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ASTM Standard applies to testing of Boron-10 loaded materials.

December 2, 2014

ASTM E2971, Test Method for Determination of Effective Boron-10 Areal Density in Aluminum Neutron Absorbers Using Neutron Attenuation Measurements, addresses important aspects of boron use in transportation/storage of spent and new nuclear fuel. According to ASTM member Josh Vanderstelt, this standard will provide uniform approach for direct neutron attenuation measurement. Primary users will be nuclear regulators, boron neutron absorber manufacturers, and inspection facilities. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves powder bed fusion specification.

December 2, 2014

ASTM F3091, Specification for Powder Bed Fusion of Plastic Materials, will provide common set of terms and definitions, best practices, and practices to facilitate ordering and delivery of parts. Standard will be used to specify end use properties for polyamide parts produced using laser sintering, including mechanical, tolerance, surface finishing, and post-processing. Criteria for part acceptance and rejection are provided, and information on testing is given. Read More

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AASHTO Board elects Wyoming's John Cox as President.

December 2, 2014

AASHTO's Board of Directors elected Wyoming Department of Transportation Director, John Cox as president and Iowa Department of Transportation Director, Paul Trombino III as VP. As president, Cox's primary emphasis will be to advance multi-year surface transportation reauthorization that closely reflects AASHTO's policy objectives. His second emphasis area will be to explore the need to identify and advance opportunities to enhance state decision-making authority and limit federal regulation. Read More

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Review of Chicago Center Fire underscores need for funding.

December 2, 2014

After reviewing contingency plans in wake of fire at Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, FAA is planning changes. Stages include making radar, voice radios, flight planning data, and weather/aeronautical information rapidly available to support operations in new configuration; reducing manual nature of operations by recreating sectors and services of off-line facility at surrounding facilities; and enhancing NextGen capabilities to make services available more quickly if facility is down. Read More

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FABTECH 2014 sets multiple records and hosts multiple events.

December 2, 2014

FABTECH 2014 exposition and conference took place Nov 11–13 in Atlanta, GA. In addition to setting records for numbers of attendees (30,250+ attendees), exhibitors (1,477), and floor space (550,000+ ft²) at FABTECH Atlanta show, event featured briefings by noted speakers and relevant industry panel discussions. This annual metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, which also featured live equipment demonstrations, hosted FABTECH educational conference. Read More

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MESA International announces new board members.

December 2, 2014

MESA International announces addition of 7 new Board Members to its leadership roster. To International Board, MESA elected Gordon Benzie of Dassault Systemes, Eric Weisbrod of InfinityQS, and Tom Muth of Epicor Software. Americas Board now includes Bradley Rowen of Cargill, Vanessa Stirling of InfinityQS, and Tom Muth of Epicor Software. In addition, Michael Peters of Cargill and Martyn Gill of InfinityQS were elected to EMEA Board. Read More

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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