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EPA proposes to replace and reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

July 16, 2014

EPA is proposing to prohibit use of certain chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change where safer, more climate-friendly alternatives exist. Proposed action would change status of certain high-global warming potential HFCs that were previously listed as acceptable under SNAP Program to be unacceptable in specific end-uses. It is estimated to reduce greenhouse gases by up to 42 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2020. Read More

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SME celebrates 30 rising stars of manufacturing.

July 16, 2014

SME’s Manufacturing Engineering Media has announced its second annual "30 Under 30" listing of the brightest young stars in manufacturing and the critical STEM fields that support the industry. Summary of honorees is included in July issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, which is dedicated to workforce development challenges facing advanced manufacturing industry. Special 30 Under 30 issue is supported by a sponsorship from Sandvik Coromant based in Fair Lawn, NJ. Read More

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SME and ITA Partner to produce ninth edition of digital magazine.

July 16, 2014

Produced via partnership between SME's Manufacturing Engineering Media and Italian Trade Agency (ITA), Machines Italia: Volume IX features articles on how advanced manufacturing's effects on future industry as well as how Italian manufacturers are improving industrial processes in making items once imported but now locally manufactured. Also, articles highlight how Italian machinery firms enable North American businesses to be more cost effective. Read More

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IPC On-Shoring Implications Report focuses on North America.

July 16, 2014

Report in IPC's series of on-shoring studies, On-Shoring in the North American Electronics Industry: Update on Trends and the Impact on Companies, has been published by IPC. Presenting data collected by IPC over past 2 years, this particular report highlights North American electronics industry trends in on-shoring and domestic sourcing. Report also includes new data on business impact from companies that have engaged in some form of on-shoring. Read More

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FAA Receives Unleaded Fuels Proposals in support of PAFI.

July 16, 2014

FAA received 10 replacement fuel proposals from producers Afton Chemical Company, Avgas LLC, Shell, and Swift Fuels as well as consortium of BP, TOTAL, and Hjelmco for further evaluation in Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI), which aims to help general aviation industry transition to unleaded aviation gasoline. FAA will assess viability of candidate fuels to determine for participation in first phase of laboratory testing at William J. Hughes Technical Center. Read More

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ASABE to Adopt Revised ISO Standards that address Power Take-Off.

July 16, 2014

Advancing harmonization of national and international standards, ASABE initiated 2 projects to nationally adopt 2 recently revised international standards: ISO 500-1:2014, Agricultural tractors -- Rear-mounted PTO types 1, 2, 3 and 4 -- Part 1: General specifications, safety requirements, dimensions for master shield and clearance zone, and ISO 500-3:2014, Agricultural tractors -- Rear-mounted PTO types 1, 2, 3 and 4 -- Part 3: Main PTO dimensions and spline dimensions, location of PTO. Read More

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Brazil Uses EPRI Training Simulator during 2014 World Cup.

July 16, 2014

Operador Nacional do Sistema Elétrico (ONS), national operator of Brazilian electric system, uses EPRI's Operator Training Simulator (OTS) to ensure operators are prepared to respond to situations that might disrupt power to World Cup venues as well as broader Brazilian population. ONS has deployed the Operator Training Simulator at its national control center and 4 regional control centers. Several transmission control centers across country also have accessed OTS remotely. Read More

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NEMA QER Recommendations aim to improve electrical grid.

July 16, 2014

NEMA submitted 14 recommendations for consideration as part of Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) to improve grid reliability, efficiency, and security to meet America’s current and future energy needs. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis called these suggestions "the product of deliberations by some of the nation’s leading electrical manufacturers and innovators" and noted that solutions and technologies are available "today to achieve a reliable, efficient, and secure electric grid."
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ASABE revises adoption of ISO 80 mm Ball Hitch Standard.

July 16, 2014

ANSI/ASABE AD24347:2005, Agricultural vehicles — Mechanical connections between towed and towing vehicles — Dimensions of ball-type coupling device, 80 mm, replaces the previous adoption, which was without deviations, with a document that is similar but has specific technical deviations in the reference section of the ISO document. Users of ANSI/ASABE AD24347:2005 are to deviate from ISO 24347 by replacing referenced ISO standards with equivalent ASABE national adoptions as referenced. Read More

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EPA to hold fifth annual Energy Star Battle of the Buildings.

