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IPC releases F revisions of electronics assembly standards.

September 5, 2014

With F revisions, IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies have been updated to include technical advances in solder on plastic surface mount components, new criteria for P-style and solder-charged Butt/I SMT terminations, and change to void criteria for BGAs. Also, enhancements have been made to language within documents to provide ease of use and clarity. Read More

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HI Executive Director Retirement sparks search for replacement.

September 4, 2014

Hydraulic Institute (HI) announced planned retirement, effective June 30, 2015, of Robert K. Asdal, who has served as HI Executive Director since February 1, 1991. HI Board Chairman Dennis Wierzbicki complemented Asdal's "ceaseless energy, enthusiasm and ideas" that helped continually grow HI programs and services. Continuing, Wierzbicki noted that "a worthy successor" is currently being sought via work with search committee and board. Read More

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EPA releases 3 final chemical risk assessments.

September 3, 2014

EPA released final risk assessments for specific uses of 3 chemicals found in common household products. Risk assessment for Dichloromethane, which is widely used in paint stripping products, indicates health risks to both workers and consumers who use these products, and to bystanders in workplaces and residences where DCM is used. Risk assessments for antimony trioxide used as a synergist in halogenated flame retardants, and HHCB uses as fragrance ingredient in products did not show concerns. Read More

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GE sponsors Food Safety Summit Resource Center.

September 3, 2014

PMMI has announced that GE's Intelligent Platforms business is a sponsor of the Food Safety Summit Resource Center at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014. GE will present 3-part series of educational sessions, "The Top 10 Ways Software Can Help Assure Food Safety," which will take place November 3, 4, and 5. Read More

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U.S. settles with DuPont to resolve Clean Air Act violations.

September 3, 2014

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced settlement with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company at its Belle, West Virginia facility for 8 alleged releases of harmful levels of hazardous substances between May 2006 and Jan 2010. Several releases posed a significant risk to people or the Kanawha River, and one DuPont worker died after exposure to phosgene. DuPont will pay $1.275 million penalty and will take corrective actions to prevent future releases to resolve alleged violations. Read More

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LEWA-Nikkiso and HI enter training partner agreement.

September 3, 2014

Hydraulic Institute has entered Training Partner Agreement with LEWA-Nikkiso America, Inc., a manufacturer of diaphragm metering and process diaphragm pumps. Partnership allows organizations to leverage high quality, co-branded educational and training programs designed for pump end-users, distributors, and engineering consulting firms. As part of Training Partnership, both companies will sponsor technical webinars and e-learning courses as well as host growing Pump Systems Optimization course. Read More

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Advisory Board Formed for M.Lab21 education initiative.

September 3, 2014

Advisory board for collaborative M.Lab21 Initiative comprises founding members SME and 3D Systems, key collaborator America Makes, as well as representatives and support from Intel, GE, Johnson Controls, Lockheed Martin, Deloitte, and NIST. Through this board's formation, SME and 3DS hope to create integrated ecosystem of hardware, software, and training programs that foster digital literacy and empower next generation with digital craftsmanship skills. Read More

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North American PCB Business reflects normal seasonal slowdown.

September 3, 2014

July findings from IPC's North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show total North American PCB shipments down 2.3% from July 2013, leaving year-to-date (YTD) shipment growth flat at -0.6%. Compared to June, PCB shipments were down 13.0%. PCB bookings decreased 6.3% compared to July 2013, putting YTD order growth rate at -6.1%, and order growth declined 14.4% compared to June. North American PCB book-to-bill ratio remained at parity at 1.00. Read More

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IPC Coordinates Congressman's Visit to Creation Technologies.

September 3, 2014

Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) met with senior executives and employees of IPC member-company Creation Technologies in its Wheeling, IL prototyping and manufacturing facility. Coordinated by IPC, this meeting aimed to foster first-hand comprehension about issues impacting electronics manufacturing industry. Creation President and CEO Bhawnesh Mathur thanked Congressman Schneider for his visit and support of Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. Read More

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CEA announces exhibitors for CES Unveiled Paris.

August 28, 2014

CEA® announced list of exhibitors for its second annual CES Unveiled Paris, an industry event for credentialed members of the press, consumer electronics industry analysts, investor community, and tech industry influencers. Scheduled for Oct 22, 2014, event will feature press conference with announcements from CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro, consumer technology trends presentation, panel discussion on disruptive innovation, and tabletop networking exhibition. Read More

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Savigent Software Joins MESA as Platinum Keystone Sponsor.

