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ASTM Workshop offers introduction to Product Category Rules.

July 29, 2013

ASTM's workshop, An Introduction to Product Category Rules, Environmental Product Declarations and Other Aspects of Sustainable Process and Resilient Materials, will be held Dec 8. Product Category Rule in combination with Environmental Product Declaration is becoming the means to classify individual products as well as serve as comparison between products. Workshop will focus on the basics of these documents and how they relate to individual raw materials as well as ready-mix concrete. Read More

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EPA excludes solvent wipes from hazardous waste regulations.

July 29, 2013

EPA modified hazardous waste management regulations under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to exclude solvent-contaminated wipes from hazardous waste regulations provided that businesses clean/dispose of them properly. Rule is based on EPA’s final risk analysis that concluded wipes contaminated with certain hazardous solvents do not pose significant risk to human health or environment when managed properly. EPA estimates that final rule will result in net savings of $21.7–27.8 million/year. Read More

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PACK EXPO comes to Las Vegas Sept 23-25.

July 29, 2013

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 will feature latest technologies and education opportunities to help pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and medical device professionals overcome challenges and drive growth. Pharmaceutical Pavilion will highlight latest advances in equipment and materials such as labeling technologies, filling and inspection systems, and blister packaging, while Rx Lounge will offer place for brand owners to network and exchange ideas with colleagues and decision makers. Read More

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Die Casting Design Winners will be announced in September.

July 29, 2013

Winners of International Die Casting Design Competition will be recognized for their outstanding casting designs on September 16 during 2013 Die Casting Design Competition Luncheon, which will take place from 12:15 to 2:00 pm during Die Casting Congress and Tabletop in Louisville, KY. Said competition highlights and acknowledges industry innovation in addition to promoting increased use of die castings through recognizing and publicizing outstanding designs. Read More

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MPIF Recognizes Orthodontic Appliances for contributions to MIM.

July 29, 2013

As announced at PowderMet2013, Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) recognized orthodontic appliances as Powder Metallurgy (PM) Landmark technology for its innovative use and contributions to development and adoption of metal injection molding (MIM) technology in medical device marketplace. Innovative designs have led to a great many orthodontic appliances having effective geometries and performance characteristics, while cost-effectiveness expanded use and availability. Read More

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IPC APEX India to offer educational workshops.

July 29, 2013

IPC APEX India™ will offer comprehensive program of both half- and full-day workshops to help engineers address design, assembly, and process challenges in electronics manufacturing. Led by knowledgeable, well-known instructors, professional development workshops will take place August 26–29, 2013. Some topic examples include: Signal and Power Integrity Challenges in PCB Design, Vias and Their Effects on High-speed Digital Signals, and Failure Analysis for Improved Reliability. Read More

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EU and US Extend Cooperation on measurements and standards.

July 29, 2013

European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and U.S. Department of Commerce's NIST have agreed to expand their current scientific cooperation to include new research areas, including energy, healthcare and clinical measurements, and food safety and nutrition. Implementing Arrangement expands on previous collaboration and provides joint access to scientific infrastructure, exchange of scientific and technological information and experts, and support for training. Read More

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FABTECH 2013 will feature new education program.

July 29, 2013

Expanded education program will be held alongside FABTECH, North American metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event, which will take place in Chicago, IL on November 18–21, 2013. Lineup will comprise 100+ educational sessions, including 64 courses never before offered at previous FABTECH events. Offered for attendees of various experience levels experience levels, each session will offer unique insights from industry experts on hot topics in manufacturing. Read More

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Webinar to address rare earth materials in motion industry.

July 29, 2013

"What the Motion Industry Needs to Know About Rare Earth Materials" is scheduled for August 7, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. In the 1960s, rare-earth synchronous motors became the go-to technology for motion control and automation OEMs. In 2010, supply chain tightening and speculation caused prices to skyrocket, and today, the market has become more rational. Webinar will review factors that created the bubble, highlight design alternatives and new suppliers, and discuss expectations for the future. Read More

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David Belforte to Speak on Rise of Laser Market at LME 2013.

July 29, 2013

Laser processing expert David Belforte will present state-of-the-industry keynote address at Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®) 2013, which will bring together laser systems providers, systems integrators, and representatives from industries that use laser-based manufacturing to maximize production efficiency/profitability. Belforte will deliver insight into key sectors where lasers are poised to make greatest gains in his talk, The Market for Industrial Lasers and Applications®. Read More

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New Subcommittee develops hydraulic fracturing fluids standards.

