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Conflict Minerals Conference keeps manufacturers current.

June 16, 2014

Conflict Minerals: Staying Current in a Changing Landscape will take place on July 10, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA to provide manufacturers with up-to-the-minute information on changing landscape of conflict minerals. Offered by IPC, this one-day conference will feature speakers who will explain strategic overview of conflict minerals compliance, impacts on businesses by first reporting round, and lessons learned. Several other topics will be covered as well. Read More

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USNC Names Participants for 2014 IEC Young Professionals Workshop.

June 16, 2014

U.S. National Committee (USNC) of IEC announced U.S. participants in 2014 IEC Young Professionals Workshop competition: Ryan Franks of NEMA, Kevin Mangold of NIST, and Carin Stuart of Energizer Holdings Inc. To be held in conjunction with 78th IEC General Meeting in Tokyo on November 10–14, 2014, Young Professionals Workshop aims to cultivate long-term national involvement in international arena, strengthen technology transfer, and encourage participation of emerging professionals. Read More

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NEMA publishes test requirements for metering devices.

June 16, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA C12.30TR-2013 Test Requirements for: Metering Devices Equipped with Service Switches. Most tests included in technical report are tailored to fit service switch type meters and originate from ANSI C12.1-2008 standard. Sections within ANSI standard have been referenced within these tests where applicable, and other tests that are specific to the service switch have been added for completeness. Read More

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Polyolefins Conference Leaders announce 2014 keynote speakers.

June 16, 2014

Scheduled for Oct 5–8, 2014, sixteenth annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference will showcase talks by 5 keynote speakers from WardsAuto, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Dow Chemical Co., LyondellBasell, and General Motors Co. Interspersed throughout conference, keynotes will highlight important trends facing automotive-plastics market, including access to new feedstocks, approaching vehicle-efficiency mandates, and key pressures driving innovation. Read More

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AAMA Conference addresses Product Transparency Declarations.

June 16, 2014

William Freeman, technical consultant to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, discussed institute’s alternative to Health Product Declarations, during the AAMA Summer Conference held June 1–4. Product Transparency Declarations provide transparency based on exposure and risk rather than hazard, while also providing labeling and warning requirements. While HPDs focus on raw materials in a product, PTDs focus on finished product delivered to job site. Read More

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Webinar Series looks at solar permitting and inspection.

June 16, 2014

Targeting municipal permit review staff and inspectors, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA and IREC will present 3 webinars on rooftop solar permitting and inspection to review components, best practices, and tools for improving them. On June 26, second webinar will address inspection component of the process. Final webinar (August 27th) will examine how communities can change their permitting processes, focusing specifically on voluntary regional and statewide collaborations. Read More

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Biometric Watch Papers look at non-invasive vital sign monitoring.

June 16, 2014

In 2 papers published in The Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, researchers from Netherlands and Israel describe 2 wearable devices that use changing patterns of scattered light to monitor biometrics. While one device tracks glucose concentration and dehydration levels, other monitors pulse. Glucose concentration is measured directly but noninvasively, and pulse monitoring is less sensitive to errors when while wearer is in motion. Read More

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FAA announces Nevada UAS test site now operational.

June 16, 2014

State of Nevada's unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into nation's airspace. Nevada’s research will concentrate on UAS standards and operations as well as operator standards and certification requirements. Site’s activities will also look at how air traffic control procedures will evolve with introduction of UAS into civil environment and how these aircraft will integrate with NextGen, the modernization of the national airspace system. Read More

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EPA announces funding for tribes to clean up diesel engines.

June 13, 2014

Part of DERA program, EPA's grant funding is available for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from older diesel engines. EPA is making $1 million available and anticipates awarding 3 to 5 tribal assistance agreements. Projects may include school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, energy production generators, and other diesel engines. Proposals from tribal applicants must be received by August 12, 2014. Read More

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PTDA welcomes 8 new members.

June 13, 2014

PTDA, the preeminent association for the industrial power transmission/motion control distribution channel, has welcomed 8 new members to date in 2014. Distributor Members include DIRISA, Edwards Industrial Sales Inc., Standard Bearings, and Tri-Power MPT, Inc. Manufacturer Members include Code Drive and Rossi North America, and Associate Members include Interlynx Systems, LLC and WarehouseTWO. Read More

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EPA ensures company discloses pesticide hazards.

