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AWS Sponsors Convention focusing on brazing and soldering.

March 30, 2009

Sponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS) and ASM International, the 3-day International Brazing and Soldering Conference (IBSC) will take place in Orlando, FL at Walt Disney World Hilton from April 27-29. A full-day of pre-conference seminars will be held on April 26. The technical program and exhibits provide participants and attendees an opportunity to learn more about brazing and soldering trends, techniques, products, and processes. Read More

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SPE Sets Dates for Polyolefins 2010 Conference.

March 30, 2009

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced that the SPE International Polyolefins(TM) 2010 Conference will take place from February 21-24 in Houston, TX at the Hilton Houston North Hotel. Topics to be addressed will include innovations in catalyst and process technologies, additive systems, and compounding techniques as well as trends in key markets. On February 24-25, SPE will also host a series of one- and two-day seminars in conjunction with the Polyolefins Conference. Read More

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HI seeks reviewers for draft of updated standard.

March 30, 2009

Under approval of ANSI, Hydraulic Institute is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in review process for draft of updated Standard ANSI/HI 4.1-4.6, Sealless Rotary Pumps for Nomenclature, Definitions, Application, Operation, and Test. Individuals and organizations directly and materially affected by this standard include pump users and specifiers, producers, standards developers, government agencies, and general interest groups. Read More

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BIO to address diversity at 2009 BIO International Convention.

March 30, 2009

BIO will hold Fulfilling the Promise: Diversity in Biotechnology Summit on May 18, 2009, in Atlanta as part of 2009 BIO International Convention. Summit will address science education, health disparities, and community outreach in biotechnology industry. Plenary breakfast; economic/workforce development panel; legislative roundtable; town hall meeting on education, access, and awareness of future of technology; and keynote address from Luis G. Fortuno/Honorable Louis Sullivan are planned. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB industry results for February 2009.

March 30, 2009

According to its February 2009 North American PCB Statistical Program, IPC-Association Connecting Electronics IndustriesĀ® announced that rigid PCB shipments are down 23.2% and bookings were down 35.5% from last year. Compared to the previous month, respective decreases are 3.2% and 3.5%. Flexible circuit shipments, however, were up 3.6%, and bookings were down 6.1% compared to February 2008. Compared to the previous month, respective increases were 8.7% and 23.9%. Read More

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Bearing Brief details beneficial coatings and materials.

March 30, 2009

Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has released the single-topic Bearing Brief, Special Coatings and Materials to Enhance Bearing Performance. It addresses recent advances in material science that allow bearings to last longer and perform better. Such advances include steel quality, alloys/platings, heat treatments, and microstructure control as well as coatings that protect bearings from corrosion, wear, and electrical conductivity. Read More

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AIIM introduces ECM certification program.

March 30, 2009

AIIM Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Certificate Program incorporates new and emerging best practices and technologies for managing information assets. Program covers enterprise strategies and technologies for managing electronic information as well as technologies/solutions for document, electronic records, and Web content management. It also focuses on imaging and recognition; taxonomies and tagging; process improvement and automation; and Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0. Read More

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Monthly Report assesses March 2009 metalforming conditions.

March 30, 2009

According to the March 2009 Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect that general economic activity will remain sluggish during the next 3 months. Thirteen percent of participants predict an improvement in overall economic activity, 39% expect that activity will remain unchanged, and 48% reported that activity will decline. Current average daily shipping levels improved slightly in March. Read More

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Inventor Dean Kamen to keynote at PTDA/FPDA meetings.

March 30, 2009

Scheduled for Oct 22-24, 2009, co-located PTDA 2009 Industry Summit and FPDA 2009 Network Symposium will have theme of "What's Your Next Move?" and will feature programming designed to help participants prepare for life after recession. As inventor, physicist, and entrepreneur, keynote speaker Dean Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many for innovative medical devices. In addition to Kamen, Alan Beaulieu of the Institute for Trend Research will offer insights into the economy. Read More

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Western Europe IPTV Subscribers top 10 million.

March 27, 2009

Broadband Forum announced latest IPTV and broadband statistics, with Western Europe, Africa, and Middle East regions showing strong IPTV growth of 45% throughout 2008. Report, prepared for Forum by industry analysts Point Topic, showed France as largest IPTV market in Western Europe region, with over half of 10.2 million subscribers. Global IPTV subscriber totals have now reached 21.7 million, which is an increase of 63% on end of 2007 figures. Read More

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Research shows picoscale stability in room temperature AFM.

