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NREL teams with Navy to cut energy use.

May 2, 2013

During first phase of partnership, NREL worked to identify what technologies would help meet Navy energy goals, along with best locations to demonstrate them. Eight technologies were chosen with roughly half in Hawaii and other half in Guam. Technologies being installed fall into 3 general categories: advanced HVAC, building efficiency, and advanced renewables and facility integration. Final phase will be to report on technologies and help transition them to other sites and commercial market. Read More

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SPE ANTEC® 2013 opens amidst new era of opportunity.

May 2, 2013

In addition to world's largest plastics technical conference, SPE ANTEC® 2013 included "Business of Plastics" conference focusing on non-technical issues of business management. ANTEC 2013 consists of more than 500 original, peer-reviewed technical papers in 35 topic areas, plus more than 30 business presentations. In addition, 19 special presentations focused on emerging technologies, new advanced materials, shale gas boom, and key market sectors such as medical and wire/cable. Read More

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SPE names Jon Ratzlaff as President during ANTEC® 2013.

May 2, 2013

At ANTEC® 2013, SPE installed Jon Ratzlaff, technical services manager for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, as President. Ratzlaff has been SPE member since 1995, is SPE Certified Plastics Technologist, and is an author of SPE Injection Molding Technicians Toolbox guide. Society also named Vijay B. Boolani as President-elect, who is President of Boolani Engineering Corporation in Mumbai, India. Boolani, SPE member since 1981, was Chair of ANTEC® Mumbai held in December 2012. Read More

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MESA North American Conference sees launch of TCS's PIB.

May 2, 2013

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) launched its first Plant in a Box (PIB) offering during MESA 2013 North American Conference. According to TCS, this offering, which leverages such models as MESA's B2MML and ISA 95, is intended to help manufacturers rapidly set up, operate, optimize, and replicate lean manufacturing plant business systems. Initially, offering will focus on automotive industry, both OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, with intention to extend to other discrete and process industries. Read More

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AASHTO congratulates Obama on Mayor Foxx nomination.

May 1, 2013

AASHTO congratulates President Obama on his nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to be next U.S. Transportation Secretary. According to statement made by Bud Wright, AASHTO executive director, the nation's state departments of transportation look forward to working with Mayor Foxx on the important transportation issues facing the nation and on identifying a long-term sustainable transportation funding source. Read More

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ASTM Standard specifies plastic lumber use requirements.

May 1, 2013

ASTM D7568, Specification for Polyethylene-Based Structural-Grade Plastic Lumber for Outdoor Applications, presents all requirements needed so that plastic lumber materials can be appropriately specified for uses, such as main and secondary framing members, in which improved mechanical properties are essential. Standard applies to solid, rectangular SGPL products in which polyethylene resin (non cross-linked) is continuous phase and represents at least 50% of product by weight. Read More

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ANSI President elected president of COPANT.

May 1, 2013

S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of ANSI, was elected to 2-year term as president of Pan American Standards Commission during group's annual General Assembly, held April 21-26, 2013. Mr. Bhatia – who replaces outgoing COPANT president Sergio Toro of Chile’s Instituto Nacional de Normalización – previously served as COPANT’s vice president. COPANT is a multinational organization tasked with promoting standards and conformity assessment activities in the Americas and worldwide. Read More

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ANSI Personnel Accreditation helps protect American seniors.

May 1, 2013

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau promotes third-party accreditation of credentialing organizations to help older consumers identify quality certifications and avoid financial advisers who might misuse credentials to sell inappropriate products. Based on ISO/IEC 17024, Conformity Assessment – General requirements for bodies operating certification of persons, ANSI's program demonstrates quality credentialing by verifying compliance to internationally recognized accreditation process. Read More

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DVD from IPC provides images for training/documentation.

May 1, 2013

Available on DVD, IPC/WHMA-A-620B Illustrations — Entire Image Set contains photos and illustrations found in IPC/WHMA-A-620B, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies, that may be used for creating customized internal workmanship documents and multimedia training. There are 685 images that depict target, acceptable, process indicator, and defect conditions for cable and wire harness assemblies. All are digitized in Hi-Res TIF format. Read More

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Sediment Control Products Standard is under development.

May 1, 2013

ASTM WK11340, Test Method for Determination of Sediment Control Product’s Ability to Reduce Soil Loss Associated with Rainfall-Induced Erosion, will provide performance-based data of sediment control devices to regulating entities, specifiers, consumers and manufacturers. This proposed standard will offer means to calculate support practice factor (P factor), which would indicate how well sediment control device traps or filters sediment. Read More

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BIO Applauds MLP Parity Act and thanks House, Senate sponsors.

