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ASABE requests input on baling twine standard revision.

June 19, 2015

ASABE has initiated project to revise ANSI/ASAE S315.4, Agricultural Baling Twine for Automatic Balers. Standard provides uniform polyolefin and sisal agricultural baler twine specifications to ensure satisfactory performance in round and square balers as well as adequate durability in normal storage and handling of baled forage and biomass materials. Revision adds larger packaging size category for large square baler twine and re-wording of description for knotters on large square baler. Read More

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NASA and DLR Partner for research into advanced aircraft.

June 18, 2015

Extending years of vital inter-agency cooperation, NASA and German Aerospace Center (DLR) have signed agreements to work together to reduce aircraft noise and advance research into rotorcraft. First agreement pertains to researching methods for predicting aircraft system noise and establishing validation guidelines for comparison. Under second agreement, agencies will develop blade imaging technique that will allow study of airflow over helicopter blades while in flight. Read More

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NEMA publishes Supplement to ANSI/NEMA MW 1000.

June 18, 2015

NEMA has published Supplement to ANSI/NEMA MW 1000 Reference Requirements for Round Film-insulated Magnet Wire. Document offers quick way to reference most common performance requirements for film-insulated magnet wire, when MW 1000 general requirements and test procedures associated with those requirements are already known. It is continually developed and maintained to ensure that specifications and test procedures reflect evolving magnet wire end-user requirements. Read More

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U.S. and France sign Memorandum of Cooperation.

June 18, 2015

FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta and French National Space Agency President Jean-Yves Le Gall have signed MOC to cooperate on research and development related to the safety of private sector orbital space launches and re-entry activities. Research-related, non-binding arrangement could pave the way for development of future arrangements between FAA and France related to regulation of suborbital reusable vehicles that can carry people and operation of launch sites known as spaceports. Read More

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NREL Engineers will help smart homes perform efficiently.

June 18, 2015

Dedicated team of engineers at NREL's Smart Power Laboratory in its Energy Systems Integration Facility are developing technologies that will help smart homes of the future perform efficiently and communicate effectively with electricity grid while optimizing occupants' comfort and convenience. Within its 5,300 sq ft, lab features 3 smart home test bays capable of evaluating variety of household appliances and systems, such as water heating and washer/dryer setups. Read More

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BIO elects new chair, officers, and board members.

June 18, 2015

BIO announces election of Ron Cohen, MD, President and CEO, Acorda Therapeutics, as new Chair of its Board of Directors for 2015-2016 term, and election of Deborah Dunsire, MD, President and CEO, FORUM Pharmaceuticals, as its new Board Secretary. BIO also announces re-election of Dan Junius, President and CEO, ImmunoGen, as Board Treasurer, and election of 19 Directors to serve on BIO’s Board Executive Committee. In addition, BIO welcomes 8 new members to its Board of Directors. Read More

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NREL Partnerships help grid accommodate more renewable energy.

June 18, 2015

NREL announces 5 new partnerships that will award up to $6.5 million in federal funds to technical teams. Cost-shared projects with industry, universities, and other stakeholders will address challenge of enabling nation's electric grid to handle increasing amounts of renewable energy. NREL is managing the Integrated Network Testbed for Energy Grid Research and Technology Experimentation and all teams will test their technologies in NREL's megawatt-scale Energy Systems Integration Facility. Read More

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Parsec Automation Corp. joins MESA as Gold Keystone Sponsor.

June 18, 2015

MESA International announced that Parsec Automation Corp., a leading application software developer in the field of manufacturing operations management and performance, has joined MESA as a Gold Keystone Sponsor. Parsec will join other industry leaders in supporting MESA's mission and contributing to the unified industry voice that is MESA. Read More

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ASTM Committee Presents Award of Merit to Dr. Bertand Morel.

June 17, 2015

ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle recognized Bertrand Morel, Ph.D., research and development deputy director at AREVA, with Award of Merit and honorary title of fellow. Specifically noted was Morel’s leadership and commitment to developing international specifications and test methods related to nuclear fuel. ASTM member since 1995, Morel is C26 second vice chairman, chairs Subcommittee C26.02, and has served on ASTM board of directors since 2014. Read More

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HI publishes guidebook on wastewater treatment plant pumps.

June 17, 2015

Hydraulic Institute's Wastewater Treatment Plant Pumps guidebook is intended to assist in the understanding of general layout, components, and operation of typical wastewater treatment plant with capacity of 10–100 million gallons per day. Book also provides readers with guidance necessary to select pump types, pump materials, and auxiliary components so pumping system performs effectively, efficiently, and reliably in various plant operations. Read More

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FAA Releases Draft EA for Southern CA airspace improvements.

