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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

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Advanced Biofuel Producers express concern over 2014 RFS.

May 28, 2014

Led by Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), 33 advanced biofuel companies addressed President Barack Obama via letter to express concern about proposed rule for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). "The RFS is necessary," the letter argued, "because the highly consolidated, vertically integrated oil industry is not otherwise going to allow market access for renewable fuels." Talking points included prior investments and expectations. Read More

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BIO urges Governor Markell to sign critical legislation.

May 28, 2014

BIO and the Delaware BioScience Association call upon Governor Markell to sign critical legislation to create pathway for the substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 118 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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EPA Standards protect aquatic life from cooling water intakes.

May 28, 2014

U.S. EPA finalized standards to protect fish and other aquatic life drawn into cooling water systems at power plants and factories. Components of final regulation include reduction of fish impingement for facilities that meet specific withdraw requirements, conducting studies to help permitting authority determine site-specific entrainment mortality controls, and mandate that intake flow of new units at existing facility be reduced to levels similar to closed cycle, recirculation systems. Read More

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NASA Partners with Rolls-Royce on braze joint technology testing.

May 28, 2014

Rolls-Royce will collaborate with NASA to develop braze joint performance prediction methods for critical structures subject to complex loading conditions. Via this partnership, Rolls-Royce will establish braze Failure Assessment Diagram (FAD) for use in defining acceptable stress combinations and margins of safety of braze joints and braze repair structures. NASA will receive verification of its FAD methodology for failure prediction of structural brazed joints on real industrial applications. Read More

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Thin Silicon Lens makes cheap surveillance camera.

May 28, 2014

A team of French researchers has found a way to make a thermal infrared camera with a lens made of silicon. Lens is as thick as a fingernail with diameter less than that of a No. 2 pencil. Camera has 130° field of view, f-number of 1.5, and is effective over wide range of IR wavelengths, from 7–14 µm. Potential applications include more affordable surveillance, particularly for home use. Researchers describe their new work in a paper published in The Optical Society’s journal Optics Letters. Read More

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Titanium Metals Corp to pay civil penalty for TSCA violations.

May 27, 2014

Titanium Metals Corporation has agreed to pay $13.75 million civil penalty and perform extensive investigation and cleanup of potential contamination stemming from unauthorized manufacture and disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls at its manufacturing facility in Henderson, NV. Penalty is the largest ever imposed for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act at a single facility. TIMET will also pay $250,000 for violations related to illegal disposal of hazardous process wastewater. Read More

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Refinery Emissions Standards will protect nearby neighborhoods.

May 23, 2014

To protect nearby neighborhoods, U.S. EPA is proposing updates to toxic air pollution standards for petroleum refineries. Specific elements include monitoring and public availability of air concentrations of benzene around fenceline perimeter of refineries; upgraded emission controls for storage tanks, including controls for smaller tanks; performance requirements for flares to ensure waste gases are properly destroyed; and emissions standards for delayed coking units. Read More

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Congressman Randy Hultgren tours Petroferm via IPC program.

May 21, 2014

Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) visited Petroferm, a Vantage Chemicals business, at Lambent Technologies manufacturing facility in Gurnee, IL to learn about priority legislative and regulatory issues impacting electronics manufacturing industry. Hultgren was led around by Petroferm Cleaning's Dan Romani, who spoke on such policy and regulatory issues as export controls, R&D tax credits, and IP protection. Hultgren's visit was part of IPC's "Meet the Policymakers" program. Read More

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ASC invites industry to its Sustainability Forum.

May 21, 2014

Scheduled for July 22–23, ASC Sustainability Forum will provide opportunity for adhesive and sealant supply chain to discuss all aspects of sustainability and provide platform for dialogue with attendees. Event will include 2 keynote speakers that will outline overall opportunities they believe can be found within the sustainability arena. Keynotes will be followed by series of panels that allow various elements of supply chain to discuss their unique views on sustainability. Read More

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Hillary Rodham Clinton to deliver keynote at BIO convention.

