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Motion Control Market up 19% in 2011.

December 2, 2011

According to statistics released by MCA, new orders for motion control products are up 19% through third quarter of 2011. However, year-over-year growth was just 4.2%, compared with 24% year-over-year growth in second quarter and 29% in first quarter. MCA will provide further updates on motion control market at upcoming MCA Business Conference, January 18-20, 2012. During conference, panel of industry leaders will participate in session focused on outlook for coming year. Read More

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FABTECH 2011 breaks all records.

December 2, 2011

FABTECH 2011 shattered all records of previous shows, with number of buyers walking the floor, educational conference attendance, and overall square footage of exhibit space. Four-day exposition and conference welcomed historic 35,457 attendees, a 35% increase over 2009, which was the last time FABTECH was held in Chicago. Buyers were exposed to more than 500 new products and more than 75 new "green" products and technologies - a new feature on the FABTECH agenda. Read More

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Research Paper describes method for fabricating synthetic human tissue.

December 2, 2011

"Tissue-Mimicking Phantoms for Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Imaging," co-authored by Stanislav Emelianov, shows how precise blending of tiny particles and multicolor dyes transforms gelatin into realistic surrogate for human soft tissue. These tissue mimics, or phantoms, provide accurate proving ground for photoacoustic and ultrasonic imaging technologies. Properties were matched by adding 40 micron silica spheres to gelatin, along with emulsion of fat and commercial dyes. Read More

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EPA Proposed Vessel Permits to protect U.S. waters.

December 2, 2011

EPA is issuing 2 draft vessel general permits that would regulate discharges from commercial vessels, excluding military and recreational vessels, to help protect water from ship-borne pollutants and lower invasive species risk. Draft Vessel General Permit, covering commercial vessels greater than 79 ft, would replace 2008 Vessel General Permit. New draft Small Vessel General Permit, covering vessels smaller than 79 ft, would provide Clean Water Act permit coverage required as of Dec 2013. Read More

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Professional Courses offer solutions for manufacturing issues.

December 2, 2011

Electronics manufacturing industry concerns, challenges, and problems will be addressed in 50 IPC APEX EXPO professional development courses at San Diego Convention Center from February 26-27 and March 1 in 2012. Instructors are gathering, with help from social media outlets, input on challenges faced by industry engineers, PCB designers, and manufacturing technicians. Each course comprises 3 hr of classroom instruction and includes handbook for each attendee. Read More

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Four Organizations receive Baldrige National Quality Award.

December 2, 2011

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson named 4 organizations - 3 health care operations and one nonprofit business - as recipients of 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognizes performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients included Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis, MO; Henry Ford Health System of Detroit, MI; Schneck Medical Center of Seymour, IN; and Southcentral Foundation of Anchorage, AK. Read More

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NIST's HIPAA Tool helps organizations meet security requirements.

December 2, 2011

Developed by NIST, free HIPAA tool can help public and private organizations understand and implement requirements of HIPAA Security Rule. Self-assessment tool presents series of questions in groups related to each of the HIPAA Security Rule standards and implementation specifications. Organizations can use resource to support risk assessment processes by identifying areas where security safeguards may be needed to protect electronic protected health information. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for October 2011.

December 2, 2011

According to IPC North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 9.4% and bookings were up 1.0% in Oct 2011 from Oct 2010. Book-to-bill ratio remained just below parity at 0.99. Flexible circuit shipments in Oct 2011 were down 11.3% and bookings declined 10.3% compared to Oct 2010, while book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.95. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments decreased 9.6% from Oct 2010, as orders booked decreased 0.1%. Read More

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PV System Standard in development by ASTM committee.

December 1, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK22009, Test Method for Reporting Photovoltaic Non-Concentrator System Performance, aims to simplify process of PV system acceptance and reduce cost associated with negotiating PV system purchase. In addition to outlining test method that can be used to determine PV system power production capacity compared to agreed-upon specifications, standard will offer test that serves as means of tracking PV system performance over time. Read More

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Co-Sponsor NIST Participates in clock synchronization symposium.

December 1, 2011

EL Researcher Kang Lee served as General Chair of 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Precision Clock Synchronization for Measurement, Control, and Communication, which was held September 12-16. Comprised of technical conference and interoperability "plugfest", symposium saw 32 organizations, including NIST, that participated in interoperability testing and demonstrations of hardware and software implementations and testbeds based on IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol. Read More

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Robotics Competition leveraged NIST-influenced standards.

