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Awards Honor State DOTs for transportation projects.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
July 19, 2013 Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, America's Transportation Awards competition recognizes best of America's transportation projects in 3 main categories. Mid America regional featured 12 project nominations from 7 mid-American states. Department of Transportation (DOT) of Indiana and Missouri took home awards in Ahead of Schedule category, DOTs in Minnesota and Indiana for Under Budget category, and DOTs of Michigan and Missouri for Best Use of Innovation category.
PM Industry in North America points to continued growth in 2013.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
July 18, 2013 According to comments made by Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) President Matthew Bulger at PowderMet2013, PM industry started 2013 with confidence after continued growth in 2012. Metal powder producers, equipment makers, and PM parts companies, notably fabricators of metal injection molded (MIM) parts, reported increases in sales for 2012. Industry has regained growth momentum, and 2013 is expected to repeat of last year's modest but positive gains.
MPIF announces Distinguished Service Awards.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
July 18, 2013 Established in 1968, Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award recognizes North American individuals who have worked minimum of 25 years in the PM industry and whose long-term contributions and achievements deserve special recognition. The 2013 winners include: Susan M. Abkowitz, Robert T. Beimel, Russell A. Chernenkoff, Mark S. Greenfield, Paul A. Hauck, Roger Lawcock, Gilles L'Espérance, Michael E. Lutheran, Nicholas T. Mares, James J. Oakes, Richard Pfingstler, and Joseph T. Strauss.
Pharma EXPO provides pharmaceutical manufacturing solutions.
PMMI Inc.    Reston, VA 20190
July 18, 2013 In May, PMMI and ISPE announced the debut of Pharma EXPO, a new show providing total solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturing. Now, PMMI and ISPE report strong support for show from leading pharmaceutical/medical device solution providers. Show's exhibitors will be suppliers of packaging, processing, and other supply chain technologies. Pharma EXPO will debut and co-locate with PACK EXPO International 2014, scheduled for November 2–5 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Shell Oil to spend over $115 million to reduce air pollution.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
July 18, 2013 Shell Oil and affiliated partnerships have agreed to resolve alleged violation of the Clean Air Act at a large refinery and chemical plant in Deer Park, TX by spending at least $115 million to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and other processes, and by paying $2.6 million civil penalty. Shell has also agreed to spend $1 million on a state-of-the-art system to monitor benzene levels at fence line of refinery and chemical plant, making data available to public through website.
ANSI partners with Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 18, 2013 Through Memorandum of Understanding, ANSI and Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council agree to establish a strategic partnership in support of the enhanced recognition of credible standards and eco-labels associated with sustainable purchasing activities. ANSI will provide guidance and related expertise to SPLC in support of this mission, while SPLC will coordinate communications with its members regarding relevant ANSI activities and provide additional support.
ANSI Co-Hosts Roundtable on standards and innovation.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
July 18, 2013 In conjunction with World Standards Cooperation (WSC) and U.S. Library of Congress, ANSI co-hosted roundtable meeting — The Role of Standardization in Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship — on June 26–27, 2013 to examine issues related to standards and innovation. Event brought together stakeholders to discuss ways to promote dialogue and collaboration between standards organizations and colleges and universities, among other related issues.
National Robot Safety Conference will be in Indianapolis.
Robotic Industries Association    Ann Arbor, MI 48108
July 18, 2013 Scheduled for Oct 14-16, 2013 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis, 25th National Robot Safety Conference focuses on the new American Robot Safety Standard, ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012, the first update to the standard since 1999. Key issues to be addressed include risk assessment, machine safety controls, practical industrial robot safety, robot user case studies, and primer on functional safety. Special exhibitor expo featuring leading robot safety products will be held on Oct 15.
Roger Kipp to deliver keynote at SPE Extrusion MINITEC.
Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc    Newtown, CT 06470
July 17, 2013 On Sept 12, 2013, Roger Kipp will deliver keynote address at SPE Extrusion MINITEC, focusing on how companies can systematically foster innovation. Titled "Starting our Innovation Engine," Mr. Kipp’s address will investigate "innovation engineering," which he describes as "the systematic approach for organizations to develop a commitment to a cultural change that is strategic, continuous, and energized for the development of new products, technologies, process improvements, and sales growth."
FAA Boosts Aviation Safety via new pilot qualification standards.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
July 17, 2013 Final rule announced by FAA increases qualification requirements for first officers (co-pilots) who fly for U.S. passenger and cargo airlines. Co-pilots must hold Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate, requiring 1,500 hr total time as pilot, as well as have aircraft type rating, which involves additional training and testing specific to airplanes they fly. In comment, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the traveling public deserves "the most qualified and best trained pilots."
