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BIO addresses Senate patent reform legislation.

May 4, 2015

BIO issued statement regarding introduction of the Protecting American Talent and  Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act. According to BIO, the PATENT Act is clearly a positive step towards building greater consensus among patent stakeholders on ways to target abusive litigation tactics. However, it does not contain any of the critically needed reforms to prevent the continued exploitation and abuse of the PTO’s inter partes review (IPR) proceeding against patent owners. Read More

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Secretary Foxx announces significant NextGen milestone.

May 4, 2015

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced significant NextGen milestone with completion of En Route Automation Modernization, a highly advanced computer system used by air traffic controllers to safely manage high-altitude traffic. ERAM is the backbone of operations at 20 of FAA’s en route air traffic control centers. Technology uses nearly 2 million lines of computer code to process critical data for controllers, including aircraft identity, altitude, speed, and flight path. Read More

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NA PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio holds steady at 1.05 in March 2015.

May 4, 2015

March findings of IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program show Total North American Printed Circuit Board shipments down 0.9% from March 2014, bringing year-to-date (YTD) shipment growth to -1.3%. Compared to February 2015, shipments were up 20.1%. PCB bookings increased 1.6% compared to March 2014, improving YTD order growth rate to 1.2%, and orders increased 16.9% compared to previous month. Read More

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EPA recognizes federal facilities for green leadership.

May 4, 2015

EPA recognized efforts of more than 400 federal facilities that took steps to reduce pollution, support renewable energy, and operate more efficiently as part of Federal Green Challenge. Challenge participants in FY14 diverted over 390,000 tons of Municipal Solid Waste and Construction & Demolition waste from landfills; saved nearly 80 million gallons of water; saved 107 million ft³ of natural gas; reduced fleet distance traveled by 12.3 million miles; and saved U.S. taxpayers over $24 million. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes Congressional Focus on energy efficiency.

May 4, 2015

NEMA applauded hearing held by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power on energy-efficiency legislation. Citing "broad support" across USA encountered via research, NEMA's Kevin J. Cosgriff lauded energy efficiency as "fuel of first choice" for its economy, deployment speed, and cleanliness in meet America's energy needs. NEMA encourages Senate to enact S 720, Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2015. Read More

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Electronics Industry Leaders present award to Rep. Ed Royce.

May 4, 2015

Senior executives from leading electronics companies joined with IPC in honoring Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, for his "exemplary leadership and commitment to building a stronger U.S. electronics industry." Congressman Royce received the 2015 Government Impact Award during IMPACT 2015: IPC on Capitol Hill. He is being honored especially for his role in working for clear export control rules on PCBs designed for equipment covered by ITAR regulations. Read More

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HI Webinar explorers NPSH margin guidelines for rotodynamic pumps.

May 4, 2015

Hydraulic Institute (HI) collaborated with its NPSH committee members to develop technical webinar program focused on NPSH and its relationship to cavitation and other pump operation. Targeting pump distributors, manufacturers, and end-users, webinar concerns calculating available NPSH, understanding how insufficient NPSHA will affect pump operation, and what NPSH margin is needed to ensure good performance longevity to pump equipment. Bruce Ticknor will serve as course instructor. Read More

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NREL announces participants for Energy Leadership Program.

May 4, 2015

NREL has selected 21 leaders to participate in its 2015 Executive Energy Leadership program, which empowers executives to integrate clean energy solutions in their communities. Five-month program offers executive decision-makers from throughout the U.S. an in-depth look at renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. As part of experience, participants are briefed by NREL technology experts, tour research laboratories, and visit renewable energy installations. Read More

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BIO addresses Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act.

May 1, 2015

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood made statement regarding California State Assembly's burdensome legislation. "While the Assembly’s efforts to address health care costs for patients are well intended, the Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act of 2015 (AB 463) does nothing to improve patient access to medicines that have been put virtually out of reach by insurance company specialty tiers that have such high copays and co-insurance requirements that patients feel they no longer have insurance." Read More

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CMTS 2015 to take place September 28-October 1.

May 1, 2015

Expected to draw 10,000 professionals, Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show is poised to unveil Canada's largest display of industry equipment and technology that are geared towards helping Canadian manufacturers maintain competitive advantage. With theme of "Manufacture the Future," CMTS 2015 will feature latest advancements in machine tool, tooling, metal forming and fabricating, automation, 3D printing/additive manufacturing, design engineering, and plant management segments. Read More

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ASABE to adopt guidance positioning system testing document.

