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AAMA updates Design Guide for Metal Cladding Fasteners.

June 3, 2014

AAMA updated a Technical Information Report providing metal curtain wall designers with necessary data to select fasteners for curtain wall framing members and components. AAMA TIR-A9-14 also goes into process of anchoring curtain wall systems to building structures. Hydrogen embrittlement is now addressed in Protection against Corrosion section. Additionally, new Safety Factors section provides thorough explanation of how safety factors were derived for the range of fastener diameters. Read More

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New OCT Applications could improve care for women in labor.

June 2, 2014

Researchers have taken an established imaging technology called Optical Coherence Tomography and integrated it with other instruments to bring about the next revolution in imaging. Technology can be used to guide epidurals to provide more effective care for women in labor; and to measure blood flow and oxygenation to study metabolic changes in diseases that affect the human retina, such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Research will be presented at CLEO: 2014, June 8-13 in San Jose, CA. Read More

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Inaugural (AIM) Conference shows automation, robotics advances.

June 2, 2014

Organized by AMT, Automation in Manufacturing (AIM) Conference took place on May 15 and gathered together manufacturing professionals who immersed themselves in robotics and advanced automation. Noting its "strong turnout," AMT President Douglas K. Woods cited "continued interest and emphasis on automation technology by the industry as a key tool in driving U.S. productivity." Presentations covered robotic technology advances and manufacturing advantages of incorporating robotics. Read More

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All-Girl Rocketry Team answers call for increased STEM engagement.

June 2, 2014

In celebration of national programs encouraging students to engage and excel in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Team Rocket Power – 3-girl team from Maryland that competed in 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) – exhibited their rockets for President Obama at White House Science Fair. Fair hosted students from various competitions across USA and specifically focused on girls and women excelling in STEM-related fields and inspiring younger students with their work. Read More

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Wolf Robotics achieves Robot Integrator recertification..

May 30, 2014

Wolf Robotics has achieved recertification as part of RIA Certified Robot Integrator program. Company achieved their initial certification in April 2012 by completing a rigorous process which includes an on-site audit and testing of key personnel among other important criteria. Certification program was established to provide robot integrators with way to benchmark against industry best practices and allows robot users to develop baseline for evaluating robot integrators. Read More

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BIO issues statement on removal of patent legislation.

May 30, 2014

BIO issued statement in response to Senator Patrick Leahy's announcement that he will remove current patent legislation from the Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda for now. According to BIO, effective patent litigation reform legislation can and must address the scourge of patent trolls while protecting America's innovators, including small businesses, inventors, universities, and life sciences companies. BIO stands ready to support Chairman Leahy in reaching a more targeted agreement. Read More

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NADCA praises bipartisan workforce development bill.

May 30, 2014

NADCA applauded members of Congress for coming together and releasing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Manufacturers have long called for an increased role in developing training and K-12 curricula. Bill will eliminate a number of outdated programs, improve accountability of job centers, and focus additional efforts towards on-the-job training activities. NADCA is calling on Senate to quickly move on WIOA bill to help manufacturers fill thousands of skilled jobs. Read More

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MIT/NASA Team presents report on earth-to-moon uplink.

May 30, 2014

Team of researchers from MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, working with NASA last fall, demonstrated that a data communication technology exists that can provide space dwellers with connectivity people enjoy on Earth, enabling large data transfers and HD video streaming. At CLEO: 2014, team will present new details and first comprehensive overview of on-orbit performance of laser-based communication uplink between moon and Earth, which beat previous record transmission speed last fall by factor of 4,800. Read More

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EPA recognizes over 400 federal facilities.

May 30, 2014

As part of the Federal Green Challenge, more than 400 federal facilities representing nearly 1.6 million federal employees are leading by example by taking steps to reduce the federal government’s environmental impact in 2013, resulting in estimated cost savings of more than $42 million to U.S. taxpayers. For example, by increasing recycling and composting alone in 2013, participating facilities had the equivalent impact of taking 196,000 cars off the road for one year. Read More

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PACK EXPO to feature baking and snack technologies.

May 30, 2014

To help baking and snack brands satisfy their growing market, PACK EXPO International 2014 will provide access to thousands of technologies. Owned and produced by PMMI, show will connect baking and snack professionals with solutions from more than 1,800 exhibitors. Innovative materials and containers to improve product freshness and meet sustainability goals will be on display, as will equipment and robotics to increase efficiency and productivity, and solve other operational challenges. Read More

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Sika and Franklin Intl. Execs join ASC Board of Directors.

