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Pack Expo East 2017 presents anti-counterfeiting solutions.

December 3, 2016

Presenting anti-counterfeiting solutions at Pack Expo East 2017 held at Philadelphia (Feb. 27–March 1, 2017). Expo brings together suppliers of packaging innovations for pharmaceutical/medical device, food, beverage, cosmetic/personal care. PMMI released Brand Protection and Product Traceability Market Research report, according to the report counterfeiting is predicted to increase three percent per year worldwide.

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Aluminum Association Grows with Three New Member Companies

December 2, 2016

The Aluminum Association announced today the addition of three new member companies – Cerro Wire LLC, Granges Americas Inc. and Reynolds Consumer Products. The companies join the Association as producer members – firms that make or fabricate aluminum products. Additionally, Matt Aboud, President of Hydro Aluminum North America was recently approved as a member of the Executive Committee, a...Read More

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NEMA Survey improves business conditions index.

December 2, 2016

Highlighting how NEMA EBCI panel members responded to the November survey after the election results were known, this survey of nearly 350 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers show that confidence index moved from 55.6 in October to 57.9 in November. Panelists were asked to report intensity of change on a scale ranging from –5 (deteriorated significantly) through 0 (unchanged) to +5 (improved significantly).

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IPC looks forward to working with new Administration and Congress.

November 28, 2016

IPC issues statement that they look forward to working with new US administration and Congress to promote policies that encourage innovation, economic growth, and advanced manufacturing in U.S. and worldwide. Representing more than 2,100 U.S. member facilities and 800,000 workers across United States, IPC is optimistic about the prospect of increased bipartisan support for pro-manufacturing policies.

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NEMA fixes voltage ratings for 60Hz electric power systems above 100V.

November 28, 2016

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced ANSI Accredited Standards Committee C84 revised ANSI C84.1 American National Standard for Electric Power Systems and Equipment-Voltage Ratings (60Hz). Establishing nominal voltage ratings and operating tolerances for 60Hz electric power systems above 100V, NEMA added 690/400V category to low Voltage Class in table 1 also paragraph discussing conservation voltage reduction is added to Annex B.

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Optics Express updates research on invisible watermark technology.

November 24, 2016

Helping encode optical watermark in one step, Optical Society's journal Optics Express highlights single-shot ptychography encoding (SPE) technique, which creates invisible optical watermarks to protect images, videos and books from counterfeit distribution. Less prone to error and boasting of simple optical setup, researchers are now working to apply SPE to dynamic watermarking, which creates watermarks from objects that change quickly.

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AIA Elects new Chairman of Board of Governors for 2017.

November 23, 2016

Succeeding Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson who serves as 2016 Chair, Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Dennis A. Muilenburg was elected by Aerospace Industries Association as Chairman of AIA’s Board of Governors for 2017. Other elected office bearers include: Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas A. Kennedy as Vice Chairman; David F. Melcher reappointed as President and CEO; and Ginette C. Colot reappointed as Secretary Treasurer.

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NREL selected to spearhead four projects.

November 1, 2016

Energy Department's pilot program Lab-Bridge will make it easier for DOE national laboratories to transfer innovative technologies to marketplace. NREL has been selected to participate in 4 of 8 pilot projects and to serve as central connecting point for transfer of knowledge between projects. During next 12–18 months, collaboration of 13 national labs and industry partners will explore, test, and validate innovative ideas and develop novel approaches to fast-tracking new technologies.

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Innovation Stage reflects growth in packaging machinery.

November 1, 2016

Innovation Stage at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 will produce largest on-floor education program since its inception in 2012, with 71 sessions across 4 stages, featuring new technology and advances from all segments of processing and packaging market. According to 2016 PMMI State of the Packaging Industry – U.S. Packaging Machinery Report, the U.S. Packaging Machinery Market is estimated at $10 billion as of 2015. New advances on display are fueling industry growth. Read More

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PTDA welcomes seven new members.

October 31, 2016

PTDA, the leading association for the industrial power transmission/motion control distribution channel, recently welcomed 7 new member companies. Distributors include: Central Chain & Transmission, Co., Dowco Power Transmission Products Inc., Mechanical Rubber & Transmission, Inc., Sunset Industrial Parts, and Whisler Bearings & Drives, Inc. Manufacturer and Associate Members include: TECO-Westinghouse Motor Company and MDM Analytics, respectively. Read More

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SPE's Advanced Manufacturing Media seeks 30 Under 30 nominations.

