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SME's EASTEC 2015 showcases new manufacturing technologies.

March 13, 2015

Scheduled for May 12–14, EASTEC 2015 features more than 650 exhibitors and 3 days of complimentary educational sessions. Event showcases latest manufacturing technologies from additive manufacturing/3D printing to waterjet cutting, and provides access to industry experts sharing insights on how to foster innovation, increase productivity, and improve profits. This year, attendees will also get to see over 300 new products being highlighted at the show. Read More

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ELFA Sets Nomination Deadline for 2015 O&TE award.

March 13, 2015

Member nominations are due by June 1, 2015 for ELFA's 2015 Operations & Technology Excellence (O&TE) Award, which identifies and recognizes equipment finance organizations focused on innovation in process re-engineering or technology. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, new initiative, business model, consolidation, efficiency, or digital transformation project. Award will be presented at ELFA Operations & Technology Conference (September 16–18 in Philadelphia, PA). Read More

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NEMA Publishes White Paper on adoption of IEC Standard 61800-5-1.

March 12, 2015

"New UL Variable Frequency Drive Standard and Its Effects on Unit Short Circuit Rating" focuses on impact of UL adoption of IEC standard 61800-5-1 on safety requirements for adjustable speed drives with respect to certification of said devices. Developed by NEMA Industrial Automation Control Products and Systems Section Subcommittee on Adjustable Speed Drives, white paper provides clarification to prevent attempts to apply non-relevant requirements to NEMA member products. Read More

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ASQ Issues >9,800 Certifications to develop future workforce.

March 12, 2015

ASQ issued 9,800+ certifications in USA in 2014 as part of Manufacturing Institute partnership designed to help fill advanced manufacturing positions. In comment, ASQ CEO William Troy expressed pride in helping "provide workers with the knowledge they need to be successful in skilled manufacturing positions.” ASQ offers 18 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Inspector, and Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Read More

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Congressman Tim Walz tours Creation Technologies.

March 12, 2015

Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN-1) met with executives and employees of IPC-member company Creation Technologies at company’s custom-built manufacturing facility in St. Peter, MN. Coordinated by IPC, visit is part of nationwide effort to educate policymakers about legislative and regulatory issues that affect electronics manufacturing industry. General Manager John Makela hosted site visit and led discussions on issues including fostering innovation, R&D, tax credits, and regulatory compliance. Read More

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Four IPC Global Statistical Programs are now open.

March 12, 2015

IPC’s global statistical programs for the laminate, solder, process consumables, and assembly equipment industries are now open to new participants for 2015. Statistical programs give participating IPC members access to global quarterly market data that would be impossible for them to collect themselves and prohibitively expensive for individual companies to obtain from research firms. Participating companies use this quarterly data in their marketing, sales, planning, and budgeting activities. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard for roadway/area lighting vandal shields.

March 12, 2015

Useful to roadway and area lighting manufacturers, municipalities, and utilities, NEMA published ANSI C136.34-2014 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Vandal Shields for Roadway and Area Lighting Luminaires. Standard covers supplementary vandal shields used to protect luminaires and luminaire accessories used for roadway and area lighting. Revisions include updated references, added section titles, and language consistent with other C136 standards. Read More

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Three Industry Volunteers receive IPC President's Award.

March 11, 2015

In recognition of their significant contributions of time, talent, and ongoing leadership in IPC and the electronics industry, three long-time IPC volunteers were presented with IPC President's Awards at IPC APEX EXPO® in San Diego, California. Award recipients were: Kathy Johnston of Raytheon Missile Systems; Steve Martell of Sonoscan, Inc.; and Lee Wilmot of TTM Technologies, Inc. Read More

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IPC honors volunteers for contributions to industry.

March 11, 2015

IPC presented Committee Leadership, Distinguished Committee Service, and Special Recognition Awards during IPC APEX EXPO® at the San Diego Convention Center. Awards were presented to individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their time and expertise through IPC committee service. Read More

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ISPE to release preliminary data from Quality Metrics Pilot.

March 11, 2015

ISPE, in conjunction with McKinsey & Co., will release preliminary data and findings from its Quality Metrics Pilot Program at ISPE Quality Metrics Summit, April 21–22. Pilot data and findings will provide insight on what may be collected, how it may impact how pharmaceutical companies are regulated, and how quality might be measured. During summit, participants will hear case studies from some of the 18 companies and 44 individual sites who participated in the pilot. Read More

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ANSI highlights People on the Move.

