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Representative Scott Peters will open 2013 Pacific Rim Summit.

November 19, 2013

Representative Scott Peters(D) of 52nd Congressional District of California will deliver opening remarks at 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy. BIO's Brent Erickson called Peters "an essential voice for the industrial bioscience sector and the many San Diego-based companies involved," citing his support for federal investments in advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products. Conference will take place in San Diego, CA from December 8–11. Read More

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BIO Calls Proposed Rule on 2014 RFS blow for advanced biofuels.

November 19, 2013

BIO and advanced biofuel members will seek to correct flaws in proposed rule on 2014 volume obligations for Renewable Fuel Standard. In his statement, BIO's Brent Erickson said rule "turns the logic of the RFS on its head" and could "significantly chill" advanced biofuels project investments. Erickson cited jobs figures and levels of private investment into technology at risk by said proposal and said “We will focus ... on convincing the administration to right the course on this policy.” Read More

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ASTM Water Portal offers knowledge to industry stakeholders.

November 19, 2013

Launched by ASTM International, online Water Portal provides single source for information and research across range of water-related topics and areas of interest for stakeholders across overall water industry. Portal provides pathway into compendium of technical information and research in 5 focused, water-related areas. Information covers newly published ASTM standards, proposed standards and revisions, meeting and symposia schedules, research reports, and more. Read More

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PMA names new Exhibition Sales Manager.

November 19, 2013

Recently promoted to exhibition sales manager, Douglas E. Trout  will sell exhibit space in the METALFORM technology area for all FABTECH tradeshows. He will also collaborate with FABTECH’s cosponsoring associations to support the overall strategic plan of the show, assist in developing marketing materials to promote the event, and provide customer service to exhibitors. Doug replaces Roger Judson who is retiring from PMA on December 31, after more than 40 years in manufacturing. Read More

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ASTM presents Hecht Award to Robert T. Shannon.

November 19, 2013

Robert T. Shannon, radioanalytical consultant at Quality Radioanalytical Support LLC, has received Max Hecht Award for his outstanding service to Committee D19 on Water. A member of ASTM since 2000, Shannon has received three Standards Development Awards from Committee D19 during his tenure, and also serves on ASTM Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle. Shannon has supported government and independent commercial testing laboratory needs as a radiochemist for more than 20 years. Read More

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NEMA endorses Industry Data Exchange Association.

November 18, 2013

At its annual meeting, NEMA recognized Industry Data Exchange Association's recent milestone accomplishments. IDEA is electrical industry’s preferred source for timely, synchronized manufacturer-supplied product data for electrical products supply channel. During 2013, IDEA dramatically increased the volume of marketing data in its Industry Data Warehouse, which now includes more than 325,000 products, each with manufacturers’ specification sheets, attributes, images, and product descriptions. Read More

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ASTM Fatigue Standard will enable fracture toughness testing.

November 18, 2013

ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. Standard will be used by entities required to address defect tolerance of safety-critical structures, including petroleum plants and pipelines, nuclear reactors, aircraft, and spacecraft.
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Workshop to address hydraulic fracturing site characterization.

November 18, 2013

Scheduled for Jan 28, ASTM's workshop on Site Characterization and Monitoring Related to Hydraulic Fracturing Activities will focus on technologies and best practices for conducting site characterizations and monitoring impacts of site activities. Workshop will discuss case studies related to topics such as sampling and analysis of residential/commercial water supply wells; stray gas investigations; measuring atmospheric parameters effecting air quality; and surface/subsurface soil sampling. Read More

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BIO Applauds Representatives for Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act.

November 15, 2013

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) applauded Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and John Carney (D-DE) for introducing Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act. Building on JOBS Act, said bill increases liquidity for emerging growth companies, including biotech innovators, that trade on public market. BIO's Jim Greenwood said this bill "will allow companies to choose the tick size that best fits their trading needs and stimulate capital formation for breakthrough research." Read More

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BIO supports transparency in biologic substitutions.

November 15, 2013

BIO and Pennsylvania Bio commended Pennsylvania Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee for its approval of Senate Bill 405, which would require pharmacist to notify patient, and within 72 hours, the patient's physician of any biologic product substitution. Bill seeks to properly preserve patient access to accurate prescription information, maintains incentives for innovation, and promotes competitive market for biologic therapies.  Read More

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Proposed Standard offers test method to determine turbidity.

