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IPC honors volunteers for their contributions.

February 22, 2013

During IPC APEX EXPO® at the San Diego Convention Center, IPC presented Committee Leadership, Distinguished Committee Service, and Special Recognition Awards to individuals who made significant contributions to IPC and the industry by lending their time and expertise through IPC committee service. More than 140 awards were presented. Read More

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Election Results reveal 2013 AIA Board of Directors.

February 22, 2013

Election results for 2013 AIA Board of Directors were announced during AIA Business Conference in Orlando, FL. Following have been re-elected to 2-year terms: John Jennings, Todd Miller, Keith Reuben, and Edward Roney. Steve Wardell was appointed by board to remaining year left in Phil Arsenault's term. Other 2013 AIA Board members include Jeff Burnstein, George Chamberlain, Michael Cyros, Rusty Ponce de Leon, Steve Mott, and Kyle Voosen. Read More

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HOUSTEX 2013 will highlight new technologies in manufacturing.

February 22, 2013

Along with 200+ exhibitors of latest production machinery and specialized technologies, HOUSTEX 2013 will feature 72,000+ ft² of interactive technology, keynote presentations, and free technical education on show floor. Laser Learning Lounge and creative student designs will also be present. Presented by SME, event will take place February 26–28 in Houston, TX and let manufacturers compare latest technologies, discuss industry trends, and find solutions for immediate use in their business. Read More

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Webinar to Cover acceptance testing for rotodynamic pumps.

February 22, 2013

Pump Systems Matter and Hydraulic Institute have announced first Pump Testing for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar of 2013 will be held on March 11 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT and be led by Richard Rindy, Test Lab Manager, Weir Minerals North America.  Webinar will cover scope of Rotodynamic Pumps for Hydraulic Performance Acceptance Tests (ANSI/HI 14.6) Standard and include various aspects of that standard. Advance registration is required and all registered participants will receive 1 PDH Credit. Read More

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SPE® Auto TPO Conference Organizers issue call for papers.

February 21, 2013

Fifteenth-annual SPE® TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference, the world’s leading automotive engineered-polyolefins forum, returns to Troy Marriott in the Detroit suburbs from October 6-9, 2013. This year's theme is TPOs: Driving Value, Light Weight, and Innovative Automotive Solutions. Organizing committee has also issued its annual call for papers, with abstracts due April 19, 2013 and non-commercial papers or presentations by July 31, 2013. Read More

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Dates, Location, Theme Announced for SPE's thirteenth ACCE.

February 21, 2013

Organizing committee for SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) announced that this year's show will take place September 11–13, 2013 and feature theme of Composites: Lightweighting the Cars of Tomorrow. Due to attendance growth, this even will be hosted in new venue: The Diamond Center, part of Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, USA. SPE has also issued its annual Call for Papers, with respective deadlines of March 29 and May 31 for abstracts and full papers. Read More

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IPC Lauds 2 Long-Time Volunteers with Hall of Fame award.

February 21, 2013

In recognition of extraordinary contributions to IPC and electronic interconnect industry, Ray Prasad and Lionel Fullwood were honored with IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. Ray Prasad started working with IPC in 1981, and Lionel Fullwood began his long-standing relationship with IPC back in 1964. Hall of Fame Award represents IPC's highest level of volunteer recognition. Read More

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ANSI to offer course on American National Standards.

February 21, 2013

ANSI has added course 287, The American Way: The American National Standard Development Process, to its 2013 education and training course offerings. Scheduled for March 27, class takes in-depth look at ANSI Essential Requirements within context of American National Standard process. It is designed for staff who will implement ANS process and for those who need to understand specific and detailed procedures related to ANS development, maintaining accreditation as ASD, and ANSI audit process. Read More

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Panel Discussion to address aerospace and defense challenges.

February 21, 2013

Panel of leading aerospace and defense manufacturing OEMs will challenge suppliers to find solutions to issues that are stifling innovation and keeping industry from reaching full potential. "Inside the AeroDef Boardroom: Executive Perspectives on the Future of the Industry" will be held at AeroDef® Manufacturing and Composites Manufacturing 2013, March 19-21. Discussion will focus on ways to improve affordability, producibility, and technical innovation in aerospace and defense manufacturing. Read More

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ANSI Takes Part in Moscow Meeting on technical standards.

February 21, 2013

ANSI took part in meeting of Russian and U.S. experts on international trade hosted by Moscow's World Trade Center. Attended by number of U.S. officials and high-ranking Russian representatives, meeting included discussion of methods to promote future U.S.-Russian trade, including cooperation in areas of technical standards and compliance assurance. One suggestion included launching standards exchange event to gain better knowledge of each side's approach to standards development. Read More

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EPA invites communities to apply for smart growth assistance.

