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IPC Publication aids materials/process compatibility testing.

May 2, 2012

IPC-9203, Users Guide to IPC-9202 and IPC-B-52 Standard Test Vehicle, provides clarification between what manufacturer should and must do for demonstrating materials and process compatibility. Specifically, document helps OEMs alleviate materials and process problems and serves as guide to using IPC-B-52 SIR (surface insulation resistance) test board. Together with IPC-9202, IPC-9203 gives OEMs information to ensure minor changes do not cause problems in field. Read More

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IPC President/CEO to accelerate services to support membership.

May 2, 2012

IPC's new president and CEO John Mitchell vows to help accelerate growth and services to manufacturers, companies, and suppliers that bring forth innovative technologies and products. In planning and preparing for IPC Board meeting on May 7-8, Mitchell will be reviewing IPC's strategic plan and starting to identify ways to meet goals set by the Board. Mitchell also plans to spend time with program directors and VPs to familiarize himself with specific issues, obstacles, and goals. Read More

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PTDA Summit encourages business networking and learning.

May 2, 2012

During 2012 PTDA Industry Summit, top executives in PT/MC will converge to capture "Big Ideas to Steer Your Business." Key events include Distributor Forum, Motion Control Showcase, Market Briefing from oil and gas industry, and workshop titled "Knowledge Transfer and Emerging Generations." Keynote addresses will focus on direction of economy and latest over-the-horizon technology trends. Workshop on "The Changing Sales Model" will help participants use social technology tools to increase sales. Read More

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EPA announces available funding for clean diesel projects.

May 2, 2012

U.S. EPA is announcing availability of up to $20 million in FY 2012 grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing harmful pollution from nation's existing fleet of diesel engines and improving air quality and Americans' health. In addition to these grants, approximately $9 million will be available through direct state allocations. EPA estimates that for every $1 spent on clean diesel funding up to $13 of public health benefit is realized. Read More

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EBCI Indicates Slowing Improvement in North American business conditions.

May 2, 2012

Although it continues to point to economic environment conducive to industry growth, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions dropped nearly 13 points in April to 59.1. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions also suggested slowdown in improvement, dropping to +0.2. EBCI for future North American conditions was strongly positive in April, although index declined just over 4 points to 81.8. Read More

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PM Sintering Short Course met with great success.

May 2, 2012

Returning after hiatus of nearly 13 years, EPMA's Short Course took place March 18-20, 2012 in Helsingborg, Sweden. Sintering - Fundamentals and Mass Production saw 65 engineers and scientists from throughout Europe joined by 12 speakers from industry and academia. Together, they examined practical capabilities and applications of sintering technology as applied to powder metallurgy process. Participants had opportunity to discuss and explore problems and case studies. Read More

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Obama Administration names Green Ribbon educational institutions.

May 2, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, joined by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, announced U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. List includes 78 schools spanning 29 states and D.C. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, these institutions "demonstrate...ways schools can help children build real-world skillsets, cut school costs, and provide healthy learning environments." Read More

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PACK EXPO Int'l 2012 already exceeds 2010 Edition.

May 2, 2012

With 6 months left until PACK EXPO International 2012, over 1,500 exhibitors have reserved booth space. PMMI projects visitor attendance at 46,000 and exhibit hall space at 1.1 million net square feet. Adding to the many reasons to attend, PMMI announces 2012 PACK EXPO Lecture will feature comedian/commentator Dennis Miller and political strategist James Carville, presenting their views of the upcoming election, and debating questions raised by the audience. Read More

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Association to hold 105th Annual Conference in San Antonio.

May 2, 2012

Scheduled for June 19-21, 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition is built around theme "Leading Environmental Frontiers." Event will feature technical program with more than 500 presentations, 2 technical poster sessions, more than 150 exhibitors displaying latest products and services, social tours and networking events, professional development courses, and student program. Conference will also include 42nd Annual Critical Review, titled "Energy Supplies and Future Engines for Land, Sea, and Air." Read More

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Green Ribbon Schools announced on April 23.

May 1, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. EPAA Lisa P. Jackson, and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley announced first U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools at 10:30 am EST on April 23 in Washington, D.C. Announced in September 2011, Green Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that reduce their energy use and environmental impact, create healthy learning environments, and provide effective environmental education for students. Read More

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Nominees Sought for 2012 AIM Awards.

