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WASHTO Awards State DOTs for outstanding transportation projects.

July 29, 2016

Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials announced 7 "America's Transportation Awards" winners at its conference in Laramie, WY. Respectively winners in large, medium, and small project group categories were Washington State DOT, Oregon DOT, Idaho Transportation Department (Quality of Life/Community Development); Texas, Colorado, and South Dakota... Read More

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U.S. and Enbridge Reach Settlement after 2010 MI, IL oil spills.

July 29, 2016

Settlement between U.S. EPA, Department of Justice, Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership, and several related Enbridge companies will resolve claims stemming from 2010 oil spills in Marshall, MI and Romeoville, IL. Enbridge will spend at least $110 million on measures to prevent spills and improve operations across ~2,000 miles of its pipeline system in Great Lakes region as well as pay civil... Read More

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EPA's Final Rule on Formaldehyde protects public from exposure.

July 29, 2016

Working with California Air Resources Board to ensure requirement consistency for composite wood products, U.S. EPA's rule aiming to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States aims to protect public-at-large from harmful exposure in homes and workplaces. One year after said rule is published, applicable... Read More

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Happy Accident keeps would-be teacher at NREL as PV leader.

July 29, 2016

Sarah Kurtz, a Research Fellow with the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL, always thought that teaching would be her destined occupation. However, her interests led her to earn her Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University. In 1986, she started to work with NREL's Jerry Olson who just invented a two-junction, III-V photovoltaic cell. In 2007, Kurtz and Olson were awarded the... Read More

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Tooling U-SME offers accelerated approach to apprenticeship.

July 29, 2016

Tooling U-SME has established a work-based learning model to help more manufacturers and educators build successful apprenticeship programs tailored to meet specific job needs at their companies. Apprenticeship Acceleration Framework defines specific knowledge and skill requirements that align with common apprenticeship job functions. By using this model, apprentices will not only complete... Read More

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NEMA 2016 EBCI suggests conditions conducive to expansion.

July 29, 2016

In July, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) signals conditions continue to be conducive for expansion. Current conditions index declined to 53.6 from 59.4 in June. Up from 44% in June, 64% of respondents reported conditions unchanged from one month ago. Those who reported better conditions dropped from 38% to 21%, and those who noted worse conditions declined from 19%... Read More

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Jet Edge's EDGE X-5 5-Axis Waterjet Ideal for Metal Service Center Use Precision Waterjet System Cuts 3D Parts, Bevels to 50°

July 28, 2016

ST. MICHAEL, Minn. (July 25, 2016) - Jet Edge’s EDGE X-5® 5-axis waterjet system is designed and built for heavy duty industrial use in waterjet shops that demand lasting performance, precision and accuracy. The system is available in large format sizes up to 24’X13’, making it ideally suited for metal service centers. This workhorse waterjet system cuts precise sophisticated 3D parts... Read More

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Oil Refiners to Reduce Air Pollution under EPA, DOJ settlement.

July 28, 2016

U.S. EPA and U.S. DOJ announced $425 million settlement with subsidiaries of Tesoro Corp and Par Hawaii Refining that resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations and protects public health by reducing air pollution at 6 refineries. Said companies will spend ~$403 million to install and operate pollution control equipment. Additionally, Tesoro will spend ~$12 million to fund environmental... Read More

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US EPA, US DOT, CARB issue draft TAR of car/light truck standards.

July 28, 2016

U.S. DOT, U.S. EPA, and California Air Resource Board (CARB) released draft Technical Assessment Report (TAR) regarding National Program for greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for light duty cars and trucks. Covering model years 2022–2025, this draft TAR shows automotive manufacturers' technological innovation and that they will be able to meet MY 2022–2025 standards.... Read More

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3D Systems Partners with Mystic Aquarium, ACT Group and Middle School Students to Help Disabled Penguin Walk Again

July 28, 2016

- Custom orthotic boot created using 3D scan-to-print workflow improves mobility of endangered African penguin ROCK HILL, S.C. - 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its end-to-end digital design and manufacturing solutions led to the enhanced mobility of a disabled African penguin at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT. In a collaborative endeavor led by the aquarium’s veterinary staff,... Read More

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First European Company earns IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 QMLs.

