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Jeanne Asquith honored for longtime service.

March 31, 2015

ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock has recognized exceptional service of Jeanne Asquith, president and laboratory manager at 3rd Rock LLC in East Aurora, NY, with the Woodland G. Shockley Memorial Award. An ASTM member since 1990, Asquith was secretary of D18 from 2001–2007 and currently serves as membership secretary. Asquith is a certified professional geologist and lab manager with more than 25 years of experience in laboratory testing, investigation, remediation, and construction projects. Read More

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SPE, Penn College, and Paulson form educational alliance.

March 31, 2015

SPE, the Plastics Innovation and Resource Center of Penn College of Technology, and Paulson Training Programs, Inc. have entered into alliance to offer plastics professionals and companies a resource for educational information, training programs, and certifications. SPE will market this training and certification alliance within the community and will initiate outreach programs to attract new members with their first year of premium membership as part of training and certification packages. Read More

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Settlement with Continental Carbon will reduce air pollution.

March 31, 2015

In settlement with the United States and states of Alabama and Oklahoma, Continental Carbon Company has agreed to install pollution control technology that will significantly cut emissions of harmful air pollutants at manufacturing facilities in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas. Settlement will resolve claims that Houston-based company violated Clean Air Act by modifying their facilities in way that caused release of excess sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Dr. Maarten van Wijnkoop.

March 31, 2015

Maarten van Wijnkoop, Ph.D., holding master's degree in inorganic chemistry and doctorate in organometallic chemistry, received Harlan J. Anderson Award for outstanding contributions to ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle. He joined URENCO Nederland in 1997 as process development engineer and was promoted to head of Chemistry Services. In 2011, van Wijnkoop assumed his current role as senior technology manager chemistry in URENCO Central Technology Group. Read More

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EPA awards clean diesel grants in 21 states and Puerto Rico.

March 30, 2015

EPA has awarded $8 million to communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico to reduce emissions from nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines through agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act program. Grants will fund projects such as retrofitting older school buses to improve air quality for children riding to school, upgrading marine propulsion and agriculture engines, and replacing long haul truck engines. Each project will improve air quality and support economic growth in local communities. Read More

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Report shows economic impact of academia-industry technology.

March 27, 2015

Commissioned by BIO, independent study documents significant impact academia-industry technology transfer makes to U.S. economy. Entitled, "The Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United States: 1996-2013," report estimates that, during this 18-year time period, academia-industry patent licensing bolstered U.S. gross industry output by up to $1.18 trillion, U.S. gross domestic product by up to $518 billion, and supported up to 3,824,000 U.S. jobs. Read More

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MCI-ECF for March 2015 shows overall confidence at 4-year high.

March 27, 2015

Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) for March 2015 shows overall confidence at 72.1, which is up from February's 66.3 and represents highest level in 4 years. Regarding respondants' expectations over next 4 months, 50% said business conditions will improve, 41.7% believe demand for leases and loans to fund capex will increase, 25% expect more access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and 70.8% expecting to hire more employees. Read More

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ATA selects EpicVue as Featured Product company.

March 27, 2015

Selected as ATA Featured Product company, EpicVue service for fleets brings more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming including premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and NFL Sunday Ticket into driver's sleeper for monthly subscription fee and without any upfront hardware costs. Included in EpicVue package is a 24 in. flat screen TV, DVR, off-air antenna used to pick up local channels, and EpicVue ruggedized satellite antenna for rear or top of cab. Read More

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Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC settles violations.

March 27, 2015

U.S. EPA and U.S. DOJ announced settlement with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC, which resolves allegations that the company generated invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million. From January to October of 2010, Washakie generated more than 7.2 million Renewable Identification Numbers and reported to EPA that it produced biodiesel associated with those RINs at its Plymouth, Utah facility. During that time, however, Washakie did not produce any biodiesel at facility. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2015 combines latest technology and knowledge.

March 27, 2015

From critical combination of latest technology and knowledge to access to solutions and subject matter experts, IPC APEX EXPO® 2015 provided information, exchange, and connections that helped 4,105 attendees from 42 countries prepare for the future. Event included 448 exhibitors encompassing 143,500 ft² of show floor space, and attracted 9,027 total visitors including attendees and exhibitor personnel. More than 90% of survey respondents said show met or exceeded their top objectives. Read More

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Manufacturing Day Announces Edge Factor as new Media Partner.

