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ANSI Raises Engineering Awareness during 64th annual EWeek.

March 10, 2015

National Engineers Week (EWeek) 2015, which took place February 22–28, offered educational programs, competitions, and other events to highlight engineering innovations and industry professionals. Shell Oil Company as well as ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineers (ASABE) served as event co-chairs. This year's theme of “Engineering New Horizons" aimed to raise awareness of nation and global engineering impacts. Read More

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AISI's Gibson begins term as Chair of NAM's CMA.

March 10, 2015

Thomas Gibson, president and CEO of American Iron and Steel Institute, has been elected chair of NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations to serve 1-year term. Gibson has been a CMA member for more than 5 years, serving as vice chair for past year. He has chaired, co-chaired, or founded numerous industry coalitions. Prior to joining AISI, Gibson served as senior vice president of advocacy for American Chemistry Council and also as chief of staff for EPA. Read More

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NTSB issues recommendations to address smoke in tunnels.

March 10, 2015

NTSB issued urgent recommendations to the Federal Transit Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and American Public Transportation Association calling for improved ventilation procedures during smoke and fire events in tunnels. NTSB is recommending nationwide audit of transit agencies by FTA to assess state of tunnel ventilation systems, written emergency procedures for fire and smoke events, and training to ensure compliance with these procedures. Read More

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SPE Names Barry Shepherd Thermoformer of the Year for 2015.

March 9, 2015

SPE Thermoforming Division named Barry Shepherd as Thermoformer of the Year, and this award will be presented during SPE Thermoforming Awards Dinner on September 1, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. Shepherd joined SPE Thermoforming Division Board of Directors in 1997 and worked on several committees, including the Executive Committee, before retiring from Board in 2010. Shepherd also served as technical editor of SPE Thermoforming Quarterly® magazine. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed new ISO field of activity.

March 9, 2015

New work item proposal, submitted by DIN, outlines main activity of ISO Technical Committee focused on standardization of equipment for waste management, recycling, public cleaning, and road operation. It takes into particular account technical and logistical aspects of waste management process. Proposal calls for drafting of International Standards for products and procedures as well as safety requirements for "collection, transport, storage, and transfer of solid and liquid waste." Read More

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PTDA Foundation Campaign helps find next generation employees.

March 9, 2015

Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP) initiative promotes awareness of power transmission/motion control industry as well as careers therein. To help, 63 organizations and individuals have funded PTDA Foundation's Vanguard Campaign; contributions totaling nearly $188,000 kicked off 2015 Fund Drive (currently in progress) that seeks to raise $345,000 in 2015. Funding helps ICP address future workforce at career/job fairs and technical tradeshows as well as via social media channels and website. Read More

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NAM partners with Ecolab to support manufacturers nationwide.

March 9, 2015

NAM named Ecolab Inc. an exclusive Manufacturing Partner to provide thought leadership at NAM regional and national events and engage with manufacturing executives nationwide. For more than 25 years, Ecolab has been an active NAM member and has served in committees and task forces tackling issues such as water policy, chemical management, and tax reform. Ecolab President Tom Handley serves as manufacturing leader, with seat on NAM’s Executive Committee and as Great Plains regional vice chair. Read More

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NAM President/CEO calls manufacturing resilient, robust.

March 9, 2015

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered 2015 State of Manufacturing Address at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. "America's success depends on manufacturing’s success," said Timmons, who noted manufacturing to be "as resilient and robust as ever." Timmons cited 4 fundamental values as foundation for U.S. manufacturing success. Also, Timmons spoke on such topics as free and fair trade, corporate tax rates, energy, regulations, health care, labor policy, and infrastructure. Read More

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EPA Approves Low-GWP Refrigerants to further climate protection.

March 9, 2015

After receiving input from industry, environmental groups, and others, EPA is increasing available options for refrigerants, which offer improved climate protection without harming ozone layer, for use in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in U.S. Approved substitutes have global warming potential (GWP) ratings from 3–675 and can replace older compounds with GWP from 1,400–4,000. All climate-friendly alternatives, except HFC-32, are exempt from Clean Air Act venting prohibition. Read More

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Standards/Global Supply Chain Event to take place on Capitol Hill.

March 9, 2015

Hosted by ANSI, Standards and the Global Supply Chain will take place March 12, 2015 from 11:30 am to 2 pm EST in Washington, DC. This event will feature dialogue with U.S. leaders on global supply chain initiatives as well as role of voluntary standards and conformance in creating solutions that cross borders. Globally impactful business topics to be addressed will include worker safety, anti-bribery initiative/management systems, food safety efforts, and cook stove distribution. Read More

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SPE Flexible Packaging Conference will be held in October 2015.

