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Report Identifies Women as untapped manufacturing talent sourse.

February 7, 2013

According to report by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, 80% of respondents believe manufacturers can improve their efforts to recruit women. and 51% cite main driver of women's underrepresentation in manufacturing as perception of male-favored culture. As many as 600,000 manufacturing jobs remain unfilled and 70% of manufacturing companies report experiencing moderate to severe talent shortage. Addressing this crisis means taking steps to recruit, retain, and promote women. Read More

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NAM Chief calls for comprehensive immigration reform.

February 7, 2013

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons testified before House Committee on Education and the Workforce at hearing on Challenges Facing America's Workplaces and Classrooms. Testimony highlighted need for immigration reform to strengthen workforce by providing access to skilled workers. As part of reforms, manufacturers are asking Congress and Administration to address lack of high-skilled workers, settling issues regarding undocumented population and establishing commitment to strong legal enforcement. Read More

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Hand Soldering Competition will be hosted by IPC APEX EXPO.

February 7, 2013

Taking place on IPC APEX EXPO® show floor, IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition will feature 18 competitors from 12 companies attempting to build functional electronics assembly within 30 minute time limit. IPC's Kris Roberson commented, "There’s a lot of talent out there and the hand soldering competition is a great way to showcase those skills." Competitions will take place February 19–20 from 1:00–4:00 pm, and winner will move on to IPC World Championship. Read More

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Association for Advancing Automation launches new website.

February 7, 2013

Association for Advancing Automation (A3) has launched new website, www.A3automate.org, which will be "used for informational and educational purposes as we continue to advocate for the industry," according to A3 President Jeff Burnstein. The website will also track major industry news stories and is considered to be the next step in engaging stakeholders from around the world and demonstrating why automation transforms how business is done. Read More

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ANSI welcomes 17 new members.

February 7, 2013

In January 2013, 17 new members joined a federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and well over 3.5 million professionals. Under Institute's umbrella, diverse constituency works together to strengthen competitiveness of businesses operating in global marketplace and to improve quality of life for all citizens by developing, implementing, and promulgating voluntary consensus standards and related conformance assessment systems. Read More

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Keynote will address debt, taxes, government services, politics.

February 7, 2013

Co-chairs of President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and co-founders of The Campaign to Fix the Debt, former Senator Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, will engage in “Debt, Taxes, Government Services and Politics—Is There a Way Out?” on April 24 at 2013 BIO International Convention in Chicago, IL. Moderated by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, this keynote luncheon panel will discuss non-partisan movement to put USA on better fiscal and economic path. Read More

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IPC Report examines opportunities and risks in Latin America.

February 7, 2013

According to Latin America: Regional Outlook for the Electronics Industry, Latin America is showing a new resilience and faster economic growth, which may make it an attractive region for investment. Focusing on Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, and Ecuador, report not only provides insight into economy and prominent industry sectors, it also examines political, economic, and business risks companies need to understand as they consider pursuing opportunities in region. Read More

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NIST Grants support development of teaching materials.

February 7, 2013

NIST will offer financial support to institutions developing teaching materials and curricula that are focused on important role played by technical standards in the global economy. The funds, which are expected to range from $25,000 to $100,000 per year for up to 2-year period, may be used to develop materials aimed at either undergraduate or graduate students. Under program, qualifying institutions will work with NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program. Read More

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Ascouncil.org 2.0 includes revamped job board.

February 6, 2013

Re-launched Ascouncil.org 2.0 includes updated job board designed to help members find qualified candidates for jobs within their companies. Service is free to members and will be promoted via Council’s e-catalyst and adhesives.org newsletters. Members can post job to include title, salary range, location, and general information about company and/or position. Members can also elect to receive submissions either by email or by directing applicants to websites, or both. Read More

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NREL seeks leaders for National Executive Energy Academy.

February 6, 2013

Applications are being accepted for NREL's 2013 Executive Energy Leadership Academy. Also known as Energy Execs, program enables non-technical decision-makers to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, analytical tools, and financing. Two learning opportunities, comprehensive Leadership Program and shorter, condensed Leadership Institute, provide executives with information to guide their organizations and communities in energy-related planning. Read More

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Test Method for Asbestos in Soil was approved by ASTM committee.

