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Midwest Engineering Systems is now RIA Certified Robot Integrator.

October 4, 2013

As announced by RIA, Midwest Engineering Systems received Certified Robot Integrator designation. Certification process requires on-site audit and testing of key personnel as well as other criteria. Jeff Burnstein, RIA president, welcomed Midwest Engineering Systems as RIA's sixteenth Certified Robot Integrator and said that this program "strengthens the overall integrator channel and allows integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices." Read More

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AAMA's Fall Conference to feature keynote on emerging technology.

October 4, 2013

AAMA National Fall Conference will be held in Baltimore, MD from October 27–30, and registration is open through October 18. AAMA's FenestrationMasters™ certification exams will be administered on-site during this conference, and Karma Sawyer from U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office will deliver "Windows Emerging Technologies Portfolio in DOE’s Building Technologies Office" keynote. There will also be multiple presentations, updates, and receptions. Read More

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NREL Releases Roadmap to reducing solar PV soft costs by 2020.

October 4, 2013

"Non-Hardware ('Soft') Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics, 2013–2020," builds on NREL's ongoing soft-cost benchmarking analysis and charts path to achieve SunShot soft-cost targets of $0.65/W for residential systems and $0.44/W for commercial systems by 2020. Also, report highlights that certain processes categorized as soft costs may not appear significant in terms of dollars-per-watt but are costly in posing market barriers that slow PV deployment. Read More

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Vascular Stent Testing Standard is being developed by ASTM.

October 4, 2013

Medical device manufacturers and academics working with vascular stent testing are welcome to join in developing proposed new ASTM International standard ASTM WK23330, Guide for in Vitro Axial, Bending and Torsional Durability Testing of Vascular Stents. Testing described therein will be used to support acceptable fatigue resistance of stents for clinical use in vasculature as well as to enable regulatory bodies to better assess adequacy of testing conducted. Read More

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Solar Inspection Tool helps ensure quality and safety.

October 4, 2013

To benefit permitting authorities and installers, and ultimately energy consumers, IREC has released Model Inspection Checklist for Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems. For municipalities, checklist can serve as supplementary educational tool for new or experienced inspectors to ensure they are aware of code requirements that must be verified on site. Checklist can also help prepare installers for inspection in advance, reducing number of items that might need to be addressed afterward. Read More

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ANSI/NEMA Standard addresses insulated hook-up wire.

October 4, 2013

NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA HP 6-2013, which covers specific requirements for silicone rubber-insulated stranded wire designed for internal wiring of high reliability electrical and electronic equipment. Publication addresses 600 V (Type S, ZHS) and 1,000 V (Type SS, ZHSS, and SSB) wire and permits continuous conductor temperature ratings of -55 to +150°C with tin-coated copper or -55 to +200°C with silver-coated copper. Read More

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SME announces premiere manufacturing event.

October 3, 2013

Scheduled for June 9-12, 2014 at the COBO Center in Detroit, THE BIG M will connect people with technology and expertise, affirm industry’s importance, and provide unified voice to industry and education policymakers about issues facing manufacturers today. In addition to in-depth conference sessions, event will offer 1-on-1 consultations, collaborative opportunities, and gathering spaces on exhibit floor to encourage interaction between attendees, exhibitors, and industry leaders. Read More

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Bangkok Events focus on solderability, assembly, reliability.

October 3, 2013

Taking place November 19–20, IPC Southeast Asia Conference on Solder and Reliability will host experts from Asia, Europe, and North America presenting strategies for enhancing reliability in electronics assemblies. Full-day technical conference on November 20, opening with keynote presentation on qualification, will be preceded by full-day workshop on leveraging chip-on-board technology. Other presentations address strategic reliability related to solder alloys and packaging technologies. Read More

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IPC and CALCE will present symposium on tin whiskers.

October 3, 2013

IPC and educational partner CALCE® (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering) will host 7th International Symposium on Tin Whiskers. Event will take place November 12–13, 2013, in Costa Mesa, CA and feature opening keynote session, "Space: The Intolerant Final Frontier," as presented by Lockheed Martin's John Kowalchik. Afterwards, technical presentations will deliver in-depth look at causes of growth as well as risk mitigation, materials, detection, and failure analysis. Read More

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Los Angeles Mayor, NASA Engineer will headline WESTEC 2013.

October 3, 2013

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Engineer Adam Steltzner will respectively open and keynote WESTEC 2013. According to WESTEC event manager Christine Longroy, "The Mayor can direct policy and bring stakeholders together to drive manufacturing growth in the region," and "highlighting NASA’s technological feat with the Mars rover connects manufacturing to scientific advancements." West Coast manufacturing event takes place in Los Angeles, CA from October 15–17. Read More

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Industrial Communication Foundations discuss potential merger.

