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AMCA International Launches bilingual website for Asia region.

January 23, 2014

AMCA International, represented by Asia AMCA in Asia Pacific region, announced bilingual website (asiaamca.org) to meet growing needs of those in Asia due in part to Engineer Associates Program. English and Chinese versions of Asia AMCA website are available to better serve needs of new members and associates in that region. Asia AMCA website provides technical information, news and events occurring in real-time at AMCA International, with particular focus on the Asia region. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2014 Exhibit Space is sold out.

January 23, 2014

IPC announced that all 135,000 sq ft of exhibit floor space has sold out for IPC APEX EXPO® 2014, making it the largest IPC APEX EXPO in the last 5 years. To visitors, the sold-out status means that the show floor will be busy and informative, with more than 425 exhibitors introducing new product technologies, innovations, and demonstrations of the industry’s newest advancements, many of which will also be highlighted in the dedicated New Product Corridor on the show floor.   Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against Talon Air, Inc.

January 23, 2014

FAA is proposing $150,000 civil penalty against Talon Air, Inc., of Farmingdale, NY, for allegedly violating Federal Aviation Regulations by allowing 4 pilots to fly without proper training or examinations. FAA alleges that 3 pilots did not undergo recurrent training or receive competency flight checks within required periods of time, and that fourth pilot’s initial training was conducted by unqualified person. As a result, none were qualified to fly charter carrier’s Hawker 4000 aircraft. Read More

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International CES 2014 sees innovation thrive.

January 23, 2014

Hosting 3,200+ exhibitors, 2014 International CES® featured premiere technological breakthroughs and ~20,000 new product launches. Product highlights were spread throughout such diverse categories as 3D Printing, Audio, Computer Hardware and Software, Connected Home, Digital Health and Fitness, Digital Imaging/Photography, Electronic Gaming, Startups, Video, and Wireless/Wireless Devices. Additionally, CEA's Gary Shapiro hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on CES stage. Read More

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NTSB Releases Top 10 transportation improvements sought in 2014.

January 23, 2014

NTSB released its 2014 Most Wanted List, which aggregates top 10 advocacy and awareness priorities for 2014. These include, for first time, improving operational safety in rail mass transit. Other new additions include helicopter operations, occupant protection, and passenger vessel safety. Furthermore, list includes fire safety, perils of distraction, general aviation, pipeline safety, positive train control, and substance-impaired driving. Read More

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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