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Industry Growth Forum brings together energy innovators.

November 8, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy's NREL 25th Industry Growth Forum attracted nearly 400 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and policymakers to Denver. Two-day forum highlighted clean energy industry technology and business developments. In addition to hearing business case presentations from 30 clean energy companies, including 8 Colorado companies, attendees participated in comprehensive agenda of in-depth panel discussions and networking opportunities. Read More

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Laser Safety Officer Training Course meets new standards.

November 8, 2012

On the heels of the release of a new standard to ensure proper use of lasers in the research and development environment, LIA has announced new course for safety officers based on that guideline. Taught by Ken Barat, chairman of the committee that put together the ANSI Z136.8, Safe Use of lasers in Research, Development, or Testing Environment standard, new course will prepare LSOs to oversee safe use of laser systems in oftentimes ad hoc situations. Read More

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IPC and SMTA announce agenda for Conformal Coating workshop.

November 8, 2012

Scheduled for Nov 13, 2012, during IPC/SMTA Higher Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference, Conformal Coating technical workshop will teach basics of conformal coating and coating processes. Course will introduce fundamentals and assumes no prior knowledge of coatings. Topics include popular myths and misconceptions as well as commons causes of coating problems. Second half of course will teach the use and application of conformal coating in manufacturing environments. Read More

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ASTM develops roadmap for updating nuclear power standards.

November 8, 2012

ASTM developed Roadmap in Support of Commercial Nuclear Power to provide practical set of plans for updating ASTM nuclear energy standards in conjunction with Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative. Ultimate goal of roadmap is to ensure safe and economical source of electricity now and in the future. Priorities for commercial nuclear energy include encompassing objectives of NESCC Task Group on Standards Prioritization and building on results of ASTM survey and June 2011 workshop. Read More

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PTDA launches new website.

November 8, 2012

Located at www.ptda.org, PTDA's redesigned website includes powerful search tools that enable users to find relevant industry information and locate distributors and manufacturers throughout North America and beyond. While some industry-specific content is accessible only to members, much of the information—such as guidelines and formats—is publicly available with a few additional steps. Featuring mobile-friendly design, site is accessible from tablets and cell phones. Read More

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NAM President says it's time for Americans to come together.

November 8, 2012

In his statement regarding 2012 election results, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said "manufacturers continue to stand ready to work with President Obama" and noted how he talked about manufacturing throughout his campaign as he had during his first term. Areas requiring collaboration, as noted by Timmons, included exports, strengthening workforce, preparing Americans for jobs in modern manufacturing, pro-growth energy and tax policies, and "common-sense regulation." Read More

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AASHTO and ASTM Agreement benefits road construction.

November 8, 2012

Signing of an Agreement on Standards between AASHTO and ASTM International solidifies coordination between two organizations working in common interest of highway construction, safety, maintenance, and sustainability in the United States and around the world. According to AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley, this agreement will help organizations to avoid duplication of effort and streamline the process, saving both time and resources. Read More

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ANSI welcomes 12 new members.

November 7, 2012

In October, ANSI welcomed 12 new members: Alliance Data Systems; Appleton Papers; Crane Operator Certification Authority; Early Warning Services; Elixir Centre for Bio Environmental Quality Standards Certification; GPM Global; International Medical Equipment Service, Inc.; MC Miller Co., Inc.; Navigant Consulting Inc.; Saint-Gobain RD Center; and Secant Medical, Inc. These organizations joined federation that represents more than 125,000 companies and over 3.5 million professionals. Read More

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PTDA Presents Warren Pike Award to Barbara J. Ross.

November 7, 2012

Barbara J. Ross, VP sales and marketing for Timken Drives LLC, is 23rd recipient of Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in power transmission/motion control industry. Ross has been a leader for PTDA and PTDA Foundation since late 1990s, when she joined PTDA Industry Relations Committee. Since then, she has served on various committees in addition to all 3 leadership groups of the Association: Manufacturer Council, PTDA Board of Directors, and PTDA Foundation Board of Trustees. Read More

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PTDA 2012 Industry Summit delivers big ideas.

November 7, 2012

Held Oct 18-20, PTDA Industry Summit gathered power transmission/motion control industry to network, share solutions, and build business. Themed "Big Ideas to Steer Your Business," event hosted 715 participants, which included 570 industry delegates. Summit featured opening keynote titled "Trends, Technology Taking the Lead" as well as workshops titled "The Changing Sales Model," "Knowledge Transfer  The Emerging Generations," and "Understanding and Implementing Cloud and Mobile Computing." Read More

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SME Digital Design Award Winners named at RAPID 2012.