May 1, 2015

ASABE has initiated a project to nationally adopt ISO 12188-2:2012, Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry — Test procedures for positioning and guidance systems in agriculture — Part 2: Testing of satellite-based auto-guidance systems during straight and level travel. Adoption of the published ISO standard will further harmonize national and international standardization, a goal that facilitates manufacturing, safety advancements, and product marketing worldwide. Read More

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Manufacturing Day 2015 gains 3 gold sponsors.

May 1, 2015

Manufacturing DaySM 2015 gained pledged support of SME, SME Education Foundation, and Tooling U-SME as gold sponsors. Executed at local level, annual event supports manufacturers across USA as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers, and other local community members at open houses to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. Panel of co-producers – FMA, NAM, MI, NIST MEP, and guest producer ISM – provide centralized support necessary for event coordination. Read More

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CSA Group opens new transportation fuels laboratory.

April 30, 2015

CSA Group opened new laboratory for testing and certification of high pressure fuel systems and related components used on-board low and zero emission vehicles. Located in Langley, British Columbia, laboratory and office is 1,800 square meters and is equipped to perform customized tests to validate safety and lifetime endurance of low emission and zero emission alternative fuel vehicles including crush, penetration, fire, and fuel ignition testing. Read More

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BIO praises Rep. Robert Hurt for introducing HR 1912.

April 29, 2015

BIO applauds Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA) for introducing the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act (HR 1912) to reform the eXtensible Business Reporting Language compliance regime to reduce regulatory burden on small businesses. Legislation takes commonsense approach to the regulatory regime for public companies by exempting emerging growth companies from XBRL compliance and removing an expensive bureaucratic roadblock from the path of emerging biotech issuers. Read More

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Senators urge EPA to set strong 2014 RFS requirements.

April 29, 2015

Group of Senators wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging agency to set strong biofuel volume requirements for 2014 and beyond that are consistent with the Renewable Fuel Standard. BIO thanked the 37 Senators for this bipartisan effort to support the goals and intent of the RFS and to support industry's continued progress in producing advanced biofuels, creating jobs, and promoting economic growth in rural communities. Read More

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Aluminum Industry Partners with DOE to expand workforce.

April 29, 2015

Aluminum Association's partnership with Department of Energy (DOE) aims to increase number of aluminum industry jobs in USA and explore new, sustainable technologies to advance U.S. manufacturing. DOE's Aluminum Industry Jobs Partnership will identify opportunities to expand plant capacity and improve workforce development systems in order to bring qualified candidates onboard. Goals also include improving industry workforce development systems and exploring cross-cutting technologies. Read More

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NEMA Supports QER as congress undertakes energy legislation.

April 29, 2015

NEMA commended administration's release of its first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which focuses on improving U.S. energy infrastructure. Specifically, NEMA thanked Department of Energy and other contributors to QER for its inclusion of NEMA's recommendation for strategic siting of spare transformers to enable rapid response to electrical outages. NEMA also laid out several other considerations for policymakers moving forward with energy legislation. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard covering insulated cable requirements.

April 29, 2015

NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA WC 57/ICEA S-73-532-2014 American National Standard For Control, Thermocouple Extension, and Instrumentation Cables, which will be useful to users and producers of insulated cable. This standard applies to materials, construction, and testing of multiconductor control, thermocouple extension, and instrumentation cables rated up to and including 125°C. Read More

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IREC Website supports program to grow clean energy expertise.

April 29, 2015

As National Network Administrator of GEARED - Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment website, IREC is helping to facilitate and support efforts of Distributed Technology Training Consortia created by U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. Goal is to build national framework for power systems training and curriculum that will grow the power engineering workforce. GEARED is also helping foster student interest and expertise in the utility sector. Read More

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NREL Report estimates market potential of shared solar.

April 29, 2015

According to NREL's report, Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation, by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site photovoltaic systems, shared solar could represent 32–49% of distributed PV market in 2020. Shared solar could lead to cumulative U.S. PV deployment growth of 5.5-11.0 gigawatts from 2015–2020 and represent $8.2–16.3 billion of cumulative investment. Read More