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NIST and AIP Agreement puts semiconductor research online.

June 16, 2011

NIST and American Institute of Physics (AIP) have agreed to make information on recent advances in semiconductor research freely available online in searchable PDF form. Proceedings from International Conference on Frontiers of Characterization and Metrology for Nanoelectronics are available for download from each institution's website. According to NIST's David Seiler, this will help semiconductor employees learn about measurement and characterization issues and related techniques and equipment. Read More

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Temperature Tracker to help with climate change measurements.

June 16, 2011

Developed by international shipper FedEx and tested with help from NIST, Senseaware is made for tracking delicate or perishable, high-value packages in transit. Device connects to cell phone networks to provide users with near real-time information on package's precise location, temperature, humidity, pressure, acceleration, elevation, and exposure to light. NIST researchers plan to deploy the technology as part of a pilot project to monitor and improve climate measurements. Read More

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EPA improves access to information on hundreds of chemicals.

June 16, 2011

U.S. EPA is releasing 2 searchable databases on chemical toxicity and exposure data. ToxCastDB users can search and download data from over 500 rapid chemical tests conducted on more than 300 environmental chemicals. Using scientific tools, database predicts potential toxicity of chemicals and prioritizes which chemicals require further testing. ExpoCastDB consolidates human exposure data from studies that have collected chemical measurements from homes and child care centers. Read More

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IPC Council issues advisory on counterfeit parts.

June 16, 2011

To assist IPC member companies in keeping their equipment and lines running, Surface Mount Equipment Manufacturers Association Council is creating an anti-counterfeit tool kit. First item in kit is an advisory statement to use only authorized channels for replacement parts and services. Equipment manufacturers are not responsible for damage caused by counterfeit inferior reworked, refurbished, and cannibalized parts and illegally transferred or copied software. Read More

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NAM Representative states investment will improve competiveness.

June 16, 2011

In his statement on Commerce Secretary Locke's announcement of the creation of SelectUSA program, NAM VP for International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo said that "Manufacturers believe that the SelectUSA program will be a useful tool to encourage more foreign and domestic companies to investing in our country." He went on to say that investment will help spur economic recovery as well as innovation and job creation in manufacturing for American workers. Read More

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Industry Economist gives 3 reasons why slowdown is temporary.

June 15, 2011

Dr. Chris Kuehl, FMA economic analyst, asserts in Fabrinomics economic update newsletter that current downturn is temporary and cites 3 reasons it will not last. Specific reasons include inflation threat has yet to manifest in ways that will permanently shift consumer behavior, Japan's recovery related to issues stemming from recent earthquake, and that some conditions which led to expansion of recession are fading. Said Kuehl, "As in most other recoveries, the consumer will hold the key." Read More

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Nomination Deadline approaching for Leadership and Service Awards.

June 15, 2011

ANSI is reminding all interested parties that the Call for Nominations for its 2011 Leadership and Service Awards ends Friday, July 22. Presented in conjunction with World Standards Week, awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to voluntary consensus standardization and conformity assessment programs and have consistently demonstrated a commitment to their industry, their nation, and the enhancement of the global standards system. Read More

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North American Machine Vision Market grew 34% in 2011 Q1.

June 15, 2011

According to AIA's Quarterly Machine Vision Sales Tracking Report, machine vision sales grew 34% in North America in first quarter of 2011. This marks fifth straight quarter of double-digit growth. Report also found continuation of widespread industry optimism, as ~½ of all companies submitting data expect sales to improve over first quarter 2011 levels during next 6 months. Of remaining companies, most anticipate sales comparable to first quarter results. Read More

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ANSI HSSP addresses small business preparedness.

June 15, 2011

Helping small businesses prepare for and respond to unexpected circumstances formed heart of discussions at ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel, Achieving Preparedness through Standards Implementation: Challenges and Opportunities for Small Businesses. Goal of workshop was to identify actions needed to better reflect small business considerations with regard to preparedness standards and conformity assessment activities. Fifty-eight attendees representing 42 organizations participated. Read More

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NAM says Jobs Council goals are positive steps.

June 15, 2011

According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, goals outlined by President's Jobs and Competitiveness Council are tangible recommendations for policies that can have a real impact on economic growth. Manufacturers have been advocating several of Council's goals such as job training for modern manufacturing and streamlining the permitting process to cut down on regulatory burden facing businesses. Manufacturers appreciate proven leaders stepping forward like Jeff Immelt who chairs the Council. Read More

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AIA and ASD Members launch ethical conduct forum.

