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Material Handling Branding explored in MHEDA Journal article.

April 5, 2011

First Quarter 2011 issue of MHEDA Journal profiles Shari Altergott, Associated's corporate marketing manager, who was in charge of spreading word about company's recent rebranding. She is also in charge of updating Associated's website, publications, and advertising. To reflect changing buyer behaviors, Altergott has begun implementing different methods of online advertising using social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Read More

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AAMA responds to EPA call for comment on LRRP regulations.

April 4, 2011

Responding to EPA's call for comments on existing regulations, AAMA provided comments and information regarding economic impact of EPA's 2010 implementation of the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting regulations and amendment to "opt-out" provision. AAMA questions EPA's decision to move forward on this rule based on limited and questionable scientific data; dichotomy of CDC research; and continued use of lead test kits that do not meet EPA false-positive criteria. Read More

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RIA announces 2011 Golden Quill Award winner. .

April 4, 2011

RIA presented its 2011 Golden Quill award to Patrick Moffett, REA, CHMM, of Environmental Management and Engineering in Huntington Beach, CA, for his 2-part series on removing skunk odors and residues from buildings and contents. Articles are reviewed by panel of judges who present award based on degree of usefulness of information to readers; composition and clarity of the article; and style or personality conveyed by author. Read More

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AIA Makes Statement on WTO subsidies decision.

April 4, 2011

Final ruling of World Trade Organization (WTO) 353 Panel, rejecting majority of Europe's claims against US of illegal subsidization of its large commercial aircraft industry, was welcomed by AIA. This outcome is the opposite of recent 316 Panel ruling, where 80% of US claims of illegal European subsidies were upheld. Combined, said rulings highlight market-distorting effects of European launch aid and testify as to strength of WTO as arbiter of international trade disputes. Read More

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BIO announces 2011 World Congress presenting companies.

April 4, 2011

BIO has announced industrial biotechnology companies selected to present their technology development and business models to audience of investors and analysts at BIO's 8th annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Company executives from emerging industrial biotechnology companies seeking investment and partnering opportunities will make formal 25-minute presentations on their new technologies, accomplishments, milestones, value proposition, and business case. Read More

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NIST Collaboration demonstrates spin-orbit coupling of atoms.

April 4, 2011

Physicists at Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have for the first time caused a gas of atoms to exhibit quantum phenomenon known as spin-orbit coupling. The new work, published in Nature, demonstrates this effect for the first time in bosons, and same technique could be applied to fermions, according to the researchers. Technique has potential applications to quantum computing, next-generation spintronics devices, and even atomtronic devices built from ultracold atoms. Read More

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Manufacturing Institute releases roadmap for education reform.

April 4, 2011

The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of NAM, has released Roadmap to Education Reform for Manufacturing. Document lays out 6 principles for innovative reform, including moving to competency-based education; establishing and expanding industry-education partnerships; infusing technology in education; creating excitement for manufacturing careers; applying manufacturing principles like "lean" to reduce education costs; and expanding successful youth development programs. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to highlight 11 new products.

April 4, 2011

Eleven products have been selected for inclusion in the Innovative Technology Center at IPC APEX EXPO(TM), April 12-14, 2011. Assessed by review board of industry experts, products were selected based on representation of new or emerging technology of significant value and relevance to electronics manufacturing industry. Some products include Dual Nozzle Selective Soldering Feature, Nano-ProTek Fluxophobic Stencil Technology, RT/duroid® 6035HTC laminate, and SMT 520 Low Gold Immersion Gold Plating. Read More

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Certified Restorer Program has new instructors, requirements.

April 4, 2011

In addition to 3 new instructors, changes regarding Restoration Industry Association (RIA) Certified Restorer® (CR) Certification include prerequisite requirements, curriculum for overall course of study, candidate manual and study guide revison, online learning courses, and curriculum instruction during final CR Prep Course. CR Prep Course will be held at Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) in Chicago, IL from November 7-11, and CR exam will be administered on final day. Read More

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Energy Policy must help U.S. companies commercialize biofuels.

April 4, 2011

To promote energy security and reduce over-reliance on imported oil, U.S. policymakers must remain committed to expanding the market for U.S. produced biofuels and biobased products as well as commercialization of new technologies. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, policies announced by President Obama will provide important support to path-breaking biotechnology companies seeking to build commercial-scale cellulosic and advanced biorefineries. Read More

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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