American Trucking Associations opened registration for 2014 ATA Management Conference & Exhibition (MC&E), which will be held October 4–7 in San Diego, CA. According to ATA President and CEO Bill Graves, this year's meeting "will examine such important issues as energy production, safety, drivers, congestion, and new opportunities for motor carriers due to the resurgence in American manufacturing." Graves called this event "the most important meeting for trucking executives this year." Read More
During Exhibitions Day, AEM joined 100 fellow trade show organizers and exhibitions industry leaders on Capitol Hill to promote economic and business value of face-to-face events. They also pushed for policies that allow qualified international visitors and government employees to more easily attend trade shows and meetings. During discussions with legislators, AEM stressed need for speedy passage of federal highway bill, and value of manufacturing to U.S. economic prosperity and job creation. Read More
National standard for accreditation of clean energy education/training certificate programs, developed by IREC, has received final approval from ANSI as an American National Standard. ANSI/IREC Standard 14732-2014 is aligned with specific job task analysis, and linked to real-world skills needed by individuals entering clean energy workforce. Certificate programs that apply for accreditation under standard may be hosted by colleges, industry training groups, for-profit organizations, or unions. Read More
Results of Electrical Safety Foundation International's (ESFI) 2014 Counterfeit Electrical Products Survey, which measures awareness and response to presence of counterfeit electrical products among several sectors of electrical industry, show 96% of respondents believe counterfeits pose at least moderate threat to public safety. Only half of respondents reported counterfeit electrical product upon discovery, and majority said they have no process in place to report counterfeit products.
Federal Aviation Administration announced that the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into nation's airspace. Research will concentrate on multiple areas including safety of operations and data gathering in authorized airspace, UAS airworthiness standards, command and control link technologies, human-factors issue for UAS control-station layout, and detect-and-avoid technologies. Read More
As announced by BIO, Indiana Governor Mike Pence was honored with 2014 Governor of the Year award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening biotechnology and health sectors within Indiana. Pence received said award as part of signing ceremony for Senate Bill 262, which creates pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines in Indiana. Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO called Pence "an exemplary leader" and acknowledged his "strong support." Read More
May 2014 findings from IPC's monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show sales growth as flat, orders in decline, and book-to-bill ratio below parity at 0.98. Total PCB shipments increased 0.1% from May 2013, which moved year-to-date shipment growth to -0.1%. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments declined 0.3%. PCB bookings fell 18.0% year over year in May, pushing YTD order growth down to -8.1%. Order growth fell 14.3% from previous month. Read More
AAMA has published AAMA 513-14, which sets standard laboratory test method for windows and doors to ensure they are ADA compliant. Last published in 2012, this document, which provides consistent and repeatable method of laboratory testing regarding operating forces of operable windows and doors, has been updated to include reference to CW and AW products as well as R and LC products. It also encompasses all doors included within scope of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 (NAFS). Read More