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Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signs critical legislation.

April 16, 2015

BIO and Colorado BioScience Association commend Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for signing legislation to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Senate Bill 71 includes transparent communication on all biologic medicines dispensed in order to maintain complete medical record. Bill seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies. Read More

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FAA Summary Grants speed UAS exemptions.

April 16, 2015

Summary grant process will speed up Section 333 exemption approvals for many commercial unmanned aircraft system operators. Section 333 is part of 2012 FAA reauthorization law that lets Secretary of Transportation determine if certain low-risk UAS operations can be authorized prior to finalizing small UAS proposed rule. Although FAA still reviews each Section 333 petition individually, agency can issue summary grant when it finds it has already granted previous exemption similar to new request. Read More

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PMA to host Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference.

April 15, 2015

On April 28–29, 2015, PMA will host its 22nd annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference in Troy, MI. Event will include general sessions on sales and production forecast and fostering innovation; educational sessions on contract terms and conditions, doing business in Mexico, and heavy truck industry; panel discussions on automotive purchasing and materials selection; roundtable lunch discussions on key industry issues; and high-level networking sessions. Read More

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NTSB issues safety alerts for pilots and mechanics.

April 15, 2015

NTSB issued 4 Safety Alerts highlighting safety issues identified in several recent accident investigations. Three alerts are geared towards general aviation pilots and address mountain flying skills and survival equipment; transition training before flying unfamiliar aircraft; and performing thorough preflight checks on aircraft that have just received flight control or trim system maintenance. Safety Alert aimed at mechanics discusses flight control and trim system misrigging problems. Read More

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MESA opens Smart Manufacturing Working Group.

April 14, 2015

Open to global manufacturers/producers and solution providers, Smart Manufacturing Working Group aims to demystify technology-related information, specifically as it pertains to manufacturing or production-related operations. Group will provide a positioning paper on the topic of Cloud Services for Smart Manufacturing to NIST; overarching white paper explaining different initiatives, terms, and integration standards in industry; and expansion of MESA's Collaborative Manufacturing Dictionary. Read More

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Women in Manufacturing files as national trade association.

April 14, 2015

While it originated in 2011 as networking group powered by PMA, Women in Manufacturing (WiM) became its own 501(c)6 national trade association as of April 1, 2015. WiM's first board meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on March 26, when discussions were had in resolutions concerning establishment of executive and nominating committees, appointment of officers, association's financial position, and FY2015 budget approval. Gretchen Zierick was elected as WiM’s first chairperson. Read More

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OPC Foundation Names Stefan Hoppe as new vice president.

April 14, 2015

OPC Foundation named one member of its Board of Directors, Stefan Hoppe (president of OPC Europe), as its new vice president. In this position, Hoppe will take global leadership role to help position OPC-UA as worldwide standard for interoperability and IoT (Internet of Things) communication. Hoppe expressed excitement over working with those of shared passion for building infrastructure to support greater connectivity in manufacturing and automation. Read More

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ASABE Adopts Updated ISO Standard for rear-mounted PTO linkages.

April 14, 2015

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) adopted recently amended ISO 730:2009. New standard, ANSI/ASABE AD730:2009 W/Amd 1:2014, Agricultural wheeled tractors — Rear-mounted three-point Linkage — Categories 1N, 1, 2N, 2, 3N, 3, 4N and 4, includes link coupler illustrations and hitch data for larger tractors equipped with 45 mm PTO shafts. These were added in July 2014 Amendment 1 to ISO 730:2009 and further harmonizes national and international standardization. Read More

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MCAA releases results of 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey.

April 14, 2015

Nearly 18,000 customers (including buyers, users, resellers, and channel partners) were surveyed in 2015. In all, 2,733 surveys were completed by customers or channel partners resulting in 15.2% absolute overall response rate and average response rate of 19.5%. Measured by overall satisfaction and loyalty, 2015 Customer Satisfaction results for manufacturers indicate overall customer satisfaction at its second highest level in 12 years and customer loyalty in third place in the time period. Read More

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LAM 2015 addresses future of AM and 3D printing.

April 13, 2015

Featuring speakers from BMW, Siemens, GE Global Research, and Fraunhofer institutes, LIA's Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop drew nearly 200 attendees who got a real-world view of the profit potential and pitfalls of industrial 3D printing. From unique job shop successes to visions of printing human tissue, attendees were treated to broad range of expert knowledge — including state-of-the-art strategies to eliminate cracking, clad large parts, and build high-value components. Read More

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HI to host Reliability of Pumping Equipment Webinar Series.

