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AEM Hall of Fame announces 2013 inductees.

November 12, 2013

AEM announces 2013 inductees into AEM Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service, and leadership. Inductees include Dipl.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Helmut Claas of CLAAS KGaA mbH; Ray O’Connor of Topcon Positioning Group; and Friedrich W. Schwing, Sr. of Schwing GmbH. Their vision and hard work have been critical to advancing global economic and social prosperity. Read More

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Recognized Pump Leaders sign Training Partner Agreement.

November 12, 2013

Training Partner Agreement entered into by Hydraulic Institute (HI) and Hydro Inc. allows both organizations to leverage high-quality, co-branded educational and training programs designed for pump end-users, distributors, and engineering consulting firms. Via this partnership, both companies will sponsor technical webinars and e-learning courses focused on various pump topics as well as host Pump Systems Optimization courses. Read More

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Pacific Rim Summit to address advanced drop-in biofuels.

November 12, 2013

Scheduled for Dec 8–11, BIO's 2013 Pacific Rim Summit will include presentations from executives in the advanced biofuel sector discussing R/D progress and financing challenges. Event will feature complete track of breakout sessions on Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms, including Cellulosic Biofuels: Unleashing Commercial Production; Production of Drop-In Hydrocarbon Fuels from Cellulosic Biomass; Biorefineries: Perspectives on Finance & Construction; and Advances in Aviation Biofuels. Read More

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ASTM Precast Concrete Products Committee will meet in December.

November 11, 2013

During December 2013 ASTM Committee Week, December 10 meetings of ASTM International Committee C27 on Precast Concrete Products will focus on standards development work for stormwater management and other related products. Along with proposed ASTM standards WK26951, WK24908, WK30222, WK36628, and WK39909, work will continue on standards for retaining wall modular block units, precast concrete burial vaults and grave liners, and concrete box sections. Read More

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AEM, Compliance & Risks partner on EU REACH initiative/newsletter.

November 11, 2013

AEM and Compliance & Risks today announced launch of EU REACH Executive Brief. This newsletter will keep equipment manufacturers informed about REACH regulations that apply to machinery imports to Europe. Customized specifically for off-road equipment manufacturing industry, content  includes news of changes and scheduled changes, upcoming deadlines and analyses from industry experts, as well as case studies and feature articles from peer companies. Read More

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Farm Equipment Manufacturers Assn elects Marc McConnell president.

November 11, 2013

During 63rd Annual Fall Convention (October 21–25 in Indianapolis, IN), Marc McConnell of Art's Way Manufacturing Co. was elected as Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association's 61st President. In addition to serving as Vice Chairman of Art's Way Manufacturing Co., McConnell has served on Association's Board since 2007 and will host Association's 2014 Spring Management Clinic in San Antonio, CA (April 6–9) as well as 2014 Fall Convention in Las Vegas, NV (November 4–7). Read More

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Spring Leaders Conference builds executive leadership skills.

November 11, 2013

In Las Vegas, NV from March 2–4, 2014 PTDA Spring Leaders Conference will help attendees realize their maximum leadership potential in order to keep up with pressures of power transmission/motion control marketplace. Event will begin with committee meetings for PTDA volunteers, which will be followed by General Education Session open to leaders from PTDA member companies. March 4 Leadership Development Conference will help executives hone management and relationship-building skills. Read More

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ICALEO 2013 boasts innovative laser-driven manufacturing.

November 8, 2013

During LIA's 32nd International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics®, attendees learned that ultrafast lasers are allowing  humans to see objects around corners and facilitate printing of human cells. About 100 first-time participants joined more than 400 peers to hear roughly 200 presentations detailing the latest research in laser-driven manufacturing. Additive manufacturing was the focus of the closing slate of 5 addresses looking at fabrication in micro and nano scales. Read More

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Winners Named for Automotive Innovation Awards Competition.

November 8, 2013

On November 6, 2013 at SPE® Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, SPE Automotive Division named winners of 43rd Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. Awards for most innovative use of plastics in ground transportation were presented for 8 categories: Body Exterior, Body Interior, Chassis/Hardware, Electrical Systems, Materials, Powertrain, Process/Assembly/Enabling Technologies, and Safety. Grand Award winner was also named at same event. Read More

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ASTM Homeland Security Committee develops two new standards.

November 8, 2013

Two ASTM specifications present baseline performance requirements for point chemical vapor detectors. ASTM E2885 focuses on portable handheld detectors used by first responders and HAZMAT teams, while ASTM E2933 concentrates on stationary detectors designed to operate continuously in and around public, non-industrial facilities. Both guide designers, manufacturers, integrators, procurement officials, and end users by providing common set of parameters for how detectors should operate. Read More

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FAA releases unmanned aircraft systems integration roadmap.

