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PTDA Foundation builds awareness of hiring needs.

March 6, 2012

Industrial Career Pathway® initiative, founded and significantly funded by PTDA Foundation, is taking steps to ensure workforce is aware of rewarding careers available in industrial distribution. To help, 15 organizations made contributions of more than $48,000 to fund initiative's activities in 2012. By contributing to PTDA Foundation as part of Vanguard Campaign, they are helping to drive talented workers to key positions of sales and customer service in industrial distribution. Read More

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BIO announces expansion of alliance development activities.

March 6, 2012

BIO has integrated its alliance development activities into one department as means of expanding engagement opportunities with external groups that share commitment to unleashing biotechnology's capability to benefit patients and consumers. Gillian Mullins will oversee BIO's external relationships with allied organizations, including patient advocacy organizations, physician and payer groups, universities, venture capital organizations, and state-based bioscience trade groups. Read More

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EPA Funding helps small drinking water and wastewater systems.

March 6, 2012

U.S. EPA announced that it will provide up to $15 million in funding to small drinking and wastewater systems, defined as systems that serve fewer than 10,000 people, and private well owners. Funding will help provide water system staff with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA's continuing efforts to protect public health, restore watersheds, and promote sustainability in small communities. Read More

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ASTM testifies during review of standards system.

March 6, 2012

Leading experts from ASTM International testified before committee of U.S. Congress during review of effectiveness of U.S. standards system. James L. Seay, chairman of ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, represented ASTM on panel of witnesses and described beneficial attributes of public and private collaboration in development of voluntary consensus standards. Seay recommended that countries and regions strive to embrace international standards criteria established by WTO. Read More

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UL Expands LED Lighting Testing with Zhaga authorization.

March 6, 2012

UL has been named as Zhaga authorized testing center. In comment, UL Lighting VP and General Manager Alberto Uggetti said, "This authorization underscores UL's position as a key player in driving standardization and test compliance in the LED and lighting space." New testing service offering will be available separately or as bundle with other UL lighting industry services, such as Energy Star®, performance testing, and safety certification. Read More

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NEMA Publishes Performance Requirements for retrofit LED lamps.

March 6, 2012

NEMA SSL 4 Retrofit Lamps: Minimum Performance Requirements applies to integral Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps, which are defined as lamp with LEDs, integrated LED driver, and base that meets appropriate American National Standards (ANSs) and connects to branch circuit via lampholder/socket that also meets appropriate ANSs. Criteria applies to integral LED lamps of non-standard form as well as those intended to replace standard general service incandescent, decorative, and reflector lamps. Read More

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Medical Gas Guidelines are outlined in Welding and Gases Today.

March 5, 2012

"Recent FDA Enforcement Activities" article in Welding and Gases Today features GAWDA's FDA and Medical Gases Consultant Thomas L. Badstubner discussing FDA inspection trends and preparation. Noting increased inspection activity in 2011, Badstubner urges distributors to prepare for an FDA inspection by assessing specific key areas. These include training records, orderliness, maintenance records, expiration dates, and making sure production records have been properly completed. Read More

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Sealing Systems Energy Efficiency is subject of free webinar.

March 5, 2012

Scheduled for March 15, 2012 from 1:00-2:00 pm ET, Sealing Systems Energy Efficiency webinar will help participants gain up-to-date information on how sealing systems impact energy efficiency. Mechanical seals and packing are critical components for reliability of pumps. Primary concern is to ensure integrity of seal between rotating or reciprocating parts and stationary parts of pump. Session will also cover energy required to contain pumped fluid. Read More

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ASTM Symposium to cover metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.

March 5, 2012

Scheduled for May 8, Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Replacement Devices symposium will provide forum for consensus development and scientific exchange on needs for characterization and standardized testing. Main focus is to help establish best testing practices in 4 areas: characterization of adverse local tissue reactions; wear/corrosion: metallic product measurement in fluid and tissue samples; analyses of retrieved MoM implants; and in vitro testing of MoM implants under adverse conditions. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to cover addresses structural and life prediction modeling.

March 5, 2012

To be held in Phoenix, AZ on May 9, Verification of Life Prediction Software workshop will bring together life prediction software developers, users, certifying agencies, and technical specialists familiar with verification and validation (V&V) of software in diverse fields. This workshop will serve as starting point Subcommittee E08.04's effort to develop ASTM guide for V&V of life prediction methods and software. Online registration is open and will close May 2. Read More

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Douglas Pauls elected to chair IPC TAEC.

