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ASTM Parasailing Standard improves safety in FL as new law.

October 20, 2014

ASTM International standard F3099, Practices for Parasailing, went into effect September 18, 2014 and has become international standard for parasailing operators. ASTM F3099 offers guidelines/procedures for operation and maintenance of parasail equipment as well as standards for crew proficiency and flying passengers aloft. Florida State Senator Maria Lorts Sachs said White-Miskell Act "would not be a reality" without help of WSIA, Coast Guard, parasail industry, and ASTM International. Read More

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EPA provides technical assistance to 5 communities.

October 20, 2014

EPA is providing $335,000 in technical assistance to 5 communities to help them develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management. They include: Burlington, VT; Durham, NH; Santa Maria, CA; Springfield, MO; and Onodaga County, NY. Integrated planning lets communities sequence projects so they can start those with highest priority first. EPA's technical assistance will help recipients meet Clean Water Act requirements for water management. Read More

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Proposed Standards cover sustainables in road and paving industry.

October 20, 2014

There are 3 proposed ASTM International standards which will emphasize importance of using sustainable materials in road and paving industry: ASTM WK46376, Specification for Blast Furnace and Steel Furnace Slag as Produced During the Manufacture of Iron and Steel; ASTM WK46377, Guide for the Use of Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) in Bituminous Mixtures; and ASTM WK46379, Guide for the Use of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in Bituminous Mixtures. Read More

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IPC and SMTA announce conformal coating conference.

October 17, 2014

Scheduled for Nov 18–20, 2014, High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference will intensely focus on best practices and new innovative technologies for meeting manufacturing challenges and producing reliable hardware. Presentation topics will include: Research Methods for Mitigating Field Failures; Effect of Conformal Coating on Surface Mount ATC Reliability; Impact of Process Control in Pb-free to SnPb Reballing Techniques; and Tin Whisker Research on Causes and Mitigation. Read More

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Grantek joins MESA as Gold Keystone Sponsor.

October 17, 2014

MESA announced that Grantek Systems Integration, Inc., a leading provider of manufacturing IT services, integrated manufacturing automation, and plant maintenance services, has joined MESA as a Gold Keystone Sponsor. According to Mike Yost, president of MESA, Grantek brings a perspective that will strengthen the voice of the MESA community. Grantek will help MESA continue to bring value for member companies in addressing their diverse needs and drive important industry discussions for members. Read More

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Zentech Manufacturing earns Qualified Manufacturers Listing.

October 17, 2014

IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded IPC J-STD-001 Space Addendum Qualified Manufacturers Listing to Zentech Manufacturing Inc., an electronics and engineering service firm in Baltimore, MD. Zentech met or exceeded requirements published in IPC-J-STD-001ES to ensure reliability of soldered electrical and electronic assemblies that must survive vibration and thermal cyclic environments getting to and operating in space and is now listed as an IPC-trusted source. Read More

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Marketing Procurement Course is offered by NLPA and SourceOne.

October 17, 2014

To empower procurement professionals to gain Marketing's cooperation and thereby increase cost savings for their organizations, Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) and SourceOne Management Services released "Adding Procurement Value to Marketing Spend." This single-lesson marketing procurement online express course, which can be completed in 30–60 min, guides procurement professionals step-by-step through key Marketing Procurement objectives. Read More

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U.S. Fuel Economy reaches all-time high.

October 17, 2014

According to EPA report, model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 mpg — a 0.5 mpg increase over previous year and an increase of nearly 5 mpg since 2004. Fuel economy has now increased in 8 of last 9 years. Average carbon dioxide emissions are also at record low of 369 g/mile in model year 2013. EPA report, "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2014", tracks average fuel economy of new cars and SUVs sold in the U.S. Read More

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SME and RIPPL3D.com announce Virtual Wind Turbine Challenge.

October 17, 2014

Since the Wind Turbine Challenge at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2014 was such a success, a supplemental virtual challenge has been announced by RIPPL3D.com and SME Education Foundation to encourage students to continue engaging with 3D printing and technology. All schools that registered or attended Smartforce Student Summit are eligible to participate in this virtual challenge which will run through Oct 31. Completed builds will be tested and results uploaded to online leader board. Read More

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SME's NAMRI announces official call for papers.

October 17, 2014

SME's National American Manufacturing Research Institution invites papers for its 43rd North American Manufacturing Research Conference, which enables attendees to network, collaborate, and showcase manufacturing research among industry leaders and colleagues. Call for papers seeks reporting on original, basic, and applied research in manufacturing systems, processes, and machines; additive manufacturing; cyber-physical systems; and areas related to work of Professor Robert Hocken. Read More

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AIA to host 14th networking reception at VISION 2014.

