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Foodservice Packaging Industry survey is optimistic about 2007.

Annual survey of foodservice packaging manufacturers and suppliers found that 79% of responding North American manufacturers are optimistic about sales in 2007, with 84% planning to buy new machinery, as are 75% of those responding in Europe, with 67% planning on new purchases. Operators indicated they are most troubled by food safety, labor shortages, and nutritional concerns, and such issues as...

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Institute announces production of rigidity tester.

Used by manufacturers for testing resistance to bending and buckling of single-use foodservice packaging products, 2007 Rigidity Tester determines rigidity of paper and plastic plates, platters, bowls, and trays used in foodservice venues. Electrified, digitized unit will also be used by 3rd party laboratory to establish numerical ranges of rigidity to designate Lightweight, Medium Weight, Heavy...

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MHIA Roundtable of Industry Leaders releases 2007 forecast.

During meeting, MHIA Roundtable of Industry Leaders forecasted continued growth in New Orders of 3-5% in 2007 followed by slower growth or contraction in 2008. Continued growth in shipments of 7-10% is expected followed by mild contraction in 2008, and Consumption is expected to grow 6.5-9.5% in 2007 followed by modest to no growth in 2008. Key issues facing material handling and logistics...

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MH1 Standard for Unit-Loads is available from MHIA.

MH1 2005 standard for Pallet, Slip Sheets, and Other Bases, which covers pallets used in unit-load method of assembling, stacking, storing, handling, and transporting materials and products, is available from MHIA (Material Handling Industry of America). Standard defines terminology and nomenclature associated with pallets, describes procedures for pallet sampling, inspection, and testing, and...

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Seminar to address global standards and developing economies.

IEEE, in collaboration with Tunisian Ministry of Communication Technologies, will present Global Standards and Developing Economies: Broadband Access and Infrastructure," seminar on May 9-10 in Tunis, Tunisia. Hosted by IEEE Standards Association Corporate Program, conference targets leaders from industry, government, and international standards organizations to share insight on how local...

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FRA approves waiver for braking technology.

Resulting from waiver approved by Federal Railroad Administration, two railroads will equip and operate trains with Electronically Controlled Pneumatic brake technology, which maximizes train control, minimizes derailments, and shortens stopping distances. Under waiver, trains equipped with ECP brakes will be able to safely travel up to 3,500 miles without stopping to undergo routine brake...

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Federal Railroad Administrator launches track inspection project.

In wake of several accidents, Federal Railroad Administration is launching rail inspection project to check nearly 1,300 miles of track across New York State for flaws that might lead to train derailment. Inspection will measure whether two track rails are level and if width between rails is acceptable. To build baseline for evaluating railroad's safety, administration will also begin quality...

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FERC approves NERC standards to improve power grid.

Heralding nation's transition to mandatory system of electric reliability standards, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved 83 reliability standards developed by North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC). Approved standards will apply to users, owners, and operators of bulk power systems designated by NERC through compliance registry procedures. Both monetary and...

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Electroindustry Business Confidence Index climbed in March.

According to senior industry executives responding to NEMA's monthly Electroindustry Business Confidence Survey, North American business conditions have improved for first time in 8 months. Survey's measure of mean degree of change remained in positive territory for second straight month, rising to +0.2 from +0.1 in February. EBCI for future North American conditions indicated that survey...

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ESFI and NEMA support DOT advisory on battery safety.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association and Electrical Safety Foundation International voiced their support for safety advisory issued by US Department of Transportation on use and packaging of batteries and battery-powered consumer products carried aboard aircraft. Advisory will help airplane passengers and airline crews to comply with existing federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...

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