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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

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BIO Praises Passage of Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act.

February 20, 2014

BIO applauded House of Representatives for passing Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act (H.R. 3448), which builds on JOBS Act by increasing liquidity for emerging growth companies that trade on public market. Citing how said act will let companies choose appropriate tick size for their trading needs "and stimulate capital formation for breakthrough research," BIO's Jim Greenwood noted how legislation will accelerate development of cures and treatments for devastating and debilitating diseases.
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Gregg Fleisher to deliver keynote at Smartforce Student Summit.

February 20, 2014

As announced by AMT, Gregg Fleisher, Chief Academic Officer for National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), will deliver keynote address on September 9 at Smartforce Student Summit at International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 (IMTS). Summit gives students first-hand, interactive view of manufacturing technology while also promoting careers in industry. It will be held from 9 am to 6 pm, Sept. 8–13, 2014 at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. Read More

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SME Conference focuses on composites manufacturing.

February 20, 2014

Scheduled for April 8–10 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Composites Manufacturing 2014 will focus on the impact of composite materials on manufacturing today and in the future. Three-day event will address what makes composite manufacturing increasingly more vital to numerous industries, as it lowers manufacturing costs, enhances product quality, and saves energy. Specifically, automotive, aerospace, and wind power manufacturers have been relying on composites for years. Read More

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EPA and Federal Partners advance decontamination techniques.

February 20, 2014

U.S. EPA and federal partners announced results of multi-year Bio-Response Operational Testing and Evaluation (BOTE) project, which tested and evaluated decontamination techniques for biological incident. According to EPA's Lek Kadeli, "information gained from this project gives communities tested decontamination methods and real world guidance to inform future response efforts." Project also examined associated costs of each method and expense of managing waste cleanup. Read More

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NEMA Publication reaches 50,000 subscribers.

February 20, 2014

Now in its nineteenth year of publication, NEMA's ei (electroindustry magazine) has grown from newsletter format to full-color, 32-page monthly magazine. Along with the magazine, the communications department also publishes a bi-weekly newsletter, eiXtra; hosts a podcast series, NEMAcast; produces various types of informative marketing materials; and manages the association’s blog (NEMAcurrents), Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts. Read More

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AAMA Recognizes Member Leadership during 77th Annual Conference.

February 20, 2014

AAMA recognized contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at 77th Annual Conference Awards Banquet. Steve Fronek of Apogee Enterprises was named Outstanding Member, Technoform's Mark Silverberg received Architectural Products Group Distinguished Service Award, Dean Ruark of PGT Industries received Residential Products Group Distinguished Service Award, and Scott Condreay took home Marketing Distinguished Service Award. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces Member of the Year Award.

February 20, 2014

Hydraulic Institute named Randy Bennett, VP of Technology & Operations, Leistritz Advanced Technologies Corporation, as its 2013 "Member of the Year." A member of HI for 7 years, Mr. Bennett was selected by the Board of Directors for his superior commitment to the Hydraulic Institute in both leading and actively participating in different HI committees in the advancement of the Institute’s technical work and guiding young engineers within the organization. Read More

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NEMA supports Montgomery County, MD bill.

February 20, 2014

NEMA congratulates the leadership of Montgomery County, MD, to make commercial and municipal building energy use transparent by introducing benchmarking and disclosure bill. Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner introduced the legislation, along with majority of his colleagues, which would require large buildings to benchmark their energy use and disclose their ENERGY STAR® score, a 1-100 percentile ranking of building's energy performance as rated against similar building types. Read More

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PMMI Mechatronics Certificates chosen as standard for training.

February 20, 2014

In northwestern Indiana, educators at Purdue University Calumet fostering corporate-collegiate connections and implementing $2.74 million U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant. Latter supports training for displaced workers by requiring participants to earn nationally recognized credential. Purdue University Calumet has chosen PMMI's Mechatronics Certificates for similar credentials. Read More

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BIO announces breakout program for 2014 World Congress.