May 30, 2014

Steve Rosenberg, Senior VP at Sika Corporation and Forest Driggs, VP at Franklin International have joined ASC Board of Directors, effective immediately. Replacing Steve Harms, Steve Rosenberg has worked with Sika Corporation since 1991, and is currently Senior Vice President, Risk, Quality and Sustainability Management. Forest Driggs, replacing Larry Owen, joined Franklin International in 1995 and has work experience in both the Adhesives and Polymers Group and Construction Products Group. Read More

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Airlines for America urge DOT to put customers first.

May 29, 2014

A4A issued statement regarding DOT's Proposed Rulemaking. According A4A, airlines strongly support full transparency and already ensure that all pricing information is available as defined by DOT's previous consumer rule. By proposing that airlines provide information on some ancillary options to duopoly of GDS providers, DOT's rule would further increase airline expense, and force airlines to pass on additional costs to customers in form of higher fares or reduced levels of air service. Read More

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Task Force partners with 12 land grant universities.

May 29, 2014

Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force announced partnership with 12 land grant universities to support state-level strategies to curb water pollution. Agreement is the first for the task force with non-governmental entities. Hypoxia Task Force is a partnership of 5 federal agencies, tribes, and environmental quality, agricultural, and conservation agencies from 12 basin states working to address nutrient pollution and the hypoxic zone, or dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More

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Congressman Mick Mulvaney tours Isola's S.C. facility.

May 28, 2014

Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC-5) visited Isola Group S.à r.l.’s manufacturing facility in Ridgeway, S.C., to learn about policy and regulatory issues affecting electronics manufacturing industry. Visit included tour of facility that manufactures laminate materials used to fabricate printed boards used in advanced electronics. Congressman met with Isola’s Mike Gastonguay, President-Americas, and discussed issues such as export controls, R&D tax credits, and intellectual property protection. Read More

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NREL and Sponsors host Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races.

May 28, 2014

During Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery Car Competitions, nearly 300 students on 74 teams from 21 Colorado schools converged on Dakota Ridge High School to vie for spot in final races using solar and lithium ion battery powered vehicles. Batteries are supplied by DOE and teams purchase authorized solar panels, then design and build the cars themselves. Each year, NREL and other sponsors host races to encourage students toward careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Read More

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EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation at science competition.

May 28, 2014

U.S. EPA announced Wheeling Park High School freshman Miriam Terese Demasi as winner of 2014 Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award. Demonstrating commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship, her project involved developing sustainable, affordable, and environmentally sound building material for earthquake-prone areas in developing world to use in place of adobe. EPA's Robert Kavlock lauded Demasi's project for its sustainability and humanitarian aspects. Read More

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Technique nondestructively determines coating thickness.

May 28, 2014

Anis Rahman, founder of Applied Research and Photonics, Inc., and his son Aunik, have developed way to measure thickness of paint layers and size of particles embedded inside. Technique uses terahertz reflectometry, in which beam of terahertz-frequency radiation is fired onto paint. Unlike conventional methods, paint remains undamaged making technique useful for variety of applications, from cars to artifacts to cancer detection. Researchers will describe work at CLEO: 2014 being held June 8–13. Read More

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PTDA Conference offered insight into age-diverse workplaces.

May 28, 2014

PTDA Spring Leaders Conference, held March 2–4 in Las Vegas, NV, brought together nearly 120 PTDA distributors and manufacturers for networking and offered sessions designed to build executive leadership skills. Conference components included Governance Meetings for PTDA's boards, committees, and council volunteers; Leadership Development Conference; and General Education Session for both leaders seeking insights into working smarter together. Read More

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May 2014 MCI-EFI shows confidence at 2-year high for third month.

May 28, 2014

May 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) shows overall market confidence at 65.4. While peaking at highest index level in 2 years for third consecutive month, this number is relatively unchanged from April's 65.1. Other conditions covered by this index include assessments regarding expected business conditions, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and employee hiring. Read More

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THE BIG M Event will address skills gap in manufacturing.

May 28, 2014

Produced by SME, THE BIG M will take place June 9–12, 2014 in Detroit, MI with focus on how to close skills gap in order for American manufacturers to remain competitive. Events of June 12 will include several panels and breakout sessions on obtaining and training skilled and capable workforce, talent retention, and coping with skills gap. According to SME's Jeannine Kunz, increases in technology call for workforce with evolving skill set equipped to handle associated complexities. Read More