Results of Electrical Safety Foundation International's (ESFI) 2014 Counterfeit Electrical Products Survey, which measures awareness and response to presence of counterfeit electrical products among several sectors of electrical industry, show 96% of respondents believe counterfeits pose at least moderate threat to public safety. Only half of respondents reported counterfeit electrical product upon discovery, and majority said they have no process in place to report counterfeit products.
As announced by BIO, Indiana Governor Mike Pence was honored with 2014 Governor of the Year award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening biotechnology and health sectors within Indiana. Pence received said award as part of signing ceremony for Senate Bill 262, which creates pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines in Indiana. Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO called Pence "an exemplary leader" and acknowledged his "strong support." Read More
Federal Aviation Administration announced that the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into nation's airspace. Research will concentrate on multiple areas including safety of operations and data gathering in authorized airspace, UAS airworthiness standards, command and control link technologies, human-factors issue for UAS control-station layout, and detect-and-avoid technologies. Read More
May 2014 findings from IPC's monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show sales growth as flat, orders in decline, and book-to-bill ratio below parity at 0.98. Total PCB shipments increased 0.1% from May 2013, which moved year-to-date shipment growth to -0.1%. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments declined 0.3%. PCB bookings fell 18.0% year over year in May, pushing YTD order growth down to -8.1%. Order growth fell 14.3% from previous month. Read More
AAMA has published AAMA 513-14, which sets standard laboratory test method for windows and doors to ensure they are ADA compliant. Last published in 2012, this document, which provides consistent and repeatable method of laboratory testing regarding operating forces of operable windows and doors, has been updated to include reference to CW and AW products as well as R and LC products. It also encompasses all doors included within scope of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 (NAFS). Read More
North American Manufacturing Research Institution of SME has announced position paper titled, "Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives: A National Imperative," that addresses current state of manufacturing in the U.S., makes several recommendations to drive economy, and offers support to various initiatives. Some recommendations include: establishing national advanced manufacturing strategy, tapping talent pool of returning veterans, and launching national manufacturing fellowships and internships. Read More
AEM joined National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce in signing letter to Members of Congress urging reauthorization of U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) before its charter expires on September 30. Citing declining equipment exports, AEM president Dennis Slater said Ex-Im Bank reauthorization is "key to improving export shipments along with congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority" as well as completion of specific trade agreements. Read More
SME congratulated its Vice President and Fellow, Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, on receiving one of two 2014 Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Awards from Production and Operations Management Society. SME President Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, commended Bartles' recognition by saying "His contributions to the field of production and operations management have clearly helped to advance manufacturing." Read More