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AIA Welcomes Richard Efford to Legislative Affairs division.

August 30, 2011

AIA has named Richard Efford to the position of Assistant Vice President for Legislative Affairs. For 20+ years, Efford served as professional staffer on U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. According to AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey, "Rich's vast experience in the halls of Congress will be tremendously valuable to our legislative affairs team." Specifically, Blakey mentioned his knowledge of appropriations process. Read More

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US Chief Manufacturing Officer makes first public address at imX.

August 30, 2011

Michael Molnar, the U.S. Department of Commerce Chief Manufacturing Officer, will address manufacturing executives at inaugural imX industry summit and will share information on how individual manufacturers can participate in, as well as benefit from, new national Advanced Manufacturing Partnership launched by President Obama. Speaking on the Partnership, Molnar said it "brings industry, universities, and the federal government together to invest in emerging technologies." Read More

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Material ConneXion® coming to PACK EXPO 2011.

August 29, 2011

Material ConneXion®, a global leader in materials solutions, has joined PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011 and will bring its dynamic, interactive materials display to The Brand Zone Sept 26-28. Exhibit will introduce new ideas, showcase emerging trends, and demonstrate essential link between material innovation and design. Its primary focus will be material innovations for the packaging industry, but will also offer ideas for cross-industry pollination by highlighting materials from all areas of design. Read More

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Quality Benchmarks Study focuses on 2010 EMS industry.

August 29, 2011

IPC Study of Quality Benchmarks for the Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) Industry for 2010 provides information to EMS companies interested in comparing key operating variables by net sales and product type. Based on surveys emailed in March 2011, study covers financial and production data, assembly attributes, yields, defect rates (DPMO), customer returns, supplier performance, customer satisfaction, and certification data. Survey sample includes 29 EMS companies. Read More

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Copper Tubing Workshop looks at alternate design criteria.

August 26, 2011

Workshop on Alternate Design Criteria for Copper Tubing in Refrigeration and Other High Pressure Applications will be held November 2 in Tampa, FL. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee B05 on Copper and Copper Alloys, workshop will provide results of research into design criteria for copper tubing used in refrigeration applications given advent of higher pressure refrigerants coming onto market. Online registration opens ~8 weeks before workshop and closes November 9. Read More

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IPC World PCB Production Report shows 19% growth in 2010.

August 26, 2011

According to World PCB Production Report for 2010, worldwide production of PCBs grew by 19% over 2009 to nearly $55 billion. In America, Europe, and Asia, production respectively grew by 6.9%, 14.4%, and 21.1%. Rigid-flex was highest growth category, and metal-core PCBs, while less than 1% of world PCB production, was second fastest growing category. Report also includes special sections on trends in the HDI/microvia and metal-core PCB markets. Read More

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PowderMet2012 Conference seeks technical papers.

August 26, 2011

Program committee for 2012 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials has issued a "Call for Papers and Posters" covering latest developments in powder metallurgy materials, processes, and applications. Several key topics have been identified for in-depth discussion within special interest programs, including spark plasma sintering; delubrication science, problems, and development; magnesium powders and composites; and status of sintering theory as applied to metals. Read More

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IPC Conference on Reliability highlights electronics assembly issues.

August 26, 2011

IPC Conference on Reliability: Assembly Process for a Reliable Product is scheduled to be held November 1-2, 2011 in Irvine, CA. It will address reliability issues that arise at assembly level, dedicating half-day programs on new developments in key areas of materials, processes, and test/inspection. Preceding this conference, a full-day workshop will focus on design for reliability in lead-free environment. Participants will also have access to table top exhibits. Read More

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Metal Injection Molding Conference seeks technical papers.

August 26, 2011

Program committee for MIM2012, International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics, and Carbides, is seeking presentations. Focus of technical program is "Designing MIM Parts and Materials for Performance and Value." Abstracts should be 100-150 words and apply to any aspect of metal injection molding, including processing, materials, and applications. Due date for submissions, to ensure consideration of abstracts, is September 30, 2011. Read More

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Process Expo 2011 surpasses 200,000 square feet.

August 26, 2011

FPSA announced that it has surpassed the milestone of 200,000 ft² for the 2011 PROCESS EXPO trade show, doubling the size of the 2010 show floor. According to FPSA Chairman Scott Scriven, this milestone speaks to the commitment of suppliers to the food and beverage industry. An unprecedented amount of promotion can be seen from both show management and exhibitors, as well as a strong response in registration, especially for educational sessions. Read More

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Special JLA Issue to focus on sub-100 nm laser structuring.

