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ELFA releases survey of economic activity for June.

July 25, 2013

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business for June was $8.6 billion, up 8% compared to June 2012. Month-over-month, new business volume was up 15% from May, and year to date, cumulative new business volume increased 10% compared to 2012. Receivables over 30 days were at 1.4% in June, reaching new historic low, down from 1.6% in May. Delinquencies declined from 2.4% in same period in 2012, and charge-offs were unchanged for past 4 months at all-time low of 0.3%. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for July 2013.

July 25, 2013

According to PMA Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect slight dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Only 22% of participants believe that economic activity will improve, down from 28% in June, while 63% predict that activity will remain unchanged, and 15% forecast decline. Average daily shipping levels decreased in July, with 26% reporting that shipping levels are above 3 months ago, down from 32% in June, and 30% reporting decrease in shipping levels, up from 24%. Read More

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MDI awarded 3-year CARF accreditation.

July 24, 2013

MDI has been accredited for period of 3 years for its Affirmative Business Enterprise, Community Employment Services, Employee Development, and Employment Planning Services. Accreditation decision represents highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows organization’s substantial conformance to CARF standards. MDI has demonstrated to team of surveyors that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. Read More

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BIO welcomes Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator.

July 24, 2013

BIO congratulated Gina McCarthy on winning Senate confirmation for the post of EPA administrator. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, the EPA has long been a supporter of biotechnology as a solution to climate and pollution challenges and as an enabling technology for advanced biofuels and green chemistry. BIO looks forward to working with Administrator McCarthy to continue ensuring that federal policies clear a path for the continued development of such innovative technologies. Read More

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Telematics Data Standard enables access to machine data.

July 24, 2013

Representatives from AEM and AEMP have approved a proposal under which manufacturers would make telematics data available to end-user customers through secure internet protocol. As part of joint initiative, AEMP and AEM task forces had conducted confidential member surveys, AEM to help determine manufacturer types and level of data to release to end-users and AEMP to help assess barriers to telematics usage and determine what types of data end-users need to effectively manage their fleets. Read More

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Webinar Dates Announced for 4-part Mechanical Seals series.

July 24, 2013

Affording participants opportunity to be led by and have access to industry experts in non-commercial training forum, announced second Mechanical Seals webinar series of 2013. Session 1, Types and Operating Principles, will take place September 5; Session 2, Construction and Design, will be on September 12; Session 3, Installation, Connections, and Commissioning, is scheduled for September 19, and Session 4, Seal Environment and Failure Analysis, will be offered on September 26. Read More

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A3 to Address Congressional Caucus on how robots save/create jobs.

July 23, 2013

Association for Advancing Automation (A3) President Jeff Burnstein will speak at Congressional Robotics Caucus Briefing, "Harnessing New Robotics Technologies for Job Creation." Caucus Advisory Committee will be hosting said briefing in conjunction with Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) on July 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Briefing will present first hand accounts of how robots contribute to job growth and sustainability of U.S. industries. Read More

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MIL/AERO PCB Sales outpaced other vertical markets in 2013.

July 23, 2013

According to July 2013 issue of North American PCB Market Report, PCB sales growth to military/aerospace market continues to outpace sales to other vertical markets in North America. Rigid PCB sales to military market were up 3.4% from January through May compared to same period in 2012, while rigid PCB sales to other markets were down 9.1% year-to-date (YTD). In flexible circuit segment, YTD growth rates of sales to military and other markets were both positive. Read More

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University of Trento hosts 2013 EPMA summer school.

July 23, 2013

University of Trento hosted latest EPMA Powder Metallurgy Summer School, which took place on July 8-12 in Trento, Italy. During this time, 52 students were introduced to Powder Metallurgy and had opportunity to listen to, discuss, and solve problems with 25 PM experts. Lectures were complemented by laboratory facilities, where students learned about impact resistance of low alloyed PM steels, microstructural analysis and microhardness, and hardenability and sinterhardenability by dilatometry. Read More

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence rises again in July.

July 23, 2013

Released by Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, July 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) shows confidence in equipment finance market is 59.4. This marks increase from June's index of 57.3, reflecting participants' increasing optimism despite continued moderate equipment demand. Survey comments from industry executive leadership show that, depending on market segment, executives have differing points of view on current and future outlook for industry. Read More

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Market Report shows small companies are industry's bright spot.

