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Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards honors 4 SME board members.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 14, 2014 Sandra Bouckley and Edye Buchanan, who serve on SME Board of Directors, and Sue Shimoyama and Elizabeth Kautzmann, who serve on SME Education Foundation Board of Directors, will be honored at Women in Manufacturing STEP Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Award is given by The Manufacturing Institute to women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of manufacturing industry.
BIO to Host Roundtable Discussion on 2014 Farm Bill Energy Title.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 14, 2014 On February 7, 2014 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm ET, BIO will hosting roundtable teleconference for reporters to both highlight expansion of Farm Bill's energy programs to renewable companies as well as discuss next steps industry needs to take to achieve parity with other renewable technologies. Participants will include BIO Executive VP Brent Erickson, Agriculture Energy Coalition Co-Director Lloyd Ritter, DSM North America President Hugh Welsh, and Governor Mark Schweiker.
EPMA Launches Thesis Competition on powder metallurgy.
European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA)    Shrewsbury   United Kingdom
February 14, 2014 European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) announced 2014 PM Thesis Competition at both Diploma (Masters) and Doctorate (PhD) levels. According to Thesis Competition Coordinator Joan Hallward, competition aims to develop interest in and promote powder metallurgy research. Competition is open to those who have graduated from European university and had their theses approved during 2011/2012, 2012/2013, and 2013/2014 academic years. Deadline is May 2, 2014.
Collected Papers cover metallic medical material fatigue/fracture.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 14, 2014 Third volume of ASTM International's STP 1559, Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Medical Materials and Devices, includes 11 peer-reviewed papers on fatigue behavior of nitinol SMA's and influence of residual surface stress as well as influence of inclusions and test speed on long-life performance. Other topics deal with biomechanical loading and fatigue characterization of orthopedic devices, surface modifications on fatigue/corrosion behavior of Ti-6Al-4V, and fracture toughness of Ti-MMC.
Compilation addresses silica and respirable mineral particles.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
February 14, 2014 Available from ASTM International, STP 1565, Silica and Associated Respirable Mineral Particles, features 15 peer-reviewed papers that provide latest information on silica and associated respirable mineral particles, with respect to current rulemaking activity from OSHA. Publication demonstrates that it is possible to accurately measure respirable crystalline silica using properly applied analytical techniques employing appropriate calibration and highest levels of quality control.
FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Amazon Fulfillment Services.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
February 14, 2014 FAA is proposing $78,000 civil penalty against Amazon Fulfillment Services of North Las Vegas, NV for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations with its shipment of one quart of high gloss enamel paint on August 29, 2013. Workers discovered leaking paint had soaked through shipping box, and investigators determined shipment was not accompanied by proper shipping papers. Also, box was not marked, labeled, or packed in accordance with regulations.
FAA Proposes Civil Penalty against Sierra Academy of Aeronautics.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
February 14, 2014 FAA is proposing $204,050 civil penalty against Sierra Academy of Aeronautics of Atwater, CA for allegedly operating 9 Cessna 152 airplanes for total of 358 flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. Allegedly, Sierra mechanics failed to inspect planes' seat locking pins according to requirements of an Airworthiness Directive (AD). Also, FAA alleges Sierra improperly recorded maintenance log entry for one of said aircraft.
NEMA-Backed Smart Grid Study passes House Committee.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
February 14, 2014 U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security adopted Payne amendment, which is backed by NEMA and will result in assessment of actions needed to expand and strengthen capabilities of electrical power system to prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from natural disaster or cyberattack. Specifically, amendment directs National Research Council to conduct study on resiliency and reliability of USA's power grid and related issues.
NREL Director Arvizu elected to National Academy of Engineering.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)    Golden, CO 80401
February 14, 2014 Cited for his leadership in renewable and clean energy sectors as well as promoting national balanced energy policies, Dan Arvizu, director of Energy Department's NREL, has been elected to membership in National Academy of Engineering. NREL director since 2005, Arvizu is also president of Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Arvizu holds bachelor's in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University and a master's and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
EPA Requests Input on hazardous waste management in retail sector.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
February 14, 2014 Beginning in February 2014, Solvent Wipe rule from EPA will provide new exclusions for shop towels and wipes if they are managed correctly. Environmental Resource Center's Solvent Wipe Rule webcast aims to help understand answers to critical issues, such as applicability to cloth and paper wipes and rags, permissible types of solvents, towels that contain characteristic hazardous waste, and more. Course will be held from 1 to 2 pm Eastern Time on February 13 and 21 and March 7 and 19.
