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Electronics Manufacturing Engineers will confer on standards.

February 28, 2014

Hosting 90+ standards development committee meetings, IPC APEX EXPO® (March 23–27, 2014 in Las Vegas) will advance standards relied upon by PCB manufacturing and assembly industries. Standards development meetings will advance industry specifications and guidelines in several areas. Electronics industry professionals with interest and technical expertise in key areas are encouraged to attend. Read More

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Sally Ride Science® Co-Founder to deliver keynote at Summit.

February 27, 2014

AMT announced that Dr. Karen Flammer, Co-Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Sally Ride Science®, will deliver keynote address on Sept 10 during Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014. Sally Ride Science® provides tools for college and career readiness that can build students' passion for STEM fields and careers. Focus of keynote will be the lasting impact that teachers and STEM professionals can have on students when they expand STEM topics beyond classroom and connect them to careers. Read More

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Researchers Use Light to measure blood clotting properties.

February 27, 2014

Published in OSA's open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, "Assessing Blood Coagulation Status with Laser Speckle Rheology" describes optical device that, with few drops of blood and within few minutes, measures key coagulation parameters to provide caregivers with timely information about clotting properties of patient's blood. Senior author Seemantini Nadkarni defined team's goal as to provide lab test information but quickly and at patient's bedside. Read More

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IREC Joins Business, Industry Groups to close skills gap.

February 26, 2014

IREC joined 20 other national business organizations yesterday to share plans to ensure students/workers have necessary knowledge and skills to work in modern economy. Convened by ACT Foundation and Business Roundtable, National Network of Business and Industry Associations is coordinating cross-sector efforts to close skills gap. After noting how describing and quantifying gap is no longer enough, Business Roundtable president John Engler said, "It is time to get to work to close it for good." Read More

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CAS and AstraZeneca agree to 5-year SciFinder® contract.

February 26, 2014

Chemical Abstracts Service announced 5-year agreement for SciFinder®, the choice for chemistry research, with AstraZeneca, a leading biopharmaceutical company specializing in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and marketing of prescription medicines. Long-term agreement guarantees AstraZeneca researchers access to the most accurate, comprehensive, and current research, and signifies the confidence customers have in CAS as a high-quality information partner. Read More

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Manufacturing Education receives support from Alcoa Foundation.

February 26, 2014

As community-based approach to manufacturing education, PRIME (Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education) received supporting pledge of $220,000 from Alcoa Foundation. PRIME is part of SME Education Foundation's commitment to addressing shortage of advanced manufacturing and technical talent in USA. This funding will continue to support PRIME programs at Esperanza High School (Anaheim, CA) and Hawthorne High School (Los Angeles, CA) as well as 2 others schools in Southern California. Read More

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Melissa Meyer selected for New Face of Engineering Program.

February 26, 2014

SME Education Foundation nominated Melissa Meyer for Collegiate Edition of 2014 New Faces of Engineering Program. As senior at University of Wisconsin in Madison, Meyer maintains 3.4 GPA in Geological Engineering program. She has studied nuclear engineering at Technical University of Munich, Germany and received Shell Undergraduate Research Fund Grant. Program recognizes exemplary undergraduate engineering students; winners receive scholarships from $500–$1,000. Read More

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Proposed Measures protect farm workers from pesticide exposure.

February 26, 2014

U.S. EPA announced proposed revisions to Worker Protection Standard in order to protect farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure. Increased training and signage will inform farm workers about protections they are afforded under law and will help them protect against pesticide exposure. Workers and others near treated fields will be protected from pesticide overspray and fumes, and children under 16 will be legally barred from handling all pesticides. Read More

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AAMA ratifies 2014 Board of Directors.

February 26, 2014

At AAMA's 77th Annual Conference, association's membership ratified the 2014 board of directors. Marg Webb, CHRP, of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance fills the affiliated association seat formerly held by Rand Baldwin of the Aluminum Extruders Council. As executive director of IGMA, Webb maintains Alliance’s certification program and technical activities. Also during conference, Pella's Kevin Gaul and Simonton's Sid Spear were named residential representatives. Read More

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FAA issues final rule to improve helicopter safety.

February 26, 2014

FAA issued final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications and training, and additional on-board safety equipment. Within 60 days, all operators will be required to use enhanced procedures for flying in challenging weather, at night, and when landing in remote locations. Within 3 years, helicopter air ambulances must use latest on-board technology and equipment to avoid terrain and obstacles. Read More

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Winter Meeting highlights big data and conflict minerals.

