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NFPA Foundation gives grants to community colleges.

August 7, 2014

NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded grants to 4 community colleges to help purchase new hydraulic and pneumatic trainers, or upgrade existing equipment in their fluid power labs. Schools that received grant of $25,000 include: Angelina College, Lufkin, Texas; Central Community College, Grand Island, Nebraska; Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and Macomb Community College, Warren, Michigan. Read More

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Postdoctoral Fellows bring fresh insights.

August 7, 2014

Director's Postdoctoral Fellowships at NREL are already making an impact at the laboratory. Ph.D. graduates from across the country have come to NREL for mentorship and learning—and have enriched the lab in doing so. NREL Director's Fellowships, one of NREL's Research Participant Programs, are 2-year awards—with possible third year—designed to attract next generation of qualified scientists and engineers with outstanding talent and credentials in renewable energy research and related disciplines. Read More

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IPC Study offers info and guidance on global operations planning.

August 7, 2014

"Where in the World? A Regional Strategy Roadmap for Electronics Manufacturers," provides information about 30 countries, analysis of their relative advantages to electronics manufacturers, and outlook for future development. Conducted by BPA Consulting Ltd, study assesses countries as locations for possible investment in electronics manufacturing operations based on factors influencing region development and describes how sectors are adopting and benefiting from local characteristics. Read More

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AEM expands REACH Training Program.

August 7, 2014

AEM will expand its REACH regulatory-compliance training program to help members and the industry comply with equally complex Conflict Minerals and RoHS rules. AEM Market Access Pathway training platform allows manufacturers to trace vendors' participation and completion of training at every level of supply chain without revealing proprietary vendor information. It is designed to build a common understanding throughout company’s supply chain to assist reporting accuracy and completeness. Read More

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ANSI bestows awards on NEMA-related professionals.

August 7, 2014

ANSI announced its 2014 Leadership and Service Award winners. Former NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis will receive 2014 ANSI Chairman Award for outstanding accomplishments on behalf of ANSI or the ANSI Federation. John Goodsell, VP of engineering and product development (retired) for Hubbell Inc., will receive 2014 Elihu Thomson Electrotechnology Medal, and Lutron Electronics Design and Development Leader Ethan Biery will receive a Next Generation Award. Read More

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IDEA's Bob Gaylord steps down.

August 7, 2014

IDEA Board of Directors, chaired by Jack Carlson, announced that CEO and President Bob Gaylord has stepped down to pursue other areas of interest. IDEA is jointly owned by NEMA and NAED. With Gaylord’s departure, IDEA board has named Chris Curtis, former CEO of Schneider Electric’s North American Operations, current chairman of NEMA Board of Governors, and an IDEA board member, to manage day-to-day operations of IDEA while chairing search process for new executive officer. Read More

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BIO extends Call for Papers deadline for Pacific Rim Summit.

August 6, 2014

Call for Papers deadline for Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy is now Aug 20, 2014. Leaders from biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industries are encouraged to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers, and poster presentations. Program tracks include: Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Platforms; Feedstock Production and Utilization; Renewable Chemical Platforms; Synthetic Biology, Algae, and Marine Biotech; and Technical and Research Papers. Read More

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AED's HTF Stop Gap Statement expreses relief and concern.

August 6, 2014

Regarding final passage of legislation to patch Highway Trust Fund (HTF) (H.R. 5021), which keeps federal surface transportation programs operating through May 2015, statement released by AED President and CEO Brian McGuire expressed relief and concern. McGuire, claiming Congress' procrastination brought highway program and the construction industry "to the brink of disaster," said that "this isn't a moment to celebrate" and expressed hope in renewed effort towards "long-term solvency." Read More

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Sensor Technology Innovation to feature at 2015 International CES.

August 6, 2014

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced Sensors Marketplace – showcase of latest innovations in gesture and motion technology – will be presented by MEMs Industry Group at 2015 International CES®, which will take place January 6–9, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV. Sensors Marketplace will showcase innovation in motion technology field, including MEMS; highlight gesture and motion recognition technology and applications; as well as contribute to overall story of IoT ecosystem. Read More

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BIO welcomes USDA report on farm and forest GHG measurement.

August 6, 2014

USDA's report titled "Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry: Methods for Entity-Scale Inventory" outlines science-based methods for quantifying changes in carbon emissions and storage at the local farm and forest operation and can help farmers and forest landowners participate in emerging carbon markets. Methodology sets transparent standard for measuring one important indicator of sustainability – greenhouse gas emissions – in biomass production. Read More

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SPE Names Bill Kent as 2014 Thermoformer of the Year.

