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NEMA publishes adjustable-speed drive standard.

October 6, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA ICS 7-2014 Adjustable-Speed Drives. Standard provides practical information concerning ratings, construction, test, performance, and manufacture of industrial control equipment—adjustable speed drives. Standard may be downloaded for free or purchased in hardcopy on NEMA website. Read More

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IPC Awards Hunter Technology with QML regarding 2 standards.

October 6, 2014

IPC's Validation Services Program awarded IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Hunter Technology Corporation. Its facility successfully completed audit based on 2 IPC standards: Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies (IPC J-STD-001) and Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies (IPC-A-610). Hunter Technology met or exceeded requirements for electronics industry's most rigorous classification, Class 3. Read More

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ADS-B Infrastructure is on time, on budget, on the job.

October 6, 2014

According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, Department of Transportation Inspector General's report on issues surrounding Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast system fails to state the obvious, that the infrastructure necessary to implement ADS-B is on time, on budget, and on the job. It is imperative that to improve air transportation system and to enhance safety for future generations, aviation industry, operators, and government must do their part to make NextGen a success. Read More

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Huerta calls for review of FAA contingency plans.

October 6, 2014

FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta announced that the agency is conducting a 30-day review of contingency plans and security protocols for its major facilities, after a criminal action by a contractor knocked out communications equipment at an FAA high-altitude air traffic facility in Aurora, IL. Huerta made the announcement in a speech at an Air Traffic Control Association conference in Maryland. Read More

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NREL's Software Tool can help increase wind farm efficiency.

October 6, 2014

NREL's Simulator for Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) can calculate how undulating ground, whipping blades, surface temperatures, and other variables alter air flow and energy production at wind farms. In turn, this lets developers improve performance for entire wind farm. Solution simulates range of scales, from regional weather patterns down to space between turbines and even movement of electrons, to provide complete picture of active plant and collective effects. Read More

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Election Resource Center helps manufacturers raise their voice.

October 6, 2014

Developed by North American Die Casting Association (NADCA), 2014 Election Resource Center aims to help members and their employees become involved this campaign season. The next Congress, which comes to power in January 2015, will decide future of tax provisions such as R&D Tax Credit and Bonus Depreciation, decide future of EPA greenhouse gas (GHG) standards, and overhaul NLRB. Given such stakes, manufacturers are urged to make their voices heard on Election Day. Read More

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SBANE-Hosted Event will focus on improving RI's business climate.

October 6, 2014

Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) will host Rhode Island Breakfast Series program – Three To-Do's to Improve RI's Business Climate – on October 8, 2014 with Dan McKee (D), Candidate for Lieutenant Governor. McKee will share his insight on strategies/practices RI businesses can implement to increase RI's business climate. He will also discuss results of Rhode Island’s Thumbtack survey and how state officials interpret its information. Read More

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IPC honors volunteers for their contributions.

October 6, 2014

During IPC's Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings, IPC presented Committee Leadership, Special Recognition, and Distinguished Committee Service Awards. These awards were presented to individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their time and expertise in the development of electronics manufacturing standards. Read More

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EPA Honors Manufacturers with Award for CHP system efficiencies.

October 6, 2014

U.S. EPA recognized 3 industrial facilities – Eastman Chemical, Janssen R&D, and Merck – with ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award in recognition of their highly efficient CHP systems. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said these companies are "leading by example" and noted that their resulting carbon pollution reduction equates to generation of electricity used by 63,000+ homes. CHP systems used by winners achieve operating efficiencies from 62%–78%. Read More

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PCB Industry Summer Slowdown continued in August.

October 3, 2014

According to August findings from its monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, sales and orders were weaker year over year, but book-to-bill ratio edged up to just above parity at 1.01. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 3.6% in August 2014 from August 2013, reducing year-to-date shipment growth to -0.9%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were up 4.9%. PCB bookings decreased by 4.5% compared to August 2013, putting year-to-date order growth rate at -5.9%. Read More

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AIA congratulates Bob Hoover on Wright Brothers Trophy Award.