March 27, 2009

Research team from NIST and University of Colorado has shown how to detect and monitor tiny amount of light reflected directly off needle point of atomic force microscope probe, and in so doing has demonstrated 100-fold improvement in stability of instrument's measurements under ambient conditions. Their work potentially affects range of research from nanomanufacturing to biology, where sensitive, atomic-scale measurements must be made at room temperature in liquids. Read More

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NIST announces fiscal year budget increase of 8.3%.

March 27, 2009

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received $819 million in appropriations for fiscal year 2009, which ends on September 30. Funding for NIST was included in FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act (Public Law 111-8), which was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on March 11. These fiscal-year appropriations come in addition to the $610 million in funds that NIST is receiving due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read More

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Nearly Half of U.S. adopts electrical safety standards.

March 27, 2009

Since January of last year, building and legislative officials across country have embraced 2008 National Electrical CodeĀ®, including child electrical safety requirement. With 24 states operating under Code, growing numbers of children and families can benefit from continuous protection against electrical injuries. NEC Section 406.11 states that all 125 V, 15 and 20 A electrical outlets in new residential construction must be tamper-resistant receptacles. Read More

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Joseph J. Peters receives ASTM Award of Merit.

March 27, 2009

Joseph J. Peters, technical sales manager at Leneta Co., Mahwah, N.J., has received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. An active member for more than 30 years, Peters received award in recognition of outstanding leadership in Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications in development of standards for applied paint films, architectural coatings, water-repellant coatings, concrete and masonry treatments, and paint brushes. Read More

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NAM commends Senator Specter for stand against card check.

March 27, 2009

NAM supports Senator Arlen Specter's decision to vote against cloture on Employee Free Choice Act. According to NAM President, John Engler, EFCA is a flawed piece of legislation that will destroy jobs and prolong current economic recession. Card check would deprive American workers of their right to secret ballot when deciding whether they want union representation, replacing it with system that would expose employees to intimidation and coercion. Read More

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ASTM Issues standard for SiN cylindrical bearing rollers.

March 27, 2009

ASTM Subcommittee F34.01 on Rolling Element has developed a standard for hybrid roller bearings: ASTM F2730/F2730M, Specification for Silicon Nitride Cylindrical Bearing Rollers. As a complement to ASTM F2094/F2094M, Specification for Silicon Nitride Bearing Balls, ASTM F2730/F2730M is intended for bearings end-users, bearings manufacturers, and roller manufacturers. It addresses material used to make the roller, including 3 levels of capability, as well as dimensional specifications. Read More

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LIA issues call for papers for ICALEO 2009.

March 27, 2009

International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro-Optics invites authors and presenters to participate in conference where researchers and end-users meet to review state-of-the-art in laser materials processing, laser microprocessing, and nanomanufacturing. Anyone interested in laser materials processing from basic understanding of interaction between laser beam and material, to those interested in how process can be integrated and optimized for application should attend. Read More

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Marc Van Pelt named Fieldbus Foundation corporate secretary.

March 27, 2009

Fieldbus Foundation has announced that Marc Van Pelt has been appointed as its corporate secretary. The Pepperl+Fuchs executive will add corporate responsibilities to his current positions as the foundation's Vice-president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Operations as well as those pertaining to being Chairman of EMEA Steering Committee. Van Pelt said that the additional responsibilities will "intensify even more the relationship between the global and EMEA levels." Read More

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Robotics Awards honor industry pioneers from US and Japan.

March 26, 2009

During 40th International Symposium on Robotics, two industry pioneers received 2009 Engelberger Robotics Award. Dr. Robin Felder of University of Virginia School of Medicine received award for Leadership, honoring his accomplishments spanning more than two decades of research on automating clinical and pharmaceutical laboratories. Receiving award for Technology Development, Shigeo Hirose of Tokyo Institute of Technology has been developing and researching robotics technology for over two decades. Read More

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ASTM International Award of Merit honors Steve Sandstrum.

March 26, 2009

ASTM International has presented Steve Sandstrum, director of business development at ISCO Industries LLC, with Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. A member of ASTM since 1986, Sandstrum was cited for outstanding dedication, meritorious service, and leadership in Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems toward issuance of nationally recognized standards which have enhanced reliability, durability, and safety of plastics in piping systems. Read More