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MESA International recognizes 8 outstanding contributors.

May 8, 2015

Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International announced winners of 2015 Outstanding Contribution to MESA award, which recognizes effort and dedication of individuals whose personal contributions have greatly benefited the entire association. This year's recipients include John Clemons, Scott Daugherty, Michel Devos, Gerhard Greeff, John Horst, Khris Kammer, Marc Leroux, and Erik Nistad. Read More

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MESA International Plans Launch of public recognition program.

May 8, 2015

MESA International's formal recognition program aims to promote market awareness of individuals and businesses dedicated to educating global marketplace on how and why to leverage modern Information Technologies (IT) in production operations. Program will center on individuals' or businesses' commitment to Association objectives as quantified by active MESA membership or sponsorship, regular contribution, and practical proficiency. Read More

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FAA App will help UAS pilots operate safely and legally.

May 8, 2015

FAA demonstrated new smartphone application called B4UFLY, designed to help model aircraft and unmanned aircraft users know if it is safe and legal to fly in their location. App provides clear status indicator that informs operators about current or planned location; "Planner Mode" for future flights in different locations; informative, interactive maps with filtering options; contact information for nearby airports; and links to other FAA UAS resources and regulatory information. Read More

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FAA-Industry Initiative seeks to expand small UAS horizons.

May 8, 2015

FAA and industry will partner to explore next steps in unmanned aircraft operations beyond operations proposed in draft small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule published in February. Main areas of focus include visual line-of-sight operations in urban areas, extended visual line-of-sight operations in rural areas, and beyond visual line-of-sight in rural/isolated areas. According to FAA's Michael Huerta, this initiative will help anticipate and address evolving UAS industry needs. Read More

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NIMS and Gene Haas Foundation announce scholarships.

May 7, 2015

GHF-NIMS SkillsUSA Scholarship Program will award over $200,000 in scholarship funds to students competing in 3 manufacturing events at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Competitors include high school and college students from all 50 states who have won their state-level competitions in CNC Technician, CNC Milling Specialist, and CNC Turning Specialist. Medalists will receive awards in the following amounts: Gold: $4,000; Silver: $3,000; and Bronze: $2,000. Read More

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NEMA Communications Dept wins 14 Hermes Creative Awards.

May 7, 2015

During 2015 Hermes Creative Awards competition, NEMA won platinum and gold awards for ei, the magazine of the electroindustry; eiXtra electronic newsletter; and several electronic venues. Efforts were spearheaded by NEMA Communications Department, a team of individuals with backgrounds in writing, editing, design, public relations, and marketing. International competition is designed for professionals involved in concept, writing, and design of traditional materials and emerging technologies. Read More

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MCAA hosts record setting Industry Forum.

May 6, 2015

MCAA's 2015 Industry Forum broke all previous attendance records, with 240 attendees enjoying 2 days of expert speakers, networking opportunities, and roundtable discussions. Attendance increased 14% over last year. Dane Maisel, General Manager of ABB’s Instrumentation Division, delivered keynote address on topic of trends and challenges in industrial automation. Breakout sessions focused on digital age issues of social media, website traffic, and 21st century negotiating tactics. Read More

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AASHTO conducts Winter Maintenance Operations Survey.

May 6, 2015

According to Winter Maintenance Operations Survey, 23 reporting states spent approximately $1.131 billion from October 2014 to mid-April 2015 to pre-treat, plow, or spread chemicals and other materials on roadways to keep them open and operating safely this winter season. Survey also found that state employees and contractors logged 8 million work hours, used fleet of more than 24,000 state snow plows and trucks, and used approximately 6 million tons of salt. Read More

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MCAA Bookings Data reveals continued growth in 2014.

May 6, 2015

According to data reported by MCAA members in various reports, 2014 bookings in process measurement and automation industry grew ~14.2%. Bookings continue upward trend that began following 2009's Great Recession. Over 5 years since, bookings are up 110%, and 2014 represents third highest growth rate of 5 previous periods at $3.9 billion. Total actual bookings reported by all members participating in bookings reports as of December 2014 was $5.5 billion. Read More

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BIO applauds introduction of the PARTNER Act.

