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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

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IPC APEX EXPO 2013 space selection process to begin in May.

April 30, 2012

Number of exhibitor contracts for IPC APEX EXPO® 2013 is nearing double-digit growth over same time last year. According to IPC Sales Director Mary Mac Kinnon, 111,300 ft² has been contracted to date. Event will take place February 19-21 at San Diego Convention Center, and IPC will begin space selection process on May 22. Mac Kinnon stated, "Our number one priority is to ensure that our exhibitors and attendees have the best and most comfortable environment to conduct and grow business." Read More

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BIO President comments on National Bioeconomy Blueprint.

April 30, 2012

According to statement made by BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, BIO applauds President Obama's leadership in creating National Bioeconomy Blueprint and identifying bioeconomy as priority for his Administration. Biotech sector directly employs 1.42 million workers and supports an additional 6.6 million jobs nationwide. With Administration's support, and by reducing red tape, paperwork, and unnecessary delays, biotech sector can expand its role as an economic engine for growth. Read More

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Power Systems Conference will focus on energy-optimized aircraft.

April 30, 2012

To be held in Mesa, AZ from October 30 to November 1, SAE 2012 Power Systems Conference will highlight technology in transition in military and commercial aerospace as well as other military power system applications. Focus will be on Energy Optimized Aircraft (EOA): bringing avionics, systems, and engines together in optimized way. Additionally, technical sessions, panel discussions, and keynote presentations will highlight this event. Read More

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CLEO 2012 to address luminescent LED-type solar cells.

April 30, 2012

To produce maximum amount of energy, solar cells are designed to absorb as much light from the sun as possible. Now researchers from University of California, Berkeley, have suggested - and demonstrated - a counterintuitive concept: solar cells should be designed to be more like LEDs, able to emit light as well as absorb it. Berkeley team will present its findings at the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics, to be held May 6-11 in San Jose, CA. Read More

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AAMA releases updated specification for anodized aluminum.

April 30, 2012

Updated from 1998 version, AMA 611-12, Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural Aluminum, describes test procedures and requirements for high performance (Class I) and commercial (Class II) architectural quality aluminum oxide coatings applied to aluminum extrusions and panels for architectural products. Specification also covers anodized finishes produced in batch or continuous coil. Read More

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2012 Battery Symposium to be held in May.

April 30, 2012

EWI and the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (CAR) are hosting 2012 Battery Symposium: Life, Reliability and Manufacturing on May 2-3, 2012 in Columbus. During event, EWI will present latest trends in advanced battery assembly, including material selection, joint design, welding, nondestructive evaluation, and design for disassembly. Speakers from Ohio State and CAR Technologies will discuss links between characterization, testing, and lifetimes of batteries. Read More

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Several Groups urge DOE funding for military biofuel project.

April 27, 2012

Biotechnology Industry Organization, Advanced Biofuels Association, Algal Biomass Organization, Airlines for America, and National Farm Bureau Federation recently wrote Senate Appropriations Committee. Letter asks leaders to include authorization for U.S. Department of Energy to transfer funds necessary to DOE's support of interagency Defense Production Act project to ramp up production of military aviation and diesel fuels, which also will aid in future commercial applications. Read More

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International Institute of Welding to hold Annual Assembly in July.

April 27, 2012

Scheduled for July 8-13, 2012, IIW's 65th Annual Assembly will provide opportunity for those involved in welding and allied joining technologies to meet with counterparts from all over the world. During the week, IIW's 23 technical working units will provide framework for discussions and presentations about latest technological innovations and pioneering advances in the field. Various groups will focus on key aspects of materials joining and hot topics that are of prime relevance to industry. Read More

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Inhibited Turbine Oils Standard is being developed by ASTM.

April 27, 2012

Proposed standard ASTM WK36093, Test Method for Determination of Oxidation Stability and Insoluble Formation of Inhibited Turbine Oils at 120°C Without the Inclusion of Water (Dry TOST Method), will aid in assessing varnish generation potential of turbine oils on industrial lubricated equipment parts. Standard could be applicable to any industrial lubricant as indication of varnish potential, and primary users will include lubricant and additive suppliers and testing laboratories. Read More

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CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012 offers online exhibitor directory.

April 27, 2012

With online exhibitor directory for CONEXPO Russia at CTT 2012, companies can promote their presence in Russian marketplace and more efficiently conduct business. Product listing is divided into 22 categories to help buyers locate companies and types of equipment and products they most want to see. Business Opportunities section outlines specific types of business relationships each exhibitor is looking for: direct sales, dealer/distributors, joint ventures, and/or licensing agreements. Read More

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NREL Catalyst advances development of drop-in fuels.

April 27, 2012

Looking for ways to thermochemically treat biomass to achieve end product similar to oil, NREL researchers looked at gasification. This process takes biomass and heats it with steam and air to produce synthesis gas (syngas). During the syngas process, however, fouling tars and other undesired components are also created. NREL has patented a fluidizable tar reforming catalyst that converts tars into additional syngas to make thermochemically derived biomass syngas ready for fuel synthesis. Read More

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Titanium Fundamentals Workshops will take place regionally.

April 27, 2012

ITA will sponsor its "Fundamentals of Titanium" workshops in Rosemont, IL on May 22; Charlotte, NC on July 17; Atlanta, GA on October 7; and Houston, Texas on October 24. Educational series provides detailed information on types, uses, and properties of titanium alloys. According to ITA executive director Jennifer Simpson, attendees will benefit from overview of titanium's history as well as titanium metallurgy concepts. "Fundamentals of Titanium Online Course" is also available. Read More