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Certification Program helps protect intellectual property.

April 23, 2013

To help combat threat of intellectual property theft and counterfeiting, IPC launched certification program that allows PCB manufacturers to demonstrate commitment and ability to protect customers' IP and comply with industry best practices. Based on IPC-1071, Best Practices for Intellectual Property Protection in PCB Manufacturing, program includes facility audit based on assessment examining areas of physical facility security, IT security, and compliance with regulations such as ITAR and EAR. Read More

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Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence eases in April.

April 23, 2013

According to April 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence in equipment finance market is 54.0, an easing from March index of 58.0, reflecting continuing concerns over economy and impact of federal policies on capital expenditures. When asked to assess their business conditions over next 4 months, 6.3% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, down from 21.9% in March, while 9.4% believe business conditions will worsen, up from 6.3%. Read More

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FAA approves Boeing 787 battery system design changes.

April 23, 2013

Now that it has approved Boeing's design for modifications to 787 battery system, FAA will issue instructions to operators for making changes to aircraft and will publish in the Federal Register the final directive that will allow the 787 to return to service with battery system modifications. FAA will require airlines that operate the 787 to install containment and venting systems for main and auxiliary system batteries, and to replace batteries and their chargers with modified components. Read More

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BIO recommends changes to EPA's RIN Quality Assurance Program.

April 23, 2013

BIO asked EPA to consider changes to proposed RFS Renewable Identification Number Quality Assurance Program, which would place unnecessary and burdensome costs on biofuel producers. BIO's recommended changes would ensure program is truly voluntary, that it does not enable potentially anti-competitive behavior, and that it does not impose costly, duplicative, and unnecessary regulatory requirements on renewable producers in early stages of commercial development. Read More

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BIO and CCPIE announce strategic partnership.

April 23, 2013

BIO and China Center for Pharmaceutical International Exchange announced partnership to expand BIO Convention in China, which brings together executives from global biotech and pharmaceutical companies interested in exploring business development, networking, and deal making opportunities. Partnership will also serve to further policy engagement in China, where BIO supports development of therapeutic biologics industry that ensures better access to innovative medicines for patients in China. Read More

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May Conference to discuss HIPAA security.

April 22, 2013

Scheduled for May 21-22, sixth annual "Safeguarding Health Information: Building Assurance through HIPAA Security" is co-hosted by NIST and Department of HHS Office for Civil Rights. Topical sessions will include updates on Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule, OCR's audit program, managing provider and patient identities, strengthening cybersecurity in health care sector, integrating security safeguards into health IT, managing insider threats, and securing mobile devices. Read More

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Photography Contest seeks to capture transportation's importance.

April 22, 2013

AASHTO announced commencement of its ninth annual Faces of Transportation photography contest, which asks state transportation department employees and private citizens to photograph those people and projects which are making communities better while emphasizing importance of transportation. This year's theme, "A Snapshot of Transportation in America," includes 3 new categories: Building the Future, Opening Communities, and Taking the Road Less Traveled. Entries are due by July 31, 2013. Read More

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FY 2014 Budget emphasizes advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity.

April 22, 2013

Prioritizing NIST research in advanced manufacturing and crucial cybersecurity initiatives, President's fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget proposes $928.3 million for NIST. This increase of $177.5 million from FY 2012 enacted levels, according to Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director Patrick Gallagher, "will allow NIST to address high-priority scientific and technical issues...critical to U.S. economic competitiveness and innovative capacity." Read More

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NIST to host symposium on ontology evaluation.

April 22, 2013

On May 2-3, NIST is hosting symposium on how to develop and evaluate ontologies—formal, computer-readable definitions of terms and their interrelationships. To create useful ontology, there must be a way to evaluate quality of model, but there are no universally accepted ways to do so. Accordingly, subject of this year’s symposium is "Ontology Evaluation Across the Ontology Lifecycle." Goal is to identify best practices, tools, and methodologies for ontology development and evaluation. Read More

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Fiftieth PI Competence Center established in Ann Arbor, MI.

April 22, 2013

PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International) appointed its 50th PI Competence Center (PICC) for PROFIBUS and PROFINET. Latest organization to successfully pass accreditation process is KW Software, subsidiary of Phoenix Contact, in Ann Arbor, MI. It will offer workshops, training classes, and technical support for PROFINET in American market and has particular skills regarding integration of PROFINET in automation devices. Read More

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FY 2014 Request focuses on transforming how EPA does business.

