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IPC Council supports certification for conflict-free smelting.

October 31, 2011

IPC's Solder Products Value Council is actively urging tin smelters to become smelters of conflict-free minerals and recommends the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition/Global e-Sustainability Initiative Conflict-Free Smelter program. CFS is an audit and certification program that will identify and publish lists of smelters that have been certified as using conflict-free minerals. Read More

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North American Business Conditions improve in October.

October 31, 2011

According to NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index, conditions facing the North American electroindustry improved on balance in October, climbing to 57.4 from 50 in September. Latest month was first since May in which index exceeded 50-point growth threshold. Meanwhile, October's EBCI for future North American conditions moved higher for second straight month, increasing to 63 from 58.3 one month ago. Read More

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ATA recognizes industry award winners.

October 28, 2011

Paul Phillips, a Con-way Freight driver, was named 2011 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships Grand Champion, while Jeffrey Schlecht, a technician with Omaha Truck Center was named 2011 Technology and Maintenance Council SuperTech Grand Champion. Ricky Oliver, a Mississippi-based driver for WalMart Transportation won 2011 National Truck Driver of the Year, and Alfred LaCombe, safety director with Dupre' Logistics, won National Safety Director of the Year. Read More

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ANSI-ESO Joint Meeting focuses on U.S.-EU trade.

October 28, 2011

ANSI, in cooperation with ESOs, convened ANSI-ESO Joint Presidents Group meeting to continue dialog on standards and conformity assessment in support of U.S-EU trade. Participants discussed a strategic vision for European standards - a document released by EC to accelerate, expand, and modernize European standardization activities. U.S. and European perspectives on various challenges were exchanged, including corporate restructuring, economic climate, and stakeholder pressures. Read More

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Pavement Performance Symposium will be held in December.

October 28, 2011

Sponsored by ASTM Committee E17 on Vehicle - Pavement Systems, Pavement Performance: Trends, Advances, and Challenges will take place December 5, 2011 in Tampa, FL. International symposium will address issues resulting from evolving technologies and increasing demands for faster and more accurate pavement performance monitoring techniques/procedures as well as data interpretation. Online registration closes November 30. Read More

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Redesigned ISPE Website facilitates resource discovery.

October 28, 2011

ISPE, global not-for-profit association of 22,000 pharmaceutical science and manufacturing professionals, announced launch of its completely redesigned website, www.ISPE.org. In addition to content reorganization, site features updated look and navigation scheme. ISPE President and CEO Bob Best called redesign "a tremendous improvement." This rollout represents first step in multi-phase project, which aims to update and improve experience of www.ISPE.org users. Read More

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NEMA publishes incandescent and electric lamp standards.

October 28, 2011

Providing physical and electrical characteristics of incandescent lamps, ANSI/ANSLG C78.21-2011 describes PAR and R bulb shapes. Standard covers lamps with clear, frosted, and lens end bulbs; clear and prescription lenses; and various reflector coatings. ANSI ANSLG C78.40-2011 Electric Lamps: Specifications for Mercury Lamps sets forth physical and electrical requirements for single-ended metal halide lamps operated on 60 Hz ballasts to ensure interchangeability and safety. Read More

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NIST publishes final version of cloud computing definition.

October 28, 2011

After 15 drafts, NIST's working definition of cloud computing has been published as The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing. According to this official definition, cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. Read More

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NEMA Welcomes Opportunities opened by recent FTA legislation.

October 28, 2011

NEMA welcomed President Barack Obama's signature that implemented legislation for free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. Full implementation of each agreement translates to greater market access and associated commercial benefits for NEMA member companies. "These agreements need to be brought online as soon as possible in 2012," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. Read More

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Hand Soldering Competition is looking for technicians.

October 28, 2011

Scheduled for Feb 28-29, 2012, first annual IPC APEX EXPO® Hand Soldering Competition will challenge competitors to build a functional electronics assembly within 30 minute time limit. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly, and speed at which assembly was produced. Winner will go on to compete against winner of IPC Midwest competition for title of IPC Grand Champion. Read More

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Dodd-Frank Regulations found 100X more costly than SEC estimate.

