Association News

Association News

NREL Director Arvizu elected to National Academy of Engineering.

February 14, 2014

Cited for his leadership in renewable and clean energy sectors as well as promoting national balanced energy policies, Dan Arvizu, director of Energy Department's NREL, has been elected to membership in National Academy of Engineering. NREL director since 2005, Arvizu is also president of Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Arvizu holds bachelor's in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University and a master's and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Read More

Association News

NEMA-Backed Smart Grid Study passes House Committee.

February 14, 2014

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security adopted Payne amendment, which is backed by NEMA and will result in assessment of actions needed to expand and strengthen capabilities of electrical power system to prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from natural disaster or cyberattack. Specifically, amendment directs National Research Council to conduct study on resiliency and reliability of USA's power grid and related issues. Read More

Association News

EPA Requests Input on hazardous waste management in retail sector.

February 14, 2014

Beginning in February 2014, Solvent Wipe rule from EPA will provide new exclusions for shop towels and wipes if they are managed correctly. Environmental Resource Center's Solvent Wipe Rule webcast aims to help understand answers to critical issues, such as applicability to cloth and paper wipes and rags, permissible types of solvents, towels that contain characteristic hazardous waste, and more. Course will be held from 1 to 2 pm Eastern Time on February 13 and 21 and March 7 and 19. Read More

Association News

AIM Europe hosts executive roundtable in Stuttgart.

February 14, 2014

On February 25, AIM will bring together international leaders in the automatic identification and data capture industry for the inaugural meeting of the newly created AIM Europe. Event will feature presentations by C-level executives from Russia, China, Germany, and the U.S., as well as the first gathering of AIM Europe’s members from around the globe. Roundtable will coincide with LogiMAT 2014, the leading International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling, and Information Flow. Read More

Association News

FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Amazon Fulfillment Services.

February 14, 2014

FAA is proposing $78,000 civil penalty against Amazon Fulfillment Services of North Las Vegas, NV for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations with its shipment of one quart of high gloss enamel paint on August 29, 2013. Workers discovered leaking paint had soaked through shipping box, and investigators determined shipment was not accompanied by proper shipping papers. Also, box was not marked, labeled, or packed in accordance with regulations. Read More

Association News

FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Sierra Academy of Aeronautics.

February 14, 2014

FAA is proposing $204,050 civil penalty against Sierra Academy of Aeronautics of Atwater, CA for allegedly operating 9 Cessna 152 airplanes for total of 358 flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. Allegedly, Sierra mechanics failed to inspect planes' seat locking pins according to requirements of an Airworthiness Directive (AD). Also, FAA alleges Sierra improperly recorded maintenance log entry for one of said aircraft. Read More

Association News

FAA Fosters Small Aircraft Safety via AOA indicator requirements.

February 13, 2014

By simplifying design approval requirements for angle of attack (AOA) indicators, FAA hopes to improve safety in small aircraft. AOA devices are cockpit instruments that supplement airspeed indicators and stall warning systems to alert pilots of low airspeed condition before dangerous aerodynamic stall occurs. Calling this "a win-win situation," U.S. DoT Secretary Anthony Foxx said, "we are improving safety by streamlining regulations and cutting red tape."
Read More

Association News

Industry Resource fosters creation of high-performance teams.

February 13, 2014

Introduced by Tooling U-SME, Competency Framework lets companies combat talent shortages and strengthen workforce performance while providing clear development pathways and career growth opportunities for their employees. Tool offers competency models in 9 manufacturing functional areas and is made up of 60+ defined job role competency models, each of which outline knowledge and skill objectives for job roles in production, technician, lead technician/technologist, and engineer levels. Read More

Association News

Farm Bill will create new manufacturing opportunities.

February 13, 2014

BIO thanked Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on final passage in the Senate of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, noted, "The Farm Bill’s energy programs are now open to renewable chemical technologies that create new manufacturing opportunities and jobs while improving U.S. economic competitiveness." Read More

Association News

NEMA publishes white paper on remote phosphor devices.

February 13, 2014

NEMA LSD 68 Remote Phosphor Devices Used in LED Lamps, Engines and Luminaires facilitates development of testing and certification procedures that will allow qualification of pump or source devices, pumped conversion materials/remote phosphors, and reflective materials independently. Replacement of system-level testing by independent component-level testing will simplify ENERY STAR® qualification as well as accelerate introduction of new products and adoption of solid-state lighting. Read More

Association News

ANSI Standard addresses concrete lighting poles.

