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CEA Announces Panelists and Exhibitors for CES Unveiled Paris.

October 16, 2014

CEA® announced panelists for second iteration of CES Unveiled Paris, which brings together innovative technology companies, press, industry analysts, buyers, and consumer technology influencers to showcase new products and tech trends leading up to 2015 International CES®. Running from 2–7 pm on October 22, 2014 in Paris, France, this industry event will feature CEA Market Research Presentation, CES Press Conference, Startup Innovation Panel Discussion, and Tabletop Networking Exhibition. Read More

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SME Education Foundation announces two new scholarships.

October 16, 2014

SME Education Foundation has announced that it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology, or closely related field. They include: E. Wayne Kay/Focus: HOPE Scholarship and E. Wayne Kay/Focus: HOPE Community College Scholarship. There will be a total of ten $3,000 awards split evenly between the two scholarships. Read More

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EPA recognizes Webster Groves, MO.

October 16, 2014

Webster Groves, MO, has been officially designated a Green Power Community, in recognition of its collective use of more than 7 million kWh of green power annually, enough to meet 3% of community's total electricity use. Webster Groves is buying combination of renewable energy certificates and utility green power products from 3Degrees and Ameren Missouri, demonstrating proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity and support cleaner renewable energy alternatives. Read More

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ASABE to adopt ISO standard for rear-mounted PTO linkages.

October 15, 2014

ASABE has initiated a project to nationally adopt recently amended international standard ISO 730:2009, Agricultural wheeled tractors —Rear-mounted three-point Linkage — Categories 1N, 1, 2N, 2, 3N, 3, 4N and 4. Amendment 1 to ISO 730:2009, which was approved in July of this year, includes link coupler illustrations and hitch data for larger tractors equipped with 45 mm PTO shafts. This action will further harmonize national and international standardization. Read More

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EPA honors freight carriers for supply chain efficiency.

October 15, 2014

EPA is honoring 44 top truck and multi-modal carriers as industry leaders in supply chain environmental and energy efficiency with its 2014 SmartWay® Excellence Awards announced by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at ATAs' Annual Management Conference & Exhibition. These carrier partners are SmartWay’s top environmental performers, setting benchmarks in how they move products and supplies, by transporting continent’s goods efficiently with lowest overall carbon dioxide and criteria emissions. Read More

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BIO Welcomes USDA Report on economic benefits of bioeconomy.

October 15, 2014

BIO's Brent Erickson thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for supporting research in and writing of USDA's "Why Biobased?" report, which serves as first comprehensive federal quantification of job opportunities and other economic benefits of biobased products and renewable chemical industry. Calling this report "an important first step in quantifying...economic impacts," Erickson also thanked report's authors and encouraged USDA to continue economic impact model development. Read More

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ASABE Standards Projects address rotary and flail mowers.

October 15, 2014

Four standards projects for rotary disk, drum, and flail mowers include: ISO 4254-12:2012, Agricultural machinery — Safety — Part 12: Rotary disc and drum mowers and flail mowers; ISO 17101-1:2012, Agricultural machinery – Thrown-object test and acceptance criteria – Part 1: Rotary mowers; and ISO 17101-2:2012, Agricultural machinery – Thrown-object test and acceptance criteria – Part 2: Fail mowers. X639, Safety Standard for Large Row-Crop Flail Mowers, comprises development of new standard. Read More

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EPA increases access to chemical information.

October 14, 2014

EPA has posted additional data to ChemView, EPA's publicly accessible online tool to find information for chemicals regulated under Toxic Substances Control Act. Updated database includes 244 consent orders, additional 1,205 Significant New Use Rules, and 16 additional chemicals with test rule data. Tool offers improved display and content for Chemical Data Reporting information, and link that displays pollution prevention information generated as part of Toxics Release Inventory program. Read More

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BIO issues statement on 60 Minutes cancer drug segment.

October 13, 2014

BIO released statement in response to misleading segment on the cost of innovative cancer therapies on 60 Minutes. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, it is unfortunate that CBS has chosen to attack the price of specialty cancer medications while ignoring the value created by these drugs for patients and the healthcare system. The reality is that cancer medicines account for less than 1% of total U.S. health care spending. Read More

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Daimler Chairman to deliver keynote address at 2015 CES.

October 13, 2014

Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, will deliver 2015 International CES® keynote address focused on latest advances in autonomous vehicle technology. Dr. Zetsche will discuss its impact on society, mobility, and environment, as well as raise ideas and questions for the future. In addition to insights on future of Daimler Intelligence Drive, keynote will feature world-debut of a new car concept. Read More

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CAS and Obiter Research form multi-year collaboration.

