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IPC and WHMA revise cable and wire harness standard.

November 16, 2012

A joint effort of IPC and the Wire Harness Manufacturer's Association, B revision of IPC/WHMA-A-620, Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies addresses more than 500 documented comments and recommendations from users throughout the industry, with 125 new or changed illustrations. Document offers expanded molding and potting section for increased coverage of Class 2 and 3 requirements, new criteria for wires as small as 32 AWG, and section on requirements flow down. Read More

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Construction Unemployment dips to 11.4% in October.

November 16, 2012

According to U.S. Labor Department, nation's construction industry saw slight increase in number of jobs last month as unemployment rate fell to 11.4%, down from 11.9% in September and 13.7% from 1 year ago. Industry added 17,000 jobs in October, resulting in 5 consecutive months of job increases. Construction job growth emerged from nonresidential building construction sector, which added 4,600 jobs for the month, but lost 100 jobs from October 2011. Read More

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FABTECH 2012 Panel to cover end of manufacturing tax credits.

November 16, 2012

FABTECH 2012 panel discussion, Post Election Analysis: How the Results Impact U.S. Manufacturing, will cover tax credits, set to expire at end of 2012, used for equipment purchases, research and development, and keeping jobs in U.S. Panelists will also discuss whether Congress can avoid $5.4 trillion in tax increases and $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts. In addition, exposition will include education program with technical, operational, economic, and managerial sessions. Read More

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IPC and SMTA announce agenda for Session 8 of conference.

November 15, 2012

IPC and SMTA announced agenda for Session 8 of High-Reliability Cleaning and Coating Conference. Environmental Standards and Regulations session will provide insight into Ozone Transport Commission’s move to legislate reduction of VOCs in densely populated states in the Northeast. Presentations will be given on EPA’s Design for the Environment developed to reduce hazards posed by chemicals used within the work space, REACH, RoHS2, SVHC, and Conflict Minerals and how they affect assembly business. Read More

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ASTM Standards are crucial to natural disaster preparation.

November 15, 2012

While technical standards cannot prevent natural disasters, they help ensure greater safety and security before disasters occur and provide needed assistance in wake of events. ASTM standards cover performance of windows and other exterior areas during hurricanes; fire penetration of walls; and potential economic loss due to earthquakes. In addition, crucial topics such as hospital preparedness, search and rescue operations, and emergency medical systems are also addressed by ASTM standards. Read More

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Yokogawa joins Foundation's Board of Directors.

November 15, 2012

A member of HART® Communication Foundation since its inception in 1993, Yokogawa Electric Corporation actively participates and makes contributions on Foundation's executive committee, marketing committee, and technology working groups. Yokogawa is one of industry’s leading suppliers of HART-enabled devices and joins ABB, Emerson Process Measurement, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, and Siemens as a board member. Yokogawa will be represented on board by Kimikazu Takahashi, Yokogawa Corporate Fellow. Read More

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EPA approves emergency fuel waiver for New Jersey.

November 15, 2012

EPA has exercised its authority under Clean Air Act to temporarily waive federal clean diesel fuel requirements in New Jersey to allow use of home heating oil in most generators and pumps in emergency service in New Jersey. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson determined that, as a result of effects of Hurricane Sandy, extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist, which may result in a temporary shortage of diesel fuel compliant with federal regulations. Read More

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Temporary Fuel Waivers assist hurricane impacted states.

November 15, 2012

EPA has exercised its authority under Clean Air Act to temporarily waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in TN, NC, SC, MS, GA, AL, DC, NY, MD, CT, DE, MA, NJ, PA, VA, NH, and RI. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson determined that, as a result of effects of Hurricane Sandy, extreme and unusual supply circumstances exist, which may result in temporary shortage of gasoline compliant with federal regulations. Read More