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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

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Interactive Manufacturing eXperience has been cancelled.

July 31, 2013

AMT Board of Directors announced that imX – interactive manufacturing eXperience has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts and inability of key partners to commit staff and product. This event, focused on education and product applications, was to take place in Las Vegas from November 18–20. "Rest assured," said AMT Chairman R. Stephen Flynn, "we will take the industry and its customers' interest in educational events and develop it to its fullest potential in a different timeframe." Read More

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San Antonio agrees to upgrade sewer systems.

July 31, 2013

U.S. EPA and Department of Justice announced that the San Antonio Water System has agreed to make significant upgrades to reduce overflows from its sewer system and pay $2.6 million civil penalty to resolve Clean Water Act violations stemming from illegal discharges of raw sewage. To come into compliance with CWA, including remedial measures taken during parties’ negotiations and comprehensive measures required under settlement, SAWS is expected to spend $1.1 billion. Read More

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Daniel Edelman receives ASTM International Boedecker Award.

July 31, 2013

Daniel Edelman, UCS development metallurgist at Nucor Corp., Crawfordsville, IN, has received Kenneth J. Boedecker Jr. Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary contributions to ASTM International Committee A05 on Metallic-Coated Iron and Steel Products. A member at large on the executive A05 subcommittee, Edelman also serves on Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys and is chairman of Subcommittee A01.19 on Steel Sheet and Strip. Read More

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ATA to host summit on making trucking technology pay off.

July 31, 2013

Scheduled for Dec 4-6, ATA Executive Summit will explore strategies that maximize payback for fleets that make investments in technological advances and data analysis. Under banner of Technology-Driven Performance, Analytics and Answers, summit will feature sessions on improving fleet efficiency, using analytics and communications to bolster supply chain, and advancements in truck technology. Event is a sequel to ATA's executive summit last year on future role of natural gas as motor fuel. Read More

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ASTM Workshop covers sustainability standards and methods.

July 30, 2013

Scheduled for Oct. 21, workshop on Sustainability Standards and Methods: "A State of the Union," will encompass 2 major components — sustainability standards relative to construction and buildings/building products; and sustainability standards relative to other industries and products. It will include review of pertinent standards and similar works by other bodies, followed by discussions on how organizations can work together in this growing field, ASTM's role, and ideas for new standards. Read More

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ICP connects with future distribution employees at TECHSPO.

July 30, 2013

From June 25–27, Industrial Careers Pathway® exhibited at the 2013 SkillsUSA TECHSPO, North America’s largest trade show for career and technical education. Attended by more than 14,000 students, teachers, and school administrators from high schools, technical/vocational colleges, and training programs, TECHSPO offered ICP a great way to spread the word about the rewarding careers in the field of industrial distribution to those with the skillset needed by the industry. Read More

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FAA ARC Recommendations seek to improve safety, certification.

July 30, 2013

Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), convened by FAA, recommended policy and regulatory changes for improving safety of general aviation aircraft and reducing certification/modification costs. Recommendations covered areas of design, production, maintenance, and safety. Among recommendations was that compliance with Part 23 requirements be performance-based and that industry consensus standards be used to define amendable compliance framework to keep up with evolving technology. Read More