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National Fleet Services named ATA Featured Product company.

March 5, 2015

ATA announced its latest ATA Featured Product company, National Fleet Services LLC, which provides motor carriers an alternative service for the essential in-house DOT compliance requirements, including titling, licensing, and registration services. Company also offers tax, recovery, and other advisory services to the trucking industry. Read More

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IPC Hall of Fame inducts 2 volunteers at IPC APEX EXPO.

March 5, 2015

In recognition of extraordinary contributions to IPC and electronics industry, Gary Ferrari, director of technical support at FTG Circuits, and Nilesh Naik, president of Eagle Circuits, were honored with IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award. Presention took place at IPC APEX EXPO® in San Diego Convention Center, and IPC president and CEO John Mitchell said that "IPC is privileged to have Gary and Nilesh as active members of so many committees and events." Read More

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Global Motion Control Shipments increase 9% in 2014.

March 5, 2015

According to statistics released by the Motion Control Association, global shipments for motion control products grew by 9% to $3.05 billion in 2014. Motion controllers remained the hottest product category, growing 34% to $152 million in 2014, while actuators and mechanical systems also had a strong year, increasing 12% to $467 million. Some other notable growth rates were sensors and feedback devices at 11% to $116 million, and AC drives at 10% to $365 million. Read More

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ELFA Opens Nominations for 2015 Equipment Finance Hall of Fame.

March 5, 2015

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) announced that nominations are being accepted for Equipment Finance Hall of Fame Class of 2015, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to equipment finance industry throughout their careers. Deadline for online nomination submittal is April 1, 2015, and inductees will be announced at 54th ELFA Annual Convention taking place October 25–27 in San Antonio. Read More

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NAM Claims Open Internet will stifle manufacturing innovation.

March 5, 2015

According to National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse, U.S. Federal Communications Commission's dedication to an open Internet threatens to "[stifle future investment in the communications infrastructure that has helped fuel manufacturing innovation." Newhouse, citing impositions of "80-year-old regulatory scheme," told regulators "to step aside and let the innovators lead" regarding manufacturing and the Internet. Read More

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AIA presents first Wright-Curtiss Legacy Award.

March 5, 2015

AIA presented its Wright-Curtiss Legacy Award to U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) in recognition of his longtime support of the aerospace and defense industry. Sen. Chambliss serves on Senate Armed Services Committee, is vice chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and co-chaired Senate Aerospace Caucus. Throughout his nearly 20 years working on Capitol Hill, he has been recognized as a leading Senate expert on national security, homeland security, and intelligence issues. Read More

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BIO supports STRONG Patents Act of 2015.

March 5, 2015

BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood issued statement in response to the introduction of the STRONG Patents Act of 2015 by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). According to Greenwood, BIO supports balanced reforms to reduce abusive patent practices, while maintaining the strong incentives necessary to sustain nation’s global leadership in biotechnology innovation and the creation of high-wage, high-value jobs throughout country. STRONG Patents Act of 2015 achieves this critical balance. Read More

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ICCAIA Supports HAAPS Consortium seeking alternatives to Halon.

March 5, 2015

According to its chairman Marion C. Blakey, International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Association (ICCAIA) supports international aerospace community in seeking to replace Halon as aircraft fire extinguishing agent. This follows formation of Halon Alternatives for Aircraft Propulsion Systems (HAAPS) consortium and is in preparation for imposed ban on new production of Halon by international protocol regarding substances that deplete Earth's ozone layer. Read More

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BIO Extends Nomination Deadline for Rosalind Franklin Award.

March 5, 2015

BIO extended its deadline for Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology, which honors one outstanding woman in industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing field. Deadline for nominations is now March 5, 2016, and nominees must be living individuals who exhibit leadership qualities and have pioneered efforts in industrial biotechnology. Applicants should also demonstrate significant innovative contributions in field integral to advancement of biobased economy.
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ANSI Announces Forum and Committee Leadership for 2015.

March 5, 2015

ANSI announced leadership of its member forums, policy committees, and program oversight committees for 2015. Elected each year for up to 3 one-year terms, forum chairs serve as ex-officio members of ANSI Board of Directors. Policy-setting committees and councils provide strategic direction for defined program areas, while each ANSI Program Oversight or Standing Committee is responsible for operational aspects of particular ANSI program or service. Read More

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Opportunities are available for Standards Alliance events.

