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Pedestrian Safety Committee names John Brault as Chairman.

February 2, 2012

John Brault, a biomechanics consultant at Semper Scientific in Mission Viejo, CA, has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear. Brault specializes in forensic biomechanics related to injuries from collisions or falls and research associated with tribometer validation, walkway safety, and footwear. In addition to his consultant work, he is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Southern California. Read More

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Nanomanufacturing Conference to explore current, future impacts.

February 2, 2012

Taking place in Boston, MA from March 27-28, SME NanoManufacturing Conference and Exhibits will highlight applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming manufacturing. In addition to discussions on mid- to long-term applications of this technology, there will be information on how already observable industry impact as evidenced in these 5 ways: Materials, Coatings, Energy Collection and Storage, Lighting, and Manufacturing Processes. Read More

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Innovation Expert Tom Kelley to provide WESTEC 2012 keynote.

February 2, 2012

Speaking at WESTEC on March 27, 2012 from 9-10 am, IDEO general manager Tom Kelley will present "Growing Manufacturing Through Innovation" keynote. This innovation expert and business leader will offer his unique perspective on nurturing culture of creativity as well as provide attendees with inside look at his company to reveal successful strategies. Kelly is respected as world-wide expert on how businesses can be more creative in their products, services, and thinking/processes. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for December 2011.

February 2, 2012

According to North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 3.6% and bookings were up 0.1% in December 2011 from December 2010. Book-to-bill ratio reached parity at 1.00. Flexible circuit shipments in December 2011 were down 19.8% and bookings decreased 27.7% compared to December 2010. Flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio grew to 1.03. For rigid PCB and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments decreased 5.1% from December 2010, as orders booked decreased 2.8%. Read More

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SPE® announces dates, location, and theme for ACCE.

February 2, 2012

Now in its 12th year, SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition draws almost 500 exhibitors, speakers, and attendees from 15 countries on 5 continents. This year's event, with theme of Unleashing the Power of Design, will take place Sept 11-13, 2012 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI. Those interested in speaking at event should submit abstracts by March 31, 2012 to review committee via ACCEpapers@speautomotive.com. Read More

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EMS Wage Rate, Salary Study reveals cautious upturn.

February 2, 2012

Findings of IPC Wage Rate and Salary Study for the North American EMS Industry 2010-2011 reflect current slow economic recovery since end of recession in June 2009. While unemployment rate for December 2011 stood at 8.5%, salary increases for hourly, salaried, and management positions in 2011 respectively averaged 2.5%, 2.3%, and 2.1%. Report also finds direct relationship between employee satisfaction and flexible time and personal time off policies. Read More

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World's Largest Rocket Contest celebrates 10 years.

February 2, 2012

Nearly 700 teams of middle and high school students across 48 states, District of Columbia, and Virgin Islands are gearing up for 2012 Team America Rocketry Challenge. This year, each team is tasked with designing and building rocket carrying 2 egg payload to 800 ft and back during 43-47 sec flight without cracking. Strict limit on liftoff weight forces students to focus on designing payload bay while building lighter, stronger rocket. Top 100 teams will advance to National Finals, May 12. Read More

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Manufacturers believe transportation bill will create jobs.

February 2, 2012

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued statement regarding transportation, infrastructure, and energy legislation introduced by House Republicans. Manufacturers have long supported multi-year bill to fund surface transportation investments. Improving highways, bridges, and tunnels and relieving congestion on roadways will get Americans back to work. NAM is pleased that this legislation includes expanded domestic energy production, given that manufacturers use 1/3 of nation's energy supply. Read More

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FDA's Grace McNally will appear at ISPE facilities conference.

February 2, 2012

U.S. FDA's Grace McNally will add her expertise to that of other industry and regulatory experts at ISPE's upcoming Lessons from 483s: Enhancing Efficiency, Quality and cGMP Compliance Conference. This 2-day event will review recent regulatory citations (FDA-483s) and provide guidance on how they can be avoided. Specifically, educational content will address 483s in context of biotech, oral solid dosage processing and containment, and process validation. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Structure Market has disappointing Q4,.

February 2, 2012

According to Jan 27 GDP Report by Department of Commerce, nonresidential fixed investment increased 1.7% in fourth quarter of 2011 following revised 15.7% increase in previous quarter. Nonresidential fixed investment in structures fell 7.2% after increasing 14.4% in third quarter, while nonresidential fixed investment in equipment and software was up 5.2% in fourth quarter following 16.2% increase in third quarter. In addition, residential fixed investment jumped 10.9% in fourth quarter. Read More

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EPRI to develop transmission line insulator inspection robot.

