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IPC Government Relations Committee gets boost from new members.

January 26, 2011

IPC announces the additions of Bhawnesh Mathur, CEO, EPIC Technologies, and Ray Sharpe, CEO, Isola Group SARL, to the IPC Government Relations Steering Committee. According to GR Committee Chairman Mike Williams, Mathur's and Sharpe's knowledge, broad experience, and leadership roles in the industry will be extremely helpful as IPC continues to advocate for the industry on legislative and regulatory issues around the world. Read More

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EPA, DOT, and CA align timeframe for clean car standards.

January 26, 2011

U.S. DOT, EPA, and state of California announced single timeframe of Sept 1, 2011 for proposing fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017-2025 cars and light-duty trucks. Collaboration could lead to extension of National Clean Car Program, providing automakers certainty as they work to build next generation of clean, fuel efficient cars. Improving fuel efficiency will save consumers money at the pump, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and cut emissions of harmful pollutants. Read More

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Winter 2012 Conference seeks papers on HVAC/R topics.

January 26, 2011

Papers addressing advances in high performance buildings, integrated design, energy modeling, and high-intensity HVAC applications are being sought for ASHRAE 2012 Winter Conference, which will take place January 21-25 in Chicago, IL. In addition, papers are sought for tracks on Operations and Maintenance, HVAC Systems, HVAC Fundamentals and Applications, Professional Skills, and Refrigeration. Conference paper abstracts or full-length technical papers are due by April 18, 2011. Read More

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National Program Office to foster secure online transactions.

January 26, 2011

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced plans to create a National Program Office to help foster an environment in which sensitive online transactions can be carried out with greater levels of trust. To be established within Department of Commerce, with support from NIST and NTIA, National Program Office would coordinate federal activities needed to implement the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard aims to aid antimicrobial development.

January 26, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK30842, Test Method for Serial Passage Resistance Induction to Assess the Potential for Bacteria to Develop Resistance to an Antimicrobial Compound, is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents. If approved, it could be used by pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as antiseptic and sanitizer manufacturers during development of new topical formulations to provide reproducible way of evaluating potential for antimicrobial compounds. Read More

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Conference highlights steps of electronic product manufacturing.

January 26, 2011

Design, assembly, soldering, repair, rework, inspection, and material choices are all variables to be juggled as electronics manufacturers work with new component types, high speed signals, and lead-free technology. To assist manufacturers in making the best choices for producing reliable electronics, IPC is holding the IPC Conference on Quality, Reliability, and Acceptability for Electronics Manufacturing in Budapest, Hungary, on Feb 22-24, 2011. Read More

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API and PIOGA Collaboration promotes educational efforts in PA.

January 26, 2011

American Petroleum Institute (API) and Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) have allied to foster understanding of issues related to safe development of PA's domestic energy resources. Specifically, partnership will serve as forum for factual information about energy resources found in PA. Campaign focuses on benefits realized through development of natural gas reserves in Marcellus Shale, new jobs for workers, state economic growth, and national energy security. Read More

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Gases and Welding Suppliers expect revenue growth.

January 25, 2011

Winter 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today features the gases and welding supplier business forecast. The article entitled, "Suppliers See A Slow, Upward Climb," highlights suppliers' outlooks and strategies for growth in 2011. In poll of industry suppliers, Welding and Gases Today found that respondents are expecting an overall increase of 8.9% in 2011. In order to grow sales, suppliers are concentrating on growth markets and introducing new products. Read More

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Americans Urged to Tell Congress about transportation needs.

January 25, 2011

As Congress begins work on new transportation bill, AASHTO seeks to generate public opinion about priorities. Everyone is invited to share their transportation comments and concerns via AASHTO's Facebook and YouTube pages. As Congress will set transportation policy and funding levels for years to come, AASHTO executive director John Horsley said this social media campaign aims "to help Congress understand the priorities of the American people." Read More

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PMA Divisions elect new leaders.

January 25, 2011

PMA announces election of Augusto Gil to position of Metal Spinning Division Vice Chair and Benjamin Barnett to Next Generation Leaders Division Vice Chair. Gil, general manager for Hialeah Metal Spinning, will work to increase division participation and membership by preparing valuable content for presentations and group discussions. Barnett, vice president of Principal Manufacturing Corp, looks to increase participation of younger people within PMA's Next Generation Leaders Division. Read More

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Seven IPC APEX EXPO Technical Conference Sessions go global.