June 15, 2011

Members of AIA and the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe have created a Task Force to administer ongoing activities of International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct. IFBEC is an opportunity to exchange ethics best practices globally among industry participants and identify areas of commonality. IFBEC has hosted 2 open meetings to foster exchange of best practices and raise awareness of the Global Principles of Business Ethics for the Aerospace and Defense Industry. Read More

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Green Buildings Guidance is accessible in eBook format.

June 15, 2011

ASHRAE published its first eBook, third edition of ASHRAE GreenGuide: The Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable Buildings, for use on Apple's iPad. Guidance covers each stage of building process, from planning to operation and maintenance of a facility, with emphasis on teamwork and close coordination. Embedded links are provided to other sections of book as well as to graphics and relevant Web pages. Read More

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NIST Competitions test automation and microrobotics technologies.

June 15, 2011

At IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, NIST hosted Virtual Manufacturing Automation Competition, where participants analyzed plans for robotic pick and place operations and simulated robots loading trucks and pallets. In Mobile Microrobotics Challenge, teams navigated microrobots through maze to simulate micromanufacturing as well as simulate travel through blood vessels. Ability of robotic software to sense objects was tested during Solutions in Perception Challenge. Read More

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NIST Researchers demonstrate frequency-tunable metasurfaces.

June 15, 2011

NIST researchers were able to tune resonant frequency of metasurface made of small composite circuit board by using purified water. Described in Fluid Interactions with Metafilm/Metasurfaces for Tuning, Sensing, and Microwave Assisted Chemical Processes, experiment caused resonant frequency shift from 3.75 to 3.60 GHz and for metasurface to concentrate energy in gaps between its copper squares. At other frequencies, it reflected or transmitted energy. Concept may be useful in biomedicine and chemistry. Read More

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Conference at PACK EXPO to feature ISBT training.

June 15, 2011

International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) will present sessions focused on beverage processing and packaging as part of PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, which takes place September 26-28. ISBT sessions will cover beverage packaging and processing as well as stress crack prevention in PET bottles. PMMI President and CEO Charles D. Yuska noted that ISBT members "see PACK EXPO Las Vegas as a valuable destination" for taking advantage of educational opportunities. Read More

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Taiwan ICT Companies target Indian consumers.

June 15, 2011

TAITRA announced its Taiwan Excellence Campaign 2011 in India, with 24 leading Taiwanese Technology brands from PC, Networking, projector/camcorder, and peripherals pledging partnership. Foremost aim is to showcase Taiwan ICT hardwares as reliable, innovative, and worthy offerings that cater to needs of aspiring audience base in India. TAITRA Director Paul Chen commented, "In India...ICT products from Taiwan will provide access to speed and an enhanced experience." Read More

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IPC announces EMS Program Manager Training dates.

June 15, 2011

A 4-part curriculum that culminates with certification exam, IPC's EMS Program Manager Training and Certification is designed to provide preparation for and insight into varied business, operations, and management issues specific to EMS organization. Appropriate for experienced managers, new managers, and managers in training, the program covers critical topics including operations, finance, contract and time management, as well as essential leadership skills. Read More

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IEEE Digital Library is expanded with VDE content.

June 14, 2011

IEEE Xplore® digital library has been upgraded as result of partnership with German Electrical Engineering Society, VDE. Alliance offers subscribers access to 3,100 full-text English language papers from over 20 annual VDE conferences, with 1,000 papers added annually. Incorporating search result feature that allows results to be sorted by most cited, IEEE Xplore also includes Scitopia search results, which add content from 15 society publishers in science and technology. Read More

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AIA Membership continues record growth.

June 14, 2011

At its May Board of Governors meeting, AIA extended its record growth via enrollment of 8 new full members and 9 associate members. Full membership has increased almost 50% since January 2010, making total of 147 companies. New full members are AlliedBarton Security Services; Gentex Corporation; IEC Electronics Corporation; Metron Aviation; PARTsolutions, LLC; Rhinestahl Corporation; Sila Solutions Group; and Valent Aerostructures. Read More

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The MHEDA Journal honors material handling legend.

June 14, 2011

The 2nd Quarter issue of The MHEDA Journal Online features article honoring material handling legend and 1965 MHEDA President, Howard Bernstein, who stepped down from The Atlas Companies at the age of 88 to begin a scholarship initiative for colleges with an Industrial Distribution curriculum. Bernstein attended the very first MHEDA Convention, is the longest tenured MHEDA Board Member with 18 years of service, and has attended 54 of the 56 MHEDA Conventions. Read More