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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 educational hours, but they will also demonstrate specific skills to complete on-the-job requirements. 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% to 14%. Future conditions index declined to 57.1 from June's 59.4. Read More

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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 DOTs (Best Use of Innovation); and Idaho Transportation Department, Colorado DOT, and North Dakota DOT (Under Budget). 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 penalties totaling $62 million for Clean Water Act violations. 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 composite wood products will need to be labeled as TSCA Title VI compliant. 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 Dan David Prize for advancing their III-V work on next-generation multijunction cells. 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 projects in local communities previously impacted by pollution and pay $10.45 million civil penalty. 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. TAR also indicates these standards can be achieved by relying primarily on advanced gasoline vehicles. 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 said company as IPC-trusted source capable of manufacturing in accordance with industry best practices. 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 grade on system requirements, and determine optimal power and energy storage requirements. 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 Urschel Laboratories are just a few leading innovators that have signed on to participate. 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 Steel, and Related Alloys, B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys, and E28 on Mechanical Testing. 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, and said findings, which do not apply to small piston-engine planes or military aircraft, support President Obama's Climate Action Plan. 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 inside their tank systems and investigate their diesel fuel tank's condition. 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, 2016 at the Die Casting Industry Awards Luncheon in Columbus, OH. 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 update clarifies requirements for outdoor or accelerated weathering testing. 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 advocate on legislative issues into one that effectively led key policy priorities. Read More

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ASABE revises standard for combine testing.

July 19, 2016

ANSI/ASAE S396.3, Combine Capacity and Performance Test Procedure, includes updated text that clarifies wording and incorporates new practices for performing loss testing on combine harvesters. Standard has been proposed as basis for revision to International Standard ISO 5687: 1999, Equipment for harvesting — Combine harvesters — Determination and designation of grain tank capacity and unloading device performance. Read More

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Dense Transparent Materials offer new way to control light.

July 18, 2016

Researchers recently made the discovery that a special class of materials called "hyperuniform materials" can be both dense and transparent. This work demonstrates a new way to control light and could lead to novel materials for many light-based applications including solar photovoltaics. In OSA's journal Optica, researchers led by Rémi Carminati, Institut Langevin, ESPCI Paris and CNRS, France, detail the transparency properties they discovered using computer simulations. Read More

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PTDA welcomes 3 new members.

July 18, 2016

PTDA recently welcomed 3 new member companies. Industrial Solutions - Compagnie du Groupe Ficodis of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Mechanical Power Inc. of Wauconda, IL, are distributors of bearings, motor/motion control products, conveyors and material handling components, shaft couplings, and power transmission accessories. IKO International, Inc., located in Parsippany, NJ, is a manufacturer of bearings, motor/motion control products, and linear motion components. Read More