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Funding Lets High School CIM Centers add robotics design system.

March 4, 2011

Project Lead The Way has received $400,000 in grant funding from SME Education Foundation for implementation of VEX Robotics Design System at high school Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) centers across country. This will give students access to hands-on robotics curriculum in classroom in vein similar to that for math and science. Additional $75,000 will provide VEX kits for PLTW master teachers responsible for training of Project Lead The Way instructors. Read More

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ASTM invites presentations for solar glass workshop.

March 4, 2011

ASTM is inviting presentations for solar glass workshop, to be held June 23, 2011, in Baltimore, MD. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee E44 on Solar, Geothermal, and Other Alternative Energy Sources, and GANA, workshop will be held in conjunction with June standards development meetings of Committee E44. Event will showcase presentations from glass and glazing industry as well as solar industry. Researchers, scientists, and professionals can submit abstract by March 31, 2011. Read More

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BIO International Convention to focus on state of industry.

March 4, 2011

Taking place June 27-30 in Washington, DC, 2011 BIO International Convention will feature 6 high-level Super Sessions focused on state of industry, global biotech advancements, and outlook on future of industry. According to BIO CEO and President Jim Greenwood, "high-level speakers" at these Super Sessions will share their long-term outlook and suggested strategies for rebounding from financial challenges as well as advancing innovation. Read More

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NIST Weights and Measures Webinar addresses net weights in retail.

March 4, 2011

NIST's Weights and Measures Division co-hosted webinar with Food Marketing Institute titled, "Tare Verification - Ensuring Accurate Net Weights in Retail Stores." Webinar provided overview to senior level retail management on requirements for selling on basis of net weight as outlined in the weights and measures compendium, NIST Handbook 133, Checking the Net Contents of Packaged Goods. More than 100 attendees representing over 80 different retail companies participated. Read More

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Dynamic Testing of Soil and Rock Symposium. shceduled by ASTM.

March 4, 2011

Scheduled for June 28-29, 2012, Dynamic Testing of Soil and Rock: Field and Laboratory symposium will assess state-of-the-art knowledge of methods of determining shear modulus, damping, and shear wave velocity for purposes of improving ASTM standards. Some topics of interest include comparison of in situ and laboratory testing; preparation of soft and very stiff samples; in situ high-level strain measurements; dynamic properties of unsaturated soils; and testing of calcareous materials. Read More

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Motor Shipments edge higher to close out 2010.

March 4, 2011

Demand for motors edged higher during fourth quarter of 2010 as NEMA's Motors Shipments Index increased 1.4% from the previous quarter. Shipments remain appreciably lower than levels observed during 2006-2008 time period, but demand has trended higher over past 6 quarters, climbing nearly 14% since mid-2009. On year-over-year basis, shipments registered gain of 3.9% versus fourth quarter of 2009. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to address solar panel assembly.

March 3, 2011

Scheduled for April 12-14, IPC APEX EXPO will include Solar Assembly and Solar Living Pavilion, which will feature multimedia displays on panel assembly, lamination, tabbing, stringing, and cell manufacturing from industry contributors. Celestica will provide multimedia display of solar panel assembly, while solar cell stringing will be demonstrated with Komax Solar's Xcell interconnection platform. In addition, Bürkle will display its Multi-Opening Lamination Lines called Ypsator®. Read More

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IFPE 2011 to offer college level courses.

March 3, 2011

During IFPE 2011, taking place March 21-22, 2011, NFPA will partner with Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power to host half-day college level technical courses for practicing engineers. Courses will offer hands-on technical knowledge on fluid power and hydraulics with focus on hydraulic fluids and their applications; design, modeling, and control of hybrid vehicles; noise in hydraulic fluid power systems; and basic lubrication. Read More

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PMMI to connect foreign and North American firms at Interpack 2011.

March 3, 2011

PMMI will be present at Hall 12, Stand F01 at Interpack 2011, which will take place May 12-18 in Germany. Attendees can connect with North American marketplace through PMMI's more than 560 member companies by entering company name, product, or keyword at computer kiosk in PMMI stand. Information on PACK EXPO Las Vegas will be available, and companies can enter to win free trip. Visitors can also learn about PMMI's EXPO PACK México and PACK EXPO International. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for January 2011.

March 3, 2011

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were up 3.7% and bookings decreased 7.7% in January 2011 from January 2010, while book-to-bill ratio edged up to 0.97. Flexible circuit shipments were up 10.7% while bookings were up 5.3% compared to January 2010, and book-to-bill ratio climbed above parity to 1.01. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, industry shipments in January 2011 increased 4.3% from January 2010. Read More

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Manufacturing Convention fosters growth through opportunity.