July 16, 2014

During 2014 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge, more than 5,500 buildings nationwide are going head-to-head to reduce their energy use. In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for businesses to cut in half the amount of energy they waste over the next 20 years, competition specifically targets wasted energy in commercial buildings, and will motivate businesses to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution, and save money. Read More

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Agricultural Drawbar Jacks Standard has been adopted by ASABE.

July 15, 2014

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announced adoption of ASABE/ISO 12140:2013, Agricultural machinery — Agricultural trailers and trailed equipment — Drawbar jacks, as well as withdrawal of corresponding standard ASAE S485.3, Implement Mounted, Screw-Type Jacks, on which the ISO 12140:2013 is based. These actions promote harmonization of national and international standards, facilitating manufacturing, safety advancements, and product marketing worldwide. Read More

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Pharma EXPO serves global medical device industry.

July 15, 2014

Taking November 2–5 in Chicago, IL (co-located with PACK EXPO International), Pharma EXPO 2014 will provide solutions medical device manufacturers can use to enhance efficiency, speed, and time to market as well as ensure regulatory compliance. Event is expected to draw 2,000+ exhibitors and 50,000+ attendees. Pharma EXPO will also serve as destination for educational programming and idea exchange between pharmaceutical and other manufacturing industries. Read More

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Registration Opens for CES Unveiled Paris.

July 15, 2014

Programming and registration for second annual CES Unveiled Paris have been announced by Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. Scheduled for October 22, 2014 in Paris, France, event will feature press conference on CES with announcements from CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro, consumer technology trends presentation debuting regional and global research from CEA’s Dr. Shawn DuBravac, and panel discussion on disruptive innovation. Tabletop networking exhibition will also take place. Read More

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EPA Tool helps communities become more flood resilient.

July 11, 2014

Designed to help communities prepare for, deal with, and recover from floods, EPA's Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens to manage stormwater. Checklist is part of a new report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities. Read More

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ATA unveils National Truck Driver Appreciation Week logo.

July 10, 2014

ATA unveiled the 2014 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week logo and announced it has opened a new online store for NTDAW merchandise. NTDAW merchandise incorporates the logo from the new Trucking Moves America Forward image movement. NTDAW celebration banner and tumbler are also being offered through ShareLink™, a program that highlights the power of collaborative buying. The more celebration banners and tumblers purchased, the lower the price is for all participating. Read More

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SPE Starts Recruitment Process for new managing director.

July 10, 2014

SPE posted position of managing director with Gros Executive Recruiters. Position will combine tasks of current commercial director and current managing director, and be based at SPE headquarters office. SPE international CEO Willem De Vos said whoever fills managing director position "will play a key role in SPE’s strategy of reaching out more effectively to a vast North American audience of young industry people who stand to benefit from what our organization has to offer."
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RayVal Technologies recognized as an IPC-trusted source.

July 9, 2014

Under IPC’s Validation Services Program, RayVal Technologies Co. Ltd., an electronics manufacturing services company in Suzhou, China, successfully underwent an intensive audit based on two of electronics industry’s foremost manufacturing standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. Facility is now listed as an IPC-trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. Read More

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Single-Pixel Optical System may help see deep inside tissue.

July 9, 2014

Optical imaging methods are rapidly becoming essential tools in biomedical science because they’re noninvasive, cost-efficient, and pose no health risks since they don't use ionizing radiation. Team of researchers from Spain's Jaume I University and the University of València has developed single-pixel optical system based on compressive sensing that can overcome fundamental limitations imposed by light scattering. Work was published in The Optical Society’s open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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PMS Event will pair manufacturers with contract suppliers.

July 9, 2014

Manufacturers will meet with contract suppliers of metal stampings, fabrications, components, special tooling and dies, and assemblies at PMA's Sourcing Solutions™ event, which will take place September 17–18, 2014 in Nashville, TN. Companies that source will conduct in-person meetings with suppliers that have been pre-screened according to specific parameters to find best, most competitive resources for their projects. Also, 3 educational sessions will take place on September 17. Read More

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SME Education Foundation awards scholarships to 250 students.

July 9, 2014

Committed to supporting next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists, SME Education Foundation awarded scholarships to 250 students in the U.S. and Canada. SME Education Foundation Family Scholarships are awarded to relatives of SME members who are pursuing degrees in manufacturing engineering or closely related fields. Foundation also awarded Francis J. Sehn Director’s Scholarships to students who are full-time undergraduate students enrolled in manufacturing or related field. Read More