June 16, 2015

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks public comment on Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for Southern California Metroplex project proposal, which aims to improve Southern California air traffic flow by increasing safety and efficiency. Draft EA is available for public review and comment for 30 days, and FAA will hold 11 public workshops between June 16 and July 1 in 2015 to teach people about said proposal and how to submit comments on it. Read More

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FAA Grant enhances BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport safety.

June 16, 2015

FAA's $16.8 million grant to Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport will be used to complete fourth phase of taxiway improvement program for Runways 10/28 and 15R/33L. Construction is expected to be completed within 2016. As stated by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, this long-term economic investment will result in Baltimore area residents and surrounding communities experiencing "economic benefits of ongoing construction-related job opportunities." Read More

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EPA Technical Guides support vapor intrusion assessment.

June 16, 2015

Technical Guide for Assessing and Mitigating the Vapor Intrusion Pathway from Subsurface Vapor Sources to Indoor Air applies to all sites being evaluated under federal land cleanup statutes by EPA, other federal agencies, state and tribal governments, and brownfield grantees. Technical Guide for Addressing Petroleum Vapor Intrusion at Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites addresses any sites where vapor intrusion related to petroleum contamination from underground storage tanks is a concern. Read More

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NEMA Procedure addresses efficacy ratings of luminaires.

June 15, 2015

NEMA has published LE 6-2014 Procedure for Determining Target Efficacy Ratings for Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Luminaires. Procedure provides practical and uniform method for calculating a metric to evaluate and compare the "energy effectiveness" of luminaires. LE 6-2014 was updated to explicitly include LED technology and is of particular interest to recessed luminaire manufacturers, fluorescent lamp manufacturers, and HID manufacturers. Read More

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CSA Group expands testing in Cleveland laboratory.

June 15, 2015

CSA Group expanded its laboratory in Cleveland, OH, continuing its commitment to provide superior local service to customers by adding new services in high growth sectors. Recent expansion added 4,000 sq² of laboratory space and includes full service explosion-proof and flame-proof lab, gas detection lab with ability to test up to 100% concentration levels, energy storage lab with capabilities to test to North American and international standards, and high-force lab with customized UTMs. Read More

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CSA Group opens EMC testing chamber in Strasskirchen, Germany.

June 15, 2015

CSA Group continues its growth in Europe by opening a new EMC testing chamber in Strasskirchen, Bayern, Germany. The 560-square meter lab building allows for testing of large objects including passenger cars of all sizes. It will enable CSA Group to address the growing market demand resulting from increased connectivity of products and solutions. Chamber extends current EMC testing capabilities to 7,260 square meters in 17 shielded rooms and 7 anechoic chambers. Read More

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NEMA publishes application guideline for terminal blocks.

June 12, 2015

Last published in 2010, NEMA ICS 4-2015 Application Guideline for Terminal Blocks updates technical references to IEC 60947-7 series and ANSI/UL standards. It applies to 1-piece (modular) or 2-piece terminal blocks with screw-type, screwless-type, or insulation-displacement clamping units intended for industrial use and that are fixed to a support or a printed circuit board to provide electrical and mechanical connection for round, solid, or stranded conductors. Read More

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SME names Yoram Koren its 2015 Honorary Member.

June 12, 2015

SME recognized Yoram Koren, DSc, HSME, professor emeritus of engineering at the University of Michigan, as its 2015 Honorary Member. Award is reserved for individuals whose overall contributions to manufacturing align with SME’s efforts to promote importance of manufacturing and attract future generations to the industry. Koren was chosen for his leadership, innovation, and implementation of manufacturing technologies, particularly related to automation and reconfigurable manufacturing systems. Read More

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EPA releases environmental justice screening and mapping tool.

June 12, 2015

U.S. EPA has released EJSCREEN, which uses high-resolution maps combined with demographic and environmental data to identify places with potentially elevated environmental burdens and vulnerable populations. Color-coded maps, bar charts, and reports enable users to better understand areas in need of increased environmental protection, health care access, housing, infrastructure improvement, community revitalization, and climate resilience. Read More

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Annual SPE Survey shows rising salaries and job satisfaction.

June 12, 2015

According to Plastics Salary and Trends Survey, optimism prevails among plastics industry employees. Average base salaries in USA grew 0.7% from 2013 to $104,722 in calendar year 2014, and job confidence and growth expectations remained high for both managers and non-managers. Survey of 1,250 plastics professionals, tracking earnings during full calendar year 2014, shows continuation of 5-year trend of confidence in both plastics industry and individuals' personal job security. Read More