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SME Education Foundation supports ITA, IMTTA with scholarships.

March 24, 2014

In support of Italian Trade Agency's (ITA) Call for Papers for 2014 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA), SME Education Foundation will award scholarships to top winners. Winners of Fifth IMTTA, selected as having the best papers, will be awarded 2-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled from June 29 to July 12, 2014. Foundation scholarship is in addition to aforementioned trip. Papers should be submitted in electronic format by May 9, 2014. Read More

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PMMI-PACK EXPO presents options for food packaging and retail.

March 21, 2014

PMMI and Food Marketing Institute described their joint effort to better communicate the many roles packaging can play in food retail merchandising and along supply chain. Central among partnership is the PMMI-PACK EXPO Possibilities in Packaging Pavilion at FMI Connect 2014, a special exhibit showcasing packaging solutions for the future of food retail. Experts will address topics such as sustainability, displays and design with impact, next generation packaging, and smart and active packaging. Read More

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Pharm EXPO offers smart solutions for lifecycle innovation.

March 21, 2014

Co-located with PACK EXPO International, and produced in partnership by PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI and ISPE, debut edition of Pharma EXPO will bring over 200 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees together Nov 2–5, 2014. Educational sessions will cover critical topics such as anti-counterfeiting, international regulatory issues, automation trends, cold chain, nutraceuticals, contract packaging, overall equipment effectiveness, and global supply chain serialization. Read More

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Business Conditions Report indicates improving conditions.

March 20, 2014

According to March 2014 PMA Business Conditions Report, 38% of participants predict slight improvement during next 3 months, 54% anticipate no change, and 8% believe economic activity will decline. Reported current average daily shipping compared to levels 3 months ago was up for 48% of participants, same for 37%, and down for 15%. Regarding incoming orders during next 3 months, 44% of companies forecasted increase while 45% didn't expect any change and 11% predicted decrease. Read More

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ASC and Adhesion Society agree to 3-year term.

March 20, 2014

ASC signed a 3-year agreement with the Adhesion Society whereby the Council will manage the Society's Annual Meeting, oversee its membership effort, and serve as the Home Office for the Society. The Council and Society previously had a 1-year agreement covering the fiscal year from June 30, 2013 through July 1, 2014. Success of the arrangement allowed the Society and Council leadership to feel comfortable with a longer term arrangement. Read More

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BIO Gives Dupont CEO 2014 George Washington Carver Award.

March 20, 2014

BIO named DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman as recipient of 2014 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. First woman to receive this honor, Kullman accepted award "on behalf of all of the people who have worked to make DuPont a leader in industrial biotechnology." BIO's Brent Erickson lauded Kullman "for efforts to drive commercialization of industrial biotech processes and renewable, sustainable biobased products." Read More

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ATA welcomes electronic logging device proposal.

March 20, 2014

ATA officials welcomed proposal by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to mandate use of electronic logging devices in commercial trucks as potential improvement for highway safety. ATA successfully advocated for inclusion of provision mandating ELDs in most recent highway authorization law. ATA has a few concerns with some details relating to supporting document retention requirements and grandfathering of existing devices, among others, and will address those with FMCSA going forward. Read More

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NACD Welcomes 10 new members and affiliates.

March 20, 2014

Advance representation to nearly 420 companies, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced introduction of 10 new members and affiliates to its ranks. Chemical distributor candidate members include Breckenridge Technologies LLC, CNX Distribution, The Chemical Company, Esprix Technologies LP, and SGM LLC. Chemical handler affiliates include LeSaint Logistics LLC, while non-chemical handler affiliates include ERI Solutions Inc., Labelmaster, Lytx Inc., and IMA Inc. Read More

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EPA Reaches Agreement to stop harmful flea/tick collar production.

March 20, 2014

Agreement to cancel flea and tick pet collars containing propoxur has been reached between U.S. EPA, Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc., and Wellmark International. Under cancellation agreement, manufacturers are allowed to continue to produce said pet collars until April 1, 2015 but will not be allowed to distribute them after April 1, 2016. Agreement was reached as result of EPA's risk assessment regarding risks to children from exposure to pet collars containing propoxur. Read More

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EPA to lift suspension and debarment of BP.

March 20, 2014

EPA and BP executed agreement resolving all suspension and debarment actions against BP that barred company from doing business with the federal government following guilty plea in the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010. Under agreement, BP is required to retain an independent auditor approved by EPA who will conduct an annual review and report on BP’s compliance with agreement. There are also specific provisions addressing ethics compliance, corporate governance, and process safety. Read More

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A4A Calls Proposed PFC Hike wasteful and unnecessary.

