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AWS announces revised oxyfuel cutting standard.

September 2, 2009

AWS has published revised edition of AWS C4.2 Recommended Practices for Safe Oxyfuel Gas Cutting Torch Operation. Using terminology compatible with ISO documents, 62-page book describes oxyfuel gas cutting process and latest procedures and safety requirements. Illustrations show torch and nozzle configurations, and examples of production-cut surfaces. Standard makes use of both U.S. Customary Units and International System of Units. Read More

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Laminate/Prepreg Specification meets industry demands.

September 1, 2009

Revision C of IPC-4101, Specification for Base Materials for Rigid and Multilayer Printed Boards, covers requirements for base materials used in rigid/multilayer printed boards for electrical and electronic circuits. In detail, 11 specification sheets reflect expanded offerings for current commercially available laminate and prepreg materials with properties that promote use in low-halogen, Pb-free, high thermal performance, and high-speed/high frequency performance applications. Read More

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IPC Study shows an industry gaining strength.

September 1, 2009

With data from representative sample of electronics OEMs, EMS companies, PCB manufacturers, and suppliers, Fast Facts Survey reveals strategies companies are using to weather recession, recession's impact on their relationships with suppliers, and how they measure success. Based on results of survey, electronics manufacturers are responding to recession with constructive and forward-looking initiatives, such as targeting new markets and developing new products and services. Read More

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Scholarships help further engineering career possibilities.

September 1, 2009

Three students were awarded scholarships for $10,000 over 4 years, allowing them to pursue an engineering career through the SME Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) program as well as Henry Ford Academy Scholarship program. Ford Motor Company Fund has also funded $20,000 to Gateway Academy summer camps, an initiative of the SME Education Foundation designed to introduce middle school students from diverse backgrounds to science, technology, engineering, and math. Read More

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ASHRAE addresses HVAC/R systems and disease transmission.

September 1, 2009

As health officials deal with second wave of H1N1 virus, new information is available on consequences of exposure to such airborne infectious diseases and implications on design, installation, and operation of HVAC/R systems. ASHRAE's Airborne Infectious Diseases Position Document addresses impact of ventilation on disease transmission, the disease for which ventilation is important for either transmission or control, and control strategies for implementation in buildings. Read More

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SPE Conference/Expo to feature keynote by Barrie Dickinson.

September 1, 2009

Barrie Dickinson, Director-Body Engineering and Program Director for Roadster programs at Tesla Motors, will discuss "Plastics and Composites Solutions for the Tesla Roadster" as keynote speaker at 9th annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition on September 15. Dickinson will also join executive panel discussion on "The Role of Composites in the New Automotive Landscape." Event typically draws over 400 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees from 14 countries. Read More

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AWWA's Fall Operator Series kicks off September 9.

September 1, 2009

On Sept 9, AWWA will present first webcast in Fall Operator Series, Plant to Tap: The Importance of Disinfection. Presented in collaboration with Denver Water, webcast will focus on current issues related to water treatment plants and distribution systems. Presenters will discuss types of failures experienced in drinking water systems related to disinfection practices, options for applying chlorine-based disinfectants in water treatment process, and challenges in distribution systems. Read More

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IPC Studies show PCB industry beating the market in growth.

September 1, 2009

According to annual studies from IPC Market Research, forecast for North American PCB production is down for 2009, but shows growth resuming in 2010. North American PCB manufacturers managed to push sales growth in 2008 slightly above 2007 levels, despite declines in market for PCBs and PCB production in North America. Also, studies show rigid PCB and flexible circuit producers have very different expectations for sales growth in 2009. Read More

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Frequency Converter enables high-sensitivity IR spectrometry.

August 31, 2009

Possibly affecting scientists in fields from forensics to quantum communications, researchers at NIST have developed a highly sensitive, low-cost technique for measuring light in near-infrared (NIR) range. It can measure spectrum of specific wavelengths of NIR light used in telecommunications as well as the very weak IR light at single-photon levels given off by fragile biomaterials and nanomaterials. Current methods are too static-laden, inefficient, and slow. Read More

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Webinar addresses cost of operating food service equipment.

August 31, 2009

On Sept 17, ASTM International Committee F26 on Food Service Equipment will hold free webinar that will focus on 2 free tools that have been developed by food industry experts to project total operating cost of food service equipment. Participants will learn how to use these tools to organize, assemble, and analyze information to answer critical business challenges and make realistic product comparisons beyond initial cost. Read More

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Biometrics Conference meets September 22-24 in Florida.

