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BIO says EPA should reissue 2014 RFS Proposal.

May 26, 2015

In comments on proposed consent decree to resolve oil industry lawsuits against the agency over delays in finalizing the rulemakings, BIO said it is imperative that the EPA gets the administration of the annual Renewable Fuel Standard renewable volume obligations back on track. EPA should withdraw its proposed 2014 RFS rule and reissue it by June 1, 2015, to include advanced and total renewable biofuel volumes that are consistent with the RFS statute. Read More

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NFPA Publishes Annual Report on U.S. Fluid Power Industry.

May 26, 2015

Annual Report on U.S. Fluid Power Industry reviews industry size and economic impact while also exploring energy consumption, best practices, and current R&D directions. With goal of raising awareness and public understanding of fluid power industry's impact, report also included conclusions pertaining to fluid power components manufacturing totals, international competitiveness/exports, employment/payroll, downstream economic impact, education/training, and areas of future focus. Read More

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MESA International releases KPI markup language.

May 26, 2015

MESA International released KPI-ML, which consists of new XML markup language based on ISO 22400 standard: Automation systems integration – Key performance indicators (KPIs) for manufacturing operations management. KPI-ML will help manufacturing companies implement ISO 22400 standard and increase flow of KPIs within business. In turn, this enables manufacturing companies worldwide to reduce software development expense of exchanging KPI data between systems, plants, and business units. Read More

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NEMA Standard targets vertical tenons on post top luminaires.

May 26, 2015

ANSI C136.21-2014 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Vertical Tenons Used with Post Top-mounted Luminaires is available for download and in hard copy. Of use to roadway and area lighting manufacturers, municipalities, and utilities, this standard details attachment features of vertical tenons on pole tops or brackets used in roadway and area lighting that permit interchangeability of post-top-mounted luminaires. Read More

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FABTECH Mexico sees increased growth and brisk sales.

May 22, 2015

Record-setting 11,100 qualified buyers visited co-located FABTECH Mexico, AWS Weldmex, METALFORM Mexico, and COATech shows May 5–7, 2015. More than 530 exhibiting companies spanned 125,000 net square feet of exhibit space, which were all record numbers for seventh edition of combined event that is now largest manufacturing show in Latin America. Event has experienced 17% increase each year since 2009 and brought economic impact to Monterrey of over US$18 million. Read More

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Canadian Manufacturing Event launched by SME and 3 others.

May 21, 2015

Bringing together government, academia, and businesses, Advanced Manufacturing Canada (AMC) aims to educate manufacturing industry as to how companies can produce products faster for less while maintaining quality by implementing new technologies. This event, taking place in Montréal, Canada from November 18–19, is made possible by SME and 3 other industry associations. According to SME's Debbie Holton, SME will bring its experience in using collaboration to solve innovation dilemmas. Read More

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WESTEC 2015 Event to address key manufacturing issues.

May 21, 2015

Scheduled for Sept 15–17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, SME's WESTEC 2015 will showcase leading companies, new technologies, and issues that will impact the industry now and in the future. Event provides attendees with networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes, and interactive exhibits. Many top equipment manufacturers will unveil new products and technological breakthroughs — from software to cutting tools, 3D printers to multitasking machines. Read More

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U.S. settles with Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

May 21, 2015

U.S. EPA and U.S. DOJ allege that Marathon Petroleum Corporation failed to comply with certain Clean Air Act fuel quality emissions standards and recordkeeping, sampling, and testing requirements. Marathon will spend over $2.8 million on pollution controls to reduce emissions of VOCs on 14 fuel storage tanks at its distribution terminals in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It will also pay 2.9 million civil penalty and retire 5.5 billion sulfur credits, which have current market value of $200,000. Read More

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AASHTO Opens Photography Contest and announces video section.

May 21, 2015

AASHTO's 11th annual Faces of Transportation photography contest features new categories as well as video section. Open to state DOT employees and private citizens, national competition welcomes submission of photographs and videos of people, projects, and personal experiences demonstrating benefits of transportation in America. This year's competition, themed "The People Who Power Transportation in America," includes 5 awards for photography and 2 for videos. Entries are due July 31, 2015. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Guidelines on conduit-in-casing construction.

May 21, 2015

NEMA PRP 1-2014 Guidelines for Conduit-in-Casing Construction presents conduit-in-casing construction as technically sound solution to problem of laying power/communication cables under surface obstruction without disrupting traffic roadbed, rail bed, or riverbed. Published by NEMA, this document was developed by Polymer Raceway Products Technical Committee and describes types of casings most often used as well as advantages of concrete-in-casing construction. Read More

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SME's THE BIG M looks to grow workforce and explore innovation.

