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BIO condemns destruction of research at GE tree facility.

March 13, 2015

Approximately 1,000 individuals representing MST, Brazil's Landless Workers Movement, invaded the operation of genetically engineered tree company Futuragene in Brazil. Action included destruction of GE eucalyptus seedlings and coincided with the meeting of the National Biosafety Technical Commission in Brasilia. In statement, Jim Greenwood, BIO President and CEO, said that these acts of vandalism are an attack on science, progress, innovation, and civilized discourse. Read More

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AASHTO/FWSHA Report examines ET-Plus device dimensions.

March 13, 2015

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and AASHTO examined allegations about ET-Plus guardrail system, specifically if there were multiple versions of ET-Plus and whether devices used in recent crash tests were representative of devices installed on roads. According to report results, there is no evidence suggesting there are devices with markedly different dimensions. End terminals crash tested at SwRI from Dec 2014 to Jan 2015 are representative of devices installed across USA. Read More

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WPC Introduces Database, Video on World Plumbing Day.

March 13, 2015

World Plumbing Council (WPC) Research Database lets individuals investigate international progress in research efforts related to plumbing and water-related issues. In addition to providing insight into research programs focused on specific plumbing- or water-related topics, this tool enables participants to submit their recommendations and ideas for new research programs. Also, organization released video on importance of plumbing as occupation and impact of water accessibility. Read More

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PEAK Commercial and Industrial named Featured Product company.

March 13, 2015

American Trucking Associations welcomed PEAK Commercial & Industrial, a division of Old World Industries LLC, as its latest ATA Featured Product company. PEAK Commercial & Industrial is the global provider of BlueDEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Final Charge Heavy-Duty Coolant, and other HD functional fluids designed for heavy duty engines. PEAK offers an extensive distribution network to ensure their customers' truck fleets are always on the road and driving commerce. Read More

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Seminar addresses American National Standard process.

March 13, 2015

On March 24, 2015, ANSI will host 1-day seminar entitled, The American Way: The American National Standard Development Process. Participants who enroll will learn why U.S. voluntary consensus standards are important, discover ANSI’s role in the U.S. standardization system, and get an overview of different types of accreditation. Course is intended for staff from standards developing organizations who administer American National Standards process. Read More

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North American PCB Business Growth sags in January.

March 13, 2015

According to January findings from IPC's monthly North American PCB Statistical Program, positive book-to-bill ratios of past 4 months indicate sales growth in first half of 2015, despite sluggish sales and orders in January. Total North American PCB shipments decreased 2.0% in January 2015 from January 2014. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were down 11.6%. PCB bookings decreased by 2.9% compared to January 2014, and orders declined 6.8% in January compared to previous month. Read More

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NTSB to hold forum on dangers of railroad trespassing.

March 13, 2015

Scheduled for March 24–25, Trains and Trespassing: Ending Tragic Encounters forum will be chaired by NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt. Event will feature speakers who have been seriously injured by trains; those whose communities have been affected; and railroad employee assistance program employees whose train crews have struck people on railroad property. Forum will review diversity of trespassing accidents and incidents and look at current and future prevention strategies. Read More

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IPC honors 8 members with Fellowship Award.

March 13, 2015

During IPC APEX EXPO®, IPC announced recipients of first annual Dieter Bergman IPC Fellowship Award. Recognition is given to individuals who have fostered collaborative spirit, made significant contributions to standards development, and have consistently demonstrated commitment to global standardization efforts and the electronics industry. Each recipient will be eligible to bestow Dieter Bergman Memorial Scholarship upon university or college of his/her choice. Read More

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SME's EASTEC 2015 showcases new manufacturing technologies.

March 13, 2015

Scheduled for May 12–14, EASTEC 2015 features more than 650 exhibitors and 3 days of complimentary educational sessions. Event showcases latest manufacturing technologies from additive manufacturing/3D printing to waterjet cutting, and provides access to industry experts sharing insights on how to foster innovation, increase productivity, and improve profits. This year, attendees will also get to see over 300 new products being highlighted at the show. Read More

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ELFA Sets Nomination Deadline for 2015 O&TE award.

March 13, 2015

Member nominations are due by June 1, 2015 for ELFA's 2015 Operations & Technology Excellence (O&TE) Award, which identifies and recognizes equipment finance organizations focused on innovation in process re-engineering or technology. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, new initiative, business model, consolidation, efficiency, or digital transformation project. Award will be presented at ELFA Operations & Technology Conference (September 16–18 in Philadelphia, PA). Read More

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NEMA Publishes White Paper on adoption of IEC Standard 61800-5-1.