January 25, 2011

On April 12-14, 2011, IPC APEX EXPO Cyber Conference will feature live broadcasts and post-show archives of 7 of show's 35 technical conference sessions, enabling individuals who cannot travel to show to experience a portion of the technical conference from their offices, homes, or even on the road. Seven sessions will include Encapsulation, Soldering Processes II, Lead Free: Surface Effects, PCB Reliability Test Methods, Cleaning, Thermal Cycling Lead-Free Reliability, and Embedded. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers intumescent materials for firestops.

January 25, 2011

Intended for firestop manufacturers, as well as certification and testing agencies that run product validation programs for firestops, ASTM E2786 Standard presents 2 methods for testing the intumescence, or volume expansion, of firestop products. ASTM E2786 is the first in a trilogy of E06.21 standards that will be used to determine ongoing performance of firestop materials to various exposures and to determine expected longevity of firestop performance through small scale testing. Read More

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ASTM Standard covers measurement systems analysis.

January 25, 2011

Developed by Subcommittee E11.20 on Test Method Evaluation and Quality Control, ASTM E2782 covers many core issues of Measurement System Analysis, which is an important topic in engineering, manufacturing, laboratory practice, and business process applications. As currently approved, standard applies to variable measurements and nondestructive applications. It will be useful anywhere measurement systems are used and/or where measurement error is important to assess. Read More

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NIST Baldrige Award Recipients to appear at Quest Conference.

January 24, 2011

Recipient organizations of 2010 Baldrige Award will appear at 23rd annual Quest for Excellence® Conference from April 4-6, 2011. Event will showcase best practices and lessons learned from seven 2010 award recipient organizations as well as past awardees. Plenary session with senior executives of recipients, and 60 concurrent sessions, will be featured, covering how to improve performance results, customer and employee engagement, process management, and organizational sustainability. Read More

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Winners of 2011 Facility of the Year Awards announced.

January 24, 2011

Six pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities have been selected as Category Winners in the seventh annual Facility of the Year Awards program, which recognizes state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing projects that utilize new and innovative technologies to enhance delivery of a quality project. Winners include F. Hoffman - La Roche Ltd; MedImmune, LLC; Merck and Company, Inc.; Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics GmbH; Pfizer Health AB; and Pfizer Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH. Read More

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Indian Construction Expo offers extensive supporting program.

January 24, 2011

Taking place in Mumbai from February 8-11, BAUMA CONEXPO SHOW in India (bC India 2011) will feature program of co-located industry events. Technical program will kick off on February 9, with BAI's Top Buyers' Conference, and following educational offerings will include seminars and workshops on range of topics that concern construction industry. High-ranking visitors from Indian building and construction industry will leverage bC India to gather information about latest innovations. Read More

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ANSI Standards cover slip-resistant flooring and power-driven brushes.

January 24, 2011

ANSI/NFSI B101.1-2009 specifies procedures and devices used for laboratory and field testing to measure wet static coefficient of friction of common hard-surface floor materials. Using voluntary standard, walkway slip resistance can be measured and categorized as high, moderate, or low. Embracing all configurations of brushing tools whose functional performance is accomplished by power-driven operation, ANSI B165.1-2010 includes rules for proper storage, handling, mounting, and use of brushes. Read More

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ASHRAE Las Vegas Convention to focus on energy-efficient engineering.

January 24, 2011

Centered around Zero Energy Design: A Safe Bet theme, ASHRAE's 2011 Winter Conference will take place January 29 through February 2 and host 3,500 members in Las Vegas, NV. Exchange of technical information will allow HVAC/R engineers to design and operate buildings, systems, and equipment that are energy efficient and ensure safe, productive, and healthy indoor environments. Simultaneously, AHR Expo will feature 1,800 exhibitors as well as 45,000 attendees and exhibitor staff. Read More

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Dimension Stone is subject of proposed ASTM standard.

January 24, 2011

Proposed standard ASTM WK31179, Practice for Selection and Preparation of Dimension Stone Test Specimens, will communicate to quarriers and sawyers of stone products the importance of preparing specimens as mandated by test procedure. Additionally, discussion and graphics included in standard will reduce confusion regarding anisotropic and surface machining aspects of specimen. Primary users will be those involved in import/export activities. Read More

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AEM Construction Challenge Finals will feature 24 student teams.

January 24, 2011

U.S. and Canadian students will travel to Las Vegas, NV to compete in AEM Construction Challenge national finals, which take place March 21-25 at international CONEXPO-CON/AGG construction industries trade show. Once there, top 24 teams that advanced from regional rallies will compete for scholarships and other prizes as well as meet and learn from construction industry leaders. Read More