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ASTM International announces geotextiles workshop in Mumbai.

December 21, 2012

On Jan 22, 2013, ASTM and Bombay Textile Research Association will conduct workshop on geotextiles. Sam Allen, VP of TRI/Environmental Inc. and member of ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics, will present session on GRI GM13 and GM17 specifications and another session on geosynthetic reinforcement and test procedures that result in measured design reduction factors. V.K. Patil, senior scientific officer in charge of geotextile lab at BTRA, will present lecture on experience of testing geosynthetics. Read More

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Wireless Technology takes center stage at International CES.

December 21, 2012

Scheduled for Jan 8-11, 2013 International CES® will unveil latest wireless technologies and trends across mobile connected universe, including advancements in accessories, the cloud, e-books, embedded technology, smartphones, and tablets. Event will include series of keynote addresses, supersessions, conference tracks, and TechZones dedicated to future trends in wireless technology. Owned and produced by Consumer Electronics Association, 2013 CES is the world’s largest annual innovation event. Read More

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Dual-Core Optical Fiber enhances data routes.

December 21, 2012

Optical fibers, which carry content at speed of light, must connect to sluggish switches, routers, and buffers to transmit data. Researchers have developed dual-core optical fiber that can perform same functions by applying miniscule amount of mechanical pressure. Described in OSA's open-access journal Optics Express, these nanomechanical fibers, which have light-carrying cores suspended less than 1 µm apart from each other, could enhance data processing and serve as sensors in electronic devices. Read More

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Course helps manage transportation mass fatality incidents.

December 21, 2012

NTSB is offering a new course at its training center in Ashburn, VA for emergency response, law enforcement officials, and medicolegal communities on managing transportation-related mass fatality incidents. Scheduled for February 5-6, course will examine core principles for managing transition from first response and life safety operations to decedent recovery and identification process. Read More

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Manufacturing Leaders to gather for 3rd edition of MFG Meeting.

December 21, 2012

On March 5-8, 2013, AMT, NTMA, and PMA will combine resources to host third edition of The MFG Meeting, themed "Rethink...Refocus...Reinvent." Meeting links entire manufacturing chain, from OEM's to distribution to end-user manufacturers, and provides forum for collaborative conversations on the most relevant topics affecting manufacturing today. Sandvik Coromant, leading supplier of tools and tooling solutions, has signed on as Gold Sponsor of event. Read More

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BIO Applauds path cleared for military biofuel producers.

December 21, 2012

BIO thanked members of House and Senate Armed Services Committees for finalizing National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 and clearing path for Department of Defense (DoD) to participate in public-private partnerships to produce advanced biofuels. In his statement, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood noted how private investment is critical to advanced biofuels and thanked members for maintaining current policy on environmental profile of fuels. Read More

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AIA welcomes Congressional action on satellite export control.

December 20, 2012

AIA applauds Congress for moving to end draconian over-regulation of commercial satellite exports. Fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act would return authority to president to determine appropriate export control requirements for commercial satellites and related technologies after years of mandating imposition of inflexible, military-level controls. Ending this self-imposed burden on U.S. competitiveness in global commercial satellite marketplace is critical to national security. Read More

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Manufacturers urge President to approve Keystone XL pipeline.

December 20, 2012

NAM is spearheading effort with 152 businesses and business groups to urge President Obama to approve Keystone XL pipeline. Group sent a letter to the President emphasizing that the project is a clear job creator and will enhance nation’s energy security and competitiveness. According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, pipeline will create 20,000 manufacturing and construction jobs and more than 118,000 spin-off jobs while providing affordable energy to help manufacturers better compete. Read More

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Collaboration delivers backhaul architecture model.

December 20, 2012

Developed in collaboration with International Society of Automation standards committee ISA100, approved backhaul architecture model provides common framework that enables multiple industrial communication protocols to run over shared wireless backhaul network in process automation systems. Completion of this work is a key milestone supporting implementation of Fieldbus Foundation's wireless High Speed Ethernet backhaul included in FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management technology. Read More

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ELFA's December 2012 MCI-EFI shows declining confidence.

December 20, 2012

According to December 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), confidence in equipment finance market is 48.5, down from November's 49.9, and reflects concerns regarding impact of fiscal issues on capital expenditures despite overall sense of optimism. Of executives responding to prediction of business conditions over next 4 months, 5.9% expected improvement, 73.5% said it would remain same, and 20.6% believe conditions will worsen. Read More

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EPA Enforcement protects communities from harmful pollution.

