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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

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A4A applauds appointment of General Counsel David Berg.

April 1, 2014

A4A applauded Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker's decision to appoint David Berg to serve on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Berg, A4A's Senior VP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, will serve 2-year term as member of the board where he will advise Secretary Pritzker on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry, and the critical role U.S. airlines play in connecting the world and contributing to global economy. Read More

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NREL drives research on hydrogen fuel cells.

April 1, 2014

NREL researchers are working with auto manufacturers and component vendors to take a look at both the infrastructure and cost challenges related to hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and fueling stations. NREL's new Energy Systems Integration Facility includes 7,000 sq-ft of lab space built for hydrogen and fuel cell research. Approximately 50 researchers contribute to hydrogen or fuel cell related tasks, including production, storage, codes and standards, technology validation, and analysis. Read More

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HI and Pump Systems Matter announce 3-part webinar series.

April 1, 2014

Presented by slurry pump expert, Robert Visintainer, VP Engineering, Research and Development of GIW Industries, Slurry Pumps 3-part webinar series begins on April 15, 2014 with Session 1 covering slurry pump basics. Session 2, scheduled for April 16, will address pump design and testing, and Session 3 on April 17 will focus on pump wear and application. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes Progress on environmental goods trade.

April 1, 2014

NEMA welcomed March 21 notification to Congress by U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman of Obama administration's intention to enter into plurilateral negotiations under auspices of World Trade Organization (WTO). These negotiations focus on eliminating customs tariffs on range of environmental goods. After congratulating President Obama and USTR Froman, NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said he looked forward to working to build support on Capitol Hill and globally.
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Tom Sandman joins IPC as Chief Financial Officer.

March 31, 2014

As CFO, Tom Sandman is responsible for leading IPC's global financial operations and staff. With more than 25 years of experience in finance and financial management, Sandman most recently served as interim controller and consultant to CFO at EverMark LLC, a multinational manufacturer. Prior to EverMark, he served as CFO for SPG Solar, a provider of solar power systems. Sandman started his finance career at General Electric and held numerous financial leadership roles in GE Energy. Read More

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IPC Ambassador's Council offers experience and expertise.

March 31, 2014

Members of IPC's Ambassador's Council are sidelining their retirement years to continue serving IPC and the electronics manufacturing industry. Comprising members of the IPC Hall of Fame, Ambassadors are using their experience and expertise to offer advice and guidance to IPC and its programs. Creation of the Ambassador’s Council gives staff a "Hall of Fame" channel to identify and develop robust ideas to increase scope of standards, membership growth, and government relations on global basis. Read More

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Best Technical Papers will be presented at IPC Apex Expo 2014.

March 28, 2014

Voted on via ballot by IPC Technical Program Committee members, best U.S. and International Papers of IPC APEX EXPO® 2014 have been selected. Authors will receive awards during Opening Keynote Session on March 25, and winning papers will be presented during conference. Top U.S. category honors went to "Reliability Screening of Lower Melting Point Lead-Free Alloys Containing Bismuth, while "Advanced Thermal Management Solutions on PCBs for High Power Applications" won International category. Read More

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AMT elects 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers.

March 28, 2014

AMT's Board of Directors, which represents 600 American manufacturers and distributors of machine tools, manufacturing machinery, and related products, named Kevin J. Kilgallen, President of Mid Atlantic Machinery, Inc., to serve as Chairman. Jerry Rex, President of Hegman Machinery, LLC will serve as First Vice Chairman, while Richard L. Simons, President of Hardinge Inc., will serve as Second Vice Chairman/Treasurer. Brian J. Papke, President of Mazak Corporation, was elected Secretary. Read More

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SPE names rotomolding design competition winners.

March 28, 2014

SPE Rotational Molding Division announced professional and student winners in its Product Design Competition. Jamie Wirkler of The Kitchen Community won 1st place for garden beds that could withstand same use as playground equipment while serving as food production containers. Tom Fish of Little Tikes won 2nd place for design of pirate bed. In student category, Kyle Anderson won 1st place for iCoustics sound amplifiers for iPhones and Jacqueline Edwards won 2nd place for children's hospital bed. Read More

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Global Technology Leaders to discuss key tech trends.

March 28, 2014

Scheduled for April 8, CES Unveiled Shanghai is the first in a 2014 series of international showcases held in key countries around the world to highlight select exhibitors and their latest innovations, CEA market research, and country specific experts and influencers. Event will include keynote address from Hisense Chairman Zhou Houjian, opening remarks from China Electronics Chamber of Commerce’s Madame Qu Weizhi, and panel discussion with top global tech executives. Read More

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A4A congratulates Teri Bristol.

March 28, 2014

A4A congratulated Teri Bristol on her appointment to serve as the next Chief Operating Officer of FAA's Air Traffic Organization. "Teri is well respected across the aviation industry and shares our vision on the importance of modernizing our nation’s air traffic control infrastructure and building on our well-deserved reputation for safety excellence," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. Read More

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Texas Chemical Plant agrees to cut harmful air pollution.

March 27, 2014

Department of Justice and U.S. EPA announced that Flint Hills Resources of Port Arthur agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at chemical plant in Port Arthur, TX. This settlement came about as part of EPA's national effort to protect communities that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution. Company is also required to pay $350,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations. Read More

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Shrink Wrap may help detect infectious disease biomarkers.

March 26, 2014

A new nanotechnology method—employing common, everyday shrink wrap—may make highly sensitive, low-cost diagnosis of infectious disease agents possible. Described in paper co-authored by Michelle Khine, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine, and published in The Optical Society's journal Optical Materials Express, technique offers way to significantly boost signal of fluorescent markers used in biosensing, by depositing combination of metals onto shrink wrap. Read More

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BIO Announces Keynote Speakers for 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit.

March 26, 2014

Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and Dr. Jim Murray, Professor at University of California at Davis, will deliver keynote addresses at 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit (September 16–18). David Edwards, director of Animal Biotechnology at BIO, called Juma Murray "leaders in the field of using technology to feed the world" and said they will provide "first-hand look at opportunities for animal biotechnology to positively impact people’s diets and health." Read More

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Interbev Process to be Co-Located with Process Expo in 2015.

March 26, 2014

Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and NüernbergMesse signed agreement to co-locate PROCESS EXPO and InterBev Process in Chicago, IL beginning in 2015. These 2 shows, along with International Dairy Show, will take place September 15–18 and bring together more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and 21,000 industry professionals in North and Lakeside Halls of McCormick Place. Attendees will have unlimited access to show floors and educational programs of all 3 shows. Read More

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RAPID Conference and Exposition adds presentations and space.

March 26, 2014

Validating the rising interest in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, 2014 RAPID Conference & Exposition will have the largest exhibit floor in its 24-year history. Event has added 4 topic areas to previous 9; 20 new presentations for total of 95; and new, hands-on demos and activities. Some topics will include economic and business considerations, automated post finishing of parts, product design and machine design considerations, and materials for additive manufacturing applications. Read More