Scheduled for Oct 5–8, 2014, sixteenth annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference will showcase talks by 5 keynote speakers from WardsAuto, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., Dow Chemical Co., LyondellBasell, and General Motors Co. Interspersed throughout conference, keynotes will highlight important trends facing automotive-plastics market, including access to new feedstocks, approaching vehicle-efficiency mandates, and key pressures driving innovation. Read More
State of Nevada's unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into nation's airspace. Nevada’s research will concentrate on UAS standards and operations as well as operator standards and certification requirements. Site’s activities will also look at how air traffic control procedures will evolve with introduction of UAS into civil environment and how these aircraft will integrate with NextGen, the modernization of the national airspace system. Read More
William Freeman, technical consultant to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, discussed institute’s alternative to Health Product Declarations, during the AAMA Summer Conference held June 1–4. Product Transparency Declarations provide transparency based on exposure and risk rather than hazard, while also providing labeling and warning requirements. While HPDs focus on raw materials in a product, PTDs focus on finished product delivered to job site. Read More
Conflict Minerals: Staying Current in a Changing Landscape will take place on July 10, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA to provide manufacturers with up-to-the-minute information on changing landscape of conflict minerals. Offered by IPC, this one-day conference will feature speakers who will explain strategic overview of conflict minerals compliance, impacts on businesses by first reporting round, and lessons learned. Several other topics will be covered as well. Read More
NEMA has published NEMA C12.30TR-2013 Test Requirements for: Metering Devices Equipped with Service Switches. Most tests included in technical report are tailored to fit service switch type meters and originate from ANSI C12.1-2008 standard. Sections within ANSI standard have been referenced within these tests where applicable, and other tests that are specific to the service switch have been added for completeness. Read More
U.S. National Committee (USNC) of IEC announced U.S. participants in 2014 IEC Young Professionals Workshop competition: Ryan Franks of NEMA, Kevin Mangold of NIST, and Carin Stuart of Energizer Holdings Inc. To be held in conjunction with 78th IEC General Meeting in Tokyo on November 10–14, 2014, Young Professionals Workshop aims to cultivate long-term national involvement in international arena, strengthen technology transfer, and encourage participation of emerging professionals. Read More
In 2 papers published in The Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, researchers from Netherlands and Israel describe 2 wearable devices that use changing patterns of scattered light to monitor biometrics. While one device tracks glucose concentration and dehydration levels, other monitors pulse. Glucose concentration is measured directly but noninvasively, and pulse monitoring is less sensitive to errors when while wearer is in motion. Read More
IPC's Validation Services Program has awarded Qualified Manufacturers Listing to Zentech Manufacturing Inc., an electronics and engineering service firm in Baltimore, MD. Facility underwent intensive 2-day audit based on two of IPC's foremost standards: IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. Zentech met or exceeded Class 3 requirements and is now listed as an IPC-trusted source.