March 3, 2011

NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will host Manufacturing Innovations 2011, which is scheduled to take place May 14-18 in Orlando, FL. By providing access to emerging technologies, partnerships, methodologies, and new business opportunities, annual event helps U.S. manufacturers profit, grow, and position themselves for future. Event will host over 100 technical sessions as well as multiple networking opportunities, including chance for one-on-one matchmaking sessions. Read More

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NIST Publication addresses information security risk management.

March 3, 2011

Managing Information Security Risk: Organization, Mission, and Information System View (NIST Special Publication 800-39) provides groundwork for 3-tiered risk management approach. Goal is to ensure that strategic considerations drive investment and operational decisions with regard to managing risk to organizational operations, organizational assets, individuals, other organizations (collaborating or partnering with federal agencies and contractors), and nation. Read More

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IHS Automotive's Mike Jackson to give SPE AutoEPCON keynote.

March 3, 2011

Mike Jackson, director of North American Vehicle Forecasts at IHS Automotive (formerly CSM Worldwide), is first confirmed keynote speaker for sixth annual SPE® Automotive Engineering Plastics Conference and Exhibition (AutoEPCON). His 30 minute presentation, Global Market Outlook: Divergent Paths and Pressure Points, will start conference at 8:30 am on April 26 and focus on new industry growth factors by product mix and region as tempered by supply-chain concerns and other factors. Read More

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Rotary Mower Blade Ductility Test Standard faces further revision.

March 3, 2011

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) initiated a project to revise material and safety references cited in ANSI/ASAE S483.1, Rotary Mower Blade Ductility Test. This decision stems from identification of several outdated references found during regular periodic review of said document 5 years after its November 2005 revision. Expected completion date of new revision is late June 2011. Read More

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Demand for Industrial Control Equipment continues to rise.

March 3, 2011

During fourth quarter of 2010, NEMA's Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 3.3% on quarter-to-quarter basis. Index has registered sequential gains in 5 of last 6 quarters, and, with this latest increase, is nearly 24% above its level of one year earlier. Primary Industrial Controls and Adjustable Speed Drives Index, which serves as broader measure of industrial controls demand, advanced 2.5% between third and fourth quarter of 2010 and registered 21.6% gain versus 4Q 2009. Read More

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Lighting Equipment Demand remained weak in 4Q 2010.

March 3, 2011

NEMA's Lighting Systems Index receded 2.1% on quarter-to-quarter basis during 4Q 2010. Year-over-year results indicated aggregate lighting equipment demand has not improved appreciably since recovery began and remains below levels observed during previous economic expansion. Among 5 lighting systems products included in index, emergency lighting, ballasts, and large lamps posted year-over-year declines in shipments, while fixtures and miniature lamps registered solid gains. Read More

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AEM Hosts Industry Briefing on GPS-Interference Issue.

March 3, 2011

AEM-hosted briefing of industry groups and DC-based member companies addressed FCC interim decision on bandwidth adjacent to GPS spectrum. Over objections of industry groups and federal agencies, FCC granted waiver for new company to build new broadband network. Those that objected felt new spectrum network would run too close to GPS spectrum and could cause significant interference. GPS providers believe this issue needs to be studied objectively and extensively. Read More

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NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory supports increased services demand.

March 2, 2011

NSF Shanghai Testing Laboratory will expand NSF services in Asia to include testing of food equipment, dietary supplements and ingredients, as well as consumer products. Also, facility and staff will provide on-site training for food safety, pharmaceutical, medical device, and dietary supplement manufacturing. This will provide companies with means to source safer products, raw materials, and ingredients from Asia via independent, third-party testing and certification. Read More

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RIA Automation Conference to take place March 21-24, 2011.

March 2, 2011

Sponsored by RIA and AIA, Automate 2011 will take place in Chicago from March 21-24 and will include exhibits incorporating robots, machine vision, motion control, and related automation technologies. These will be shown by system integrators, so end users will be able to meet and compare various integrators in order to find right solutions partner. Event will also feature conference focused on applying robotics, machine vision, and motion solutions to help companies automate their processes. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO Programs to address Green initiatives.

March 2, 2011

Scheduled for April 12-14, 2011, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) will include environmental standards development meetings, as well as Free BUZZ Sessions where 2 expert panels will discuss aspects of Corporate Social Responsibility. Measuring Your Carbon Footprint will share industry efforts to assess and measure GHGs, while Technical Conference on Environmental Issues will offer practical considerations for choosing in-line cleaners and show how to assess readiness for complying with RoHS Directive changes. Read More