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AAMA updates specification for self adhering flashing.

August 5, 2013

AAMA 711-13 establishes minimum performance requirements for self adhering flashing surrounding exterior wall fenestration products. Specification provides method to determine minimum width of flashing products and to evaluate influence of environmental factors on installation of products applied under typical field conditions. Most significant change made to AAMA 711 was addition of modified version of ASTM G155 Xenon Arc Test as alternative to ASTM G154 for accelerated weatherability testing. Read More

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IREC and SITN release Photovoltaic Labs Best Practices.

August 5, 2013

Photovoltaic Labs Best Practices, the latest in Solar Energy Education and Training Best Practices series, is designed to assist faculty and administrators in colleges, universities, and other technical training institutions who are interested in developing new photovoltaic laboratories or improving existing ones. Each section of report features online image gallery, links to manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, and specifications for four PV labs, ranging in price from $10K–100K. Read More

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AEM elects new director.

August 5, 2013

Tiffany Sewell-Howard, CEO of Charles Machine Works in Perry, OK, has been elected as Director of the CE Sector Board of AEM. AEM board members and officers work on behalf of all AEM member companies to provide strategic direction and guidance for Association services, activities and programs, in areas including public policy, equipment statistics and market information, trade shows, technical and product safety support, global business development, and education/training. Read More

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Sofya Solodkin Earns Boedecker Award for her contributions.

August 5, 2013

ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products recognized outstanding contributions of Sofya Solodkin, quality manager at Ausenco in Vancouver, British Columbia, with Kenneth J. Boedecker Jr. Distinguished Service Award. ASTM International member since 1995, Solodkin received 15 Year Service Award from Committee A05 in 2012, is registered professional engineer, and has 20+ years experience in materials and industrial engineering and quality systems development. Read More

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CTT Helps Educate Attendees and improve production efficiencies.

August 5, 2013

PMMI (Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies), owner and producer of PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 23–25, 2013), has released schedule of educational sessions at Center for Trends and Technology: Improving Production through Innovation (CTT). Topics will cover new and emerging technologies that accelerate time to market and facilitate regulatory compliance, strengthening brand equity. CTT will present 5 one-hour conference sessions each day. Read More

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Washington approves revised interconnection procedures.

August 2, 2013

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission issued final order approving significant revisions to state's interconnection rules. Revised rules mark 3 advances that were recommended or supported by IREC: (1) definition of "interconnection customer" now clarifies that net-metered systems can be owned by third-party; (2) multi-tiered approach to evaluating interconnection requests; and (3) eliminating requirement for external disconnect switch for Tier 1 systems. Read More

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NEMA Website Offers ANSI/NEMA SG-IC 1-2013 for free download.

August 2, 2013

To promote rapid adoption, ANSI/NEMA SG–IC 1-2013 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant Testing and Certification Scheme Operator Guidelines is being offered for free download. Publication describes roles and responsibilities for each of 4 main participants in testing scheme for interoperability and security among Smart Grid products. Also, standard brings uniformity and portability to process by identifying necessary levels of checks and balances for overall testing process. Read More

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Refrigerant Blends may offer alternative to R-134a.

August 2, 2013

Research released by SAE provides further evidence that Mexichem Fluor's refrigerant blends AC5 and AC6 could offer EU regulation compliant alternatives to R-134a in automotive air conditioning. Conducted by Co-operative Research Programme, administered by SAE International, and sponsored by a number of major car manufacturers, research shows that AC6 has an even greater margin of safety than R-1234yf based on its reduced flammability characteristics. Read More

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas is breaking records.

August 2, 2013

To meet supplier demand, PMMI is expanding the PACK EXPO Las Vegas show floor yet again. Scheduled for Sept 23–35, event will include more than 1,600 processing and packaging solutions providers occupying over 700,000 net square feet, making 2013 edition the largest PACK EXPO Las Vegas since event first opened in 1995. Attendance is expected to well exceed 26,000 manufacturing professionals from baking and snack, beverage, confectionery, pharmaceutical, and other industries. Read More

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Call for Papers Issued for 2 TOPCONs in China in 2013.

August 2, 2013

SPE has issued calls for papers for 2 one-day topical conferences (TOPCONs), which will be held in Shanghai, China. While "Shaping the Future of Injection Molding through Game-Changing Innovation" will take place on December 11, "Global Advances in Plastics for Medical Devices and Packaging" will take place on December 12. Deadlines are as follows: author name, paper title, and 250-word abstract by September 15, 2013; full paper by October 15; and PowerPoint® presentation by December 1. Read More

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ASTM Steel Committee presents award to Dr. William Warke.

