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North American Acid Manufacturer will reduce emissions.

March 26, 2014

As announced by U.S. EPA and Department of Justice, LSB Industries Inc. (LSB) and 4 of its subsidiaries have agreed to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by meeting emission limits at plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Total penalty of $725,000 is also due to resolve alleged violations of Clean Air Act and applicable Oklahoma state law. Additionally, companies must continuously monitor emissions and make any necessary operational improvements. Read More

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Robert J. Dowding to receive first-ever Vanguard Award.

March 26, 2014

Robert J. Dowding, Research Manager for Materials and Manufacturing Science, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, has been selected to receive Vanguard Award from MPIF. Award recognizes powder metallurgy industry champions from end-user community whose long-time promotion of the technology has contributed to expansion of powder metal applications. Over course of Dowding’s tenure at ARL, much of his PM-based R&D work has been related to material and process development for tungsten and tungsten alloys. Read More

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PMA accepting entries for 2014 Metalforming Awards.

March 26, 2014

PMA invites industry-leading companies to submit an entry for its 2014 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. Presented annually, awards recognize high standards of achievement set by metalforming industry in areas of design, quality, training and education, safety, productivity, process control, and product development. Companies honored will receive prominent coverage in MetalForming magazine; recognition at 2014 FABTECH tradeshow; $1,500 cash prize and plaque; and key presence on PMA’s website. Read More

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Webinar Series to address mechanical seals.

March 25, 2014

HI and Pump Systems Matter, in collaboration with Fluid Sealing Association, have announced Introduction to Mechanical Seals webinar series of 2014. Series will begin on March 27 and will continue April 1, April 3, and April 8. Opening session will cover how mechanical seals work and give overview of most common seal types. Session 2 addresses Construction and Design, while Session 3 covers Installation, Connections, and Commissioning. Session 4 focuses on Seal Environment and Failure Analysis. Read More

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IEC Electronics Corp earns IPC J-STD-001/IPC-A-610 certification.

March 25, 2014

IPC's Validation Services Program awarded first IPC J-STD-001/IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to IEC Electronics Corporation's Newark, NY and Albuquerque, NM facilities. Additionally, IEC Electronics' testing laboratory, Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), in Albuquerque has been certified as IPC-approved Validation Services Test Laboratory. Certificates will be presented by IPC President and CEO John Mitchell during Opening Keynote Session at IPC APEX EXPO® on March 25, 2014. Read More

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Hundreds of Manufacturers gather at the MFG Meeting.

March 25, 2014

More than 700 manufacturing leaders gathered at The MFG Meeting to address the most pressing topics manufacturers face today. Organized by AMT, NTMA, and PMA, meeting's theme was "Opportunity has no limits … leap for it." Some highlights include: keynote on competitive advantage, organizational change, and transformational leadership; discussion about state of the economy; report on water and future of American manufacturing; and keynote on driving innovation by intentional strategic intervention. Read More

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LIA releases revised standard to promote safer facilities.

March 25, 2014

Updated for first time in 7 years, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers will be available through LIA. ANSI Z136.1 guides safe use of lasers and laser systems by defining control measures for 7 laser hazard classifications. Some highlights include: 19 new definitions of key terms; increase in allowed exposure levels for wavelengths between 1.2–1.4 µm; and updated section on "special qualifications" for medical-related exposures to include MPEs expressed in terms of illuminance. Read More

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Jeff Tomitz joins NEMA as VP of finance and administration.

March 25, 2014

Coming to NEMA with 30 years of experience, more than 10 of which has been in public accounting, Jeff Tomitz is responsible for overseeing financial activities of the organization and human resource management. He will maintain budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting, as well as improve internal controls. Tomitz principally served the not-for-profit community within the Baltimore–D.C. metro corridor, Recently, he served as CFO for National Quality Forum and American Council of Education. Read More

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EPA calls for Green Chemistry Challenge Award nominations.

March 25, 2014

EPA is asking companies or institutions to nominate their innovative technologies for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. Agency is looking for nominations that have developed safer chemical processes and products that may reduce the generation and use of chemicals that are hazardous to people’s health and the environment. EPA anticipates recognizing 5 award winning green chemistry technologies this fall. Nominations are due by April 30, 2014. Read More

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IPC Apex Expo 2014 will host 440 exhibiting companies.

March 24, 2014

Taking place in Las Vegas, NV from March 25–27, IPC APEX EXPO® will host 440 companies showcasing new technologies, products, materials and services for electronics manufacturing industry. Over 300+ new products will be introduced at this exhibition, which will feature 57 first-time exhibitors. Spanning 137,600 ft², this IPC APEX EXPO is largest in 5 years and will feature "New Ideas…For New Horizons" theme. My APEX EXPO interactive planner will be available for attendees. Read More

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SME Education Foundation supports ITA, IMTTA with scholarships.

