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MTConnect Institute Announces MoU with NCDMM.

March 13, 2014

As announced by MTConnect® Institute, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) will establish cooperative forum resulting in collaboration to continue defining, developing, and securing programs aimed at furthering MTConnect standard. MTConnect's Courtney Hill said "This MoU furthers our longstanding and strong relationship with NCDMM that began when AMT...formed the MTConnect Institute in 2009." Read More

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AIA Claims FY15 Budget poses challenges for NextGen program.

March 13, 2014

Responding to President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget request, AIA's Marion C. Blakey brought up FAA programs facing challenges. She noted Next Generation Air Transportation System modernization program, saying funding cuts pose new obstacles to meeting milestones. "The economic benefits of the NextGen program far outweigh the nominal budget gains that would be realized if the proposed cuts are enacted," said Blakey who also cited risks to safety, environment, and U.S. competitiveness. Read More

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MetalForming Conference to address die design software.

March 11, 2014

MetalForming magazine, the flagship publication of PMA, announces The Die Design and Simulation Software Experience conference. Scheduled for May 28-29, 2014 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, event will include software demonstrations from leading suppliers, case-study presentations describing successful software-implementation projects, variety of keynote presentations, and social events to network with software experts and other conference participants. Read More

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Web-Based Tool aims to improve building energy performance.

March 11, 2014

NREL has developed a web-based tool to help users better understand energy performance of building-related products. The Technology Performance Exchange™ portal helps manufacturers and other organizations that measure and test products share performance data with product consumers. TPEx helps to reduce analysis uncertainty through use of data entry forms, which are standardized documents that identify minimum product-specific parameters needed to evaluate energy performance. Read More

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AIA Urges Security Threats to be Considered for FY15 budget.

March 11, 2014

In her statement regarding release of President's Budget Request for the Department of Defense, AIA's Marion C. Blakey cited Secretary Hagel's comment on choice between smaller but more technologically advanced military and retaining current size but not creating and deploying new capabilities. Blakey called allotted $154 billion "far less than what we need to maintain technological superiority" and noted that "these caps will force bad choices at a time of increasing global instability." Read More

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AIA is pleased with stable and steady investment in space.

March 11, 2014

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, AIA is pleased to see that President Obama's proposed budget request for NASA in fiscal year 2015 continues stable investment in space programs for nation’s future while also making key investments in aeronautics, science, and technology development. At $17.5 billion, request is nearly even with last year’s request and is a significant increase over the $16.6 billion NASA received in 2013 under sequestration. Read More

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Global Design Contest challenges engineers and students.

March 10, 2014

Produced by Tech Briefs Media Group, 12th annual "Create the Future" Design Contest is open and runs through July 1, 2014. For this event, participants create innovative new product idea that benefits society and economy for opportunity to receive global recognition and $20,000. This year’s categories include Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical Products, and Sustainable Technologies. Read More

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EPA sets cleaner fuel and car standards.

March 10, 2014

EPA finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also improving efficiency. Action will reduce standards for smog-forming VOCs and nitrogen oxides by 80%, establish 70% tighter particulate matter standard, and virtually eliminate fuel vapor emissions. Standards will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene by up to 30%, and reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60%. Read More