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Virginia Tech UAS Test Site is officially operational.

August 22, 2014

As announced by FAA, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site program is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into this nation's airspace. This was last of 6 nationwide sites to be declared operational. Marking this event, demonstration was given of Smart Road Flyer multi-rotor UAS. Flyer filmed simulated accident scene on smart road full-scale test-bed highway managed by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Read More

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White Paper facilitates comparison of lead-free alloys.

August 21, 2014

Analytical Procedures for Portable Lead-Free Alloy Test Data helps determine which alloy characteristics best match requirements. Written by IPC Solder Products Value Council in cooperation with iNEMI, white paper establishes test protocols for new solder alloys that provide data which is reproducible and not dependent on test location. Protocols formalize testing requirements, reduce testing cost, and help industry understand basic physics and metallurgy of lead-free alloys in applications. Read More

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FAA praises AMA for raising model aircraft safety awareness.

August 21, 2014

In honor of second annual National Model Aviation Day, FAA salutes Academy of Model Aeronautics for encouraging model aircraft safety and helping AMA members understand how to operate safely. AMA established National Model Aviation Day in 2013 to celebrate the hobby of flying model aircraft and share it with the public. AMA maintains a comprehensive safety program for its members and fosters a positive and cooperative environment for the aero-modeling community and the FAA. Read More

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EPA announces supplemental $11 million for Brownfields sites.

August 21, 2014

EPA announced $11 million in supplemental funding to help clean up contaminated Brownfields properties. Revolving Loan Funds will help 31 grantees carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects, which are expected to create more than 700 jobs and leverage over $57 million, while utilizing unique financing mechanisms and partnerships to protect people’s health and the environment. Grants range from about $200,000 to $500,000 with average award of $350,000. Read More

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Iwaki America and HI enter mutual Training Partner Agreement.

August 21, 2014

Training Partner Agreement between Hydraulic Institute (HI) and Iwaki America Incorporated lets both organizations leverage co-branded educational and training programs for pump end-users, distributors, and engineering consulting firms. Both companies will sponsor technical webinars and e-learning courses on pump topics as well as host Pump Systems Optimization course to the pump end-user marketplace. Iwaki America, Inc will host HI's Pump Systems Optimization course on October 16, 2014. Read More

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NREL Employee Wendy Dafoe awarded for long-term commitment.

August 21, 2014

Wendy Dafoe began work as temp at NREL in 1994 on what was to become Energy Department's Clean Cities Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC). After 20 years, Dafoe is still there but in full-time capacity as senior project leader. Dafoe works closely with Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy staff to advance Clean Cities mission. In June, Energy Department gave Dafoe an award at Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meetings for her long-lasting commitment. Read More

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White House Council and EPA honor students and teachers.

August 14, 2014

White House Council on Environmental Quality, in conjunction with EPA, announced winners of annual Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and President’s Environmental Youth Award, recognizing outstanding student leaders in environmental stewardship and K-12 teachers employing innovative approaches to environmental education. Awardees demonstrate creativity, innovation, leadership, and passion for community engagement needed to face difficult environmental challenges. Read More

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LIA's Medical LSO Courses will feature laser demonstrations.

August 14, 2014

Laser demonstrations at LIA's Medical Laser Safety Officer (MLSO) training courses provide students with first-hand experience with lasers in operating room. Made possible via partnership with surgical equipment provider Universal Hospital Services (UHS) Surgical Services, this improvement upon Advanced MLSO course involves hands-on skills validation training: suiting up and firing laser in tissue (meat and potatoes) and talking about laser systems and different delivery systems. Read More

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Teresa Rowe Joins IPC as director of assembly and standards.

August 14, 2014

Teresa Rowe has joined IPC staff as director of assembly and standards technology. She will direct and manage development of standards for electronics assembly materials and processes. Additional responsibilities will include supporting committee chairmen, developing working drafts, balloting standards, addressing comment resolution, and overseeing the publication of electronics assembly documents. Rowe has 25+ years of experience in quality assurance, engineering and management positions. Read More

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SME introduces closed-caption manufacturing videos.

August 14, 2014

SME has launched a solution for the hearing impaired with closed-caption educational videos, available at sme.org/cctitles. Educators can leverage closed-caption programs to maximize classroom time instead of lecturing on how process is performed. After viewing videos, students are able to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world, advanced manufacturing environment. Programs are also beneficial when students are in an environment where audio is not available. Read More

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Settlement of CWA Violations aims to prevent future oil spills.

