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ASC offers two webinars in March.

February 26, 2009

ASC, in partnership with Edison Welding Institute and Virginia Tech, is offering 2 online learning opportunities. On March 12, webinar titled "Bonding Difficult Substrates" will focus mostly on surface preparation techniques in combination with select adhesives to improve reliability of combining low surface energy or inert materials. Two-part class on March 17 and 19 is broken into 3 sections that will address wood structure, wood properties, and wood adhesion. Read More

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ANSI launches cooperative program between U.S. and India.

February 26, 2009

ANSI announced launch of U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program at ceremony in New Delhi attended by over 50 participants from U.S. and Indian organizations. Initiative, with funding by USTDA and in coordination with CII, is designed to provide access for U.S. companies to Indian market by boosting cooperation on standards/conformance issues. ANSI's S. Joe Bhatia provided opening remarks and leaders in U.S. and Indian trade community spoke on various issues. Read More

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ISO Standard measures climb/descent of electric wheelchairs.

February 26, 2009

International Standard ISO 7176-10:2008, "Wheelchairs - Part 10: Determination of obstacle-climbing ability of electrically powered wheelchairs," applies to wheelchairs and scooters intended to carry one person. It provides guidelines for test equipment, test procedures, and reporting test results that measure wheelchair ability to safely ascend/descend obstacles. Information will guide users in selecting appropriate wheelchair for their needs and in comparing models worldwide. Read More

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ACLASS maintains status as IAAC MLA signatory.

February 26, 2009

At IAAC MLA Committee meeting on February 18, ANSI-ASQ/ACLASS was approved for continued status as signatory of IAAC MLA for calibration and testing. According to Dr. Bill Hirt, ACLASS Senior Accreditation Manager, this ongoing recognition by IAAC promotes regional and international acceptance of accreditations granted by ACLASS. IAAC evaluates and recognizes competence of accreditation bodies during evaluations conducted every 4 yr after MLA signatory status is attained. Read More

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ANSI announces launch of Certificate Accreditation Program.

February 26, 2009

ANSI Certificate Accreditation Program (ANSI-CAP) was launched with first meeting of ANSI-CAP Accreditation Committee on Friday, February 13, 2009. Accreditation under the program will provide neutral, 3rd-party evidence that given certificate program leads to better educated and qualified workers. Committee members were announced in November 2008 and will serve 3 yr terms. They will initially work on selecting standard against which certificate programs will be evaluated. Read More

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ASHRAE/AIRAH issue joint resolution on climate change.

February 25, 2009

By signing statement, ASHRAE and AIRAH resolve to encourage supply of renewable energy into buildings, encourage responsible refrigerant use, and support R/D activities to reduce buildings' energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. They also agree to develop and implement sustainable building designs, materials, components, and systems, and support development and implementation of standards, building codes, incentive programs, and voluntary initiatives to reduce building environmental impacts. Read More

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IPC to feature 8 forum sessions at 2009 exposition.

February 25, 2009

To be held on March 31 - April 2, 2009, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center, Las Vegas, IPC APEX EXPO will offer 8 free forum sessions providing expert insights into strategic issues facing industry companies. According to Greg Munie, Ph.D., IPC Conference Director, line-up should help companies understand future industry technology needs and attend to current challenges. In addition, 34 technical posters will be presented by industry experts and academic researchers during event. Read More

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BIO supports Governors' Biofuel Coalition call for vision.

February 25, 2009

BIO applauded Governors' Biofuel Coalition's message to Obama administration calling for straightforward message to American people on positive role of biofuels. Misinformation about biofuels from entrenched interests has done a disservice to America. With more than 30 existing and planned cellulosic biorefineries set to begin production of advanced biofuels, federal commitment to industry would send strong signal to financial markets, which could provide needed investment. Read More

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Capitol Hill Reception recognize top transportation projects.

February 25, 2009

Congressional reception honoring "Champions of Transportation" and 2008 America's Transportation Awards Projects was held near U.S. Capitol. Sponsored by AAA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and AASHTO, competition recognizes outstanding transportation projects, large and small in communities across country. Several members of Congress who represent districts served by these projects were recognized as "Champions of Transportation" for their support. Read More

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IPC Summit negotiates challenges into opportunities.

February 25, 2009

Encouraging members in electronics industry to look beyond today's stormy environment, IPC will host European Electronics Industry Executive Summit April 27-28 to help companies prepare for economic upturn and capitalize on growing industry opportunities. Event will include Government Relations and Regulatory Forum to discuss proposed changes to RoHS Directive, full program dedicated to EMS management issues, and IPC Executive Market and Technology Forum Conference. Read More

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NAM Agenda emphasizes priorities for economic growth.

