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SMTA and IPC to co-locate fall events.

May 20, 2013

IPC and the Surface Mount Technology Association announced the finalized agreement to co-locate the SMTA International Conference and Exhibition with the IPC Fall Standards Development Committee Meetings for 2013, 2014, and 2015. SMTA International will be held October 13–17, 2013, while IPC Fall Standards Meetings will be held October 12–17, 2013 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Read More

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BIO thanks representatives for energy title amendment.

May 20, 2013

BIO thanked Reps. Timothy Walz (D-MN), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Ann Kuster, (D-NH), William Enyart (D-IL), and Mike McIntyre (D-NC) for sponsoring amendment to provide mandatory funding to energy title programs in HR 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. According to Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO's Industrial & Environmental Section, renewable energy programs of the Farm Bill have been successful in supporting economic growth and employment opportunities in rural America. Read More

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BIO Praises House of Representatives for passage of H.R. 701.

May 20, 2013

BIO lauded House of Representatives for passing H.R. 701, which accelerates implementation of key capital formation provision in Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. Bill gives U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) deadline to complete rulemaking on reforms to Regulation A, which will, according to BIO's Jim Greenwood, "spur fundraising for emerging biotech companies, for which a $50 million capital influx could support groundbreaking research and stimulate job creation." Read More

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ASTM Fence Committee approves two new standards.

May 20, 2013

Recently approved ASTM F2957, Specification for Ornamental Aluminum Fence Systems, defines minimum selection criteria and test procedures to ensure proper end-product manufacture. Also approved, ASTM F3000/F3000M, Specification for Polymer Privacy Insert Slats for Chain Link Fabric and Privacy Chain Link Fabric Manufactured Containing Pre-Installed Privacy Slats, provides configurations and materials to be used as well as fence framework construction instructions. Read More

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Accommodations Specification completes suite of standards.

May 20, 2013

ASTM E2772, Specification for Evaluation and Selection of Accommodations for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences, delineates procedural evaluation and selection of accommodations for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows, and conferences. Following structure of 8 other standards in online compilation, ASTM Standards for Green Meetings, ASTM E2772 presents criteria in 8 categories, each split into 4 progressive levels of achievement. Read More

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ASTM Manual covers petroleum refining and natural gas process.

May 17, 2013

ASTM has released Manual 58, Petroleum Refining and Natural Gas Process. With contributions from more than 40 scientists, experts, and professionals, handbook covers topics such as: petroleum and hydrocarbon processing, refining, transportation, and storage; design and operational aspects of refinery units; planning, scheduling, and management of refineries; alternative fuels, such as hydrogen and biofuels; and new test methods, specifications, and quality of various petroleum products. Read More

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Webinar to discuss solar market and installation trends.

May 17, 2013

IREC's annual report, U.S. Solar Market and Installation Trends 2013, compiles and analyzes public data on U.S. solar installations by technology, state, and market sector for 2012. Now in its sixth year, report covers solar technologies that produce electricity, including photovoltaics and concentrating solar power. Scheduled for June 4, free webinar will feature information about PV installations in 2012, including growth trends by sector and state rankings for installations. Read More

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ASTM Forensic Psychophysiology Committee to meet June 4.

May 17, 2013

The next meeting of ASTM International Committee E52 on Forensic Psychophysiology will be held at the 36th Annual Seminar of the American Association of Police Polygraphists. Meeting will provide attendees with information regarding Committee E52 and its standards, as well as an opportunity for attendees to participate in standards development process by providing feedback to proposed revisions of existing E52 standards. Participants will receive continuing education hours for their attendance. Read More

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MESA announces White Paper #42.

May 17, 2013

The Role of Semantic Models in Smarter Industrial Operations investigates application of semantic model design and technology in industrial operations integration and evolving role of semantic computing in operations management. Semantic (data) modeling as a core component of application architecture is compared to more familiar architectural integration patterns. As operations functions are described, value of semantic models is illustrated through examples that should be familiar to reader. Read More

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New IREC Website reports on results of IREC's work.

May 17, 2013

IREC's website provides many features and opportunities to keep up to date on latest information and resources in support of more accessible, safer, affordable clean energy across U.S. – from regulatory reform to workforce education and credentialing. Website features results-oriented approach, told through photos, quotes, and success stories. With tagline of "Shaping our future with clean energy," site includes Up Front: The IREC Blog and news of initiatives and events by IREC and its partners. Read More

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AASHTO Praises Senate Passage of 2013 WRDA.

