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Economic Outlook For 2013 forecasts reduced, tentative growth.

December 19, 2012

While 2013 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook projects equipment and software investment will grow, such growth is predicted at below-average rate of 2.9% due to weak demand and fiscal uncertainty. Report also notes 2012 investment outlook is contingent upon fiscal cliff resolution. Even when fiscal challenges are resolved, time will be needed for businesses to regain confidence. Looking ahead to 3Q and 4Q 2013, investment growth is expected to begin to regain momentum. Read More

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AFS 2013 Annual Conference to cover innovations, advancements.

December 18, 2012

Taking place in Bloomington, MN from May 6–9, AFS 2013 Annual Conference on "Filtration & Separations in the Global Market - Recent Advancements - Innovative Solutions" will feature topics covering solutions and advancements in field of filtration and separations as well as progress and impact on global market. Key sessions will cover general solid-liquid, gas-solid, gas-liquid, and liquid-liquid separation. Call for papers has also been issued. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to feature 35 technical sessions.

December 18, 2012

Scheduled for February 19-21, 2013, IPC APEX EXPO® Technical Conference will cover two dozen technical topics in the areas of board fabrication, design, and electronics assembly. Over 3 days, 35 technical sessions with nearly 100 research papers will address military electronics, advanced packaging, fluxes and pastes, embedded devices, high-frequency electronics, and electrostatic discharge. Other areas will include rework/repair, cleaning, and assembly reliability. Read More

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AFS Society to accept award nominations.

December 18, 2012

To recognize contributions made by Society members, AFS Society is accepting nominations for awards until March 1, 2013. Wells Shoemaker Award recognizes lifetime of outstanding leadership and exceptional service to AFS Society, while Frank Tiller Award recognizes lifetime of scientific and engineering achievements in the Technology of Fluid-Particle Separation. Others include: Fellow Member Award; Young Scientist Award, and Senior Scientist Award. Read More

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Solder Paste Application Standard is available in Danish.

December 18, 2012

Translated into Danish, IPC-7527-DK was the idea of Task Group Nordic, IPC’s volunteer standards development group in Scandinavia. Standard covers many aspects of solder paste application, from initial placement on board through production and testing. It addresses basic squeegees, jet dispensers, needle dispensers, and closed print heads, as well as automated paste inspection using cameras or lasers. To equipment operators, 15-page standard serves as reference guide with more than 50 photos. Read More

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ASC Website fosters access to and use of industry information.

December 18, 2012

Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) revamped its ascouncil.org website. Focused on providing information and services to members that are action oriented and supportive of member companies, website provides such features as VOC regulation map; ASC industry updates; links to ASC market reports, press releases, newsletters, standards, and ASC Vendor Select Tool; job board; ASC store; as well as access to ASC training programs and regulatory affairs issues. Read More

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January Workshop to review design for NNMI.

December 17, 2012

Scheduled for Jan 16, 2013, "Blueprint for Action: Workshop on the Design of the NNMI"  will be devoted to reviewing and refining suggested design for new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation developed from input received through public dialogue workshops and responses to Request for Information. In addition to feedback on resulting design, workshop seeks input on new questions related to formation and operation of proposed network’s regional Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation. Read More

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International CES will feature record amount of exhibit space.

December 17, 2012

Taking place in Las Vegas, NV from January 8–11, 2013 International CES® will feature show floor with more than 1.87 million net square feet. Event will see 3,000 exhibitors, which will include record number of 8 automakers; iLounge Pavilion, showcasing 440+ exhibitors; Eureka Park, featuring 140 exhibitors; and FitnessTech TechZone, with 220+ showcasing companies. In addition to exhibitors, program will include 300 sessions and 800 speakers. Read More