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Solder Paste Application Standard is available in Danish.

December 18, 2012

Translated into Danish, IPC-7527-DK was the idea of Task Group Nordic, IPC’s volunteer standards development group in Scandinavia. Standard covers many aspects of solder paste application, from initial placement on board through production and testing. It addresses basic squeegees, jet dispensers, needle dispensers, and closed print heads, as well as automated paste inspection using cameras or lasers. To equipment operators, 15-page standard serves as reference guide with more than 50 photos. Read More

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ASC Website fosters access to and use of industry information.

December 18, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) revamped its ascouncil.org website. Focused on providing information and services to members that are action oriented and supportive of member companies, website provides such features as VOC regulation map; ASC industry updates; links to ASC market reports, press releases, newsletters, standards, and ASC Vendor Select Tool; job board; ASC store; as well as access to ASC training programs and regulatory affairs issues. Read More

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January Workshop to review design for NNMI.

December 17, 2012

Scheduled for Jan 16, 2013, "Blueprint for Action: Workshop on the Design of the NNMI"  will be devoted to reviewing and refining suggested design for new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation developed from input received through public dialogue workshops and responses to Request for Information. In addition to feedback on resulting design, workshop seeks input on new questions related to formation and operation of proposed network’s regional Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation. Read More

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International CES will feature record amount of exhibit space.

December 17, 2012

Taking place in Las Vegas, NV from January 8–11, 2013 International CES® will feature show floor with more than 1.87 million net square feet. Event will see 3,000 exhibitors, which will include record number of 8 automakers; iLounge Pavilion, showcasing 440+ exhibitors; Eureka Park, featuring 140 exhibitors; and FitnessTech TechZone, with 220+ showcasing companies. In addition to exhibitors, program will include 300 sessions and 800 speakers. Read More

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Society of Women Engineers earns construction innovation award.

December 17, 2012

National Building Museum will award Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology to Society of Women Engineers (SWE), which was chosen by jury in recognition of 60+ years of giving women engineers unique place and voice within engineering industry. Prize will be presented on February 5, 2013 in Washington, D.C., where SWE's Betty Shanahan will deliver "Diversity Fueling Innovation" lecture and discuss ways to promote under-represented populations in STEM professions. Read More

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EPA and CSPC research health impacts of nanomaterials.

December 17, 2012

EPA and Consumer Product Safety Commission are collaborating in worldwide research effort to assess any potential impacts of nanomaterials on people’s health and the environment. Used in products ranging from clothing to sunscreen, nanomaterials are about 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. Because of their unique properties, it is important to identify methods that will allow manufacturers to ensure products containing these materials do not harm people or environment. Read More

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NIST's Liddle, Spielman have been elected APS Fellows.

December 17, 2012

In recognition of their outstanding contributions to physics, NIST scientists J. Alexander Liddle and Ian Spielman have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS). Liddle's APS citation is for contributions to science and technology of nanofabrication and nanolithography, while Spielman's citation is for work in quantum phenomena at intersection of atomic and condensed matter physics using quantum simulation with ultracold atoms. Read More

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IPC Hosts Workshop on ITAR's application to printed boards.

December 17, 2012

As part of its Follow the Law, Protect the Board educational campaign, IPC-hosted educational workshop for defense contractors on International Traffic in Arms Regulations' (ITAR) applicability to printed boards featured senior government officials and leading export control practitioners. IPC President and CEO John Mitchell said "IPC is grateful for the opportunity to partner with federal officials in workshops like this to clarify current and proposed export control regulations." Read More

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Study warns of sequestration impacts to NASA, NOAA programs.

December 17, 2012

According to economic impact analysis report, over 20,000 NASA contractor jobs and over 2,500 NOAA jobs related to weather satellites could be lost in 2013 if Budget Control Act's sequestration mandate takes effect on January 2, 2013. Conducted by Dr. Stephen S. Fuller of George Mason University, study also found that sequestration would deal major damage to those regions with high concentrations of aerospace activity, better known as industry clusters. Read More

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Submissions Are Being Accepted for 2013 Campbell EHS award.

December 17, 2012

National Safety Council invites domestic and international organizations to apply for safety's highest honor, 2013 Robert W. Campbell Award. Presented annually, this award is given to one organization that integrates environmental, health, and safety (EHS) management into core of its business operations and understands its crucial relationship with 3-part bottom line of people, planet, and profit. Final application submittals must be postmarked by May 31, 2013. Read More

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IPC Sample Agreement streamlines EMS contracting process.

