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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

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ANSI Forum looks at market access, credibility, visibility.

September 4, 2012

To bring together standardization community leaders for interactive discussions and idea exchange, Open Forum: Building Bridges across the Standards Ecosystem will take place October 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Event is open to all organizations that develop standards, and will focus on issues of common interest such as market access, building visibility and credibility, as well as challenges U.S.-based organizations are facing in emerging economies. Read More

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Automation Experts to participate in standards development.

September 4, 2012

U.S. experts in relevant fields, such as automation systems and integration, can help determine future of their industries through active participation in U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to ISO Technical Committees and Subcommittees. U.S. TAG is currently seeking interested experts to participate in ISO groups: TC 184, Automation systems and integration; TC 184, SC 4, Industrial data; and TC 184, SC 5, Interoperability, integration, and architectures for enterprise systems and automation applications. Read More

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Nanotechnology Standards Panel to meet in October 2012.

August 31, 2012

Scheduled for October 30 in Washington, DC, ANSI's Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) meeting will include updates from standards developing organizations (SDOs) developing nanotechnology standards as well as from industry representatives regarding their current needs in this area. ANSI-NSP encourages participation from SDOs as well as representatives from companies, government agencies, consumer groups, and academics. Read More

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A and WMA Conference to address effects of aerosol.

August 31, 2012

On Sept 24-28, Air and Waste Management Association will hold Aerosol and Atmospheric Optics Visibility and Air Pollution Conference, which will address advances in scientific understanding of effects of aerosol on urban, regional, continental, and global scale haze and radiation balance. Special sessions have been added to cover hot topics such as black carbon as well as effects of atmospheric nitrogen and carbonaceous material on haze, climate change, and nitrogen deposition on ecosystems. Read More

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Emergency Fuel Waiver has been approved for Louisiana.

August 31, 2012

Under authority granted by Clean Air Act, EPA temporarily waived certain federal clean gasoline requirements for Louisiana to promote flexibility for fuel distribution system to ensure adequate supply. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson determined extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist that are likely to result gasoline shortage compliant with federal regulations. Waiver will help ensure adequate supply of gasoline in Louisiana until normal supply can be restored to region. Read More

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Sustainability Workshop shows how to turn waste into profit.

August 31, 2012

By attending Green Manufacturer Network's Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop, manufacturing executives can learn how to help sustain decreased waste disposal in landfills as well as increase company operations sustainability, eco-friendliness, and profitability. Taking place October 24 in Holland, MI, workshop will include presentation and plant tour at Haworth, Inc. that will let attendees see zero-waste-to-landfill program in action. Read More

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Registration for World Standards Week open until Sept 28.

August 30, 2012

Scheduled for Oct 9-12, World Standards Week 2012 brings together standards and conformity professionals in spirit of collaboration and cooperation. In addition to new member orientation, event will include ANSI Government Member Forum; Open Forum: Building Bridges across the Standards Ecosystem; ANSI Legal Issues Forum: Incorporation by Reference, Reasonable Availability, and Copyright; ANSI Company Member Forum; ANSI Organizational Member Forum; and ANSI Consumer Interest Forum. Read More

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ACIL announces Smart Grid testing and certification workshop.

August 30, 2012

On Sept 11-12, 2012, American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) will hold Smart Grid testing and certification workshop, which will examine the most recent information on Smart Grid interoperability, as well as related technology developments. Keith Greenaway and Roger Muse of ACLASS, a brand of ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, will address workshop, along with 12 other speakers including representatives of ACIL and other relevant groups. Read More

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IPC selects Dr. Michio Kaku to keynote IPC APEX EXPO 2013.

August 30, 2012

Theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku has been selected through vote of IPC members to be IPC APEX EXPO® 2013 opening keynote speaker. Referred to as a "rock star" by many in the scientific community, Kaku is an internationally recognized authority on Einstein's unified field theory. Kaku's keynote will present a vision of life in the year 2100 culled from ideas of 300 of the country's most influential scientists. Read More

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Industry Group to study portable electronics usage.

August 30, 2012

Given widespread consumer use of portable electronic devices, FAA is forming government-industry group to study current PED policies and procedures aircraft operators use to determine when these devices can be used safely during flight. Group will examine testing methods aircraft operators use to determine which new technologies passengers can use aboard aircraft as well as establishment of technological standards associated with use of PEDs during any phase of flight. Read More