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FDA Official to Present Plenary at aseptic education intensive.

March 1, 2013

Rick Friedman, Associate Director, OMPQ, US FDA, will serve as plenary speaker at ISPE's 2-day education intensive on aseptic processes for pharmaceutical industry that will take place March 4–5, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. According to ISPE President and CEO Nancy Berg, "bringing together top industry experts and high-level regulators like Mr. Friedman...will facilitate collaboration and sharing of best practices...essential to the production of a safe global drug supply." Read More

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EPA calls for Green Chemistry Challenge Award nominations.

March 1, 2013

EPA announced nominations for 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies and institutions that can design chemicals or new products that help protect public health and the environment. Nominations for innovative technologies that feature design of greener chemicals, greener chemical synthesis, or greener chemical reactions are due by April 30. EPA is particularly interested in approaches or technologies that reduce or eliminate need for brominated flame retardant chemicals. Read More

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Standards cover 3D closed captioning and water filtration.

February 28, 2013

An American National Standard from Consumer Electronic Association, CEA 708.1-2012, Digital TV Closed Captioning: 3D Extensions, specifies signaling to allow CEA-708 caption services to be rendered with stereoscopic program content. To ensure filtration process is effective and results in safe drinking water, American Water Works Association released AWWA B101-2012, Precoat Filter Media. Revised ANS covers disposable filter materials used to precoat filters for water supply service applications. Read More

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AIA Congratulates Hagel on Secretary of Defense confirmation.

February 28, 2013

AIA offered congratulations to Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel on being confirmed by U.S. Senate to succeed Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. After calling Hagel a proven American patriot, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said, “We are confident he understands...that we must always give our brave men and women in uniform the training and equipment they need to prevail." Blakey added aerospace and defense industry looks forward to meeting with and working with Hagel as new secretary. Read More

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Study Finds Carbon Tax would hurt manufacturing growth.

February 28, 2013

Released by NAM and conducted by NERA Economic Consulting, Economic Outcomes of a U.S. Carbon Tax finds that levying carbon tax would impact millions of jobs and result in higher prices for natural gas, electricity, gasoline, and other energy commodities. Report says manufacturing output in energy-intensive sectors could drop by as much as 15.0%. According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, "A carbon tax will severely harm our ability to compete with other nations." Read More

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IPC honors Lockheed Martin and Intel Corporation.

February 28, 2013

During luncheon held in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO®, IPC presented IPC Peter Sarmanian Corporate Recognition Award to Lockheed Martin and IPC Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award to Intel Corporation. Both awards honor contributions to the industry and support of IPC through participation in technical and/or management programs. As one of the longest standing IPC members, Lockheed Martin celebrated its 50th anniversary with IPC in 2009, and Intel Corporation has been a member since 1980. Read More

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ANSI Members Celebrate 62nd annual National Engineers Week.

February 28, 2013

National Engineers Week 2013, which took place February 17–23, highlighted work by engineers and related organizations/companies to bolster, support, and sustain public safety, health, and general welfare worldwide. Event focused on central role played by engineering in addressing issues presented by modern society as well as rising importance of technology worldwide. Programs and events included Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2013 and national finals of Future City Competition. Read More

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ASABE Completes Revision of front-mounted PTO standard.

February 28, 2013

ASABE has completed revision to previously adopted ISO standard ISO 8759-1:1998. Revision, ANSI/ASABE AD8759-1:1998 JAN2013, Agricultural wheel tractors – Front-mounted equipment – Part 1: Power take-off and three-point linkage, features standardized Type 1 PTOs with 35 mm dia, 540 rpm, and anti-clockwise rotation as viewed from front of tractor. Other changes include specifying same anti-clockwise rotation for Type 2 and Type 3 PTOs. Read More

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BIO welcomes EPA final rule on new cellulosic biofuels.

February 28, 2013

U.S. EPA issued approval for new feedstocks and biofuel processes under Renewable Fuel Standard. First proposed in January 2012, rule clears path for advanced and cellulosic biofuels from camelina and energy cane, as well as renewable gasoline from previously approved biomass sources, to contribute to U.S. energy security and GHG reductions. With approval of energy cane and renewable gasoline, there are now 5 pathways for producing cellulosic biofuels that meet RFS volume requirements. Read More

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ASTM Symposium focuses on extended service engine coolant tests.

February 28, 2013

To be held in Indianapolis, IN on May 23, Global Testing of Extended Service Engine Coolants and Related Fluids symposium will clarify areas for focus in development of new engine coolant test methods. Event will provide forum for exchange of engine coolant test methods as well as developments in aqueous and anhydrous engine coolant fluid technologies, discussion of application of engine coolant test methods, and review updates needed for ISO 22241 Specifications for Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Read More

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ASTM Committee develops standard to aid heap leaching.

