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Plenary Speakers focus on nanocomposites and sustainability.

April 9, 2014

Scheduled for April 28–30, ANTEC® 2014 will feature plenary speeches by 3 industry leaders that will address new technical and business developments with great potential for benefiting plastics. Sessions will take place on each day of conference and will include: Challenges in Nanocomposites: Mixing Obstacles and Opportunities; Sustainability and Plastics: Innovation from Dow Performance Plastics Drives Sustainable Solutions; and Looking Forward into a 21st Century Plastics Age. Read More

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MESA and LNS Research share research study findings.

April 9, 2014

On April 16, MESA International and LNS Research will share findings of 5-month research study on manufacturing performance improvements in webcast entitled: "2013–2014 Manufacturing Metrics that Really Matter." Research identifies trends and correlations between business and operational metric improvements, use of Manufacturing Operations Management software, role-based metrics reporting, and effect of emerging technologies such as mobility, big data, and cloud computing on metrics programs. Read More

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Amazon Pays Penalty in Full to resolve hazmat violations.

April 9, 2014

Amazon.com, Inc. (Amazon) paid $91,000 civil penalty that FAA proposed for violating Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. On September 16, 2013, Amazon employees shipped one package containing flammable liquid adhesive by air on Federal Express (FedEx) from Whitestown, IN, to Boulder, CO. Shipment was without requisite shipping papers or emergency response information and was not marked, labeled, or properly packaged. Read More

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Annual Tech Conference to draw 1,000 life science professionals.

April 9, 2014

Life science professionals attending ISPE-CaSA Life Sciences Technology Conference on April 8, 2014 in Raleigh, NC will learn latest manufacturing techniques through demonstrations and informational sessions. Attendees can also partake in educational seminars by industry subject matter experts, gain insight from industry professionals on real-life manufacturing issues, and view innovations from 200+ exhibitors. There will also be Keynote Panel presentation and 10 breakout sessions in 5 tracks. Read More

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EPA seeks small entity participation in emissions standards.

April 9, 2014

EPA is inviting small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives for Small Business Advocacy Review Panel, which will focus on agency's proposed extension of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles' greenhouse gas emissions standards beyond model year 2018. This action could affect manufacturers of on-road vehicles, from semi-trucks and trailers to largest pickup trucks and vans, along with all types and sizes of work trucks and buses. Read More

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EPA honors 2014 Clean Air Excellence Award winners.

April 9, 2014

EPA is presenting the 2014 Clean Air Excellence Awards honoring 9 projects from across the United States and one individual. Award recognizes innovative programs that protect Americans' health and the environment, educate the public, serve communities, and stimulate the economy. From improving indoor air quality in Tribal communities in the Northwest to installing solar panels in Tennessee, award winners demonstrate commitment to improving air and addressing climate change. Read More

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NTSB Training Course focuses on helicopter accident investigation.

April 9, 2014

Helicopter Accident Investigation Course will be held August 18–22, 2014 at NTSB's Training Center in Ashburn, VA. Course will provide overview of procedures and methods used as well as skills required for all aspects of helicopter accident investigation. Instructors from U.S. Army National Guard will also provide instruction in helicopter aerodynamics, operations, and investigations, and attendees will get to practice investigative skills via hands-on examination. Read More

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FAA Withdraws Suspension for ASI aircraft repair station.

April 9, 2014

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) withdrew emergency order which suspended repair station certificate of Aviation Service, Inc. (ASI) in Lexington, KY. Order was withdrawn by FAA on March 11 after ASI met requirement to establish FAA-approved Employee Training Program (ETP). Initially, FAA issued suspension of ASI's certificate after it failed to establish required training program; agency determined emergency existed related to safety of traveling public. Read More

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IPC and ITI Seminars look at product environmental requirements.

April 9, 2014

Hosted by IPC and ITI, "Critical and Emerging Environmental Product Requirements" seminars will take place in May 2014 in Boston, Silicon Valley, Phoenix, and Chicago. UK regulators Steve Andrews and Chris Smith, as keynote speakers, will highlight changes in EU regulations affecting industry. Also, seminar will feature overview of Asian regulations affecting industry as well as supply chain panel on sustainability and non-regulatory drivers of product environmental trends. Read More

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FPSA Members elect new officers.

April 8, 2014

On March 27, FPSA held its Annual Meeting, during which members elected new FPSA Executive Committee. Gil Williams of Poly-clip System was chosen for Chairman, while Tom Riggins of R.A. Jones was chosen for Chairman of the Membership Committee, and Tom Kittle of Handtmann was elected Chairman of the Show Committee. In addition, Scott Gregory of Bettcher Industries was picked for Treasurer and Jeff Dahl of JBT FoodTech became Immediate Past Chairman. Read More

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AAMA updates testing options within flashing specification.

