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SMD Quality, Reliability Standard focuses on non-IC components.

February 8, 2012

C revision of IPC/JEDEC J-STD-033, Handling, Packing, Shipping, and Use of Moisture/Reflow and/or Process Sensitive Components specifically covers non-IC electronic components classified per EIA/IPC/JEDEC J-STD-075. SMD manufacturers and users gain standardized methods thta help prevent damage from moisture absorption and exposure to solder reflow temperatures. Also, revision contains correction made to desiccant calculation and allowance for less use of desiccant for MSL2 parts. Read More

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BSA releases Bearing Brief on Proper Handling.

February 8, 2012

Available in downloadable PDF format from BSA website, Proper Handling Bearing Brief points out role of best shop practices in handling all bearings. Because rolling-element bearings are high-precision components, they need to be stored and handled carefully to perform as designed. Brief details proper storage and handling of bearings before, during, and after installation, as well as lubrication basics, which are essential to bearing use. Read More

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AIA Praises Congressional Passage of FAA reauthorization.

February 8, 2012

In her statement, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey welcomes House and Senate passage of conference report on H.R. 658 (FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012) and calls it "critical to FAA operations." Blakey says this bill "offers stability and predictability to the aviation industry" in contrast to short-term extensions and urges President Obama to sign it in order to "make our skies safer, cleaner, and less congested" while simultaneously generating private sector jobs. Read More

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ANSI Releases Schedule for spring member meetings.

February 8, 2012

ANSI announced its schedule for annual spring member forum meetings, which are open to all ANSI members and take place at The Capital Conference Center in Arlington, VA from March 20-21, 2012. March 20 will see Company Member Forum (CMF) and Joint Member Forum (JMF) and Luncheon, while Organizational Member Forum (OMF) will take place on March 21 in conjunction with ANSI-hosted Database Design Verification Workshop. Read More

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ANSI Contributions help build strong future for USA.

February 8, 2012

ANSI affirms its commitment to fostering dynamic U.S. economy through responsive standardization solutions. Published by Council on Competitiveness with input from ANSI and other stakeholders, MAKE: An American Manufacturing Movement puts forth 5 critical challenges facing U.S. manufacturing and offers specific solutions to address them. This supplements activities/goals such as fostering innovation and job creation via energy efficiency efforts and credentialing programs. Read More

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TRFA calls for Thermoset Polymer Research Award entries.

February 8, 2012

TRFA has announced its 3rd Annual Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award Competition to encourage and recognize advances in science and engineering of thermoset polymer industry. Competition is open to all BS, MS, and PhD students at an accredited college or university in USA and Canada. Entries must be in form of research papers in traditional scientific journal format, and research topic should be related to Thermoset Polymer Science and Technology. Read More

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Laser Workshop devotes one day to rapid manufacture.

February 8, 2012

LIA will be holding its fourth annual Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) Workshop in Houston, TX from February 29 through March 1, 2012. Educational showcase will feature keynote presentations by experts Terry Wohlers and Dr. Ingomar Kelbassa. Retooled for this year, LAM will devote one full day to laser-based rapid manufacture beyond established practices of creating prototypes and repairing corrosion/wear. Workshop will specifically spotlight advances in 9 industries. Read More

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SAE Program sets conformance standards for MAC industry.

February 8, 2012

Overseen by SAE International's Interior Climate Control Standards Committee, program provides conformance measures for mobile air conditioning industry. While certification of any product is voluntary, suppliers who advertise their products as certified to SAE International "J" standard are required to follow procedure established by this program. It can be used by MAC manufacturers, along with testing facilities and providers of technical training. Read More

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ISPE Conferences to focus on pharmaceutical aseptic processing.

February 8, 2012

ISPE will present "Global Evolution of Aseptic Processing: Implementing Risk-Based Manufacturing Solutions" in Tampa, FL on February 29 through March 1, 2012 and in Frankfurt, Germany from March 26-27, 2012. While both 2-day events will focus on global evolution and challenges of aseptic processing in pharmaceutical industry, second presentation will feature strong focus on European concerns. Attendees will learn about barrier isolation, vaccine manufacturing, and technology innovations. Read More

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Erdem Ural is named Chairman of chemical hazard potential committee.

February 8, 2012

Erdem Ural, Ph.D., president of Loss Prevention Science and Technologies Inc., is chairman of ASTM International Committee E27 on Hazard Potential of Chemicals. With membership of 65 or more, this committee develops standards on hazard potential of chemicals related to fire explosion and uncontrolled energy release. Ural specializes in combustible dust and vapor gas explosions and flash fires, process safety, incident investigation, industrial hazard evaluation, and hazard communication. Read More

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Anthony W. Thornton named chairman of metal powder committee.

