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BIO urges EPA to get Renewable Fuel Standard back on track.

April 21, 2015

BIO urged EPA to correct flawed methodology in proposed rule for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. Agency unveiled proposed consent decree to settle lawsuits regarding EPA’s delays in taking action on 2014 and 2015 rules and will seek stakeholder comment, as required by Clean Air Act, before determining whether to sign decree and to submit it to court for approval. Agency also committed to re-propose volume requirements for 2014 that reflect volumes of renewable fuel that were actually used in 2014. Read More

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BIO International Convention to be held in Philadelphia, PA.

April 21, 2015

Scheduled for June 15–18, 2015 BIO International Convention attracts 15,000 of the world's most powerful biotech and pharmaceutical players from 65 countries, offering unparalleled business partnering, education, and networking. Press Kit Materials are available at: http://www.tradeshownews.com/events/2015-BIO-International-Convention/BIO/. Read More

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SPE Thermoforming Division announces call for entries.

April 21, 2015

SPE Thermoforming Division has announced a call for entries in its third annual Student Parts Competition, encouraging students to specify and collaborate on a potential thermoformed application. Students are invited to submit an actual part or design project that would involve thermoforming and extrusion processes relevant to thermoforming industry. Judges will evaluate submissions by considering design innovation, process use, cost analysis, and overall creativity. Read More

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Velociti Inc. renews ATA Featured Product agreement.

April 20, 2015

ATA and Velociti Inc. announced they are renewing their ATA Featured Product agreement. Velociti Inc. assists transportation companies in maximizing ROI by using their accumulated knowledge and expertise in a variety of technology solutions, including in-cab communications, fleet tracking, refrigeration monitoring, auto tire inflation/monitoring, and collision avoidance, as well as obstacle detection, video monitoring, driver behavior systems, auxiliary power units, and fuel management systems. Read More

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Recreational Vehicle Importers settle with EPA.

April 20, 2015

EPA announced settlement with 4 Texas-based recreational vehicle importers and affiliated Chinese vehicle manufacturer, for illegal import and sale of more than 4,000 uncertified off-road recreational vehicles sold under brand name Hammerhead from 2007–2011. Settlement alleges that companies violated numerous Clean Air Act provisions governing how vehicles must be manufactured, tested, and certified before they can be sold in U.S. Companies will pay total of $560,000 in civil penalties. Read More

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SME's RAPID 2015 is largest 3D printing event to date.

April 17, 2015

Celebrating its 25-year anniversary, SME's RAPID Conference & Exposition is known as the preeminent event for 3D printing, scanning, and additive manufacturing. RAPID 2015 will give attendees the opportunity to engage with more than 195 exhibitors and explore the future of the industry through interactive experiences and keynotes from industry leaders. Show floor highlights will include: Hovercraft Races, Innovation Auditions, 3D Playground, and Contemporary Art Gallery. Read More

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SPE Announces Winners of Plastics for Life competition.

April 17, 2015

SPE® announced winners of second-annual Plastics for Life™ global parts competition. Respective winners of feature-based Protecting Life, Quality of Life, Improving Life, and Sustaining Life categories were Rescue Backboard, Nissan GT-R Composite Decklid, 40-ml Triangular Shaped Precision Products Bottle, and Foam Core Parking Stop. People's Choice category winner was Bowling Pin Elevator, and Grand Award went to Single-Collimator Molded LED Headlamp Lens. Read More

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IREC Solar Financing Toolkit addresses PPA challenges, costs.

April 17, 2015

IREC's Solar Power Purchase Agreement Toolkit aims to reduce solar soft costs and assist local governments and other public entities seeking to install and finance rooftop solar systems. Provided in user-friendly format, resources help overcome common challenges and costs associated with retail solar power purchase agreements (PPAs). To empower municipal entities that seek to utilize solar PPAs, toolkit workshops and webinar will supplement this toolkit with hands-on training. Read More

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Scripps Institute Director to deliver keynote at BIO event.

April 17, 2015

Leading digital medicine practitioner and Scripps Translational Science Institute Director, Dr. Eric Topol, will deliver Keynote address during 2015 BIO International Convention®, June 15–18 in Philadelphia, PA. Keynote Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, June 17. Voted the #1 Most Influential Physician Executive in the U.S. in a poll conducted by Modern Healthcare, Topol is also the author of the bestselling book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now. Read More

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ASTM Workshop will focus on analysis of hydrocarbon types.

April 16, 2015

On June 22, ASTM will hold a workshop on State-of-the-Art Analytical Testing Methodologies for Improving the Analysis of Hydrocarbon Types for Naphthas, Jet Fuel and Diesel Fuel Range Streams. Workshop topics will include techniques using chromatography and/or mass spectrometry etc. Appropriate methodologies may be developed further by ASTM sections to either improve existing ASTM test methods or develop new test methods. Read More

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Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signs critical legislation.

