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Educational Meetings tackle conflict minerals compliance issues.

January 24, 2013

To help ensure companies in electronics industry have information they need pertaining to conflict minerals compliance, IPC will host educational meetings in conjunction with IPC APEX EXPO®. Offerings are to include Basics of Conflict Minerals Compliance (PD53) on February 18, 2013; BUZZ session on conflict minerals (BZ4) on February 20, and discussion between 2 IPC committees on specific efforts to develop tools for conflict minerals compliance on February 21 and 22. Read More

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ANSI and IREC launch accreditation program.

January 24, 2013

ANSI-IREC program for accreditation of renewable energy and energy efficiency certificate programs has completed its pilot phase, which began in January 2012, and is now accepting general applications. Program evaluates certificate-awarding schools, colleges, and other institutions against requirements for equipment, curriculum, facilities, administration, and personnel set forth in IREC Standard 14732: 2013, General Requirements for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Certificate Programs. Read More

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Detroit Students to compete at 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition.

January 24, 2013

SME Education Foundation is providing $50,000 grant to the Michigan Engineering Zone, the U-M, College of Engineering, high school student support facility. Funding will help nearly 175 students, comprising 40 teams, from 12 Detroit Public Schools, and surrounding community, compete in 2013 FIRST® Robotics Competition. Once these young inventors create a robot, their teams will participate in competitions that measure effectiveness of each robot, power of collaboration, and their determination. Read More

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January 2013 MCI-EFI shows increase in industry confidence.

January 24, 2013

January 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) reports confidence in equipment finance market at 54.2, up from December's 48.5. Regarding business conditions over next 4 months, 6.1% of respondents expected improvement (up from 5.9% in December); 87.9% said conditions will remain same (up from 73.5% in December); and 6.1% believe business will worsen (down from 20.6% from December). Also, 87.9% evaluates current U.S. economy as fair, up from 76.5%. Read More

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Career Certifications bolster networking, security workforce.

January 24, 2013

ANSI announced accreditation of several Cisco Career Certifications under Accreditation Program for Personnel Certification Bodies. Accreditation was granted to Cisco for following certifications: Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) for Routing and Switching, Cisco CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) for Routing and Switching, CCNA Security, and CCNP Security. Decision was based on review of documentation as well as onsite verification. Read More

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ASTM Nuclear Fuel Cycle Committee to offer workshops in France.

January 23, 2013

ASTM International Committee C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle will sponsor several workshops and short courses from June 16–21, 2013 in Avignon, France. Offerings will include Short Courses on Nuclear Fuel Cycle, ASTM C26 Subcommittee Meetings, tours, and workshops: Remote Equipment Design, Analytical Development and Reference Materials in Nuclear Fuel Cycle, Long Term Glass Performance, and Used Fuels/Spent Fuel/Storage/Transportation and Disposal. Online registration closes May 1. Read More

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Standard covers polymeric raw materials for surgical implants.

January 23, 2013

ASTM F2820, Specification for PEKK Polymers for Surgical Implant Applications, specifies allowable ranges for composition, mechanical, and physical properties, as well as acceptable quality control practices, for PEKK polymers used in medical devices. Each factor covered by standard is important in assuring that materials used will perform as expected. In addition, using materials that meet requirements of ASTM F2820 can reduce or eliminate need for animal testing for these materials. Read More

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MDA Fair at Hannover Messe to take place March 8-12.

January 22, 2013

With over 1,100 exhibitors, MDA Fair at HANNOVER MESSE will showcase latest products and innovations from top suppliers of electric and mechanical power transmission systems and pneumatic and hydraulic technologies. MDA Forum will cover wide range of Green themes, including Drive Technology for Wind Turbines, Sealing Technology, and Condition Monitoring for Components, Systems, and Hydraulic Fluids. Exhibitors will also benefit from their proximity to international Wind fair and MobiliTec show. Read More