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Proposed Concrete Standard characterizes drying behavior.

June 12, 2013

Developed by Subcommittee C09.66 on Concrete’s Resistance to Fluid Penetration, part of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, ASTM WK37029 will be used by ready-mix concrete producers to characterize drying behavior of new and existing concrete mixture proportions. Purpose of standard is to provide information on mass loss versus time (drying) behavior of initially saturated concrete specimen exposed to 1-dimensional drying in controlled temperature and relative humidity environment. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders level off for April.

June 12, 2013

According to data reported by companies participating in USMTO program, April U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders totaled $372.50 million, which was down 26.6% from March and down 12.6% when compared with $426.44 million reported for April 2012. With year-to-date total of $1,650.91 million, 2013 is down 7.0% compared with 2012. Likewise, Purchasing Manager’s Index dropped below 50 – indicating contraction within manufacturing – but hiring continued to expand throughout the industry. Read More

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BIO Applauds Senate Passage of 2013 Farm Bill.

June 12, 2013

BIO thanked Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and applauded Senate for including mandatory funding for Energy Title programs and eligibility for renewable chemicals in Farm Bill reauthorization legislation. In comment, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said reauthorization of Farm Bill energy programs and mandatory funding for energy title will help U.S. industrial biotech companies innovate and develop new products. Read More

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BIO supports biosimilars legislation.

June 12, 2013

BIO and the Delaware BioScience Association commend Delaware State Senate for introducing legislation designed to address regulatory issues related to the interchangeability of biological medicines. Biosimilars are not generics, and even slight changes to biologic drug can change its properties entirely. Senate Bill 118 seeks to properly preserve physician-patient relationship, protect patient access to accurate prescription information, and promote competitive market for biologic therapies. Read More

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IPC Releases Study on quality benchmarks for EMS industry.

June 11, 2013

IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2013 provides data to EMS companies interested in comparing their key 2012 quality metrics to those of other EMS providers by company size, region, and product type. Respondents reported on number of PCB assemblies completed in 2012, and internal yields for key processes. Customer satisfaction metrics regarding returns and on-time delivery were also provided. Read More

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Legislation Creates Pathway for substitution of biologic drugs.

June 11, 2013

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber was commended by BIO and Oregon Bioscience Association (Oregon Bio) for signing legislation designed to address regulatory issues related to biological medicine interchangeability. Policies outlined in House Bill 2705 and Senate Bill 460 align with all 5 of BIO's principles on biologic substitution. Furthermore, BIO and Oregon Bio commended actions of the Oregon Legislative Assembly for unanimously passing these bills. Read More

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EPA Awards $4.3+ Million for climate and air quality research.

June 11, 2013

U.S. EPA announced over $4.3 million in grants to 13 institutions to study and improve understanding of how certain organic compounds form in atmosphere. Research performed by grantees will help federal government improve its air quality management systems and climate change models with respect to organic aerosol formation. Efforts will also help EPA continue its work of protecting people’s health and environment. EPA is also contributing staff scientists to work as part of this effort. Read More

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EPA and NIH announce winner in My Air, My Health Challenge.

June 10, 2013

U.S. EPA and National Institute of Health announced winner of My Air, My Health Challenge, which called upon innovators nationwide to design small, low-cost sensor that integrates air quality measurements with related health data, such as heart rate and breathing. Judges selected team of David Kuller, Gabrielle Savage Dockterman, and Dot Kelly for developing Conscious Clothing, a wearable, real-time breathing analysis tool that calculates amount of polluted air a person inhales. Read More

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Document covers static water penetration resistance testing.

June 10, 2013

AAMA TIR A13-13, Recommended Static Water Penetration Resistance Test Pressures in Non-Hurricane-Prone Regions of the United States was prepared for those who require information on maximum static pressures used during testing of products’ resistance to wind-driven rain penetration, when such tests are conducted as part of the North American Fenestration Standard test regimen. It is not intended to validate or quantify statistical repeatability or reproducibility of any test method. Read More

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BIO Says Advanced Biofuel Sector needs RFS to continue working.

June 7, 2013

BIO submitted written testimony to House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy hearing, "Up Against the Blend Wall: Examining EPA's Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard." Citing "research and development of new energy crops and in commercializing innovative new fuel technologies," BIO's Brent Erickson said RFS "is working as intended." He also said future investment depends on assurance of stable federal policy and promotion of competition in U.S. fuel market. Read More

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Florida Law promotes access to biologic medicines.

