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Construction Materials Prices fall 1.1% in November.

December 19, 2012

In a sign of a weak global economy, nation's construction materials prices fell 1.1% in November—the largest monthly decrease since February 2009—according to producer price index report by U.S. Department of Labor. However, prices are 1% higher than the same time last year. ABC Chief Economist, Anirban Basu, stated that investors may be reducing their positions in economically sensitive commodities in response to fears regarding America's fiscal cliff. Read More

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Clean Air Standards help reduce harmful soot pollution.

December 19, 2012

In response to court order, EPA finalized update to national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, including soot, setting annual health standard at 12 µg/cubic meter. Fine particle pollution can penetrate deep into lungs and has been linked to premature death, heart attacks, and strokes, as well as acute bronchitis and aggravated asthma among children. By 2020, 99% of U.S. counties are projected to meet revised health standard without any additional actions. Read More

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NREL, Johnson Matthey announce collaboration on biofuels.

December 19, 2012

NREL will partner with global specialty chemicals company Johnson Matthey in 5-year, $7 million effort to produce drop-in gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from non-food biomass feedstocks. Work is to be conducted under Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) and is, according to NREL's Rich Bolin, "a way of leveraging the expertise of two organizations to solve a pressing national and international problem" and improve vapor phase upgrading during biomass pyrolysis process. Read More

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ASTM-Sponsored Workshop looks at total joint replacement devices.

December 19, 2012

Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacement Devices workshop (November 12, 2013 – Jacksonville, FL) will offer forum for consensus development and scientific exchange on needs for related characterization and standardized testing. Primary focus is to address unmet standardization needs and help establish best testing practices in 4 areas. Each topic of interest, introduced by keynote, will be followed by invited speakers and discussion of elements. Read More

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Legislation will increase access to Russia's growing market.

December 19, 2012

President Obama signed the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal Act to grant the U.S. Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia. As the ninth-largest economy in the world, the Russian market presents a great opportunity to grow exports and create American jobs. NAM worked extensively to educate members of Congress of the importance of PNTR legislation to manufacturers, holding countless meetings in both House and Senate. Additionally, NAM Key Voted H.R. 6156 in both chambers. Read More

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Keynote highlights CES as home of entrepreneurs.

December 19, 2012

Scheduled for January 8-11, 2013 International CES® will offer an array of entrepreneur-focused exhibits, events, and conference sessions for technology entrepreneurs. On Tuesday, January 8 at 11 a.m., Next Generation of Innovators keynote will feature Jeff Jordan, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, as moderator. Panelists will include David Lieb of Bump Technologies, Cyrus Massoumi of ZocDoc, Eric Vishira of RockMelt, and will.i.am of i.am.plus, llc. Read More

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AFS Leadership Nominations are due by March.

December 19, 2012

Every year, American Filtration and Separations (AFS) Society elects 2nd Vice Chair and 6 members of Board of Directors. Elected 2nd Vice Chair will become AFS 2nd Vice Chair for 2014, 1st Vice Chair for 2015, and AFS Chair in 2016. For those elected to Board of Directors, term of service is 2 years and begins at AFS Fall 2013 Board of Directors Meeting or November 30, 2013. Online nomination form is available, and deadline is March 1, 2013. Read More

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ANSI EESCC seeks input on relevant standards.

December 19, 2012

As part of its ongoing efforts to assess energy efficiency standardization landscape and to develop standardization roadmap for energy efficiency within the built environment, ANSI Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative is soliciting input regarding relevant standards, codes, guidelines, and conformance programs that are available or under development. It also seeks input on what perceived gaps in energy efficiency standardization and conformance activities currently exist. Read More

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ANSI/DIN Standardization Roundtable was held in Berlin.

December 19, 2012

ANSI, together with German Institute for Standardization (DIN), held roundtable discussion on German and U.S. priorities for standardization in Berlin on November 30, 2012. Roundtable included key public- and private-sector experts from both countries and covered several common priority topics: electric vehicles and e-mobility, smart cities and smart grid technologies, and civil- and cybersecurity. ANSI and DIN also discussed changes to standardization policies in U.S. and Germany. Read More

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Registration open for IPC's Conference on Solderability.

December 19, 2012

Registration is now open for IPC Conference on Solderability and Reliability for Electronics Assemblies. Scheduled for February 6-7, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary, event will open with day of educational workshops addressing PCB inspection and quality control, failure analysis, troubleshooting solder joints, repair/rework of lead-free solder joints, and conflict minerals regulations compliance. During technical conference, industry experts will discuss critical areas of assembly process. Read More

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AIA mourns loss of Senator Daniel Inouye.