May 17, 2013

Senate approved Water Resources Development Act of 2013, which provides for conservation and development of USA's water and related resources while establishing flood protection for communities. In comment, AASHTO's Bud Wright lauded Senate for its bipartisan support and said "This vital piece of legislation touches every American...because it covers everything from the ports, to safe drinking water, and the infrastructure used to move people, goods, and ultimately, America's economy." Read More

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BIO Applauds Introduction of Spread Pricing Liquidity Act.

May 17, 2013

BIO thanked Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ) for introducing H.R. 1952, Spread Pricing Liquidity Act, which is designed to increase liquidity and spur capital formation for small businesses, including emerging biotech companies, that are traded on the public market. In comment, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said that "The Spread Pricing Liquidity Act takes an important step toward granting tick size flexibility to emerging biotech companies." Read More

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BIO thanks Senate Agriculture Committee for passing Farm Bill.

May 17, 2013

BIO thanked members of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee for including mandatory funding for Energy Title programs and eligibility for renewable chemicals in Farm Bill reauthorization legislation, which passed on 15-5 vote in the committee. Support for renewable chemicals and biofuels will help build robust biobased economy that generates good jobs in manufacturing, agricultural production and forestry, transportation and distribution, and construction. Read More

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SPE announces expo program and exhibitors for RAPID 2013.

May 17, 2013

The 2013 RAPID Conference and Exposition, June 10-13, will feature nearly 100 exhibitors who will demonstrate growing applications of additive manufacturing. In addition to keynote presentations and awards presentation, show will include Contemporary Art Gallery and the Medical Manufacturing Innovations Center. Attendees are invited to explore latest additive technologies, including additive/rapid manufacturing; manufacturing processes and support; 3D imaging; materials; and mold/mold making. Read More

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PT/MC Industry Expands for twelfth conseuctive quarter.

May 17, 2013

Representing substantial increase over last quarter's reading of 50.7, 1Q13 PTDA Business Index produced reading of 61.1. This indicates power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry expanded at slightly faster pace compared with 4Q12. However, 1Q2013 index is significantly lower when compared against same quarter in previous years (85.5 for 1Q2011 index and 75.4 for 1Q12). Entire report includes U.S. and Canadian breakout data in addition to historical data. Read More

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BSA Presents Andy Nations with Lifetime Achievement Award.

May 17, 2013

Andrew Hall Nations, President and CEO of B&D Industrial (aka Bearings & Drives), received BSA's Lifetime Achievement Award at 2013 Annual Convention, which took place May 4–7 on Hilton Head Island, SC. After growing up and filling multiple positions within his family's company, Nations acquired degree in finance from University of Georgia and managed various acquisitions and record growth. Nations has been an active BSA participant since 1974. Read More

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Report Identifies Strategies to achieve net-zero energy houses.

May 17, 2013

Information on gaps and strategies to overcome them concerning residences that generate as much energy as they use during one year (net-zero houses) are summarized in Strategies to Achieve Net-Zero Energy Homes: A Framework for Future Guidelines. This new publication from NIST is based on discussions at 2011 workshop. Report breaks out 3 categories of challenges: design, technology and equipment, and needs and behaviors of homeowners and building industry. Read More

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IPC and CALCE seek technical papers for Tin Whiskers symposium.

May 16, 2013

IPC and Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering at the University of Maryland have issued call for papers for 7th International Symposium on Tin Whiskers. Expert presentations are sought on full range of tin whiskers theory and practice in every market sector. Content of presentations should be non-commercial in nature and cover case histories, theories of tin whisker growth, experiments and results, risk evaluation methods, and risk mitigation strategies. Read More

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Environmental Product Declaration Program will focus on sealants.

May 16, 2013

ASTM will collaborate with industry to develop Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) across 90+ supported industry markets, including sealants. Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) will partner with ASTM International to raise awareness of this effort, educate industry on value of Type III EPDs, and proactively engage industry in developing Product Category Rules (PCRs). In addition to other facets, ASTM's will and guide process forward as PCRs begin to develop foundation for LCA on sealants. Read More

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NIST Researchers Honored with Authur S. Flemming Awards.

May 16, 2013

As announced by The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University, 5 NIST researchers – Gretchen Campbell, Kathryn Beers, Michal Chojnacky, Leticia Pibida, and Joel Ullom – stand among 13 federal employees being honored with 2012 Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Award recognizes exceptional young employees within federal government to educate public about contributions made to USA by young civil servants. Read More