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NASA Releases interactive, 3D views of space station, rover.

May 21, 2009

NASA released an interactive, 3D photographic collection of internal and external views of the International Space Station as well as a model of the next Mars Rover. Developed by NASA and Microsoft's Virtual Earth team, the online experience delivers hundreds of photographs via Microsoft's Photosynth photo imaging technology. Click-and-drag interface lets viewers zoom in to see details of space station's modules and solar arrays or zoom out for a more global view of the complex. Read More

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ANSI and NIST announce agenda for NESCC meeting.

May 21, 2009

Scheduled for June 1, 2009 at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD, Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative will provide cross-stakeholder forum to facilitate and coordinate timely identification, development, and revision of standards for design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants. Standards for other nuclear technologies, including advanced reactor concepts, will also be addressed. Read More

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MTConnect Institute is seeking new members.

May 21, 2009

The MTConnect Institute, an organization that seeks to promote manufacturing system interoperability, seeks new members to assist in developing and promoting the standards and materials required to fully implement MTConnect. Membership is open to any individual, company, or organization interested in participating in MTConnect implementation. Four levels are available: Founding Sponsor, Institute Partner, MTConnect Institute Technical Advisory Group Member, and Registered Member. Read More

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FAA and NATCA start mediation talks.

May 21, 2009

To end ongoing contract dispute, Federal Aviation Administration and National Air Traffic Controllers Association signed process agreement to move negotiations forward as planned. Agreement provides for extensive mediation sessions and for binding resolution of any unresolved issues, guaranteeing new collective bargaining agreement between parties. It is expected that expedited mediation process will continue through early June 2009. Read More

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Industries Endorse USTR's commitment to Doha Round.

May 20, 2009

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, released a letter to US Trade Representative Ambassador, Ron Kirk, signed by 2 dozen industry trade associations. Vargo expressed that NAM and other industry associations are appreciative of the Administration's view that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round must result in an ambitious and balanced outcome with meaningful market access gains for all WTO members. Read More

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RIA solicits presentations for 2010 convention.

May 20, 2009

The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has issued a Call for Presentations aimed towards individuals who would like to speak at the 65th Annual Convention and Exhibition, which will take place from March 23-27, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, GA. Presentations may run 50-90 min and should relate to environmental, textiles/floor coverings, property damage repair and restoration, or business issues. Emphasize of health and safety issues, where possible, is encouraged. Read More

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BIO Convention to host domestic/international officials.

May 20, 2009

Taking place May 18-21, 2009, in Atlanta, GA, 2009 BIO International Convention will be attended by Governors of Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin. More than 90 international public officials from 18 countries and European Union will attend, including Brazil, Czech Republic, Israel, Spain, and Poland. Program, with 170 sessions in 22 breakout session tracks, will cover estimated 176,000 net sq ft, hosting over 1,800 exhibitors. Read More

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NTSB is accepting registrations for disaster response course.

May 20, 2009

Transportation Disaster Response - Advanced Skills in Disaster Family Assistance will be held at NTSB Training Center on June 9-11, 2009. Targeting commercial transportation officials employed in any mode of transportation, it will provide participants with decision making tools, crisis communication strategies, and methods for deploying resources to families during transportation disasters. Audio/video materials, case studies, recent accident examples, and panel discussions will be used. Read More

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IPC issues call for abstracts/proposals for 2010 exposition.

May 20, 2009

IPC is inviting researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for 2010 IPC APEX EXPO in Las Vegas on April 6-9, 2010. Participants must submit 300-word abstract summarizing original and unpublished work covering case histories, research, and discoveries by July 17, 2009. Proposals are also solicited for full- and half-day professional development courses on design, printed board, and electronic manufacturing processes/materials. Read More

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RIA introduces emblem for technician certification program.

May 20, 2009

Qualified Technician Emblem Program for technician-based certificate courses focuses on fire/smoke/water and mold. Program includes bold red, white, and black RIA Qualified starter emblem with designation tab for Mold Remediation Technician (MRT), Mold Remediation Supervisor (MRS), and Certified Restoration Technician (CRT). Emblems are available for RIA members and nonmembers who attend RIA-sponsored MRT, MRS, and CRT courses and pass with score of 80% or higher. Read More

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PT/MC releases 2009 PT Distributor Performance Report.

