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ASABE to adopt guidance positioning system testing document.

May 1, 2015

ASABE has initiated a project to nationally adopt ISO 12188-2:2012, Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry — Test procedures for positioning and guidance systems in agriculture — Part 2: Testing of satellite-based auto-guidance systems during straight and level travel. Adoption of the published ISO standard will further harmonize national and international standardization, a goal that facilitates manufacturing, safety advancements, and product marketing worldwide. Read More

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Manufacturing Day 2015 gains 3 gold sponsors.

May 1, 2015

Manufacturing DaySM 2015 gained pledged support of SME, SME Education Foundation, and Tooling U-SME as gold sponsors. Executed at local level, annual event supports manufacturers across USA as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers, and other local community members at open houses to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. Panel of co-producers – FMA, NAM, MI, NIST MEP, and guest producer ISM – provide centralized support necessary for event coordination. Read More

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CSA Group opens new transportation fuels laboratory.

April 30, 2015

CSA Group opened new laboratory for testing and certification of high pressure fuel systems and related components used on-board low and zero emission vehicles. Located in Langley, British Columbia, laboratory and office is 1,800 square meters and is equipped to perform customized tests to validate safety and lifetime endurance of low emission and zero emission alternative fuel vehicles including crush, penetration, fire, and fuel ignition testing. Read More

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BIO praises Rep. Robert Hurt for introducing HR 1912.

April 29, 2015

BIO applauds Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA) for introducing the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act (HR 1912) to reform the eXtensible Business Reporting Language compliance regime to reduce regulatory burden on small businesses. Legislation takes commonsense approach to the regulatory regime for public companies by exempting emerging growth companies from XBRL compliance and removing an expensive bureaucratic roadblock from the path of emerging biotech issuers. Read More

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Senators urge EPA to set strong 2014 RFS requirements.

April 29, 2015

Group of Senators wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging agency to set strong biofuel volume requirements for 2014 and beyond that are consistent with the Renewable Fuel Standard. BIO thanked the 37 Senators for this bipartisan effort to support the goals and intent of the RFS and to support industry's continued progress in producing advanced biofuels, creating jobs, and promoting economic growth in rural communities. Read More

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Aluminum Industry Partners with DOE to expand workforce.

April 29, 2015

Aluminum Association's partnership with Department of Energy (DOE) aims to increase number of aluminum industry jobs in USA and explore new, sustainable technologies to advance U.S. manufacturing. DOE's Aluminum Industry Jobs Partnership will identify opportunities to expand plant capacity and improve workforce development systems in order to bring qualified candidates onboard. Goals also include improving industry workforce development systems and exploring cross-cutting technologies. Read More

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NEMA Supports QER as congress undertakes energy legislation.

April 29, 2015

NEMA commended administration's release of its first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which focuses on improving U.S. energy infrastructure. Specifically, NEMA thanked Department of Energy and other contributors to QER for its inclusion of NEMA's recommendation for strategic siting of spare transformers to enable rapid response to electrical outages. NEMA also laid out several other considerations for policymakers moving forward with energy legislation. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard covering insulated cable requirements.

April 29, 2015

NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA WC 57/ICEA S-73-532-2014 American National Standard For Control, Thermocouple Extension, and Instrumentation Cables, which will be useful to users and producers of insulated cable. This standard applies to materials, construction, and testing of multiconductor control, thermocouple extension, and instrumentation cables rated up to and including 125°C. Read More

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IREC Website supports program to grow clean energy expertise.

April 29, 2015

As National Network Administrator of GEARED - Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment website, IREC is helping to facilitate and support efforts of Distributed Technology Training Consortia created by U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative. Goal is to build national framework for power systems training and curriculum that will grow the power engineering workforce. GEARED is also helping foster student interest and expertise in the utility sector. Read More

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NREL Report estimates market potential of shared solar.

April 29, 2015

According to NREL's report, Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation, by making shared solar programs available to households and businesses that currently cannot host on-site photovoltaic systems, shared solar could represent 32–49% of distributed PV market in 2020. Shared solar could lead to cumulative U.S. PV deployment growth of 5.5-11.0 gigawatts from 2015–2020 and represent $8.2–16.3 billion of cumulative investment. Read More

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Electronics Industry Leaders urge full funding of NNMI.

