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A4A Lauds Omnibus Appropriations Bill as a win for travelers.

January 21, 2014

Airlines for America (A4A) deemed omnibus appropriations bill favorable for airline passengers and shippers. Targeted funding and lack of new aviation taxes were cited as helping to ensure reliability and efficiency of air travel while improving how customers travel through security and customs. Another lauded aspect of said bill, of concern to passengers and shippers, includes strategy development to increase risk-based screening eligibility to one-half of all passengers. Read More

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EPRI Report addresses control data for storage operations.

January 21, 2014

Released by EPRI, "Analysis of Automatic Control Data for Storage Operations" identifies, collects, and analyzes operating data from California Independent System Operator (ISO) to address use of energy storage for regulation services. Collected operating data covers one full week (June 6–12, 2010), which was selected to facilitate current and potential future work. Additional analyses, including valuation and portfolio analyses, are suggested. Read More

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North American PCB Sales Improve despite weaker orders.

January 20, 2014

November 2013 North American PCB Statistical Program shows year-on-year sales growth strengthened while book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.91. Total PCB shipments increased 4.0% from November 2012. While still negative compared to same period in 2012, year-to-date shipment growth improved to -2.3% in November. Bookings fell 6.7% year-over-year, pushing year-to-date order growth back to -0.4%. PCB shipments and bookings in November were down 6.3% and 15.5%, respectively, compared to October 2013. Read More

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AIA Supports New Regulations on aircraft repair security.

January 20, 2014

In her statement supporting new aircraft repair station security rule published by U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey commended actions taken to "balance the requirements to bolster security while also opening up new maintenance and repair options for airlines and industry." This is in light of, according to Blakey, a "log jam" which prevented 80+ repair stations from receiving certification review by FAA.
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BIO supports Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act.

January 20, 2014

Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014 outlines Congressional objectives for trade agreements, and lays out process for Congressional approval of agreements negotiated by Administration. According to Jim Greenwood, legislation would help advance global goals by ensuring that trade agreements reflect high level of IP rights modeled on U.S. laws, strengthening transparency and accountability of drug reimbursement regimes, and removing unjustified barriers to agricultural biotech trade. Read More

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Ten New Members appointed to FAA Management Advisory Council.

January 20, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx appointed 10 new members to FAA Management Advisory Council, which advises the FAA on management, policy, spending, and regulatory matters. New members include Steve Alterman, Bill Ayer, Montie Brewer, Ray Conner, Craig Fuller, Jane Garvey, Mayor Michael Hancock, Lee Moak, John "Jack" Potter, and Gwynne Shotwell. These established aviation leaders will help guide the FAA in its many critical air-transportation policy decisions. Read More

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ELFA announces Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2014.

January 20, 2014

According to ELFA's 2014 forecast, investment in equipment and software will reach all-time high in 2014, equipment replacement demand will continue to drive investment, and demand for equipment financing will increase due to greater federal budgeting stability. Rebounding of some industry sectors will spur varied equipment types, and majority of U.S. business will use some form of financing for equipment acquisition. Credit market conditions will remain favorable for long-term equipment financing. Read More

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EPA announces regional administrator for Atlanta office.

January 20, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced President Obama's selection of Heather McTeer Toney as regional administrator for EPA's Region 4 office in Atlanta. Ms. McTeer Toney was the first African-American and first female to serve as the Mayor of Greenville, MS, holding that post from 2004-2012. She joins EPA from Mississippi Valley State University, where she is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Student Learning. She is also the Principal Attorney at Heather McTeer, PLLC. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses absorbable vascular stents.

January 20, 2014

Absorbable stents are designed to open clogged blood vessels and restore blood flow, similar to permanent metallic stents, but are temporary and completely absorbed in time. ASTM F3036, Guide for Testing Absorbable Stents, will be used to drive consistency in the way physical and mechanical properties of vascular scaffolds are evaluated, from initial manufacturer to absorption within patient's body. Read More

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NIMS issues record number of credentials.

January 17, 2014

NIMS announced that it awarded 13,888 industry-recognized credentials last year to individuals seeking to enter into or advance in jobs in the metalworking industry. This represents a 58.8% increase from 2012. NIMS has developed skills standards ranging from entry-level to master-level that cover breadth of metalworking operations. Institute certifies individuals' skills against these national standards via credentials that companies can use to recruit, hire, place, and promote workers. Read More

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Record Numbers Seen at 2014 International CES.

