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NEMA's Ryan Franks selected as 2014 IEC Young Professional.

June 5, 2014

Ryan Franks, NEMA Energy Storage Technical Manager, was one of three people selected by International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as 2014 IEC Young Professional. He will participate in IEC Young Professionals 2014 Workshop in Tokyo, Japan this November. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis praised Ryan's "ability to effectively lead groups to identify and accomplish their objectives," emphasizing rarity of finding young individuals with technical training, talent, and focus. Read More

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ATA welcomes Drivewyze as Featured Product.

June 5, 2014

ATA announced it has added Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass service into its roster of Featured Products. Drivewyze PreClear subscription services offer fleets the opportunity to earn up to a 98% weigh station bypass rate, depending on their safety records. Complimentary features include industry's first weigh station loss reporting tool and universal driver Heads Up notification service, which offers real-time notifications at more than 700 weigh stations and inspection sites nationwide. Read More

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AEM Actively Supports National Fall Prevention Stand-Down.

June 4, 2014

AEM is actively supporting National Fall Prevention Stand-Down, which is being held June 2–6 to promote awareness among construction industry employers and workers about seriousness of fall hazards. Resources available for industry use can be found on National Safety Stand-Down section of federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website. Educational and training tools include booklets, fact sheets, posters, and wallet cards. Read More

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SBANE announces New England Innovation Award winners.

June 4, 2014

SBANE, sponsor of New England Innovation Awards since its inception in 1986, announces 2014 winners, selected from 210 organizations to compete in final phase of competition. Rising Star category winners include Content Raven and Sand 9, while Not For Profit category winners include A Little Easier Recovery and Perkins Products. In For Profit category, selected organizations include Argo Medical Technologies (Rewalk), iZotope, Seahorse Bioscience, and WiTricity. Read More

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GPC Launches Program to certify sustainable parking garages.

June 4, 2014

Green Parking Council (GPC), affiliate of International Parking Institute (IPI), launched Green Garage Certification program, which will recognize and inspire high standards in sustainable parking facility design, technology, operations, and management. According to GPC Executive Director Paul Wessel, Green Garage Certification provides roadmap and assessment tool with which to "strive toward a more environmentally and economically sustainable future." Read More

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Laser Sensing Technology offers lower power, longer distance.

June 3, 2014

Able to remotely sense objects across distances as long as 30 ft, 3D imaging technology developed by researchers at University of California, Berkeley, could (with further development) be used to make smaller, inexpensive 3D imaging systems that offer maximized range for such potential uses as self-driving cars, smartphones, and interactive video games without requiring bulky boxes of electronics or optics. UC Berkeley's Behnam Behroozpour will present this work at CLEO: 2014 on June 11. Read More

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PM Design Excellence Awards honor several innovators.

June 3, 2014

Winning parts in 2014 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards were presented during 2014 World Congress on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials (PM2014). Grand Prize awards went to Indo‐US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd.; Keystone Powdered Metal Co.; Capstan; and FloMet LLC. Awards of Distinction went to Cloyes Gear & Products, Inc.; Indo‐US MIM Tec Pvt. Ltd.; Lovejoy Powder Metal Group; Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.; Advanced Forming Technology; MPP Ridgway; and Smith Metal Products. Read More

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EPA funds university research on cleaner fuel burning.

June 3, 2014

World Health Organization estimates that cookstove smoke accounts for over 4 million premature deaths annually. EPA has announced new funding for 6 universities to research cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting, and heating homes that will help improve air quality and protect the health of Alaska Natives and people across the developing world. Researchers at universities in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, and Minnesota will receive $9 million in grant funding. Read More

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EPA selects 171 communities for Brownfield investment grants.

June 3, 2014

EPA announced that 171 communities will receive 264 grants totaling $67 million in Brownfields funding to clean and redevelop contaminated properties, boost local economies, and leverage jobs while protecting public health and the environment. Several projects were selected to address sites identified in their Brownfields Area Wide Planning projects, including Lowell, MA, which will focus on revitalizing an Industrial Park and Toledo, OH, which will clean up an old transmission plant. Read More

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Powder Metal Industry is sustaining growth momentum.

June 3, 2014

Well into the recovery that began in 2010, the various sectors of PM and particulate materials have all bounced back and are continuing to grow at a steady pace. Iron powder shipments increased 4.62% in 2013 to 401,738 short tons, surpassing 400,000-ton mark for the first time since 2007. Shipments of copper and copper-base powders increased by estimated 4% to 16,850 short tons, while stainless steel powders gained by an estimated 3.5% to 7,600 short tons. Read More

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Summer Webinar Series focuses on solar permitting and inspection.

