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White Paper examines embedded passive technology.

March 10, 2009

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released a white paper, "Embedded Passives: An Overview of Implementation, Benefits and Costs," that summarizes the technology and addresses physical considerations, quality, and reliability considerations. This 20-page paper also conveys performance gains, cost concerns, and design impacts for circuit boards with embedded components. There are 24 figures and tables to help illustrate and clarify key information. Read More

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Two Top Award Programs open for 2009 nominations.

March 10, 2009

Robotic Industries Association and Automated Imaging Association are seeking nominations for 2009 awards, which honor end-user companies that have successfully implemented robotics and/or machine-vision systems resulting in improvements and savings. Recognition award program has two segments with one award being presented to companies/plants with fewer than 200 employees and another to those with more than 200 employees. Read More

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ASTM honors Dr. Robert H. White with Award of Merit.

March 10, 2009

Robert H. White, Ph.D., research wood scientist at Forest Products Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. White was recognized for outstanding contributions he has made through leadership positions in ASTM Committees D07 on Wood and E05 on Fire Standards and for making significant technical contributions to development of ASTM International standards on fire and wood technology. Read More

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NTSB keeps commitment to ridding fatigue in transportation.

March 10, 2009

In recognition of National Sleep Awareness Week, The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reiterates its commitment to eliminating human fatigue in the transportation industry. NTSB continues to advocate setting work hour limits based on fatigue research, circadian rhythms, and sleep rest requirements that will reduce unnecessary risk to the traveling public. The commitment is backed by several previous recommendations made to enhance operator and public safety. Read More

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ASTM to sponsor 2010 Michael E. Beard Asbestos Conference.

March 10, 2009

To be held Jan 28-29, 2010, ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality will sponsor ASTM 2010 Michael E. Beard Asbestos Conference: Laboratory Issues in San Antonio, TX. Divided into 4 sessions, conference will feature various asbestos topics of interest to laboratory personnel, those who use laboratory data, and those who need to understand how to interpret asbestos results. In addition, conference co-chairs are soliciting presentations to fill out program. Read More

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Papers needed for Symposium on Zirconium in Nuclear Industry.

March 10, 2009

Scheduled for May 9-13, 2010, 16th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry will provide forum for exchanging new information on fabrication, testing, development, and characterization of zirconium-base materials in nuclear industry, including material behavior during normal, transient, as well as accident conditions and material behavior during intermediate and long-term storage conditions. Of special interest is application of new alloys. Read More

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Harry Mason speaks on 6 Gb/s SAS at FOSE.

March 10, 2009

During FOSE 2009, STA will be located in booth 1524 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. On March 10 at 12:20 pm, Harry Mason, President of STA and Director of Industry Marketing at LSI, will give presentation titled: "SAS and SATA Change the Face of Enterprise Storage." Functioning as storage solution backbone, SAS allows large numbers of SAS and/or SATA hard disk drives to be deployed in variety of storage application environments, extending SAS into new storage realms. Read More

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Ken Barat will receive 2009 R. James Rockwell, Jr. Award.

March 6, 2009

Ken Barat, Certified Laser Safety Officer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will be awarded the 2009 R. James Rockwell, Jr. Educational Achievement Award for exceptional accomplishments in laser safety education. The award will recognize his more than 2 decades of dedication to promoting laser safety. A member of numerous organizations dedicated to this topic, Barat is also a published author of textbooks and numerous articles in professional journals. Read More

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New Safety Measures sought for mobile acetylene trailers.

March 6, 2009

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that the U.S. Department of Transportation modify federal regulations addressing adequacy of mobile acetylene trailer design for protection during transport as well as effectiveness and safety of current unloading procedures. Also, NTSB asked Compressed Gas Association to review its standard for fire suppression systems at loading/unloading facilities. Read More

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Thomas Langill receives ASTM Award of Merit.

March 6, 2009

Thomas Langill, Ph.D., technical director at American Galvanizers Association in Centennial, CO, has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Langill, who joined ASTM International in 1994, was cited "for major contributions to development of corrosion test methods for metals in atmosphere and construction materials as well as coated steel hardware standards in Committees G01 on Corrosion of Metals and A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products." Read More

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ASTM International Award of Merit honors Howard Freese.

