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IPC and SMTA announce agenda for Session 8 of conference.

November 15, 2012

IPC and SMTA announced agenda for Session 8 of High-Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference. Environmental Standards and Regulations session will provide insight into Ozone Transport Commission’s move to legislate reduction of VOCs in densely populated states in the Northeast. Presentations will be given on EPA’s Design for the Environment developed to reduce hazards posed by chemicals used within the work space, REACH, RoHS2, SVHC, and Conflict Minerals and how they affect assembly business. Read More

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ISO/IEC seek to harmonize audit and certification standards.

November 15, 2012

ISO Committee on Conformity Assessment has released 2 standards to create confidence among regulators, consumers, suppliers, and other stakeholders that certificates granted by one certification body are same as those of another. They include ISO/IEC 17065:2012, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services and ISO/IEC TS 17021-2:2012, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems – Part 2. Read More

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YTD U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders are up 5.6% over 2011.

November 15, 2012

According to AMT, September U.S. manufacturing technology orders reported by companies participating in USMTO program totaled $667.47 million. This number is up 40.7% from August and 13.4% from September 2011. With year-to-date (YTD) total of $4,282.11 million, 2012 is up 5.6% compared with 2011. As noted by AMT President Douglas K. Woods, only other month which broke $600 million was also, like September, one that reflected sales from IMTS. Read More

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Health and Fitness Technology to be seen at 2013 International CES®.

November 14, 2012

More than 215 exhibitors will showcase latest digital health and fitness technologies at 2013 International CES, to run Tuesday, January 8 through Friday, January 11, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sports and fitness devices will be featured at FitnessTech TechZone and FitnessTech Conference Track. In TechZone, tele-health systems, robotic aids, and diagnostic and monitoring equipment will also be shown, while Digital Health Summit will feature 5 speakers in health and life sciences field. Read More

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Asphalt and Aggregate Exhibitions to cover 117,000 net sq ft.

November 14, 2012

Co-located 2013 World of Asphalt and AGG1 expositions will be held March 19-21, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Covering aggregate, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety sectors, events will feature conference on environment, health, and safety issues at asphalt plant and paving site. Education programs will include AGG1 Academy and People, Plants, and Paving Training Sessions. Both shows are supported by over 25 industry-related organizations. Read More

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Momentum grows for solar-fueled water splitting.

November 14, 2012

In 1998, John Turner of NREL demonstrated that he could use sunlight to extract hydrogen from water at 12.4% efficiency. Three hundred articles and news reports followed, and then almost nothing happened. Now, with gasoline at $3.89/gal, there is renewed interest in Turner's work. Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry awarded Turner with Lectureship Award for his work in solar hydrogen and fuel cells and for being a spokesman for hydrogen production via photoelectrochemical water splitting. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO 2013 to offer 50 development courses.

November 14, 2012

Updates on industry concerns, challenges, and developments will be addressed in 50 IPC APEX EXPO® professional development courses, which will be offered in 2013 from February 17–18 and 21 at San Diego Convention Center. Each course, led by subject matter expert, runs for 3 hours. Specific issues will include those dealing with design, lead-free technology, materials, process improvement, solder joint reliability, and more. Courses will extend beyond theory to provide practical solutions. Read More

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Westfield Vo-Tech High School wins PRIME funding.

November 14, 2012

Manufacturing Technology Department at Westfield Vocational Technical High School, Westfield, MA, has been named a model school by SME Education Foundation through its PRIME (Partnership Response in Manufacturing) program. As a PRIME school, Westfield Vo-Tech will receive funds totaling $35,000 for 3 years to support post-secondary scholarships, equipment upgrades, continuing education for instructors, and a STEM-based camp for middle school students. Read More

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ANSI Industry Briefing to address Russia's acceptance into WTO.

November 14, 2012

Officially accepted into WTO in August 2012, Russia has made commitments to provide foreign companies with tools to prevent trade interference from non-tariff barriers. On November 16, ANSI will hold briefing to inform members of U.S. industry about implications of these commitments and gather feedback about standards, compliance, and market access priorities involving Russia. U.S. exports to Russia exceeded $8 billion in 2011, and are expected to rise with country’s membership in WTO. Read More

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ANSI updates voluntary consensus standards document.

November 14, 2012

ANSI has released updated ANS Key Steps document containing rundown of steps involved in approval of voluntary consensus standards as American National Standards. New version features embedded links, giving stakeholders access to relevant forms and information. To qualify for ANSI accreditation, organizations must meet Institute's requirements for openness, balance, due process, and consensus in their standards development processes, as set-forth in ANSI Essential Requirements. Read More

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FAA Seeks Civil Penalty against Woodward, Inc. and subsidiary.

