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Asset Management Standard will provide CSA guidance.

June 25, 2013

ASTM WK42011, Guide for Contractor Self-Assessment for U.S. Government Property Management Systems, is being developed by Subcommittee E53.20. Within this proposed standard, guidance will be provided for contractor self-assessment (CSA) program that addresses requirements of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Chairman of E53.20 commented that proposed standard will provide necessary guidance to develop program suited to specific operating environments. Read More

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Successful Field Demonstration shows off FOUNDATION(TM) for ROM.

June 25, 2013

At Petrobras research and development facility (Cenpes), Fieldbus Foundation conducted its first live demonstration of FOUNDATION™ for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology. Demonstration was attended by Petrobras executives and automation industry media. Open solution, which extends capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus to wired and wireless devices installed in harsh and remote locations, provides unified digital infrastructure for asset management in diverse applications. Read More

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AEM Announces Judges for 2013 AEM Hall of Fame awards.

June 25, 2013

Judges from agriculture and construction sectors has been selected for 2013 AEM Hall of Fame awards, which will be presented at AEM Annual Conference on November 5, 2013 in Orlando, FL. AEM Hall of Fame honors individuals who have invented, managed, built, and led off-road equipment industry. Nominees are judged on 5 guiding principles of innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability. Read More

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BIO Praises Update of Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

June 25, 2013

BIO praised Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard Neal (D-MA) on passage of HR 475, which updates existing excise tax to cover newest seasonal influenza vaccines. Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, said those involved "should be applauded for their efforts to ensure that the newest flu vaccines will be covered by the VICP in time for flu season, ensuring patient access to the latest therapies." Read More

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FABTECH to be held in Chicago November 18-21, 2013.

June 25, 2013

Covering more than 550,000 net sq ft at McCormick Place in Chicago, FABTECH will feature exhibits such as live equipment demonstrations for visitors to see, touch, and compare products side-by-side. FABTECH educational conference will take place simultaneously, with expert speakers discussing topics in manufacturing. Annual expo comes during renaissance in U.S. manufacturing; over past year, 41,000 jobs were added in sector, while 500,000 jobs were added since 2010. Read More

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McCormick Place Development Plan to expand options at IMTS.

June 25, 2013

Development plans announced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration include 1,100-room hotel, to be completed in 2016, plus 500-room hotel to be built afterward. Included in plans is arena for DePaul Blue Demons basketball team where conferences, meetings, and concerts will also be hosted. Totaling $1.1 billion, plans provide for greater choice of options for IMTS exhibitors and attendees. Redevelopment of Navy Pier and expansion of Children's Museum are also planned. Read More

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May Equipment Finance Index shows business volume holding steady.

June 25, 2013

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for May indicates 21% increase in new business volume compared to May 2012, at $7.5 billion, unchanged from April 2013. Year to date, cumulative new business volume was up 11%. Index also showed receivables over 30 days declined to 1.6%, while charge-offs remained unchanged and credit approvals increased to 78.8%. William G. Sutton, ELFA President and CEO, said data suggest equipment finance sector is on verge of breakout performance. Read More

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NAM Urges Participation in second annual Manufacturing Day.

June 25, 2013

NAM is supporting second annual Manufacturing Day, which is designated as October 4, 2013. NAM asks manufacturing plants to open their facilities to visitors on this date to help expand knowledge about and improve general public's perception of manufacturing careers. Visitors will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources, while manufacturers will learn about business improvement resources and services delivered through manufacturing extension partnerships. Read More

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U.S. Team Takes Gold in 2013 International Rocketry Challenge.

June 25, 2013

Sponsored by Raytheon, U.S. team comprised of 3 students from Georgetown, TX 4-H rocketry club placed first in sixth annual International Rocketry Challenge at Le Bourget Airport in Paris. International Rocketry Challenge serves as culmination of 3 separate competitions held annually worldwide, each of which brings aims to inspire middle and high school students to become engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by designing, building, and launching model rockets. Read More

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Exhibit Space is Selling Quickly for IPC APEX EXPO 2014.

June 25, 2013

As reported by IPC, 95% of exhibit floor space has been sold for IPC APEX EXPO® 2014. This technical conference and exhibition, scheduled for March 25–27 in Las Vegas, attracts industry executives and decision makers in electronics manufacturing and assembly market. According to Alicia Balonek, senior director of trade shows and events, "This event is an excellent opportunity to meet new customers, promote your business, network with existing customers, and sell products and services." Read More

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BIO Official defends biofuels standard to House Committee.

