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Global Parts Competition Winners announced at SPE ANTEC 2014.

May 19, 2014

SPE announced winners of its Global Parts Competition during SPE ANTEC® 2014, which took place April 28 to May 1 in Las Vegas, NV. Rear door assembly, developed by Walter Pack Group for Renault Twizy electric car, was chosen as Grand Prize winner as well as one of winners in Protecting Life, Quality of Life, Improving Life, and Sustaining Life categories. Winners also included Plasan Carbon Composites (Bennington, VT) and Plastic Technologies, Inc. (Perrysburg, OH).
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NIST awards manufacturing technology planning grants.

May 19, 2014

NIST awarded 19 advanced manufacturing technology planning grants totaling $9 million to new or existing industry-driven consortia to develop technology roadmaps aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance across industries. Awarded to universities and other non-profit organizations, grants are the first conferred by NIST’s new Advanced Manufacturing Technology Consortia (AMTech) Program. They range from $378,900 to $540,000 for a period of up to 2 years. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against VT Milcom, Inc.

May 19, 2014

FAA is proposing $91,000 civil penalty against VT Milcom, Inc. for allegedly violating U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations. FAA alleges that on July 17, 2013, VT Milcom shipped two 1-gallon metal containers of paint on a FedEx aircraft from Virginia Beach, VA to Jacksonville, NC. Investigators determined shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate hazardous nature of contents and was not marked, labeled, or packed in accordance with Hazardous Material Regulations. Read More

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SME partners with CAM Logic for THE BIG M Event.

May 19, 2014

CAM Logic is scanning the Spirit of Detroit Statue in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to create miniature-size statues using 3D printing. These statues will be given out to select group of people at SME’s THE BIG M event, June 9–12 at Cobo Center. To scan the Spirit of Detroit, CAM Logic placed tracker at different locations around statue. The tracker, which detects where laser scanner is located, "spray paints" statue with laser scanner until image is captured in its entirety. Read More

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ASC Spring Convention and Expo bring industry members together.

May 19, 2014

As announced by Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), 562 attendees participated in Spring Convention and EXPO that was held April 28–30, 2014 in Orlando, FL. This event was co-located with PSA Short Course, which drew record number of 58 participants. ASC President Matthew E. Croson said "ASC members and non-members found the program to be of strong value." Reflecting on "action packed 2.5 days," Croson noted meetings, business connections, and learning that took place there. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against Skinfix, Inc.

May 19, 2014

FAA is proposing $63,000 civil penalty against Skinfix, Inc. for allegedly violating U.S. DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations. FAA alleges that on July 10, 2013, Skinfix shipped a quart of ethyl alcohol on a UPS aircraft from Bedford, Nova Scotia to Chatsworth, CA. Investigators determined that shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate hazardous nature of its contents and it was not marked, labeled, or packed in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations. Read More

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NEMA Commends Federal Commitment to energy conserving ESPCs.

May 19, 2014

NEMA's Evan R. Gaddis commended Obama administration for setting ambitious and achievable goal of continuing to use energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) to upgrade energy efficiency of federal facilities. Specifically, President Barack Obama set goal for federal agencies to enter into $2 billion of ESPCs over the next 3 years. This adds specific target to his December 2013 announcement of continued ESPC use through 2016, bringing total commitment up to $4 billion since 2011. Read More

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BIO and ViS Research help streamline pediatric clinical trials.

May 16, 2014

BIO and ViS Research (ViS) announced Pediatric Clinical Research Group on ViS platform will include pediatric research sites. Launched to improve efficacy of clinical development for pediatric therapeutics, initiative aims to help member companies more efficiently assess global pediatric clinical research landscape and engage sites more easily for pediatric clinical studies. Initiative will also enable mapping of pediatric patient population and reduce site burden from feasibility assessments. Read More

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FAA Safety Briefing addresses airworthiness.

May 16, 2014

Covering Airworthiness Certification and Standards, May/June 2014 issue of FAA Safety Briefing looks at hidden dangers of layering supplemental type certificates, who to go to when plane has an issue, and how to take care of an aging aircraft. Users can learn more about airworthiness directive process and how to apply for STC. Aeromedical Advisory department introduces Dr. James Fraser as FAA's new Federal Air Surgeon, while Angle of Attack covers new policy on angle of attack indicators. Read More

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NREL Industry Group to explore solar lending potential.

May 16, 2014

NREL recently convened the Banking on Solar working group, which comprises more than 50 members representing solar, banking, legal, regulatory, and financial industries, among others. Group's principal efforts center on standardizing contracts and underwriting processes, as well as educating banks and regulators about risks and rewards of solar asset class. Goal is to reduce barriers to entry for banks that wish to diversify their asset base and invest in a market with high growth potential. Read More

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PMMI talks North American pharmaceutical trends at Interpack.

