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NEMA publishes reinstated dry type transformer standard.

June 27, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA ST 20-2014 Dry Type Transformers for General Applications, which applies to single-phase and polyphase dry-type transformers for supplying power, heating, and lighting circuits, and designed to be installed and used in accordance with National Electrical Code®. Standard also covers transformers with or without accessories having ratings of 1.2 kV class, 0.25–4,000 kVA. NEMA ST 20 specifically addresses sound levels for these types of transformers. Read More

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Colonial Circuits is First to be Certified under IPC-1071 QML.

June 26, 2014

IPC's Validation Services Program awarded IPC-1071 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Colonial Circuits Inc. This full-service printed board manufacturer's facility underwent audit based on IPC-1071, Best Industry Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in Printed Board Manufacturing. Colonial Circuits met requirements for Level 3 status under QML certification program, advanced level for military, government, and commercial IP, and is now listed as IPC-trusted source. Read More

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Marion C. Blakey addresses USA Today's article.

June 26, 2014

According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, USA Today story, "Unfit for Flight" ignores overwhelming evidence of improving general aviation safety in a misguided effort to paint aerospace manufacturers in a bad light. Going back through 5 decades of accident data significantly distorts the marked decline in both fatal and non-fatal accidents that occurred from 1999 to 2011, with fatal accidents falling 24% and non-fatal accidents falling 29% over that time period. Read More

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NAFS User Guide covers North American Fenestration Standard.

June 26, 2014

AAMA, Canadian Standards Association, and Window & Door Manufacturers Association released User Guide to 2011 AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights. Developed as non-mandatory, advisory document and published as public service, guide covers proper application of NAFS. It contains informative commentary, illustrations, and examples to help answer common questions associated with standard. Read More

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SME supports transformation of career and technical education.

June 26, 2014

SME works with academia and companies to train and enhance existing workforce as well as next generation. Via PRIME program, SME supports White House Maker Faire, which features makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who use cutting-edge tools to bring ideas to life. Partnering with 3D Systems, SME launched M.Lab21, which will enhance high school industrial arts and vocational education classes by offering starter kits and incorporating additive manufacturing into curriculums. Read More

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Two-Mode Imaging System could help identify tumors.

June 26, 2014

Research published in The Optical Society’s journal Optics Letters details new technique that could give surgeons cheaper and more lightweight tools, such as goggles or hand-held devices, to identify tumors in real-time in OR. Developed by team at the University of Arizona and Washington University in St. Louis, dual-mode imager combines near-infrared fluorescent imaging to detect marked cancer cells and visible light reflectance imaging to see contours of tissue itself—all in 25 mm package. Read More

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NASA partners with Edison Nation to promote MindShift.

June 26, 2014

NASA Langley Research Center is working with Edison Nation, an open innovation online service, to help distribute its discoveries and patents. Edison Nation will target companies that can license and use NASA technology, beginning with Langley's MindShift. Mimicking reality, this training and entertainment technology is based on research intended for pilots and air traffic controllers to use brainwave activity to maintain safer flight during autopilot and other automated aircraft functions. Read More

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A4A applauds approval of alternative jet fuel specification.

June 26, 2014

Supported by work undertaken by Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative®, ASTM International approved addition of bio-derived jet fuel annex to alternative jet fuel specification D7566. Annex details fuel properties and criteria necessary to control manufacture and quality of this new fuel, referred to as Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic fuel, which is produced from hydroprocessed fermented sugars. Annex provides that SIP fuel may be blended at up to 10% (by volume) with conventional jet fuel. Read More

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Cyber Security Unit announces award of security project.

June 25, 2014

ITPG Cyber Security Unit announced award of multifaceted project and commencement of work to assess and mitigate risks to client's information technology infrastructure. ITPG will perform internal and external assessment of IT infrastructure, including network and web applications, wireless, firewalls and routers, VPNs, hosts’ configurations, Active Directory, and VoIP. Team members will conduct compliance audits and gap analysis reflecting on applicable regulatory requirements and standards. Read More

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Building Enclosure Designers will speak at RCI's 2014 symposium.

June 25, 2014

At RCI's annual Symposium on Building Envelope Technology, scheduled for October 20–21, 2014 in Tampa, FL, expert speakers will discuss advanced methods for designing sound building enclosures as well as merits of contemporary building materials. Program will last 2 days and feature 12 educational sessions presented by leading building envelope designers. Most programs will focus on repair and/or sustainable design methods for strengthening and improving existing structures. Read More

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A4A says US airports have resources to fund capital needs.

