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Document Details Lab Test Method for operable windows/door forces.

June 30, 2014

AAMA has published AAMA 513-14, which sets standard laboratory test method for windows and doors to ensure they are ADA compliant. Last published in 2012, this document, which provides consistent and repeatable method of laboratory testing regarding operating forces of operable windows and doors, has been updated to include reference to CW and AW products as well as R and LC products. It also encompasses all doors included within scope of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 (NAFS). Read More

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IPC Report shows slowing growth for North American PCB industry.

June 30, 2014

May 2014 findings from IPC's monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show sales growth as flat, orders in decline, and book-to-bill ratio below parity at 0.98. Total PCB shipments increased 0.1% from May 2013, which moved year-to-date shipment growth to -0.1%. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments declined 0.3%. PCB bookings fell 18.0% year over year in May, pushing YTD order growth down to -8.1%. Order growth fell 14.3% from previous month. Read More

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AEM Continues Push for Ex-Im Bank reauthorization.

June 30, 2014

AEM joined National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and U.S. Chamber of Commerce in signing letter to Members of Congress urging reauthorization of U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) before its charter expires on September 30. Citing declining equipment exports, AEM president Dennis Slater said Ex-Im Bank reauthorization is "key to improving export shipments along with congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority" as well as completion of specific trade agreements. Read More

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Counterfeiting Survey Results have been released by ESFI.

June 30, 2014

Results of Electrical Safety Foundation International's (ESFI) 2014 Counterfeit Electrical Products Survey, which measures awareness and response to presence of counterfeit electrical products among several sectors of electrical industry, show 96% of respondents believe counterfeits pose at least moderate threat to public safety. Only half of respondents reported counterfeit electrical product upon discovery, and majority said they have no process in place to report counterfeit products.
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ANSI approves IREC clean energy certificate standard.

June 30, 2014

National standard for accreditation of clean energy education/training certificate programs, developed by IREC, has received final approval from ANSI as an American National Standard. ANSI/IREC Standard 14732-2014 is aligned with specific job task analysis, and linked to real-world skills needed by individuals entering clean energy workforce. Certificate programs that apply for accreditation under standard may be hosted by colleges, industry training groups, for-profit organizations, or unions. Read More

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AEM co-chairs Capitol Hill initiative.

June 30, 2014

During Exhibitions Day, AEM joined 100 fellow trade show organizers and exhibitions industry leaders on Capitol Hill to promote economic and business value of face-to-face events. They also pushed for policies that allow qualified international visitors and government employees to more easily attend trade shows and meetings. During discussions with legislators, AEM stressed need for speedy passage of federal highway bill, and value of manufacturing to U.S. economic prosperity and job creation. Read More

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IN Gov Mike Pence receives 2014 BIO Governor of the Year award.

June 30, 2014

As announced by BIO, Indiana Governor Mike Pence was honored with 2014 Governor of the Year award in recognition of his leadership and commitment to strengthening biotechnology and health sectors within Indiana. Pence received said award as part of signing ceremony for Senate Bill 262, which creates pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines in Indiana. Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO called Pence "an exemplary leader" and acknowledged his "strong support." Read More

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FAA announces Texas UAS test site now operational.

June 30, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration announced that the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into nation's airspace. Research will concentrate on multiple areas including safety of operations and data gathering in authorized airspace, UAS airworthiness standards, command and control link technologies, human-factors issue for UAS control-station layout, and detect-and-avoid technologies. Read More

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SME Congratulates Dean L. Bartles on 2014 Martin K. Starr award.

June 27, 2014

SME congratulated its Vice President and Fellow, Dean L. Bartles, PhD, FSME, on receiving one of two 2014 Martin K. Starr Excellence in Production and Operations Management Practice Awards from Production and Operations Management Society. SME President Michael F. Molnar, FSME, CMfgE, PE, commended Bartles' recognition by saying "His contributions to the field of production and operations management have clearly helped to advance manufacturing." Read More

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WA State Senator Liias named BIO Legislator of the Year.

June 27, 2014

BIO selected Senator Marko Liias as 2014 Legislator of the Year. In comment, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said Liias' work and leadership on critical issues "enabled biotech companies to bring life-saving and life-enhancing technologies to market." Chris Rivera, President of Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association, called Liias "a champion of Washington’s biotechnology industry" and "an invaluable resource for the biotechnology community." Read More

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IPC Standards and Technology Division sees leadership change.

