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SME Education Foundation awards scholarships to students at SCNC.

July 23, 2014

SME Education Foundation announced award winners in machining categories of 2014 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC). Respectively, winners of gold, silver, and bronze prizes were Luc Bergeron, Cory Mailman, and Mohamed Rahim for Precision Machining-Post-Secondary School competition; Metika Olanriksupak, Trevor Fandrick, and Tyler Magri for CNC Machining competition; and Carl Bouvrette, Alex Hoelzli, and Jorn Peeters for Precision Machining competition. Read More

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Biotech Crop Varieties continue to be preferred by farmers.

July 23, 2014

According to USDA's Economic Research Service report, genetically engineered soybeans, cotton, and corn are the preferred choice of U.S. farmers because of their environmental, economical, and societal benefits. Scientific innovation and seed technology allow growers to produce reliable and abundant yields with less tilling of soil and fewer insecticide applications. These practices promote environmental sustainability, reduce on-farm fuel use, increase profit, and keep food costs affordable. Read More

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Velociti Named by ATA as part of its Featured Product program.

July 23, 2014

American Trucking Associations (ATA) proclaimed Velociti Inc., transportation and networking technology services firm, is part of ATA Featured Product program. In addition to calling Velociti "a key player," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves expressed pride in having them as part of ATA Featured Product program. Using their accumulated knowledge and expertise in various technology solutions, Velociti offers transportation technology deployment services to the trucking industry. Read More

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Researchers predict discomfort from LED streetlight glare.

July 23, 2014

Team of researchers from China and the Netherlands have developed a way to evaluate the human impact of uncomfortable glare caused by LED road lights. Using laboratory set-up to mimic visual conditions on the road, researchers created a model that can predict the level of discomfort experienced by drivers under various lighting conditions. Team reported their findings, which could guide streetlight placement and design, in The Optical Society’s open-access journal Optics Express. Read More

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Congressman Glenn Thompson tours Chemcut Facility in PA.

July 23, 2014

As part of IPC's "Meet the Policymakers" program, Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA-5) visited IPC-member company Chemcut Corporation in State College, PA. Chemcut CEO and General Manager Richard Lies hosted tour of 110,000 ft² facility and led discussion of several important policy and regulatory issues. These included public-private partnerships for manufacturing innovation, export controls, tax policy, and science-based environmental regulation. Read More

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BIO Summit highlights importance of care and use of animals.

July 23, 2014

Scheduled for September 16–18, Livestock Biotech Summit will feature session titled "Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Biomedical Applications” which will include discussions on latest knowledge impacting care and use of livestock animals in research settings. During "Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Food Production" session, panelists will discuss what researchers, farmers, and organizations are doing to answer consumer questions about methods used to raise their food. Read More

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Solar Workshop addresses planning, regulating, and permitting.

July 23, 2014

As part of the Solar Outreach Partnership, the Centralina Council of Governments is hosting a free solar energy workshop, Wednesday, July 30, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Presenters will offer suggestions on how to improve and streamline the permitting process in ways that benefit the permitting authority, as well as solar installers and their customers. Morning session will cover Solar Codes and Standards and afternoon session will address Solar Permitting Process. Read More

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U.S. Team Takes Silver in 2014 International Rocketry Challenge.

July 22, 2014

Students from Creekview High School (Canton, GA) took silver medals in seventh annual International Rocketry Challenge at Farnborough International Air Show. Sponsored by Raytheon, U.S. team won second place. Rockets had to reach 825 ft during 48–50 sec flight window, and payload of 2 raw hen eggs had to return to ground undamaged using 2 identical parachutes. Team posted top flight score of 9.88 and was 9 ft short of target altitude. Also, students were judged on rocket design presentation. Read More

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TRFA Annual Meeting will host multiple presentations, discussions.

July 22, 2014

Thermoset Resin Formulators Association (TRFA) will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting from September 14–16 in Henderson, NV. Spread over 3 days, schedule includes technical papers, Tougheners for Composites panel discussion, 2 Regulatory Affairs presentations, annual Table Top Showcase, presentation of Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award, and Thermosets 101 Short Course. Attendees also benefit from networking opportunities throughout, including 2 receptions. Read More

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Kevin J. Cosgriff to lead NEMA.

July 21, 2014

As of August 4, Kevin J. Cosgriff will take office as president and CEO of NEMA. Cosgriff, a former vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, comes to NEMA after serving as Senior VP of International Business and Government for Textron Systems Corporation, a position he held from 2010 to 2013. According to NEMA Board of Governors Chairman Chris Curtis, Cosgriff is a proven leader with a command of policy issues important to NEMA members and has great business acumen for the manufacturing environment. Read More

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EPA to fund 21 small businesses.

July 18, 2014

Through Small Business Innovation Research program, EPA is providing $2 million in funds to 21 small businesses in 15 states to develop and commercialize innovative, sustainable technologies that address current environmental issues. In Phase I, small businesses can receive up to $100,000 for "proof of concept" of their technology, and successful Phase I companies can apply to develop and commercialize their technology with Phase II funding totaling up to $300,000. Read More

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NEMA reacts to passage of energy and water funding bill.

July 18, 2014

NEMA commented on House passage of FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which funds DOE. HR 4923 provides $160 million for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, which leads research and development activities for transmission, Smart Grid, energy storage, and cybersecurity. Though this amount is an 8.7% increase over FY2014, NEMA was supportive of efforts by Representatives Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Renee Ellmers (R-NC) to increase OE funding to $180 million. Read More

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Biotech Trade Associations form ICBA to increase int'l support.

July 17, 2014

International confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced ratification of bylaws creating International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), which will advocate for public policies supporting growth of innovative biotechnology industry worldwide. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, elected as ICBA Chairman, said that forming ICBA allows industry to better coordinate, organize, and face these challenging issues globally together. Read More

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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