April 8, 2014

AAMA 712-14, Voluntary Specification for Mechanically Attached Flexible Flashing establishes minimum performance criteria to allow user to evaluate and select mechanically attached flexible flashing products intended for exterior perimeter of fenestration products. AAMA 712 calls for laboratory testing per ASTM methods to verify performance parameters, including tensile strength, water resistance, low-temperature flexibility, puncture resistance, tear resistance, and accelerated UV aging. Read More

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MISA Foundation raises record amount at auction.

April 8, 2014

During its annual dinner and auction in Orlando, FL, Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance Foundation raised over $93,500. Record number of attendees bid on items ranging from advertising packages to electronics at the event, which was held in conjunction with the FPSA Annual Meeting and Conference. Foundation will be awarding seven $5,000 scholarships to students studying meat sciences at universities across the country. Students will be able to apply through May 1st of 2014. Read More

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NEMA Commends Senators on building energy efficiency legislation.

April 8, 2014

NEMA welcomed Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act (S.2189), introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Brian Schatz (D-HI), which includes language that would reinstate and improve Commercial Building Tax Deduction. After lauding aforementioned senators for their leadership in advancing energy efficiency in domestic energy economy, NEMA's Evan R. Gaddis specifically noted "significant" gains to be had from reduced overall energy use through building improvements. Read More

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SPE Issues Call for Entries for Student Parts Competition.

April 7, 2014

SPE Thermoforming Division seeks entries for second annual Student Parts Competition, which encourages students to collaborate on real potential thermoformed application. Project consists of thermoformed product that can be mounted to standard A/C vent in automobile, hold cell phones, pens, or other small objects and be suitable for personalization. Submission deadline is August 15, 2014, and first- and second prize winners will receive, respectively, awards of $1,000 and $500. Read More

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Alfa Chemistry.

April 7, 2014

Civil penalty of $325,000 proposed by FAA against Alfa Chemistry stems from alleged violations of U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. Specifically, FAA alleges that, on 2 separate FedEx cargo flights, Alfa Chemistry shipped undeclared hazardous material (Acrolein) that DOT regulations prohibit from being transported on passenger and cargo aircraft. Also, FAA determined Alfa Chemistry failed to properly train and test employees who packaged said Acrolein. Read More

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BIO Announces Kay Holcombe as Senior VP, Science Policy.

April 7, 2014

As announced by BIO, Kay Holcombe will be joining staff as Senior Vice President, Science Policy in early April. In addition to citing her "extraordinarily substantive experience and knowledge based on a long and distinguished career in Washington," BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood called Holcombe "an excellent addition to our staff." Holcombe comes to BIO from Sanofi, where she recently served as VP, FDA Alliances and Federal Agency Relations. Read More

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BIO Encourages EPA to speed approvals of new biofuel pathways.

April 7, 2014

BIO responded to EPA's announcement about halting new petitions for renewable fuel pathways for ~6 months. While recognizing EPA's "welcome" effort to improve petition process for new renewable fuel pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), BIO's Brent Erickson commented that review process should be conducted in "a more timely manner." Erickson added that such a "lengthy wait...chills job creation and investment in the sector." Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses heavy-duty switches.

April 7, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA KS 1-2013 standard, which covers heavy-duty enclosed and dead-front switches that are rated at not more than 600 V and 4,000 A with or without horsepower rating. DC ratings shall be up to and including 600 V, 1200 A; with or without provision for fuses; with current-carrying parts and mechanisms enclosed in metallic or nonmetallic cases, or that are enclosed when mounted in enclosed switchboard, panelboard, or similar; and manually operable by means of external handles. Read More

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NEMA publishes composite insulator standards.

April 7, 2014

ANSI/NEMA C29.12-2013 specifies composite suspension (tension) insulators with minimum section length of 46 in., while ANSI/NEMA C29.17-2013 specifies composite transmission line post type insulators with section lengths 41 in. or greater. Lastly, ANSI/NEMA C29.18-2013 specifies composite distribution line post type insulators with section lengths 30.6 in. or less. All insulators addressed by standards are intended for use on overhead lines for electric power systems.  Read More

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BIO Says 2014 RFS Proposal will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

April 4, 2014

According to white paper from BIO, proposal to slash use of biofuels in 2014, if left unchanged, would increase emissions of greenhouse gases next year. BIO's Brent Erickson, lead author, noted that "Increased biofuel use is necessary to continue to achieve year-over-year reductions in carbon emissions in the transportation sector." Erikson also added that actions would limit availability of cellulosic and advanced biofuels as substitute for foreign oil from "unstable nations." Read More