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NTSB Safety Recommendations aim to improve airplane safety.

April 1, 2011

NTSB has made several recommendations, A-11-18 through A-11-31, to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Suggestions address committed-to-stop point, checklist standardization and use, as well as work with National Weather Service. Prescription sleep medication use and education on fatigue factors as well as common sleep-related conditions were also covered, along with runway excursion prevention technology research, wet runway landing distance data, and terrain database installation. Read More

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IPC Apex Expo 2011 will feature over 250 new products.

April 1, 2011

Showcasing more than 250 new products and services that demonstrate advancements in electronics manufacturing industry technologies and processes, IPC APEX EXPO(TM) will take place April 12-14, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Over 350 exhibitors serving electronics assembly and printed board industries are set to display technologies, materials, and processes designed to help companies meet evolving industry challenges, such as those regarding environment, compatibility, reliability, and storage. Read More

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Steps towards U.S. Earthquake Resiliency are mapped out in new study.

April 1, 2011

National Earthquake Resilience-Research, Implementation, and Outreach, presents 20-year roadmap for increasing U.S. earthquake resiliency. Prepared by National Research Council, report describes 18 categories of focused activities necessary for accomplishing strategic plan adopted by federal government's National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), which is led by NIST and includes Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Geological Survey. Read More

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NIST debuts online museum of quantum voltage standards.

April 1, 2011

On April 8, 2011, scientific community will celebrate centennial of the discovery of superconductivity - the ability of materials to conduct electricity without resistance when cooled below specific temperature. To mark anniversary, NIST has created online museum highlighting important accomplishments and historical images from voltage standards program. Over 4 decades, NIST has developed voltage standards based on superconducting Josephson junctions, which are used to calibrate voltmeters. Read More

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NTSB Chairman hits the road with professional truck drivers.

April 1, 2011

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman departed on 2-day, 4-state journey from Washington D.C. to Louisville, KY in a long-haul tractor trailer driven by Stephanie Klang to get a cab's eye view of the commercial truck industry. Chairman Hersman, who holds a commercial driver's license, is traveling to the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville where she will honor America's professional women truck drivers at the second annual Women in Trucking "Salute to Women Behind the Wheel" event on April 2. Read More

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IPC Standard provides test methods for pad cratering.

April 1, 2011

To help eliminate pad cratering in lead-free assemblies, IPC-9708, Test Methods for Characterization of PCB Pad Cratering, offers 3 standardized test methodologies that let product developers determine best material for their application. Cold ball pull, ball shear, and hard pin pull test methods can be used to rank order and compare different printed board materials and design parameters in order to evaluate susceptibility to cohesive dielectric failure underneath SMT attach pads. Read More

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Rockwell Award earned by long-time teacher, Vangie Dennis.

April 1, 2011

Vangie Dennis, RN, BSN, CNOR, CMLSO at Gwinnett Hospital, was awarded 2011 R. James Rockwell, Jr. Educational Achievement Award for accomplishments in laser safety education. With over 3 decades of nursing experience, she has been instrumental in development and instruction of many laser safety programs for professional societies. Upon receiving the award, Ms. Dennis commented that she was humbled and honored and remains a teacher at heart despite her current managerial role. Read More

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AAMA Official discusses energy efficiency with Maine Senator.

April 1, 2011

Rich Walker, AAMA President and CEO, spoke with Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) during their visit to Mathews Brothers Company in Belfast, Maine, on March 22. Senator Snowe discussed importance of small businesses and expressed interest in returning 25C tax credit for energy-efficient windows that expired back to the $1,500 amount. Oldest window company in U.S., Mathews Brothers produces window systems with triple-pane insulated glazing, which contributes to energy-efficient home environment. Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses agricultural raw materials in construction.

April 1, 2011

Proposed ASTM WK30419 standard may foster greater use of agricultural raw materials, which consist of ligno-cellulosic fibers, similar to wood fibers and particles. With standard, companies that want to bring agricultural fiber products to market will have a way of documenting performance and reliability. Alternative building industries will use standard to improve quality and distribution, and regulators can use standard to help with approvals and safety of alternative materials. Read More

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International Petrochemical Conference opens with growth forecast.

April 1, 2011

At NPRA's 36th International Petrochemical Conference, Charles T. Drevna said, "For the world's petrochemical producers, the overall progress toward economic recovery brings a renewed demand for products and signals revitalized prospects for growth." Drevna added that natural gas reserves in U.S. could grow petrochemical industry, manufacturing in general, and American economy. Key governmental, economic, and environmental issues affecting petrochemical manufacturing were also covered. Read More

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Electroindustry Business Confidence Index points to continued growth.

