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MCAA Offers NRTL Suggestions at OSHA Stakeholder Meeting.

December 19, 2014

On October 22, 2014, MCAA representatives, along with ~100 attendees from 50 organizations, attended OSHA Stakeholder Meeting to discuss questions and options regarding OSHA's Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) program. Presenters from 10 organizations gave their reactions to OSHA proposals and interacted with attendees on ways to improve said program. Repeatedly, MCAA’s comments stressed safety and how current system sometimes pushes customers to make less safe choices. Read More

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HI announces variable speed drive webinar series.

December 19, 2014

On January 22, 2015, Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter will conduct opening session of 3-part webinar series on Variable Speed Drives. In addition to explaining how VSDs can be used to accommodate duty cycles with variable flow and head, as well as which applications to avoid, series will discuss energy optimization, life cycle reduction, single-phase to three-phase power conversion, and inrush current reduction. Sessions 2 and 3 will take place Jan 27 and Jan 29. Read More

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SME Foundation supports Focus: HOPE's STEM Bridge Program.

December 19, 2014

In recognition of Focus HOPE's STEM Bridge program, SME Education Foundation has committed $25,000 in funding. Through this and other initiatives, foundation provides K-12 students, college students, and students enrolled in technical training programs with scholarships and access to additional manufacturing educational resources. In last decade, foundation has provided Focus: HOPE with nearly $100,000 in scholarships, specifically for students enrolled in Machining Training Institute. Read More

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Aerospace Manufacturers warm to southern states.

December 19, 2014

Aerospace manufacturers have an established presence across the South, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon, and are partnering with SME to produce AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition, with Composites Manufacturing, which relocates to Dallas on April 20–23 in 2015. According to recent report by Pew Charitable Trusts, aerospace companies are attracted by region's low costs, generous state incentive packages, and right-to-work laws. Read More

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Michael Carano appointed IPC Ambassador Council chair.

December 19, 2014

Michael Carano, director of new products and business development with OM Group Electronic Chemicals, LLC, has been appointed IPC Ambassador Council chairman. Council is comprised of members of the IPC Hall of Fame, who use their knowledge, experience, and insights to provide advice and guidance to IPC and its programs to further advance the electronics industry. Carano, who currently serves on IPC's Board of Directors, succeeds the late Dieter Bergman. Read More

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ASTM Standard describes properties of metal powders.

December 19, 2014

ASTM F3049, Guide for Characterizing Properties of Metal Powders Used for Additive Manufacturing Processes, will benefit makers and users of metal powders. According to ASTM member John A. Slotwinski, this standard will help "point readers to existing metal powder standards that may be appropriate for additive manufacturing powders. Included guidance will aid those who want to measure properties of AM powders but may be unaware of what standard methods exist. Read More

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Standard covers fatigue testing of medical device fine wire.

December 19, 2014

Solid, round, fine wire is often used in devices such as catheter guide wires, stents, and containment vessels. ASTM E2948, Test Method for Conducting Rotating Bending Fatigue Tests of Solid Round Fine Wire, will be used to determine fatigue life characteristics of such wire in order to assess reliability. Test method describes procedure for performance of rotating beam fatigue tests of small diameter wire at specified life in fatigue regime where strains are predominantly and nominally elastic. Read More

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AMT to host Automation in Manufacturing Conference.

December 18, 2014

After successful first year, AMT will host second annual Automation in Manufacturing Conference on June 4, 2015, and has issued call for speakers. This year's theme will be "Building Our Manufacturing Future with Automation." One-day event will consist of presentations by major industry users of automation, as well as builders/integrators. Conference will also include panelist discussions, forecasts on role of automation, renowned keynote speaker, and valuable opportunities for networking. Read More

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Executives Discuss Fast Innovation in International CES keynote.

December 18, 2014

At 2015 International CES® (January 6–9 Las Vegas, NV), several executives – Bosch's Werner Struth, Cisco's John Chambers, and Comcast's Neil Smit – will participate in "Fast Innovation: Disrupt or be Disrupted" keynote panel. This January 7 session will be moderated by David Kirkpatrick and feature discussion on evolution of connections between people, data, business, and innovation as enabled by Internet of Everything and connected society. Read More

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SME Announces Its Officers and Directors for 2015.

December 18, 2014

SME announced its 2015 officers and directors, who will comprise its Board of Directors. In addition to new and returning officers and directors, SME will welcome 2015 President Wayne F. Frost, CMfgE. New/returning officers include President-Elect Dean L. Bartles, PhD; Vice President Sandra L. Bouckley; Treasurer Thomas R. Kurfess, PhD; and Secretary Mark L. Michalski. There were also 9 directors named. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016–17 SME Board of Directors. Read More

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BIO Says EPA Must Improve Renewable Fuel Standard administration.

