinar.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
September 21, 2011 Scheduled for September 29 from 12:00-1:00 pm EDT, Food Robotics Webinar will allow non-experts to start at the beginning and gain a basic understanding of the technology. Robots are now used in all manner of pre-wrap, post-wrap, and post-box processes. Whether participants are concerned about ergonomics, traceability, quality, or throughput, RIA webinar will provide starting place to learn the facts about vision-guided robots for the food and beverage industry.
AMT to Acquire Media Properties from Gardner Publications.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
September 21, 2011 In support of its strategic mission to grow its membership to include manufacturers of new and developing technologies, AMT announced their intention to acquire all assets - lists, websites, and e-mail newsletters - of Time Compression and Process Cleaning magazines. AMT is developing complete suite of services for this community, which will include existing products such as the IMTS show, BI tools, technical meetings and conferences, and activity in overseas markets.
Baldrige Award Judges select organizations for final review.
National Institute of Standards & Technology    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1070
September 21, 2011 Panel of Judges for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award has selected eleven organizations for final review stage. Next month, teams of experts will make site visits to one organization in small business category, one in education, six in health care, and three in nonprofit. Examiners will provide 300-1,000 hours of review to each applicant receiving site visit, and all applicants will receive detailed report on organization's strengths and opportunities for improvement.
NREL Earns Federal Award for sustainable IT practices.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory    Washington, DC 20024-2157
September 21, 2011 In recognition of its efforts to help federal government improve its sustainable practices, U.S. Department of Energy's NREL earned 2011 Platinum-level Award from Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC). This achievement was earned by tracking lifecycle data for electronic equipment, retiring old CRT monitors, and replacing them with LCDs; ensuring environmentally friendly disposal of electronics; and reviewing/revising NREL policies to make lab IT environment more energy efficient.
Lasers for Manufacturing Event endorsed by Senator Bill Nelson.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
September 21, 2011 In his letter of support, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) thanks LIA "for taking the lead in providing the education, practical examples and connection to world class laser and system manufacturers which LME provides." Nelson cited increased use of lasers for manufacturing as means of improving U.S. competitiveness, innovation, and jobs. To be held on September 27 and 28, Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) provides basic training, courses, videos, and manufactured parts examples.
ASTM Symposium on Roofing highlights research, standards development.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
September 21, 2011 Sponsored by ASTM International D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing, Seventh Symposium on Roofing Research and Standards Development will take place December 4, 2011 in Tampa, FL. Symposium will have primary emphasis on current research and development work, specifically centering on influence of laboratory and field investigations in development of standards for roofing and waterproofing materials and systems. Topics will address relation to low-sloped and steep roofing systems.
ASTM Committee sponsors workshop on shipping container testing.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
September 21, 2011 On October 31, ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging will sponsor workshop, The Future of ASTM D4169 (Standard Practice for Performance Testing of Shipping Containers and Systems). Task groups were formed to review data from 1995 to present to learn if new data is available concerning various hazards in distribution, including handling, vibration, stacking, and rail switching. Presentations will review data and recommended revisions for updating schedules/elements of D4169.
IPC Study forecasts growth to resume in 2012.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
September 21, 2011 According to IPC's 2010-2011 Industry Analysis and Forecast for PCB Industry in North America, volume of PCB production remains flat, but sales of PCBs by North American manufacturers returned to strong growth in 2010. Sales of rigid PCBs were up 18%, while sales of flexible circuits grew 16% in 2010. A representative sample of 40 North American PCB manufacturers participated in survey, with $2.3 billion in total sales, accounting for approximately 55% of North American market.
World Standards Week includes meetings on transatlantic partnerships.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 21, 2011 Organized in conjunction with European Standards Organizations (ESOs), ANSI will host U.S.-European open conference on transatlantic partnerships at World Standards Week (WSW) 2011. ANSI-ESO Conference seeks to foster networking and open dialogue on standards and compliance programs in such critical and emerging areas as e-mobility/electric vehicles, energy, and security. Open to interested stakeholders, conference will be held at U.S. Chamber of Commerce on October 12.
Legal Issues Forum explores patented technology in standards.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
September 21, 2011 On October 13, ANSI will present Legal Issues Forum at World Standards Week 2011. Forum will focus attention on legal and policy issues that may arise when patented technologies are included in voluntary consensus standards. First panel questions RAND (reasonable and non-discriminatory) licensing commitment and its continued viability as a preferred approach. Second panel will address pros/cons of mandatory or voluntary ex ante disclosure of licensing terms as potential alternative to RAND.
