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Solar Inspection Tool helps ensure quality and safety.

October 4, 2013

To benefit permitting authorities and installers, and ultimately energy consumers, IREC has released Model Inspection Checklist for Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems. For municipalities, checklist can serve as supplementary educational tool for new or experienced inspectors to ensure they are aware of code requirements that must be verified on site. Checklist can also help prepare installers for inspection in advance, reducing number of items that might need to be addressed afterward. Read More

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AAMA's Fall Conference to feature keynote on emerging technology.

October 4, 2013

AAMA National Fall Conference will be held in Baltimore, MD from October 27–30, and registration is open through October 18. AAMA's FenestrationMasters™ certification exams will be administered on-site during this conference, and Karma Sawyer from U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office will deliver "Windows Emerging Technologies Portfolio in DOE’s Building Technologies Office" keynote. There will also be multiple presentations, updates, and receptions. Read More

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Midwest Engineering Systems is now RIA Certified Robot Integrator.

October 4, 2013

As announced by RIA, Midwest Engineering Systems received Certified Robot Integrator designation. Certification process requires on-site audit and testing of key personnel as well as other criteria. Jeff Burnstein, RIA president, welcomed Midwest Engineering Systems as RIA's sixteenth Certified Robot Integrator and said that this program "strengthens the overall integrator channel and allows integrators to benchmark their own processes against best industry practices." Read More

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Nation's Largest Rocket Competition invites aspiring students.

October 4, 2013

Over next 6 months, thousands of students will push educational boundaries and test gravity’s limits through designing, building, and successfully launching model rockets. Registration to compete in 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge is officially open for middle and high school students across the country. This year, students are required to design a rocket that will climb 825 ft with payload of 2 raw eggs, and safely return to earth with both eggs unbroken via dual-parachute recovery. Read More

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NREL Releases Roadmap to reducing solar PV soft costs by 2020.

October 4, 2013

"Non-Hardware ('Soft') Cost-Reduction Roadmap for Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics, 2013–2020," builds on NREL's ongoing soft-cost benchmarking analysis and charts path to achieve SunShot soft-cost targets of $0.65/W for residential systems and $0.44/W for commercial systems by 2020. Also, report highlights that certain processes categorized as soft costs may not appear significant in terms of dollars-per-watt but are costly in posing market barriers that slow PV deployment. Read More

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Vascular Stent Testing Standard is being developed by ASTM.

October 4, 2013

Medical device manufacturers and academics working with vascular stent testing are welcome to join in developing proposed new ASTM International standard ASTM WK23330, Guide for in Vitro Axial, Bending and Torsional Durability Testing of Vascular Stents. Testing described therein will be used to support acceptable fatigue resistance of stents for clinical use in vasculature as well as to enable regulatory bodies to better assess adequacy of testing conducted. Read More

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SME announces premiere manufacturing event.

October 3, 2013

Scheduled for June 9-12, 2014 at the COBO Center in Detroit, THE BIG M will connect people with technology and expertise, affirm industry’s importance, and provide unified voice to industry and education policymakers about issues facing manufacturers today. In addition to in-depth conference sessions, event will offer 1-on-1 consultations, collaborative opportunities, and gathering spaces on exhibit floor to encourage interaction between attendees, exhibitors, and industry leaders. Read More

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IPC and CALCE will present symposium on tin whiskers.

October 3, 2013

IPC and educational partner CALCE® (Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering) will host 7th International Symposium on Tin Whiskers. Event will take place November 12–13, 2013, in Costa Mesa, CA and feature opening keynote session, "Space: The Intolerant Final Frontier," as presented by Lockheed Martin's John Kowalchik. Afterwards, technical presentations will deliver in-depth look at causes of growth as well as risk mitigation, materials, detection, and failure analysis. Read More