U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and Canada’s Minister of the Environment Peter Kent signed amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in Washington, D.C. Revised agreement will facilitate action on threats to Great Lakes water quality and includes strengthened measures to anticipate as well as prevent ecological harm. New provisions address aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and effects of climate change as well as threats to people’s health in Great Lakes Basin. Read More
NTSB recommended FAA issue airworthiness directive to require, before further flight, immediate ultrasonic inspection of fan midshaft in all GEnx-1B and -2B engines that have not undergone inspection. NTSB recommended FAA require repetitive inspections of fan midshaft at sufficiently short interval that would permit multiple inspections and detection of crack before it could reach critical length and fan midshaft fractures. Read More
NEMA has published NEMA LSD 63 Measurement Methods and Performance Variation for Verification Testing of General Purpose Lamps and Systems. Standard establishes variations that can be expected when independent verification testing, generally based on small samples of lamps or ballasts, is performed to estimate product performance characteristics and for comparison to manufacturer’s ratings. Read More
Benjamin Petersen, postdoctoral appointee at Sandia National Laboratories, was honored with Russell S. Springer Award during SAE 2012 World Congress. Award recognizes author of outstanding technical paper presented at an SAE International meeting or any of its sections and is published in SAE International literature in the year for which the recipient is selected. Petersen is the author or co-author of 17 papers, including 12 SAE International technical papers and 4 journal articles. Read More
To help electronics manufacturers and suppliers make sense of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s 356-page final conflict minerals regulation, IPC has developed "Summary of the Final SEC Rules on Conflict Minerals." Seven-page document provides simplified explanation of the compliance process, as well as information on "phase-in" period implementation, audit standards and objectives, definitions of terms, conflict minerals report content, and disclosure requirements. Read More
Scheduled for Oct 9-12, BIO 2012 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature 2 breakout sessions focusing on commercial applications for algae and advances in algal biomass production and processing. Algae-produced oils hold potential for replacing fossil fuel resources in many products. Algae derived starches, oils, and proteins can be used in food, animal feed, or nutrition supplements, and fatty acids from algae can be used in diesel biofuels as well. Read More
AMT announced extension of a strategic partnership with Deutsche Messe AG, which successfully delivered the first Industrial Automation North America event debuting at IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2012 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Industrial Automation North America is Deutsche Messe’s first manufacturing event in the North American market and stems from a strategic alliance with AMT, the organizer of IMTS.
BIO invites leaders from biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industries to submit proposals and abstracts for panels, individual papers, and posters for the 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechology and Bioprocessing, June 16-19, 2013. Proposed papers and panels should address any in a range of topics, including biotechnology for climate change, advanced biofuels, energy from algae, microbial fuel cells, biopolymers, and renewable and chemical platforms, to name a few. Read More