June 7, 2013

BIO commends Florida Governor Rick Scott for signing House Bill 365, designed to create pathway for substitution of interchangeable biologic medicines. While not including all 5 of BIO’s Principles on Biologic Product Substitution, legislation is significant step in recognizing important role biologic medicines play in future of healthcare and chronic disease management. Legislation will help to protect patients’ access to accurate prescription information and maintain incentives for innovation. Read More

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EPA Approves Plan to Control CSOs in Cincinnati, OH area.

June 7, 2013

U.S. EPA announced approval of plan for control of combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio. Plan establishes priorities to address communities' most serious water quality problems and promotes cost-effective, innovative solutions to reduce pollution. Specific components include separating sewers to keep rainwater out of combined sewer system and use of green infrastructure to manage rainwater diverted from combined system. Read More

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LIA offers practical online training for all laser users.

June 7, 2013

LIA is set to unveil Laser U — a new way for laser professionals of all levels of experience to access the best presentations from LIA's conferences and workshops, including Lasers for Manufacturing Event®, Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop, International Laser Safety Conference, and annual ICALEO® conference. Modules of Laser U will enable users to listen to audio of each speaker's presentation at their own pace, with option to follow each slide in order or jump forward/backward. Read More

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AAMA Courses focus on fenestration product installation, testing.

June 7, 2013

Education courses on commercial and residential installation, field testing/forensic evaluation, and fenestration anchorage have been released by AAMA as part of its FenestrationMasters® program. According to AAMA's Dean Lewis, this group of courses deals with actual use of products, including flashing and sealants. "While challenging," said Lewis,"many candidates will find this to be the most practical, useful, and interesting portion of the entire course of study." Read More

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SME looks to future of manufacturing with new tagline.

June 7, 2013

SME is integrating its strategic areas — events, publishing, membership, Tooling U-SME online training division, and SME Education Foundation — around evolved mission to inspire, prepare, and support its stakeholders in advancement of manufacturing. SME announced that it will refer to itself by its monogram, rather than its full legal name and is promoting its inclusive, future-focused mindset with the new tagline, Making the future. Together.SM  Read More

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Drinking Water Infrastructure needs $384 billion by 2030.

June 7, 2013

According to results of EPA's Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment, $384 billion in improvements are needed for USA's drinking water infrastructure through 2030 for systems to continue providing safe drinking water to 297 million Americans. National total covers needs of 73,400 water systems nationwide as well as American Indian and Alaska Native Village water systems.  Areas most requiring improvements are distribution and transmission, treatment, storage, and source. Read More

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NASA Experiment supports 3-D manufacturing in space.

June 6, 2013

In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mount View, CA, have joined to launch equipment for first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station. The 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment will use extrusion additive manufacturing, which builds objects, layer by layer, out of polymers and other materials. Hardware is scheduled to be certified and ready for launch to space station next year. Read More

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AIM Summit to celebrate 40th anniversary.

June 6, 2013

On September 30, 2013, AIM will bring together international leaders in the AIDC industry to celebrate AIM's 40th anniversary at the annual AIM Summit. Event will highlight latest in technologies and industry trends, as well as standards and advances impacting organizations around the globe. Optional sessions, scheduled before and after Summit, will allow AIM members to participate in committee meetings. Summit will also host special luncheon to announce recipients of 2013 AIM Awards. Read More

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ASME Awards recognize petroleum-related mechanical engineering.

June 6, 2013

During Offshore Technology Conference, ASME recognized technical achievement and distinguished service in field of petroleum-related mechanical engineering. Benton F. Baugh, president of Baugh Consulting Engineers, Inc., received 2013 Geoca Mechanical Engineering Achievement Award, while H. Brian Skeels, Kwok Lun Lee, and Anand Venkatesh of FMC Technologies received 2013 Arthur Lubinski Award for best technical paper. In addition, Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Award went to Aker Solutions. Read More

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Linear Fluorescent Lamp Shipments surge during first quarter.

June 5, 2013

NEMA’s T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamp indexes surged upward 6.3 and 15.7% on year-over-year basis, respectively, during 2013Q1. T8 index value of 120.2 was the second highest in the history of the series, while index reading of 173.9 for T5 lamps was the highest since 2011. Index for T12 lamp shipments continued to diminish, posting decrease of 38.9% year-over-year, and settling at 36.5 for the quarter. T8 lamps increased in market share by 2.2 percentage points, reaching 75%.
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