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NIST Seeks Comment on federal ID credential security standard.

July 16, 2012

NIST released second-round draft version of updated security standard for identity credentials in Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards used by federal employees and contractors. Comments are sought by August 10, 2012 from public on this document, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201, which will be last draft before final version is published. Requirements include that all PIV cards contain IC chip for storing electronic information, PIN, and protected biometric data. Read More

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HID Lamp Shipment Indexes show growth for first quarter.

July 16, 2012

NEMA's HID lamp shipment indexes returned to positive growth territory during first quarter of 2012, with each type showing year-over-year gains. Sodium vapor lamps increased 2.9%, while shipments of mercury vapor and metal halide lamps increased 5.0% and 0.1%, respectively. Market shares for sodium and mercury vapor lamps increased by 0.5 and 0.1 percentage points to 32.8 and 4.6%, respectively. Metal halide lamps posted share of 62.5%, a decline of 0.7 percentage points on year-over-year basis. Read More

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Free Webinar looks at tools for robotic systems simulations.

July 16, 2012

Visual Components, provider of 3D factory simulation software, will host webinar in conjunction with RIA on September 6, 2012 at 10:00 am EDT. Webinar will demonstrate how Visual Components offerings facilitate simulations of complete robotic systems, Beyond the Robot, in applications that encompass complete Robotic Workcell or Manufacturing Process. Demonstration will also show there is no need for individual skill sets or intense application training to develop simulation to completion. Read More

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Data Exchange Standard addresses pack and packing materials.

July 16, 2012

Standard IPC-1758, Declaration Requirements for Shipping, Pack, and Packing Materials, establishes requirements for exchange of information on materials used to protect products during shipment between supply chain partners. In addition to describing essential information exchange content with respect to packing, standard includes references to regulations impacting materials, marking, recycling information, and recycled content that could be desirable in completing data package. Read More

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Pension Fix benefits both manufacturers and workers.

July 13, 2012

In her statement following announcement of highway transportation conference agreement (H.R. 4348), NAM Vice President for Tax and Domestic Economic Policy Dorothy Coleman said that flaws in pension funding formula need to be corrected in order to provide predictable financial obligation for employers year to year. By doing so, according to Coleman, manufacturers can continue on as "leaders in providing generous retirement benefits to their employees." Read More

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Hydraulic Institute updates submersible pump standard.

July 13, 2012

ANSI/HI 11.6 - 2012 Rotodynamic Submersible Pumps for Hydraulic Performance, Hydrostatic Pressure, Mechanical, and Electrical Acceptance Tests applies to customer acceptance testing of submersible pumps driven by induction motors, unless otherwise agreed or specified. Standard provides uniform procedures for performance, hydrostatic, net positive suction head required, submersible motor integrity, and vibration testing of submersible pumps; and data recording and reporting of test results. Read More

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NEMA publishes standard for motors and generators.

July 13, 2012

Approved by ANSI, ANSI/NEMA MG 1-2011 Motors and Generators conveys practical information concerning performance, safety, test, construction, and manufacture of AC and DC motors and generators. Standard also assists users in proper selection and application of motor and generators. Copy of standard may be purchased in hard or electronic format. Read More

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ACerS-NIST Database adds approximately 1,400 new diagrams.

July 13, 2012

Under new agreement with its partner, American Ceramic Society, NIST is offering single-user licenses to ACerS-NIST Phase Equilibria Diagrams database for $950, down from $2,995. Developed from masses of data and models, diagrams tell engineer what compounds and crystal structures will result from mixing set of starting materials in given ratios at given temperature. Version 3.4 has approximately 24,800 diagrams, including 892 entries with approximately 1,400 new diagrams. Read More

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IPC Midwest set to open with big news in nanotechnology.

July 13, 2012

Bringing big news of nanotechnology to light, Alan Rae, Ph.D., CEO of NanoMaterials Innovation Center, will be Opening Session speaker at IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition on August 22, 2012. In his presentation "Nanotechnology and Electronics Assembly," Dr. Rae will outline current and potential applications in areas important to IPC members - primarily on assembly of electronics and energy products using both novel printing processes and also in very conventional technology. Read More

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ICAO Committee establishes metric for aviation emissions.

July 13, 2012

Metric established by ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) will form basis of ICAO CO2 standard, setting way for CAEP to complete work on standard to reduce aviation fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Based on fuel used per unit distance at 3 different cruise conditions, metric system defines how aircraft CO2 emissions can be evaluated in way that is relevant to its operation. Metric also accounts for fuselage geometry and maximum take-off weight. Read More

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Robert J. Kudder honored with Award of Merit.

