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Caltrans and FDOT win top America's Transportation Awards.

December 2, 2014

California and Florida DOTs earned Grand Prize and People's Choice awards in the 2014 America's Transportation Awards competition. Receiving Grand Prize, Caltrans' $6.3 billion San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge East Span project replaced nearly 80-year old structure with a new, modern bridge featuring advanced seismic response technology. FDOT's Mathews Bridge Impact and Emergency Response Project earned more than 300,000 online votes, making it the winner of the People's Choice Award. Read More

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EPA's Inaction on 2014 RFS Rule means continued uncertainty.

December 2, 2014

According to BIO, EPA's decision to not finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard for this year continues the atmosphere of uncertainty for the advanced biofuel industry. RFS supports companies that invest in, build, and start up new advanced and cellulosic biorefineries here in the U.S. Delay in this year’s rule already has chilled investment and financing of future projects, even as first-of-a-kind cellulosic biofuel plants are right now starting up operations. Read More

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ASTM Sample Collection Standard will aid mold analysis.

December 1, 2014

ASTM D7910, Practice for the Collection of Fungal Material from Surfaces by Tape Lift, helps avoid inconsistencies by describing correct way to collect accurate tapelift sample. According to ASTM member John M. Neville, tapelift samples are less expensive, less time consuming, and less labor intensive to collect and deliver than swab, bulk, or dust cassette samples. Users will include indoor environmental quality investigators, house inspectors, and certified industrial hygienists. Read More

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ASTM Proposed Standard applies to concrete reinforcement bars.

December 1, 2014

ASTM WK46112, Specification for Zinc-Coated (Continuous Hot-Dip Galvanized) Steel Bars for Concrete Reinforcement, will provide specifiers with performance-optimized, cost-efficient option for protecting concrete structures. Fabrication properties in said standard will minimize installation costs as well as long-term maintenance costs. Also, standard describes product characteristics of steel reinforcing bars that are zinc-coated by continuous hot-dip process in cut lengths or coils. Read More

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EPA Collaboration furthers salmon, steelhead trout protection.

December 1, 2014

Collaboration among federal and state agencies, rice growers, and industry created federally enforceable restrictions of thiobencarb to help protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead trout in California. EPA is making California’s geographic use limits federally enforceable by incorporating them into pesticide label. Usage limitations will take effect April 1, 2015. This action is EPA's first implementation of NOAA Fisheries salmon and steelhead trout Biological Opinion. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Park Rail Tracks Standard promotes safe practices.

November 28, 2014

ASTM F2960, Practice for Permanent Amusement Railway Ride Tracks and Related Devices applies to design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, and inspection of permanent amusement railway rides with gage 12 in. or greater. Used to ensure tracks are built soundly, standard offers detailed written instructions, accompanied by >20 illustrations, covering all major aspects of such rides. Included annex covers rail defects, operating restrictions, and remedial action. Read More

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ASTM Property Management Standard presents holistic approach.

November 28, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK46257, Guide for Management of Customer-Owned Property in the Possession of a Supplier or Subcontractor, aims to provide holistic approach to subcontractor property management. Applicable to property expected to be used by federal agencies, government contractors, and other large entities which furnish property to suppliers, standard would look at basic vital signs of good internal controls to promote improved products and services at lesser expense. Read More

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Competency Models help drive competitiveness, combat skills gap.

November 28, 2014

Available as industry resource, Tooling U-SME's Competency Framework helps companies combat talent shortage and achieve stronger performance from workforce while providing development pathways and career growth opportunities for employees. Online tool, which facilitates implementation across organizations, features series of competency models in 9 manufacturing functional areas and comprises 60+ defined job role competency models which outline knowledge and skill objectives. Read More

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BIO Responds to Study on rising drug development costs.

November 28, 2014

BIO responded to Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development's study estimating cost of developing new prescription medicine that gains marketing approval at $2.558 billion (in 2013 dollars); findings represent 145% increase (8.5% compound annual growth) since 2003 study. BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood thanked researchers for quantifying associated drug development costs and called their work authoritative and critically important to biopharmaceutical research and policy stakeholders. Read More

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EPA to help water utilities bolster climate resilience.

November 28, 2014

EPA is providing up to $600,000 in training and technical assistance to help water utilities in 20+ communities bolster climate change resilience and readiness. Drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities will participate in multi-year program to prepare for potential impacts. Communities will receive assistance in using EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool, which helps identify assets, threats, and adaptation options to help reduce risk from climate change. Read More

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EPA names 2014 Green Power Leaders.