December 14, 2012

With IPC Sample Master Ordering Agreement for EMS Companies and OEMs, companies now have tool to address intricacies and unique needs of EMC contracting process. Designed to encourage discussion between customers and EMS companies during negotiations, this agreement covers key terms and conditions for use in EMS transactions. Specific contracting issues such as inventory liability as well as order modification, cancellation, and deferment are also included. Read More

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NIST and NFI come together to improve forensic science.

December 14, 2012

Having signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 29, 2012, NIST and Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) seek to improve accuracy and reliability of forensic science by sharing expertise, research findings, and programs of mutual interest as well as aligning respective responsibilities to forensic science community. NIST and NFI will collaborate through activities focused on R/D, development of forensic standards, education and training, as well as forensic governance. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation announces technical specification updates.

December 14, 2012

Fieldbus Foundation announced updates to its open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION™ fieldbus specifications, which will help automate device replacement and enable backwards compatibility among different revisions of FOUNDATION devices used in plant automation systems. Most significant updates include revised series of function block and transducer block profiles, as well as requirements for H1 (31.25 kbps) device replacement that are now part of Fieldbus Foundation's device registration process. Read More

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ASTM to develop standards for sustainable dentistry.

December 14, 2012

To recognize and encourage sustainable dental practices, ASTM Subcommittee E60.80 on General Sustainability Standards has begun to develop proposed new standard, ASTM WK34710, Practice for Sustainable Dentistry. Dental professionals will be able to use ASTM WK34710 to identify sustainable methods for selecting materials and products; determining appropriate disposal of products; building or remodeling dental offices; and discharging materials into waste stream. Read More

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ASTM Committee is developing electrical steel standard.

December 14, 2012

ASTM WK35463, Specification for Thin-Gauge Fully Processed Non-Oriented Electrical Steel, will govern class of very thin silicon-iron electrical steel not previously covered by any ASTM standard. Specifically, proposed standard will standardize existing material designations currently based on commercial trade names as well as give users and their customers confidence in new designs/innovations by offering standard material designation for consistent material properties. Read More

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World of Asphalt and AGG1 to offer 90+ learning sessions.

December 14, 2012

Attendees at co-located 2013 World of Asphalt Show and Conference and AGG1 Aggregates Academy and Expo can take advantage of more than 90 learning opportunities to explore industry innovations and best practices, with emphasis on practical, real-world information and strategies. Attendees will gain a more well-rounded knowledge of the technological, regulatory, safety and operational/management trends affecting their ability to run efficient and profitable businesses. Read More

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Antec® Mumbai's Success leads to plans for second in India.

December 14, 2012

ANTEC® Mumbai 2012 concluded on December 7, and its success and will be followed in December 2014 by second ANTEC in India. At ANTEC Mumbai 2012, over 450 delegates attended 178 original, peer-reviewed technical presentations across 7 parallel tracks over 2 days. "ANTEC Mumbai 2012 was the largest plastics technical conference ever held in India," commented SPE's global president Jim Griffing, who continued, "and we expect the next edition of ANTEC in India to be considerably larger.” Read More

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ANSI/NEMA Standard covers FEP insulated high-temperature wire.

December 14, 2012

ANSI/NEMA HP 4-2012 covers specific requirements for fluorinated ethylene propylene insulated solid and stranded wire, designed for internal wiring of high reliability electrical and electronic equipment. Publication addresses 250 V (type KT), 600 V (type K), and 1,000 V (type KK) hook-up wire and permits continuous conductor temperature ratings of -65 to +200°C with silver-coated or nickel-coated conductors and -65 to +150°C with tin-coated conductors. Read More

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SME announces call for speakers for 2013 RAPID event.

December 13, 2012

SME announced its call for presentation abstracts for the RAPID Additive Manufacturing Solutions Conference and Exposition to be held June 10-13, 2013. Speakers are invited to present latest trends, advanced applications, and case studies in subject areas such as 3D imaging/printing, additive layer technologies, concept modeling, direct digital manufacturing, forensic anthropology, mold making, and reverse engineering. Deadline to submit abstracts is December 17, 2012. Read More

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Construction Industry loses 20,000 jobs in November.

December 13, 2012

According to employment report by U.S. Department of Labor, national construction industry unemployment rate was 12.2% in November, up from 11.4% the previous month. Nonresidential building construction sector lost 4,300 jobs, while residential building construction sector lost 6,800 jobs, and nonresidential specialty trade contractors lost 7,400 jobs. In contrast, residential specialty trade contractors added 3,200 jobs in November and have added 20,700 jobs compared to same time last year. Read More