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NEMA praises committee approval of energy efficiency bill.

May 7, 2014

NEMA praised House Energy and Commerce Committee for reporting out the Energy Savings through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2013 (HR 2689). According to NEMA President/CEO Evan R. Gaddis, there is no better example of a public-private partnership than energy savings performance contracts, which this bill encourages. Contracts use private financing to renovate government buildings at no cost to taxpayer in a way that reduces energy consumption, creates jobs, and offers return on investment. Read More

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NEMA publishes transformer standard.

May 7, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA TR 1-2013 Transformers, Regulators and Reactors, which applies to single-phase and polyphase power and distribution transformers. Step-voltage regulators have been added to the scope in this edition and there is now more alignment with IEEE transformer standards. NEMA TR 1 is one of the few standards on the market that lists audible sound levels for these particular transformers. Read More

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Automakers on track in meeting greenhouse gas standards.

May 7, 2014

U.S. EPA released a Manufacturers Performance Report that assesses the automobile industry's progress toward meeting greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks in 2012 model year — the first year of this 14 year program. Report reveals that consumers bought cleaner vehicles in the first year of the program than the 2012 GHG standard required, and that automakers are off to a good start in meeting program requirements. Read More

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AEM Seminar helps attendees stay in front of "What's Next".

May 7, 2014

With the theme "Next!?", AEM's June marketing seminar will give attendees tools they need to manage constant flux in marketing today, from evolving digital strategies to more traditional offline tactics. Producer and contractor panel will look at equipment customer buying behaviors, while another customer-focused panel will examine manufacturer-dealer relationships. Other topics will include: B2B-focused social media, how-to’s of exhibits that excite, and voice-of-the-customer research trends. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Two Standards in outlet box series.

May 6, 2014

ANSI/NEMA OS 1-2013 Sheet-Steel Outlet Boxes, Device Boxes, Covers and Box Supports and ANSI/NEMA OS 2-2013 Nonmetallic Outlet Boxes, Device Boxes, Covers and Box Supports we both published by NEMA. Regarding their respective types of outlet boxes (100 in.³ or less), both standards cover configurations as well as manufacturer specifications for materials, dimensions of openings, supports, cover screws, markings, and grounding provisions. OS 1 also covers corrosion protection. Read More

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BIO announces a special pre-conference workshop.

May 6, 2014

Scheduled for May 12–15, 2014, BIO's World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will include pre-conference workshop titled "U.S. Policy Outlook: From the RFS to Tax Reform to Farm Bill Implementation - What Lies Ahead for Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Chemicals?" Moderated by BIO president and CEO James Greenwood, workshop will discuss these issues and assess the threats and opportunities on the U.S. federal policy landscape for 2014. Read More

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PRIME School Initiative is recognized with 2 industry awards.

May 6, 2014

PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing Education), SME Education Foundation's flagship educational program, earned award nominations from 2 industry associations in recognition of its impact among future generations of manufacturers. Specifically, PRIME was recognized by Great Lakes Manufacturing Council’s Talented Workforce Initiative and also selected as 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award winner. Read More

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ISPE to develop Drug Shortages Prevention Plan. .

May 6, 2014

ISPE announced that it will work with stakeholders to produce Drug Shortages Prevention Plan to guide the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry in establishing reliable and resilient supply chains that provide quality medicines to patients without interruption. Plan will address optimal organizational strategies, such as aligned governance and communication practices, effective manufacturing and quality systems, and appropriate measures of supply chain robustness and quality. Read More

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NEMA Publishes ANSI C18.2M for secondary cells and batteries.

May 6, 2014

Published by NEMA, ANSI C18.2M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications, applies to secondary cells and batteries based on NiCad, NiMH, and Li-ion electrochemical systems. Changes in this edition include alignment of definitions between all ANSI C18 standards, harmonization with IEC standards, inclusion of Li-ion polymer batteries, storage adjusted capacity, and application charge performance test. Read More

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Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions becomes HI training partner.

May 6, 2014

Hydraulic Institute has announced that Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions is its first non-member to become an HI and Pump Systems Matter Training Partner to further advance energy savings within the Arkansas manufacturing sector. Training agreement with HI/PSM allows the company to further expand its resources in pump system assessment and optimization and help identify energy savings for different manufacturing facilities across Arkansas. Read More

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BIG M Event to show off advanced manufacturing technologies.

