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AASHTO Urges Amtrak, States to complete passenger rail agreements.

September 13, 2013

Paying mind to federally mandated October 16 deadline, AASHTO urged Amtrak and state DOTs to complete negotiations over capital investments and operations along state-supported intercity passenger rail corridors. AASHTO recognized commitment states have made in negotiating to complete agreements with Amtrak to sustain service, and AASHTO executive director Bud Wright added that "significant disruption in travel and mobility" will be seen if said agreements are not in place soon. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders drop in July 2013.

September 13, 2013

As reported by companies participating in USMTO program, July 2013 U.S. manufacturing technology orders, which totaled $351.21 million, were down 23.6% from June and down 23.6% from July 2012. Year-to-date total of $2,925.12 million makes 2013 down 7.2% compared to 2012. According to AMT President Douglas K. Woods, such activity "is not atypical for summer months" and is concurrent with other readings. Woods also proclaimed a positive "bigger picture" for manufacturing despite seasonal dip. Read More

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Biotech Industry Advocate supports biosimilars legislation.

September 13, 2013

Fritz Bittenbender, Senior VP, External Affairs, BIO, testified in Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Health Committee hearing, in support of HB 746 – legislation that properly preserves patient and physician access to accurate prescription information, while promoting competitive market for complex biologic medicines. Bill gives pharmacists ability to substitute lower cost interchangeable biologic medicines while ensuring that patients and physicians have been notified of switch in medication. Read More

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WESTEC 2013 will display latest 3D printing innovations.

September 13, 2013

WESTEC 2013, taking place in Los Angeles, CA from October 15–17, will feature series of additive manufacturing resources for manufacturers, including Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center, Additive Panel Discussion, and Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program. Resource Center will serve as convening location for new technologies and information, while Additive Panel Discussion will address questions surrounding the future of the technology. Read More

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SME announces forthcoming executive leadership change.

September 13, 2013

After eight years of leading SME, and 10 years of being part of SME’s staff leadership team, Executive Director/CEO Mark Tomlinson, CMfgE, EMCP, along with organization’s Board of Directors, are beginning nationwide search to identify organization’s next leader. In his final months with the organization, SME has asked Tomlinson to continue to manage day-to-day operations, and to continue to serve as recognized industry leader and spokesperson during search for its next leader. Read More

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TRFA announces winner of research award.

September 13, 2013

TRFA has announced that Qi An of the University of Delaware is the winner of the 4th Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award for paper titled “Epoxy-Based Carbon Nanotube/Fiber Hybrid Composites: Nanoscale Hybridization via Electrophoresis.” Because competition was especially close, TRFA is awarding second place prize to Zhan H. Yang, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, for “Enhancing Mechanical Performance by Heterogeneity-Promoting Staged Fabrications.” Read More

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BIO Announces Presenting Companies BIO Investor Forum 2013.

September 13, 2013

BIO announced initial list of presenting companies for 12th Annual BIO Investor Forum, which explores investment trends and opportunities in life sciences. Focusing on early and mid-stage private as well as emerging public companies poised for growth in 2014, this event will take place October 8–9, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. There will be 45 private and 32 public companies presenting. Additionally, Discovery Track will feature presentations from 30 companies. Read More

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Additive Manufacturing Conference focuses on powder metallurgy.

September 13, 2013

Metal Powder Industries Federation announced inaugural conference on Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy (AMPM) will take place May 18–20, 2014 in Orlando, FL. Comprising 6 technical sessions with 3 presentations in each, conference will focus on Additive Manufacturing (AM) – process of making 3D solid object by adding successive layers of material rather than removing material by such conventional methods as cutting or drilling – with powder metallurgy.
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AASHTO Asks Public to Vote for best transportation photos.

September 12, 2013

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has opened its ninth annual Faces of Transportation photography contest to online voting. General public is encouraged to select their favorite photograph from among 121 images being judged in 3 categories: Building the Future, Opening Communities, and Taking the Road Less Traveled. Each photograph represents positive effects of transportation on individuals/communities. Voting runs through September 20. Read More

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Web Tool expands access to chemical regulatory information.

September 12, 2013

EPA has launched web-based tool, called ChemView, to significantly improve access to chemical specific regulatory information developed by EPA and data submitted under Toxic Substances Control Act. ChemView displays key health and safety data in online format that allows comparison of chemicals by use and by health or environmental effects. Search tool provides streamlined access to EPA assessments, hazard characterizations, and information on safer chemical ingredients. Read More

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Process Expo to include speakers from Kansas State University.