May 21, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver keynote address on June 25 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm PDT at 2014 BIO International Convention® in San Diego, CA. "We are thrilled to be joined by Secretary Clinton at the 2014 BIO International Convention," said BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood. Regularly drawing 15,000+ attendees, BIO International Convention offers networking and partnering opportunities as well as insights and inspiration on trends affecting industry. Read More

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AIA supports lifting of export restrictions on space systems.

May 21, 2014

AIA applauds Administration's issuance of revisions to Category XV of the U.S. Munitions List that will end excessive restrictions on space systems, such as commercial satellites. After 6 month delayed implementation, interim final rule will remove many less sensitive technologies from USML and place them under more appropriate controls of Commerce Control List. Revision, together with re-authorization of Export-Import Bank by Congress, would dramatically level global market playing field. Read More

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NADCA applauds passage of R&D Tax Credit bill.

May 21, 2014

NADCA applauded passage by U.S. House of Representatives of bill making the Research and Development Tax Credit permanent. Sponsored by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and John Larson (D-CT), bill passed by vote of 274-131. NADCA and its members invest heavily in research and development to create new technologies and processes for lightweight applications, improving energy efficiency, and reducing lead times for procuring latest technologies. Read More

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Hollywood comes to Detroit for SME's RAPID 2014.

May 20, 2014

During SME’s 2014 RAPID Conference & Exposition, Jason Lopes, lead systems engineer for Legacy Effects, will present keynote showcasing how 3D printing and scanning have been cast in recent blockbuster hits like Iron Man 3, The Hunger Games, The Bourne Legacy, Pacific Rim, and 2014’s remake of RoboCop. Joining Lopes as main keynote presenter is industry influencer Terry Wohlers, who publishes the annual industry report on the state of additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Read More

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BIO welcomes new Industrial Biotechnology members.

May 20, 2014

BIO announced that 9 companies have become new members of its Industrial & Environmental Section since the start of 2014. Announcement came as BIO prepared to kick off its annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which took place in Philadelphia, PA. New members include: Arzeda Corp., Biosynthetic Technologies, Evolva, Green Biologics, Manus Biosynthesis, Reluceo Holdings LLC, Sage Bioproducts, Succinity Gmbh, and Yulex Corporation. Read More

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EPA announces environmental job training grants.

May 20, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, on a press call with Joe Carbone, President of the Workplace, Inc. and Jason Wimmer, City of Durham, NC, announced 18 grantees for $3.6 million award through the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program. Grants fund programs that provide unemployed and under-employed with skills and certifications needed for full-time careers in environmental fields such as recycling, stormwater management, oil spill cleanup, and Superfund site remediation. Read More

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Webinar Series focuses on demystifying piping plans.

May 20, 2014

In collaboration with Henri Azibert, Technical Director of the Fluid Sealing Association, and associated HI committee members, Hydraulic Institute has developed Advanced Mechanical Seals 4-part webinar series. In addition to outlining pros and cons of over 15 different piping plans, webinar will discuss auxiliary equipment, design considerations, operating parameters, installation, and monitoring as well as troubleshooting associated with each. Read More

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IPC Training DVD focuses on counterfeit component detection.

May 20, 2014

DVD-166C, "Counterfeit Components," explains how counterfeit components infiltrate supply chain as well as how to detect fraudulent devices during visual inspection. Available from IPC, this training video will provide companies with resource to help train their stockroom, production, and inspection technicians on common visual indicators of counterfeit and substandard components. Material also covers effectively utilizing sophisticated detection methods. Read More

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PTDA releases Business Index for 1Q2014.

May 20, 2014

Quarterly survey of PTDA’s distributor and manufacturer members continues to point to growth, with the PTDA Business Index for 1Q2014 at 63.6, up from 4Q2013 reading of 60.2. However, when asked about their outlook for the entire year, survey participants lowered their expectations from 7% growth to 6% growth, suggesting expectations of weakness later in the year. Read More