November 15, 2013

ASTM International Committee D19 on Water has developed ASTM WK4193, Test Method for Determination of Turbidity above 1 TU in the In-Situ Mode. Proposed standard will provide practical guidance into setup, calibration, and verification of a turbidity monitoring system before and after it has been placed in field. In its most basic applications, ASTM WK4193 will be used to measure clarity of streams, lakes, ponds, and other bodies of water to determine if it is safe for different uses. Read More

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UAS Integration Plan is step forward for next aviation frontier.

November 15, 2013

AIA lauded FAA's announcement of its "Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System (NAS)" roadmap. Calling it "a major step forward for realizing the full promise of aviation’s next great frontier," FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta said "significant progress" is being made toward meeting congressional UAS domestic integration mandate by 2015. Huerta also discussed FAA actions to ensure public privacy concerns in management of 6 upcoming UAS test sites. Read More

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Shipbuilding Standard offers thermocouple testing guidelines.

November 15, 2013

ASTM WK42858, Practice for Fire Testing, Placement of Thermocouples, will provide guidelines to ensure that appropriate methods of testing are employed for cable penetration configurations that are not fully addressed in the IMO FTP code. Standard will be used by manufacturers of firestop systems as well as test laboratories and regulatory bodies that grant type approvals for materials tested to IMO FTP Code as required for compliance with Safety of Life at Sea regulations. Read More

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September 2013 sees rise in manufacturing technology orders.

November 14, 2013

According to AMT, September U.S. manufacturing technology orders, totaling $397.57 million, are up 5.8% from August but down 31.1% compared to September 2012. With year-to-date (YTD) total of $3,507.71 million, 2013 is down 11.3% compared with 2012. These numbers and data are based on totals reported by companies participating in USMTO program. Compiled report provides regional and national U.S. orders data of domestic and imported machine tools and related equipment. Read More

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NREL ESIF garners LEED® Platinum designation.

November 14, 2013

Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF), located on campus of U.S. Department of Energy's NREL in Golden, CO, earned LEED® Platinum designation for new construction from U.S. Green Building Council. This 182,500 ft² facility is first in USA to help public and private sector researchers scale up promising clean energy technologies and test how they interact with each other and grid at utility scale. ESIF houses >15 experimental laboratories, several outdoor test beds, and HPC data center. Read More

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EPA Seeks Public Input on graphic for bug repellent labels.

November 14, 2013

According to Federal Register Notice released by U.S. EPA, public input is being sought on new insect repellent graphic for skin-applied insect repellent product labels. Applied voluntarily by manufacturers, graphic will provide consumers with health information, such as estimated number of hours product will repel potentially harmful insects when used as directed, in prominent and standardized format. Label has been in development for past 4 years by EPA, focus groups, and manufacturers. Read More

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NREL Working Group releases solar standard contracts.

November 14, 2013

Assembled by NREL, Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group developed standard contracts that aim to help lower transaction costs and facilitate access to low-cost financing for residential and commercial solar power projects. Contracts cover residential leases and commercial power purchase agreements. Group members recognized customizable contract templates could improve consumer transparency and private-sector investment while lowering cost of solar energy to end-users. Read More

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AEM Announces Winners of Pillar of the Industry Awards.

November 14, 2013

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced 2013 recipients of annual Pillar of the Industry Awards. Winners are member companies that have achieved or maintained Gold-level status in AEM's I Make America pro-manufacturing advocacy campaign. For 2013, 26 companies received Pillar of the Industry Awards: 9 achieved Gold Status this year, 14 were honored as Gold Year 2 winners, and 3 were recognized as Gold Year 3 winners. Read More

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ISA Announces Beamex as Strategic Partner for Calibration.

November 14, 2013

As ISA's Strategic Partner for Calibration, Beamex will provide ISA members and customers with access to such calibration resources as publications, case studies, seminars, and expert advice. Beamex will also work with ISA to co-develop custom web seminars. Other opportunities include hosting events for ISA training students; providing guidance and insight into calibration topics with ISA's training development team; and donating equipment/resources for ISA's educational offerings. Read More

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NTSB Report shows need for electronic logging devices, CSA reform.

November 14, 2013

American Trucking Associations said that safety recommendations by National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) emphasize need for accelerated efforts by Obama Administration to mandate electronic logging devices in commercial trucks and improve its Compliance, Safety, Accountability fleet safety monitoring and measurement system. Also, ATA highlighted NTSB recommendations regarding how Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration identifies and investigates potential problem carriers. Read More