Economic Study Shows R&D Tax Credit has significant impact.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
September 21, 2011 Ernst & Young's "The R&D Credit: An effective policy for promoting research spending," released by R&D Credit Coalition, shows federal research and development (R&D) credit significantly and positively impacts U.S. economy by increasing amount of research spending, jobs, and wages. In total, overall policy - existing credit plus strengthened alternative simplified credit - is estimated to increase annual private research spending by $15 billion (short-term) and $33 billion (long-term).
Workshops Speakers announced for BIO Investor Forum.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
September 21, 2011 BIO has announced preliminary set of speakers to be featured on Therapeutic Workshops during 10th annual BIO Investor Forum, which will be held October 25-26 in San Francisco, CA. According to BIO's Alan Eisenberg, workshops will engage key opinion leaders, clinical specialists, and leading companies in provocative discussions centered around "novel and cutting-edge therapies" in biotech. In turn, this will provide investors with insight as to what will drive market.
PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 looks to future of package design.
Packaging Machinery Manufacturing Institute    Arlington, VA 22203
September 20, 2011 Part of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, Project 2020: The Consumer Experience challenges design community to envision how packaging will drive consumer purchasing decisions a decade from now. Prototypes of the finalists' concepts will be displayed by EskoArtwork, the software partner for Project 2020. One concept will be named the Grand Prize Winner by a panel of judges and receive the Complete Studio Bundle from EskoArtwork. Remaining finalists will receive copies of EskoArtwork's Studio Designer.
AASHTO Supports Obama regarding infrastructure initiative.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
September 20, 2011 AASHTO supports President Barack Obama's message to Congress calling for $50 billion investment in transportation infrastructure to boost struggling national economy. John Horsley, AASHTO Executive Director applauded Obama's proposal to immediately boost transportation investment and expressed great pleasure concerning Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approval of bipartisan bill to extend highway and transit programs at current levels of funding.
WV Transportation Infrastructure requires additional investment.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
September 20, 2011 Paul A. Mattox Jr., secretary of West Virginia (WV) DOT, outlines critical need for additional investment to preserve and maintain WV's aging transportation systems in Two-Minute State DOT Update. In this video, Mattox says that "there is an issue with crumbling infrastructure." This is substantiated via study by Wilbur Smith and Associates, which determines WV would need additional $700 million annually to preserve and modernize surface transportation systems.
Patent Reform Legislation garners praise from BIO.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
September 20, 2011 BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commended those involved with passing Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, H.R. 1249, for their "tireless efforts." Greenwood said this passage marks "the conclusion of a long and vigorous debate on how to best modernize our nation's patent system." He also said improvements fostered by this bill benefits all sectors of national economy by enhancing patent quality as well as U.S. patent system efficiency, objectivity, predictability, and transparency.
NAM/NFIB Radio Ad Campaign to inform public of NLRB actions.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
September 20, 2011 Series of ads by NAM and NFIB calls on members of Congress to support Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act. In response to National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) attacks on expansion, competition, and jobs, multi-state ad campaign will highlight recent action from NLRB that, if left unchecked, could result in new plant closing and loss of thousands of jobs. Initiative brings together small business owners and manufacturers of all sizes to educate policymakers and public.
Manufacturers Call on Obama, Congress to act on pro-job policies.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
September 20, 2011 NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, after President Obama's address to joint session of Congress on jobs and the economy, said "manufacturers are encouraged by Washington turning its attention to jobs." However, Timmons also said Obama "missed the mark" and that several steps can be taken immediately to grow U.S. economy and competitiveness. Timmons specifically cited urgent passing of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea as well as approving Keystone XL Pipeline.
TRIB contributes to National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.
Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau    Pacific Grove, CA 93950
September 20, 2011 TRIB kicked off their support of Truckers during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week by competing in The Nation's Triathlon in Washington, D.C. and raising over $1,000 for Trucker Buddy International. TRIB's Managing Director, David Stevens, competed in the Triathlon and TRIB members throughout the U.S. showed their support for Truckers and Trucker Buddy by making donations through TRIB's website.
GE's Rockstroh speaks on impact of laser technology.
Laser Institute of America (LIA)    Orlando, FL 32826
September 20, 2011 Todd Rockstroh, GE aviation consultant engineer, will be a featured speaker at LIA's Lasers for Manufacturing Event, detailing how lasers have been asked to perform intricate aviation production tasks over past 3 decades. Rockstroh will address various applications of lasers in the manufacture of vital components of jet and gas-turbine engines, as well as research that arose from - and solved - issues in production and maintenance of jet-engine fans, compressors, and combusters.

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