August 6, 2014

Bill Kent, who began his career with Beaverton, MI-based Brown Machine began in 1961, has been named Thermoformer of the Year by SPE's Thermoforming Division. Mark Strachan, SPE Thermoforming Division Chair, called Kent's thermoforming industry contributions "quite remarkable" and noted that he had, during his career, "logged over six million flight miles" promoting thermoformed products and process behind them. Read More

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ASC creates Training Academy Certification Task Force.

August 6, 2014

Consisting of a blend of technical, marketing, and human resource leaders from member companies, ASC's Training Academy Certification Task Force will guide development of ASC’s Certificate Program, including determining both technical and business oriented curriculum as well as training recognition levels. Member volunteers will work with ASC staff to review survey information, discuss industry educational needs, and provide input on both curriculum learning objectives and certificate levels. Read More

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FAA awards environmental grant to Portland.

August 5, 2014

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $331,653 FAA grant to Portland International Airport to reduce emissions and improve air quality by using alternative fuel vehicles at airport through FAA’s Voluntary Airport Low Emission program, which was implemented to help airport sponsors meet Clean Air Act responsibilities. Grant will provide funds to purchase 6 compressed natural gas buses that transport passengers and employees from terminal to parking and rental car facilities. Read More

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Air Evac EMS, Inc.

August 4, 2014

FAA is proposing $110,000 civil penalty against Air Evac EMS, Inc. of West Plains, MO for operating Bell BHT 206 helicopter that was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. Allegedly, chin bubble window was installed by company mechanic without following manufacturer's instructions. This installation was not documented in aircraft's maintenance logbook. On September 4, 2012, after 7.3 flight hours, chin window fell off during cruise flight. Read More

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Air Methods Corporation.

August 4, 2014

Civil penalty totaling $428,000 was proposed by FAA against Air Methods Corporation (Englewood, CO) for allegedly operating 2 helicopters that were not in compliance with Federal Aviation regulations. Allegations involved violation of its operations specifications by flying helicopters despite failing to perform required inspections of their Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) Compatible Lighting Filtration (NVIS) installations. Air Methods has 30 days from receipt of letter to respond. Read More

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North American PCB Orders show improvement.

August 4, 2014

According to IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, sales growth was flat in June, but orders were up and book-to-bill ratio returned to parity. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 0.9% in June 2014 from June 2013, leaving year-to-date shipment growth flat at -0.3%. PCB bookings increased by 4.2% compared to June 2013, making this the first year-on-year bookings increase in 8 months. In addition, order growth jumped 28.3% in June over previous month. Read More

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Aluminum Association gains new members.

August 4, 2014

Aluminum Association announced 2 new member companies: Black4 and Danieli Corporation. Total number of members comprises 48 producer members and 48 associate members. According to Aluminum Association President and CEO Heidi Brock, "The addition of Black4 and Danieli underscores the global reach of the aluminum industry" and will benefit entire membership via addition of their voices and perspectives. Read More

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Thermoforming Conference Speakers to address innovation, culture.

August 4, 2014

Keynote speakers for 23rd annual SPE Thermoforming Conference®, taking place September 15–18, 2014 in Schaumburg, IL, will focus on importance of innovation, branding, and corporate culture to thermoforming industry. Pathways to Growth – Better Pick the Ones That Work! Tales from Reality on Business Innovation and Branding will be presented September 16 by Christian Majgaard. Culture is No Longer the Softer Side of Business will be presented September 17 by Tony Bridwell. Read More

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ASQ Courses help increase efficiency, profitability, workflow.

August 4, 2014

Redesigned by ASQ, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Black Belt courses teach participants how to improve workflow, increase efficiency, and maximize profitability. Courses address primary objectives in today’s competitive business environment using lean and Six Sigma tools. Applicable to all sectors and industries, courses will be held in Phoenix (beginning September 8, 2014) and Orlando, FL (beginning January 26, 2015) and include instructor-led classroom training and one-on-one coaching. Read More

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CEQ, EPA, GSA, and USPS meet to discuss sustainable electronics.

August 1, 2014

Leaders from White House Council on Environmental Quality (Kate Brandt), U.S. EPA (Lisa Feldt), GSA (Kevin Kampschroer), and U.S. Postal Service (Tom Day), along with electronics industry stakeholders, will meet on August 4, 2014 at U.S. Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Discussion will address progress on National Strategy on Electronics Stewardship as well as participation in U.S. Postal Service BlueEarth® Federal Recycling Program. Read More