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OMB Issues Guidance on government spending, travel, conferences.

June 19, 2013

Issued by U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Controller Alert: Travel and Conferences provides guidance on U.S. federal government spending for conferences and travel in light of ongoing federal budget sequester. Document lists standards-setting work as appropriate use of limited funds that should continue to be supported. This clarification reassures members of ANSI Federation that the sequester will not halt their involvement in U.S. voluntary consensus standardization process. Read More

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Series of Programs will highlight servo press technology.

June 19, 2013

August 8 webinar – Why pay more for a servo press?  When is it worth it? – will feature speaker Todd Wenzel, while August 15 webinar – The Structure of Servo Presses, Available Drive Types and their Applications –will feature Jim Landowski. Another webinar will take place August 22, and live event on September 10 in Rosemont, IL will offer in-depth look at servo-press technology with case-study presentations and breakout sessions with press builders. Read More

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EPA awards $2 million for Small Business Innovation Research.

June 19, 2013

EPA has announced that more than $2 million will go to 25 small businesses nationwide to develop new environmental technology that will help protect people's health and the environment. Each company will receive SBIR Phase I contract of up to $80,000 to further develop their technology over next 6 months. This year’s projects focus on drinking water, wastewater, manufacturing, green building, waste monitoring and management, air quality, sustainable use of biomass, and homeland security. Read More

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International Poll highlights public support for civil UAS.

June 18, 2013

AIA will host panel discussion about current and potential uses of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), including growth opportunities in commercial sector, in AIA Chalet at Paris Airshow on June 19 at 11:00 am. Open to public, this panel will present preliminary findings from international poll, conducted by Christian Science Monitor, which tested public perceptions of non-military use of UAS. Final results will be tabulated and released at a later event in July. Read More

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RAPID Conference and Expo breaks past attendance records.

June 18, 2013

More than 2,500 attendees turned out for 2013 RAPID Conference and Exposition, almost doubling last year's attendance and reflecting potential of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Held June 10-13, event included more than 100 exhibitors across variety of industries and a technical conference that attracted more than 900 attendees. Workshops covered fundamentals of AM, 3D modeling and 3D scanning, RTV mold-making and polyurethane casting, and metal parts used in additive technologies. Read More

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SPE Announces MEDC Support for ACCE scholarships.

June 18, 2013

Michigan Economic Development Corp (MEDC) will support two $2,000 USD SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) scholarships for graduate-level research in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation. Additionally, MEDC will support one $2,000 USD scholarship for junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student pursuing degree in polymer science, plastics, composites, or related engineering curriculum in MI college or university. Read More

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Free Webinar to cover infrared imaging.

June 18, 2013

Scheduled for June 27, webinar titled "IR Technology -- Seeing the Invisible" will introduce basics of infrared imaging through specific application examples with sample images. It will touch on some basics about IR radiation and corresponding imaging sensor technologies. Participants will leave webinar with an appreciation of core concepts sufficient to begin exploring IR imaging solutions, as well as an understanding if their candidate application might be a good fit for IR imaging. Read More

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SME-EF Honors Clement Fucci as outstanding educator.

June 18, 2013

Clement Fucci, a teacher at Westfield Vocational Technical High School in Massachusetts, was honored by SME Education Foundation with Professor George Schneider Jr. Manufacturing Technology Education Faculty Award. Fucci has served in manufacturing technology for 30+ years. As Westfield’s Manufacturing Technology Department chairman for the past 27 years, Fucci has worked with local manufacturing businesses, politicians and educators to promote manufacturing in western Massachusetts. Read More

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Wyoming DOT supports fuel tax increase.

June 18, 2013

First increase in Wyoming's fuel taxes in 15 yr will take effect July 1, allowing Wyoming State Department of Transportation to fully adopt the pavement preservation philosophy it began in 2011. In new Two-Minute State DOT Update video, WYDOT Director John Cox tells Transportation TV the 10-cents-per-gallon increase is expected to raise an additional $47.5 million a year to improve and preserve state's highways. WYDOT manages 6,859 miles of roadway throughout the state. Read More

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Scholarship Award Winners announced at AAMA Summer Conference.

June 18, 2013

AAMA celebrated 13 consecutive years of furthering careers and education of students pursuing degrees related to building products industry by awarding 7 scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies during 2013 AAMA Summer Conference. According to AAMA president and CEO Rich Walker, "By supporting these students on their journey to further develop their knowledge and passion, we are hopeful they will make valuable contributions...upon completing their education." Read More

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Richard Conley earns ASTM International Award of Merit.