April 22, 2013

Obama Administration has proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget of $8.153 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s FY 2014 request will allow EPA to continue its progress in addressing climate change; protecting nation’s air, waters, and lands; supporting sustainable water infrastructure; and assuring safety of chemicals. EPA will continue to lay groundwork to transform the way it does business, ensuring best use of human and financial resources. Read More

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NREL to build solar performance database.

April 22, 2013

NREL has launched initiative to build open-source database of real-world performance from solar facilities across the country. Part of DOE's SunShot Initiative, Open Solar Performance and Reliability Clearinghouse (O-SPaRC) will improve access to capital by enabling credit rating agencies and potential investors to assess underlying risk of asset class. It will also give private market tools to develop investment vehicles such as asset-backed securities and real estate investment trusts. Read More

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Manufacturers Hold Cybersecurity at highest priority level.

April 19, 2013

NAM announced it would key vote in support of H.R. 624, Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). According to NAM's Aric Newhouse, "Preparation is a critical line of defense from cyber threats, and we believe CISPA will help protect manufacturing jobs and intellectual property." Manufacturers have supported solutions that offer necessary protections and information sharing without adding duplicative regulations that do not improve security. Read More

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NREL and Employees have been lauded by industry peers.

April 19, 2013

UVIG announced NREL's Debbie Lew, Greg Brinkman, Maureen Hand, and Trieu Mai received 2013 Annual Achievement Award. UVIG also honored accomplishments of NREL's Brian Parsons. NREL's John Rugh was named 2013 Forest R. McFarland Award Recipient by SAE International, and NREL Research Fellow (Emeritus) Arthur J. Nozik received Heinz Gerischer Award from Europe Section of Electrochemical Society. Additionally, regional chapter of IEEE named NREL an Outstanding Large Company. Read More

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Proposed Standard addresses hydrogen fuel quality analysis.

April 19, 2013

Proposed ASTM International standard, ASTM WK34574, Test Methods for Determination of Organic Halides, Total Non-Methane Hydrocarbons and Formaldehyde in Hydrogen Fuel by Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry, will be used by laboratories to monitor quality of hydrogen fuel for fuel cell vehicles to satisfy requirements of SAE J2719. Proposed test method will allow users to monitor formaldehyde and each hydrocarbon compound at one part per billion. Read More

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SME Recognizes Young Engineers for industry accomplishments.

April 19, 2013

For 33 years, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has given Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer (OYME) awards to young practitioners who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in industry. OYME award recipients for 2013 include Jasmine Bridges; Jiaxing Huang, PhD; Barbara Linke, PhD; Yu Long, PhD; Kripa Varanasi, PhD; Benxin Wu, PhD; and Chris Yingchun Yuan, PhD. Read More

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Conferences cover regulations impacting electronics industry.

April 18, 2013

On June 3–5, IPC will hold two events, "IPC Conflict Minerals Update: Developing Industry Practices" and "It’s Not Easy Being Green: Regulatory and Sustainability Update." Conflict minerals conference will feature discussion of current regulatory interpretations, overview of auditing issues, and expert panel discussions, while regulatory conference will focus on critical regulatory regimes affecting electronics industry in addition to panel discussions on implementing sustainability goals. Read More

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IPC ESTC to include 8 professional development courses.

April 18, 2013

On May 20-21 and May 23, 2013, IPC ESTC will feature 8 educational courses examining packaging, materials, design, and assembly considerations in electronics, from bare board to end-product. Courses will take systems approach to sustainable and cradle-to-grave product lifecycles. Examples include: Advanced Packaging; Soldering Technology for Electronics Assembly: Achieving High Yields and Reliability; Simulation Based Reliability Assessment; and PCB Fabrication Basics. Read More

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ISO Standard offers glossary for building energy performance.

April 18, 2013

Developed by ISO Technical Committees 205 and 163, ISO/TR 16344:2012 establishes unambiguous and consistent set of terms, definitions, and symbols for all elements to assess overall energy performance of buildings. Standard includes tables containing relevant concepts and physical quantities, designating energy measures with their corresponding symbols and units, and lists symbols and subscripts that are common to set of International Standards covering energy performance of buildings. Read More

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AASHTO President outlines top priorities in new video.

April 18, 2013

In new video on Transportation TV, Michael Lewis, President of AASHTO and Director of the Rhode Island DOT discusses what should be done to preserve and modernize America's aging transportation system. Since his election, President Lewis has made deployment of new technologies, implementation of reforms included in Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, and leading AASHTO's effort to pass next surface transportation reauthorization bill his top 3 administrative priorities. Read More