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NEMA Comments on WTO rare earth dispute decision.

April 4, 2014

Acknowledging dispute settlement panel decision of WTO released March 26, 2014, Evan R. Gaddis said "NEMA supports non-discriminatory national policies toward trade in raw materials and minerals" while decrying export quotas and export tariffs as supporting "economic protectionism" rather than environmental protection. NEMA President and CEO Gaddis lauded WTO panel's decision as well as collaborative efforts of all parties involved in dispute resolution. Read More

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BIO International Convention will feature new Innovation Zone.

April 4, 2014

BIO, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health agreed to feature Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)-funded, early-stage biotech companies in Innovation Zone. Focused on drug discovery, diagnostics, and other platform technologies, Innovation Zone companies will have dedicated exhibit space and participate in BIO’s One-on-One Partnering™ system. Select companies will also make presentations in BIO Business Forum. Read More

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Rotodynamic Pumps Webinar addresses vibration measurement, values.

April 4, 2014

Taking place May 8, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, webinar series developed by Hydraulic Institute (HI) in collaboration with Jack Claxton (Patterson Pump Company) and associated HI committee members will focus on rotodynamic pumps for vibration measurements and allowable values. Technical online program, designed for pump distributors, manufacturers, and end-users, explores measurement made on non-rotating (bearing housings) of rotodynamic pumps. Sign up deadline is noon on May 8, 2014. Read More

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Energy Systems Integration Facility named Lab of the Year.

April 4, 2014

Located on the campus of NREL in Golden, CO, Energy Systems Integration Facility has been named 2014 Laboratory of the Year. ESIF received international award for being a first-of-its-kind research user facility that merges 3 specialized components: an ultra-energy efficient workplace that consumes 74% less energy than the national average for office buildings, one of world's most energy efficient high performance computing data centers, and high-bay laboratory spaces with outdoor test areas. Read More

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Vehicle and Engine Company agrees to meet emission limits.

April 4, 2014

American Lifan Industry, Inc., an Ontario, California-based vehicle and engine importer, has agreed to ensure that future imports meet federal emission standards after illegally importing and selling nearly 28,000 highway motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and engines manufactured in China that did not comply with Clean Air Act standards to limit harmful pollution. Company will pay $630,000 in civil penalties and will also post a $300,000-$500,000 bond to satisfy any future potential penalties. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against All American.

April 4, 2014

FAA is proposing $51,651 civil penalty against All American Aviation Services, LLC for allegedly violating FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations. FAA alleges that All American allowed 8 employees to continue working in safety sensitive positions for more than 30 days after they were hired, even though company had not obtained drug and alcohol testing records from previous employers. FAA also alleges that company failed to comply with procedures for follow-up tests on 2 of these employees. Read More

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BIO Applauds Statue Dedication to Norman Borlaug.

April 3, 2014

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued statement celebrating "life and legacy" of American geneticist and plant pathologist Dr. Norman E. Borlaug – honored with statue and dedication ceremony in U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall. Borlaug led global agricultural evolution through research and advocacy for modern farming practices. He also helped reduce starvation via development of high-yield, disease-resistant crop varieties and modern agricultural systems. Read More

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BIO Releases clinical trial data sharing principles.

April 3, 2014

By releasing Principles on Clinical Trial Data Sharing, adopted by its Health Section Governing Board, BIO reaffirmed and broadened its commitment to improving human health through development of innovative therapies. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood cited how "responsible clinical trial data sharing advances public health and scientific discourse, honors research participants’ expectations of privacy through informed consent, and promotes biomedical innovation." Read More

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IPC Honors Volunteers for electronics industry contributions.

April 3, 2014

IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® presented Committee Leadership, Distinguished Committee Service, and Special Recognition Awards at IPC APEX EXPO® 2014, which was held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. More than 150 awards recognized individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and electronics industry by lending their time and expertise through IPC committee service. Read More

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Governor Pence signs interchangeable biologic medicine bill.

April 2, 2014

BIO and the Indiana Health Industry Forum commend Indiana Governor, Mike Pence for signing legislation designed to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Policies outlined in Senate Bill 262 align with all 5 of BIO’s principles on biologic substitution. Bill seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies. Read More

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Advanced Biofuel Producers are reaching commercialization.