June 18, 2013

Consultant Richard W. Conley received Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems in recognition of his individual contributions to standards activities. Specifically, Conley was honored for his outstanding dedication and leadership in Committee F17 and notable contributions to development of national standards that have enhanced reliability, durability, and safety of plastics in piping systems. Read More

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Crib/Mattress ASTM Standard addresses safety requirements.

June 18, 2013

ASTM F2933, Consumer Safety Specification for Crib Mattresses, covers such topics as gap between mattress and crib rails, height of crib from top of mattress, and mattress thickness. Standard establishes design requirements, testing requirements and methods, and requirements for labeling for full-size and non-full-size crib mattresses. Also, test methods are included for permanence of labels and warnings and mattress dimensional measurements for full-size cribs. Read More

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Novel Enzyme may prove beneficial to biofuels industry.

June 18, 2013

Researchers from the U.K., NREL, and the University of Kentucky have published a paper describing novel cellulose-degrading enzyme from a marine wood borer Limnoria quadripunctata, commonly known as the gribble. Gribbles exhibit a relatively unique ability to produce their own enzymes instead of using symbiotic microbes to break down the biomass they eat. New biomass-degrading enzymes from novel sources such as the gribble may prove beneficial to biofuels industry. Read More

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OR Engineering Student recognized as one of most promising.

June 17, 2013

Manufacturing and engineering student at Oregon State University, Alexandria Moseley, has been recognized as one of 15 most promising college engineering students from USA and world by National Engineers Week via its New Faces of Engineering College Edition. Moseley has been supported with scholarship funding by SME Education Foundation, which nominated her. Alexandria is focused on her new career saying that her studies further her awareness of how much society depends on this work. Read More

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BIO addresses Supreme Court review of isolated DNA patents.

June 17, 2013

Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, issued statement on U.S. Supreme Court's decision regarding Myriad Genetics' patent claims on isolated DNA molecules, which summarily ruled that so-called cDNA remains eligible for patenting. Decision offers urgently needed certainty for research-driven companies that rely on cDNA patents for investment in innovation, but also represents troubling departure from decades of judicial and PTO precedent supporting patentability of DNA molecules. Read More

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EPMA launches new website.

June 17, 2013

After over 6 months of development, EPMA launched a new website which went live on June 10. Newly designed website will be underpinned by Joomla! system, enabling content and services to be added more freely than previous version. Website has carried over a great deal of existing content from previous version, and a range of new services for Members and Non-Members is under development along with a rolling program of updating Powder Metallurgy Case Studies through Spotlight in PM program. Read More

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AIA Seeks Policy Reversal upon release of DOD report.

June 17, 2013

Calling upon Congress and President Obama to use upcoming budget cycle to reverse sequestration budget cuts, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey cited "two huge waves" threatening the industrial base. First wave identified by Blakey was $37 billion dollar sequester "which falls heaviest against investment accounts," and second wave pertained to potential strikes "if current law holds and the fiscal year 2014 budget is hit by an even larger sequestration amount of $55 billion." Read More

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CAS and Thieme expand access to chemical reaction information.

June 17, 2013

Chemical Abstracts Service and Thieme Publishing Group, a leading publisher of scientific and medical journals and books, have announced that hundreds of thousands of experimental procedures for chemical reactions from two prestigious Thieme organic chemistry journals will soon be available. Experimental procedures from Thieme journals SYNLETT and SYNTHESIS from 1967 to present are being added to CAS databases for delivery in SciFinder®, the choice for chemistry research™. Read More

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FAA asks fuel producers to submit proposals for fuel options.

June 17, 2013

FAA has asked world's fuel producers to submit proposals for fuel options that would help general aviation industry make transition to unleaded fuel. FAA is committed to development of a new unleaded fuel by 2018 that would minimize impact of replacing 100 octane low-lead fuel. FAA will assess viability of candidate fuels in terms of impact on existing fleet, production and distribution infrastructure, impact on environment, toxicology, and economic considerations. Read More

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ISPE Issues Survey on clinical trial materials experience.

June 14, 2013

Currently being conducted by ISPE, global survey on patient experiences is designed to obtain feedback on such areas as suitability of clinical trial packaging, label information and design, interacting with clinical trial technologies, and transportation/storage. According to ISPE President and CEO Nancy S. Berg, "This study is designed to gather information that will help the pharmaceutical industry begin to close the information gap and ensure our patients receive quality products." Read More