December 20, 2012

U.S. EPA released its annual enforcement results, showing significant environmental and public health protections achieved. In 2012, there was a reduction of 2.2 billion pounds of air, water, and land pollution, as well as 4.4 billion pounds of hazardous waste, and $252 million in civil and criminal penalties levied. In addition, EPA also focused on enforcement efforts that reduce smaller amounts of pollution but have substantial health impact in communities. Read More

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NACD Welcomes New Members and affiliates.

December 20, 2012

NACD welcomed 9 new members and affiliates, demonstrating its continuing mission to deliver value to distributors and supply chain partners. Inductees included Daxx Trading and Depsol Technologies LLC as chemical distributor members; U.S. Magnesium as chemical supplier affiliate; AAA Chemicals and WTS, Inc. as chemical handler affiliates; and ACE USA, OverDrive Solutions, Vanorsdale Insurance Services, and Matlack Leasing LLC as non-chemical handler affiliates. Read More

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American Chemistry Council and SPE announce partnership.

December 20, 2012

American Chemistry Council and SPE announced new partnership that will increase the value of both associations to their respective members and increase awareness that plastic materials and products are contributing to a more sustainable future. Through partnership, members of both organizations will enjoy certain reciprocal benefits. To some extent, associations also agreed to use each other's communication channels. Read More

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ASC Identifies Regulatory Issues Focus and changes nomenclature.

December 20, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) announced that its regulatory affairs focus in 2013 will be South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) plan to reopen Rule 1168 and U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) efforts to revise their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. To align its actual activities with committee name, ASC is changing from Government Relations Committee to the Regulatory Affairs Committee. Read More

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ASC Comments on USGBC's LEED draft.

December 20, 2012

Focusing on areas of materials ingredient reporting, ratings systems, Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), and LEED review process, Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) provided input to United State Green Building Council's (USGBC) latest revision of their new building construction rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED v4). ASC president Matthew E. Croson expressed gratitude for opportunity to share Council's concerns despite that it is not a USGBC member. Read More

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ANSI-NSP Meeting rescheduled for February 2013.

December 20, 2012

Originally scheduled for October 30, 2012, ANSI's Nanotechnology Standards Panel meeting was postponed as a result of Hurricane Sandy and will now be held on February 4, 2013. Meeting will examine how current nanotechnology standards are being utilized and how standards activities meet existing stakeholder needs. Benefits of participating in nanotechnology standardization and the possibilities for greater collaboration between stakeholders in this area will also be discussed. Read More

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ANSI Members receive NIST Education Challenge Grants.

December 20, 2012

Standards Services division of NIST awarded 6 Education Challenge Grants to help improve integration of standardization into formal curriculum of business and engineering programs at U.S. colleges and universities. Two grants were awarded to projects overseen by partnership between Purdue University and SES (Society for Standards Professionals), an ANSI organizational member, and other grants went to ANSI organizational members Georgetown University and San Jose State University. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices fall 1.1% in November.

December 19, 2012

In a sign of a weak global economy, nation's construction materials prices fell 1.1% in November—the largest monthly decrease since February 2009—according to producer price index report by U.S. Department of Labor. However, prices are 1% higher than the same time last year. ABC Chief Economist, Anirban Basu, stated that investors may be reducing their positions in economically sensitive commodities in response to fears regarding America's fiscal cliff. Read More

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Clean Air Standards help reduce harmful soot pollution.

December 19, 2012

In response to court order, EPA finalized update to national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot, setting annual health standard at 12 µg/cubic meter. Fine particle pollution can penetrate deep into lungs and has been linked to premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acute bronchitis and aggravated asthma among children. By 2020, 99% of U.S. counties are projected to meet revised health standard without any additional actions. Read More

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NREL, Johnson Matthey announce collaboration on biofuels.

December 19, 2012

NREL will partner with global specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey in 5-year, $7 million effort to produce drop-in gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from non-food biomass feedstocks. Work is to be conducted under Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) and is, according to NREL's Rich Bolin, "a way of leveraging the expertise of two organizations to solve a pressing national and international problem" and improve vapor phase upgrading during biomass pyrolysis process. Read More