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SAE International acquires ABP International.

April 5, 2012

Through stock purchase, SAE International has acquired ABP International, dba Tech Briefs Media Group. With primary offices in New York and New Jersey, Tech Briefs Media Group employs 35 people and publishes variety of design engineering magazines and supplements in both print and digital formats, including NASA Tech Briefs. Publications focus on R/D, design, and manufacturing topics spanning motion control, lighting, medical, defense, RF/microwave, embedded computing, photonics, and imaging. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today Magazine profiles Internet pioneer.

April 4, 2012

For 74 years, gases and welding distributor J.W. Goodliffe and Son has served customers in New York metro area from its headquarters in Linden, NJ. Now doing business as Cyberweld, distributor serves customers across the country through online retail website, Cyberweld.com. In its first 7 months, site grossed $40,000 in sales. By its third year, Cyberweld had reached more than $1 million in sales, and today, online business accounts for 80% of company's sales. Read More

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Vinyl Material Council publishes sustainability white paper.

April 4, 2012

Titled "Sustainable Vinyl: One material, virtually endless possibilities," VMC's white paper aims to dispel myths and confirm truths about vinyl as a sustainable material, as well as outline material's durability and sustainability. Significant portions of paper explain how vinyl measures up in terms of carbon neutrality, controlled waste management, zero-emissions, and zero accumulation of toxic materials in nature. Read More

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OSA Journal covers thermal approach to invisibility cloaking.

April 4, 2012

In new approach to invisibility cloaking, team of French researchers has proposed isolating or cloaking objects from sources of heat. Researchers describe this method in paper titled "Transformation Thermodynamics: Cloaking and Concentrating Heat Flux," which can be found in OSA's Optics Express journal. Tapping into some principles of optical cloaking, method may lead to novel ways to control heat in electronics and, on larger scale, may prove useful for spacecraft and solar technologies. Read More

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SAE International offers 3 volumes on Head Injury Biomechanics.

April 4, 2012

Offered individually or as set, Head Injury Biomechanics aids those studying head injury from range of causes: transportation, falls, sports, personal violence, and blast-related. Compendium includes 3 volumes: Skull Fracture, Brain Injury, and Mitigation. Each volume, edited by Jeffrey A. Pike, includes chapter that ties together various aspects of anatomy, injury, and injury mechanisms that set up technical papers which follow. Read More

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Course on American National Standards still has seats available.

April 4, 2012

To be held by ANSI on April 11 in NY, The American Way: The American National Standard (ANS) Development Process will look in-depth at ANSI Essential Requirements within context of ANS process. Attendees will gain understanding of ANS development process and procedures, benefits of ANSI accreditation, and where flexibility exists in standards development process. Discussions will center on requirements contained in ANSI Essential Requirements. Read More

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ANSI Standards range from human cell lines to occupational risks.

April 4, 2012

Human cell lines are used in medical research as models of normal and cancer tissues. Aiming to prevent misidentification of cell lines, ANSI/ATCC ASN-0002-2011 outlines procedures for unambiguous authentication and identification using short tandem repeat profiling. Another voluntary standard, ANSI/ASSE Z590.3-2011, provides life-cycle assessment and design model that balances environmental and occupational safety and health goals over life span of facility, process, or product. Read More

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ASTM, NIBS Sign MOA to put focus on building enclosures.

April 4, 2012

In March 2012, ASTM International and National Institute of Building Sciences (Institute) signed memorandum of agreement (MOA) to improve building enclosure design and commissioning as well as facilitate broader understanding of building enclosures. Terms of this MOA state that ASTM will develop standards and personnel certification program on building enclosure commissioning, while Institute will focus on development of commissioning training program. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending fell 1.6% in February 2012.

April 4, 2012

According to April 2 report by U.S. Census Bureau, total nonresidential construction spending fell 1.6% in February. Total nonresidential construction spending was up 6.4% from one year ago. Private nonresidential construction spending decreased 1.6% for month but rose 14.5% year over year, while public nonresidential construction spending fell 1.7% for month and 0.7% compared to February 2011. Residential construction spending was unchanged for month and 4.6% higher than previous year. Read More

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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