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PTDA Foundation announces 2016 trustees.

November 24, 2015

Michael Kelly, VP & national sales manager of Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation, was elected for 2-year term as Foundation’s president in 2016. Brian Short, corporate account manager for NSK Americas, will serve as vice president for 2-year term succeeding Kelly, and Ken Miko, director category management and strategic accounts for BDI, will serve as treasurer. Four others joining board include: Dr. Rod Flanigan, John Masek, Bill Moore, and Tribby Warfield. Read More

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IPC PAC Website, Campaign bolsters pro-manufacturing candidates.

November 24, 2015

To educate policy makers on issues affecting electronics manufacturing industry, IPC launched IPC Political Action Committee (IPC PAC) website and recruitment campaign. IPC PAC supports pro-manufacturing candidates based on their positions on key policy issues, including environment, STEM education, R&D investment, regulatory reform, and tax. In 2016 election cycle, IPC plans to grow IPC PAC so that it can support more candidates. Read More

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce names 2015 Baldrige Award recipients.

November 24, 2015

U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker named 4 U.S. organizations as 2015 recipients of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which honors performance excellence. Honorees are recognized for outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Winners were MidwayUSA (small business), Charter School of San Diego (education), Charleston Area Medical Center Health System (health care), and Mid-America Transplant Services (nonprofit). Read More

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Guidebook provides models of talent development strategies.

November 24, 2015

National Network of Business and Industry Associations released guidebook for employers to understand and adopt work-and-learn programs, including modernized internships, apprenticeships, and mentorships. Work-and-Learn in Action: Successful Strategies for Employers highlights 15 real-life models to help companies implement similar strategies that improve workforce recruitment, training, and advancement. Guidebook also underscores ways employers are increasingly involved in addressing skills gap. Read More

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NIST Project Grants to improve cybersecurity, reduce online theft.

November 24, 2015

NIST will award ~$3.7 million for 3 pilot projects that intend to make online transactions more secure and enhance privacy for healthcare, government services, transportation, and Internet of Things (IoT). Specifically, recipients of National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) grants will pilot solutions aimed at reducing tax refund theft (MorphoTrust USA), improving security of medical information (HealthIDx), and providing secure online data storage (Galois, Inc.). Read More

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Application Period Opens for EPA 2016 Safer Choice Partner Awards.

November 24, 2015

U.S. EPA will accept applications through January 29, 2016 for second annual Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards. To qualify for Safer Choice label, product must meet EPA's Safer Choice Standard of human and environmental health criteria. EPA will present at least one award in each of 5 categories: Product and Chemical Manufacturers, Purchasers and Distributors, Retailers, Supporters, and Innovators. Read More

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ATA Welcomes Questar Fueling as new Featured Product.

November 24, 2015

ATA welcomed Questar Fueling as its latest Featured Product provider. Nationally recognized for its CNG fueling experience, Questar Fueling is building CNG-fueling stations across USA to keep trucking fleets operating with clean-burning natural gas. Citing fuel's importance to trucking industry and thereby the U.S. economy, ATA President and CEO Bill Graves expressed excitement over having Questar Fueling on board as new Featured Product and noted how it serves many ATA Members each day.
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IPC Coordinates Congressman's Tour of Zentech Manufacturing.

November 24, 2015

Coordinated by IPC, Congressman Chris Van Hollen met with executives and employees of IPC-member company Zentech Manufacturing, Inc. at its manufacturing facility in Baltimore, MD. After lauding employees for their effect on Zentech Manufacturing's success, Van Hollen called manufacturing and engineering "critical pieces of Maryland’s economy" and stressed his focus on "expanding skilled jobs like the ones at Zentech and giving Marylanders the education and training they need to succeed." Read More

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SPI Report examines medical industry's plastic dependence.

November 24, 2015

In its "Plastics Market Watch: Healthcare & Medical Devices" report, SPI discusses advances in plastics that enabled said material to displace traditional medical devices made of other substances. Report uses healthcare's dependency on plastics and draws on multi-generational marketing expert Ken Gronbach's work to explain future market and its driving population. "The growth of the medical device market is almost synonymous with rising demand for plastics,” said SPI's William R. Carteaux. Read More

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NIST Research Facility offers vehicle-specific material testing.

November 23, 2015

Instrument located in NIST's Center for Automotive Lightweighting (NACL) captures temperature changes and more during stress and strain of metal forming. Specifically, this research center specializes in measuring how new materials are strained in response to stresses of forming operations that shape them into hoods, fenders, door panels, and other parts. Center-supplied information also guides design decisions that impact performance, durability, and crashworthiness of future vehicles. Read More

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NIST Confirms Microscope Technique as valid nano-measurement tool.

