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SME supports new Digital Lab for Manufacturing.

March 5, 2014

In support of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, U.S. DoD has awarded $70 million grant to UI Labs to create the Digital Lab for Manufacturing. Lab will be part of consortium to develop, demonstrate, deploy, and commercialize digital manufacturing technologies. SME will offer its experience in areas of training, building competency, and overall workforce development to ensure workers possess knowledge and skills needed to adopt and utilize digital manufacturing. Read More

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Fuji America hosts Congressman Brad Schneider.

March 4, 2014

Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) visited Fuji North America headquarters in Vernon Hills, IL to learn, first-hand, about policy and regulatory issues impacting the electronics manufacturing industry. Rep. Schneider’s visit to Fuji included a tour of the facility that supplies surface mount assembly equipment throughout North America. Congressman met with Fuji America executives and staff, and discussed issues such as export controls, R&D tax credits, and intellectual property protection. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

March 4, 2014

Dennis Wierzbicki, President of Grundfos USA, has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board, while George Harris, President & CEO of Hydro, Inc. has been elected to serve as HI President. Other HI officers include Michael S. Cropper, VP of Technical Affairs; John White, Jr., VP of Government & Regulatory Affairs; Bob Hendricks, HI VP of Member Services; John Kahren, HI VP of Knowledge & Education; and Robert K. Asdal, HI Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer. Read More

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Valve Basics Education Course set for Kansas City.

March 3, 2014

Scheduled for April 2–3, 2014, VMA's Valves, Actuators and Controls 101 course brings together employees and supervisors of plants that use valves, actuators, and controls with distributors and sales reps who want to better understand the products they sell. Seminar consists of lessons that guide attendees through the world of valves and the systems they help control, starting with simplest types of valves and moving into more complicated automated products. Read More

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AEM Hall of Fame Nominations are open all year.

February 28, 2014

AEM Hall of Fame, according to Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), is accepting nominations all year long. While nomination deadline for 2014 inductees closes on June 6, 2014, nominations submitted thereafter will be considered for 2015 AEM Hall of Fame. Candidates are evaluated on 5 criteria critical to health of off-road equipment manufacturing industry: innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Read More

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SME Member Receives Recognition for his work in the field.

February 28, 2014

As announced by SME Education Foundation, SME member Chris Agrawal was named as one of New Faces of Engineering for 2014. This distinction honors engineers, age 30 or younger, for achievements which significantly impact public welfare or further professional development and growth. Currently employed as patent attorney for Bookoff Mcandrews PLLC, Agrawal helps technology companies with procurement of patent protection for their new technologies. Read More

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AIA Names Schmid VP for National Security and Acquisition Policy.

February 28, 2014

Bringing legislative experience on budget policy from Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Elizabeth L. "Betsy" Schmid joined Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) as its Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy. President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, after noting forthcoming "long-term environment of constricted budgets," said AIA "could not ask for a better-qualified policy expert...to lead our efforts in the national security and acquisition policy arenas." Read More

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Equipment Leasing/Finance Industry Confidence is near 2-year high.

February 28, 2014

According to February 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), overall confidence in equipment finance market is 63.3. This marks second highest index in 2 years, second to previous month's 2-year high of 64.9. Report also covers future business conditions, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, employee hiring, and business development spending as well as opinions on U.S. economy. Read More

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Electronics Manufacturing Engineers will confer on standards.

February 28, 2014

Hosting 90+ standards development committee meetings, IPC APEX EXPO® (March 23–27, 2014 in Las Vegas) will advance standards relied upon by PCB manufacturing and assembly industries. Standards development meetings will advance industry specifications and guidelines in several areas. Electronics industry professionals with interest and technical expertise in key areas are encouraged to attend. Read More

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Sally Ride Science® Co-Founder to deliver keynote at Summit.

February 27, 2014

AMT announced that Dr. Karen Flammer, Co-Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Sally Ride Science®, will deliver keynote address on Sept 10 during Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014. Sally Ride Science® provides tools for college and career readiness that can build students' passion for STEM fields and careers. Focus of keynote will be the lasting impact that teachers and STEM professionals can have on students when they expand STEM topics beyond classroom and connect them to careers. Read More

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Researchers Use Light to measure blood clotting properties.

