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North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio turns positive in March 2014.

May 2, 2014

March findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program shows return to positive territory. Total North American PCB shipments increased 4.8% from March 2013, strengthening year-to-date shipment growth to -0.8%. Compared to February, PCB shipments rose 18.9%. PCB bookings continued to be negative at -5.5% year over year, while year-to-date order growth improved to -6.9%. Order growth increased 20.9% over February, and book-to-bill ratio strengthened to reach 1.01. Read More

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EPA Announces Top 100 Organizations using renewable energy.

May 2, 2014

U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership updated its list of Top 100 organizations choosing to use electricity from such clean, renewable sources as wind and solar power. Top 10 partners appearing on this list include Intel Corporation; Kohl’s Department Stores; Microsoft Corporation; Whole Foods Market; Google Inc.; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Staples; Apple Inc.; City of Houston, Texas; and U.S. Department of Energy. Read More

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Research Discovery opens up lens fabrication technology.

May 2, 2014

Leveraging capability of clear liquid droplet to bend light and act as lens, process developed by researchers can be used create inexpensive, high-quality lenses for such applications as in-field disease detection, scientific research in lab, and optical lenses and microscopes for education in classrooms. Process is described in "Fabricating Low Cost and High Performance Elastomer Lenses using Hanging Droplets," which appears in Biomedical Optics Express. Read More

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Pharma EXPO grows to meet industry demand.

May 1, 2014

Pharma EXPO will be co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014, which takes place November 2–5 in Chicago, IL. Exhibition and event will proffer solutions and insights addressing success in pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, medical device, and biotech industries. Over 160 solutions providers have committed to showcase their innovations for improving and enhancing pharmaceutical lifecycle. Together, shows are expected to attract 50,000 attendees and 2,000+ technology supplier-exhibitors. Read More

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AEM Announces Winners of safety materials promotion.

April 30, 2014

AEM announced winners of promotion conducted as part of safety outreach from exhibit booths at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 and 2014 AED Summit & CONDEX trade show. Promotion aimed to raise awareness for AEM's industry-consensus safety materials program, and winners received iPads and iTunes gift cards to download AEM safety manual eBooks. Winners were John Mason of International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and Tom Viskniskki of Sullivan-Palatek Compressors. Read More

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Ashley Easterby of Network Restorers wins Martin L. King Award.

April 30, 2014

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) presented Ashley Easterby with Martin L. King Award for his multiple achievements. These include creating strong network by convincing restorers in Australian market they would mutually benefit by working together, establishing Internet-based job management system, expanding service offerings to include TPA that administers multiple-area restoration claims for carriers, and establishing training academy. Read More

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RIA Announces Winner of 2014 Golden Quill award.

April 30, 2014

At 69th Annual RIA Convention and Industry Expo, Restoration Industry Association (RIA) awarded 2014 Golden Quill award to Chuck Violand of Violand Management Associates for his 2-part article, "Overcoming Stage II Stall." In response, Violand said he was "truly honored" and that he appreciated the award as well as "the opportunity to help build strong, successful businesses in our industry." Golden Quill will be renamed "Patricia L. Harman Golden Quill Award" beginning in 2015. Read More

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AEM Updates Safety Manuals with illustrative graphics.

April 30, 2014

AEM updated its Roller Compactor and Directional Drilling Tracking Equipment Safety Manuals with pictorial graphics, included in AEM Pictorial Database, that conform to ISO and ANSI standards. These graphics reinforce manual safety text and harmonize with current machine safety sign and manufacturer manual practices. As industry-consensus safety documents, manuals provide safety information to operators but not as substitute for manufacturer manuals. Read More

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EPA honors winners of 2013 Campus RainWorks Challenge.

April 30, 2014

EPA announced winners of its second annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, a design challenge created to engage college and university students in reinventing water infrastructure and developing innovative green infrastructure systems to reduce stormwater pollution and build resilience to climate change. Winners include: University of Florida, Gainsville, FL; Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; and Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS. Read More

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PRIME School Initiative is recognized with 2 industry awards.

April 30, 2014

SME Education Foundation’s flagship educational program, PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education), has earned award nominations from two industry associations. PRIME was recognized by the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council's Talented Workforce Initiative which identifies the most imaginative and effective solutions for building the region’s pool of manufacturing talent. PRIME was also selected as a 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award winner. Read More

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NEMA Publishes RT 1-2014 to enhance radiation therapy treatments.

