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ASTM Nondestructive Testing Committee honors Patrick Howard.

April 1, 2015

Patrick Howard, consulting engineer for nondestructive testing and measurement at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, OH, has received the Charles W. Briggs Award from ASTM Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. Howard was honored for his continuous and outstanding contributions to the standards development work of E07 through its subcommittees, sections, and task groups. An ASTM member since 2004, he chairs the E07 Subcommittee on Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation. Read More

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CSA Group Bayern to provide terminal block testing.

April 1, 2015

With laboratory accredited to ISO 17025, CSA Group Bayern has capability to test and certify terminal blocks for North American market. Association can also conduct audits on client programs and witness tests at manufacturers' own test facilities. Tests for terminal blocks are similar to tests conducted for other standards, but are applied to wiring processes. They include secureness, conditioning, pullout, temperature, dielectric withstand, heat cycling, and accelerated aging tests. Read More

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Two ASTM Nanotechnology Standards have been adopted by FDA.

April 1, 2015

U.S. FDA added two ASTM International standards to its List of Recognized Standards. These are E2490: Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Photon Correlation Spectroscopy, and E2535: Guide for Handling Unbound Engineered Nanoscale Particles in Occupational Settings. Guide for Detection and Characterization of Manufactured Silver Nanomaterials in Textiles (WK37636) is in development by ASTM's Nanotechnology Committee (E56). Read More

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Hydraulic Institute to offer Wastewater Pump Webinar series.

April 1, 2015

Starting on April 23, HI will offer 3-part Wastewater Pump Webinar series providing detailed overview on treatment plants and pumps, pump requirements for plant operators, and pump accessories. Live course will assist engineers in understanding how to recommend best pump type for each wastewater application. Attendees will become familiar with guidelines for sludge transfer and dewatering, chemical feed, sampling and plant water systems and learn about different wastewater treatment processes. Read More

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EPA Reached Settlement with MTU over alleged CAA violations.

April 1, 2015

As announced by U.S. EPA and Department of Justice, MTU America Inc (MTU), subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, will implement auditing program to ensure proper emissions testing and compliance with federal emission standards for its heavy-duty, diesel, non-road engines as part of settlement to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations. Complaint alleges MTU sold 895 non-road, heavy-duty diesel engines without valid certificates of conformity. Read More

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AAMA releases updated documents on finished aluminum.

April 1, 2015

Architecturally finished aluminum is considered any that has been treated with anodic or organic coatings. AAMA 609 & 610-15 spells out methods, equipment, and materials applicable for cleaning such finished aluminum after construction and for subsequent periodic maintenance. AAMA CW-10-15 recommends how best to care for aluminum from mill to product fabrication, to loading and shipping of finished product, and includes care both prior to, and after, building completion. Read More

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ABC provides state-by-state economic analysis.

April 1, 2015

From 1997–2013, the value added by private construction industry as percentage of national GDP declined from high of 6.14% (in 1997 and 1998) to low of 3.69% in 2011 and then rose to still-too-low 3.73% in 2013. Although this is an accurate look at the sector, it understates impact of construction industry on economy. Because these numbers are based on value added measure, they don't include demand for building materials, transportation services, financial services, or sales and leasing. Read More

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Jeanne Asquith honored for longtime service.

March 31, 2015

ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock has recognized exceptional service of Jeanne Asquith, president and laboratory manager at 3rd Rock LLC in East Aurora, NY, with the Woodland G. Shockley Memorial Award. An ASTM member since 1990, Asquith was secretary of D18 from 2001–2007 and currently serves as membership secretary. Asquith is a certified professional geologist and lab manager with more than 25 years of experience in laboratory testing, investigation, remediation, and construction projects. Read More

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SPE, Penn College, and Paulson form educational alliance.

March 31, 2015

SPE, the Plastics Innovation and Resource Center of Penn College of Technology, and Paulson Training Programs, Inc. have entered into alliance to offer plastics professionals and companies a resource for educational information, training programs, and certifications. SPE will market this training and certification alliance within the community and will initiate outreach programs to attract new members with their first year of premium membership as part of training and certification packages. Read More

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Settlement with Continental Carbon will reduce air pollution.

March 31, 2015

In settlement with the United States and states of Alabama and Oklahoma, Continental Carbon Company has agreed to install pollution control technology that will significantly cut emissions of harmful air pollutants at manufacturing facilities in Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas. Settlement will resolve claims that Houston-based company violated Clean Air Act by modifying their facilities in way that caused release of excess sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide. Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Dr. Maarten van Wijnkoop.