AIM Europe hosts executive roundtable in Stuttgart.
AIM, Inc.    Cranberry Township, PA 16066
February 14, 2014 On February 25, AIM will bring together international leaders in the automatic identification and data capture industry for the inaugural meeting of the newly created AIM Europe. Event will feature presentations by C-level executives from Russia, China, Germany, and the U.S., as well as the first gathering of AIM Europe’s members from around the globe. Roundtable will coincide with LogiMAT 2014, the leading International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling, and Information Flow.
ANSI Standard addresses concrete lighting poles.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
February 13, 2014 NEMA has published ANSI C136.46-2013 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Concrete Lighting Poles, which includes nomenclature, performance criteria, marking and recordkeeping requirements, and certain minimal material needs. Standard does not cover concrete poles manufactured with any modified concrete mix incorporating the use of polymers or other modifiers.
General Assembly postponed due to Nuclear Security Summit.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
February 13, 2014 Fieldbus Foundation has postponed its 2014 General Assembly in Rotterdam due to travel and security restrictions associated with Global Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, The Netherlands. Originally planned for March 25-28, Fieldbus Foundation’s global FOUNDATION™ fieldbus end user seminar will be rescheduled for fall of this year, while its End User Advisory Council meeting and business meeting will be conducted electronically on original dates of March 26 and March 28, respectively.
NEMA publishes white paper on remote phosphor devices.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
February 13, 2014 NEMA LSD 68 Remote Phosphor Devices Used in LED Lamps, Engines and Luminaires facilitates development of testing and certification procedures that will allow qualification of pump or source devices, pumped conversion materials/remote phosphors, and reflective materials independently. Replacement of system-level testing by independent component-level testing will simplify ENERY STAR® qualification as well as accelerate introduction of new products and adoption of solid-state lighting.
Tri-State signs agreement with NextEra Energy Resources.
Tri-State Generation & Transmission    Denver, CO 80233
February 13, 2014 Under 25-year power purchase agreement, NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary will construct, own, and operate the 150 MW Carousel Wind Farm in eastern Colorado, and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. will purchase entire output and associated environmental attributes of wind farm. When project begins commercial operation, facility will provide affordable electricity to Tri-State's 44 member cooperatives across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming.
EPA's WaterSense H2Otel Challenge aims to encourage water savings.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
February 13, 2014 WaterSense H2Otel Challenge will help agency partners and other organizations encourage hotels to use best management practices that save water and money while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Hotels across country will pledge to ACT (assess, change, and track) their water. To help hotels make operational changes and meet growing customer demand for green lodging, EPA will initiate series of educational webinars on February 13, 2014 and provide free tools based on online guide.
FAA Fosters Small Aircraft Safety via AOA indicator requirements.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
February 13, 2014 By simplifying design approval requirements for angle of attack (AOA) indicators, FAA hopes to improve safety in small aircraft. AOA devices are cockpit instruments that supplement airspeed indicators and stall warning systems to alert pilots of low airspeed condition before dangerous aerodynamic stall occurs. Calling this "a win-win situation," U.S. DoT Secretary Anthony Foxx said, "we are improving safety by streamlining regulations and cutting red tape."
Industry Resource fosters creation of high-performance teams.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
February 13, 2014 Introduced by Tooling U-SME, Competency Framework lets companies combat talent shortages and strengthen workforce performance while providing clear development pathways and career growth opportunities for their employees. Tool offers competency models in 9 manufacturing functional areas and is made up of 60+ defined job role competency models, each of which outline knowledge and skill objectives for job roles in production, technician, lead technician/technologist, and engineer levels.
Farm Bill will create new manufacturing opportunities.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
February 13, 2014 BIO thanked Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on final passage in the Senate of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. Brent Erickson, EVP of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, noted, "The Farm Bill’s energy programs are now open to renewable chemical technologies that create new manufacturing opportunities and jobs while improving U.S. economic competitiveness."
W.R. Grace pays toward cleanup of hazardous waste sites.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
February 13, 2014 Under bankruptcy plan of reorganization, W.R. Grace & Co. paid over $63 million to resolve claims for environmental cleanups at 39 sites in 21 states contaminated by asbestos and other hazardous substances. Payment includes $54 million for EPA and another $9 million to other federal agencies, including US Department of Interior and US Army. Company continues to be responsible for all sites it owns or operates and for any additional sites that were not known or resolved under earlier settlements.

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