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Amusement Rides Committee focuses on trampoline park safety.

May 18, 2012

ASTM Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides and Attractions met with trampoline park stakeholders and representatives of the International Association of Trampoline Parks to establish a special task group. Trampoline Court Task Group included input of suppliers, inspectors, operators, and consumers to develop ASTM WK35776, New Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation, Operation, Maintenance, Inspection and Major Modification of Trampoline Courts. Read More

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Laser Safety Standard targets R/D and testing applications.

May 18, 2012

ANSI Z136.8, American National Standard for Safe Use of Lasers in Research, Development, or Testing, arose from increasing reliance on lasers in labs and other research-designated areas. Highlights include guidance on various topics related to R/D and testing users, including use of alignment eyewear, use of non-certified lasers, export controls, use of warning signs, inclusion of sample audit forms for labs and program reviews, and deletion of some CDRH-based control measures. Read More

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IPC Releases Study on quality benchmarks for EMS industry.

May 18, 2012

IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2011 provides data to EMS companies interested in comparing their key 2011 operating variables to those of other providers based on type of product. In addition to financial and production data, assembly attributes, and yields, this study based on survey conducted in February and March of 2012 covers defect rates, customer returns, supplier performance, customer satisfaction, and certification data. Read More

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PTDA Business Index indicates expansion and sales growth.

May 18, 2012

Compared to 67.3 for 4Q2011, PTDA Business Index's reading of 75.4 indicates 1Q2012 as eighth consecutive quarter for business growth among PTDA members and one of accelerated industry expansion. Index shows, between 4Q2011 and 1Q2012, gains in business activity, new orders, employment, supplier deliveries, inventories, prices, and backlog. Participating PTDA members expect 2012 to be another year of growth with average forecast of 11%, which is up from 9% in 4Q11 survey. Read More

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AIA welcomes passage of Export-Import Bank Reauthorization.

May 18, 2012

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, passage of bipartisan Export-Import Bank Reauthorization by Senate is a very welcome development. The bank has been a revenue generator for U.S. government and levels the playing field for U.S. exporters. Three-year reauthorization and extended lending authority of $140 billion is particularly helpful to small- and medium-sized manufacturers who need to boost their exports to offset shrinking federal budgets. Read More

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NIST Workshop to discuss botnet challenges and prevention.

May 18, 2012

Botnet activity is on the rise, and to help understand this problem, NIST is hosting day-long workshop on May 20, 2012, titled Technical Aspects of Botnets. Event will bring stakeholders together to discuss current state of technology and how best to prevent, detect, and mitigate botnets. Participants will explore technologies, tools, and resources that are currently used against botnets and examine their effectiveness, valuable characteristics, and gaps or areas that need improvement. Read More

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FAA steps up enforcement of laser penalties.

May 18, 2012

FAA has directed its investigators and staff to pursue stiffer penalties for individuals who purposefully point laser devices at aircraft. Number of reported incidents rose from 2,836 in 2010, to 3,592 in 2011. In many cases, pilots have reported temporary blindness or had to take evasive measures to avoid laser light. Max penalty for 1 laser strike is $11,000, and FAA has proposed civil penalties against individuals for multiple laser incidents, with $30,800 being the highest. Read More

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FAA and Aviation Community raise awareness on child safety.

May 18, 2012

As part of U.S. DOT's National Transportation Week and to kick off summer travel season, FAA launched education effort to help parents and caregivers make informed choices about their child's safety when they fly. FAA has developed new website that includes downloadable tip sheet for parents and caregivers and video demonstration on how to properly install a child safety seat on an airplane. It also includes details about FAA-approved child harness devices, and links to FAQs. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute joins Engineering and Science Career Network.

May 18, 2012

Hydraulic Institute has partnered with Engineering and Science Career Network to extend reach of its HI CareerHQ website, which serves as recruitment tool for pump manufacturers, suppliers, engineering consulting firms, and end-user organizations. Employers can use advanced search tools to identify qualified candidates from database of over 25,000 resumes, while job seekers can search from hundreds of postings, which also appear on over 40 partner sites of ESCN and on Google Jobs and Indeed.com. Read More

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The Manufacturing Institute and Partners help increase credentialed workforce.

May 18, 2012

The Manufacturing Institute and its partners, including ISA, announced progress towards achieving 5-year goal to award 500,000 industry-based credentials to individuals. ISA's CAP® program evaluates skills of automation professionals responsible for direction, design, and deployment of systems and equipment for manufacturing and control systems, while CCST® program evaluates skills of technicians responsible for calibration, documentation, troubleshooting, and repairing/replacing instrumentation. Read More

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BIO 2012 Convention to discuss biotech and big pharma.

