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AASHTO TV Video outlines national innovative solutions.

January 13, 2012

Titled "Innovation in Motion, Utah DOT's I-15 CORE Project," AASHTO video showcases Utah DOT's cutting-edge solutions to deliver 24-mile, $1.725 billion interstate improvement faster, safer, and cheaper. Video highlights 4 key innovative solutions being used by UDOT including, Fixed-Price, Best-Design, Procurement, and method of conducting competitive bid process for highway construction project based on fixed price and other requirements. Read More

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IPC Comments on Proposed export control changes.

January 13, 2012

On December 22, 2011, IPC filed comments with U.S. Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) urging protection of U.S. defense equipment security by ensuring export control protection of design information for PCBs for defense equipment. One recommendation is that DDTC make clear that International Traffic in Arms Regulations apply to any PCB designs for defense items on U.S. Munitions List. Several examples of critical importance of PCB design were given. Read More

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Court Ruling on Boiler MACT Stay will cost jobs.

January 13, 2012

Chip Yost, NAM VP for Energy and Resources Policy, issued statement on decision by U.S. District Court in case of Sierra Club against EPA to repeal stay of Boiler MACT and Incinerator rules. According to Yost, court's ruling will severely harm manufacturers' competitiveness, add to uncertainty, and cost vital jobs. It is already 20% more expensive to manufacture in the U.S. compared to trade partners, and regulations such as Boiler MACT continue to set manufacturers back. Read More

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Solar Panel Assembly Standard is ready for comments.

January 13, 2012

After 2 years in development, IPC-8701, Visual Acceptance Criteria for Solar Panels - Final Module Assembly, has been released for industry review and comment until February 9, 2012. Draft covers visual inspection criteria for crystalline solar panels, which are commonly found in solar industry and are ripe for standards development activity. According to IPC's Dave Torp, solar standard development has been an evolutionary process. Read More

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Papers are Invited for automation technology symposium.

January 13, 2012

Papers are invited for Sixth Symposium on Application of Automation Technology in Fatigue and Fracture Testing and Analysis, which will be held in Indianapolis, IN from May 22-23, 2013. To participate, presenters/authors must submit 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than April 30, 2012. It must feature clear definition of objective and approach of work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. Read More

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Nonmetallic Inclusion Rating Workshop invites presentations.

January 13, 2012

Scheduled for Nov 14, 2012, Nonmetallic Inclusion Rating workshop will address current status of ASTM E04 standards: E45, E1245, and E2283 as well as uses and abuses and applicability issues. Topics may also include new developments in inclusion rating, future of inclusion rating, use of inclusion rating in fatigue life prediction of steel parts, and use of inclusion rating as tool for quality control, process improvement, and/or failure analysis in ferrous and non-ferrous materials. Read More

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Wi-Fi® Innovations propel continued sales growth.

January 13, 2012

With more than 1 billion products shipped in 2011 and continued growth in mobile and digital home devices, Wi-Fi is thriving. Member companies of Wi-Fi Alliance continue to develop programs to meet demands of broad range of applications. Coming year will bring new additions to Wi-Fi, including performance boost, access to Wi-Fi on-the-go, and certification for Wi-Fi display applications, which will make it possible to share audio/video content between devices without traditional Wi-Fi network. Read More

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Large Facilities GHG Emissions Data is available to public.

January 12, 2012

Released by EPA and accessible to public via GHG Reporting Program, 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) data comes directly from large facilities and suppliers across USA. Data includes public information from facilities in 9 industry groups that directly emit large quantities of GHGs as well as suppliers of certain fossil fuels. Acknowledging strong collaboration and feedback from industry, states, and other organizations, EPA's Gina McCarthy lauded this as "a transparent, powerful data resource." Read More

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Chinese Manufacturer to pay $680,000 penalty.

January 12, 2012

EPA announced settlement with recreational vehicle manufacturers, Loncin (USA), Inc., Longting USA LLC, and Chongqing Longting Power Equipment Co., Ltd., to resolve violations of Clean Air Act related to importation of 7,115 uncertified recreational vehicles. Engines that are not certified may be operating without proper emissions controls, which can emit excess carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. In addition to penalty, settlement requires mitigation of emissions from non-compliant vehicles. Read More

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IMTS 2012 reports strong exhibit space sales.

January 12, 2012

Show management for IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) 2012 reports that 1,030+ exhibitors have contracted 1,116,000+ ft² of exhibit space. These numbers are up 5% and 10.3, respectively, from IMTS 2010. Show will run from September 10-15 in Chicago, IL and is themed "Be There," a call to action for 82,000+ industrial decision makers from 119+ countries who will be in attendance to get ideas and find answers to their manufacturing problems and challenges. Read More

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Industry Support enhances World of Asphalt 2012 experience.

