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ASTM, NIBS Sign MOA to put focus on building enclosures.

April 4, 2012

In March 2012, ASTM International and National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) to improve building enclosure design and commissioning as well as facilitate broader understanding of building enclosures. Terms of this MOA state that ASTM will develop standards and personnel certification program on building enclosure commissioning, while Institute will focus on development of commissioning training program. Read More

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Q2 Economic Outlook Report shows steady growth.

April 4, 2012

Q2 2012 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook forecasts healthy growth year over year, even though projected growth for 2012 slowed to 7% from previous 9%. Decline is due to slight downgrade of growth prospects, including expectancy that high oil prices will be significant drag. Report focuses on $628 billion industry and forecasts equipment investment and capital spending in USA and evaluates effects on various related and exogenous factors in play currently and into future. Read More

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ANSI Standards range from human cell lines to occupational risks.

April 4, 2012

Human cell lines are used in medical research as models of normal and cancer tissues. Aiming to prevent misidentification of cell lines, ANSI/ATCC ASN-0002-2011 outlines procedures for unambiguous authentication and identification using short tandem repeat profiling. Another voluntary standard, ANSI/ASSE Z590.3-2011, provides life-cycle assessment and design model that balances environmental and occupational safety and health goals over life span of facility, process, or product. Read More

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IPC issues call for participation for 2013 IPC APEX EXPO.

April 4, 2012

IPC invites researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for 2013 IPC APEX EXPO® at San Diego Convention Center. Expert presentations are being sought on all relevant design, PCB fabrication, and electronics manufacturing topics. Submissions dealing with lead-free processing, repair and reliability, high-speed PCB laminates, and new research in growing areas such as green technology and printed electronics are especially encouraged. Read More

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IPC releases Japanese version of IPC-A-610E.

April 4, 2012

IPC announced Japanese language release of E revision of IPC-A-610, which provides visual acceptance criteria for post assembly mechanical and soldering assembly requirements. E revision address additional technologies, including flexible circuits, board in board, package on package, depanelization, and additional SMT terminations. Also, revision contains 165 new or updated illustrations, bringing total to more than 800. Read More

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Course on American National Standards still has seats available.

April 4, 2012

To be held by ANSI on April 11 in NY, The American Way: The American National Standard (ANS) Development Process will look in-depth at ANSI Essential Requirements within context of ANS process. Attendees will gain understanding of ANS development process and procedures, benefits of ANSI accreditation, and where flexibility exists in standards development process. Discussions will center on requirements contained in ANSI Essential Requirements. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending fell 1.6% in February 2012.

April 4, 2012

According to April 2 report by U.S. Census Bureau, total nonresidential construction spending fell 1.6% in February. Total nonresidential construction spending was up 6.4% from one year ago. Private nonresidential construction spending decreased 1.6% for month but rose 14.5% year over year, while public nonresidential construction spending fell 1.7% for month and 0.7% compared to February 2011. Residential construction spending was unchanged for month and 4.6% higher than previous year. Read More

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China and Korea accept Ethernet/IP as national standards. .

April 3, 2012

National Development and Reform Commission of People's Republic of China adopted EtherNet/IP, along with ControlNet, under highest Chinese National Standard GB/Z 26157.6-2010. In addition, Korean Agency for Technology and Standards recently adopted EtherNet/IP under Korean Industrial Standards KS C 61784 and KS C 61158. Using standard TCP/IP, the same network technology used in majority of LAN and WAN architectures, EtherNet/IP is suitable choice for manufacturers around worldwide. Read More