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SAE 2012 COMVEC will focus on innovation development.

September 7, 2012

To be held in Rosemont, IL from October 2-3, SAE Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (COMVEC) provides source for information and resources to aid in development of innovations regarding safety, fuel efficiency, and engine emissions. Forums, presentations, and discussions will focus on issues relative to technology, business, processes, and challenges. Along with networking opportunities, there will be technical sessions for trends, technologies, and potential solutions. Read More

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EPA opens registration for Campus RainWorks Challenge.

September 7, 2012

U.S. EPA has opened registration for student teams from colleges and universities across the country to participate in Campus RainWorks Challenge, through which teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. First annual competition will help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design. Read More

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Flexible Barrier Packaging Committee to meet in Spain in 2012.

September 7, 2012

Scheduled for September 26-27 in Barcelona, next meeting of ASTM International Committee F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging will let participants contribute to development and revision of standards important to flexible barrier packaging use and evaluation. Highlights will include review of results of several recently completed and ongoing interlaboratory studies as well as industry experts who will speak on range of diverse, related topics. Read More

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NEMA Publication addresses arc welding energy consumption.

September 7, 2012

NEMA has published NEMA EW 9 Arc Welding Power Sources-Energy Consumption Testing and Labeling. NEMA EW 9-2012 provides necessary guidance for manufacturers and importers of arc welding power source equipment to meet in uniform manner the energy consumption reporting requirements of the Mexican Law for Sustainable Energy Use, published in the Official Gazette of Federation, on November 28, 2008, article 23. Read More

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NEMA taps Paul Molitor for SGIP transition team.

September 7, 2012

NEMA announced that it will dedicate Paul Molitor as Interim Executive Director of newly reorganized Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. In this role, Mr. Molitor will lead transition effort from SGIP government-run organization, to SGIP 2.0 that is industry led. Molitor is Assistant VP of Strategic Initiatives for NEMA and former Plenary Secretary of SGIP, which was established under Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to coordinate interoperability of Smart Grid devices and systems. Read More

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NASA picks space technology proposals for development.

September 7, 2012

NASA's Space Technology Program has selected 5 technologies that could revolutionize America's space capabilities. The following proposals were selected for funding: Representing and Exploiting Cumulative Experience with Objects for Autonomous Manipulation; Lightweight High Performance Acoustic Suppression Technology Development; Fast Light Optical Gyroscopes for Precision Inertial Navigation; EHD-Based Variable Conductance Thermal Interface Material; and Membrane Enabled Reverse Lung. Read More

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Open Session of ISO GA to focus on innovation, sustainability.

September 7, 2012

ANSI invites interested parties to attend Open Session on innovation, sustainable development, and standards that will take place in San Diego, CA on September 20. Part of 2012 ISO General Assembly (GA), event will feature keynote speakers Denise Naguib as well as Phil McKinney and enable stakeholders to discuss current issues. Specific technologies that will be discussed are to include wireless technology in healthcare, smart cities, and smart buildings. Read More

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CONSTRUCT 2012 focuses on building science.

September 6, 2012

Scheduled for September 11-14, CONSTRUCT 2012 and The Annual Construction Specifications Institute Convention offer a number of educational sessions focused on building science. National Institute of Building Sciences staff will teach three of them, including: buildingSMART Data Dictionary and OmniClass; Specifying for High-Performance Buildings; and 21st Century Challenge: Achieving High Performance for the Building Envelope. Read More

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AEM publishes updated Truck-Mounted Forklift Safety Manual.

September 6, 2012

Developed with help of AEM member manufacturers, Truck-Mounted Forklift Safety Manual outlines basic safety situations that may be encountered during normal operation and maintenance and suggests possible ways of dealing with these conditions. Some significant content changes include: more accurate information specific to different machine configurations; guidance for traveling while unloaded; expanded instructions for operating on uneven terrain; and section explaining load stability factors. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today honors service technicians.

September 6, 2012

In celebration of service technicians in gases and welding industry, Welding and Gases Today has declared September to be Service Technicians Month. "Top Service Technicians Tell All" article in Fall 2012 issue will feature 10 service techs, including Oxygen Service Company's automation technician Clark Tufte and Norco's industrial service technician Brian Hamilton, talking about what it takes to be a great service technician. Read More

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Safety Recommendation will prevent taxiing airplane collisions.

