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Sinclair Oil Penalty will resolve 2008 consent decree violations.

August 22, 2012

U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice announced settlement with 2 subsidiaries of Sinclair Oil Corporation to resolve alleged violations of air pollution limits established in 2008 consent decree at Casper and Sinclair, WY refineries. Stipulated penalties to be paid total $3,844,000, and required spending for additional pollution control equipment and other projects will total ~$10.5 million. Settlement also requires reductions of NOx, SO2, and particulate matter emissions. Read More

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Packaging Trends Report looks at bakery/snacks manufacturers.

August 21, 2012

Released by PMMI, "Bakery and Snacks - Market Assessment 2012," details effects of packaging trends, as witnessed among bakery and snack product manufacturers, for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as well as their customers. Resulting from changing retailer demands, eating habits, demographics, regulations, and sustainability efforts, observable trends include such contributing factors as world population growth as well as custom packaging demands. Read More

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SPE Committee announces winners of graduate scholarship awards.

August 21, 2012

Organizing committee for SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition announced winners of group's annual SPE ACCE Graduate Scholarship Award for 2012-2013 academic year. Winning students whose composites-intensive projects were judged to have greatest potential impact on ground transportation were John Hofmann, who is working on a doctorate in Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech and Alper Kiziltas who is pursuing a Ph.D. in Forest Resources at University of Maine. Read More

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Best Paper Award Winners to be honored at 2012 SPE ACCE.

August 21, 2012

Organizing committee for SPEĀ® Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) announced Best Paper Award winners, 2 from industry and one from academia, for 12th-annual show, which will be held September 11-13, 2012. Duane Emerson and Christoph Greb tied for first place, and Dr. Jan Seyfarth came in second. Honorees received highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of 70+ contenders and will be honored for excellence in technical writing during opening ceremonies. Read More

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Pesticide Symposium to focus on sustainability, chemists' roles.

August 21, 2012

Scheduled for October 23-25, 33rd Symposium on Pesticide Formulation and Delivery Systems will be held in Atlanta, GA. This 2012 symposium will address sustainability as well as roles formulation chemists play therein. Along with new pesticide, adjuvant, fertilizer, and related agrichemical product formulations, forums will focus on chemistry and physical properties of chemicals used in manufacturing said formulations as well as delivery systems. Read More

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Baking-Snack Break Lounge to appear at PACK EXPO 2012.

August 21, 2012

Kliklok-Woodman (Booth S-1601) will sponsor The Baking-Snack Break lounge at PACK EXPO International 2012, which is scheduled for October 28-31 in Chicago, IL. Endorsed by Snack Food Association (SFA), The Baking-Snack Break lounge will have SFA members and staff on hand to help attendees seek out technologies that best address needs of bakery and snack product manufacturing lines. Trade show will also include Candy Bar lounge, Rx Lounge, and Beverage Cooler Lounge. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for August 2012.

August 20, 2012

According to August 2012 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect slight improvement in business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 23% of participants anticipate economic activity will improve, while 29% anticipate increase in orders compared to 26% in July. Average daily shipping levels continued to decline in August. Only 17% of participants report that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, while 40% report decrease in shipping levels. Read More

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Packaging Hall of Fame Inductees will be honored October 30.

August 20, 2012

PMMI congratulates Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2012, which is comprised of Curtis Babb of MillerCoors (retired); Thomas Brady of Plastic Technologies, Inc.; Thomas Dunn of Flexpacknology LLC; Fred Hayes of Hayes and Associates Inc.; Hershey and Bernie Lerner of Automated Packaging Systems; and Nick Wilson of Morrison Container Handling Solutions. "Extraordinary" is what PMMI's Maria Ferrante called inductees' range of experience and dedication to giving back to packaging community. Read More

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Construction Materials Prices decline for third straight month.

August 20, 2012

According to August 14 Producer Price Index report released by U.S. Department of Labor, construction materials prices declined 0.7% in July 2012. Prices are down 0.6% on yearly basis, marking first year-over-year decline since November 2009. Nonresidential construction materials prices also are down, falling 0.9% for month and 1.2% for year. Meanwhile, crude energy materials prices increased 0.6% - first monthly increase since February 2012 - but fell 19.1% year over year. Read More

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Adhesive and Sealant Council is developing training webinars.

