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FAA approves first commercial UAS flights over land.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
June 17, 2014 FAA has given approval for energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE for aerial surveys in Alaska. Hand-launched UAS is about 4 ˝ ft long with wingspan of 9 ft. Using information generated by Puma’s sensors, BP hopes to target maintenance activities on specific roads and infrastructure, which will save time and support safety and operational reliability goals, while helping to protect the sensitive North Slope environment.
NREL Finds Up to 6-cent Per Kilowatt-Hour Extra Value via CSP.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
June 17, 2014 "Estimating the Value of Utility-Scale Solar Technologies in California Under a 40% Renewable Portfolio Standard" finds that Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), which can store energy for several hours or more, helps maintain firm capacity when sun is below horizon. According to this report by NREL, CSP can thusly add additional value of 5 or 6 cents per kilowatt hour to utility-scale solar energy in California. This means that at peak demands, CSP can help lower electricity bills.
IREC Opens Application Period for expanded 3iAwards.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)    Latham, NY 12110-1156
June 17, 2014 IREC's 3iAwards recognize innovative people, projects, and programs that promote and accelerate sustainable growth of renewable energy. This year, annual awards honor best in renewable energy and energy efficiency via Closing the Divide Award category. Selection of awardees will be determined by public via online open voting (July 14 to August 11) to raise greater awareness and acknowledgement of applicants and winners. Applications will be accepted through July 7, 2014 in 5 categories.
FIIC Construction-Chambers Federation aids CONEXPO Latin America.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers    Milwaukee, WI 53214
June 17, 2014 Construction chambers and top construction contractors across Latin America will gather at CONEXPO Latin America (October 21–24, 2015) in Santiago, Chile as Inter-American Federation of the Construction Industry (FIIC) lends supports with co-location of FIIC Board of Directors meeting. AEM president Dennis Slater called this co-location "a wonderful opportunity to bring these industry leaders closer together with our members, and to strengthen our working relationship with FIIC."
FAA announces Nevada UAS test site now operational.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
June 16, 2014 State of Nevada's unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into nation's airspace. Nevada’s research will concentrate on UAS standards and operations as well as operator standards and certification requirements. Site’s activities will also look at how air traffic control procedures will evolve with introduction of UAS into civil environment and how these aircraft will integrate with NextGen, the modernization of the national airspace system.
Polyolefins Conference Leaders announce 2014 keynote speakers.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
June 16, 2014 Scheduled for Oct 5–8, 2014, sixteenth annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference will showcase talks by 5 keynote speakers from WardsAuto, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Dow Chemical Co., LyondellBasell, and General Motors Co. Interspersed throughout conference, keynotes will highlight important trends facing automotive-plastics market, including access to new feedstocks, approaching vehicle-efficiency mandates, and key pressures driving innovation.
AAMA Conference addresses Product Transparency Declarations.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association    Schaumburg, IL 60173
June 16, 2014 William Freeman, technical consultant to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, discussed institute’s alternative to Health Product Declarations, during the AAMA Summer Conference held June 1–4. Product Transparency Declarations provide transparency based on exposure and risk rather than hazard, while also providing labeling and warning requirements. While HPDs focus on raw materials in a product, PTDs focus on finished product delivered to job site.
Webinar Series looks at solar permitting and inspection.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)    Latham, NY 12110-1156
June 16, 2014 Targeting municipal permit review staff and inspectors, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA and IREC will present 3 webinars on rooftop solar permitting and inspection to review components, best practices, and tools for improving them. On June 26, second webinar will address inspection component of the process. Final webinar (August 27th) will examine how communities can change their permitting processes, focusing specifically on voluntary regional and statewide collaborations.
Biometric Watch Papers look at non-invasive vital sign monitoring.
The Optical Society (OSA)    Washington, DC 20036
June 16, 2014 In 2 papers published in The Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, researchers from Netherlands and Israel describe 2 wearable devices that use changing patterns of scattered light to monitor biometrics. While one device tracks glucose concentration and dehydration levels, other monitors pulse. Glucose concentration is measured directly but noninvasively, and pulse monitoring is less sensitive to errors when while wearer is in motion.
NEMA publishes test requirements for metering devices.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
June 16, 2014 NEMA has published NEMA C12.30TR-2013 Test Requirements for: Metering Devices Equipped with Service Switches. Most tests included in technical report are tailored to fit service switch type meters and originate from ANSI C12.1-2008 standard. Sections within ANSI standard have been referenced within these tests where applicable, and other tests that are specific to the service switch have been added for completeness.
