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BIO submits official comments on proposed RFS rule.

February 6, 2014

In official comments, BIO emphasized that the EPA lacks authority to waive overall 2014 volume requirements for Renewable Fuel Standard, particularly when production and supply of advanced biofuels continues to grow. If EPA does lower biofuel volume requirements, it will undercut efforts to commercialize new cellulosic biofuel technologies just as they begin to enter the market. EPA should not put at risk the progress the advanced biofuel industry has made in commercializing new biofuels. Read More

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ASTM Asset Management Committee honors 2 longtime members.

February 6, 2014

ASTM International Committee E53 on Asset Management has initiated the Dieter-Hestermann award to recognize and honor future individuals who provide outstanding leadership and have made exemplary technical, practical, and administrative contributions to Committee E53 over continuous period of time. Inaugural recipients and namesakes of award are James M. Dieter, an asset management consultant at Ascot Associates in Vienna, VA, and Lyle Hestermann, a retired property manager from Fort Wayne, IN. Read More

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ASTM invites participation in developing ceiling standard.

February 6, 2014

Interested parties are invited to join in development of proposed standard that would be used during design and installation of suspended gypsum ceiling systems for commercial construction. ASTM WK44242, Practice for Installation of Metal Suspension Ceiling Systems for Gypsum Board Applications, will give manufacturers and contractors guideline for best seismic installation practice. Products described in standard are used in hospitals, schools, churches, retail, and other commercial spaces. Read More

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NEMA supports energy efficiency incentives in tax reform.

February 6, 2014

NEMA transmitted to Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Max Baucus, comments on the Energy Tax Reform Proposals he released last month. NEMA compliments the chairman for taking on the important challenge of comprehensive tax reform and goals of broadening the tax base, simplifying code, and lowering corporate income tax rate. At the same time, NEMA believes that achieving these goals must include incentives for energy efficiency, since the U.S. currently wastes more energy than it consumes. Read More

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SME works to address skilled labor gap.

February 4, 2014

SME has been working to address the skills gap through multi-pronged approach that focuses on stimulating interest in STEM at K-12 level; encouraging young adults and displaced workers to pursue a career in manufacturing; and providing ongoing advanced training for the current workforce that fits needs of manufacturers, academically and logistically. These programs and strategies are seeing strong results that can be replicated in other cities and states across the country. Read More

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AEM to appear at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014.

February 4, 2014

At upcoming CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2014 shows, AEM will focus on I Make America initiative, which pushes for pro-manufacturing policies that create jobs and help ensure America's economic vitality. To address equipment operator safety, AEM’s safety and training materials help develop safety-conscious habits, enhance productivity, and minimize downtime. AEM has also taken an industry lead to increase awareness of and communicate importance of compliance with EU REACH regulations. Read More

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ASTM Standards stress importance of particle size distribution.

February 4, 2014

Two proposed ASTM standards provide test methods for determining particle size. They include ASTM WK11776, Test Methods for Particle-Size Distribution (Gradation) of Fine-Grained Soils Using the Sedimentation (Hydrometer) Analysis, and ASTM WK38106, Test Method for Particle-Size Analysis of Soils Combining the Sieve and Sedimentation Techniques. Gradation is used to classify soils for engineering and agricultural purposes, since particle size influences how fast or slow fluids move through soil. Read More

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Pavement Standard aids in profilograph simulation programs.

February 3, 2014

ASTM E2955, Practice for Simulating Profilograph Response to Longitudinal Profiles of Traveled Surfaces, presents procedures for profilograph simulation programs currently in use by U.S. FAA and U.S. FHA. The profilograph has become one of the most popular devices used for quality control in construction of pavements, with many airfield and highway agencies adopting roughness indexes computed from profilographs as a measure of construction quality. Read More

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SME Event to showcase groundbreaking NASA technology.

February 3, 2014

SME and The New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan have joined forces to create SME Technology Interchange. Scheduled for Feb 19, 2014, event features 25 NASA innovations that can transfer to business and manufacturing applications, and are ready to be co-developed with businesses focused on advanced energy, automotive, and innovative manufacturing. Attendees will have opportunity to connect with new supply chain providers, create new business opportunities, and forge new partnerships. Read More

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Proposed Standard covers forensics examination case reviews.

February 3, 2014

Proposed new ASTM International standard – WK23009, Guide for Case Review of Forensic Examinations – will provide procedures to be used by professionals conducting case reviews of forensic examinations. Currently being developed by Subcommittee E30.11 on Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Standards, standard will address differences between types of reviews regarding their strengths and limitations. Those who will use this standard include forensic scientists, engineers, and legal counsel. Read More

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Training Webinar Series to address power plant pumps.

