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ELFA's June 2013 Monthly Confidence Index reflects optimism.

June 20, 2013

June 2013 MCI-EFI shows increase in market confidence to 57.3, reflecting growing optimism despite moderate growth of business investment in equipment. Over next 4 months, 19.4% of executives believe conditions will improve, while 71% say conditions will not change. As for U.S. economic conditions, 22.6% expect improvement over next 6 months, while 25.8% think their company will increase spending on business development. Over 90% of respondents rank current U.S. economy as fair. Read More

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RIA recognizes PRE-TEC as Certified Robot Integrator.

June 20, 2013

PRE-TEC of Eugene, OR has been named as RIA's 13th Certified Robot Integrator, having passed on-site audit, safety training, and testing of key personnel. Association's program allows integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices, allowing them to identify areas for improvement. RIA requires integrators to be recertified every 2 yr and represents 300 robot manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, consulting firms, and more. Read More

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BIO Applauds Legislation for renewable chemicals support.

June 20, 2013

BIO and BIOCOM thanked Representative Scott Peters (D-CA) for introducing legislation, offered as amendment to be considered during House floor debate on Farm Bill, that would make renewable chemicals eligible for support in USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program. BIO's Brent Erickson called Peters "a strong champion for the industrial biotech sector," citing his support for renewable chemicals and work as advocate for policies to advance military biofuel production. Read More

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ASTM Bestows Cavanaugh Memorial Award upon Dr. Jack E. Parr.

June 20, 2013

Due to his outstanding and longstanding, distinguished leadership in promoting national and international standards for medical and surgical implants and materials, Jack E. Parr, Ph.D., chairman and CEO of Extremity Innovations and president of Medical Technology Development, was honored with ASTM International's 2013 William T. Cavanaugh Award. Parr has been member of ASTM International and Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices since 1981. Read More

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NEMA Congratulates newly appointed NIST staff.

June 20, 2013

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) welcomes – pending approval by the Department of Commerce and Office of Personnel Management – appointments of Dr. Chris Greer and Dr. David Wollman to posts of Director and Deputy Director of National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office. Greer will also hold title of National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, replacing Dr. George Arnold. Read More

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ASABE to Adopt large rotary mower ISO safety standard.

June 20, 2013

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to adopt, nationally, ISO 4254-13:2012, Agricultural machinery - Safety -Part 13: Large rotary mowers. ASABE's adoption of said international standard will include maximum cutting height for use in conducting foot probe test. Although this deviates from ISO document, inclusion will further align technical content with standard SAE J232, Industrial Rotary Mowers, published by SAE. Read More

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ASC names Connie Howe to Technical Services position.

June 20, 2013

ASC has named Connie Howe as Senior Manager, Technical Services to oversee its technically oriented programming including short courses, Training Academy, and Advanced Technology Link. Howe will also serve as staff liaison to Technical Committee. Having held several technical corporate positions and experience with various adhesive technologies, she will play leading role in developing ASC's focus on sustainability and environmental product declarations. Read More

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Cavanaugh Memorial Award honors work of Disney's Greg B. Hale.

June 20, 2013

ASTM International has honored Greg B. Hale, P.E., chief safety officer and vice president of worldwide standards and auditing for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Orlando, FL, with the 2013 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Hale received award for his contributions to amusement park safety through the development, promotion, implementation, harmonization, and adoption of standards worldwide from ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. Read More

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Housing Design Contest aims to aid natural disaster survivors.

June 20, 2013

American Institute of Architects (AIA) is partnering with Make It Right, St. Bernard Project, and Architecture for Humanity to launch Designing Recovery competition. Designed to help survivors of 3 recent natural disasters, competition will take place in 3 settings – New Orleans, LA; Joplin, MO; and New York, NY – where non-profit partner organizations are working to recover from previous disasters. Organizers hope designs will also aid other communities recovering from recent disasters. Read More

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Technical Programs highlight servo press technology.

June 20, 2013

PMA's flagship publication, MetalForming magazine, announces series of technical programs featuring latest developments in servo-press technology. Servo Press Technology Experience includes 3 free webinars and 1 live event providing in-depth look at servo-press technology with case-study presentations and breakout sessions with press builders. Webinars will take place Aug 8, 15, and 22 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET and live event is scheduled for Sept 10. Read More

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AIA Extends Council Meeting Attendance to non-members.