May 1, 2013

According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, Master Limited Partnership (MLP) Parity Act "will level the playing field between renewable fuels and fossil fuels in tax policy that shapes private investment decisions." Greenwood went on to commend inclusion of renewable chemicals, "for the first time establishing tax parity for this growing sector," and commented how this legislation will help drive employment and economic growth while reducing foreign oil dependence. Read More

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SME announces keynotes and conferences for RAPID 2013.

May 1, 2013

Keynote presentations and conference tracks at 2013 RAPID Conference and Expo will explore existing and future applications of additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and 3D imaging and their potential to transform manufacturing. Examples include: Fusing Interaction and Physical World; 20 for 20, a presentation which details innovations in AM that have changed industry over last 20 years; Future of Additive Manufacturing and Introduction to NAMII; and Additive Manufacturing: State of the Industry. Read More

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NEMA Supports Reintroduction of energy efficiency bill.

May 1, 2013

At an event on Capitol Hill, NEMA joined national businesses and labor and environmental organizations in welcoming reintroduction of Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013. NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis congratulated Senators Shaheen and Portman "for continuing this vital bipartisan effort" and said this proposal's significance could not be underestimated as it tackles market barriers to energy efficiency investment. Read More

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Cement Manufacturer agrees to reduce harmful air emissions.

May 1, 2013

U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice announced that CEMEX, Inc., owner and operator of a Portland cement manufacturing facility in Lyons, CO, has agreed to operate advanced pollution controls on its kiln and pay $1 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. Complaint filed against CEMEX alleged that between 1997–2000, company unlawfully made modifications at its plant that resulted in significant net increases of nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions. Read More

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BIO aligns with ShareVault to provide member discounts.

April 30, 2013

BIO program with ShareVault, provided through BIO Business Solutions® program, offers price reductions on ShareVault’s primary secure document sharing and virtual data room services – ShareVault Express, ShareVault Professional, and ShareVault for SharePoint. In addition, some of ShareVault’s value-added services such as maintaining PDF links and eCTD document structure support will be provided at no charge to BIO’s members. All BIO members are eligible to utilize BIO program with ShareVault. Read More

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IPC ESTC to feature AIO-focused keynote by Intel executive.

April 30, 2013

At IPC Electronic System Technologies Conference (IPC ESTC) on May 21, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV, Tuesday Luncheon keynote speaker, Intel Corporation PC client group's Zane Ball, will discuss all-in-one PC (AIO) trends. Presentation, "Consumer and Market Trends in PCs," will specifically concentrate on past and current trends in client PCs, but Ball will also share predictions on opportunities ahead and new concepts centered on AIOs. Read More

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BIO International Convention held record number of meetings.

April 30, 2013

Upon wrapping up in Chicago, IL, 2013 BIO International Convention drew 13,594 industry leaders from 47 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and 62 countries. Global event for biotechnology, hosted by BIO, held record number of partnering meetings and panel sessions on latest science, policy issues, and business opportunities and challenges facing biotechnology industry. Program featured 125+ breakout sessions across 17 tracks. Read More

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Forensic Standard to address digital and multimedia evidence.

April 30, 2013

ASTM WK27106, Terminology for Digital and Multimedia Evidence Examination, will provide framework for the general public to understand terminology used by forensic professionals. Proposed standard is a compilation of terms and definitions from areas of computer forensics, image analysis, video analysis, forensic audio, and facial identification. Among terms defined in standard are digital forensics, photogrammetry, and steganography. Read More

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Standard covers PEX hydronic heating/cooling tubing systems.

April 30, 2013

ASTM Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems is developing proposed standard ASTM WK38788, Specification for Crosslinked Polyethylene OD Controlled Tubing for Hydronic Heating/Cooling Systems. Key focus will be to establish testing and performance requirements for limiting oxygen permeation into hydronic fluid, which if left unchecked can lead to rapid corrosion of ferrous components within system. Some applications include radiant floor heating/cooling, snow melting, and solar heating. Read More

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CONEXPO Latin America is set for 2015 in Chile.

April 30, 2013

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), owner of CONEXPO, signed letter of intent with Chilean Chamber of Construction to co-locate CONEXPO Latin America with Chamber's Edifica exposition, which will be held October 2015 in Santiago, Chile. Directed "by the industry and for the good of the industry," CONEXPO Latin America will feature latest construction and construction materials equipment, technologies, and services for Latin America marketplace. Read More