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IPC reports APEX EXPO registrations on par with last year.

March 4, 2009

More than 80 standards development meetings will take place at IPC APEX EXPO, in Las Vegas, from March 28 - April 2. Representatives will cover issues from printed board design; plating and acceptance; assembly and joining processes; to environment, health, and safety; and product reliability and testing. Doug Pauls of Rockwell Collins notes benefits of having in-depth knowledge of standards and also stresses importance of networking opportunities as primary advantage of attending IPC. Read More

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AIA Official approves of proposed Congressional budget.

March 4, 2009

President Obama submitted proposed budget for fiscal 2010 which, according to AIA's Marion Blakey, provides sound foundation for national defense, space exploration, and modernizing U.S. air transportation system. At total of $3.55 trillion, budget allocates $533.7 billion to DoD as well as $800 million for FDA's NextGen program. It also provides $18.7 billion for NASA and $1.3 billion to fund development/acquisition of NOAA weather satellites and climate sensors. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to address steel-reinforced concrete corrosion.

March 3, 2009

ASTM International workshop on Corrosion Mitigation and High Strength Steel in Concrete Structures will be held May 18, 2009, in Vancouver, Canada. It will offer information on research/development of revised and new standards for corrosion-resistant and high-strength steel reinforcement. Advantages and limitations of several reinforcing materials will be presented and Design Guidelines of High-Strength Steel Reinforced Concrete will be led by Dr. Paul Zia. Online registration closes May 13. Read More

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BIO Fair offers career services for employees and employers.

March 3, 2009

Scheduled for May 18, 2009, BIO Career Fair will feature more than 50 potential employers representing biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, consumer products, biopreparedness, and energy. Industry professionals and students will be able to interview for open positions, listen in to free educational seminars, and network with recruiters to discuss possible career options and requirements. Job seekers can upload resumes in advance to avoid registration lines. Read More

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American Society of Safety Engineers gears up for election.

March 3, 2009

Voting begins March 1 for the annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Board of Directors election. C. Christopher Patton, CSP, and Darryl Hill, CSP, assume the offices of president and president-elect on July 1, 2009, respectively. Seventeen ASSE members are running for various top positions this year, offices that help shape the Society. Voting ends March 31 and election results will be announced April 15, with winners also taking office July 1, 2009. Read More

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AMT announces pursuit of new leadership.

March 3, 2009

AMT has announced that it will pursue new leadership following resignation of President Robert K. Simpson, which is effective immediately. AMT Board of Directors is focused on identifying president who will lead organization and provide what members need as they weather global economic crisis. In interim AMT senior staff, in cooperation with Board of Directors, will oversee ongoing programs and day-to-day operation as well as initiating search to quickly name new president. Read More

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FMA Economist predicts recession will ease later in year.

March 3, 2009

According to Dr. Chris Kuehl, in latest FMA economic update newsletter Fabrinomics, current recession is on par with past economic downturns and economy will begin to improve in 2010. Basing assertions on how NBER defines recessions, such as GDP, income, unemployment, and production, recessions of 1970s and 1980s were more severe on almost every level. Strategy should be to wait out downturn, Kuehl noted, without taking steps that will render companies unable to respond to eventual turnaround. Read More

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NEMA announces mandatory Mexican standard.

March 3, 2009

Effective November 2009, NMX-J-515-ANCE-2008 Control and Distribution Equipment-Safety General Requirements-Specification and Test Methods applies to both North American and IEC designs of molded-case circuit breakers. Standard will play important role in reducing number of counterfeit circuit breakers found in Mexico as it will require testing of all breakers. NMX-J-515-ANCE-2008 represents joint efforts of NEMA, CANENA, CANEME, ANCE, and CSA. Read More

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ASSE continues construction safety dialogue with Vegas Mayor.

March 3, 2009

ASSE Southern Nevada Chapter welcomed Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman as he spoke at chapter meeting about providing safe vacation destination and safe workplaces. Chapter members, including Nevada Chapter President Dale Walsh, also shared with Mayor their insights on enhancing workplace safety in greater Las Vegas area, such as requiring site-specific safety plans. In Nevada the BLS reports there were 49 fatal workplace injuries in 2006 compared with 68 in 2007. Read More

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NEMA Urges NARUC to support transmission construction.

March 3, 2009

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) will consider a resolution to support current federal policy on interstate transmission line siting at an annual winter meeting in Washington D.C. NEMA President and CEO, Evan R. Gaddis, encourages NARUC to adopt resolution EL-1 Resolution Regarding Possible Federal Legislation Amending the Federal Power Act Addressing Expansion of Transmission Facilities to meet growing demands. Read More

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ACGIH Decision supported by ILMA's SHERA Committee.