October 13, 2014

As part of multi-year collaboration with Obiter Research, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) will provide SciFinder to Obiter research staff so that they may access accurate, comprehensive, and current chemical and related scientific information. Dr. William Boulanger of Obiter called SciFinder, "one of the most important tools we have." Christine McCue of CAS claimed Obiter's return "a testament to the unparalleled value of our databases and SciFinder." Read More

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Conflict Minerals Training Program is available from AEM.

October 13, 2014

Conflict Minerals Training program helps OEMs and companies along supply chain comply with complex minerals-reporting rules mandated by U.S. Dodd-Frank Act. With content reviewed by Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative and industry leaders, program features interactive exercise that guides participants through filling out Conflict Minerals Reporting Template. Training focuses on establishing due diligence reporting process within supply chain and importance of supply chain transparency. Read More

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EPA Requires Mercedes-Benz to correct fuel economy labels.

October 13, 2014

To ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values, U.S. EPA is revising estimates for two 2013/2014 Mercedes C300 4-matic vehicles: FFV and PZEV. EPA fuel economy audit testing revealed Mercedes C300 4-matic values differed from those submitted to EPA during certification. Original values reported by Mercedes underestimated impact of aerodynamic drag and tire rolling resistance (road-load). Both vehicles were still found to be in compliance with emissions standards. Read More

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ATA Economist Notes Rising Volume and looming driver shortage.

October 13, 2014

During "The Economy and Its Impact on Trucking" panel discussion at annual ATA Management Conference & Exhibition, American Trucking Associations (ATA) Chief Economist Bob Costello said trucking industry freight volumes continue to grow. He also warned, however, that looming driver shortage could hold back industry growth. Costello noted how driver shortage is making it difficult for industry to add trucks and cited turnover rise of 11% points to annualized rate of 103% in Q2. Read More

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Avon's Bryan Wayda to give talk on supply chain transformation.

October 13, 2014

In Norwalk, CT on October 22, Bryan Wayda, Avon's Vice President of Supply Chain for North America, will talk about transformation Avon is experiencing and complexities of business. Attendees will get to see Avon's best in class fulfillment distribution network and join Q&A following presentation. Wayda has been with Avon for over 12 years in various senior management positions and holds B.S. in Industrial Engineering from University of Illinois as well as M.B.A. from DePaul University. Read More

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EPA to hold third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge.

October 10, 2014

During its third annual Campus RainWorks Challenge, EPA is engaging teams of college students to develop green infrastructure system designs to manage stormwater runoff, which pollutes streams, rivers, and lakes. Since 2012, more than 300 student teams have entered the competition. These teams, working with faculty advisors, develop green infrastructure project proposals for their campuses. Projects show how managing stormwater at its source can benefit the community and the environment. Read More

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IPC and TCMA Announce Keynote Speaker for Technical Conference.

October 10, 2014

Announced jointly by IPC and SMTA, High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference (November 18–20, 2014) focuses on best practices and new innovative technologies for meeting manufacturing challenges and producing reliable hardware. Technical Conference keynote speaker Mark McMeen, VP of Technology at STI Electronics, will present on funded research with U.S. Military & Defense that quantifies effects of flux residues and other contaminants remaining under component terminations. Read More

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Trucking Industry Leaders open MC&E grand exhibit hall.

October 10, 2014

American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves, along with ATA's incoming chairman Duane Long and outgoing chairman Phil Byrd, opened Management Conference & Exhibition's (MC&E) grand exhibit hall, which features nearly 170 exhibitors. That number includes 20 companies exhibiting for first time. Long expressed awe over variety of technologies and services on display, while Byrd noted how MC&E exhibit hall floor catered to companies "looking for an edge."
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Tooling U-SME Recognizes 6 Schools for manufacturing training.

October 10, 2014

Tooling U-SME presented its Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) designation to 6 community and technical colleges: Atlantic Technical College (FL); Fayetteville (NC) Technical Community College; Greenfield (MA) Community College; Kellogg Community College (MI); Southern Oklahoma Technology Center (OK); and Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute of Mesa Community College (AZ). Award honors facilities that serve as manufacturing industry models regarding outstanding learning culture development. Read More

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ATA honors trucking executives for outstanding service.

October 10, 2014

During ATAs' annual Management Conference & Exhibition, 7 executives were honored for notable service to the industry. They include: Bob Farrell of Automobile Carriers Conference; Bob Sculley of New Hampshire Motor Transport Association; Dale Bennett of Virginia Trucking Association; Dave Huneryager of Tennessee Trucking Association; Larry Johnson of Nebraska Trucking Association; Curtis Whalen of Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference; and Louis Campion of Maryland Motor Truck Association. Read More