October 16, 2014

AIA will hold its 14th networking reception for senior vision and imaging industry executives on November 5, 2014 during VISION 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany. Trade group expects some 200 industry executives to be in attendance for event, which will feature an updated report on the North American machine vision market from AIA Director of Market Analysis, Alex Shikany. Read More

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MESA International recognizes 4 new Americas Board members.

October 16, 2014

Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) International recognized 4 new leaders on their Americas Board. MESA members elected John Clemons of Maverick Technologies, Mark Besser of Savigent Software, Tom Bruhn of Stone Technologies, and Jim Toman of Grantek. In comment, MESA International president Mike Yost called leaders on regional boards "at the forefront of industry in their geographies" and said, "Their leadership enables MESA to think globally while acting locally." Read More

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CEA Announces Panelists and Exhibitors for CES Unveiled Paris.

October 16, 2014

CEA® announced panelists for second iteration of CES Unveiled Paris, which brings together innovative technology companies, press, industry analysts, buyers, and consumer technology influencers to showcase new products and tech trends leading up to 2015 International CES®. Running from 2–7 pm on October 22, 2014 in Paris, France, this industry event will feature CEA Market Research Presentation, CES Press Conference, Startup Innovation Panel Discussion, and Tabletop Networking Exhibition. Read More

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SME Education Foundation announces two new scholarships.

October 16, 2014

SME Education Foundation has announced that it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, or closely related field. They include: E. Wayne Kay/Focus: HOPE Scholarship and E. Wayne Kay/Focus: HOPE Community College Scholarship. There will be a total of ten $3,000 awards split evenly between the two scholarships. Read More

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EPA recognizes Webster Groves, MO.

October 16, 2014

Webster Groves, MO, has been officially designated a Green Power Community, in recognition of its collective use of more than 7 million kWh of green power annually, enough to meet 3% of community's total electricity use. Webster Groves is buying combination of renewable energy certificates and utility green power products from 3Degrees and Ameren Missouri, demonstrating proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. Read More

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ASABE to adopt ISO standard for rear-mounted PTO linkages.

October 15, 2014

ASABE has initiated a project to nationally adopt recently amended international standard ISO 730:2009, Agricultural wheeled tractors —Rear-mounted three-point Linkage — Categories 1N, 1, 2N, 2, 3N, 3, 4N and 4. Amendment 1 to ISO 730:2009, which was approved in July of this year, includes link coupler illustrations and hitch data for larger tractors equipped with 45 mm PTO shafts. This action will further harmonize national and international standardization. Read More

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EPA honors freight carriers for supply chain efficiency.

October 15, 2014

EPA is honoring 44 top truck and multi-modal carriers as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2014 SmartWay® Excellence Awards announced by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at ATAs' Annual Management Conference & Exhibition. These carrier partners are SmartWay’s top environmental performers, setting benchmarks in how they move products and supplies, by transporting continent’s goods efficiently with lowest overall carbon dioxide and criteria emissions. Read More

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BIO Welcomes USDA Report on economic benefits of bioeconomy.

October 15, 2014

BIO's Brent Erickson thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for supporting research in and writing of USDA's "Why Biobased?" report, which serves as first comprehensive federal quantification of job opportunities and other economic benefits of biobased products and renewable chemical industry. Calling this report "an important first step in quantifying...economic impacts," Erickson also thanked report's authors and encouraged USDA to continue economic impact model development. Read More

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ASABE Standards Projects address rotary and flail mowers.

October 15, 2014

Four standards projects for rotary disk, drum, and flail mowers include: ISO 4254-12:2012, Agricultural machinery — Safety — Part 12: Rotary disc and drum mowers and flail mowers; ISO 17101-1:2012, Agricultural machinery – Thrown-object test and acceptance criteria – Part 1: Rotary mowers; and ISO 17101-2:2012, Agricultural machinery – Thrown-object test and acceptance criteria – Part 2: Fail mowers. X639, Safety Standard for Large Row-Crop Flail Mowers, comprises development of new standard. Read More

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EPA increases access to chemical information.

October 14, 2014

EPA has posted additional data to ChemView, EPA's publicly accessible online tool to find information for chemicals regulated under Toxic Substances Control Act. Updated database includes 244 consent orders, additional 1,205 Significant New Use Rules, and 16 additional chemicals with test rule data. Tool offers improved display and content for Chemical Data Reporting information, and link that displays pollution prevention information generated as part of Toxics Release Inventory program. Read More