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AIM creates AIDC cornerstone in Europe.
AIM, Inc.    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
December 2, 2013 Expanding its global presence, AIM Inc. now consists of AIM Americas, AIM Europe, and chapters representing China and India. AIM Europe was created to secure single entity representing greatest network of automatic ID and data capture experts across region, establish system for industry growth in new and emerging areas, and create best access to funding for international and national development projects related to AIDC technology, innovations, standards, and applications.
FAA and Industry Move Forward on U.S. Air Carrier training.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
December 2, 2013 FAA Administrator Michael Huerta called on airline industry to assess and prioritize voluntary actions to improve pilot, flight attendant, and dispatcher training via joint government and industry steering group. This group would collaboratively evaluate best practices from across industry, review recommendations from previous FAA rulemaking advisory committees on training issues, and examine newly identified areas of risk to develop voluntary training guidelines for air carriers.
IREC Responds to SGIP rule changes adopted by FERC.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)    Latham, NY 12110-1156
December 2, 2013 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) adopted modifications to Small Generator Interconnection Procedures (SGIP), which should facilitate efficient interconnection process for small renewable generators. IREC's Jane Weissman called these rule changes "an important step forward for interconnection in the United States," and added that utilities will be able to process applications for small generators more effectively while maintaining safety and reliability of interconnection process.
NEMA White Paper explores molded case circuit breaker testing.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
November 27, 2013 NEMA's published white paper, NEMA ADP 2-2013 Molded Case Circuit Breaker Systems Testing with Conductors, discusses necessity of testing circuit breakers with wire to demonstrate protection. As defined in UL 489, standard tests include overload and thermal tests, endurance followed by low level short circuit interrupting tests, and standard low level short circuit interrupting tests.
Automation IG becomes RIA Certified Robot Integrator.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
November 27, 2013 RIA announced that Tennessee-based Automation IG has received prestigious RIA Certified Robot Integrator designation. In order to become certified, Automation IG completed rigorous process which includes on-site audit and testing of key personnel among other important criteria. According to Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA, Certified Robot Integrator program strengthens overall integrator channel and allows integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices.
CIP Safety(TM) Application Coverage expands to include safe motion.
ODVA    Ann Arbor, MI 48108-5006
November 27, 2013 Next edition of The CIP Safety Specification will include services for safe motion applications. With this addition, users will be able to deploy networked motion control systems using EtherNet/IP and Sercos III™ in applications requiring such safe motion functions as safe torque off and safety limited positions. Enhancements to CIP Safety related to safe motion relied on IEC 61800-5-2 as framework and are part of ODVA's semi-annual specifications update.
FABTECH 2013 sets records for attendance and exhibition.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 27, 2013 FABTECH 2013 set attendee, exhibitor, and floor space records. In total, 40,667 attendees visited 1,573 exhibitors to see live equipment demonstrations and compare products side-by-side at displays spread across 650,000 ft² of exhibits at McCormick Place. FABTECH show co-manager John Catalano noted how attendees were impressed with show's size and scope as well as number of new products and technologies and that exhibitors reported "brisk" sales activity and "plentiful" leads.
NACD and Associquim sign Memorandum of Understanding.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 26, 2013 NACD signed Memorandum of Understanding with Brazilian Association of Chemical Distributors pledging to accept each other's Responsible Distribution third party verification requirement if a member in good standing with one Association wants to join the other Association. Best practices, information sharing, and increased support are also included in the MOU.
EPA proposes new guidelines for greener federal purchases.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 26, 2013 EPA is proposing draft guidelines that will help federal government buy greener and safer products. In response to broad stakeholder interest, EPA is seeking public input on these guidelines and potential approach to assessing non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in marketplace. Draft guidelines address key characteristics of environmental standards and ecolabels, including credibility of development process and effectiveness of criteria for environmental performance.
EPA Funding Aims to Reduce Pollution from diesel engines.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 26, 2013 U.S. EPA made $2 million in funding available for rebates, offered as part of Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. According to EPA's Janet McCabe, "These rebates will help equipment owners protect public health and improve air quality near construction sites while updating their fleets." EPA will accept rebate applications from November 20, 2013, to January 15, 2014.
