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The Deck returns to AeroDef Manufacturing Conference.

July 26, 2013

According to SME, the central area of the exposition floor called "The Deck" will be a key feature of AeroDef Manufacturing Conference and Exposition when it returns to Long Beach Convention Center on February 25-27, 2014. The Deck features high-level speakers and panel discussions on integrated solutions to complex manufacturing challenges. By keeping speakers, panels, and networking events on expo floor, AeroDef facilitates interaction among attendees, exhibitors, and presenters. Read More

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Public Comment Sought on new clean energy trainers standard.

July 26, 2013

IREC has announced public comment period for its revised credentialing standard, Draft IREC Standard 01024: 2013 - General Requirements for the Certification of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Renewable Energy Generation Instructors and Master Trainers. Public comment period for draft standard for trainers will close August 20, 2013, while standard for training providers, previously released, is available for public comment through August 6, 2013. Read More

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NIST Releases Updates to digital signature standard.

July 26, 2013

NIST released revision to digital standard used to ensure electronic document integrity and signer's identity. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 186-4 was specifically revised to keep it consistent with other NIST cryptographic guidelines. Additionally, revision clarified various terms and corrected typographical errors. Another change concerns use of prime number generators, which FIPS 186-4 permits saving for purposes such as regeneration of values. Read More

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NIST Biometric Publication broadens options for PIV cards.

July 26, 2013

NIST has issued new publication that broadens agency security options for Personal Identity Verification cards. Biometric Data Specifications for Personal Identity Verification (Special Publication 800-76-2) adds iris images as biometric identifiers and on-card fingerprint comparison as options for cards. Document provides performance specifications for iris biometrics and iris cameras, as well as specifications that describe how to place fingerprint templates and recognition algorithm on card. Read More

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Proposed Cuts to EPA Appropriations undermine Tier 3 rules.

July 26, 2013

House Committee on Appropriations released its FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations, which has since been approved by Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Among other things, this bill would block EPA from spending funds to finalize and enforce rules to Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards. BIO opposes this provision, citing unnecessary regulatory uncertainty and negative impacts on human health. Read More

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EPA upgrades Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

July 26, 2013

EPA announced upgrade to its online energy management and tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Tool can help businesses achieve President's call to make commercial buildings at least 20% more energy efficient by 2020. In addition to user-friendly interface, updated Energy Star Portfolio Manager delivers optimized data sharing capabilities, better reporting, and for the first time, the ability to manage buildings across their lifecycle from design through occupancy. Read More

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BIO Names Whitaker President of BIO International Convention.

July 26, 2013

BIO Chief Operating Officer Scott Whitaker will assume new duties as President of BIO International Convention. "With Scott’s help," said BIO Senior VP of Conventions and Conferences Robbi Lycett, "we will be able to implement exciting changes within the Convention that will better deliver the experience [our members, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors seek." BIO Chair Rachel King said combined skills of Scott's and Robbi's will enhance BIO International Convention experience for all. Read More

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United States reaches agreement with XTO Energy.

July 26, 2013

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced settlement with XTO Energy Inc. to resolve an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act related to discharge of wastewater from XTO’s Penn Township, Lycoming County, PA facility. Settlement requires that XTO pay penalty of $100,000 and spend federal government-estimated $20 million to improve wastewater management practices at facility used for storage of wastewater generated by natural gas exploration and production.. Read More

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ELFA releases survey of economic activity for June.

July 25, 2013

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business for June was $8.6 billion, up 8% compared to June 2012. Month-over-month, new business volume was up 15% from May, and year to date, cumulative new business volume increased 10% compared to 2012. Receivables over 30 days were at 1.4% in June, reaching new historic low, down from 1.6% in May. Delinquencies declined from 2.4% in same period in 2012, and charge-offs were unchanged for past 4 months at all-time low of 0.3%. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for July 2013.

July 25, 2013

According to PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect slight dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Only 22% of participants believe that economic activity will improve, down from 28% in June, while 63% predict that activity will remain unchanged, and 15% forecast decline. Average daily shipping levels decreased in July, with 26% reporting that shipping levels are above 3 months ago, down from 32% in June, and 30% reporting decrease in shipping levels, up from 24%. Read More

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MDI awarded 3-year CARF accreditation.