July 28, 2016

IPC Validation Services Program awarded IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to ALPHA-electronics. For years, ALPHA-electronics utilized IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 for specification of materials, processes, and requirements. ALPHA-electronics met/exceeded the requirements for Class 3, intended for high-performance electronics assemblies, and this officially lists... Read More

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EPA Determines Aircraft Emissions contribute to climate change.

July 27, 2016

U.S. EPA finalized one determination under Clean Air Act that GHG emissions from certain aircraft engines contribute to pollution that causes climate change and endangers public/environmental health. Findings relate to CO2, CH4, N2O, HFCs, PFCs, and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). EPA is not issuing emissions standards for aircraft engines in this action,... Read More

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EPA Research shows corrosion in majority of Diesel Fuel USTs.

July 27, 2016

EPA-released report on corrosion inside diesel fuel underground storage tanks (USTs) shows that moderate or severe corrosion could affect metal components inside both steel and fiberglass underground tank systems. Consequently, this corrosion can cause equipment failure and, if left unchecked, cause UST system failures/releases and lead to groundwater contamination. Owners are urged to check... Read More

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NREL evaluates propane-to-electricity shuttle bus conversion.

July 27, 2016

NREL is evaluating drive-cycle characteristics of propane-powered shuttle buses operating at Zion National Park. National Park Service originally deployed buses in 2000 and is now working with NREL to optimize conversion of 14 propane buses to run on electricity. NREL researchers are gathering operational data via onboard logging devices to understand dispatching patterns, evaluate effect of road... Read More

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ProFood Tech grows with expanding line-up of industry leaders.

July 27, 2016

With 9 months until its debut, leading international food and beverage corporations are lining up to support the inaugural ProFood Tech powered by PACK EXPO, Anuga, and International Dairy Foods Association. To date, over 113,000 square feet of exhibit space is accounted for by over 270 exhibiting companies. GEA, BASF, Duravant, DuPont Nutrition & Health, Key Technology, Meyer Industries, and... Read More

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Custom Processing Service enhances offering via extruder addition.

July 27, 2016

With accelerated processing, Custom Processing Services are available for reliable material blending. Extruder, or compounder, blends materials that do not melt (fillers) with melted polymers to create custom material. With loss-in-weight feeder automating blending process, feeder speed is changed to control rate at which filler blends with original polymer. This promotes homogenous blend... Read More

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ASTM Committee A05 honors Herbert Koch for distinguished service.

July 27, 2016

ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products honored Herbert Koch, quality manager at Harris Steel Company (Cicero, IL), with Kenneth J. Boedecker, Jr. Distinguished Service Award. A05 member since 1985, Koch previously received Award of Merit (2012) and Lifetime Achievement Award (2015). Kock also serves on multiple committees, including A01 on Steel, Stainless... Read More

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Dr. Raymond Donahue to receive 2016 Herman H. Doehler Award.

July 26, 2016

NADCA Awards Committee has chosen Dr. Raymond Donahue of Mercury Castings - Division of Mercury Marine to receive the Herman H. Doehler Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of the die casting industry, the art of die casting as represented by technical achievement, advancement in plant operation, and other activities. Award will be presented on September 27,... Read More

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AAMA Updates Document for solar reflective surfaces.

July 25, 2016

AAMA updated 2013's "Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Solar Reflective Finishes," which describes test procedures and performance requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber reinforced thermoset or wood and cellulosic composite profiles for windows, doors, wall panels, skylights, sloped glazing, and similar products. Said... Read More

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ASC welcomes new president William Allmond.

July 25, 2016

Appointed ASC President by its Board of Directors, William Allmond brings over 23 years of experience in association management and strategic operations. Bill joins ASC from the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, where he worked for the past 10 years as VP, Government and Public Relations. In that role he transitioned and upgraded association's government relations from low key... Read More