June 27, 2014

After 7 years of leading IPC's division of standards and technology, Dave Torp is stepping down. IPC President and CEO John Mitchell called Torp's contributions to growing and improving IPC standards activity "significant” and, on behalf of IPC Board of Directors and staff, thanked him for his "work, dedication and vision.” David Bergman, IPC vice president of international relations, will serve as interim vice president of standards and technology. Read More

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HI to offer Lunch and Learn Summer School Special.

June 27, 2014

During July and August, users can choose from list of webinars, then organize 16-20 employees and/or customers into training session group to attend webinar at specific time and date at HI’s group site licensing rate plus an additional discount. Some choices include: Variable Speed Drives, Introduction to Mechanical Seals, Slurry Pumps, Power Plant Pumps, and Rotodynamic Pumps: Guidelines for NPSH Margin Webinar. Lunch and Learn special also includes HI’s e-Learning Pump Fundamental Courses. Read More

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NEMA publishes reinstated dry type transformer standard.

June 27, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA ST 20-2014 Dry Type Transformers for General Applications, which applies to single-phase and polyphase dry-type transformers for supplying power, heating, and lighting circuits, and designed to be installed and used in accordance with National Electrical Code®. Standard also covers transformers with or without accessories having ratings of 1.2 kV class, 0.25–4,000 kVA. NEMA ST 20 specifically addresses sound levels for these types of transformers. Read More

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Colonial Circuits is First to be Certified under IPC-1071 QML.

June 26, 2014

IPC's Validation Services Program awarded IPC-1071 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Colonial Circuits Inc. This full-service printed board manufacturer's facility underwent audit based on IPC-1071, Best Industry Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in Printed Board Manufacturing. Colonial Circuits met requirements for Level 3 status under QML certification program, advanced level for military, government, and commercial IP, and is now listed as IPC-trusted source. Read More

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Marion C. Blakey addresses USA Today's article.

June 26, 2014

According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, USA Today story, "Unfit for Flight" ignores overwhelming evidence of improving general aviation safety in a misguided effort to paint aerospace manufacturers in a bad light. Going back through 5 decades of accident data significantly distorts the marked decline in both fatal and non-fatal accidents that occurred from 1999 to 2011, with fatal accidents falling 24% and non-fatal accidents falling 29% over that time period. Read More

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NAFS User Guide covers North American Fenestration Standard.

June 26, 2014

AAMA, Canadian Standards Association, and Window & Door Manufacturers Association released User Guide to 2011 AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights. Developed as non-mandatory, advisory document and published as public service, guide covers proper application of NAFS. It contains informative commentary, illustrations, and examples to help answer common questions associated with standard. Read More

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SME supports transformation of career and technical education.

June 26, 2014

SME works with academia and companies to train and enhance existing workforce as well as next generation. Via PRIME program, SME supports White House Maker Faire, which features makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who use cutting-edge tools to bring ideas to life. Partnering with 3D Systems, SME launched M.Lab21, which will enhance high school industrial arts and vocational education classes by offering starter kits and incorporating additive manufacturing into curriculums. Read More

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Two-Mode Imaging System could help identify tumors.

June 26, 2014

Research published in The Optical Society’s journal Optics Letters details new technique that could give surgeons cheaper and more lightweight tools, such as goggles or hand-held devices, to identify tumors in real-time in OR. Developed by team at the University of Arizona and Washington University in St. Louis, dual-mode imager combines near-infrared fluorescent imaging to detect marked cancer cells and visible light reflectance imaging to see contours of tissue itself—all in 25 mm package. Read More

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NASA partners with Edison Nation to promote MindShift.

June 26, 2014

NASA Langley Research Center is working with Edison Nation, an open innovation online service, to help distribute its discoveries and patents. Edison Nation will target companies that can license and use NASA technology, beginning with Langley's MindShift. Mimicking reality, this training and entertainment technology is based on research intended for pilots and air traffic controllers to use brainwave activity to maintain safer flight during autopilot and other automated aircraft functions. Read More

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A4A applauds approval of alternative jet fuel specification.

June 26, 2014

Supported by work undertaken by Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative®, ASTM International approved addition of bio-derived jet fuel annex to alternative jet fuel specification D7566. Annex details fuel properties and criteria necessary to control manufacture and quality of this new fuel, referred to as Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic fuel, which is produced from hydroprocessed fermented sugars. Annex provides that SIP fuel may be blended at up to 10% (by volume) with conventional jet fuel. Read More