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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

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NREL Fellow Honored for outstanding solar research.

March 31, 2011

Dr. Arthur J. Nozik, senior research fellow at U.S. Department of Energy's NREL, will be awarded Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest. Award honors Nozik's solar research, including exploration of future generation concepts for lower cost and more efficient solar conversion. He has published more than 250+ papers and book chapters on basic research in photoelectrochemistry, solid state physics, semiconductor nanoscience, and related interdisciplinary science. Read More

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February 2011 PCB Industry Results show many areas of growth.

March 31, 2011

For February 2011, IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program showed rigid PCB shipments up 11.4% percent and bookings down 7.3% from February 2010. Respective year to date values were up 7.7% and down 7.5%. Book-to-bill ratio dipped to 0.94. Compared to February 2010, respective flexible circuit shipment and booking values were up 8.3% and 36.3%, and respective year-to-date values were up 9.4% and 19.7%. Book-to-bill ratio increased to 1.10. Read More

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Initiative to Examine Financial Impact of breached PHI.

March 30, 2011

Project led by ANSI in partnership with Shared Assessments Program will explore financial impact of unauthorized protected health information (PHI) access. Its goal is to identify frameworks for determining economic impact of any disclosure or breach of protected patient data. Resulting report will help inform healthcare industry in making investment decisions to protect PHI as well as improve responsiveness if and when this patient information is breached. Read More

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Outside Processors Council merges with FMA.

March 30, 2011

OPC has merged with FMA in an effort to further strengthen organizations and add value to members. According to OPC Board Chair Brian Habermel, this partnership is in the best interest of both groups and will help further OPC's mission of providing educational and networking opportunities to the metal processing community. Active OPC members will be grandfathered in as FMA company members and will comprise the newly formed Outside Processors special interest group within FMA membership. Read More

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Welding Distributor Article explores need for expert assessment.

March 30, 2011

Appearing in Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today, Alloy Welding Applications article by John Beyer explains why welding distributors and manufacturers are being called upon to provide technical know-how and must work together to keep end-users productive and competitive. Lack of needed in-house technical assistance for end-users requires welding distributor salespeople and distributors themselves to step-up in terms of information gathering and problem identification. Read More

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Niche Marketing Article aids material handling distributors.

March 30, 2011

Distributor Niche Marketing, included in First Quarter 2011 issue The MHEDA Journal, examines ways material handling distributors can focus on growing markets to survive in slow economy. In his article, Kevin Risch outlines 6-step niche marketing plan and advises that "Even in the bad times, there were still sectors of end-users who were spending money. The trick is to find those end-users and develop a sales and marketing plan by niche market." Read More

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Proposed New ASTM Standard will promote crane safety.

March 30, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK31972, Test Method for Mechanical and Electrical Testing of Insulating Links for Lifting Equipment, incorporates design proof test to verify that insulating link between hook and load line on cranes meets minimum specifications for which manufacturer has designed it. Additionally included, periodically performed test (by user or designated agent) ensures component continues to meet safety requirements once in use. Read More

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A. Ivan Johnson Award earned by ASTM Soil and Rock Committee member.

March 30, 2011

Amy V. Germaine received ASTM International A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award for her contributions to work of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. In addition to being active member of Committee D18, Germaine also chairs Subcommittee D18.05 on Strength and Compressibility of Soils and is secretary of Subcommittees D18.07 on Identification and Classification of Soils, D18.91 on Standards Development and Review, and D18.93 on Terminology for Soil, Rock and Contained Fluids. Read More

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FAA installs 150th Alaska weather camera.

March 30, 2011

In an ongoing effort to improve aviation safety in Alaska, FAA has turned on its 150th weather camera in Talkeetna, a historic village whose airport is the hub for mountain climbing and sightseeing flights to Mt. McKinley. Positioned to view sky conditions around airports, air routes, and mountain passes, cameras provide pilots with critical weather information to help them decide whether it is safe to fly. FAA plans to install weather cameras at an additional 24 sites in Alaska this year. Read More

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NASA invites media to open source software summit.

March 30, 2011

Journalists are invited to attend NASA's first open source software development summit, March 29-30, at agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA. Running from 9-5 PDT on both days, event will bring together engineers, policy makers, and members of the open source community who will discuss challenges within the existing open source policy framework and propose modifications to enhance NASA's development, release, and use of software. Read More

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Full Defense Appropriations Bill deemed necessary by AIA.

March 30, 2011

Citing possible program delays increases, costs increases, and workforce downsizing, AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey brought up growing industry concerns about lack of completed fiscal year 2011 budget as well as reliance on continuing resolutions. "A fiscal year budget must be completed as soon as Congress returns," said Blakey, so that programs can be effectively managed at DOD and other federal agencies (NASA, FAA) and companies can manage their responsibilities as contractors. Read More

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Workshop highlights HVAC design for high performing buildings.

March 30, 2011

ASHRAE Learning Institute presents a 3-day workshop focusing on fundamental and technical aspects of HVAC design in commercial buildings, providing practical strategies for HVAC designers and others involved in delivery of HVAC services. HVAC Design Essentials: Tools for High Performance Building Designers addresses skill set that will be required by designers of the future; techniques to interact effectively with all design partners in design team; and economics of sustainable buildings. Read More

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Proposed Standards to Protect Aquatic Ecosystems are open for public comment.

March 30, 2011

As required by Clean Water Act and pursuant to settlement agreement, U.S. EPA is proposing standards to protect fish and other aquatic organisms drawn each year into cooling water systems at power plants and factories. Safeguards against impingement will be required for all facilities above minimum size; closed-cycle cooling systems may also be required on case by case basis when, based on site-specific analysis by permitting authorities, such requirements are determined to be appropriate. Read More

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ISPE European Regulatory Affairs Advisor will be Bryan Wright.

March 30, 2011

Effective April 1 of 2011, Bryan Wright will join ISPE as European Regulatory Affairs Advisor. He will act as liaison between ISPE and European regulatory authorities, helping expand relationships between regulatory bodies and ISPE, shaping ISPE educational offerings, and keeping ISPE Members informed of relevant regulatory developments originating from European regulatory authorities. ISPE President and CEO Bob Best called Bryan's years of regulatory experience, "invaluable." Read More

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ASTM Standard addresses radial light truck tire testing.

March 30, 2011

ASTM F2869 provides scientifically based procedure to identify equivalent test severity conditions between 1.707 m diameter laboratory roadwheel surface and flat or highway surface for radial pneumatic light truck tires. Standard also uses special interactive electronic software, which can be used to determine laboratory test conditions that provide equivalent tire internal temperatures for belt edge region for both curved laboratory roadwheel and flat highway test surfaces. Read More

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SME Hails Young Engineers as next generation of industry leaders.

March 30, 2011

SME honored 12 individuals with Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer awards, which recognize young manufacturing practitioners who have made exemplary contributions to and achievements in manufacturing industry. This year's recipients include Shorya Awtar, Emmanuel Brousseau, David M. Dietrich, Dalong Gao, Sayata Ghose, Sandip P. Harimkar, Martin B. G. Jun, Mohammed Omar, Binil Starly, Kevin T. Turner, Chengying Xu, Yihong Yang. Read More