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Dr. Peter Diamandis chosen to keynote IPC APEX EXPO 2014.

September 20, 2013

Through vote of electronics industry professionals, Peter Diamandis, M.D., chairman and CEO of X Prize Foundation, has been selected to present the opening keynote at IPC APEX EXPO® on March 25, 2014. In his presentation, Diamandis will share how artificial intelligence, nanomaterials, 3-D printing, robotics, and digital medicine will transform life and business over next 20 years. He will also explain how society has evolved from "local and linear" to "global and exponential." Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard on low-voltage cartridge fuses.

September 20, 2013

Covering 8 classes of low-voltage cartridge fuses (G, H, J, K, L, R, T, and CC), NEMA FU 1-2012 Low Voltage Cartridge examines fuses of current-responsive element inside fuse body with contacts on both ends. These fuses are rated 600 V or less, alternating current (AC), and direct current (DC). Updates include direct current tests for photovoltaic fuses. Read More

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SPE to hold 5th European Thermoforming Parts Competition.

September 20, 2013

Scheduled for April 3–4, 2014, European Thermoforming Parts Competition will judge participants on originality, creativity, mold complexity, and technical ability. Entries with thick gauge parts will be possible in Vehicle/Automotive, Industrial, Point of Purchase/Displays, Technical Applications and Sanitary categories, while thin gauge parts will be judged in categories of Food Applications, Medical Applications, Electronical Applications, and General Packaging. Read More

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Boeing completes Mission Control Center interface test.

September 20, 2013

For first time, Mission Control Center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston has tested communications with commercial, crew-capable spacecraft, as The Boeing Company conducted an interface test between MCC and software planned for company's CST-100 spacecraft. Boeing has partnered with NASA to develop a fully integrated crew transportation system, with its CST-100 spacecraft and United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, in partnership with NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Read More

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EPA and Energy Department release used vehicle fuel economy tool.

September 19, 2013

U.S. Energy Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new label featuring EPA fuel economy estimates and CO2 estimates for used vehicles sold in the USA since 1984. Consumers may create this new label electronically as part of a new tool available on FuelEconomy.gov. While electronic graphic can be downloaded and included in online advertisements on Web, paper label may be printed and affixed to vehicle window. Read More

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BIO President will speak on Minnesota's biotech economy.

September 19, 2013

LifeScience Alley welcomes Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of BIO, for session of insights and dialog regarding sectors of Minnesota's bioindustrial and biotechnology economies. Greenwood's perspectives will pertain to public policy environment, industry trends, and Minnesota's opportunities for success. This presentation and discussion, scheduled for September 18, 2013 from 10:00 am to noon, will take place in Cargill Building at University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. Read More

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AIA to Present 2013 Wings of Liberty Award to Sen Mikulski.

September 19, 2013

Aerospace Industries Association will present Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chairwoman of Senate Appropriations Committee, with Wings of Liberty Award on September 18 in recognition of her longtime support of U.S. aerospace priorities, including national security, aviation, space exploration, and weather forecasting programs. In her commendation, AIA's Marion C. Blakey noted Mikulski's longstanding leadership on critical issues and impassioned efforts regarding sequestration cuts. Read More

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World PCB Market grew 1.7% in 2012.

September 19, 2013

According to IPC's World PCB Production Report for Year 2012, world market for PCBs reached nearly $60 billion in 2012, with 1.7% real growth over 2011. Report shows Asia with 90% of world PCB production. China’s share of world production is now 42.8% and Japan is now distant second with 16%. South Korea had a great year in 2012, surpassing Taiwan and moving into third place, while United States held onto fifth place rank with just under 5% share. Read More

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Technology, Economics, and Electronics to converge at TMRC.

September 19, 2013

During IPC Technology Market Research Conference, Sept 25–26, industry thought leaders will present high-level look at new technologies against backdrop of domestic and global economics. Conference aims to give attendees a holistic perspective on technologies and economic forces that will shape electronics marketplace in near term. Topics such as 3-D packaging, nanotechnology, automotive technology, new materials, military markets, and China’s PCB industry will be highlighted. Read More

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NEMA Publication covers gamma camera performance measurements.

September 18, 2013

NEMA NU 1-2012 Performance Measurements of Gamma Cameras establishes definitions, quantitative measurements of performance characteristics, and reporting techniques for specification of various gamma camera parameters. As published by NEMA, amendments pertain to intrinsic count rate performance in air, detector high count rate performance, and intrinsic energy resolution. Additionally, defective pixel was added to list of defined terms. Read More

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NEMA Standard covers PVC tubing and conduit.

