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EPA Adds Evaluations to detect potential defeat devices.

September 30, 2015

In its letter sent to vehicle manufacturers, U.S. EPA said it is adding evaluations designed to look for potential defeat devices to its confirmatory testing. This comes after EPA sent Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. alleging that 4-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars (model years 2009–2015) include software, known as a "defeat device," that circumvents EPA emissions standards. Read More

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EPA Finalizes Rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting.

September 30, 2015

EPA-finalized rule modernizes Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. It requires regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report data required by National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program instead of filing written paper reports. According to EPA estimates, full implementation in 46 states and Virgin Islands Territory will save ~$22.6 million each year. Read More

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IPC releases specification for rigid printed boards.

September 29, 2015

IPC has released IPC-6012D, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards. Revision D includes updated requirements for dielectric removal, HASL solder pots, printed board edges, and markings and solder mask coverage. Most anticipated addition is new microvia requirements for both capture and target lands. Annular ring, plating to land separation, and voiding in plated and copper filled structures are some examples where revision addresses microvia structures. Read More

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AAMA Garners ANSI Accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065.

September 29, 2015

American Architectural Manufacturers Association's (AAMA) air-water-structural product certification program was granted accreditation by ANSI in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065-2012. Scope of accreditation covers Doors and Windows (91.050.60). AAMA certification manager Jason Seals said that accreditation helps "ensure that products certified by AAMA licensees meet the product standards as claimed by their labeling and listings in the AAMA Certified Products Directory." Read More

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FedEx Freight's Eric Vos named TMCSuperTech Grand Champion.

September 29, 2015

ATA's Technology and Maintenance Council announced FedEx Freight's Eric Vos as TMCSuperTech 2015 National Technicians Skills Competition Grand Champion. Vos, from Boise, ID, joined Drew Dilmuth, from Jacksonville, FL, to win the team competition. FedEx also boasted second place finisher Brian Blevins, Harrison, AR, and third place finisher Josh Nordick, Roseville, MN, to help FedEx Freight sweep the top 3 spots on their way to a win in the team competition. Read More

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BIO Says Clinton Campaign Proposal will hamper treatments, access.

September 28, 2015

According to BIO's Jim Greenwood, one proposal released by Hillary Clinton's campaign "would do irreparable harm to the nation’s health innovation system." Consequences cited included "significantly" hindering emerging biotech companies from developing new cures/therapies needed by patients. Railing against "intrusive government regulation," Greenwood cited past bipartisan rebuffs of provisions of Clinton's plan and said results would include fewer medicines and restricted access to them. Read More

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NASA-Developed Technology aims to save airlines fuel.

September 28, 2015

During next 3 years, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines will use the Traffic Aware Planner application, to make "traffic aware strategic aircrew requests". TAP connects directly to aircraft avionics information hub on aircraft, reading current position and altitude of aircraft, flight route, and other real-time information that defines plane's current situation and active flight plan. Software then looks for variety of route and/or altitude changes that could save fuel or flight time. Read More

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ASABE Revises Standard on soil, water engineering terminology.

September 28, 2015

Revised by American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), ASAE S526.4, Soil and Water Terminology, contains preferred terms and definitions intended for use in technical journals, magazines, textbooks, and extension bulletins, as well as all other ASABE standards. Document was revised under leadership of ASABE's Natural Resources & Environmental Services technical community, and 900+ definitions in ASAE S526.4 have been added to AgGateway AgGlossary. Read More

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ATA welcomes MacroPoint as Featured Product provider.

September 28, 2015

American Trucking Associations welcomed MacroPoint, a logistics tracking software supplier, as an ATA Featured Product provider. MacroPoint patented freight tracking software is designed to give 3rd party visibility into load status by tracking location of driver's mobile phone. With no hardware installation required, completely automated system provides real-time location tracking, delivery and off-schedule monitoring, and arrival and departure event notification. Read More

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EPA Issues Supplemental Funds to clean up Brownfields properties.

September 28, 2015

U.S. EPA announced ~$13.2 million in supplemental funding to help communities by cleaning up contaminated Brownfields properties. Supplemental funding of Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) will be given to 31 RLF grantees and help 44 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. In addition to creating jobs, these projects will protect health of people and environment. Often, RLF funding provides last key piece needed to make property cleanup and reuse happen. Read More

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NEMA White Paper addresses service-rated transfer switches.

