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National Manufacturing Week


Conferences: September 24-27, 2007
Exhibits: September 25-27, 2007


Bigger and Better Than It's Ever Been!
Five major events serving the nation's largest manufacturing marketplace join together to create the most comprehensive showcase of advanced manufacturing technology solutions ever assembled under one roof. For the first time ever, your National Manufacturing Week badge includes free admission to the co-located Assembly Technology Expo, Quality Expo, Electronics Assembly Show, and PLASTEC Midwest.


There is no better way to see, compare, and evaluate the complete range of product and service resources for every aspect of design and manufacturing. Visit for complete show information and registration. Now a Canon Communications event.


Integration of building system planning on agenda for ASHRAE annual meeting


In designing buildings, professionals should work together to determine points of integration between various building systems, architecture and the environment.

Only when this integrated design is achieved will buildings become truly sustainable, according to Kirk Mescher, chair of ASHRAE's Program Committee.


Several sessions relating to integrated or sustainable design will be presented at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' 2006 Winter Meeting, Jan. 21-25, Chicago, at the Palmer House Hilton. There will be 104 sessions presented as part of the technical program. The complete technical program can be found at .


Integrated design is an all-encompassing design strategy that should integrate architecture, engineering, building use, location and utilities into a building form that meets or exceeds the requirements of the integrated components, according to Mescher.


"Green building design has grabbed headlines," he said. "As a subcomponent of integrated building design, green building design has become the marketing measure of forward thinking for engineering professionals. As a minimum, design teams should be asking: 'Why can a building not recognize when the occupants arrive and turn on the necessary building functions to support occupants? Can the heating and cooling system be integrated with the building architecture to minimize the need for mechanical support? Can the building control system be integrated with communication, alarm, security and other electronic systems???


Among the sessions is a symposium on creating low-energy buildings through integrated design. It includes case studies of low-energy, sustainability and integrated design in residential and commercial buildings.


A seminar focuses on HVAC&R buildings systems and how they interact with the local environment, including discussion on cooling tower water, district energy and acoustic concerns.


For-profit entities are just beginning to examine green in operating strategies and projects. A seminar examines how green is good for business and the environment.


Held with the ASHRAE Winter Meeting is the ASHRAE co-sponsored International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, Jan. 23-25, at McCormick Place. For more information, contact International Exposition Company at (203) 221-9232, , .


For more information or to register, visit .



Registration open for NA 2006 conference


When the 2006 Material Handling & Logistics Show and Conference, known as NA 2006, opens its doors on March 27 at Cleveland's I-X Center, it will include an educational conference featuring a free executive forum that will provide expertise from industry leaders on breakthrough achievements in high performance supply chains. In addition, more than 60 free show floor educational seminars, an RFID Education Center, two detailed educational workshops and a short course outlining leading-edge equipment and technology solutions will be offered during the NA 2006 Educational Conference.


For complete information on the NA 2006 Educational Conference including session details, visit . NA 2006 is sponsored by MHIA, an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. For more information on MHIA, visit .



Gasket industry's first trade show is March 29 - 31

The Gasket Fabricators Association, with the endorsement of the Independent Sealing Distributors, will be sponsoring the first trade show ever devoted exclusively to the gasket industry. The Gasketing/Converting Expo '06 will be held March 29-31, 2006 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida.


Exhibitors will be manufacturers of gasket material, converting equipment, tooling, quality inspection equipment and software, and devices to compliment upstream or downstream processing. Providers of human resource, software, and merger and acquisition services are also expected to exhibit.


Technical sessions will be held in conjunction with the Expo, and will include presentations and panel discussions on equipment/quick die changeover techniques, tape/adhesives, and waste stream management and reduction. In addition, there will be a business session featuring a legislative/regulatory panel on industry issues presented by the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Association of Wholesalers.


To attend or exhibit at the Gasketing/Converting Expo '06, contact the GFA Office at (610) 971-4850 or or the ISD Office at (410) 263-1014 or .


Visit the GFA's web site, , for more information.

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