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IPC Market Research Report examines lead-free electronics issues.

May 27, 2015

Released by IPC, "Issues and Outlook for Lead-Free Electronics in Military and Aerospace Applications" assesses current and future state of lead-free usage in high-reliability applications. Examination of various tipping points and other indicators is used as basis for 10-year forecast of ratio of tin/lead to lead-free solder consumption (worldwide and in North America). Study provides look at how manufacturers are coping with such problems and how this trend will affect industry's future. Read More

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NEMA Standard focuses on fittings for conduit and cable.

May 27, 2015

NEMA FB 2.20-2014 Selection and Installation Guidelines Fittings for Use with Flexible Electrical Conduit and Cable was amended to address possible incompatibility between cable dimensions and legacy MC cable fitting designs. Specifically, guidelines included within this NEMA-published standard provide installers and inspectors industry perspective of best practices in selecting and installing fittings for AC and MC cables, NM cable, FMC, LFMC, and LFNC that NEMA members manufacture. Read More

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BIO Applauds Approval of 21st Century Cures Act.

May 27, 2015

BIO praised Energy and Commerce Committee for approving 21st Century Cures Act. Commending said legislation for prioritizing placement of patients at center of drug development process, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood expressed support for establishing framework for incorporating patient views into development and regulatory review processes, focusing on precision medicine through genomics and regulatory science, modernization of clinical trials, and enhancing FDA's scientific capacity. Read More

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BIO Applauds Passage of American Research and Competitiveness Act.

May 27, 2015

BIO applauded House of Representatives for making Research and Development Tax Credit permanent by passing American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 (H.R. 880). Citing its "vital role in supporting the search for cures and breakthrough medicines," BIO's Jim Greenwood voiced strong support for making R&D Tax Credit permanent part of tax code not subject to yearly extensions. Cited benefits included investment encouragement for research-intensive businesses in diverse industries. Read More

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FAA proposes $227,500 civil penalty against AmplaChem Inc.

May 26, 2015

FAA proposes $227,500 civil penalty against AmplaChem, Inc. of Carmel, IN, for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. FAA alleges that on April 10, 2013, AmplaChem knowingly offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to FedEx for air transport from Carmel to Vietnam. Shipment included Boron Tribromide, a corrosive material and toxic inhalation hazard that is forbidden from being transported aboard any commercial aircraft, and 2 other corrosive substances. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard on EPDM-insulated hook-up wire types.

May 26, 2015

ANSI/NEMA HP 9-2014 Electrical and Electronic Ethylene-Propylene Diene Elastomer (EPDM) Insulated Hook-Up Wire, Types EP (rated 125°C;600 V), and EPD (rated 125°C;5000 V), is available for download or in hard copy. Useful in defense and aerospace industries as well as other high-performance applications, this standard covers requirements for EPDM-insulated solid and stranded wire designed to internal wiring of high-reliability electrical and electronic equipment. Read More

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Solazyme CEO to receive BIO George Washington Carver Award.

May 26, 2015

BIO named Solazyme CEO and co-founder Jonathan S. Wolfson as recipient of its 2015 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. Special selection committee chose Wolfson for his vision to take one of the smallest organisms in the world – microalgae – and use it to revolutionize some of the biggest industries in the world. Company’s sustainable algal oils can replace petroleum-based and other unsustainable oils widely used in industries today. Read More

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BIO says EPA should reissue 2014 RFS Proposal.

May 26, 2015

In comments on proposed consent decree to resolve oil industry lawsuits against the agency over delays in finalizing the rulemakings, BIO said it is imperative that the EPA gets the administration of the annual Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations back on track. EPA should withdraw its proposed 2014 RFS rule and reissue it by June 1, 2015, to include advanced and total renewable biofuel volumes that are consistent with the RFS statute. Read More

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NFPA Publishes Annual Report on U.S. Fluid Power Industry.

May 26, 2015

Annual Report on U.S. Fluid Power Industry reviews industry size and economic impact while also exploring energy consumption, best practices, and current R&D directions. With goal of raising awareness and public understanding of fluid power industry's impact, report also included conclusions pertaining to fluid power components manufacturing totals, international competitiveness/exports, employment/payroll, downstream economic impact, education/training, and areas of future focus. Read More

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MESA International releases KPI markup language.

May 26, 2015

MESA International released KPI-ML, which consists of new XML markup language based on ISO 22400 standard: Automation systems integration – Key performance indicators (KPIs) for manufacturing operations management. KPI-ML will help manufacturing companies implement ISO 22400 standard and increase flow of KPIs within business. In turn, this enables manufacturing companies worldwide to reduce software development expense of exchanging KPI data between systems, plants, and business units. Read More

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NEMA Standard targets vertical tenons on post top luminaires.