May 6, 2014

Scheduled for June 9–12, SME's THE BIG M Event will include Automation Alley's MSV Innovation Factory, featuring interactive displays highlighting the latest technologies from cutting-edge companies, including Altair, Autodesk, and Design Interactive Inc. MSV, which stands for modeling, simulation, and visualization, are tools and techniques revolutionizing virtually every industry by changing the way people do business. Read More

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RIA recognizes Phoenix Award winners.

May 6, 2014

During the 69th Annual RIA Convention and Industry Expo, RIA presented Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction. ACR, Inc. of Wheeling, IL, received award for their efforts involving a gymnasium floor that was flooded and was able to be dried out instead of requiring total replacement. Sharp & Robbins Construction of Memphis, TN, received award for rebuilding a condominium building after a 200 sq-ft section of the brick façade fell off the side of the structure. Read More

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EPA recognizes 7 university teams for environmental solutions.

May 6, 2014

At the 10th annual National Sustainable Design Expo, EPA announced 7 winning student teams of its People, Prosperity, and the Planet phase II awards for innovative and sustainable designs to help solve complex environmental problems. Selected from 35 competing teams following 2 days of judging by national experts, each award-winning team is recommended for a grant of up to $90,000 to further develop their design, apply it to real world situations, and bring it to the marketplace. Read More

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EPA seeks small businesses' input on lead paint.

May 6, 2014

EPA is inviting small businesses to participate as consultants for a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel as the agency considers steps to reduce lead-based paint exposure from renovation, repair, and painting of public and commercial buildings as required by section 402(c)(3) of Toxic Substances Control Act. SBAR Panel is being established pursuant to Regulatory Flexibility Act, and will include representatives from Small Business Administration, Office of Management and Budget, and EPA. Read More

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Exhibit Sales Open for PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO in Las Vegas.

May 5, 2014

PACK EXPO owner/producer PMMI, Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) announced their joint venture, Pharma EXPO, will be co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas, NV (Sept. 28–30) at Las Vegas Convention Center in 2015. PMMI anticipates these co-located events will attract 30,000+ attendees representing 40+ vertical markets and 1,800+ exhibiting companies in 800,000+ ft² net exhibit space. Read More

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2014 International CES breaks international attendee record.

May 5, 2014

CEA® announced that results of independent audit confirm record number of international professionals – 40,828 (12.7% increase from 2013 CES) – attended 2014 International CES® from 144 countries. There were also 6,757 press and industry analysts in attendance. Spanning January 7–10, 2014 CES welcomed 160,498 industry professionals overall (5% more than 2013). Outside of audit, CEA confirmed 3,673 exhibitors (12% up from 2013 CES) unveiled their latest tech innovations at 2014 CES.
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BIO International Convention will feature 6 Super Sessions.

May 5, 2014

Taking place June 23–26, 2014 BIO International Convention® will include 6 Super Sessions featuring biotech thought leaders: A New Paradigm in Oncology Treatment; Burrill State-of-the-Industry Report; EY 2014 Biotechnology Industry Report; AMP-lifying Innovation: NIH, Patient Organizations & Leading Biopharma Firms Mobilize to Tackle Tough Diseases; The Next Big Deal: The Global Deal-maker Perspective; and Scientific American WorldView Super Session – Biotech: We are the World. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2014 was largest in 5 years.

May 5, 2014

Drawing 8,068 electronics manufacturing professionals from 47 countries, IPC APEX EXPO® saw 14% increase in registrations to technical programs and near-record participation levels in IPC's Standards Development Committee meetings. Event took place in Las Vegas, NV and host sold out exhibition with 443 exhibitors encompassing 137,700 ft² net. More than 80% of 3,801 attendees identified themselves as key buyers or influencers. In 2015, IPC APEX EXPO will move to San Diego, CA (Feb 24–26, 2015). Read More

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SME Mfg4 Event will include Girls and Manufacturing Summit.

May 5, 2014

In partnership with Connecticut. Dream It. Do It., SME will host female student program at Mfg4 event in Hartford, CT on May 8. "Making it Real: Girls & Manufacturing Summit" will tap insight of female manufacturing leaders to inspire next generation of leadership and talent. Student program will provide 130+ middle and high school girls from CT with information about career and educational pathways in manufacturing as well as offer activities that showcase manufacturing workplace. Read More

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North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio turns positive in March 2014.

May 2, 2014

March findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program shows return to positive territory. Total North American PCB shipments increased 4.8% from March 2013, strengthening year-to-date shipment growth to -0.8%. Compared to February, PCB shipments rose 18.9%. PCB bookings continued to be negative at -5.5% year over year, while year-to-date order growth improved to -6.9%. Order growth increased 20.9% over February, and book-to-bill ratio strengthened to reach 1.01. Read More