March 3, 2009

The ACGIH has dropped metalworking fluids from Notice of Intended Change of Threshold Limit Value (TLV) for mineral oil. ILMA committee has submitted scientific responses to ACGIH annual update letter, for several years, saying that exposure issues associated with metalworking fluids have to do with contaminants generated while they are in use and not highly refined base oils. Also, ILMA believes exposure should be addressed through systems approach rather than single-number exposure limit. Read More

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APICS announces alliance with American Logistics Aid Network.

March 3, 2009

APICS, the leader in operations and supply chain management education and certification, will join ALAN in its mission to connect agencies responding to disaster with supply chain resources. Through ALAN, APICS will provide resources to individuals involved in logistics of relief efforts. This collaboration provides ALAN with access to APICS network of nearly 40,000 skilled operations and supply chain management professionals. Read More

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OPC Foundation releases specification for ADI.

March 3, 2009

Developed as extension of OPC UA specifications, Analyzer Devices Integration Specification provides pharmaceutical industry with common method for data exchange for analyzer data models for process and laboratory analyzers. It serves as information model for analyzer devices and enables true plug-and-play multivendor interoperability. Analyzer integration based on standards offers unique opportunity in Data Management and Integration for solutions such as Process Analytical Technology. Read More

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ASM International announces 2009 materials events.

March 3, 2009

ASM International and ASM Affiliate Societies organize conferences and expositions to serve needs of worldwide materials community. Some events scheduled for 2009 include Heat Treating of Light Alloys, March 25-26; 4th International Brazing and Soldering Conference and Exhibition, April 26-29; 20th ASM AeroMat Conference and Expo, June 7-11; International Metallographic Society Annual Convention, July 26-30; and ASM Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Conference and Expo, August 10-12. Read More

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Collaborative Research addresses delayed entanglement.

March 2, 2009

Researchers from NIST and the University of Maryland have announced a growing ability to control the quantum dynamics phenomenon known as entanglement. They can cache sizable amounts information in a quantum buffer without disturbing fragile entanglement of quantum states at center of quantum computing. While delayed entanglement has been demonstrated before for individual photons, it has never been accomplished in information-rich quantum images as it has now. Read More

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NACD and Congress to modernize toxic substance legislation.

March 2, 2009

Following 1st hearing of 111th Congress on reform of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), NACD said TSCA should enable EPA to prioritize on chemicals that pose most risk, based on hazard, use, and exposure. It also urged Congress to build upon work of Chemicals Assessment and Management Program and to provide EPA with funds needed to carry out its mission. NACD believes this will optimize testing process and availablity of information on chemicals. Read More

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OMAC to hold seminar at Packaging Automation Forum 2009.

March 2, 2009

OMAC's first Connect-and-Pack(TM) Seminar will take place at Packaging Automation Forum 2009, located at InterContinental Chicago O'Hare, on Monday, March 30. Featured as part of Make2Pack and Connect-and-Pack(TM) Workshop Program, seminar will be led by Dave Chappell and Dave Bauman. Representatives from end user and technology provider companies will also offer in-depth information. Workshop will also feature various hands-on technology demonstrations. Read More

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FMA Economist criticizes President Obama's trade policy.

March 2, 2009

In the FMA economic update newsletter Fabrinomics, Dr. Chris Kuehl stresses importance of addressing trade during recession. Kuehl states that coherent trade policy is necessary if U.S. is going to navigate challenge of trade, other nations' protective impulses, and tendency of U.S. companies to retreat into isolationist strategies. Some blame trade for loss of U.S. jobs, Kuehl also notes, but he says studies do not support such assertions. Read More

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ASHRAE addresses updates to BACnet standards.

March 2, 2009

ASHRAE published newest version of Standard 135-2008, BACnet® - A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks. Publication includes 7 addenda that add BACnet/Web services and new objects for Event Log, Trend Log Multiple, Load Control, and Access Door. Committee has 11 addenda in process for 2008 version. Made in cooperation with members of ZigBee Alliance, addendm q datalink specification allows mains-powered BACnet devices to communicate over ZigBee wireless mesh network. Read More

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NIST Researchers build tool for exploring materials properties.

March 2, 2009

Researchers at NIST and Johns Hopkins University have constructed the Multi-Axis Crystal Spectrometer (MACS), which may aid in identifying materials for nanotechnology and industrial applications. System will help scientists analyze how neutrons scatter from sample, providing 20 channels for detection. Information about magnetic interactions can be obtained even from nanostructured thin film samples. Team expects to issue full call for proposals to use it in about 6 months. Read More