September 28, 2015

NEMA has published NEMA ICSP 10.1-2015 Clarification of Requirements for Service-rated Transfer Switches. White paper was developed to clarify National Electrical Code® for transfer switches. Developed by the Industrial Control Products and systems Section, Technical Subcommittee 16 (Transfer Switch Equipment), NEMA ICSP 10.1 is intended to be used by specifiers, purchasers, and installers and may be downloaded on NEMA website. Read More

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PMMI releases final Innovation Stage schedule.

September 28, 2015

Innovation Stage at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Pharma EXPO 2015 will bring together latest technology and industry leaders in an extensive selection of free educational programming. Spotlighting innovations in child-resistant packaging, vision guidance, contaminant detection, and belt tracking software as well as latest consumer trends in snacking, Innovation Stages offer range of insights on trends and solutions that are transforming the world of processing and packaging. Read More

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CSA Group Upgrade UK Lab dedicated to transportation testing.

September 28, 2015

Open for testing and certification of equipment used in transportation, CSA Group's updated 57,400 ft² Leyland laboratory offers structural, NVH, whole vehicle, powertrain, component, environmental, and vibrating testing. Modernization includes drive-in chamber with temperature testing from -60 to 120°C, Accelerometer Calibration lab, engine test cell upgrades, and electric motor testing. Other features include dynamic/flexible modular beam system and dedicated confidential test bays. Read More

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Small Businesses invited to participate in vouchers pilot.

September 28, 2015

Small businesses in clean energy sector are invited to apply for assistance from Energy Department's national laboratories through new Small Business Vouchers Pilot. As part of EERE's National Laboratory Impact Initiative, pilot aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to market faster by enabling them to access expertise and specialized equipment at five of DOE's national labs. More than 100 small businesses will receive $50,000 to $300,000 vouchers. Read More

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NTSB offers new course on mass casualty incidents.

September 28, 2015

On October 14-15, NTSB will offer course for emergency managers, law enforcement, hospitals, and medicolegal community focused on managing victim accounting process following transportation-related mass casualty incidents. Course will examine core principles for managing transition from first response and life safety operations to victim accounting. It will focus on need for agencies to understand roles and responsibilities of various entities involved in victim accounting operations. Read More

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ARC Awards recognize organizations' excellence in RTU efficacy.

September 28, 2015

Organizing partners of Advanced Rooftop Unit (RTU) Campaign (ARC) announced award winners for excellence in RTU efficiency. Combined, recognized organizations achieved estimated energy savings total over 100,000,000 kWh and $10 million per year. Recipients were U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. General Services Administration, Pizzagalli Properties, and Elman Investors; Walmart Stores Inc; U.S. Navy Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; Whole Foods Market; Target; and adidas. Read More

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ANSI Committee participates in Engineering Standards Workshop.

September 28, 2015

ANSI's Committee on Education participated in September Engineering Standards Workshop hosted by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Monte Bogatz, the committee’s chair, joined 5 standards organizations, and CWRU faculty to raise level of awareness of standards education within the campus community. Over 150 graduate and undergraduate students attended the event, which provided an interactive forum to learn how standards impact student education and daily lives. Read More

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NTSB Issues Agenda, Calls for Questions for 2015 GA safety forum.

September 28, 2015

Final agenda for NTSB's forum, Humans and Hardware: Preventing General Aviation Inflight Loss of Control, includes participants' names and affiliations. Taking place in Washington, D.C. on October 14, event includes panels on 4 broad topics. Pilots and others in aviation safety community are invited to send questions related to inflight loss of control issues. Links on forum webpage enable individual panel sessions or entire forum to be added to calendars on computers/mobile devices. Read More

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AIM Honors Datalogic for its case study on AIDC innovation.

September 28, 2015

AIM selected Datalogic (Bologna, Italy) as winner of 2015 AIDC Case Study Competition. Case study presented by Datalogic centers on innovative automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology applied to the problem of returns for e-commerce retailers. Designed by Datalogic, Jade™ X7 automated scanning portal accelerates grocery checkout process and can also be used for processing returns from pre-stocked promotional displays and are being tested for processing eCommerce returns. Read More

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IEEE Photonics Conference celebrates 50 years.

September 28, 2015

Scheduled for October 4–8, IEEE Photonics Conference 2015 will cover latest research and breakthroughs in lasers, lightwave technologies, optoelectronics, and optical networks. Event will feature 4 invited plenary talks on leading-edge photonics areas, more than 500 technical papers, and 2 panel discussions, as well as series of 3 Special Symposia designed to explore emerging photonics topics, short course, and several tutorial sessions. Read More