April 2, 2014

During breakout sessions at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, May 12-15, 2014, advanced biofuel producers will discuss industry's progress toward commercial reality. Breakout Program Sessions will include: Progress in the Aviation Biofuels Industry; Commercialization of Drop-In Biofuels; DOE Bioenergy Research Centers Achievements; Next Wave of Commercial Cellulosic Projects; New Uses for CO2; and The Future of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Read More

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IPC Elects Officers, First-Term Member to Board of Directors.

April 2, 2014

Nominating and Governance Committee of IPC Board of Directors presented 4 candidates for election at IPC Annual Meeting today. Those elected as 2-year term board officers are Marc Peo (Chairman of the Board), Joe O’Neil (Vice Chairman), and Mikel Williams (Secretary/Treasurer). Steven Betza was elected as first-term Board director and will serve 4-year term. Outgoing Board chairman, Steve Pudles, will serve as Immediate Past Chair on IPC Board of Directors Executive Committee for 2 years. Read More

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EPA and Army Corps aim to clarify Clean Water Act.

April 1, 2014

EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released proposed rule to clarify protection under Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form foundation of nation’s water resources. Specifically, proposed rule clarifies that: most seasonal and rain dependent streams are protected; wetlands near rivers and streams are protected; and other types of waters may have more uncertain connections with downstream water and protection will be evaluated through case specific analysis. Read More

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Long-Time IPC Volunteer has been inducted into IPC Hall of Fame.

April 1, 2014

In recognition of his contributions to IPC and electronics industry, Michael V. Carano, director of new products and business development at OMG Electronic Chemicals, was honored with IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award. Carano has written 150+ technical articles, presented papers worldwide, and served on 16 IPC committees as well as IPC Board of Directors. Recently, he has taken on role as chairman of IPC Technology Education Outreach Initiative. Read More

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David Brancaccio to speak at 2014 BIO International Convention.

April 1, 2014

David Brancaccio, host of American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report, will deliver opening remarks at Emerging Opportunities in Global Markets Forum as well as moderate Scientific American Worldview Super Session at 2014 BIO International Convention®, which will take place in San Diego, CA. BIO International Convention president Scott Whitaker called Brancaccio "an impressive story-teller" and lauded his "engaging interview style and vast knowledge of critical issues." Read More

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SME Student Members perform manufacturing energy assessment.

April 1, 2014

As part of DOE's Industrial Assessment Center program, SME student members at North Carolina State University performed cost-saving energy assessment for hosiery plant in Burlington, NC. Wendy Johnson and Stephen Taylor, members of SME’s NCSU S317 student chapter, completed assessment for Kayser-Roth Corp. under supervision of their faculty advisor, Rohan Shirwaiker, PhD. Recommendations focused on improving process design, efficiency, and ergonomics associated with operations and workstations. Read More

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Biofuel Trade Organizations ask for tax incentives extension.

April 1, 2014

Citing energy security, job creation, global competitiveness, and forward-looking policy, letter sent by biofuel trade organizations to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) encouraged extension of Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Fuels Credit, and Alternative Fuel and Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit. Read More

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ASQ issues 8,380 certifications to train skilled workers.

April 1, 2014

ASQ issued 8,380 professional certifications in the U.S. in 2013 as part of partnership with The Manufacturing Institute. Endorsed by NAM, Institute's Skills Certification System was developed to address deficits in manufacturing education and training, which is limiting pool of qualified candidates for skilled manufacturing jobs. ASQ offers 17 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Calibration Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, and Certified Quality Inspector. Read More

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ATA and HELP Inc. renew Featured Product partnership.

April 1, 2014

ATA and HELP Inc. are renewing their Featured Product partnership for 2014 with HELP's PrePass weigh station electronic screening and preclearance service. PrePass' inspection preclearance services are available at 302 operational weigh stations and ports of entry in 31 states. Under HELP's program, enrolled trucks are electronically pre-screened for federal and state safety and credentials before receiving permission to bypass inspection facilities at highway speeds. Read More

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IPC honors STI Electronics, Inc. and Raytheon Company.

April 1, 2014

During IPC APEX EXPO®, STI Electronics received IPC Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award and Raytheon Company received IPC Peter Sarmanian Corporate Recognition Award. Nearly all of STI's staff are active on IPC, with 6 employees actively engaged in dozens of standards development committees. In addition, company has 14 certified IPC specialists and 38 certified trainers. More than eight dozen Raytheon employees provide leadership and technical expertise on 135 standards development committees. Read More