July 13, 2012

ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings presented Award of Merit and title of fellow to Robert J. Kudder, Ph.D., senior consultant at Raths, Raths, and Johnson Inc. in Willowbrook, IL. Member of ASTM International member and Committee E06 since 1984, Kudder served one term as E06 membership secretary from 2000-2005 and received E06 Award of Appreciation in 2007. He was also primary author of ASTM E2128, Standard Guide for Evaluating Water Leakage of Building Walls. Read More

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NIST updates guidelines for mobile device security.

July 13, 2012

NIST has released proposed update to guidelines for securing devices such as smart phones and tablets that are used by federal government. Revised guidelines recommend using software technology that centralizes device management at organization level to secure both agency-issued and personally owned devices that are used for government business. Guidelines also offer recommendations for selecting, implementing, and using centralized management technologies. Read More

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Clean Cookstoves Guidelines could help save lives.

July 12, 2012

ISO International Workshop Agreement IWA 11:2012, Guidelines for evaluating cookstove performance, is backed by international consensus and takes first step towards defining criteria for clean, efficient, and safe cookstoves. In addition to fostering common understanding of how to define and verify clean stoves and fuels among all affected countries and stakeholders, document encourages innovation to find better cooking solutions as well as foster their adoption. Read More

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BIO Says Affordable Care Act Ruling must lead to implementation.

July 12, 2012

In his statement on ruling issued by U.S. Supreme Court regarding Affordable Care Act, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood said BIO will continue to work with federal and state agencies to implement said law in a way that helps foster continued U.S. biotech development of lifesaving cures and other medical breakthroughs while expanding patient access to critical cures, medicines, and innovations. BIO will also continue to support efforts to repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board. Read More

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Manufacturing Optimism declines due to increased uncertainty.

July 12, 2012

According to NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers, manufacturing has been slowing over past few months. For second quarter in a row, majority of respondents identified unfavorable business climate as their primary challenge, up from 62.2% to 64%. Survey results showed that 46.4% of respondents identified rising energy and raw material costs as a top challenge. Number of respondents who are somewhat or very positive about their company's outlook dropped from 88% to 83%. Read More

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SME Manufacturing and Design Workshop to be held October 4-5, 2012.

July 12, 2012

Design for Manufacturing and Design for Assembly workshop will provide fundamental knowledge and hands-on practice that can be used for new product and process development or with existing applications. To take place at Embassy Suites, Glendale, CA, workshop will also be available virtually via live web-streaming. Led by Dan Bauer, workshop includes 6 modules on day 1 and 4 modules on day 2. Program is intended for professionals including program and quality managers and design engineers. Read More

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FABTECH 2012 will take place in Las Vegas from November 12-14.

July 12, 2012

Offering opportunity to source products and services for metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing, FABTECH 2012 will host more than 1,100 manufacturers and 25,000 attendees. Over 400,000 ft² of net floor space will be dedicated to live equipment demonstrations, allowing visitors to see, touch, and compare products side-by-side. Simultaneously, FABTECH educational conference will offer expert speakers and insights into manufacturing topics. Read More

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Auto Composites Pioneer wins 2012 lifetime achievement award.

July 12, 2012

Named 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by SPE®'s Automotive Division, Gary Lownsdale will be honored for his role leading automotive plastics and composites innovations at 42nd-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala. Lownsdale's career-long interests have resulted in significant contributions to field. Before retiring, Lownsdale says his last major challenge and R/D focus will be increasing production speeds and reducing costs so carbon composites can be used throughout automobile. Read More

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CE Week featured top industry leaders, products, and media.

July 12, 2012

CE Week, presented by Consumer Electronics Association, spanned more than 48,000 square feet of floor space and featured weeklong series of technology events across New York City, including CEA Line Shows, Digital Downtown Conference, Eureka Park Challenge, and Mobile Apps Showdown. Conference sessions, networking events, press conferences, and product launches drew thousands of media and CE industry professionals from across the nation. Read More

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IPC to hold inaugural Test and Inspection Online Symposium.

July 12, 2012

Scheduled for July 24, 2012, "IPC Test and Inspection Online Symposium: Technology Review and Case Studies to Improve Processes, Yields and Costs!" will provide test and inspection engineers with forum to learn solutions to issues that plague test processes, without having to leave the office. Symposium will cover test and inspection issues about X-ray inspection, silver corrosion failures, environmental stress screening, and more. Each session will be followed by Q/A session with speaker. Read More