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BIO Joins Coalition focused on small business innovation.

May 24, 2013

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has joined Coalition of Small Business Innovators (CSBI), national, non-partisan coalition of organizations dedicated to stimulating sustained, private investment in small, innovative companies focused on developing new technologies. Coalition's legislative objectives are to modernize current U.S. tax code to recognize and promote small business innovation as fundamental to long-term growth of U.S. economy. Read More

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ASTM Committee E07 awards Dr. Klaus Bavendiek for contributions.

May 24, 2013

ASTM International Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing presented Charles W. Briggs Award to Dr. Klaus Bavendiek for contributions to standards development. Bavendiek has been member of ASTM's Committee E07 since 2002, which has presented him with 4 Awards of Appreciation. As director of development imaging at YXLON International GmbH, he specializes in high-speed imaging, X-ray image acquisition and generation, aerospace technology, composites, and new technologies. Read More

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Paper, Panel Submissions Sought for 2013 Pacific Rim Summit.

May 23, 2013

BIO invites leaders from biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industries to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers, and posters for 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, which will take place December 8–11 in San Diego, CA. Participants may submit proposals for panels in any of 5 program tracks, and individuals may also submit single proposal for one 15 min presentation in any program track. Submittal deadline is July 31, 2013. Read More

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ASTM Sustainability Standard develops invasive plant listings.

May 23, 2013

Proposed standard STM WK40773, Practice for Invasive Plant Listing, will describe criteria and procedures by which to develop invasive plant list for specific geographic region and as foundation for creating such lists to support building codes and related applications. Being developed by Subcommittee E60.01 on Buildings and Construction, standard takes "an important step forward" in preventing the spread of invasive plants" according to E60.01 member Susan Gitlin. Read More

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BIO welcomes EPA proposed rule on new RFS2 pathways.

May 23, 2013

BIO welcomed public comment on proposed Renewable Fuel Standard amendments and clarifications, which include new pathway determinations for advanced biofuels such as isobutanol and ethanol from crop residues. Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, said, "Finalization of new pathways will clear the way for companies to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace. Delays can determine whether these companies succeed or fail and whether investors remain confident." Read More

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Report Says Construction Materials Prices fell 0.1% in April.

May 23, 2013

According to May 15 producer price report by U.S. Department of Labor, national construction materials prices slipped 0.1% in April and are up 0.4% year over year. Nonresidential construction materials prices decreased 0.1% for month and down 0.4% over last 12 months. In comment, ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu said "contractors should not be surprised if nonresidential construction materials prices bounce back significantly over the next several months." Read More

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Euro PM2013 Technical Program is now available for download.

May 23, 2013

Scheduled for Sept 15–18, Euro PM2013 Congress & Exhibition will cover all areas of Powder Metallurgy, including technical papers and Special Interest Seminar on metal powder Additive Manufacturing. Delegates registering for event will also be able to participate in Special Interest Seminars such as: New and Innovative Applications of PM Hot Isostatic Pressing; Novel Coating Technologies for Machining and Wear Applications; and Quality and Productivity in Metal Injection Molding. Read More

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Saudi Arabia Looks to NREL for solar monitoring expertise.

May 23, 2013

Saudi Arabia is working with U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for training and expertise in measuring kingdom's solar resource. Importance of setting up networks to gauge and predict solar radiation strength in varying meteorological conditions convinced Saudis to partner with NREL. Support will cover installation of 50+ monitoring stations in Middle East kingdom as well as training of local Saudis to operate and maintain instruments and stations. Read More

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WESTEC 2013 offers free registration through May 31.

May 22, 2013

Produced by SME, WESTEC will return to Los Angeles Convention Center Oct 15-17, 2013. Event gives manufacturers a forum to find cutting-edge equipment, explore advanced technologies, and learn innovative new production methods to help grow their businesses. Attendees will have opportunity to see more than 400 interactive, dynamic, and innovative exhibits. Participants can also hear groundbreaking keynote speakers, participate in panel discussions, and attend informative workshops. Read More

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ANSI approves new robot safety standard.

May 22, 2013

Developed by RIA, ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012 standard has been updated for first time since 1999 and is now harmonized with International ISO 10218:2011 standard for robot manufacturers and integrators. A key feature of standard is "collaborative operation," which is the introduction of a worker to the loop of active interaction during automatic robot operation. Standard also addresses "safety-rated soft axis and space limiting" technology, which is optionally available on new robots. Read More

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ELFF May Confidence Index shows improved optimism.