November 7, 2012

Announced at SME RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, winners of 2012 Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition included 3 entries from University of Louisville, KY. In high school category, 2 winners were announced from Cedar Falls High School in Iowa. Contestants were required to design products representing working prototypes, usable in another assembly, with geometry defined using 3D CAD system capable of producing stereolithography files. Read More

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ASTM International launches Professor's Tool Kit.

November 7, 2012

ASTM International has announced a new academic offering for university professors to include technical standards as part of their engineering and business curricula. Professor's Tool Kit includes: 5 scripted PowerPoint modules; sample syllabi and standards; short videos on the value of standards and student membership in ASTM; articles about standards education; ASTM industry sector overviews; standards case studies; and informational brochures on membership/benefits. Read More

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Sanjay Huprikar Joins IPC as VP of member success.

November 7, 2012

Having joined IPC staff as vice president of member success, Sanjay Huprikar will be responsible for membership, member support, events, industry councils, and market research. IPC president and CEO John Mitchell noted Huprikar's "years of leadership and expertise in sales, strategy, and customer care in the electronics industry" and added that his "engineering experience, entrepreneurial style, and professional accomplishments make him an excellent choice for this position." Read More

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Standards cover insulated apparel and tensile membrane structures.

November 7, 2012

ANSI/ISEA 201-2012, Classification of Insulating Apparel Used in Cold Work Environments, provides apparel manufacturers, purchasers, and wearers with parameters whereby cold weather clothing can be measured, certified, and specified, so employees can choose the right workwear for their needs. ASCE 55-10, Tensile Membrane Structures, provides minimum criteria for design and performance of membrane-covered cable and rigid member structures, including frame structures. Read More

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New ISO Standard aids design of energy-saving residences.

November 7, 2012

ISO Technical Committee (TC) 205, Building environment design, developed new International Standard – ISO 13153:2012, Framework of the design process for energy-saving single-family residential and small commercial buildings – that provides framework for effective consideration of energy-saving approaches to building of residences and small commercial buildings during various design process stages. Standard also includes 3 annexes intended to facilitate effective usage. Read More

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RIA announces milestone for Certified Robot Integrator program.

November 6, 2012

Ten leading system integrators have received the Certified Robot Integrator designation from RIA. In order to become certified, integrators go through rigorous process which includes on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel among other important criteria. Achieving certification provides way for integrators to showcase their capabilities and experience as well as benchmark their own processes against best industry practices. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for September 2012.

November 6, 2012

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 5.3% in Sept 2012 from Sept 2011. Bookings decreased 1.8% year over year, and book-to-bill ratio slipped to 1.00. Compared to Sept 2011, flexible circuit shipments were down 19.9%, and bookings were down 20.9%  In addition, flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio dropped to 0.71. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments were down 6.7% and bookings decreased 3.3% , compared to Sept 2011. Read More

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OPC Technology Summit highlights OPC solutions and benefits.

November 6, 2012

OPC Technology Summit concluded on Oct 18, after multi-day program that brought together OPC technologists, solution providers, and end-users to discuss next-generation OPC Unified Architecture technology. Summit kicked off with OPC UA technology overview and value proposition presentation, and included OPC UA Technology Roadmap presentation featuring technologists from ABB, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and Yokogawa, who mapped out their companies’ OPC UA adoption strategies. Read More

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AUTOMATICA and MAINTAIN 2014 parallel for first time.

November 5, 2012

Complementing each other, trade fair for Automation and Mechatronics and trade fair for Industrial Maintenance will take place parallel from May 20-23, 2014 on the grounds of the Munich Trade Fair. Focal point of 4-day visitor forum at AUTOMATICA 2014 will be the topic Industry 4.0. Other topics will include collaboration between man and machine, energy efficiency, and continuation of VDMA sustainability initiative BlueCompetence. Industrial maintenance will fill one hall with trade fair MAINTAIN. Read More

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AASHTO Report explains how to communicate funding issues.

November 5, 2012

AASHTO's peer exchange report, "Communicating Transportation Funding Issues," provides transportation agencies with practical approaches to effectively make their cases for transportation investments to general public and key decision makers. Specifically, report includes best practices from state DOTs that have effectively communicated complex issues surrounding finance, funding, planning, project selection, as well as program management and implementation. Read More