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AeroDef Manufacturing 2015 explores flexible manufacturing.

November 5, 2014

During 2015 AeroDef Manufacturing Conference + Exposition, Michael Maher of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will deliver keynote speech on the potential of flexible manufacturing for aerospace. Concept of flexible manufacturing is gaining interest among aerospace manufacturers who are seeking ways to maximize capacity when demand is low, as it is now in the defense sector, and drive down production costs when demand is high, as it is now in the commercial sector. Read More

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North American PCB Orders strengthened in September.

November 5, 2014

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, sales remained sluggish in September while orders strengthened. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 2.8% in Sept 2014 from Sept 2013, reducing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.2%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were up 10.1%. PCB bookings increased by 10.6% compared to Sept 2013, improving year-to-date order growth rate to -4.2%. Order growth jumped 17.0% in Sept compared to previous month. Read More

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Audi's Rupert Stadler will keynote 2015 International CES Asia.

November 5, 2014

At 5 pm on May 24, Rupert Stadler, chairman of board of management at AUDI AG, will provide preshow keynote address at 2015 International CES Asia™. Event takes place May 25–27 in Shanghai, China and will feature global businesses showcasing latest products and technologies entering Asian marketplace. CEA® President and CEO Gary Shapiro called Rupert Stadler, "the perfect leader to kick off this dynamic event." CES Asia will span 8,500 net square meters of exhibit space. Read More

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EPA Provides NODA pertaining to Clean Power Plan.

November 5, 2014

As part of its outreach since Clean Power Plan, EPA is making additional information and ideas available for public comment. This notice of data availability (NODA) seeks to ensure interested parties are aware of issues/ideas raised by stakeholders so everyone can consider them as they formulate their comments, which are due December 1, 2014. Separately, EPA is proposing goals to reduce carbon pollution in areas of Indian Country and U.S. Territories where fossil-fuel power plants are located. Read More

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FAA issues final rule updating aircraft icing standards.

November 4, 2014

According to FAA's updated standards, U.S. manufacturers must show that transport airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain, conditions that constitute icing environment known as "supercooled large drops". FAA is also mandating changes to icing certification requirements for engines, engine installations, and some airplane systems on all transport airplanes. These systems must be able to perform in freezing rain, freezing drizzle, mixed phase, and ice crystal conditions. Read More

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Informational Tool updates transportation revenue options.

November 4, 2014

While public officials continue to discuss ways to fund new surface transportation authorization, AASHTO has updated its matrix of revenue generating options with easy-to-understand graphics. Bubble display and bar chart allow viewers to see how much revenue, or how little, some measures might provide based on illustrative rates provided. This will enable legislators to analyze funding options appropriate to achieving desired levels of surface transportation investment. Read More

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Gas Asia Summit is critical to meeting industry challenges.

November 4, 2014

As sponsor to Gas Asia Summit in Singapore, CSA Group congratulates participants on their commitment towards resolving global and regional challenges facing industry, regulators, and governments seeking to harness natural gas as sustainable, efficient, and clean energy source. CSA Group will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure development of new standards, testing, and certification processes that lead towards sustainable production, distribution, and consumption of natural gas products. Read More

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EPA Administrator announces 2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors.

November 4, 2014

During National Congress of American Indians’ annual convention, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced 2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors, tribal college and university professors who work in partnership with EPA scientists to improve environmental conditions and public health in tribal communities. Recipients include: Fond Du Lac College, Cloquet, MN; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA; and Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT. Read More

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EPA Makes BMW Lower Fuel Economy Labels for Mini Cooper vehicles.

November 4, 2014

To ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values, U.S. EPA is revising estimates for four 2014 BMW Mini Cooper vehicles. Fuel economy audit performed by EPA on BMW Mini Cooper obtained values different from those submitted by BMW. With EPA oversight, BMW conducted new emissions and fuel economy testing, and EPA conducted its own testing. EPA is requiring BMW to re-label four of its 2014 Mini Cooper models with lower fuel economy values. Read More

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Experts Discuss Bottom Termination Components during conference.

November 3, 2014

Jointly announced by IPC and SMTA, High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference will take place November 18–20, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL. Sessions will include “Bottom Termination Components,” “Design Rules that Reduce Flux Pooling under Component Terminations,” “The Risk of No-Clean Flux not Fully Reacted under Component Terminations,” and “Minimum electrical spacing for no-clean flux residue vs cleaned boards (voltage leakage or electro-chemical migration).” Read More

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EPA Fellowship Grants support upcoming environmental scientists.