March 27, 2015

As announced by partner organizations that produce Manufacturing DaySM across North America, media production company Edge Factor joined the production team as Media Partner. Edge Factor creates media that tell stories of teams who design and build products that affect lives as well as economy. This media forms basis for educational programming, eduFACTOR, distributed via schoolwide subscriptions to inspire next generation inventors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers. Read More

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IPC Awards QML to STI Electronics after audits.

March 27, 2015

IPC's Validation Services Program awarded IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to STI Electronics, Inc. (STI). STI successfully completed audits based on all three standards and met or exceeded electronics industry’s Class 3 testing requirements intended for high-performance electronics assemblies. STI will now be listed as IPC-trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps labs test for dissolved gases in water.

March 27, 2015

Proposed ASTM standard, WK43267, Test Method for Measurement of Dissolved Gases Methane, Ethane, Ethylene, and Propane by Static Headspace Sampling and Flame Ionization Detection will help environmental and testing laboratories ensure that drinking water is safe in areas in which hydraulic fracturing occurs. Laboratories would use proposed test to compare water from fracturing areas to water prepared with dissolved gases as a serial dilution. Read More

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HI appoints Michael B. Michaud as Executive Director.

March 26, 2015

Michael B. Michaud will begin his role as Executive Director on May 1, 2015. For the past 19 years, Michaud has held various leadership roles at ASME where he currently is Managing Director, Global Alliances, responsible for ASME’s Global Strategy Execution and International Business Development. Prior assignments included managing several business areas including ASME’s Training and Professional Development portfolio and ASME’s Gas Turbine and Petroleum Technology Institutes. Read More

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Christopher Hart takes the helm of the NTSB.

March 26, 2015

Christopher A. Hart was sworn as the 13th chairman of the NTSB during ceremony presided over by Chief Administrative Law Judge Alfonso Montano. Chairman Hart is an aerospace engineer, attorney, and licensed pilot with commercial, multi-engine, and instrument ratings. Prior to stepping into role of acting chairman, Hart had served as vice chairman and a member of the Board since 2009. He also served as a member of the Board from 1990 to 1993. Read More

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ASABE Completely Revises Standard for polyethylene pipe.

March 26, 2015

ASABE revised its standard on polyethylene pipe used in microirrigation. As complete rewrite of previous standard, ASAE S435.1, Polyethylene Pipe Used for Microirrigation Laterals, reflects current best practices. It contains requirements and methods for testing of polyethylene materials and of pipe or tubing made from those materials for microirrigation. Also, standard covers classification, nomenclature, test requirements and methods, workmanship, dimensions, and methods of marking. Read More

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Registration for 2015 HI Technical Meeting now open.

March 26, 2015

Scheduled for June 2–5, 2015, Hydraulic Institute Technical Meeting offers venue for interested members to volunteer their expertise and join industry-transforming technical committees which create widely respected ANSI/HI Standards, technical guidelines, and reports for pumps and pumping systems. Some highlights also include: Department of Energy & Government Affairs Update, Standards Leadership Workshop, Technical Affairs Update, and Pump Knowledge Workshops. Read More

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BIO urges Governor Herbert to sign important legislation.

March 26, 2015

BIO calls upon Governor Herbert to sign important legislation that serves to update existing Utah laws governing substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Utah Senate unanimously passed House Bill 279, a bill that amends provisions of the 2013 Pharmacy Practice Act. House Bill 279 represents significant step forward, ensures transparency and communication between patients and their treatment teams, and is fully consistent with BIO’s principles on biologic substitution. Read More

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Majority of Manufacturers plan to invest in new technologies.

March 26, 2015

According to SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media, more than half of manufacturing leaders are planning to invest in advanced manufacturing technologies in the next 2 years. Findings are part of organization’s Advanced Manufacturing Opportunities Report, which highlights results of a survey of manufacturing executives, engineers, and managers on why companies are investing in and using advanced manufacturing technologies such as industrial robotics, additive manufacturing, or 3D printing. Read More

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DOE announces two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking.

March 25, 2015

U.S. DOE released Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Pumps and for Test Procedures for Commercial and Industrial Pumps, both of which can be found on HI website and are available for public comment and review. HI intends to respond on behalf of its members, both in writing and at April 29th Public Hearing. New details and background on HI's role in representing HI members and the pump industry on evolving regulations are available at: www.Pumps.org/DOERulemaking.
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