MPIF announces award winnng powder metal parts.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
July 17, 2013 While capitalizing on powder metallurgy's traditional strengths, such as net-shape capabilities that contribute to lean operations, winning parts in the 2013 Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards were fabricated via both conventional PM and metal injection molding, signaling a push into new territories. While solidifying past gains, designers and fabricators are using creative solutions to overcome previous obstacles to penetrate new niches.
APMI International names two 2013 Fellows.
Metal Powder Industries Federation    Princeton, NJ 08540
July 17, 2013 Olle Grinder, Consultant, PM Technology AB, and Roger Lawcock, Director, Product and Process Development, Stackpole International, have been named to 2013 Class of Fellows by APMI International. Member of APMI for 27+ years, powder metallurgist Grinder possesses 43+ years of powder metallurgy (PM) experience and has published 60 reports. Lawcock, APMI member for near 20 years, is one of the pioneers of roll-densification process for gears, converting numerous gears from wrought to PM.
IREC designated American National Standards Developer.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)    Latham, NY 12110-1156
July 17, 2013 In its role as a national leader in training credentials and standards development, IREC announces its new status as an accredited American National Standards Developer. This designation by ANSI is a result of 6-month application and review process including public review period. As accredited standards developer, requirements established by ANSI guide IREC's standards activities. Key elements of ANSI standards development process include balance, transparency, and openness in all phases.
Smart Grid Interoperability Standard has been approved by ANSI.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
July 17, 2013 NEMA received approval July 10 from ANSI for ANSI/NEMA SG-IC 1-2013 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines. With development efforts led by NEMA, this standard describes roles and responsibilities for each of 4 main participants in testing scheme for interoperability and security among Smart Grid products. Guideline brings uniformity and portability to process and creates necessary levels of checks and balances.
HI Names Mark Sullivan Director of Education and Training at PSM.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
July 16, 2013 Hydraulic Institute appointed Mark J. Sullivan as its new Director of Education and Training. In this role, Sullivan will support Pump Systems Matter (PSM), 501(c)3 education/training organization, and lead all strategic development, marketing, and PSM educational programs as well as personnel certification initiatives. HI Executive Director Robert Asdal said that HI and PSM organizations will benefit from Sullivan's marketing educational/training background and industrial knowledge base.
Manufacturing Technology Orders were reported up 13.6% in May.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
July 16, 2013 AMT's United States Manufacturing Technology Orders (USMTO) Report shows $430.06 million total for May. With year-to-date total of $2,085.14 million, 2013 is down 6.9% compared with 2012. AMT's Patrick W. McGibbon commented that "New technologies are creating change in automotive production, while many aerospace manufacturers are making shifts within their supply chains." McGibbon also attributed growth to cost advantages of manufacturing within USA and foreign direct investment.
NREL Research earns three R&D 100 awards.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
July 16, 2013 Developed or advanced at Energy Department's NREL, energy-efficient approach to building occupancy detection, better way to detect heat loss in electric-vehicle batteries, and high-efficiency silicon solar cell have been named among this year's most significant innovations by R&D Magazine. Three prestigious awards, known in research and development community as "the Oscars of Innovation," bring number of R&D 100 awards that NREL has won since 1982 up to 55.
Dr. Mikhail Sokolov receives ASTM International Award of Merit.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 16, 2013 Mikhail Sokolov, Ph.D., senior research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge, TN, received Award of Merit and honorary title of fellow from ASTM International. Sokolov was honored for contributions to successful symposia for Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications as well as his work on transition range fracture toughness standards for Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture.
ASTM International Bestows Award of Merit upon Dennis Rounds.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
July 16, 2013 ASTM International Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Dennis D. Rounds, manager for Multi-Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) projects for Morris Inc. (Ft. Pierre, SD). ASTM member since 1993, Rounds was honored for his dedicated service to Committee E50, on which he serves as first vice chairman and works on several subcommittees.
AIA Says Security of Americans is threatened by budget politics.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
July 16, 2013 Addressing risk to USA's national security strategy outlined in Defense Secretary Hagel's July 10 letter to Senate Armed Services Committee, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey said AIA is "gravely concerned by the second wave of sequestration impacts." Blakey continued, expressing AIA's advocacy for President Obama's annual proposed budgets for fiscal years 2013 and 2014, but also noted unseen effects of cuts including loss of critical skills and experience represented by workforce.

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