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Eight Southeastern State DOT Projects win regional awards.

August 7, 2015

Co-sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and US Chamber of Commerce, America's Transportation Awards competition annually recognizes best of America's transportation projects in 4 regional competitions. State transportation departments in Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, and South Carolina are winners in this year's southeastern regional contest. Eight projects won in each of competition's 3 categories: Best Use of Innovation, Under Budget, and Quality of Life/Community Development. Read More

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CPA brings insight to Innovation Stage.

August 6, 2015

Contract Packaging Association will highlight unique benefits of contract packagers in 30-minute presentation at the Innovation Stage at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015, produced by PMMI. Entitled "What you don’t know can HELP you - The Benefits of Contract Packaging," session will focus on capabilities and value of contract packagers and contract manufacturers for brand owners. Session will be presented by Nicole Johnson, CPA's communications director, and will take place Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. Read More

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NEMA Updates White Paper concerning molded case circuit breakers.

August 6, 2015

Available for download via NEMA's website, NEMA ABP 6-2015, What is the Purpose of a Molded Case Circuit Breaker?, discusses how molded case circuit breakers provide protection for conductors and under what conditions they provide that protection. This updated white paper was produced by NEMA Low Voltage Distribution Equipment White Paper Task Force, and revisions bring testing references and requirements up to date while also aligning with current terminology and industry practices. Read More

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Jeanne Haggerty named BIO Sr VP of Federal Government Relations.

August 6, 2015

As announced by BIO President & CEO Jim Greenwood, Jeanne Haggerty has been appointed Senior Vice President of Federal Government Relations. Haggerty's role includes serving as lead in-house lobbyist for BIO, and she will oversee BIO's federal government relations work across its Health, Industrial and Environmental, and Food & Agriculture sectors. Greenwood complimented Haggerty for her ability to translate deep understanding of industry into "effective and pragmatic public policy." Read More

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NEMA Revises Electric Lamps Standard regarding SSL chromaticity.

August 6, 2015

NEMA published ANSI C78.377-2015, American National Standard for Electric Lamps—Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting (SSL) Products, categorizes chromaticity so that accurate descriptions of the white light can be communicated effectively to consumers. This revision to originally developed 2011 standard adds specifications for nominal CCT values of 2200K and 2500K and justifies move from MacAdam ellipses to quadrangles. Read More

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LME 2016 brings laser manufacturing education to Southeast USA.

August 6, 2015

LIA's fifth Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), to be held in Atlanta, GA from April 26–27, will showcase advanced manufacturing with lasers. Educational program will offer several tracks, from entry-level presentations and overview tutorials to more advanced topics and selected keynote addresses. Event provides executives with overview and perspective pertaining to how lasers affect manufacturing markets as well as insight into major technologies and their applications. Read More

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FAA passes 1,000 UAS Section 333 exemptions.

August 6, 2015

In its continuing effort to safely expand and support commercial unmanned aircraft operations in U.S. airspace, FAA has now granted more than 1,000 Section 333 exemption approvals. Many of the grants allow aerial filming for uses such as motion picture production, precision agriculture, and real estate photography. Agency also has issued grants for new and novel approaches to inspecting power distribution towers and wiring, railroad infrastructure, and bridges. Read More

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ELFA Survey reports overall new business volume grew 6.7%.

August 5, 2015

According to ELFA's 2015 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity, new business volume grew 6.7% in the equipment finance industry in 2014. Rise in new business volume marked the fifth consecutive year that businesses increased their spending on capital equipment. Assets under management grew 8.6%, and return on assets remained steady at a healthy 1.7%, unchanged since 2012. Net income increased 15.2%, and return on average equity decreased slightly, but remained strong at 16.6%. Read More

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Did You Know? highlights ANSI member and partner activities.

August 5, 2015

AAMI is hosting 2 webinars: "Alarm Management: From Confusion, to Information, to Wisdom" and "Effects of Patient Load and Other Monitoring System Design Choices on Inpatient Monitoring Quality." ASSE International has published white paper on scald awareness: "Adjustment of Automatic Compensating Valves to Prevent Potential Scald Hazards." OPEI published tips for preparing homes and businesses for storms, and PGMA offers free guide detailing safety rules for using portable generators. Read More

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NTSB Study shows ECP brakes out-perform other systems.

