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Farm Bill Rules support renewable chemical manufacturers.

June 29, 2015

BIO applauded U.S.Department of Agriculture's release of new interim final rules for the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (9003 Program), which provides loan guarantees to biorefineries. With growth of renewable chemical and biobased product manufacturing, United States can maintain its leadership in clean energy and manufacturing, create thousands of high quality U.S. jobs, and reduce dependence on foreign petroleum. Read More

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Land of 10,000 Lakes to host Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT.

June 29, 2015

On Sept 23–25, 2015, hundreds of professional women representing wide range of experience and expertise in manufacturing sector are expected to gather for 2 days of intensive, industry-specific educational and networking sessions at the fifth annual Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT in Minneapolis, MN. Event will include relevant panel discussions, valuable professional development seminars, and prominent keynote speakers, including Rhonda Stites, head of industry solutions for Google Enterprise. Read More

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ASF Components details importance of vendor managed inventory.

June 29, 2015

By providing outsourced procurement, inventory, and delivery, vendor managed inventory (VMI) supplier ASF Components manages class "c" components. Outsourcing to VMI company will help control class-c components and their associated costs and make aerospace and automotive plants more productive. VMI companies can determine optimum/cost effective packaging combinations; manage inventory by plant, work cell, and individual bin; identify inactive/excess inventory to be repurposed; and more.
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AAMA releases updated aluminum finishes documents.

June 26, 2015

AAMA has updated and released 2 documents specific to aluminum finishes. AAMA 612-15 describes test procedures and performance requirements for architectural quality combined finishes of anodic oxide sealed with transparent organic coating applied to aluminum extrusions and panels for architectural products. Similarly, AAMA 2603-15 covers procedures and requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum extrusions and panels. This standard covers factory-applied coatings only. Read More

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NREL Researchers identify battery second use strategies.

June 25, 2015

Researchers at NREL are playing crucial role in identifying battery second use strategies capable of offsetting plug-in electric vehicle expenses. Second-use options support broad spectrum of sustainable energy strategies, as they increase potential for widespread PEV adoption by eliminating end-of-life automotive service costs. NREL research confirms that after being used to power car, Li-ion battery retains approximately 70% of its initial capacity—making reuse a valuable energy storage option. Read More

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NEMA White Paper addresses lamp rupture risks.

June 24, 2015

NEMA has published NEMA LSD 71-2014 Best Practices for Metal Halide Lighting Systems Relative to Lamp Rupture Risks. White paper, developed by the NEMA Light Sources and Luminaire sections, provides updated educational information on the selection, operation, and maintenance of metal halide lighting systems with specific emphasis on risks associated with lamp rupture. NEMA LSD 71-2014 may be downloaded on the NEMA website. Read More

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EPA Seeks Input on modernizing RMP rule.

June 23, 2015

EPA invites small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. It will focus on EPA's development of rule proposing to modify current Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulation to reduce likelihood of accidental releases of toxic and flammable substances at chemical facilities as well as improve emergency response when such releases occur. Self-nominations are due by July 3, 2015. Read More

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CSA-Published Standard helps protect underground infrastructure.

June 22, 2015

CSA Group published CSA Z247 Damage Prevention for the Protection of Underground Infrastructure, which specifies requirements for preventing damage when there is ground disturbance near existing, deactivated, abandoned in-place, or reserved for future use underground infrastructure. When adopted, this standard will help prevent damage and protect such underground infrastructure as pipelines, electrical and telecommunication cables, as well as water and sewer lines to enhance public safety. Read More

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Manufacturing Day sees return of Kronos and MSC as sponsors.

June 22, 2015

Manufacturing DaySM co-producers welcomed back Kronos and MSC Industrial Supply as sponsors for second consecutive year. While Kronos renewed it Silver sponsorship, MSC Industrial Supply renewed its Bronze sponsorship. Sponsors of this national event provide resources to support participating manufacturers. Grassroots effort aims to improve public perception of manufacturing in America by coordinating awareness-raising activities at various locations across USA on October 2, 2015. Read More

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CSBA Announces Board Leadership for 2015-2016 term.

June 22, 2015

As announced by BIO, Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA) selected its Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2015–2016 term. Members include Russell Allen as CSBA Board Chair, Executive Committee; Nathan Tinker as CSBA Vice Chair, Executive Committee; and Bob Dayton as Past Chair, Executive Committee. Board members include Kristin Jones, Thomas Kowalski, April Giles, and Dennis McNannay. Russell Allen said he was "honored to chair this distinguished group." Read More

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Three Universities will help find new uses for toxics data.

