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Hand Soldering Competition seeks championship title contenders.

November 7, 2013

For chance to compete in IPC World Championship on March 27, third annual IPC APEX EXPO® Hand Soldering Competition (March 25–26, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV) will task soldering technicians with building functional electronics assembly within 30 min. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies based on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly, and speed upon which assembly was produced. Entries will be accepted until January 31, 2014. Read More

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CSA Group and BIMT organize training session for manufacturers.

November 7, 2013

CSA Group, collaborating with Beijing Institute of Medical Device Testing (BIMT), organized medical equipment certification training session in Beijing. It aims to deepen understanding for Chinese customers regarding standards and requirements of European and North American markets, as well as differences between 2nd and 3rd editions of IEC60601-1 standard, for medical equipment certification service. For this class, CSA Group invited technical experts from North America and China. Read More

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NEMA: Industry-Led Voluntary Standards are key to cybersecurity.

November 7, 2013

Providing testimony before joint Homeland Security subcommittee's Cyber Incident Response: Bridging the Gap Between Cybersecurity and Emergency Management hearing, NEMA Assistant Vice President Paul Molitor likened grid outages caused by natural disasters to those caused by cyberattacks. Molitor pointed out how USA "would be well-served to develop an electric grid with improved capabilities" and said requisite performance "is rooted in consensus-based, voluntary industry standards." Read More

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MTConnect Institute announces new leadership team.

November 7, 2013

As of December 11, 2013, Courtney Hill, President, CJ Hill Consulting Services and retired General Manager, Manufacturing & Quality at GE Aviation, will become President and Chairman of the Board. Joining Board of Directors will be Thomas Kurfess – HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control and Professor Mechanical Engineering Georgia Tech. Paul Warndorf will continue his role as Secretary and Ralph Resnick will extend his position as Director. Read More

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EPA Announces Funding to support Chesapeake Bay projects.

November 7, 2013

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Maryland Senator Ben Cardin joined NRCS, Chesapeake Bay Program, and NFWF to announce recipients of $9.2 million in grants intended for restoration and outreach initiatives in Chesapeake Bay Watershed's 6 states and District of Columbia. This year's 40 projects will use innovative and known ways to create cleaner waters, restore habitat, and strengthen iconic species as well as engage homeowners and residents in environmental work. Read More

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EPA Releases Agency Plans for adapting to changing climate.

November 7, 2013

Released for public review and comment, U.S. EPA draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans provide detailed information about actions EPA plans to take across USA to help communities adapt to changing climate. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said these plans "offer a roadmap for agency work to meet that responsibility, while carrying out President Obama’s goal of preparing the country for climate-related challenges." Comment period closes on January 3, 2014. Read More

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Analytical Chemistry Committee to hold accreditation workshop.

November 7, 2013

On May 19, ASTM Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry, Ores and Related Materials will hold a workshop, "Impact of Accreditation on Reference Materials and Method Development in Analytical Laboratories Supporting the Metals and Ores Industries." Accreditation processes that tighten requirements for approval of reference materials may needlessly restrict supply of reference materials and negatively impact quality of test result quality. Experts will share insights for streamlining these processes. Read More

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DICONDE Subcommittee calls for help in standards development.

November 7, 2013

All interested parties are invited to participate in standards developing activities of Subcommittee E07.11 on Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation, part of Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing. Subcommittee is focusing on standards that test interoperability of DICONDE-compliant inspection equipment. DICONDE standards were developed for nondestructive inspection equipment manufacturers to facilitate exchange of data and access to records in event of system failure. Read More