March 20, 2014

Responding to rationale for Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) hike derived from FAA long-term forecast, Airlines for America's (A4A) Sharon Pinkerton called the move "a revenue grab." U.S. airports have ample resources to fund capital needs. These include investment-grade credit, "ample access" to bond market, $10.6 billion in unrestricted cash and investments (282 days of liquidity), and $4.7 billion in uncommitted funds from federal Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Read More

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FAA Seeks Comments regarding drug/alcohol testing requirement.

March 20, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks comments on issues related to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that would require drug and alcohol testing of maintenance personnel who work on aircraft operated by U.S. air carriers (Part 121) in facilities outside USA. Public comment period will help FAA develop proposed rule as well as assess its likely economic impact. Comments will be accepted for 60 days after publication in Federal Register. Read More

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Health Focused Forums will highlight 2014 BIO convention.

March 20, 2014

Orphan Disease Forum, Regenerative Medicine Forum, Personalized Medicine and Diagnostics Forum, and Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics Forum will highlight pressing health issues at 2014 BIO International Convention®, which will take place June 23–26 in in San Diego, CA. According to BIO International Convention President Scott Whitaker, these "highly-focused and interactive forums" will provide educational content and provide dedicated time for collaboration and networking with industry peers. Read More

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MAVERICK Technologies joins MESA as Platinum Keystone Sponsor.

March 19, 2014

MAVERICK Technologies, the largest independent systems integrator in North America, has joined MESA as a Platinum Keystone Sponsor, which is the highest level of annual sponsorship. MAVERICK wants to help companies learn about true system integration and the value that they can achieve through effective MES utilization. According to Mike Yost, MESA president, MAVERICK brings an expertise and perspective that will strengthen the voice of the MESA community. Read More

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NEMA Announced Publication of 3 motor and generator standards.

March 19, 2014

As part of its MG (motor and generator) series, NEMA published NEMA MG 2-2014, Safety Standard for Construction and Guide for Selection, Installation and Use of Electric Motors and Generators; NEMA MG 3-1974 (R1995, R2000, R2006, R2012), Sound Level Prediction for Installed Rotating Electrical Machines; and NEMA MG 10-2013, Energy Management Guide for Selection and Use of Fixed Frequency Medium AC Squirrel-Cage Polyphase Induction Motors. Read More

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A4A urges Congress to level the playing field.

March 19, 2014

Testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee's Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety and Security, A4A President and CEO Nicolas E. Calio addressed the critical role airlines play in driving economic growth and job creation across the U.S. and globally. Calio urged members of the Committee to address fundamental tax, regulatory, and infrastructure challenges, which negatively impact the industry’s long-term viability and global competitiveness. Read More

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SPE announces dates and deadlines for gala and competition.

March 19, 2014

Automotive Division of SPE® announced that its 44th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala will be held Nov 12, 2014 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI. Winning part nominations, submitted by Sept 10, 2014, and the teams that developed them will be honored during evening that celebrates automotive plastics innovation. This year’s theme is Plastics Pay Off, emphasizing balance of design efficiency and savings in tooling costs while meeting or exceeding customer expectations for vehicles they buy. Read More

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EPA Grants help reduce children's exposure to pesticides.

March 19, 2014

EPA announced 3 grants to facilitate integrated pest management practices in schools. IPM helps prevent pests from becoming a threat by addressing underlying causes that enable pests to thrive in schools. These actions, such as repairing water leaks, adding weather stripping to windows, and installing door sweeps, reduce pesticide use and treatment costs as well as water and energy costs. Grants will go to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, University of Arizona, and Michigan State University. Read More

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IPC launches 2014 EMS Quality Benchmark Survey.

March 18, 2014

Developed with input from quality managers and executives across global EMS industry, Quality Benchmark Survey covers industry's most widely used and important quality measurements, including production data, assembly attributes, yields, defect rates, customer returns, and supplier performance. Participation is open to all EMS companies worldwide, and companies that participate will receive report showing industry averages, best-in-class metrics, and results segmented by company size tiers. Read More

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NEMA Addresses Pros and Cons of 2015 budget proposal.

March 18, 2014

Responding to 2015 budget proposal submitted to Congress by President Obama, NEMA offered positive and negative feedback. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said having federal budget in place "gives manufacturers targets to incorporate in their long-term financial and operational plans.” Alongside several positive budget aspects, Gaddis cited such negative points as potential repeal of last-in, first-out (LIFO) accounting rules and absence of any relief on medical device tax. Read More