August 26, 2011

Special issue, in planning by Journal of Laser Applications (JLA), will focus on sub-100 nm laser structuring. JLA is seeking papers from laser experts worldwide for inclusion in said issue, which is scheduled to appear in early 2012 and will be open access. To be considered for publication, contributions should clearly address 100 nm limit. Structures can be achieved by ablation, polymerization, modification, or self-organization. Deadline for submission of papers is October 14, 2011. Read More

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ELFA releases Monthly Leasing and Finance Index for July.

August 25, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, which reports economic activity for the $521 billion equipment finance sector, overall new business volume for July was $5.7 billion, up 2% from $5.6 billion during same period in 2010. Compared with June volume of $7.3 billion, July volume decreased by 22%. Year to date, new business volume is up 24% over last year. However, percentage of responding companies that experienced drop in volume from the year earlier period rose to 36%. Read More

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ASTM Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies to be held in the fall.

August 25, 2011

Ninth International Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies: Advances in Rolling Contact Fatigue Strength Testing and Related Substitute Technologies, will be held November 17-18 in Tampa, FL. Papers to be presented will cover such topics as advances in understanding of rolling contact fatigue process and related test methods; accelerated rolling contact fatigue testing; substitute test methods; and development in understanding of statistics. Read More

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Light Sport Aircraft Standard to help create audit programs.

August 25, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee F37.70 on Cross Cutting, ASTM F2839, Practice for Compliance Audits to ASTM Standards on Light Sport Aircraft sets minimum requirements for audit program, how it is structured, how to ensure confidentiality of information, qualifications of auditors, and communication among all parties involved in audit. ASTM F2839 sets the stage for self-regulating light sport aircraft industry to monitor itself, which will increase confidence of regulators and users. Read More

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AEM 2011 Annual Conference focuses on the art of decision making.

August 25, 2011

With underlying theme that choices of today determine companies of tomorrow, AEM 2011 Annual Conference will offer variety of perspectives to help attendees master the art of decisions to run their companies profitably despite challenging conditions. Event will include lead-off session that examines political decision making and consequences for industry; Decisions of the Day panel of industry CEOs discussing complex issues facing manufacturers; and Economy of Our Industries breakout sessions. Read More

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ANSI Leaders Honored by Society for Standards Professionals.

August 25, 2011

At 60th Annual SES Conference, several members of ANSI federation were honored by SES - The Society for Standards Professionals. Gary Kushnier, ANSI VP of international policy, was awarded Leo B. Moore Award. James T. Pauley, senior VP of external affairs and government relations at Schneider Electric USA, was designated as SES Fellow. Dr. Richard J. Forselius, program leader at United Technologies Corporation/Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, received SES/CSA Lorne K. Wagner Memorial Award. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover visual acuity, multimedia distribution.

August 25, 2011

Recently published ANSI Z80.21-2010, Ophthalmics - Instruments - General-Purpose Clinical Visual Acuity Charts, helps ensure vision tests utilizing visual acuity charts are accurate. Also recently released, ANSI/SCTE 168-6 2010, Recommended Practice for Monitoring Multimedia Distribution Quality, provides background and discussion on Multimedia Management (MMM) system requirements. Read More

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SPE Group on LinkedIn® is largest for plastics professionals.

August 25, 2011

Membership in LinkedIn® group of Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) exceeds 10,000, making it the largest group for plastics professionals on that social media platform. According to SPE Director of Event Management Lesley Kyle, "Upwards of 150 new members are admitted to the Group each week." In addition to exponential growth in membership, member discussions, and job postings since its formation in September 2008, group sees new posts and jobs appear daily on discussion boards. Read More

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Alberi EcoTech and PTC lead Supplier Declaration Committee.

August 25, 2011

Krista Crotty, Alberi EcoTech founder, and Jørgen Vos, PTC product management director, accepted co-leadership roles of IPC's 2-18 Supplier Declaration Subcommittee. Charged with development and oversight of 175x family of data exchange standards, subcommittee helps global electronics industry better manage reporting requirements of evolving environmental regulations as well as corporate social responsibility requirements, such as conflict minerals reporting. Read More

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Photon Loops may be key to computer and physics advances.

August 25, 2011

Transmitting information-rich photons thousands of miles through fiber-optic cable is easier than reliably sending them a few nanometers through computer circuit. Because of research performed at NIST, University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute, and Harvard University, it may soon be possible to steer particles of light accurately through microchips. Scientists say work may lead to more efficient information processors on desktops and offer way to explore the quantum Hall effect. Read More