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IPC APEX EXPO to include more than 80 standards meetings.

February 15, 2013

During IPC APEX EXPO®, February 16-22, hundreds of experts from around the world will discuss electronics manufacturing standards in more than 80 standards meetings. Facilitated by representatives from OEMs, PCB manufacturers, EMS providers, design firms, and other organizations, IPC committees establish benchmarks for excellence in printed board design, as well as assembly and joining processes and product reliability and testing. Read More

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State of the Union Address prompts response from NAM.

February 15, 2013

In response to President Obama's State of the Union address, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said that "Manufacturers welcomed the President’s remarks on immigration reform and STEM education, which show a true commitment to developing the skilled workforce desperately needed." Timmons also favorably noted announcement of negotiations towards free trade agreement with EU and called to attention need for action on comprehensive tax reform that will benefit manufacturers. Read More

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NAM launches growth agenda for manufacturing resurgence.

February 15, 2013

NAM released A Growth Agenda: Four Goals for a Manufacturing Resurgence in America, which sets a roadmap for economic growth and enhanced competitiveness. Agenda will ensure that: the U.S. will be the best place in the world to manufacture and attract direct foreign investment; manufacturers in the U.S. will be world’s leading innovators; U.S. will expand access to global markets; and manufacturers in the U.S. will have access to the workforce that the 21st-century economy demands. Read More

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Automate 2013 reaches record number of attendees.

February 15, 2013

Automate 2013 was attended by record 10,975 people across U.S. and 55 countries. Total exhibitors were up 17%, while show attendees and conference participants were up 62% and 10%, respectively. More than 75 industry experts gave presentations, including keynote speakers Steve Forbes and Henrik Christensen. According to post-show survey, Automate is becoming primary trade show in the field for many people, as about 50% of Automate attendees do not attend any other automation-related trade show. Read More

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TITANIUM EUROPE 2013 to cover fabrication advances.

February 15, 2013

Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels of titanium experts will discuss these industry-critical subjects at TITANIUM EUROPE 2013, hosted by International Titanium Association. Conference will take place March 5-7, 2013 in Hamburg, Germany. Read More

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Gold Mining Companies must correct reporting violations.

February 15, 2013

U.S. EPA settled with 3 gold mining companies, all subsidiaries of Barrick Gold Corporation, for failing to correctly report toxic chemical releases and waste management activities as required by Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Barrick Cortez, Inc.; Barrick Gold US, Inc.; and Homestake Mining Company will pay $278,000 total in penalties and spend additional $340,000 to conduct environmentally beneficial project as well as audit/correct TRI reports for 2005–2011. Read More

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Free Courses foster international standardization participation.

February 14, 2013

ANSI is offering 2 webinar education courses, free of charge for eligible constituents, to bolster effectiveness of U.S. participation in international standardization activities. Course 205, ISO Secretariat Operations: Taking the Secret out of the Secretariat will assist stakeholders in becoming fluent in all aspects of successful ISO committee management. Course 208 is titled The Operating Procedures of U.S. TAGs to ISO: Strengthening the U.S. Voice in International Standardization. Read More

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IPC Guide details conflict minerals due diligence obligations.

February 14, 2013

By providing guidance on tracking, management, disclosure, and reporting of conflict minerals, IPC Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Guide will help companies develop effective conflict minerals program to meet customer, legal, and regulatory requirements of Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and regulation published by U.S. SEC. Guide walks companies through appropriate level of due diligence given their size or number of supply chain relationships. Read More

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DDC FPO Billing Services are available to ATA members.

February 14, 2013

American Trucking Associations has added DDC FPO's freight billing services as featured product through ATA Business Solutions. "Through this partnership," according to DDC FPO President Art Zipkin, "we can help [ATA members secure an efficient and profitable future." Freight process outsourcing (FPO) – digitization, capture, and processing of bills of lading, invoices, and other documents – allows fleets to hand off back office responsibilities and focus on their core business. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers aerial adventure courses.

February 14, 2013

ASTM F2959, Practice for Special Requirements for Aerial Adventure Courses, was developed by Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions, part of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. Standard provides designers, manufacturers, owners/operators, and auditors with criteria and references for use in the design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance, auditing, and major modification of aerial adventure courses. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Standard for roadway, area lighting FRC poles.