February 27, 2014

Published in OSA's open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, "Assessing Blood Coagulation Status with Laser Speckle Rheology" describes optical device that, with few drops of blood and within few minutes, measures key coagulation parameters to provide caregivers with timely information about clotting properties of patient's blood. Senior author Seemantini Nadkarni defined team's goal as to provide lab test information but quickly and at patient's bedside. Read More

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IREC Joins Business, Industry Groups to close skills gap.

February 26, 2014

IREC joined 20 other national business organizations yesterday to share plans to ensure students/workers have necessary knowledge and skills to work in modern economy. Convened by ACT Foundation and Business Roundtable, National Network of Business and Industry Associations is coordinating cross-sector efforts to close skills gap. After noting how describing and quantifying gap is no longer enough, Business Roundtable president John Engler said, "It is time to get to work to close it for good." Read More

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CAS and AstraZeneca agree to 5-year SciFinder® contract.

February 26, 2014

Chemical Abstracts Service announced 5-year agreement for SciFinder®, the choice for chemistry research, with AstraZeneca, a leading biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of prescription medicines. Long-term agreement guarantees AstraZeneca researchers access to the most accurate, comprehensive, and current research, and signifies the confidence customers have in CAS as a high-quality information partner. Read More

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Manufacturing Education receives support from Alcoa Foundation.

February 26, 2014

As community-based approach to manufacturing education, PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) received supporting pledge of $220,000 from Alcoa Foundation. PRIME is part of SME Education Foundation's commitment to addressing shortage of advanced manufacturing and technical talent in USA. This funding will continue to support PRIME programs at Esperanza High School (Anaheim, CA) and Hawthorne High School (Los Angeles, CA) as well as 2 others schools in Southern California. Read More

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Melissa Meyer selected for New Face of Engineering Program.

February 26, 2014

SME Education Foundation nominated Melissa Meyer for Collegiate Edition of 2014 New Faces of Engineering Program. As senior at University of Wisconsin in Madison, Meyer maintains 3.4 GPA in Geological Engineering program. She has studied nuclear engineering at Technical University of Munich, Germany and received Shell Undergraduate Research Fund Grant. Program recognizes exemplary undergraduate engineering students; winners receive scholarships from $500–$1,000. Read More

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Proposed Measures protect farm workers from pesticide exposure.

February 26, 2014

U.S. EPA announced proposed revisions to Worker Protection Standard in order to protect farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure. Increased training and signage will inform farm workers about protections they are afforded under law and will help them protect against pesticide exposure. Workers and others near treated fields will be protected from pesticide overspray and fumes, and children under 16 will be legally barred from handling all pesticides. Read More

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AAMA ratifies 2014 Board of Directors.

February 26, 2014

At AAMA's 77th Annual Conference, association's membership ratified the 2014 board of directors. Marg Webb, CHRP, of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance fills the affiliated association seat formerly held by Rand Baldwin of the Aluminum Extruders Council. As executive director of IGMA, Webb maintains Alliance’s certification program and technical activities. Also during conference, Pella's Kevin Gaul and Simonton's Sid Spear were named residential representatives. Read More

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FAA issues final rule to improve helicopter safety.

February 26, 2014

FAA issued final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications and training, and additional on-board safety equipment. Within 60 days, all operators will be required to use enhanced procedures for flying in challenging weather, at night, and when landing in remote locations. Within 3 years, helicopter air ambulances must use latest on-board technology and equipment to avoid terrain and obstacles. Read More

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Winter Meeting highlights big data and conflict minerals.

February 26, 2014

In addition to the regular committee meetings, the 2014 Winter Meeting also featured presentations addressing 3 important current business issues: Benchmarking, Conflict Minerals, and Big Data. According to post-meeting evaluation, 100% of attendees said meeting met or exceeded their expectations. Although all attendees pursued full agendas in BSA committees, many rate the opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry as a top priority for attending. Read More

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Rocket Contest engages students' STEM-focused skill sets.

February 26, 2014

More than 700 student teams are preparing for the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge, a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math. This year's competition challenges each team to design and build a model rocket that can travel to height of 825 ft and back within 48–50 seconds. Each rocket must also deploy 2 identical parachutes carrying 2 raw eggs that must return to ground undamaged. Read More