May 22, 2013

May 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry revealed market confidence of 56.7 over April's 54.0. Number reflects participant's increasing optimism despite concerns over economy and impact of federal policies on capital expenditures. Also, 9.7% of executives think business conditions will improve, 25.8% expect more access to capital, and 19.4% expect more hiring over next 4 months. Survey also shows 32.3% of respondents predict economic improvement over next 6 months. Read More

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IPC Land Pattern Tool has library of over 5,000 components.

May 22, 2013

Association Connecting Electronics Industries® and PCB Libraries, Inc. have added PCB Libraries Footprint Expert land pattern calculation tool, with library of more than 5,000 components, to IPC-7351B. Library documentation conforms to engineering rules established within standard, while tool can automatically output land patterns into various CAD formats. Updates and PCB library tools support users of IPC-7351, Generic Requirements for Surface Mount Design and Land Pattern Standard. Read More

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PTDA welcomes 10 new members.

May 22, 2013

PTDA has accepted membership of Applied Power Solutions; National Precision Bearing Group of Mechatronics Inc.; Western Bearing & Auto Parts, Ltd.; and American Roller Bearing Company. Also added year-to-date are Congress Drives; Curtis Machine Company, Inc.; Eaton – Airflex Products; Helix Linear Technologies, Inc.; I.M.A., Ltd.; and Rubber Tree Systems, LLC. Founded in 1960, association represents over 178 power transmission/motion control distribution firms and 180 manufacturers. Read More

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ANSI Chairman Pauley has been inducted into Hall of Distinction.

May 22, 2013

University of Kentucky (UK) College of Engineering named James T. Pauley, senior VP of external affairs and government relations at Schneider Electric USA and chair of ANSI's Board of Directors, to its Hall of Distinction based on his career achievements and outstanding character. Established in 1992, Hall of Distinction, recognizes past graduates to encourage similar success among current students. Pauley graduated in 1986 with bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. Read More

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ANSI EESCC Workshops to cover energy efficiency standardization.

May 22, 2013

Consisting of 5 workgroups, ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) will hold workshops in Washington, DC on June 4, 11, 18, and 20 and July 25, from 10:00am to 4:00pm EST. Meetings will begin gap analysis and roadmapping phases of standardizing energy efficiency in built environments. Interested stakeholders must register by Tuesday, May 28. First draft of roadmap is expected by October 2013, with final version anticipated for publication by mid-2014. Read More

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ASC to foster Environmental Product Declaration development.

May 22, 2013

ASTM will be collaborating with industry to develop Environmental Product Declarations across 90+ industry markets they support, including sealants. ASC will partner with ASTM to raise awareness of this effort, educate industry on value of Type III EPDs, and engage industry in developing Product Category Rules. ASTM's role will be to bring diversification to stakeholders involved on PCR development team, and guide process forward as PCR begin to develop foundation for Life Cycle Assessments. Read More

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HI-Led Webinar to cover acceptance testing per ANSI/HI 14.6-2011.

May 22, 2013

Pump Systems Matter and Hydraulic Institute will hold Pump Acceptance Testing for Rotodynamic Pumps in Water & Wastewater Facilities webinar on May 30 at 1:00pm EDT. Led by Richard Rindy of Weir Minerals North America, 1 hr session will address updated requirements for pump test protocols. It will cover requirements for verification of performance guarantees per contract, 4 variations of NPSH testing on clear water, permissible reading fluctuations for each performance grade, and more. Read More

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HI announces Young Engineer of the Year for 2012.

May 22, 2013

Hydraulic Institute recognized and honored A. Bruce Ticknor, Director of Engineering, National Pump Company as their first recipient of their Young Engineer of the Year award. Limited to engineers under age 40, award was established to recognize efforts and contributions of young pump engineers from member companies and Standard Partners who have made a significant impact within their current position and have also contributed to advancement of the work of the Hydraulic Institute. Read More

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Federal Agencies expand urban waterway revitalization efforts.

May 21, 2013

U.S. EPA, along with federal partners, announced Urban Waters Federal Partnership will add 11 new locations. Additionally, 2 more federal partner agencies – U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Energy – will join this partnership in its collaborative efforts to restore waterways and their environments, boost recreation, help local economies, create jobs, and protect Americans' health. Read More

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Crowd Funding Campaign reminds young Americans of opportunities.

May 21, 2013

Aerospace Industries Association, in partnership with Challenger Center for Space Science Education, sponsored crowd funding campaign to place trailer before Star Trek Into Darkness, beginning May 17, to educate public on human spaceflight programs that are currently underway. This trailer will play in 50+ cities nationwide. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, this project aims to counteract "widespread misperception" that U.S. human spaceflight program is over. Read More