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NADCA submits testimony on aluminum pricing and supply.

January 23, 2014

NADCA submitted formal testimony to Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection for the hearing titled, "Regulating Financial Holding Companies and Physical Commodities." This is the second Senate hearing investigating ownership of metals warehouses by banks and holding companies and their relationship with the London Metals Exchange. NADCA applauds Committee for looking into possible market manipulation which impacts everything from autos to toys to airplanes. Read More

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EPA takes step in implementing electronic manifest.

January 23, 2014

EPA issued final rule that is a crucial step in the development of a national electronic manifest system, which will upgrade paper-based system of tracking hazardous waste to an electronic one. Rule authorizes use of e-Manifests to track hazardous wastes under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Once implemented, national e-Manifest system will provide greater access for emergency responders to information about types and sources of hazardous waste that are in transit. Read More

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EPA releases final Bristol Bay Assessment.

January 23, 2014

Over 3 years, EPA compiled the best, most current science on the Bristol Bay watershed to understand how large-scale mining could impact this area. EPA's report, titled "An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska," concludes that large-scale copper and gold mining poses risks to salmon and Alaska Native cultures. Bristol Bay produces nearly 50% of the world’s wild sockeye salmon with runs averaging 37.5 million fish each year. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to address building economic standards.

January 23, 2014

ASTM's suite of E06.81 standards provides framework for measuring and managing economic performance of buildings and other constructed facilities over their entire life cycle. Scheduled for Oct 5, 2014, symposium titled "Idea to Impact: How Building Economic Standards Keep You on Track," will demonstrate how to use the framework, how various E06.81 standards fit together and reinforce each other, and how these standards help economic performance of engineering projects. Read More

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A3 Business Forum hosts top robotic industry executives.

January 22, 2014

Running from January 22–24, Association for Advancing Automation Business Forum explores how and why robotics industry is changing businesses for the better. More than 400 global automation leaders and execs from robotics, machine vision, and motion control industries will be in attendance. Forum includes informative presentations from top-notch keynote speakers, several networking opportunities, and meaningful discussions designed to arm global business leaders with real-world strategies. Read More

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IPC's PCB Survey is open until January 31.

January 22, 2014

IPC released a global survey to collect data for the IPC International Technology Roadmap for Electronic Interconnections, and for IPC's 2014 Technology Trends Study. Survey covers key technical issues in both fabrication and assembly of PCBs, including clock speed, heat dissipation, layer counts, embedding, aspect ratios, I/O pitch, and component size. Respondents may answer questions that relate to their type of operations, focusing on specific end-use applications. Read More

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NEI Grant Brings NASA Technology to SME event in Detroit.

January 22, 2014

Promoting transfer of NASA technology to manufacturing purposes, SME Technology Interchange will take place February 19, 2014 in Detroit, MI. Forum will bring together stakeholders from industry, academia, and U.S. government to engage in strategy development, partnership building, as well as implementation of ways to foster technology collaboration and innovation. This event is possible in part due to $40,000 grant from New Economy Initiative of Southeast Michigan (NEI). Read More

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AeroDef 2014 will feature 60 technical presentations.

January 22, 2014

According to event producer SME, AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 will include 60 technical presentations developed in partnership with aerospace and defense manufacturers. Event is solely dedicated to aerospace and defense manufacturing and will offer technical presentations across 4 technology tracks: composites, metals and advanced materials; digital and additive manufacturing/3D printing; integrated assembly and robotics; and precision machining and tooling. Read More

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NEMA Congratulates Winning Team in public-private consortium.

January 22, 2014

As announced by President Obama, public-private manufacturing innovation institute, focused on power electronics, will partner with federal government to strengthen U.S. manufacturing. Next Generation Power Electronics Institute will provide innovation infrastructure needed to support new product and process technologies, education, and training to become global center of excellence for development of wide bandgap semiconductor devices and industry-relevant processes. Read More

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BIO Lauds House and Senate for 2014 omnibus spending agreement.

January 21, 2014

BIO applauded House and Senate appropriators for agreeing upon fiscal year 2014 omnibus spending package, which includes provisions for allowing FDA to access $85 million in user fees sequestered in 2013. In urging House and Senate to approve this package as soon as possible, BIO's Jim Greenwood said "It makes no sense to subject private company-paid user fees to sequestration." BIO also expressed support for overall funding for FDA, NIH, biodefense, and oversight of 340B program. Read More

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A4A Lauds Omnibus Appropriations Bill as a win for travelers.

