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SME recognizes industry and academic achievers.

July 3, 2014

During its 2014 International Awards Gala, SME honored 7 individuals. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Fritz Klocke was recognized with Eli Whitney Productivity Award; Sheldon Marsh received Joseph A. Siegel Service Award; and Don A. Lucca, PhD, received SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal. SME also presented The M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME to SME VP Dean L. Bartles, PhD. Other award winners included: Prof. Dr. Ir. Jean-Pierre Kruth; Marilyn Barger, PhD; and Andrew Y C Nee, PhD. Read More

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Newly Elected Board Members have been announced by PMA.

July 3, 2014

Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) announced 10 new members elected to PMA Board of Directors. These include Troy Roberts, Troy Turnbull, and Mark Ullstrup as associate member directors; Douglas Johnson as at-large director; Ian Quinn as divisional director; as well as 5 district directors: Jessica Abrahamse, William Carper, Keith O’Brien, Tony Pascariello, and Mark Sutton. PMA Board Chairman Jody Fledderman said he looks forward to serving with them and to their contributions. Read More

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NEMA supports proactive approach toward grid resilience.

July 3, 2014

NEMA commends NIST and its proactive approach toward improving grid resilience through its Community Disaster Resilience Program and series of workshops that will develop community-scale disaster resilience framework. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, one way to ensure continued operation of critical facilities when power interruptions occur is to employ microgrids, energy storage, and decentralized generation. NIST’s next Disaster Resilience Workshop will be held July 30. Read More

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FAA announces aviation safety rating for Republic of Serbia.

July 3, 2014

FAA announced that the Republic of Serbia complies with International Civil Aviation Organization safety standards and has been granted Category 1 rating. With International Aviation Safety Assessment Category 1 rating, Republic of Serbia's air carriers, which are able to secure requisite FAA and DOT authority, can establish service to the United States and carry code of U.S. carriers. The Republic of Serbia currently has no carriers providing service to the United States. Read More

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EPA proposes approval of new climate-friendly refrigerants.

July 3, 2014

In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, EPA is proposing to increase options for refrigerants in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. Proposed action would expand list of substitutes approved by EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy to include more low-global warming potential alternatives that can replace both ozone-depleting substances and high-GWP hydrofluorocarbons. Read More

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Governor Patrick supports interchangeable biologic medicine bill.

July 3, 2014

BIO and the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council commend Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for signing legislation designed to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. House Bill 3734 seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies. BIO will continue to advocate for full transparency in the substitution process. Read More

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BIO elects new board members and officers.

July 2, 2014

BIO has announced re-election of Rachel King, President and CEO, GlycoMimetics, Inc., as Chair of its Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term. BIO also elected Dan Junius, President and CEO, ImmunoGen, as its new Board Treasurer, and re-elected David Pyott, Chairman, President and CEO, Allergan, Inc., as Board Secretary. In addition, BIO elected 10 new members to its Board of Directors, and the Board elected 19 of its Directors to serve on BIO's Board Executive Committee for new term. Read More

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EPA releases final risk assessment on Trichloroethylene.

July 2, 2014

Developed as part of Toxic Substances Control Act Work Plan, EPA's final assessment identifies health risks from TCE exposures to consumers using spray aerosol degreasers and spray fixatives. It also identifies health risks to workers when TCE is used as degreaser in small commercial shops and as stain removing agent in dry cleaning. EPA developed draft based on best available information and finalized assessment after consideration of comments from public and experts during peer review. Read More

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National Bioscience Report shows robust industry.

July 2, 2014

Analyzing U.S. bioscience industry growth over last 11 years, Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Jobs, Investments and Innovation 2014 report reveals positive trends. Industry demonstrated strong record of growth from 2001–2012, has navigated deep economic recession better than most industries, and is once again growing. State-by-state industry assessment finds U.S. bioscience firms directly employ 1.62 million people, a figure that includes nearly 111,000 new, high-paying jobs created since 2001. Read More

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AED Chairman Watters Reprimands Congress for neglecting highways.

July 2, 2014

At press conference on Capitol Hill, AED 2014 Chairman Tim Watters said that federal highway program crisis threatens to take human and economic toll on construction equipment industry. Watters specifically cited looming collapse as threatening 4,000 jobs at construction equipment dealerships tied to road and bridge work and 700,000 jobs in broader construction industry. "Give us a highway bill. And give us the infrastructure the U.S. economy needs to function," Watters concluded. Read More

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FAA offers guidance to model aircraft operators.