September 6, 2012

NTSB recommended that FAA require large airplanes to be equipped with anti-ground collision aid, such as on-board external-mounted camera system, to provide pilots with clear view of plane's wingtips while taxiing. This would ensure clearance from other aircraft, vehicles, and obstacles while eliminating need for pilot to extend his or her head out of open cockpit window to see airplane's wingtips. NTSB made same recommendation to European Aviation Safety Agency. Read More

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Solder Skills Competition heading to Northeast.

September 5, 2012

Scheduled for Sept 18 in Boxborough, MA, Northeast Regional Solder Skills Competition will pit expert technicians against each other to build functional electronics assembly within 30-min time limit. Judges will evaluate soldering assemblies in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, cleanliness, and technique. Cash prizes will be awarded to top 3 finalists, and first place winner will earn complimentary airfare, hotel stay, and entrance into international grand championship at IPC APEX EXPO®. Read More

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Aerospace, Defense OEMs to help build AeroDef Manufacturing 2013.

September 5, 2012

SME executive committee comprises high-level manufacturing professionals from aerospace and defense OEMs that will assist in development of AeroDef Manufacturing 2013. To be held in Long Beach, CA from March 19-21, this aerospace and defense event is supported by OEMs looking for solutions from suppliers and extended manufacturing enterprise to keep industry competitive despite economic and public policy challenges. Read More

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SME Composites Conference to co-locate with SAMPE Tech.

September 5, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 22-24, Manufacturing with Composites will have technical sessions to showcase manufacturing applications specific to aerospace, automotive, wind energy, tooling for aircraft primary structural components, and non-aerospace composite applications. SAMPE Tech 2012, taking place Oct 22-25, will include 200 exhibiting companies, 4 panels led by industry leaders, and 150 applications and research presentations. Tracks will cover rapid processing, sustainable energy, and nanocomposites. Read More

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Hand Soldering Competition winners announced.

September 5, 2012

Brian Wade, senior technician at CAMtek (Bloomington, IL) took first place in second annual hand soldering competition at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition. Second place went to Alyssia Demetropoulos of Pro-Active Engineering (Sun Prairie, WI) and third-place went to Sue Fischer of Plexus (Appleton, WI). Points were awarded based on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E Class 3 criteria, speed at which assembly was produced, and overall functionality of assembly. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for July 2012.

September 4, 2012

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 4.2% in July 2012 from July 2011, and bookings decreased 5.7% year over year. Book-to-bill ratio registered 1.00, exactly at parity. Flexible circuit shipments in July 2012 were up 15.4%, while bookings were down 35.0% compared to July 2011, and book-to-bill ratio dipped to 1.03. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments in July 2012 decreased 2.6% and orders booked decreased 8.4% from July 2011. Read More

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Most Swing State Voters want action on sequestration.

September 4, 2012

According to Harris Interactive online poll released on behalf of Aerospace Industries Association, 80% of likely voters in Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Missouri want leaders in Washington DC to find alternative to sequestration budget cuts before November elections take place. Poll found that concern over sequestration cuts across age, party, race, and regional lines. In addition, 77% of likely voters said they were aware of this issue prior to taking poll. Read More

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NEMA publishes revised DICOS Standard for airport security.

September 4, 2012

NEMA has published NEMA IIC 1 v02 Digital Imaging and Communications in Security Information Object Definitions. Revised standard maintains extensible, interoperable data format that enables integration of security screening technologies across multiple vendor platforms. Standard now includes Advanced Imaging Technology or AIT, which is used to examine passengers at airports, and a more complete definition of one type of Threat Detection Report, known as Operator. Read More

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Market Update Report shows signs of recovery for electronics.

September 4, 2012

Summer 2012 edition of Electronics Industries Market Data Update shows leading indicators in North America pointing to stalled economic growth in 2Q but resumption of modest growth in second half of 2012. Year-over-year PCB and semiconductor sales growth rates in North America remained negative in 2Q 2012, while EMS, wet chemistry, and solder were positive. North American PCB book-to-bill ratio remained above parity in 2Q, and sales growth in electronics supply chain slowed globally. Read More

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OSA Journal discusses tool to diagnose PAD.

September 4, 2012

OSA's open-access journal, Biomedical Optics Express, discusses new optical diagnostic tool created by Columbia University researchers that may make it easier to diagnose and monitor peripheral arterial disease, a serious complication of diabetes. Noninvasive imaging technique - known as dynamic diffuse optical tomography imaging - uses near-infrared light to map concentration of hemoglobin in body's tissue. This mapping can reveal how effectively blood is flowing to patients' hands and feet. Read More