May 20, 2009

Revealing profit challenges and opportunities in power transmission/motion control industry, 2009 PT Distributor Performance Report indicates that typical PT/MC distributor experienced increase in gross margins but slower sales growth than anticipated at beginning of year. Actual sales growth rate for median PTDA distributor was 1.7%, while gross margins beat expectations with increase of 3.0%. Most successful firms continue to exhibit critical profit variables well above typical firms. Read More

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IPC supports electronics materials declaration guide release.

May 20, 2009

With IPC support and input from members, CEA®, DIGITALEUROPE, and JGPSSI have released Joint Industry Guide-Material Composition Declaration for Electrotechnical Products-JIG-101 Ed. 2.0. It includes regulatory requirements such as EU REACH and sets minimum requirements for material declaration, but does not preclude companies to inquire on presence of additional substances if needed. Guide focuses on what substances to declare and is referenced in IPC-1752, Materials Declaration Management. Read More

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Full-Day Conference to focus on modern design challenges.

May 19, 2009

In addition to networking opportunities, Designers Day - Canada 2009 will offer technical education focusing on real-world applications of advanced technologies and solutions to today's challenges. Hosted by Seneca College of Toronto and sponsored by the IPC Designers Council, the conference will be held June 10 and followed by designer certification workshops on June 11-13. Topics will include HDI-Microvia manufacturing, routing techniques, and PCB layout for signal integrity. Read More

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European Summer School on Hydrogen Safety Website now active.

May 19, 2009

Scheduled for Sept. 7-16, Fourth ESSHS complies with International Curriculum on Hydrogen Safety Engineering and will cover activities of International Association for Hydrogen Safety HySafe. Topics will include hydrogen release and dispersion; spontaneous ignition; underexpanded jet fires and missile effects from fires and explosions; development and validation of mitigation techniques; hydrogen safety engineering and risk analysis; and regulations, codes, and standards. Read More

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University announces 4th hydrogen safety short course.

May 19, 2009

Scheduled for June 15-19, University of Ulster's short course will cover Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Infrastructure. It will address crucial role that research in hydrogen safety science and engineering plays in underpinning developments in hydrogen infrastructure and regulations, codes, and standards. Course will also provide information on existing hydrogen infrastructure in US, European JTI strategy towards hydrogen infrastructure developments, and land planning for hydrogen infrastructure. Read More

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Industrial Controls Shipments plunge during 1st quarter.

May 19, 2009

NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index experienced largest quarter-to-quarter decline on record, contracting more than 23% in 1st quarter of 2009 versus 4th quarter of 2008. On year-over-year basis, index showed rapid downward movement, dropping 30.5% compared to 1st quarter of 2008. Conditions in broader industrial controls market were also weak, but slightly less so, as this metric slipped 19.6% from prior quarter and more than 26% on year-over-year basis. Read More

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EASTEC leads manufacturers into new DoD opportunities.

May 19, 2009

On Thursday, May 21, Regional Technology Corporation will offer 3 informative presentations at its EASTEC DoD/Homeland Security Business Opportunities Resource Center to help manufacturers develop new business opportunities. Presentations will include DoD Manufacturing Opportunities Matching Database, Laser Processing for Aerospace, and Leading DoD Contracts: What You Need to Know as a Supply Chain Member. Read More

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NFPA Conference to highlight economic data/expert analysis.

May 18, 2009

NFPA 2009 Industry and Economic Outlook Conference will take place August 18-19, 2009, at Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel. Event will feature several highlights providing insight into economics, market forecasts, and research and education. Various mobile and industrial market breakout sessions are also scheduled as well as networking opportunities. Timothy F. Geithner, U.S. Treasury Secretary, will give special presentation on state of economy. Read More

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CPSC Decision said to foster confusion and uncertainty.

May 18, 2009

Rosario Palmieri issued a statement in response to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) decision which denies a petition from NAM for an emergency one-year stay of enforcement of the new tracking label mandate in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). Palmieri stressed the need for time to prepare and adapt processes for proper implementation and said that if this could not be granted Congress should amend the mandate. Read More

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Investigation details hydrogen storage system releases.

May 18, 2009

According to William Winters, Sandia National Laboratory, a need exists for developing codes and standards to support the wide-spread delivery of liquid hydrogen bulk fuel and fueling station storage. To develop these codes and standards, the consequences of planned and unplanned hydrogen releases must be understood. Systems under consideration are those used to supply hydrogen for transportation, such as production storage tanks, tanker trucks, and tanks at vehicle fueling stations. Read More