February 3, 2014

On Feb 20, 2014, HI and Pump Systems Matter will unveil their latest educational training event, Power Plant Pumps - Maximize your Uptime & Reliability: 3-Part Webinar Series. Second and third sessions will take place on Feb 27 and March 6, respectively. Session 1 will cover state of the power industry, configurations, and combined-cycle plants, while Session 2 will discuss specific processes and pump selection, and Session 3 will cover existing systems and troubleshooting. Read More

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Kraton Executive joins Adhesive and Sealant Council board.

February 3, 2014

ASC announces that Mark Plante, Director, North American Sales at Kraton, will join its Board of Directors effective immediately. Mark Plante is currently the North American Commercial Director for Kraton’s Adhesives, Sealants and Coatings division. He has been with Kraton for over 3 years, managing the sales and commercial aspects of business in North and South America. Prior to Kraton, Mark spent 8 years in Avery Dennison’s Performance Polymers Division as Global Sales Manager. Read More

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PTDA Canadian Conference to offer networking and knowledge.

February 3, 2014

Since its debut in 2002, the PTDA Canadian Conference has become a powerful business conclave for Canada’s power transmission/motion control industry. Event features intimate business networking opportunities, unsurpassed business educational information, and an Industry Showcase designed for those marketing product in Canada. Scheduled for June 5-7, 2014, 13th annual PTDA Canadian Conference will be held at the stately Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, in Québec City, Québec. Read More

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Registration Opens for 2014 BIO International Convention.

February 3, 2014

As announced by BIO, registration is open for 2014 BIO International Convention®. Event will be held June 23–26 in San Diego, CA and include networking opportunities as well as new session formats designed to increase audience engagement. Education sessions will provide opportunities to interact with industry leaders, while Specialty Forums and Session tracks will focus on such topics as digital health, personalized medicine, orphan diseases, and regenerative medicine. Read More

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SPE Polyolefins Conference now open for registration.

February 3, 2014

Abundant and cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing is transforming the polyolefins industry in the U.S., creating new opportunities for petrochemical and plastics companies. Reflecting this, "The Polyolefin Renaissance" will be the theme of the 2014 SPE International Polyolefins Conference in Houston. Scheduled for Feb 23–26, conference will include 84 technical presentations, 64 exhibitor booths, and anticipated attendance of more than 600 technical and business professionals. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard for portable lithium cells/batteries.

January 31, 2014

NEMA published ANSI C18.3M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Lithium Primary Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications. Applicable to portable lithium primary cells and batteries, this edition includes several electrochemical systems and aims to ensure electrical and physical interchangeability of products from different manufacturers, minimize proliferation of cell and battery types, as well as define performance and provide guidance for assessment. Read More

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Diamond-Silk Material supports biological imaging.

January 31, 2014

Just tens of nanometers across, Silk-Coated Diamonds glow when illuminated with certain kinds of light and can be injected into living cells, enabling biologists to untangle molecular circuitry that governs cellular behavior. Particles may also allow doctors to send infection-fighting antibiotics to targeted areas of the body. Team of researchers from Australia and the U.S. describes this hybrid material in paper published in The Optical Society’s journal Biomedical Optics Express. Read More

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ASTM honors Dr. Papavinasam for standards contributions.

January 31, 2014

Sankara Papavinasam, Ph.D., president of CorrMagnet Consulting Inc., received Francis LaQue Memorial Award from ASTM International for his leadership and technical expertise in development of standards related to corrosion technology. Established in 1988, LaQue Award is presented by ASTM International Committee G01 on Corrosion of Metals to recognize outstanding contributions to committee as well as field of corrosion testing and evaluation. Read More

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Simulation Exposes Linker's Role in breaking down biomass.

January 31, 2014

By showing that part of enzyme (linker) may play necessary role in breaking down biomass into sugars used to make alternative transportation fuels, supercomputer-based simulation of enzyme from fungus Trichoderma reesei (Cel7A) startled NREL Engineer Gregg Beckham. During this microsecond-long simulation of entire enzyme on surface of cellulose, it came to light that enzyme's linker section started to bind to cellulose and that entire linker binds to surface of cellulose. Read More

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ELFA's MLFI-25 shows slowing business growth in December 2013.

January 31, 2014

Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for December 2013 shows $10.7 billion in overall new business volume, while cumulative new business volume for 2013 rose 3% over 2012. Receivables over 30 days were at 1.9%, up from November's 1.8%; delinquencies increased from 1.6% in 2012; and charge-offs were unchanged from previous month at 0.3%. Credit approvals totaled 78.3%, and 57% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during December. Read More