August 28, 2014

Savigent Software, which specializes in event-driven manufacturing operations management software, joined MESA International as Platinum Keystone Sponsor. Savigent joins other industry leaders in supporting MESA's mission and contributing to unified industry voice. In comment, MESA president Mike Yost praised Savigent Software as "a leader in MES, MOM and systems integration software" and cited its "expertise and perspective" as agents that will strengthen MESA community voice. Read More

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BIO Investor Forum to host over 100 presenting companies.

August 28, 2014

BIO has announced initial list of presenting companies for the 13th Annual BIO Investor Forum. International event assembles early and established private companies as well as emerging public biotechs, along with top public and private equity investors, to explore investment trends and opportunities in life sciences. Presenting companies have clear research and development focus with a pipeline involving biotechnology for therapeutics, diagnostics, or platform technologies. Read More

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AAMA Announcement name two new staff appointments.

August 27, 2014

AAMA announced appointments of Jason Seals as certification manager and Rich Rinka as technical/industry affairs manager. Citing "15 years of testing and member company knowledge and experience," AAMA president and CEO Rich Walker said that Seals "will be a valuable asset to the association and our members." Speaking to Rinka's impressive technical credentials and troubleshooting experience in the field, Walker said Rich will excel in his position. Read More

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NEMA Launches ANSI-accredited Lighting Systems Committee.

August 27, 2014

Having received approval from ANSI Executive Standards Council as Accredited Standards Committee (ASC), ASC 137 Lighting Systems Committee is allowed to write American National Standards within its scope. This entails development of standards and specifications for indoor and outdoor lighting systems installed in an application with consideration of human health and comfort, personal security, physical environment, energy consumption, and daylight integration. Read More

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ASC Membership votes 8 members on to Board.

August 27, 2014

Membership of ASC elected 8 members to serve as Directors on the Council's Board, including: Ted Clark, Steve Rosenberg, Andy Johnston, Bob Marquette, Rusty Thompson, Chuck Williams, John Carroll, and Mark Schneider. Each Director will serve 3-year term beginning January 1, 2015. Each person was nominated by Council’s Board Nominating Committee, which meets once a year to discuss Board-level succession and determine who is interested in serving the Council as a Board Member. Read More

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Dr. Richard Raymond to deliver keynote address.

August 26, 2014

BIO announced that Dr. Richard Raymond, former undersecretary of agriculture for food safety at the USDA, will deliver keynote address at the 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit, which will be held Sept 16–18, 2014. As a leader in food safety, Dr. Raymond will share with Summit attendees what tools will be needed to enable U.S. agriculture to produce a safe, high-quality, and affordable product, and how education of policymakers needs to go hand-in-hand with scientific research. Read More

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New Process may help produce renewable fuels and chemicals.

August 26, 2014

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "Lignin Valorization Through Integrated Biological Funneling and Chemical Catalysis", demonstrates a concept that provides opportunities for successful conversion of lignin into variety of renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials for sustainable energy economy. Study shows that developing biological conversion processes for lignin-utilizing organism may enable new routes to overcome heterogeneity of lignin. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute Announces Dates for VSD 4-part webinar series.

August 26, 2014

Variable Speed Drives 4-part webinar series, led by industry experts, will examine how to improve pump systems reliability when using Variable Speed Drives (VSDs). Specifically, series covers how VSDs may be used to accommodate duty cycles with variable flow and head as well as applications to avoid. Topics will include energy optimization, life cycle reduction, single-phase to 3-phase power conversion, and inrush current reduction. Opening session will be held September 9, 2014. Read More

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EPA Report Shows Progress in urban air toxics reduction.

August 26, 2014

As required under Clean Air Act (CAA), U.S. EPA's Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report informs Congress of progress in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics. National emissions and air quality data, showing reduction of air toxics across USA since CAA Amendments of 1990, include 66% reduction in benzene, ~60% reduction in mercury from man-made sources, 84% decrease of lead in outdoor air, and removal of ~1.5 million tons/year of air toxics from stationary and mobile sources. Read More

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Revised DOE Report recommends NEMA lighting standard.

August 26, 2014

U.S. DOE revised its October 2103 report, Dimming LEDs with Phase-Cut Dimmers: The Specifier's Process for Maximizing Success, to include recommendation of NEMA lighting standard, NEMA SSL 7A-2013 Phase Cut Dimming for Solid State Lighting: Basic Compatibility. Report specifies that for wall-box installation, NEMA SSL 7A-compliant dimmer be used with compliant LED sources. Pairing these products guarantees compatibility and ensures dimmer will not negate dimming claims of lamp/luminaire. Read More