May 16, 2014

PMMI addressed top trends in robotics, traceability, and retail ready packaging at interpack. According to PMMI's study on robot usage and trends, robots are projected to be used for 27% of primary package for medical devices by 2018, compared to just 3% in 2013. For pharmaceuticals, robots are expected to handle 34% of primary packaging operations, up from 21% in 2013. PMMI has launched Top101Innovators.com online platform to help interpack attendees connect with technology providers. Read More

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EPA adds 7 hazardous waste sites to National Priorities List.

May 16, 2014

EPA is adding 7 hazardous waste sites that pose risks to people's health and the environment to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites. Superfund is the federal program that investigates and cleans up the most complex, uncontrolled, or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the country. Superfund cleanups also help economic well-being of communities by turning formerly idle properties into productive community assets that can broaden tax bases, create jobs, and enhance property values. Read More

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Biofuel Groups welcome Court of Appeals decision in RFS case.

May 15, 2014

U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit rejected petition by Monroe Energy, LLC challenging EPA's 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards. After EPA reduced cellulosic biofuel volume for 2013, Monroe Energy challenged EPA’s decision not to reduce renewable fuel and advanced biofuel volumes by same or lesser amount. Court rejected Monroe Energy’s argument and reaffirmed Congress’s directive that EPA ensure that U.S. transportation fuel contains at least the volumes provided in statute. Read More

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National Research Council praises EPA IRIS program enhancements.

May 14, 2014

U.S. EPA actions to improve its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program, which provides information regarding health effects of environmental contaminants, were applauded in report by National Academies' NRC. Specifically, report commends EPA for its substantive new approaches, continued commitment to improving process, as well as successes thus far. NRC expects completion of planned revisions "in a timely way" and that said revisions will "transform the IRIS program." Read More

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Technology Influencers Provide Insight at CES Unveiled Warsaw.

May 14, 2014

Scheduled to be held in conjunction with 5th Innovative Economy Congress, Inaugural CES Unveiled Warsaw will take place June 17, 2014 in Warsaw, Poland and feature breaking news about the 2015 International CES® as well as targeted market research and exhibitors showcasing tech innovations. CEA's Gary Shapiro will keynote 5th Innovative Economy Congress and serve on Disruptive Technology Innovation Panel. Programming will also include CES press conference and market research presentation. Read More

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BIO welcomes White House National Climate Assessment.

May 14, 2014

BIO welcomes release of White House National Climate Assessment, because tools of biotechnology are necessary to help mitigate impacts of climate change on human health, energy, and agricultural production. According to recent BIO study, EPA's proposed rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard would increase carbon emissions for 2014 and significantly reverse progress U.S. has made in reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector that is noted in the National Climate Assessment. Read More

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International CES launches call for speakers.

May 14, 2014

International CES® today announced its "Call for Speakers" for the 2015 International CES®, which returns to Las Vegas, NV, January 6–9, 2015. Conference boasts talents and expertise of industry speakers through 250 cutting-edge sessions, empowering attendees with knowledge to stay at forefront of innovation. Event will also feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services. Speaker proposals will be accepted through 5 pm EDT, June 13, 2014. Read More

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EPA releases EnviroAtlas ecosystem mapping tool.

May 14, 2014

U.S. EPA released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helping decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on fragile ecosystems and the communities who depend on goods and services from these ecosystems. EnviroAtlas can help people learn about ecosystems, and how they provide benefits such as clean air and water, opportunities for recreation, and protection from severe weather, such as hurricanes and floods. Read More

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Alaska UAS Test Site begins research flights.

May 14, 2014

FAA announced that the University of Alaska's unmanned aircraft system test site is the second of 6 to become operational. Agency has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization allowing flights by Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal surveys at its Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex in Fairbanks. Main purpose of operation is to show how UAS can accurately locate, identify, and count large wild animals for survey operations requested by state of Alaska. Read More

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BIO announces Buzz of BIO contest winners.

May 14, 2014

BIO has announced winners of the 2014 BIO International Convention® Buzz of BIO contest, recognizing highly innovative companies in the biotech sector. Competition spotlights emerging companies that are R&D intensive and helps position them to develop strategic partnerships within the industry. BNOAT Oncology, Inc. and HNu-nanoPOINT won Technologies of Tomorrow category, while Kibow Biotech Inc. and Novan Therapeutics won Pipelines of Promise category. Read More