May 18, 2012

At 2012 BIO International Convention, which will take place in Boston, MA from June 18-21, panel of industry executives will discuss where biotech will be in next 10 years and how pharmaceutical industry landscape is changing. Immediately preceding Keynote panel on June 20, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) will address major challenges to the life sciences innovation ecosystem. Keynote will also feature presentation of awards for Biotech Humanitarian of the Year and Governor of the Year. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on guidelines for consumer warranties.

May 18, 2012

ISO Committee on Consumer Policy has submitted proposal to ISO for new ISO standard on guidelines for consumer warranties. Proposed new work item would provide producers or sellers of goods and services with guidance on requirements for effective warranties. Intent is to address problems with warranties in relation to goods or services sold, either within one jurisdiction or across a number of different jurisdictions. ANSI invites interested stakeholders to submit comments by June 15, 2012. Read More

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IPC Midwest spotlights solutions to reliability challenges.

May 18, 2012

Scheduled for Aug 22-23, 2012, IPC Midwest Conference and Exhibition will highlight new technologies, materials, and processes in electronics manufacturing to help engineers solve challenges and work smarter. Leading experts will share latest research on manufacturing defect-free, quality electronic products. Paper sessions will address topics such as reliability challenges for bottom termination components; advances in reliability testing; and new assembly coatings and alternatives. Read More

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CBRNE Standards Workshop is now scheduled for September.

May 18, 2012

American National Standards Institute Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) Workshop on CBRNE Standards has been rescheduled to take place on September 11, 2012 in Arlington, VA. Workshop will offer overview of national strategy for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) standards as well as status of related work being done in federal government. There will be opportunity for open discussion on how strategy impacts private-sector organizations. Read More

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Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop to be held on June 12.

May 17, 2012

By attending Green Manufacturer Network's Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Workshop on June 12, manufacturing executives can learn how to make their company's operations more sustainable, eco-friendly, and profitable. Attendees will tour Purdy Professional Painting Tools to see a zero-waste-to-landfill program in action. Remainder of workshop will be held at Portland's LEED® Gold Certified Ecotrust building, with additional presentations providing insight on approaches to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill. Read More

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NREL Develops Method for energy GHG emissions assessment.

May 17, 2012

NREL developed approach to assessing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coal, wind, solar, and other energy technologies that precisely portrays environmental penalties and benefits of different technologies. As harmonization of variant estimates of GHG emissions, method could help sharpen decisions on what new energy projects to build. NREL analysts looked at 2,000+ studies across several energy technologies, applied quality controls, and narrowed range of estimates for GHG emissions. Read More

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UIC Program Draft addresses hydraulic fracturing practices.

May 17, 2012

U.S. EPA released draft underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for class II wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. It outlines for EPA permit writers, where EPA is the permitting authority, requirements for diesel fuels used for hydraulic fracturing wells, technical recommendations for permitting those wells, and description of diesel fuels for EPA underground injection control permitting. Read More

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ASTM Standards Compilation offers 8 green meetings guidelines.

May 17, 2012

In one online compilation, ASTM Standards for Green Meetings provides meeting and event planners as well as their suppliers with guidelines and performance measurements for creating environmentally sustainable (green) meetings, events, trade shows, or conferences. Specifications cover evaluation and selection of destinations, exhibits, transportation, A/V and production, communication/marketing materials, onsite offices, food/beverage, and venues. Read More

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SME Education Foundation grants Edge Factor $100,000.

May 17, 2012

SME Education Foundation has grant-funded $100,000 to The Edge Factor, a film and media company that features real life manufacturing stories, for Metal and Flesh, the next in a series of HD videos created to elevate and celebrate manufacturing engineering innovation. Edge Factor's ultimate goal is to revolutionize stereotype of manufacturing as a dark and dirty industry to one that is filled with extreme technology, advanced innovations, and exhilarating careers for Gen Y. Read More

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Laser Safety Training Course includes Canadian regulations.

May 17, 2012

In response to significant rise in Canadian participation, Laser Institute of America (LIA) expanded its online Laser Safety Officer Training course to include latest Canadian rules regulating use of laser devices. Among key differences between U.S. and Canadian regulations, according to LIA Education Director Gus Anibarro, is the Radiation Emitting Devices Act (REDA) that emerged in 1985. Additionally, online course has been broken into separately accessible topics to facilitate use. Read More