September 18, 2013

NEMA has published NEMA TC 2-2013 Electrical Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Tubing and Conduit. Standard covers EPC-40, designed for normal-duty applications for above ground and concrete-encased applications or direct burial; and EPC-80, designed for heavy-duty (areas of physical damage) applications for above ground and concrete-encased applications or direct burial. Read More

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BIO Convention in China to take place November 11-13, 2013.

September 18, 2013

BIO announced 3rd annual BIO® Convention in China, which will bring together executives from biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies, and investment firms from North America, Europe, and Asia to explore business opportunities in China. Preliminary program topics include science-focused sessions such as vaccines and research and development of orphan drugs to treat rare diseases, and business-focused sessions exploring China’s private health care industry and early-stage VC funding in China. Read More

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Conference Offers Real-World Approach to electronics reliability.

September 17, 2013

Taking place in Costa Mesa, CA from November 13–14, IPC Conference on Solder and Reliability will include presentations addressing strategic considerations related to solder alloys, defects, risk mitigation processes, and data analysis. Speakers Ron Lasky, Ph.D.; Rick Short; Cheryl Tulkoff; Rich Brooks; Lenora Toscano; Larry Bright; John McMahon; James Wade; Jim Ryan; Reza Ghaffarian, Ph.D.; and Michael Neilsen will provide insights into electronics reliability challenges. Read More

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BIO applauds renewable chemical legislation.

September 17, 2013

BIO thanked Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), and other original co-sponsors for introducing the Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act of 2013, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production tax credits currently available for other renewable energy producers. Legislation will reduce taxes for U.S. producers of renewable chemicals, helping them to commercialize homegrown technology and build new biorefineries in the U.S. Read More

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FAA awards $40 million to new Center of Excellence.

September 17, 2013

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that the FAA has selected a team of universities to lead new Air Transportation Center of Excellence. Led by Washington State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, COE team will explore ways to meet environmental and energy goals that are part of Next Generation Air Transportation System. Areas of study will include new aircraft technologies and sustainable alternative aviation jet fuels. Read More

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2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants were announced by EPA.

September 17, 2013

EPA announced $1.1 million in competitive grants to 39 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. According to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, "These grants help build capacity, raise awareness, and equip communities with tools to address environmental challenges – from climate change impacts to brownfields and water pollution." Grants will benefit low-income, minority, and tribal communities overburdened by harmful pollution. Read More

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EPRI Report documents testing of energy-saving devices.

September 17, 2013

Assessment of Retrofit Energy Savings Device (RESD) Technologies-Phase II describes and documents energy savings, energy efficiency, and limited power quality and performance assessment of 6 retrofit energy-saving devices that EPRI tested. Devices include lighting controls, electric motor controls, and one residential home energy saver. Devices were subjected to several tests to determine manufacturer’s claims and operation when exposed to real-world operating conditions. Read More

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New Packaging Technologies take stage at Process Expo.

September 17, 2013

FPSA announced an addition to packaging track of Process Expo University educational program. On November 4–5, Packaging in the New Millennium will feature panels of packaging professionals sharing latest innovations in food and beverage packaging and their vision for future trends. Some topics will include Applications of Bio-Based Materials in Food Packaging, Defining Food Fraud and Choosing Countermeasures, Active Packaging Technologies, Labeling Claims, and Basic Nutritional Labeling. Read More

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AEM produces foreign translations of ULSD Fuel Safety Bulletin.

September 16, 2013

In addition to Spanish and English, AEM offers Chinese and Portuguese editions of its Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel best practices bulletin. Publication advances global understanding of proper remote refueling practices using ULSD. Bulletin is available in pre-printed, tri-fold format for customer handouts as well as free PDFs in tri-fold and 2-column formats for laser printer quality copies. Read More

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CSA Group and AGA have formed strategic alliance.

September 16, 2013

CSA Group formed strategic alliance with Australian Gas Association (AGA), with centerpiece being registration of CSA Group's Guangzhou laboratory facility as Authorized AGA Testing Laboratory. AGA certification provides free market access throughout all Australian states and territories and New Zealand. Manufacturers in southern China wishing to export to Australian and New Zealand markets can now gain AGA Certification based on testing carried out locally at CSA's Guangzhou laboratory. Read More