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Thin Silicon Lens makes cheap surveillance camera.

May 28, 2014

A team of French researchers has found a way to make a thermal infrared camera with a lens made of silicon. Lens is as thick as a fingernail with diameter less than that of a No. 2 pencil. Camera has 130° field of view, f-number of 1.5, and is effective over wide range of IR wavelengths, from 7–14 µm. Potential applications include more affordable surveillance, particularly for home use. Researchers describe their new work in a paper published in The Optical Society’s journal Optics Letters. Read More

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Titanium Metals Corp to pay civil penalty for TSCA violations.

May 27, 2014

Titanium Metals Corporation has agreed to pay $13.75 million civil penalty and perform extensive investigation and cleanup of potential contamination stemming from unauthorized manufacture and disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls at its manufacturing facility in Henderson, NV. Penalty is the largest ever imposed for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act at a single facility. TIMET will also pay $250,000 for violations related to illegal disposal of hazardous process wastewater. Read More

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Refinery Emissions Standards will protect nearby neighborhoods.

May 23, 2014

To protect nearby neighborhoods, U.S. EPA is proposing updates to toxic air pollution standards for petroleum refineries. Specific elements include monitoring and public availability of air concentrations of benzene around fenceline perimeter of refineries; upgraded emission controls for storage tanks, including controls for smaller tanks; performance requirements for flares to ensure waste gases are properly destroyed; and emissions standards for delayed coking units. Read More

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Congressman Randy Hultgren tours Petroferm via IPC program.

May 21, 2014

Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) visited Petroferm, a Vantage Chemicals business, at Lambent Technologies manufacturing facility in Gurnee, IL to learn about priority legislative and regulatory issues impacting electronics manufacturing industry. Hultgren was led around by Petroferm Cleaning's Dan Romani, who spoke on such policy and regulatory issues as export controls, R&D tax credits, and IP protection. Hultgren's visit was part of IPC's "Meet the Policymakers" program. Read More

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ASC invites industry to its Sustainability Forum.

May 21, 2014

Scheduled for July 22–23, ASC Sustainability Forum will provide opportunity for adhesive and sealant supply chain to discuss all aspects of sustainability and provide platform for dialogue with attendees. Event will include 2 keynote speakers that will outline overall opportunities they believe can be found within the sustainability arena. Keynotes will be followed by series of panels that allow various elements of supply chain to discuss their unique views on sustainability. Read More

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Hillary Rodham Clinton to deliver keynote at BIO convention.

May 21, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver keynote address on June 25 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm PDT at 2014 BIO International Convention® in San Diego, CA. "We are thrilled to be joined by Secretary Clinton at the 2014 BIO International Convention," said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. Regularly drawing 15,000+ attendees, BIO International Convention offers networking and partnering opportunities as well as insights and inspiration on trends affecting industry. Read More

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AIA supports lifting of export restrictions on space systems.

May 21, 2014

AIA applauds Administration's issuance of revisions to Category XV of the U.S. Munitions List that will end excessive restrictions on space systems, such as commercial satellites. After 6 month delayed implementation, interim final rule will remove many less sensitive technologies from USML and place them under more appropriate controls of Commerce Control List. Revision, together with re-authorization of Export-Import Bank by Congress, would dramatically level global market playing field. Read More

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NADCA applauds passage of R&D Tax Credit bill.

May 21, 2014

NADCA applauded passage by U.S. House of Representatives of bill making the Research and Development Tax Credit permanent. Sponsored by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and John Larson (D-CT), bill passed by vote of 274-131. NADCA and its members invest heavily in research and development to create new technologies and processes for lightweight applications, improving energy efficiency, and reducing lead times for procuring latest technologies. Read More

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Hollywood comes to Detroit for SME's RAPID 2014.

May 20, 2014

During SME’s 2014 RAPID Conference & Exposition, Jason Lopes, lead systems engineer for Legacy Effects, will present keynote showcasing how 3D printing and scanning have been cast in recent blockbuster hits like Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, The Bourne Legacy, Pacific Rim, and 2014’s remake of RoboCop. Joining Lopes as main keynote presenter is industry influencer Terry Wohlers, who publishes the annual industry report on the state of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Read More

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BIO welcomes new Industrial Biotechnology members.

