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Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference announced by IPC, SMTA.

October 9, 2014

Focusing on best practices and innovative technologies for meeting manufacturing challenges and producing reliable hardware, High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference will take place November 18–20, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL. First day will feature Cleaning and Conformal Coating Tutorial taught by featured speakers Doug Pauls (Rockwell Collins), Linda Woody (Lockheed Martin), Giancarlo De La Garza (Nordson YESTech), and Amy Hagnauer (Raytheon). Read More

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SPE announces winners of annual thermoforming competition.

October 9, 2014

SPE has announced winners of the SPE Thermoforming Division annual parts competition. They were presented in 11 categories as well as in a student parts competition. Jerrold Ancheta won first prize for "Vacuum Form Transradial Prosthesis," and Madeline Freding won second prize for "Re-Form". One of the category winners, Associated Thermoforming, Inc., also received the Peoples' Choice award for the "Bowling Pin Elevator" based on a poll of attendees. Read More

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New Conference will help metalforming companies grow in Mexico.

October 9, 2014

To help metalforming companies take advantage of Mexico market growth, Mexico Executive Forum and Technical Conference will feature rountable discussions with senior U.S. executives who do business in Mexico, those interested in doing business in Mexico, and supplier executives familiar with moving materials across borders. Executives from Mexican facilities are also invited to participate and share their experiences. Technical conference sessions and plant tour are also scheduled. Read More

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BIO congratulates India's Prime Minister on visit to U.S.

October 9, 2014

In statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood congratulated India's new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on his successful first official visit to U.S. "In 2012, Indian industry and government leaders set ambitious yet attainable goal of growing the nation’s bioeconomy to more than $100 billion by 2025. BIO believes that Indian biotechnology industry is on the cusp of entering a new era when it can provide significant economic growth and development to the people of India and around the world." Read More

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BIO addresses CMS Open Payments release and Sunshine Act.

October 9, 2014

Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, issued statement in response to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Open Payments release and Sunshine Act. According to Greenwood, relationships between life sciences industry and physicians lead to stronger R&D collaboration and educate health care providers. It is disappointing that CMS failed to provide necessary context about disclosures and how they should be read. BIO is concerned that some third parties will attempt to misuse the data. Read More

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EPA launches ENERGY STAR Community Service Tour.

October 9, 2014

EPA is kicking off its first national ENERGY STAR Change the World through Community Service Tour, bringing together public and private organizations in communities across the country to make a positive difference in people's lives through energy efficiency-related community service projects. EPA is leveraging the tour to inspire others to consider what they can do to make a difference through energy efficiency, to share their "stories of positive energy," and to take ENERGY STAR Pledge. Read More

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AMT donates 3D printer to high school STEM program.

October 9, 2014

To celebrate Manufacturing Day, AMT announced that it has donated a 3D printer to Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School to support interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program. To apply for 3D printer, school had to provide statement of need explaining why they were starting a STEM Program or describe program they had in place. They also had to identify specific projects that would keep machine in use and describe specific outcomes for students across departments. Read More

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Valve Basics Education Course set for Las Vegas.

October 8, 2014

Scheduled for Oct 30–31, Valves, Actuators & Controls 101 course brings together employees and supervisors of plants that use valves, actuators, and controls with distributors and sales reps who want to better understand products they sell. Lessons guide attendees through world of valves and systems they help control, starting with simplest types of valves and moving into more complicated automated products. At Valve Petting Zoo, participants can touch and feel examples of products discussed. Read More

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TMC and NATMI will strengthern maintenance certification programs.

October 8, 2014

American Trucking Associations' Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) and North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) aim to strengthen and increase visibility of Certified Director of Maintenance certification (CDM/E) and Certified Supervisor of Maintenance certification (CSM/E). Specifically, TMC Education Subcommittee and NATMI Oversight Committee will collaborate on examining, updating, and enriching all program aspects. Expected rollout of enhanced program is February 2015. Read More

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IPC and SMTA to Start Conference with expert-led tutorial.

October 7, 2014

IPC and SMTA jointly announced High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference, which will take place November 18–20, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL. Focusing on best practices as well as innovative technologies for meeting manufacturing challenges and producing reliable hardware, conference will feature Cleaning and Conformal Coating Tutorial taught by experts in cleaning materials, control technology, and cleaning machine technology. Read More

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NREL announces new center directors.

October 7, 2014

NREL recently named leaders in renewable energy fields as center directors. They include: Paul Basore as Director of Materials Applications and Performance Center; Dave Mooney as Director of Strategic Energy Analysis Center; Nancy Haegel as Director of NREL's Materials Science Center; and Jao van de Lagemaat as Director of Chemistry and Nanoscience. In addition, Pete Sheldon was named Director of Research Operations within NREL's Materials and Chemical Science and Technology Directorate. Read More

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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