June 25, 2014

Sharon Pinkerton, A4A Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy testified before House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation regarding airline industry’s support for demand-driven infrastructure development projects at U.S. airports. Pinkerton highlighted that airlines and airports have a winning formula for investing in infrastructure and urged members of Committee not to increase the Passenger Facility Charge. Read More

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Houston NextGen Project completed ahead of schedule.

June 25, 2014

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced successful implementation of the Houston Metroplex NextGen airspace redesign project, which will deliver more on-time flights for passengers while reducing pollution. Airspace improvements will reduce distances flown by as much as 648,000 nautical miles annually, based on flight plans. This will save up to 3 million gallons of fuel and reduce carbon emissions by as much as 31,000 metric tons each year. Read More

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ASABE seeks input on manure spreader standard revision.

June 25, 2014

ASABE is revising ASAE S324.1, Volumetric Capacity of Box Type Manure Spreaders – Dual Rating Method, and is seeking comment on proposed draft. Last revised in 1986, standard is being updated for clarity and simplification of calculation process. Proposed revision will be applicable to vertical beater-type machines and add a box-width relation to heaped capacity for improved accuracy. Read More

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Webinar Series addresses solar permitting and inspection.

June 24, 2014

As part of U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. and IREC present a series of 3 webinars on solar permitting and inspection. Series will review components of rooftop solar permitting processes, and share best practices and tools for improving them. On June 26th, second webinar of series will address inspection component of process, including inspection scheduling and timing, checklists, and inspector training. Read More

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AIM seeks nominations for 2014 AIM Awards.

June 24, 2014

AIM has opened the nomination period for its annual Automatic Identification and Mobility industry awards. Each year, AIM Awards honor individuals as well as organizations that not only promote the industry, but demonstrate significant contributions to enhanced and new technologies. The 2014 recipients, chosen by AIM’s global Board of Directors, will be honored at a special presentation during AIM Summit 2014 on September 8, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Read More

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ISPE announces launch of Metrics Pilot Program.

June 24, 2014

ISPE has announced official launch of its Metrics Pilot Program, which is headed by ISPE’s PQLI® Quality Metrics Team, and is now open to any drug manufacturing company that is registered with FDA. Primary objectives are to test harmonization of definitions for industry consensus metrics that represent both leading and lagging indicators, and to test feasibility of data collection across companies who are at different maturity levels with their own internal metrics programs. Read More

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See-Through Sensors could enhance smartphone intelligence.

June 24, 2014

As described in "Making Smart Phones Smarter with Photonics," which appeared in OSA's Optics Express journal, researchers from Montreal and New York-based company Corning Inc describe laser-written, light-guiding systems efficient enough to be developed for commercial use. This technology could open up new real estate in phone by embedding glass with layer upon layer of sensors, including ones that could take temperature, assess blood sugar levels, or even analyze DNA. Read More

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PTDA 2014 Canadian Conference offers networking opportunities.

June 24, 2014

More than 200 people gathered in Québec for PTDA’s 13th annual Canadian Conference, where networking between channel partners and peers was the top priority. Program of keynotes and educational sessions included Lifting the Loonie with BNN’s Andrew Bell; Take Back Manufacturing with Nigel Southway; Market Briefing: Aerospace Industry with Dale Gordon;  Striving for Excellence with Stephan Maighan; and Panel Discussion: How Technology is Affecting the Distributor/Manufacturer Relationship. Read More

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Size of 3D Printing Marketplace doubles at International CES.

June 24, 2014

CEA announced that the 3D printing footprint at 2015 International CES® has doubled from 2014 CES. Returning for its second year, 3D Printing Marketplace, presented by TCT Magazine + Personalize, will feature more than 30 innovative companies showcasing latest advancements in 3D printing technology. In total, 3D printing exhibits are expected to cover more than 14,000 net square feet of exhibit space, up from 7,200 net square feet at the 2014 CES. Read More

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Foundation updates FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus technical specs.

June 23, 2014

Fieldbus Foundation announced latest updates to its open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION™ fieldbus technical specification (Version 2014.1). FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management integrates remote I/O, ISA 100.11a, WirelessHART®, wired HART, and FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 protocols into single, open-standard data management environment. Fixed set of Device Description Symbol IDs was added to technical note 16 to improve interoperability between backwards-compatible devices and host systems. Read More