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MetalForming Magazine Programs cover servo press technology.

August 14, 2012

PMA's MetalForming magazine announces series of technical programs featuring latest developments in servo-press technology. Servo Press Technology Experience includes 3 free webinars and 1 live event at PMA headquarters. Webinars include: Servo Press Technology-Applications for Today and Tomorrow; Applications for Servo Presses-Drawing and In-Die Secondary Operations; and Marrying your Servo Press to a Metalforming System-Considerations for Controls and Feeds. Read More

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EPA awards $2 million to small businesses.

August 14, 2012

EPA has awarded 7 contracts totaling more than $2 million to small businesses to develop new technologies that keep environment clean and healthy. Companies won contract through Small Business Innovation Research program competition, which encourages small businesses to explore and develop environmental technologies. Recipients include: FBS, Inc.; Lynntech, Inc.; TDA Research, Inc.; Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc.; Adherent Technologies, Inc.; Faraday Technology, Inc.; and OPTRA, Inc. Read More

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Tiago Bonomo, Daniel Miller elected as newest AEM directors.

August 14, 2012

Filling unexpired terms, AEM elected 2 new directors. Tiago Bonomo, President and CEO of McCormick USA, joins AEM AG Sector Board, while Daniel Miller, President and CEO of Manitou Americas Inc, joins AEM CE Sector Board. AEM directors help set guidelines and operating policies of association on behalf of its members in such areas as public policy, equipment statistics and market information, trade shows, technical and product safety support, global business development, and more. Read More

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Updated NIST Guide lays out computer security incident plan.

August 14, 2012

Based on best practices from government, academic, and business organizations, NIST's guide for managing computer security incidents includes section expanding on coordination and information sharing among agencies. Step-by-step instructions help new or established incident response teams create proper policy and plan. Recommendations include inclusion of mission statement, strategies, and goals; organizational incident response approach; response capability metrics; and updating process. Read More

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NIST focuses on testing standards for Lab-on-a-Chip devices.

August 14, 2012

Lab on a Chip devices are microchip-size systems that can prepare and analyze tiny fluid samples with volumes ranging from a few microliters to sub-nanoliters. LOCs are envisioned to one day revolutionize how laboratory tasks such as diagnosing diseases and investigating forensic evidence are performed. However, recent paper from NIST argues that before LOC technology can be fully commercialized, testing standards need to be developed and implemented. Read More

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IPC Study forecasts PCB production growth to resume.

August 14, 2012

According to 2011-2012 Industry Analysis and Forecast for PCB Industry in North America, printed circuit board production declined considerably in 2011, but growth has resumed in 2012 and is forecast to continue through 2014. Comprehensive report covers both rigid PCB and flexible circuit industries. Representative sample of 38 North American PCB manufacturers participated, with $2 billion in total sales, accounting for approximately 48% of North American market. Read More

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PMI announces new committee co-chairs.

August 13, 2012

PMI President Stewart Yang of Kohler Co. announced appointment of three chairs, reappointment of one chair, and election of one chair to serve on PMI's Focus and Standing Committees. Three-year terms for these positions officially begin with 2012 PMI Fall Conference, being held October 7-10. Yang's decision was based upon PMI meeting attendance, leadership, expertise, and overall commitment to PMI. Read More

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Fieldbus Foundation updates device coupler test specification.

August 13, 2012

FOUNDATION(TM) fieldbus physical layer technology - H1 (31.25 kbps) device coupler test specification - includes criteria from international IEC 61158 standard and additional functional tests, such as input impedance, short-circuit reaction time, and bus voltage consumption. Enabling coupler manufacturers to perform standard tests against implementation, standard provides confidence that registered fieldbus equipment can be used in tightly integrated, interoperable control system architecture. Read More

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EPA announces funding for research to improve air quality.

August 13, 2012

EPA awarded 5 grants totaling $2 million to academic institutions for research and innovative processes to improve air quality in U.S. and track effectiveness of pollution control measures. Grants are focused on generating better data and tools to enable regulatory authorities to ensure air is healthy. Funding covers projects that will examine links between short-term air pollution drivers and existing management strategies, development of decision-making models, and air quality forecasting. Read More

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NEMA publishes ANSI-approved KS 3 guidelines for switches.

August 13, 2012

ANSI/NEMA KS 3-2010, Guidelines for Inspection and Preventive Maintenance of Switches Used in Commercial and Industrial Applications, covers safety procedures, general guidance, inspection procedures, preventive maintenance, non-destructive test procedures, and operation of accessory devices. KS 3 also identifies switches requiring maintenance or replacement. Regular inspection and preventive maintenance help ensure that protection is provided to personnel and electrical equipment. Read More

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TITANIUM 2012 to Reveal advanced powder metallurgy technology.