May 6, 2015

BIO applauds Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA) for introducing the Partnerships to Advance Revolutionary Technology and Novel Entrepreneurial Research (PARTNER) Act (H.R. 2179). Bill would allow companies to partner with their investors on a specific research project or pipeline. Only start-up and small companies dedicated to R&D would be eligible to use these R&D Partnership Structures, so investors would be incentivized to invest at an earlier stage when capital is most needed. Read More

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ASC applauds passage of bipartisan TSCA reform bill.

May 6, 2015

ASC congratulates Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S.697). Approval of this bipartisan reform to the broken Toxic Substances Control Act is a major step forward in getting EPA to evaluate thousands of chemicals that have not been addressed since law’s passage in 1976. ASC will continue to reach out to other Senate offices to build support for full Senate vote later this year. Read More

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INL, NREL Successfully Demonstrate remote power grid simulation.

May 6, 2015

Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) successfully demonstrated ability to connect grid simulations at their 2 labs for real-time interaction via Internet. This capability enables modeling of power grids in greater detail by allowing software and equipment anywhere worldwide to establish real-time connection to facilities and capabilities available within DOE national laboratory complex. Read More

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BIO Makes Statement on Medicare Part D Data Release.

May 6, 2015

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood's statement regarding Medicare Part D Data Release voiced concerns over possible misuse of data by third parties and resulting potential threat to healthcare system innovation. Greenwood points out BIO's support for transparency in data sharing in life sciences industry but cited such flaws as data lacking necessary context for disclosures as well as how they should be read and interpreted. Read More

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Biotech Leader provides testimony on legislative proposals.

May 5, 2015

Shane Kovacs, Executive VP & CFO of PTC Therapeutics, Inc., provided testimony on behalf of BIO before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, addressing legislative proposals to enhance capital formation and reduce regulatory burdens. Current bills being considered could help to further support the search for breakthrough treatments at emerging growth biotech companies. Read More

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AAMA releases 2014/2015 Industry Review and Forecast.

May 5, 2015

AAMA 2014/2015 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast delivers timely information on window, door, and skylight market trends and product relationships. Total housing starts continued growth in 2014 with strong gains particularly in multifamily segment, up by 14%, while single family starts increased by 4%. Demand for prime windows improved significantly in 2014 and increased overall by just under 5%. Residential skylights closed the year with growth rate of more than 4% over 2013 volume. Read More

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Buzz of BIO Competition recognizes innovative companies.

May 5, 2015

The 2015 BIO International Convention® Buzz of BIO contest winners were announced, recognizing highly innovative companies in the biotech sector. ProTransit Nanotherapy and Vascular Biosciences will receive one complimentary Convention Access and Partnering registration to BIO International Convention™, which includes access to BIO Business Forum™ and the BIO One-on-One Partnering™ system, as well as 15-minute company presentation in front of industry leaders. Read More

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BIO Praises 21st Century Cures Initiative discussion draft.

May 4, 2015

In his statement on behalf of BIO regarding 21st Century Cures Initiative discussion draft, Jim Greenwood lauded such aspects as prioritization of placing patients at center of drug development process; secure and transparent framework for incorporating patient views into development/regulatory review processes; and modernization of clinical trials. Greenwood also commented on FDA recognition as well as enhancing FDA's scientific capacity on multiple fronts. Read More

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BIO addresses Senate patent reform legislation.

May 4, 2015

BIO issued statement regarding introduction of the Protecting American Talent and  Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act. According to BIO, the PATENT Act is clearly a positive step towards building greater consensus among patent stakeholders on ways to target abusive litigation tactics. However, it does not contain any of the critically needed reforms to prevent the continued exploitation and abuse of the PTO’s inter partes review (IPR) proceeding against patent owners. Read More

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Secretary Foxx announces significant NextGen milestone.

May 4, 2015

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced significant NextGen milestone with completion of En Route Automation Modernization, a highly advanced computer system used by air traffic controllers to safely manage high-altitude traffic. ERAM is the backbone of operations at 20 of FAA’s en route air traffic control centers. Technology uses nearly 2 million lines of computer code to process critical data for controllers, including aircraft identity, altitude, speed, and flight path. Read More

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NA PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio holds steady at 1.05 in March 2015.

May 4, 2015

March findings of IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program show Total North American Printed Circuit Board shipments down 0.9% from March 2014, bringing year-to-date (YTD) shipment growth to -1.3%. Compared to February 2015, shipments were up 20.1%. PCB bookings increased 1.6% compared to March 2014, improving YTD order growth rate to 1.2%, and orders increased 16.9% compared to previous month. Read More