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NEMA Assistant VP honored with IEEE Senior membership.

March 7, 2014

NEMA announced that its Assistant Vice President of Operations, John Caskey, has been named an IEEE Senior member. This honor is bestowed only to those who have made significant contributions to the electrical engineering profession. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and its members inspire a global community through IEEE's highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. Read More

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Registration now open for 2014 HI Technical Meeting.

March 6, 2014

Scheduled for June 25–27, 2014 Hydraulic Institute Technical Meeting offers venue for interested members to volunteer their expertise and join technical committees which create ANSI/HI Standards, technical guidelines, and reports for pumps and pumping systems. Some meeting highlights will include: Department of Energy Update; Pump Test Lab Approval and Pump Labeling; Pump Efficiency Prediction; Pump Knowledge Workshops; and Structured Authoring Training Session. Read More

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IREC Applauds Interconnection Improvement recommended for MA.

March 6, 2014

Massachusetts Technical Standards Review Group (TSRG) provided its recommendation to Department of Public Utilities (DPU) regarding appropriate penetration screen to use for Massachusetts' supplemental review process within its interconnection tariff. TSRG recommended DPU use 100% of minimum load as penetration screen rather than current 67%, and IREC commends such careful deliberation of this issue and TSRG's support of moving to 100% of minimum load.
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NASA and JAXA launch satellite to measure global rain and snow.

March 6, 2014

Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, a joint Earth-observing mission between NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launched into space on Feb 27 from Japan. GPM will help experts understand ever-changing climate, improve forecasts of extreme weather events like floods, and assist decision makers around the world to better manage water resources. While TRMM measured precipitation in the tropics, GPM Core Observatory expands coverage area from Arctic Circle to Antarctic Circle. Read More

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Inaugural IPC TechSummit combines 3 IPC conferences.

March 6, 2014

Scheduled for Oct 28-30, 2014, IPC TechSummit™ will include focus on innovation, reliability, and leadership. Summit will provide educational and networking opportunities as well as panel discussions to help participants identify solutions to common and not-so-common technology, process, and business challenges. Over course of 3 days, IPC TechSummit will combine Electronic System Technologies Conference, Tin Whiskers Conference, and Leadership Conference. Read More

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AIA welcomes Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.

March 6, 2014

According to statement by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA welcomes Obama's announcement of two new public-private manufacturing innovation institutes. It demonstrates a clear commitment on the part of the administration to strengthen American manufacturing and invest in innovative new technologies that will grow the economy and support national security. AIA is encouraged that so many member companies are already fully engaged with this initiative. Read More

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BIO World Congress explores cross border collaborations.

March 6, 2014

Scheduled for May 12–15, 2014, BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will explore new market and investment opportunities for biofuels and renewable chemicals through plenary discussion. Some breakout sessions will include: The Brazilian Developing Biobased Economy: Investment Opportunities; Global Energy Trends: The Development of Localized Feedstocks to Supply the Global Cellulosic Industry; and Regional Bioeconomy Development - Models and Success Factors. Read More

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BIO urges Governor Pence to sign biologic medicine bill.

March 6, 2014

BIO and the Indiana Health Industry Forum call upon Governor Pence to sign critical legislation to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. SB 262 includes transparent communication on all biologic medicines dispensed in order to maintain consistent and complete medical record. Bill seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintain incentives for innovation, and promote competitive market for biologic therapies. Read More

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AIA Recommends Strategy concerning defense industrial base.

March 5, 2014

Testifying before House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces on state of defense industrial base, AIA's Marion C. Blakey called for "smart choices" when addressing budget caps contributing to "a very challenging future." Blakey advocated for adoption of industrial base strategy that would "mitigate looming investment deficits and sustain the U.S. defense industrial base." She mentioned identifying and protecting "core, military-unique private sector capabilities." Read More

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Red Eagle Aviation.

March 5, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed $90,000 civil penalty against Red Eagle Aviation of Kalispell, MT for alleged operation of Bell 206 helicopter when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. Allegedly, Red Eagle operated said helicopter on numerous flights, including at least 80 revenue flights, from May 2011 to May 2013 without having performed required, periodic overhauls of tail rotor hub and main rotor mast assemblies. Read More

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SME supports new Digital Lab for Manufacturing.

March 5, 2014

In support of President Obama’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, U.S. DoD has awarded $70 million grant to UI Labs to create the Digital Lab for Manufacturing. Lab will be part of consortium to develop, demonstrate, deploy, and commercialize digital manufacturing technologies. SME will offer its experience in areas of training, building competency, and overall workforce development to ensure workers possess knowledge and skills needed to adopt and utilize digital manufacturing. Read More

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Fuji America hosts Congressman Brad Schneider.

March 4, 2014

Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) visited Fuji North America headquarters in Vernon Hills, IL to learn, first-hand, about policy and regulatory issues impacting the electronics manufacturing industry. Rep. Schneider’s visit to Fuji included a tour of the facility that supplies surface mount assembly equipment throughout North America. Congressman met with Fuji America executives and staff, and discussed issues such as export controls, R&D tax credits, and intellectual property protection. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

March 4, 2014

Dennis Wierzbicki, President of Grundfos USA, has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board, while George Harris, President & CEO of Hydro, Inc. has been elected to serve as HI President. Other HI officers include Michael S. Cropper, VP of Technical Affairs; John White, Jr., VP of Government & Regulatory Affairs; Bob Hendricks, HI VP of Member Services; John Kahren, HI VP of Knowledge & Education; and Robert K. Asdal, HI Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer. Read More

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Valve Basics Education Course set for Kansas City.

March 3, 2014

Scheduled for April 2–3, 2014, VMA's Valves, Actuators and Controls 101 course brings together employees and supervisors of plants that use valves, actuators, and controls with distributors and sales reps who want to better understand the products they sell. Seminar consists of lessons that guide attendees through the world of valves and the systems they help control, starting with simplest types of valves and moving into more complicated automated products. Read More

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AEM Hall of Fame Nominations are open all year.

February 28, 2014

AEM Hall of Fame, according to Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), is accepting nominations all year long. While nomination deadline for 2014 inductees closes on June 6, 2014, nominations submitted thereafter will be considered for 2015 AEM Hall of Fame. Candidates are evaluated on 5 criteria critical to health of off-road equipment manufacturing industry: innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Read More

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SME Member Receives Recognition for his work in the field.

February 28, 2014

As announced by SME Education Foundation, SME member Chris Agrawal was named as one of New Faces of Engineering for 2014. This distinction honors engineers, age 30 or younger, for achievements which significantly impact public welfare or further professional development and growth. Currently employed as patent attorney for Bookoff Mcandrews PLLC, Agrawal helps technology companies with procurement of patent protection for their new technologies. Read More

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AIA Names Schmid VP for National Security and Acquisition Policy.

February 28, 2014

Bringing legislative experience on budget policy from Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Elizabeth L. "Betsy" Schmid joined Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) as its Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy. President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, after noting forthcoming "long-term environment of constricted budgets," said AIA "could not ask for a better-qualified policy expert...to lead our efforts in the national security and acquisition policy arenas." Read More

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Equipment Leasing/Finance Industry Confidence is near 2-year high.

February 28, 2014

According to February 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), overall confidence in equipment finance market is 63.3. This marks second highest index in 2 years, second to previous month's 2-year high of 64.9. Report also covers future business conditions, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, employee hiring, and business development spending as well as opinions on U.S. economy. Read More

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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