October 3, 2014

Robert L. “Bob” Hoover was selected to receive 2014 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to a living American for "significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States." Hoover served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, flying 58 successful missions before being shot down and captured by Germany. He later escaped from Stalag Luft 1 and returned to Allied lines. His civilian career as an air show pilot lasted more than 50 years. Read More

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FAA Updates Statement on Chicago air traffic facility.

October 3, 2014

FAA technicians continue to work around-the-clock to restore telecommunications services at Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, IL. While some new communications equipment has been installed, workers also have to lay as much as 10 miles of new cable and restore service to hundreds of electrical circuits and switches at said facility. Cleaning crews have finished restoration work on most undamaged equipment and are continuing to clean the smoke-contaminated ventilation system. Read More

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ELFA releases August's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

October 3, 2014

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for August was $7.2 billion, up 13% from new business volume in August 2013. Month over month, new business volume was down 9% from July. Year to date, cumulative new business volume increased 6% compared to 2013. Receivables over 30 days increased from previous month to 1.3%, and were up from 1% in the same period in 2013. Charge-offs were unchanged for fifth consecutive month at an all-time low of 0.2%. Read More

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FABTECH 2014 to host keynotes by Walmart, Google executives.

October 3, 2014

In addition to keynote presentations by executives from Google Enterprise and Walmart, FABTECH 2014 will feature Veterans Day panel on how veterans can help bridge skills gap, predictions for coming year from manufacturing executives, and motivational speech by U.S. veteran and football star Rocky Bleier. Event will be held in Atlanta, GA from November 11–13, 2014 and is expected to bring together 27,000 attendees and 1,400+ exhibiting companies. Read More

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FAA's Motion Picture UAS Decision is a good first step.

October 3, 2014

AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey made statement regarding FAA's decision to permit limited use of unmanned aircraft systems to produce motion pictures. By permitting use of UAS in film production, FAA has taken first of several necessary steps towards integration of UAS into civil airspace while encouraging continued research and development of UAS technologies. Decision acknowledges long history of safe operations in both civil and military applications of remotely piloted aircraft. Read More

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IPC and SMTA to jointly host conference.

October 2, 2014

IPC and SMTA announce the High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference, scheduled for Nov 18–20, 2014. Conference focuses on best practices and new innovative technologies for meeting today’s manufacturing challenges and producing reliable hardware. Sessions will cover topics such as: research and methods for mitigating field failures; ultra-thin coatings used to protect circuit assemblies in harsh environments; and design rules for placing and cleaning under bottom terminations. Read More

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Standards will reduce mercury discharges from dental offices.

October 2, 2014

EPA proposed standards under Clean Water Act to cut discharge of dental amalgam to the environment. Studies show about half the mercury that enters Publicly Owned Treatment Works comes from dental offices. Mercury can then make its way into environment in a number of ways, including discharge to water bodies. Proposed rule would require all affected dentists to cut dental amalgam discharges to level achievable through use of best available technology and other Best Management Practices. Read More

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BIO's New Award honors women in industrial biotechnology.

October 2, 2014

BIO Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology will be presented to one outstanding woman in industrial biotechnology sector who has made significant contributions towards advancing biobased economy and biotech innovation. Inaugural award will be presented at Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotech & Bioenergy, which will take place December 7–9, 2014 in San Diego, CA. Nominations can be made through October 16, 2014. Read More

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EPA releases Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan.

October 2, 2014

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan that lays out steps that federal agencies will take during next 5 years to protect water quality and restore the largest surface fresh water system in the world. There will be a major focus on preventing and controlling invasive species, reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful and nuisance algal blooms, and restoring habitat to protect native species. Read More

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SPE appoints Russell C. Broome as Managing Director.

October 2, 2014

Russell Broome began his career as a plastics engineer focused on product design, manufacturing, and project management. This led to roles in sales and marketing, as well as global business development. Most recently he worked as an engineer in a purchasing function focused on strategic sourcing for plastics at TE Connectivity. Broome is a long-term and honored service member of SPE with 20 years of volunteer leadership, ultimately serving as President of the Society in 2011–2012. Read More