December 18, 2014

According to BIO, EPA delays in administering Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) generate uncertainty for advanced biofuel industry and undercut investment. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood cited EPA's failure to issue final 2014 RFS rule and other administrative delays as misconstrued as indicative of broken program but reassured that that same program has worked to spur innovation and growth in biofuels space and subsequently reduce U.S. GHG emissions and reliance on foreign oil. Read More

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IPC Issues Comments on EPS's unofficial 2014 DSW Rule.

December 18, 2014

After U.S. EPA's unofficial release of its final version of 2011 proposed revisions to Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule, IPC claimed final rule fails to provide adequate regulatory relief for manufacturers wishing to recycle secondary materials. IPC's Fern Abrams said IPC was "disappointed" over insufficient secondary materials recycling promotion incentives and also cited lingering "onerous and unnecessary" requirements. Since 2007, IPC advocated for DSW rule. Read More

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Standard covers direct flame impingement of exterior vents.

December 18, 2014

While California code notes that attic vents should resist intrusion of embers and flames, there has not been a standard to evaluate such intrusion. ASTM E2886/E2886M, Test Method for Evaluating the Ability of Exterior Vents to Resist the Entry of Embers and Direct Flame Impingement, fills this need. Primary users will be vent manufacturers and building code officials in areas where performance criteria have been established for ventilation products used in wildfire-prone areas. Read More

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ASTM Subcommittee is developing parasailing standard.

December 18, 2014

ASTM subcommittee F24.65, part of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, is working on proposed standard WK46657, Practices for Parasailing, which will provide best practices for owners and operators of parasailing operations. Specifically, this standard covers weather, equipment, operations, crew, and patron responsibility. Interested parties, particularly parasailing owner/operators, are encouraged to join in development of WK46657. Read More

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EPA Rule promotes responsible hazardous materials recycling.

December 17, 2014

EPA conducted rigorous environmental justice analysis of 2008 Definition of Solid Waste rule that examined location of recycling facilities and their proximity and potential impact to adjacent residents. New finalized safeguards promote responsible recycling of hazardous secondary materials and demonstrate significant step forward in promoting recycling innovation, resulting in resource conservation and economic benefits, while strengthening protections for environmental justice communities. Read More

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AAMA updates lamination of composite materials specification.

December 17, 2014

AAMA has updated AAMA 312, Voluntary Specification for the Lamination of Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials Intended for Use on AAMA Certified Profiles. Document provides common test methods for determining acceptable level of adhesion after exposure to cyclic weatherability conditions, both interior and exterior applications. It also includes protocol for certification to formaldehyde emissions, additional details to accelerated exposure options, and updates regarding chemical resistance. Read More

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PREP Act Declaration will advance Ebola vaccine development.

December 17, 2014

BIO applauds declaration by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act which will help advance development and availability of experimental Ebola vaccines. Declaration provides immunity under U.S. law against legal claims related to manufacturing, testing, development, distribution, and administration of three experimental Ebola vaccines. Read More

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EPA takes action to protect consumers from harmful chemicals.

December 17, 2014

EPA is taking action to protect the public from 7 ethylene glycol ethers or glymes chemicals that can cause health effects including birth defects and blood toxicity. Significant New Use Rule will allow EPA to review any proposed new uses of these chemicals to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. EPA believes that new uses of these chemicals should not be allowed without an opportunity for review and, if necessary, place restrictions on these chemicals, as warranted. Read More

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SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media announces new director.

December 17, 2014

SME announced that David O'Neil has been named director of Advanced Manufacturing Media, effective Dec 15. In this role, O'Neil will be responsible for driving performance and development of SME's print and digital media products, brands, and platforms. O’Neil most recently served as senior vice president with Insurance-Forums, where he managed content, marketing, product development, and sales for the largest online community of insurance professionals. Read More

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FAA grants commercial UAS exemptions.

December 17, 2014

FAA granted regulatory exemptions to 4 companies that want to fly unmanned aircraft systems to perform aerial surveying, construction site monitoring, and oil rig flare stack inspections. Commercial entities that received exemptions are Trimble Navigation Limited; VDOS Global, LLC; Clayco, Inc.; and Woolpert, Inc. Secretary Foxx found that UAS in proposed operations do not need FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness because they do not pose threat to national airspace users or national security. Read More