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Eight State DOT Projects win America's Transportation Awards.

July 28, 2015

Co-sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, America's Transportation Awards annually recognize best of America's transportation projects in 4 regional competitions. Department of Transportation projects in New Mexico and Montana won in the "Best Use of Innovation" category, while projects in Texas, Colorado, and Utah won in "Under Budget" category. Finally, California, North Dakota, and Utah DOTs won in the "Quality of Life/Community Development" category. Read More

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BIO supports tax extender legislation.

July 28, 2015

BIO thanked Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and other committee members for marking up legislation to extend critical tax incentives. Legislation would extend for 2 years the important Research & Development Tax Credit, Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, and Controlled Foreign Corporation Look-Through Rule. Read More

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NEMA reaffirms NEMA CS 3.1-2009 Guide.

July 28, 2015

NEMA reaffirmed NEMA CS 3.1-2009 Guide for the Application, Handling, Storage, Installation, and Maintenance of Medium-Voltage AC Contactors, Controllers, and Control Centers. Guide applies to AC medium voltage contactors and Class E controllers rated 1,501-15,000 volts, installed in accordance with the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, and manufacturer’s instructions. Publication is useful to architects, electrical engineers, electrical contractors, maintenance engineers. Read More

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FAA proposes $55,000 civil penalty against MayaAir.

July 28, 2015

FAA proposes $55,000 civil penalty against MayaAir, LLC of Telluride, CO, for allegedly conducting commercial operations with an unauthorized aircraft. FAA alleges that between July 28 and August 3, 2014, MayaAir flew a Beechjet 400A on 5 flights when its operating specifications did not authorize use of that aircraft for commercial operations. FAA alleges that paying passengers were aboard each of the flights, which took place in Colorado, Ohio, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Read More

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BIO World Congress sets new record for partnering meetings.

July 28, 2015

The 2015 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology recently concluded at the Montreal Convention Center. With more than 50 exhibitors, this year’s Conference drew around 1,200 industry leaders from 725 companies, 50 countries, and 37 states, as well as the District of Columbia. Organized by BIO, event hosted more than 1,400 partnering meetings, a 40% increase from 2014 BIO World Congress. Educational programming included 300 speakers and 48 sessions in 8 educational tracks. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes USTR Announcement on WTO ITA expansion.

July 28, 2015

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced countries agreed to expand scope of World Trade Organization's Information Technology Agreement (WTO ITA). In said announcement, products of interest to NEMA manufacturers were provisionally agreed upon by participating governments. NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff applauded Ambassador Froman, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Ambassador to WTO Michael Punke, and U.S. negotiators for "steadfast advocacy and their success." Read More

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Photonics Conference highlights silicon and nanophotonics.

July 28, 2015

Scheduled for Aug 26–28, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, 12th International Group IV Photonics Conference features comprehensive technical program of original research in fields of Silicon Photonic Applications & Systems; Novel Materials & Nanophotonics; and Photonic Devices, as well as pre-conference workshop on use of advanced silicon photonics design tools, prototyping, and foundry capabilities. Special industry forum will address leading edge topics in the field. Read More

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NEMA reaffirms NEMA ICS 1-2000 Industrial Control and Systems.

July 27, 2015

NEMA reaffirmed NEMA ICS 1-2000 Industrial Control and Systems: General Requirements. Purpose of publication is to consolidate all standards of a general nature in order to obtain uniform application of requirements throughout the range of industrial control and systems equipment. Guide provides practical, general information concerning ratings, construction, testing, performance, and manufacture of industrial control, and systems equipment and terminal blocks. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against Avion Research Inc.

July 27, 2015

FAA proposes $420,000 civil penalty against Avion Research Inc. of Cupertino, CA, for allegedly producing and advertising articles that weren’t authorized for installation on certificated aircraft. FAA alleges that Avion manufactured 63 glare shields that did not comply with federal aviation regulations for producing replacement or modification articles for FAA type-certificated aircraft. FAA further alleges Avion knew shields were reasonably likely to be installed on type-certificated aircraft. Read More

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FAA proposes $173,100 civil penalty against Eaton Corp.

July 27, 2015

FAA proposes a $173,100 civil penalty against Eaton Corporation Aerospace Operations of Irvine, CA, for allegedly violating drug and alcohol testing regulations. FAA alleges that Eaton, which operates aircraft repair stations, failed to include 6 employees who performed safety-sensitive work in random drug and alcohol testing pools. FAA also alleges Eaton failed to conduct pre-employment drug tests before transferring 2 employees into safety-sensitive positions. Read More

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ELFA announces Operations and Technology award winners.

