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FAA and Industry Move Forward on U.S. Air Carrier training.

December 2, 2013

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta called on airline industry to assess and prioritize voluntary actions to improve pilot, flight attendant, and dispatcher training via joint government and industry steering group. This group would collaboratively evaluate best practices from across industry, review recommendations from previous FAA rulemaking advisory committees on training issues, and examine newly identified areas of risk to develop voluntary training guidelines for air carriers. Read More

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IREC Responds to SGIP rule changes adopted by FERC.

December 2, 2013

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted modifications to Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP), which should facilitate efficient interconnection process for small renewable generators. IREC's Jane Weissman called these rule changes "an important step forward for interconnection in the United States," and added that utilities will be able to process applications for small generators more effectively while maintaining safety and reliability of interconnection process. Read More

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Automation IG becomes RIA Certified Robot Integrator.

November 27, 2013

RIA announced that Tennessee-based Automation IG has received prestigious RIA Certified Robot Integrator designation. In order to become certified, Automation IG completed rigorous process which includes on-site audit and testing of key personnel among other important criteria. According to Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA, Certified Robot Integrator program strengthens overall integrator channel and allows integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices. Read More

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CIP Safety(TM) Application Coverage expands to include safe motion.

November 27, 2013

Next edition of The CIP Safety Specification will include services for safe motion applications. With this addition, users will be able to deploy networked motion control systems using EtherNet/IP and Sercos III™ in applications requiring such safe motion functions as safe torque off and safety limited positions. Enhancements to CIP Safety related to safe motion relied on IEC 61800-5-2 as framework and are part of ODVA's semi-annual specifications update. Read More

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FABTECH 2013 sets records for attendance and exhibition.

November 27, 2013

FABTECH 2013 set attendee, exhibitor, and floor space records. In total, 40,667 attendees visited 1,573 exhibitors to see live equipment demonstrations and compare products side-by-side at displays spread across 650,000 ft² of exhibits at McCormick Place. FABTECH show co-manager John Catalano noted how attendees were impressed with show's size and scope as well as number of new products and technologies and that exhibitors reported "brisk" sales activity and "plentiful" leads. Read More

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NEMA White Paper explores molded case circuit breaker testing.

November 27, 2013

NEMA's published white paper, NEMA ADP 2-2013 Molded Case Circuit Breaker Systems Testing with Conductors, discusses necessity of testing circuit breakers with wire to demonstrate protection. As defined in UL 489, standard tests include overload and thermal tests, endurance followed by low level short circuit interrupting tests, and standard low level short circuit interrupting tests. Read More

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IPC names Hand Soldering Competition winners.

November 26, 2013

During IPC's Hand Soldering Competition at productronica 2013, participants were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within 45-minute time limit. Taking first place, Jacek Majchrzak of PartnerTech in Poland received cash prize of Euros500 and a new soldering station from JBC Tools. Second place and cash prize of Euros300 went to Baigyou Tamas of GÉMOSZ Elektronikai Kft in Hungary, while Halil Ibrahim Demir of Tai Tusas Aerospace in Turkey took third place and cash prize of Euros100. Read More

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ASTM SPRI Partnership produces single ply roofing membranes PCR.

November 26, 2013

ASTM International and Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) collaborated to publish Product Category Rules (PCR) for single ply roofing membranes. PCR details rules and guidelines for developing environmental declaration for single ply roofing products that fulfill equivalent functions. PCR includes TPO, KEE, PVC, and EPDM and provides requirements for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Read More