December 1, 2011

Engineering Laboratory (EL) researchers Adam Jacoff and Ann Virts led international robot test administrators in conducting 2011 RoboCupRescue Robot Competition. Test arenas used to host this competition were based on over one dozen ASTM International Standard Test Methods for Emergency Response Robots. NIST leadership in test method development was sponsored by Science and Technology Directorate of U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Read More

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November 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report predicts decline.

November 30, 2011

Metalforming companies, according to November 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report, predict continued decline in business conditions during next 3 months. Of 132 participants, 11% expect improvement, 61% predict no change, and 28% forecast decline. Companies also expect slight decrease in incoming orders. Average daily shipping levels decreased in November, and percentage of metalforming companies with portion of workforce on short time or layoff increased to 17%. Read More

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SME Chicago Chapter 5 lauded as Outstanding Education Partner.

November 30, 2011

SME Chicago Chapter 5 has been awarded 2011 Outstanding Education Partner of the Year Award. Professional manufacturing group is comprised of members successfully directing their efforts to partnering and supporting aspiring engineers pursuing advanced manufacturing education at local colleges and universities. SME Education Foundation CEO Bart A. Aslin commended SME Chapter 5's "track record, energy, and commitment to change perceptions about manufacturing." Read More

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Wisconsin Bioscience Fund makes good business sense.

November 30, 2011

Wisconsin Next Generation Jobs Act, a bipartisan special legislative session bill submitted at the request of Governor Scott Walker, would provide investment capital and other types of funding to bioscience companies operating within the state. If enacted into law, program would nurture innovative companies that seek to develop cures and breakthrough medicines, improve crop yields, discover cleaner forms of home-grown energy, and provide protection from pandemic and bio-terror threats. Read More

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Four U.S. Organizations honored with 2011 Baldrige Award.

November 30, 2011

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson named 3 healthcare operations and 1 non-profit business as recipients of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement, and visionary leadership. Recipients included Concordia Publishing House of St. Louis, MO; Henry Ford Health System of Detroit, MI; Schneck Medical Center of Seymour, IN; and Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage AK. Read More

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Robert Sumwalt sworn in for second term.

November 30, 2011

Nominated by President Obama, Robert L. Sumwalt was sworn in for his second term as a Board member of NTSB. Member Sumwalt was first designated as Board member on August 21, 2006 by President Bush and served as Vice Chairman of the Board for a 2-year term. He is currently serving a 5-year term as Board member, which ends on December 31, 2011. His next term of office will run until December 31, 2016. Read More

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ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel examines progress, looks forward.

November 30, 2011

At Tenth Plenary Meeting, ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel examined progress made over past decade and discussed path forward. Keynote speaker Adam K. Theil, fire chief for Alexandria, VA, acknowledged role standards play in enabling first responders to coordinate activities in emergency environments. Chris Dubay, VP and chief engineer at NFPA, moderated discussion examining standards that have been developed to respond to potential terrorist threats, others on horizon, and gaps that exist. Read More

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ANSI Seeks Comment on proposals related to sustainable development.

November 30, 2011

ANSI invites comments, by January 13, 2012, on 2 related proposals recently submitted to International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In addition to proposal submitted by AFNOR, French member body to ISO, for new field of activity within area of sustainable development in communities, a work item proposal has been made by JISC, Japanese member body to ISO, for development of harmonized metrics that evaluate smartness of city's fundamental infrastructure. Read More

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EPA releases formerly confidential chemical information.

November 30, 2011

As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson's commitment to enhance EPA's chemicals management program and increase transparency, agency is making available to the public hundreds of studies on chemicals that had been treated as Confidential Business Information. Releasing data will expand access to critical health and safety information on chemicals that are manufactured and processed in U.S. Newly available information can be found under "declassified tab" using Chemical Data Access Tool. Read More

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PACK EXPO International 2010 makes top 5 largest trade shows.

November 29, 2011

PMMI announced that PACK EXPO International 2010 ranked third among the annual Trade Show Executive Gold 100. In 2010, PACK EXPO International recorded 1,055,081 nsf, 44,294 visitors, and 1,835 exhibitors. Based on these figures, PACK EXPO was the third-largest trade show in the United States in 2010, following only the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show at 1.4 million nsf and IMTS - the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2010 at 1.1 million nsf. Read More