July 27, 2015

ELFA's 2015 Operations and Technology Excellence Award was established to recognize innovation, creativity, and employment of newer technologies and operational process improvements. Element Financial Corporation is being recognized for process that improves title and registration services across 2,700 unique jurisdictions for fleet management customers. Quick Bridge Funding, LLC is recognized for building an innovative, scalable, enterprise financial platform to manage its entire business. Read More

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NTSB investigates 2014 truck-motorcoach collision.

July 27, 2015

After investigating a truck-motorcoach collision that resulted in 10 fatalities in Orland, CA, NTSB recommended that motorcoach interiors be designed with improved flammability requirements as well as improved emergency exits, and that event data recorders be installed on commercial trucks and motorcoaches. In the crash, a 2007 Volvo truck-tractor operated by FedEx Freight, Inc. crossed a 58 ft wide median, struck a 2013 Nissan Altima, and then collided head-on with a 2014 Setra motorcoach. Read More

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ELFA releases economic outlook for Q3.

July 27, 2015

According to Q3 update to 2015 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook, investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 5% in 2015 and GDP is expected to grow 2.6%. As U.S. economy rebounds from disappointing Q1, report predicts that business confidence will improve, which should encourage greater investment over second half of 2015. Outlook for 12 individual equipment and software verticals tracked in report is mixed, with some sectors outperforming others. Read More

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NEMA reaffirms NEMA ICS 20-2009 Informational Guide.

July 27, 2015

NEMA reaffirmed NEMA ICS 20-2009 Informational Guide to Electrical Industrial Topics, which is an informational and comparison document regarding various industrial equipment topics frequently encountered. Developed by the 1IS SC1/SC2 Technical Subcommittee, this standards publication has been updated to reflect and consolidate the latest informational and comparison material regarding industrial control equipment available. Read More

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SME names 2015 Distinguished Faculty Advisors.

July 27, 2015

SME's 2015 Distinguished Faculty Advisors include: Eric McKell, PE, associate professor, Brigham Young University; Elsayed A. Orady, PhD, professor of manufacturing, University of Michigan-Dearborn; and Patricia Polastri, PhD, assistant professor, Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Award recognizes advisors for their service to SME, and their overall efforts to create, revitalize, and maintain chapters that let students see how worthwhile an education and career in manufacturing can be. Read More

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ANSI Seeks Comments on proposed ISO field activity on SRFs.

July 27, 2015

ANSI invites all interested stakeholders to submit comments on International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) proposal for new field of activity on solid recovered fuels (SRFs). Comments due by end of business day on August 31, 2015. Work item proposal, submitted by Finnish Standards Association SFS, specifies that intended program of work for standardization of solid recovered fuels would include basic standards, testing and analysis standards, and technical specifications. Read More

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Guidelines updated for Common Patent Policy implementation.

July 24, 2015

World Standards Cooperation partners — the International Electrotechnical Commission, International Organization for Standardization, and International Telecommunication Union —have issued updated guidelines for implementation of Common Patent Policy for ITU-T/ITU-R/ISO/IEC intended to address patented technology in international standards. Policy encourages early disclosure and identification of patents that may relate to standards under development, as greater transparency promotes efficiency. Read More

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ANSI and ESOs share Q&A documents to promote mutual understanding.

July 24, 2015

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and European Standards Organizations (ESOs) released 2 Q&A documents intended to facilitate mutual understanding of U.S. and European standardization systems. Questions and Answers about the U.S./European Standardization System are the latest deliverables to come out of 2+ decades of dialogue between ANSI and ESOs. Material is not intended to provide comprehensive overview, and documents may continue to be living, working documents. Read More

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NEMA endorses IDEA as preferred source for product data.

July 24, 2015

During NEMA Board of Governors meeting, NEMA endorsed Industry Data Exchange Association as the electrical industry’s preferred source for timely, synchronized manufacturer-supplied product data for the electrical products supply channel. IDEA’s Industry Data Warehouse includes more than 950,000 fully attributed stock-keeping units that consist of such particulars as pricing, packaging, and safety data; digital media; installation video links; and images. Read More

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NEMA Reaffirms Safety Guidelines for solid-state control.

July 24, 2015

National Electrical Manufacturers Association reaffirmed NEMA ICS 1.1-1984 Safety Guidelines for the Application, Installation, and Maintenance of Solid State Control. Developed by the 1IS SC1/SC2 Technical Subcommittee, this standards publication provides general guidelines regarding application, installation, and maintenance of solid-state control in form of individual devices or packaged assemblies incorporating solid state components. Read More