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Revised Handbook addresses electronics assembly and soldering.

March 21, 2012

Covering 14 topics in 289 pages, IPC-AJ-820A Assembly and Joining Handbook addresses all aspects involved in creating a PCB, from handling to design to component selection and soldering. Book gives users basic data such as terms and definitions as well as technical information. It also includes equations for designers as well as techniques for tin whisker mitigation. Section titled "tin pest" explains how parts with high tin content can break down to powder under certain conditions. Read More

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ASTM Committee approves deck structure fire test response standard.

March 21, 2012

Developed by Subcommittee E05.14 on External Fire Exposures, ASTM E2726/E2726M, Test Method for Evaluating the Fire-Test-Response of Deck Structures to Burning Brands, will assist building code officials, manufacturers, and home owners in assessing fire performance of decking materials. Test simulates deck exposed to burning embers on upper horizontal surface. ASTM E2726/E2726M is in response to the growing urban wildland fire concern in many states. Read More

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FAA to increase efficiency and reduce aircraft emissions.

March 21, 2012

Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta and aviation partners kicked off effort to make air traffic control more efficient, help airlines improve on-time performance, and reduce emissions from aircraft flying into and out of Northern California airports. As part of NextGen modernization program, Metroplex initiative is based on Performance-Based Navigation, which allows shorter, more direct routes that reduce flight time and fuel consumption, resulting in fewer carbon emissions. Read More

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Workshop Agreement on Clean Cookstoves unanimously approved.

March 21, 2012

According to World Health Organization, exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires causes 2 million premature deaths annually. Partnership for Clean Indoor Air and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves organized International Workshop on cookstoves, and ANSI served as secretariat. During conference, more than 80 stakeholders representing more than 20 countries worked toward facilitating widespread use of clean, efficient, and safe cookstove technology through standardization. Read More

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EPA issues 2011 fuel economy trends report.

March 21, 2012

According to EPA's annual report, "Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 Through 2011," average fuel efficiency for new cars and light duty trucks has increased while CO2 emissions continue to decrease for seventh consecutive year. For 2010, average real world CO2 emissions from new vehicles were 394 g of CO2/mile and average fuel economy value was 22.6 mpg. EPA projects improvement in 2011 to 391 g of CO2/mile and 22.8 mpg. Read More

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PMI Welcomes IAPMO as first Certifier Allied Member.

March 21, 2012

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) has joined Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) as charter Certifier Allied Member. In comment, PMI's Barbara C. Higgens said, "IAPMO plays a major role in our industry," and continued, "Through our Memorandum of Understanding and now with this new relationship, we are continuing to explore ways to work more closely together. We are pleased and proud to welcome IAPMO as an affiliate member of PMI." Read More

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NEMA's EBCI for February surges to 6 year high.

March 20, 2012

NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions jumped sharply in February, rising more than 18 points to 72.5, its highest level in more than 6 years. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions rose to highest mark in almost 2 years, soaring to +0.7 in February from +0.1 in January. Meanwhile, EBCI for future North American conditions, though remaining firmly positive, retreated slightly in February. Read More

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Robert A. Hallman elected chairman of ASTM Committee E33.

March 20, 2012

Robert A. Hallman, principal scientist at Armstrong World Industries Inc., Lancaster, PA, has been elected chairman of ASTM International Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics. ASTM International member since 1994, Hallman works on several E33 subcommittees as well as ASTM Committee E05 on Fire Standards and U.S. Technical Advisory Group to International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 43, Subcommittee 2 on Building Acoustics. Read More