February 25, 2009

NAM released its Legislative Agenda for Economic Recovery and Job Creation, which focuses on legislative priorities that manufacturers have identified as key to economic recovery. NAM believes that Congress, Obama Administration, and private sector are in strong position to respond in positive and effective way. Basic challenge is to retain and create jobs, and strong manufacturing sector is vital to meeting this challenge. Read More

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IPC Representative to deliver PCB tutorial at conference.

February 25, 2009

IPC's European Representative Lars Wallin will present a tutorial in German at System Integration in Micro Electronics Exhibition and Conference on May 7, 2009, in N├╝rnberg, Germany. Wallin will explain how IPC standards can be used to eliminate mistakes in printed board manufacturing. More than 50 standards, supporting specific process steps in board manufacturing, will be documented by Wallin to increase knowledge and use of standards in Europe. Read More

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IPC sets agenda for environmental conference.

February 24, 2009

IPC APEX EXPO, March 29 - April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas, will include standards development committee meetings addressing environmental issues immediately impacting electronics industry. Papers will be presented at technical conference sessions, with effects of compliance on manufacturing process discussed. Also, the Free Forum, Environmental Laws and Regulations 2009: A Supply Chain Perspective, will detail how laws and regulations, as well as satisfying customers, affects business. Read More

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IPC issues call for IPC Midwest Conference participation.

February 24, 2009

Scheduled for Sept 23-24, 2009, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will focus on quality and reliability of PCBs and assemblies. Technical experts are invited to present paper or teach professional development course in areas of board compliance, assembly technology, quality/test/reliability, and eco-compliance. In addition to case histories and field data, abstracts should summarize problems and resolutions, methods used, results of experiments, and benefits to industry. Read More

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Stimulus Legislation is small step in addressing water needs.

February 24, 2009

President Obama signed economic stimulus bill that provides $2 billion for drinking water projects and $4 billion for wastewater projects. While funds committed represent only tiny fraction of need, AWWA is optimistic that investment in water will jump-start many critical projects and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. AWWA applauds Congress's decision to waive requirements that states provide matching funds, which would be difficult in today's economic climate. Read More

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BSA names distributor/manufacturer leader panelists.

February 24, 2009

Distributor panelists will include William J. Stevens, Gordon Duncan, and James Fitzpatrick and manufacturer panelists will include Tony Martell, William A. Childers, and Dr. Michael Hartnett, with Peter Negri as moderator. They will discuss audience responses to interactive survey planned for 2009 Annual Convention on May 2-5. BSA leaders believe that when participants learn what industry peers are thinking, they will be able to meet distributor/manufacturer/end-user needs. Read More

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FMA and NBT join forces to promote manufacturing careers.

February 24, 2009

The FMA and John Ratzenberger's NBTF have joined forces to create Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, The Foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (NBT). Based in Rockford, Ill. and aimed at promoting educational initiatives exposing students to manufacturing careers, it will feature Gerald Shankel and Terrence Egan as President and Director, respectively. John Ratzenberger will continue to serve on governing board and new organization will feature 18-member board of directors. Read More

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Registration still open for NTSB Family Assistance course.

February 24, 2009

Scheduled for March 10-12, course titled Transportation Disaster Response - Family Assistance will use audio/video materials, case studies, recent accident examples, and panel discussions to illustrate key principles of unique aspects of supporting families during transportation disaster. Some key points will include legal aspects of family assistance, conducting effective family briefings, effective on-scene response, and successful forensic operations. Read More

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IPC/JEDEC Conference to include 6 lead-free workshops.

February 24, 2009

During IPC/JEDEC "Transitioning to Lead Free - Strategies for Implementation" conference, Ray Prasad, Werner Engelmaier, Dr. Jennie Hwang, and technical experts from DfR Solutions will look at critical issues for lead-free implementation, process, and reliability. Conference will cover supply chain communication for lead-free world, aerospace response to lead-free solder, lead-free implementation for SON and QFN devices, and mitigation of corrosion-induced tin whiskers. Read More

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BIO Policy urges adherence to strict ethical standards.

February 24, 2009

In policy statement, BIO encourages members involved in marketing of biologics or other pharmaceuticals to U.S. healthcare professionals to adopt transparent and rigorous code of conduct, which also ensures compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations. BIO also announced its support for principles contained in "Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals" adopted by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Read More