April 1, 2011

Senior executives at NEMA member companies reported that, on balance, business conditions facing their firms improved for fifth consecutive month in March. Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions measured 60.9. However, concerns over disruptions emanating from events in Japan and the Middle East contributed to decline in level of index from 69.6 a month ago. Also, survey's measure of intensity of change slipped to +0.3 from +0.6 in February. Read More

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NEMA welcomes Rogers-Carnahan legislation.

April 1, 2011

NEMA supports introduction of Smart Technologies for Communities Act by Congressmen Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Mike Rogers (R-MI). Introduced as HR 995, legislation would direct U.S. DOT to create a competitive program that would allow local governments and teams of regional governments to receive grants to support deployment and operation of Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies, which help reduce congestion and improve safety on highways and arterial roads. Read More

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Solar Tracking Algorithm serves diverse applications.

April 1, 2011

NREL Senior Scientist Ibrahim Reda and NREL programming expert Afshin Andreas developed a Solar Position Algorithm (SPA) to calculate sun's position with low uncertainty of ±0.0003° at vertex, which is more than 30 times more precise than uncertainty levels for all other algorithms used in solar energy applications. Algorithm and its software are helping solar power manufacturers build more precise trackers, and it also has implications for cellular telephone and agriculture industries. Read More

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ASTM Standard helps determine open time for latex paint.

April 1, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee D01.42 on Architectural Coatings, ASTM D7488 provides means of determining the time available in which paint can be worked into previously painted area. Open time is a key performance property for coatings, particularly for brush applications. According to Carol Hawkins, a scientist with Dow Chemical Co., and chairman of D01.42, as we move away from using solvents in coatings, it is important to develop a test method that formulators can use to determine open time. Read More

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Global Education Programs hand out first certificates.

March 31, 2011

MESA Global Education Program has awarded global MES/MOM Certificates to class members in Western Europe and US. Attendees of first UK event took 2-day, high-level program of MES/MOM Business Functions courses geared for executives, manufacturing/operations, IT personnel, and sales professionals. All were eligible to earn MESA Certificate of Awareness upon passing in- and post-class exams. Upcoming events are scheduled for April and May. Read More

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SAE Journal Editors to receive honors at SAE World Congress.

March 31, 2011

Prakash T. Sathe, PhD, Associate Editor of SAE International Journal of Materials and Manufacturing, will receive SAE Fellow Grade of Membership, which honors long-term members who have made a significant impact on society's mobility technology. Nadir Yilmaz, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants, has been selected as recipient of Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, which recognizes and honors younger educators who are successfully preparing future engineers. Read More

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IPC Flex Conference host speakers from key electronics companies.

March 31, 2011

To be held June 21-23, IPC International Conference on Flexible Circuits will provide participants with insight from key leaders in industry - Research In Motion (RIM), Lockheed Martin, Mayo Clinic, DuPont, and Rockwell Collins - into engineering and business challenges concerning flexible circuitry. For more in-depth training, 3 workshops will be held to provide overview of process, review special considerations, and explore options for optimal manufacturing reliability. Read More

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ASTM Training Courses to cover environmental assessment standards.

March 31, 2011

Two-day ASTM International training courses will cover ASTM E1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process; and ASTM E1528, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Transaction Screen Process. Developed by ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action, training courses will also detail U.S. EPA rule on All Appropriate Inquiry. Courses will be held 9 times between April 26 and November 16. Read More

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ASTM Training Course addresses environmental site assessments.

March 31, 2011

Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments course will cover ASTM E1527, which is the national standard for conducting Phase I assessments and includes historical records research of subject property; site reconnaissance; and documentation of findings and report preparation. ASTM E1903 focuses on planning and performance of Phase II investigations, and various approaches used to generate additional information regarding identification of potential contaminants associated with RECs. Read More

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Keynote Speaker Colin L. Powell featured at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.

March 31, 2011

Keynote speaker at PACK EXPO Leadership Lecture during PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011, which takes place in Las Vegas, NV from September 26-28, will be former Secretary of State and retired General Colin L. Powell. Event will take place September 27, and Powell's address is titled "Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust, and Values." PMMI president and CEO Charles D. Yuska praised Powell's leadership skills and noted that "His insights and global perspective are especially pertinent to our audience." Read More