Conflict Minerals Conference keeps manufacturers current.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 16, 2014 Conflict Minerals: Staying Current in a Changing Landscape will take place on July 10, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA to provide manufacturers with up-to-the-minute information on changing landscape of conflict minerals. Offered by IPC, this one-day conference will feature speakers who will explain strategic overview of conflict minerals compliance, impacts on businesses by first reporting round, and lessons learned. Several other topics will be covered as well.
USNC Names Participants for 2014 IEC Young Professionals Workshop.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
June 16, 2014 U.S. National Committee (USNC) of IEC announced U.S. participants in 2014 IEC Young Professionals Workshop competition: Ryan Franks of NEMA, Kevin Mangold of NIST, and Carin Stuart of Energizer Holdings Inc. To be held in conjunction with 78th IEC General Meeting in Tokyo on November 10–14, 2014, Young Professionals Workshop aims to cultivate long-term national involvement in international arena, strengthen technology transfer, and encourage participation of emerging professionals.
Zentech Manufacturing recognized as IPC-Trusted Source.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 13, 2014 IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded Qualified Manufacturers Listing to Zentech Manufacturing Inc., an electronics and engineering service firm in Baltimore, MD. Facility underwent intensive 2-day audit based on two of IPC's foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. Zentech met or exceeded Class 3 requirements and is now listed as an IPC-trusted source.
PTDA welcomes 8 new members.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
June 13, 2014 PTDA, the preeminent association for the industrial power transmission/motion control distribution channel, has welcomed 8 new members to date in 2014. Distributor Members include DIRISA, Edwards Industrial Sales Inc., Standard Bearings, and Tri-Power MPT, Inc. Manufacturer Members include Code Drive and Rossi North America, and Associate Members include Interlynx Systems, LLC and WarehouseTWO.
EPA ensures company discloses pesticide hazards.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 13, 2014 Liphatech, Inc., a Milwaukee pesticide manufacturer, paid $738,000 civil penalty to EPA for advertising Rozol Prairie Dog Bait without identifying it as a "restricted use" pesticide, and for making unapproved claims about the pesticide, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. These claims undermined instructions on the label and overstated efficacy and safety of pesticide. This is the largest penalty ever imposed by an administration law judge for FIFRA violations.
EPA announces funding for tribes to clean up diesel engines.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
June 13, 2014 Part of DERA program, EPA's grant funding is available for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from older diesel engines. EPA is making $1 million available and anticipates awarding 3 to 5 tribal assistance agreements. Projects may include school buses, transit buses, heavy-duty diesel trucks, marine engines, locomotives, energy production generators, and other diesel engines. Proposals from tribal applicants must be received by August 12, 2014.
BIO says EPA should recognize roles of biotechnology.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 11, 2014 EPA should recognize that carbon emissions from renewable biomass are fundamentally different from those of fossil fuels and that biotechnology can and must play a key role in mitigating fossil carbon emissions, BIO noted in response to agency's Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units. That recognition should carry through to the Proposed Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources.
Tech Policy Veteran Kenneth Schramko joins IPC.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
June 11, 2014 Kenneth Schramko has joined IPC's Washington, DC-based government relations team as director of government relations. Schramko will focus on policy and regulatory issues that affect the electronics industry, and will work with IPC’s Government Relations Steering Committee to identify opportunities for the association and its members. During his career, Schramko has provided strategic legislative, political, and business advice and solutions to corporations, associations, and universities.
Livestock Biotech Summit to feature interactive sessions.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 11, 2014 During Livestock Biotech Summit, Sept 16-18, 2014, attendees will hear from expert communicators on strategies to communicate effectively around animal biotechnology. Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science will present session titled "Distilling your Message on Animal Biotechnology." At this interactive plenary session, attendees will learn and practice tools to fine tune how they talk about complicated technology in ways that are meaningful to listeners at various levels of understanding.
Keynote for THE BIG M will be delivered by Penny Pritzker.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
June 10, 2014 U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will keynote SME's inaugural THE BIG M, which will take place in Detroit, MI from June 9–12. Highlighting ideas, innovations, and technologies from across manufacturing industry, event will bring together professionals, manufacturers, and policymakers to discuss real-world solutions to accelerate manufacturing in communities across USA. Event will feature exhibits, conference sessions with manufacturing experts, company tours, and demonstrations.

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