As announced by Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), 562 attendees participated in Spring Convention and EXPO that was held April 28–30, 2014 in Orlando, FL. This event was co-located with PSA Short Course, which drew record number of 58 participants. ASC President Matthew E. Croson said "ASC members and non-members found the program to be of strong value." Reflecting on "action packed 2.5 days," Croson noted meetings, business connections, and learning that took place there. Read More
SPE announced winners of its Global Parts Competition during SPE ANTEC® 2014, which took place April 28 to May 1 in Las Vegas, NV. Rear door assembly, developed by Walter Pack Group for Renault Twizy electric car, was chosen as Grand Prize winner as well as one of winners in Protecting Life, Quality of Life, Improving Life, and Sustaining Life categories. Winners also included Plasan Carbon Composites (Bennington, VT) and Plastic Technologies, Inc. (Perrysburg, OH).
BIO applauds U.S. House passage of the American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4438), which would establish a permanent research tax credit. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, the R&D tax credit is a vitally important incentive that spurs private-sector funding of the search for new cures and treatments for patients in need. This research not only produces new groundbreaking medical discoveries, but also supports millions of well-paying American jobs. Read More
NIST awarded 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants totaling $9 million to new or existing industry-driven consortia to develop technology roadmaps aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance across industries. Awarded to universities and other non-profit organizations, grants are the first conferred by NIST’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program. They range from $378,900 to $540,000 for a period of up to 2 years. Read More
Covering Airworthiness Certification and Standards, May/June 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing looks at hidden dangers of layering supplemental type certificates, who to go to when plane has an issue, and how to take care of an aging aircraft. Users can learn more about airworthiness directive process and how to apply for STC. Aeromedical Advisory department introduces Dr. James Fraser as FAA's new Federal Air Surgeon, while Angle of Attack covers new policy on angle of attack indicators. Read More
NREL recently convened the Banking on Solar working group, which comprises more than 50 members representing solar, banking, legal, regulatory, and financial industries, among others. Group's principal efforts center on standardizing contracts and underwriting processes, as well as educating banks and regulators about risks and rewards of solar asset class. Goal is to reduce barriers to entry for banks that wish to diversify their asset base and invest in a market with high growth potential. Read More
BIO and ViS Research (ViS) announced Pediatric Clinical Research Group on ViS platform will include pediatric research sites. Launched to improve efficacy of clinical development for pediatric therapeutics, initiative aims to help member companies more efficiently assess global pediatric clinical research landscape and engage sites more easily for pediatric clinical studies. Initiative will also enable mapping of pediatric patient population and reduce site burden from feasibility assessments. Read More
PMMI addressed top trends in robotics, traceability, and retail ready packaging at interpack. According to PMMI's study on robot usage and trends, robots are projected to be used for 27% of primary package for medical devices by 2018, compared to just 3% in 2013. For pharmaceuticals, robots are expected to handle 34% of primary packaging operations, up from 21% in 2013. PMMI has launched Top101Innovators.com online platform to help interpack attendees connect with technology providers. Read More