June 19, 2013

AIA is offering opportunity for non-members to attend Summer Supplier Management Council Meeting, which will be hosted by Alcoa Defense on July 16–18, 2013 in Cleveland, OH. Attendees will be able to meet with Alcoa Defense buyers and senior aerospace and defense leaders and decision makers. Business-to-business meeting with Alcoa Defense is guaranteed but only for limited number of non-members.  For those attending as non-member, AIA will credit registration fee towards AIA membership. Read More

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AIA, Mary Fallin tout value of government-industry partnership.

June 19, 2013

Leadership of AIA joined with Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and representatives from U.S. government and state delegations at Paris Air Show. They discussed issues which ranged from impacts of sequestration budget cuts to potential societal and economic benefits of unmanned aircraft systems as well as value of trade to aerospace and defense industry. AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey called partnership between government and industry "an invaluable resource." Read More

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NESCC Announces Call for new private-sector co-chair.

June 19, 2013

Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC), joint initiative of ANSI and U.S. Department of Commerce's NIST, announced that its Steering Committee is seeking one qualified individual to serve as private-sector co-chair. For this position, applicants are sought who hold senior leadership positions in U.S. commercial nuclear industry. Applicants are expected to have participated in major industry bodies and have had previous experience with standards. Read More

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Webinar Series addresses export control reform.

June 19, 2013

Recent and additional expected changes to International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Export Administration Regulations will impact electronics companies that manufacture for the aerospace and defense markets. These regulations specifically address printed boards and printed board designs. During July, IPC will offer ITAR/EAR webinar series, bringing the latest information on current changes, possible upcoming changes, and impact these regulations may have on the supply chain. Read More

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OMB Issues Guidance on government spending, travel, conferences.

June 19, 2013

Issued by U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Controller Alert: Travel and Conferences provides guidance on U.S. federal government spending for conferences and travel in light of ongoing federal budget sequester. Document lists standards-setting work as appropriate use of limited funds that should continue to be supported. This clarification reassures members of ANSI Federation that the sequester will not halt their involvement in U.S. voluntary consensus standardization process. Read More

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Series of Programs will highlight servo press technology.

June 19, 2013

August 8 webinar – Why pay more for a servo press?  When is it worth it? – will feature speaker Todd Wenzel, while August 15 webinar – The Structure of Servo Presses, Available Drive Types and their Applications –will feature Jim Landowski. Another webinar will take place August 22, and live event on September 10 in Rosemont, IL will offer in-depth look at servo-press technology with case-study presentations and breakout sessions with press builders. Read More

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EPA awards $2 million for Small Business Innovation Research.

June 19, 2013

EPA has announced that more than $2 million will go to 25 small businesses nationwide to develop new environmental technology that will help protect people's health and the environment. Each company will receive SBIR Phase I contract of up to $80,000 to further develop their technology over next 6 months. This year’s projects focus on drinking water, wastewater, manufacturing, green building, waste monitoring and management, air quality, sustainable use of biomass, and homeland security. Read More

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International Poll highlights public support for civil UAS.

June 18, 2013

AIA will host panel discussion about current and potential uses of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including growth opportunities in commercial sector, in AIA Chalet at Paris Airshow on June 19 at 11:00 am. Open to public, this panel will present preliminary findings from international poll, conducted by Christian Science Monitor, which tested public perceptions of non-military use of UAS. Final results will be tabulated and released at a later event in July. Read More

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RAPID Conference and Expo breaks past attendance records.

June 18, 2013

More than 2,500 attendees turned out for 2013 RAPID Conference and Exposition, almost doubling last year's attendance and reflecting potential of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Held June 10-13, event included more than 100 exhibitors across variety of industries and a technical conference that attracted more than 900 attendees. Workshops covered fundamentals of AM, 3D modeling and 3D scanning, RTV mold-making and polyurethane casting, and metal parts used in additive technologies. Read More

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SPE Announces MEDC Support for ACCE scholarships.

June 18, 2013

Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC) will support two $2,000 USD SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) scholarships for graduate-level research in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation. Additionally, MEDC will support one $2,000 USD scholarship for junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing degree in polymer science, plastics, composites, or related engineering curriculum in MI college or university. Read More