January 12, 2012

More than 20 U.S. and worldwide industry organizations, including U.S. government agencies, are lending their support to 2012 World of Asphalt Show and Conference, enhancing networking and education opportunities for both attendees and exhibitors. Among overseas organizations supporting the show are Venezuela's CAVEDREPA, Mexico's Asociacion Mexicana del Asfalto, and Mongolian Road Association. U.S. FHWA and AASHTO are assisting in development of APA's Asphalt Pavement Conference. Read More

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Powder Metallurgy Sintering Course will take place in Sweden.

January 12, 2012

European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA) will be holding 2-day Short Course on PM Sintering - Fundamentals and Mass Production. Taking place at Elite Hotel Marina Plaza in Helsingborg, Sweden from March 18-20 in 2012, course is designed for engineers and scientists with interest in Sintering process and will be of benefit to technical and managerial personnel in PM industry as well as academics and researchers who desire to gain overview of sintering technology trends. Read More

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NREL is helping Virgin Islands cut fuel use.

January 12, 2012

Like many islands, U.S. Virgin Islands are almost 100% dependent on imported oil for electricity. But USVI Gov. John P. de Jongh Jr., working with NREL and U.S. Department of Interior, has vowed to transform energy use dramatically. NREL has helped USVI to map renewable energy potential, and to determine how to get to a 60% reduction by 2025. Recipe to achieve reduction includes 2% biomass, 3% landfill gas, 3% solar, 6% wind, 8% waste-to-energy, and 38% energy efficiency. Read More

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ANSI accredits Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.

January 12, 2012

ANSI has announced accreditation of Manufacturing Skill Standards Council under Institute's Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. MSSC is an industry-led training, assessment, and certification system focused on developing core skills and knowledge needed by nation's frontline production and material handling and distribution workers to demonstrate that they have acquired necessary skills for technology-intensive jobs of 21st century. Read More

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SAE International Book focuses on hybrid vehicle design.

January 12, 2012

Hybrid Powered Vehicles, available from SAE International, provides executives and decision makers with information necessary for making best choices pertaining to hybrid vehicle engineering. Available in paperback and ebook formats, this second edition details developments in hybrid engineering that have gained market share and traction. Also, publication reviews hybrid vehicle development history while highlighting cycles of fuel availability, fuel economy, and environmental concern. Read More

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IPC Announces Winners of international academic competition.

January 11, 2012

Winning research papers of 2012 IPC International Academic Paper Competition were Low Temperature Lead-Free Assembly Via Transient Liquid Phase Sintering, by Joseph Flanagan; Measurement Study for Cross Section Versus X-ray Inspection, by Loc Nguyen; and Solder Fillet Height Workmanship Criteria for Castellated Solder Joints, by Tim Pearson. Authors of said papers will present their research at BUZZ session on March 1, 2012 at IPC APEX EXPO® in San Diego, CA. Read More

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Consumer Electronics Show to feature celebrity guests.

January 11, 2012

Hollywood stars, sports legends, musical icons, and entertainers will attend 2012 International CES® to showcase and promote innovative products and technologies shaping consumer technology. Some guests will include Actress Eliza Dushku representing Entertainment Matters, Jillian Michaels highlighting marriage of tech and fitness at CES TechZone FitnessTech, Justin Bieber appearing with TOSY Robotics, Dennis Rodman representing Paltalk, and LL COOL J introducing new technology from Boomdizzle. Read More

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DHS Webinar addresses building and infrastructure security.

January 11, 2012

February 1 webinar will provide information on 3 risk and resiliency tools for buildings and infrastructure from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Tools include Integrated Rapid Visual Screening, Owners Performance Requirements, and Urban Blast. Tools help analyze and compile range of high-performance requirements, including safety, security, environmental footprint and energy conservation, sustainability, durability and continuity of operations. Read More

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AIA, NDIA, and PSC release joint industrial base report.

January 11, 2012

According to report released by Defense Industrial Base Task Force, impending cuts to defense budget will stifle ability of defense industry to deliver innovation and urgent wartime capabilities. Report concluded that smaller budgets would force layoff of skilled technical personnel, freeze investments, and escalate pace of mergers and acquisitions. Respondents expect that cuts to procurement and R/D will be frontloaded in first several years. Read More

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ANSI announces accreditation workshops through 2012.

January 11, 2012

Two-day Personnel Certification Accreditation Workshop will introduce international standard ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024, General requirements for bodies operating certification schemes for persons. Discussions focus on building understanding of standard's requirements and benefits. Two-day Certificate Issuers' Accreditation Workshop will introduce American National Standard ASTM E2659-09, Standard Practice for Certificate Programs, and Institute's Certificate Accreditation Program, or ANSI-CAP. Read More