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MetalForming Magazine announces conferences on ERP software.

February 18, 2015

As announced by PMA's MetalForming magazine, 2015 Manufacturing ERP Experience will take place April 14–15 in Rosemont, IL. Conference will provide information on leading industry ERP software systems for small to midsized manufacturing companies. Along with demonstrations, event includes case-study presentations, and keynotes. Additionally, half-day ERP Software Selection and Implementation Boot Camp on April 16 will focus on steps necessary to select appropriate ERP software and more.
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AIA Congratulates Ashton Carter on Defense Secretary confirmation.

February 18, 2015

AIA congratulated Dr. Ashton "Ash" Carter on being confirmed by U.S. Senate to succeed Defense Secretary Charles "Chuck" Hagel. In comment, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said Carter's "extensive experience" will be suitably applied as U.S. "addresses critical decisions on national defense, the support of our armed forces and the men and women who serve." Speaking for aerospace and defense industry, Blakey also expressed anticipation for working closely with Carter. Read More

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Stormwater Climate Change Tool has been released by EPA.

February 18, 2015

Climate Adjustment Tool for EPA's Stormwater Management Model lets engineers and planners evaluate performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections to determine benefits of resiliency decisions to reduce local economic burden and protect communities. Users can add climate projections based on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's climate change scenarios and utilize tool's ability to model performance of green infrastructure practices. Read More

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ATA Names Trillium CNG to Featured Product program.

February 18, 2015

American Trucking Associations announced selection of Trillium CNG™ as ATA Featured Product for 2015. Specializing in fueling heavy-duty fleets, Trillium CNG provides compressed natural gas facility design, construction, operation, and maintenance. Trillium also offers flexible business models and turn-key solutions designed to meet their customer's needs. ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said, "We're pleased CNG Trillium is helping ATA members realize the goal of sustainability." Read More

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SME names its 2015 Award of Merit recipients.

February 18, 2015

SME has selected 5 SME members to receive its 2015 Award of Merit. Award is given to members who, through their leadership and volunteerism, have grown their local chapters, introduced and promoted specific manufacturing technologies to broader audience, and mentored and interacted with young people to promote importance of manufacturing. Recipients include: Louis C. Dorworth, Edward G. Halloran, You-Min Huang, Don Patz, and Jerry R. Walters. Read More

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BIO issues statement following Kyle Bass' IPR Petition.

February 18, 2015

According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, patents are the lifeblood of innovative, lifesaving biotech companies. Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass has opened a new door to abuse of the US patent system, exploiting USPTO's patent challenge proceeding as part of his cynical short-selling strategy against innovative biotech companies that are delivering transformative therapies to patients in need. Congress and the USPTO should act promptly to prevent abuse of the patent system in this manner. Read More

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States aim to reduce nutrient levels in waterways.

February 18, 2015

Twelve states of Hypoxia Task Force have devised strategies to speed up reduction of nutrient levels in the Mississippi/Atchafalaya River Basin, which are a key contributor each summer to large area of low oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico known as a dead zone. Each state has outlined specific actions it will take to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater plants, industries, agriculture, and stormwater runoff. Target date for shrinking dead zone from 6,000 to 2,000 square miles is 2035. Read More

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BIO to open nominations for George Washington Carver Award.

February 18, 2015

Eighth annual George Washington Carver Award will recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to building the biobased economy by applying industrial biotechnology to create sustainable and environmentally friendlier products. Award serves as lasting memorial to original vision of George Washington Carver who, over a century ago, pioneered creation and commercialization of sustainable biobased products and materials and energy derived from renewable agricultural feedstock. Read More

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NREL takes in-depth look at solar project completion times.

February 18, 2015

NREL has gathered and analyzed data for more than 30,000 solar photovoltaic installations across the U.S. to better understand how interconnection regulations align with actual project completion timelines. Findings indicate that interconnection process delays are common, and can range from several days to months. Streamlining application review and final authorization processes can ultimately benefit utilities and solar consumers by reducing time and cost associated with going solar. Read More

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SPE ANTEC increases focus on 3D printing, additive manufacturing.

February 17, 2015

Taking place March 23–25, SPE® ANTEC® Orlando 2015 will host 2 sessions on 3D printing/additive manufacturing. March 24 will feature "Arburg Plastic Freeforming—Additive Manufacturing of Plastic Parts Using Standard Granulates" plenary address by Heinz Gaub; New Technologies Forum, "3D Printing with a Focus on Material Development;" presentations; and interactive panel discussion. March 25 will offer Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Super Session and multiple presentations. Read More

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IREC Report addresses transition to modern electricity grid.

