IPC announced winners of Best U.S. and International Papers of IPC APEX EXPO® 2013. Top honors in U.S. category went to "Double Reflow-Induced Brittle Interfacial Failures in Lead-Free Ball Grid Array (BGA) Solder Joints" by Julie Silk of Agilent Technologies. "Manufacturability and Reliability Screening of Lower Melting Point Lead-Free Alloys Containing Bismuth" by Polina Snugovsky, Ph.D., of Celestica Inc. was selected as best paper in International category. Read More
According to AMT, December U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $499.43 million, which was up 17.8% from November but down 9.4% when compared to total of $550.99 million reported for December 2011. With year-end total of $5,705.58 million, 2012 was up 2.6% compared with 2011. These numbers and all data in this report are based on totals of actual data reported by companies participating in USMTO program.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) revised its standard defining speed identification symbol for agricultural equipment. Specifically, ANSI/ASAE S584.3 JAN2013, Agricultural Equipment: Speed Identification Symbol (SIS), corrects transposed symbol in previous version. Read More
To help member company executives and other industry professionals boost their performance and contribute to their companies' bottom lines, AEM will conduct several educational conferences, seminars, and training opportunities in 2013. Sessions will target all levels of company personnel, from presidents and CEOs to managers and coordinators. Marketing, customer support, product safety and compliance, and product liability are among job-specific seminar topic areas. Read More
Fieldbus Foundation announced it would join The FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, and PI in co-sponsoring and promoting the third annual Field Communication Lounge exhibit at 2013 Hannover Messe, April 8-12. Field Communication Lounge creates single exhibit area for fair visitors to learn about and experience latest in field communication and integration technologies, and discuss how they are used to deliver powerful results that may improve a company’s profitability. Read More
Scientists from U.S. Department of Energy's NREL and other labs have demonstrated process whereby quantum dots can self-assemble at optimal locations in nanowires. Several practical applications are possible, and fact that stable quantum dots can be placed very close to surface of nanometers raises potential for use in detecting local electric and magnetic fields. Also, quantum dots could be used to charge converters for better light-harvesting as with photovoltaic cells. Read More
Lisa P. Jackson signed amendments strengthening existing standards for human research involving pesticides submitted by third parties for consideration in EPA decision-making. Amendments broaden scope and applicability of EPA 2006 rule, strengthening standards for research considered in EPA decisions; clarifying approach used in EPA's science and ethics reviews of human research involving pesticides; and disallowing participation in testing by subjects who cannot consent for themselves. Read More
With more than a dozen new and updated pictorials added, AEM's safety pictorial database now includes 145 graphics. Free service promotes effective safety messaging through use of consistent, industry-recognized pictorial images that are not dependent on language to warn operators and others of potential hazards. Searchable by categories, keywords, and content, database covers both hazard identification and hazard avoidance. Read More