April 29, 2014

NEMA, on behalf of Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), published NEMA RT 1-2014 Gating Interface, which is intended to enhance safety and effectiveness of radiation therapy (RT) treatments. RT 1 provides key technical information to developers for synchronizing equipment with patient's breathing and other movements during cancer treatment. Also, standard defines technical fail safe provisions to improve interoperability among various manufacturers' devices. Read More

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FAA Announces Operational UAS Test Site and grants 2-year COA.

April 29, 2014

First of 6 test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational more than 2 ½ months ahead of deadline. FAA provided North Dakota Department of Commerce team with Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to begin using Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains UAS Test Site. Team plans to begin flight operations during week of May 5, and goals include checking soil quality and crops status as well as collecting safety-related operational data. Read More

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IPC crowns hand soldering competition winner.

April 29, 2014

At National Electronics Week 2014 in Birmingham, England, 20 competitors showed off their hand soldering skills during IPC hand soldering competition. Andrew Smith, Custom Interconnected Ltd., took first place with score of 167 out of a possible 176. He took home a cash prize of £300 and earned a spot at IPC Hand Soldering WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. Helen Reynolds of Custom Interconnected Ltd. came in second with score of 157 and Mark Smith of CSM Electronics Ltd. took third place with score of 150. Read More

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ISO Standard addresses pressure regulator testing.

April 29, 2014

ISO 19973-4:2014 provides test procedures for assessing reliability of pneumatic pressure regulators by testing, using general test conditions and calculation method from ISO 19973-1. Standard applies to manually adjustable and remote-piloted pressure regulators, both relieving and non-relieving, but does not apply to pressure regulators that have a permanent bleed. Standard also specifies test equipment and failure criteria for tests to assess reliability of pneumatic pressure regulators. Read More

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BIO announces Cleantech Investor Session speakers.

April 29, 2014

During BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, May 12-15, 2014, a selective group of CEOs and COOs from emerging industrial biotechnology will present new technologies, accomplishments, and business cases. According to Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President of BIO's Industrial & Environmental Section, Clean Tech Investor Sessions will help facilitate investment opportunities for emerging companies while granting investors a first-hand look into some of the most cutting-edge technology. Read More

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Announcement by RIA names 2014 Officers and Board of Directors.

April 29, 2014

Restoration Industry Association (RIA) introduced its executive committee and board of directors at 69th Annual RIA Convention and Industry Expo. Executive committee includes President Scott Stamper, 1st VP Chuck Violand, VP Mark Springer, Secretary Jack White, Treasurer Larry Holder, and Immediate Past President Samuel J. Bergman. Duncan Bennett, Michael Goldberg, Scott Jones, Bill Loveland, John Rybski, and Dale Sharp will serve as at-large directors. Read More

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SME's Mfg4 Event to feature cutting-edge technologies.

April 29, 2014

Scheduled for May 6–8, 2014, Mfg4 will enable manufacturing professionals to collaborate, network, and share solutions. Event will highlight more than 45 product categories and technologies – everything from additive manufacturing and 3D printing to precision machining and tooling to micromanufacturing. This year, Marubeni Citizen Cincom will introduce a new high precision 20 mm Swiss style lathe that incorporates a B axis offering greater flexibility for a multitude of applications. Read More

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Settlement with Lowe's protects public from lead pollution.

April 29, 2014

Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide compliance program at over 1,700 stores nationwide to ensure that contractors minimize lead dust from renovation activities, as required by Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. Company will also pay $500,000 civil penalty, which is the largest ever for violations of RRP Rule. Settlement stems from violations, discovered by EPA inspectors, of RRP Rule’s recordkeeping and work practice standards at private homes. Read More

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SME Mfg4 Event to offer STEM-focused student program.

April 29, 2014

At Mfg4 event in Hartford, CT (May 6–8), SME and SME Education Foundation will offer program for middle and high school students interested in manufacturing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Said student program will feature access to show floor; tour at TRUMPF in Farmington, CT; presentations; and hands-on activities. Two SME Education Foundation PRIME schools in Massachusetts will  have students attending both days as mentors and escorts. Read More

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NTSB Safety Seminar looks at general aviation accidents.

April 29, 2014

On May 10, 2014 in Ashburn, VA from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, NTSB will present seminar highlighting lessons learned from its investigations of general aviation accidents involving aerodynamic stalls and loss of control. NTSB is partnering with other organizations committed to enhancing GA safety – Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, FAA, and Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) – that will also be participating. Attendees will be able to meet and ask questions of presenters. Read More