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SME's Advanced Manufacturing Media announces new director.

December 17, 2014

SME announced that David O'Neil has been named director of Advanced Manufacturing Media, effective Dec 15. In this role, O'Neil will be responsible for driving performance and development of SME's print and digital media products, brands, and platforms. O’Neil most recently served as senior vice president with Insurance-Forums, where he managed content, marketing, product development, and sales for the largest online community of insurance professionals. Read More

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SME Names Jeffrey Krause as executive director and CEO.

December 17, 2014

SME announced Jeffrey M. Krause as its new executive director and chief executive officer, and SME Board of Directors named Krause to said position (effective December 15). In this new role, Krause will be responsible for setting strategic direction while leading day-to-day operations and working with customers and stakeholders. Krause will have general management of all aspects of SME, which support current and future generations of manufacturing workforce. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers natural esters as insulating liquid.

December 17, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK21616, Test Method for Oxidation Induction Time of Natural Ester Insulating Fluids by Regular Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) will provide electrical power industry with straightforward test for oxidation stability of natural esters. Described DSC oxidation induction time method takes 2–3 hr, is direct oxidation measurement requiring minimal sample size, and does not use hazardous laboratory chemicals that require disposal. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard targets stormwater catch basin filters.

December 17, 2014

WK45326, Specification for Stormwater Catch Basin Filter, will aid community developments, sports facilities, fairgrounds, stadiums, and factories in complying with U.S. EPA clean water initiatives by offering means to reduce impact of contaminated stormwater entering local drains. This proposed ASTM International standard describes fully sustainable framing system for high efficiency geotextile sediment bags used as structural best management practice for stormwater inlet protection. Read More

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EPA takes action to protect consumers from harmful chemicals.

December 17, 2014

EPA is taking action to protect the public from 7 ethylene glycol ethers or glymes chemicals that can cause health effects including birth defects and blood toxicity. Significant New Use Rule will allow EPA to review any proposed new uses of these chemicals to ensure that human health and the environment are protected. EPA believes that new uses of these chemicals should not be allowed without an opportunity for review and, if necessary, place restrictions on these chemicals, as warranted. Read More

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ASTM Leather Committee approves finish stability test standard.

December 16, 2014

ASTM D7912, Test Method for Resistance of Finish to Heat Aging (Finish Stability), details test for predicting long-term performance of leather article. Applicable to leather articles ranging from gloves and footwear to upholstery used in automobiles and aircraft, test will indicate presence of cracks, parting of finish from leather, and tackiness after specimen has been tested in circulating air oven. Users will include leather producers, end use manufacturers, and testing laboratories. Read More

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Proposed Standard covers small group product evaluations.

December 16, 2014

Proposed standard, ASTM WK46357, Guide for Best Practices for Small Group Product Evaluations, will provide sensory professionals with guide to set up small group evaluations that will meet objectives in most unbiased manner possible. Goal of proposed standard is to recommend processes and procedures to minimize bias and address research question in as professional and scientific a manner as possible, either before conducting larger scale, more formal test or as final standalone evaluation. Read More

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BIO applauds House passage of Ebola treatments bill.

December 15, 2014

BIO applauds unanimous House passage of the Adding Ebola to the FDA Priority Review Voucher Program Act and urges swift action by President Obama to sign into law. Act would add Ebola to FDA's voucher program, under which developers of vaccine or treatment for qualifying tropical disease receive voucher for FDA priority review for another product of choice. Act would also allow vouchers to be sold and transferred multiple times by manufacturers, increasing their value. Read More