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IPC Midwest spotlights solutions to reliability challenges.

May 18, 2012

Scheduled for Aug 22-23, 2012, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will highlight new technologies, materials, and processes in electronics manufacturing to help engineers solve challenges and work smarter. Leading experts will share latest research on manufacturing defect-free, quality electronic products. Paper sessions will address topics such as reliability challenges for bottom termination components; advances in reliability testing; and new assembly coatings and alternatives. Read More

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CBRNE Standards Workshop is now scheduled for September.

May 18, 2012

American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) Workshop on CBRNE Standards has been rescheduled to take place on September 11, 2012 in Arlington, VA. Workshop will offer overview of national strategy for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) standards as well as status of related work being done in federal government. There will be opportunity for open discussion on how strategy impacts private-sector organizations. Read More

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Amusement Rides Committee focuses on trampoline park safety.

May 18, 2012

ASTM Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides and Attractions met with trampoline park stakeholders and representatives of the International Association of Trampoline Parks to establish a special task group. Trampoline Court Task Group included input of suppliers, inspectors, operators, and consumers to develop ASTM WK35776, New Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts. Read More

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Laser Safety Standard targets R/D and testing applications.

May 18, 2012

ANSI Z136.8, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Research, Development, or Testing, arose from increasing reliance on lasers in labs and other research-designated areas. Highlights include guidance on various topics related to R/D and testing users, including use of alignment eyewear, use of non-certified lasers, export controls, use of warning signs, inclusion of sample audit forms for labs and program reviews, and deletion of some CDRH-based control measures. Read More

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AIA welcomes passage of Export-Import Bank Reauthorization.

May 18, 2012

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, passage of bipartisan Export-Import Bank Reauthorization by Senate is a very welcome development. The bank has been a revenue generator for U.S. government and levels the playing field for U.S. exporters. Three-year reauthorization and extended lending authority of $140 billion is particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized manufacturers who need to boost their exports to offset shrinking federal budgets. Read More

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NIST Workshop to discuss botnet challenges and prevention.

May 18, 2012

Botnet activity is on the rise, and to help understand this problem, NIST is hosting day-long workshop on May 20, 2012, titled Technical Aspects of Botnets. Event will bring stakeholders together to discuss current state of technology and how best to prevent, detect, and mitigate botnets. Participants will explore technologies, tools, and resources that are currently used against botnets and examine their effectiveness, valuable characteristics, and gaps or areas that need improvement. Read More

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NEMA Publication offers specifications for SSL chromaticity.

May 18, 2012

Published by NEMA, ANSI ANSLG C38.377 Specifications for the Chromaticity of Solid State Lighting Products is available in hard or electronic copy. Publication specifies chromaticities recommended for general lighting with SSL products and also gives advise as to white light chromaticities. Information applies to chromaticity standards and definitions and specifications of CRI for LED-based SSL products with control electronics and heat sinks with AC main power or DC voltage power. Read More

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The Manufacturing Institute and Partners help increase credentialed workforce.

May 18, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute and its partners, including ISA, announced progress towards achieving 5-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals. ISA's CAP® program evaluates skills of automation professionals responsible for direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems, while CCST® program evaluates skills of technicians responsible for calibration, documentation, troubleshooting, and repairing/replacing instrumentation. Read More