January 21, 2014

Airlines for America (A4A) deemed omnibus appropriations bill favorable for airline passengers and shippers. Targeted funding and lack of new aviation taxes were cited as helping to ensure reliability and efficiency of air travel while improving how customers travel through security and customs. Another lauded aspect of said bill, of concern to passengers and shippers, includes strategy development to increase risk-based screening eligibility to one-half of all passengers. Read More

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EPRI Report addresses control data for storage operations.

January 21, 2014

Released by EPRI, "Analysis of Automatic Control Data for Storage Operations" identifies, collects, and analyzes operating data from California Independent System Operator (ISO) to address use of energy storage for regulation services. Collected operating data covers one full week (June 6–12, 2010), which was selected to facilitate current and potential future work. Additional analyses, including valuation and portfolio analyses, are suggested. Read More

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North American PCB Sales Improve despite weaker orders.

January 20, 2014

November 2013 North American PCB Statistical Program shows year-on-year sales growth strengthened while book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.91. Total PCB shipments increased 4.0% from November 2012. While still negative compared to same period in 2012, year-to-date shipment growth improved to -2.3% in November. Bookings fell 6.7% year-over-year, pushing year-to-date order growth back to -0.4%. PCB shipments and bookings in November were down 6.3% and 15.5%, respectively, compared to October 2013. Read More

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AIA Supports New Regulations on aircraft repair security.

January 20, 2014

In her statement supporting new aircraft repair station security rule published by U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commended actions taken to "balance the requirements to bolster security while also opening up new maintenance and repair options for airlines and industry." This is in light of, according to Blakey, a "log jam" which prevented 80+ repair stations from receiving certification review by FAA.
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BIO supports Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act.

January 20, 2014

Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 outlines Congressional objectives for trade agreements, and lays out process for Congressional approval of agreements negotiated by Administration. According to Jim Greenwood, legislation would help advance global goals by ensuring that trade agreements reflect high level of IP rights modeled on U.S. laws, strengthening transparency and accountability of drug reimbursement regimes, and removing unjustified barriers to agricultural biotech trade. Read More

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Ten New Members appointed to FAA Management Advisory Council.

January 20, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx appointed 10 new members to FAA Management Advisory Council, which advises the FAA on management, policy, spending, and regulatory matters. New members include Steve Alterman, Bill Ayer, Montie Brewer, Ray Conner, Craig Fuller, Jane Garvey, Mayor Michael Hancock, Lee Moak, John "Jack" Potter, and Gwynne Shotwell. These established aviation leaders will help guide the FAA in its many critical air-transportation policy decisions. Read More

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ELFA announces Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2014.

January 20, 2014

According to ELFA's 2014 forecast, investment in equipment and software will reach all-time high in 2014, equipment replacement demand will continue to drive investment, and demand for equipment financing will increase due to greater federal budgeting stability. Rebounding of some industry sectors will spur varied equipment types, and majority of U.S. business will use some form of financing for equipment acquisition. Credit market conditions will remain favorable for long-term equipment financing. Read More

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EPA announces regional administrator for Atlanta office.

January 20, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced President Obama's selection of Heather McTeer Toney as regional administrator for EPA's Region 4 office in Atlanta. Ms. McTeer Toney was the first African-American and first female to serve as the Mayor of Greenville, MS, holding that post from 2004-2012. She joins EPA from Mississippi Valley State University, where she is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Student Learning. She is also the Principal Attorney at Heather McTeer, PLLC. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses absorbable vascular stents.

January 20, 2014

Absorbable stents are designed to open clogged blood vessels and restore blood flow, similar to permanent metallic stents, but are temporary and completely absorbed in time. ASTM F3036, Guide for Testing Absorbable Stents, will be used to drive consistency in the way physical and mechanical properties of vascular scaffolds are evaluated, from initial manufacturer to absorption within patient's body. Read More

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NIMS issues record number of credentials.

January 17, 2014

NIMS announced that it awarded 13,888 industry-recognized credentials last year to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the metalworking industry. This represents a 58.8% increase from 2012. NIMS has developed skills standards ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover breadth of metalworking operations. Institute certifies individuals' skills against these national standards via credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote workers. Read More