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IPC Ambassador's Council offers experience and expertise.

March 31, 2014

Members of IPC's Ambassador's Council are sidelining their retirement years to continue serving IPC and the electronics manufacturing industry. Comprising members of the IPC Hall of Fame, Ambassadors are using their experience and expertise to offer advice and guidance to IPC and its programs. Creation of the Ambassador’s Council gives staff a "Hall of Fame" channel to identify and develop robust ideas to increase scope of standards, membership growth, and government relations on global basis. Read More

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Best Technical Papers will be presented at IPC Apex Expo 2014.

March 28, 2014

Voted on via ballot by IPC Technical Program Committee members, best U.S. and International Papers of IPC APEX EXPO® 2014 have been selected. Authors will receive awards during Opening Keynote Session on March 25, and winning papers will be presented during conference. Top U.S. category honors went to "Reliability Screening of Lower Melting Point Lead-Free Alloys Containing Bismuth, while "Advanced Thermal Management Solutions on PCBs for High Power Applications" won International category. Read More

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AMT elects 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers.

March 28, 2014

AMT's Board of Directors, which represents 600 American manufacturers and distributors of machine tools, manufacturing machinery, and related products, named Kevin J. Kilgallen, President of Mid Atlantic Machinery, Inc., to serve as Chairman. Jerry Rex, President of Hegman Machinery, LLC will serve as First Vice Chairman, while Richard L. Simons, President of Hardinge Inc., will serve as Second Vice Chairman/Treasurer. Brian J. Papke, President of Mazak Corporation, was elected Secretary. Read More

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SPE names rotomolding design competition winners.

March 28, 2014

SPE Rotational Molding Division announced professional and student winners in its Product Design Competition. Jamie Wirkler of The Kitchen Community won 1st place for garden beds that could withstand same use as playground equipment while serving as food production containers. Tom Fish of Little Tikes won 2nd place for design of pirate bed. In student category, Kyle Anderson won 1st place for iCoustics sound amplifiers for iPhones and Jacqueline Edwards won 2nd place for children's hospital bed. Read More

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Global Technology Leaders to discuss key tech trends.

March 28, 2014

Scheduled for April 8, CES Unveiled Shanghai is the first in a 2014 series of international showcases held in key countries around the world to highlight select exhibitors and their latest innovations, CEA market research, and country specific experts and influencers. Event will include keynote address from Hisense Chairman Zhou Houjian, opening remarks from China Electronics Chamber of Commerce’s Madame Qu Weizhi, and panel discussion with top global tech executives. Read More

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A4A congratulates Teri Bristol.

March 28, 2014

A4A congratulated Teri Bristol on her appointment to serve as the next Chief Operating Officer of FAA's Air Traffic Organization. "Teri is well respected across the aviation industry and shares our vision on the importance of modernizing our nation’s air traffic control infrastructure and building on our well-deserved reputation for safety excellence," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. Read More

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Texas Chemical Plant agrees to cut harmful air pollution.

March 27, 2014

Department of Justice and U.S. EPA announced that Flint Hills Resources of Port Arthur agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at chemical plant in Port Arthur, TX. This settlement came about as part of EPA's national effort to protect communities that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution. Company is also required to pay $350,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations. Read More

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Shrink Wrap may help detect infectious disease biomarkers.

March 26, 2014

A new nanotechnology method—employing common, everyday shrink wrap—may make highly sensitive, low-cost diagnosis of infectious disease agents possible. Described in paper co-authored by Michelle Khine, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine, and published in The Optical Society's journal Optical Materials Express, technique offers way to significantly boost signal of fluorescent markers used in biosensing, by depositing combination of metals onto shrink wrap. Read More

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BIO Announces Keynote Speakers for 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit.

March 26, 2014

Dr. Calestous Juma, Professor at Harvard Kennedy School, and Dr. Jim Murray, Professor at University of California at Davis, will deliver keynote addresses at 2014 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit (September 16–18). David Edwards, director of Animal Biotechnology at BIO, called Juma Murray "leaders in the field of using technology to feed the world" and said they will provide "first-hand look at opportunities for animal biotechnology to positively impact people’s diets and health." Read More

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Interbev Process to be Co-Located with Process Expo in 2015.

March 26, 2014

Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and NüernbergMesse signed agreement to co-locate PROCESS EXPO and InterBev Process in Chicago, IL beginning in 2015. These 2 shows, along with International Dairy Show, will take place September 15–18 and bring together more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and 21,000 industry professionals in North and Lakeside Halls of McCormick Place. Attendees will have unlimited access to show floors and educational programs of all 3 shows. Read More

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RAPID Conference and Exposition adds presentations and space.