October 27, 2011

Tulane University economic analysis assesses cost of implementing Dodd-Frank conflict minerals regulation to be $7.93 billion, exceeding estimate prepared by U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of $71.2 million. Tulane analysis compared SEC estimates to findings of study by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and also relied on data gathered by IPC survey of manufacturers in electronics supply chain. Study also supports issues raised by IPC and other industry commenters. Read More

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ELFA releases September Monthly Leasing and Finance Index.

October 27, 2011

According to ELFA's Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, overall new business volume for September was $7.1 billion, up 25% from $5.7 billion in same period in 2010. Volume was up 25% from previous month, and year-to-year cumulative new business volume is up 25% as well. Receivables over 30 days decreased to 2.3% in September from 2.5% in August, while charge-offs increased 50% from August. Separately, ELFA's Monthly Confidence Index for October is 50.7, up from September index of 47.6. Read More

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ASHRAE and Penn State partner on building efficiency hub.

October 27, 2011

ASHRAE and Penn State University signed MOU to improve energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact of buildings through Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings. Goals of GPIC are to transform building retrofit industry from serial fragmentation to integrated systems methods; improve design tools, building systems, public policies, market incentives, and workforce skills needed to achieve 50% energy reduction; and stimulate private investment and job creation. Read More

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ANSI-ESO Conference Participants request transatlantic partnerships.

October 27, 2011

ANSI, in conjunction with European Standards Organizations (ESOs), brought together 150 standards setters and senior policy makers from U.S. and Europe to discuss standards policy issues essential to their respective economies. Use of standards/compliance programs in areas of e-mobility/electric vehicles, energy, and security issues central to discussions. According to S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO, "Greater transatlantic cooperation and information sharing will improve the bottom line." Read More

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ANSI Legal Issues Forum addresses patented technology.

October 27, 2011

During 2011 Legal Issues Forum: Patented Technology in Standards, nearly 80 legal experts and members of standards and conformity assessment community came together to examine policy and legal issues that may arise when patented technologies are included in voluntary consensus standards. First panel examined RAND licensing commitment, while Panel 2 discussed pros and cons of mandatory or voluntary ex ante disclosure of licensing terms as potential alternative to RAND licensing model. Read More

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PMA releases Business Conditions Report for October 2011.

October 27, 2011

According to October 2011 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies in U.S. and Canada predict slight dip in business conditions during next 3 months. Report shows that 24% of participants expect activity to decline, up from 22% in September, and 29% predict decrease in orders, up from 20% in September. However, average daily shipping levels continued to trend upward, with 38% of participants reporting that shipping levels are above levels of 3 months ago, up from 33% in September. Read More

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"One Voice" congratulates Senate on currency legislation.

October 27, 2011

Under banner of "One Voice," National Tooling and Machining Association and PMA issued statement on Senate's passage of Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Act of 2011, a bill designed to address currency manipulation by U.S. trading partners, including China. According to NTMA and PMA, currency manipulation negatively impacts ability of U.S. businesses - and small manufacturers in particular - to compete in global marketplace. Bill is one step toward addressing this long-standing problem. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for September 2011.

October 27, 2011

Results of IPC's September North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program show combined rigid PCBs and flexible circuits shipments in 2011 decreased 12.0% from September 2010. Orders booked decreased 18.4%. Year to date, combined industry shipments and bookings were respectively down 0.2% and 9.6%. Compared to previous month, combined industry shipments increased 4.9% while bookings fell 7.3%. Rigid and flex industry book-to-bill ratio declined to 0.99. Read More

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NIST names 10 to NCST Advisory Committee.

October 27, 2011

Ten building and fire experts have been appointed by Patrick Gallagher, director of NIST, to serve on National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee. Established in 2003, committee advises NIST director and staff on studies of building failures and associated evacuation and emergency response procedures conducted under the authorities of the NCST Act. This includes guidance on composition and function of investigation teams and other responsibilities under act. Read More

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Digital Mathematical Function Library receives IT award.

October 27, 2011

Government Computer News magazine honored Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF), which NIST released last year, with one of its 10 annual awards for information technology (IT) achievement in government. Along with its hardbound companion, NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, DLMF appeared in March 2010 as update and expansion of 1964 Handbook of Mathematical Functions. Interactive electronic reference work is freely available online. Read More