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BIO applauds renewable chemical legislation.

September 17, 2013

BIO thanked Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), and other original co-sponsors for introducing the Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act of 2013, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production tax credits currently available for other renewable energy producers. Legislation will reduce taxes for U.S. producers of renewable chemicals, helping them to commercialize homegrown technology and build new biorefineries in the U.S. Read More

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FAA awards $40 million to new Center of Excellence.

September 17, 2013

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the FAA has selected a team of universities to lead new Air Transportation Center of Excellence. Led by Washington State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, COE team will explore ways to meet environmental and energy goals that are part of Next Generation Air Transportation System. Areas of study will include new aircraft technologies and sustainable alternative aviation jet fuels. Read More

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2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants were announced by EPA.

September 17, 2013

EPA announced $1.1 million in competitive grants to 39 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. According to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, "These grants help build capacity, raise awareness, and equip communities with tools to address environmental challenges – from climate change impacts to brownfields and water pollution." Grants will benefit low-income, minority, and tribal communities overburdened by harmful pollution. Read More

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EPRI Report documents testing of energy-saving devices.

September 17, 2013

Assessment of Retrofit Energy Savings Device (RESD) Technologies-Phase II describes and documents energy savings, energy efficiency, and limited power quality and performance assessment of 6 retrofit energy-saving devices that EPRI tested. Devices include lighting controls, electric motor controls, and one residential home energy saver. Devices were subjected to several tests to determine manufacturer’s claims and operation when exposed to real-world operating conditions. Read More

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New Packaging Technologies take stage at Process Expo.

September 17, 2013

FPSA announced an addition to packaging track of Process Expo University educational program. On November 4–5, Packaging in the New Millennium will feature panels of packaging professionals sharing latest innovations in food and beverage packaging and their vision for future trends. Some topics will include Applications of Bio-Based Materials in Food Packaging, Defining Food Fraud and Choosing Countermeasures, Active Packaging Technologies, Labeling Claims, and Basic Nutritional Labeling. Read More

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AEM produces foreign translations of ULSD Fuel Safety Bulletin.

September 16, 2013

In addition to Spanish and English, AEM offers Chinese and Portuguese editions of its Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel best practices bulletin. Publication advances global understanding of proper remote refueling practices using ULSD. Bulletin is available in pre-printed, tri-fold format for customer handouts as well as free PDFs in tri-fold and 2-column formats for laser printer quality copies. Read More

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CSA Group and AGA have formed strategic alliance.

September 16, 2013

CSA Group formed strategic alliance with Australian Gas Association (AGA), with centerpiece being registration of CSA Group's Guangzhou laboratory facility as Authorized AGA Testing Laboratory. AGA certification provides free market access throughout all Australian states and territories and New Zealand. Manufacturers in southern China wishing to export to Australian and New Zealand markets can now gain AGA Certification based on testing carried out locally at CSA's Guangzhou laboratory. Read More

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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