March 26, 2014

Validating the rising interest in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, 2014 RAPID Conference & Exposition will have the largest exhibit floor in its 24-year history. Event has added 4 topic areas to previous 9; 20 new presentations for total of 95; and new, hands-on demos and activities. Some topics will include economic and business considerations, automated post finishing of parts, product design and machine design considerations, and materials for additive manufacturing applications. Read More

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Review Team finds Boeing 787 design safe.

March 26, 2014

FAA released findings of a team formed in January 2013 to review the Boeing 787's design, manufacture, and assembly processes. Joint team of FAA and Boeing technical experts found that the aircraft was soundly designed, met its intended safety level, and that the manufacturer and FAA had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification. In addition, team made 7 recommendations for further improvements in Boeing processes and FAA oversight. Read More

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EPA celebrates 10 years of SmartWay Partnerships.

March 26, 2014

EPA’s voluntary SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest most energy-efficient way possible, saving businesses money while protecting public health and fighting climate change. Over the last 10 years, SmartWay has eliminated 51.6 million metric tons of carbon pollution, resulting in savings of more than 120 million barrels of oil, and $16.8 billion in fuel costs. Read More

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North American Acid Manufacturer will reduce emissions.

March 26, 2014

As announced by U.S. EPA and Department of Justice, LSB Industries Inc. (LSB) and 4 of its subsidiaries have agreed to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by meeting emission limits at plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Total penalty of $725,000 is also due to resolve alleged violations of Clean Air Act and applicable Oklahoma state law. Additionally, companies must continuously monitor emissions and make any necessary operational improvements. Read More

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Robert J. Dowding to receive first-ever Vanguard Award.

March 26, 2014

Robert J. Dowding, Research Manager for Materials and Manufacturing Science, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, has been selected to receive Vanguard Award from MPIF. Award recognizes powder metallurgy industry champions from end-user community whose long-time promotion of the technology has contributed to expansion of powder metal applications. Over course of Dowding’s tenure at ARL, much of his PM-based R&D work has been related to material and process development for tungsten and tungsten alloys. Read More

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PMA accepting entries for 2014 Metalforming Awards.

March 26, 2014

PMA invites industry-leading companies to submit an entry for its 2014 Awards of Excellence in Metalforming. Presented annually, awards recognize high standards of achievement set by metalforming industry in areas of design, quality, training and education, safety, productivity, process control, and product development. Companies honored will receive prominent coverage in MetalForming magazine; recognition at 2014 FABTECH tradeshow; $1,500 cash prize and plaque; and key presence on PMA’s website. Read More

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Webinar Series to address mechanical seals.

March 25, 2014

HI and Pump Systems Matter, in collaboration with Fluid Sealing Association, have announced Introduction to Mechanical Seals webinar series of 2014. Series will begin on March 27 and will continue April 1, April 3, and April 8. Opening session will cover how mechanical seals work and give overview of most common seal types. Session 2 addresses Construction and Design, while Session 3 covers Installation, Connections, and Commissioning. Session 4 focuses on Seal Environment and Failure Analysis. Read More

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IEC Electronics Corp earns IPC J-STD-001/IPC-A-610 certification.

March 25, 2014

IPC's Validation Services Program awarded first IPC J-STD-001/IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to IEC Electronics Corporation's Newark, NY and Albuquerque, NM facilities. Additionally, IEC Electronics' testing laboratory, Dynamic Research and Testing Laboratories (DRTL), in Albuquerque has been certified as IPC-approved Validation Services Test Laboratory. Certificates will be presented by IPC President and CEO John Mitchell during Opening Keynote Session at IPC APEX EXPO® on March 25, 2014. Read More

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Hundreds of Manufacturers gather at the MFG Meeting.

March 25, 2014

More than 700 manufacturing leaders gathered at The MFG Meeting to address the most pressing topics manufacturers face today. Organized by AMT, NTMA, and PMA, meeting's theme was "Opportunity has no limits … leap for it." Some highlights include: keynote on competitive advantage, organizational change, and transformational leadership; discussion about state of the economy; report on water and future of American manufacturing; and keynote on driving innovation by intentional strategic intervention. Read More

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LIA releases revised standard to promote safer facilities.

March 25, 2014

Updated for first time in 7 years, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers will be available through LIA. ANSI Z136.1 guides safe use of lasers and laser systems by defining control measures for 7 laser hazard classifications. Some highlights include: 19 new definitions of key terms; increase in allowed exposure levels for wavelengths between 1.2–1.4 µm; and updated section on "special qualifications" for medical-related exposures to include MPEs expressed in terms of illuminance. Read More