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University of Trento hosts 2013 EPMA summer school.

July 23, 2013

University of Trento hosted latest EPMA Powder Metallurgy Summer School, which took place on July 8-12 in Trento, Italy. During this time, 52 students were introduced to Powder Metallurgy and had opportunity to listen to, discuss, and solve problems with 25 PM experts. Lectures were complemented by laboratory facilities, where students learned about impact resistance of low alloyed PM steels, microstructural analysis and microhardness, and hardenability and sinterhardenability by dilatometry. Read More

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence rises again in July.

July 23, 2013

Released by Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, July 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) shows confidence in equipment finance market is 59.4. This marks increase from June's index of 57.3, reflecting participants' increasing optimism despite continued moderate equipment demand. Survey comments from industry executive leadership show that, depending on market segment, executives have differing points of view on current and future outlook for industry. Read More

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Market Report shows small companies are industry's bright spot.

July 23, 2013

According to July 2013 edition of IPC North American EMS Market Report, the smallest EMS companies that participate in IPC's North American EMS Statistical Program have performed extremely well this year, with year-to-date sales growth almost 18% above same period last year and year-to-date order growth of almost 25%. These companies’ predictions of sales growth for next 3-12 months, as well as information on how larger companies fared in first 5 months of 2013, are provided in report. Read More

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MESA's Global Education Program offers online courses.

July 22, 2013

MESA International has been working to establish a global baseline of knowledge that will benefit both manufacturers and solution providers, and is now offering variety of instructor-led online courses. Upon successful completion, these courses provide CEUs and can also be applied towards MES/MOM Methodologies Online Certificate of Awareness. Offering Global Education Program courses online makes training and knowledge-sharing more accessible to more people in more areas. Read More

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Date Announced for rotodynamic pumps acceptance testing webinar.

July 22, 2013

Led by Jim Swetye of Pentair Water, Pump Testing for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar will cover recently published Rotodynamic Pumps for Hydraulic Performance Acceptance Tests (ANSI/HI 14.6-2011) Standard. This 1 hr and 15 minute webinar, to be held August 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm EDT, will also cover aspects of the standard including terms and definitions, guarantee and duty points, permissible amplitude of fluctuation, and performance test acceptance grades and tolerances. Read More

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EPA announces $15 million in Brownfields award grants.

July 22, 2013

EPA announced approximately $15 million in supplemental funding to help clean up contaminated Brownfields properties. Revolving Loan Funding will help 41 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects, which will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment. Ranging from about $200,000 to $400,000 with an average grant award of $300,000, funds have enabled the support of 90,000 jobs in cleanup, construction, and redevelopment. Read More

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IPC APEX India comes to Bangalore in August.

July 22, 2013

Scheduled for Aug 26–29, 2013, IPC APEX India™ will provide pathway for growth to electronics manufacturers in India. Event will present the latest innovations from some of world’s leading companies in areas of printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, and test. It will offer professional development workshops as well as technical conference and exhibition where attendees will have opportunity to interact with experts who are charting the course for tomorrow’s technology. Read More

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Butterfly Color Research may inspire hue-changing materials.

July 22, 2013

Physicists have uncovered how subtle differences in tiny crystals of butterfly wings create varied patterns of color even among closely related species. Discovery is reported in Optical Society's Optical Materials Express journal in paper titled "Iridescence and nano-structure differences in Papilio butterflies." If researchers can figure out how to replicate wings' light-manipulating properties, discovery could lead to new coatings for manufactured materials that could change color by design. Read More

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Harold E. Yohn receives ASTM International Award of Merit.

July 22, 2013

Harold E. Yohn, product application specialist at Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Co., has received Award of Merit from Committee D20 on Plastics. Committee D20 honored Yohn for his significant assistance in the development of ASTM plastics standards, as well as his services as both a main and subcommittee officer. He serves as vice chairman (liaison-research) on main D20 committee and leads impact and high-speed properties, thermal properties, and advisory subcommittees as chairman. Read More

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ASTM invites papers for EIFS symposium.

July 19, 2013

Scheduled for Oct 5, 2014, symposium on Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems: Performance, Progress and Innovation, will be directed towards professionals who primarily make their livelihood in the EIFS industry and who depend on ASTM standards that govern this industry. Papers are solicited in variety of areas, including continuous insulation, energy codes and efficiency, fire performance, maintenance and facade inspection, fluid-applied air/water resistive barriers, sealants, and coatings. Read More

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Awards Honor State DOTs for transportation projects.