February 26, 2014

In addition to the regular committee meetings, the 2014 Winter Meeting also featured presentations addressing 3 important current business issues: Benchmarking, Conflict Minerals, and Big Data. According to post-meeting evaluation, 100% of attendees said meeting met or exceeded their expectations. Although all attendees pursued full agendas in BSA committees, many rate the opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry as a top priority for attending. Read More

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Rocket Contest engages students' STEM-focused skill sets.

February 26, 2014

More than 700 student teams are preparing for the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge, a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering, and math. This year's competition challenges each team to design and build a model rocket that can travel to height of 825 ft and back within 48–50 seconds. Each rocket must also deploy 2 identical parachutes carrying 2 raw eggs that must return to ground undamaged. Read More

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PTDA Foundation establishes Wendy B. McDonald Award.

February 26, 2014

To honor the memory of Wendy B. McDonald, PTDA Foundation has established the Wendy B. McDonald Award. "Mrs. Mac" served over 60 years as a leader in her family-owned international industrial distribution company, BC Bearings Engineers Limited, which was acquired by Motion Industries, Inc. Award acknowledges a woman who has established herself as a critical contributor to her company's success and has affected positive change within the power transmission/motion control industry. Read More

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PTDA 2014 Canadian Conference gathers key PT/MC decision makers.

February 25, 2014

Registration is open for PTDA 2014 Canadian Conference, which will take place June 5–7 in Québec City, Québec and unite key decision makers of Canadian Power Transmission/Motion Control (PT/MC) industry. Attendees can meet channel partners at Welcome Reception/Industry Showcase, which features tabletop exhibits from PTDA's manufacturer members, and attend education sessions presenting celebrated achievers who will share information designed to strengthen business in Canadian market. Read More

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NTSB Calls on Metro-North to address recorders, speed signs.

February 25, 2014

Issuing safety recommendations to Metro-North Railroad, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for use of inward and outward facing audio and image recorders as well as installation of approach permanent speed restrictions signs along right-of-ways. These safety recommendations stem from information learned during ongoing investigation into December 1, 2013 derailment of Metro-North passenger train in Bronx, NY. Read More

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Kraków prepares for EPMA Powder Metallurgy Summer School.

February 25, 2014

EPMA-organized 2014 Summer School program will be making its first appearance in Kraków, Poland, June 16–20, courtesy of the Cracow University of Technology. Five-day residential course is one of the best ways to learn about powder metallurgy and related sectors for students and engineers new to the PM industry. Topics to be covered include Manufacture of Metal Powders, Metal Injection Molding, Modeling, Sintering, and Hot Isostatic Pressing. Online registration is now open. Read More

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PTDA Foundation Vanguard Campaign raises $156,000.

February 25, 2014

To help Industrial Career Pathway initiative founded by PTDA Foundation, 47 organizations and individuals have accepted the invitation to fund the Vanguard Campaign. These companies are taking a leading role in the movement to drive talented workers to key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution. Funding from Vanguard contributors helps ICP get in front of future workforce through participation at career fairs, job fairs, technical tradeshows, and social media channels. Read More

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NEMA supports accelerated "single window" for trade.

February 25, 2014

NEMA welcomed President Obama's announcement that the U.S. will accelerate implementation of system to facilitate international trade in goods that meet U.S. safety, efficiency, and environmental standards. System is known as the "single window" and is administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Expected to be fully implemented by 2016, International Trade Data System will allow traders to make single electronic report and relevant data will be distributed to appropriate federal agencies. Read More

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AeroDef Manufacturing Event will host 3D modeling panel.

February 21, 2014

As part of its Executive Insights Series, AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 will include "3D Modeling in Manufacturing: The Changing Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain and the Digital Innovation Imperative" panel discussion on February 27. Panelists will discuss similarities between aerospace and defense industry as well as automotive supply chain transformation of last century and more. Dr. Al Sanders, president and CEO of Design-Vantage Technologies, LLC, will moderate. Read More

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PT/MC Industry Report shows slight growth at end of 2013.

February 20, 2014

PTDA Business Index reading of 60 for 4Q2013 is higher than 52 reading of 3Q13 index. While those surveyed in mid-2013 about 2014 outlook anticipated 5% growth, those surveyed in January 2014 anticipate 7% growth. Conducted by PTDA and Cleveland Research Company, report includes distributor and manufacturer breakout data in addition to historical data. It tracks change in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices, and backlog in PT/MC industry. Read More