March 5, 2015

Standards Alliance, a public–private partnership between ANSI and USAID, will be hosting conferences and workshops in Southern Africa, Vietnam, Colombia, and Guatemala in coming months. Events are part of each country’s agreed-upon year-one work plan. Speaker slots are still available for events such as: ISO National Mirror Committee Training; Best Practices for Regulation and Standards Development in Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, and Cosmetics; and Code of Good Practice Workshop with SABS. Read More

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DOT and FAA propose new rules for small UAS.

March 5, 2015

FAA has proposed framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems in today's aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. Proposal offers safety rules for UAS under 55 lb conducting non-recreational operations. Rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, aircraft registration/marking, and operational limits. Read More

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AeroDef 2015 offers technical advice from top professionals.

March 5, 2015

Scheduled for April 20–23, AeroDef 2015 convenes the industry to discuss solutions for issues encountered throughout aircraft’s manufacturing lifecycle. Event offers 20 technical sessions and 69 presentations from product designers and managers at industry-leading companies. Some conference tracks include: Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing; Composites & Advanced Materials; Contract Manufacturing Services; Cybersecurity; Integrated Assembly & Robotics; and Precision Machining & Tooling. Read More

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FAA dedicates new airport traffic control tower.

March 5, 2015

FAA has dedicated new $16.4 million airport traffic control tower at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Tower is equipped with latest radar, communications, and weather technology, enabling air traffic controllers to continue to provide the safest, most efficient service. Facility comprises 117 ft tall airport traffic control tower topped by 525 sq-ft tower cab, and 7,200 sq-ft single-story base building that houses training rooms, administrative offices, and equipment rooms. Read More

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Proposed Ozone Rule could be most expensive in U.S. history.

March 5, 2015

Update of study conducted by National Economic Research Associates (NERA) Economic Consulting and commissioned by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reveals that revising ozone standard from 75 ppb to 65 ppb, as proposed by EPA, could reduce GDP by $140 billion/day and carry compliance price tag of $1.1 trillion. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said ozone standard revisions threaten manufacturing sector as well as U.S. economy. Read More

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BIO strongly supports FDA Safety over Sequestration Act.

March 4, 2015

BIO applauds Representatives Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) for introducing the FDA Safety Over Sequestration Act, which would exempt privately paid user fees paid to FDA from any future operation of sequestration. BIO firmly believes that preventing FDA user fees from becoming subject to future periods of sequestration is critical to protecting patients and supporting public health, and calls on Congress to quickly consider and pass this vital legislation. Read More

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BIO Applauds COMPETE Act to encourage early biotech research.

March 4, 2015

BIO applauded Senators Tom Carper and Pat Toomey for introducing COMPETE Act, which will spur biotech capital formation and stimulate innovative research and development. Specifically, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood voiced support concerning included provisions which make R&D tax credit permanent while increasing credit rate. Greenwood also commended increased credit in bill for innovative research expenses as well as encouragement of investment in early-stage, R&D-centric businesses. Read More

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U.S. Construction Equipment Exports drop 13% in 2014.

March 3, 2015

Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment ended 2014 with a 13.2% drop compared to 2013, with a total $17.26 billion shipped to global markets. Business to Europe, South America, and Australia/Oceania was hit the hardest, according to AEM, citing U.S. Department of Commerce data it uses in global markets reports for members. Top countries buying the most U.S.-made construction machinery during 2014 (by dollar volume) were Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and South Africa. Read More

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AMCA soliciting volunteers to author new standard.

March 2, 2015

AMCA is seeking volunteers to form document-creation committee to author new AMCA standard that will introduce Fan Efficiency Ratio. FER metric is a ratio of the actual fan efficiency to baseline fan efficiency, both calculated at given airflow and pressure point. Standard will introduce FER as energy efficiency metric for fans designed to encourage responsible use and drive significant and quantifiable energy savings through codes, rebate programs, and federal regulations. Read More

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IPC Elects 6 Members to its Board of Directors.

March 2, 2015

At IPC Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO 2015, Nominating and Governance Committee of IPC Board of Directors presented 6 candidates for election to 4-year term. First-term electees included Peter Cleveland (Intel Corporation) and Jeff Timms (ASM Assembly Solutions Americas). Those renewed for terms included Bhawnesh Mathur (Creation Technologies), Nilesh Naik (Eagle Circuits), Ray Sharpe (Isola SARL), and Mark Wolfe (John Deere Electronic Solutions). Read More