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Safety Manuals outline directional drilling best practices.

July 31, 2014

AEM has produced new Directional Drilling safety manual and updated Directional Drilling Tracking Equipment safety manual to reflect latest industry best practices for drilling safely. Keyholing and cross boring are featured in safety procedures for underground utility damage prevention. Developed by manufacturers under auspices of AEM’s Underground Equipment Manufacturers Council, industry-consensus safety documents are written in clear language and presented in easy-to-follow format. Read More

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IPC Training Video focuses on FOD issue prevention.

July 31, 2014

DVD-172C, "FOD Prevention in Electronics Assembly," addresses foreign objects and debris (FOD) issues impacting electronic device reliability/functionality. Training video provides information and techniques to help eliminate FOD during electronics assembly, including hand soldering, SMT and plated-through hole assembly processes, and box build/wire assembly. Also, video explains 6 proper housekeeping steps and covers tool control, hardware control, material handling, and ESD prevention. Read More

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IPC and HKPCA renew show partnership for next 4 years.

July 30, 2014

Following successful 2013 International Printed Circuit & APEX South China Fair, IPC and Hong Kong Printed Circuit Association are extending their alliance to host the event for another 4 years. Introduction of the IPC APEX brand last year helped strengthen the exhibit scope as it catered to the rapid market development of the electronics manufacturing services sector in the country. Participation of IPC members in the show increased nearly 200%, contributing to growth in attendance of 20%. Read More

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Wearable Device detects diabetic neuropathy.

July 30, 2014

Group of researchers in Taiwan has developed optical technology that may be able to detect diabetic autonomic neuropathy sooner, when it is more easily treated. Condition progressively affects autonomic nerves controlling vital organs like the heart and gastrointestinal system. Described in paper published in OSA’s journal Applied Optics, the new technology is a small, wearable device called a pupillometer that hangs on a pair of eyeglasses and measures 5 parameters associated with pupils. Read More

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NEMA calls Congress to action on energy efficiency.

July 30, 2014

Recently, the House of Representatives has passed bills to streamline administration of funding support for energy efficiency retrofits of schools (HR 4092) and to report on likely energy and water efficiency gains of thermal insulation of potable hot and chilled water in federal buildings (HR 4801). NEMA is calling for the Senate to pass the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S 2262) sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). Read More

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TRIB Video explains true causes of rubber on the road.

July 29, 2014

TRIB has joined forces with Tire Industry Association to launch video that explains true causes of rubber on the road. State and Federal studies have shown that rubber on the roads is primarily created by tires that fail from being run underinflated or overloaded, have run over some type of road hazard, or have some other improper maintenance or operational issue. These issues affect both new and retreaded tires equally and have nothing to do with the manufacturing or retreading process. Read More

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Electronics Assembly Quality Benchmark Study was released by IPC.

July 29, 2014

IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2014 provides data to electronics assembly companies interested in comparing their key 2013 quality metrics to those of other assembly companies by company size, region, and type of product. This annual, survey-based study addresses manufacturing and service measurements regarding production, QC, customer satisfaction, supplier performance, and certification data. Read More

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NACD ChemEdge Conference expects near-record attendance.

July 29, 2014

Hosted by NACD, ChemEdge will take place in Nashville, TN from August 19–22. This annual operations conference, designed for chemical distribution industry, will feature keynote address by James Arendas on safety management responsibilities and evaluation. Attendees can also participate in educational sessions to learn how to better manage complex regulations, requirements under NACD's Responsible Distribution® program, and other business issues affecting chemical distribution. Read More

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EPA Furthers Tribal Health Research through ~$5 million in grants.

July 29, 2014

EPA is awarding tribal environmental health research grants to 6 groups, including universities and tribes, to identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma, waterborne diseases, and other concerns. Recipients include Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Yurok Tribe, Little Big Horn College, University of Tulsa, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Read More

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Advanced Manufacturing Expo to be held Sept 23-24.

July 29, 2014

Taking place at the International Centre in Mississauga, ON, AMExpo 2014 is Canada’s premier forum for industry professionals to study, assess, and compare latest products and services in advanced manufacturing technology. Expo will feature RAPID Canada alongside Medical Manufacturing Innovations. Educational and technical sessions will cover topics such as Designing for Additive Manufacturing, 3D Metal Processing, 3D Polymer Processing, Finishing and Plating, 3D Scanning, and Bioprinting. Read More

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HUD Begins Adoption Process for several 2012 AAMA standards.