February 17, 2015

Multiple compounding factors are driving national movement toward more modern electricity grid, one that enables cleaner energy future. Report released by IREC offers unique look at easing that transition, and offers insightful approaches for state utility regulators who will facilitate this transition through rules that govern electricity system and electric utilities. Report's 5 approaches address: cost recovery, rate design, utility strategic planning, access to data, and grid access. Read More

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CES Unveiled Tokyo will feature expert tech panel.

February 16, 2015

During CES® Unveiled Tokyo (February 18, 2015), Nikkei Inc's Waichi Sekiguchi will moderate panel comprised of startup innovators and investors to discuss innovation in Japanese market. CEA executives will debut regional and global research and provide CES news covering product trends coming from 2015 International CES leading up to inaugural 2015 International CES Asia™. Startup panel discussion illustrates technology industry expertise of Japan beyond legacy brands in consumer electronics. Read More

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EPA awards rebates to 30 states to replace 210 school buses.

February 16, 2015

EPA is awarding more than $3 million in rebates to replace 210 older diesel school buses with new buses that are more than 90% cleaner, reducing pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter that are linked to health problems, including asthma and lung damage. Seventy-six school bus fleets in 30 states will receive rebates through EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding. Applicants were randomly selected and placed in order on list until $3 million was allocated. Read More

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NTSB issues safety recommendations for gas pipelines.

February 16, 2015

NTSB issued 28 safety recommendations in safety study "Integrity Management of Gas Transmission Pipeline in High Consequence Areas". For example, board recommends that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration assess need for additional inspection protocol guidance for state inspectors, and modify overall state program evaluation, training, and qualification requirements for state inspectors to include federal-to-state coordination in integrity management inspections. Read More

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Clothes Dryers earn EPA's Energy Star label.

February 16, 2015

EPA announced that Energy Star certified clothes dryers are now available nationwide. About 45 models of dryers earning Energy Star label, including Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, LG, and Safemate, are at least 20% more efficient and available at prices comparable to standard dryers. If all residential clothes dryers sold in U.S. were Energy Star certified, Americans could save $1.5 billion/year in utility costs and prevent GHG emissions equal to electricity use from more than 1.3 million homes. Read More

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BIO Study looks at venture funding for therapeutic innovation.

February 13, 2015

BIO released study on venture financing broken down by disease area and novelty of research from 2004–2013. Study found that 78% of U.S. venture investment for therapeutics went toward novel drug R&D, suggesting innovation is core priority for investors. Disease areas affecting large populations – Diabetes, Psychiatry, Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, and Cardiovascular – have seen decline in novel drug R&D venture funding, while rare disease funding has seen large increase over past decade. Read More

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Search Platform delivers biomedical, patent content to IP pros.

February 12, 2015

Released by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and FIZ Karlsruhe, Web-based STN® delivers content, search power, and precision needed to understand and protect IP. Multiple databases and thesauri are complemented by such features as hit chemical structure displays, CAS Registry Number® highlighting, and INPADOC capabilities with family displays. Project-oriented workflow and intuitive interface enhance efficiency by integrating real-time analysis with query development and answer set review. Read More

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NEMA White Paper examines domestic lighting procurement policy.

February 12, 2015

On behalf of its Lighting Systems Division, NEMA published white paper on considerations U.S. federal, state, and local governments should have in mind when setting requirements for procurement of energy-efficient lighting systems. "Domestic Procurement Policy and Manufacturing Efficiency for Lighting Products" specifically summarizes issues surrounding requirements that governments may set on manufacturing location of final products or any product component. Read More

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BIO Praises Vaccine Access, Certainty, and Innovation Act of 2015.

February 12, 2015

BIO applauded introduction of Vaccine Access, Certainty, and Innovation Act of 2015 by noting how it would stimulate new vaccine research and improve patient access. In his statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood thanked Representatives Ellmers and Butterfield "for their leadership in authoring and sponsoring this important legislation." Greenwood also expressed enthusiastic anticipation regarding further work on said bill and other components of 21st Century Cures Initiative. Read More

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PTMC Industry anticipates continued growth in 2015.

February 12, 2015

PTDA Business Index for 4Q2014 indicates slowing but continued, positive growth. Manufacturers reported more positive growth in new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, and inventories for 4Q2014 than distributors, which differs from 2Q and 3Q 2014 reports. Overall, 4Q2014 PTDA Business Index reading of 66.5 was slightly lower than the previous quarter's reading of 67.5. Both distributors and manufacturers anticipate 2015 to be another year of positive growth. Read More