October 31, 2016

For its annual 30 Under 30 issue of Manufacturing Engineering magazine, Advanced Manufacturing Media seeks nominations of outstanding young manufacturing and engineering students, professionals, and educators. Nomination deadline is February 15, 2017 for year's potential honorees. According to Jim Sawyer, editor-in-chief of Manufacturing Engineering credited young people with "exploring, researching, implementing and making advanced manufacturing a whole new American enterprise." Read More

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SME hosts 3D scan of Pittsburgh Bridge.

October 31, 2016

SME worked with FARO Technologies Inc., Direct Dimensions Inc., and the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to take the first-ever 3D scan of the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Scan will be used to create 3D-printed miniature replicas of the bridge, to be used as puzzle pieces at the RAPID + TCT event, May 9–11 in Pittsburgh. RAPID + TCT 2017 showcases the latest growth and advancements in the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry. Read More

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EPA releases EJ 2020 Action Agenda.

October 31, 2016

U.S. EPA released the Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda (EJ 2020), the Agency’s environmental justice strategic plan for 2016–2020. EJ 2020 has three overarching goals: to deepen environmental justice practice within EPA programs to improve health and environment of overburdened communities; to work with partners to expand positive impact within overburdened communities; and to demonstrate progress on critical national environmental justice challenges. Read More

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Nominations Sought for SPE's Thermoformer of the Year Award.

October 31, 2016

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division seeks nominations for its annual Thermoformer of the Year Award, which recognizes significant contribution to thermoforming industry in technical, educational, or managerial capacity. Nominations are due by December 16, 2016. Nominees will be evaluated by SPE Thermoforming Division Board of Directors, and 2017 Thermoformer of the Year will be recognized at 26th Annual SPE Thermoforming Conference® in 2017. Read More

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NEMA's EBCI for October indicates positive growth trend.

October 28, 2016

With its score of 55.6, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for October returned to expansionary territory. Those reporting unchanged conditions totaled 78%, compared to 47% in September, and reports of worse conditions dropped to 6% from 29%. Respondents citing better conditions fell 7 points from 24% to 17%. Also, mean rating for intensity of change measurement regarding business conditions increased from -0.2 to +0.2. Future conditions index rose to 66.7 from 52.9. Read More

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NASA awards contract for sustainable land imaging spacecraft.

October 28, 2016

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III contract to Orbital Sciences Corporation, know publicly as Orbital ATK, for the Landsat 9 spacecraft. Contract is a 5-year, firm fixed-price delivery order for purchase of spacecraft in amount of $129.9 million. Orbital will design and fabricate the spacecraft, integrate mission's two government-furnished instruments, and conduct satellite-level testing, in-orbit satellite checkout, and mission operations support. Read More

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ASHRAE/IES Publish Standard on building energy efficiency.

October 28, 2016

Newly published, ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, serves as commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. This 2016 version, which contains 125 addenda published since original 2013 standard, seeks to "create a consensus standard that saves energy and is technically feasible and cost effective," according to Standard 90.1 committee chair Drake Erbe. Read More

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Optical Society's Centennial FiO Meeting gathered 2,300 attendees.

October 28, 2016

Co-located with Laser Science event, Optical Society's annual Frontiers in Optics (FiO) meeting gathers optical science community to discuss advances in optics and photonics. This year's event, held October 17–20, 2016, attracted 2,300 attendees. In addition to research, centennial programming included overview on hot topics by technical division chairs,7 special symposia on specific topics, and women leader-led program on women and minorities in science. Read More

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Paper in OSA's Optics Letters describes underwater viewing means.

October 27, 2016

"Object Extraction from Underwater Image through Logical Stochastic Resonance," published in Optics Letters, describes novel methodology for improving underwater viewing. Researchers from Ocean University of China (Qingdao) applied logical stochastic resonance (LSR) algorithms to poor-quality underwater images and consequently improved ability to visually detect objects. Study extends and applies LSR to practical problems of detecting objects in highly scattering medium. Read More

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NEMA Standard tests emergency call system audio quality.

October 27, 2016

Available in hard copy or for download, NEMA SB 10-2016, Audio Standard for Nurse Call Systems, contains requirements and test procedures that evaluate audio quality of loud speakers and microphones for such emergency call systems as nurse control stations, patient stations, and pillow speakers. This standard, intended for use in hospitals, nursing homes, and acute care facilities, specifically evaluates audio quality of UL-listed nurse-call system in open-air installed system environment.
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