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ASTM Committee approves thermocouple connector standard.

August 4, 2011

ASTM E2820, Test Method for Evaluating Thermal EMF Properties of Base-Metal Thermocouple Connectors, allows products to be defined based on performance instead of solely on raw material requirements. Standard will reduce risk of over-specification and will allow user to better understand how connector may affect temperature measurement accuracy. Primary users will include producers that perform verification testing of thermocouples and those who write thermocouple product specifications. Read More

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IPC Summit focuses on succeeding in a disruptive environment.

August 3, 2011

Scheduled for Oct 4-5, 2011, IPC Executive Summit is titled "Succeeding in a Disruptive Environment: From Earthquakes to Nanoparticles." Two-day event will include general sessions covering disaster preparedness and strategies for mitigating supply chain disruptions; results of IPC study on impact of Japan earthquake; and perspective on conflict minerals ban. Market and Technology Conference will feature financial analyst's view on agile supply chain and lessons from the great recession. Read More

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ASTM Oil Spill Response Standard offers boom selection guide.

August 3, 2011

ASTM F2683, Guide for Selection of Booms for Oil Spill Response, will help vendors, buyers, and regulators determine applicability of different types of booms to be used for oil spill response. Stephen Potter, managing director, SL Ross Environmental Research Ltd., and chairman of F20.11, notes that ASTM F2683 lists main advantages and disadvantages of different boom types in various oil spill scenarios. Read More

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EPA Publishes CDR Rule to improve chemical reporting.

August 3, 2011

To identify and manage potential risks to Americans' health and environment, US EPA is increasing type and amount of information it collects on commercial chemicals from chemical manufacturers. This mandate, chemical data reporting rule (CDR), also requires companies to submit information electronically to EPA and limits confidentiality claims by companies. Companies will be required to start following new reporting requirements for February 1 to June 30, 2012 data submission period. Read More

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ZigBee Alliance announces tenth standard: ZigBee Gateway.

August 3, 2011

As first standard for new ZigBee Network Devices(TM) category, ZigBee Gateway(TM) provides connectivity to IP-based networks as well as access to cloud and smart phone services. Standard gives developers common methodology, helping them mitigate development risk and eliminate need for custom or proprietary solutions while also reducing development and manufacturing effort. Consumers will benefit from monitoring and control capabilities, including smart phone or tablet app integration. Read More

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PMI Fall Conference to host moderated Executive Roundtable.

August 3, 2011

As president, Jack Krecek announced that PMI will host its Fall Conference from September 18-21 in Washington, DC. Executive Roundtable, to be held September 19, will be moderated by political pundit and journalist George Will. Industry leaders will address top-of-mind topics and answer attendees' questions. After panel discussion, George Will offers recap and opening keynote address. With dual track format, meetings in marketing and technical subjects will be held September 19. Read More

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PMMI welcomes 3 Gold Sponsors for lecture at PACK EXPO.

August 3, 2011

PMMI has announced 3 Gold Sponsors for the Leadership Lecture at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, featuring keynote speaker retired General Colin L. Powell. Dorner Manufacturing Corp., Eastman Chemical Company, and Fox IV Technologies will each support General Powell's talk "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust and Values." With more than 1,600 exhibitors, PACK EXPO Las Vegas will be the largest resource for packaging and processing innovation in North America in 2011. Read More

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Award-Winning Packaging at PACK EXPO.

August 3, 2011

At PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, 15 award winning packages will be on display. Sponsored by the Dow Chemical Corporation, the winners are from international and domestic organizations such as ABRE - Brazilian Packaging Association, Glass Packaging Institute, and World Packaging Organisation. The winning designs will be on display in the Showcase of Packaging Innovations exhibit. Read More

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IPC Releases PCB Industry Results for June 2011.

August 3, 2011

June 2011 findings for rigid PCBs and flexible circuits from North American PCB Statistical Program shows industry shipments increased 4.4% from June 2010 and orders booked decreased 4.2% from June 2010. Year to date (YTD), combined industry shipments were up 4.8%, and bookings were down 7.3%. Compared to previous month, combined industry shipments increased 14.4% and bookings increased 11.5%. Combined (rigid and flex) industry book-to-bill ratio reached parity at 1.00. Read More

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Telemedicine Technology is ready but deployments need a boost.

August 2, 2011

According to IEEE experts, telemedicine is technologically ready to meet growing demand for access to health services in developing nations and remote areas, but widespread use will require greater collaboration between technologists and clinicians. Dr. Yadin David, IEEE Senior Member, recommends healthcare providers and technologists agree on standards for minimum system performance of telemedicine networks and platforms, along with development of common vocabulary to describe technologies. Read More

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Six Standards for Catalog approved by smart grid panel.

