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IPC releases PCB industry results for March 2009.

April 29, 2009

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program findings, rigid PCB shipments are down 30.5% and bookings are down 39.8% in March 2009 from March 2008. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 9.6% and rigid bookings increased 10.5%. Flexible circuit shipments in March 2009 are up 1.0%, and bookings are down 12.0% compared to March 2008. Compared to February 2009, flexible circuit shipments are up 22.3% and flex bookings are up 15.0%. Read More

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US and Japan sign aviation safety agreement.

April 29, 2009

The FAA announced a Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) between the US and Japan that allows for reciprocal certification of aircraft and aviation products. It was signed by US Embassy Charge d'Affaires ad interim and Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs. FAA Acting Assistant Administrator for International Aviation, Dorothy Reimold, signed the BASA Implementation Procedures for Airworthiness, as did Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau Director for Engineering, Toru Miyashita. Read More

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Nominations Sought for certificate accreditation program.

April 29, 2009

Organizations that issue education and training certificates to US workers are invited to apply for the American National Standards Institute Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP). Evaluated against ASTM E2659-09, ANSI-CAP will provide neutral, third-party attestation that the certificate program in question promotes better educated and qualified workers. The activity is also expected to provide quality benchmarks for the design of future certificate programs. Read More

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Entries are Sought for Image of Welding Awards.

April 29, 2009

With July 10, 2009 deadline for submissions, the American Welding Society (AWS) has issued a call for entries in the seventh annual Image of Welding Awards program. This awards competition salutes the year's most outstanding public initiatives and programs that promote the image of welding. Awards are issued in 7 categories, and all individuals, organizations, and groups may be nominated for multiple categories. Self-nominations are also welcome. Read More

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ASHRAE publishes Risk Management Guideline.

April 28, 2009

Developed by engineers, architects, and contractors, ASHRAE Guideline 29-2009 will assist building owners and managers in analyzing what measures should be put in place to protect occupants and property from extraordinary events. It will provide guidance for practical evaluation, design, and implementation of measures to reduce multiple risks in new and existing buildings. Risks relate to fire, seismic events, chemical and biological releases, blasts, and other extraordinary hazards. Read More

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CA's Low Carbon Fuel Standard could hamper biofuel industry.

April 28, 2009

According to BIO Executive VP, Brent Erickson, biotechnology industry supports and applauds California's attempt to mitigate impact of transportation on climate change through adoption of Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Unfortunately, adopted rule - in particular inclusion of indirect land use change measurements and methodology - may discourage investment in continued research and development of same low carbon biofuels that are needed by California to meet its goals. Read More

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IPC Prepares Policy Suggestions to DoD PCB Executive Agent.

April 28, 2009

Although the DoD has already selected the Navy as the PCB Executive Agent (EA), this appointment is in the confirmation stages. In the interim, a special IPC task force is developing policy recommendations and prepared to aid the DoD PCB EA when the appointment is finalized. The most pressing recommendation is for the DoD to source non-critical technology domestically in order to support a more robust and technically advanced domestic supply base. Read More

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Georgia Governor awarded by BIO for bioscience work.

April 28, 2009

BIO selected Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as 2009 Governor of the Year in recognition of leadership and support of biosciences in Georgia. Perdue has implemented first-ever seed capital and facilities funds focused specifically on life sciences industry, which have been used to support 16 start-up companies over past 2 yr. According to 2009 Shaping Infinity report, 1 out of every 68 jobs in Georgia is related to life sciences industry and university research. Read More

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AASHTO Report outlines price of improving roads/bridges.

April 28, 2009

Bottom Line Report indicates that by 2015, investment in highways and bridges will have to increase to $59 billion annually, compared to $13.3 billion spent in 2006. It also finds that another $13 billion would be needed for environmental mitigation, highway operations, safety programs, and security. Using modeling techniques, report indicates road improvement projects will increase speed levels by 5% and reduce hours of delay by 16.5%. Read More

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EASTEC® will feature Lean and Green Resource Center.

April 28, 2009

Co-sponsored by SME, EASTEC will include 3-day Lean and Green Resource Center featuring 20 seminars on topics like Efficient Machining; Using Kaizen Principles to Reduce Environment, Health, and Safety Risks; and Green Laser Stripping. Center will also provide educational opportunities on environmental regulations. Kimberly L. Farrugia, Senior Show Manager, said 2009 attendee survey indicated continuous improvement as area of interest. Event will be held May 19-21 in West Springfield, MA. Read More

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IPC announces 2009 Academic Poster Competition winners.

