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Webinars show how ISO 4414 can aid pneumatic system design.

January 11, 2012

To be held January 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm EST, NFPA's six 1 hr webinars will provide pneumatic systems designers with opportunity to learn from leading expert on ISO 4414. Specific key issues facing fluid power industry that will be addressed include increasing energy efficiency, improving reliability, reducing environmental impact, and ensuring system safety. First webinar is titled Safe, reliable and efficient pneumatic systems -- Using ISO 4414 to design better pneumatic systems. Read More

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ELFA Issues Top 10 equipment acquisition trends for 2012.

January 11, 2012

ELFA's Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2012 state that new equipment acquisition will gradually but steadily improve, driven by replacement needs. Used equipment prices will rebound in many, but not all, market segments, and companies will enhance customer relationship/support. Additional points include credit availability and equipment acquisition, effect of uncertainty over proposed changes to lease accounting, role of technological innovations, and global financial pressures. Read More

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ANSI Releases Two Revisions to requirements, procedures.

January 11, 2012

Included within 2012 edition of ANSI Essential Requirements: Due process requirements for American National Standards (ANSI Essential Requirements), one revision clarifies outreach requirements in clause 1.3 Balance. Within 2012 edition of ANSI Procedures for U.S. Participation in the International Standards Activities of ISO (ANSI International Procedures), there is one revision that clarifies voting requirements in clause 2.5.5.5 Transfer of U.S. TAG Administrator. Read More

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SAE International, Artech House begin publishing partnership.

January 11, 2012

Via strategic partnership, SAE International can sell select Artech House books. Three titles will initially be available on SAE International's online bookstore: "From Engineer to Manager: Mastering the Transition," "Battery Management Systems for Large Lithium-Ion Battery Packs," and "Autonomous Ground Vehicles." This agreement is part of SAE International's Content Partnership Program, which seeks to expand SAE International's publishing initiatives. Read More

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SAE International Book details development of Chevy Volt.

January 11, 2012

Chevrolet Volt - Development Story of the Pioneering Electrified Vehicle aggregates articles about the Volt from SAE's Vehicle Electrification website and AEI magazine along with SAE technical papers covering vehicle's technology development. Full-color, 224-page book includes interviews with principal engineers and supplier partners who participated in the project, as well as insights from other technology companies who bring new ideas to electrified vehicle space. Read More

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U.S. Construction Unemployment jumps to 16% in December.

January 11, 2012

Despite addition of 17,000 jobs in December, construction industry unemployment rate jumped to 16% last month, an increase from 13.1% in November, but down from 20.7% same time last year. For all of 2011, construction industry added 46,000 jobs, representing best industry performance since January 2007. According to ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu, increase in construction unemployment is primarily associated with seasonal factors and should not be interpreted as evidence of industry decline. Read More

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Manufacturing Technology Orders up 73.9% from 2010.

January 10, 2012

According to AMTDA and AMT, November U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $430.17 million, which was down 6.9% from October but up 26.6% when compared to total of $339.68 million reported for November 2010. With year-to-date total of $4,956.51 million, 2011 is up 73.9% compared with 2010. Order slowdown in metal cutting equipment was countered by acceleration in fabricating sector and contributed to an increase over 2010 of nearly 75%. Read More

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Manufacturing Employment improves in December.

January 10, 2012

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment rate fell from revised 8.7% in November to 8.5% in December. In addition, nonfarm payrolls increased by 200,000, exceeding expectations which had predicted rise of 150,000. Manufacturing employment jumped by 23,000 net new workers in December, nearly mirroring increase found in recent ADP report. In 2011, U.S. economy added 1.64 million new jobs, surpassing 940,000 net new workers created in 2010. Read More

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IPC Standard covers Surface Mount Placement Characterization.

January 10, 2012

To help determine best placement equipment setup to meet needs for speed, capability, and accuracy, IPC released IPC-9850 Rev A, Surface Mount Placement Characterization, making it easier to quantify performance of placement equipment. New method calculates Expanded Measurement Uncertainty, which combines all measurement uncertainty of system. Individual factors included in EMU are gage repeatability and reproducibility variance, non-linearity, resolution, hysteresis, and artifact uncertainty. Read More

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IPC Membership reaches record number.