July 19, 2013

Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, America's Transportation Awards competition recognizes best of America's transportation projects in 3 main categories. Mid America regional featured 12 project nominations from 7 mid-American states. Department of Transportation (DOT) of Indiana and Missouri took home awards in Ahead of Schedule category, DOTs in Minnesota and Indiana for Under Budget category, and DOTs of Michigan and Missouri for Best Use of Innovation category. Read More

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IPC Management Meetings help solve industry challenges.

July 19, 2013

Open exclusively to senior executives in the electronics industry, IPC Management Meetings provide forum to gain high-level perspective on technology, market trends, and management issues. Meeting will feature joint sessions of interest to all sectors of industry followed by breakout sessions targeting needs of EMS providers and PCB manufacturers and suppliers. Top on the agenda is delivering insights into economy, supply chain issues, conflict minerals, military spending, ITAR, and on-shoring. Read More

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EPA Seeks Input for revisions on existing uses of PCBs.

July 19, 2013

U.S. EPA seeks nominations from individuals who represent small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profit organizations to provide input to federal panel that will explore changes to existing uses of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Panel will focus on EPA's development of proposed rule to revise or end existing authorized uses of PCBs as appropriate if conditions under which they were authorized 30+ years ago have changed. Self-nominations must be received by July 29, 2013. Read More

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Tooling U-SME Conference to address workforce development.

July 19, 2013

Hosted by Tooling U-SME, third annual tuXperience will focus on how best to train workforce of today and tomorrow. Showcasing successful, integrated training programs used by top manufacturers, tuXperience will feature nationally recognized training experts and breakout Q&A sessions with current Tooling U-SME customers. Conference will show how companies are strategically aligning their training programs to overcome workforce issues while maximizing bottom-line impact. Read More

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ANSI partners with Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.

July 18, 2013

Through Memorandum of Understanding, ANSI and Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council agree to establish a strategic partnership in support of the enhanced recognition of credible standards and eco-labels associated with sustainable purchasing activities. ANSI will provide guidance and related expertise to SPLC in support of this mission, while SPLC will coordinate communications with its members regarding relevant ANSI activities and provide additional support. Read More

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ANSI Co-Hosts Roundtable on standards and innovation.

July 18, 2013

In conjunction with World Standards Cooperation (WSC) and U.S. Library of Congress, ANSI co-hosted roundtable meeting — The Role of Standardization in Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship — on June 26–27, 2013 to examine issues related to standards and innovation. Event brought together stakeholders to discuss ways to promote dialogue and collaboration between standards organizations and colleges and universities, among other related issues. Read More

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National Robot Safety Conference will be in Indianapolis.

July 18, 2013

Scheduled for Oct 14-16, 2013 at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis, 25th National Robot Safety Conference focuses on the new American Robot Safety Standard, ANSI/RIA R15.06-2012, the first update to the standard since 1999. Key issues to be addressed include risk assessment, machine safety controls, practical industrial robot safety, robot user case studies, and primer on functional safety. Special exhibitor expo featuring leading robot safety products will be held on Oct 15. Read More

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Shell Oil to spend over $115 million to reduce air pollution.

July 18, 2013

Shell Oil and affiliated partnerships have agreed to resolve alleged violation of the Clean Air Act at a large refinery and chemical plant in Deer Park, TX by spending at least $115 million to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and other processes, and by paying $2.6 million civil penalty. Shell has also agreed to spend $1 million on a state-of-the-art system to monitor benzene levels at fence line of refinery and chemical plant, making data available to public through website. Read More

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Pharma EXPO provides pharmaceutical manufacturing solutions.

July 18, 2013

In May, PMMI and ISPE announced the debut of Pharma EXPO, a new show providing total solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturing. Now, PMMI and ISPE report strong support for show from leading pharmaceutical/medical device solution providers. Show's exhibitors will be suppliers of packaging, processing, and other supply chain technologies. Pharma EXPO will debut and co-locate with PACK EXPO International 2014, scheduled for November 2–5 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Read More

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PM Industry in North America points to continued growth in 2013.

July 18, 2013

According to comments made by Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) President Matthew Bulger at PowderMet2013, PM industry started 2013 with confidence after continued growth in 2012. Metal powder producers, equipment makers, and PM parts companies, notably fabricators of metal injection molded (MIM) parts, reported increases in sales for 2012. Industry has regained growth momentum, and 2013 is expected to repeat of last year's modest but positive gains. Read More