February 6, 2013

ASTM D7521, Test Method for Determination of Asbestos in Soil, covers procedures through which to identify asbestos in soil, provide estimate of concentration of asbestos in sampled soil, as well as provide concentration of asbestos reported as number of asbestos structures per gram of sample. This standard was developed by Subcommittee D22.07 on Sampling and Analysis of Asbestos, part of ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality. Read More

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ANSI Standard addresses roadway and area lighting equipment.

February 6, 2013

NEMA published ANSI C136.23-2012 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Enclosed Architectural Luminaires, which covers physical, operating, maintenance, and light distribution features that permit use of architectural luminaires in roadway applications. Standard covers side-mounted, square, rectangular, cylindrical, spherical, and other types of decorative and nostalgic styles considered to be significant deviation from cobra head style covered in ANSI C136.14. Read More

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NEMA publishes standard for roadway and area lighting.

February 6, 2013

Updated to reflect current industry practices and include new lamp types, NEMA published ANSI C136.32 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting–Enclosed Setback Luminaires and Directional Floodlights. American National Standard covers dimensional, maintenance, and electrical features that permit interchange of similar enclosed luminaires that have same light distribution classification or type used in roadway or area lighting equipment. Read More

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BIO CEO and Investor Conference to highlight biotech outlook.

February 6, 2013

Scheduled for Feb 11-12, 2013, 15th annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference will include more than 600 investors and 150 presenting companies. Plenary sessions will forecast year ahead in biotech and political outlook for next 4 years, while Business Roundtables will focus on reimbursement, navigating Chinese market, biopharma collaborations, and alternative venues to public markets. Therapeutic Workshops will address treatment for pancreatic cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and rare diseases. Read More

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ASTM Achieves Accreditation by Standards Council of Canada.

February 6, 2013

ASTM International announced that it has been accredited by Standards Council of Canada (SCC), signifying that ASTM meets all requirements for consensus standards development, set by SCC, which mirror principles of World Trade Organization: transparency, openness, consensus, and relevance. SCC audit was conducted November 6–8, 2012. In tandem with SCC's accreditation, ASTM established new ASTM International Canada Office in Ottawa that is to be led by Diane Thompson. Read More

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Paper Invite Issued on steel technologies for rolling bearings.

February 5, 2013

Papers are invited for 10th ASTM International Symposium on Advances in Steel Technologies for Rolling Bearings, which will be held May 6–7, 2014 in Toronto, Canada in order to bring together rolling bearing steel practitioners to present latest developments in rolling bearing steels and testing. Papers from steelmakers, semi-finished and finished bearing steel component producers, rolling bearing producers, and development institutes will be encouraged on variety of topics. Read More

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Thermal Insulation System Guide targets engineering graduates.

February 5, 2013

ASTM C1696, Guide for Industrial Thermal Insulation Systems, provides engineers with specific knowledge needed for development of industrial thermal insulation system within large engineering project. Developed by Subcommittee C16.40, standard covers insulation materials, systems design, application methods, protective coverings, guarantees, inspection, testing, and maintenance of thermal insulation in temperature range of -302 to +1,200°F. Read More

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Women in Manufacturing Summit heads to Detroit.

February 5, 2013

On October 22-23, 2013, nearly 300 leading women manufacturing executives, managers, and supervisors will gather in Detroit, MI for third annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, hosted by PMA. SUMMIT 2013 will provide opportunity for women in manufacturing careers to share perspectives and network with colleagues in the sector. Conference will feature industry plant tours, networking dinner, roundtable and panel discussions, educational sessions, and keynote presentations on pertinent topics. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for December 2012.

February 5, 2013

IPC announced December findings from North American PCB Statistical Program. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in December 2012 were down 14.5% and bookings decreased 7.5% compared to December 2011. Year to date, combined industry shipments were down 5.2% and bookings were down 2.4%. Compared to previous month, combined industry shipments increased 5.7% and bookings increased 19.1%. Combined industry book-to-bill ratio in December 2012 rose to 0.98. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to focus on sustainability standards, methods.

February 4, 2013

Sustainability Standards and Methods: "A State of the Union," workshop will be held October 21, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL. Sponsored by ASTM International E60 on Sustainability, symposium will encompass 2 major components: sustainability standards relative to construction and buildings/building products, and sustainability standards relative to other industries, products, etc. Workshop will include review of pertinent standards and similar works as well as discussions on relevant topics. Read More