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BP Products North America to improve spill response preparedness.

October 4, 2012

BP Products North America, Inc. will pay $210,000 penalty, implement enhanced oil spill response program at its oil terminals nationwide, and perform compliance audit to resolve alleged violations of oil spill response regulations at its Curtis Bay Terminal in MD. EPA alleged that BP Products violated federal regulations requiring oil storage facilities to conduct drills and exercises to respond to oil spills at its Curtis Bay Terminal. Read More

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BIO/PhRMA Say PDUFA V sets new course for regulatory science.

October 3, 2012

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO John J. Castellani, along with BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, released joint statement on implementation of Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA V). In said statement, the action was called a significant step towards reliable, science-driven regulatory environment which fosters innovation, promotes economic competitiveness, and helps maintain high patient confidence in integrity of medicines. Read More

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Raymond Foo joins IPC as new Southeast Asia representative.

October 3, 2012

As Southeast Asia representative working from Bangkok, Thailand, Raymond Foo will be responsible for providing standards development activity support, raising awareness of IPC and its programs, making company visits, and establishing relationships with new IPC authorized document distributors in the region. Foo has more than a decade of experience in product manufacturing and technology transfer and implementation within the electrical and electronics industries. Read More

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Lean Process improves service department profitability.

October 3, 2012

When St. Louis distributor Cee Kay Supply went through the Lean 5S process, a management strategy designed to increase efficiencies, it led to major changes throughout the company. One area that saw increased productivity was the company’s service department. Stephen Gianino, Cee Kay Supply’s director of operations, shares how the company improved its service department in article titled "Making Your Service Department Profitable," which appears in Welding and Gases Today. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 11 New Members in September 2012.

October 3, 2012

In September of 2012, ANSI welcomed CDL Research and Development Group, Flextronics, Florida Hospital, Georgetown University, ICV Certifications, Lifecore Biomedical, Main Street Checks Inc., Spokane Teachers Credit Union, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Shield Manufacturing Inc., and Teradata as new members. ANSI's president and CEO commented that membership fosters relationship building and influence over business-related standardization and conformity assessment decisions. Read More

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ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel announces new co-chairs.

October 3, 2012

Shaun Clancy, Ph.D. and Ajit Jillavenkatesa, Ph.D. have agreed to serve as co-chairs of Nanotechnology Standards Panel. Dr. Clancy is director of product regulatory services for Evonik Degussa Corporation, and is chair of American Chemistry Council’s Health, Product, and Science Policy Committee. Dr. Jillavenkatesa is senior standards policy advisor for NIST, and serves as executive secretary of Subcommittee on Standards within National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology. Read More

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IFBEC releases first annual Public Accountability Report.

October 3, 2012

International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC) released their first Public Accountability Report, which provides IFBEC members and stakeholders with data on IFBEC member compliance with Global Principles and best practices that align with Global Principles. Report gives analysis of management and leadership structure of ethics and anti-corruption programs of IFBEC member companies, as well as implementation of policies and integrity programs in member companies. Read More

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Manufacturers call for bold agenda in November election.

October 3, 2012

In newly released video, NAM is reminding Americans of manufacturing’s legacy in the United States and the need for manufacturers’ voices to be heard on Election Day. Video begins by highlighting the stark reality that policies coming out of Washington are hurting nation’s economy, but pivots to the potential manufacturers have to enhance nation’s competitiveness and make it the most dynamic economy in the world. Read More

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BIO Praises Introduction of research incentives act.

October 3, 2012

BIO applauds Sens. Robert Menendez and Olympia Snowe and Reps. Jim Gerlach and Richard Neal for introducing High Technology Small Business Research Incentives Act. Under said proposal, biotech companies would be able to enter into joint ventures with investors, who could utilize losses and tax credits of R/D project. In comment, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said "This legislation will help spur greater private investment in biotech and other RD intensive industries." Read More

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PACK EXPO International to inspire baking/snack manufacturers.

October 3, 2012

To help brand owners capitalize on world population growth shifting towards emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific region, increase output, and gain competitive advantage, PACK EXPO International 2012 will provide opportunity to connect with innovation and expand market knowledge. Show will take place October 28–31 in Chicago, IL and feature Baking-Snack Break lounge; Conference at PACK EXPO; PACK EXPO Lecture Series; Brand Zone, with Showcase of Packaging Innovations™; and Processing Zone. Read More

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ELFA's MLFI-25 shows growth of new business volume.

