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SME Digital Design Award Winners named at RAPID 2012.

November 7, 2012

Announced at SME RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition, winners of 2012 Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition included 3 entries from University of Louisville, KY. In high school category, 2 winners were announced from Cedar Falls High School in Iowa. Contestants were required to design products representing working prototypes, usable in another assembly, with geometry defined using 3D CAD system capable of producing stereolithography files. Read More

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Sanjay Huprikar Joins IPC as VP of member success.

November 7, 2012

Having joined IPC staff as vice president of member success, Sanjay Huprikar will be responsible for membership, member support, events, industry councils, and market research. IPC president and CEO John Mitchell noted Huprikar's "years of leadership and expertise in sales, strategy, and customer care in the electronics industry" and added that his "engineering experience, entrepreneurial style, and professional accomplishments make him an excellent choice for this position." Read More

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OPC Technology Summit highlights OPC solutions and benefits.

November 6, 2012

OPC Technology Summit concluded on Oct 18, after multi-day program that brought together OPC technologists, solution providers, and end-users to discuss next-generation OPC Unified Architecture technology. Summit kicked off with OPC UA technology overview and value proposition presentation, and included OPC UA Technology Roadmap presentation featuring technologists from ABB, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, and Yokogawa, who mapped out their companies’ OPC UA adoption strategies. Read More

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IPC releases PCB industry results for September 2012.

November 6, 2012

According to IPC's North American PCB Statistical Program, rigid PCB shipments were down 5.3% in Sept 2012 from Sept 2011. Bookings decreased 1.8% year over year, and book-to-bill ratio slipped to 1.00. Compared to Sept 2011, flexible circuit shipments were down 19.9%, and bookings were down 20.9%  In addition, flexible circuit book-to-bill ratio dropped to 0.71. For rigid PCBs and flexible circuits combined, shipments were down 6.7% and bookings decreased 3.3% , compared to Sept 2011. Read More

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RIA announces milestone for Certified Robot Integrator program.

November 6, 2012

Ten leading system integrators have received the Certified Robot Integrator designation from RIA. In order to become certified, integrators go through rigorous process which includes on-site audit, safety training, and hands-on testing of key personnel among other important criteria. Achieving certification provides way for integrators to showcase their capabilities and experience as well as benchmark their own processes against best industry practices. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO to hold hand soldering competitions.

November 5, 2012

During IPC APEX EXPO® Hand Soldering Competition, February 19-20, 2013, skilled competitors will attempt to build functional electronics assembly within 30-minute time limit and earn coveted spot in IPC World Championship on February 21. IPC Master Instructors will judge assemblies on soldering in accordance with IPC-A-610E, overall electrical functionality of assembly and speed at which assembly was produced. Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 will be awarded to top 3 finalists. Read More

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AUTOMATICA and MAINTAIN 2014 parallel for first time.

November 5, 2012

Complementing each other, trade fair for Automation and Mechatronics and trade fair for Industrial Maintenance will take place parallel from May 20-23, 2014 on the grounds of the Munich Trade Fair. Focal point of 4-day visitor forum at AUTOMATICA 2014 will be the topic Industry 4.0. Other topics will include collaboration between man and machine, energy efficiency, and continuation of VDMA sustainability initiative BlueCompetence. Industrial maintenance will fill one hall with trade fair MAINTAIN. Read More

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AASHTO Report explains how to communicate funding issues.

November 5, 2012

AASHTO's peer exchange report, "Communicating Transportation Funding Issues," provides transportation agencies with practical approaches to effectively make their cases for transportation investments to general public and key decision makers. Specifically, report includes best practices from state DOTs that have effectively communicated complex issues surrounding finance, funding, planning, project selection, as well as program management and implementation. Read More