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ASTM Honors Fred Alverson with Award of Merit.

November 26, 2013

Fred C. Alverson, principal engineer at Shell Global Solutions, Houston, TX, received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for his contributions to Committee D15 on Engine Coolants and Related Fluids, which he joined in 2002. Currently, Alverson serves as D15 recording secretary and also chairs Subcommittee D15.21 on Extended Life Coolants. He also works on several D15 subcommittees and, outside ASTM International, is member of SAE International. Read More

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NACD and Associquim sign Memorandum of Understanding.

November 26, 2013

NACD signed Memorandum of Understanding with Brazilian Association of Chemical Distributors pledging to accept each other's Responsible Distribution third party verification requirement if a member in good standing with one Association wants to join the other Association. Best practices, information sharing, and increased support are also included in the MOU. Read More

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EPA proposes new guidelines for greener federal purchases.

November 26, 2013

EPA is proposing draft guidelines that will help federal government buy greener and safer products. In response to broad stakeholder interest, EPA is seeking public input on these guidelines and potential approach to assessing non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in marketplace. Draft guidelines address key characteristics of environmental standards and ecolabels, including credibility of development process and effectiveness of criteria for environmental performance. Read More

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EPA Funding Aims to Reduce Pollution from diesel engines.

November 26, 2013

U.S. EPA made $2 million in funding available for rebates, offered as part of Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. According to EPA's Janet McCabe, "These rebates will help equipment owners protect public health and improve air quality near construction sites while updating their fleets." EPA will accept rebate applications from November 20, 2013, to January 15, 2014. Read More

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PT/MC Industy Growth continues to slow.

November 25, 2013

The 3Q13 PTDA Business Index produced reading of 51.6 which represents decrease over last quarter's reading of 54.7 and third consecutive quarter of slower growth. Survey participants anticipate limited upside for the channel in 2014, possibly driven by decreasing pricing power. Conducted jointly by PTDA and Cleveland Research Company, PTDA Business Index tracks change in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices, and backlog in PT/MC industry. Read More

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HI and PSM add Subject Matter Experts to their roster.

November 25, 2013

John Kahren, President of SPP Pumps and Richard Hanson, CEO & Owner of SyncroFlo, attended the Pump Systems Optimization one-day classroom course and the Train the Trainer session as part of their final steps in the application process to become officially qualified. Once qualified, HI/PSM Subject Matter Experts and Instructors may present live, online HI/PSM webinars and/or the PSO one-day classroom course to their customers and employees, pump end-users, distributors, etc. Read More

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AeroDef Discussions focus on critical manufacturing issues.

November 25, 2013

As part of Executive Insights Series, AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 announces 4 panel discussions focused on the most critical issues facing aerospace and defense manufacturing today. Speakers will provide insider’s perspective on complex issues and meaningful framework for discussion. Topics will include: Sequestration: OEM & Supplier Perspectives; Cyber Security and Counterfeit Parts & Materials; New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes; and 3D Modeling Manufacturing World. Read More

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PTDA Foundation raises nearly $200,000 in 2013.

November 25, 2013

Industry support for PTDA Foundation’s signature project, the Industrial Careers Pathway®, amounted to nearly $200,000 in 2013. Fund drive contributors included 116 companies from within the power transmission/motion control industry and one company from the hose and accessories industry. Of those companies, 59 have given 3 consecutive years, and 18 increased their contributions in 2013 over 2012. In addition, there were 19 new contributors in 2013. Read More

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Cabot Corporation to pay $975,000 civil penalty.

November 25, 2013

Cabot Corporation, the second largest carbon black manufacturer in the U.S., has agreed to pay $975,000 civil penalty and spend estimated $84 million on technology to control harmful air pollution, resolving alleged violations of the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act at its 3 facilities in Louisiana and Texas. Settlement requires that Cabot optimize existing controls for particulate matter, operate early warning detection system, and comply with plan to control fugitive emissions. Read More

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BIO praises Senate for passing national traceability bill.

November 25, 2013

BIO applauds Senate for approving H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act, which will create single, uniform, and national solution to safeguard nation's pharmaceutical supply chain against criminal counterfeiting. Standards will replace currently fragmented and piecemeal system that varies from state to state. Legislation requires that prescription drug packaging use advanced technologies so product’s source and distribution history can be traced nationwide from manufacturer to patient. Read More

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EPA Seeks Public Comment on 2014 RFS proposal.

