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Additional $23.5 Million Investment supports EERE's new CEMI.

March 28, 2013

Energy Department will provide $23.5 million for 5 manufacturing R&D projects, helping to serve as ground floor investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) new Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI). Selected projects, announced for negotiations, cover R&D in computational modeling and simulation for automation and equipment, steel fabrication processing, steel heat treatment processing, high value petrochemicals, and waste heat minimization manufacturing. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute Announces Webinars on EDE for pump industry.

March 27, 2013

Hydraulic Institute and affiliated Pump Systems Matter education and training organization announced dates for complimentary webinar series on electronic data exchange (EDE) for pump industry. Taught by Industry Subject Matter Expert Trygve Dahl, 3-part series includes Session 1: Getting Started with HI Electronic Data Exchange, on April 3, 2013; Session 2: Demonstrating how Electronic Data Exchange Works, on April 11; and Session 3: Using the EDE Conformity Tool, on April 18. Read More

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GS-51 Standard proves good for professional laundry industry.

March 27, 2013

Designed to address environmental impacts of laundry care products used in institutional and industrial settings, GS-51 Standard helps laundry industry reduce their environmental footprint and adopt more sustainable practices. Standard covers more than 20 product categories including detergents, prewash products, spot removers, laundry additives, and fabric care products. GS-51 helps protect workers' health, meet performance requirements, and reduce fuel, transportation, and storage needs. Read More

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American Infrastructure gets disappointing report card.

March 27, 2013

In its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineers gave infrastructure conditions a D+. According to AEM President Dennis Slater, the grade reflects a critical need for long-term infrastructure investment. State of America’s infrastructure has become both an economic and safety issue, with 1 in 9 bridges rated as structurally deficient, and highway congestion costing the economy an estimated $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually. Read More

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SPE Names Winners of GPEC® 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

March 27, 2013

Hilex Poly Co. LLC and MCS Industries, Inc. earned Plastic Recycling Technologies and Applications Awards, while Interfacial Solutions took Plastics From Renewables Award. Design for Sustainability Award was claimed by Avery Dennison, and Chairman's Award went to Infiltrator Systems Inc. Mondelez International, Inc. and General Motors were honored with Daniel Eberhardt Environmental Stewardship Award for involvement with plastics and contributions to improving environment. Read More

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Motor Oil Matters(TM) Campaign continues to empower drivers.

March 27, 2013

API has launched nationwide effort to help expand impact and raise consumer awareness of Motor Oil Matters™ initiative, which was created to bring together consumers and all parts of motor oil business to ensure drivers get the right motor oil for their cars and trucks. MOM program engages consumers through its various social channels such as Facebook and Twitter, which continue to help reach drivers and position MOM as an educator and influencer. Read More

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ASTM Standard looks at complex shaped pressure pipe components.

March 27, 2013

ASTM WK38747, Specification for Cylindrical Billets Made from Stress-Rated HDPE by Accumulation Winding of Molten Extruded Material Over a Mandrel, will be used by companies that manufacture complex shaped pressure pipe components. This proposed standard is being developed by Subcommittee F17.26 and, according to F17 member Bryan Hauger, will contain requirements for materials used to manufacture billets as well as QC measures, performance requirements, test protocols, and standard sizes. Read More

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Student Paper Competition Deadline is April 15.

March 27, 2013

Overseen by ANSI in conjunction with its Committee on Education, ANSI Student Paper Competition is intended to help raise awareness of the strategic significance of standards and conformance among post-secondary students. Theme of this year's competition is Standards and Emerging Technology Decisions – What Role Do Standards Play in Disaster Recovery and Business Recovery? Contest is open to students of all disciplines, and deadline for entries is 5 p.m. EST on April 15, 2013. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers unalloyed Ti components for implants.

March 27, 2013

Subcommittee F04.12 on Metallurgical Materials has developed ASTM F2989, Specification for Metal Injection Molded Unalloyed Titanium Components for Surgical Implant Applications. According to E04 member Matthias Scharvogel, this standard allows for design of new geometries and reduces manufacturing costs. It covers chemical, mechanical, and metallurgical requirements for 3 grades and also defines requirements as baseline for regulatory bodies. Read More

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World Standards Day focuses on standards in everyday life.

March 27, 2013

This year’s U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day – Standards for a World at Work and Play – will focus on how standards bring confidence to businesses, governments, and consumers, impacting reliability from farm to table, manufacturer to retailer, and workplace to home. Developed by collaborative bodies that act as forums for the public and private sectors to come together for a common good, standards evolve to meet the changing needs of a world at work and play. Read More

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Food/Ag Discussions planned at 2013 BIO International Convention.