March 31, 2015

Maarten van Wijnkoop, Ph.D., holding master's degree in inorganic chemistry and doctorate in organometallic chemistry, received Harlan J. Anderson Award for outstanding contributions to ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle. He joined URENCO Nederland in 1997 as process development engineer and was promoted to head of Chemistry Services. In 2011, van Wijnkoop assumed his current role as senior technology manager chemistry in URENCO Central Technology Group. Read More

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EPA awards clean diesel grants in 21 states and Puerto Rico.

March 30, 2015

EPA has awarded $8 million to communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico to reduce emissions from nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines through agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act program. Grants will fund projects such as retrofitting older school buses to improve air quality for children riding to school, upgrading marine propulsion and agriculture engines, and replacing long haul truck engines. Each project will improve air quality and support economic growth in local communities. Read More

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Report shows economic impact of academia-industry technology.

March 27, 2015

Commissioned by BIO, independent study documents significant impact academia-industry technology transfer makes to U.S. economy. Entitled, "The Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United States: 1996-2013," report estimates that, during this 18-year time period, academia-industry patent licensing bolstered U.S. gross industry output by up to $1.18 trillion, U.S. gross domestic product by up to $518 billion, and supported up to 3,824,000 U.S. jobs. Read More

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MCI-ECF for March 2015 shows overall confidence at 4-year high.

March 27, 2015

Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) for March 2015 shows overall confidence at 72.1, which is up from February's 66.3 and represents highest level in 4 years. Regarding respondants' expectations over next 4 months, 50% said business conditions will improve, 41.7% believe demand for leases and loans to fund capex will increase, 25% expect more access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions, and 70.8% expecting to hire more employees. Read More

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ATA selects EpicVue as Featured Product company.

March 27, 2015

Selected as ATA Featured Product company, EpicVue service for fleets brings more than 100 channels of DIRECTV programming including premium channels such as HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and NFL Sunday Ticket into driver's sleeper for monthly subscription fee and without any upfront hardware costs. Included in EpicVue package is a 24 in. flat screen TV, DVR, off-air antenna used to pick up local channels, and EpicVue ruggedized satellite antenna for rear or top of cab. Read More

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Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC settles violations.

March 27, 2015

U.S. EPA and U.S. DOJ announced settlement with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy, LLC, which resolves allegations that the company generated invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million. From January to October of 2010, Washakie generated more than 7.2 million Renewable Identification Numbers and reported to EPA that it produced biodiesel associated with those RINs at its Plymouth, Utah facility. During that time, however, Washakie did not produce any biodiesel at facility. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2015 combines latest technology and knowledge.

March 27, 2015

From critical combination of latest technology and knowledge to access to solutions and subject matter experts, IPC APEX EXPO® 2015 provided information, exchange, and connections that helped 4,105 attendees from 42 countries prepare for the future. Event included 448 exhibitors encompassing 143,500 ft² of show floor space, and attracted 9,027 total visitors including attendees and exhibitor personnel. More than 90% of survey respondents said show met or exceeded their top objectives. Read More

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Manufacturing Day Announces Edge Factor as new Media Partner.

March 27, 2015

As announced by partner organizations that produce Manufacturing DaySM across North America, media production company Edge Factor joined the production team as Media Partner. Edge Factor creates media that tell stories of teams who design and build products that affect lives as well as economy. This media forms basis for educational programming, eduFACTOR, distributed via schoolwide subscriptions to inspire next generation inventors, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers. Read More

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IPC Awards QML to STI Electronics after audits.

March 27, 2015

IPC's Validation Services Program awarded IPC J-STD-001, IPC-A-610, and IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to STI Electronics, Inc. (STI). STI successfully completed audits based on all three standards and met or exceeded electronics industry’s Class 3 testing requirements intended for high-performance electronics assemblies. STI will now be listed as IPC-trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps labs test for dissolved gases in water.

March 27, 2015

Proposed ASTM standard, WK43267, Test Method for Measurement of Dissolved Gases Methane, Ethane, Ethylene, and Propane by Static Headspace Sampling and Flame Ionization Detection will help environmental and testing laboratories ensure that drinking water is safe in areas in which hydraulic fracturing occurs. Laboratories would use proposed test to compare water from fracturing areas to water prepared with dissolved gases as a serial dilution. Read More