February 2, 2012

EPRI initiated development of an Insulator Crawler with integrated camera and EPRI prototype live working NCI Tool, which assesses integrity of polymer insulators as they are installed. Although there is a long way to go, project is revealing that use of robotics has significant advantages. Robot will enable implementation of emerging contact insulator inspection technologies at 345 kV and above, and will increase safety by enabling personnel to be removed from energized situations. Read More

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BIO Applauds USDA loan guarantee announcement.

February 2, 2012

BIO congratulates ZeaChem Inc. on receiving conditional commitment for one of largest loan guarantees under USDA Biorefinery Assistance Program. Also, BIO applauds USDA's continued commitment to helping advanced biofuel companies raise capital necessary to build biorefineries, create jobs, and contribute to America's energy security. As noted by BIO's Jim Greenwood, "Companies are making significant investments and progress toward commercialization of technology for advanced biofuels." Read More

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EPRI developing electric industry applications.

February 2, 2012

EPRI has a research effort aimed at fully understanding the potential and limitations of portable electronic device technology in utility workspace and impact these devices may have on workforce, efficiency, and how to adapt work processes to fully take advantage of these devices. Some apps in development at EPRI include iCV contact voltage detector, iPQ power quality analyzer, data visualization, phasing tool for distribution lines, and lift truck application. Read More

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IEEE joins China's CERNET federation.

February 2, 2012

IEEE expanded its Shibboleth® coverage by joining CERNET federation of China, which is part of CARSI Project, an inter-institutional authentication and authorization project. Shibboleth is standards-based, open source software that enables Web single sign-on across or within organizational boundaries. IEEE's partnership in CERNET federation means that institutional users of IEEE Xplore® Digital Library can enjoy single sign-on access to subscribed electronic resources even if they are off campus. Read More

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EPA Provides $9.8 Million to clean up beaches across USA.

February 2, 2012

U.S. EPA grants to 38 states, territories, and tribes will go towards protecting health of swimmers at beaches. Also, agency launched improved website, BEACON, for beach advisories and closings for 6,000+ U.S. beaches. Website is updated as frequently as every 2 hr and gives visitors access to mapped location data from beaches and water monitoring stations, monitoring results for pollutants such as bacteria and algae, and reports combining notifications and water quality monitoring data. Read More

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BIO CEO and Investor Conference to host diverse range of experts.

February 2, 2012

From February 13-14, 2012 in NYC, 14th Annual BIO CEO and Investor Conference will feature experts representing leading clinical practitioners, investment professionals, industry analysts, and senior biotechnology executives. Plenary sessions will cover economic and business issues; Business Roundtables will focus on biotech drug launches, business models and licensing and deal making; and Therapeutic Workshops will address topics such as oncology, companion diagnostics, and diseases. Read More

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High Performance Building Conference focuses on best practices.

February 2, 2012

High Performance Buildings: A Focus on Deep Energy Savings will address what really works when tackling major improvements in energy efficiency, renewable applications, and operating practices in buildings. To be held in San Diego, CA from March 12-13 of 2012, conference is sponsored by ASHRAE's High Performing Buildings magazine and will feature technical program with 50+ presentations in 16 sessions on diverse topics. Read More

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Voters want candidates to focus on manufacturing.

February 1, 2012

According to nonpartisan Clarus Poll, 70% of national electorate would be more inclined to vote for a presidential candidate with strong position on America's manufacturing industries and jobs, while solid 65% also said they would be more inclined to vote for candidate with strong position on rebuilding nation's infrastructure. Poll found that most voters don't think any of the presidential candidates have been particularly strong on these issues. Read More

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AEM's State of the Union Reply pushes infrastructure program.

February 1, 2012

In response to President Obama's State of the Union address, AEM President Dennis Slater said "America's manufacturers are working hard every day to bring jobs back to this country." To aid their efforts, Slater cited a need for an infrastructure program that will help U.S. manufacturers complete globally. He then called for passage of "a fully-funded highway bill and not more short-term stop gap measures" and also urged President Obama to reconsider his Keystone XL pipeline decision. Read More

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Automobile Body Design Book details structural fundamentals.

February 1, 2012

Fundamentals of Automobile Body Structure Design, authored by Donald E. Malen, provides fundamental information on automobile body structure design. This is accomplished via use of models, which are intended to provide insight into behavior of body structural systems not available from analysis tools such as FEA. Comprised of 9 chapters, 468-page book will be offered in print and e-book versions; latter includes either complete e-book or individual e-chapter downloads. Read More