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Cadrat d'Or Prize has been awarded to Escourbiac l'Imprimeur.

February 26, 2015

Based in Graulhet in southern France, Escourbiac l‘Imprimeur specializes in production of art books. This commercial printer was awarded, for its third time, Cadrat d’Or industry prize in spring 2014 following investment in and acquisition of 8-color Rapida 106 with HR-UV kit. Award recognizes unique know-how and is awarded annually to printing plants that demonstrate extraordinarily high print quality combined with exceptional technical skill. Read More

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ELFA 2015 MCI-EFI shows confidence remaining at 3-year high.

February 26, 2015

February 2015 MCI-EFI shows confidence in equipment finance market at 66.3, which is up from 3-year high of January's index of 66.1. Other fields of expected expansion/growth over next 4 months include demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, "excellent" U.S. economic staus, and improving economic conditions. Foreseen declines include access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, employee hiring, and increased spending on business development activies. Read More

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BIO urges readoption of Low Carbon Fuel Standard with changes.

February 25, 2015

BIO is generally supportive of California's plan to readopt state Low Carbon Fuel Standard, but expressed concerns about certain aspects of law and their potential impact on production of low carbon biofuels. BIO is concerned that intensified reporting requirements could be particularly burdensome in time and cost to small and new low-carbon fuel producers. California Air Resources Board should ensure that new requirements do not inadvertently discourage small producers or innovation. Read More

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AMT announces inaugural Distribution Summit.

February 25, 2015

Scheduled for Sept 23–24, 2015, inaugural Distribution Summit will focus solely on distributors' needs; however, builders and suppliers are encouraged to attend. With tagline, "Where Distributors Connect," summit will provide networking opportunities beginning with reception on Sept 23, open to all attendees. Following day will feature presentations by speakers focused on improving distributors’ business operations. Call for speakers is open until April 17. Read More

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PTDA Foundation seeks nominations for Wendy B. McDonald Award.

February 25, 2015

PTDA Foundation seeks nominations for 2015 Wendy B. McDonald Award, which acknowledges women who have established themselves as critical contributors to their company's success and affected positive change within power transmission/motion control industry. Being accepted through May 31, female nominees must be employed by PTDA member company within 2015 and exemplify leadership and integrity in all business relationships. Those employed by Canadian companies receive extra consideration. Read More

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SME announces return of THE BIG M to Detroit.

February 25, 2015

Scheduled for June 2–4, 2015, THE BIG M annual conference and expo will focus on emerging technologies, processes, and advanced solutions that are shaping future of manufacturing. Joe Justice's M | Build Workshop will include four, 60-min sprints where participants will self-organize into cross-functional teams and assemble car within 1 day. Exercise will introduce Scrum, a manufacturing method designed to add energy, focus, clarity, and transparency to project planning and implementation. Read More

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BIO announces Everyday Superhero Contest.

February 25, 2015

BIO announced new contest aimed at recognizing biotech superheros in patient, industry, and academic communities. Ideas for potential nominees include: a graduate student whose work in the lab has led to a new approach to treating a disease; a patient whose determination has brought attention to research being done to combat their disease; or a researcher at a start-up biotech whose ground-breaking science has created a therapy that will potentially save thousands of lives. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Guide for fluorescent lamp electrical measures.

February 25, 2015

NEMA published ANSI C78.375A-2014 American National Standard for Electric Lamps—Fluorescent Lamps—Guide for Electrical Measures. Developed by ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) C78, said standard describes procedures to be followed as well as precautions to be observed in obtaining uniform and reproducible measurements of electrical characteristics of fluorescent lamps under standard conditions when operated on alternating current circuits. Read More

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IEEE-USA launches new flagship publication.

February 25, 2015

IEEE-USA is launching IEEE-USA InSight, a modern online magazine that will be continually refreshed with original stories on technology careers, public policy and trends, engineering history, and skills such as teamwork and effective communication. In addition to timely content, IEEE-USA InSight offers readers ability to comment inline, rate stories, respond to short polls, and take advantage of vastly improved search engine when looking for specific content. Read More

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U.S. Department of State and EPA launch partnership.

February 25, 2015

U.S. Department of State and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed statement of intent to launch partnership between agencies and U.S. diplomatic missions overseas to enhance availability of outdoor air quality data and expertise at a number of U.S. diplomatic missions. One key feature of partnership is expanding EPA’s existing AirNow system to include data from participating U.S. embassies. AirNow publicly shares air quality data, enabling viewers to reduce exposure to poor quality air. Read More

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Wood and Paper Associations discuss legislative proposals.