November 8, 2013

FAA released its first annual roadmap outlining efforts needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into nation's airspace. Roadmap addresses current and future policies, regulations, technologies, and procedures that will be required as demand moves the country from today’s limited accommodation of UAS operations to extensive integration of UAS into NextGen aviation system in the future. FAA plans to select 6 UAS test sites to begin work on safely integrating UAS into airspace. Read More

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NEMA: Industry-Led Voluntary Standards are key to cybersecurity.

November 7, 2013

Providing testimony before joint Homeland Security subcommittee's Cyber Incident Response: Bridging the Gap Between Cybersecurity and Emergency Management hearing, NEMA Assistant Vice President Paul Molitor likened grid outages caused by natural disasters to those caused by cyberattacks. Molitor pointed out how USA "would be well-served to develop an electric grid with improved capabilities" and said requisite performance "is rooted in consensus-based, voluntary industry standards." Read More

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EPA Releases Agency Plans for adapting to changing climate.

November 7, 2013

Released for public review and comment, U.S. EPA draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans provide detailed information about actions EPA plans to take across USA to help communities adapt to changing climate. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said these plans "offer a roadmap for agency work to meet that responsibility, while carrying out President Obama’s goal of preparing the country for climate-related challenges." Comment period closes on January 3, 2014. Read More

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CSA Group and BIMT organize training session for manufacturers.

November 7, 2013

CSA Group, collaborating with Beijing Institute of Medical Device Testing (BIMT), organized medical equipment certification training session in Beijing. It aims to deepen understanding for Chinese customers regarding standards and requirements of European and North American markets, as well as differences between 2nd and 3rd editions of IEC60601-1 standard, for medical equipment certification service. For this class, CSA Group invited technical experts from North America and China. Read More

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MTConnect Institute announces new leadership team.

November 7, 2013

As of December 11, 2013, Courtney Hill, President, CJ Hill Consulting Services and retired General Manager, Manufacturing & Quality at GE Aviation, will become President and Chairman of the Board. Joining Board of Directors will be Thomas Kurfess – HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor Mechanical Engineering Georgia Tech. Paul Warndorf will continue his role as Secretary and Ralph Resnick will extend his position as Director. Read More

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EPA Announces Funding to support Chesapeake Bay projects.

November 7, 2013

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin joined NRCS, Chesapeake Bay Program, and NFWF to announce recipients of $9.2 million in grants intended for restoration and outreach initiatives in Chesapeake Bay Watershed's 6 states and District of Columbia. This year's 40 projects will use innovative and known ways to create cleaner waters, restore habitat, and strengthen iconic species as well as engage homeowners and residents in environmental work. Read More

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PYDA Announces 2014 Board of Directors, Manufacturer Council.

November 7, 2013

PTDA elected its 2014 Board of Directors and Manufacturer Council at PTDA Industry Summit in Palm Desert, CA. Ken Miko will become PTDA president in 2014, joined on 2014 PTDA Board of Directors by Ajay Bajaj (First Vice President), LeRoy Burcroff (Second Vice President), Mitch Bouchard (Treasurer), and several Directors. Brian Kolman will assume duties of PTDA Manufacturer Council chair in 2014, joined by Vice Chair Cliff Bannon, Immediate Past Chair Michael Dolpp, and several Members. Read More

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Analytical Chemistry Committee to hold accreditation workshop.

November 7, 2013

On May 19, ASTM Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry, Ores and Related Materials will hold a workshop, "Impact of Accreditation on Reference Materials and Method Development in Analytical Laboratories Supporting the Metals and Ores Industries." Accreditation processes that tighten requirements for approval of reference materials may needlessly restrict supply of reference materials and negatively impact quality of test result quality. Experts will share insights for streamlining these processes. Read More

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DICONDE Subcommittee calls for help in standards development.

November 7, 2013

All interested parties are invited to participate in standards developing activities of Subcommittee E07.11 on Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation, part of Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. Subcommittee is focusing on standards that test interoperability of DICONDE-compliant inspection equipment. DICONDE standards were developed for nondestructive inspection equipment manufacturers to facilitate exchange of data and access to records in event of system failure. Read More

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Hand Soldering Competition seeks championship title contenders.

November 7, 2013

For chance to compete in IPC World Championship on March 27, third annual IPC APEX EXPO® Hand Soldering Competition (March 25–26, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV) will task soldering technicians with building functional electronics assembly within 30 min. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies based on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly, and speed upon which assembly was produced. Entries will be accepted until January 31, 2014. Read More