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Publication Updates Information Exchange
for Truck, Heavy-Equipment Suppliers

Thursday, November 20, 2003
Learn how heavy-truck OEMs and suppliers can better work together through electronic-data-interchange (EDI) transactions in The Business Process Narratives for Truck and Heavy Equipment Industry. The publication, also referred to as THE-3, is a revised version of the old TAG-3 and is published by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG). The update reflects current EDI practices and terminology. EDI practices allow timely communication between partners and increase the degree of integration from the sender’s business process into the receiver’s business process, according to AIAG officials. The payoff is lower cost associated with systems development as partners recognize and eliminate unnecessary activities before automating and integrating business processes. A hardcopy of the document, $10 for AIAG members and $50 for nonmembers, is available through the AIAG customer-service department at tel. 248/358-3003.

Manufacturing Taipei 2004—May 14-18

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
From May 14 to 18, 2004, the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall will host Manufacturing Taipei 2004—the 2004 Taipei International Manufacturing Show. The show, sponsored by the China External Trade Development Council and Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry, will feature machinery manufacturers in five categories: Design Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Equipment, Mold & Die, Parts & Subcontracting, and Factory Automation and Management. According to show sponsors, Taiwan manufacturers are increasingly looking to strategic partnerships to assist marketing and product development, at home and overseas, necessitating this first-ever exhibition. For more, visit

Lube Society Approves
Metalworking-Fluid-Expertise Certification

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
The board of directors of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) approved the start of a program to certify metalworking-fluid experts. The program is designed to certify engineers in fluid-management practices as pertaining to metalworking processes such as removal, stamping, drawing, protecting and treating. Under the program, to become a certified metalworking-fluid specialist, applicants will have to have demonstrated metalworking-fluid work experience and pass the STLE certification exam. An STLE committee will work to outline the certification process and develop an exam. The goal is to make the program available beginning in May 2005. For more, visit


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