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FABTECH 2013 sets records for attendance and exhibition.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 27, 2013 FABTECH 2013 set attendee, exhibitor, and floor space records. In total, 40,667 attendees visited 1,573 exhibitors to see live equipment demonstrations and compare products side-by-side at displays spread across 650,000 ft² of exhibits at McCormick Place. FABTECH show co-manager John Catalano noted how attendees were impressed with show's size and scope as well as number of new products and technologies and that exhibitors reported "brisk" sales activity and "plentiful" leads.
NACD and Associquim sign Memorandum of Understanding.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
November 26, 2013 NACD signed Memorandum of Understanding with Brazilian Association of Chemical Distributors pledging to accept each other's Responsible Distribution third party verification requirement if a member in good standing with one Association wants to join the other Association. Best practices, information sharing, and increased support are also included in the MOU.
EPA proposes new guidelines for greener federal purchases.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 26, 2013 EPA is proposing draft guidelines that will help federal government buy greener and safer products. In response to broad stakeholder interest, EPA is seeking public input on these guidelines and potential approach to assessing non-governmental environmental standards and ecolabels already in marketplace. Draft guidelines address key characteristics of environmental standards and ecolabels, including credibility of development process and effectiveness of criteria for environmental performance.
EPA Funding Aims to Reduce Pollution from diesel engines.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 26, 2013 U.S. EPA made $2 million in funding available for rebates, offered as part of Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), to help public and private construction equipment owners replace or retrofit older diesel construction engines. According to EPA's Janet McCabe, "These rebates will help equipment owners protect public health and improve air quality near construction sites while updating their fleets." EPA will accept rebate applications from November 20, 2013, to January 15, 2014.
ASTM Honors Fred Alverson with Award of Merit.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 26, 2013 Fred C. Alverson, principal engineer at Shell Global Solutions, Houston, TX, received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for his contributions to Committee D15 on Engine Coolants and Related Fluids, which he joined in 2002. Currently, Alverson serves as D15 recording secretary and also chairs Subcommittee D15.21 on Extended Life Coolants. He also works on several D15 subcommittees and, outside ASTM International, is member of SAE International.
ASTM SPRI Partnership produces single ply roofing membranes PCR.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 26, 2013 ASTM International and Single Ply Roofing Industry (SPRI) collaborated to publish Product Category Rules (PCR) for single ply roofing membranes. PCR details rules and guidelines for developing environmental declaration for single ply roofing products that fulfill equivalent functions. PCR includes TPO, KEE, PVC, and EPDM and provides requirements for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
PMA Names Winners of 2013 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
November 26, 2013 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) announced winners of 2013 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming, which recognize standards of achievement set by metalforming industry in areas of design, safety, training and education, process control, quality, and productivity. Winners, honored with special plaque, commemorative flag, and cash prize on November 17 during 2013 FABTECH tradeshow in Chicago, IL, will be featured in December 2013 issue of MetalForming magazine.
IPC names Hand Soldering Competition winners.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
November 26, 2013 During IPC's Hand Soldering Competition at productronica 2013, participants were tasked with building a functional electronics assembly within 45-minute time limit. Taking first place, Jacek Majchrzak of PartnerTech in Poland received cash prize of Euros500 and a new soldering station from JBC Tools. Second place and cash prize of Euros300 went to Baigyou Tamas of GÉMOSZ Elektronikai Kft in Hungary, while Halil Ibrahim Demir of Tai Tusas Aerospace in Turkey took third place and cash prize of Euros100.
PTDA Foundation raises nearly $200,000 in 2013.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2013 Industry support for PTDA Foundation’s signature project, the Industrial Careers Pathway®, amounted to nearly $200,000 in 2013. Fund drive contributors included 116 companies from within the power transmission/motion control industry and one company from the hose and accessories industry. Of those companies, 59 have given 3 consecutive years, and 18 increased their contributions in 2013 over 2012. In addition, there were 19 new contributors in 2013.
Cabot Corporation to pay $975,000 civil penalty.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 25, 2013 Cabot Corporation, the second largest carbon black manufacturer in the U.S., has agreed to pay $975,000 civil penalty and spend estimated $84 million on technology to control harmful air pollution, resolving alleged violations of the New Source Review provisions of the Clean Air Act at its 3 facilities in Louisiana and Texas. Settlement requires that Cabot optimize existing controls for particulate matter, operate early warning detection system, and comply with plan to control fugitive emissions.