March 11, 2015

DERKA North America has announced appointment of Mary-Rose Nguyen as VP of corporate development for DERKA Certification Group. In this role, Ms. Nguyen will grow organization’s business in North America through new assessment service offerings. Dr. Arnold “Arny” Bereson, appointed by American Society for Nondestructive Testing as organization’s new executive director, will oversee use of organization’s resources towards their goals, guide daily operations, and act as official spokesperson. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces 2014 Member of the Year.

March 11, 2015

Hydraulic Institute named Aleks Roudnev, Manager of Research and Design - Applied Hydraulics, Weir Minerals North America as its 2014 "Member of the Year". An active member of HI since 1995, Mr. Roudnev was selected for his commitment to the Institute in both leading and actively participating in numerous HI committees for the advancement of Institute’s technical work as well as in guiding young engineers within Institute’s extensive technical organization. Read More

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Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers announced by SME.

March 10, 2015

SME chose 11 new Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers, aged 35 or younger from industry and academia, based on their research and development efforts in emerging manufacturing applications, published works, design ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and leadership. As SME selects namesakes for award in recognition of his/her lifelong contributions to manufacturing, 2015 award is named after 2013 SME President Dennis S. Bray, PhD, FSME, president and CEO of Contour Precision Group LLC. Read More

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BIO addresses FDA approval of biosimilar product.

March 10, 2015

BIO issued statement regarding approval by FDA of the first biosimilar product under the pathway created by the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act. According to Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, for more than a decade, BIO has called for open, transparent, and science-based dialogue regarding biosimilars. It is unfortunate that the lack of publicly available naming guidance resulted in FDA's assignment of a "placeholder" name for approved biosimilar. Read More

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AASHTO Completes Reports tracking commuter trends/behavior.

March 10, 2015

AASHTO released its final installment of 16 "Commuting in America" briefs that examine significant and evolving segments of USA's traveling public. Final brief points to slowing growth in commuting due to aging of workers and declines in younger people entering workforce. In addition to age demographics, authors point to potential impacts of technology and land use decisions as likely to affect future commuting trends. Commuting behaviors have changed modestly over past decade. Read More

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Thousands of Students to participate in rocketry competition.

March 10, 2015

Nearly 4,000 middle and high school students are gearing up for the 2015 Team America Rocketry Challenge. This year, close to 700 teams are designing and building model rockets as they compete to qualify for national finals. Structured to emulate aerospace industry's engineering design process, TARC challenges teams to design and build model rocket that can travel to height of 800 ft and back within 46–48 sec. Each rocket will carry 1 raw egg that must return safely to ground undamaged. Read More

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FDA Adopts 3 Standards focusing on nanotechnology.

March 10, 2015

U.S. FDA adopted 3 nanotechnology standards as part of update to List of Recognized Standards. Adopted standards were ISO/TS 14101, Surface characterization of gold nanoparticles for nanomaterial specific toxicity screening: FT-IR method; ASTM E2490, Standard Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS); and ASTM E2535, Standard Guide for Handling Unbound Engineered Nanoscale Particles in Occupational Settings. Read More

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NEMA publishes roadway and area lighting equipment standard.

March 10, 2015

ANSI Accredited Standards Committee 136 has developed ANSI C136.16-2014 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Enclosed, Post Top-mounted Luminaires. Standard covers dimensional, maintenance, and light distribution features that permit interchange of enclosed, post top-mounted high-intensity discharge lamps, solid-state light sources, compact fluorescent lamps, and induction luminaires whose center of mass is approximately over the mounting tenon. Read More

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ANSI Raises Engineering Awareness during 64th annual EWeek.

March 10, 2015

National Engineers Week (EWeek) 2015, which took place February 22–28, offered educational programs, competitions, and other events to highlight engineering innovations and industry professionals. Shell Oil Company as well as ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE) served as event co-chairs. This year's theme of “Engineering New Horizons" aimed to raise awareness of nation and global engineering impacts. Read More

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AISI's Gibson begins term as Chair of NAM's CMA.

March 10, 2015

Thomas Gibson, president and CEO of American Iron and Steel Institute, has been elected chair of NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations to serve 1-year term. Gibson has been a CMA member for more than 5 years, serving as vice chair for past year. He has chaired, co-chaired, or founded numerous industry coalitions. Prior to joining AISI, Gibson served as senior vice president of advocacy for American Chemistry Council and also as chief of staff for EPA. Read More