July 1, 2014

FAA published Federal Register notice on its interpretation of statutory special rules for model aircraft in FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. In the notice, FAA restates law’s definition of "model aircraft," including requirements that they not interfere with manned aircraft, be flown within sight of operator, and be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. In addition, FAA restates that it has the authority to take enforcement action against hazardous operations. Read More

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ATA Opens Registration for 2014 MC&E in San Diego, CA.

July 1, 2014

American Trucking Associations opened registration for 2014 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E), which will be held October 4–7 in San Diego, CA. According to ATA President and CEO Bill Graves, this year's meeting "will examine such important issues as energy production, safety, drivers, congestion, and new opportunities for motor carriers due to the resurgence in American manufacturing." Graves called this event "the most important meeting for trucking executives this year." Read More

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ASC Web Services Senior Manager speaks at marketing event.

July 1, 2014

Jessica Taglieri spoke at ASAE's annual Marketing, Membership, and Communications Conference and Expo. Taglieri co-presented Social’s Secret Menu, a Catalyst for Content Strategy, with Kunal Johar, Operations Director of OpenWater, and ASC’s technology partner. They discussed digital media and content strategy using adhesives.org and sealants.org websites as case study to demonstrate how critical it is for organizations to have websites that serve as central point for digital media channels. Read More

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NAMRI/SME Paper addresses advanced manufacturing initiatives.

June 30, 2014

North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME has announced position paper titled, "Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives: A National Imperative," that addresses current state of manufacturing in the U.S., makes several recommendations to drive economy, and offers support to various initiatives. Some recommendations include: establishing national advanced manufacturing strategy, tapping talent pool of returning veterans, and launching national manufacturing fellowships and internships. Read More

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Document Details Lab Test Method for operable windows/door forces.

June 30, 2014

AAMA has published AAMA 513-14, which sets standard laboratory test method for windows and doors to ensure they are ADA compliant. Last published in 2012, this document, which provides consistent and repeatable method of laboratory testing regarding operating forces of operable windows and doors, has been updated to include reference to CW and AW products as well as R and LC products. It also encompasses all doors included within scope of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 (NAFS). Read More

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IPC Report shows slowing growth for North American PCB industry.

June 30, 2014

May 2014 findings from IPC's monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show sales growth as flat, orders in decline, and book-to-bill ratio below parity at 0.98. Total PCB shipments increased 0.1% from May 2013, which moved year-to-date shipment growth to -0.1%. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments declined 0.3%. PCB bookings fell 18.0% year over year in May, pushing YTD order growth down to -8.1%. Order growth fell 14.3% from previous month. Read More

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AEM Continues Push for Ex-Im Bank reauthorization.

June 30, 2014

AEM joined National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce in signing letter to Members of Congress urging reauthorization of U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) before its charter expires on September 30. Citing declining equipment exports, AEM president Dennis Slater said Ex-Im Bank reauthorization is "key to improving export shipments along with congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority" as well as completion of specific trade agreements. Read More

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Counterfeiting Survey Results have been released by ESFI.

June 30, 2014

Results of Electrical Safety Foundation International's (ESFI) 2014 Counterfeit Electrical Products Survey, which measures awareness and response to presence of counterfeit electrical products among several sectors of electrical industry, show 96% of respondents believe counterfeits pose at least moderate threat to public safety. Only half of respondents reported counterfeit electrical product upon discovery, and majority said they have no process in place to report counterfeit products.
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ANSI approves IREC clean energy certificate standard.

June 30, 2014

National standard for accreditation of clean energy education/training certificate programs, developed by IREC, has received final approval from ANSI as an American National Standard. ANSI/IREC Standard 14732-2014 is aligned with specific job task analysis, and linked to real-world skills needed by individuals entering clean energy workforce. Certificate programs that apply for accreditation under standard may be hosted by colleges, industry training groups, for-profit organizations, or unions. Read More

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AEM co-chairs Capitol Hill initiative.

June 30, 2014

During Exhibitions Day, AEM joined 100 fellow trade show organizers and exhibitions industry leaders on Capitol Hill to promote economic and business value of face-to-face events. They also pushed for policies that allow qualified international visitors and government employees to more easily attend trade shows and meetings. During discussions with legislators, AEM stressed need for speedy passage of federal highway bill, and value of manufacturing to U.S. economic prosperity and job creation. Read More