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Nominations open for 2016 STEP Ahead Awards.

September 10, 2015

Nominations for the 2016 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards are open. Recognizing manufacturing women who display leadership within their companies, awards honor top performers in manufacturing and further encourage women to mentor and support next generation of female talent. In 2016, Institute will honor 100 women and 30 Emerging Leaders, a category that honors women under 30 who have achieved unique accomplishments at start of their career. Read More

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ASHRAE assists future engineers through scholarships.

September 9, 2015

Via ASHRAE's scholarship program, 29 students are receiving $152,000 worth of financial assistance for the 2015-16 school year. In addition, ASHRAE announced creation of several new scholarships, which will be available for 2016-2017. They include: Gordon V.R. Holness Scholarship; ASHRAE Central New York Chapter King-Traugott Scholarship; James R. Bullock Jr. Scholarship; and Freshman Engineering Scholarship. Read More

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FAA dedicates runway pavement testing facility.

September 9, 2015

FAA dedicated its new National Airport Pavement & Materials Research Center at the William J. Hughes Technical Center at Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Center allows FAA engineers to use custom-designed vehicle simulator (Heavy Vehicle Simulator-Airfields) to test asphalt and other pavement materials at very high tire pressures and temperatures. FAA will also be able to research environmentally friendly airport pavement materials such as warm-mix and recycled asphalt pavements. Read More

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FAA releases B4UFLY app for beta testing by UAS users.

September 9, 2015

FAA released beta version of B4UFLY smartphone application for testing by up to 1,000 unmanned aircraft users. Aimed primarily at model aircraft enthusiasts, app gives users information about restrictions or requirements in effect at their current or planned flight location. Status indicator function considers airspace, proximity to airports, temporary flight restrictions, and current law. FAA expects beta test will yield valuable data on how well B4UFLY functions and uncover any software bugs. Read More

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BIO says Kyle Bass continues abuse of patent challenge system.

September 9, 2015

According to statement by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, billionaire hedge fund manager Kyle Bass continues to attack biotechnology companies with endless Inter Parte Review challenges to legitimate patents. Four new IPR filings against Acorda Therapeutics are particularly egregious, coming on the heels of Bass’ prior failed attempt to attack 2 of those same patents covering multiple sclerosis drug Ampyra. BIO again calls on PTO and Congress to quickly take action to stop this abuse. Read More

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Center for Trends and Technology explores smart manufacturing.

September 9, 2015

During PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Pharma EXPO 2015, smart manufacturing and its implications for today’s production environment will be the focal point of The Center for Trends and Technology (Booth C-4829), sponsored by Rockwell Automation® and its PartnerNetwork™ program. Booth uses educational sessions, ask-the-expert kiosks, and informational displays to present technologies for serialization, machinery safety, mobility, cloud computing, networking security, and line integration/optimization. Read More

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IAQ Guideline urges use of high efficiency filters.

September 8, 2015

With recent research showing that ultrafine particles are more hazardous to human health than originally thought, higher-efficiency filters should be used, according to ASHRAE's Guideline 24-2015, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. MERV 10 rated filters and higher are preferred for removing smaller airborne allergens and particles below 2.5 microns, which may be one of the most significant indoor airborne contaminants in terms of chronic health impact. Read More

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ASHRAE Proposes Standard for building energy rating systems.

September 8, 2015

ASHRAE Standard 214P, Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program, is intended to standardize building energy rating programs. To achieve this goal, this standard sets forth required minimum content of any labels associated with rating programs and establishes minimum requirements for rating program documentation and other essential components in rating programs. Proposed standard is open for public comment until September 28, 2015. Read More

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Revathi Advaithi joins NEMA Board of Governors.

September 8, 2015

During its July meeting, NEMA elected Revathi Advaithi to its Board of Governors. Ms. Advaithi was recently appointed chief operating officer, Electrical Sector, Eaton. In her new role, she is responsible for the company’s $13.8 billion global electrical business. Prior to that she served as president of the Electrical Sector for the America’s Region. Ms. Advaithi has held various other business roles across Eaton in Europe, Asia, and North America. Read More

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ANSI/SES Webinar explores standards professionals' development.

September 8, 2015

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and SES: Society for Standards Professionals will jointly host "Developing Standards Professionals: Competencies, Training, and Mentors" on October 21, 2015 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm EDT. Focused on enhancing skills through training and mentoring, this webinar will feature leaders from standardization field sharing how mentorships and training boosted their careers and giving feedback on how their professions have evolved within industry. Read More

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Fly Safe Campaign aims to prevent Loss of Control accidents.