May 26, 2015

ANSI C136.21-2014 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Vertical Tenons Used with Post Top-mounted Luminaires is available for download and in hard copy. Of use to roadway and area lighting manufacturers, municipalities, and utilities, this standard details attachment features of vertical tenons on pole tops or brackets used in roadway and area lighting that permit interchangeability of post-top-mounted luminaires. Read More

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FABTECH Mexico sees increased growth and brisk sales.

May 22, 2015

Record-setting 11,100 qualified buyers visited co-located FABTECH Mexico, AWS Weldmex, METALFORM Mexico, and COATech shows May 5–7, 2015. More than 530 exhibiting companies spanned 125,000 net square feet of exhibit space, which were all record numbers for seventh edition of combined event that is now largest manufacturing show in Latin America. Event has experienced 17% increase each year since 2009 and brought economic impact to Monterrey of over US$18 million. Read More

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Canadian Manufacturing Event launched by SME and 3 others.

May 21, 2015

Bringing together government, academia, and businesses, Advanced Manufacturing Canada (AMC) aims to educate manufacturing industry as to how companies can produce products faster for less while maintaining quality by implementing new technologies. This event, taking place in Montréal, Canada from November 18–19, is made possible by SME and 3 other industry associations. According to SME's Debbie Holton, SME will bring its experience in using collaboration to solve innovation dilemmas. Read More

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WESTEC 2015 Event to address key manufacturing issues.

May 21, 2015

Scheduled for Sept 15–17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, SME's WESTEC 2015 will showcase leading companies, new technologies, and issues that will impact the industry now and in the future. Event provides attendees with networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes, and interactive exhibits. Many top equipment manufacturers will unveil new products and technological breakthroughs — from software to cutting tools, 3D printers to multitasking machines. Read More

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U.S. settles with Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

May 21, 2015

U.S. EPA and U.S. DOJ allege that Marathon Petroleum Corporation failed to comply with certain Clean Air Act fuel quality emissions standards and recordkeeping, sampling, and testing requirements. Marathon will spend over $2.8 million on pollution controls to reduce emissions of VOCs on 14 fuel storage tanks at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It will also pay 2.9 million civil penalty and retire 5.5 billion sulfur credits, which have current market value of $200,000. Read More

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AASHTO Opens Photography Contest and announces video section.

May 21, 2015

AASHTO's 11th annual Faces of Transportation photography contest features new categories as well as video section. Open to state DOT employees and private citizens, national competition welcomes submission of photographs and videos of people, projects, and personal experiences demonstrating benefits of transportation in America. This year's competition, themed "The People Who Power Transportation in America," includes 5 awards for photography and 2 for videos. Entries are due July 31, 2015. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Guidelines on conduit-in-casing construction.

May 21, 2015

NEMA PRP 1-2014 Guidelines for Conduit-in-Casing Construction presents conduit-in-casing construction as technically sound solution to problem of laying power/communication cables under surface obstruction without disrupting traffic roadbed, rail bed, or riverbed. Published by NEMA, this document was developed by Polymer Raceway Products Technical Committee and describes types of casings most often used as well as advantages of concrete-in-casing construction. Read More

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SME's THE BIG M looks to grow workforce and explore innovation.

May 20, 2015

Taking place June 2–4 in Detroit, MI, SME's THE BIG M Manufacturing Convergence will feature workshops, keynotes, exhibits, and other activities to bring together industry executives, managers, engineers, product designers, and students. Goals include exploring new technology and sharing best practices shaping manufacturing's future as well as promoting careers available in manufacturing. Exhibits will include interactive product displays, demonstrations, and industry-spanning technologies. Read More

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Dr. Steve Daniewicz receives ASTM Award of Merit.

May 20, 2015

ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture honored Steve Daniewicz, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University, with ASTM International Award of Merit for his leadership and outstanding contributions to the development of fatigue crack growth standard test methods. An ASTM member since 1995, Daniewicz has led several E08 subcommittees and task groups, specifically E08.01 on Research and Education, which he has chaired since 2002. Read More

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Winners announced for NREL's Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races.

May 20, 2015

During 25th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions, 63 teams from 17 Colorado middle schools gathered at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. Event drew nearly 200 students eager to show and race vehicles they designed and built. Trophy for fastest solar powered model car was given to students from Stargate School (Thornton), "SG Solar 2," and trophy for fastest lithium-ion powered model car was given to students from Bell Middle School (Golden), "BMS 2 Battery." Read More