June 13, 2014

Liphatech, Inc., a Milwaukee pesticide manufacturer, paid $738,000 civil penalty to EPA for advertising Rozol Prairie Dog Bait without identifying it as a "restricted use" pesticide, and for making unapproved claims about the pesticide, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. These claims undermined instructions on the label and overstated efficacy and safety of pesticide. This is the largest penalty ever imposed by an administration law judge for FIFRA violations. Read More

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Zentech Manufacturing recognized as IPC-Trusted Source.

June 13, 2014

IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded Qualified Manufacturers Listing to Zentech Manufacturing Inc., an electronics and engineering service firm in Baltimore, MD. Facility underwent intensive 2-day audit based on two of IPC's foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. Zentech met or exceeded Class 3 requirements and is now listed as an IPC-trusted source.
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Tech Policy Veteran Kenneth Schramko joins IPC.

June 11, 2014

Kenneth Schramko has joined IPC's Washington, DC-based government relations team as director of government relations. Schramko will focus on policy and regulatory issues that affect the electronics industry, and will work with IPC’s Government Relations Steering Committee to identify opportunities for the association and its members. During his career, Schramko has provided strategic legislative, political, and business advice and solutions to corporations, associations, and universities. Read More

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Livestock Biotech Summit to feature interactive sessions.

June 11, 2014

During Livestock Biotech Summit, Sept 16-18, 2014, attendees will hear from expert communicators on strategies to communicate effectively around animal biotechnology. Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science will present session titled "Distilling your Message on Animal Biotechnology." At this interactive plenary session, attendees will learn and practice tools to fine tune how they talk about complicated technology in ways that are meaningful to listeners at various levels of understanding. Read More

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BIO says EPA should recognize roles of biotechnology.

June 11, 2014

EPA should recognize that carbon emissions from renewable biomass are fundamentally different from those of fossil fuels and that biotechnology can and must play a key role in mitigating fossil carbon emissions, BIO noted in response to agency's Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units. That recognition should carry through to the Proposed Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources. Read More

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Keynote for THE BIG M will be delivered by Penny Pritzker.

June 10, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will keynote SME's inaugural THE BIG M, which will take place in Detroit, MI from June 9–12. Highlighting ideas, innovations, and technologies from across manufacturing industry, event will bring together professionals, manufacturers, and policymakers to discuss real-world solutions to accelerate manufacturing in communities across USA. Event will feature exhibits, conference sessions with manufacturing experts, company tours, and demonstrations. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against Atlantic Technical Systems.

June 10, 2014

FAA is proposing $76,000 civil penalty against Atlantic Technical Systems, Inc., for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. FAA alleges that on Nov 11, 2013, Atlantic Technical Systems offered three, 4 L containers of isopropyl alcohol to FedEx Corp. for shipment by air to Woodstock, IL. According to FAA, company did not declare hazardous materials, and shipment was not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled, and in proper condition for shipment under regulations. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against Hixwood Metal, Inc.

June 10, 2014

FAA is proposing $63,000 civil penalty against Hixwood Metal, Inc. of Stanley, WI for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. FAA alleges that on Aug 28, 2013, Hixwood Metal offered 5-gal container of Towerdraw industrial lubricant to UPS, Inc. for shipment by air to West Union, IA. According to FAA, company did not declare hazardous materials, and shipment was not properly classed, described, packaged, marked, labeled, and in proper condition for shipment under regulations. Read More

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NEMA Online Standards Store offers UI, packaging improvements.

June 10, 2014

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) online storefront for purchasing NEMA standards offers interface that facilitates interaction as well as robust search capabilities. Additionally, store features different ways to package standards; examples include multi-user PDFs and Print Plus PDF bundles. NEMA Assistant Vice President Paul Molitor commented, "We’re constantly trying to improve the standards purchasing process." Read More

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Known Crewmember Program continues to expand.

June 10, 2014

Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, Airlines for America, and the TSA announced expansion of the Known Crewmember program to include Tucson International Airport and El Paso International Airport, which are now KCM’s 50th and 51st locations. KCM is a risk-based security screening program that enables TSA officers to positively verify identity and employment status of airline crewmembers. Program enhances security and allows TSA to focus on travelers who present greater risk to aviation security. Read More