October 3, 2013

Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation have entered into discussions on their potential merger into one industry foundation dedicated to needs of intelligent device communications within process automation. In their combined statement, Fieldbus Foundation chairman Dr. Gunther Kegel and HART Communication Foundation chairman Mark Schumacher said "combining the resources and capabilities of each foundation...will provide significant benefits to both end users and suppliers." Read More

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Alongside Others, Industry Advocates for investment in NextGen.

October 2, 2013

Representatives from diverse industries and organizations came together to discuss successes and upcoming challenges of NextGen, FAA's initiative to modernize U.S. air transportation system, and issue warning about sequestration budget cuts that threaten NextGen's progress. “If we don’t keep moving forward on modernization with adequate funding for new technologies and capabilities,” warned AIA's Marion C. Blakey, “our nation’s air transportation system will be overcome by growing demand.” Read More

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BIO Announces NSF Track featuring 10 emerging biotech companies.

October 2, 2013

BIO's announced agreement with National Science Foundation (NSF) to bring SBIR-funded, early-stage biotech companies to present at BIO Investor Forum 2013. Presenting companies in NSF track include ADMdx, Biodesy, Carmot, CertiChem, Jade Therapeutics, Nano3D Biosciences, Nanofiber Solutions, Parabon Nanolabs, Stemina, and Tymora Analytical Operations. All are funded by NSF and focused on drug discovery, diagnostics, and other platform technologies. Read More

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BIO Thanks Sponsors of Renewable Chemicals Tax Credit.

October 2, 2013

BIO and executives from 38 renewable chemical companies wrote to Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) to thank them for sponsoring H.R. 3084, Qualifying Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit Act of 2013. This piece of legislation provides renewable chemical producers access to production tax credits currently available to other energy producers. Read More

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IPC APEX India welcomed nearly 1,000 attendees.

October 2, 2013

Held Aug 26-29 in Bangalore, India, IPC APEX India™ included technical conference, professional development workshops, and trade show with 34 exhibitors to provide visitors with latest information on new technologies and processes as well as new products in electronics manufacturing. Event also featured competitions that brought together skilled hand soldering technicians and PCB designers in India with winners and runners-up receiving free admission to IPC certification courses. Read More

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AASHTO awards top prizes in Faces of Transportation contest.

October 1, 2013

During Faces of Transportation competition, 28 transportation department employees from 21 states and 6 private citizens submitted 121 photographs. Grand Prize was awarded to California DOT Engineer Martin Chandrawinata for photograph of iron worker using a cutting torch while suspended from San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. People's Choice Award was presented to photographer Bill Hall who captured California DOT Engineer Matt Bruce inspecting cable band installation near top of same bridge. Read More

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IPC Calls for Poster Abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO 2014.

October 1, 2013

IPC invites researchers, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit poster presentation abstracts for IPC APEX EXPO®, which will take place March 25–27, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Technical poster presentations are being sought on relevant electronics topics, including design, materials, assembly, processes, and equipment. Abstracts of up to 300 words summarizing technical and previously unpublished work should be submitted by December 22, 2013. Read More

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EPA Flame Retardants Evaluation covers safer substitute for HBCD.

October 1, 2013

U.S. EPA released Design for the Environment Alternatives Assessment draft report on alternatives to hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), a flame retardant chemical that has persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic characteristics. Findings in report can help manufacturers identify safer alternatives to use of HBCD in polystyrene building insulation. In addition to identifying 2 viable chemical alternatives, report provides list of substances that are not currently expected to be viable. Read More

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SepticSmart Week Encourages Homeowners to care for septic systems.

October 1, 2013

During SepticSmart Week (September 23–27), U.S. EPA encourages homeowners to take action to ensure their septic systems are functioning properly. EPA's Nancy Stoner said homeowners can help protect their community's health and local waterways "By taking a few small, simple steps to care for their home’s septic system." EPA's SepticSmart program encourages proper septic system care and maintenance all year long, helping educate about need for periodic maintenance and proper daily system use. Read More

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Cycling Emissions Calculated for increased alt energy in West.

October 1, 2013

Phase 2 of Western Wind and Solar Integration Study (WWSIS-2) quantifies potential impacts of increasing wind and solar power generation on operators of fossil-fueled power plants in West. Study finds carbon emissions induced by more frequent cycling are negligible (<0.2%) compared with carbon reductions achieved via wind and solar power generation. SO2 emissions reductions from wind and solar are 5% less than expected, and emissions of nitrogen oxides are reduced 2% more than expected. Read More