July 29, 2014

American Architectural Manufacturers Association's (AAMA) current standards pertaining to fenestration in manufactured housing – 1701.2-12, 1702.2-12, and 1704-12 – have been recommended for adoption by Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Praising this as "a major victory," AAMA certification manager Rich Rinka said change from currently standards would not happen "without MHCC's blessing." Read More

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AGT Appoints Sepand Moshiri as new VP of HRMS division.

July 29, 2014

Sepand Moshiri will lead sales operations of American Green Technology® (AGT) HRMS division. Moshiri has 16 year career in business development, sales and strategy management, operations management, and government relations within several industries. Moshiri, who will be stationed in Houston, TX, said he is "committed to leading AGT’s vision to ensure that core components of infection control are in place at the local, regional, and national healthcare setting levels." Read More

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IPC mourns loss of Dieter Bergman.

July 29, 2014

IPC has announced the passing of Dieter Bergman, IPC staff member for more than 40 years. Bergman began his career in 1956 as a designer for Philco Ford in Philadelphia, PA. In 1974, he was elected Chairman of the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee, and later that year joined the IPC staff as Technical Director. Most recently, Bergman chaired the IPC Ambassador Council, a group of IPC Hall of Famers who provide advice and guidance to IPC. Read More

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Biotechnologists will uncover innovation at Pharma EXPO.

July 29, 2014

Co-located with PACK EXPO International, Nov 2–5, 2014, Pharma EXPO is a joint venture of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and ISPE. Show will connect biotechnology professionals with solutions to meet needs of complex operations requiring flexible manufacturing and adaptable process technologies. Some highlights will include Next Generation bioreactor systems, complete fill-finish systems, and flexible approaches to both aseptic and non-aseptic processing areas. Read More

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Fieldbus and HART Boards join to create new organization.

July 28, 2014

Boards of Directors of Fieldbus Foundation and HART® Communication Foundation have approved unifying the two Foundations into a new industry organization dedicated to the needs of intelligent devices and their integration in the world of Process Automation. Mission of combined organization will be to develop, manage, and promote global standards for integrating devices into automation-system architectures, providing functional solutions for process automation suppliers and end users. Read More

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Registration Opens for SBANE's CEO Dialogue Program.

July 28, 2014

Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) opened registration for CEO Dialogue Program, which acts as business owner's exclusive peer advisory group comprised of up to 10 C-Level peers who meet once a month to discuss business issues and business strategy in confidential space. With each meeting, every member of CEO Dialogue group can candidly share their business situations and goals while receiving honest feedback and insight from those who have been through similar experiences. Read More

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New NEMA Board Members come from GE Healthcare and Jarden.

July 28, 2014

NEMA elected Marcelo Mosci, President and CEO, U.S. and Canada Region, of GE Healthcare, and Tom Russo, President and CEO of Jarden Safety & Security, to its Board of Governors. Mosci's responsibilities span GE Healthcare's imaging, diagnostics, monitoring, information technologies, performance solutions, and life sciences offerings. During his 30-year career in life safety sector, Russo spent several years working with several companies and also started his own (Imaging Solutions LLC). Read More

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IPC PERM Council to address Pb-free concerns in electronics.

July 25, 2014

IPC Pb-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council will meet in Toronto, Canada from July 22–24 to discuss lead-free conversion issues regarding safety, performance, reliability, and affordability of electronics in high-performance markets. To be hosted by Celestica, meeting will cover several specific topics and feature IPC President and CEO John Mitchell speaking to importance of government relations and advocacy to secure support for Pb-free reliability research. Read More

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Inaugural THE BIG M showcased future of advanced manufacturing.

July 25, 2014

SME's manufacturing event, THE BIG M, saw thousands of attendees, hundreds of conference sessions, and collaboration among 20+ partners. During this inaugural event, opportunities were available to manufacturing companies, professionals, leaders, and policymakers had opportunity to experience latest technologies, have industry-related conversations, and team up on initiatives. Highlights included AMP 2.0 national meeting and keynote by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Read More

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NEMA Application Guide covers ceramic suspension insulators.

July 25, 2014

NEMA has published NEMA HV 2-2014 Suspension and Post Type Insulators for Electric Power Overhead Lines General Use Information. HV 2 provides guidelines for proper use of insulators and suggestions for precautions to be taken against improper use. Latest edition was rewritten to include all suspension and post type high-voltage insulators as covered in ANSI C29 series of American National Standards. Read More