At SAE Convergence 2012, engineering professionals Matthew Smith (Navistar Inc.) and Monika Manarcin (Palladium Energy) were honored with Trevor O. Jones Outstanding Paper Award for their work, Challenges and Opportunities in Adoption of Hybrid Technologies in Medium and Heavy Duty Applications 2012 Update (2012-01-9005). Winners receive a medal, plaque, and $10,000; Eaton Corporation provides funding for medals. Read More
Proposed standard ASTM WK38408, Specification for Turf Reinforcement Mats, will focus solely on geosynthetic mats used to prevent soil erosion in drainage areas and on steep slopes. Subcommittee D35.05 on Geosynthetic Erosion Control is developing this standard, and D35 member Robert Mackey says its approval will simplify user's ability to specify product that meets minimum manufacturing quality controls for standardized list of physical and performance properties. Read More
ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) for September shows overall new business volume up 16% from 2011, up 19% from August, and up 16% year-to-date. While receivables over 30 days decreased to 1.8% from 1.9% in August and were down 22% compared to 2011, charge-offs were up from August at 0.5% and down 44% compared to 2011. Credit approvals increased to 79.6%, and 54% of participants reported submitting more transactions for approval during September (down from 65% in August). Read More
During keynote speech at RETECH 2012, BIO President Jim Greenwood told attendees that now is the time for a call to arms for the renewable industry standard to support and protect America's Renewable Fuel Standard. Regarding current requests that EPA waive the RFS for one year, Greenwood said, "The impact of an RFS waiver on advanced biofuels would be devastating. In fact, it could extend by several years the drought that has endured in investment capital for new advanced biofuels technology." Read More
ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials has formed subcommittee F40.04 on Rare Earth Materials, which will promote knowledge, stimulate research, and implement technology via development of standards for rare earth materials. This subcommittee, which will hold its first meeting during F40 meetings (November 14–15), welcomes participation from all interested parties, particularly industry material researchers and innovators using rare earth materials. Read More
President's Transportation Awards, earned by 14 state departments of transportation (DOTs), will be presented on November 18 during AASHTO Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Also, AASHTO announced 2012 recipients of Alfred E. Johnson, Thomas H. McDonald, Francis B. Francois, and George S. Bartlett awards. AASHTO President Kirk Steudle, in comment, said "These honorees represent just a small fraction of the many talented and dedicated individuals, projects, and programs...across America."
Proposed standard ASTM WK37298, Test Method for Determining Storage Life of Coated Fabric Products, will provide nondestructive test for stored equipment to be evaluated for continued suitability over time. F20 chairman Peter Lane said subcommittee responsible for said standard, F20.11 on Control, welcomes producers of coated fabric products to join ongoing development of ASTM WK37298, citing potential and significant impact on expected useful lifetime of such products. Read More
With winter approaching, EPA is highlighting 10 tips for Americans to protect their health, save money, and lower energy, such as maintaining heating equipment to lower utility bills, lowering temperature in homes to increase savings up to 12%, and checking for water leaks and installing WaterSense products to save approximately $170 per year. To protect health, people should test home for radon gas and download EPA's free AIRNow app to get current particle pollution and ozone levels. Read More