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AAMA updates lamination of composite materials specification.

December 17, 2014

AAMA has updated AAMA 312, Voluntary Specification for the Lamination of Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials Intended for Use on AAMA Certified Profiles. Document provides common test methods for determining acceptable level of adhesion after exposure to cyclic weatherability conditions, both interior and exterior applications. It also includes protocol for certification to formaldehyde emissions, additional details to accelerated exposure options, and updates regarding chemical resistance. Read More

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PREP Act Declaration will advance Ebola vaccine development.

December 17, 2014

BIO applauds declaration by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act which will help advance development and availability of experimental Ebola vaccines. Declaration provides immunity under U.S. law against legal claims related to manufacturing, testing, development, distribution, and administration of three experimental Ebola vaccines. 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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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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FAA grants commercial UAS exemptions.

December 17, 2014

FAA granted regulatory exemptions to 4 companies that want to fly unmanned aircraft systems to perform aerial surveying, construction site monitoring, and oil rig flare stack inspections. Commercial entities that received exemptions are Trimble Navigation Limited; VDOS Global, LLC; Clayco, Inc.; and Woolpert, Inc. Secretary Foxx found that UAS in proposed operations do not need FAA-issued certificate of airworthiness because they do not pose threat to national airspace users or national security. Read More

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BIO CEO/Investor Conference will examine industry trends, outlook.

December 17, 2014

BIO announced preliminary programming for 17th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference, which will be held February 9–10, 2015 in NYC and include Fireside Chats with biotech luminaries, Business Roundtables, in-depth Therapeutic Workshops, and forward-looking Plenary Sessions. With 1,800+ partnering meetings are expected and 150 companies planning to present, conference brings industry leaders together to form new partnerships/collaborations and advance medical progress and innovation. Read More

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Report Cites $163 Billion needed to fix surface transportation.

December 17, 2014

Released by AASHTO and American Public Transportation Association, "2015 Bottom Line Report" estimates required annual capital investment over 6 years, by all levels of government, in the amount of $120 billion in USA's highway and bridge network and $43 billion in USA's public transportation infrastructure to meet current demand. Currently, $83 billion is invested in roads and bridges and $17.1 billion is invested in public transit. 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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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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EPA announces Energy Star tool for homeowners.

December 15, 2014

EPA is launching its Energy Star Home Advisor, an online tool designed to help Americans save money and energy by improving energy efficiency of their homes. Updated tool guides homeowner through do-it-yourself energy assessment to create an Energy Star home profile. Based on created profile, Home Advisor provides customized, prioritized recommendations for improvements from which users can create their own to-do lists of projects, such as adding insulation to attic. Read More

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HI announces date for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar.

December 15, 2014

Hydraulic Institute has collaborated with NPSH committee members in developing technical webinar that focuses on NPSH and its relationship to cavitation and other pump operation. Titled Rotodynamic Pumps: Guidelines for NPSH Margin, webinar instructs participants on how to calculate available NPSH, understand how insufficient NPSHA will affect pump operation and what NPSH margin is needed to ensure performance longevity. Webinar will be conducted January 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm ET. Read More

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EPA Committee issues report on ecological restoration.

December 15, 2014

Good Neighbor Environmental Board issued 16th annual report to the president, which examines environmental degradation in US–Mexico border region and recommends actions to protect and restore border environment. Some recommendations include: incorporating low-impact infrastructure design and supporting conservation efforts to avoid resource damage; actively engaging local, state, Tribal, and Mexican government partners; and addressing irrigation, wastewater, and other flow management issues. 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

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ASTM Standards address fiber-reinforced polymer inspection.

December 15, 2014

ASTM WK46050, Guide for the Inspection of Bond Critical FRP Applications for Concrete Structures in Power Generation Facilities, and ASTM WK46051, Guide for the Inspection of Bond Critical FRP Applications for Steel Structures in Power Generation Facilities, have been proposed to provide approach to QC inspection and reporting for fiber-reinforced polymers in all industries. Both standards provide guidance during inspection, testing, and reporting of installation of structural FRP system. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard helps foster sustainable manufacturing.

December 15, 2014

ASTM WK35702, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes, describes methods with which to enhance resource efficiency at manufacturing process level while considering environmental impacts. According to ASTM's Paul Witherell, this standard "will help identify opportunities in operations planning, provide guidelines for collecting data and give insight into how to calculate metrics on which informed decisions can be made." Read More

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Blue Ribbon Study Panel will provide crucial guidance.

December 12, 2014

Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense will identify and recommend changes to U.S. policy and law to strengthen national biodefense and preparedness while optimizing resource investments with goal of issuing a report in the spring of 2015. Study will be directed by Dr. Robert Kadlec, former special assistant to the President for homeland security and senior director for biological defense policy in the White House Homeland Security Council. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO Keynotes will inspire, enlighten, and entertain.

December 12, 2014

On February 24, during IPC APEX EXPO 2015, Robbie Bach, former president of entertainment and devices at Microsoft, Xbox visionary, and civic activist, will present opening keynote titled, "The Xbox Story: Lessons in Strategy, Team Management and Entrepreneurship." On February 25, Stanton Friedman, nuclear physicist, lecturer, and UFO researcher, will challenge attendees on their knowledge of UFOs as he draws on more than 40 years of UFO research. Read More