July 24, 2013

MDI has been accredited for period of 3 years for its Affirmative Business Enterprise, Community Employment Services, Employee Development, and Employment Planning Services. Accreditation decision represents highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows organization’s substantial conformance to CARF standards. MDI has demonstrated to team of surveyors that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. Read More

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BIO welcomes Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator.

July 24, 2013

BIO congratulated Gina McCarthy on winning Senate confirmation for the post of EPA administrator. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, the EPA has long been a supporter of biotechnology as a solution to climate and pollution challenges and as an enabling technology for advanced biofuels and green chemistry. BIO looks forward to working with Administrator McCarthy to continue ensuring that federal policies clear a path for the continued development of such innovative technologies. Read More

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Telematics Data Standard enables access to machine data.

July 24, 2013

Representatives from AEM and AEMP have approved a proposal under which manufacturers would make telematics data available to end-user customers through secure internet protocol. As part of joint initiative, AEMP and AEM task forces had conducted confidential member surveys, AEM to help determine manufacturer types and level of data to release to end-users and AEMP to help assess barriers to telematics usage and determine what types of data end-users need to effectively manage their fleets. Read More

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Webinar Dates Announced for 4-part Mechanical Seals series.

July 24, 2013

Affording participants opportunity to be led by and have access to industry experts in non-commercial training forum, announced second Mechanical Seals webinar series of 2013. Session 1, Types and Operating Principles, will take place September 5; Session 2, Construction and Design, will be on September 12; Session 3, Installation, Connections, and Commissioning, is scheduled for September 19, and Session 4, Seal Environment and Failure Analysis, will be offered on September 26. Read More

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A3 to Address Congressional Caucus on how robots save/create jobs.

July 23, 2013

Association for Advancing Automation (A3) President Jeff Burnstein will speak at Congressional Robotics Caucus Briefing, "Harnessing New Robotics Technologies for Job Creation." Caucus Advisory Committee will be hosting said briefing in conjunction with Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) on July 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Briefing will present first hand accounts of how robots contribute to job growth and sustainability of U.S. industries. Read More

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MIL/AERO PCB Sales outpaced other vertical markets in 2013.

July 23, 2013

According to July 2013 issue of North American PCB Market Report, PCB sales growth to military/aerospace market continues to outpace sales to other vertical markets in North America. Rigid PCB sales to military market were up 3.4% from January through May compared to same period in 2012, while rigid PCB sales to other markets were down 9.1% year-to-date (YTD). In flexible circuit segment, YTD growth rates of sales to military and other markets were both positive. Read More

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University of Trento hosts 2013 EPMA summer school.

July 23, 2013

University of Trento hosted latest EPMA Powder Metallurgy Summer School, which took place on July 8-12 in Trento, Italy. During this time, 52 students were introduced to Powder Metallurgy and had opportunity to listen to, discuss, and solve problems with 25 PM experts. Lectures were complemented by laboratory facilities, where students learned about impact resistance of low alloyed PM steels, microstructural analysis and microhardness, and hardenability and sinterhardenability by dilatometry. Read More

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence rises again in July.

July 23, 2013

Released by Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, July 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) shows confidence in equipment finance market is 59.4. This marks increase from June's index of 57.3, reflecting participants' increasing optimism despite continued moderate equipment demand. Survey comments from industry executive leadership show that, depending on market segment, executives have differing points of view on current and future outlook for industry. Read More

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Market Report shows small companies are industry's bright spot.

July 23, 2013

According to July 2013 edition of IPC North American EMS Market Report, the smallest EMS companies that participate in IPC's North American EMS Statistical Program have performed extremely well this year, with year-to-date sales growth almost 18% above same period last year and year-to-date order growth of almost 25%. These companies’ predictions of sales growth for next 3-12 months, as well as information on how larger companies fared in first 5 months of 2013, are provided in report. Read More

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MESA's Global Education Program offers online courses.

July 22, 2013

MESA International has been working to establish a global baseline of knowledge that will benefit both manufacturers and solution providers, and is now offering variety of instructor-led online courses. Upon successful completion, these courses provide CEUs and can also be applied towards MES/MOM Methodologies Online Certificate of Awareness. Offering Global Education Program courses online makes training and knowledge-sharing more accessible to more people in more areas. Read More