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Winter Conference looks at ASHRAE standards, publications.

October 6, 2015

ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference will feature up-to-date information on standards guiding industry technology as well as presentations on upcoming ASHRAE publications. While ASHRAE Conference takes place January 23–27 at Orlando Hilton, ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo takes place January 25–27 at Orange County Convention Center. Technical Program features 8 tracks, ~100 sessions, and 300+ speakers. Over 200 Professional Development Hours, as well as Continuing Education Units, are available. Read More

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Tractor Supply Company to resolve Clean Air Act violations.

October 6, 2015

Settlement with Tractor Supply Company Inc. and Tractor Supply Company of Texas L.P. resolves allegations that the companies imported and sold more than 28,000 ATVs, off-highway motorcycles, and engines that did not comply with federal Clean Air Act certification and emission information labeling requirements. Under settlement, company will implement compliance plan to prevent future violations and mitigation projects to reduce air pollution. Company will also pay $775,000 civil penalty. Read More

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High School-Hosted Events mark participation in PRIME initiative.

October 6, 2015

Barberton and Wadsworth High Schools will host events on October 2 and 9, respectively, to launch their participation in Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME®) national network of schools. Students from both schools will showcase their robotics, engineering, and machining programs during demonstrations. Representatives from SME Education Foundation, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation, and Parker Hannifin will be available for discussion. Read More

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NAM Issues Statement on conclusion of final TPP deal.

October 6, 2015

After final round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, NAM's Jay Timmons noted "The latest weak jobs report and the disappointing growth in the United States and globally" as indicators of "the urgent need" to open new markets for manufacturers. He said TPP agreement could reverse trends provided it "achieves the priorities that the NAM has fought hard for years to accomplish." Timmons cited a level playing field and competitiveness of manufacturers and their workers in USA. Read More

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Prominent Speakers to address manufacturers at EDA.

October 6, 2015

PMA announced that several noted speakers will participate in the Executive Development Academy. During 2-day boot camp, taking place November 9–11, 2015, author and esteemed speaker Patrick Schwerdtfeger will discuss "Monetizing Big Data: Implications for Innovation and Creativity." Colleen Kettenhofen, an international workplace employee management expert, corporate speaker, public speaking coach, and career turnaround specialist, will discuss "Magic Wands for Managing Difficult Employees." Read More

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EPA Updates Standards to increase farmer safety.

October 6, 2015

EPA announced increased protections for 2 million U.S. agricultural workers and their families. Changes to Agricultural Worker Protection Standard reduce risk of injury or illness resulting from contact with pesticides on farms and in forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. Provisions include annual safety training, prohibiting children under 18 from handling pesticides, and ensuring awareness of protections afforded under this action and necessary tools to protect against pesticide exposure. Read More

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Karen Joslyn Joins NAM Board to drive NAM's pro-growth agenda.

October 6, 2015

Karen Joslyn, vice president of energy and manufacturing for SAS Institute Inc, has been named to National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Board of Directors. Joslyn will help NAM advance pro-growth manufacturing policy agenda. NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons lauded Joslyn as "a champion for manufacturing and a leader in business and her community" as well as her competency in effecting positive change critical to manufacturing, setting agendas, and driving pro-growth policies. Read More

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People on the Move highlights new ANSI members' leaders.

October 6, 2015

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) announced that Dain Hansen has been appointed senior vice president of government relations and Shirley Dewi has been promoted as senior vice president of IAPMO's R&T management system registration services. At IAPMO Institute of Building Technology (IBT), Sanjay "Jay" Mishra has been appointed vice president of building product testing. ASME Foundation announced Noha El-Ghobashy as its new executive director. Read More

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Resource Center provides transportation infrastructure options.

October 5, 2015

Through cooperative agreement, AASHTO is working with U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC) Institute: An AASHTO Center for Excellence. It will help state DOTs and other agencies better utilize solutions to finance transportation projects and safeguard taxpayers' investments. The Institute also will develop important capacity building resources to support services offered through BATIC at U.S. DOT. Read More

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AASHTO Board elects Iowa's Paul Trombino as President.

October 5, 2015

AASHTO's board of directors elected Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino, III, association president. David Bernhardt, P.E., commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation, was elected vice president. Trombino will primarily focus on ensuring AASHTO is well positioned to serve its member departments. He said his primary emphasis will be on implementing AASHTO's new strategic plan, including completing a thorough review of the association's committee structure. Read More

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FAA proposes civil penalty against Sun Country Airlines.

