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Q2 Economic Outlook Report shows steady growth.

April 4, 2012

Q2 2012 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook forecasts healthy growth year over year, even though projected growth for 2012 slowed to 7% from previous 9%. Decline is due to slight downgrade of growth prospects, including expectancy that high oil prices will be significant drag. Report focuses on $628 billion industry and forecasts equipment investment and capital spending in USA and evaluates effects on various related and exogenous factors in play currently and into future. Read More

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IPC releases Japanese version of IPC-A-610E.

April 4, 2012

IPC announced Japanese language release of E revision of IPC-A-610, which provides visual acceptance criteria for post assembly mechanical and soldering assembly requirements. E revision address additional technologies, including flexible circuits, board in board, package on package, depanelization, and additional SMT terminations. Also, revision contains 165 new or updated illustrations, bringing total to more than 800. Read More

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IPC issues call for participation for 2013 IPC APEX EXPO.

April 4, 2012

IPC invites researchers, academics, technical experts, and industry leaders to submit abstracts for 2013 IPC APEX EXPO® at San Diego Convention Center. Expert presentations are being sought on all relevant design, PCB fabrication, and electronics manufacturing topics. Submissions dealing with lead-free processing, repair and reliability, high-speed PCB laminates, and new research in growing areas such as green technology and printed electronics are especially encouraged. Read More

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SAE 2012 World Congress features Get Connected theme.

April 3, 2012

Scheduled for April 24-26, SAE 2012 World Congress will offer relevant technical information and innovative content. "Get Connected" theme represents new and diverse connections that will drive advancements in auto industry. Not only does theme symbolize literal connections, such as those between vehicles, infrastructure, Internet, and nation's electrical grid, but also demonstrates connections and relationships between engineers who are developing next generation vehicle technology. Read More

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FMA names 2012 FMA/CNA Safety Award winners.

April 3, 2012

Sponsored by CNA Insurance Group, award program recognizes metal fabrication companies that have a commitment to excellence in safety. The 2012 Safety Award of Honor is presented to companies with no recordable injuries or illnesses for calendar year 2011, while 2012 Safety Award of Merit is presented to companies posting injury and illness incidence rate for calendar year 2011 that is better than published Bureau of Labor Statistics rate by 10% or greater. Read More

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SME RAPID 2012 Conference reveals future of manufacturing.

April 3, 2012

SME RAPID 2012 Conference will feature presentations aimed at revealing how businesses can improve competitive edge in challenging, global economy. On May 24, industry consultant Terry Wohlers will provide State of the Industry keynote presentation and discuss how additive manufacturing technologies are helping to develop new markets and business opportunities. He will include qualitative and quantitative data that will present current state of the industry and where it might be in 5-10 years. Read More

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Michigan Bio-Talent Summit to discuss bioscience talent needs.

April 3, 2012

On April 19, MichBio will host Michigan Bio-Talent Summit in partnership with Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan. Event will bring bio-industry executives together with educators, workforce development professionals, and other stakeholders. Focus will be on 5 initiatives concerning talent requirements, inter-organization connections, curricula alignment, downstream functions, and immigrant workforce reliance. Read More

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China and Korea accept Ethernet/IP as national standards. .

April 3, 2012

National Development and Reform Commission of People's Republic of China adopted EtherNet/IP, along with ControlNet, under highest Chinese National Standard GB/Z 26157.6-2010. In addition, Korean Agency for Technology and Standards recently adopted EtherNet/IP under Korean Industrial Standards KS C 61784 and KS C 61158. Using standard TCP/IP, the same network technology used in majority of LAN and WAN architectures, EtherNet/IP is suitable choice for manufacturers around worldwide. Read More

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NASA and Partners solicit creative waste-management solutions.

April 3, 2012

NASA, U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department, and Nike announced challenge to identify 10 innovations that could transform waste-management systems and practices. In hostile environment of space, waste must be eliminated or transformed in most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. Innovations, which will be presented at LAUNCH: Beyond Waste forum, may lead to practical applications for astronauts as humans are sent deeper into solar system. Read More

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Survey addresses importance of sustainability in field of polymer composites.

April 3, 2012

SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition has teamed with Missouri University of Science and Technology to develop online survey to query members of industry, academia, research groups, media, and government organizations globally about importance of sustainability in field of polymer composites. Available at http://mst.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cMbLor5uq3I3f3S during month of April, survey is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Read More

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Deadline for Energy Execs Applications is extended to April 6.

