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Texas Chemical Plant agrees to cut harmful air pollution.

March 27, 2014

Department of Justice and U.S. EPA announced that Flint Hills Resources of Port Arthur agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at chemical plant in Port Arthur, TX. This settlement came about as part of EPA's national effort to protect communities that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution. Company is also required to pay $350,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations. Read More

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Shrink Wrap may help detect infectious disease biomarkers.

March 26, 2014

A new nanotechnology method—employing common, everyday shrink wrap—may make highly sensitive, low-cost diagnosis of infectious disease agents possible. Described in paper co-authored by Michelle Khine, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine, and published in The Optical Society's journal Optical Materials Express, technique offers way to significantly boost signal of fluorescent markers used in biosensing, by depositing combination of metals onto shrink wrap. Read More

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BIO Announces Keynote Speakers for 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit.

March 26, 2014

Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and Dr. Jim Murray, Professor at University of California at Davis, will deliver keynote addresses at 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit (September 16–18). David Edwards, director of Animal Biotechnology at BIO, called Juma Murray "leaders in the field of using technology to feed the world" and said they will provide "first-hand look at opportunities for animal biotechnology to positively impact people’s diets and health." Read More

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Interbev Process to be Co-Located with Process Expo in 2015.

March 26, 2014

Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and NüernbergMesse signed agreement to co-locate PROCESS EXPO and InterBev Process in Chicago, IL beginning in 2015. These 2 shows, along with International Dairy Show, will take place September 15–18 and bring together more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and 21,000 industry professionals in North and Lakeside Halls of McCormick Place. Attendees will have unlimited access to show floors and educational programs of all 3 shows. Read More

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RAPID Conference and Exposition adds presentations and space.

March 26, 2014

Validating the rising interest in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, 2014 RAPID Conference & Exposition will have the largest exhibit floor in its 24-year history. Event has added 4 topic areas to previous 9; 20 new presentations for total of 95; and new, hands-on demos and activities. Some topics will include economic and business considerations, automated post finishing of parts, product design and machine design considerations, and materials for additive manufacturing applications. Read More

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Review Team finds Boeing 787 design safe.

March 26, 2014

FAA released findings of a team formed in January 2013 to review the Boeing 787's design, manufacture, and assembly processes. Joint team of FAA and Boeing technical experts found that the aircraft was soundly designed, met its intended safety level, and that the manufacturer and FAA had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification. In addition, team made 7 recommendations for further improvements in Boeing processes and FAA oversight. Read More

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EPA celebrates 10 years of SmartWay Partnerships.

March 26, 2014

EPA’s voluntary SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest most energy-efficient way possible, saving businesses money while protecting public health and fighting climate change. Over the last 10 years, SmartWay has eliminated 51.6 million metric tons of carbon pollution, resulting in savings of more than 120 million barrels of oil, and $16.8 billion in fuel costs. Read More

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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