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Best Technical Papers will be presented at IPC Apex Expo 2014.

March 28, 2014

Voted on via ballot by IPC Technical Program Committee members, best U.S. and International Papers of IPC APEX EXPO® 2014 have been selected. Authors will receive awards during Opening Keynote Session on March 25, and winning papers will be presented during conference. Top U.S. category honors went to "Reliability Screening of Lower Melting Point Lead-Free Alloys Containing Bismuth, while "Advanced Thermal Management Solutions on PCBs for High Power Applications" won International category. Read More

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A4A congratulates Teri Bristol.

March 28, 2014

A4A congratulated Teri Bristol on her appointment to serve as the next Chief Operating Officer of FAA's Air Traffic Organization. "Teri is well respected across the aviation industry and shares our vision on the importance of modernizing our nation’s air traffic control infrastructure and building on our well-deserved reputation for safety excellence," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. Read More

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SPE names rotomolding design competition winners.

March 28, 2014

SPE Rotational Molding Division announced professional and student winners in its Product Design Competition. Jamie Wirkler of The Kitchen Community won 1st place for garden beds that could withstand same use as playground equipment while serving as food production containers. Tom Fish of Little Tikes won 2nd place for design of pirate bed. In student category, Kyle Anderson won 1st place for iCoustics sound amplifiers for iPhones and Jacqueline Edwards won 2nd place for children's hospital bed. Read More

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Texas Chemical Plant agrees to cut harmful air pollution.

March 27, 2014

Department of Justice and U.S. EPA announced that Flint Hills Resources of Port Arthur agreed to implement innovative technologies to control harmful air pollution from industrial flares and leaking equipment at chemical plant in Port Arthur, TX. This settlement came about as part of EPA's national effort to protect communities that have been disproportionately impacted by pollution. Company is also required to pay $350,000 penalty for Clean Air Act violations. Read More

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North American Acid Manufacturer will reduce emissions.

March 26, 2014

As announced by U.S. EPA and Department of Justice, LSB Industries Inc. (LSB) and 4 of its subsidiaries have agreed to reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) by meeting emission limits at plants in Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Total penalty of $725,000 is also due to resolve alleged violations of Clean Air Act and applicable Oklahoma state law. Additionally, companies must continuously monitor emissions and make any necessary operational improvements. Read More

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Shrink Wrap may help detect infectious disease biomarkers.

March 26, 2014

A new nanotechnology method—employing common, everyday shrink wrap—may make highly sensitive, low-cost diagnosis of infectious disease agents possible. Described in paper co-authored by Michelle Khine, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine, and published in The Optical Society's journal Optical Materials Express, technique offers way to significantly boost signal of fluorescent markers used in biosensing, by depositing combination of metals onto shrink wrap. Read More

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RAPID Conference and Exposition adds presentations and space.

March 26, 2014

Validating the rising interest in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, 2014 RAPID Conference & Exposition will have the largest exhibit floor in its 24-year history. Event has added 4 topic areas to previous 9; 20 new presentations for total of 95; and new, hands-on demos and activities. Some topics will include economic and business considerations, automated post finishing of parts, product design and machine design considerations, and materials for additive manufacturing applications. Read More

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Robert J. Dowding to receive first-ever Vanguard Award.

March 26, 2014

Robert J. Dowding, Research Manager for Materials and Manufacturing Science, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, has been selected to receive Vanguard Award from MPIF. Award recognizes powder metallurgy industry champions from end-user community whose long-time promotion of the technology has contributed to expansion of powder metal applications. Over course of Dowding’s tenure at ARL, much of his PM-based R&D work has been related to material and process development for tungsten and tungsten alloys. Read More