January 10, 2012

IPC ended 2011 with 3,215 members, the greatest number of members ever achieved in organization's history. Members are companies from every level of electronics supply chain: printed board manufacturers, electronics manufacturing services companies, OEMs, and industry suppliers. According to communications study by third-party consultant, 94% of IPC members surveyed agreed that IPC offers the most comprehensive and reliable information for electronics industry professionals. Read More

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Electronic Atlas maps U.S. renewable energy resources.

January 10, 2012

Developed by NREL, geospatial application allows users to accurately map potential renewable energy resources in the United States. RE Atlas facilitates energy policy development, investment, and education by making high quality data accessible and easy to understand. Available online, interactive tool creates dynamic maps of renewable resources, including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind. RE Atlas can display resources individually or in composite fashion. Read More

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Transportation TV Program highlights innovation.

January 9, 2012

AASHTO has announced the launch of News in Design with Keith Platte, AASHTO's associate program director for project delivery. Show will feature innovative transportation products and programs being tested and/or implemented by state departments of transportation across the country. Platte will also inform viewers about upcoming events and profile people on the cutting edge of transportation. Read More

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RIA transfers Certified Rug Specialist certification.

January 9, 2012

RIA Board of Directors has voted to transfer ownership and administration of its Certified Rug Specialist certification program to Association of Rug Care Specialists, effective January 5, 2012. CRS is nation's only certification program that focuses on advanced technical study of Oriental and specialty rugs with emphasis on history of handmade rugs, rug identification, cleaning and repair techniques, and potential cleaning problems based on rug's origin and construction. Read More

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IEEE Experts predict 12 consumer technology trends for 2012.

January 9, 2012

During Consumer Electronics Show, IEEE technical experts will be discussing 12 top consumer electronic trends in 2012. Some trends will include: constant connectivity, watching Internet video on full-sized TV screens from embedded IP video-capable devices, patient monitoring in home, and home networking technologies as well as advancing long-term data storage with ceramic, consumerization of IT, consumer electronics as a service, and smartphone hacking. Read More

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AIA calls for measured approach to defense budget.

January 9, 2012

According to statement made by AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, aerospace industry has advocated that reductions in defense budget be made on basis of new national defense strategy that seeks to secure America's future rather than applying lower numbers across-the-board. AIA therefore appreciates the hard work and thoughtful process that President Obama and Secretary Panetta described in developing the new strategy and their commitment to avoid arbitrary cuts. Read More

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IPC Conference supports electronics assembly in Eastern Europe.

January 6, 2012

To support rapid growth in Eastern Europe's electronics assembly industry, IPC will hold second annual IPC Conference on Electronics Assembly: Soldering, Assembly and Inspection in Budapest, Hungary, on March 20-22, 2012. Three-day event includes workshops, 2-day technical conference, and tabletop exhibition, providing opportunities for participants to network with industry experts and gain insight into new technologies and trends in this key market. Read More

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EPA releases Toxics Release Inventory analysis.

January 6, 2012

Toxics Release Inventory program publishes information on toxic chemical disposals and other releases into air, land, and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. According to 2010 TRI data, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into environment nationwide, a 16% increase from 2009. Total air releases decreased 6% since 2009, continuing trend seen over past several years. Read More

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CEA Innovation Policy Summit to include top government speakers.

January 6, 2012

Scheduled for January 10-13, 2012, CEA Innovation Policy Summit at the 2012 International CES® includes top government officials who will underscore relationship between product innovation and technology policies. Speakers will discuss topics such as online piracy, intellectual property, environmental standards, and legislation that authorizes FCC to hold incentive spectrum auctions. Speakers will include representatives from Congress, Department of Commerce, DHS, EPA, FCC, FTC, and OMB. Read More

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NSF and UL to partner on standard for product emissions.

January 6, 2012

NSF International and Underwriters Laboratories have announced agreement to partner on health-based American National Standard, NSF/UL 440, for volatile organic emissions from building products and interior materials, furnishings, and finishes. Under partnership, standard will be developed in accordance with NSF's ANSI accredited procedures, with project management support provided by both organizations. Read More

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NEMA publishes insulated stranded wire standard.

January 6, 2012

NEMA HP7 covers specific requirements for PVC, PVC/polyamide, PE, and PE/polyamide insulated stranded wire designed for internal wiring of high reliability electrical and electronic equipment. Publication addresses 600 V (Type B, BN, J, and JN), 1,000 V (Type C and CN) and 3,000 V (Type D and DN) wire and permits continuous operating temperature ratings of -55 to +105°C or +75°C (type J and JN only) with either tin or silver coated conductors. Read More