November 23, 2015

Experiments have confirmed that one technique, developed several years ago at NIST, can enable optical microscopes to measure 3D shape of objects at nanometer-scale resolution. Results could make said technique, Through-focus Scanning Optical Microscopy (TSOM), useful for QC regarding manufacture of such nanoscale devices as next-generation microchips. In 3D shapes, TSOM can detect variations of <1 nm size among objects <50 nm across. Read More

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NREL Opens Hydrogen Fueling Station on lab's campus.

November 23, 2015

NREL marked inaugural National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in October with new hydrogen fueling station, which can precool hydrogen and fuel vehicle in ~5 min, on the lab's Golden campus. NREL now intends to pave way for more hydrogen-powered cars to reach street. "We're NREL," said Keith Wipke, manager of NREL's Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies program. "We should be walking the talk and showing the vision of zero-carbon fuels and vehicles." Read More

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PTDA's 2Q2015 Report predicts slowing growth rate.

November 23, 2015

Developed in conjunction with ITR Economics, PTDA's quarterly Sales History & Outlook Report shows power transmission/motion control distributor sales moving counter cyclically to leading industrial indicators, with growth rate up 11.7% from one year ago. However, rate of growth is forecasted to slow in near term. PT/MC manufacturer sales shows slower growth in second quarter of 2015, with growth rate index down 10.6% from second quarter 2014. Read More

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NREL Study estimates economically viable U.S. renewable generation.

November 23, 2015

"Estimating Renewable Energy Economic Potential in the United States: Methodology and Initial Results" describes geospatial analysis method used to estimate economic potential of several renewable resources. Looking at potential at developable sites, study finds renewable generation economically viable in many parts of USA. At 2014 costs, technologies combine for 820 terawatt-hours of estimated economic potential beyond generation from renewable energy facilities already in operation. Read More

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PTDA Fundraising Record build distribution career awareness.

November 23, 2015

With final total of nearly $345,200, industry support for PTDA Foundation reached record heights in 2015. This was 13% higher than funds raised in 2014 and demonstrates increasing commitment from industry in reaching future industrial distribution workforce. According to PTDA's Brian Short, funds raised for this initiative help alleviate challenges of finding new employees to fill vacancies left by retirees as well as developing ways to transfer knowledge from them to incoming talent. Read More

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Tooling U-SME, Automation Alley seek to reduce skills gap in MI.

November 20, 2015

Tooling U-SME allied with technology business association Automation Alley to provide 1,000 member companies in Southeast Michigan with access to industry leading training resources intended to help decrease region's manufacturing skills gap. Training administered by Tooling U-SME will be available to Automation Alley members, and resources are available to build competencies in several areas. Automation Alley's Alex Violassi proclaimed, "We want to face this skills shortage head-on." Read More

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NIST Research measures stress in new materials.

November 20, 2015

Utilizing special X-ray machine at Argonne National Laboratory, team of scientists has taken a major step toward measuring stress in cutting-edge materials. Their work provides the first method for measuring all varied pushing, pulling, and twisting at tiny scales within a solid object. Approach has allowed them to measure "tensor," or full set of stresses, in cubic sections just 250 nm per side—the level of resolution scientists need to predict material’s performance. Read More

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NIST exhibits at AISES National Conference 2015.

November 20, 2015

Scheduled for Nov 20, 2015, AISES National Conference will convene high school juniors and seniors, college and graduate students, teachers, workforce professionals, corporate partners, and all members of the "AISES family." Among the many events and activities are more than 50 learning sessions organized into tracks targeting the interests of participants, the largest career fair in Indian Country, networking opportunities, student presentations, and sharing of traditional Native culture. Read More

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NEMA Position Paper addresses light source color rendition.

November 20, 2015

Illuminating Engineering Society recently published TM-30-15 IES Method for Evaluating Light Source Color Rendition. NEMA has responded to document with NEMA LSCR-PP 1-2015 Light Source Color Rendition. Position paper addresses aspects of color quality and recommends thorough vetting process. It also cautions about the inclusion of fidelity metrics in regulations that would limit customer options. Read More

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NPE2015 sets records for number of exhibitors.

November 20, 2015

According to final data, NPE2015 attracted 2,029 exhibitors over 1,128,200 net sq-ft of exhibit space, exceeding previous records of 2,009 exhibitors and 1,041,000 net sq-ft set in 2000. Registered attendance for NPE2015 was 65,810—19% greater than 3 years ago. Registrants came from 23,396 unique companies—22% more than the 19,198 companies at NPE2012—representing a substantial increase in buying potential. Nearly 44% of exhibiting companies and 26% of registrants came from outside the U.S. Read More