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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

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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