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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

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Symposium Focuses on Building Walls subject to water ingress.

February 4, 2013

Building Walls Subject to Water Intrusion and Accumulation: Lessons from the Past and Recommendations for the Future will be held April 14–15 in Indianapolis, IN. Sponsored by ASTM International Subcommittee E06.55, symposium will document efforts of industry and ASTM in addressing proliferation of new and previously repaired buildings that leak or continue to leak and/or suffer from unintended moisture accumulation through standard development and disseminate that information. Read More

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Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle Acquisition will aid NREL studies.

February 4, 2013

Four fuel cell hybrid vehicles - advanced (FCHV-adv), on loan from Toyota through 2-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, will help NREL enhance its research related to hydrogen fueling infrastructure, renewable hydrogen production, and vehicle performance. According to NREL's Keith Wipke, "Because the vehicles will be four or five years old by the time our two-year loan ends, we will also be able to observe extended durability and reliability." Read More

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AEM launches Who Makes America contest.

February 4, 2013

AEM President Dennis Slater announced launch of online contest to find individual who best "Makes America" through hard work, dedication to their community, and devotion to American manufacturing.  I Make America, AEM’s grassroots advocacy campaign, is inviting supporters to visit campaign’s Facebook page or website to share their own stories, or nominate a friend, neighbor, or co-worker. Contest winner will be featured as I Make America’s citizen spokesperson and will receive a $1,000 award. Read More

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Industrial Demand Forecast projects growth during 2013/2014.

February 4, 2013

According to NAIOP Industrial Space Demand Forecast, U.S. industrial market is poised for significant growth throughout 2013 and 2014. Respectively, annual net absorption in 2013 and 2014 is forecast to reach 150 million and 175 million ft² – 50% and 75% above net absorption figure of roughly 100 million ft² posted for 2012. Robust growth is attributed to reduced risk of double dip recession as well as improving GDP and job growth. Predictive model is funded by NAIOP Research Foundation. Read More

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PMMI to support East Afripack.

February 4, 2013

PMMI has agreed to support IPACK-IMA Spa with its launch of East Afripack, Sept 9-12, 2014 in Kenya. Other supporting organizations include World Packaging Organization and African Packaging Organization. In meetings held during PACK EXPO International, Charles D. Yuska, President and CEO of PMMI, and Dr. Corbella, CEO of IPACK-IMA Spa, recognized how world-class processing and packaging technologies can make substantial contribution to healthy and more plentiful food for East African countries. Read More

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ASTM Standard tests shedding properties of paint brush filling.

February 1, 2013

ASTM D7834, Test Method for Filling Material Shedding of Paint Brushes, has been developed by Subcommittee D01.61 on Paint Application Tools, part of ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications. Standard describes procedure for testing shedding properties of both natural bristle and synthetic filament paint brushes. Test described in standard determines ability of paint brush to resist shedding during paint application. Read More

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ASTM Paint Committee approves powder coating standard.

February 1, 2013

Developed by Subcommittee D01.46 on Industrial Protective Coatings, part of ASTM International Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications, ASTM D7803 describes methods of preparing surfaces of hot-dip galvanized iron and steel for powder coating and the application of powder coating materials. Standard explains steps to achieve adherence of powder coating over galvanized steel so there is no adhesion failure of powder system. Read More

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Bostik Executive joins Adhesive and Sealant Council Board.

February 1, 2013

Effective immediately, Bob Marquette, President and CEO of Bostik, Inc. and Senior VP of Bostik worldwide, will join ASC Board of Directors. Marquette oversees all aspects of Bostik’s Americas operations, which includes 13 facilities and 910 employees. During his 35 years with Bostik, he has occupied various leadership and directorial positions involving nonwovens business, tape and label unit, industrial adhesives business, automotive segment, and global accounts. Read More

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EPA Report covers children's health and environment in America.

February 1, 2013

EPA has released "America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition," a comprehensive compilation of information from variety of sources. Report shows trends for contaminants in air, water, food, and soil that may affect children; concentrations of contaminants in the bodies of children and women of child-bearing age; and childhood illnesses and health conditions. Report also incorporates revisions to address peer review and public comments on draft materials released in 2011. Read More

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AIA sounds alarm on economic downturn report.

February 1, 2013

According to Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of AIA, contraction of the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter underscores AIA's warning for the past 18 months that severe across the board budget cuts—both to defense and non-defense discretionary spending—threaten to throw the economy into a tailspin. In less than 30 days, unless Congress and the White House act, sequestration will kick in, leading to higher unemployment, reduced tax revenue, and lower consumer spending. Read More

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Revised BGA Guideline expands focus on mechanical reliability.

February 1, 2013

C revision of IPC-7095, Design and Assembly Process Implementation for BGAs, will help design, assembly, inspection, and repair personnel improve reliability of ball grid arrays (BGAs) and fine-pitch ball grid arrays (FBGAs) in high-density applications. Guideline includes expanded information on mechanical failure issues that occur after assembly. In addition to BGA inspection and repair, guidelines address reliability issues and use of Pb-free joint criteria associated with BGAs. Read More

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NAM Board of Directors gains proven manufacturing executives.

February 1, 2013

NAM Board of Directors will see Caterpillar, Inc. chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman as chair and Tenneco, Inc. chairman and CEO Gregg Sherrill as vice chair. Also, Materion Technical Materials president Al Lubrano will serve as chair of SMM Group, while Neenah Enterprises, Inc. president and CEO Thomas Riordan will serve as its vice chair. Referring to these "proven manufacturing leaders," NAM's Jay Timmons expressed confidence that their leadership will inspire policymakers to listen. Read More

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February ANSI Caucus to feature safety management expert.

January 31, 2013

Scheduled for February 8, 2013, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature David Johnson, director of the office for technical programs and coordination activities in the directorate of technical support and emergency management at U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA. Mr. Johnson began work at OSHA in 2012, where he oversees both its NRTL program and its Variance program. He previously served as safety director to several U.S. national parks and was an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army from 1984–2005. Read More

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IPC Comments on Proposed Revisions to USML Category XI.

January 31, 2013

IPC commended U.S. State Department for enumerating printed boards in proposed revisions to Category XI (military electronics) of U.S. Munitions List (USML) and urged modification of proposed language to more clearly express controls on PCBs for ITAR-controlled defense electronics. IPC's John Mitchell lauded necessity of "strong and clear export controls" and expressed gratitude for opportunity to offer recommendations on further clarifying treatment of printed boards on USML. Read More

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BIO Convention to highlight hot topics in biotech industry.

January 31, 2013

Scheduled for April 22-25, 2013 BIO International Convention will feature program of more than 800 speakers in over 125 sessions across 15 topic areas addressing latest business opportunities and challenges as well as newest innovations for executives, investors, scientists, and policy leaders. Hot topics include clinical trials modernization, food security, demonstrating economic value, accessing early-stage innovation, and venture philanthropy. Read More

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ASTM Committee revises sieve terminology standard.

January 31, 2013

ASTM E1638, Terminology Relating to Sieves, Sieving Methods and Screening Media was developed by Subcommittee E29.01, part of ASTM Committee E29 on Particle and Spray Characterization. Standard reflects the latest technological advances in particle size analysis and particle separation. Terms are related to the manufacture of standard test sieves and screening media as well as methods, analysis, procedures, and equipment for sizing and separating particles. Read More