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Shop Your Values: What Does ‘Sustainable’ Really Mean?

Posted: June 19, 2014
Source: Triple Pundit (People, Planet, Profit).com by

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How do you measure sustainability? Most of us would have two to four quick answers: Energy usage, quality of materials, longevity or carbon footprint.

Now, how exactly do you quantify that? In other words, how do customers figure out if a clothes dryer is going to use an affordable amount of energy and be worth the purchase? How do they know if that lotion or conditioner they bought is really made of ingredients that are not only healthy but okay for the environment once rinsed down the drain?  What if they need construction materials that are mold resistant and won’t create allergens or decompose from humid weather?

The answer, says Scot Case, director of Market Development for UL Environment, is the same approach we have, for years, relied on to ensure that toaster in the kitchen is safe to use, or the inspection that was used when your office was wired for lighting: validation and certification that sets thresholds and manufacturing standards.

“So if someone wants to make recycled content claim,” says Case, “[UL Environment] can validate that claim. If they want to make an energy efficiency claim, or a biodegradability claim, or a compostability claim, we can validate those specific environmental claims [as well].”
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OEMs to Offer Educational Sessions and Training at NACE/CARS 2014

Posted: June 18, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

Auto manufacturers are showing their support of the collision repair and mechanical service industries by promising a larger presence at NACE/CARS 2014.

Companies who have pledged their support include Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Chrysler and Audi, who will appear alongside other large-scale companies such as Alcoa and 3M. The manufacturers’ presence includes conducting several classes at NACE, all of which will take place at the COBO Center in Detroit.

“For example, Ford’s recent announcement of its using military-grade aluminum alloy in the construction of the 2015 F-150 is causing the entire industry to take notice and seek information and training,” said Dan Risley, president and executive director of the Automotive Service Association, which sponsors NACE and CARS. “This year’s event is focused on ensuring that repairers have access to the information, tooling, training and equipment they need to repair today’s vehicle as well as those in the future. Repairers need to know the differences between repairing aluminum and steel.”
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Trim Your Compressed Air "Waste" line, One Pound at a Time

Posted: June 12, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

Kaeser Compressors Inc. has published a new blog entry to company blog Kaeser Talks Shop: www.kaesertalksshop.com.

Authored by System Design and Engineering Manager Neil Mehltretter, the blog entry explains what artificial demand in compressed air systems is and gives a quick, easy and free way to help reduce it.

“While plants may take a look at the leaks in their compressed air system, they usually ignore artificial demand,” says Mehltretter. “Since artificial demand can account for 10 to 15 percent of the air in your system, this is an overlooked area of savings potential.”

For more technical resources for the compressed air industry, Kaeser’s blog features articles such as:

  • Consider All the Costs of Compressed Air
  • Receiver Tanks for Small Compressed Air Systems
  • Piston Versus Rotary Screw Compressors
  • CAGI Data Sheets: An Apples to Apples Comparison

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EPA Identifies Safer Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardants

Posted: June 12, 2014

Identified chemicals are persistent, accumulate in the environment and have reproductive, developmental, and neurological toxicity

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing safer alternatives to the flame retardants now used in consumer and commercial products, including building insulation and products with flexible polyurethane foam.

“EPA’s findings for safer alternatives is great news for consumers and industry,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “We will now have safer alternatives for use in our products from furniture to car seats to building insulation.”

Flame retardant chemicals such as hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE) raise concerns for human health and the environment including potential reproductive, developmental, and neurological effects and can be persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic to aquatic organisms.

EPA is releasing the final report on alternatives to the flame retardant HBCD and releasing an updated draft report on alternatives to the flame retardant pentaBDE. These alternatives were identified through EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Alternatives Assessment Program.
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EPA Requires Ford to Correct Fuel Economy for Six Vehicle Models

Posted: June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that Ford Motor Company (Ford) is revising the fuel economy (mpg) estimates for six vehicle models to correct errors found in an internal Ford audit. Ford is required to correct fuel economy labels on affected vehicles within 15 days.

EPA oversaw Ford’s re-testing program and conducted independent tests to confirm the corrected results as soon as it was notified by Ford of the potential errors. Ford has agreed to implement enhanced validation tests for future vehicles under EPA oversight.