July 26, 2013

ASTM International Subcommittee D19.09 on Water – Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids will develop standards used for assessing water quality and determining impacts of spill and possible contamination. Standards developed will be used by those requiring or developing methods used for hydraulic fracturing. Currently, subcommittee is developing WK40832, Test Method for Measurement of Dissolved Gases Methane, Ethane, Ethylene and Propane by Static Headspace Sampling and Flame Ionization Detection. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes Confirmation of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

July 26, 2013

Member companies and staff of National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) welcomed U.S. Senate's confirmation of Gina McCarthy as Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new administrator. In comment, NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis noted working with McCarthy on ENERGY STAR® as well as other initiatives at EPA over past several years. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with her as she heads the agency,” said Gaddis. Read More

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The Deck returns to AeroDef Manufacturing Conference.

July 26, 2013

According to SME, the central area of the exposition floor called "The Deck" will be a key feature of AeroDef Manufacturing Conference and Exposition when it returns to Long Beach Convention Center on February 25-27, 2014. The Deck features high-level speakers and panel discussions on integrated solutions to complex manufacturing challenges. By keeping speakers, panels, and networking events on expo floor, AeroDef facilitates interaction among attendees, exhibitors, and presenters. Read More

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Public Comment Sought on new clean energy trainers standard.

July 26, 2013

IREC has announced public comment period for its revised credentialing standard, Draft IREC Standard 01024: 2013 - General Requirements for the Certification of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Distributed Renewable Energy Generation Instructors and Master Trainers. Public comment period for draft standard for trainers will close August 20, 2013, while standard for training providers, previously released, is available for public comment through August 6, 2013. Read More

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NIST Releases Updates to digital signature standard.

July 26, 2013

NIST released revision to digital standard used to ensure electronic document integrity and signer's identity. Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 186-4 was specifically revised to keep it consistent with other NIST cryptographic guidelines. Additionally, revision clarified various terms and corrected typographical errors. Another change concerns use of prime number generators, which FIPS 186-4 permits saving for purposes such as regeneration of values. Read More

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NIST Biometric Publication broadens options for PIV cards.

July 26, 2013

NIST has issued new publication that broadens agency security options for Personal Identity Verification cards. Biometric Data Specifications for Personal Identity Verification (Special Publication 800-76-2) adds iris images as biometric identifiers and on-card fingerprint comparison as options for cards. Document provides performance specifications for iris biometrics and iris cameras, as well as specifications that describe how to place fingerprint templates and recognition algorithm on card. Read More

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Proposed Cuts to EPA Appropriations undermine Tier 3 rules.

July 26, 2013

House Committee on Appropriations released its FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations, which has since been approved by Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. Among other things, this bill would block EPA from spending funds to finalize and enforce rules to Control of Air Pollution From Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards. BIO opposes this provision, citing unnecessary regulatory uncertainty and negative impacts on human health. Read More

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EPA upgrades Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

July 26, 2013

EPA announced upgrade to its online energy management and tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. Tool can help businesses achieve President's call to make commercial buildings at least 20% more energy efficient by 2020. In addition to user-friendly interface, updated Energy Star Portfolio Manager delivers optimized data sharing capabilities, better reporting, and for the first time, the ability to manage buildings across their lifecycle from design through occupancy. Read More

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BIO Names Whitaker President of BIO International Convention.

July 26, 2013

BIO Chief Operating Officer Scott Whitaker will assume new duties as President of BIO International Convention. "With Scott’s help," said BIO Senior VP of Conventions and Conferences Robbi Lycett, "we will be able to implement exciting changes within the Convention that will better deliver the experience [our members, attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors seek." BIO Chair Rachel King said combined skills of Scott's and Robbi's will enhance BIO International Convention experience for all. Read More

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United States reaches agreement with XTO Energy.

July 26, 2013

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced settlement with XTO Energy Inc. to resolve an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act related to discharge of wastewater from XTO’s Penn Township, Lycoming County, PA facility. Settlement requires that XTO pay penalty of $100,000 and spend federal government-estimated $20 million to improve wastewater management practices at facility used for storage of wastewater generated by natural gas exploration and production.. Read More