March 24, 2014

In support of Italian Trade Agency's (ITA) Call for Papers for 2014 Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards (IMTTA), SME Education Foundation will award scholarships to top winners. Winners of Fifth IMTTA, selected as having the best papers, will be awarded 2-week trip to Italy with activities scheduled from June 29 to July 12, 2014. Foundation scholarship is in addition to aforementioned trip. Papers should be submitted in electronic format by May 9, 2014. Read More

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PMMI-PACK EXPO presents options for food packaging and retail.

March 21, 2014

PMMI and Food Marketing Institute described their joint effort to better communicate the many roles packaging can play in food retail merchandising and along supply chain. Central among partnership is the PMMI-PACK EXPO Possibilities in Packaging Pavilion at FMI Connect 2014, a special exhibit showcasing packaging solutions for the future of food retail. Experts will address topics such as sustainability, displays and design with impact, next generation packaging, and smart and active packaging. Read More

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Pharm EXPO offers smart solutions for lifecycle innovation.

March 21, 2014

Co-located with PACK EXPO International, and produced in partnership by PACK EXPO owner and producer PMMI and ISPE, debut edition of Pharma EXPO will bring over 200 exhibitors and 10,000 attendees together Nov 2–5, 2014. Educational sessions will cover critical topics such as anti-counterfeiting, international regulatory issues, automation trends, cold chain, nutraceuticals, contract packaging, overall equipment effectiveness, and global supply chain serialization. Read More

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Business Conditions Report indicates improving conditions.

March 20, 2014

According to March 2014 PMA Business Conditions Report, 38% of participants predict slight improvement during next 3 months, 54% anticipate no change, and 8% believe economic activity will decline. Reported current average daily shipping compared to levels 3 months ago was up for 48% of participants, same for 37%, and down for 15%. Regarding incoming orders during next 3 months, 44% of companies forecasted increase while 45% didn't expect any change and 11% predicted decrease. Read More

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ASC and Adhesion Society agree to 3-year term.

March 20, 2014

ASC signed a 3-year agreement with the Adhesion Society whereby the Council will manage the Society's Annual Meeting, oversee its membership effort, and serve as the Home Office for the Society. The Council and Society previously had a 1-year agreement covering the fiscal year from June 30, 2013 through July 1, 2014. Success of the arrangement allowed the Society and Council leadership to feel comfortable with a longer term arrangement. Read More

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BIO Gives Dupont CEO 2014 George Washington Carver Award.

March 20, 2014

BIO named DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman as recipient of 2014 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. First woman to receive this honor, Kullman accepted award "on behalf of all of the people who have worked to make DuPont a leader in industrial biotechnology." BIO's Brent Erickson lauded Kullman "for efforts to drive commercialization of industrial biotech processes and renewable, sustainable biobased products." Read More

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ATA welcomes electronic logging device proposal.

March 20, 2014

ATA officials welcomed proposal by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to mandate use of electronic logging devices in commercial trucks as potential improvement for highway safety. ATA successfully advocated for inclusion of provision mandating ELDs in most recent highway authorization law. ATA has a few concerns with some details relating to supporting document retention requirements and grandfathering of existing devices, among others, and will address those with FMCSA going forward. Read More

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NACD Welcomes 10 new members and affiliates.

March 20, 2014

Advance representation to nearly 420 companies, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) announced introduction of 10 new members and affiliates to its ranks. Chemical distributor candidate members include Breckenridge Technologies LLC, CNX Distribution, The Chemical Company, Esprix Technologies LP, and SGM LLC. Chemical handler affiliates include LeSaint Logistics LLC, while non-chemical handler affiliates include ERI Solutions Inc., Labelmaster, Lytx Inc., and IMA Inc. Read More

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EPA Reaches Agreement to stop harmful flea/tick collar production.

March 20, 2014

Agreement to cancel flea and tick pet collars containing propoxur has been reached between U.S. EPA, Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc., and Wellmark International. Under cancellation agreement, manufacturers are allowed to continue to produce said pet collars until April 1, 2015 but will not be allowed to distribute them after April 1, 2016. Agreement was reached as result of EPA's risk assessment regarding risks to children from exposure to pet collars containing propoxur. Read More

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EPA to lift suspension and debarment of BP.

March 20, 2014

EPA and BP executed agreement resolving all suspension and debarment actions against BP that barred company from doing business with the federal government following guilty plea in the Deepwater Horizon disaster of April 2010. Under agreement, BP is required to retain an independent auditor approved by EPA who will conduct an annual review and report on BP’s compliance with agreement. There are also specific provisions addressing ethics compliance, corporate governance, and process safety. Read More