March 12, 2015

"New UL Variable Frequency Drive Standard and Its Effects on Unit Short Circuit Rating" focuses on impact of UL adoption of IEC standard 61800-5-1 on safety requirements for adjustable speed drives with respect to certification of said devices. Developed by NEMA Industrial Automation Control Products and Systems Section Subcommittee on Adjustable Speed Drives, white paper provides clarification to prevent attempts to apply non-relevant requirements to NEMA member products. Read More

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ASQ Issues >9,800 Certifications to develop future workforce.

March 12, 2015

ASQ issued 9,800+ certifications in USA in 2014 as part of Manufacturing Institute partnership designed to help fill advanced manufacturing positions. In comment, ASQ CEO William Troy expressed pride in helping "provide workers with the knowledge they need to be successful in skilled manufacturing positions.” ASQ offers 18 certifications, including Certified Quality Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Inspector, and Certified Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Read More

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Congressman Tim Walz tours Creation Technologies.

March 12, 2015

Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN-1) met with executives and employees of IPC-member company Creation Technologies at company’s custom-built manufacturing facility in St. Peter, MN. Coordinated by IPC, visit is part of nationwide effort to educate policymakers about legislative and regulatory issues that affect electronics manufacturing industry. General Manager John Makela hosted site visit and led discussions on issues including fostering innovation, R&D, tax credits, and regulatory compliance. Read More

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Four IPC Global Statistical Programs are now open.

March 12, 2015

IPC’s global statistical programs for the laminate, solder, process consumables, and assembly equipment industries are now open to new participants for 2015. Statistical programs give participating IPC members access to global quarterly market data that would be impossible for them to collect themselves and prohibitively expensive for individual companies to obtain from research firms. Participating companies use this quarterly data in their marketing, sales, planning, and budgeting activities. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard for roadway/area lighting vandal shields.

March 12, 2015

Useful to roadway and area lighting manufacturers, municipalities, and utilities, NEMA published ANSI C136.34-2014 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Vandal Shields for Roadway and Area Lighting Luminaires. Standard covers supplementary vandal shields used to protect luminaires and luminaire accessories used for roadway and area lighting. Revisions include updated references, added section titles, and language consistent with other C136 standards. Read More

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Three Industry Volunteers receive IPC President's Award.

March 11, 2015

In recognition of their significant contributions of time, talent, and ongoing leadership in IPC and the electronics industry, three long-time IPC volunteers were presented with IPC President's Awards at IPC APEX EXPO® in San Diego, California. Award recipients were: Kathy Johnston of Raytheon Missile Systems; Steve Martell of Sonoscan, Inc.; and Lee Wilmot of TTM Technologies, Inc. Read More

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IPC honors volunteers for contributions to industry.

March 11, 2015

IPC presented Committee Leadership, Distinguished Committee Service, and Special Recognition Awards during IPC APEX EXPO® at the San Diego Convention Center. Awards were presented to individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their time and expertise through IPC committee service. Read More

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ISPE to release preliminary data from Quality Metrics Pilot.

March 11, 2015

ISPE, in conjunction with McKinsey & Co., will release preliminary data and findings from its Quality Metrics Pilot Program at ISPE Quality Metrics Summit, April 21–22. Pilot data and findings will provide insight on what may be collected, how it may impact how pharmaceutical companies are regulated, and how quality might be measured. During summit, participants will hear case studies from some of the 18 companies and 44 individual sites who participated in the pilot. Read More

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ANSI highlights People on the Move.

March 11, 2015

DERKA North America has announced appointment of Mary-Rose Nguyen as VP of corporate development for DERKA Certification Group. In this role, Ms. Nguyen will grow organization’s business in North America through new assessment service offerings. Dr. Arnold “Arny” Bereson, appointed by American Society for Nondestructive Testing as organization’s new executive director, will oversee use of organization’s resources towards their goals, guide daily operations, and act as official spokesperson. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces 2014 Member of the Year.

March 11, 2015

Hydraulic Institute named Aleks Roudnev, Manager of Research and Design - Applied Hydraulics, Weir Minerals North America as its 2014 "Member of the Year". An active member of HI since 1995, Mr. Roudnev was selected for his commitment to the Institute in both leading and actively participating in numerous HI committees for the advancement of Institute’s technical work as well as in guiding young engineers within Institute’s extensive technical organization. Read More