December 19, 2012

The senior-most member of US Senate and second-longest serving Senator in American history, Daniel Inouye continuously represented Hawaii in Congress since it achieved statehood in 1959. A long-time advocate for aerospace and defense issues, Inouye served on Senate Commerce and Appropriations Committees for more than 40 yrs, chairing Appropriations Committee since 2009 as well as Defense Subcommittee, where he crafted legislation that ensured US armed services were equipped to face any threat. Read More

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AWS Celebrates Grand Opening of new global headquarters.

December 19, 2012

AWS celebrated the grand opening of their new global headquarters at 8669 NW 36th Street, Doral, FL with an open house ceremony on November 30. Building dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, which welcomed 200+ board members, international counterparts and agents, vendors, and community leaders, took place at recently renovated 5-story, 122,482 ft² building. New headquarters offers space to expand membership, publishing, exposition, and educational operations. Read More

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BIO opens registration for 10th annual World Congress.

December 19, 2012

BIO announced registration and housing are now open for 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, which will be held June 16-19, 2013 in Montreal, Canada. Event will feature 6 breakout session tracks over 3 days. More than 35 sessions will cover latest progress in commercializing advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals, company partnerships, and more in industrial biotechnology. Conference will also include investor sessions and business partnering opportunities. Read More

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Economic Outlook For 2013 forecasts reduced, tentative growth.

December 19, 2012

While 2013 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook projects equipment and software investment will grow, such growth is predicted at below-average rate of 2.9% due to weak demand and fiscal uncertainty. Report also notes 2012 investment outlook is contingent upon fiscal cliff resolution. Even when fiscal challenges are resolved, time will be needed for businesses to regain confidence. Looking ahead to 3Q and 4Q 2013, investment growth is expected to begin to regain momentum. Read More

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AFS 2013 Annual Conference to cover innovations, advancements.

December 18, 2012

Taking place in Bloomington, MN from May 6–9, AFS 2013 Annual Conference on "Filtration & Separations in the Global Market - Recent Advancements - Innovative Solutions" will feature topics covering solutions and advancements in field of filtration and separations as well as progress and impact on global market. Key sessions will cover general solid-liquid, gas-solid, gas-liquid, and liquid-liquid separation. Call for papers has also been issued. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to feature 35 technical sessions.

December 18, 2012

Scheduled for February 19-21, 2013, IPC APEX EXPO® Technical Conference will cover two dozen technical topics in the areas of board fabrication, design, and electronics assembly. Over 3 days, 35 technical sessions with nearly 100 research papers will address military electronics, advanced packaging, fluxes and pastes, embedded devices, high-frequency electronics, and electrostatic discharge. Other areas will include rework/repair, cleaning, and assembly reliability. Read More

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AFS Society to accept award nominations.

December 18, 2012

To recognize contributions made by Society members, AFS Society is accepting nominations for awards until March 1, 2013. Wells Shoemaker Award recognizes lifetime of outstanding leadership and exceptional service to AFS Society, while Frank Tiller Award recognizes lifetime of scientific and engineering achievements in the Technology of Fluid-Particle Separation. Others include: Fellow Member Award; Young Scientist Award, and Senior Scientist Award. Read More

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Solder Paste Application Standard is available in Danish.

December 18, 2012

Translated into Danish, IPC-7527-DK was the idea of Task Group Nordic, IPC’s volunteer standards development group in Scandinavia. Standard covers many aspects of solder paste application, from initial placement on board through production and testing. It addresses basic squeegees, jet dispensers, needle dispensers, and closed print heads, as well as automated paste inspection using cameras or lasers. To equipment operators, 15-page standard serves as reference guide with more than 50 photos. Read More

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ASC Website fosters access to and use of industry information.

December 18, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) revamped its ascouncil.org website. Focused on providing information and services to members that are action oriented and supportive of member companies, website provides such features as VOC regulation map; ASC industry updates; links to ASC market reports, press releases, newsletters, standards, and ASC Vendor Select Tool; job board; ASC store; as well as access to ASC training programs and regulatory affairs issues. Read More

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January Workshop to review design for NNMI.

December 17, 2012

Scheduled for Jan 16, 2013, "Blueprint for Action: Workshop on the Design of the NNMI"  will be devoted to reviewing and refining suggested design for new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation developed from input received through public dialogue workshops and responses to Request for Information. In addition to feedback on resulting design, workshop seeks input on new questions related to formation and operation of proposed network’s regional Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation. Read More