August 13, 2014

Cargill Inc. has agreed to settle allegations that it violated Clean Water Act at two large oil storage facilities in Blair, NE, and Eddyville, IA. Clean Water Act requires facilities that store large quantities of oil to develop Facility Response Plan that outlines procedures for addressing worst-case discharges of oil. EPA identified lack of response plan during 2013 site visits at Cargill’s facilities. Through settlement with EPA Region 7, Cargill will pay civil penalty of $187,500 to U.S. Read More

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CEA issues call for entries for 2015 CES Innovation Awards.

August 13, 2014

CEA® announced that entries for the 2015 CES Innovation Awards will be accepted through Sept 15, 2014. Annual Innovation Awards competition honors outstanding design and engineering across 28 consumer technology categories. Program includes a new category for 2015: Safe Driving, dedicated to products and services that allow consumers to make responsible decisions behind the wheel by limiting distraction, improving safety, and integrating technology to enhance the driving experience. Read More

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HI announces upcoming pump fundamentals webinar.

August 12, 2014

Scheduled for August 28, 2014, Fundamentals of Rotodynamic Centrifugal Pumps webinar will provide participants with basic pump knowledge and help them become proficient in the critical components of centrifugal pumps. Designed for non-technical audiences and entry level engineers, session will cover importance of pump curves, how NPSH has direct impact on pump cavitation, affinity rules, how to calculate pump power as well as operating costs and how they impact savings. Read More

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ATA adds Bestpass as latest Featured Product.

August 12, 2014

American Trucking Associations announced it has added toll management provider Bestpass to its roster of Featured Products. Bestpass uses its bulk purchasing power with toll networks and partnerships with state highway authorities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Bestpass offers a streamlined, single-source toll management service that includes toll discounts, consolidated billing, toll reconciliation, and single device for both toll and weigh station bypass. Read More

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LME® 2014 comes to Schaumburg, IL in September.

August 12, 2014

Some new names will join familiar faces teaching basic and master courses at LIA's fourth-annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event®. Four expert keynote speakers will provide big-picture analysis of how and where lasers can improve profitability for firms that bring them into their production lines. In addition, LME 2014 will cover the right lasers to buy, proper way to incorporate them into manufacturing systems, how to realize max ROI, and what applications are best suited for the technology. Read More

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FAA implements safety reporting program.

August 12, 2014

FAA, in partnership with National Air Traffic Controllers Association, announced safety reporting program called Airport Voluntary Reporting System, which allows FAA employees who work in the Office of Airports to elevate safety concerns without fear of retaliation. AVRS process begins when employee files confidential report to raise safety issue through online reporting system. AVRS Oversight Board composed of three FAA executives will then review, investigate, and help resolve reported items. Read More

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Market Forecast to add $2.5 billion to market size for PI&A.

August 11, 2014

Published in May by MCAA, 2014 Market Forecast provides 5 year market forecast for Process Instrumentation and Automation equipment segmented by major process industries that shows total US market value will grow to $13.6 billion by 2018. Report, which has 80 pages of detail on 12 product categories, 12 industry segments, and estimates for both US and Canada, also includes spotlight on technology displacement of electronic vs. mechanical flowmeters and spotlight on market developments in Mexico. Read More

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ASC releases keynote speaker schedule for Fall Convention.

August 11, 2014

Scheduled for Oct 20–22, ASC's Fall Convention and EXPO will feature 4 keynote speakers covering business trends impacting adhesives and sealants marketplace. David Crowe, Ph.D. will update attendees on macro-economic trends and provide data on building and construction industry, while Bob Marquette will discuss Bostik's approach to innovation, and Rick Farrell will highlight trends in value selling. Chuck Houk and Michael Cohen will highlight how drone technology is providing customer value. Read More

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NFPA Foundation launches annual giving society.

August 11, 2014

NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has launched a new annual giving society to increase support for fluid power education and research. Named after Blaise Pascal, the French mathematician, physicist, and inventor whose famous law describes the fundamental principle that gives fluid power its force multiplier effect, the Pascal Society will combine the financial and volunteer contributions of companies across the supply chain to create a similar effect for the fluid power industry. Read More

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Survey covers FDA/sponsor interactions during drug development.

August 11, 2014

BIO announced survey tool on FDA/Sponsor Interactions During Drug Development to better inform policy initiatives designed to improve FDA and drug sponsor coordination and communication during drug development. Survey will serve to inform next reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act VI. By helping to identify areas where policies, regulations, and practices are working well and areas that need improvement, sponsor input will make process more efficient and effective. Read More