PT/MC Industy Growth continues to slow.
Power Transmission Distributors Association    Chicago, IL 60606-4703
November 25, 2013 The 3Q13 PTDA Business Index produced reading of 51.6 which represents decrease over last quarter's reading of 54.7 and third consecutive quarter of slower growth. Survey participants anticipate limited upside for the channel in 2014, possibly driven by decreasing pricing power. Conducted jointly by PTDA and Cleveland Research Company, PTDA Business Index tracks change in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices, and backlog in PT/MC industry.
HI and PSM add Subject Matter Experts to their roster.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
November 25, 2013 John Kahren, President of SPP Pumps and Richard Hanson, CEO & Owner of SyncroFlo, attended the Pump Systems Optimization one-day classroom course and the Train the Trainer session as part of their final steps in the application process to become officially qualified. Once qualified, HI/PSM Subject Matter Experts and Instructors may present live, online HI/PSM webinars and/or the PSO one-day classroom course to their customers and employees, pump end-users, distributors, etc.
AeroDef Discussions focus on critical manufacturing issues.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
November 25, 2013 As part of Executive Insights Series, AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 announces 4 panel discussions focused on the most critical issues facing aerospace and defense manufacturing today. Speakers will provide insider’s perspective on complex issues and meaningful framework for discussion. Topics will include: Sequestration: OEM & Supplier Perspectives; Cyber Security and Counterfeit Parts & Materials; New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes; and 3D Modeling Manufacturing World.
BIO praises Senate for passing national traceability bill.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
November 25, 2013 BIO applauds Senate for approving H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act, which will create single, uniform, and national solution to safeguard nation's pharmaceutical supply chain against criminal counterfeiting. Standards will replace currently fragmented and piecemeal system that varies from state to state. Legislation requires that prescription drug packaging use advanced technologies so product’s source and distribution history can be traced nationwide from manufacturer to patient.
International CES to host record number of automotive exhibitors.
Consumer Electronics Association    Arlington, VA 22201
November 22, 2013 Showcasing their latest technologies among lineup of automotive technology exhibits, TechZones, and conference sessions, automotive manufacturers Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes, and Toyota will exhibit at 2014 International CES® (January 7–10 in Las Vegas, NV). More than 125 total automotive tech companies will showcase technologies and services on 2014 CES show floor, and automotive exhibits will cover 140,000+ net square feet of exhibit space.
ASTM/SES Honors Julie Kilgore with award for standards work.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
November 22, 2013 ASTM International and Standards Engineering Society (SES) presented 2013 Robert J. Painter Award to Julie Kilgore, president of Wasatch Environmental Inc. in Salt Lake City, UT. This award, presented annually, recognizes Kilgore's contributions as driving force behind development and subsequent revisions of ASTM E1527, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process.
EPA Seeks Public Comment on 2014 RFS proposal.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 22, 2013 U.S. EPA proposed, for public comment, levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel as required by Congress under Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Developed with input from the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture, proposal discusses various approaches for setting 2014 standards and includes number of production and consumption ranges for key categories of biofuel covered by Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.
Two-Part Webinar Series will cover pump systems optimization.
Hydraulic Institute    Parsippany, NJ 07054
November 22, 2013 Pump Systems Optimization 2-part webinar series will consist of two 1 hr modules that will have participants examine and identify opportunities for energy savings, learn to increase profitability, and learn to increase reliability in pumping systems. Module 1, Systems Optimization & Screening, will take place on December 5, and Module 2, Analysis, Life Cycle Costs and Action Plan, will take place December 19. Both start at 1:00 pm EST, and registration is available through December 4, 2013.
FDI Specification, Developer Tools are currently available.
Fieldbus Foundation    Austin, TX 78731
November 21, 2013 Fieldbus Foundation announced first public release of FDI Cooperation, LLC's Field Device Integration (FDI) specification as well as demo of FDI developer toolkits. Both will make it possible for automation suppliers to prepare for developing products and host systems compatible with FDI, which will be included in emerging standard IEC 62769. Demo of developer tools was based on protocol-independent FDI Common Host Components.
EPA Awards Research Fellowships to undergraduates.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
November 21, 2013 Marking 30th anniversary of its undergraduate grant program, U.S. EPA announced over $1.65 million in research fellowships for 33 students pursuing degrees in environmental science and related fields through Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowship program. This year's recipients are eligible to receive fellowship of up to $50,000 for their studies.  Also, EPA GRO program supplements students' educations with EPA internship.

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