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SME SOUTH-TEC expands show floor space due to demand.

September 26, 2013

Taking place in Greenville, SC from October 29–31, SOUTH-TEC manufacturing industry showcase has expanded its show floor to accommodate exhibit space demands. More than 300 companies will populate SOUTH-TEC floor at Greenville's TD Center, which will showcase product demonstrations and interactive exhibits for 4,000 expected attendees. Trade show floor will also feature tactical and strategic sessions in Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center. Read More

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BIO Urges EPA to Reject petroleum industry RFS waiver petition.

September 26, 2013

In an 11-page letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, BIO's Brent Erickson urged rejection of recent petition from American Petroleum Institute and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers for waiver of 2014 volume obligations under Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Erikson cited waiver seekers' blocking of investment in infrastructure and creation of marketing challenges as having created same situation from which they are requesting relief. Read More

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ASTM Concrete Committee recognizes Hooton with Richart Award.

September 25, 2013

R. Douglas Hooton, Ph.D., tenured professor in Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, Ontario, received Frank E. Richart Award for his meritorious contributions to ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. ASTM International member since 1981, Hooton is honorary member of both C09 and Committee C01 on Cement. He also chairs Subcommittees C01.29 on Sulfate Resistance and C09.67 on Resistance to the Environment. Read More

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Sensory Evaluation Committee recognizes Dr. Daniel Ennis.

September 25, 2013

ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products has presented the David R. Peryam Award to Daniel Ennis, Ph.D., president of the Institute for Perception in Richmond, VA. Award recognizes outstanding contributions of professionals in applied sensory science field. A member of ASTM International and Committee E18 since 1997, Ennis has more than 35 years of experience working on product testing theory and applications for consumer products. Read More

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CITGO to Reduce Air Pollution, Pay Penalty for CAA violations.

September 25, 2013

As announced by Department of Justice and U.S. EPA, Houston-based CITGO Petroleum Corp (CITGO) agreed to pay $737,000 civil penalty and to implement projects to reduce harmful air pollution. This resolves alleged violations of Clean Air Act (CAA) at CITGO's petroleum refining facilities located in Lemont, IL and Lake Charles (Westlake), LA. Additionally, settlement requires CITGO to implement projects expected to reduce emissions of VOCs, including toxics, by >100 tons over next 5 years. Read More

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JetBlue Airways CEO will speak at ABA Air and Space Law Meeting.

September 25, 2013

JetBlue Airways Corp CEO and president David Barger will speak at 9 am September 27 during American Bar Association Forum on Air and Space Law Annual Meeting, which will be held at Ritz-Carlton Battery Park in New York, NY from September 27–28. Topics to be addresses at this conference include rise of airline acquisitions and mergers, regulation of air and space traffic management, technology and airline passenger rights, future of emissions in aviation, and human spaceflight regulations. Read More

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ELFA MLFI-25 reports new business down 7% year-over-year.

September 25, 2013

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), overall new business volume for August 2013 was $6.4 billion. This number is down 7% from August 2012. Month-over-month, new business volume was down 11% from July, and year to date cumulative new business volume increased 8% compared to 2012. Separately, Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation's Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) for September is 61.3 – steady with August index of 61.0. Read More

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IPC Hand Soldering Competition to heat up productronica 2013.

September 25, 2013

During productronica 2013, November 12–15, IPC's Hand Soldering Competition will recognize best skills in hand soldering complex printed board assemblies. Over 4 days, participants will compete against each other to build functional electronics assembly within 45-minute time limit. Assemblies will be judged on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, speed at which assembly was produced, and overall electrical functionality of assembly. Read More

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Comprehensive Electricity Policy Toolkit is launched.

September 24, 2013

Launched in response to rapid changes in power sector being driven by consumer demand, new technologies, and policy, America's Power Plan offers solutions to tackle outmoded policies and business models, which are currently hindering this transformation. Over 150 energy sector experts crafted and vetted over 60 policy recommendations to address 7 critical topics: utility business models, finance, distributed generation, distributed energy resources, market design, transmission, and siting. Read More

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New IREC Standards distinguish quality clean energy training.

September 24, 2013

According to IREC's Jane Weissman, 2 standards respond to industry calls for upgrades and clarity by providing “solid step forward leading to better training and job-ready employees.” Those who meet requirements of IREC Standard 01023: 2013 General Requirements for the Accreditation of Clean Energy Technology Training and IREC Standard 01024: 2013 General Requirements for the Certification of Clean Energy Technology Instructors and Master Trainers gain industry-validated mark of distinction. Read More

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HI and Pump Systems Matter to host one-day course.