February 25, 2015

Representatives of American Forest & Paper Association, American Wood Council, and Northwest Pulp & Paper Association met with state lawmakers to discuss legislative proposals that would affect the almost 30,000 workers they represent. Industry representatives shared details of industry’s positive economic impact on Washington and its commitment to sustainable manufacturing leadership under AF&PA’s Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 initiative. Read More

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AAMA recognizes member leadership during conference.

February 25, 2015

During 78th Annual Conference Awards Banquet, AAMA recognized contributions and achievements of its members. Kim Flanary, engineering director for Milgard, was named Outstanding Member, and Kawneer was given 2015 Chairman's Award. Distinguished Service Award for the Architectural Products Group was presented to Doug Holmberg of Apogee Enterprises/Wausau Window and Wall Systems. Distinguished Service Award for the Residential Products Group was presented to Joe Hayden, senior engineer for Pella. Read More

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HOUSTEX 2015 Trade Show comes to Houston Feb 24-26.

February 24, 2015

During HOUSTEX 2015, thousands of industry professionals will interact with more than 300 exhibiting companies on show floor to network and seek out services designed to help their companies meet demands for better quality, tighter tolerances, and lower costs of products and systems. Industry experts will present technical sessions, covering such topics as additive manufacturing, outlook for energy for oil and gas industry, and cybersecurity for critical infrastructure systems. Read More

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AEM Hall of Fame seeks nominations for off-road industry elite.

February 24, 2015

AEM Hall of Fame seeks off-road equipment industry frontrunners whose innovations, ideas, and leadership have contributed significantly to industry. Nominations are due June 5, 2015 and will be evaluated by independent panel of industry experts from construction and agriculture sectors. Eligibility applies to anyone, living or deceased, who has made noteworthy and specific contributions to manufacturing, distribution, rental, or end-user off-road equipment industry sectors. Read More

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Moniz and Hochberg will visit First Solar facility in Ohio.

February 23, 2015

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will join Ex-Im Bank chairman and president Fred P. Hochberg for tour of First Solar manufacturing plant in Perrysburg, OH on February 20, 2015. In addition to highlighting federal government's continued support of renewable energy innovation in USA and underscoring contributions investments make to USA's low-carbon energy future goal, visit will highlight importance of Ex-Im Bank in helping Ohio manufacturers compete to win overseas deals and grow via exports. Read More

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John Deere Electronic Solutions earns QML to 2 IPC standards.

February 23, 2015

IPC's Validation Services Program awarded IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to John Deere Electronic Solutions based in Fargo, ND. Becoming first OEM to successfully complete intensive audit based on IPC's foremost standards, John Deere Electronic Solutions met or exceeded requirements for electronics industry's most rigorous classification, Class 3, and is now listed as IPC-trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. Read More

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New FAA Rules/Regulations target small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

February 23, 2015

FAA's proposed regulations framework would allow routine use of specific small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in aviation system while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations. Applicable to <55 lb UASs conducting non-recreational operations, safety rules limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations and addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of visual observer, aircraft registration/marking, and operational limits. Read More

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NEMA's DA Section is scheduled to release its first white paper.

February 20, 2015

On behalf of its Distribution Automation (DA) Section, NEMA will release white paper focusing on importance of incorporating DA into grid, its cost justifications, and recommended call to action so benefits of DA equipment and systems can be fully utilized. "Distribution Automation and the Modernized Grid," according to G&W Electric Company's Pat Avery, aims to promote DA as key smart grid component that provides reliability, resiliency, flexibility, and agility to the electrical grid. Read More

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IPC Technical Program Committee selects best technical paper.

February 20, 2015

Voted on through ballot process by members of IPC's Technical Program Committee, best technical conference paper of IPC APEX EXPO 2015 is "High Frequency Loss Test Methods for Laminate Materials Comparison (a High Density Packaging User Group/HDPUG Project)," by Karl Sauter, Oracle Corporation USA, and co-author Joseph Smetana, Alcatel-Lucent. Paper authors will receive awards during opening keynote session on February 24. Read More

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AIA supports FAA's proposed UAS regulations.

February 20, 2015

According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, FAA has taken an important step towards integration of UAS into civil airspace by issuing draft regulations for use of small unmanned aircraft systems. Issuance of these proposed regulations is a key element of government and industry efforts to foster safe operations in both civil and military applications of remotely piloted aircraft while further encouraging research and development of UAS technologies. Read More