October 2, 2012

ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for August 2012 at $6.9 billion, up 21% from same period in 2011 and up 5% from previous month. Year-to-date cumulative new business volume increased 16%, and receivables over 30 days decreased to 1.9%. Charge-offs were unchanged from previous month at 0.4% and down 33% percent compared to same period in 2011. Credit approvals decreased to 77.0% in August from 77.5% in July. Read More

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FAA establishes new Center of Excellence for general aviation.

October 2, 2012

The FAA has selected team of universities to lead new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for general aviation. Selected group is called the FAA Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS). Research and development efforts will cover broad spectrum of safety issues, including airport technology, propulsion and structures, airworthiness, flight safety, fire safety, human factors, system safety management, and weather. Read More

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Keynote Speakers Announced for 2012 NAWC Water Summit.

October 2, 2012

National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced that journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, co-authors of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, Palin and McCain, and the Race of a Lifetime, will deliver opening keynote address at 2012 NAWC Water Summit on October 8 at 8:45 am EDT. After discussing politics, infrastructure investment's role in economic growth, and impact of elections on pertinent water industry topics, authors will engage in Q-and-A with summit participants. Read More

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Research Paper describes tool that enhances surgeon precision.

October 2, 2012

"Active Tremor Cancellation by a "Smart' Handheld Vitreoretinal Microsurgical Tool Using Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography" was published in OSA's Optics Express. Paper describes SMART (Smart Micromanipulation Aided Robotic-surgical Tool) device, which combines Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging technique as distance sensor with computer-controlled piezoelectric motors to actively stabilize surgical tool tip. This lets surgeons maneuver tool tip precisely and safely. Read More

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NTSB to offer training courses in October and November.

October 2, 2012

NTSB is offering courses in disaster response, post-accident communications, and accident investigation at its training center just outside Washington. Courses will include Transportation Disaster Response - Family Assistance; Transportation Disaster Response - Emergency Responders; Aircraft Accident Investigation Orientation; Managing Communications Following An Aircraft Accident or Incident; Cognitive Interviewing for Accident Investigators; and Investigating Human Fatigue Factors. Read More

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TITANIUM 2012 Panel to examine manufacturing techniques.

October 2, 2012

TITANIUM 2012 will include Aerospace Materials and Processes speaker panel, which will examine titanium manufacturing techniques and alloy selection, both of which are critical for aerospace applications. Titanium Metals Corp. will sponsor panel, which will be moderated by Dr. Yoji Kosaka, senior manager, U.S. research, at TIMET's Henderson Technical Laboratory. Speakers will include representatives from Boeing, Dassault Aviation of France, Rolls Royce, Honeywell Aerospace, and Northrop Grumman. Read More

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Funding for Community Colleges enhances manufacturing education.

October 2, 2012

Over $175 million in funding, announced by U.S. Department of Labor, will enable community colleges to grow and enhance their manufacturing education and training programs. Part of $500 million 2012 Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program awards, this funding will enable students to earn skills needed to advance in manufacturing jobs as well as help schools build quality, relevant manufacturing programs. Read More

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NREL Scientists Produce Ethylene via photosynthesis.

October 2, 2012

NREL scientists demonstrated improved way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene that could change how materials, chemicals, and transportation fuels are made and help clean the air. Published in Energy Environmental Science, research results were based on introduction of gene into cyanobacterium. Organism remained stable through at least 4 generations, producing 170 mg of ethylene per liter per day. Process does not release CO2 into atmosphere and actually recycles CO2. Read More

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FAA dedicates control tower for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport.

October 2, 2012

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta dedicated $20.5 million airport traffic control tower at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. The 118 ft tall tower gives controllers better airfield views and contains state-of-the-art equipment to support NextGen technologies. A 12,683 ft² base building houses Terminal Radar Approach Control, which provides radar service to flights within 57-mile radius of airport up to altitude of 10,000 ft. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for August 2012.

October 2, 2012

August 2012 findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments and bookings experienced 0% growth compared to August 2011. Year to date, combined industry shipments were down 4.6% and bookings were up 0.2%. Compared to previous month, combined industry shipments and bookings increased, respectively, 6.6% and 14.1%. Combined (rigid and flex) industry book-to-bill ratio decreased to parity at 1.00. Read More