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Sponsor, Contestants Announced for SPE ACCE poster competition.

September 4, 2013

Organizing committee for SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced Invista Engineering Polymers as sponsor of SPE ACCE Graduate Poster Competition, which showcases emerging composites technologies for automotive and ground transportation applications. Contest will feature 30 graduate students, who were also announced and represent 18 universities in USA, Canada, and Republic of Korea. Students and their posters will be ranked according to specific criteria. Read More

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Two California Firms agree to settle Clean Air Act violations.

September 4, 2013

MotorScience Inc., MotorScience Enterprise Inc., and their owner, Chi Zheng, have agreed to settle alleged CAA violations stemming from illegal import of 24,478 all-terrain, recreational vehicles into U.S. from China without testing to ensure emissions would meet applicable limits on harmful air pollution. MotorScience and Zheng have agreed to have stipulated judgment entered against them for $3.55 million civil penalty and to pay additional $60,000 civil penalty within 6 months. Read More

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Power Plant Pumps Guide provides application, operation notes.

September 3, 2013

Power Plant Pumps: Guidelines for Application & Operation to Maximize Uptime, Availability, & Reliability, published by Hydraulic Institute (HI), offers insights into application and operation of pumps used in combined-cycle power plants. As first installment of Pump Application Guideline series, guide provides information essential for minimizing energy consumption and increasing overall plant efficiency, reliability, and profitability. Read More

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AEM Annual Conference examines momentum building opportunities.

September 3, 2013

With its “Momentum: Leaders Never Stand Still” theme, AEM annual conference will take place November 3–5, 2013 in Orlando, FL. National political scene, innovation and technology, economy, and global development will highlight conference agenda. Along with Executive Locker Room discussions, conference will feature keynote on intelligent risk-taking by Peter Diamandus, Economies of Our Industries panel, and several guests of note. Mobile event app will foster social engagement. Read More

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North American Machine Vision Sales grow 6%.

August 30, 2013

According to statistics from AIA, total machine vision sales in North America climbed 6% compared to second quarter of 2012. Machine vision systems category, which includes ASMV and smart cameras, was the main driver of growth with 7% increase over second quarter 2012. Conversely, sales of machine vision components decreased by 2%. Cameras and software both saw decreases in second quarter, while lighting, optics, and imaging boards all increased over last year. Read More

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Use of Smart Technology keeps infrastructure operating safely.

August 30, 2013

Used to communicate real-time performance and weather data, sensors installed on bridges, in roadways, and on maintenance vehicles let engineers solve problems before they occur. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Association executive director Bud Wright, crediting State DOTs, said that transportation agencies are using smart technology to help transportation system function at its best. Read More

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PSM/HI Webinar covers rotodynamic pump acceptance testing.

August 30, 2013

Pump Systems Matter (PSM) and Hydraulic Institute (HI) announced that second Pump Acceptance Testing for Rotodynamic Pumps in Water & Wastewater Facilities webinar will be held September 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm EDT. Led by Richard Rindy, session will last ~1 hr and cover such topics as pump test acceptance grades and tolerance bands, 4 variations of NPSH testing on clear water to verify NPSHR, as well as permissible reading (amplitude) fluctuations and measurement device uncertainty.
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EPA launches online Green Sports Resource Directory.

August 29, 2013

EPA's online Green Sports Resource Directory can help teams, venues, and leagues save money and reduce carbon pollution through increased energy efficiency, a key part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. Additionally, directory contains information that can help teams reduce waste and gain recognition for their programs that reduce environmental impact of their events. Green "Scoreboard" highlights winning efforts across sports leagues and statistics on environmental benefits. Read More

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Cost Gap for Western Renewables could narrow by 2025.

August 29, 2013

According to study conducted by NREL, wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies by 2025, if new renewable energy development occurs in most productive locations. Report compares cost of renewable electricity generation (without federal subsidy) from West's most productive renewable energy resource areas—including any needed transmission and integration costs—with cost of energy from new natural gas-fired generator built near customers it serves. Read More

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BIO congratulates Gevo on successful plant startup.

August 29, 2013

James C. Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, attended ribbon cutting ceremony of Gevo’s new demonstration-scale biorefinery in Silsbee, Texas. According to Greenwood, Gevo's refinery is showing the role that industrial biotech can play in a renaissance in America’s chemical industry. It is showing how American companies can compete and capture more of their share of the $2.4 trillion global clean energy market and the $3.7 trillion global chemicals market. Read More

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EPA releases climate change video series.