September 12, 2013

FPSA released bakery portion of the Process Expo University educational program taking place at Chicago's McCormick Place from November 3–6, 2013. Session topics include The Prime Ingredient in Proper Processing – Millennials on the Line? and Lipid Functionality in Yeasted Doughs. Additional courses include FSMA Made Practical: Managing Compliance for New Regulations, Designing Safe Food Processes, Food Allergen Control Strategies, and Labeling Requirements and Systems. Read More

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Wi-Fi Alliance Reveals WiGig CERTIFIED Logo for 60 GHz technology.

September 12, 2013

Wi-Fi Alliance® designated WiGig CERTIFIED™ as certification brand for products approved in its forthcoming interoperability program. This certification brand will be designated with new logo, which will be available for use on certified products entering market as soon as next year. Operating in 60 GHz frequency band, WiGig CERTIFIED products will deliver multi-gigabit speed, low latency traffic, and security-protected connectivity between nearby devices. Read More

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Architects and Building Engineers flock to NREL.

September 11, 2013

Busloads of architects and mechanical engineers toured NREL's Research Support Facility, one of world's largest net-zero-energy office buildings, and came away inspired with ideas for how to design and build eco-friendly structures on a budget. At Energy Systems Integration Facility, tour participants got to view a high performance computing data center, which will house one of world's most energy efficient super-computers, dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy research. Read More

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EPA Launches Online Mapping Tool to promote access to EISs.

September 11, 2013

Web-based mapping tool, launched by EPA, provides public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions. Users can click on any state for EIS list and are subsequently provided with comment letters submitted by EPA on EISs within last 60 days. Information about potential environmental, social, and economic impacts of any projects is readily available. Read More

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EPA, Coast Guard reach pollution control agreement with Carnival.

September 11, 2013

U.S. EPA and Coast Guard have reached agreement in principle with Carnival Corporation to develop advanced emission control technology, which will be used in waters surrounding U.S. coasts. Under said agreement, Carnival will develop and deploy new exhaust gas cleaning system on up to 32 ships over next 3 years to be used in Emission Control Areas (ECAs). New controls combine use of sulfur oxide (SOx) scrubbers with diesel particulate filters. Read More

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Broadband Forum to host Interoperability Pavilion.

September 11, 2013

On Oct 22–24, Broadband Forum is hosting the 2013 Interoperability Pavilion at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam. Pavilion will showcase latest tools and techniques in G-PON, VDSL2 Vectoring, and TR-069 related interoperability and certification, and will highlight companies who are making strides in superfast broadband interoperability and Connected Home management. For first time ever, UNH-IOL will be organizing live VDSL2 Vectoring multi-vendor interoperability demonstration. Read More

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Business Index shows PT/MC growth is slowing.

September 10, 2013

The 2Q13 PTDA Business Index produced reading of 54.7, which represents decrease over last quarter’s reading of 61.1. This indicates that the power transmission/motion control industry expanded for 13th consecutive quarter at a slower pace compared with 1Q13. 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. Read More

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IPC Online Store offers 2013 iNEMI Roadmap.

September 10, 2013

Through special agreement, IPC's online store is selling 2013 Roadmap from the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI). Now in its tenth edition, iNEMI Roadmap identifies key trends that will shape electronics manufacturing industry over next decade, including cloud computing, growth of MEMS and sensors, and sustainability issues such as recycling. It also pinpoints high-level technology gaps and areas to focus research and development efforts. Read More

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U.S. reaches settlement with Safeway to reduce emissions.

September 9, 2013

In settlement agreement with U.S., Safeway grocery store chain has agreed to pay $600,000 civil penalty and implement corporate-wide plan to significantly reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances from refrigeration equipment at 659 stores nationwide, estimated to cost $4.1 million. Settlement resolves allegations that Safeway violated federal Clean Air Act by failing to promptly repair leaks of HCFC-22, and failed to keep adequate records of refrigeration equipment servicing. Read More

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SPE Issues Call for Technical Papers for Antec 2014.

September 9, 2013

SPE invites prospective presenters at ANTEC® 2014 plastics conference to submit papers for review by Technical Program Committee. Deadline for submittal is 5 pm EST on October 25, 2013. ANTEC 2014 plastics technical conference, scheduled to take place April 28–30 in Convention Center at Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, will feature presentation of hundreds of original, peer-reviewed papers on all aspects of plastics technology and business. Read More