May 20, 2015

Taking place June 2–4 in Detroit, MI, SME's THE BIG M Manufacturing Convergence will feature workshops, keynotes, exhibits, and other activities to bring together industry executives, managers, engineers, product designers, and students. Goals include exploring new technology and sharing best practices shaping manufacturing's future as well as promoting careers available in manufacturing. Exhibits will include interactive product displays, demonstrations, and industry-spanning technologies. Read More

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Dr. Steve Daniewicz receives ASTM Award of Merit.

May 20, 2015

ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture honored Steve Daniewicz, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State University, with ASTM International Award of Merit for his leadership and outstanding contributions to the development of fatigue crack growth standard test methods. An ASTM member since 1995, Daniewicz has led several E08 subcommittees and task groups, specifically E08.01 on Research and Education, which he has chaired since 2002. Read More

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Winners announced for NREL's Solar and Lithium Ion Car Races.

May 20, 2015

During 25th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions, 63 teams from 17 Colorado middle schools gathered at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton. Event drew nearly 200 students eager to show and race vehicles they designed and built. Trophy for fastest solar powered model car was given to students from Stargate School (Thornton), "SG Solar 2," and trophy for fastest lithium-ion powered model car was given to students from Bell Middle School (Golden), "BMS 2 Battery." Read More

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Trans Plus Systems Corp named ATA Featured Product Provider.

May 20, 2015

American Trucking Associations welcomed Trans Plus Systems Corporation to its ATA Featured Product program. Founded in 1995, Trans Plus Systems Corp. develops and supports best-of-breed Transportation Management Software for integrated fleet and logistics management. Software solutions simplify complexities of trucking dispatch, freight brokerage, and inter-modal shipping while optimizing and streamlining management of all divisions within transportation business. Read More

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ASME Presents 7 Awards for petroleum engineering achievements.

May 20, 2015

ASME presented 7 awards to recognize technical achievements and distinguished service. Blake DeBerry of Dril-Quip received the 2015 Geoca Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award, and 2015 Arthur Lubinski Award for best technical paper went to Jim Kaculi. Versabar won 32nd Annual Woelfel BMEA for VERSACUTTER product, and 3 BMEA Awards of Merit were presented to FMC Technologies, Halliburton, and SBM Offshore. OTC Innovation Award was presented to Baker Hughes, Inc. Read More

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NEMA welcomes Senate passage of trade-related bills.

May 19, 2015

NEMA welcomed passage by U.S. Senate of 2 bills containing trade-related benefits for electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers. Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 authorizes and reforms trade facilitation functions of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, while Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 renews Generalized System of Preferences program, which allows for duty-free importation of industrial inputs from less developed countries. Read More

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RCI International Convention/Trade Show announces 2016 date.

May 19, 2015

Taking place March 10–15, 2016 in San Antonio, TX, 31st RCI International Convention & Trade Show will feature 25+ hr of educational seminars, live product demonstrations, and 2-day trade show with 130+ exhibitors. Educational programs are approved to yield continuing education credits for members of RCI and American Institute of Architects. Over 1,300 attendees are expected at this annual event, which fosters discovery of latest products for designing and repairing building envelopes. Read More

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NREL supports China PV Investment and Financing Alliance.

May 19, 2015

NREL and the China PV Investment and Finance Alliance have formed collaboration with goal of opening wide-scale and diverse sources of investment for solar photovoltaic asset development in China. NREL is advising CPVFA based on work of NREL-convened Solar Access to Public Capital working group. NREL will advise CPVFA in areas such as documentation standardization, data availability, and consistency in asset deployment and operations and maintenance. Read More

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AIM to launch AIDC webinar series.

May 19, 2015

AIM announced the creation of a webinar series designed to showcase the latest in automatic identification technologies and provide professional development opportunities within the industry. Series will feature trends and cutting edge topics as well as presenters who serve as executives from variety of corporate enterprises and markets. First webinar, RFID Fundamentals: RFID Technology & Applications, will be held on June 18th and will feature executives from ChainLink Research, Inc. Read More

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WA Governor Inslee signs interchangeable biologic medicines bill.

May 18, 2015

BIO and Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) commend Governor Jay Inslee for signing Bill 5935, which creates pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. Policies outlined in said bill align with BIO's principles on biologic substitution, and BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood specifically noted included "communication on all biologic medicines dispensed in order to maintain a consistent and complete medical record." Read More