March 9, 2015

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will be holding its Flexible Packaging Conference in combined event with Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters, and Laminators (AIMCAL) from October 25–28, 2015 in Naples, FL. Program will comprise parallel tracks addressing extrusion, coating, lamination, metallization, and converting as well as performance requirements driving design for flexible packaging. Presentations will cover recent developments on multiple issues and topics. Read More

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SME, DEMAT will strengthen additive manufacturing at EUROMOLD.

March 6, 2015

SME, by partnering with DEMAT to support additive manufacturing elements of EUROMOLD 2015 (September 22–25), aims to strengthen EUROMOLD's reputation as leading exhibition on additive manufacturing and 3D printing. For its role in said partnership, SME will provide additive manufacturing knowledge to EUROMOLD delegates through technical conference and exhibits as well as work with startups and other leading companies to assist them in reaching world market for additive manufacturing. Read More

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AAMA Annual Conference addresses LCA, EPD, regulatory affairs.

March 6, 2015

Experts spoke about Life Cycle Assessments as well as their involved intricacies at American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 78th Annual Conference, which took place February 15–18 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Attendees also heard updates, including developments with ENERGY STAR® and California building codes, during Regulatory Affairs Committee. Topics included Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Read More

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ANSI Inducted 7 New Members in February 2015.

March 6, 2015

ANSI welcomed 7 new members in February 2015. Coachella Valley Water District, Cloverdale Equipment Co, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Kreg Tool Company, One Pointe Solutions, Peerless Chain Company, and Texas Department of Insurance join federation representing 125,000+ companies and >3.5 million professionals. Under ANSI's umbrella, this constituency works to develop, implement, and promulgate voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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NTSB Releases Study to optimize gas pipeline integrity management.

March 6, 2015

NTSB adopted safety study on integrity management of gas transmission pipelines in high-consequence areas. In said study, NTSB analyzed information from Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) data systems and other sources. Recommendations address broadened use of in-line inspection, emphasize closer state-to-state and federal-state cooperation among inspectors, and call for expanded and improved resources and guidance at federal level.
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NTSB Training Center announces classes for March and April.

March 6, 2015

Scheduled for March 18–19, AS301 Accident Investigation Orientation for Aviation Professionals details how Safety Board investigates major aircraft accidents and what it expects of participants in an investigation. Other courses being offered include: TDA301 Transportation Disaster Response - Family Assistance, scheduled for March 24–26; AS101 Aircraft Accident Investigation, April 13–24; and IM401S Cognitive Interviewing (CI) for Accident Investigators, April 29–30. Read More

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Fully Deployed FAA Program increases Alaskan pilot safety.

March 6, 2015

Alaska Weather Camera Program, completed by FAA, helps pilots determine when and where it's safe to fly. By providing pilots with near real-time, visual weather information, fully deployed program improves safety and efficiency. It includes website that enhances navigational planning on interactive map with accessible images and other weather data products. FAA's Michael Huerta cited this as "another milestone in our continuing commitment to aviation safety in Alaska." Read More

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NAM and Teradata kick off manufacturing partnership.

March 6, 2015

NAM welcomed Teradata as an exclusive 2015 Manufacturing Partner. Through this partnership, Teradata will provide thought leadership programs at NAM regional and national events and connect with manufacturing executives to help companies find new insights from their data. For more than a decade, Teradata has been an active member of NAM with broad participation in advocacy efforts through task forces and policy committees on issues ranging from immigration and tax reform to IP protection. Read More

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NREL Refines Method of converting lignin to nylon precursor.

March 5, 2015

As published in Energy & Environmental Science, "Adipic acid production from lignin" study demonstrates conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid. This advances goal of garnering more uses from lignin, which could impact biofuels industry. Research in this study also shows adipic acid can be produced from renewable resource, which might have important ramifications for mitigating greenhouse gases. Patent application has been filed on this research. Read More

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National Fleet Services named ATA Featured Product company.

March 5, 2015

ATA announced its latest ATA Featured Product company, National Fleet Services LLC, which provides motor carriers an alternative service for the essential in-house DOT compliance requirements, including titling, licensing, and registration services. Company also offers tax, recovery, and other advisory services to the trucking industry. Read More