August 20, 2012

To support its recently launched ASC Training Academy, Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is developing series of 8 fundamentals of training webinars. ASC is collaborating with 5 organizations with deep ties to the industry to curate content, and Nick Mancusi, Assoc. AIA, has joined Council as its Education Manager to develop and execute the program. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 8.8% in 2012.

August 20, 2012

According to AMT, June U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $462.95 million. This total, as reported by companies participating in the United States Manufacturing Technology Orders program, was down 0.6% from May and down 1.8% when compared with total of $471.49 million reported for June 2011. With year-to-date total of $2,682.37 million, 2012 is up 8.8% compared with 2011. Read More

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Eight Professors Honored with Ralph R. Teetor Education Award.

August 20, 2012

SAE International, during SAE 2012 World Congress, presented 8 engineering professors with Ralph R. Teetor Education Award, which recognizes and honors exemplary young educators who are successfully preparing engineers to meet challenges facing society. Recipients included Shorya Awtar, Jeremy S. Daily, Christopher D. Depcik, Marcis Jansons, Heejung Jung, Scott Miers, Junmin Wang, and Jingzhou (James) Yang. Read More

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Four Honored with automotive engineering excellence award.

August 20, 2012

During SAE 2012 World Congress, SAE International presented Ching-Hung Chuang, Yan Fu, Guosong Li, and Ren-Jye Yang with Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering. This award, established in 1988, recognizes SAE International members and teams who use engineering skills to achieve product or manufacturing process contributions that positively affect passenger car, truck, and bus industries. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to address whole building air leakage testing.

August 20, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 21, Whole Building Air Leakage Testing workshop will include 2 sessions, each with 3 presentations and panel discussion. Morning session will focus on case studies that illustrate appropriate use and application of test standards governing whole-building air leakage testing. Afternoon session will explore limitations of whole-building air leakage testing in broader context of actual construction practice and need to obtain test data at milestone intervals during construction. Read More

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BIO responds to request to waive Renewable Fuel Standard.

August 20, 2012

Renewable Fuel Standard provides fundamental foundation driving private investment in America's advanced biofuels industry. BIO responded to formal requests by Gov. Bev Perdue (D-N.C.) and Gov. Mike Beebe (D-Ark.) that the EPA waive the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2012. According to Brent Erickson, executive VP of BIO's Industrial and Environmental Section, RFS provides multiple options to fuel distributors obligated to make alternatives to foreign oil available to U.S. consumers. Read More

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SME to Play Key Role in additive manufacturing institute.

August 20, 2012

As announced by U.S. Department of Commerce and Department of Defense in Youngstown, OH, SME will play integral role in National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). This pilot institute, scheduled for September launch, aims to increase successful transition of additive manufacturing technology to manufacturing enterprises within USA. SME will be involved in technology transition and dissemination as well as education and training of practitioners. Read More

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NTSB Chairman to give keynote at 2012 Annual ISASI Conference.

August 20, 2012

On August 28, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will deliver keynote address at International Society of Air Safety Investigators' 2012 Annual Seminar. Hersman will discuss importance of enhancing already strong relationships NTSB has with its international counterparts. In addition to keynote, NTSB Board Members will lead panel discussions on topics such as accident investigation; challenges associated with parallel investigations; and developing and fostering safety awareness. Read More

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Meeting to Address GA airworthiness and design standards.

August 20, 2012

In support of efforts stemming from Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), ASTM International will host organizational meeting for establishment of new ASTM standards activity on general aviation (GA) airworthiness design standards. Meeting will be held September 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm EST in Lee's Summit, MO; virtual attendance option is also available. Standards roadmap proposed to ASTM International addresses requirements to accommodate GA aircraft under 19,000 lb. Read More

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ASABE to revise agricultural braking standard.

August 20, 2012

ASABE has initiated project to revise ANSI/ASAE S365.9, Braking System Test Procedures and Braking Performance Criteria for Agricultural Field Equipment. Revision is part of an ongoing effort by ASABE Braking committee to provide state-of-the-art guidance regarding braking technologies. This revision will focus on details concerning the use of implements and towed equipment. Read More

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Study Predicts Impact of on-shoring in NA electronics industry.

August 20, 2012

On-Shoring in the Electronics Industry: Trends and Outlook for North America indicates electronics manufacturing operations with total value of at least $2.5 billion are expected to be brought to North America (NA) within next 3 years. In addition to findings on industry segments and types of products manufactured by operations that have been returned to or established in NA since 2009, study covers operations targeted for location in NA in next 3 years and number of jobs they represent. Read More