April 28, 2015

Top executives from leading electronics companies are calling on Congress to provide robust funding for National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, as they gather in Washington, DC for IMPACT 2015: IPC on Capitol Hill. Global Policy Framework includes support for robust funding for public-private partnerships authorized by RAMI Act; increased long-term funding for basic R&D programs; comprehensive tax reform; education/training programs in STEM fields; and bipartisan efforts to reform TSCA. Read More

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ASTM Standards will help educate nanotechnology workforce.

April 28, 2015

Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge Network initiated development of two new standards designed to educate existing and future nanotechnology workers. E2996 provides basic educational structure in health and safety aspects of nanotechnology, describing minimum knowledge base needed for individual involved in nanomanufacturing or nanomaterials research. E3001 establishes basic structure for education in characterization of nanoscale materials at undergraduate level. Read More

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NFPA and CCEFP form collaborative staffing plan.

April 28, 2015

Months after launching a new giving and recognition society within NFPA Education and Technology Foundation to increase support for fluid power education and research, NFPA and Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power have formed collaborative, synergistic staffing plan to provide administrative support for those activities. Plan will allow CCEFP to increase its focus on core strengths of research and education, and connect it more seamlessly to marketing and communication functions of NFPA. Read More

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AAMA updates fiber reinforced thermoset profiles document.

April 28, 2015

AAMA has released updated document establishing performance requirements for fiber reinforced thermoset profiles for use in fenestration products. AAMA 305-15 references test procedures and requirements for standard weathering performance, as well as requirements covering design criteria, finish and appearance, and physical properties. Read More

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Atlanta, Portland Adopt Policies on building energy benchmarking.

April 28, 2015

Atlanta City Council unanimously passed building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance on April 20. Likewise, Portland, OR City Council unanimously adopted benchmarking ordinance on April 22. In comment, NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff expressed support on behalf of NEMA and its members, "because they will increase transparency and give building owners and occupants information about the true cost of operating their buildings." Read More

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ASABE Develops Standard for drawbar hitch pin design/testing.

April 28, 2015

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) completed development of standard for designing and testing drawbar pins on agricultural equipment. ANSI/ASABE S625, Drawbar Pin Dimensions and Requirements for Towed Equipment, establishes dimensional and minimum strength requirements for agricultural drawbar hitch pins used in single point attaching of towed machine to towing machines or leading machines. Read More

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BIO commends Judiciary Committee's review of Innovation Act.

April 27, 2015

According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO supports the efforts of the House Judiciary Committee to curb abuse of the patent system. However, BIO is concerned that H.R. 9, the Innovation Act of 2015, goes beyond targeting abusive practices, including with respect to its excessive pleading requirements, mandatory stays of discovery, and mechanisms for joinder of third-party investors, licensors, and collaborators in all patent-related cases. Read More

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BIO Supports Trade Promotion Authority on multiple issues.

April 27, 2015

Upon introduction of Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2015, statement released by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood commended Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Paul Ryan (R-WI) for introducing a "carefully crafted bill." Greenwood specifically noted reauthorization of Trade Promotion Authority, effects regarding ongoing U.S. trade negotiations in Asia and Europe, and return of U.S. to global trade leadership. Read More

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BIO Deems Gregory Crawford 2015 Everyday Superhero finalist.

April 27, 2015

BIO announced Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science at University of Notre Dame, as one of 5 finalists (out of 100+ nominations) in University/Research category of Everyday Superheroes program. According to BIO International Convention president Scott Whitaker, Crawford was recognized "for his efforts in raising awareness and more than $1M in research and clinical trial funds … for Niemann-Pick Type C disease." Read More

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BIO World Congress showcases growing Canadian biobased economy.

April 27, 2015

During BIO's 12th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology (July 19–22 in Montréal, Canada), plenary and breakout session programs will feature executives, industry experts, and academics from Canada-based organizations, companies, and universities. Success Stories Plenary will host industry leaders to discuss steps taken to gain commercial success in their sector of biobased economy, and breakout sessions will include panelists representing several Universities and organizations. Read More