February 20, 2014

Scheduled for May 12–15, BIO's 11th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will feature sessions on the use of industrial biotechnology in personal care and common household products. Some breakout sessions will include: Novel and Sustainable Fermentation Pathways to Natural Products; The Bridge to Renewable Realities...Alliances, Experiences and Learning’s from Industry Architects; and Specialty Performance Materials from Renewable Sustainable Sources. Read More

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EPA Enforcement Actions help protect public from lead exposure.

February 20, 2014

Enforcement actions, which led to more than $274,000 in civil penalties, will require 35 home renovation contractors and training providers to take additional steps to minimize harmful lead dust from home renovation activities as required by EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Standards. Issued between May 2013 and Jan 2014, settlements cover failure to obtain certification, failure to follow lead-safe work practices, and failure to ensure subcontractors follow RRP standards. Read More

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Optical Circuit uses bendable, stretchable interconnections.

February 20, 2014

Team of Belgian researchers reports progress in developing first optical circuit that uses interconnections that are not only bendable, but also stretchable. Made of rubbery transparent material called PDMS, interconnections guide light along their path even when stretched up to 30% and when bent around an object the diameter of a human finger. Team describes its work in a paper published in The Optical Society’s open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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Annual EPA Enforcement Results highlight major violations.

February 18, 2014

Released by U.S. EPA, annual enforcement and compliance results demonstrate focus on, according to EPA's Cynthia Giles, "the biggest violators and the cases that make the most difference in protecting American communities from pollution." Giles cites such cases as the Deepwater Horizon disaster as well as Walmart's illegal handling of pesticides and hazardous waste. She also mentions nationwide reforms, reduced deadly air toxics, cleaned up toxic pollution, and generated funds.
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Proposed ASTM Standard offers guidance for Solar PV investors.

February 17, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK43549, Practice for Installation, Commissioning, Operations and Maintenance Process, is being developed by Subcommittee E44.09 on Photovoltaic Electric Power Conversion. Detailing minimum requirements to ensure safe and reliable power generation for expected life of photovoltaic (PV) power plant, standard will provide guidance for potential stakeholders involved in financing, construction, and maintenance of solar PV electric power plants. Read More

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EPA Administrator reaffirms commitment to environmental justice.

February 17, 2014

In meeting of NEJAC, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy reaffirmed commitment to environmental justice. Meeting coincided with Presidential Proclamation by President Obama commemorating 20th anniversary of signing of Executive Order 12898. McCarthy recognized accomplishments over past 20 years and said agency, "will keep striving to improve the quality of life for all Americans by addressing the persistent environmental and health burdens faced by our most vulnerable populations." Read More

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NREL Report Finds Similar Value in 2 CSP technologies.

February 17, 2014

"Estimating the Performance and Economic Value of Multiple Concentrating Solar Power Technologies in a Production Cost Model" finds that value of delivered energy of dry-cooled tower and parabolic trough CSP (concentrating solar power) plants, integrated with thermal energy storage, are similar. Report provides quantitative results in Colorado test system comparing 2 CSP technologies with thermal energy storage and evaluates how operational/capacity value varies with plant configuration. Read More

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IPC Courses deliver electronics manufacturing best practices.

February 17, 2014

During IPC APEX EXPO®, electronics manufacturing experts will teach 29 professional development courses as part of comprehensive educational program. Each course focuses on a critical issue within 9 specialized areas, including: assembly processes for lead-free/tin-lead soldering; cleaning, coating, and contamination; design; emerging technologies; environmental issues/compliance; PCB fabrication and materials; printed electronics; quality, reliability, and test; and supply chain/business issues. Read More

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EPA Revises Guidance on diesel fuel used in hydraulic fracturing.

February 17, 2014

U.S. EPA released revised underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. To clarify how companies can comply with law passed by Congress in 2005, guidance outlines for EPA permit writers where EPA is permitting authority; existing class II requirements for diesel fuels used for hydraulic fracturing wells; and technical recommendations for permitting those wells consistently with these requirements. Read More