March 6, 2009

ASTM International has presented Howard Freese, manager of business development - biomedical at ATI Allvac in Monroe, N.C., with ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. A member of ASTM International since 1989, Freese was cited "for dynamic and outstanding leadership in fostering development and promulgation of surgical implant standards in ASTM Committee F04 for Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices." Read More

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FAA names aviation safety executives.

March 5, 2009

Having served as deputy assistant administrator for aviation safety since July 1995, Peggy Gilligan was named associate administrator for aviation safety. Previously, she was chief of staff for 4 FAA administrators, served in chief counsel's office, and was an attorney in FAA's Eastern Region in New York. John Hickey, director of FAA's Aircraft Certification Service since 2000, will replace Gilligan as deputy assistant administrator for aviation safety. Other changes can be found in full release. Read More

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OEMs to outline expectations, challenges for supply chain.

March 5, 2009

Scheduled for April 2, 2009, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) OEM Summit will include speakers from IBM and Hewlett-Packard Company. Martin Rausch of Intel Corp. will discuss challenges of making transition to halogen-free materials, while Michael Roesch of Hewlett-Packard will address challenges for large OEMs managing materials changes and reliability impact on electronic assemblies in complex supply chain. Dr. Kitty Pearsall of IBM will present IBM End to End Supplier Quality Management System. Read More

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NAM encouraged by President Obama's Trade Policy Agenda.

March 5, 2009

According to NAM's VP for International Economic Affairs, Frank Vargo, Obama's agenda is a pragmatic one aimed at opening markets and improving U.S. role in world economy. It talks about improving trade agreements rather than reopening them, and it calls for greater emphasis on seeing that small and medium-sized firms can become more effective exporters and competitors in global economy. NAM is pleased to see that agenda also calls for correcting current imbalance in Doha Round. Read More

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BIO announces Jim Collins as HR conference keynote speaker.

March 5, 2009

Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ...And Others Don't, will present keynote address at BIO Human Resources Conference 2009. Taking place May 17-19, event will be themed HR Leading During Times of Change. It will concentrate on HR Global, HR Strategic, HR Development, and HR Best Practices, each track featuring 5 breakout sessions and 4 plenary sessions. Visitors can also attend welcome reception, BIO Career Fair, as well as BIO Exhibition. Read More

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ANSI details standards on sterilization/environmental sound.

March 5, 2009

In effort to communicate role of standards in daily life, ANSI is highlighting ANSI/AAMI ST79:2006/A1:2008, Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities, which identifies 4 phases of producing/maintaining sterile products as well as related factors. Also, ANSI/ASA S12.9-2008/Part 6, developed from behavioral studies in homes near airports, railroads, roads, and highways, offers method to predict sleep disturbance at certain noise levels. Read More

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BIO encourages patent reform legislation by Congress.

March 5, 2009

Following introduction of legislation in House and Senate, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said improvements that increase patent quality, increase public participation, and provide additional resources to Patent and Trademark Office are welcomed. Despite concerns with specific language in bills, Greenwood added, BIO recognizes this as beginning of legislative process and looks forward to working to achieve reforms that address patent quality and spur innovation and economic growth. Read More

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ELFA approves of Administration/Reserve launch of TALF.

March 5, 2009

ELFA commends Obama Administration and Federal Reserve Board for launch of Term Asset Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF), which will catalyze securitization markets, increasing liquidity, credit availability, and overall economic activity. It will include asset classes such as asset backed securities (ABS) backed by small ticket equipment, heavy equipment, and agricultural loans and leases. According to Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., program will enable lenders to fund current loan demand. Read More

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NAM sees contradiction with stimulus legislation.

March 5, 2009

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) urged federal policymakers not to overturn a U.S. Department of the Interior rule that streamlines procedures under Endangered Species Act in order to expedite energy development and construction projects. Keith McCoy, NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy, stated that the decision, if carried out, would work against job creation goals of the recently-signed stimulus legislation by reinstating bureaucratic hurdles. Read More

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NAM partners to launch skills certification system.

March 5, 2009

Manufacturing Skills Certification System, launched by NAM and The Manufacturing Institute as new approach to manufacturing worker certification and credentials, will initially focus on core, basic skills required for entry-level workers in all sectors of manufacturing. Deployed through community colleges, it will map to careers across manufacturing economy and to pathways in postsecondary education. Partnering organizations include ACT, Inc., MSSC, NIMS, AWS, and SME. Read More