August 31, 2009

Cosponsors NIST and NSA (National Security Agency) will present the Biometric Consortium Conference 2009 at the Tampa Convention Center. This event focuses on biometric technologies for range of industries. Taking place over two and a half days, there will be presentations, seminars, and panel discussions with internationally recognized experts in biometric technologies, system and application developers, IT business strategists, as well as government and commercial officers. Read More

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NIST issues 3 new certified reference materials for soil.

August 31, 2009

For Standard Reference Materials 2709a, San Joaquin Soil; 2710a, Montana Soil I; and 2711a, Montana Soil II, NIST team published certified, reference, and information values for 44, 48, and 45 elements of each respectively. Materials were gathered from sites in California and in Montana. Intended to be used as controls in testing laboratories, they will aid in determining soil quality, detecting contamination, and monitoring cleanup from accidental spills or atmospheric deposition. Read More

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Board Meeting to discuss helicopter services, highway report.

August 31, 2009

To be held in Washington, DC on September 1, 2009 at 9:30 am, NTSB's public board meeting will discuss the proposal of 19 recommendations regarding Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) that address various safety issues. The meeting will also concentrate on the Highway Special Investigative Report, which evaluates benefits of brake transmission shift interlock (BTSI) devices, pedal design, positive separation, and event data recorders. Read More

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Webinar addresses water storage tanks operation/maintenance.

August 31, 2009

On September 15 of 2009, American Water Works Association (AWWA) will host its Water Storage Tanks Operation and Maintenance webcast. It will focus on condition assessments, asset management programs, and impacts of environmental conditions on water quality as well as operational experiences of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Presenters will include Mark H. Johnson of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and Randy L. Moore of Utility Service Company, Inc. Read More

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Workshop to address/showcase NextGen aviation technologies.

August 31, 2009

Taking place in Arlington, VA on September 16 and 17, the 2009 FAA/Flight Standards Service New Technologies Workshop IV, "Future Flight Technologies - The Wings of NextGen," will highlight innovations designed to enable critical transitions necessary for Next Generation Air Transportation System. It will also provide updates on NextGen building blocks, including key elements of existing programs, technology, and new systems under development. Read More

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Competition gives students practical design experience.

August 31, 2009

Among 32 schools that submitted entries to ASHRAE's 2009 Student Design Competition, 3 stood out as first place winners in HVAC System Design, HVAC System Selection, and Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) categories. Winners were respectively from California Polytechnic State University, Kansas State University, and Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Each year, competition aims to get students more involved with their chosen major through practical design. Read More

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Research Uncovers safer, denser acetylene storage material.

August 28, 2009

A team of scientists working at NIST, has figured out why a recently discovered material can safely store, at low pressure, up to 100X as much acetylene as can be done with conventional methods. The team probed the atomic-level workings of metal-organic framework (MOF) that soaks up acetylene like a sponge. Using tools at the NIST Center for Neutron Research, these scientists have shown that exposed copper atoms within the lattice give the MOF its capability for storing acetylene. Read More

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Business Conditions Report is optimistic for next 3 months.

August 28, 2009

According to the August 2009 PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies predict a spike in business conditions over the next 3 months. This report shows metalformers feel more optimistic about general economic activity than they have since February 2004. Other results pointed to 62% of metalforming companies forecasting increases in incoming orders and 39% reporting increased average daily shipping levels. Also, portions of workforce on short time or layoff have declined. Read More

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SOUTH-TEC to present post-recession opportunities.

August 28, 2009

Taking place October 6-8, 2009 at the Charlotte Convention Center, SOUTH-TEC Advanced Productivity Exposition will help southern US manufacturers move out of survival mode and into post-recession mode. Attendees can explore 200+ exhibits and evaluate what is new in manufacturing and productivity on the show floor. The exposition will be focused around 3 themes: Lean Tools for Success, Motorsports in Manufacturing, and New Products and Innovations. Read More

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SME and Purdue unveil new green certificate program.

August 28, 2009

SME is collaborating with Purdue University's Technical Assistance Program (TAP) to develop the Green Manufacturing Specialist Certificate. TAP curriculum focuses on sustainable manufacturing, energy efficiency, water conservation, reuse/recycling, designing for environment, and environmental effects of different pollutants. Partnership includes SME developing an accompanying exam or outcome-based assessment, which will be tested by TAP green work force training program participants. Read More