April 13, 2015

On May 14, HI will launch 2-part Reliability of Pumping Equipment Webinar Series presented by Tom Grove of AESSEAL Inc. and William Livoti of WEG Electric Corp. Live course will provide overview on product life expectancy and identify how to optimize pump performance. Series will also summarize what to do when products fail, cover best practices developed by manufacturing companies, and provide methods for developing strategic plan to assure reliability for new and existing equipment. Read More

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THE BIG M adds content focused on future of manufacturing.

April 13, 2015

Scheduled for June 2–4, 2015 SME's THE BIG M offers expert keynotes, educational sessions, and exhibit floor featuring new manufacturing technologies, hands-on experiences, and experts from leading manufacturing brands. Keynotes include future-focused expertise from organizations such as Google, ExxonMobil, and Autodesk. Educational sessions will enable attendees to discover real solutions for challenges such as advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, additive manufacturing, and the skills gap. Read More

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Events Partnering Platform opens for BIO convention.

April 13, 2015

BIO announced that One-on-One Partnering™, BIO's proprietary software system, opened for 2015 BIO International Convention, taking place June 15–18 in Philadelphia, PA. One-on-One Partnering™, which powers tens of thousands of individual business-to-business meetings each year at BIO events, has been redesigned to improve user experience and increase value for event attendees. System is the result of a collaboration between BIO and INOVA, the life sciences’ leading partnering place provider. Read More

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NTSB Calls for Improvements to flammable liquid rail tank cars.

April 13, 2015

NTSB issued 4 urgent recommendations regarding production of robust, fire-resistant rail cars used to safely carry such flammable liquids as crude oil and ethanol. Among said recommendations was aggressive scheduling for replacing/retrofitting current rail car fleet with better thermal protection against heat from fires and increasing pressure relief device capacity. Noting increasing crude oil rail traffic, NTSB's Christopher A. Hart said, "We can’t wait a decade for safer rail cars." Read More

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NEMA's DA Section releases its first white paper.

April 13, 2015

On behalf of its Distribution Automation (DA) Section NEMA released "Distribution Automation and the Modernized Grid." This white paper addresses topics associated with smart distribution equipment, including benefits, steps utilities should consider when implementing distribution automation systems equipment, NEMA recommendations, and case studies highlighting utility experiences. Read More

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Utah Governor signs Interchangeable Biologic Medicines bill.

April 13, 2015

BIO commends Utah Governor Gary Herbert for signing into law important legislation that serves to update existing Utah laws governing substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. House Bill 279 represents a significant step forward, ensures transparency and communication between patients and their treatment teams, and is fully consistent with BIO’s principles on biologic substitution. Therefore, BIO supports this legislation and is pleased to see Governor Herbert sign the bill into law. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for February 2015.

April 9, 2015

According to February findings from North American PCB Statistical Program, sales remained sluggish, but bookings increased over last year. Total PCB shipments decreased 1.1% in February 2015 from February 2014, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.6%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were up 1.2%. PCB bookings increased by 5.1% compared to February 2014, improving year-to-date order growth rate to 0.9%. Orders declined 0.7% in February compared to previous month. Read More

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T. Bella Dinh-Zarr sworn in as NTSB vice chairman.

April 9, 2015

T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, became a board member on March 23, 2015, and was designated as vice chairman by President Obama. Prior to her appointment to the NTSB, Vice Chairman Dinh-Zarr served as Director of the U.S. Office of the FIA Foundation, an international philanthropy dedicated to promoting safe and sustainable transportation. Before that she served as North American Director of Make Roads Safe – The Campaign for Global Road Safety. Read More

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SAPC releases best practices guidelines for PV systems.

April 9, 2015

Convened by NREL and comprised of 425 members of PV market chain, Solar Access to Public Capital working group has released best practices guidelines for solar photovoltaic systems, with goal of increasing investor confidence in long-term viability of PV systems. SAPC Best Practices in PV System Installation and SAPC Best Practices in PV Operations and Maintenance include recommended contractor and provider qualifications, key performance indicators, and links to external resources. Read More

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NEMA publishes standards for magnet wire.

April 9, 2015

NEMA published ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2015 Magnet Wire. MW 1000 is designed to present, in concise and convenient form, all existing NEMA standards for magnet wire, including standards for round, rectangular, and square film-insulated and/or fibrous-covered copper and aluminum magnet wire. It contains definitions, type designations, dimensions, constructions, performance, and test methods for magnet wire generally used in winding of coils for electrical apparatus. Read More