November 3, 2014

As announced by U.S. EPA, 105 graduate students across USA will receive $8.6 million in Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship grants to conduct research on topics ranging from climate change and public health to water quality and sustainability that will have cross-cutting impacts in environmental science. Each STAR fellow will receive max funding of $42,000 for one year for master’s students and up to 2 years for doctoral students. Read More

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EPA invites communities to apply for technical assistance.

November 3, 2014

Through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program, EPA is offering technical assistance to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities, and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies. Program aims to increase resilience to natural disasters and strengthen the economy while protecting human health and the environment. EPA will select up to 25 communities through a competitive process. Read More

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ELFA establishes Equipment Finance Hall of Fame.

October 31, 2014

ELFA has established Equipment Finance Hall of Fame to annually recognize individuals who have made unique, significant, or lasting contributions to equipment finance industry throughout their careers. ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, announced the new program and inaugural class of 10 inductees: Abe Bernstein, Spencer Wiscomb Clawson, Michael J. Fleming, John H. Giddens, Adolf Sonny Monosson, Peter K. Nevitt, Ken N. Pontikes, James H. Possehl, Bob Stubbs, and Thomas C. Wajnert. Read More

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Top 10 Transportation Projects are competing for national awards.

October 31, 2014

AASHTO, AAA, and US Chamber of Commerce announced top 10 projects for America's Transportation Awards competition. This year, a record 36 states and the District of Columbia entered 73 projects that were judged in 3 categories: Under Budget, Best Use of Innovation, and a new category, Quality of Life/Community Development. Nation will decide through online voting which project will receive People's Choice Award and panel of experts will select Grand Prize winner. Read More

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FABTECH 2014 Industry Night takes place at Football Hall of Fame.

October 31, 2014

FABTECH (November 11–13, 2014) will host FABTECH Industry Night on November 12 at College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA. Industry Night provides attendees with networking opportunities beyond exhibit hall floor as well as opportunity to see 4-time Super Bowl champion, Vietnam War veteran, and keynote speaker Rocky Bleier. On November 12 at 8:30 am, Bleier will speak about parallels between his challenges and those faced by manufacturers in today's competitive marketplace. Read More

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NEMA and Orgalime announce joint position paper.

October 31, 2014

NEMA and Orgalime announced agreement on joint statement of recommendations to US and EU as they seek to negotiate free trade agreement known as Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. NEMA and Orgalime assert that differences in regulatory approaches drive companies to expend additional resources to demonstrate compliance. They call on TTIP agreement to include transparent processes and sensible mechanisms to achieve regulatory coherence at both bilateral and international levels. Read More

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Copper proves to be the superior piping system.

October 31, 2014

When it came time to install plumbing and mechanical system at Nemours/A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital in Delaware, shape of new building created unforeseen challenges. Semi-circular design required large-diameter piping that was lightweight, malleable, and easy to work with. Black steel pipe, originally specified for project, did not meet the criteria. On advice of CDA, hospital opted to go with copper piping for hot and cold water service, HVAC systems, and medical gas distribution. Read More

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EPA Proposes Removal of 72 Chemicals from pesticide products.

October 31, 2014

U.S. EPA requests public comment on proposed removal of 72 chemicals from list of substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products. According to EPA's Jim Jones, "This is the first major step in our strategy to reduce risks from pesticides containing potentially hazardous inert ingredients." EPA is taking this action in response to petitions by several parties, and comments are due November 21, 2014. Read More

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Voluntary Star-Rating Program helps reduce pesticide drift.

October 31, 2014

EPA's voluntary Drift Reduction Technology program encourages use of verified, safer pesticide spray products to reduce exposure and pesticide movement while saving farmers money in pesticide loss. Program encourages manufacturers to test their technologies (such as nozzles and spray shields) for drift reduction potential. DRT ratings represented by 1, 2, 3, or 4 stars are awarded for technologies that demonstrate at least 25% reduction in potential spray drift compared to standard. Read More

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NAM addresses how to build talent pipeline.

October 30, 2014

NAM's Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce presented action plan to improve workforce preparedness and capabilities to NAM Board of Directors' Doug Oberhelman. Task force created toolkit and guide to help manufacturing leaders collaborate in local communities to determine key competencies needed for new hires to succeed in advanced manufacturing operations, develop plan for local workforce training providers to deliver training, and grow pipeline to ensure supply of future skilled talent. Read More