In comments submitted to EPA on proposed Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives: 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), BIO said it believes limits to market access for biofuels (the blendwall) "represent barriers contrived by obligated parties to prevent biofuels from gaining access to the marketplace." BIO emphasized that continued and stable implementation of RFS provides companies developing advanced and cellulosic biofuels confidence that U.S. fuel market will remain open. Read More
Bryce Davis, a fourth year manufacturing engineering student at Texas State University-San Marcos, who was previously announced as a nominee, has been named one of the New Faces of Engineering College Edition winners by the National Engineers Week Foundation. Bryce is one of 15 promising engineering students recognized by NEWF's New Faces of Engineering program. He will graduate in 2013 thanks in part to scholarship funding provided by SME Education Foundation. Read More
Factory Automation Systems of Atlanta, GA, has received Certified Robot Integrator designation from RIA. To become certified, integrators go through rigorous process which includes on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel. Program enables integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices to identify areas in which they can improve. This also helps the industry by strengthening overall integrator channel. Read More
Delivering timely information on window, door, and skylight market trends and product relationships, AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast includes historic data for 2006–2012 and forecast data for 2013–2015. In 2012, new residential construction activity closed with 26.5% improvement compared to 2011, and study forecasts similar improvement for 2013. Demand for prime windows increased overall by 6% and demand is expected to increase 15% in 2013. Read More
NEMA's incandescent lamp shipments index showed precipitous decline of 40.1% compared to same period last year. On annual basis, incandescent lamp shipments during 2012 were down 18.3% – erasing 16.4% gain for 2011. Compact fluorescent lamp shipments dipped slightly during 2012 to index value of 176, a change of 0.3% versus 2011. Meanwhile, halogen A-line lamps continued to make inroads as a viable alternative lamp source increasing by 88.3% over last year. Read More
U.S. EPA announced it is withdrawing approval of the import and sale of up to 74,000 gas-powered on- and off-road motorcycles and ATVs from China. EPA issued vehicle certificates from 2006-2012 to two companies which operate as Snyder Technology, Inc. and Snyder Computer Systems, Inc. (dba Wildfire Motors Corporation). EPA believes that it received incomplete or falsified certification information, and that manufacturers failed to accurately test emissions from their own products.
The 2013 World Standards Day Paper Competition has been announced by U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee and paper competition’s sponsor, SES – The Society for Standards Professionals. Theme for this year's competition, "Standards for a World at Work and Play," reflects many ways that standards function as tool to bolster consistency, repeatability, dependability, and excellence in wide variety of technologies and fields. Papers are due by August 3. Read More
During annual North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week from May 5-11 and Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day on May 8, LIA will join with thousands of people and businesses worldwide in raising awareness of importance of being safe at work. NAOSH 2013 theme is "Safe Workplaces for All," and activities are scheduled throughout North America. Preliminary Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed 4,609 people died from on-the-job injuries in 2011. Read More