November 22, 2013

U.S. EPA proposed, for public comment, levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel as required by Congress under Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Developed with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture, proposal discusses various approaches for setting 2014 standards and includes number of production and consumption ranges for key categories of biofuel covered by Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Read More

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Two-Part Webinar Series will cover pump systems optimization.

November 22, 2013

Pump Systems Optimization 2-part webinar series will consist of two 1 hr modules that will have participants examine and identify opportunities for energy savings, learn to increase profitability, and learn to increase reliability in pumping systems. Module 1, Systems Optimization & Screening, will take place on December 5, and Module 2, Analysis, Life Cycle Costs and Action Plan, will take place December 19. Both start at 1:00 pm EST, and registration is available through December 4, 2013. Read More

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International CES to host record number of automotive exhibitors.

November 22, 2013

Showcasing their latest technologies among lineup of automotive technology exhibits, TechZones, and conference sessions, automotive manufacturers Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes, and Toyota will exhibit at 2014 International CES® (January 7–10 in Las Vegas, NV). More than 125 total automotive tech companies will showcase technologies and services on 2014 CES show floor, and automotive exhibits will cover 140,000+ net square feet of exhibit space. Read More

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ASTM/SES Honors Julie Kilgore with award for standards work.

November 22, 2013

ASTM International and Standards Engineering Society (SES) presented 2013 Robert J. Painter Award to Julie Kilgore, president of Wasatch Environmental Inc. in Salt Lake City, UT. This award, presented annually, recognizes Kilgore's contributions as driving force behind development and subsequent revisions of ASTM E1527, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process. Read More

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FOUNDATION(TM) Fieldbus releases H1 Interoperability Test Kit.

November 21, 2013

Comprising test engine, communication stack, and function block interface card, H1 Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) 6.1.1 offers tool for troubleshooting and debugging FOUNDATION fieldbus instruments. Full H1 suite of testing tools, including the Automation Toolkit, is now compatible with modern 64-bit testing systems. By using H1 ITK, instrument manufacturers can thoroughly test devices prior to submitting their product for official registration with Fieldbus Foundation. Read More

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FDI Specification, Developer Tools are currently available.

November 21, 2013

Fieldbus Foundation announced first public release of FDI Cooperation, LLC's Field Device Integration (FDI) specification as well as demo of FDI developer toolkits. Both will make it possible for automation suppliers to prepare for developing products and host systems compatible with FDI, which will be included in emerging standard IEC 62769. Demo of developer tools was based on protocol-independent FDI Common Host Components. Read More

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EPA Awards Research Fellowships to undergraduates.

November 21, 2013

Marking 30th anniversary of its undergraduate grant program, U.S. EPA announced over $1.65 million in research fellowships for 33 students pursuing degrees in environmental science and related fields through Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship program. This year's recipients are eligible to receive fellowship of up to $50,000 for their studies.  Also, EPA GRO program supplements students' educations with EPA internship. Read More

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EPA Administrator Testifies as to importance of science.

November 20, 2013

Providing testimony before House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy talked about "central role" science plays at U.S. EPA. She called integrity of science essential to pursuing EPA's mission of protecting human health and environment. "I firmly believe," said McCarthy, "environmental policies, decisions, guidance, and regulations that impact the lives of all Americans must be grounded...in sound, high quality, transparent, science." Read More

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PTDA's VMI White Paper helps optimize supply chain.

November 20, 2013

Information provided by "VMI: A Practitioner’s Set of Guidelines" helps distributors and manufacturers explore vendor managed inventory and make informed decision as to whether implementing this type of relationship can help their bottom line. Both distributor and manufacturer perspectives are given in regards to implementation, measuring results, and benefits of VMI. Also, white paper includes case study, glossary of terms, and checklist of prerequisites for VMI participation. Read More

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CEA announces 2014 International CES SuperSession program.

November 20, 2013

CEA announced dynamic lineup for its 2014 International CES® SuperSession conference program. Covering game-changing technologies and trends, SuperSessions spotlight well-known industry experts and out-of-the-box ideas and discussions. Program will address industry topics such as the 2nd screen experience, sensor-based hardware, inspiring innovation, and how today's emerging technologies will affect tomorrow's devices. Read More