February 28, 2013

ASTM F2987, Specification for Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings for Mine Heap Leach Aeration Applications, describes how corrugated polyethylene pipes and fittings can be more effectively used to facilitate aeration process in heap leaching. Corrugated PE pipe and fittings covered by ASTM F2987 are intended for deep underground applications. According to F17 member James Goddard, standard sets quality level that assures pipe manufactured to it will perform as required in design. Read More

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Paper Describes flexible, flat, and transparent imaging device.

February 28, 2013

Published in Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express by Austrian research team, "Towards a transparent, flexible, scalable and disposable image sensor using thin-film luminescent concentrators," describes new way of capturing images based on flat, flexible, transparent, and potentially disposable polymer sheet. Main application envisioned for this technology is touch-free, transparent UI's that could seamlessly overlay TV or other display technology. Read More

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EPA recognizes 5 facilities with Energy Star CHP Award.

February 28, 2013

U.S. EPA recognized 5 medical centers and universities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Award for their efforts to reduce emissions that threaten public health while increasing energy reliability and efficiency. CHP, also known as cogeneration, simultaneously produces electricity and useful heat from single energy source, such as natural gas, ensuring the award-winning hospitals and universities can continue to operate in event of power outage. Read More

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January 2013 MLFI-25 shows increased new business volume.

February 27, 2013

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for January shows overall new business volume at $5.9 billion, up 16% from same period in 2012 and down 49% from December. Receivables over 30 days increased to 1.8% from December's 1.6% but were down from 2012's 1.9%. Charge-offs were 0.3%, down from 0.6% in December. Credit approvals, also down from December by 0.3%, totaled 78.3%, while total equipment finance company headcount was up 0.7% from previous month and 0.6% year over year. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for February 2013.

February 27, 2013

According to February 2013 PMA Business Conditions Report, 37% of participants predict that economic activity will improve during next 3 months, up from 32% in January, while 55% believe that activity will remain unchanged, and only 8% anticipate decline, down significantly from 18% in January. Metalforming companies also expect incoming orders to strengthen, with 50% forecasting increase in orders, up from 44% in January, and 11% predicting decrease in orders, down from 25% in January. Read More

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Manufacturing Seminars look at safety, compliance programs.

February 27, 2013

Designed by and for manufacturers of agricultural, construction, forestry, mining, and utility equipment, AEM's annual product safety event will help attendees analyze and enhance corporate safety programs to ensure each component remains effective and useful. Product Safety and Compliance Seminar will run May 7–9 with "Juice Up Your Product Safety Program" theme, and co-located AEM Product Liability Seminar on May 10 will provide guidelines for effective product litigation participation. Read More

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Multimedia Resources help SMEs benefit from standards.

February 27, 2013

ISO has launched an array of free online resources designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises benefit from International Standards. Through dedicated SME section of ISO website, a new video, and latest issue of ISO’s monthly magazine focused on the topic, ISO is showing SMEs around the world how to gain the most from standardization. One brochure, 10 Good Things for SMEs, presents testimonials from small-business leaders on how ISO standards have contributed to their success. Read More

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PMA announces Metalforming Pioneer Award recipients.

February 27, 2013

PMA announced latest recipients of PMA Educational Foundation Metalforming Pioneer Award. Diemasters Manufacturing was recognized for its Diemasters Productivity System and LISSTs Training Series, while Eclipse Manufacturing was selected for its workforce-development efforts and its dedication to lean manufacturing practices. Marlin Steel Wire Products was chosen for its investment in technology and in its people through vigorous training and professional growth to make that technology work. Read More

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A&E Custom Manufacturing receives 2013 Industry Award.

February 27, 2013

A&E Custom Manufacturing Technologies Inc., a sheet metal fabricator based in Kansas City, KS, has received The FABRICATOR®'s Industry Award 2013. Award is bestowed upon individual or company within metalforming and fabricating industry that has improved operations, attained business success, and contributed to both local and industry communities. A&E's success is based in its focus on skilled workforce and its implementation of automation for cost-competitiveness in a worldwide market. Read More

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PMDS 2013 aims to help improve manufacturing operations.

February 27, 2013

Running April 23–24 in downtown Montreal, biennial Plant Management and Design Engineering Show (PMDS) is co-locating with Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMEXPO) and Contract Manufacturing Event (CONTREX) to provide manufacturing companies with opportunities to seek solutions to grow and improve operations. Event will feature ~100 companies who supply or provide services to manufacturing industry, Design Engineering and Plant Management pavilions, and latest solutions. Read More