ASTM Honors Fred Alverson with Award of Merit.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 26, 2013 Fred C. Alverson, principal engineer at Shell Global Solutions, Houston, TX, received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for his contributions to Committee D15 on Engine Coolants and Related Fluids, which he joined in 2002. Currently, Alverson serves as D15 recording secretary and also chairs Subcommittee D15.21 on Extended Life Coolants. He also works on several D15 subcommittees and, outside ASTM International, is member of SAE International.
ASTM SPRI Partnership produces single ply roofing membranes PCR.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 26, 2013 ASTM International and Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) collaborated to publish Product Category Rules (PCR) for single ply roofing membranes. PCR details rules and guidelines for developing environmental declaration for single ply roofing products that fulfill equivalent functions. PCR includes TPO, KEE, PVC, and EPDM and provides requirements for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
PMA Names Winners of 2013 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
November 26, 2013 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) announced winners of 2013 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming, which recognize standards of achievement set by metalforming industry in areas of design, safety, training and education, process control, quality, and productivity. Winners, honored with special plaque, commemorative flag, and cash prize on November 17 during 2013 FABTECH tradeshow in Chicago, IL, will be featured in December 2013 issue of MetalForming magazine.
IPC names Hand Soldering Competition winners.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 26, 2013 During IPC's Hand Soldering Competition at productronica 2013, participants were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within 45-minute time limit. Taking first place, Jacek Majchrzak of PartnerTech in Poland received cash prize of Euros500 and a new soldering station from JBC Tools. Second place and cash prize of Euros300 went to Baigyou Tamas of GÉMOSZ Elektronikai Kft in Hungary, while Halil Ibrahim Demir of Tai Tusas Aerospace in Turkey took third place and cash prize of Euros100.
PTDA Foundation raises nearly $200,000 in 2013.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2013 Industry support for PTDA Foundation’s signature project, the Industrial Careers Pathway®, amounted to nearly $200,000 in 2013. Fund drive contributors included 116 companies from within the power transmission/motion control industry and one company from the hose and accessories industry. Of those companies, 59 have given 3 consecutive years, and 18 increased their contributions in 2013 over 2012. In addition, there were 19 new contributors in 2013.
Cabot Corporation to pay $975,000 civil penalty.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 25, 2013 Cabot Corporation, the second largest carbon black manufacturer in the U.S., has agreed to pay $975,000 civil penalty and spend estimated $84 million on technology to control harmful air pollution, resolving alleged violations of the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act at its 3 facilities in Louisiana and Texas. Settlement requires that Cabot optimize existing controls for particulate matter, operate early warning detection system, and comply with plan to control fugitive emissions.
PT/MC Industy Growth continues to slow.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2013 The 3Q13 PTDA Business Index produced reading of 51.6 which represents decrease over last quarter's reading of 54.7 and third consecutive quarter of slower growth. Survey participants anticipate limited upside for the channel in 2014, possibly driven by decreasing pricing power. Conducted jointly by PTDA and Cleveland Research Company, PTDA Business Index tracks change in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices, and backlog in PT/MC industry.
HI and PSM add Subject Matter Experts to their roster.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
November 25, 2013 John Kahren, President of SPP Pumps and Richard Hanson, CEO & Owner of SyncroFlo, attended the Pump Systems Optimization one-day classroom course and the Train the Trainer session as part of their final steps in the application process to become officially qualified. Once qualified, HI/PSM Subject Matter Experts and Instructors may present live, online HI/PSM webinars and/or the PSO one-day classroom course to their customers and employees, pump end-users, distributors, etc.
AeroDef Discussions focus on critical manufacturing issues.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 25, 2013 As part of Executive Insights Series, AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 announces 4 panel discussions focused on the most critical issues facing aerospace and defense manufacturing today. Speakers will provide insider’s perspective on complex issues and meaningful framework for discussion. Topics will include: Sequestration: OEM & Supplier Perspectives; Cyber Security and Counterfeit Parts & Materials; New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes; and 3D Modeling Manufacturing World.
BIO praises Senate for passing national traceability bill.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 25, 2013 BIO applauds Senate for approving H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act, which will create single, uniform, and national solution to safeguard nation's pharmaceutical supply chain against criminal counterfeiting. Standards will replace currently fragmented and piecemeal system that varies from state to state. Legislation requires that prescription drug packaging use advanced technologies so product’s source and distribution history can be traced nationwide from manufacturer to patient.

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