June 3, 2014

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA and IREC will present 3 webinars on solar permitting and inspection. While targeting municipal permit review staff and inspectors, webinars can serve more diverse audience as well. Topics include pre-application materials and permit application submittal/review process (May 29), inspection (June 26), and how communities can change permitting processes (August 27). Presenters include Sky Stanfield, Erica Schroeder McConnell, and Don Hughes. Read More

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AEM Announces Winners of Statistics Outstanding Merit Awards.

June 3, 2014

AEM presented Statistics Outstanding Merit Awards to 28 equipment manufacturing companies for exemplary participation in AEM equipment-specific statistics programs. Specifically, AEM statistics merit awards recognize manufacturers' timely and accurate data submission, meeting attendance, and timely responses to ballots, audits, and surveys during calendar year. Companies earning AEM statistics merit award received cumulative performance rating of 90% or better. Read More

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AAMA updates Design Guide for Metal Cladding Fasteners.

June 3, 2014

AAMA updated a Technical Information Report providing metal curtain wall designers with necessary data to select fasteners for curtain wall framing members and components. AAMA TIR-A9-14 also goes into process of anchoring curtain wall systems to building structures. Hydrogen embrittlement is now addressed in Protection against Corrosion section. Additionally, new Safety Factors section provides thorough explanation of how safety factors were derived for the range of fastener diameters. Read More

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New OCT Applications could improve care for women in labor.

June 2, 2014

Researchers have taken an established imaging technology called Optical Coherence Tomography and integrated it with other instruments to bring about the next revolution in imaging. Technology can be used to guide epidurals to provide more effective care for women in labor; and to measure blood flow and oxygenation to study metabolic changes in diseases that affect the human retina, such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Research will be presented at CLEO: 2014, June 8-13 in San Jose, CA. Read More

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Inaugural (AIM) Conference shows automation, robotics advances.

June 2, 2014

Organized by AMT, Automation in Manufacturing (AIM) Conference took place on May 15 and gathered together manufacturing professionals who immersed themselves in robotics and advanced automation. Noting its "strong turnout," AMT President Douglas K. Woods cited "continued interest and emphasis on automation technology by the industry as a key tool in driving U.S. productivity." Presentations covered robotic technology advances and manufacturing advantages of incorporating robotics. Read More

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All-Girl Rocketry Team answers call for increased STEM engagement.

June 2, 2014

In celebration of national programs encouraging students to engage and excel in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Team Rocket Power – 3-girl team from Maryland that competed in 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) – exhibited their rockets for President Obama at White House Science Fair. Fair hosted students from various competitions across USA and specifically focused on girls and women excelling in STEM-related fields and inspiring younger students with their work. Read More

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Wolf Robotics achieves Robot Integrator recertification..

May 30, 2014

Wolf Robotics has achieved recertification as part of RIA Certified Robot Integrator program. Company achieved their initial certification in April 2012 by completing a rigorous process which includes an on-site audit and testing of key personnel among other important criteria. Certification program was established to provide robot integrators with way to benchmark against industry best practices and allows robot users to develop baseline for evaluating robot integrators. Read More

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BIO issues statement on removal of patent legislation.

May 30, 2014

BIO issued statement in response to Senator Patrick Leahy's announcement that he will remove current patent legislation from the Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda for now. According to BIO, effective patent litigation reform legislation can and must address the scourge of patent trolls while protecting America's innovators, including small businesses, inventors, universities, and life sciences companies. BIO stands ready to support Chairman Leahy in reaching a more targeted agreement. Read More

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NADCA praises bipartisan workforce development bill.

May 30, 2014

NADCA applauded members of Congress for coming together and releasing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Manufacturers have long called for an increased role in developing training and K-12 curricula. Bill will eliminate a number of outdated programs, improve accountability of job centers, and focus additional efforts towards on-the-job training activities. NADCA is calling on Senate to quickly move on WIOA bill to help manufacturers fill thousands of skilled jobs. Read More

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MIT/NASA Team presents report on earth-to-moon uplink.

May 30, 2014

Team of researchers from MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, working with NASA last fall, demonstrated that a data communication technology exists that can provide space dwellers with connectivity people enjoy on Earth, enabling large data transfers and HD video streaming. At CLEO: 2014, team will present new details and first comprehensive overview of on-orbit performance of laser-based communication uplink between moon and Earth, which beat previous record transmission speed last fall by factor of 4,800. Read More