November 28, 2014

U.S. EPA announced its annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing 19 Green Power Partners and 4 suppliers—including the cities of Philadelphia and Las Vegas, Apple, Kohl’s, and Trek Bicycle Corporation--for achievements in advancing nation’s renewable energy market and reducing greenhouse gas emissions fueling climate change. Award-winning partners were chosen for their exemplary use of green power from more than 1,300 partner organizations that comprise EPA’s Green Power Partnership. Read More

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Equipment Leasing, Finance Industry Confidence is at 6-month high.

November 28, 2014

November 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) reports market confidence at 64.2, which is up from October's 60.4 and represents highest level since May. Survey also covered business conditions over next 4 months, demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures, access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions (4 months), employee hiring, U.S. economy and economic conditions, and spending on business development activities over next 6 months. Read More

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AEM Honors 34 Companies with Pillar of the Industry awards.

November 28, 2014

AEM announced recipients of 2014 Pillar of the Industry awards. Winners were member companies who achieved Gold-level status in AEM's I Make America pro-manufacturing advocacy campaign, which promotes policies that create jobs in U.S. and keep its economy competitive with other countries. Awards recognize dedication to people and communities of equipment manufacturing industry through such activities as outreach to elected officials and facilitating employee participation in I Make America. Read More

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NREL, SolarCity work to maximize solar power on electrical grids.

November 28, 2014

To address operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids, NREL and SolarCity entered into cooperative research agreement. Work includes collaboration with Hawaiian Electric Companies to analyze high-penetration solar scenarios using advanced modeling and inverter testing at Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). In part, project funding comes from Energy Department solar cost-share program. Read More

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PTDA Foundation sets fundraising record in 2014.

November 26, 2014

Industry support for PTDA Foundation’s signature project, Industrial Careers Pathway® (ICP), reached record heights in 2014, with final total of nearly $310,000. This was more than 50% higher than funds raised in 2013, demonstrating increasing commitment in reaching future industrial distribution workforce. Vanguard campaign, recognizing those who pledge to 2015 Fund Drive before year-end 2014, is off to record start, receiving pledges in excess of $57,000, even before end of Industry Summit. Read More

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AEM recognizes Milestone Member companies.

November 26, 2014

AEM has presented Milestone Member plaques to 18 companies in recognition of their support of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry through longtime participation in AEM. During AEM annual conference, Association honored 2 companies for achieving 50-year membership status and 16 companies for attaining 25 years of continuous membership in AEM. Read More

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Patsy Beall inducted as Honorary Member of SPE.

November 26, 2014

Leading members of the plastics industry joined with family and friends at an awards dinner to recognize Patsy Beall as an Honorary Member of SPE. Mrs. Beall is a partner in Glenn Beall Plastics Ltd., Libertyville, IL, and wife of Plastics Hall of Fame member Glenn Beall. Recognized as a mentor and influencer of plastics professionals, she was cited by longtime SPE activist Barbara Arnold-Feret for her guidance of young professionals, advocacy of SPE, and emphasis on education. Read More

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MESA introduces InfinityQS as Platinum Keystone Sponsor.

November 26, 2014

A global authority on Manufacturing Intelligence and enterprise quality, InfinityQS joins MESA to help manufacturers realize full potential of data while supporting MESA's mission to educate professionals about value of IT in Manufacturing Enterprises. For more than 25 years, InfinityQS has worked with leading manufacturers to solve the quality puzzle, turning production and process data into insight that empowers management to improve quality, decrease costs, and make smarter business decisions. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses new concrete production materials.

November 26, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK40615, Practice for Mixing and Comparing Performance of Concrete Materials Using MiniMix Mortar Mixtures, can be used as ongoing QC tool, proactive performance screening tool, or performance issue troubleshooting tool for concrete technologists. This standard will be used to test potential performance of new materials in concrete production brought about by effects of increased sustainability focus, new technologies, and decreased availability of standard materials. Read More

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Aluminum Sheet Shear Testing Standard has been revised by ASTM.

November 26, 2014

ASTM B831, Test Method for Shear Testing of Thin Aluminum Alloy Products, describes shear testing for aluminum sheets used in aircraft, automobile, light rail car, can, foil, and building materials applications. Revised to include testing procedures for wider range of uses, standard extends to applications where aluminum alloys are used for making structural components lighter. Appendix describes novel shear test sample geometry and incorporation of digital image correlation. Read More