June 22, 2015

EPA has selected academic partners for 2015 Toxics Release Inventory University Challenge, a project designed to increase public awareness and use of data on industrial releases of toxic chemicals. This year’s academic partners are the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Mercyhurst University. For more than 25 years, TRI Program has gathered data critical to helping communities make informed decisions about their environment. Read More

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ASC Membership Engagement Platform has been revamped, enhanced.

June 22, 2015

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) redesigned its primary member program access point, www.ascouncil.org, for stronger member engagement. In addition to responsive layout optimized for tablets/smartphones/PCs, features include support for real-time online ordering, online dues subscriptions and annual dues renewal, as well as user-selectable outbound communications preferences regarding ASC programs and services. Also featured, Vendor Select Tool lets members connect to downstream buyers. Read More

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Linda Lung recognized at National Science Bowl.

June 22, 2015

Linda Lung, Manager of NREL's Workforce Development and Education Programs, was recognized by Energy Department at conclusion of National Science Bowl in Washington DC for her involvement with Department-backed competition since its debut 25 years ago. Competition requires students to supply lightning-fast answers to questions in math, chemistry, physics, and biology. Five-member team from Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins won this year's Colorado competition. Read More

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BIO/Battelle Report explores benefits of industry-academic ties.

June 22, 2015

Released by BIO and Battelle's Technology Partnership Practice, "Advancing Translational Research for Biomedical Innovation: Measuring Industry-University Connections" highlights nature of industry-academic collaborations that bridge bioscience discoveries and delivery of innovative products to improve medical outcomes in patients. This report, according to BIO's Jim Greenwood, "demonstrates exactly how critical such collaborations are, and how quickly these ties are expanding." Read More

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AAMA Updated Specification addresses liquid-applied flashing.

June 19, 2015

AAMA has updated document specifying performance requirements for liquid applied flashing used to provide water-resistive seal around exterior wall openings in buildings that includes fenestration products such as windows and doors, as well as other through-wall penetrations. Minimum requirements for adhesive bond and accelerated aging were defined, reporting requirements were updated, and use of mortar slabs was replaced by anodized aluminum strips for water immersion testing. Read More

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NTSB presents safety seminar on instructional accidents.

June 19, 2015

On July 11, 2015, NTSB will present seminar highlighting lessons learned from investigations involving instructional accidents. NTSB has developed an understanding of when and how pilot training accidents are likely to occur, through its own investigations and through industry and government research identifying risks involved in solo and dual instructional flights. Seminar will explore causes of accidents, current efforts to prevent them, and resources available to pilots/flight instructors. Read More

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AASHTO Statements to Congress detail funding crisis.

June 19, 2015

Two key congressional committees received statements for the record detailing the critical condition of the Highway Trust Fund from John Cox, President of AASHTO and Director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation. According to Cox, the Highway Trust Fund has provided stable, reliable, and substantial highway and transit funding for almost 60 years. Since 2008 however, almost $62 billion has been transferred from General Fund to Highway Trust Fund to keep it solvent. Read More

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Bioscience Economic Development Guide has been released by BIO.

June 19, 2015

Released by BIO at 2015 BIO International Convention, "Bioscience Economic Development in the States: Legislation and Job Creation Best Practices" represents bioscience industry's leading comprehensive analysis of state legislative and regulatory initiatives supporting economic development. Biennial report highlights economic development initiatives enacted in 2013 and 2014 legislative sessions focusing on key strategic building blocks for all phases of bioscience industry development. Read More

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BIO announces Everyday Superhero honorees.

June 19, 2015

The 2015 BIO International Convention announced top Honorees in association's Everyday Superhero contest, recognizing biotech leaders in the patient, industry, and academic communities whose accomplishments are helping those battling debilitating and chronic disease. Top honorees chosen from Patient/Patient Group, Pharma/Biotech, and University Research Institutions include Emily Whitehead, Bernard Muller, and Sanjay Balkrishna Jadhao, respectively. Read More

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ASABE requests input on baling twine standard revision.

June 19, 2015

ASABE has initiated project to revise ANSI/ASAE S315.4, Agricultural Baling Twine for Automatic Balers. Standard provides uniform polyolefin and sisal agricultural baler twine specifications to ensure satisfactory performance in round and square balers as well as adequate durability in normal storage and handling of baled forage and biomass materials. Revision adds larger packaging size category for large square baler twine and re-wording of description for knotters on large square baler. Read More