“This issue highlights the need for continued strong oversight of the fuel economy labeling program,” said Chris Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “Consumers need to trust that fuel economy window stickers are giving consumers reliable and fair estimates of real world fuel economy.”

Cars currently in dealer lots will be re-labeled with new window stickers reflecting the corrected mileage estimates. Ford will re-label four versions of the Ford Fiesta, the Hybrid and Energi versions of the Ford Fusion, the C-Max Hybrid and Energi, and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.  Most labels will change between 1-5 miles per gallon (mpg). The largest change is for the Lincoln MKZ hybrid whose combined city and highway fuel economy value has been reduced by 7 mpg. EPA and DOE have updated their joint fuel economy site, www.fueleconomy.gov, to reflect the corrected numbers.
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EPA Adds Clothes Dryers to Energy Star Program, Increasing Energy Efficiency of New Appliances

Posted: May 27, 2014

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the first-ever Energy Star label for clothes dryers. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the U.S. meet these new requirements, the utility cost savings will grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. Informed by extensive input from manufacturers, retailers, the U.S. Department of Energy and environmental groups, the new specifications will recognize a selection of highly efficient electric, gas, and compact dryers that will use approximately 20% less energy than what is required by the minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015. In 2013 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $30 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those of 38 million homes.

“The addition of clothes dryers expands the range of Energy Star products to include one of the most energy-intensive home appliance not yet covered by the program,” said U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Working with industry on innovative approaches to address our changing climate, we are helping consumers select more energy efficient appliances, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.“
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Recycling is the primary energy efficiency technology for aluminum and steel manufacturing

Posted: May 14, 2014
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration

graph of energy consumption in the iron, steel, and aluminum manufacturing sectors by fuel, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey

The production of iron, steel, and aluminum is a highly energy-intensive process, accounting for 10% of total manufacturing energy use. The use of recycling in the manufacturing process of these metals has been a main driver of improvements in energy efficiency within the industry.
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Sherwin-Williams Announces Third Quarter Training Schedule

Posted: May 14, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes has announced its third quarter 2014 collision repair courses and training sites, available from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2014.

Participants will learn through a combination of classroom, digital and hands-on settings at various metropolitan Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes training centers, according to Rod Habel, director of training operations for Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes.

“Our hands-on and digital classroom training is available to all shop owners, managers, painters and technicians who can choose to advance their business-building, production-excellence and/or paint application techniques, as needed,” he said

The following hands-on, paint and processes application-based courses will be offered during the third quarter: AWX Performance Plus Waterborne Refinish System; Color Adjustment and Blending; and Painter Certification.

Additional shop management and business-building courses will also be offered: Key Process indicators (KPIs); Achieving Service Excellence; Improving Workshop Efficiency; and Estimating Solutions for Profit.

“We’re always seeking to introduce concepts that support sustainable practices, increase productivity and minimize or even eliminate waste –all factors that are necessary to the success of a collision center,” said Habel.


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Martin Senour Announces Third Quarter Training Schedule

Posted: May 12, 2014
Source: Body Shop Business.com

The Martin Senour Company has announced its 2014 third quarter training schedule, with courses running from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2014. Training courses emphasize painter certification and maximizing shop profits, and will be held at Martin Senour training facilities nationwide.

Martin Senour Automotive Finishes Director of Sales Brandon Devis notes that the brand’s training sessions are designed to help shop owners, managers and technicians better execute environmentally responsible practices, as well as improve their repair techniques and knowledge of today’s new innovative painting systems.

Devis also pointed to Martin Senour’s recent, highly successful NAPA Collision conference, where close to 100 shop owners learned how to best maximize their profits while increasing productivity and quality. In response to these needs and customer demand, Martin Senour is providing additional courses specific to these practices.

Martin Senour professionals will teach the following course topics during the third quarter of 2014:

  • Pro//BASE Refinish System Painter Certification
  • VORTEX Waterborne Painter Certification
  • Estimating Solutions for Profit
  • Color Adjustment and Blending
  • Improving Workshop Efficiency
  • Achieving Service Excellence
  • Fleet FGP

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