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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."
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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IPC Apex Expo 2014 will spotlight changing technologies.

February 12, 2014

Focusing on examples of changing technologies currently riving electronics industry, IPC APEX EXPO® technical conference will take place March 25–27, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Event's theme, "New Ideas … For New Horizons," will be bolstered by industry experts presenting 100 technical papers detailing original research and innovations in areas of board fabrication and design, electronics assembly, and test. Attendees will be able to learn about advancements in several areas. Read More

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Media-Oriented Webinar to offer training on EPA's TRI database.

February 12, 2014

EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program will offer training on release of their 2012 national analysis on February 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm. This will include overview of TRI program, discussion of highlights from most recent TRI data on toxic chemical releases and pollution prevention activities, as well as illustration pertaining to how public can use TRI tools to find out what releases are occurring in their areas. Open to credential media, webinar will also host Q&A session. Read More

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ASTM Develops Standard for central vacuum cleaner performance.

February 11, 2014

ASTM F2826, Test Method for Evaluating the Sustained Air Performance and Exhaust Emissions of Central Vacuum Cleaning Units, was developed by Subcommittee F11.22 on Air Performance. This standard will help manufacturers determine how well their products will perform over time, identify areas in which they might improve their designs, and provide sensible, test-based advertising claims. Interested parties are welcome to participate in developing F11.22 standards. Read More

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NEMA publishes roadway and area lighting equipment standard.

February 11, 2014

NEMA published ANSI C136.41-2013 For Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment–Dimming Control Between an External Locking Type Photocontrol and Ballast or Driver. Standard describes methods of light level control between external locking type photocontrol (or similar device) and dimmable ballast or driver for street and area lighting equipment. Mechanical, electrical, and marking requirements are established for dimming, locking type photocontrols, and mating receptacles. Read More

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AIA Makes Announcement for 2014 Board appointees.

February 11, 2014

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) appointed Michael T. Strianese, Chairman and President and CEO of L-3 Communications, as Chairman of AIA's Board of Governors for 2014. David L. Joyce, President and CEO of GE Aviation, will serve as Vice Chairman for 2014. Reappointments include Marion C. Blakey as President and CEO and Ginette C. Colot as Secretary-Treasurer. Additionally, there were 15 members named for Executive Committee for 2014 and 57 members for Board of Governors for 2014. Read More

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NFPA Creates Fluid Power Industry Forum at IFPE 2014.

February 11, 2014

Serving as gathering place for NFPA members and other IFPE attendees, NFPA's booth (S81730) at IFPE 2014 will be available for meetings between industry colleagues and customers. Reception will be held March 5 at 5:00 pm, and booth will be open to help attendees learn about NFPA's activities in support of its strategic plan's focus on workforce, technology, and inclusiveness. On March 6 NFPA will host 2014 International Fluid Power Summit and International Statistics Committee meeting. Read More