February 20, 2013

Through technical assistance, Smart Growth Implementation Assistance program helps communities improve local economy, environment, and people’s health. Program aims to help applicants develop solutions to local challenges and to share them with other communities. Application categories include: Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change; Redevelopment for Job Creation; Manufactured and Modular Homes in Sustainable Neighborhood Design; and Medical and Social Service Facilities Siting. Read More

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NEMA welcomes call for U.S.-EU trade negotiations.

February 20, 2013

NEMA welcomed President Obama's announcement during the State of the Union address of his intention to enter the U.S. into comprehensive free trade negotiations with the 27-member European Union later this year. In 2012, NEMA urged the administration to launch such negotiations as part of a strategy to reduce uncertainty and raise the level of confidence for electrical manufacturers and associated services providers that want to trade and invest across the Atlantic. Read More

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SME Outlines initiatives after 2013 State of Union address.

February 20, 2013

Doing more than discussing need for skilled manufacturing employees, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is acting on several initiatives: reducing skilled labor shortage, educating tomorrow's workforce via programs at educational facilities, and on-site training for workers to acquire new skills. Also, SME's Educational Foundation (SME-EF) provides guidance and funding to high schools considered exemplary for manufacturing education they offer. Read More

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ISPE Has Been Approved as REP by Project Management Institute.

February 20, 2013

Project Management Institute (PMI) named ISPE as Registered Education Provider (REP), effective October 31, 2012. REPs have been approved by PMI, after meeting rigorous quality criteria, to help project managers achieve and maintain Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, and other PMI professional credentials. ISPE Training Department's mission is to develop quality, topic-specific, in-depth training products in various delivery methods.

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NEMA publishes small electric motor standards white paper.

February 20, 2013

NEMA MGW 1-2013 covers issues pertaining to rulemaking for Energy Conservation Standards for Small Electric Motors of March 9, 2010, and related documents. White paper does not cover Department of Energy’s energy conservation standards and test procedures for electric motors, which apply to much larger set of products. Anyone unsure of the application of small motor rulemaking to their equipment should review scope of that rulemaking or contact DOE directly with questions. Read More

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EPA releases Chemical Data Reporting information.

February 20, 2013

EPA has released 2012 CDR information database, which provides use and exposure information on more than 7,600 chemicals used in U.S. commerce. Companies are now required to provide information on chemicals used in children’s and other consumer products, along with reports on commercial applications and industrial uses of chemicals. For first time ever, EPA also required companies to substantiate confidentiality claims to ensure that as much information as possible is made available to public. Read More

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Manufacturing Website tweaked to connect with K-12 audiences.

February 20, 2013

Funded by Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation (SME-EF) and its partners and sponsors, Manufacturing is Cool engages students in basic engineering and science principles and provides interesting and useful educational resources for parents and teachers. According to SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin, "We designed the Manufacturing is Cool website to inspire, prepare, and support young people for careers in advanced manufacturing without patronizing them."
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USB3 Vision(TM) Standard is available for download.

February 20, 2013

AIA, the global vision and imaging industry's trade association, has released the USB3 Vision™ camera interface standard. Based on USB 3.0 interface, USB3 Vision takes advantage of USB 3.0 ports that will soon be standard on most PCs. It offers bandwidth of 350 MBps and does not require frame grabber. Available for free download on AIA website, standard covers 4 basic operations: device discovery, device control, event handling, and streaming data. Read More

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BSA hosts successful winter meeting in Atlanta.

February 20, 2013

Attendees at BSA 2013 Winter Meeting in Atlanta said the meeting met or exceeded their expectations. Although all attendees pursued full agendas in BSA committees, most rate the opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry as a top priority for attending. In addition to regular committee meetings, event also featured a presentation by blogger Alan See who reviewed ways in which the rise of social media impacts organizations and their ability to compete in digital, connected world. Read More

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4Q12 PTDA Business Index indicates continued moderate growth.

February 20, 2013

Up from 3Q2012 reading of 50.3, 4Q12 PTDA Business Index reading of 50.7 indicates power transmission/motion control industry expanded for eleventh consecutive quarter. Sales rose 6% in 4Q12, up from 5% in 3Q12, and same percentages applied to distributor sales growth. Manufacturers reported sales of 6%, flat from 3Q, and PTDA members expect 2013 to be another year of growth with average projection of 7% (up from 6% in 3Q2013). Also, 13 of 14 end markets were reported in positive territory. Read More