August 29, 2013

U.S. EPA released new series of short public service videos that cover range of topics related to climate change, including its causes and impacts, actions Americans can take to reduce their impact, and benefits to the economy of addressing climate change. Video series supports President Obama's Climate Action Plan by encouraging American families to reduce amount of energy they consume, cutting down on their utility bills and protecting people's health. Read More

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Transportation Awards go to southeastern state DOTs.

August 29, 2013

Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and US Chamber of Commerce, America's Transportation Awards competition recognizes best of America's transportation projects in 3 main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, and Best Use of Innovation. Projects that created economic opportunity with gateways to commerce, helped drivers get to destinations faster with all-electronic tolling, and greatly improved safety in high-risk interchange were among recipients of top honors in southeastern regional competition. Read More

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BPA Website aims to provide consumer-friendly information.

August 28, 2013

Facts About BPA website provides public with access to latest science-based news, research, and safety and health information on bisphenol A (BPA). In addition to highlighting U.S. FDA latest safety assessment, website features BPA-focused motion graphic video, "Benefits & Applications" section, interactive world map of BPA health and safety assessments from government bodies and scientists, as well as "BPA Safety" and "News & Updates" sections. Read More

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Netherlands named partner country for technology tradeshow.

August 28, 2013

The Netherlands have been named the "Partner Country" for HANNOVER MESSE 2014. According to Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Deutsche Messe Managing Board, the Netherlands are a perennial innovator in the fields of mechanical and plant engineering, as well as energy technology. They are also extremely dynamic exporters and one of German industry’s key trading partners – in short, the ideal Partner Country for the world’s leading industrial tradeshow. Read More

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LME 2013 Keynote Speaker explores trending of ultrafast lasers.

August 28, 2013

LIA's third annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®) event, taking place September 11–12 at Schaumburg (IL) Convention Center, will feature keynote address by Magnus Bengtsson. "Ultrafast Lasers — Are We There Yet?" will focus on the increasing availability of industrial-grade ultrafast lasers and their utility in machining. Specifically, Bengtsson will discuss best sources for these devices, examples of their application, as well as future opportunities for use of these tools. Read More

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WESTEC 2013 to feature more than 250 new products.

August 28, 2013

WESTEC 2013 will feature more than 250 new products and technologies, of which 55 are newly debuted manufacturing products introduced by close to 40 companies. Attendees will be first West Coast audiences to view and interact with these new products that will significantly impact the global marketplace. Companies making product introductions include Innovative Tool Sales, Southwestern Industries Inc., OMAX Corp, C&B Machinery, PCT/GW, Zhejiang Headman Machinery Co. Ltd, and Chevalier Machinery. Read More

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Best Paper Award Winners have been announced for 2013 SPE ACCE.

August 27, 2013

Organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) announced Best Paper Award winners for thirteenth-annual show, which will take place September 11–13, 2013. Honorees Thierry Malo, David Sheridan, and Dr. Ivor Huan-Chang Tseng (or their representatives) will receive commemorative plaque for excellence in technical writing during opening ceremonies. All 3 winners received highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of 90 contenders. Read More

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MTConnect Institute releases introductory white paper.

August 27, 2013

Written for those interested in writing MTConnect®-enabled applications, "Getting Started with MTConnect – Writing Client Applications" aims to expand number of MTConnect software developers and applications. Topics include MTConnect basics, devices and discovery, as well as standard overview in addition to fault tolerance and persistence of data, testing MTConnect clients, and understanding MTConnect’s XML Schema. Paper also addresses requests/responses, hands-on labs, and help advice. Read More

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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for July.

August 27, 2013

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for July was $7.2 billion, up 9% compared to volume in July 2012. Month-over-month, new business volume was down 16% from June, and year-to-date cumulative new business volume increased 10% compared to 2012. Receivables over 30 days were at 1.5% in July, up slightly from historic low of 1.4% in June. Delinquencies declined from 2.2% in same period in 2012, and charge-offs were unchanged for past 5 months. Read More

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Simulation Software Portal has been unveiled by PolymerOhio.

August 27, 2013

As unveiled by PolymerOhio, Manufacturing and Polymer Portal delivers access to advanced simulation software that increases productivity of SMEs nationwide. Simulation software and digital tools let companies effectively predict manufacturing outcomes, displacing such methods as trial and error. Functionalities of this Web-based platform will be demonstrated via webinar open to all manufacturers on July 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm EDT. Read More