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NEMA Addresses Pros and Cons of 2015 budget proposal.

March 18, 2014

Responding to 2015 budget proposal submitted to Congress by President Obama, NEMA offered positive and negative feedback. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said having federal budget in place "gives manufacturers targets to incorporate in their long-term financial and operational plans.” Alongside several positive budget aspects, Gaddis cited such negative points as potential repeal of last-in, first-out (LIFO) accounting rules and absence of any relief on medical device tax. Read More

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BIO applauds CMS for withdrawing problematic Part D proposals.

March 18, 2014

BIO has long been a supporter of the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit program and commended Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for deciding to halt movement on several proposals in the Medicare Part D draft rule. They include: proposal to eliminate protected class status for certain drug classes, proposal to reduce the number of Part D plans a particular plan sponsor may offer, and proposal to clarify non-interference provisions. Read More

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A4A Names Managing Director for Air Traffic Management.

March 18, 2014

Airlines for America (A4A) named Michael Cirillo as Managing Director for Air Traffic Management. At A4A, Cirillo will help provide strategic direction and assistance to A4A Air Traffic Control Council regarding development of policies and procedures intended to accelerate benefits of FAA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Cirillo brings with him 35+ years of experience in air traffic planning, procedures, and system development. Read More

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Bloggers add value to adhesives.org and sealants.org.

March 18, 2014

ASC's blogger lineup for 2014 includes 5 regularly occurring blogs written by industry professionals and association executives, and published via www.adhesives.org and www.sealants.org. Bloggers include: Paul Bertram, Director, Environment and Sustainability at Kingspan Industries; Bob Braun, sub-committee Chair of ASTM C24.61; Jeff Timm, Principal at Timm Consulting; Matt Croson, President of ASC; and Mark Collatz, Director of Regulatory Affairs for ASC. Read More

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IPC launches 2014 EMS Quality Benchmark Survey.

March 18, 2014

Developed with input from quality managers and executives across global EMS industry, Quality Benchmark Survey covers industry's most widely used and important quality measurements, including production data, assembly attributes, yields, defect rates, customer returns, and supplier performance. Participation is open to all EMS companies worldwide, and companies that participate will receive report showing industry averages, best-in-class metrics, and results segmented by company size tiers. Read More

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BIO 2014 World Congress to be held in Philadelphia.

March 17, 2014

BIO has announced line-up of high-level industry executives for its Plenary Program during BIO's 11th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which will be held May 12-15, 2014. Sessions will include Biorefinery Commercialization; Novel Sugar and Oil Platforms for the Modern Biobased Economy; New Markets and Opportunities for Biofuels Investment; Rethinking Chemistry - Driving Innovation with Renewable Chemical Platforms; and Consumer Demand Trends for Biobased Products. Read More

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Keynote Speakers announced for [MC² 2014 MTConnect conference.

March 17, 2014

MTConnect Institute, organizer of third [MC2 2014 MTConnect: Connecting Manufacturing Conference - Advancing Data-Driven Manufacturing, is announcing keynote speakers for the conference. On April 9, Peter Lucas, Ph.D., founding Principal of MAYA Design, will present "Interoperability in the Age of Trillions." On April 10, keynote will be presented by Dean Bartles, Ph.D., Executive Director of Digital Lab for Manufacturing within UI LABS and Greg Harris, Ph.D., U.S. Army AMRDEC (tentative). Read More

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SME's Manufacturing Engineering Media releases trends report.

March 17, 2014

According to Manufacturing Engineering’s annual trends report, "2014: Manufacturing’s New Momentum," U.S. manufacturing sector is in midst of a technology renaissance that has the potential to bring manufacturing work back to North America for years. Four key trends are driving fundamental change in U.S. manufacturing landscape: innovation in advanced manufacturing technology, revolution in energy production, growth in post-recession demand, and investments in clean energy technology. Read More