June 25, 2013

BIO submitted comments to House Committee on Energy and Commerce in response to 4th white paper reviewing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Document examines goals and achievements of RFS as part of national energy policy. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, biofuels technology is helping U.S. economy by mitigating impact of high oil costs and reducing gas prices. He also said RFS2 has further developed domestic biofuels industry, reducing dependence on foreign fuels and creating jobs. Read More

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EPA Report reviews effects of development on health and environment.

June 25, 2013

Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality was announced by EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe during national Twitter Town Hall meeting. It summarizes trends in land use, buildings, travel behavior, population growth, and expansion of developed land. Discussions on environmental consequences of these are also included, as is conclusion describing ways to reduce such effects. Read More

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NREL Sustainability Program reaches beyond campus.

June 25, 2013

NREL's sustainability program, Sustainable NREL, engages employees in lab that minimizes use of resources – energy, materials, water – while maximizing their received value. According to Sustainable NREL Director Frank Rukavina, this program aims "to foster social and environmental responsibility and implement initiatives that will showcase laboratory as global model for sustainability." Efforts visible to community include projects such as Graham House and NREL Parking Garage Workshop. Read More

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IPC Announces Agenda for Component Technology conference.

June 24, 2013

Agenda has been released for IPC Conference on Component Technology: Closing the Gap in the Chip to PCB Process, which will take place September 10–12, 2013 in Chandler, AZ. Designed to help PCB supply chain and chip manufacturers meet industry demands for reliability and performance, event will begin with 2 workshops. Following days will see keynote featuring Ron Huemoeller as well as several technical conference sessions with diverse topics. Read More

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AASHTO Marine Transportation Report identifies need for funding.

June 24, 2013

AASHTO's Waterborne Freight Transportation Bottom Line Report indicates water borne freight system is underfunded and faces serious challenges. It identifies threats to future of Marine Transportation System and action alternatives, including creation of Office of Multimodal Freight at USDOT. Also suggested is implementation of best practices for planning and investment among Federal, state, regional, and local organizations to improve and modernize waterborne freight transportation. Read More

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TRFA announces Sean Crow as chair of 2013 Annual Meeting.

June 21, 2013

Thermoset Resin Formulators Association announced Sean Crow of Lintech International, LLC, will serve as chair of 2013 Annual Meeting, to take place September 29-October 1 at Hyatt Regency Newport in Newport, RI. Two-day event will feature Technical Paper presentations, Regulatory Affairs Update, annual Table Top Showcase, meetings of TRFA's Market Focused Committees, and association's Annual Business Meeting. Also, Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award will be presented. Read More

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ASTM Honors Charles Naegele for contributions to fence standards.

June 21, 2013

Charles Naegele, P.E., owner and principal of Allied Consulting Inc. in Clarks Summit, PA, received Jerry W. Gambrell Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee F14 on Fences. Naegele was honored for his exemplary leadership and technical support while serving as chairman of Subcommittee F14.40 on Chain Link Fence and Wire Accessories. In addition to F14, Naegele works on several other ASTM Committees: A05, D18, E50, E54, and F33. Read More

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EPA Grants facilitate environmental stewardship, cleanup.

June 21, 2013

U.S. EPA announced selection of 16 grantees for rewards totaling $3.2 million via Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) Program. These grants support local work to recruit, train, and place unemployed individuals in jobs that address environmental challenges in their communities. Rather than filling jobs with contractors from distant cities, EWDJT grants provide employment opportunities for local residents to participate in revitalization of their communities. Read More

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EPA Offers Smart Growth Assistance to RI, AR, and WA.

June 21, 2013

Via its Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) Program, U.S. EPA will offer technical assistance to 3 areas of USA to help improve their economy and create jobs while protecting health and environment through use of smart growth strategies. Applicants receiving technical assistance in 2013 will include state of Rhode Island; Mississippi County, AR; and Kelso, WA. Finalists were selected based on how well projects fit with current program priorities. Read More

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AIA releases poll data on public support for unmanned aircraft.

June 20, 2013

AIA released poll, conducted by Christian Science Monitor, at Paris Air Show indicating 54% of public respondents favor increased non-military use of unmanned aircraft systems. Results also indicate public opinion that governments should resolve perceived privacy issues, airspace regulations, and other challenges. In poll, 25% of public is aware of non-military uses such as law enforcement, search and rescue, flood monitoring, wildlife conservation, and fighting wildfires. Read More