January 17, 2014

As announced by CEA®, 2014 International CES® featured record 2 million net square feet of exhibit space which housed 3,200+ exhibitors. More than 150,000 industry professionals attended, including over 35,000 of whom came from outside U.S. According to CEA's Gary Shapiro, "One-third of the world’s population interacted with CES in some way." Major tech breakthroughs and product launches were seen across 15 product categories and 25 market-specific TechZones. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Richard Sutherlin.

January 16, 2014

Richard C. Sutherlin, manager of technical services at ATI Wah Chang, Albany, OR, has received the 2013 H.R. "Russ" Ogden Award from ASTM Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys. A graduate of the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology of the University of Montana, Sutherlin was recognized for contributions to development of applications for reactive and refractory metals to be used in corrosive environments, with specific focus on zirconium, titanium, and niobium. Read More

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PTDA welcomes 10 new members.

January 16, 2014

PTDA has welcomed 10 new members in the third and fourth quarters of 2013. Distributor members include Capitol Bearing & Hydraulics; Carleton Industrial Supply Ltd.; Controls & Electric Motor Co.; Emco, Inc.; and Hei-Tek Automation, LLC. Manufacturer members include Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies; Martin Engineering; Monarc Industries; and Ringspann Corporation. In addition, PTDA welcomed associate member Mayflower Marketing, a consulting company for distributors and manufacturers. Read More

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Environmental Reporting Standards for Concrete have been revised.

January 16, 2014

Used for developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for concrete, Product Category Rules (PCR) v1.1 improves upon previous release by expanding required environmental impacts that must be reported in EPD. Also, scope of said document includes all countries that use similar standards referenced in PCR for evaluating and producing concrete. ASTM International and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) have adopted PCR for use in their respective EPD programs. Read More

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ASTM Air Quality Committee honors chairman Webber with award.

January 15, 2014

Dr. James Webber, Ph.D. and senior scientist at Webber Environmental Health Consulting LLC, received Moyer D. Thomas Award from ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality. Honored for technical contributions and years of service to Committee D22, Webber has served as chairman since 2008 and also chairs Subcommittee D22.90. Former roles include secretary of D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos as well as one term on ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO). Read More

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ASTM Committee awards scholarship to Rensselaer student.

January 15, 2014

Chelsea Ehlert, a graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has received the Mary R. Norton Memorial Scholarship from ASTM Committee E04 on Metallography. Award encourages female college seniors or first-year graduate students to pursue study of physical metallurgy or materials science, with emphasis on relationship between microstructure and properties. Ehlert is pursuing a doctorate in materials engineering; her thesis will focus on electrochemistry topics and battery research. Read More

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Rate of Drug Approvals are lower than previously reported.

January 15, 2014

Nature Biotechnology has published peer-reviewed paper co-authored by BIO Industry Analysis and BioMedTracker, highlighting results of a study showing that overall success rate for drugs moving through clinical trials to FDA approval from late 2003 to the end of 2011 is near 1 in 10, while reports from earlier years showed rate of drug approvals to be 1 in 5 to 1 in 6. Study also shows that large molecule drugs are twice as successful in gaining approval compared to small molecule drugs. Read More

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ASC promotes Armstrong and Carter.

January 15, 2014

ASC promoted Malinda Armstrong to Director of Meetings and Expositions, and Jessica Carter to Senior Manager, Web Services. For the past 17 years, Malinda Armstrong has been an important part of the ASC staff team, holding positions focused on finance, administration, expositions, sponsorships, and meetings management. Since joining ASC in 2011, Jessica Carter has moved quickly to evolve both of the Council’s websites into award-winning connection points for both industry and member companies. Read More

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ASTM invites papers for SPF insulation symposium.

January 14, 2014

Papers are invited for symposium on Developing Consensus Standards for Measuring Chemical Emissions from Spray Polyurethane Foam  Insulation, to be held April 30–May 1, 2015. Standardized methods are needed to assess potential impacts of SPF insulation products on indoor air quality and to establish re-entry/re-occupancy times after product installation in building and post-occupancy ventilation needs. Symposium will provide forum for exchange of ideas to aid in development of these standards. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to address VOC diffusive air sampling.

January 14, 2014

Workshop on the Advancements in VOC Diffusive Air Sampling for Indoor Air and Workplace Environments will be held April 7 in Ontario, Canada. There have been recent developments that make diffusive sampling techniques an attractive option for some indoor air, workplace environment, industrial hygiene, fence-line monitoring, and green building certification applications. Overall purpose of workshop is to present current state of technology in these sampling techniques. Read More