April 16, 2015

BIO and Colorado BioScience Association commend Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for signing legislation to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Senate Bill 71 includes transparent communication on all biologic medicines dispensed in order to maintain complete medical record. Bill seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies. Read More

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FAA Summary Grants speed UAS exemptions.

April 16, 2015

Summary grant process will speed up Section 333 exemption approvals for many commercial unmanned aircraft system operators. Section 333 is part of 2012 FAA reauthorization law that lets Secretary of Transportation determine if certain low-risk UAS operations can be authorized prior to finalizing small UAS proposed rule. Although FAA still reviews each Section 333 petition individually, agency can issue summary grant when it finds it has already granted previous exemption similar to new request. Read More

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PMA to host Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference.

April 15, 2015

On April 28–29, 2015, PMA will host its 22nd annual Automotive Parts Suppliers Conference in Troy, MI. Event will include general sessions on sales and production forecast and fostering innovation; educational sessions on contract terms and conditions, doing business in Mexico, and heavy truck industry; panel discussions on automotive purchasing and materials selection; roundtable lunch discussions on key industry issues; and high-level networking sessions. Read More

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NTSB issues safety alerts for pilots and mechanics.

April 15, 2015

NTSB issued 4 Safety Alerts highlighting safety issues identified in several recent accident investigations. Three alerts are geared towards general aviation pilots and address mountain flying skills and survival equipment; transition training before flying unfamiliar aircraft; and performing thorough preflight checks on aircraft that have just received flight control or trim system maintenance. Safety Alert aimed at mechanics discusses flight control and trim system misrigging problems. Read More

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MESA opens Smart Manufacturing Working Group.

April 14, 2015

Open to global manufacturers/producers and solution providers, Smart Manufacturing Working Group aims to demystify technology-related information, specifically as it pertains to manufacturing or production-related operations. Group will provide a positioning paper on the topic of Cloud Services for Smart Manufacturing to NIST; overarching white paper explaining different initiatives, terms, and integration standards in industry; and expansion of MESA's Collaborative Manufacturing Dictionary. Read More

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Women in Manufacturing files as national trade association.

April 14, 2015

While it originated in 2011 as networking group powered by PMA, Women in Manufacturing (WiM) became its own 501(c)6 national trade association as of April 1, 2015. WiM's first board meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on March 26, when discussions were had in resolutions concerning establishment of executive and nominating committees, appointment of officers, association's financial position, and FY2015 budget approval. Gretchen Zierick was elected as WiM’s first chairperson. Read More

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OPC Foundation Names Stefan Hoppe as new vice president.

April 14, 2015

OPC Foundation named one member of its Board of Directors, Stefan Hoppe (president of OPC Europe), as its new vice president. In this position, Hoppe will take global leadership role to help position OPC-UA as worldwide standard for interoperability and IoT (Internet of Things) communication. Hoppe expressed excitement over working with those of shared passion for building infrastructure to support greater connectivity in manufacturing and automation. Read More

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ASABE Adopts Updated ISO Standard for rear-mounted PTO linkages.

April 14, 2015

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) adopted recently amended ISO 730:2009. New standard, ANSI/ASABE AD730:2009 W/Amd 1:2014, Agricultural wheeled tractors — Rear-mounted three-point Linkage — Categories 1N, 1, 2N, 2, 3N, 3, 4N and 4, includes link coupler illustrations and hitch data for larger tractors equipped with 45 mm PTO shafts. These were added in July 2014 Amendment 1 to ISO 730:2009 and further harmonizes national and international standardization. Read More

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MCAA releases results of 2015 Customer Satisfaction Survey.

April 14, 2015

Nearly 18,000 customers (including buyers, users, resellers, and channel partners) were surveyed in 2015. In all, 2,733 surveys were completed by customers or channel partners resulting in 15.2% absolute overall response rate and average response rate of 19.5%. Measured by overall satisfaction and loyalty, 2015 Customer Satisfaction results for manufacturers indicate overall customer satisfaction at its second highest level in 12 years and customer loyalty in third place in the time period. Read More

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LAM 2015 addresses future of AM and 3D printing.

April 13, 2015

Featuring speakers from BMW, Siemens, GE Global Research, and Fraunhofer institutes, LIA's Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop drew nearly 200 attendees who got a real-world view of the profit potential and pitfalls of industrial 3D printing. From unique job shop successes to visions of printing human tissue, attendees were treated to broad range of expert knowledge — including state-of-the-art strategies to eliminate cracking, clad large parts, and build high-value components. Read More