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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

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Wood-Boring Gribbles intrigue researchers.

August 1, 2013

Measuring 1–3 mm long, gribbles are tiny wood borers that produce their own enzyme that can efficiently devastate wood. Researchers from NREL and elsewhere hope that by studying gribbles they can learn ways to improve the process of turning biomass into fuels. Since gribbles can break down biomass into sugars, even in harsh environments, they may be able to help as the industry searches for enzymes that can thrive in salt-rich, high-solids settings. Read More

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EPA Expands Safer Chemical Ingredients with 130+ additions.

August 1, 2013

U.S. EPA added 130+ chemicals to its Safer Chemical Ingredients List. For first time, 119 chemicals that use fragrance for commercial and consumer cleaning products have been added. List of 602 chemicals provides resource for manufacturers interested in making safer products; advocates encouraging use of safer chemicals; and consumers seeking information on ingredients. Also, list serves as guide for Design for the Environment (DfE) labeled products. Read More

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ASTM Committee presents Award of Merit to Paul D. Roman.

August 1, 2013

Paul D. Roman, ASTM member since 1984 and executive director of the New Jersey EMT Registry in Shrewsbury, NJ, received ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from Committee F30 on Emergency Medical Services. This honor was in recognition of Roman's leadership and expertise in development of national consensus standards covering equipment, training, personnel, and communications in emergency medical services sector. Read More

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NIST holds Cybersecurity Framework Workshop.

August 1, 2013

Recognizing that national and economic security of the U.S. depends on reliable functioning of critical infrastructure, the President, under Executive Order 13636 "Improving the Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" directed NIST to work with stakeholders to develop a voluntary framework for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure. On July 10–12, 2013, NIST held 3rd Cybersecurity Framework Workshop, hosted by University of California San Diego and the National Health ISAC. Read More

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Fraunhofer and UConn develop Center for Energy Innovation.

August 1, 2013

Fraunhofer USA, together with the University of Connecticut, developed the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation to develop advanced technologies related to energy storage, fuel cells, in-stream hydro, power management, and distribution through contract research. Fraunhofer and UConn research will concentrate on modern functional materials, such as metals, ceramics, micro- and nanostructures, as components for fuel cells and electrolyzers. Read More

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EPA Releases Software that helps reduce water pollution.

July 31, 2013

National Stormwater Calculator will help property owners, developers, landscapers, and urban planners make informed land-use decisions to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff. Desktop application estimates annual amount of stormwater runoff from specific site based on local soil conditions, slope, land cover, and historical rainfall records. Users can select different scenarios to learn how specific green infrastructure changes can prevent pollution. Read More

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SPE Announces Expanded Parts Competition for 2013 ACCE.

July 31, 2013

Organizing committee for SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) announced second parts competition will be held at this year's show, which is scheduled for September 11–13. Expanding on last year's single award, 2013 contest will recognize one winner in each of 3 categories: Body Exterior and Body Interior and People's Choice. Winners will be announced and receive recognition and trophy during lunch on last day of show. Read More

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NA Robotics Companies Set Records for first half of 2013.

July 31, 2013

According to statistics released from RIA, North American (NA) robotics companies set new sales records through June of 2013. Total of 10,854 robots, valued at $679.3 million, ordered from NA robotics companies in first 6 months represents 1.9% increase in units over same period in 2012. Shipments to NA customers through June totaled 11,308 robots, valued at $715.1 million, breaking first-half records set in 2012 by 11.0% (units) and 10.4% (dollars). Read More

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ASTM International honors Michael Brandt of Alcoa Inc.

July 31, 2013

Michael Brandt, senior staff manager, quality systems, at Alcoa Inc., has received ASTM International Award of Merit for exceptional and sustained leadership and technical contributions within Committee B07 on Light Metals and Alloys. A member of ASTM since 2004, Brandt currently serves as Committee B07 recording secretary. He is also secretary of Subcommittee B07.01 on Aluminum Alloy Ingots and Castings and chairs U.S. TAG National Committee for ISO/TC 79 on Light Metals and Alloys. Read More