February 8, 2012

Anthony W. Thornton, director of product integrity and performance and senior product scientist at Micromeritics Instrument Corp., has been named chairman of ASTM International Committee B09 on Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products. An ASTM fellow and Award of Merit recipient, Thornton has been a member of ASTM since 1987. He leads Subcommittee B09.01 on Nomenclature and Technical Data, and is chairman of both Subcommittee C21.04 on Raw Materials and Subcommittee E29.02 on Non-Sieving Methods. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending up 1.9% in December.

February 7, 2012

According to Feb. 1 construction spending report by U.S. Census Bureau, total nonresidential construction spending increased 1.9% in December to $567.8 billion. Year over year, total nonresidential construction spending is up 4.5%. Private nonresidential construction spending jumped 3.3% for the month and was up 11.4% from same time last year. Public nonresidential construction spending increased 0.5% from November, but was down 1.8% from December 2010. Read More

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EPRI Research Summary relays solar storm activity results.

February 7, 2012

SUNBURST monitoring system recorded minor levels of geo-magnetically induced currents (GIC) beginning at ~10:04 am EST on January 24, 2012 as a result of a solar flare that erupted early on January 23. During said event, only one SUNBURST site in the EPRI measurement system exceeded 10 A of DC current on neutral and did so for less than 1 min. Most GIC activity occurred between 10:04 am and 1:00 pm EST on January 24th, 2012. Activity continued through January 25th, but at much lower levels. Read More

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World of Asphalt and AGG1 show strong advance registration.

February 7, 2012

Scheduled for March 13-15, co-located AGG1 Aggregates Forum and Expo and World of Asphalt Show and Conference have set record-breaking exhibit space numbers. Advance registration numbers are tracking ahead of last 2 shows and education tickets purchased are trending upward. Shows will include more than 90 industry-developed learning sessions. Major topic of discussion is expected to be political climate in a presidential election year and need for job creation and infrastructure investment. Read More

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Pole Vault Box Collar Standard will promote overall safety.

February 7, 2012

ASTM WK35729, Specification for Pole Vault Box Collar, is being developed by ASTM Subcommittee F08.67 on Pole Vault. Commenting on reasons behind its development, F08.67 chairman Peter McGinnis said that "exposed hard surfaces between the pole vault box and the pole vault landing pad may be padded with a pole vault box collar, however, no standard exists that specifies the performance requirements of the box collar." Development will provide guidance regarding minimum impact attenuation. Read More

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ASTM Amusement Rides Committee to hold meetings Feb 16-18.

February 7, 2012

From Feb 16-18, ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices will hold standards development meetings. Approximately 50 separate meetings will be held, each one focusing on specific safety element of amusement industry. In addition to ride design, operations, and maintenance, some areas that will be covered include nontraditional areas of growth, such as participatory attractions like zip lines, rock wall climbing, inflatables, globe riders, and trampoline parks. Read More

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U.S. and Manufacturing Employment jumps higher in January.

February 6, 2012

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. employment numbers jumped significantly higher in January, with unemployment rate dropping to 8.3%. Nonfarm payrolls grew by 243,000, and manufacturers added 50,000 net new workers. These numbers continue to affirm the rebound and importance of manufacturing to economic recovery. Looking specifically at January 2012 figures, the bulk of new jobs in manufacturing came from durable goods sector, which was up 44,000 for the month. Read More

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ASTM Particle Characterization Committee elects new Chairman.

February 6, 2012

ASTM International Committee E29 on Particle and Spray Characterization has elected Charles G. Hubbard, quality manager and engineer at Electro Abrasives LLC in Buffalo, NY, as chairman. A member of ASTM International since 1997, Hubbard also chairs E29 subcommittees on Sieves, Sieving Methods, and Screening Media and Long-Range Planning. Hubbard previously worked as quality control manager at Stean Industries Hiross Corp. in Niagara Falls, NY, and at Applied Design in North Tonawanda, NY. Read More

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Slip Resistance of Footwear is the subject of new ASTM standard.

February 6, 2012

ASTM F2913, Test Method for Measuring the Coefficient of Friction for Evaluation of Slip Performance of Footwear and Test Surfaces/Flooring Using a Whole Shoe Tester, will aid in measurement of slip resistance for footwear in various flooring situations. F13 vice chairman Bill Ells noted that this test method offers "practical comparative set of footwear, flooring, and contaminant combinations, allowing for prescreening of product prior to recommended human subject wear trails." Read More

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2012 Schedule of Events announced for AAMA Annual Conference.

February 6, 2012

In Naples, FL from February 26-29, American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host its 75th Annual Conference for fenestration industry leaders and decision makers. This year's event marks AAMA's 75th anniversary and will feature Eric Greitens delivering his "The Heart and the Fist: Inspired Leadership Through Challenging Times" keynote as well as AAMA Green and Sustainability Specification Development Task Group. Read More