September 24, 2013

On October 22, Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter will host “Pump Systems Optimization: Energy Efficiency and Bottom-Line Savings” in Baltimore, MD. One-day course is designed to help pump users learn how to identify and reduce hidden operating and energy costs in their pump systems, and ultimately increase profitability of their business. Course will be led by William Livoti, Business Development Manager, Power Generation, WEG Electric Corp. Read More

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FAA upgrades Ukraine's aviation safety rating.

September 24, 2013

FAA announced that Ukraine complies with international safety standards set by International Civil Aviation Organization, based on results of July FAA review of Ukraine's civil aviation authority. Ukraine is now upgraded to Category 1 from the Category 2 safety rating the country received in June 2005. With the International Aviation Safety Assessment Category 1 rating, Ukraine’s air carriers can add flights and service to the United States and carry the code of U.S. carriers. Read More

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ASTM Standard outlines sustainable laundry best practices.

September 24, 2013

Developed by Subcommittee D13.40 on Sustainability of Textiles, part of ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles, ASTM D7841 identifies and defines sustainable laundry best management practices that are used by commercial laundry facilities to reduce their impact on the environment. Examples include: water reuse technology, boiler heat recovery, energy efficient low-temperature detergents, alternative energy, fleet vehicle route optimization, and recycling programs. Read More

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ASTM Roofing Committee honors Dr. Rene Dupuis for contributions.

September 24, 2013

ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing presented Rene Dupuis, Ph.D., principal at Structure Research Inc., with William C. Cullen Award for his contributions to international standards for roofing and waterproofing. Member of ASTM International and Committee D08 since 1978, Dupuis works on several D08 subcommittees, received D08 Award of Appreciation twice, and was honored with Walter C. Voss Award in 2005 for contributions in field of building technology. Read More

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GAWDA Honors Dick Couch with Presidential Award of Excellence.

September 24, 2013

GAWDA is recognizing Hypertherm founder and CEO Dick Couch with its Presidential Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding contributions to industry. While bestowing this award, GAWDA president Craig Wood cited Couch's passion and dedication to improving gas and welding industry. Wood also mentioned Hypertherm's 111 patents related to metal cutting technology and noted that Couch is named-inventor or co-inventor on 42 of them. Couch founded Hypertherm in 1968. Read More

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ODVA joins Association Pavilion at PACK EXPO.

September 23, 2013

ODVA has accepted an invitation by PMMI to join the Association Pavilion at PACK EXPO Las Vegas on Sept 23–25. ODVA’s attendance at the show will provide a critical touchpoint for end users and OEMs who are seeking to learn the benefits about the use of EtherNet/IP and the Common Industrial Protocol in their packaging applications. ODVA will be located at Booth C-343 in the Association Pavilion in the Central Exhibit Hall. Read More

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Panel Discussion to address benefits of NextGen.

September 23, 2013

According to FAA's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request, sequestration could impact funding of FAA’s NextGen initiative by approximately 30–50%. On September 30, AIA, in partnership with Exelis, Inc., will bring together key experts from variety of industries to discuss NextGen’s successes and upcoming challenges, as detailed in new AIA report. Copies of report, which highlights importance and cross-industry utilization of NextGen technology, will be provided to all attendees. Read More

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ASTM presents Award of Merit to William Ells.

September 23, 2013

ASTM International Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear has honored William Ells, VP of sales at Vibram USA, Concord, MA, with Award of Merit. Committee F13 recognized Ells for his dedicated service and commitment to development of safety standards for footwear. A member of ASTM International since 1998, Ells played a large part in development of ASTM F2913, which addresses slip resistance of personal protective footwear used in wide variety of industries. Read More

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EPA Renews Carbon Pollution Reduction Emphasis for P2 Week.

September 23, 2013

During Pollution Prevention (P2) Week (September 16–22), U.S. EPA encourages Americans to reduce carbon pollution by looking for Energy Star® label to find energy efficient electronics and appliances as well as using EPA's Green Vehicle Guide to choose more fuel efficient car. Additionally, P2 Week promotes water conservation, selection of safer products via EPA Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Label, and proper use of pesticides. Read More

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ASTM Roofing Committee recognizes Thomas L. Smith.

September 23, 2013

Thomas L. Smith, president of TLSmith Consulting Inc. in Rockton, IL, has received Carl G. Cash Award from ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing. Award recognizes outstanding contributions to building envelope technology through research conducted in either laboratory or field. A member of ASTM International since 1988, Smith serves on multiple D08 subcommittees and also works on Committee C17 on Fiber-Reinforced Cement Products. Read More