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EPA and Army Corps aim to clarify Clean Water Act.

April 1, 2014

EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released proposed rule to clarify protection under Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form foundation of nation’s water resources. Specifically, proposed rule clarifies that: most seasonal and rain dependent streams are protected; wetlands near rivers and streams are protected; and other types of waters may have more uncertain connections with downstream water and protection will be evaluated through case specific analysis. Read More

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Long-Time IPC Volunteer has been inducted into IPC Hall of Fame.

April 1, 2014

In recognition of his contributions to IPC and electronics industry, Michael V. Carano, director of new products and business development at OMG Electronic Chemicals, was honored with IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award. Carano has written 150+ technical articles, presented papers worldwide, and served on 16 IPC committees as well as IPC Board of Directors. Recently, he has taken on role as chairman of IPC Technology Education Outreach Initiative. Read More

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David Brancaccio to speak at 2014 BIO International Convention.

April 1, 2014

David Brancaccio, host of American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report, will deliver opening remarks at Emerging Opportunities in Global Markets Forum as well as moderate Scientific American Worldview Super Session at 2014 BIO International Convention®, which will take place in San Diego, CA. BIO International Convention president Scott Whitaker called Brancaccio "an impressive story-teller" and lauded his "engaging interview style and vast knowledge of critical issues." Read More

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SME Student Members perform manufacturing energy assessment.

April 1, 2014

As part of DOE's Industrial Assessment Center program, SME student members at North Carolina State University performed cost-saving energy assessment for hosiery plant in Burlington, NC. Wendy Johnson and Stephen Taylor, members of SME’s NCSU S317 student chapter, completed assessment for Kayser-Roth Corp. under supervision of their faculty advisor, Rohan Shirwaiker, PhD. Recommendations focused on improving process design, efficiency, and ergonomics associated with operations and workstations. Read More

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Biofuel Trade Organizations ask for tax incentives extension.

April 1, 2014

Citing energy security, job creation, global competitiveness, and forward-looking policy, letter sent by biofuel trade organizations to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) encouraged extension of Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Fuels Credit, and Alternative Fuel and Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit. Read More

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ASQ issues 8,380 certifications to train skilled workers.

April 1, 2014

ASQ issued 8,380 professional certifications in the U.S. in 2013 as part of partnership with The Manufacturing Institute. Endorsed by NAM, Institute's Skills Certification System was developed to address deficits in manufacturing education and training, which is limiting pool of qualified candidates for skilled manufacturing jobs. ASQ offers 17 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Calibration Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, and Certified Quality Inspector. Read More

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ATA and HELP Inc. renew Featured Product partnership.

April 1, 2014

ATA and HELP Inc. are renewing their Featured Product partnership for 2014 with HELP's PrePass weigh station electronic screening and preclearance service. PrePass' inspection preclearance services are available at 302 operational weigh stations and ports of entry in 31 states. Under HELP's program, enrolled trucks are electronically pre-screened for federal and state safety and credentials before receiving permission to bypass inspection facilities at highway speeds. Read More

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IPC honors STI Electronics, Inc. and Raytheon Company.

April 1, 2014

During IPC APEX EXPO®, STI Electronics received IPC Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award and Raytheon Company received IPC Peter Sarmanian Corporate Recognition Award. Nearly all of STI's staff are active on IPC, with 6 employees actively engaged in dozens of standards development committees. In addition, company has 14 certified IPC specialists and 38 certified trainers. More than eight dozen Raytheon employees provide leadership and technical expertise on 135 standards development committees. Read More