February 13, 2014

NEMA has published ANSI C136.46-2013 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Concrete Lighting Poles, which includes nomenclature, performance criteria, marking and recordkeeping requirements, and certain minimal material needs. Standard does not cover concrete poles manufactured with any modified concrete mix incorporating the use of polymers or other modifiers. Read More

Association News

Tri-State signs agreement with NextEra Energy Resources.

February 13, 2014

Under 25-year power purchase agreement, NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary will construct, own, and operate the 150 MW Carousel Wind Farm in eastern Colorado, and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. will purchase entire output and associated environmental attributes of wind farm. When project begins commercial operation, facility will provide affordable electricity to Tri-State's 44 member cooperatives across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Read More

Association News

EPA's WaterSense H2Otel Challenge aims to encourage water savings.

February 13, 2014

WaterSense H2Otel Challenge will help agency partners and other organizations encourage hotels to use best management practices that save water and money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Hotels across country will pledge to ACT (assess, change, and track) their water. To help hotels make operational changes and meet growing customer demand for green lodging, EPA will initiate series of educational webinars on February 13, 2014 and provide free tools based on online guide. Read More

Association News

W.R. Grace pays toward cleanup of hazardous waste sites.

February 13, 2014

Under bankruptcy plan of reorganization, W.R. Grace & Co. paid over $63 million to resolve claims for environmental cleanups at 39 sites in 21 states contaminated by asbestos and other hazardous substances. Payment includes $54 million for EPA and another $9 million to other federal agencies, including US Department of Interior and US Army. Company continues to be responsible for all sites it owns or operates and for any additional sites that were not known or resolved under earlier settlements. Read More

Association News

ASTM/NIBS Workshop to address building science education.

February 13, 2014

Scheduled for April 6, ASTM/NIBS Workshop on Building Science Education in North America will include presentations from speakers representing universities in Canada and U.S. recognized as subject-matter experts in Building Science education, training, and curriculum development. Topics will include overview of building science education as it currently exists in North America, followed by review of graduate-level curricula available in building science and how it can be developed and refined. Read More

Association News

Project Lead The Way President to deliver keynote at Summit.

February 13, 2014

AMT announced that Vince Bertram, President, Project Lead The Way, will deliver keynote address on Sept 8, opening day of Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014, the largest trade show in the Americas, drawing more than 100,000 visitors. Smartforce Student Summit gives students first-hand, interactive view of manufacturing technology, in addition to promoting careers in the industry. Bertram's keynote address is titled "Building America’s Future: Students, STEM, and the Global Economy." Read More

Association News

General Assembly postponed due to Nuclear Security Summit.

February 13, 2014

Fieldbus Foundation has postponed its 2014 General Assembly in Rotterdam due to travel and security restrictions associated with Global Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, The Netherlands. Originally planned for March 25-28, Fieldbus Foundation’s global FOUNDATION™ fieldbus end user seminar will be rescheduled for fall of this year, while its End User Advisory Council meeting and business meeting will be conducted electronically on original dates of March 26 and March 28, respectively. Read More

Association News

Publication covers viscosity and rheology of in-service fluids.

February 13, 2014

STP 1564, Viscosity and Rheology of In-Service Fluids as They Pertain to Condition Monitoring, is available from ASTM International. Publication includes 11 peer-reviewed papers covering topics such as: Grease Working and its Role in Consistency Trending; Die-Extrusion Method for Comparing Changes in Grease Consistency and Flow Characteristics; Start-Up Viscosity of In-Service Engine Oils at Low Temperatures; and Application of Sensors for In-Situ Measurements of In-Service Grease Rheology. Read More

Association News

Expert Says EPA Toxic Substances Rules discourage recycling.

February 12, 2014

Dr. Brent Grazman, speaking for 2,000+ U.S. electronics manufacturers, brought up industry concerns related to how EPA implemented Section 8 of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Pointing out how "EPA's treatment of manufacturing byproducts does not reflect sound priorities," Grazman noted how EPA's interpretation of TSCA causes byproducts to be considered as new chemicals if sent for recycling and how that creates compliance burden for substances already regulated under other statutes. Read More

Association News

EPA 2012 TRI shows air pollutants continue to decline.

February 12, 2014

According to U.S. EPA's annual Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report, releases of toxic chemicals decreased 12% from 2011–2012. This includes 8% decline in total toxic air releases due to reductions in hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions. Data on 2012 shows 3.63 billion lb of toxic chemicals were disposed of or otherwise released into environment through air, water, and land. Between 2011 and 2012, toxic releases into surface water decreased 3% and toxic releases to land decreased 16%. Read More