May 1, 2012

AIM announced call for nominees for 2012 Automatic Identification and Mobility industry awards, which will be presented during AIM Summit on September 10, 2012 in Rosemont, IL. Awards include Dilling and Percival Awards, for contributions to Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC); Ted Williams Award, for helping further growth of automatic identification and mobility industry; and Excellence in Journalism Award, for promoting understanding via unbiased communications. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes Legislation on federal helium policy.

May 1, 2012

NEMA welcomed introduction of Helium Stewardship Act (S 2374), which will modernize and reform federal policy to better secure future supplies of helium for U.S. industry and government uses. Commending Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and John Barrasso (R-WY) for their leadership, NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis noted manufacturers' need for stable supply of refined helium and that "Passage of this legislation will help make that happen." Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for March 2012.

May 1, 2012

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 12.6% in March 2012 from March 2011, and bookings decreased 2.2% year over year. Book-to-bill ratio in March 2012 improved to 1.05. Compared to March 2011, flexible circuit shipments were down 7.2%, but bookings were up 34.5%. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio jumped to 1.18. For rigid and flexible circuits combined, shipments in March 2012 decreased 12.2% from March 2011, while orders booked increased just 0.2%. Read More

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BIO applauds passing of bipartisan farm bill.

May 1, 2012

BIO thanks members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for reauthorizing farm programs that are valuable to biotechnology industry and ensuring they have funding to work. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, the important energy title programs authorized and funded in bill help revitalize rural areas, reduce dependence on foreign oil, fuel economic growth, and create well-paying opportunities in manufacturing, energy, agriculture, and forestry. Read More

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EPA Releases Top 50 List of green-powered organizations.

May 1, 2012

Top 50 Green Power Partnership list features organizations voluntarily using clean, renewable electricity from resources such as solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower. Intel Corporation, which leads list, is followed by Kohl's Department Stores and Microsoft Corporation. Combined, Top 50 partners use more than 15 billion kWh of green power annually. This equates to avoiding carbon pollution created by electricity use of more than 1.3 million American homes each year. Read More

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Femtosecond Laser Scalpel brings precision to laser surgery.

May 1, 2012

Team of researchers from University of Texas at Austin has developed small, flexible endoscopic medical device fitted with femtosecond laser "scalpel" that can remove diseased or damaged tissue while leaving healthy cells untouched. Researchers will present their work at Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics, May 6-11. Thinner than a pencil and less than 1 in. long, device combines mini-microscope with laser capable of generating pulses of light 200 quadrillionths of a second in duration. Read More

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Standard will improve radiometry-related uncertainty estimates.

April 30, 2012

Proposed standard, ASTM WK36479, Practice for Uncertainty Evaluation of Calibration and Measurements with Pyranometers and Pyrheliometers, is being developed by Subcommittee G03.09 on Radiometry, part of Committee G03 on Weathering and Durability. Standard will improve accuracy and usefulness of radiometry-related uncertainty estimates in solar renewable energy applications, such as system performance and acceptance testing, resource assessment, and solar energy system design engineering. Read More

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PTDA offers 2012 PTDA Membership Directory.

April 30, 2012

The 2012 PTDA Membership Directory includes power transmission/motion control distributors with complete company contact information of top executives; number and location of branches; and manufacturers' lines represented by firm. Resource also highlights PT/MC manufacturers with company contact information of top-level management, plus product categories manufactured. In addition, directory covers associate members and phone/e-mail information for PTDA volunteer leaders. Read More

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EPRI's Distribution System Simulator supports GIC simulation.

April 30, 2012

OpenDSS software is a comprehensive electrical power system simulation tool for electric utility industry, and supports nearly all frequency domain analyses commonly performed on electric utility power distribution systems. In joint effort with North American Electric Reliability Corporation and other utility participants, EPRI has improved capability of OpenDSS program to include simulation of geomagnetically induced currents in network transmission systems. Read More

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BIO Asks House Committee to extend critical tax provisions.

April 30, 2012

BIO submitted statement to House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures for hearing on "Certain Expiring Tax Provisions." As written in his testimony, BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood noted the "tremendous potential" of emerging technologies in advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products that are ready for commercial deployment, address U.S.-based challenges, but cannot secure needed capital for "first-of-a-kind biorefinery construction" without support. Read More