September 8, 2015

FAA and general aviation (GA) groups' national Fly Safe campaign aims to educate GA community on how to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. Topics covered include taking medication when flying, specifically impacts from prescription and over the counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals as well as who to consult and paying attention to dosage directions. Each month, faa.gov provides pilots with LOC solution developed by experts that have studied related data. Read More

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FAA to rise to the cloud.

September 8, 2015

FAA will soon be in the Cloud and benefitting from advanced computing solutions. Agency has announced that CSC Government Solutions will lead an overall integration effort that will also include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other leading Cloud providers. Through $108 million, 10-year contract, FAA will be able to take advantage of Cloud technologies such as Software As-A-Service, Platform As-A-Service, Infrastructure As-A-Service, and Colocation in highly secure environment. Read More

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Congressman Paul Ryan tours Creation Technologies in WI.

September 8, 2015

As part of IPC's "Meet the Policymakers” program, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI-1) met with executives and employees of IPC-member company Creation Technologies at its manufacturing facility in Oak Creek, WI. Ryan lauded Creation Technologies as "on the cutting edge of our economy" for their 21st century innovation and jobs promotion. Also, Ryan called for action in streamlining regulatory process in order to allow more manufacturers to "expand opportunity from the bottom up." Read More

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NASA and SME Collaborate to foster opportunity at WESTEC 2015.

September 8, 2015

WESTEC 2015 (September 15–17 in Los Angeles, CA) will host SME Technology Interchange, which will feature business leaders and technology experts from NASA as well as select technologies therefrom in order to share expertise, identify new resources, and forge partnerships. By showcasing technology and process innovation as well as connecting manufacturers with new solutions and expertise available from NASA, SME Technology Interchange aims to drive economic growth. Read More

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ASABE Completes Revision of power take off drive shaft standard.

September 8, 2015

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announced completion of ANSI/ASAE S331.6, Implement Power Take-off Drive Shaft Specifications. This standard establishes categories of universal-joint drive shafts with 2 subsets of telescoping members each: one heavy duty and one regular duty. In addition to updating normative references and terminology, this revision includes categories and test parameters for type-4 power take-offs. Read More

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Standards Support Global Market for wearable medical devices.

September 4, 2015

Support from standards is crucial as wearables – equipment that can capture patient vitals, tracking everything from blood pressure to pulse – impact healthcare industry. Several standards support evaluation of such devices, including IEEE 1708 regarding wearable cuffless blood pressure measuring devices and ANSI/ASA S3.462013 for measurement of acoustic output and acoustic gain of hearing aids. Other standards, including ISO 109935 and ISO 1099310, cover materials used to create such devices. Read More

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Bruce Andrews to deliver keynote at Annual Business Meeting.

September 4, 2015

ANSI announced that Bruce Andrews, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce, will deliver keynote address at this year’s ANSI Annual Business Meeting. Andrews was confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Commerce on July 24, 2014. He has also served as Chief of Staff to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce, a post he assumed in October 2011. His keynote speech will address how standards and conformance support the digital economy, which is in a constant state of growth. Read More

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FAA Releases Updated Guidance pertaining to model aircraft.

September 4, 2015

Published by FAA to replace previous 1981 guidance, Advisory Circular (AC) 91-57A reflects current laws governing hobby or recreational use of unmanned aircraft. Update details FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012's description of "model aircraft operation" and stresses model aircraft operators must comply with all Temporary Flight Restrictions, that they may not fly in any type of restricted airspace without prior authorization, and that they should be aware of Notices to Airmen. Read More

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NTSB to offer training on emergency communications.

September 4, 2015

NTSB is devoting 2 days at its Training Center to offer guidance to aviation public affairs professionals on how to most effectively manage emergency communications following major aircraft accident or incident. NTSB specialists will explain process by which investigation-related information is verified and released to news media and family members of those affected by accident. In addition, members of the national news media will discuss how they cover aviation accidents. Read More

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SBANE Presents Discussion on RI offshore wind energy project.

September 4, 2015

Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) will host monthly Rhode Island Breakfast Series on September 16, 2015. Titled, "A New Industry for America, Pioneered in Rhode Island: Offshore Wind Energy," this event will be held in Warwick, RI from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind and project lead, will discuss 30 MW, 5-turbine Block Island Wind Farm as first offshore wind farm in America. Breakfast buffet is included. Read More