November 13, 2012

FAA is proposing $246,450 civil penalty against Woodward, Inc. and subsidiary HRT for allegedly failing to conduct requisite drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before transferring/hiring 12 people to perform safety-sensitive aircraft maintenance work. Additional allegations cover failure to include 6 individuals in random drug and alcohol testing pool; failure to administer return-to-duty drug test to one employee; and use of expired intoximeter bottle. Read More

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Ulrich Turck Elected Chairman of Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA EAC.

November 13, 2012

Taking over for Jean-Marie Alliet, Ulrich Turck – Managing Director, Hans Turck GmbH and Co. KG and Turck Holding GmbH – has been elected as Chairman to Fieldbus Foundation's Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC) for next annual term of office. Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations VP Marc Van Pelt welcomed Turck to his new role, saying he looks forward to working with Ulrich on several FOUNDATION technology and marketing initiatives throughout EMEA region. Read More

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ASABE Revises Standard on densified products for bulk handling.

November 12, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised standard ASAE S269.5, Densified Products for Bulk Handling – Definitions and Methods, which was previously entitled Cubes, Pellets, and Crumbles - Definitions and Methods for Determining Density, Durability, and Moisture Content. Specifically, revision includes use of biomass pellets and cubes. Read More

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FAA Seeks Civil Penalty against GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics, Inc.

November 12, 2012

FAA proposed $359,350 civil penalty for allegedly failing to conduct pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before hiring 17 people to perform safety-sensitive functions. Other allegations include failure to test 4 random individuals for alcohol use in January, April, and July of 2011; failure to carry out all requisite drug and alcohol testing for 2 employees as part of return-to-duty process; and inappropriate post-accident drug testing of 2 employees. Read More

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FAA seeks $205,250 civil penalty against Circor Aerospace, Inc.

November 12, 2012

FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $205,250 against Circor Aerospace, Inc., a Sylmar, CA-based aircraft repair station, for allegedly violating FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations. FAA alleges Circor failed to conduct required pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negative drug test results before hiring 29 people to perform safety-sensitive aircraft maintenance work. FAA also alleges the company failed to include two individuals in its random drug and alcohol testing pool. Read More

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Web-Based Library offers SAE technical standards and papers.

November 12, 2012

SAE International offers its full complement of technical standards and papers in various subscription packages designed to meet needs of individuals and small businesses in mobility industry. Available through the SAE Digital Library, users can access and download technical information on AeroPaks, JPaks, TechSelect, J1939 Standards, and Aerospace Quality Standards. Web-based library offers 200,000+ standards, technical papers, eBooks, digital magazines, and related publications. Read More

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Top Automotive Manufacturers to exhibit at International CES.

November 12, 2012

Consumer Electronics Association announced a record number of automotive manufacturers will exhibit at upcoming 2013 International CES®, scheduled for January 8-11. Seven of the top 10 manufacturers will showcase their latest technologies on the CES show floor, including Audi, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, and Subaru, which is exhibiting at CES for the first time in 2013. Automotive exhibits will cover more than 100,000 net sq-ft of exhibit space in 2013, up 5% over 2012 show. Read More

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AAMA Publishes QA Guidelines for polyamide thermal barriers.

November 12, 2012

AAMA has published QAG-2-12, Voluntary Quality Assurance Processing Guide for Polyamide Thermal Barriers. Developed to help architects, manufacturers, designers, and owners, this document establishes assembly guidelines for aluminum composites utilizing polyamide thermal barriers. Specific topics include handling and storage of polyamide thermal barriers, assembly equipment and machinery inspection, quality control, and handling and care of completed and assembled profiles. Read More

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Keynote Speaker, Agenda Announced for IPC/SMTA conference.

November 12, 2012

IPC and SMTA have jointly announced keynote speaker and topics for session 6 of IPC/SMTA High Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference, scheduled for November 13–15, 2012 in Chicago, IL. Conference is focused on electronics assembly reliability as well as influence of cleaning and coating on producing reliable hardware. Dave Hillman of Rockwell Collins is scheduled to speak on "Printed Circuit Board Reliability: Factors OEMs Should Consider in the Age of Miniaturization." Read More

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2013 International CES hailed as largest app event worldwide.

November 12, 2012

Owned and produced by CEA®, 2013 International CES® will take place January 8–11, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV and feature CEA MoDev Hackathon, CES Developer University, Appy Hour, Wall of Apps, and Mobile Apps Showdown. This annual innovation event, according to CEA's Gary Shapiro, "is the only place in the world for developers to experience the largest gathering and broadest range of apps." The App story at CES includes competitions, educational sessions, and events showcasing best apps. Read More