August 2, 2013

ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys presented the Founding Committee Award to William Warke, Ph.D., in recognition of his high level of leadership and exemplary contributions to the development of ASTM steel standards. A member of ASTM since 1966, Warke is an ASTM fellow and Award of Merit recipient. He served as A01 secretary for 6 years, is past chairman of the A01.91 Editorial Subcommittee, and currently serves on multiple subcommittees. Read More

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NEMA publishes revision of ANSI/NEMA HP 8-2013.

August 2, 2013

ANSI/NEMA HP 8 covers requirements for crosslinked, modified polyolefin insulated solid and stranded wire, designed to internal wiring of high reliability electrical/electronic equipment. Standard addresses 600 V and 1,000 V wire and permits continuous conductor temperature ratings of -40 to +90°C, 105°C, or 125°C with either tin- or silver-coated conductors. Major revisions include reference to ANSI/NEMA WC 67-2012 Standard for Uninsulated Conductors and removal of internal references. Read More

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ASTM Honors Hany Demian for standardization contributions.

August 2, 2013

Hany Demian, senior biomedical engineer at Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Device Evaluation, at U.S. FDA in Silver Spring, MD received Patrick G. Laing Award for outstanding contributions in medical and surgical devices field. Member of ASTM International and Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices since 1995, Demian currently serves as F04 general interest vice chairman and secretary of Subcommittee F04.11 on Polymeric Materials. Read More

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WESTEC 2013 Returns to CA amidst promising manufacturing climate.

August 2, 2013

WESTEC will take place October 15–17 in Los Angeles Convention Center. West Coast manufacturing event returns to California amidst encouraging environment that has seen measurable increases in exports, production, overall employment growth, and recent legislation designed to enhance state's manufacturing sector. Recent economic gains in CA have been powered by new technologies, many of which will be on display. Read More

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DVD Helps Industry understand SEC conflict minerals regulation.

August 2, 2013

IPC's 2013 Conflict Minerals Conference Proceedings DVD provides electronics manufacturers and suppliers with facts pertaining to U.S. SEC conflict minerals regulation compliance. Recorded during summer conflict minerals conference, compilation of audio and slide presentations features experts on conflict minerals regulation. Topics covered include due diligence and audit preparation, risk mitigation, data management, enterprise social responsibility, and building compliance roadmaps. Read More

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BIO applauds commercial production of cellulosic biofuel.

August 2, 2013

BIO congratulated INEOS Bio as it announced the start up of commercial production of cellulosic biofuel at the Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, FL. According to Brent Erickson, Executive VP of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, INEOS Bio’s biorefinery is the first to prove a biotech process successful at commercial scale. It has already created hundreds of jobs and brought economic growth – as well as renewable electricity – to its Florida community. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for June 2013.

August 2, 2013

According to IPC's monthly North American Printed Circuit Board Statistical Program, total North American PCB shipments decreased 3.4% in June 2013 from June 2012, and bookings decreased 6.1% year over year. Year to date, PCB industry shipments were down 4.7% and bookings were down 1.3%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments in June were up by 12.0%, but bookings were down 3.6%. Shipments outpaced bookings in June for first time in 7 months, causing PCB book-to-bill ratio to slip to 1.05. Read More

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House Defense Appropriations Bill ignores sequestration.

August 1, 2013

AIA applauds passage of House Defense Appropriations Bill, which provides $512.5 billion in base funding and $85.8 billion for overseas contingency operations. However, while bill is more than $28 billion above levels mandated under Budget Control Act of 2011, it still represents a reduction of nearly $3.4 billion from Defense Department’s 2014 request for its base budget. More importantly, the bill ignores cuts that would be imposed under sequestration. Read More

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IPC and JPCA Release Design Guidelines for printed electronics.

August 1, 2013

IPC/JPCA-2291, Design Guidelines for Printed Electronics, provides guidance for consistent, manufacturable design requirements. These first ever electronics manufacturing industry design guidelines pertaining to printed electronics, together with IPC/JPCA-4921, Requirements for Printed Electronics Base Materials, and IPC/JPCA-4591, Requirements for Printed Electronics Functional Materials, establish foundation for technology alternative being used in growing number of applications. Read More

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EPA Selects 8 Universities to help improve public health data.

August 1, 2013

EPA announced academic partners for Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) University Challenge, which aims to find ways to increase public awareness of toxic chemical releases in their communities. Selected projects were proposed by faculty and students from Drew University, Huston-Tillotson University, Indiana University-Bloomington, SUNY Plattsburg, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Washington-Bothell, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and Washington University in St. Louis. Read More