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Arch Coal Subsidiaries will atone for Clean Water Act violations.

August 10, 2015

As announced by U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Arch Coal Inc. and 14 of its subsidiaries under International Coal Group Inc. (ICG) agreed to conduct upgrades to their operations to ensure Clean Water Act compliance. This settlement resolves hundreds of Clean Water Act violations related to illegal discharges of pollutants at coal mines in KY, PA, MD, VA, and WV. Companies will also pay a $2 million civil penalty. Read More

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AASHTO congratulates Greg Nadeau.

August 10, 2015

AASHTO congratulates Greg Nadeau on his confirmation as Federal Highway Administrator. According to Bud Wright, Greg Nadeau is a proven leader who knows first-hand how to run a transportation agency on the state and federal levels. Greg is also a valued partner, who has teamed with AASHTO to develop practical transportation policies, advance safety, and implement new cutting-edge technologies. Read More

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PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO boast 50 partnerships.

August 10, 2015

The Partner Program returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Pharma EXPO in 2015, boasting partnerships with 50 organizations. With 30,000 attendees expected, partners will enjoy the opportunity to network with processing, packaging, and pharmaceutical professionals and other like-minded associations. At present, 38 organizations will partner with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015, while 12 organizations have joined Pharma EXPO Partner and Media Partner Programs. Read More

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ICALEO 2015 to show how lasers are revolutionizing the world.

August 7, 2015

Scheduled for Oct 18–22, International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics will focus on biomedical laser applications and provide continued opportunities for presenters to have their papers peer-reviewed. Event will include Laser Materials Processing Conference, Laser Microprocessing Conference, and Nanomanufacturing Conference, as well as Business Forum covering topics such as Status and Development of Laser Market and Successes of Laser Welding in a Job Shop.
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NEMA reaffirms NEMA ICS 1.3 preventive maintenance standard.

August 7, 2015

NEMA reaffirmed NEMA ICS 1.3 Preventive Maintenance of Industrial Control and Systems Equipment. This standards publication covers fundamental principles, safety precautions, and common guidelines for preventive maintenance of NEMA Industrial Automation Control Products and Systems Section (1IS). Last reaffirmed in 2009, standard was developed by the 1IS SC1/SC2 Technical Subcommittee. Read More

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NREL Researcher enhances cyanobacterium-based ethylene production.

August 7, 2015

Dr. Jianping Yu, research scientist in Photobiology Group at NREL, has proved certain cyanobacterium (Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803) can be genetically engineered to produce ethylene. In addition to increasing cyanobacterium-produced ethylene in laboratory to 35 mg/L/hr, Yu has been able to keep cyanobacterium producing ethylene even as said organism continues to grow. Going outside laboratory, Yu and his group want to design a photobioreactor and take this experiment outdoors. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers cleanliness of reusable medical devices.

August 7, 2015

Proposed ASTM WK50782 standard will help develop test soils that validate cleaning methods for reusable medical devices. Standard will be useful to companies that make endoscopes, clamps, suction tubes, arthroscopic shavers, and other devices, as well as companies that provide cleaning systems for those products. Also, third-party reprocessors will use standard to validate their cleaning procedures. Task group developing standard welcomes interested parties to participate. Read More

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PMMI releases Innovation Stage schedules.

August 7, 2015

PMMI has released preliminary schedule for Innovation Stage at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and co-located Pharma EXPO 2015, Sept 28–30. More than 40 educational sessions will provide free access to insights into processing and packaging trends as well as challenges in food safety regulatory compliance, workforce development, and measuring line efficiency. Sessions will also address anti-counterfeiting technologies, ways to engage workforce, and next evolution of metal detection. Read More

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Manufacturing Day builds futures for many.

August 7, 2015

On October 2, manufacturers, colleges, and trade schools will celebrate Manufacturing Day by opening their doors and inviting young people to experience modern manufacturing. Annual national event is designed to dispel prevalent misconceptions about the industry and address serious skilled labor gap. Students, teachers, parents, and job seekers can see for themselves that manufacturing provides clean, safe, high-tech environments in which to pursue challenging, creative, well-paid careers. Read More

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NREL Report examines city energy conservation, poses next steps.

August 7, 2015

"City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities" analyzes and presents information learned from sample of 20 cities across USA to outline what U.S. cities are doing to reduce energy use. Setting stage for broader discussion and analysis, report compares climate, sustainability, and energy plans to understand energy-related actions and their impacts. Also, publication outlines next steps for cities. Read More

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Pharma EXPO's Conference addresses workforce development.

August 7, 2015

Manufacturing Operations track of the Pharma EXPO Conference Program will address efficiency, supplier partnerships, workforce development, and more during Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015. Five sessions will detail technologies and practices to overcome challenges affecting professionals across the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, biotech, and medical device industries. Sessions will explore empowering employees, single-use systems, OEMS and CMOs, and microbial contamination. Read More

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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