July 23, 2013

According to July 2013 edition of IPC North American EMS Market Report, the smallest EMS companies that participate in IPC's North American EMS Statistical Program have performed extremely well this year, with year-to-date sales growth almost 18% above same period last year and year-to-date order growth of almost 25%. These companies’ predictions of sales growth for next 3-12 months, as well as information on how larger companies fared in first 5 months of 2013, are provided in report. Read More

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MESA's Global Education Program offers online courses.

July 22, 2013

MESA International has been working to establish a global baseline of knowledge that will benefit both manufacturers and solution providers, and is now offering variety of instructor-led online courses. Upon successful completion, these courses provide CEUs and can also be applied towards MES/MOM Methodologies Online Certificate of Awareness. Offering Global Education Program courses online makes training and knowledge-sharing more accessible to more people in more areas. Read More

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Date Announced for rotodynamic pumps acceptance testing webinar.

July 22, 2013

Led by Jim Swetye of Pentair Water, Pump Testing for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar will cover recently published Rotodynamic Pumps for Hydraulic Performance Acceptance Tests (ANSI/HI 14.6-2011) Standard. This 1 hr and 15 minute webinar, to be held August 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm EDT, will also cover aspects of the standard including terms and definitions, guarantee and duty points, permissible amplitude of fluctuation, and performance test acceptance grades and tolerances. Read More

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EPA announces $15 million in Brownfields award grants.

July 22, 2013

EPA announced approximately $15 million in supplemental funding to help clean up contaminated Brownfields properties. Revolving Loan Funding will help 41 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects, which will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment. Ranging from about $200,000 to $400,000 with an average grant award of $300,000, funds have enabled the support of 90,000 jobs in cleanup, construction, and redevelopment. Read More

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IPC APEX India comes to Bangalore in August.

July 22, 2013

Scheduled for Aug 26–29, 2013, IPC APEX India™ will provide pathway for growth to electronics manufacturers in India. Event will present the latest innovations from some of world’s leading companies in areas of printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, and test. It will offer professional development workshops as well as technical conference and exhibition where attendees will have opportunity to interact with experts who are charting the course for tomorrow’s technology. Read More

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Butterfly Color Research may inspire hue-changing materials.

July 22, 2013

Physicists have uncovered how subtle differences in tiny crystals of butterfly wings create varied patterns of color even among closely related species. Discovery is reported in Optical Society's Optical Materials Express journal in paper titled "Iridescence and nano-structure differences in Papilio butterflies." If researchers can figure out how to replicate wings' light-manipulating properties, discovery could lead to new coatings for manufactured materials that could change color by design. Read More

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Harold E. Yohn receives ASTM International Award of Merit.

July 22, 2013

Harold E. Yohn, product application specialist at Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Co., has received Award of Merit from Committee D20 on Plastics. Committee D20 honored Yohn for his significant assistance in the development of ASTM plastics standards, as well as his services as both a main and subcommittee officer. He serves as vice chairman (liaison-research) on main D20 committee and leads impact and high-speed properties, thermal properties, and advisory subcommittees as chairman. Read More

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ASTM invites papers for EIFS symposium.

July 19, 2013

Scheduled for Oct 5, 2014, symposium on Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems: Performance, Progress and Innovation, will be directed towards professionals who primarily make their livelihood in the EIFS industry and who depend on ASTM standards that govern this industry. Papers are solicited in variety of areas, including continuous insulation, energy codes and efficiency, fire performance, maintenance and facade inspection, fluid-applied air/water resistive barriers, sealants, and coatings. Read More

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Awards Honor State DOTs for transportation projects.

July 19, 2013

Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, America's Transportation Awards competition recognizes best of America's transportation projects in 3 main categories. Mid America regional featured 12 project nominations from 7 mid-American states. Department of Transportation (DOT) of Indiana and Missouri took home awards in Ahead of Schedule category, DOTs in Minnesota and Indiana for Under Budget category, and DOTs of Michigan and Missouri for Best Use of Innovation category. Read More

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IPC Management Meetings help solve industry challenges.

July 19, 2013

Open exclusively to senior executives in the electronics industry, IPC Management Meetings provide forum to gain high-level perspective on technology, market trends, and management issues. Meeting will feature joint sessions of interest to all sectors of industry followed by breakout sessions targeting needs of EMS providers and PCB manufacturers and suppliers. Top on the agenda is delivering insights into economy, supply chain issues, conflict minerals, military spending, ITAR, and on-shoring. Read More