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FPSA Members elect new officers.

April 8, 2014

On March 27, FPSA held its Annual Meeting, during which members elected new FPSA Executive Committee. Gil Williams of Poly-clip System was chosen for Chairman, while Tom Riggins of R.A. Jones was chosen for Chairman of the Membership Committee, and Tom Kittle of Handtmann was elected Chairman of the Show Committee. In addition, Scott Gregory of Bettcher Industries was picked for Treasurer and Jeff Dahl of JBT FoodTech became Immediate Past Chairman. Read More

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AAMA updates testing options within flashing specification.

April 8, 2014

AAMA 712-14, Voluntary Specification for Mechanically Attached Flexible Flashing establishes minimum performance criteria to allow user to evaluate and select mechanically attached flexible flashing products intended for exterior perimeter of fenestration products. AAMA 712 calls for laboratory testing per ASTM methods to verify performance parameters, including tensile strength, water resistance, low-temperature flexibility, puncture resistance, tear resistance, and accelerated UV aging. Read More

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BIO Encourages EPA to speed approvals of new biofuel pathways.

April 7, 2014

BIO responded to EPA's announcement about halting new petitions for renewable fuel pathways for ~6 months. While recognizing EPA's "welcome" effort to improve petition process for new renewable fuel pathways under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), BIO's Brent Erickson commented that review process should be conducted in "a more timely manner." Erickson added that such a "lengthy wait...chills job creation and investment in the sector." Read More

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BIO Announces Kay Holcombe as Senior VP, Science Policy.

April 7, 2014

As announced by BIO, Kay Holcombe will be joining staff as Senior Vice President, Science Policy in early April. In addition to citing her "extraordinarily substantive experience and knowledge based on a long and distinguished career in Washington," BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood called Holcombe "an excellent addition to our staff." Holcombe comes to BIO from Sanofi, where she recently served as VP, FDA Alliances and Federal Agency Relations. Read More

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SPE Issues Call for Entries for Student Parts Competition.

April 7, 2014

SPE Thermoforming Division seeks entries for second annual Student Parts Competition, which encourages students to collaborate on real potential thermoformed application. Project consists of thermoformed product that can be mounted to standard A/C vent in automobile, hold cell phones, pens, or other small objects and be suitable for personalization. Submission deadline is August 15, 2014, and first- and second prize winners will receive, respectively, awards of $1,000 and $500. Read More

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NEMA publishes composite insulator standards.

April 7, 2014

ANSI/NEMA C29.12-2013 specifies composite suspension (tension) insulators with minimum section length of 46 in., while ANSI/NEMA C29.17-2013 specifies composite transmission line post type insulators with section lengths 41 in. or greater. Lastly, ANSI/NEMA C29.18-2013 specifies composite distribution line post type insulators with section lengths 30.6 in. or less. All insulators addressed by standards are intended for use on overhead lines for electric power systems.  Read More

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Alfa Chemistry.

April 7, 2014

Civil penalty of $325,000 proposed by FAA against Alfa Chemistry stems from alleged violations of U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. Specifically, FAA alleges that, on 2 separate FedEx cargo flights, Alfa Chemistry shipped undeclared hazardous material (Acrolein) that DOT regulations prohibit from being transported on passenger and cargo aircraft. Also, FAA determined Alfa Chemistry failed to properly train and test employees who packaged said Acrolein. Read More

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NEMA Standard addresses heavy-duty switches.

April 7, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA KS 1-2013 standard, which covers heavy-duty enclosed and dead-front switches that are rated at not more than 600 V and 4,000 A with or without horsepower rating. DC ratings shall be up to and including 600 V, 1200 A; with or without provision for fuses; with current-carrying parts and mechanisms enclosed in metallic or nonmetallic cases, or that are enclosed when mounted in enclosed switchboard, panelboard, or similar; and manually operable by means of external handles. Read More