April 28, 2009

Evaluated on innovation and originality, posters were voted upon by IPC APEX EXPO attendees. Jianbiao Pan of California Polytechnic State University won 1st place for "The Calculation of Liquidus Temperature for Various BGA/CSP Assemblies." John Folkerts and Frank Collins from Johns Hopkins University took 2nd place with "Printed Wiring Board Delamination - Some Unique Findings." Tied for 3rd were Aaron Pedigo, Pylin Sarobol, John Blendell, Carol Handwerker, and John P. Koppes from Purdue. Read More

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Report Relays Economic Optimism for metalforming market.

April 28, 2009

According to the April 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies are optimistic about business conditions. This report, conducted monthly, samples 155 US/Canadian metalforming companies and serves as an economic indicator for manufacturing. Nineteen percent of participants predict an improvement in overall economic activity, and 24% of companies forecast an increase in orders. Read More

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Call for Papers announced for CLIMA 2010 World Congress.

April 27, 2009

Organized every 4 years by the European Federation of Heating and Ventilating Associations (REHVA) and co-sponsored by ASHRAE, the CLIMA 2010 World Congress is seeking papers on topics related to sustainable energy use in buildings. Conference themes include, but are not limited to, sustainable energy systems, green buildings, and energy efficient heating/cooling systems. The 2010 event takes place from May 9-12 in Antalya, Turkey, and abstracts are due by June 30, 2009. Read More

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Health Plan provides online access to health care services.

April 27, 2009

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and American Well(TM) will bring American Well's Online Care to Minnesota, which will allow consumers real-time, live interactions with physicians and other medical care providers. Virtual clinics at worksite will emphasize treatment for common illnesses, monitoring care for patients with chronic illness, as well as preventive and wellness care. When encounter is complete, patient has option to share full record of it with primary care doctor. Read More

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PICA Names Public Relations Person of the Year.

April 24, 2009

Publications in Construction and Agriculture (PICA), a subgroup of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), has named Jane Cooper of Cooper Hong Inc., located in St. Charles, IL, as its Public Relations Person of the Year. As such, Cooper exemplifies outstanding best practices in media relations in terms of reliability, accuracy, quality of information provided, trustworthiness, integrity, and level of experience pertaining to her company, products, and industry. Read More

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Off-road Equipment Marketing Award winners announced.

April 24, 2009

Conducted under PICA, AEM's Publications in Construction and Agriculture subgroup, "Measures of Success" marketing awards program recognizes excellence in off-road equipment industry marketing communications and honors outstanding industry efforts as educational example of best practices. Platinum Award for highest score overall went to Sandvik of Smyrna, GA and Rhea + Kaiser of Naperville, IL for entry in direct mail single piece category. Read More

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Plastic Bag Manufacturers set aggressive recycled content goal.

April 24, 2009

Progressive Bag Affiliates of the American Chemistry Council announced an effort to increase recycling of plastic bags. Specifically, the Full Circle Recycling Initiative sets a goal of seeing 40% recycled content, including at least 25% postconsumer recycled plastic, in all plastic bags by 2015. In addition to $50 million industry-wide investment towards overhauling manufacturing processes, the effort also aims for the annual collection of 470 million pounds of recycled plastic. Read More

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ELFA Survey shows decline in new business volume for March.

April 24, 2009

The Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) shows that overall new business volume for the equipment finance sector declined by 30% in March when compared to the same period in 2008. For the first quarter of 2009, new business volume declined by 31% (compared to that of 2008), while new business volume increased 42.4% from February to March. MLFI-25 reflects capex, or the volume of commercial equipment financed in the U.S. Read More

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Sandia Lab Executive joins NIST advisory group.

April 23, 2009

Alton D. Romig, Jr., senior executive at Sandia National Laboratories, has been chosen to serve on primary policy advisory body of NIST. Patrick D. Gallagher, NIST deputy director, appointed Romig to Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for 3-year term. VCAT was established by Congress to review and make recommendations on NIST's policies, organization, budget, and programs, and was recently updated by 2007 America COMPETES Act. Read More

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Conference offers insight into nano-sized electronics.

April 23, 2009

Co-sponsored by NIST, the International Conference on Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics will focus on methods for exploring the behavior of high-performance electronics materials and devices. Scientists and engineers from around the global community are coming to discuss the challenges of exploring and characterizing these new innovations May 11-15, 2009 at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Read More