March 27, 2013

Taking place in Chicago, IL from April 22–25, 2013 BIO International Convention will host 3 days of interactive panel discussions, educational track sessions, and access to industry experts. Issues up for discussion include media's impact on consumer perception, threats from opposition groups, new technologies, and how to feed growing world population. Food & Ag Pavilion will feature various programs, educational displays, interactive demonstrations, and venue for one-on-one discussions. Read More

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ANSI EESCC Issues Call for input regarding built environment.

March 26, 2013

ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) requests input regarding current or forthcoming standards, codes, guidelines, and conformance programs related to energy efficiency standardization in built environment. Input is sought on perceived gaps in current energy efficiency standardization landscape, and EESCC is looking to obtain as much information as possible in its EESCC Inventory Database by Monday, April 1. Read More

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SME Tech Group announces award winners.

March 26, 2013

Celebrating innovation and outstanding advances in the industry, SME awarded its 2013 Composites Manufacturing Awards at SME’s Composites Manufacturing Conference and Exhibits event. Douglas A. McCarville, PhD, PE, a technical fellow in Boeing’s Research and Technology division, received J.H. "Jud" Hall Composites Manufacturing Award, while Northrop Grumman of Redondo Beach, CA and Janicki Industries of Sedro-Woolley, WA received 2013 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Awards. Read More

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Manufacturers say pro-growth budgets are essential.

March 26, 2013

Aric Newhouse, NAM Senior VP of Policy and Government Relations, issued statement regarding ongoing budget debate in U.S. Senate. According to Newhouse, a budget that attempts to fix fiscal woes through tax increases will hurt manufacturers and the economy, while ignoring underlying cause of problems – unsustainable entitlement programs. Rather than $1 trillion in tax increases, they need comprehensive tax reform that will result in simpler, fairer code to drive growth in U.S. Read More

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Workshop will provide Introduction to Product Category Rules.

March 26, 2013

ASTM workshop, An Introduction to Product Category Rules, Environmental Product Declarations, and Other Aspects of Sustainable Process and Resilient Materials, will be held June 9. Increased marketplace demand for more resilient structures with products produced from sustainable processes has accelerated need to verify those owner requirements and community goals. PCR in combination with EPD is rapidly becoming means to classify individual products as well as serve as comparison between products. Read More

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EPA's University Challenge aims to find uses for toxics data.

March 26, 2013

U.S. EPA launched TRI University Challenge, a new initiative designed to use academic partnerships to find innovative uses for Toxics Release Inventory data. TRI gives Americans access to information about toxic chemicals in the environment as a tool to better protect health and the environment. Priority will be given to projects related to pollution prevention and sustainability, stakeholder engagement, technology and data mashups, and environmental education. Read More

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FAA makes tower closing decision.

March 26, 2013

FAA reached the decision that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7 as part of agency's sequestration implementation plan. Agency will keep 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure because doing so would have a negative impact on the national interest. An additional 16 federal contract towers under the "cost share" program will remain open because Congressional statute sets aside funds every fiscal year for these towers. Read More

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New Dates Announced for 2014 BIO International Convention.

March 26, 2013

To adhere to nominal Monday through Thursday format, BIO announced that 2014 BIO International Convention will now take place in San Diego, CA from June 23–26. Event highlights latest advancements in biotechnology, helps support BIO's programs and initiatives, and typically attracts 16,500+ industry leaders from 48 states and 65 countries. BIO works to create policy environment that enables industry to continue to fulfill its vision of bettering world through biotechnology innovation. Read More

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NIST Tests underscore potential hazards of laser pointers.

March 26, 2013

NIST researchers tested 122 laser pointers and found that nearly 90% of green pointers and about 44% of red pointers were out of compliance with federal safety regulations. Tests were conducted on randomly selected commercial laser devices labeled as Class IIIa or 3R and sold as suitable for demonstration use in classrooms and other public spaces. About half the devices tested emitted power levels at least twice the CFR limit at one or more wavelengths. Read More

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NIST Mechanical Micro-Drum may be used as quantum memory.

March 26, 2013

Microscopic device, designed by physicists at NIST for possible use in quantum computer, leverages legacy delay line memory. According to NIST physicist Konrad Lehnert, "We believe mechanical drum motion could be used as a kind of local memory for quantum information systems." Lehnert refers to NIST team's demonstration that information encoded as specific point in traveling microwave signal can be transferred to mechanical beat of micro-drum and later retrieved with 65% efficiency. Read More