August 5, 2015

Produced by NTSB, Train Braking Simulation Study has been placed into investigation docket regarding derailment of crude oil unit train in Casselton, ND. Study shows Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brake systems out-performed distributed power configurations, which out-performed conventional brake systems. Detailed description and analysis of each rail braking system, along with stopping distances they achieved under various circumstances, are included. Read More

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ELFA's Economic Activity Survey shows new business rising.

August 5, 2015

Reporting on economic activity of $903 billion equipment finance sector, ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for June at $9.5 billion. This is up 4% from June 2014 and 34% from May. Year to date (YTD) cumulative new business volume increased 9% compared to 2014. Receivables over 30 days were 1.1%, and charge-offs remained at 0.2%. Also, credit approvals totaled 79.4%, up from 79.2% in May. Separately, MCI-EFI for July is 62.6. Read More

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ANSI Welcomed 9 New Members in July 2015.

August 5, 2015

In addition to InCord, Ltd, Mantenimiento & Construcciones, S.A., and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) welcomed Pinnacle USA, Inc., Principle Info-Tech, Solopower Systems, Inc., State of New Mexico-ITSB, Target Corporation, and The Babcock & Wilcox Company as new members in July 2015. According to ANSI's S. Joe Bhatia, active participation serves as strategic and tangible assets for organizations. Read More

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BIO applauds bipartisan renewable chemical legislation.

August 5, 2015

BIO expresses thanks to Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) for introducing H.R. 3390, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production or investment tax credits currently available to other renewable energy producers. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, by creating level playing field in tax policy, U.S. industrial biotech companies can innovate and develop new renewable chemicals for production of bio-based products. Read More

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AAMA releases updated methods for exterior wall test.

August 4, 2015

AAMA has updated and released a document specifying test methods, specifications, and field checks used to evaluate structural adequacy of wall systems and their ability to resist water penetration and air leakage. AAMA 501-15 is intended to be referenced in current laboratory and field testing methods for exterior wall systems comprised of curtain walls, storefronts, and sloped glazing. Document updates also take into consideration new technologies for equipment used for testing. Read More

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Webinar addresses 2015 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity.

August 4, 2015

On August 5, 2015, ELFA is hosting 1-hour webinar to present findings of its 2015 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity, the largest and most important source of statistical information available on the $903 billion equipment finance industry. Special event is being held in honor of the report's 40th anniversary. Webinar will cover key findings regarding new business volume, yield/cost of funds, financial statements, portfolio performance, business processes, and tips for using data effectively. Read More

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AASHTO Urges Congress to work on multi-year highway bill.

August 4, 2015

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) was grateful that Congress approved 3-month extension of funding for Highway Trust Fund and urged House to follow Senate’s lead in approving multi-year authorization. Due to expire October 29, short-term patch provides $8 billion from general fund to prevent immediate shutdown of Highway Trust Fund. This marks third time in 10 months Congress kept Highway Trust Fund solvent via passage of short-term extension. Read More

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August 4, 2015

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EPA Reaches Agreement to stop use of TCE in spray fixative.

August 4, 2015

U.S. EPA reached an agreement with PLZ Aeroscience Corporation (Addison, IL) to voluntarily phase-out use of trichloroethylene (TCE) in aerosol arts and crafts spray fixative product, used to provide water repellant and protective finish, by September 1, 2015.  Also, EPA is issuing proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) under TSCA requiring anyone intending to initiate manufacture (including import) or processing of TCE for said uses to notify EPA at least 90 days before doing so. Read More

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Task Group Seeks Input regarding transition to new tire standard.

August 3, 2015

Expected discontinuation in manufacturing of standard-reference test tire will lead to changes to ASTM International standard E1136, Specification for P195/75R14 Radial Standard Reference Test Tire. Task group will explore best ways to transition from E1136 tire to alternate reference tire. One possibility is F2493, Specification for P225/60R16 97S Radial Standard Reference Test Tire. All E1136 users are encouraged to join in efforts to determine steps and timeline for said transition. Read More

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Fluid Power Conference Registration and Housing now open.

August 3, 2015

Fluid Power Innovation & Research Conference, co-sponsored by NFPA and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, will take place Oct 14-16, 2015 at the Radisson Blu in Chicago. Attendees can engage with members of industry during corporate kiosk reception and participate in program of over 40 fluid power technical posters and presentations, including keynote talks on critical integration of industry and academia in technology and workforce. Read More