April 3, 2012

U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) extended application window for 2012 Executive Energy Leadership Academy to April 6. "Energy Execs" leadership program focuses on educating business, community, and government leaders about achieving clean energy solutions using energy efficient and renewable energy technologies. This year, Energy Execs offers 2 learning opportunities: Leadership Program and accelerated Leadership Institute. Read More

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BIO stresses importance of biofuels for national security.

April 3, 2012

In letter to House Armed Services Committee and its Subcommittee on Readiness, BIO emphasized that domestic biofuel production is necessary for energy and national security. According to BIO President Jim Greenwood, military's reliance on oil is a liability that enemies can exploit by blocking access to fuel supplies during missions. While cost of renewable energy is high now, it is declining rapidly through ongoing research and development and early commercialization efforts. Read More

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AEM Safety Manual addresses log harvesters/processors.

April 2, 2012

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)'s safety manual for mounted log harvester/processors outlines safe practices for equipment operators, maintenance personnel, and other workers on jobsite. Topics include chain shot hazards, processor head maintenance, and operation in hazardous conditions. In addition to promoting safety-conscious attitudes and performance, manual helps improve productivity, minimize downtime from accidents, and lessen repair costs due to improper maintenance. Read More

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Workshop on ASR Specifications offers ready-mix perspective.

April 2, 2012

ASR Testing, Specification Management, and Mitigation from a Ready-Mix Perspective will take place June 24 in San Diego, CA. Workshop will provide forum for discussion, from ready-mix concrete producer's perspective, concerning ASR specifications and limits. Presentations will showcase challenges producers face when confronted with real world situations, and examples will be discussed in which uses of ASR test methods and specification limits conflict with production means/methods. Read More

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AIA Welcomes Nomination of Michael Huerta as FAA administrator.

April 2, 2012

AIA welcomes President Obama's nomination of Michael Huerta to be FAA administrator. Association called Huerta "a proven leader and a very strong advocate for the FAA" capable of taking on long-term challenges. Specific examples of Huerta's expertise included his understanding of importance of seeing Next Generation Air Transportation System getting up and running as well as his comprehension of how its benefits outweigh short-term hurdles. Read More

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BIO Applauds Congress for passage of JOBS Act.

April 2, 2012

BIO praised House and Senate for passage of H.R. 3606, Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which will make path to capital formation more attainable for small biotechnology companies. In turn, this will clear way for American innovation and ingenuity by removing bureaucratic hurdles and red tape, accelerating cures and medical breakthroughs. Legislation will make emerging growth companies exempt for first 5 years on public market from Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Section 404(b) compliance. Read More

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Novozymes CEO and President named 2012 biotech award recipient.

April 2, 2012

BIO named Novozymes President and CEO Steen Riisgaard as recipient of 2012 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology. Under Riisgaard's leadership, Novozymes is creating tomorrow's industrial biotechnology solutions and improving use of Earth's resources while reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Riisgaard will receive award and deliver short address during May 1, 2012 plenary lunch session at BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for February 2012.

April 2, 2012

According to findings from IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 1.9% in February 2012 from February 2011, but bookings increased 6.9% year over year. Compared to previous month, rigid PCB shipments increased 5.9%. Book-to-bill ratio for rigid PCB industry climbed to 1.04 in February 2012. In February 2012, flexible circuit shipments were down 6.4%, bookings were up 1.8% compared to February 2011, and book-to-bill ratio rose to 1.10. Read More

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IPC Announces Webinar Series for Spring 2012.

April 2, 2012

Enabling companies to bring information pertaining to technical challenges facing electronics manufacturing industry to employees, IPC announced its 1 hr long 2012 spring webinars for April, May, and June. Topics are to include chamber profiling (April 4), tin whiskers (April 5), IPC-AJ-820 (April 18), x-ray Inspection (April 19), PoP cleaning (May 8), PCB prototyping (May 10), tax reform (May 23), business outlook (June 6), and PCB depaneling with lasers (June 13). Read More

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ASTM Workshop addresses transition from mercury thermometers.

April 2, 2012

Scheduled for June 26, workshop on Transitioning from Mercury Thermometers to Alternative Thermometers will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Over last 6 years, NIST has actively participated in national and international phase-out efforts to identify alternative thermometers for broad range of measurement applications. NIST will continue to provide technical and scientific support to find suitable alternative thermometers that meet measurement needs. Read More