May 20, 2014

BIO announced that 9 companies have become new members of its Industrial & Environmental Section since the start of 2014. Announcement came as BIO prepared to kick off its annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which took place in Philadelphia, PA. New members include: Arzeda Corp., Biosynthetic Technologies, Evolva, Green Biologics, Manus Biosynthesis, Reluceo Holdings LLC, Sage Bioproducts, Succinity Gmbh, and Yulex Corporation. Read More

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EPA announces environmental job training grants.

May 20, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, on a press call with Joe Carbone, President of the Workplace, Inc. and Jason Wimmer, City of Durham, NC, announced 18 grantees for $3.6 million award through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. Grants fund programs that provide unemployed and under-employed with skills and certifications needed for full-time careers in environmental fields such as recycling, stormwater management, oil spill cleanup, and Superfund site remediation. Read More

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Webinar Series focuses on demystifying piping plans.

May 20, 2014

In collaboration with Henri Azibert, Technical Director of the Fluid Sealing Association, and associated HI committee members, Hydraulic Institute has developed Advanced Mechanical Seals 4-part webinar series. In addition to outlining pros and cons of over 15 different piping plans, webinar will discuss auxiliary equipment, design considerations, operating parameters, installation, and monitoring as well as troubleshooting associated with each. Read More

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IPC Training DVD focuses on counterfeit component detection.

May 20, 2014

DVD-166C, "Counterfeit Components," explains how counterfeit components infiltrate supply chain as well as how to detect fraudulent devices during visual inspection. Available from IPC, this training video will provide companies with resource to help train their stockroom, production, and inspection technicians on common visual indicators of counterfeit and substandard components. Material also covers effectively utilizing sophisticated detection methods. Read More

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PTDA releases Business Index for 1Q2014.

May 20, 2014

Quarterly survey of PTDA’s distributor and manufacturer members continues to point to growth, with the PTDA Business Index for 1Q2014 at 63.6, up from 4Q2013 reading of 60.2. However, when asked about their outlook for the entire year, survey participants lowered their expectations from 7% growth to 6% growth, suggesting expectations of weakness later in the year. Read More

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BIO disagrees with biogenic CO2 emissions categorization.

May 19, 2014

BIO "disagrees with the categorization of biogenic CO2 emissions as equivalent to those of fossil fuels" the trade organization wrote in comments to EPA's Proposed Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units. According to Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, Electric Utility Generating Units firing biomass, regardless of percentage, should not be subject to proposed standards. Read More

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BIO supports American Research and Competitiveness Act.

May 19, 2014

BIO applauds U.S. House passage of the American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4438), which would establish a permanent research tax credit. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, the R&D tax credit is a vitally important incentive that spurs private-sector funding of the search for new cures and treatments for patients in need. This research not only produces new groundbreaking medical discoveries, but also supports millions of well-paying American jobs. Read More

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Global Parts Competition Winners announced at SPE ANTEC 2014.

May 19, 2014

SPE announced winners of its Global Parts Competition during SPE ANTEC® 2014, which took place April 28 to May 1 in Las Vegas, NV. Rear door assembly, developed by Walter Pack Group for Renault Twizy electric car, was chosen as Grand Prize winner as well as one of winners in Protecting Life, Quality of Life, Improving Life, and Sustaining Life categories. Winners also included Plasan Carbon Composites (Bennington, VT) and Plastic Technologies, Inc. (Perrysburg, OH).
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NIST awards manufacturing technology planning grants.

May 19, 2014

NIST awarded 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants totaling $9 million to new or existing industry-driven consortia to develop technology roadmaps aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance across industries. Awarded to universities and other non-profit organizations, grants are the first conferred by NIST’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program. They range from $378,900 to $540,000 for a period of up to 2 years. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against VT Milcom, Inc.

May 19, 2014

FAA is proposing $91,000 civil penalty against VT Milcom, Inc. for allegedly violating U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations. FAA alleges that on July 17, 2013, VT Milcom shipped two 1-gallon metal containers of paint on a FedEx aircraft from Virginia Beach, VA to Jacksonville, NC. Investigators determined shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate hazardous nature of contents and was not marked, labeled, or packed in accordance with Hazardous Material Regulations. Read More

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SME partners with CAM Logic for THE BIG M Event.

May 19, 2014

CAM Logic is scanning the Spirit of Detroit Statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to create miniature-size statues using 3D printing. These statues will be given out to select group of people at SME’s THE BIG M event, June 9–12 at Cobo Center. To scan the Spirit of Detroit, CAM Logic placed tracker at different locations around statue. The tracker, which detects where laser scanner is located, "spray paints" statue with laser scanner until image is captured in its entirety. Read More