October 5, 2015

FAA proposes $114,975 civil penalty against MN Airlines, LLC, doing business as Sun Country Airlines, for allegedly violating federal drug and alcohol testing regulations. FAA alleges that Sun Country failed to conduct pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negative results before hiring or transferring 1 mechanic and 3 flight attendants into safety-sensitive positions. FAA also alleges airline failed to include 1 pilot and 7 aviation screeners in random drug and alcohol testing pool. Read More

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NTSB Training Center offers accident site photography course.

October 5, 2015

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced Accident Site Photography Course, which will be held October 19–21, 2015 in Ashburn, VA. Program includes overview of photographic procedures and techniques regarding transportation accident investigation documentation. Topics will cover digital imaging principles, advanced accident site photography, and digital image processing. Also, students will be able to practice skills they learn through hands-on wreckage documentation exercise. Read More

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IPC releases World PCB Production Report for 2014.

October 5, 2015

According to IPC’s World PCB Production Report for the Year 2014, world market for PCBs reached an estimated $60.2 billion in value in 2014, growing just 0.7% in real terms. Production growth in China, Thailand, and Vietnam compensated for declining PCB production in most other regions. Report contains estimates of 2014 PCB production value by 9 product categories and by 30 countries or sub-regions. Four categories of rigid PCBs, 3 categories of flexible circuits, and IC substrates are covered. Read More

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IEEE Photonics Society issues initial Call for Topics.

October 5, 2015

IEEE Photonics Society has issued an initial Call for Topics for its 2016 Summer Topicals Meeting Series to be held July 11–13, 2016. Annual Topical Meeting Series serves as international forum to facilitate information exchange between different technical communities by presenting emerging areas of technology in the field of photonics. Limited to 4 main topics, meeting provides an opportunity for attendees to interact with leading researchers in an intimate conference environment. Read More

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NTSB calls for direct federal safety oversight of WMATA.

October 5, 2015

NTSB issued two urgent safety recommendations calling for direct federal safety oversight of Washington's Metrorail system by the Federal Railroad Administration. In its safety recommendation letter to the Secretary of Transportation, NTSB said that in the past 33 years, it had launched 11 investigations of WMATA rail accidents that had killed 18 people. Many of those investigations involved WMATA’s inadequate management of safety operations. Read More

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ANSI Awards Banquet honors distinguished members.

October 5, 2015

During the 2015 ANSI Awards Banquet and Ceremony, ANSI honored 21 leaders of the U.S. and global voluntary standards and conformity assessment community. Annual leadership and service awards program is a long-standing tradition that recognizes and honors creativity, dedication, and vision in the field of standards and conformity assessment. Awards dinner was one of many ANSI-hosted events comprising the celebration of World Standards Week 2015. Read More

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Guardian Industries Corp. to cut harmful air pollution.

October 5, 2015

U.S. EPA and DOJ announced settlement with Guardian Industries Corp that will resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at Guardian’s flat glass manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. Under proposed settlement, Guardian will invest more than $70 million to control emissions of NOX, SO2, PM, and H2SO4 from all manufacturing facilities. Guardian will also fund environmental mitigation project valued at $150,000 to reduce particulate matter pollution in the San Joaquin Valley, CA. Read More

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BIO Issues Statement on PTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruling.

October 5, 2015

Regarding recent ruling issued by PTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board, BIO called the failure of PTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to properly assess important issues raised by said motion "disappointing." In addition to calling this ruling "cursory and erroneous," BIO said it "reinforces the immediate need for Congress and the PTO leadership to take clear and decisive action to prevent any further misuse and abuse of the Inter Partes Review process"
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NAM Speaks to Growth Opportunity regarding TPP negotiations.

October 5, 2015

Regarding negotiations on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons complimented work by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and his counterparts and pressed for commitment to "an agreement that will fuel our global economy" through market opportunities and enforceable, high standards. Timmons also remarked how "the right TPP" could "turbocharge U.S.–Asia trade and have long-term benefits for the United States and its trading partners." Read More

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SME to promote Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards.

October 5, 2015

SME Education Foundation is lending its support to the Italian Trade Agency by helping promote its 2015 call for papers for the Italian Machine Tool Technology Awards. Aim of program is to enrich the engineering education of students and to advance knowledge on issues of importance within the industry. For the competition, students are asked to write a thesis on the relative innovation taking place in mechanical engineering-related industries and the issues they face. Read More