February 14, 2013

Published by NEMA, ANSI C136.20 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting–Fiber-Reinforced Composite (FRC) Lighting Poles, includes nomenclature, dimensional data, performance criteria, and some interchangeability features for standard poles. It also addresses breakaway requirements for poles as described in AASHTO LTS Standard Specifications for Structural Supports for Highway Signs, Luminaires, and Traffic Signals. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses piping systems using recycled resins.

February 14, 2013

ASTM WK39632, Specification for 3–24 Inch Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe and Fittings with Recycled Resins, will provide assurance regarding quality of HDPE corrugated pipe using recycled resins. Proposed standard includes requirements and test methods for materials, workmanship, dimensions, perforations, and pipe stiffness. Once approved, standard will be used by manufacturers to produce pipes made from recycled materials for end users such as excavation/drainage contractors and farmers. Read More

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AEM Aerial Work Platforms Safety Manual is offered as e-book.

February 14, 2013

Available in e-book format, Aerial Work Platform Safety Manual allows equipment operators and others to access safety information via mobile devices. Beneficial features include variable type, ability to embed and email notes, bookmarking and highlighting, content searching, and low-light reading format. This format also helps foster AEM's global distribution of safety information and reach of its safety messaging. Read More

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NREL Director and Experts say USA can double energy productivity.

February 14, 2013

On Feb. 7, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Director Dan Arvizu and panel of 20 energy experts declared USA can double its energy productivity by 2030 in ways that also bolster national economy. Arvizu and other members of Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy said doubling energy productivity could create one million new jobs while saving average household $1,000 per year and reducing CO2 emissions by one-third. Read More

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EPA Releases Maps detailing state enforcement performance.

February 14, 2013

U.S. EPA released state dashboards and comparative maps that provide information about performance of state and EPA enforcement and compliance programs across USA. Dashboards and maps include state-level data from past 5 years and provide such information as number of completed inspections, types of violations found, enforcement actions taken, and penalties assessed by state. Users can also customize dashboards to view state activity, EPA activity, or combined activity. Read More

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EPA to help 43 communities meet sustainability goals.

February 14, 2013

EPA announced that 43 communities will receive technical assistance to pursue sustainable growth that encourages local economic development while safeguarding people's health and environment. EPA staff and national experts will conduct workshops that focus on sustainability goal each community chose in initial application. Agency offered 9 tools this year, including Green Building Toolkit, Land Use Strategies to Protect Water Quality, and Using Smart Growth to Produce Economic and Fiscal Health. Read More

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Mechanical Seals Webinars will begin in March of 2013.

February 14, 2013

HI and Pump Systems Matter, in collaboration with Fluid Sealing Association, announced Mechanical Seals Webinar Series of 2013 will begin in March. Complimentary webinar on sealing systems energy efficiency will be held February 25, 2013. Respectively, Sections 1–4 will take place March 6, 13, 20, and 27 and focus on mechanical seal types and operating principles; construction and design; installation and connections (commissioning); and seal environment and failure analysis. Read More

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ASC Spring Expo 2013 sells out space to 64 exhibitors.

February 14, 2013

Adhesive and Sealant Council's (ASC) Spring EXPO is sold out; 64 companies will occupy 5,000 ft² net at Hyatt Regency Atlanta, GA, from April 21–23, 2013. In addition to being 25% larger than 2012 Spring EXPO in area, event will feature 17 brand new exhibitors. ASC President Matthew E. Croson noted the unveiling of speed networking event, which is intended to connect formulators with raw materials suppliers via face-to-face meetings. Read More

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ISPE Guide defines non-investigational medicinal products.

February 14, 2013

ISPE Good Practice Guide: Harmonizing the Definition and Use of Non-Investigational Medicinal Products helps companies involved in clinical trials determine which medications qualify as non-investigational medicinal products. Document contains strategies for risk management as it relates to classifying, sourcing, and packaging NIMPs, and helps companies who operate studies in multiple countries devise risk management strategies that take into account country-specific rules/regulatory requirements. Read More

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Over 3,500 Organizations demand end to sequestration cuts.

February 13, 2013

Citing threats to economic health and American jobs, 3,500+ organizations from all sectors of the economy and society joined together to urge immediate end to sequestration budget cuts. Letters from NDD United, AIA, and Task Force on American Innovation were sent to President Obama and congressional leadership, and copies went to every member of Congress. "The danger that sequestration poses to the economy and our national security cannot be overstated," said AIA's Marion C. Blakey. Read More