March 5, 2012

Douglas Pauls of Rockwell Collins will chair IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee for 2-year term. Presently, Pauls is General Chairman of IPC's Cleaning and Coating Committees and has led IPC efforts in bare board cleanliness, solder mask, surface insulation resistance, chemical characterization, conformal coating, and materials and process compatibility testing. He has also served as U.S. representative to ISO and IEC working groups on SIR and electromigration reliability standards. Read More

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New NREL Fellows to help guide research.

March 5, 2012

NREL named Dr. Howard Branz and Dr. Michael Himmel to its Research Fellows Council. Branz is a leader in silicon photovoltaics who produced a world record in nano-structured solar cells, while Himmel is a biochemist whose work on cellulase simplified and lowered cost of converting biomass to fuel. Along with 5 current members of Council, they will advise NREL executive management on strategic direction of science and technology inquiry at the laboratory. Read More

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Manufacturers Challenge EPA GHG Regulations to save jobs.

March 5, 2012

Challenging EPA's decision to regulate GHG emissions from stationary sources through Clean Air Act, NAM and other business groups presented oral arguments before U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit. Coalition presented recommendation that would avoid EPA's self-described "absurd results" form its own approach and corresponding consequences for manufacturing. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said policies addressing climate change deserve full debate and should foster economic growth. Read More

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BMW to display ActiveE at Electric Vehicle Conference.

March 5, 2012

BMW will display its first all-electric vehicle, ActiveE, at IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference. With output of 170 hp and max torque of 184 lb-ft from standstill, BMW ActiveE accelerates from 0-60 mph in under 9 seconds. Newly developed lithium-ion batteries facilitate driving range up to 100 miles on full charge. Dr. Julian Weber, Head of Innovation Projects E-Mobility within "project i," BMW Group's EV think tank and product line, is slated as one of IEVC's keynote speakers. Read More

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IPC Honors DDi Corp, Flextronics with awards of recognition.

March 5, 2012

Peter Sarmanian Corporate Recognition Award, given to DDi Corp., honors an IPC member company that has taken leadership role and made contributions to industry while demonstrating support of IPC through participation in technical and/or management programs. Also, Stan Plzak Corporate Recognition Award was presented for Flextronics' initiative in enhancing industry while demonstrating support of IPC through participation in technical and/or management programs. Read More

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Motion Control Market Report shows strong finish in 2011.

March 5, 2012

Statistics released by Motion Control Association (MCA) showed that orders for motion control products rose 17.7% in 2011. Gains also occurred in fourth quarter, rising 4% over same period in 2010. Referring to 2011 results, MCA VP Dana Whalls pointed out "double-digit growth across all product categories" tracked by MCA and also noted that "2011 is the second year in a row of double-digit growth." Reports examine orders and shipments by major product category quarterly and annually. Read More

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RIA Launches Certified Robot Integrator program.

March 5, 2012

RIA is taking applications from integrators interested in becoming certified. JR Automation's Scot Lindemann named RIA's experience handling confidential data as well as association's development of American National Robot Safety Standard and safety training as justifications for RIA undertaking certification. Curtis Richardson of Spirit Aerosystems called program "a convenient tool" to help identify established integrators as well as those who meet "basic but very critical" criteria. Read More

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NEMA Publishes 3 Major Guidelines for conduit and cable fittings.

March 5, 2012

NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA FB 1 Fittings, Cast Metal Boxes and Conduit Bodies for Conduit, Electrical Metallic Tubing, and Cable; NEMA FB 2.10 Selection and Installation Guidelines for Fittings for use with Non-Flexible Conduit or Tubing (Rigid Metal Conduit, Intermediate Metallic Conduit, and Electrical Metallic Tubing); and NEMA FB 2.20 Selection and Installation Guidelines for Fittings for use with Flexible Electrical Conduit and Cable. Read More

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U.S. Construction Machinery Exports gain 43% in 2011.

March 2, 2012

According to AEM, U.S. construction equipment exports increased 43% in 2011 compared to previous year, reaching total of $23.5 billion. Top 10 countries in terms of buying U.S.-made construction machinery in 2011 were Canada, Australia, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, China, Colombia, South Africa, Russia, and Peru. AEM and its "I Make America" campaign have pushed for export-friendly policies that create and sustain American jobs. Examples of such policies includes free trade agreements. Read More

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IPC elects new officers and members to Board of Directors.

March 2, 2012

Nominating and Governance Committee of IPC Board of Directors presented 9 candidates for election at IPC Annual Meeting. Stephen Pudles, CEO of Spectral Response LLC, was elected Chairman, while Marc Peo, President of Heller Industries was chosen for Vice Chairman, and Joseph O'Neil, President of Hunter Technology Corporation, was picked for Secretary/Treasurer. Six board directors include Michael Carano, Robert Neves, Tony Zhou, Robert Black, Jr., Rex Rozario, and Don Schroeder. Read More