August 13, 2012

Advanced Materials (ADMA) Group Inc. will sponsor presentations in powdered metallurgy speaker panel at TITANIUM 2012, which will be held October 7-10 in Atlanta, GA. Annual conference and exhibition will look at "Transformational Non-Kroll Process Hydrogenated Titanium Powder Production" paper, "Powder Metallurgy Titanium and Titanium Alloy Components Manufactured from Hydrogenated Ti Powder" presentation, and demonstration of various Titanium alloys produced by BEPM approach. Read More

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Researchers Find Way to reconstruct objects hidden from sight.

August 13, 2012

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, University of Wisconsin, and Rice University combined photons with advanced optics to see 3D images of objects hidden around corner. This technique is described in "Reconstruction of Hidden 3D Shapes Using Diffuse Reflections," published in Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express. Potentials for this technique include disaster recovery situations and noninvasive biomedical imaging. Read More

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SAE offers learning academy on automotive composites.

August 13, 2012

Scheduled for October 22-26, SAE International's "Automotive Composites Technology Engineering Academy" will provide overview of different composite materials in terms of material types such as carbon, glass, and natural fibers. Focus, however, will be on carbon fiber processes and typical applications as well as benefits, shortcomings, and limitations. Participants will become familiar with different composites terminology, quality issues, costs, and automotive market needs. Read More

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Vineyard Networks joins EEMBC DPIBench working group.

August 13, 2012

EEMBC announced that Vineyard Networks, a leader in next-generation Deep Packet Inspection technology, has joined consortium's DPIBench working group, which is focused on creation of a comprehensive, credible, and equitable benchmark suite to measure performance of firewalls and Unified Threat Management appliances. Vineyard Networks' membership in EEMBC will allow company to utilize DPIBench, to validate performance of its solutions. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending was unchanged in June.

August 13, 2012

According to report by U.S. Census Bureau, total nonresidential construction spending was unchanged in June, as spending remained at seasonally adjusted annual rate of $570 billion. Year-over-year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 5.4%. Residential construction spending was up 1.3% for the month and is 10.7% higher than same time last year. Overall, total construction spending - which includes both nonresidential and residential - was up 0.4% for the month and 7% from June 2011. Read More

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Governors unite in support of auto growth policies.

August 13, 2012

At annual industry conference sponsored by Center for Automotive Research, bipartisan group of governors announced formation of the National Governors Auto Caucus to support a robust auto manufacturing sector that is vital to a healthy U.S. economy. Open to all governors, Caucus will provide forum to discuss bipartisan, non-controversial issues related to the industry and its 8 million jobs. It will explore broad policy frameworks, initiatives, and developments that impact industry at large. Read More

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Survey finds acquisitions give boost to distributor sales.

August 13, 2012

Welding and Gases Today surveyed members of GAWDA to find out what impact acquisitions are having on their businesses. Results of survey were posted in series of articles on Welding and Gases Today Online. When asked "What impact do you expect industry consolidation to have on your business?", 73% of distributor respondents said it will help their sales moving forward. On the other hand, survey found that 63% of suppliers expect industry consolidation to hurt sales. Read More

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IPC Handbook addresses potting and encapsulating PCBs.

August 13, 2012

IPC-HDBK-850, Guidelines for Design, Selection and Application of Potting Materials and Encapsulation Processes Used for Electronics Printed Circuit Board Assembly covers broad range of protective materials for printed boards. Handbook includes information on choosing, mixing, applying, and dispensing for each material listed. In addition, it explains techniques that should be used when repairs are necessary. Book is 68 pages long with more than 50 illustrations. Read More

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BETEC Symposium offers insight into fenestration technology.

August 13, 2012

Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Symposium, to be held January 7, 2013, will inform attendees of recent developments in fenestration performance and technology. Experts will address variety of topics concerning this symposium's theme, Fenestration: A World of Change. Full-day event will also present information on retrofits, impacts on utility planning, shading technologies, and other topics. Online registration opens September 1. Read More

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Identity Ecosystem Steering Group Meeting seeks to support NSTIC.

August 13, 2012

Identity Ecosystem Steering Group Kickoff Meeting will be held August 15 and 16, 2012 in Chicago, IL to support National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). Private-sector-led Identity Ecosystem Steering Group will provide open process for organizations to participate in ecosystem development, with goal of crafting framework for identity solutions that can replace passwords, allow individuals to prove online that they are who they claim to be, and enhance privacy. Read More