August 2, 2011

Concerning its Catalog of Standards, Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) made 6 entries that relate to high-priority national standards needed to create modern, energy-efficient power grid with seamlessly interoperable components. Specifically, standards address IP communication, energy usage information, vehicle charging stations, use cases for communication between plug-in vehicles and grid, upgrading smart meters, and guidelines wireless communication device assessment. Read More

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Welding and Gases Today relays social media success stories.

August 2, 2011

Gases and welding distributors using social media platforms - Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube - to acquire sales leads are highlighted in Summer 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today. "Connecting With Customers" article features J.W. Goodliffe and Son. Since joining Facebook in 2010, this company has made several sales due to queries and suggestions from customers. Cyberweld finds customers with similar interests by using Facebook's online advertising. Read More

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ASHRAE names new Distinguished Lecturers.

August 2, 2011

ASHRAE has named 12 new Distinguished Lecturers who provide Society chapters with noted authorities and speak on relevant topics that impact the HVAC/R industry. The total 75 Lecturers for 2011-12 Society year represent 13 countries, including Argentina, Malaysia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Thailand, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and the United States. These lecturers are available to present on 324 topics and speak a combined 9 languages. Read More

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High-Speed 3D Imaging System holds potential for cancer screening.

August 2, 2011

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers developed imaging system that enables high-speed, 3D imaging of microscopic pre-cancerous changes in esophagus or colon. As described in OSA's open access journal Biomedical Optics Express, system is based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) that provides means to see below surface with 3D, microscopic detail. System can capture data at 980 fps while imaging microscopic features less than 8 millionths of a meter in size. Read More

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Manufacturing Summit to address shortage of skilled workers.

August 2, 2011

Scheduled for Sept 12-14, 2011, imX Interactive Manufacturing Experience will examine and offer solutions to critical shortage of skilled workers threatening the future of manufacturing in America. In the interactive "Workforce 2021" area, manufacturing leaders participating in imX will receive free assessment of their organization's ability to meet industry's workforce challenges. Other imX event components will grant attendees access to latest manufacturing technologies. Read More

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Inverter Prototype enhances solar, wind connections to grid.

August 2, 2011

NREL, with industrial partner Semikron and funding from California Energy Commission, developed prototype 50 kW inverter. Included 50 kW modular power block can be included with photovoltaic (PV) array, small wind turbine, battery charger, fuel cell, or flywheel and can control flow of energy onto electric grid. Inverter measures 6 x 2½ ft nd will also contain inductors, capacitors, sensors, contactors, pilot relays, DC power supply, and protective devices. Read More

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MHEDA Journal Online features theme of Engaging Young Talent.

August 2, 2011

The 3rd Quarter issue of the MHEDA Journal Online discusses ways that material handling distributors are recruiting, retaining, training, and engaging young talent in their companies. Readers can see how distributors are going beyond product knowledge to ingrain company culture into Generation Y employees, and how mentoring and job shadowing programs can lead to success. Readers can also get tips for integrating different generations together and overcoming generational obstacles. Read More

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MPIF Member, Powder Metallurgy featured in online event.

August 2, 2011

MPIF VP of Member and Industry Relations Jim Dale will be featured in video presentation on powder metallurgy (PM) during GlobalSpec "Machine Tools & Metal Working" e-vent on August 10, 2011. His "Driving Success through Powder Metallurgy" presentation will detail how evolution in powder production and performance as well as PM processing equipment has expanded options, enabling successful PM solutions to metal component design needs. Read More

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IEEE, Parity Computing partner up for author disambiguation.

August 1, 2011

In support of IEEE Xplore® digital library, IEEE chose Parity Computing, Inc. for author name disambiguation initiative that will leverage Parity's SaaS-based Author Profiling System. This will enabling development and maintenance of unique author and institution IDs for enhanced IEEE Xplore authorsearch experience as well as new value-added services. Author Profiler System will be used to construct and maintain unique, high-accuracy author and affiliation IDs based on existing data. Read More

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PTDA 2011 Industry Summit will focus on industry changes.

August 1, 2011

Held in Washington D.C. from October 13-15, PTDA 2011 Industry Summit allows PTDA members to devote time to working on their businesses with networking, keynotes, and workshops as well as targeted business development opportunities. Signature event, Manufacturer-Distributor Idea Exchange (MD-IDEX), brings together existing and potential channel partners to strategically plan for upcoming year. Theme for this event will be "CAPITOLize on Change." Read More